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.
I am sloooowly, but surely trying to catch up with all my shows. I spent this past weekend bingewatching all the episodes of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, which has been on my to-do list since… it started airing. I loved that the plot of the show featured a strong, female character and Park Bo Young’s cute, pluckiness is undeniably charming.
Jang Yoon Ha (Uee) is the chaebol daughter but despite her wealth, she works part-time at a food market and hides her true identity from her employers and her friends. She dreams of one day leaving her family and finding a man who loves her for who she is. While Choi Joon Ki (Sung Joon) grew up in a loving family, he grew up poor and saw the demeaning treatment his parents faced because of it. Joon Ki is smart but jaded and is looking for a rich woman to raise his class status.
My brain tells me that it knows that the plot is heading towards an angsty third act but my heart can’t help falling deeper for the characters in High Society. Similarly, some of the characters had been calculating how their respective relationship would turn out but unsurprisingly, they weren’t prepared for how they would feel about it. I’m not sure I’m going to feel about it either but for now I’m going to rewatch my favorite scenes and swoon over the screencaps.
Just when I thought I was done with one chaebol drama, I’m hooked on another. As soapy as High Society is, I found I was quickly taken with the story and the characters in it. And hellooo… there’s Sung Joon.
Last week, I read this article in the Korean newspaper about how the men are trending on K-Variety television, at least for the new show on the airwaves. With the exception of Ji Ah, Dad! Where Are You Going? features mostly sons with their fathers. Jo Dal Hwan came into the national spotlight through Our Neighborhood Variety Show. And the men on Real Men are giving us a behind the scenes look at military life whom I will be talking about in today’s post. This week’s episodes introduces us to two new members to join the Real Men troop.