K-Drama Review: “Love Alert” Concludes With Satisfaction Despite Plain Story & Predictable Ending
Ending as expected, Love Alert gives its main leads their happily ever after, but not without one last mishap.
Viewers have known all along that the Milk Couple will end up together, however, it is still exciting to witness how the drama pushed to achieve that conclusion.
Title: Love Alert/Fluttering Warning
Theme: Romance, Comedy
Length: 16 Episodes
Broadcast Date: 31 Oct 2018 – 20 Dec 2018
Main Leads: Chun Jung Myung and Yoon Eun Hye
Highlights: Leads’ chemistry, simple storyline
Oh No Moments: Insipid villain
Related Dramas: Lie to Me, Full House
It would not be the story of Yoon Yoo Jung and Cha Woo Hyun if a mishap doesn’t occur. In this case, it happened on the day that is supposedly the happiest day of their lives – their wedding day! As they are about to read their vows, Woo Hyun’s father passes out which dampen the joyous mood. Since, Yoo Jung is about to leave, the couple promise to hold another wedding.
One year later, in the garden and in front of their families and closest friends, the wedding finally takes place – smoothly, this time.
Keeping its promise of giving heart-flutters, Love Alert sails through and somehow manages to keep viewers hooked. The story of an actress struggling to find the “One” and a dermatologist who did not believe in love sounds trite, but it also helps in watching the drama without too much expectation.
Excellent Leads’ Chemistry
Because of its basic plot, it could have been a boring drama if the characters lack synergy. Fortunately for Love Alert, Chun Jung Myung and Yoon Eun Hye have sizzling chemistry. From their very first up to the last interactions, that connection is palpable. I find it easy to believe the progression of their relationship, from simple acquaintances to lovers, because both act naturally and are comfortable with each other. Every scene with these two never fails to put a smile on my face.
Simple Story Line
Some may find Love Alert’s story too plain and cliche. It is true, but I love its simplicity. The simple narrative is easy to follow, and you can just sit and watch the story unfolds. With several dramas this year that have heavy and complicated plots, this one serves as a breather despite its weak conflict.
As much as I love the simple story, it would not hurt to have an interesting antagonist. The daughter of the Kanghan Group is the character in this drama that did not resonate well with me. For someone trying to gain the favor of both fathers (hers and Woo Hyun’s), the things she did are over the top. She was a person wanting to have some influence and get acknowledgement but all she did was bark orders and use dirty tactics. I just could not understand the motivations behind her actions. Her continued meddling with the couple and their families has become tiresome that I see no redemption for her. Despite of the vile things she did, I still find her character lacking.
It was a good finale for this sweet romantic comedy top-billed by Yoon Eun Hye and Chun Jung Myung. People who needs to be reprimanded got what they deserved, and our couple finally got their happy ending after all they went through.
Love Alert is an enjoyable drama if you are in the mood for something light and breezy. I watched it without expecting too much and it did not disappoint. Looking beyond the simple story and clichés, you will find that love is not without complication. Relationships may not start ideally, but the things you shared and the battles you went through together can only strengthen that bond, eventually earning that happy ending.