There is an urban drama legend about the origins of Club ICOMYM (Inappropriate Crushes on Much Younger Men). I was present on the day, hour, minute, and second it was formed. I can confirm here and now that among ALL the hot young (and younger) guys in K-entertainment, it was indeed smirk-n-dimples himself Kim Bum who was the reason the club was formed in the first place. That was when he was still in his late teens, but now the boy is firmly in his twenties I feel so not squicky drooling over him onscreen anymore. He’s been on a K-drama kick the last two years, making diverse movie, drama, and character choices. He was an emaciated angel in Padam Padam: The Sound of His and Her Heartbeat, and then a perfect sidekick in That Winter, The Wind Blows, with a stint as a young man with the ability of sight in The Gifted Hands (Psychometry), and now he’s taken his first step into sageuk land playing devoted warrior Kim Tae Do in Goddess of Fire Jeongi. He’s pretty lucky to star with a very capable cast including Baeksang winner Moon Geun Young, sageuk standouts Lee Sang Yoon and Seo Hyun Jin, and able veterans in Jeon Kyung Ryul and Jung Bo Seok. It’s like being in a celebrity basketball tournament and your teammates just happen to be the current starting line-up of the 2013 Western Conference All-stars. By all accounts the team should be awesome, except the coach (PD and writer) is some dude pulled off the streets so the game is a mess with everyone doing their own thing. In the mess of GoF I spot Bummie being decidedly in control of his own character and performance and it’s a calming and reassuring reason to stick with this show. The ship above of Jung Yi and Tae Do is ship I’m going down even if its in flames of glory. The OTP ship is so lame and dull I feel like watching two people count beans while courting each other. Click to watch the final ending sequence to episode 6 when Tae Do and Jung Yi finally recognize each other as adults.
Tae Do-Jung Yi cut from the end of episode 6:
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