My Liberation Notes Episode 1 Recap: Kim Ji-won Drama is Mellow to a Fault

My Liberation Notes (나의 해방일지) is a Korean drama series directed by Kim Suk-yoon and stars Kim Ji-won, Lee Min-ki, Son Suk-ku and Lee El, alongside other cast members. My Liberation Notes episode 1 has a runtime of 64 minutes.

Netflix describes the series as:

Three siblings, exhausted by the monotony of day-to-day adulthood, seek to find fulfillment and freedom from their unremarkable lives.

– My Liberation Notes episode 1 recap contains major spoilers –

My Liberation Notes episode 1 starts with Mi-jeong, for some reason, being hassled by her colleagues to join a club. Although she’s clearly not interested, she gets roped into it anyway. She texts her siblings, Gi-jeong and Chang-hee, that she’ll be late and the others, too, with the problems in their lives, agree that they will be late. After not having much fun, she goes to meet up with her sister who says absolute crap about this guy she’s seeing.

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Still From My Liberation Notes Episode 1

However, that rant is cut short when they realise what they are talking about is happening right beside them. It’s just so awkward – you can feel the tension in the air as the whole table realizes the weight of what they said. As Mi-jeong and Gi-jeong rush out of the barbeque place, the latter calls their brother to ask him where he is. Her brother, meanwhile, is having a very public breakup with his girlfriend. It’s almost pathetic to witness the silliness of their argument!

As they are on their way home, the three look defeated with their lives and pretty bored as well. Gi-jeong, at home, tells her sister to apologise to the guy from earlier, since they are from the same office, but she says that it’s unnecessary. Chang-hee, meanwhile, looks out into the distance with a sad look on his face.

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Still From My Liberation Notes Episode 1

Over the weekend, things remain the same, with the Mi-jeong and Chang-hee helping their parents in the field and Gi-jeong going to get her hair done. Life is pretty repetitive and no one looks very happy with where  they are. Over dinner, Chang-hee tries to convince his father about getting a car but that plan goes down the drain when his father refuses another instalment plan and Chang-hee mentions kissing a girl in the car.

That night, Chang-hee, Ji-yeong and his friend talk about living in Sanpo and how it’s far from everywhere. How their girlfriends dumped them because of where they live and how their lives would’ve been different had they lived in Seoul. As the weekday arrives, Gi-jeong is really upset over her hair not being straight while Ji-yeong rushes to catch the train to office.

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Still From My Liberation Notes Episode 1

It feels sad watching her cancel all plans because she lives too far away from everything and everyone. It seems to be hampering her relationship with her colleagues and somewhere, her work as well. The last nail of the head for her is find out her colleague’s thoughts about her – apparently, she’s very bland. All three of the siblings are apparently feeling pretty crappy and it doesn’t help that they have to travel a shit-ton back home.

As her loan payments get late and the bank calls her, Mi-jeong gets worried about the repayment. She tries to get in contact with the person whom she loaned the money, but her text remains unseen. Over the course of a dinner, Gi-jeong decides to love just anyone without thinking about who that is and tries to rope her sister in. The next day, Mi-jeong, instead of catching the bus, goes to meet her father’s handyman and asks him to receive a mail for her. For some reason, that makes her happy.

Final Thoughts: My Liberation Notes Episode 1

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Still From My Liberation Notes Episode 1

I am a little confused with this show. Honestly, I didn’t find anything worth mentioning and although it’s just the first episode, My Liberation Notes episode 1 fails to make much of an impact. It’s a very mellow show about finding yourself and although I love shows like that, something about this hasn’t clicked yet. It’s a bit all over the place and it’s just so slow most of the time that it’s hard to follow. There are some sweet moments but the siblings don’t feel real and there’s some chemistry lacking.

Maybe that’s the dynamic that the siblings share for the time being, and things might just look up in the following episodes. But, for now, I am quite underwhelmed.

My Liberation Notes is streaming on Netflix.

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My Liberation Notes episode 1 starts on quite the mellow note - just like Mi-yeong's life.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Does your low rating a reflection of the unremarkable storyline of the 1st episode and not the actors’ performance? It’s a pity that these actors’ acting skills weren’t put into good use, thus making the 1st episode unremarkable. Thank you for your constructive criticism. I hope that the director and scriptwriter will make the next episodes more coherent and commanding. I am confident that your next review will start with “ was blown away by how good that episode was”

    • I loved all of the actors’ acting. In fact, I think the episode was bearable thanks to them. All of them are seasoned actors and don’t require any criticism, in my opinion 🙂

  2. I’ve seen your review copied on another site with only a few words changed around here and there. Since yours was posted earlier, I’m guessing you’re the original poster.

  3. Hoping that your low rating will motivate the scriptwriter and director to make the script more engaging. I wasn’t expecting much because the trailer on Netflix didn’t give me any reason to be. If it weren’t for Lee Min-Ki who did a remarkable job in making Se-Hee as one of the most memorable characters in Kdrama, I wouldn’t be watching MLN. I wonder if there’s much improvement of the storyline and pacing on the 2nd episode.

  4. I would disagree… I could relate to each character so well and although not much dialogues were spoken their acting was solid, that expressions enough were able to deliver the message across.
    Maybe not for people into high paced dramas, I personally loved it and would recommend it as a good watch! The first episode was a snippet into each sibling individually, hope u like the future ones.

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