It feels like there are so many jokes I can crack about Go Sung Hee getting cast opposite Jaejoong for the new KBS Friday night drama Spy. First there’s the YunJae snerking that naturally stem from her starring with Jaejoong after acting opposite Yunho in Records of a Night Watchman. If DBSK didn’t split apart then there would definitely be more howls of envy from fans but even now it feels so coincidental. But the biggest joke for me is how the heck Go Sung Hee got another leading lady role after basically sucking so hard in RoNW.
Go Sung Hee needs to go back to acting school, supporting roles in daily dramas, or whatever grunt prep goes into developing acting ability through repetition. I was one of those few who loved the underrated Miss Korea and really liked her in it, and when she was cast in RoNW I was totally okay with it. Boy was my optimism misplaced and wholly unwarranted. She was shockingly bad in RoNW, showing she has neither the leading lady visual charisma nor the acting chops to merit the elevation. Poor Jaejoong, he was just starting to turn things around after a really solid leading man outing in Triangle. This is like a step back, and into a ditch.
If any cast member from RoNW was to join Jaejoong in Spy, it totally should have been the improved Yunho. I wouldn’t have minded if Spy had no typical romance and instead was the bromance between rival spies Jaejoong and Yunho, LOL.
Spy is adapted from an Israeli show and transitions the setting to North and South Korean spy activities. Jaejoong is a South Korean NSA officer who doesn’t know that his mom is actually a deep planted North Korean spy. Their mother-son love is tested when North Korea assigns her the task to capture and bring her own son in. Go Sung Hee is the love interest playing a tour guide in South Korea for visiting Chinese tourists except she’s not qualified for the job since she can’t even speak Chinese.
I’m hoping Spy has minimal romance so that Go Sung Hee’s character gets as little screen time as possible. RoNW might have been a terrible overall drama but not everyone in that show performed as badly as Go Sung Hee. I could even point out that the other leads in Jung Il Woo, Yunho, and Seo Ye Ji all acted well, it really was Go Sung Hee sticking out like a sore thumb of suck even wrapped in a sucky story shell. The only nice thing I can say about her now is that I still appreciate her non-cookie cutter fresh pretty looks, and the silver lining could be that she has nowhere to go but up in her acting improvement.