FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW: 7 “Signals” To Watch “Forecasting Love And Weather” Starring Park Min Young And Song Kang

“Forecasting Love And Weather” tells the story of those who are working for the KMA (Korea Meteorological Administration)—from their work ethics to their daily routines—and the signals that change their forecasts, both for the weather and their personal lives.

Here are 7 signals to start streaming “Forecasting Love And Weather.”

Signal #1: If office dramas with complicated relationships are your cup of *tea*
The series is a literal office drama—with some dramatic moments and complicated *not-so-secret* relationships between colleagues turned lovers turned enemies. *sips tea* However, since the set-up is still in a professional setting, the issues are toned-down. (It’s nowhere near makjang.)

Signal #2: If you love a visually pleasing yet equally good at acting cast
Park Min Young, Song Kang, Yoon Park, and Yura have exceptional visuals, but are also all good at portraying their respective roles. Park Min Young is Jin Ha Kyung, a career woman who recently became the youngest director at work. Then there’s Song Kang, who has been known to portray angsty roles when he stars in a romance drama—from “Love Alarm” to “Nevertheless”. Now, he’s the innocent, cheerful, and talented forecaster, Lee Si Woo. Yura plays reporter Chae Yoo Jin, who, as she says, is misunderstood. While Yoon Park is Han Ki Jun, who even the actor himself refers to as “evil.”

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Signal #3: If you’ve always been curious about how weather forecasting works
We hardly see dramas that tackle a weather forecaster’s career, but, here, the whole series revolves around the KMA (Korea Meteorological Administration). It showcases not just the forecasters, but even the reporters, PR, upper management, and just simply how the whole administration functions. It’s educational, in a way.

Signal #4: The drama took 2 years of research before it was written
As revealed during the press conference of the series, the writer researched how the KMA works as a whole for 2 years and even immersed in the environment for 8 months to accurately write about their jobs. Hence, it’s guaranteed that the series was carefully planned.

Signal #5: If you want to see Park Min Young in another office drama, but with a twist
Park Min Young already starred in 3 office dramas. Known as the romcom queen, most of her roles are bubbly and feminine—Kim Mi So in “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim” and “Sung Deok Mi” in “Her Private Life.” But, in this series, Park Min Young showcases a more “ordinary” office woman as Jin Ha Kyung. She’s also a bit more stern than bubbly—but she still has a “warm” and delicate side.

As Park Min Young describes her, Ha Kyung is more like the weather during the winter season. She said in an interview during their press conference, “Ha Kyung has gone through a lot, I wanted to give her some warmth, a muffler, and maybe button her coat. She is going through the low point of her life, especially for a woman, as if she has come across a severe cold that has not been forecasted. But hopefully, winter will pass and maybe a season of flowers in full bloom will come. So, I would say that right now, [the weather my character is going through] is in November.”

Signal #6: Lots of bickering (if that’s your thing)
Han Ki Jun and Jin Ha Kyung argue a lot in the series. But what makes it entertaining to watch is how the two didn’t even rehearse their scenes, as revealed during their interview. Sure, Ki Jun can be infuriating, but, as Min Young said, “Han Ki Jun is actually pathetic. But Yoon Park is handsome, so he kind of covers that up.” (Plus, it’s satisfying when Ha Kyung wins against him!)

Signal #7: If you like a story that can unexpected (like the weather)
The series is a slow-burn drama. Just like the weather, it may seem like another ordinary day… but then, suddenly, rainstorms fall out of the blue. “Forecasting Love And Weather” is similar in a way that the story seems simple but there are surprises and big reveals here and there. Still, just like how the forecasters analyze data to know more about the weather, the drama also drops hints that something is about to happen. The storytelling seems to have relied on the uncertainty of the weather, and how it wasn’t uncertain after all. In the end, there were “signals”: the sound of a relationship that’s about to end, the true colors of a person seeping through, and the vibrations that felt off.

Those signals and big reveals are what keep the story interesting to watch—because we’ll always keep guessing on what kind of “weather” (sad scenes or happy ones) the writer will start giving us next.

The series is now streaming on Netflix.

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