While I was rewatching this weekend’s Twenty Again epsiodes, I started thinking about the Harvest/Super/Blood/Full moon. It’s now fall and this means a new season of shows. New kdramas to waste away my life, I mean, enjoy until the next big wave of them come (Song Joong Ki, I’m waiting!). Here are 4 that are starting the first week of October!
[Note: I’m also going to start including the other English names for shows going forward because streaming sites and networks seem to not talk to each other and you know what, I’m just going to add them to this for my own sanity.]
Glamorous Temptation 화려한 유혹
Also known as: Glorious Temptation / Dazzling Temptation / Fancy Seduction
Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-05 to 2016-???-??
I’ll be honest, chances are I will not watch this. 50 episodes is a long time for me to commit to a drama. Much less one with a fated couple with all the obstacles (prison!) being thrown at them. The screenwriter Son Young Mok did Golden Rainbow and I loved that drama in the beginning, but somewhere it derailed and it was a little bit after the characters matured and the melo/makjang* kicked in. I can deal with a little crazy if it is done well and some entertainment, but I’m not sure I can trust the writer to do this for 50 episodes when I couldn’t deal with Golden Rainbow’s 41.
I will say that it might be worth it to watch the beginning with the child/teen actors. The first 10 episodes explore the backstory and this means Nam Joo Hyuk will be working a lot. I am okay with this.
Watch Glamorous Temptation on TBD.
I could say a ton about this, but Ji Soo is in it and I’m already sold. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of Eun Ji, but I do like how spirited she can act. She has the ability to really light up a scene.
I enjoy a good high school drama every now and then, but I’ve pushed them off for a while because there was a dramatic influx of them. There’s also a possibility that I like a decent mix of teens and adults because I enjoyed Angry Mom (I blame Ji Soo) and I’m currently enjoying Twenty Again.
So maybe having a more teen oriented drama is a good thing to have in my ever expanding queue. So is Kim Ji Suk, but in a supporting role, which I am bitter about, but I’ll take him.
Watch Sassy, Go Go (AKA Cheer Up!) on DRAMAFEVER.
Kim Myung Min as Jung Do Jeon
Yoo Ah In as Yi Bang-won, King Taejong
– Nam Da Reum as young Bang Won
Shin Se Kyung as Boon Yi, Yi Bang Ji’s sister
– Lee Rae (이레) as young Boon Yi
Byun Yo Han as Yi Bang Ji, Jung Do Jeon’s bodyguard
– Yoon Chan Young as young Bang Ji
Yoon Kyun Sang as Moo Hyul, Taejong’s bodyguard
– Baek Seung Hwan as young Moo Hyul
Chun Ho Jin as Yi Seong Gye, King Taejo
IF I were to commit to 5o episodes, this would be it. Yoo Ah In is poised to end his pre-military career with an epic sageuk (historical drama). I just recently watched him in the movie Veteran and I am pleased with his most of his roles. He’s so good sometimes that forgiving him for that mess, Fashion King from a few years ago is easy and I can feel confident that the reunion with Shin Se Kyung will be pretty decent. Yes, I remember them in Fashion King, but we can move on, especially after Se Kyung’s last two roles (A Girl Who Sees Smells & Blade Man) were an improvement. She’s definitely has benefitted by pairing with seasoned actors.
As for the story, it’s history with action and politics. It is what ratings are made of. I’m excited for Yoo Ah In and I may be even more so for Byun Yo Han’s first sageuk. This recent influx of amazing rookie actors is making dramas really interesting. Sure Byun Yo Han is in a supporting role, but he may have some choice interactions with Yoo Ah In as their characters are on opposite sides. That’s pretty delicious right there.
Watch Six Flying Dragons on TBD.
Moon Geun Young as Kim So Yoon
Yook Sung Jae as Park Woo Jae
Shin Eun Kyung as Yoon Ji Sook
Ohn Joo Wan as Seo Ki Hyun
Kim Jae Wook as Nam Gun Woo
Jang Hee Jin as Kim Hye Jin
Park Eun Suk as Nam Gun Woo
I haven’t watched Moon Geun Young in a long time. She’s a very gifted actress, but I disliked Cheongdamdong Alice & Mary Stayed Out All Night so much that I didn’t bother with her last drama, Goddess of Fire and that had Lee Sang Yoon & Kim Bum in it!
Idol actor Yook Sung Jae has been super busy (comeback! variety!) and I think nabbing this role is a big deal. He’ll be pairing up with Moon Geun Young’s character to solve a mystery in the serene village of Achiara. The ensemble cast is impressive, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out. The story itself seems more fitted for a cable network, but seeing a broadcast one take it on and with writer Do Hyun Jung of Que Sera, Sera fame might work. I wasn’t a fan of Do Hyun Jung’s last drama Can Love Become Money?, but this is a different genre and a change of pace can inspire some good writing. The Village might be worthy of a 4 episode test*. Let’s hope it passes it.
Watch The Village on TBD.
Which of these are you going to check out? Comment below or tweet me @cherylfornia!
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*makjang – a stylistic, tonal, or narrative element in dramas that chooses to play up outrageous storylines to keep viewers hooked despite how ridiculous the stories become (adultery, revenge, rape, birth secrets, fatal illnesses, and flirting with incest possibilities are some makjang favorites). [dramabeans]
*4 episode test – An unofficial test that is given to Korean dramas in the dramaverse. First taught to me by India of DramaDebussie.com, it is basically a trial watch of a drama. If after 4 episodes, it does not progress well, you drop it without any conscience.