Look who’s here! If SBS shows scenes with Jae Hee‘s Hyun Chi Soo in the just released preview for episode 13 of Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love and he still doesn’t show up when the actual episode airs, I might just boycott this drama on principle alone. It’s wrong to the actor and wrong to the viewers to herald the existence of an important character and then continue to jerk around his arrival in the story like dangling a carrot and then yanking it away. I’m not a cat, I don’t do well with games like that. I wonder if his arrival was delayed so that the entire last few episodes could be tweaked so that it veered into the makjang cat fights and political posturing. To be honest, a bit of dramatic over-the-topness is fine with me but it’s the seismic shift in personality and purpose of the two leads Lee Soon and Jang Ok Jung that bother me this most. Gone are the thoughtfulness, the reasoned thinking, the sense of greater purpose. Lee Soon has turned into a lovelorn puppy and with it his mental facilities seems to have taken a hike. He’s all Ok Jung, all the time. For a King who aimed to be more powerful than his puppet sovereign of a father, he sure has let his birthright priorities taken a back seat. Lately I can’t even enjoy the romance between the OTP, which earlier made me shiver in the best ways and sigh with longing. Now I just want to shake them two and say “it’s good you are in love, but please get your heads out of each other’s mouth and find an acceptable way to be together without pissing off everyone in the Palace.” I’m hoping Chi Soo’s arrival shakes things up a bit because if ever there was a drama in dire need of a quick refresh, it’s this one. Perhaps his presence will suddenly make everyone start plotting in delicate and nuanced ways again, as opposed to declaring open warfare in ways that contradict all former behavior and defies logic in aiming for a long-term solution to everything. What’s the use of winning little battles if there isn’t a greater plan to win the war?
Preview for episode 13: