As much as I’m enthralled with the current universe of Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love, I am seriously on pins and needles waiting for second male lead Jae Hee to show up. And based on the just released stills from SBS, Chi Soo orabeoni is showing up next week! I bet he’s going to up the pathos significantly and become a truly viable alternative choice for Ok Jung. Much as I adore the OTP, its hard knowing Ok Jung is going to pay such a steep price to pick Lee Soon over her Chi Soo orabeoni. Initially I was a bit wary that so many guys are going to love/want Ok Jung – Lee Soon, Chi Soo, Prince Dongpyung, Prince Boksun – it’s like a veritable menagerie of the rich and powerful. That felt a bit like overkill to show us how desirable and attractive Ok Jung is, playing up her historical reputation as a vixen manslayer. Except the story has unfurled in a way where all the feelings and wants are not only acceptable narratively, but also very satisfying to contemplate. There is a certain sick irony that Prince Boksun wants Ok Jung after politics took away his beloved Hong Joo, who is Ok Jung’s sweet and innocent cousin. There is a certain heartwarming sweetness in Prince Dongpyung’s open but restrained affection for Ok Jung. There is a certain destined satisfaction to see Ok Jung and Lee Soon slowly and surely falling for each other. And there will surely be a certain heartbreak to watch the sole non-politically motivated guy in this story try to win the right to take Ok Jung away from the dangerous black hole that is Joseon politics and the men who play in it. I think if the drama can manage to make me love all the male leads equally, then it’s already five steps ahead of what most dramas can accomplish these days.