Love Alarm season 2 review – the continuation fans wanted, and it delivers

March 12, 2021
Daniel Hart 26
K-Drama, Netflix, TV Reviews
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Summary

The second season of Love Alarm brings a well-curated story of romance, with brilliant performances and a steady pace to be enjoyed.

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Summary

The second season of Love Alarm brings a well-curated story of romance, with brilliant performances and a steady pace to be enjoyed.

This review of the Netflix k-drama series Love Alarm season 2 contains no spoilers. 

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After a long wait, fans will be bursting at the seams for the release of Love Alarm season 2. After gracing Netflix in 2019, audiences were screaming for a conclusion to this nerving love triangle that captured imaginations. Love Alarm bases itself in a world where a highly intuitive app can determine who you love, and if that someone has their Love Alarm turned on, it makes a refreshing sound to make them know. In an age of dating apps and algorithms to determine who you should meet next, this Netflix k-drama series has hit a pop culture nerve; striking our vulnerability — knowing full well that in many ways, we are becoming less connected than ever before — where a swipe left/right is an addiction, rather than a worthwhile connection with a friend or romantic interest.

And in many ways, Netflix’s Love Alarm season 2 tackles that dilemma; the success of the application has its pitfalls, and the question of choice and direction of a person is put in the limelight. The series toys with the ideology that love has become too reliant on that refreshing sound when a character realises someone else loves them. Rather than saying “I love you” the “ding” sound is an expression of feeling; it’s a confirmation. Love Alarm season 2 give that Black Mirror vibe, where artificial intelligence becomes an extension of a human being, rather than a utility. The Netflix series is wisely middling on the subject, giving an on-the-fence narrative of technology making our decisions.

This brings us to the enticing love triangle that was left in tatters at the end of season 1. Sun-oh and Hye-yeong have taken part in a cold war over Jojo since their teenager days, and adulthood has heightened the tensions. Ultimately, the second season needs to give a conclusion, but what’s painful for the viewers is that each character is likeable. Usually, love triangles have certainty about who the real couple should be; Love Alarm season 2 cripples the audience with intentional and confusing mixed feelings, mostly provided by Jojo, who has plenty to figure out, outside of her love scape. Whether you are team Jojo and Sun-oh or team Jojo and Hye-yeong, there are arguments for both sides.

The writers carefully build a story that’s not about justifications of one couple over the other. Instead, Love Alarm season 2 explores companionship, love, support and trauma as a basis for any relationship. It explores true choice and raises questions on the viability of the Love Alarm app. The conclusion of season 2 is not meant to be taken to heart, while I expect it will split fans on the writers’ choice. The theme is evidently about love, but not how straightforward it can be, but how complex it can become. And for younger generations that rely on Instagram likes and followers, there’s plenty of food and thought that is laced in this story.

Like season 1, the second season of Love Alarm brings a well-curated story of romance, with brilliant performances and a steady pace to be enjoyed. Viewers can expect to delve into this story with the certainty that the writing is in good hands, and there’s a willingness to ensure that characters are looked after sensibly. There’s no overly compromised character development or plot twists that give you whiplash; this is a truly refreshing drama. While it’s unlikely that there will be a season 3, audiences will be hoping that there’s a similar k-drama series to this level in the future. If you have finished Love Alarm, and you want a follow-up recommendation — try Lovestruck in the City. 

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26 thoughts on “Love Alarm season 2 review – the continuation fans wanted, and it delivers

  • March 12, 2021 at 8:49 pm
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    Very unsatisfying ending. How can she end up with somebody she doesn’t love and turn it into love.

  • March 13, 2021 at 5:11 am
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    “the continuation fans wanted, and it delivers” it truly didn’t it was so bland. majority wanted her and sunoh to be endgame bc their chemistry was off the charts… and you can tell by the ratings.. sucks the writers had two/a year to do a better season but they didn’t delivery anything. they should’ve seen it coming…

  • March 13, 2021 at 6:55 am
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    Noooooo, dejó de ser una de mis series favoritas, pésimo final. Entiendo el mensaje de la historia, pero así no son los finales a los que estamos acostumbrados. Nos enamoramos de su-noh, era él y Jojo. Pero arruinaron la historia, 2 años en espera de por gusto!

  • March 13, 2021 at 12:30 pm
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    A big disappointment.

