Is there anything presently annoying me that a glimpse of smiling Lee Seung Gi doesn’t immediately make it all go away? I’m hard pressed to find it, because all my gripes about the shoddy characterization with the parental section of Gu Family Book got washed away the moment I laid eyes on the new batch of official stills from the drama. I know everyone, including the producers, are anxious to get to the kids section of the drama proper. I’m normally an advocate of less filler and more meat, but in this case the parents could have used another half hour of story that would have made many of the grand leaps of logic less glaring and segued into the children’s story more fluid. GFB is like the polar opposite of Ja Myung Go, a sageuk with so much potential that got destroyed in momentum with a prelude parent and kids section that lasted 12 (!) episodes for a drama that eventually ended at 36. I don’t know what the balance is between too little and too much, but like the Supreme Court says, I’ll know it when I see it. The new stills from GFB show Lee Seung Gi’s Choi Kang Chi with his childhood playmate and first love Park Chung Jo played by Lee Yoo Bi. He’s a rowdy hooligan, she’s the epitome of a prim and proper lady, in another drama they’d probably be the OTP. Initially I thought he nursed a one-sided love that she didn’t reciprocate, and then these cheek-kissing adorable stills upended that misconception. Of course she could be one of those girls who leads a guy on, but I do hope she is less the manipulative type and more the sincere but societal dictates constrained type. Seung Gi is giving off a whiff of too-modern vibe in his delivery of Kang Chi based on the previews, but it’s not something that is so jarring it’ll take me out of the story. Here’s to hoping week 2 of GFB gets this train back on track.