I can’t believe tomorrow is a new episode of Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love! I had a killer busy week so suddenly finding myself facing Monday is both depressing for the work but exciting for more drama goodness. I’m not yet so rabid about JOJ that I was desperately craving the preview for episode 5, but it was odd how long SBS took to release it. Having aired just 4 episodes, I’m surprised it’s already not showing a preview for the next episode. That worries me whether it’s because the airing has caught up to the live shoot this early on (never a good sign and especially concerning when its a sageuk that takes longer to film), or whether SBS withheld the preview to make cuts to it because its perhaps scrambling to tweak the drama due to its weak ratings so far. Lots of sageuks take time to develop an audience and typically for the 50-episoders it will build up a steady following in no time. But JOJ is a 24-episode sageuk so SBS might not have the patience to nurture this drama. That would be a shame, because I for one am loving its tone and tempo. I don’t find the editing jarring like some have said, the drama doesn’t direct the audience from point A to point B but rather presents sometimes disparate events for the audience to mull over quickly and process within an overarching narrative development process. The dramas is moving so fast and the preview shows Lee Soon marrying In Kyung while Ok Jung discovers that she is too weak to combat the forces keeping her mother and her down and she will choose to enter the Palace as a serving maid. I also glimpse perhaps the arrival of Hyun Chi Soo in all his fighting glory. So excited!
Preview for episode 5: