Whew. Solid. Just solid. And let me just state, no spoilers here!
I’ve had an incredibly manic day and only managed to get around to streaming this literally just now, so no caps. And then I’m going out of town very early tomorrow so can’t type up anything too detailed — but; I’m simply bursting to say; it’s BRILLIANNNNT!
We have real, raw characters with layers, nuance, a brilliant script, (relatively) innovative storytelling, great acting (guh! Park Sang-min!) from everyone including even cutie Park Ji-bin, great directing. And some ridiculously compelling plot execution (I’m still buzzing by just how compelling and raw it all feels). It takes a lot of other recent shows attempting this kind of thing — to freaking school!
It’s already showing a lot more promise and potential than History of the Salaryman, there’s seemingly a wider scope, and there’s a relatively weightier, serious feel. And I’m loving the Yoo/Jang duo staples; the fights, the Han River meetings… Still not Giant-like, but I’ll take what I can, thanks!
That’s not to say things might not go downhill at some point sooner or later. The preview for the second episode looked a little tonally awkward, but only tomorrow will tell how well it will be executed. (This is why I usually avoid previews, especially one as spoilery as that). And then I’m actually scared of the timeslot it’s airing in, and I’m not usually the superstitious type. But I’ll take my fretting for it as a good sign, that I care.