I can’t believe Marry Him If You Dare went there. Or that it could find a way to go there. Where, might you be asking? It’s not quite “to boldly go where no man has gone before” (wrong franchise), but it managed to mash together the hotness personified that is Lee Dong Gun with geek chic by putting him in a Darth Vadar costume. Can I get a “Heck yeah!” as well as “Yes please, can I have some more?”. I have no clue what the context is in the scene that requires Lee Dong Gun’s Kim Shin to don a Darth Vadar outfit and wield a light sabre around, but even if it were a fantasy sequence I’m enjoying the lighthearted tone of this drama from all the teasers and stills thus far. It’s not narratively fresh but I feel the fun vibe. It doesn’t hurt that the latest BTS video just released shows the main cast of Lee Dong Gun, Yoon Eun Hye, Jung Yong Hwa, and Han Chae Ah getting along swimmingly during the poster shoot. I do feel bad that Han Chae Ah has been marginalized in the promotional machine for this drama, but other than that the drama’s promotional efforts earn a solid A-score from me. It’s on a nice daily schedule for tidbits to trickle out, and with each new morsel of goodness the anticipation and interest in this drama is increased. I’ve been poking around for spoilers about the set up but can’t find anything beyond future Mi Rae married Kim Shin but something happened to cause her to go back 30 years in time to prevent her young self from making the same decision. How I feel about Kim Shin will hinge a lot on what that “something” is. Though it also might not matter because whatever future Kim Shin did in that timeline doesn’t necessarily mean this Kim Shin would do if Mi Rae married him in this timeline. If there is one thing K-dramas taught me, aside from the asinine fixation on first love purity nonsense, is that hate can turn into love but platonic friendship has a nearly impossible to cross gap to generate the heat needed to spark romance. I think Yoon Eun Hye has chemistry with both of her male leads based on the stills and teasers, but it’s only with Lee Dong Gun that I see the attraction sparks flying every which way. I hope it’s hot enough the singe the sun. I remember the drama magic that happens when Yoon Eun Hye has perfect chemistry with an onscreen co-star, namely Gong Yoo in Coffee Prince and Kang Ji Hwan in Lie to Me. Lee Dong Gun has a good chance of joining that list and I’m rooting for him all the way. This here playground is hereby reserved for Team Shin!
Lee Dong Gun BTS for Marry Him If You Dare: