Melancholia (2021) Review


The new tvN drama “Melancholia”, which will be broadcast for the first time on November 3, is set in a private high school that is a breeding ground for preferential corruption and depicts a story more beautiful than mathematics, which transcends the myths and prejudices of math teachers and math geniuses.

The main poster released shows Ji Yoon-soo (Im Soo-Jung), a math teacher with passion and pulpit, and Baek Seung-yu (Lee Do-Hyun), a disappeared math genius, walking through a dense landscape. In particular, the sympathy of Ji Yoon-soo and Baek Seung-yu, who share their eyes in a watercolor-like background, gives a warm resonance to the viewers.

Im Soo-Jung takes on the role of Ji Yoon-soo, a math teacher. She has a good impression, but once she has made up her mind, she pushes it, and Ji Yoon Soo is a person with a strong will. She is a romantic teacher who encourages children who are weighed down by the weight of education for entrance exams to try their own ‘answers’ and ‘proofs’.

Lee Do-Hyun transforms into a math genius Baek Seung-yu. He is always quiet and likes to take pictures quietly, and he is an ‘assertive’ volunteer and the last in the school. However, he has a remarkable past, where he won various math olympiads as a child, entered MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) at the age of 10, and dropped out at the age of 12 abruptly disappearing.

In particular, Ji Yoon-soo’s expression of looking at Baek Seung-yu like a teacher trying to show the surprising and wonderful joy of ‘mathematics’ to students who are trapped in the entrance exam hell shows deep sincerity towards her students. In addition, Baek Seung-yu’s eyes on Ji Yoon-soo start to sparkle as if he has regained his curiosity, unlike the one day he lost his interest in mathematics and dried up, triggering his curiosity.

Above all, in the poster, mathematics, the decisive medium through which the worlds of the two overlapped, naturally melted into the everyday landscape, breaking down preconceived notions. The formula, which was only considered hard and difficult, blends with the path of Ji Yoon-soo and Baek Seung-yu, adding to the sensibility.

Here, the phrase “the moments we were immersed in even if there was no answer” opens a different perspective to those who see it, flipping the image of mathematics 180 degrees, which was thought to be the correct answer only by finding the right number.

Accordingly, interest in what kind of unknown ‘discovery’ can be achieved is heightened by the meeting of Ji Yoon-soo, a teacher who loves mathematics, and Baek Seung-yu, a genius boy who has turned away from mathematics. In addition, the chemistry of Im Soo-Jung (Ji Yoon-soo) and Lee Do-Hyun (Baek Seung-yu), who show a high synchronization rate with the character, also makes the first broadcast more awaited.


  • Drama: Melancholia
  • Native Title: 멜랑꼴리아
  • Also Known As: Mellangkollia, Melangoria
  • Director: Kim Sang Hyub
  • Screenwriter: Kim Ji Woon
  • Genres: Romance, School, Drama
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 16
  • Airs: Nov 3, 2021 – Dec 23, 2021
  • Airs On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • Original Network: tvN
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ – Teens 15 or older