I’ve noticed that a bunch of Naughties (Nice Guy fans) are on the Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love ship with me. Welcome back everyone! I’m pretty sure all the Hearties (The King 2 Hearts fans) are over at the Gu Family Book ship enjoying Lee Seung Gi, and I’m sad that drama totally doesn’t work for me. But for those who have found delicious crack with JOJ like I have, this drama encapsulates for me all the tingly feelings of watching something that transfixes the imagination onscreen. I don’t quite understand the Korean netizens fixation with spotting errors in filming or the reluctance to watch a story that is re-imagined history only in the context of a drama. Kim Tae Hee used to be one of those actresses I loathed (emphasis on LOATHE) because she was literally so bad as to ruin my ability to enjoy an otherwise interesting drama. My Princess was the first time I’ve ever liked her acting and it was actually the drama that fell apart in the middle writing-wise but she was such a shining gem in that little outing. She’s not a thespian by any measure, but she is really doing decently well in JOJ that I’m rather appalled that the Korean media can actually praise my sweet but robotic Suzy‘s flat as a roadkill acting in GFB while dissing Kim Tae Hee’s heartfelt attempt at capturing the essence of Jang Ok Jung as constructed in the novel. Both are bad actresses qualitatively, but in this head-to-head Kim Tae Hee is like heads, shoulders, and maybe even a Queenly hairpiece above Suzy in both of their first sageuk outings. Which isn’t saying much for Kim Tae Hee since she is like twice the age of Suzy and has a decade more years under her belt as an actress. She ought to be better, and here she is, so why she’s getting undue flack is starting to turn me peevish. Unless Kim Tae Hee starts sucking for no reason, I’m not going to mention her acting anymore when I recap JOJ, I enjoy her performance as Ok Jung and that’s that. Look at her expression above, she’s really nailing it in that scene. The drama released its second OST song today called “Dream on You” by ZIA, and with it SBS dropped an official MV that has two new scenes. The major squeeworthy one shows Jae Hee‘s Hyun Chi Soo looking all sorts of angsty. I knew that man was going to arrive and turn up the heat. Can’t wait for today’s episode 6!
ZIA “Dream on You”: