How time flies! It seems like only yesterday that the first episode of K-drama Record of Youth premiered on September 7 on TVN and Netflix. Now, eight episodes later, we’re officially halfway through. Along the way, we’ve been treated to top-notch visuals (just look at the leads) and a relatable storyline covering a variety of themes. In episode one, we were introduced to the main characters – Sa Hye-joon (Park Bo-gum), Ahn Jung-ha (Park So-dam), and Won Hae-hyo (Byun Woo-seok). We saw the influence of class and wealth on a person’s life and career, a theme highlighted over and over again throughout the next few episodes, especially with Kim Yi-young (Hae-hyo’s mother). Why are so many 30-something K-drama hotties making a comeback? While Record of Youth’s has stayed mostly lighthearted since the first episode, there have been a plethora of memorable sombre moments. Several involved Hye-joon as time elapsed before his quest to make it as an actor, aided by manager Lee Min-ja, eventually landed him a job. He experienced plenty of setbacks and disappointments, including getting a role he didn’t want. Fortunately for him, he was hired for Gateway , a popular medical drama that involves a Seo Hyun-jin cameo. Who is Park Bo-gum, the ‘Nation’s Boyfriend’ of K-drama? His relationship with make-up artist Jung-ha also blossomed rather quickly – a clear reminder of how shared experiences can connect people. As for Jung-ha herself, her promotion did not change how she’s treated at work – Jin-joo still treats her badly, out of jealousy (mostly). However, Jung-ha does her best regardless of the challenges that come her way. How Parasite opened the doors for South Korean film talent in Hollywood Although model Hae-hyo’s career has been going well, it is his apparent feelings for Jung-ha that could affect things for him, especially with Hye-joon. Will there be a love triangle in the second half of Record of Youth ? We’ll have to keep watching to find out. All in all, it’s an enjoyable drama so far – with the passion for success in work and love, and the bond between families, being the main themes. Although there isn’t anything super exciting or intense yet, Record of Youth is still worth watching if you’re into something relaxing and relatable. Furthermore, this is also Park Bo-gum’s last project before his military service . To up the ante, it’s filled with amazing outfits and eye candy; as well as brilliant performances from the cast. K-drama CF Kings: who is Korea’s most bankable brand ambassador? No, this isn’t the next Love in the Moonlight or Parasite – but you notice a growing narrative pull from one episode to the next, keeping viewers hooked to the end. Plus, there’s Park Seo-joon ’s slated appearance in episode nine to look forward to. How about you? What are your thoughts on Record of Youth so far? Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter . This article originally appeared on Buro 247 Malaysia.