The main three Korean networks continue their attempt to seep every last ounce of goodwill I have for them since there isn’t currently a single K-drama on MBC, SBS, or KBS that I wholeheartedly love. The second half downward spiral of Alice in Cheongdamdong has been painful to witness, and the less said about the new arrivals in Yawang (the very definition of a terrible melodrama) and 7th Level Civil Servant (I wanted to smash its first episode into smithereens, its existence in this world so offends me) the better. The next big premiere coming up on the weekday circuit is a ten-ton gorilla in terms of star power and production prowess. It feels like IRIS 2 has been filming since forever, which make sense since the drama spans multiple exotic foreign locales and is a script written about international conspiracy and espionage and potential warfare. Not exactly something that can be cobbled together and filmed a few weeks before premiere. With Jeon Woo Chi wrapping up, IRIS 2 is slated to premiere on February 13th on KBS.
Starring Jang Hyuk, Lee Da Hae, Lee Bum Soo, Oh Yeon Soo, Im Soo Hyang, Lee Joon, Yoon Doo Joon, and Baek Sung Hyun (with special appearances by Kim Seung Woo and Kim Young Chul, though the rumored returns of Kim So Yeon and Kim Min Jong have recently been nixed), the drama picks up directly from the end of IRIS after 3 years have passed. The Korean National Security Service (NSS) is now battling the shadowy organization IRIS, who aims to turn North and South Korea against each other during the official negotiations for a potential reunification. The drama will be filmed in Hungary, Cambodia, Japan and South Korea and the production company Taewon Entertainment is clearly aiming to hit the ratings jackpot that was IRIS (and everyone wants to forget the ratings and quality mess that was Athena: Goddess of War). I am definitely watching this but twice burned with both IRIS and Athena, I’m keeping my expectations low that the story will make sense and actually be good, but I will see how long I can watch just to see some of my favorite actors onscreen, most notably the third-time pairing of Lee Da Hae and Jang Hyuk as well as Lee Bum Soo lighting the screen on fire as a North Korean agent. Bring it on, baby!
IRIS 2 Teaser: