After having looked carefully at Reply 1988, which is the first series of the saga, let’s take a look at Reply 1997. Without spoilering anything about the story I’ll say this. In all three the Reply TV series I found myself routing for one of the characters. Finally, after being let down by the story in the other two Reply, the story ended as I hoped it would. So that’s that for what it matters.
A Little About The Plot
The structure of the plot is very similar to Reply 1988 and Reply 1994. However, my advice is to watch the series in their publishing order.
I advise you to do this not because the stories are connected but because in the later series (1994 and 1988) contain spoilers. If you were to watch the later series first, you might find out key elements of the other series.
Now to the introduction to the Reply 1997 plot. The story revolvs around the lives of Si-Won, Yoon-Jae and they group of highschool friends. The first is a die hard fan of the the boyband H.O.T., which according even to my Korean wife were big in the ’90s.
The Latter is a quiet teenager. Although he lives with his older brother after losing both his parents, he spends a lot of time at Si-Won’s place. Effectively her parents behave as adoptive parents to Yoon-Jae and his brother Tae-Woong. Yoon-Jae is first in his class by marks and a top student in the school. Also the key point of the story is the secret crush he develops for Si-Won. I won’t go any further to avoid spoilering the story.
A Bit of Context
If you talk to any Korean person born before 1997 they will tell you that that was a critical year in the history of their country. South Korea’s economy had crashed and the government had to turno to the IMF (International Monetary Fund) for a liquidity injection into the economy.
Many people lost their job in this very difficult year. Also I’m sure that any Korean you talk to, will tell you that many families donated gold to the government to save their country from bankrupcy. So Reply 1997’s plot starts as the government requests IMF’s intervention and also tells the story of how the country and society recovered from this event.
In 1997 I was 7 years old so I could relate to most of the things in the series. Surfing the internet on dial-up conncetions, the spread of mobile phones and many other things. I’m sure that if you are 30 or over you’ll relate to many things present in the story. Even if you’re not Korean.
Is Reply 1997 Worth Watching?
My answer to this question is, absolutely yes! As I would answer for the other 2 Reply series. The story is easy to follow and enjoyable to watch. It will bring you back to the 90s the years when everything seemed possible.
Where Can I Watch Reply 1997
In Korea the series was originally distributed by TvN. However outside of Korea you can watch the entire Reply saga on Netflix.