Okay, I checked out new SBS Fri-Sat drama Alice because why not, don’t love any of the leads but also none of them annoy me and I was curious if another time-traveling parallel worlds topic genre would handle this subject matter after The King: Eternal Monarch and Train. Consider me gobsmacked in surprise at how much I LOVE THIS DRAMA two episodes in. It’s seriously interesting, gripping, emotionally resonant, and intellectually curious. Joo Won is my favorite character and performance so far as the mostly incapable of emotion male lead (damn you radiation poisoning from time traveling in the womb!). but the other three leads Kim Hee Sun, Kwak Si Yang, and Lee Da In are close seconds together, that’s how much the four leads are wonderfully presented and portrayed from the outset.
The first episode got low-ish ratings of 4.1%, 6.1% AGB nationwide but the second episode built on top of that to take in 6.4%, 9.2%. I’m glad viewers who checked it out loved it and word of mouth is out that there is a seriously fun new drama to follow along with. As long as the drama doesn’t turn Oedipal in Joo Won falling for whatever time line Kim Hee Sun’s character Yoo Tae Yi (i.e. his mother!!) is in and we keep the two perfect love lines with Joo Won and Lee Da In (they are so precious together) and Kim Hee Sun and Kwak Si Yang (so much angst, sobs!). I’m also jotting down notes on the time-travel concept in this drama which so far seems to follow the Avengers take – “If you travel to the past, that past becomes your future, and your former present becomes the past, which can’t now be changed by your new future.” Capiche?