Our leading man, Yoo So-joon (Lee Je-hoon) is a mixed bag. One the one side of the coin, he’s selfish. It is this attribute that leads him to approach Min-rin. He manipulates her and their relationship. Often playing the hot and cold game to tweak his future. Once it’s definite that he needs to be with her to stay alive, he immediately and intensely pursues her. In episode four, they have a serious conversation that illustrates their dynamic. Ma-rin thinks his proposal absurd, and with full sincerity, she poses the question. “Let me ask you one thing. Do you love me?” and after a long pause he responds with a deceitful play on words, “I think I’ll die if I don’t marry you”.
On the other side of the coin, once he made up his mind to be with her, for the most part, he is all in. It is obvious he plans on staying married for the indefinite future as well as have children with her. He sees his assets as theirs (apart from future goods), has no interest in infidelity, and stands up for her. Despite his shallow intentions, he does meet many of her needs, such as a home, protection and a place to belong. On a side note, it catches you off guard how soon he initiates hanky-panky activities. Part form one small conversation you have no idea he is very attracted to her. Another thing, something feels off about the character. I can’t quite put my finger on it, it may be how the character is written or Lee Je-hoon is not the best man for the job.
Of course, no drama is without its flaws and Tomorrow With You is no exception. The main qualm is several of the supporting characters. Apart from a teeny-tiny addition to the main arch, are redundant and two dimensional. A few examples are Park Joo-hee (Shin Se-young), and her unrequited love, and some catty behavior. There is also the toxic relationship between Kim Ye-won (Lee Gun-sook) and Ma-rin. Personally, I feel the story can be just as interesting if the two are on better terms.
All in all, Tomorrow With You is an excellent and well-balanced drama. It is a good choice if you are in the mood for something slow, that provides food for thought.
Shin Min-a is amazing, loved her in Oh My Venus!