  • March 13, 2021 at 5:53 pm
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    what the hell was that ending. waited so long and this is what you brought us !! it must be sun-oh it should be him. love alarm s2 is a disappointment.

  • March 14, 2021 at 12:02 am
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    The most annoying thing about this story is the fact that the reason for the break up between sun ho and jojo was never given…. I mean why in the world did she break up with him, she never answered that, atleast give us the reason… so we can be satisfied, shitty writing.

  • March 14, 2021 at 3:53 am
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    The ending sucks!!!

  • March 14, 2021 at 9:14 am
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    This is the worst ending I would ever expect

  • March 14, 2021 at 9:16 am
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    It’s the worst ending. She should have ended up with Sun-oh I mean he didn’t even got a proper explanation
    I hated the ending

  • March 14, 2021 at 1:02 pm
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    I was so disappointed… season 2 really a let down

  • March 14, 2021 at 4:21 pm
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    Worst ending and I’m so p*ss*d why tf did they bother to air season 2…. Jojo was better with Sun oh…..if you haven’t watched it dont bother

  • March 14, 2021 at 6:13 pm
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    Nobody gives a f*ck about your dissapointments guys, i guess you guys were expecting the usual ending and if you think she doesn’t love him @Pem then you you better watch is all over again

  • March 14, 2021 at 10:58 pm
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    I was so looking forward to s2…its finally came and turned out to be a big disppiontment. What a waste of time.

    We can’t find the reason for their break up, she then humiliate Sun-oh in public even with all the pressure from home that was put on Sun-oh he still choose not to give up on jojo

    Jojo was just been loyal to Hye yeong and she took it as love.
    Also I didn’t see any chemistry between JoJo and Hye yeong. And the way Hye yeong is all over jojo is just too choking . No breathing space for her to think or gather her emotions.

  • March 15, 2021 at 1:15 am
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    Yall are really disappointed just cause she didn’t ended up with sun oh, hye yeong was the better man

  • March 15, 2021 at 7:41 am
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    VERY UNSATISFYING!! Season 2 shouldn’t have released??????????????

  • March 15, 2021 at 11:21 am
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    @fadeviv why will you refer to that as choking, it wasn’t choking cause she was looking forward to his text messages,to see him and for him to ring her love alarm every day. Cant you remember how she was sad when her love alarm didn’t ring why he was around her and see how happy she was when he rang her love alarm. If you ask me thats what i call love and pls dont forget what hye yeong went through when she was with sun oh so sun oh being heart broken in season 2 isnt new…

  • March 15, 2021 at 9:16 pm
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    The main character is selfish af and the ending is unsatisfying… how can someone be sooooo selfish and cruel with no real good reason?

  • March 15, 2021 at 9:38 pm
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    And sun oh wasn’t selfish? It might be unsatisfying for you but its satisfying for others

  • March 16, 2021 at 1:15 am
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    very dissapointibng

  • March 16, 2021 at 4:38 am
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    wow i feel like i shouldn’t have devoted my time for the ending to be like this, still don’t understand why sun oh and jojo broke up. And the love between jojo and hye yeong felt forced and the relationship between sun oh and yuk jo also feel forced. UGHHHHHH!!!!!

  • March 16, 2021 at 10:25 pm
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    Haven’t watched part 2 completly yet but this show is so frustrating. Her jumping from one to another playing with their feelings. They explain it like it is to protect herself but it doesn’t show like that. ugh so annoying can’t even root or ship for one or the other.

  • March 17, 2021 at 2:47 pm
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    Not even one chemistry between jojo and hye y. I hate boring love So disappointing, Their connections looks like pity. True love don’t fade away easily. She breaks up because she was protecting sun oh that is called love. What a waste of my time. Season 2 ?

  • March 17, 2021 at 3:33 pm
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    hate this season, I already found out about the ending, that’s why I’m not going to watch it, a real waste of time after waiting so long for this one.

  • March 17, 2021 at 4:55 pm
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    Though I agree she loves hye hyeong but dis season 2 is just rubbish

  • March 18, 2021 at 5:02 pm
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    It was a long drawn out boring drama.. Love alarm 3 no thanks

  • March 21, 2021 at 6:13 am
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    4/5 rating my a*s. Season 2 is one of the worst writing and closure (it’s not even a closure) plot in kdrama history. They should of just ended it with season 1 so people can write off their own ending instead of this junk.

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