Initially I thought IOIL would be a medical drama, though not the usual kind of medical dramas we would find, but as I watched the drama, it turns to be nothing like a medical drama, and it revolves around people with different degrees of mental illness, and disorders.
It shows us that people with mental illness or disorders, are like any other normal human beings, and that anyone can actually have some form of illness or disorders, though the degree of the illness/disorders vary from person to person.
I think what the drama was aiming at, was for us to actually learn a bit more on such issues, and to let go of our prejudice against people with such illness, and to warm up to them.
As to whether or not the drama manages to do that, I will talk about it, in a bit.
Overall, I would say that the drama is alright. It’s not mind-blowing awesome, at least not to me – but I do give points for it being different from the norm.
It’s pretty unique, and I do enjoy the first few episodes of it – after which, my interest for it dropped quite a lot. Comparing the first half of the drama, and the second half of it – it felt like two completely different approach to the drama. The first few episodes initially focused on both the main characters, as well as patients in the hospital. However, the second half of it focused on a lot more on Jae Yeol, Hae Soo, Jae Bum.
Whichever approach they took, I didn’t mind either – but it would have been much better if it was consistent throughout. I don’t really like dramas which suddenly changes halfway through – and then the first half sort of become meaningless.
In IOIL, the sudden shift of focus to Jae Yeol and Jae Bum was actually good. I really wished they had shifted the focus much earlier, so that there could be more developments, instead of wasting time on random patients which doesn’t really do anything to the drama, or the characters development.
It felt like as though the earlier episodes of random patients no longer matters in the drama, because ultimately we are all interested in Jae Yeol and Jae Bom, and who is the actual murderer.
Okay, let me break down a few things.
Jae Yeol and Hae Soo’s relationship
I…..cannot feel the ‘love’ from this couple. I liked how they started out – bickering, due to different point of views and both having a stubborn nature. I also understand Hae Soo’s defensive attitude towards him, is to protect herself.
However, as much as I like seeing them together – their characters doesn’t give me the feeling that they really love each other, I have to convince myself they do.
I don’t know how to put this across – but you know in some other dramas, you feel it naturally that the characters love each other, and you cheer and pray day and night they quickly confess and be happy together? I don’t feel that here.
Somehow it felt like their relationship was all about sleeping with each other, because that’s practically all they focused on when they started dating. I did however enjoy their bickering moments, until Hae Soo’s character actually start to annoy me from being too demanding.
And when Jae Yeol was sick, and Hae Soo was sad – and their ‘break ups’ – honestly, I felt pretty indifferent about it. I didn’t really feel anything, or care – because come on, everyone knows they will end up together.
Hae Soo’s character
I still don’t understand why she had the grudge against her mother all these while. I understand that she was affected after witnessing her mom having an affair, but she confessed that she also told the guy to continue dating his mother and she used his money for her education.
And for her to put the blame on her mother, and treat her that way, and telling others what she saw when she was young, I don’t know, but it felt very selfish and shameless of her.
Jae Yeol and Kang Woo
HEARTBREAKING GOODBYE. I cried when Jae Yeol send off Kang Woo, and I wished that they had focused on Jae Yeol’s hallucination of Kang Woo more. No – not because I want to see Kyungsoo more (though that’s part of the reason), but I thought Jae Yeol’s recovery was too quick.
It is definitely not that easy in reality, so I wished that they had developed more on that aspect, and show the struggles of Jae Yeol to overcome that hallucination – and how his relationship with Hae Soo is affected by the non-existent 3rd party. Nope, them breaking up and not seeing each other – is not valid.
I wished and wished they had developed more of the other characters, like Soo Kwang and Jae Bum. SUCH A WASTE. Their characters had plenty of areas to explore, but wasn’t fully developed. And can someone tell me the purpose of the girl at the window? So apparently she knows Jae Yeol – but story didn’t go anywhere with that.
See that’s what I mean by the story not having consistency – it had good subplots, but didn’t make full use of those to develop the story further and develop the characters.
It’s never a good thing for a drama to have extra scenes or characters, which doesn’t help the development of the story or characters. It will only be more confusing for a viewer. It’s practically wasting footage – which could have been better utilized in developing more on the story/relevant characters.
So that roughly sums up why I couldn’t love this drama and just found it alright.
As to whether or not the drama manages to put across the message that people with mental illness/disorders are not weird, and that they can happen to anyone – or rather any normal looking person can have varying degrees of disorder – I think they did manage to put that across, however not very convincing as the focus shifted to Jae Yeol and the ‘murder’.
I, personally do not find people with mental illness/disorders weird or creepy – but I’m not sure if this drama is good enough for those who think otherwise, and for them to be convinced that people with those disorders are like normal human beings.
However, I do think all of them did a great job portraying their own characters, and had good chemistry with each other.
Jo In Sung totally nailed it when he said his final goodbye to Kang Woo, and I cried. HAHAHAHA.
This is Kyungsoo’s first acting debut, and I think he did pretty well. He didn’t have much scenes for us to gauge on whether or not he can carry out more complicated roles – but I think he did well for whatever scenes he had in this drama.
At the beginning – he couldn’t cry and the acting was a little awkward, but it got better as the episodes progresses 🙂
This is just my opinion on the drama itself, of course quite a number of people actually enjoyed it a lot.
Lastly…. just some screenshots of Kyungsoo because he’s cute >.< How awkward must it have been though for him when Jo In Sung was washing his feet. HAHAHAHAHA!