for real though, do you understand how big of a step the lover is for queer representation in south korean tv/cinema? how often is there a kdrama with a queer character, let alone a queer character who gets a happy ending?
there were no stereotypes. joonjae didn’t fall into an internalized homophobia spiral when he realized his feelings. joonjae and takuya weren’t treated as lesser characters next to the straight couples. they had their ridiculous moments and their sad ones, just like the other couples did. and they got their happy ending, too.
i know someone might say it’s “just a kdrama”, but please don’t underestimate the power of television or the importance of queer representation. you don’t know how much hope this drama could give to someone struggling with their identity and feeling like they can’t be happy.
this is really, really great. thank you, mnet. thank you, writer kim. thank you, directors kim and jung. thank you, cast.