I was initially going to pass the upcoming MBC weekend drama Scandal: That Shocking and Immoral Incident because neither of the two leads Kim Jae Won nor Jo Yoon Hee are that appealing to me to check on solely for them. The title of the drama and the story also sound potentially cringe-worthy, with a birth secret that rivals all previous K-drama birth secrets for craziness. Kim Jae Won plays a cop who discovers that he was a kidnap victim and raised by his kidnapper, a man who blamed his birth father for a deadly building collapse that killed the kidnapper’s own son. So a son-for-a-son is the premise of this story, and while East of Eden dragged out that swapped sons birth secret for 30 (!!!) episodes, when I watched the first gripping Scandal teaser I realized this drama might actually be different and potentially good. Looks like Kim Jae Won finds out early on about his real identity and the drama will be about him reconciling his love and anger towards his kidnapper father, and bonus points if his real birth father turns out to be a genuine miscreant. Do two wrongs make a right? Is blood thicker than nurture? Most Korean dramas pile on the angst but I’m hoping Scandal rises about its melodramatic concept and actually does a sensitive and probing look into the complicated nature of family ties. I’m also super excited to see Jo Jae Hyun back in drama land, I loved him in New Heart (who didn’t?) but skipped the sageuk Gyebaek so this will be a treat. It’s funny that he’s playing Kim Jae Won’s dad since he’s only 15 years older than him. The PD directed East of Eden, I Really Really Like You, and Ireland, and those are some really differently filmed K-dramas that it’s hard for me to fathom it comes from the same dude’s style. The writer is a weekend staple having written Twinkle Twinkle, Who Are You (love this one so much), Romance (with Kim Jae Won), and Happy Together. Scandal premieres after Hundred Year Inheritance, and this week Ki Tae Young joined the cast to play Kim Jae Won’s rival. Nice.
Teaser for Scandal: