With Gu Family Book taking a 422-year time jump into K-drama infamy (at least the nonsensical endings of dramas such as Big or Queen In Hyun’s Man ended with the OTP still intact and in their current incarnations), its more straight-shooting sageuk network successor Goddess of Fire Jeongi readies for its premiere by trotting out its cast for the press conference. I’ve said before that sageuks have the choice of letting the cast attend in costume or modern garb and I’m not sure who makes the decision and for what reason. The cast of GFB attended in suits and dresses while the cast of GoF went full character attire and hair pieces. Moon Geun Young looks slightly better dressed in the uniform of a potter in the Royal Ceramic Department of the Joseon court, compared to the needs-to-be-burned ill-fitting peach hanbok. I don’t need her to look ravishing for this role, unlike Kim Tae Hee in Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love, since for the latter her looks are a major part of her historical character not to mention in the drama she must be fashionable attired since she plays a fashion designer. I do think the sageuk hair doesn’t suit Moon Geun Young as a general rule, she looks better with bangs and framing her face in layers. Oh well, nothing to do about that. Lee Sang Yoon doesn’t look nearly as fine dressed in royal robes as he did in The Duo playing a Joseon police officer. I know he’s the male lead but I still don’t feel any chemistry between him and Moon Geun Young, and the less I say about the pictures of them standing next to each other at the press conference the better for my sanity. Kim Bum looks so fine in costume I have no words other than gibberish and making grabbity gestures at the computer screen. I’m so happy to see Seo Hyun Jin here in the second female lead role since she’s fantastic in sageuks and totally stole the thunder of female lead Han Ji Hye in The Duo (plus she ended up with PIE, how awesome is that for a switch up of pairings). Here she harbors a one-sided love for Kim Bum, who loves Moon Geun Young, who has requited feelings for Lee Sang Yoon but their love cannot be. I guess this calls for angsty solo-pottery making sessions for Ms. Moon onscreen. The rest of the supporting cast is pretty awesome from Jung Kwang Ryul, Park Gun Hyung, Kwang Soo, Han Go Eun, Byun Hee Bong, Lee Jong Won, and Jung Bo Seok. GoF premieres next Monday on MBC and expect a 6-episode or so childhood sequence.