To Watch or Not: “Revolutionary Love” Episodes 1 – 2 Review

“Revolutionary Love” starring the ever so popular Choi Siwon and Kang So-Ra recently aired the first two episodes. Choi Siwon plays Byun Hyuk, a son from a wealthy family who is constantly causing trouble that has to be covered up before it reaches the public. While, Kang So-Ra plays the responsible and mature Baek Joon; who works multiple part-time jobs just trying to get by day-to-day. The drama centers around Joon after she encounters Hyuk and their mutual friend, Kwon Je-Hoon (played by Gong Myung). While I haven’t fully decided on my opinion about this show yet (need a couple more episodes), here is what I’ve liked and disliked so far:

*Spoilers Ahead*

1. Choi Siwon

First, I must admit I am a bit biased towards Siwon. He’s been my favorite Super Junior member since “Sorry, Sorry” days. He also really impressed me with his acting/comedic skills in “She Was Pretty.” Siwon is also the main reason I watched this show the day it premiered (rarely ever happens for me). I believe he is one of most comedic actors I’ve seen. From his facial expressions, body language, and sometimes quirky, in-your-face antics, I’m not quite sure anyone else could pull off characters quite like him. Basically, Siwon can do pretty much everything, and he hasn’t disappointed me yet.

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2. Optimistic, Hard-Working Baek Joon

Baek Joon works so many part-time jobs to get by in life, I’ve already lost count (I think we’re up to 4 different jobs in two episodes?). And yet, she’s not a bitter by any means. She is full of spirit and fighting for what she believes in. I really like Kang So-Ra in these romantic comedy dramas (she was really good in “Warm and Cozy” too), so really happy to have her in this type of role. With how episode 2 ended, I’m very anxious to see how Joon’s personality and outlook on life affects/changes Hyuk and vice versa.

3. Kwon Je-Hoon and Baek Joon   vs.   Byun Hyuk and Baek Joon

Ah, what would a rom-com drama be without the classic love triangle? It’s been shown that Hyuk thinks Joon is the one for him, and will do anything to spend time with her. In a flashback (not sure how far back), we see Joon confess to Je-Hoon that she likes him, but he dismisses it and says nothing in return. However, I’m not sure if she still feels that way about him. At first, I was under the assumption that Je-Hoon thought of Joon as an annoying little sister. However, Hyuk confided in Je-Hoon and confessed he had feelings for Joon and was going to try to date her. That’s when we see just how much Je-Hoon hates that idea because he is clearly interested in her as well.

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To be honest, I’m more curious about Joon and Je-Hoon’s relationship even though I know Hyuk is the main lead. It could be due to Kwon Je-Hoon’s personality fitting better with Joon. But, I also want to know more about their past.

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4. Classic Romantic Comedy Story-Line

Continuing with the previous point, this can either be a good or bad thing depending on your mood. If you want a drama that will keep you on your toes and full of surprises, I don’t think this is the drama for you. But, if you want a cute, funny drama where you get to sit back and enjoy, this may be your ticket. Through two episodes, we see the inevitable love triangle, the harsh stereotypical CEO father, and the trouble-making heir son. In the end, I do think this drama will have qualities that set it apart from other shows in this genre.

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5. Rebellious Byun Hyuk

While I love Choi Siwon so far in this drama, I’m not in love with his character yet. I find Byun Hyuk to be somewhat annoying really. When he’s not being bailed out of his antics, he is most likely acting like a whiny 12-year-old. He pitches a fit when he doesn’t get his way, complains to Joon and Je-Hoon about everything, and calls out after people like a kid whining for his mom to do something for him.

The only serious moments we get from him so far is after he is talked to/punished by his father. It is through these moments, we see he really does have a warm heart and means well. I think he just wants to be taken seriously and acknowledged (who doesn’t)? I still have high hopes for this character especially after he starts spending more time with Baek Joon.


VERDICT: Not a “Have To Watch This Second”, but a good choice for when you’re looking for a new drama.

What do you think of “Revolutionary Love” so far? Comment down below!


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