I finished watching Reply 1988 recently. I can honestly say, that this has been one of the best series that I’ve watched in a long time.

Reply 1988

Plot:

“In 1988, Duk-Sun (Hyeri), Jung-Hwan (Ryoo Joon-Yeol), Sun-Woo (Ko Gyung-Pyo) and Dong-Ryong (Lee Dong-Hwi) are high school students and Taek (Park Bo-Gum) is a go player. These five people have been friends since they were little kids. They all grew up together and are neighbors to this day. Their families are also very close to each other. They always hang around Taek’s room and spend time together.”

It was cute and funny, but it was also a bit sad. It made me miss my childhood friends. This is one of those series that tugs at the heart strings and makes you wish that you would’ve done things differently in life. It’s that good.

I admit, I only started watching it because it has one season (of 20 episodes). I wasn’t expecting each episode to last almost two hours. I thought it would be a nice way to fill my free time and relax. Instead, I cried my eyes out at the final episodes.

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“Time will always flow.
Everything will pass by.
Everything will age.
That might be why youth is beautiful.
It shines, blindingly bright, for just an instant.
But to it, you can never go back.
A time when many tears were shed.
The time of my youth was like that as well.”

— Sung Deok Sun – Reply 1988

I feel old now. I am 29 and I feel much older than that. All of my childhood friends have moved on and made a life of themselves. They followed their dreams and took their chances. I think this is how being left behind feels like. Sure, not all of us have the same aspirations and dreams. Some of us might be slower when taking decisions or might not be sure of what we want from life. But, it still feels sad.

Even feeling like that, I know for sure that I will re-watch Reply 1988. It is not a filler series for my free time, but a sweet reminder of times gone by. A reminder of what we had, what we are and what we can become.

“In the end, fate and destiny do not just happen out of coincidence. They are products of earnest, simple choices, that make up miraculous moments. Being resolute, making decisions without hesitation, that is what makes timing.”

— Jung-Hwan – Reply 1988