Do you ever find yourself in a television rut? Maybe you’re the kind of person who watches too much true crime, and now checks behind every door when you walk into a room, just to be safe. Perhaps you’ve been on a reality TV kick, and find yourself reflecting on the events of your day in a confessional-style monologue. Heck, you might watch so much science fiction, you’re suddenly unable to differentiate between the real world and all the crazy fantasy stuff you’ve consumed. Whatever the case, it’s probably time to try something new.
Enter Netflix’s new series, Love Alarm. It’s the TV refreshment you so desperately need. This Korean drama is filled with romance, a gorgeous cast, and a really cool tech element. Love Alarm is the kind of show you’ll binge watch as quickly as possible…and then spend the rest of your weekend scrolling through social media, looking for other people who are craving more as badly as you are. Here’s what you need to know before you watch.
‘Love Alarm’ is Netflix’s first Korean Original Series
It’s about time the streaming service finally created its own original K-drama content! Love Alarm is available to watch in most languages. If you’re not down with dubbing, you can watch it in Korean with English subtitles. There are eight hour-long episodes.
It’s about the craziest dating app idea, ever.
Love Alarm is about a popular dating app that sets off an alarm when there is someone who likes you within a 10 meter radius. This pretty much means that nobody can hide their feelings. Like, ever. This is a total nightmare for Kim Jojo, because she likes to keep her feelings on the low.
You can actually download the app, IRL.
Love Alarm‘s director, Lee Na-jeong says that the app is actually real! No, it probably won’t be our next Tinder, but if you have an Android, you can totally download it.
“We invested a lot of time and effort in creating an app that actually works, collaborating with app development specialists, designers, and sound designers so that the audience can immerse themselves in the story, watching the characters feeling various emotions looking at the screen of the Love Alarm app,” she explains. The dedication!
Apparently the app can only currently be used in Korea. But, they are apparently working on an iPhone version, so maybe they’ll roll one out here, too? Fingers crossed!
There’s a love triangle.
I mean, would you even want to watch a drama if it didn’t have a love triangle? Nope, not really. Anyway, Hye-young has had feelings for Jojo forever, but when his friend, Sun-oh (who is a hunky male model) falls in love with Jojo at first sight…everything gets complicated.
Jojo, Sun-oh, and Hye-young all have super interesting backstories, so paired with the thrill of their love triangle, you’ll be answering “yes” every time Netflix asks if you’re still watching.
It’s based on a popular webtoon.
The idea for the story came from a webtoon (which is basically just an online comic, BTW), by Chon Kye-young. She came up with the concept for Love Alarm when she thought of the question, “How would humans adapt to a world where romantic feelings are made visible, and how would that change the way we love?” It’s pretty nuts, when you think about it.
The webtoon is set in a world where “invisible things like feelings can turn into something visible.” Yes, this makes for a great TV show…but I hope it never happens IRL.
You can read the webtoon on Tumblr.
Twitter’s already obsessed with it.
Because Love Alarm is based on a webtoon, it already had a pretty solid fanbase to begin with. Twitter’s super thirsty for the whole cast, and already asking for a second season. In other words…prepare to stan.