K-Drama Premiere: “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol” Hits All The Right Notes For Its Premiere Week
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol paints a picture of hope, redemption, and love in its stunning premiere week!
Among the many strong releases this month, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol makes a shining grand entrance, standing out amongst the rest. The KBS2 and Netflix drama airing Wednesdays and Thursdays promises an enticing tale revolving a riches-to-rags pianist and a handsome part-timer, whose paths are seemingly intertwined by fate.
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The drama centers on its two leads, a talented pianist Gu Ra Ra (Go Ara) and a mysterious Sunwoo Jun (Lee Jae Wook). Following a failed arranged wedding ceremony, her father’s bankruptcy, and his subsequent death, Ra Ra finds herself alone and financially struggling for the first time.
After hitting rock bottom, she begins to receive intriguing comments on her SNS posts from an account named, “dodosolsollalasol”, checking on her well-being. Initially wary, Ra Ra realizes that the name of the account is a reference to the piano notes used in “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, the song that her father constantly applauded her for and inspired her to play the piano. Convinced this mysterious user has a connection to her late father, she travels to the nearby town where the user has been posting their pictures, in an effort to meet them.
It is there where she encounters Sunwoo Jun in a freakish car accident. They met briefly during her failed wedding ceremony, where Jun delivered her bouquet after a late delivery. Their first meeting was a cheeky and playful moment, fuelled by unspoken chemistry that neither could forget. Now, fate would have it that the pair would reunite once more. After bonding at the hospital following the accident, Jun agrees to be Ra Ra’s creditor and loans her money until she gets back on her feet.
As the premiere week of Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol concluded, the show seems to hint that Ra Ra and Jun have a deeper past than what appears at first glance.
Premiere Week Recap
Perhaps one of the most endearing and captivating aspects of the show thus far is the chemistry between lead characters Ra Ra and Jun. The characters first encounter one another at Ra Ra’s arranged wedding. After a chance encounter with the delivery-man who begs for Jun’s help after an accident rendering him unable to deliver the bride’s bouquet, Jun helps bring the flowers to Ra Ra’s ceremony.
The two have a hilarious first encounter where Ra Ra mistakenly hits Jun in the nose, causing a nosebleed which ruins part of her dress. Jun saves the day with quick thinking, some whiteout, a lace table cloth, and a sewing kit. The moment was underscored by the pair’s chemistry, which was already a force in the room from their first encounter.
They both reunite by chance once more in Eunpo City, as Ra Ra searches for her mysterious SNS follower while Jun works multiple part-time jobs.
Ra Ra, the bright and gullible pianist, is a stark contrast to Jun, who is sarcastic and realistic. However, despite their differences, the pair make a complementary match. Their interactions are fuelled by witty banter and fond gazes, keeping audiences on their toes with their interactions.
However, the drama hints the romance may not be so clear-cut. Cha Eun Seok, a doctor in Eunpo City, treats Ra Ra at the hospital following her car accident. His yearning gazes and the revelation that he had attended a piano show in the past and was entranced by her indicates he may vie for her affection.
Though Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol is a lighthearted romantic comedy, its writers still provided a substantially complex plot. Not only is the title a reference to Ra Ra’s passion for piano, but it is a reference to her mysterious SNS follower by the same name, who may have a connection to her late father.
While it is clear the show will focus on Ra Ra’s hilarious journey to becoming independent and getting back on her feet in Eunpo City, she will also embark on an investigation to meet this anonymous SNS user.
Additionally, Jun’s character keeps many secrets that will unfold throughout the series. The first episode revealed he has a past he is running from. The first episode reveals that thugs came to his rented room, forcing him to flee out of Seoul and to Eunpo City. He keeps many part-time jobs and hides large cash savings in a tin beneath his bed.
Moreover, he remains tight-lipped, disclosing little personal information about himself and his past. In a bonus scene at the end of the second episode, the drama hints that Jun previously attended Ra Ra’s piano recital, and may have been enamored by her before.
Refreshing secondary characters
An enjoyable aspect of the show is its lineup of refreshing secondary characters. Though the premiere week has not fully introduced the entire ensemble to viewers, audiences can look forward to seeing iconic faces in the later episodes.
So far, Jin Suk Kyung (Ye Ji Won) and her daughter Jin Ha Young (Shin Eun Soo) are introduced as Jun’s eclectic neighbours. Their encounters with Jun often fuel the comedic scenes in the show. As city-girl Ra Ra adjusts to life in Eunpo City, the women will guide her journey as she moves into their house as a lodger.
As Ra Ra gets settled into the neighbourhood, audiences can look forward to more hilarity and more mystery as she meets more of the townspeople.
Premiere Week Afterthoughts
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol certainly lives up to expectations, if not surpassing them entirely.
Though the trope of “opposites attract” is one not uncommon to K-dramas, the two characters maintain a unique charm that keeps the romance refreshing. The actors, Go Ara and Lee Jae Wook, are largely propelling this fascinating romance. Though Ra Ra’s obliviousness and helplessness could easily foray into an annoying territory, Go Ara portrays her wide-eyed innocence and optimism with such authenticity that viewers cannot help but form a soft-spot for the character.
Furthermore, Lee Jae Wook’s first lead acting role since his debut was highly anticipated. His performance is already proving that the support is well-deserved. While charming and handsome, Jae Wook’s true shining point is his versatile acting. From swoon-worthy lines to quick-witted remarks, the actor’s delivery is a sight to behold.
In a month packed with new releases, this drama needed an impressive opening, which it had definitely delivered its premiere with a complex and enticing plot. Satisfying all viewers with its romance, comedy, mystery, and even some angst, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol marches to the beat of its own drum. Audiences will find themselves pleasantly surprised by the unique charms it offers, and will eagerly anticipate the next episodes week after week.
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol airs on KBS2 and Netflix on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 PM KST.
Streaming Source: KBS2 | Netflix