Who knew that the stand out drama of this last batch of releases would be the little promoted noiresque mystery Misty. Come join Kmuse & Drama Geek as they share why you should give this show a watch.
Kmuse: Behind the closed doors of our blog, several of us bloggers divided up what dramas we were going to watch and do a 1st impression post for. I decided to take one for the team and tackle Misty. A noir drama that had little, to no, promotion and all I knew about it was that the leading girl was supposed to be a cheater. Not always my favorite topics, but since no one else really wanted to watch, I decided I would fall on that sword. What’s the worst that could happen? I waste two hours watching the premier and call it quits? Turns out it was a blessing in disguise because Misty is drama gold! So good, that I nagged Drama Geek into watching as well so we are going to do a join 1st Impression post so we can fangirl over the first two episodes.
Drama Geek: Well…. I think after I watched all the teasers, I realized I wanted to check Misty out. And it was for only one reason. Our leading lady. She looked stunning in every shot during the teaser, and she wasn’t an actress I was familiar with. I’m so glad I let Kmuse talk me into checking it out.
Kmuse: You wouldn’t often think that a messed up marriage and murder mystery show would be known for its wardrobe. However, the outfits worn by Go Hye Ran throughout the first two episodes are stunning. If I had my dream body, this is the wardrobe I would want to own.
Drama Geek: Every outfit is meticulously planned by Go Hye Ran. She is an “older” woman in her field and she knows she has to look perfect every second she’s with other people. And dang, she has impeccable taste. The mauve skirt with the coat and scarf is probably my favorite so far. But I can’t say she’s worn anything that I haven’t loved her in.
Strong Female Characters
Kmuse: Not that the men are a bunch of slouches, but this drama is definitely (at least after two episodes) a female-centric story. Go Hye Ran’s simple presence on screen demands attention. I can’t stop looking at her whenever she is struggling. Whether it is standing up to a detective when suspected of murder, quietly asking for her husband’s support, or having sizzling non-verbal fights with her ex-lover, Go Hy Ran shines.
Drama Geek: I don’t care if she did murdered someone. I want to marry her. Okay, so I have a huge crush. Kim Nam Joo draws every ounce of your attention when she’s onscreen. She’s deeply flawed, and I want to learn everything there is to know about her. Though I feel like she’s so closed off to people that no one truly knows her. She did not get where she is being sweet and kind, and I’m not sure she could have in the career path she chose.
Kmuse: However, it is not only Go Hye Ran that is doing a fabulous job. I also appreciate the passive aggressive Ji Won, who is desperate to unseat Hye Ran from her anchor chair. I would say that the tension between these two rivals is equal to that of Hye Ran and her male relationships.
Drama Geek: I loved seeing these women battle it out. They are capable of doing what they have to for their careers, even if it’s not always very ethical. Who needs ethics when you’re reporting the news?
Sexy Leading Men
Kmuse: While I am watching for Kim Nam Joo’s (Hye Ran) performance I still enjoy some sexy ahjussi eye candy. Ji Jin Hee (Tae Wook) and Go Joon (Jae Young) both have crazy chemistry with our leading lady. And with both relationships, I am curious to see what occurred in the past that set our romantic triangle on the road to where they are in the present.
Drama Geek: Each man brings a different kind of tension. With her husband, Hye Ran is a closed door. Never letting him in (anymore, I suspect) and just endures whatever time they spend with one another. With her ex, she’s a tightly coiled mess. He came back into her life at a very vulnerable time, and I don’t think she’s been able to regain her composure since. Every time these two are in close quarters I feel like they’re about to rip each other’s clothes off even though they both spew hate and contempt with their eyes. The flashbacks of their sexy times does help to fuel the tension.
Kmuse: The drama begins with Hye Ran’s ex (and maybe present) lover dying in a car accident. Suspecting that the accident was really murder, a detective requests Hye Ran to come in for questioning. Flashback to a month previous and we witness the events that lead up to the murder. Who is guilty? Who is innocent? Do we even care when Go Hye Ran is such an amazing character? The story is as strong as the acting and directing in this drama. It truly allows the actors to shine with a smart and layered delivery that has me questioning everyone’s innocence. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Drama Geek: The set up of the mystery was done to perfection. I honestly could see any of the characters killing him. They all have wonky moral compasses. What I’m excited about is that it’s not just a murder mystery but also a look into what makes each of these people tick. There are tons of hints that we have only skimmed the surface with each character. If the first two episodes are any indication, we are in for a dark and twisty ride to finding out the truth.
Kmuse: This drama is going to be so much fun to watch. I love everything about it and hope that it stays strong to the very end.
Drama Geek: Usually I need to connect with, or at least find some redeeming quality, in a character to stick with a drama. Return is an example where I couldn’t watch it because everyone was horrid. This show has managed to hook me (and drag me in deep) even with a cast full of possible murderers. I’m excited to see if this show can keep up the intensity and intrigue all the way to the end.
Til our next drama find,
Kmuse & Drama Geek of Dramas With a Side of Kimchi