If you can see my face right now, it’s currently a cross between the internet memes of “Unimpressed” and “Grumpy Cat”. The officials posters for the upcoming Wed-Thurs SBS drama You From Another Star dropped right before the weekend and I almost face-palmed. Compared to the creative and eye-catching batch of official posters from its rival drama Miss Korea, YFAS threw some blue in the background, dangled a few fake stars, and called it a day. What gives? Compared to the quirkier cast of Miss Korea, YFAS has across-the-board ridiculously good looking group of leads so why just slap then against a cheesy looking design and fail to throw creativity into the mix. The character descriptions are out and it gives me a little more to go on and I’m still waffling over which of the two mid-week dramas to check out first. Kim Soo Hyun plays Do Min Joon, a 404 year old alien living on Earth trying to remain undetected and not interfere with Earthly affairs until he can go home. He doesn’t believe in love and sees it as male-female attraction and lust, but that will all change when he encounters top Hallyu actress Chun Song Yi played by Jeon Ji Hyun. Song Yi is a child star grown up to be the top popular actress of her generation, but she was never properly taught or brought up so she’s got a rude personality and isn’t terribly bright. Her rival is Yoo Se Mi played by Yoo In Na, a girl who has always come in second compared to Song Yi and stays friends with Song Yi looking for a way to bring her down. Her crush is on chaebol Lee Hwi Kyung played by Park Hae Jin, but he only has eyes for Song Yi and wants to marry her and make her love him back. The drama starts off with Song Yi’s star power plummeting due to a scandal beyond her control and a bunch of stuff happens that leads to Min Joon and Song Yi living together. I really like the alien idea but the rest of this drama sounds so typical K-drama set up to me. I hope the drama surprises me because I foresee lots of angst happening, especially as Min Joon’s identity comes under scrutiny and he faces the danger of being discovered.
In terms of how ratings will shake out, You From Another Star has the luxury of being in a time-slot that SBS more or less dominated all year long (with a one blip being Secret Love the lone unexpected winner for KBS) and I think it has a good shot of continuing the winning trend.