I was also pleasantly surprised by the secondary couple, who ended up providing the perfect contrast to Hong Do and Yi Suk’s intense, all-consuming relationship. Jang Doo Soo was a character about whom I had very conflicted feelings for a lot of this drama’s run (when Hong Do says she doesn’t like you, that’s not a sign for you to pursue her more aggressively!), but he really redeemed himself with his love for Se Ro, which was remarkable in just how undramatic it was. There was no light-bulb over his head, no “Eureka!” moment in which Doo Soo suddenly realized that he was in love with Se Ro. There was only a slow process of coming to understand that he preferred his life with her in it. There’s something amazingly romantic about such a low-key love, in my opinion. It feels so real, so rooted in the surprising, unexpected rhythms of love that every person has experienced. This storyline was also wonderfully elevated by great performances by Lee Jae Yoon, who perfectly conveyed Doo Soo’s perpetual confusion, and Sohee, whose sparkling screen presence was a joy to watch.
In the end, “Heart to Heart” wasn’t a perfect drama. But what is? The simple fact is that I loved watching “Heart to Heart,” and once I finished an episode, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Yes, I do wish the final stretch of episodes had been constructed around a stronger storyline. But even if that story didn’t completely work for me, it still gave us a wonderful vision of just how much our main characters had grown and healed. And what main characters they were! Thanks to pitch-perfect performances, keenly observant directing, and smart, sensitive writing, Hong Do and Yi Suk are going to stay with me for a long time. There’s not much more you can ask of a drama.
Soompiers, what are your final thoughts on “Heart to Heart”? Are you sad to see it end? Is there anything you would have changed about it? Let us know in the comments below!