Ruler: Master of the Mask Tops Suspicious Couple and Mystery Queen in Premiere

It’s new drama Wednesday, with not one but two new arrivals in the prime time slot. SBS has modern rom-com Suspicious Partner while MBC is offering up classic sageuk intrigue with Ruler: Master of the Mask, both joining KBS‘s quirky noir Mystery Queen which is in the middle of its run. I actually adore Mystery Queen and it’s the drama I watch every week and thoroughly enjoy the offbeat vibe and interesting characters. But I’m also eager to watch both of new arrivals so I don’t have a preference on who wins the ratings.

With that said, classic sageuk or the combined power of two of the top child actors grown up has launched Ruler to an okay 9.7% AGB nationwide ratings premiere over Suspicious Couple at 6.3% while Mystery Queen stayed relatively steady with 8.7% ratings. I think it’s a win-win-win for us for all three dramas to do well and also be very entertaining to watch in their own way. My problem is which one to watch first, probably MQ since I”m invested already, and then SP for the hijinks, while saving Ruler for a weekend catch up double header. Continue reading

Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun Exude Intensity in 3rd Preview for Ruler: Master of the Mask

Recently premiered MBC Wed-Thurs drama Radiant Office has been less than successful in ratings, and frankly audience feedback hasn’t been positive either. Not sure what’s not working since I’m not watching but I’m definitely keen to usher it off and … Continue reading

Guest Stars and Supporting Characters Shine in Goblin as the Drama Integrates All Characters Seamlessly

Everything feels connected in Goblin in ways both substantive and logical within its fantasy narrative. Supporting characters tug at the heartstrings or make one seethe with anger, and guest starring roles are memorable and meaningful. The leads have the lions … Continue reading

2016 Year End Awards Roundup From Big Three Networks Capped Off Drama Year

The 2016 year end K-drama awards for the big three networks came and went last weekend, smack dab in the middle of me heading off for my trans-pacific flight, taking said long flight, traveling back home from long flight, and … Continue reading