I’ve discovered Gu Family Book is great for bedtime time watching while catching up on emails and maybe with the news in the background. It’s still choppy and written with the finesse of a troll threading a needle, but without any reason to delve any deeper it works as an inoffensive way to pass the time. I also watch because I can’t bear to say goodbye to Lee Seung Gi and Suzy for the next 9 weeks knowing they are on TV. MBC is doing a much better job overall in promoting the drama – great official stills, much better synopsis and spoilers, a general cohesiveness in the background of the production that I wish could extend to the drama itself. One thing that has become really hard to ignore is the cross-shipping musical chairs that is going on in the romantic love lines in this drama. Character and chemistry-wise, I am shipping Kang Chi with Chung Jo, the girl he grew up with and they clearly both adore each other, as well as Yeo Wool with Gon, the prickly wry bodyguard who has a crush on the clueless cross-dressing warrior girl. I don’t think Seung Gi and Suzy have any chemistry, but Seung Gi and Lee Yoo Bi have tons while Suzy and Sung Joon are making me wish they were in another drama altogether. What in the world of crazy is happening here? I was all set for Suzy and Seung Gi to at least have chemistry even if the acting doesn’t rise up to the challenge, and now it’s totally making my head spin. I’ll picture update GFB from time to time as I collect up the official stills for my album, but narratively its going to be a hard sell to switch the audience connection to the ordained OTP now. At this point I’d be good with the drama having the two leads not end up together, though of course anything can happen since it’s yet early. Enjoy the pretty pictures!