Upcoming SBS Wed-Thurs drama Yongpalyi just firmed up the casting and production details, and then promptly went from intriguing to likely miss for me. I’m not rendering an early judgment on the drama’s potential quality or lack thereof, just that it ends up with certain elements that turn me off. The first is the PD switch from the Lee Dong Hoon who directed God’s Gift: 14 Days to the one who directed SBS weekend dramas Modern Farmer and Goddess of Marriage. Such a downgrade switch. This drama originally got on my radar when it was in the early stages of production solely because of the GG:14D director.
The second issue to rub me the wrong way is the casting of Jo Hyun Jae as the second male lead, rounding out the leads consisting of Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee as the OTP well as perennial second female lead Choi Jung Ahn. I love Jo Hyun Jae and am sad to see him relegated to second lead status, made even worse by the male lead being Joo Won who I basically have zero interest in. Doubling the ignominy is that Jo Hyun Jae and Kim Tae Hee played the headlining OTP over ten years ago in K-drama Nine-tailed Fox, and now he’s playing her older brother! *headdesk*
In addition to the PD switch and casting order being less than ideal, another worrying issue is the screenwriter has only the OCN cable drama Reset under the belt before tackling this noir sounding Yongpalyi about a doctor who does house calls to the rich and powerful to earn extra money for his little sister’s expensive dialysis treatment. SBS is currently leading the Wed-Thurs ratings with makjang melodrama Mask so the network will likely throw in everything its got to keep the streak going with Yongpalyi. Question is whether the end result will be a tasty treat or lukewarm offering with more effort than talent.