Color me impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I was always going to watch this kdrama. I mean, come on! Tall and smoldering Park Hyungsik (on his first lead role) crushing on adorable, tiny badass Park Bo-young, who at the same time has a crush on hard-ass cop Ji-soo? Did the PD and writer inception-ed me? Because this sure feels like a dream come true.
Not only the leads, but also the rest of the cast is amazing. Full of promising new talents like An Woo Yeon, who we saw on last year’s Jealousy Incarnate, and then the veterans: Shim Hye-jin! Yoo Jae-myung! Kim Won-hae! Lim Won-hae! And so many more who have a rich and successful film careers.
So, yeah, this show has all the ingredients to be awesome and so far episode one is everything and more. And Strong Woman Do Bong-soon is the show I didn’t know I needed in my life.
Starting with Do Bong-soon. I love that she’s a sassy, strong willed badass, who doesn’t let her powers cripple her or make her an introvert. She doesn’t feel superior either, she’s really just trying to do her best and in the meantime earn some money to do her own thing.
I love her little family unit. Bro seems like a good person who cares for her and has her back, while Mom and Dad have a hilarious dynamic.
sidetone: do we know why Bong-soon and her brother were kidnapped when they were kids? Is it important for the story? Or is it a colorful anecdote as to how she came to realize her powers?
The story about the curse makes me think that there are rules to her power, what would it mean for her to do this new job? She’s doing something good, protecting someone, but who or what determinate when she’s doing something selfish? In contrast and comparison, it was crystal clear why her mother lost her powers.
On the other hand, CEO Min-hyuk has given us glimpses of a not so happy family life, especially in regards with his father but I love that despite being a chaebol, he’s his own man. It seems like he made his fortune by himself and even it’s a name and example among his peers, who all seem to adore him by the way they greet him when he enters the building. I love this: that our leading man is a generally good and decent person, who speaks his mind properly. (It’s almost refreshing to find a chaebol lead who isn’t in a way violent and entitled, but with a secret heart of gold. Enough!)
So, who is threatening him? A competitor? Maybe. Is there more to the story? Probably, but that’s what we need to find out. This is where Bong-soon enters.
The chemistry between Bong-soon and Min-hyuk is amazing. Full disclosure: I was already shipping them by watching the promos alone, but now that I have seen them together I love them even more. Min-hyuk is so impressed with her all the freaking time and who can blame him? While Bong-soon is yet to be impressed, even when he’s a CEO she respects because she likes his company. They have an easy banter and I just hope the show knows what is doing, so they can use this easy-going and honest chemistry well.
As for our second lead, Kook-doo, he reminds me a little of Detective Lee Jae-han from tvN’s Signal: uncompromising and honest, actively searching for the truth all the time. He even goes out of the way to help Bong-soon, which means he cares for his friends, sadly just not in the way she wishes to. Bong-soon’s crush on Kook-doo is adorable and I wonder if he truly doesn’t know about her feelings since they are pretty obvious to anyone whose watching.
BUT THERE’S A TWIST! Because not all is romance and comedy in the show, although I found myself laughing out loud more than once, there’s also a murder mystery upon us. Is it related to the threats Min-hyuk is receiving or just a way to bring our three leads together in the quest to find the truth? And who was the person following Bong-soon?
For a first episode, I think the PD and writer set the story very well and I’m really looking forward to what will happen next!
I started as a warrior, maid, consort and then an empress. Because of some evil people, my life in the past was so crazy miserable. So I spent the rest of my life for a big revenge and I did it, but everybody I love died in the end.
The Night Watchman
I can see ghosts and together with my ghostbuster team I’m going to get that scumbag shaman who killed my parents and live happily ever after with my shaman girl.
This is my rough journey to be a Miss Korea back in 1997 with some guidance from my ex-boyfriend. He helped me to become a Miss Korea and I helped him to revive his cosmetic business. In the mean time, waikikiiii~!
Cunning Single Lady
I left my husband when he’s poor. Now that he’s rich, I got him back. But don’t worry, he understands coz I have my own legit situations and reasons to divorce him back then.
A New Leaf
I’m a bad lawyer. But after suffering from amnesia, suddenly I’m turning into a good one. It’s so good to be good.
