For a high profile K-drama like Hwayugi with a big name cast including my faves Lee Seung Gi and Cha Seung Won, it’s dispiriting that the drama is limping towards the finale weekend with what feels like no buzz. It barely squeezed into the top 5 most buzzed about dramas for February and took an inverse journey of splashy premiere to what will likely be a whimper of a conclusion. It’s ok, ultimately this isn’t even up there with dramas I’ve hated, and I don’t hate it merely find it so frustrating in narrative and lackluster in onscreen acting chemistry.
Poor Seung Gi actually comes across like he’s going through the motions of acting while Lee Se Young could vy with leading lady Oh Yeon Seo for the top billing slot with how much combined screen time she got as Bokja/Ah Sa Nyeo. Even the first stills to come out for the final two episodes are of Lee Se Young and Lee Seung Gi’s characters drumming up the action. I hope whatever dragon/fires of hell/heaven rendering showdown happens it wraps up the drama with a satisfying ending for the viewers who still really enjoy it.