The upcoming Fall Wed-Thurs time slot will be interesting what with the latest reshuffling going on. Next week will see the premiere of the KBS revenge melodrama Secret with Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum, Bae Soo Bin, and Lee Da Hee. The following week comes Medical Top Team on MBC with Kwon Sang Woo, Jung Ryeo Won, Joo Ji Hoon, Oh Yeon Seo, and Min Ho. Originally Heirs or The Inheritors with Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye was supposed to premiere opposite Medical Top Team, but either SBS wants to avoid the head-to-head or it wants to milk the popularity of The Master’s Sun, the end result is that TMS has been officially confirmed to extend one episode to end at 17 episodes which means Heirs premieres in three weeks on October 9th. The TMS extension was first confirmed by the network and then denied by the production only to finally get confirmed by both the network and the production. This week TMS will only air one episode 13 on Thursday being the Chuseok holiday, and the network will air the movie Thieves on Wednesday. Episode 14 and 15 will air next week, and episode 16 and 17 will air the following week thereafter. MBC is not preempting an episode of Two Weeks with Lee Jun Ki so that drama will air as usual and end next week. I’ve been around the drama block too many times to say that a mere one episode extension is a bad thing, because if Coffee Prince tells us anything, it’s that even one measly episode (60 minutes!) can kill all the momentum from before and allow a good drama to trip right before the finish line and crawl the end. Protect the Boss also got destroyed by a two episode extension with all the energy and sense sucked out. I’m not loving TMS but I don’t wish the extension curse on any drama. But then again, I think the story is written terribly but tons of viewers like it, so maybe an extension won’t matter since all the Hong Sisters need to do is trot out more skinship between So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin and people will be happy. I suggest the Sisters end the drama at episode 15 in terms of actual storyline, and then episode 17 is Taeyang and Joogun off on a weekend date locked in a cabin and no change of clothes but a fully stocked fridge and bathroom essentials.
If Kim Eun Sook has one major leg up on the Hong Sisters, it’s like her dramas are made for the adult viewer. Lots and lots of real kissing and skinship. Making out where mouths are moving, tongues are engaged, the two actors look like they are enjoying each other – in short it’s not posed or anemic. Whereas the Hong Sisters constantly do the staged kisses where the two actors stand in place and press lips and the camera swirls and we’re all supposed to be wowed by the mere act of lip touching and go home content. Unless it’s a high school drama, then no I am not going to say adult lip presses are romantic or swoony. It’s better than nothing, but to make two grown adults with pretty potent chemistry in So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin literally exude nothingness in two kisses already in TMS is some terrible directing and writing. I get that Joogun is kissing Taeyang while she’s possessed, but the directorial overload on the kiss action was killed the feeling of spontaneous warmth. It felt like he was kissing a statue both times. A tiny nibble won’t hurt, or even a feeling that it was spontaneous as opposed to being overly directed. I’m hoping this situation is rectified in the coming episodes because at this point all I’m clinging onto is fanservice in this drama.