Looking back at the secondary leading men of the series I completed and blogged in 2020, I decided to assign an empirical score. How did they rack and stack?
What did I consider salient points about each secondary leading man?
*It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – Moon Sang Tae (Oh Jung Se) – It was a joy to watch Sang Tae confront his fears, evolve, find his voice and path this series.
*Crash Landing on You – Goo Seung Jun (Kim Jung Hyun) – initially annoying and selfish, turned into a charming rouge
*The King: Eternal Monarch – Jo Young / Eun Sub (Woo Do Hwan) – stalwart Jo Young was the King’s body guard and unbreakable sword, Eun Sub was fun loving, family based and lovestruck
*Sweet Munchies – Kang Tae Wan (Lee Hak Joo) – conflicted brave man that spoke his truth, staggered in pain from the consequences, and then found a path forward. Soul of the series.
*The World of the Married – Lee Joon Young (Jeon Jin Seo) – my heart went out to this teenage boy ill served by his divorcing parents. They used him, destroyed his security and happiness, and he acted out because of it.
*Tale of the Nine Tailed – Lee Rang (Kim Bum) – prickly, insecure character who found faith in his tribe at the end of this series
*Game Towards Zero – Goo Do Kyung (Im Joo Hwan) – murderer with unacceptable cruel actions, granted his family was destroyed by false accusations when he was young which shaped his chosen path
*Tell Me What You Saw – Kang Dong Sik (Eum Moon Suk) – one of the more interesting serial killers who had ties to a majority of the characters
*Alice – Yoo Min Hyeok (Kwak Si Yang) – time traveling agent with important ties to the leads but had limited screen time
*Flower of Evil – Kim Moo Jin (Seo Hyun Woo) – reporter that ended up helping the leading man after a rocky start
*Backstreet Rookie – Han Dal Sik (Eum Moon Suk) – eccentric webtoon writer who grew tolerable towards the end of the series