Jealousy Incarnate (Don’t Dare to Dream) Korean Drama Review

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Jealousy Incarnate Don’t Dare to Dream Korean Drama Review


Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin) dreams to become a news anchorwoman, however, she never got the chance yet and becomes a weather caster instead. Looking from a far, Pyo Na Ri has a long one sided crush on her rude senior news anchor, Lee Hwa Shin (Jo Jung Suk). Three years later, just when their paths start to cross again and Hwa Shin begins to aware of Na Ri, Na Ri meets a handsome gentleman, Go Jung Won (Go Kyung Pyo) who is none other than Hwa Shin’s best friend. Trying to achieve her dream job of becoming a news anchor while being entangled in a love triangle, Na Ri also finds Hwa Shin’s biggest secret. Will Na Ri keeps Hwa Shin’s secret forever? Who would Na Ri choose in the end? Will Na Ri get her dream job at last?

Main Cast:

  • Gong Hyo Jin as Pyo Na Ri, a bright and naive weather caster who dreams to become a news anchor despite being lacking in experience, appearance, and connection
  • Jo Jung Suk as Lee Hwa Shin, a rude and straight forward but respectable news anchor who gets jealous over Na Ri-Jung Won’s relationship due to his proud and competitive traits at first
  • Go Kyung Pyo as Go Jung Won, Hwa Shin’s chaebol best friend who is very well mannered and serious at love. He falls for Na Ri at the first sight
  • Lee Mi Sook as Kye Sung Sook, a cold reporter-turned-anchorwoman who is also Hwa Shin’s ex sister-in-law
  • Park Ji Young as Bang Ja Young, Department head of SBC station and announcer who happens to be Hwa Shin’s current sister-in-law
  • Seo Ji Hye as Hong Hye Won, an intelligent and capable anchorwoman who doesn’t believe people are equal, making her self-conceited and has a mingled reputation


This drama shows relatable and realistic working environment, especially in a broadcasting station. It also applauded for bringing up sensitive issues such as employee’s health issue, breast cancer on men, discrimination toward employee with health issues, career climbing with the help of connections, child victim of parent’s multiple marriage, etc. The story line, although the audience could guess (as soon as the first episode) that it would involve love triangle(s), and other apparent issues, still it successfully offers good humors, plot twists and touching moments.

We could expect a good vibe and chemistry in this drama, since both rom-com king and queen lead this drama. As usual, Jo Jung Suk charms us with both his serious and cute acts while Gong Hyo Jin never fails to let us immerse in the drama as we laugh, cry, and troubled along with her. Go Kyung Pyo, who previously more often acted as a more immature characters, successfully turned into a real gentleman in the drama, making us had a major second lead syndrome.

Rating: 8.5/10

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