Records of a Night Watchman is so giving me anticipation and optimism whiplash. One moment it looks so bad as to be a Saturday Night Live sketch of a fantasy sageuk, another minute I see stuff that looks decent enough to buoy my hopes again that the end result might be cool. Terrible costuming is currently the number one problem for this show – first there was cringeworthy blond-wigged Kim Sung Oh as the baddie with a CGI eagle on his shoulder, then came a night watchman costume for Jung Il Woo that conjured up bad leather outfits complete with shaggy hair. No and no. I really need to do something about how I react whenever I see Kim Sung Oh in this drama because the latest stills of him in full wizard shaman mode made me bust a gut dying of laughter. He does not look scary, eerie, or fantastical, just more full on lame. The horned headpiece is part Pan’s Labyrinth part Legend but in a low budget hokey way. At least the new stills of Yoon Tae Young looks great as the leader of the night watchmen, he’s always intensely watchable in sageuks. Relative newbie actress Seo Ye Ji‘s fresh and lovely first stills are also out and reminds me of seeing then relative newbie Lee Yu Bi in Gu Family Book. That’s a good thing for Seo Ye Ji because Lee Yu Bi knocked her role out of the part in that drama, proving that being inexperienced doesn’t automatically mean sageuk acting failure. This drama is definitely loads of fun to follow along with pre-premiere since everything that comes out leaves an impression whether really good or really bad.