I came across this week Netflix promotional stills featuring the cast of K-drama The King: Eternal Monarch. The drama is streaming an hour after it airs on SBS every Fri-Sat so that’s fast consumption for online and international viewers. I still think the cast of Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun, Woo Do Hwan, Jung Eun Chae, and Kim Kyung Nam on paper and in theory is very solid casting mix. Too bad it doesn’t work onscreen (so far) and in reality, probably one of the biggest disconnects I’ve seen in a long time in K-drama casting. The opposite would be everyone laughing their heads off when Yoona and Lee Bum Soo was cast in Prime Minister and I, the age difference, the lack of height difference, the acting ability difference, it was all primed to fail and yet worked magically and strangely well. Writing tanked that drama but the chemistry was lovely, and here there is no chemistry and the writing is nonexistent. It’s like Kim Eun Sook forgot how to write dialogue, headdesk. So much pretty, so little substance, and overall a waste of a conceptually great cast.