What is it like to meet a straightforward person and start with an honest conversation?
First, our instincts will immediately tell us that there is nothing straightforward in this world. So we twist the situation, and then land up in a confused world created by none other than ourselves. And this becomes more prominent as we get older.
Lee Hyun Soo (Seo Hyun Jin) is exactly going through this paradigm shift. She meets On Jung Seon (Yang Se Jong) when she’s 29 years old in the year 2012. On Jung Seon is an aspiring French Chef, while Lee Hyun Soo is striving to become an established writer.
They go to the same ‘running club’ with their mutual friends, only to realize that they already know each other by the name Jane & Good Soup–the names they use as they chat online.
On Jung Seon is a straightforward chef who likes to pour out his feelings. Whether it is at work challenging his Head Chef’s methods or in his personal life wherein it took him only a minute to decide pursuing his dream of becoming a French Chef. Though his childhood was traumatic, he is full of fervor & enthusiasm. It doesn’t take him much time to confess his true feelings for Lee Hyun Soo.
Lee Hyun Soo feels offended. She is quick in generalizing that young men are picking up on her because she is worthless. To add, our handsome chef earns more than her. But these things don’t matter to our young chef. Both meet whenever they get a chance and develop a pleasant relationship.
The turning point comes when Jung Seon finally gets a call from his dream Chef Alain Passard who works in Paris. While Jung Seon is finding light & way ahead towards his destination, Hyun Soo is only getting dejected. Her sister torments her & she is unhappy with her present job as an assistant writer.
Jung Seon asks Hyun soo to wait for him for 5 years. Hyun Soo follows to be a realist and rejects his proposal. They part their ways but destiny brings them together after 5 years in 2017 in the same city of Seoul where they both had found their first love for each other.
The series has aired eight episodes ’til now. So far, there is not even a single instance I did not like about this drama. While Gong Yoo’s Goblin developed a romance in a subtle slow pace, Temperature of Love is heavily dependent on its excellent script & fast pace.
The dialogues are holding interest. The screen time of Hyun Soo and Jung Seon is fantastic. The time they spent together on the train or on the rooftop while eating and watching stars or when running. There is an amazing chemistry between them which is reinforced by good music, food, and good acting. I’ve never felt this intuitive since Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight Movie series. The first four episodes particularly reminded me of these movies.
One of the best moments.
We have a surprise package in the form of Jung Seon’s and Park Jung Woo’s (Kim Jae Wook) BROMANCE. They are meant for each other. Honestly.
It will be more engaging to watch this drama since Jung woo is head over heels on Hyun Soo. That means we will be having a conflicting romance for Hyun Soo which in some way may affect the wonderful friendship of Jung Woo & Jung Seon.
The only person who seems to be manipulative in this drama is Ji Hong Ah (Jo Bo Ah). It was really interesting to see the character graph of Hong Ah. From a wanting friend to a jealous friend of Hyun Soo. Even Jung Seon’s mother was found to be reasonable to a certain level for her annoying behavior. But Bo Ah appears to be troublesome. She is going to add extra unwanted spice in this otherwise delightful drama.
I am also loving the fact that Jung Seon is having his own team of chefs in the present 2017. The team is creating a lovely atmosphere around which is another reason why this drama is a sure watch.
There is nothing better than food in bringing two people together.
This theme is working with the audience who has already given this drama a double-digit rating until the last episode aired. Our protagonists are in 2017 and I can’t wait for their Temperature Of Love to finally match.
‘Temperature Of Love’ airs every Mondays & Tuesdays on SBS. The drama is written by Ha Myung Hee who is also the author of the book ‘Good Soup Never Picks Up The Phone’. The drama is based on her own novel.
Did you know that the lead characters of Hyun Soo and Jung Seon were first offered to Song Hye Kyo & Park Bo Gum respectively? Both the stars declined.
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