When one element out of five is the sole question mark, I’m going to revert to my typical optimistic nature of looking at the glass as more than half full hence a pretty high probability that I’ll love it. I went back and read my July 8th post about Yoon Eun Hye and Jung Yong Hwa possibly starring in a drama together and the comment thread pretty much exploded. In the seven weeks since then folks have had time to digest this casting choice, and with the news two weeks ago that Lee Dong Gun was in talks to form the drama love triangle its created even more room for debate. I’ve said my share and now its time to just sit back and see where this drama takes us – today KBS confirmed that Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Dong Gun, and Jung Yong Hwa are indeed starring together in the upcoming time travel drama Future’s Choice (also called Mi Rae’s Choice since the heroine’s name Mi Rae means future). Yoon Eun Hye is bright and optimistic Na Mi Rae, working as a phone operator at a call center with dreams of writing for a broadcast station. Lee Dong Gun plays an demanding but principled announcer/MC at a broadcast network, while Jung Yong Hwa is a sociable and talented camera man who is hiding his real identity as the grandson of the station owner. So far so good, I don’t see the words “poor hardworking” associated with the heroine, nor do I see “cold, arrogant” associated with either male lead. Mi Rae meets her future self who has time traveled back to give her advice about her life in the present in order to make her dreams come true.
I also love that writer who is one half of the Hong sister duo that did The King 2 Hearts, and this time she’s paired with as the lady PD who directed Bad Love and Crime Squad, both very interestingly filmed dramas that failed on the script and not the execution. So we have a drama centering on a female character, written by a female screenwriter, and directed by one of the few female PDs working in Yeouido. This total woman power thing associated with this drama is pretty awesome just on that alone. The synopsis reminds me a bit of that classic 1990 TVB drama Cherished Moments where the heroine time travels back 4 years into her own body but with her memories of the future and she tries to change the way she lived her life to avoid marrying the hero because in the future their marriage isn’t happy. It’s an interesting concept of whether one can change the future or some things are meant to be. Luckily for Future’s Choice, it’s not airing on Wed-Thurs and thereby avoiding the Heirs juggernaut. Instead it premieres in October after Good Doctor on Mon-Tues and will go up against the Ha Ji Won–Joo Jin Mo monster sageuk Empress Ki on MBC and Choi Ji Woo as The Suspicious Housekeeper on SBS.
It’s been confirmed that Lee Dong Gun is the male lead in this drama, so that makes me stoked since I think from the trifecta of requirements (hotness, experience, acting ability) he easily trumps Jung Yong Hwa and it would be a waste of his long-awaited return project to play second fiddle to Jung Yong Hwa. I also think the casting is correct based on the character descriptions for the two main leads. Since Jung Yong Hwa’s fans are relying on the same two basic arguments for giving him a chance (he’s only done two dramas and he works hard and maybe can improve), I’m game to check him out and see if he’s learned how to acting since Heartstrings.
I’m curious though, at what point does a fandom accept their beloved singer oppa/noona can’t act rather than constantly making excuses. For some reason, some fandoms are better than others. My stan Changmin is freaking gorgeous and I can stare at him for hours but he can’t act his way out of a paper box even with directional lights pointing to the exit. His fans are chill with folks pointing out he can’t act. Yunho is probably one of the worst actors on the planet Earth and I never see his fans defending him against critics. I also feel like Kim Hyun Joong‘s fandom has also come to the acceptance he can’t act.
I respect fandoms who can love their oppars and noonims wholeheartedly and still accept they can’t do certain things. Sing and shake their booty on stage, yes – act, no. So if Yong Hwa has had two tries, and he ends up sucking here as well, will there be a three strikes he’s out rule where his fans will be fine with folks stating that he can’t act and maybe should act anymore? I like him as a singer and honestly feel like he’s wasting his time and energy acting when he could become such a great singer and performer that even when one day CNBlue has run its course as a group he could still have a solo career. Think Justin Timberlake after ‘N Sync. Just my two cent career advice for him.
As for this drama, I also love that it’s coming over a year after last year’s K-drama time-travel bonanza, which ran the gamut from super suck (Time Slip Dr. Jin) to suck (Faith) to somewhat suck (Rooftop Prince) to pretty good but ending sucked (Queen In Hyun’s Man). This year’s time-travel drama has only been Nine: Nine Time Travels and thankfully Future’s Choice sounds less dire and more bright and bubbly. My Yoon Eun Hye is coming back to dramaland with sex-on-legs Lee Dong Gun in a story that sounds interesting with a production team that I like! *faints from happiness* Hopefully this will wash away the bad taste in my mouth from that superficial melodramatic cheap shot that was Missing You.