Oh boy, this is NOT a good way to start my week. As both Gu Family Book and Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love heads towards the tail end of its airing (with whatever narrative tricks it has up to sleeve, good or bad for the remaining viewers to ascertain), their follow up dramas have started to ramp up its pre-release publicity machine. First came the stills for Empire of Gold starring Go Soo and Lee Yo Won, which admittedly looks decent even as the cast and subject matter doesn’t tickle my fancy. That was followed by MBC releasing the first teaser trailer for its next sageuk extravaganza in Goddess of Fire Jeongi starring Moon Goon Young, Lee Sang Yoon, Kim Bum, Kwang Soo, and Han Go Eun. This one is based on the real life historical figure of female potter Baek Pa Seon who was responsible for the the spread Joseon pottery to Japan. I love Moon Geun Young to the moon and back but holy mother of whatever was this first teaser absolutely deadly dull. Moon Geun Young looks horrendous, rather chubby-cheeked and fifteen-going-on-thirty, and she appears to have zero chemistry with Lee Sang Yoon in what limited screen time they share. Visually they are also completely incongruous together. This one has a very hit-and-miss production team, the PD did the so-bad-it-can’t-be-worse Heading to the Ground but also the cult mania hit Ruler of Your Own World, while the scriptwriter has one drama on her resume and its the very lamely written Warrior Baek Dong Soo. Of course people can improve on past experiences, but right now the first teaser leaves all my hopes dashed in thirty short seconds. Maybe if the entire cast shows up in the longer trailer I can regain as modicum of excitement for this, because right now this looks as interesting as watching paint dry.
First teaser for Goddess of Fire Jeongi: