The ratings took a giant leap up for
the Park Bo Gum show Record of Youth and it makes sense as yesterday’s episode 9 and today’s episode 10 are two halves of showcasing Hye Joon’s breakthrough to superstardom. Episode 10 filled in the blanks from when Hye Joon got his sageuk drama to when he won Best Actor and did so in a way that turned Hye Joon into a star and gave Hae Hyo the emotional beats of a young man. Too bad Byun Woo Seok is mirroring Hae Hyo’s limitations as an actor otherwise this is such a meta role and the performance could be a breakthrough.
Unless Jung Ah suddenly has a transformation or is replaced by a different actress for the remaining 6 episodes then this is such a misstep for Park So Dam. Jung Ah is the relatable one and while her own story arc is comparatively boring to Hye Joon’s it’s the way Park So Dam plays Jung Ah that drops the tempo to snooze. She did have one good scene when she watched The King Returns with Hye Joon and fangirled over him. As for Hye Joon, with success comes the inevitable (drama karma) related pitfall and I for one am NOT looking forward to the script milking celebrity suicide to sensationally drag another star down.