KBS delayed the premiere of Big Man intentionally for two weeks after its predecessor Beyond the Clouds (Full Sun) finished up its run in the Mon-Tues time slot. The intention was to avoid the ratings dominance of Empress Ki, but someone over at KBS couldn’t count because Big Man would have needed to be delayed for three weeks to dodge Empress Ki. Big Man is airing this Monday (as I’m posting) which puts it right up against the last two episodes of Empress Ki but I guess Big Man avoided God’s Gift: 14 Days which ended last week and will have one less competition since SBS is not premiering Dr. Stranger until next Monday. I genuinely have no clue about what ratings Big Man can expect to garner since this drama has seemed rather oddball and hard to pin down since it started releasing story and character synopsis. The general premise of a rough-and-tumble orphan adopted by a rich family out to steal his heart for the real son fairly screams horror and/or melodrama. Then the first teasers hit and there was this weird laugh track vibe and hijinks galore.
I still can’t logically figure out how heart stealing works other than to kill a person and then harvest the heart for a transplant, which totally goes beyond even the far-fetched parameters of K-drama angst. I also don’t know why heart stealing would require first lying to the guy that he’s a long lost son of the family. KBS released a long six-minute preview that piles on more questions than it doles on answers. The best part of the entire preview was the too-short scenes between Kang Ji Hwan and Jung So Min where he plays her designated driver after she’s been out clubbing but then he needs to evade the cops and there is even a forced kiss that made me squeal. One of the biggest problems I have with the drama after watching the long preview is with Lee Da Hee‘s character. She’s been in love with Daniel Choi‘s character since they were small and is dating him as an adult. She is helping to steal Kang Ji Hwan’s heart but then starts to feel sorry for him and eventually appears to find her heart wavering between the two men. I’m sorry but I do not like her character in the least and so far only Jung So Min’s bitchy rich girl comes across as remotely interesting. I’m watching for her and Kang Ji Hwan and might have to pretend they are the OTP just to stick with this drama.
6-minute long preview for Big Man: