The first episode of “Just Like Today”(script by Choi Hyeon-gyeong, directed by Kim Dae-jin), the new weekday drama after “Iron Daughters-in-Law”, was aired on the 21st. It started off rather smoothly with the high rating of 13.7%(ABG Neilson Media Research, Metropolitan area only/11.6% throughout the country).
The fatherly love of Chun-bok(Kim Gap-su), the owner of a gas station, for Ki-wan(Lee Jae-yun) attracted the attention of many through the first episode on the 21st. Chun-bok is a cold-hearted man who gets excited like a child around In-suk(Kim Mi-suk), his wife of thirty years, and has endless patience and understanding for Ji-wan. The plot evolves around the fathers of today. It is interesting to see the story of different families told from the perspective of fathers through chun-bok, Sang-yeop(Hong Yo-seop), an executive of a major company, and Jun-tae(Lee Han-wi).
Scriptwriter Choi Hyeon-gyeong’s unique lines that show the bond between family members and the organized directing make an astounding combination. The drama shows off the unwavering acting of middle-aged veterans including Kim Yeong-ok, Kim Gap-su, Kim Mi-suk, Park Sun-cheon and Gyeon Mi-ri. The bright acting and fresh faces of Lee Jae-yun, Han Geu-ru and Yang Jin-seong add to the fun.
Viewers are posting endless messages of support on the drama website.
“A pollution-free drama is born in a long time! Looking forward to the stories of fathers in the 50s! (nlc****), “I love it because it’s not too extreme”(he***), “It makes me happy after a long exhausting day!”(bban****), “I hope the rest of the episodes are just like today’s!”(ejch***) are some of the comments shared after the first episode aired.
The episode ends as Sang-yeob heads home on the memorial day of his friend Jae-ho. It drew out the curiosity of viewers by ending with him catching his son Ji-wan and Sang-yeob’s daughter Hee-ju(Park Si-eun) kissing. Viewers should try to figure out the secret behind the reason Chun-bok and Mi-suk are against the marriage of Ji-wan and Hee-ju. The conflict between characters which started in an early stage of the drama makes it interesting for viewers as they guess how the relationships will unfold.
“Just Like Today” is the heartfelt self-portrait of father’s of our generation. It is brought to you at 8:15PM on weekdays.