Two brand new dramas just started last Wednesday, vying to get your attention for ratings. They are both thematically different but both highly anticipated dramas. From what I’ve seen so far from the first two episodes, I am optimistic about them so here’s a rundown of the storyline from these episodes.
On a complete sidenote, I am a little annoyed that some of the major broadcasters are inserting commercial breaks in the middle of the episode and therefore, the numbering has been adjusted to reflect the two parts as standalones. From a budget standpoint, it just means more advertising dollars can go to the production and I’m hoping that won’t make the project rely on product placement. Ultimately, this is just a minor detail and it’s easy to look past this as long as the story doesn’t suffer.
Born in 1912, when Korea was ruled by Japan, Princess Deokhye (Son Ye Jin) is the youngest daughter to Joseon’s last king, King Gojong (Baek Yoon Shik). Her father dies under suspicious circumstances and then she’s forced to move to Japan at 13 at the directive of Han Taek Soo (Yoon Je Moon), a pro-Japanese official. Princess Deokhye is used a political puppet for the Japanese regime and her isolation from Korea makes her feel homesick. One day, Kim Jang Han (Park Hae Il), a suitor picked by her father, appears in Japan. Having enlisted in the Japanese army as a spy, he begins to formulate a plan to smuggle the royal family out of Japan to Shanghai, the site of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
Park Bong Pal (Ok Taek Yeon) has been able to see ghosts ever since he was a child. He uses his ability to exorcise ghosts that he’s able to fight in order to make money to take away the ability to see ghosts entirely. Hired to deal with a haunting at a school, he encounters Kim Hyun Ji (Kim So Hyun), a feisty high school student who died five years prior from a traffic accident. Hyun Ji’s not sure why she hasn’t been able to move on but becomes convinced that Bong Pal can help her out. In return, she agrees to help him fight the stronger ghosts. They team up in an attempt to hunt malevolent ghosts and solve the problems of other ghosts so that their spirits can move on.
Park Bok Nyeo (Choi Ji Woo) is hired by the Eun Sang Chul (Lee Sung Jae) after the loss of his wife. Bok Nyeo is the perfect housekeeper with the exception that she’s unsociable and never smiles. She helps the family through their grieving process and to become a family once again.