Happiness: A Post-pandemic K-drama you Need to Watch


For the past two years, everybody's mental health has deteriorated because of the multiple lockdowns. A lot even lost their jobs. I am ...

For the past two years, everybody's mental health has deteriorated because of the multiple lockdowns. A lot even lost their jobs. I am not sure if this is a good series because we're still in a pandemic, but the storyline is pretty good. It was the first time I watched a K-drama whose story was set after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apparently, infectious diseases are the new normal in this K-drama's setting. The virus that spreads this time is scary when you get infected. You will feel extreme thirst that water won't quench. Mind you, this is not your normal airborne virus. You will only get infected when someone bites or scratches you and if you take the underdeveloped “Next” pills. 

The effects on people vary from time to time. I think it depends on how they handle it. Some scenes showed that if you have great mind control, you could overcome it. You might manage to wait until a vaccine has been made. Once the infected people "transformed," they lose their minds and get blurry vision. They only want to satisfy their thirst. Once they have a good meal, they go back to their normal self, but they won't be able to hide their thirst, most especially if there are uninfected people around them. Apparently, the blood of people who are not sick sends a sweet aroma that is irresistible to the infected people. 

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The story revolved around Yoon Sae Bom (Han Hyo Joo), Jung Yi Hyun (Park Hyung Sik), and the people from the apartment building their living in. Sae Bom and Yi Hyun were acquainted back in high school and remained friends until they grow up. As Sae Bom moved into her dream apartment, she immediately faced a crisis.

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Sae Bom and Yi Hyun are both working for the government. Sae Bom is a special operation unit police squad while Yi Hyun is a detective. Their teamwork was really great, considering their background. As the crisis continues, it absolutely tested their patience and belief that there's still goodness in mankind amidst the pandemic.

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The drama was kind of stressful and sad to watch because of how realistic the characters portrayed the roles. I kept thinking of putting myself in their shoes, and 80% of the time, my answer was the same resolution. Sad, but true. You won’t really know who’s really good or bad until the end. I think I even had trust issues while watching this drama. 

Comparing it to the current pandemic, many of us lose our sanity from time to time. It's still hard to live with all the face masks and face shields. Of course, we miss the way we used to live before the pandemic. If you are confined in the four corners of your house, it will definitely hit you hard, just like what happened in Happiness. On the brighter side, it also shows us to never lose hope and just keep going because it will eventually end. 

If there’s something that I am not happy about in this drama, it will be Sae Bom’s friend in SOU. I expected so much from him, and I was caught off guard to know that his role ended "that" way. Anyway, you must watch it. You can leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

By the end of the drama, it seems there won't be season 2. But I have a few questions in my head. So, I was kind of hoping for it to have season 2. 

I won’t spoil so much as it only had 12 episodes. Anyone can watch it, and the drama is straight to the point. It won’t take you to a lot of roundabouts. Just be ready to be stressed. :) 

Before I end this blog, let me leave this piece with you. Happiness isn’t about tangible things. It is whom you choose to stay with during the hardest times.



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