Fated To Love You
My drink was spiked and I slept with this unattractive girl by accident till she got pregnant. We have our ups and downs but she turns out to be very attractive and my real destiny. HEUHEUHAHAHA…
The Spring Day of My Life
I left my fiance after I got a heart donor from a lady that makes me fall in love with her husband and children. I didn’t make it far but I’m happy and that dude haz to become a widower again. Sorry.
I’m a filthy rich old grandpa who swallowed this piece of meteor by accident and suddenly I get to be young, wild, and ready to love again. But I still find it hard to text with smartphone.
Come! Jang Bo Ri
I was a princess in a legendary hanbok maker house. But then I lost my memories after jumping out of my mom’s car in an accident. My parents then adopted this devil bitch aka my foster sister who insanely turned my life upside down. But I survived and even reunited with my parents and the love of my life.
I’m a hotel general manager. Imma get a revenge to the hotel chairman who I thought was my father, but turns out the vice chairman and the senior manager are my real parents. I get to marry the pretty hotel heiress though.
“Now I finally get what I’m supposed to fight against. It was really boring to pettily go after the fingerprints of the minions. Which is why I’m asking, don’t you wanna do something fun with me? You know how hard it is to find something fun for people like you or me. I’m Healer. You should trust me.”
Finished the art for the omnibus 2 cover, or at least I’m happy with it at this point. I may go back and polish up the top of the Soul pillar and make this into a print. In the meanwhile, I’ll have a link for purchasing in my shop very soon!
First, I find Wang Wook the most sad and pitiful out of all the characters today. Not only he lost his wife but he didn’t even realize he actually loved her until it was too late. Whatever he learnt to love her after the marriage or fall in love with her naturally over the time, it’s not important. There was love in that marriage and he is such filial and stand up guy he never really realized, he thought he was fulfilling his duty as son and husband. So he never got the chance to truly expressed to Lady Hae how he felt, even when she was right there next to him all those years. Loving him. GAH! This is so sad.
On the other hand, I think he doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice because he is a smart, reflective man who learns from his wrongdoings. Wook won’t want to let the same thing happen with Soo, which means he is and will express himself. Sadly, fate has other plans. And he again moved too slowly. Maybe he should have taken Soo as second wife when Lady Hae told him to, before she died, for him to be happy. Now I feel is too late for this character. Soo entering the Palace will change everything and it seems to me Wook is on a path of no return. His character may have started like a good man but I am not sure it will end like that too.
On the other hand, Wang So started as the black sheep of the family but we have seen his more tender side. Witnessed his most vulnerable moments along side Soo. We know he is willing to learn and rectify his mistakes too. Here is a character that desperately wants to reach out to someone. He wants to reach out for kindness and love. Soo has already proven to be a sort of friend to him and this relationship will probably evolve to more, turning Wang So into a better man.
I find the character of Baek Ah fascinating. He clearly has a social conscience about the injustice of different social status and how much poor people suffer. Whatever for personal experience or because he likes to spend time in town, here is a character with a willing mind to change things for himself and others.
In this subject, even when it’s not spoken out loud, Wang So seems to share his views. If these two see things eye to eye, maybe they will unite forces against Wang Yo who is trying to usurp the crown? And what about Wook? Where does he stands regarding the crown? We have seen him in this episode feel pathetic and powerless, will he try to gain power from now on?
This episode also introduces to Court Lady Oh. Whatever she will be an ally to Soo or not is unknown at this point but she is clearly a very smart woman. And that has seen something into Wook and Soo’s relationship already. I will be looking out for Lady Oh.
The rest of the princes provide a great comic relief but they are not entirely flat characters. They too have layers that start showing slowly and are willing to break the rules for those they care about. VERY interesting in regards on where this show is going with its political storyline.
All I know is Lady Hae’s death marks a before and after in the story, and this episode was a set up for what’s coming next. What that is, I have no clue but I am sure all hell is about to break loose.
I forgot to mention this and I also didn’t want to jinx anything, but Simon Sues, Volume 1 is now out on shelves in Espana! Thanks to Milkyway Ediciones for all their hard work. Those guys are amazing!