The front runner for worst K-drama of the year wrapped up today in I Summon You, Gold. For 50 episodes this sucker was like a surreal trainwreck of epic proportions, easily out-classing other wacky or pointless recent weekend dramas such as The Best Lee Soon Shin or Hundred Year Inheritance, or painful and unpalatable currently airing ones like Goddess of Marriage. There are absolutely worse dramas than ISYG out there, but for the sake of not turning this into an empirical analysis of various levels of crap, let’s just say this one stinks in every which way it possibly could and then takes one final soak in manure on its way out. It’s a weekend drama about a rich dad that owns a diamond conglomerate, he has three sons with three women (first wife kicked out, second mistress rules the roost, third mistress off to the side), all three sons are married or gets married in the drama to women that are shrewish, scheming, or a useless wet blanket, and into this mess comes a poor family with the eldest daughter being used and abused like a pack mule. This drama consisted of 48 episodes where people behaved poorly in every conceivable way possible short of physical torture. The exception is the saintly Mary Sue of an aspiring jewelry designer heroine Mong Hee, who turns out to be the long lost twin of the shrewish wife Yoona who is married to the male lead Hyun Soo.
Forget that for 36 episodes Yoona was out of the picture and Hyun Soo and Mong Hee fell in love, the second the drama revealed they were twins the entire romance did an about-turn and Yoona was whitewashed, Hyun Soo and Mong Hee easily fell out of love after a one year time jump, and everyone went back to their original positions happy as clams as if nothing supremely awkward had just happened. As if that wasn’t unpalatable enough, in the end none of the horrid human trash, like the second mistress who was the root cause of all the bad things happening to everyone and the ambitious wife to the second son who gave up her own child to marry rich, got their comeuppance or even paid a price for their sins. This drama tied up every single loose end with it “smile and be happy!” ethos and resolved every single conflict easily as if people didn’t spend the last 20 episodes scheming to cling on to victory in each battle. To say I’m appalled is an understatement, and even if viewers in South Korea and internationally watch this drama and cluck over its ridiculous moral code and don’t subscribe to it, I still think it was a giant fuck you to put this on the air and waste the talents and effort of the entire cast and crew. If something is pure hate bile, I see no need to even package it as brainless entertainment and hope no one actually uses it as some sort of life lesson. A big hug to Han Ji Hye and Yeon Jung Hoon (and the rest of the hardworking cast) – may you all get good karma for being professional through a truly distasteful cinematic experience. I open this thread up as a recovery support group for ISYG viewers and as a forum to warn people away from ever watching this. This drama gives K-dramas a bad bad name.
A couple of better titles for this drama include “I Summon You, Brain Fart!” and “I Summon You, Ethical Hellhole”. I suppose the only consolation for leading lady Han Ji Hye was that she got double most leading lady screentimes by playing twins, and at least she didn’t get slapped around each episode like she did in May Queen.