In Our blues, now streaming on Netflix, various residents of Jeju Island navigate life, love, and everything in between. This bustling place is home to fishermen and women, vendors, students and farmers, to name a few, and we’re ready to see their relationships flourish or implode. As old flames potentially reignite and new connections bloom, life on Jeju Island is about to get very interesting.
OUR BLUES: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?
Opening shot: An alarm clock rings in a dark bus.
The essential: Dawn is breaking in Jeju, a beautiful seaside town where everyone is going about their business. Eun-hui (Lee Jung-eun) is one of the early risers, bringing loot from the fish market to her seafood shop and preparing the produce for the day. We see everyone in town starting their morning; divers, fishermen, captains and everyone in between. In the big city, we meet Han-soo (Cha Seung-won), a bank manager struggling to make ends meet for his family so his daughter can become a professional golfer. We soon learn that Han-soo is returning to Jeju, her hometown, and it doesn’t take long for her to start seeing faces from the past, including Eun-hui – her first love.
Han-soo and Eun-hui are an unlikely match, with her goofy energy belying her softer vibes. It’s obvious there’s still some lingering chemistry between the two of them, but Han-soo is so focused on trying to bounce back financially and turn things around that he doesn’t seem to have much space to entertain the past. (despite an obvious desire for). In flashbacks, we get a glimpse of the former couple’s school days, including how they started their romance. Their story is just one of many that we will experience during Our bluesbut it’s certainly a compelling start for a series full of so many characters.
What shows will this remind you of? Our blues might remind you a bit of other Korean series like Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, twenty five twenty oneand Because this is my first life.
Our opinion : Our blues presents us with a world in which it is easy to get carried away; Jeju has the kind of small-town vibe that appeals from the get-go, and the character interactions set things up for future developments. The way these people live their lives next to each other may not be the most thrilling television, but it is compelling, delivering a series of engaging stories about slices of life that hit in a variety of ways. Eun-hui is a dazzling and charming protagonist, a fiery person and fun to watch, especially as we start to learn more about her past with Han-soo. The Hallmark energy of returning to your hometown to come face-to-face with your first love is undeniably effective, and it works well here – I wanted to know more about them. The pilot spends quite a bit of time trying to introduce us to as many characters as possible, so there are moments that drag on a bit, but with so many episodes to come, those issues are sure to resolve themselves. We’re off to a great start, and as this first episode draws to a close, we want more. (That’s all you can really ask of a pilot, right?).
Sex and skin: Nothing.
Farewell shot: Han-soo seems to reminisce and closes the curtain, gazing at the city below.
Sleeping Star: Lee Jung-eun, who international viewers will likely recognize as Housekeeper Moon-gwang from Parasite, is a delight as Eun-hui, the fiery fish shop owner who reconnects with old flame Han-soo. She’s so fun to watch, with great energy and an on-screen presence that’s impossible to look away from. A lot of Our blues‘ The first episode is pretty in numbers, but with Lee in the mix, there’s real electricity injected into every scene, which makes us want to see more of her and learn how she ended up becoming the woman that she is now. Hoping that this role will make her even better known around the world. She has that little something special.
Our call: SPREAD IT. With a charming cast and a handful of interesting stories to get us started, Our blues quickly established itself as a light, entertaining cuisine with a big heart.
Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines, hogging the mic at karaoke, and tweeting thirst. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.