The KBS Mon-Tues drama Queen of the Office with Kim Hye Soo and Oh Ji Ho appears to have come and gone without even a ripple in the online viewing audience. It’s ratings were middling but the drama appears to have suffered from lack of interest in office hijinks and getting lost in the battle between high-profile sageuks Gu Family Book and Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love. Both of those two dramas have entered the latter half of its run so now might be a good time for revenge melodrama Shark to sneak in for a potential upset win. Starring Kim Nam Gil in his first drama since finishing military service along with Son Ye Jin, Ha Suk Jin and Honey Lee, I’m more interested because this drama is being produced by the crack team behind Resurrection (also called Revenge or Rebirth) and Mawang (The Devil). Those two dramas are narratively unrelated except for sharing a revenge theme, and Shark will follow suit and is being called the final chapter of the “revenge trilogy.” Will it the third times the charm, or will it be hard to keep achieving the high standards set by its predecessors? The cast attended a press conference yesterday that was all sorts of underwhelming. No one looked good, and poor Son Ye Jin looked like she wandered off the set of Personal Taste still in character as unkempt Kae In while Ha Suk Jin should have attended shirtless because that would have been the lesser visually insulting option. KBS also released a long 5-minute trailer that continues to leave me unmoved. There is so much visual whatever going on but I’m not feeling any emotional heart or sincerity beating anywhere. Of course the actual drama could be amazing and change my mind in a heartbeat, so never say never. Kim Nam Gil does look exactly like he did in Bad Guy, but this time rich and wearing a suit, while I can’t get over how tired and bloated Son Ye Jin looks in the trailer. What happened, sweetie? I’ve still got a residual high from how effectively Nice Guy delivered the revenge melodrama theme so Shark has some big shoes to fill when it premieres this coming Monday.
5-minute trailer for Shark: