Ever feel like you’re getting tired of watching people fall in love, get together, and no development of their relationship once they are? In The Lover, we take a look at the relationship of four couples in various points of a relationship. This hilarious gem from TVn has a mature target audience, hence the rating, and you could find many sexual innuendos in it, but beside that, it is one of the most realistic romance in the whole business.
The Lover focuses on four couples who are living together despite not being married. Throughout the series, we see a day-to-day problems that the couples faced and the shenanigans surrounding it. The scenes between one couple and the next might seem disconnected, but every once in a while we see their small interactions, mostly awkward, sometimes cute, and in every episodes there are the same theme that connected the scenes in a particular, inspirational way that you could relate to. It’s almost like a television version of a contemporary anthology.
The Lover is a good show about couples that you can easily identify with, from whatever part of the relationship you are.
The first couple is on their 30s, and they’re pretty much your average couple. Oh Doshi is a voice actor and Ryu Doori is a blogger. They’re the most domestic of the bunch; you could see several scenes of them just lounging around in their couch, looking like the most comfortable couple from the four. Already adjusting to the lives together due to the fact that they’ve lived together for five years, they were much less lovey dovey and the conflicts they face mostly come from their annoyance wiith each other’s, and sometimes the people’s around their significant others.
The second couple came straight of a noona romance, with Jinyeo who had already been—who has a side dish business—fending for her twelve year apart younger boyfriend, Youngjoon, who’s a guitarist who doesn’t know how to play it, for one year, but afraid not; this one’s different from others in the genre, because they’re dirtier; far, far more perverted. They’re always fighting and teasing each other, and they have the most ridiculous antics from the bunch, but they’re always quick to make up. it’s interesting how much they shed light to Jinyeo’s anxiety from dating someone much younger than herself, but it does it in such a subtle way that it’s not all she thinks about, but with every viewing, it’s clear that she doesn’t have much to worry about.
The third couple is Seoleun and Hwanjong, who just moved in together. So far they have less scenes together, so it is unclear what they really do for a living. Their plotlines focuses onto them knowing each other better. With Seoleun working hard to keep her boyfriend convinced that she’s very feminine (she’s not—she really loves to eat and will fight for it secretly even with her Hwanjong telling her to eat less), and her boyfriend working as hard to impress her, I’m really glad to see how the budding romance progressed. One thing I’m impressed about is the later episode when Seoleun asking Hwanjong to spice up their sex life, instead of having him seducing her to do it. It’s an open female sexuality that doesn’t get brought up often.
The four couple is the one I’m most confused about. They play on the ‘will they, won’t they’ plotline, and they’re Joonjae, a loner who prefers to stay at home, but was forced to take in a roommate because of financial reasons, and Takuya, a world traveler that got chosen by Joonjae because he doesn’t really want to talk much to anyone. This couple is interesting because you could see someone introverted opening up little by little to his happy-go-lucky new roommate, and the whole new developing feelings between two of them. And another thing: they have more sexual innuendos rather than the second couple.
Now, why am I confused because of the last couple? Because they can handle it both ways, in a very LGBTQ+ positive or much less so, and so far it’s been leaning to the latter. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about budding romance between two roommates, but when you dropped hints about the gay relationship between the two of them with a specifically-placed background music an purposely-edited clips, and then goes ‘oops, but we’re just joking around’, it does raises some eyebrows; because it looks like a fanservice, like queerbaiting—it has only been four episodes, so I’m willing to give this one a hope, but purposely giving out hints about gay representation and then saying ‘nevermind, it’s just a joke’, unfortunately, isn’t a gay representation. TVn has done this a couple of times—they have several gay characters, but none of them seemed to be able to develop healthy relationship with anyone.
But I think that’s one thing that have been bugging me the most. Overall, The Lover is a good show about couples that you can easily identify with, from whatever part of the relationship you are. The anthology-like form contributes to widespread diverse audience, and if you don’t like one couple, there’s always the others. It’s a fresh, modern depiction of our generation’s romance… and a good one at that.
For you who doesn’t like cheap sexual jokes, you might want to skip this one.
You can watch The Lover on Viki or any other streaming services.