Looks like it’s going to be official stills overload for the foreseeable future as nearly half a dozen highly anticipated dramas gears up for a Fall premiere. Heirs is of course generating lots of buzz, what with the overflowing young cast fill with an actor or actress for everyone plus its written by buzzy screenwriter Kim Eun Seok. I’m keeping my expectation of its quality quite low and checking it out for the eye candy and the hype, but its the upcoming Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice) that I’m putting my three eggs into one basket. The two leads Yoon Eun Hye and Lee Dong Gun are faves of mine and can both act, the script is by one of the Hong sisters who did my favorite drama of 2012 The King 2 Hearts, and directing is a very capable female PD who helmed Crime Squad and Bad Love. The pinnacle of a good drama is when all three elements coalesce into that sweet spot of good acting, great writing, and fantastic directing. This drama has all the ingredients to get there so please don’t let me down. The first official stills are out for Yoon Eun Hye, who is the undisputed main character of this drama since the entire premise is about how her older self time-travels back to warn her younger self not to marry a particular hottie. I’m curious about both the future (what happened?) and the present (is she going to take her own advice but fate keeps pushing her together with him?), which already is a good sign that even the basic concept of this drama intrigues me. Our first look at Yoon Eun Hye’s character of Na Mi Rae is when she’s at work and at a matchmaking center. She works as a low level employee at a call center and is quite good at her job chatting with customers on the phone. But her bubbly outward personality masks her own disappointment with her life, though she brushes it all aside with a self-motivating “I’m okay!” She goes to a matchmaking center to jump start her own love life but when she takes the test she ends up scoring the lowest ever. I’m hoping its not a personality test but one of those qualification exams that measure prospective matches based on education, family, and career. Otherwise I’d feel really bad for Mi Rae to get eliminated based on something she can’t change. Her hair is still ridiculous but it’s for her character so that’s fine by me. It’s not as bad as the bowl cut and nothing a nice straight perm can’t take care of. I like that she looks rather frumpy even in her aura which really captures how her character starts off in the beginning of the drama. I cannot wait to see the first stills of her with Lee Dong Gun. Please let it light the screen on fire. I need some fire in my dramas, not the anemic manufactured kind but one that burns solely by the intensity of the two leads.
And in case anyone needs a visual reminder, the man she’s trying to NOT marry is Kim Shin. Played by Lee Dong Gun. See below for examples of his smexiness.