Why Something in The Rain Was So Disappointing

April 26, 2021 | 6968 Visits

Plot:

Something in the Rain is about a woman in her mid-30s, Jin-ah, who lives with her parents and manages a coffee franchise. She has a terrible boyfriend, who is both boring and abusive. She comes in contact with her best friend’s little brother, Jun-hi, who is now in his 20s. They end up working in the same building and forming a close friendship, which buds into a relationship. This is an against-the-odds love story, with their age difference and the fact they knew each other through childhood. How will they tell their friends and family? This premise was one I absolutely adored and it had so much promise. Warning: spoilers ahead!

Something in the Rain started so well. I’ve never seen a show portray new love this accurately and detailed. The little expressions as you stare over at your crush. The rush of excitement when you receive a text message. The butterflies were tangible from these characters. It was incredible to watch and I found myself happy crying at their new love. I would rewatch the first five episodes just for that fantastic portrayal. But it all goes downhill from there.

And the problem is, it’s not the usual K-drama downhill. Obstacles were bound to come up; that’s what makes a good drama. This was an abyss of crushed hopes and inflamed hatred for the character of Jin-ah. This woman’s choices were infuriating and made me want Jun-hi to dump her ASAP. She didn’t seem to care about his feelings and defied the boundaries that Jun-hi explicitly stated. She was selfish and prideful and would manipulate Jun-hi when he called her out. This made me want to scrap the show because it was incredibly frustrating. She didn’t deserve this man in the slightest. Jun-hi was the only saving value in this show, but I hated watching him get trashed on by the woman he loved. To be honest, I also ended up fast-forwarding through a lot of the second half of the show. Plot: 4/10

 

Setting:

The setting didn’t promote any feeling of excitement, and perhaps that was the point. This drama was meant to be in an everyday setting. You have the offices, the coffee shop, and their homes. However, I didn’t feel connected to any certain space. Other dramas have been set in the everyday and have still managed to pull this off well. An example would be Because This is My First Life or Itaewon Class. I didn’t hate the environment to the point where I felt it ruined the show. It was just “meh” overall. Setting: 4/10

 

 

Characters:

Jun-hi was an incredible character, despite his flaw of being Jin-ah’s walking mat. I wish he stood up for himself sooner. He excused so many of her poor behaviors. Not that he wouldn’t speak up about them every now and again, but she had no consequence from him for her errors. It took him to the last few episodes to finally draw the line in the sand. Jun-hi was selfless to a fault. He always put her above himself. He’s funny and sweet and brave. Who wouldn’t love him? Characters: 5/10

Jin-ah’s character on the other hand only plummeted. She started sweet and so incredibly relatable. She needed to be broken out of her insecurity and Jun-hi helped that. Unfortunately, Jin-ah swung the pendulum in the opposite direction. She made one selfish choice after another, not looking out for anyone else’s interests—including her best friend and Jun-hi. Her pride, trusting herself above all else, made me dislike her in the highest degree by the end of the show because of how she treated the characters I grew to love.

 

Theme:

Age is just a number. I loved this theme because it really is true. It’s a bit taboo to have a large age difference between couples and it comes with its challenges. However, with the right mindset, anything is possible. I think some of this show displayed how not to go about this (i.e. don’t hide it from your BFF and don’t treat the younger person in the relationship like a less mature individual). Yet it did display that Jun-hi’s maturity outgrew Jin-ha. Don’t judge someone just on a number! Theme: 7/10

OST:

This OST included almost all English tracks. The track “Stand by Your Man” by Carla Bruni was a bop! I sang along to it every time it came on. Another one that was often played in this drama was “Save The Last Dance for Me” by The Cats. A rendition of “I’ll Stand by You” by Jake Wesley Rogers was also a highlight. Besides that, nothing stood out. OST: 5/10

 

 

FINAL:

This show took me through the wringer. So many emotional lows and a few highs from the beginning. It is a drama I would re-watch the first few episodes of and turn it off before it’s ruined. I would recommend it to a friend who has already watched the better ones out there and needs a bit of a twist. I still watched Something in the Rain to the end but did so painfully. There are better romances out there, but few first episodes that are so good in displaying new love. Watch the first five or so episodes and then stop—that’s my advice! FINAL: 5/10

 

—-E. Boyd

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18 responses to “Why Something in The Rain Was So Disappointing”

  1. Lolo says:

    Completely agree with everything, I wanted Jun-Hui to break up with Jin-ah by the end. I felt so sorry for him and it annoyed me that Jin-ah was incredibly selfish by the end when Jun-hui gave her everything

  2. M says:

    Let’s be real.. “SOMETHING IN THE RAIN” is very popular and loved by MOST PEOPLE world wide. Not just in Korea

    So clearly, the FEW overly judgemental idiots like YOU, is the problem. You got nothing better to do with your life?

