Drama friends, we have the first K-drama turd of 2021 and the first holder of the crown is unsurprisingly Sisyphus: The Myth. A sole source of comfort for fans of both leads is that it might get lucky and pass it on soon depending on what Mouse keeps pulling out of its Doraemon pocket of serial killer tricks. But I digress, because Sisyphus did indeed keep on writing and executing one nonsensical and absurd development after another, almost like it was trying to double down on itself. So I think the first few episodes were stupid even within the broad reaches of sci-fi or even broader reaches of fantasy, each new episode kept telling the previous episode of Sisyphus to “Hold my beer, bitch!” I actually didn’t FF through the second half of the drama as much as I should of, I didn’t want to miss dialogue that would finally explain shit. But when it did try, all I thought was “huh?” and most of the time it didn’t even make further effort and just left it at that. It’s like a flat earther saying the earth is flat and then not actually bothering with the rationale behind it.
I feel like Jo Seung Woo must’ve done this project as a favor to someone higher up or else he only read the first episode script and signed on. Park Shin Hye I could see taking this on because her character has agency, is kickass, and after Memories of Alhambra she must be annoyed at playing basically an RPG character or a weepy Candy. Sadly this was a terrible career move for her because I spent 16 episodes actively frustrated with her every action/line of dialogue. The entire Sisyphus plot was about one mentally unhinged boy turned man who nuclear annihilates the Korean peninsula, then uses the time-travel machine Uploader to go back in the past and make sure all the events happen so he can annihilate the Korean peninsula and also go back in time. No matter what anyone does, the cycle continues even after the leads pull a time heist to go back in time to become their future saviors (someone watched Endgame too many times). Cycle seems to be broken before Eddie f*%king useless Kim suddenly shows up as the new bad guy and male lead Tae Sul decides to off himself. In the end, Sisyphus took the time travel conceit and managed to end even more stupid than Alice (congrats, Alice you’re off my shit list because you were at least good for 8-episodes), and it somehow ends in a way even less coherent and even more frustrating than Memories of Alhambra? Remember how MOH ended people?!? Let’s never forget trauma lest we are bound to repeat it.
This is probably my last Sisphyus: The Myth post, it’s not interesting enough in either good or epically bad ways (anymore) to devote time to parse the happenings. The failure of this drama, as evidence by audience feedback and the … Continue reading →
Some old movies and dramas, albeit dated, still hold up on rewatch. The original Terminator holds a near and dear place in my heart not for Ahhhhhnold but for it’s decisive execution of its story. In that time-travel story, the … Continue reading →
It’s kinda do-or-die week for jTBC Wed-Thurs drama Sisyphus: The Myth, heading into episodes 7-8 which would then wrap up the first half of its run. Last week’s ratings dropped but it has a chance to at least chalk up … Continue reading →
I owe Kim Eun Sook a mea culpa, I thought she wrote the narratively most frivolous time-travel/parallel universe drama with The King: Eternal Monarch but now the crown goes to Sisyphus: The Myth. The other wacko time-travel drama Alice was … Continue reading →
You know Google Translate. I love it, it helps to quickly get to the essence of what is being said but I know it captures neither nuance and may be prone to make mistakes so I factor that in when … Continue reading →
jTBC drama Sisyphus: The Myth is officially a totally dumbass drama. It’s so bad it defies sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, thriller, or even basic requirements of storytelling. It makes Alice storytelling look like a Pulitzer Prize winner masterpiece. The drama is … Continue reading →
There are viewers that claim jTBC drama Sisyphus: The Myth is a fantasy drama and not sci-fi, and by episode 3 I not only have to agree I would say it’s straight up comedy. It’s funnier than anything I’ve seen … Continue reading →
I, too, chuckled at the problems pointed out in episode 1 of Sisyphus: The Myth, from when Seo Hae kept crying to her dad, to her escaping from 20 armed agents by climbing on top of a train (suitcase in … Continue reading →
Premiere week continues in K-ent and this Wednesday saw the arrival of new cable network jTBC 10th anniversary Wed-Thurs time slot drama Sisyphus: The Myth. Like its ostentatious sounding title would presume, the drama is a large scale sci-fi action … Continue reading →
We’re turning the corner into February 2021 so that means upcoming jTBC drama Sisyphus: The Myth premieres in two weeks on the 17th. New posters and teasers are out and this drama production is really dropping tons of goodies for … Continue reading →
2021 is starting to feel real, it takes me a few weeks lol to really transition into a new year, and I’m also starting to get mega exciting about the upcoming dramas. Next month jTBC will premiere its 10th anniversary … Continue reading →
I feel like jTBC is doing a great job of hyping up its upcoming drama Sisyphus: The Myth by always emphasizing that it’s the drama to celebrate the network’s 10th anniversary. But the worry is that the drama ends up … Continue reading →