[Review] Master’s Sun – 주군의 태양

ORBITING THE SUN

Joo Joong Won (So Ji Sub) is a cold, methodical-thinking CEO who measures all his relationships through money due to a past tragedy. Waking up after 3 years in a coma, Tae Gong Shil (Gong Hyo Jin) discovers that she has the ability to see ghosts.  One night, she meets Joo-gun and notices that upon touching him, the frightening ghosts immediately disappear. Realizing the mutual benefits of each other’s abilities, the two grow to depend on one another.

We’ve experienced BIG disappointments before so I approached Master’s Sun with some caution.  We had another drama airing with a similar premise and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this “ro-comic-horror” genre in the Hong Sister’s eyes.

tYoon Mi Rae – Touch Love

t윤미래 – Touch Love

First off, I loved the casting of So Ji Sub as the cold-hearted CEO.  I’m so used to seeing him play underdogs that it was a refreshing change of pace to see him play a character who seemingly has it all.  But does anyone felt that Joo-gun was a distant cousin of Dokko Jin?  It’s not the first time the Hong Sisters had their lead be a cold-hearted, rich man-child but it’s the wooden, stilted way the lines are delivered which makes the characters feels so familiar.  Perhaps it was because Gong Hyo Jin was casted in the drama but I just couldn’t help be reminded of Cha Seung Won over and over again.  Although Cha Seung Won was the first actor to apply this method as Fantasy Couple‘s Na Sang Shil (Han Ye Seul) also implements this type of elocution.

I do have to admit being all giddy over Tae-yang’s predilection for being all touchy-feeling with Joo-gun.  Gong Hyo Jin was appropriately heartfelt and adorkable, as needed.

Her chemistry with So Ji Sub, on the other hand, was a bit lacking.  The two spend most of the drama not wanting to admit feelings, or not admitting they want be together after admitting their feelings and generally spend most of the drama pushing each other away.  We wait so long for the two be on the same page that when they finally get together the moment is lost on me.

Additionally, I found the writing to be a bit lacking for the quality that I expect from the Hong Sisters.  I love their zippy dialogues and memorable catchphrases but this drama lacked an abundance of those elements.  The one catchphrase that’s memorable is “get lost” which Joo-gun often tells Tae-yang to do while waving his hand in front of his face.  The word “꺼져 (kkuh-juh)” means to “get lost” as well as being the verb that describes a light going out, such as Tae-yang (aka the Sun)’s light going out.  That’s the kind of things I find awe-inspiring about their writing, the double meaning and reading between the lines but I wish the drama had more.

Also, I hated the twist in Episode 13 and I will leave it at that without getting into the story details.  Could you be any more clichéd, Hong Sisters?

Finally, the conclusion to Joo-gun’s tragic past storyline was lackluster.  Hong Sisters, I just expected more from you two.

Having said that, I liked the episodic stories, cameo guest appearances and all the ghosts which Tae-yang helps out.  From the trash can ghost to the coffee ghost, they kept things quirky and amusing.

I also loved Tae Yi Ryung (Kim Yoo Ri) and Kang Woo’s (Seo In Guk) and their cute bickering or as they probably like to call it, foreplay.

After my disappointment with Episode 13, Lee Chun Hee’s character was a welcome addition to the drama.  A refreshing twist that interrupts Joo-gun and Tae-yang’s progress as a couple but the conclusion of that story ends up being very anticlimactic.

Considering that this was a Hong Sisters drama, I didn’t think the one episode extension would throw a huge wrench for the drama.  However, the last episode feels like a throwaway as nothing really happens.  As a viewer, you’re only left waiting for Joo-gun to get back with Tae-yang.  The two characters skirt around each other so much that it’s asking a lot of viewers to stand by patiently.

It’s hard not to hide my disappointment over this drama but I was very emotionally vested in the story and characters up until the dreaded Episode 13.  From that point on, the drama alludes to the direction it wants to take the story but doesn’t leap into action.  So while the ride is fun, Master’s Sun flatlines in its final act.

Rating

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