One would think Han Ji Hye would’ve learned her lesson by now and stay the heck away from weekend dramas where she singlehandedly set some sort of record for being slapped around in May Queen. But alas, she either has a developed a fondness for poor suffering abused heroines, or else the script for I Summon You, Gold (Call Forth Gold) is way more than its makjang synopsis makes it out to be. Taking over the slot from the low-rated Rascals Sons on MBC will be the aforementioned I Summon You, Gold (don’t ask me what it refers to, I dunno), where Han Ji Hye plays a poor plucky jewelry designer with a street stall AND a same-faced unrelated rich daughter in-law-law to a chaebol family. I can’t even snark anymore. What mildly resurrected me was learning that Yeon Jung Hoon was making his network return in 3 years as the male lead, which reunites him with Han Ji Hye from when they played first loves in East of Eden. Their love was thwarted in that drama when she was forced to marry her rapist played by Park Hae Jin, and eventually those two got a happily ever after. Yeah, not exactly a very good role model of a story.
Back to this upcoming fight fest, also joining this drama is Lee Tae Sang and Lee Soo Kyung, playing a married couple and the antagonists to our hero and heroine. Lee Tae Sang is the younger brother to Yeon Jung Hoon and there is succession issues looming in the family business, while Lee Soo Kyung is friends with Han Ji Hye but later rivals when she enters the family. I feel like these weekend dramas are just a game of pick a stick out of five buckets to make a slightly different story. At some point some drama is just going to literally recycle every aspect of a previous drama, except with a different cast. Not to be outdone in potential makjangness, rival network SBS has the upcoming weekend drama Birth Secret (The Secret of Birth) starring Sung Yuri and Yoo Joon Sang. As stupid as the title is, I don’t even know why this drama is called Birth Secret when its about a woman with memory loss and should be called Amnesia instead. It’s going to be impossible finding this sucker when you try Googling “birth secret and Korean drama” in one search. What makes it worse is knowing the writer of Birth Secret did Cinderella Unni, Spring Days, and Robber. Le sigh.
Sung Yuri and Han Ji Hye are fast becoming staples of the weekend genre. While Han Ji Hye did the terrible May Queen last, Sung Yuri fared not much better with Feast of the Gods which set off quite a firestorm of shipping wars, which happened naturally when a well-written and acted second male lead just seems so decent that its hard not to pull for him. Despite all my mockery of these two upcoming dramas, there is a chance it can be watchable and I’m always happy when that happens. But I’m not holding my breath here.