“Night Light” is a melodrama that attempts to shows us how people, when desperate, can change both their values and goals. Our heroines come from two entirely different backgrounds, yet share the same ambitions driven by different motivations. Lee Se-jin (UEE) works two part-time jobs to make ends meet and eager to turn her life around. While her polar opposite, Seo I-kyeong (Lee Yo-won), is rich and powerful, filled with endless greed. The two leading ladies begin to work together and we quickly see why it’s never a good idea to mix personal life with business and the consequence when you do.
Though I appreciate strong female characters like I-kyeong and Se-jin, “Night Light”‘s poor writing, baffling conflicts, and lack of character motivations take its intriguing beginning and run it into the ground. What starts out as a unique premise loses sight of its narrative, and ultimately becomes just another boring, and at times, confusing drama.
“What starts out as a unique premise loses sight of its narrative”.
“Night Light” takes its time delving into the plot in favor of setting up the nature of the lead characters. This is alright with me because I’m particularly fond of getting to know our heroines. I’m drawn to the drama’s portrayal of how meticulous and cold I-kyeong is, as contrasted with how forgiving and desperate Se-jin appears. So if it takes a little longer to get into the meat of the plot, I can look past that.
Pretty soon, our leading ladies meet. I-kyeong immediately takes an interest in Se-jin after witnessing how Se-jin manages to con someone at a party. And so, I-kyeong hires Se-jin, claiming that Se-jin is her ultimate trump card. I’m curious to see exactly what I-kyeong sees in Se-jin that she lacks herself, considering that I-kyeong is in an almighty position already.
We’re also quickly made aware of to I-kyeong’s business and political enemies: her old friend Park Gun-woo (Jin Goo) at Mu Jin Group along with his father and uncle, as well as Chairman Son of another company.
There’s a hinted past connection between I-kyeong and Gun-woo, who seems to be a warm-hearted, free-spirited man of integrity with no particularly abominable traits to serve as an antagonist. So I’m eager to find out if an ugly separation between the two is the ultimate reason that I-kyeong is targeting them.
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