2019 In Review – Miscellaneous Musings
* Historicals. The historical category dramas beat the contemporary dramas this year. My Country – The New Age, Arthdal Chronicles, Haechi, Tale of Nokdu were all winner series.
* 2nd Ladies versus Men. I wasn’t wowed by the majority of secondary leading ladies finding the men had more punch. The secondary leads in Arthdal Chronicles (Tanya and Eunseom) could have/should have been categorized as leads.
* Series After Completing Military Service .Two leading men had “come back” series after returning from military service. Jung Il Woo (Haechi) landed in a much better series than the Ji Chang Wook (Melting Me Softly).
* Villains. It struck me that the villains I enjoyed the most were portrayed by an actor that embodied an element of humanity even in the most evil of characters. Two villains stood out in 2019, Prince Milpoonggun (Haechi) brought to life by Jung Moon Sung and Nam Jeon (My Country – The New Age) perfectly portrayed by Ahn Nae Sang whose scenes with Jang Hyuk sparkled. Between these two, my favorite villain was Prince Milpoonggun. Per my Haechi Review:
This evil Prince was a dreadful, angry, murderer that believed he was the rightful person to take the throne. But Writer Kim made him nuanced. When you saw behind the curtain to the unsure man that desperately wanted to fulfill his promise to his father that he would be King, you felt for him. He only wanted respect and the throne, nothing else mattered. He never gave up his quest…Jung Moon Sung did a terrific job with this character and commanded the screen.