    Nothing is perfect, and nothing can please everyone. Especially no film or TV series. Something you find great, many others will find it “disappointing” as well. Biased personal opinions.. That’s reality

    “SOMETHING IN THE RAIN” wasn’t perfect either. The main OST theme music should’ve been better. Most of the lyrics in that main song just doesn’t fit. And the writing behind some characters felt extremely stupid and overdone. Along with many Korean “cliches”, which is very annoying. “mothers/fathers” or “in laws” being horribly delusional and ignorant Hitlers. That cliche is always too over done in most Korean Tv shows. Feels like a 1980s thing

    But SOMETHING IN THE RAIN wasn’t disappointing, since everyone only tuned in and watched the show only because the two main characters and Noona romance. Especially since it’s Jung Hae In and Son Ye Jin. Their chemistry on and off camera IRL is extremely contagious and powerful

    So THAT alone made the show quite fascinating, and excellent. Just having them together like that was worth it, and every scene between THEM made the show worth it. Exceeded expectations, because of their chemistry

    It’s all about perspective. You can find anything disappointing if you keep on Nit picking and being ignorant or ungrateful. There’s too many flaws in everything

    Just appreciate the great moments. Hae In and Ye Jin made this show truly great.. That’s all that matters

    The show just desperately needed a 2nd season. Too many loose ends and waste of character development. Many Korean TV series desperately needed a 2nd season, minimum

  3. LAA says:

    Wow is the comment by ‘M’ ridiculous. Don’t be so hateful of an honest review, seems more like you have nothing better to do. Everything in this review was completely on point! Except the ost deserved a 2, not great. Especially when her behavior went completely against the lyrics!
    Just because lots of people like something does not mean it’s in good taste, there is a whole load of trash TV out there that says otherwise. Haha!!! A lot of people watched this because of Crash Landing…and most I know we’re disappointed to the max.
    She didn’t deserve him, she broke every promise she made, waisted their time, broke his heart immediately after swearing loyalty, and then gets him in the end anyway with no effort on her part. The ending was a flop. It never even showed her standing by him after that. For all we know she cracks and blows him off again the next week. Haha

  4. Namsandong says:

    Wow, that’s silly. Throwing hate speech and calling names? There’s nothing ignorant or nitpicky about noticing the obvious flaws in a bad show. Saying something is a great in spite of all the trash is ridiculous. There are far better shows out there. By your methods any terrible show should be praised and celebrated, trophies for everyone!
    Don’t eat the ice cream in spite of the bugs! This show was a bust for lots of people!

    Also, tons of people, me included, love that Korean shows don’t have a second season. It’s refreshing to not be stuck with one show for ages! That’s one of the best parts. Don’t try and make K dramas be like American shows.

  5. Skippy says:

    I really love this drama. I think your opinion is too over. Too much expectation. If you don’t like just skip. Bye.

  6. Tamara Locke says:

    I’m on the second to last episode and I’m pissed. I was getting annoyed with her constantly lying to him and hiding things but I thought she would come around and change for the better. This show makes no sense! She said she couldn’t live without her best friend and now she’s being so disrespectful. She needs to stay single.

  7. Grace says:

    Nah, this review is spot on. Jin-ah treated Jun-hi like trash and I was so done with her. How could anyone enjoy her character by the end? She completely took Jun-hi for granted. Totally agree with Namsandong. Don’t say something is good when it obviously cannot compare to other storylines and is poorly written. The best actors in the world couldn’t save this plot. And SUPER agree that K-dramas are wonderful because many do not have a second season that ends up worse than the first. Made me hate American dramas because they end up getting ruined later on.

  8. Suzy-mae says:

    Although I did love certain elements about this series, I did find it incredibly frustrating. Firstly there were too many episodes with Jin-ah’s mother, horrible woman. I couldn’t understand why she moved into an apartment without telling Jun-hi and then he cleared off to the USA. Her character development was such a letdown in those final episodes.
    Here’s my perfect ending:::

    Six months (??) after he leaves for the US he returns home, and they meet at the airport, as she is on her way to the US to try and salvage her relationship with him. During that six months they have both had time for some serious reflection. She has worked hard, saved money and has grown into a more independent woman. He too has matured and perhaps not so idealistic.

    They soon get married and everyone attends their wedding day accept that impossible mother.
    They move to that little seaside village, where Jin-ah works at her friend’s cafe and Jun-hi still works as a graphic artist from home but she encourages him to pursue his dream of being an artist.

