Drama Premiere: January

Wow! It’s already February. Are you still suffering from the Goblin syndrome, or are you ready to move on? Personally, it takes me a while to find a new drama to follow right after a crack drama. I have a couple of dramas that I’m already following before Goblin ended, so the fall into withdrawal symptoms isn’t as bad, but, I must admit – there is probably no other drama that can make me move on right away.

If you’re ready to move on wondering what other dramas are out there in kdramaland that you can marathon, below is a list of shows that premiered in January.

Oppa Is Missing
01/11/17
Weekdays
Naver TV Cast

The Naked Fireman
맨몸의 소방관
01/12/17
Wed/Thu
KBS

Voice
보이스
01/14/17
Sat/Sun
OCN

My Shy Boss
내성적인 보스
01/16/17
Mon/Tue
tvN

Missing 9
미씽나인
01/18/17
Wed/Thu
MBC

Defendant
피고인
01/23/17
Mon/Tue
SBS

Chief Kim
김과장
01/25/17
Wed/Thu
KBS

Drama Review: 1/29/17

I’m still reeling, and not quite over the Goblin syndrome. I am having a hard time starting a new drama after this show’s magnificent run But, somehow I need to move on, so I tried to keep up with what I had already started and try new shows.

As of this post, I’ve watched:

Missing 9: 3-4

In the present time, So Hee’s brother is very much intent on finding out who killed his sister. In the meantime, the Special Investigative Commissions agenda is to bury the whole thing and have the public forget. Politics play a role here although it hasn’t played out yet. It’s becoming a Making A Murderer vs Survivor inside the organization. The investigation continues on Bong Hee who still struggles to remember events they needed from her. She went under hypnotheraphy only to unconsciously confess to killing So Hee. Which was confirmed when Bong Hee returned to the island, and strolled through nice memories of her time there until she remembered So Hee’s death, and she was the last person with her.

We get to see more of what happened to our castaways on the island, that are not of Bong Hee’s recollections during the investigation. Our castaways are learning or should I say struggling to survive outside their natural element. Eventually, the survivor groups formed into one. Even though he was met with opposition, Joon Oh led our team inland to find better shelter while waiting for rescue, to find proof that there were others before them. They’ve been met both separately, and as a group with a few challenges aside from figuring out what to eat. They dealt with dangers of a storm, snake bite, landmines, finding a cure for Ji Ah’s injury, falling in bunkers, and a thief in the night who happens to be the pilot and he has a lifeboat that can only take four people.

The highlight of this week’s episodes were the comedic breaks during their time in the island. It’s a bit refreshing to see the lighter side of things in a survival situation. From the seniors bragging their military experience but still not doing any of the fishing – it is funny. Standing for hours on end on a landmine, that turns out to be dead, it would make me repent for my sins too. I have a fear of snakes, but the scene where the secretary was bit, and he was trying to be heroic by asking to be left behind, yet Bong Hee looks paler than him. Ha! How about Ki Joon hunting for bunnies, but can’t get the courage to turn them into meals because they’re so cute. Good thing too. I would’ve stopped watching the show if they had given the slightest impression that bunnies became dinner.

Character wise, there were some character contrasts: From Tae Jo wanting to survive alone and Joon Oh wanting everyone to survive, So Hee wanting to die and Bong Hee wanting to live as long as he can, Tae Jo taking credit for Ji Ah’s survival, and Ki Joon being the secret hero. There was one similarity which is Jae Hyun and So Hee’s death – both fell. Although it’s too early to say if So Hee’s was really murdered, or if Bong Hee was trying to stop her from jumping and ending up pushing her off the cliff anyway. As a group, the cast with the exception on Bong Hee still act privileged even though they know they’re stuck in an island. We have two strong characters here. Bong Hee is the obvious one since she’s the one mostly working to get them to somewhat settle in on their island life even temporary. Ji Ah is another one, there was a scene where she was weaving leaves, the defining scene was when she chose to go inland with Joon Oh instead of agreeing with Tae Jo’s opinion.

We were kind of given a hint of what the theme of this show – TRUST NO ONE. We saw it in So Hee’s dream right before Jae Hyun jumped – he said don’t trust people. Same goes for Tae Jo saying out lout towards Joon Oh that after Jae Hyun’s death, he doesn’t trust him.

I believe that Bong Hee remembers more than what she’s been revealing to the investigative team. I think that’s pretty smart of her. Until she knows who’s really on her side, it’s best only to reveal the happy-we-got-along somehow memories. But, I won’t be surprised if she does turn out to be the bad guy in the end because she is that kind of person that will do anything to survive.

I’m obviously tuning in to the next episodes. I don’t understand why So Hee didn’t say anything after witnessing Tae Jo commit actual murder. I need to know who was in that hospital with the CEO of Legend Entertainment. Where did Bong Hee find the necklace and how she ended up with it? What is Jae Hyun’s story? Did the hypnotherapist manipulate the session to make it look like Bong Hee killed So Hee? Is Bong Hee a survivor or murderer?

Chief Kim: 1

We only get to see the background of Seong Ryong’s life as an accountant and expert embezzler. First, he’s a math genius. His dad is/was friends with his now or would be previous  employer. He’s popular enough that other business owners come to him for advice on their tax returns, which he gives with something in return like free food, or extra money. Corruption is his game, and his goal is to profit from it. His life goal is to live in Denmark – which is why he embezzles from his boss, and his boss knows turns a blind eye due to the money he saves the company. But in the end, you can only embezzle from your employer for so long especially when jealousy creeps in, and the fear of losing your business to an expert is real. Then comes the opportunity for him to work for a reputable corporation which was to be his “last victim”.

Then we see the side of the corporate and corrupt world of TQ Group. From suicide attempts, to whistle blowing, and hierarchy within departments. It reminds me a little of Misaeng- but it’s definitely not the same story here.

First off, Nam Goong Min should do another historical for his next project. I would definitely watch him this time. As for this show, maybe because I’ve only seen him as a villain, and a single dad, I didn’t get to watch him in his other projects that I didn’t connect with him or any of the characters in this episode.I felt like the comedy part was overacted. It didn’t feel naturally funny to me, and I don’t think it’s Nam Goong Min’s fault, rather, it didn’t come out on screen the way the director had it in mind.

I’d still recommend this show if you’re looking for a comeafter watching Goblin, and not wanting suspense like Voice, or mystery like Missing 9. Who knows, you might connect to the show faster than I did. Personally,  I’m not in a huge rush to watch the next episode –yet. It usually takes me at least six to eight episodes for me to decide if I’m going all the way or just ending it here. There were other shows that premiered this month that I’m going to try.

Stay tuned.