KDRAMA REVIEW: Lovely Runner (2024)

June 06, 2024

Lovely Runner is that comfort KDrama that I never thought I needed

Ever since I moved here in South Korea, I haven't been watching that much KDramas. Weird right? I'm on the land of KDramas but I haven't been watching them. Mainly because I was so busy recently and there's no drama that has really caught my attention. (Note: I have watched a few dramas but still not that many compared to when I was in the Philippines)

I was already so excited with this drama when the news that Kim Hye Yoon is going to be the lead for this drama. I knew Kim Hye Yoon in Sky Castle and eventually became a fan of her during Extraordinary You. Knowing that this is another romantic comedy drama, I am really excited for this. Little did I know that this drama will really consume me so much (financially included lol).

About Lovely Runner

Title: Lovely Runner (선재 업고 튀어)
Episodes: 16 episodes (around 1 hour each)

Byeon Woo Seok as Ryu Sunjae
Kim Hye Yoon as Im Sol
Song Geon Hee as Kim Taesung
Lee Sung Hyun as Baek In Hyuk

What I like about Lovely Runner

It's a drama that removed my Monday Blues

I usually hate Monday because it means that I'm going to have classes again and the weekend is over. But since this drama airs Monday and Tuesday, it really made me look forward for Monday. This drama is so fluffy that it can really remove your stress. Not only that, this drama can really make you laugh and giggle even in the middle of the night.

The chemistry of Kim Hye Yoon and Byeon Woo Seok is no joke

There are a lot of dramas that have good story, great actors but the chemistry is just so-so. That's why I really liked this drama because Kim Hye Yoon and Byeon Woo Seok have a great chemistry. Despite the height and age difference, you really won't feel much gap between them. They're acting as if every emotions were real.

The OSTs are so good

I really did not expect that Byeon Woo Seok's voice is good.

I totally believe that Lovely Runner's OSTs will win the OST of the Year on award shows because who would have thought that a band in the drama will reach up until the Top 4 of Melon? That is the power of Lovely Runner. The OSTs were so good that the general public love them so much.

Even their physical OST album reportedly broke the records of the most pre-ordered OST album in history. Mind you, their OST album has a higher price than most OST albums but still they did it.

Kim Taesung

That's it. That's the post. Kim Taesung, the greenest of all the greenest second male lead.

Okay. I admit. At first, he is not the "good guy" but when he met the present Sol, he was inspired and eventually improved himself. If only Sunjae didn't do a great job on being a loyal one to Sol, I would have probably wanted Taesung for Sol so bad. Im Sol and Sunjae couple will remain my superior couple while Taesung is mine.

I also love how Geonhee portrayed Taesung. You can really see the emotions in his eyes.

It's just THAT drama that came at the RIGHT time

If probably I'm not on the mood with fluffy dramas, I might have not liked it. But then, this drama was just released just when I needed it the most. I love everything has fallen on the right time. There were some delays with this drama - no actors accepting the script, change in directors, re-filming - but it was released right on time. If it was released earlier, I think it won't be as hit as it is now.

No one really expected for this drama to be so huge, not even the actors. But because it is on the right timing, it became bigger than we all have imagined.

What I somehow disliked about Lovely Runner

Note: There will be spoilers ahead so read at your own risk

The lack of background story of some casts

I will be honest. I felt a little bit disappointed with the ending. It even made me feel like, "Oh, that's it?" Not because I didn't want a happy ending, but because I felt like there is something else missing. The killer here just died without knowing what really was his intention.

I read somewhere on Twitter saying that the actor playing the role of the killer in Lovely Runner said that the killer doesn't really have a special background. He just wanted to kill people. Although that's a common thing, I still think it would have been better if there was a little background about him and also if he did not just die by being hit by a truck.

Same goes with Taesung's character. I believed his character has more to offer. I remember when watching this drama, I was thinking, "What would be Taesung's role in this drama?" Although he became a police in the present and was able to track the killer, I still needed more of him.

There were a lot of interesting fan theories in the internet and it would really be nice if those theories were real. But at the end, nothing really mind-twisting plot.

Overall Comments

Despite the fact that I somehow disliked how it ended, I can still say that I super enjoyed Lovely Runner. It really deserves all its recognition now. If given the chance, I would really want to rewatch it over and over again. It's a fun drama that can really remove your stress away.

Here's a short reaction video when we were watching Lovely Runner
@annyeongruth It’s even more fun to watch Lovely Runner with friends. Watching it through @티빙 with @mandoo_ss and sajida. #kdrama #lovelyrunner #lovelyrunnerep11 ♬ Star - N.Flying
We watched Lovely Runner through TVING. Real time but with no subs. This was really the test of our Korean listening and understanding skills. 

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