It’s been a long time since a true sageuk has come my way and MBN series Bossom: Stealing Fate basically said “hold my beer” and blew me away in the first two episodes. Episode 1 set an MBN premiere record of 3.132% and episode dropped a bit to 2.960% but it’s basically a sageuk tailored to hit every craving of mine right now. Leads Jung Il Woo, Yuri, and Shin Hyun Woo are a collective powerhouse trio, with perfectly nuanced performances required of their characters. We’ve got the disillusioned but still righteous lout of a male lead single dad trying to live a life in a world he loathes, a widowed princess with pride and class who nevertheless still has a lot of life to live, and a principled yangban secretly crushing on his widowed sister-in-law. I loved the first two episodes, it was stylized in parts but a traditional sageuk at heart with all the controlled beats. Yuri was the biggest surprise, never expected a SNSD idol-actress to have such measured acting with beautiful diction and the subtle combination of sheltered princess and woman ready for what life throws at her. Watching her eye devour Jung Il Woo’s naked chest was the highlight of episode 1 and their bossam crossed paths so adorable to watch especially with his little son playing matchmaker to come. This is an excellent sageuk start so far and I’m so happy to have a great series to follow on weekends again.