We’re one week away from the final two episodes of Record of Youth and it can’t happen fast enough for me. This drama is both treading water and on its last breath in sincere narrative development, I’m grasping at straws to enjoy episode 14. The best was the surprise (total shock as it was not spoiled by the news) cameo appearance of top actor Choi Soo Jung playing a guy shopping for suits and talks to Hye Joon’s mom played by Ha Hee Ra who is his wife in real life. It was so awesome and then Hye Joon’s dad got jealous in the drama, so reverse meta. If Cha In Pyo guests stars that make it all worth it, as he’s the real life husband of Hae Hyo’s mom played by Shin Ae Ra.
Back to the story itself, I loved Hae Hyo and Hye Joon’s reconnection in sharing their past and present weaknesses as well as the interlude when Hye Joon had a free day and spent it with his family and dude friends before going to see Jung Ha. I just don’t like anything about the central relationship, both are wonderfully nice sweet people but they have zero sexual chemistry and feel like platonic friends so why all the angst. The entire media play to target Hye Joon also feels overblown from the degree that new stars get some blowback. Hope the drama regains it’s central footing for the final two episodes and gives me something to wrap this up with.