After the death of the previous king, Queen Ji Soo (Kim Ji Soo) has been ruling the Silla Kingdom as regent in place of her young son, who she’s kept tucked away from enemies and assassins who are eager to seize power for themselves. When Kim Sam Maek Jong (Park Hyung Shik) comes of age, he has grown weary of waiting for his mother to cede the regency. In order to solidify their power, Queen Ji So creates an elite force made up of the sons of the noble families of Silla to cut across the existing power factions and bind their loyalties to the throne. Despite Queen Ji So’s objections, Sam Maek Jong secretly enlists as a member as well as Moo Myung (Park Seo Joon), a commoner with a birth secret that even he’s not aware of.
On Christmas morning, the body of a young, male student, Lee So Woo (Seo Young Joo), is found on the campus of an elite high school. Although the police rule his death as a suicide, an anonymous note circulates around the school which insinuates that his death was actually a murder committed by the class bully, Choi Woo Hyuk (Baek Chul Min).
Go Seo Yun (Kim Hyun Soo), Class 2-1’s class president and ace student, becomes determined to take matters into her own hands by conducting an independent trial amongst the students in order to get at the truth.
After a series of encounters in Spain, a modern-day mermaid (Jun Ji Hyun) follows her love, Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho), to Seoul to reunite with him. Unaware that she’s a mermaid, he is intrigued by the peculiar girl and names her Shim Chung. Despite traveling miles to be with him, the innocent Shim Chung is unaware that Joon Jae is skilled conman. He works with Jo Nam Doo (Lee Hee Joon), a veteran conman who taught Joon Jae the trade, and Tae Oh (Shin Won Ho), an expert hacker.
Once a powerful warrior and the king’s confidant during the Goryeo Dynasty, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is unfairly condemned as a traitor and executed. Instead of dying, Kim Shin not only comes back to life but returns as an immortal goblin with a mystical sword stuck in his chest. He continues to live for hundreds of years as the protector of souls but as he has lived all these years without love, he also suffers from depression and longs to end his life. Legend says that only the goblin’s bride can remove the sword from his chest and give him the relief of death.
One fateful night, he saves a woman and her unborn child from death. The unborn child becomes Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). She has the ability to see ghosts because of the goblin’s touch and yet, death continues to chase after her.
The Grim Reaper himself has his own demons as people only become reapers because they committed a grave sin when they were alive. However, people who have become reapers are wiped of their memories and they must live their life ushering people to the afterlife. The Grim Reaper inadvertently ends up becoming roommates with Shin and the unlikely pair form a unique bond. He also meets Sunny (Yoo In Na), the bright, chic owner of the chicken restaurant and Eun Tak’s boss. He is immediately intrigued by her but unsure why he feels the way he does. All brought together by fate, the four figure out how to defeat a dark curse that looms over them.
I’m finally getting around to Part 2 of this review. However, it looks like I won’t be able to complete Part 3 until after I return from vacation.
The rating system:
Must Watch – Eyes glued… To the chocolate abs.
Watch – Well, heeeey there good lookin’
Just OK – Mildly entertaining at times but I’m here for the pretty boys.
If you’re bored – Sorry, you’re pretty but I’m just not that into you.
Pass – You might be pretty but not that pretty enough
I never seem to be getting any better at this procrastination thing. But I’m officially done with all of my full-length reviews of 2016. Here’s a better-late-than-never recap of the K-Drama year.
The rating system:
Must Watch – Watch and watch again.
Watch – Entertained.
Just OK – Just alright. Nothing more, nothing less.
If you’re bored – It’s not the worst but that’s not a compliment either.
Pass – Not worth the time.
Based on the American series, Entourage goes behind-the-scenes of celebrity life and the entertainment business. Cha Young Bin (Seo Kang Jun) is a rising star in South Korea and he navigates the high life with his three childhood friends, Cha Joon (Lee Kwang Soo), Lee Ho Jin (Park Jung Min) and Geobook (aka Turtle) (Lee Dong Hwi).