Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 1 recap – “First Pitch”

May 23, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“First Pitch” is a light, breezy opening that establishes a simple premise with welcome economy.

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Summary

“First Pitch” is a light, breezy opening that establishes a simple premise with welcome economy.

This recap of Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 1, “First Pitch”, contains spoilers.


Welcome to Wedding Hell has a pretty simple premise, which is established with breezy economy in this opening episode, “First Pitch”. Kim Na-eun and her boyfriend of two years, Seo Jun-hyeong (Lee Jin-wook, last seen in Bulgasal: Immortal Souls, are very happy together. She’s thinking of getting married. He might not be. They decide to tie the knot anyway, somewhat under sufferance, and it seems very likely that the process isn’t going to be as smooth as either would like.

Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 1 recap

We don’t know much about why Na-eun is so keen on the idea of marriage, or why she has such an idealistic, traditional view of it, and we don’t know why Jun-hyeong is so hesitant on the subject, even though he seems to dote on his lady. For another time, maybe. “First Pitch” is all about introducing the main players and giving a general sense of the direction we’re heading in.

Na-eun, for instance, has two close friends, one of whom, Choi Hui-seon, has already been married and divorced and provides a handy, more realistic counterpoint to the traditionalist view of marriage that Na-eun espouses. And yet it’s Na-eun with the more contemporary ideas about gender roles, believing it’s woefully outdated to think that the man must initiate marriage talk. Why not the woman? Why not both? This is what she raises to Jun-hyeong at dinner, and he tactlessly evades the subject.

Because of all this, it comes as something of a surprise when Jun-hyeong, during a yacht trip he won on a restaurant scratchcard, proposes to Na-eun. After the shock subsides, she’s overjoyed. Jun-hyeong believes he loves her more than he’s ever loved anyone, so marriage must be the right move, right?

Right?

Probably not. The impression we get is of a battle about to begin; the first pitch in a competitive game of one-upmanship that might give both parties more than they bargained for. This is a light, breezy opening half-hour, so it’ll certainly be interesting to see where things go next.

You can stream Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 1, “First Pitch”, exclusively on Netflix.

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