TOUCH YOUR HEART
- Starring : Lee Dong Wook | Yoo In Na
- Episodes : 16 (1 hr. 10 mins.)
- Aired : February 6 – March 28, 2019
- Network : tvN
Everyone and their mother who had watched Goblin was waiting for this to drop. Including myself because somehow in my blind love for that show, I had deluded myself into thinking that Dong Wook and In Na were on screen couple goals. So I went in ready for all the butterflies and cuteness that this would bring. And if I’m being honest, I really missed watching Lee Dong Wook. Even though he had been in things since Goblin, I wanted romantic Dong Wook.
Sure, the plot was your basic opposites attract plot. Can I call this a legal drama? Kind of? Anyway, we have Yoo In Na playing a very popular celebrity, Yoon Seo, who’s ability for scandals are better than her acting skills. She’s been in hiding for some time but given the chance at a new role, she goes undercover at a law firm for some “insider experience” for the role. She was going method. Then on the other hand, you have Dong Wook’s stuffy lawyer, Kwon Jung Rok, who gets the pleasure of being Yoon Seo’s boss. It’s like A plus B equals C and the C is for cliche.
Both In Na and Dong Wook’s characters didn’t really feel much different from their counterparts in Goblin. So since it felt like reading the same book with a different cover, the characters felt shallow and the acting left a stale taste. Even the quirky law firm staff weren’t enough to keep things floating for me.
However, I didn’t spend the whole time hating it. There were moments I really enjoyed. There were scenes were Yoon Seo was just hilarious. Especially in the beginning when she was hell bent on hating the weird and cold Jung Rok. And Dong Wook knows how to play cold and aloof very well but still make it funny. It was just unfortunate that when the couple became a couple, my attention span flew out the window.
Another highlight of the show was the law aspect. Jung Rok ended up with a murder case that I felt could have gone way much longer in the show. It felt as just a backdrop to the romance which of course was the focus. But man, lost opportunity to really dive deeper. It was a light romance, and I knew that going in but I just didn’t expect it to be balloon light and hold very little weight.
Maybe in the future these two could come together and do something again but WAY different than this. They deserve a proper do-over. Because… Rom-Com Dong Wook should always be a thing.
Acting : 7/10
Story : 5/10
Music : 9/10
Overall : 7/10
Recommended For : Those who like their rom-coms with ONLY fluff
Fave Song: ‘What If Love’ – Wendy