The penultimate week airing of tvN weekend fantasy drama Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey) happens to hit during the closing weekend of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The ratings were 3.821% for episode 17, a drop from the previous episode 16, and episode 18 went back up to 5.472%. I hope next week’s finale goes back up to 6% at least, and if the final episode breaks 7% I will consider this a salvaged victory for the drama because good lord is the story line confusing, exhausting, and wholly emotionally detached for me.
I could care less about any character, whether love line, familial line, or friendship line. The Hong Sisters have really wasted Lee Seung Gi, and to a lesser extent Cha Seung Won, while Oh Yeon Seo confuses me as to whether it’s her acting or the way her character is written that is the epic fail of the female lead. I know this story line is building its way to the good guys thwarting an end of the world being fomented by the baddie but honestly there is no tension or momentum so I’m drifting along waiting for a release of my beloved Seung Gi to something better in the future.