I have to admit I’m starting to get iffy on the upcoming revenge drama Shark. I know I was super excited about it last month when I reported that Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin were in talks to headline the final drama in the Revenge Trilogy from the famed production team behind Resurrection (Rebirth) and Mawang (The Devil). I put aside their last non-revenge anomaly that was Fermentation Family as the outlier and was super thrilled they were going back to their bread and butter. But the more I think about it, the more I’m worried. Even famed production teams don’t always deliver time-after-time. Take the Giant and History of the Salaryman Team, currently churning out the ridiculous and boring stinker Incarnation of Money. When I read the synopsis of Shark, it also raised major red flags because neither the leading man nor the leading lady characters sounded sympathetic or appealing. He’s all out for revenge, changing his face and uses even the woman who loves him, she’s engaged or married and still can’t get over a first love and lets him use her. Seriously? I hold out hope that the synopsis is merely scratching the surface and underneath will be some truly compelling character development. The cast gathered this week for the script reading session led by Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin, along with second leads Han Suk Jin and Honey Lee. I’m not a fan of either of the second leads but this is overall a very unexpected cast in general and that sometimes is a good thing because lowered expectations make for sleeping easy at night rather than anxious for a drama to premiere. Shark airs on KBS Mon-Tues following Queen of the Office. One super hilarious aside about this drama – I thought the title Shark was symbolic for the cutthroat hotel business world dealings that will be the primary conflict in this drama, but when I saw the cover of the script with a little shark swimming in the ocean about to eat the title “Shark”, I seriously shed tears of mirth at how it destroyed any sense of tension this drama’s subject matter is supposed to elicit. I keep thinking it ought to be a Korean version of Jaws or something. Except funnier.