I have girlfriends who are super into Thirty Nine and didn’t realize there were no new episodes last week due to the presidential election preemption so they are happy to be back on track this week. The drama got 5.708% for episode 7 and 7.229% for episode 8, and there are only four more episodes left as this is another one of those recent trend 12-episode dramas. Now that the dust has settled on whether Thirty Nine can be considered a success, and it can because averaging high 6% ratings on cable network jTBC is middle to high end of the pack. The bigger takeaway was that the drama was billed and expected to be a “prestige” drama but due to the weak writing it’s being hard carried by the acting and star power of the leads so it’s like a completed dish with half the ingredients substituted with lesser variations. One recent critic aptly described the problem with the script – the writer is using too many K-drama cliches from infidelity, terminal illness, and birth secrets to name a few but not doing anything interesting or new with it. It just feels like lazy writing, saved by a strong cast. Hopefully the last few episodes can tie things up well because even okay dramas can be worth watching if the story ends strong.