Writer Park Sang-hee is attempting the very awkward balancing act right now of trying to make "Riders: Get Tomorrow" seem like a cathartic tale of woe for the younger generation while not really moving very quickly to get on to the premise. Joon-wook failed his examination to get the corporate job. The situation is legitimately a pretty big disappointment but "Riders: Get Tomorrow" undercuts itself by having the other two male leads act like, well, act like jerks.
All right, mostly it's Gi-jeon that acts like a jerk. Yoon-jae at least tries to avoid starting a fight, even if he's not very good at it. But Gi-jeon is the one with the whole ultimate rickshaw plan, and it's kind of hard to want the guy to succeed when he practically gets up in Joon-wook's face and says that his dream was terrible and stupid. I mean yeah while Joon-wook's dream kind of was terrible and stupid he did have other concerns. Like how how his girlfriend would react.
I do like Eun-joo (played by Mi-ram). She's cute and funny. But more importantly Eun-joo has a fairly transparent motivation. She wants to get married to her boyfriend. And Eun-joo's whole scene with Joon-wook is adorably sad and bittersweet because of course it's more sensible for her to think that as a guy, Joon-wook is just too dumb to be thinking about stuff like marriage. To the contrary- as much as Joon-wook likes suits it's pretty clear that a major part of his disappointment is that he feels like by failing the exam he let Eun-joo down.
Unfortunately that's very little plot, even though this is about all we get. The cliffhanger this episode is quite literally the preview from the last episode. I hate it when dramas do that. That's about the surest possible way to make me feel like I've wasted my time watching an episode. Although really, I might just be more annoyed that Choi Yeo-jin apparently plays a major character in "Riders: Get Tomorrow" yet has no characterization or even screentime until near the end of the episode.
I'd like to note as a final dubious honor that "Riders: Get Tomorrow" appears to be pioneering a new form of revenue development- random ads in the corner of the screen every so often. I'm not sure yet whether this is as annoying as it sounds. What I can state very definitely is that the degree to which I'm annoyed by the ads is directly proportional to how bored I am by the actual drama, and this episode was a fairly dull one.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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