I’m relieved that tvN drama Encounter (Boyfriend) has regained some of the lost momentum from the two week break between episodes 8 and 9, with episode 10 being a beautifully rendered romantic palette that would delight many a K-drama veteran. It’s apropos and ironic that the drama cast one of the original Hallyu actresses in Song Hye Kyo, with her Autumn in My Heart spreading K-dramas around Asia in 2001, opposite new school leading man Park Bo Gum who is the current It Boy thanks to Answer Me 1988 and Moonlight Drawn By Clouds.
Theirs feels a disparate pairing akin to the relationship onscreen with the cold withdrawn older female and the idealistic and cheerful younger man, but that’s exactly the point. And their positions in old school Hallyu versus modern day Hallyu dramas is the same juxtaposition, Encounter continues to be a old school K-drama romance (chaebol v. commoner, personality and life differences) with a fresh lovely modernization. Episode 10 brought in steady ratings of 7.962%, a slight increase from the last episode but not ready to go back up to the highs of 9% just yet. For me, I’m back to love love loving this sweet melancholy love story.