A rising star in long-distance running, Jin Won (Cheon Seung Ho) finds himself in a pickle when he finds himself unable to pace himself during a race. The solution comes in the form of outgoing freshman Go Sang Ha (Lee Si Jin), who starts acting as his pacemaker. As the boys grow closer, secrets and feelings emerge.
I’m not kidding when I say that I changed the quotation three times for this show. There are 60-episode dramas I’ve struggled to find a single one for, but this one, this tiny, 80-minute show, provided me with that many, so that should give you a glimpse of what I feel about it.
Short and Sweet
To quote one of my good friends, Mr. Heart isn’t very filling, but it’s full of fluff and feelings. The two main characters aren’t high school boys, thank god for that, and are instead in university, which lends them a bit more maturity when it comes to dealing with their feelings. This is especially true when it comes to Go Sang Ha, who really impressed me with the way he handled the possibility of his love remaining unrequited.
This is especially important and remarkable because most BL works are gangrened with domineering characters who force themselves on the unfortunate object of their affections, sexual assault, and other such niceties. Consent is a huge issue in BL, and I’ve learned the hard way to be very, very careful about what I consume in this genre. But Mr. Heart is all safe, sane and consensual, and I appreciate that deeply.
The characters, although they didn’t get a thorough development because of the limited length of the show, were still consistent and easy to love. Go Sang Ha, in particular, is an absolute sweetheart who steals away your heart as soon as he opens his mouth.
All in All…
Overall, an easy, light-hearted watch which could have used more time to give it more substance.
Title: Mr. Heart
Country: South Korea
Aired: 09/18/2020 to 10/02/2020
Starring: Lee Si Jin, Cheon Seung Ho
Number of episodes: 8
Genres: Romance, Fluff, Sports, LGBTQ+
My Grade: ★★★★☆