Live On Korean Drama - Hwang Min Hyun and Jung Da Bin

Live On is about a popular high school student (Jung Da Bin) who finds out someone is trying to reveal a secret about her past so she joins her school’s broadcasting club and gets the help of the perfectionist head of the club (Hwang Min Hyun) to find the culprit.

Live On Korean Drama - Jung Da Bin

Jung Da Bin plays Baek Ho Rang. She is very popular and attracts lots of attention, particularly from her large social media following, but she has a cold personality. When someone starts secretly threatening to reveal secrets about her, she decides to investigate by joining the broadcasting club.

Live On Korean Drama - Hwang Min Hyun

Hwang Min Hyun is Go Eun Taek. He is the leader of the broadcasting club and is smart and likes his life very ordered. His personality is also a bit cool which puts him at odds with Ho Rang when she joins the club.

Live On Korean Drama - Hwang Min Hyun and Jung Da Bin

Live On is a pretty straightforward high school drama with romance and a little mystery. I found it pretty basic and a bit slow, but at only 8 episodes, it was a quick watch.

The main plot centers around Ho Rang trying to find out who is threatening her with a secret from her past. That’s what gives us the mystery element as she works to solve it through joining the broadcasting club.

Live On Korean Drama - Hwang Min Hyun and Jung Da Bin

The drama then showcases a romance between her and the leader of the club, Eun Taek. We get to see the classic bickering between them at first followed by slowly warming up to each other. The relationship progresses nicely as they work through their issues. There are some really nice heart fluttering moments between the pair too.

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We explore several other relationships involving romance between other students, friends turned enemies, and a bit of family issues. This allows for several subplots to take shape and add more to the story.

Live On Korean Drama - Jung Da Bin

The drama also highlights some deeper issues involving school violence and its effects on students. I was glad to see this topic explored, though I do think its execution was a bit lacking. I think the 8 episode count prevented the story from going deeper with this in a way that would have been more meaningful.

SPOILERS BELOW

It’s halfway through the show before we learn for sure about Ho Rang being involved in school violence, but we don’t get the details at that point. It then takes a couple more episodes before we do find out she was a victim.

And because the show waited to give us a deeper look into Ho Rang’s feelings and trauma, many of her actions seemed unnecessary and confusing as to why she was trying so hard to keep the secret of her being a victim of bullying.

Thankfully, the final episodes do a good job of explaining her mindset and addressing some of the shame and fears that she had experienced and why it had caused her to hide what she had went through. I just wish it would have been executed a bit better so that we could have connected more strongly with Ho Rang and her pain earlier on. It was nice to see this topic addressed in such a way though. The ending was really great too with good closure.

END OF SPOILERS

Live On Korean Drama - Hwang Min Hyun and Jung Da Bin

Live On is a decent drama, but it just never fully engaged me. There is enough going on with the main romance, the mystery, and all of the other relationships to keep the plot moving along though. While it is a fairly standard high school drama, it can work for you if you just want something simple and fun with a decent story that wraps things up quite nicely.

My Rating: 6/10

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10 responses to “Live On Korean Drama Review”

  1. MyKDramaticLife Avatar
    MyKDramaticLife

    Not on my list.
    And therefore will not be on it after this review. Haha.

    1. Jessy B. Avatar
      Jessy B.

      Lol, I had the same thoughts reading through this.

    2. Kay Avatar

      Haha, yeah, it was okay, but there are definitely much better dramas to spend your time on 🙂

  2. D Avatar
    D

    I watched the first episode of this. As you nicely put it in your last paragraph it did not engage me either. So I dropped it. After reading this review though I’m glad to say it will nicely stay in dropped category. 😀

    1. Kay Avatar

      Yes, not very engaging basically sums this one up. It has several positive elements, it just doesn’t present them in an engaging way. It’s good you have already moved on to better things 🙂

  3. Sharicutty Avatar

    After True Beauty, I am not sure I want another high school romance Kdrama

    1. Kay Avatar

      This one definitely does not live up to True Beauty. That drama was soooo good! 🙂

  4. […] While it was a decent drama, it just never fully engaged me. There was enough going on to keep the plot moving along though, and it was good to see some more difficult topics addressed. It can work for you if you just want something simple and fun with a decent story that wraps things up quite nicely. (Live On Review) […]

  5. […] While it was a decent drama, I just never fully got into it. There was enough going on to keep the plot moving along though, and it was good to see some more difficult topics addressed. It can work for you if you just want something simple and fun with a decent story that wraps things up quite nicely. My Rating: 6/10 (Live On Review) […]

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