Granted this drama just started airing. This could all change later, even as early as tonight when Episode 5 airs. However, I am really intrigued by cable drama, Nine: Nine Time Travels.
Brought to us by the same people who made Queen In Hyun’s Man, the producers felt they’ve learned lessons from their previous attempt at sci-fi and fantasy to give time traveling another try. Honestly, the jury is out on whether I think any significant improvement has been made on that front but like I said before, it’s very early in the game. One thing that caught me by surprise was that protagonist Park Sun Woo (Lee Jin Wook) encounters his 18 year old self (Park Hyung Shik) by phone. I mean, is that a big no-no? Like the world is gonna implode or something like that?
This time the traveling device comes in the form of incense sticks. Sun Woo’s older brother, Jung Woo (Jun Noh Min), had died holding onto one. Sun Woo discovers that he could travel back in time for a short period of time ending up at the same place that he started.
Through Jung Woo’s diary, Sun Woo learns of 8 more sticks hiding within a mattress in a Nepal hotel that doesn’t exist anymore in present day due to an avalanche.
It’s all part of Sun Woo’s plan. His father died and he blames CEO Choi Jin Chul (Jung Dong Hwan). His mother is an invalid at a hospital and his brother was busy away only discovering his mysterious time quest posthumously. And now Sun Woo is suffering from a brain tumor.
Once Sun Woo figures out the basic time traveling rules, he decides to change the past only letting his best friend and doctor, Han Young Hoon (Lee Seung Joon), in on his plan.
Finally, there’s Hoobae reporter Joo Min Young (Jo Yoon Hee) who is infatuated with Sun Woo. He takes her up on her previous offer to only date for 6 months because of his ticking time clock.
It takes her by surprise but intuits that something seems off.
In the 2nd week, I began to start loving the chemistry between Lee Jin Wook and Jo Yoon Hee.
So much so that I was… not shocked, but anxious as to how the changes Sun Woo made to the timeline affects their relationship.
I am definitely hooked on this drama for now. But I know I have to approach that enthusiasm cautiously because I do see many warning signs. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Korea has a long way to go before it can grasp the sci-fi genre. They are so good with the romcom genre that when they try to do sci-fi, some of stuff I seen tends to end up schmaltzy. I can live with a little schmaltz but logic still has to bet at play when you’re trying to explain the wibbly wobbly timey wimey.