Monday, December 06, 2021

#Review: Expectations unmet in Love Alarm Season 2

ONE of the most awaited second seasons in the Korean drama world, Love Alarm Season 2, was finally streamed on Netflix on March 12, 2021.

Love Alarm Season 1 throwback

Love Alarm is a Korean drama based on a webtoon by Chon Kye-young.

Its first season was released in August 2020, which landed on Netfix's Top 10 list.

The story tackles living in a modern world where an app called "Love Alarm" determines your romantic feeling.

Upon downloading the app, it syncs with your heart. When your love alarm is turned on, it rings if someone you like or someone who likes you is within the 10-meter radius.

The main characters are high school students played by:

• Kim So-hyun as Kim Jo-jo

• Song Kang as Hwang Sun-oh

• Jung Ga-ram as Lee Hye-young

Season 1 focused on the love story between Jo-jo and Sun-oh.

Jo-jo is a high school student who becomes an orphan at a young age after her parents committed suicide. She is the only survivor in her family.

She lives with her aunt and cousin and works two jobs to provide for her needs and pay off a debt left by her mother to her aunt.

Hye-young, Jo-jo's classmate and part-time co-worker at a restaurant, has a crush on Jo-jo.

Sun-oh is Hye-young's best friend and belongs to a rich family. Hye-young's mother works as a housekeeper at Sun-oh's household.

The first season simply tells the story of how Jo-jo and Sun-oh fall in love with each other and their love alarms ring for the first time. However, their story comes to an end after an accident that both characters encounter in the first season.

The timeframe in which the first season is set ends four years later, showing a newer version of Love Alarm or the "Love Alarm 2.0.” This time Jo-jo installs a shield on her app to prevent anyone from knowing her true feelings. However, in the second season, Jo-jo wants to uninstall the shield.

The characters' unresolved love triangle continues in Season 2.

Season 2 hype and ‘some’ letdowns

Fans anticipated Love Alarm's Season 2 release on March 12, 2021, with six episodes.

With so many questions in Season 1, fans wanted to know who Jo-jo would choose: Sun-oh and Hye-young. Will she be able to get rid of her shield and ring the alarm? Whose love alarm will ring this time?

Just like how fans were left off in Season 1, both characters Jo-jo and Sun-oh have their respective relationships.

Sun-oh is with Yuk-jo, played by Kim-Si-Eun, who is a model. However, Sun-oh, who is still in love with Jo-jo, Sun-oh isn't able to ring her love alarm.

This time Jo-jo is now a college student and is in a relationship with Hye-young who is working for a company behind Love Alarm.

Because of the shield, Jo-jo still isn't able to ring Hye-young's Love Alarm, which gives her doubts about her feelings towards Hye-young.

With only six episodes, many fans are wondering how the story will go. The running time is longer than usual and every episode seems to be a bit slower in telling the story.

Some storyline is added in Season 2, such as a murderer who stalks Jojo and thinks her "The Ringing World" is a prediction of the future.

No one knows how and when the character will come into the light, except for a little throwback on the 23 dead individuals in Season 1. However, it doesn’t support the whole story or the purpose of the character.

In the end, Jo-jo chooses Hye-young who is always there for her and shows her how much he loves her, while Sun-oh who just knew about the shield and isn't given an explanation is left to be a second lead.

Jo-jo and Sun-oh's characters are given “closure” at the end of the episode when they finally bid each other goodbye. Sun-oh makes amends with her then-girlfriend Yuk-jo after breaking up. Sun-oh isn't still able to ring her love alarm but assures her that he is willing to try and wait for that day to come.

Jo-jo is not able to get rid of the shield, but Dok-ju, the developer of Love Alarm, gives her a spear to be able to ring Hye-young's love alarm.

At the very end of the episode, Jo-jo is given a gift from Duk-ju on her records every time she rings her love alarm despite the shield and the spear.

A fan’s review

Love Alarm Season 2 is not the endgame most fans expected, especially when a second lead becomes the first lead after he is chosen in the end.

The first love is not always your last. Still, the drama left holes in a K-drama fan's heart as Sun-oh never gets his closure.

Some characters just don’t seem to explain some of the episodes and the 'argh' factor isn't just there or maybe Season 1 just made a better impact than Season 2.

Overall, Season 2 still gave fans lessons, such as feelings change and that 'first love' doesn't always end well.

Season 2 does not answer all of our questions. Still, overall, it is a good K-drama. Or is it?


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