It is usually the case that when the Chuseok holiday comes to an end, a slew of new dramas starts to overwhelm the viewers. Last week saw the premieres of Terius Behind Me, Heart Surgeons, The Third Charm, and The Player, and now looming before us are five new dramas that will air their pilot episodes this week. For the Monday-Tuesday time slot, two romance dramas (The Beauty Inside and Where Stars Land) and a family series (Bad Papa) will kick off and compete with each other.
The Beauty Inside
Man, I’ve waited for over 10 months for this drama to come, and finally, it’s here! The Beauty Inside is a drama remake of the 2015 Korean film of the same name (starring Han Hyo-joo), about a guy who wakes up every day with a new body and struggles to stay connected to the woman he loves. There are three major changes in the drama adaptation, though, the first of which is that instead of the guy, it is the girl (a top actress played by Seo Hyun-jin) who switches to different bodies. Secondly, she switches to a different body once a month for a period of one week, unlike in the film where the hero suffers from having a different body every single day. Well, that could have been in consideration to the length of the series; the daily switching requires a lot of actors. The third change has something to do with the love interest (an airline company director portrayed by Lee Min-ki) of the main character. He has this condition called prosopagnosia, a cognitive disorder of face perception in which the ability to recognize familiar faces, including one’s own face, is impaired. Because of this condition, the body-switching of his darling presents a little problem as he doesn’t recognize faces anyway. Instead, he remembers people by their habits and mannerisms. Seo Hyun-jin describes this drama as a “magical romance that you can’t see anywhere else.” Please don’t disappoint me.
Jang Hyuk is back with a new drama titled simply as Bad Papa, about a papa who has to become a bad papa in order to become a good papa. I mean, Jang Hyuk’s character is used to be an undefeated boxing champion but an incident where he lost helplessly in a match and was suspected of match-fixing resulted in his ban from boxing. He then ends up a serious crime detective, only to be eventually suspended from work due to bribery. Life has become more difficult for him, so he makes a dangerous decision to participate in an illegal boxing match for the prize money which he will use to pay rent and support his family. The series is supposed to be a family drama, but with the involvement of boxing in the plot, I think we’ll see a lot of actions scenes in here.
Where Stars Land
Where Stars Land‘s synopsis simply states that the series will be about the lives of employees at Incheon International Airport, centering on a top-tier university graduate (played by Lee Je-hoon) who fails to become a commercial pilot and a woman (Chae Soo-bin) known as a “human bomb” due to his accident-prone nature. The former is described as a mysterious man who keeps people at a distance while the latter is someone who wants to become a perfectionist but makes a lot of mistakes. I’m excited to watch this drama because of Lee Je-hoon who had shown an impressive acting performance in Signal and Tomorrow With You. And oh, my excitement just went up upon knowing that the director of this series is the one behind Lovers in Paris, Secret Garden, and Gu Family Book. Meanwhile, the screenplay is handled by the screenwriter who penned Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim which I loved and enjoyed. So, I’ll definitely check this out and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this drama to turn out a badass one.