    Time fast forwards to 3 or 4 years later. He has an art exhibition of his works and is highly successful. Her estranged mother attends the exhibition (in disguise) and soon realises the paintings of two (twins) children are her grandchildren.
    In the final scenes, Jun-hi, Jin-ah are having a picnic in their backyard with the children, it’s playful and sweet. Her mother turns up, watches them being a beautiful family, until Jin-ah makes eye contact with her. She isn’t that happy to see her but Jun-hi is the catalyst for the path of forgiveness and healing.
    The End.
    See it should have been about personal growth, through character development and experience. Forgiveness, acceptance and healing.

  9. Pam says:

    Jin-Ah made a lot of baffling decisions. She started so sweet, and was always deeply in love with Jun-Hui, but she becomes less willing to adapt or compromise over the course of the show. I believe the changes were due to her character development, from her obedient child to rebellious adult and finally into the woman she is.

    Jin- Ah’s decision not to go to the USA with Jun-Hui becomes difficult to understand when she later turns around and leaves everything anyway when HER FRIEND asked her. Why not with the guy who she loves?

    At first, I thought she was angry that he made the decision to go without talking to her. Maybe she felt like he was planning to run away from the situation, with or without her, and that made her doubt his sincerity. That his ego had taken all the bashing it could and he was leaving. I also thought maybe she didn’t want him to be abused and disrespected by her family anymore so she decided to end things to prevent him from being hurt anymore.

    But in the end, I felt she was just still trying to be the perfect daughter for an impossible to please, overbearing mother who kept her infantalized. Throughout the show, she wavered between obedient child and independent adult. Near the end, she could not rebel enough to leave her mother completely. She had not yet broken away to become her own person.

    By the end of the show, though, she had evolved into a mature adult. That adult however turned out to have alot more in common with her mother than I was comfortable with. She too was pigheaded and unmovable. She must have her way and could be remorseless. And Jun-Hui, like her father to her mother, was devoted and eager to let her have her way. They are likely to have a similar marriage in that respect.

  10. Syuzane says:

    Totally agree. Everything you wrote was all on point. Conclusion : Yoon Jin-ah doesnt deserve Seo Joon Hee. She’s a constant liar covered herself with customized packaging such as “this is the best for us” – “i dont want to bother you” – “i dont want you to worry about me” – etc etc which all of them turns out become a living hell and gives nothing but highest degree pain for Joon Hee. Joon Hee should get over Jin-ah and find a really kindhearted woman who’s willing to give all of her heart for Joon Hee too. Definitely Jin-ah is not capable to be that woman.

  11. Elena says:

    Wow, the second comment is really hateful and aggressive for no reason! Especially considering the fact that I think you are 100% right and some more. I really hated Jin-ah’s character and wished for her to end up alone, or at least I was hoping that she would be the one to take the step forward in the last episode. Yet she never did and it was always Jun-hui who would come to her – I hated that!

    Plus, I felt like after they got together everything went downhill in terms of show quality: nothing was happening, everything was incredibly still and I had to FORCE myself to keep watching for something to go wrong. It wasn’t well constructed at all because it’s not normal that the viewer has to wait and go through a whole dull episode to give you time to build up some tension.

    Finally, the whole sub-plot of sexual harassment at work really bothered me as it felt like a space filler which didn’t even lead anywhere.

    Overall, I was so very disappointed in this show, which is a shame because I really like both actors. However, I think the last straw is that I found they had no chemistry at all – even during the cute scenes, I couldn’t bring myself to care because it felt icky and weird.

    So disappointed.

  12. Elsben says:

    I am one of those people who is not easily influenced by fads and trends, so when a lot people started to become crazy about k pop particularly k-drama, i had to accept i was ignorant and out-of-touch until very recently when out of curiosity, i finally decided to give it a go. Needless to say i was initially really picky on what to watch, so started off with Hi Bye Mama, then Yong Pal, Good Doctor and Crash Landing on You on which i got stuck for a little bit. But it was not until i watched this series, Something in the Rain that changed my perspective and appreciation of K-drama. While, other people told me it’s too early for me to judge when i have not yet watched so many others, i could already say this has been my favourite by far. I could not believe Kdrama would be as close to reality as this one (although there are depictions of conservatism and traditional values to some degree here that probably may no longer exist in most western culture or families). If i were only after a feel-good story, this would not exactly meet my expectation, and yet i was satisfied with how the ending went. Truly the female character Jin-a should not deserve Jun hui’s one-of-kind love and pure intention, but this does not mean, this kind of relationship does bot exist in the real world. The male lead’s character was depicted to be too good to be true, but there are people like him out there who really would surrender themselves to a girl like Jin-a without reason, except love. Anyone can argue that this would not likely be a balanced (or healthy) relationship in the end if Jin-a will not change in her character. But that’s the story. And it’s been highlighted enough in at least 3 scenes where Jin-a recorded a message for Jun-hi thanking him for loving her in the way he does,” that when people love, they should love like him”.
    Over-all, i believe in my personal opinion, this TV series was understated. It may not have the higher rating and following from people as other kdramas, perhaps because it is more realistic than others and people watch TV dramas for entertainment or to chill , to break away from stress of the realities of their everyday life. I would love to see them again together in future projects, whatever the story is. ❤️

  13. Lisa Goolsby says:

    I loved it 🙋🏻‍♀️👏🏻 !!!!!!!!!
    I thought that their chemistry ⚛️
    Was off the charts !!!! Soo Good

  14. Sha says:

    Completely agree with you!! This drama started off so good, i liked that it was not like a typical kdrama. It was realistic and went with the flow until the second half. Then it just slided down constantly. I can go on forever with how dissapointed it got in the end but yeah towards the end I completely disliked the leading lady’s character. No character development, no respect for your lover, he was way more mature for her inspite of him being younger than her. The graph went like this 📈 and from second half went downhill📉

  15. nuzhat says:

    I agree with this review COMPLETELY. a review is literally opinion based I don’t understand why people are getting mad for hearing an opinion (which is totally reasonable). loved the beginning up til maybe episode 6 the portrayal of that new romance was so sweet but jin As character was so disappointing she didn’t deserve him fr, she was manipulative and selfish and completely crossed so many boundaries that joon hui made clear not to mention all the lying?????? n then she’d get mad at him and throw him insincere apologies. there was no character development for the mum and the ending just felt incomplete, they just didn’t solve any of the issues the repeat of the past episodes would just reoccur again. And it’s like so what? he’s back n she just took him?????? she didn’t even apologise for her mums words towards joon hui and his sister. i love jung hae in and son yejin but i think her character was badly written. i don’t think the show was terrible I just hated how things turned out and I feel bitter at the ending.

    there should’ve been that character development, personal growth, forgiveness and acceptance but there was none of that.

  16. Chris says:

    Haven’t finished the whole show yet but I think aside from the romantics etc. the main things are the taboos that are revealed in the series and how ridiculous they are and widely accepted by the society. In this aspect the show is really good at touching those points which is why they are popular in Korea I suppose as they resonant with the daily frustration they have to these social norms.

  17. Jiyuu says:

    I’ve watched “One Spring Night” by the same director, same scriptwriter, and starring the same male lead (Jung Hae In). They say those who did not like Something in the Rain had a higher chance of loving One Spring Night, and vice-versa.

  18. Morning says:

    He he he, I did watched it too. I guess, it’s more ti blame to the director and writer who runs this story. But ket us also face it that when you are in a critical situation luke this, older than the man, brother of your best friend and other situation aside of being harassed ?!!!… You can be worst position in deciding things. I would say this is more realistic and more to understand that love, life and friendship has some complications. I dont like the part where jin ah keep making mistakes and part that she is older and yet she is more like immature and weak for herself but thats how stories goes and also in reality if this happens in real life , it could be really more worst on the part of the woman . I dont like this drama because at some point the role by YeJin should be diffrent but I ADMIRE here taking and playing this kind of role because somewhere out there on same position and age , it is very realistic. I say this because I married at age 36 and that point you start to act and take whatever last option offered to catch the stage of having someone to love you and build a family. You will even feel all insecurities . I totally realize that this movie have a very more realistic real act and am sorry for those who are disappointed. This drama is more outstanding than you ever knew. The lesson here is the man should all the way be supportive as what happened here because he understood how hard would it be to her than to him . Not all story should be all good but story like this is more real in anyones life . I admire the actress who took this role knowing the other part of the story is a bit annoying but this only shows the actress knew and the director and writer knew how women on this age feel . Younger viewers cant fully understand as this is not prince and a princess story . This is one of the best story that could and have happen in real life and the ending might be even worst to some . Now the actress is married to her first love in real life at her age that mostly women in real life questioned their own self if when she really know and find her man? Her patience for keeping herself decent even is something someone to be proud of . The actress knew well what this movie is all about and why she took the role . We have each opinion and i say i admire the actress so much for taking this role . She knew the part is not something to be like but it is to tell us also in real life to women who are at this age stage really is tough. I am happy abd relieved that the actress now is married.

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