If there is one thing Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love did right from start to soon-to-finish, it was to showcase the most stunning hanboks I have ever seen in any sageuk. Rich glorious designs, magnetic colors from deeps to pastels, and styles that perfectly accentuate the wearer’s femininity and unique look. That drama deserves an entire homage to its costume department, but its now set the bar so high that I’m truly appalled to see sageuks fail at the sartorial element and thereby make someone normally quite beautiful look unappealing and chintzy. Moon Geun Young’s hanbok in her official drama stills for Goddess of Fire Jeongi needs to be slashed and burned. The pale color makes her look washed out, the cut is atrocious and she looks neckless in it (and her head looks like it’s actually photoshopped onto her body when we know it can’t be), and in general the bulkiness turns her petite sylph-like frame in real life into a veritable sageuk humpty dumpty. MBC is usually on top of things with its sageuks but this is such a misfire already in making Moon Geun Young look like a kid while Lee Sang Yoon looks adult and kingly. Since second male lead Kim Bum also looks like a kid normally, I think mentally I’ll be happier to ship him with her so at least they look more complementary for each other. I’m not sure the OTP romance with Moon Geun Young and Lee Sang Yoon will have the visual appeal beyond daddy long legs and his charge. The dull and unappealing official stills of the OTP aside, the second teaser was released today and at least reverses the bottom of the barrel expectations created by the first ridiculously cheesy teaser. This one has the kids section and while it has the standard kids-meet-cute-torn-apart-by-fate spiel, at least the kids are acting their hearts out and anytime I see Jung Bo Seok and Jeon Kwang Ryul it makes me happy. That’s a small consolation that I’ll gladly take at this point.
Second teaser for Goddess of Fire: