You win some, you lose some, and that saying applies much too aptly to dramas. A drama starring a favorite actor is no guarantee it’ll be good, and I’m way too busy in life to waste time with stuff that just doesn’t resonate with me. With that said, having to drop Arang and the Magistrate is truly one of my biggest pouty moments in drama-watching this year. Waiting two whole years for Lee Jun Ki to return, and in a sageuk no less, I was 99.9% certain this drama would rock my socks off. And it did, for the first few episodes anyways. I suppose that ought to be comfort enough, but it isn’t because I just love Jun Ki so much and not being able to love either his character or performance as Eun Oh in Arang leaves me wanting to simultaneously berate myself for being so picky, and to berate him for picking this project. Just because Song Joong Ki is utterly mesmerizing in Nice Guy doesn’t mean I wouldn’t switch him out for Jun Ki if I could (what? he’s my bias!) and let him do a drama that really has a gripping story. Towards the end of Arang, I would nod off during the episode, and then awaken to realize nothing significant had happened. Sometimes I would sit around wondering when Yoo Seung Ho‘s pet goat would make another appearance and be disappointed when the episode ended with no goat. I still think the drama was beautiful and moody, creative and different, yet all of that didn’t quite add up to being a drama that clicked with me. But I remained totally supportive of it and the cast, all of whom appeared to have enjoyed the experience as evidenced by the just released stills from the cast and crew wrap party. I wonder where Yoo Seung Ho was? Or where his pet goat went? Seeing these pictures gave me a giant grin and I’m happy now that both Jun Ki and Shin Mina gave it their all and really brought the drama to a sweet conclusion for fans of the OTP.
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