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.
MEOW BEST FRIEND
Hyun Jong Hyun (Yoo Seung Ho) aspires to become a successful webtoon artist and works part-time at the Naeil Bookstore to support his dream. He lives alone with his cat, Bok Gil (Han Ye Ri as the voice of the cat), whom he found abandoned one rainy day at the lowest point in his life. Although his stubbornness and short-tempered personality pushes away meaningful relationships with other people, such as the cheery Oh Na Woo (Jo Hye Jung), he finds solace and support through his interactions with Bok Gil.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN MIRYANG
The daughter to the magistrate, Arang (Shin Min Ah), is viciously murdered and she returns from the dead as a ghost to discover how she died. She enlists the help of many Miryang magistrates but when she appears before them they all die of fright. Until she meets a young magistrate, Eun Oh (Lee Jun Ki), who has the ability to communicate with the dead. She convinces him to help her investigate and punish the person responsible for her death.
IF ONLY I COULD TURN BACK TIME…
At his best friend’s wedding, Kang Baek Ho (Yoo Seung Ho) discovers a letter that a young Ham Yi Seul (Park Eun Bin) wrote confessing that she loved him. Distraught at the outcome of their lives, a Time Conductor grants him the ability to go back in time to change his fate.
This week we’re looking to the future. The Giants won the Superbowl and now American TV programming should get back to normal. There are a couple of things premiering this week.
And a couple things premiering in the near future on Korean TV.
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE
The cartoon movie is based on a bestselling preteen novel of the same name about a chicken, Leafie (voiced by Moon So Ri), who finds her way out of a boring, confined existence on chicken farm laying eggs day in and day out.
WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
The only witness to a hit-and-run accident is a blind woman, Min Soo Ah (Kim Ha Neul), a former cadet at the police university who lost her sight after a terrible car accident. She gives her account that it was a taxi driver who had hit the woman and stowed her in the back of the car as she was a passenger at the time of the accident.