Origin and release year: South Korea (2023 – I’m Solo)
Korean title: 나는 솔로 16기
Starring: Defconn, Lee Yi Kyung, Song Hae Na
The names of the cast have been omitted since they are civilians and not influencers or celebrities.
Synopsis: A hyper-realistic dating program in which solo men and women who long for marriage gather and struggle to find love. (MyDramaList)
This season of I’m Solo was one of the most chaotic that this writer has seen to date.
If it wasn’t full-grown adults gossiping like high school students, it was the same full-grown adults being unable to make decisions and ultimately basing their decisions on false information and miscommunication.
Honestly, this show is one of the milder Korean dating shows out there – which is where it gets much of its wholesome appeal. However, all things considered, we were living for the uncharacteristically dramatic season.
Firstly, Kwang Su. Kwang Su, Kwang Su, Kwang Su. He had a bit of a monk aesthetic going on which gave him a decent first impression but watching his storyline was like watching a bad wreck that could’ve been avoided. We’ll leave it at that.
Onto the next train wreck, Yeong Cheol. He was an undercover instigator. You know the type of person who is in everyone’s business and stirs the pot to keep things entertaining but feigns innocence? Yeah.
The rest of the male participants were harmless enough, including Sang Cheol. Whilst Sang Cheol had his fair share of problems and troublemaking behavior. This writer wants to believe that the energy was misguided and it came from a genuine place. Or at least that’s how it appeared on screen.
As for the female participants in this season, they were just as messy. Hyeon Suk’s indecision was remarkable because it seemed baseless.
On top of that, the drama that started through gossiping was enough to make a viewer’s head spin. Young Ja, Sun Ja (although she was harmless for the most part), Jung Suk, Ok Sun, and Young Suk were the fuel that kept the drama fire burning.
Of course, we have to take a moment for the most problematic member, Young Suk. We won’t get into all of the problems because they were so blatant on screen but she did prove one thing: even an antagonist can have a redemption arc/redeeming qualities.
Whilst her story was a rollercoaster of emotions… It was truly touching to see how deeply she had formed care for Sang Cheol. The last couple of episodes really softened any bad feelings one had towards her.
In closing, this season only has one loose end and his name is Yeong Su. For real though, what was he doing there?
Despite all this, the season was enjoyable and probably the most entertaining yet.
What did you think of I’m Solo Season 16? Let us know in the comments!