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REVIEW: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Episode 1 + Episode 2 Preview

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay was so great today! I am not sure if it will be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is definitely my cup of tea! I loved the macabre undertones (undertones, ha, more like a Pollack painting) and I loved the delightfully quirky lead actress who belongs in The Adam’s Family. It’s overall vibe is has a live action Tim Burton feeling to it (i.e. Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride) which I can get behind.

In addition to all that, the children’s story she wrote was really wonderful and have a lovely (albeit horror story-ish) message for little kids as well as adults. I kind of want to own that children’s book and place it on a nice spot in my library to bust out on occasion. It would be really nice as a Halloween reading (but, you know, with a message to go along with it.)

This episode started with a Tim Burton esque puppet animation of a little girl with sad eyes and the boy who folloed her around and removed all her bad memories that haunted her. Then we cut to the actual live action part of the drama.

This episode was mostly an introduction to our quirky cast. The main characters are a person who works at the hospital as a caregiver (Kang-tae), his brother who has a high level of autism (Sang-tae), and the famous macabre children’s book writer (Moon-young) who the brother absolutely loves loves loves.

Through a patient situation at a book reading event at the hospital, Moon-young cuts Kang-tae with a knife. She was really trying to cut an out of control patient (possibly kill?) who was trying to take his daughter away. Kang-tae stopped her and got cut himself. No one witnessed this event besides the patient (who ends up being found dead later, eep!).

They both think about each other after that encounter and, unfortunately, Kang-tae is fired because of it. Well, Moon-yongs company CEO, Sang-ji, is trying to get ahead of this situation and asks Kang-tae to come to their Publishing house so that they can work out a deal. Kang-tae is not really that interested but agrees.

The episode ends with Kang-tae and Moon-young in yet another confrontation, but Kang-tae tells Moon-yong that she actually reminds him of a girl with sad eyes that he used to know. It ends there!

So what did you think? Did you like it? Lurve it? Want more of it? Or was it not your cup of tea? Let us know in the comments, we love to read and comment with the drama watching community (because that is what kdramas are all about, yo).

The episode 2 preview translation is below! See you tomorrow!

English Translation

ST – I am so happy to go to the book signing!

MY – That is too cliche to call it fate.

KT – Running away, I thought it was about my brother.

MY – Coward.

SI – Ko Moon-young! Where are you!

Man – Everyone involved with her has a bad ending

KT – Talk to me.

MY – You can become my safety pin. Hold me tight so I will not blow away.


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  1. Marmele
    June 20, 2020 / 12:39 pm

    I am amazed. I really liked this episode, and i think the fairy tales are part of the beackground these two
    might even share. At the start i thought : Okay they all have mental issues
    one more then the other. All in all this might be fantastic drama with an interesting start.

    • V
      June 20, 2020 / 2:47 pm

      Yes! I think I am going to really enjoy trying to figure out the fairytales! The director did something similar with Encounter (aka Boyfriend) with the fairy tales telling the story of the drama.

  2. K
    June 20, 2020 / 5:42 pm

    Is it just me or are there elements of Charles Dickens “great expectations.” For some reason I thought of that book while watching the premiere.

    • V
      June 21, 2020 / 6:52 am

      Oh, I hadn’t thought of Great Expectations, but I can see that!

  3. Nana
    June 20, 2020 / 10:09 pm

    i love love love love it.. and it gives me soooo much feels..

  4. Hannita
    June 20, 2020 / 10:50 pm

    So is that her that he’s talking about at the end? (Little girl)

    • V
      June 21, 2020 / 6:50 am

      I think so!

  5. Tiki
    June 21, 2020 / 8:36 pm

    Does anyone know the song that was playing in the first episode when she is leaving the restaurant and she took the knife with her?

  6. Anonymous
    October 23, 2020 / 6:43 pm

    you dont knowe about mentel illnessis . it is so close to harte,

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