First Impressions & Unfiltered Thoughts: Terius Behind Me

So Ji Sub is the main attraction in Terius Behind Me, and of COURSE The Fangirls had to weigh in on his first drama since 2015’s Oh My Venus. Come see if we think that So Ji Sub has chosen wisely, or if this is a hard pass in a new crop of good-looking dramas.

Synopsis:

Go Ae Rin (Jung In Sun) and Kim Bon (So Ji Sub) are neighbors–she’s a harried stay-at-home mom to twins and he’s a former agent who is now in hiding. After a set of tragic events bring their lives together, Ae Rin and Kim Bon must find out who the mastermind is behind the death of several prominent figures and Ae Rin’s husband.

Spy or Babysitter?

Karie the Maknae: I’m absolutely in love with the pace of this drama. In just two hours we have a pretty good idea of what makes Go Ae Rin tick and what her style of parenting is, and we have a handle on Kim Bon. There were great parallels between the mom group tracking down Ae Rin’s kids while she was at her husband’s funeral and the director of NIS tracking down Kim Bon after spotting him in the same hallway at another funeral. The writing is solid, and reserved Kim Bon offering himself up as a babysitter when he accidentally makes Ae Rin’s babysitter quit cracked me up.

Kmuse: There are a lot of aspects I really like. Kim Bon as a babysitter is definitely one of them. I loved watching him with the two little hellions (makes me so glad these are not my kids) and it added some connection between Kim Bon and the family that had previously been missing. Kim Bon as a spy….. well, he looks nice and spy-like. His actual spy skills leave me wanting so far. Maybe they will be more developed in the future.

Miatamama: Kim Bon as the babysitter is an absolute hoot!  These twins are double trouble and his spy background skill-set makes him the perfect pick to keep up with them.  Based on the teasers, I knew that there would be some humor in this drama, but it actually surprised me how much there was, especially considering the seriousness of the main storyline.  For now it seems balanced enough and I’m hopeful the writer can keep that up as we work our way through the episodes.

Unexpected Character Twist: Son Ho Jun

Karie the Maknae: Y’all probably remember him as HaiTai in Reply 1994 or Choi Ban Do in Go Back Couple, but Son Ho Jun as Jin Yong Tae in Terius might prove to be a must-watch character. We’ve seen the cold-hearted way he deals with people who get in his way. What I didn’t expect was his guilt (deeply hidden) over Go Ae Rin’s husband’s death and his subsequent hiring of her. I’m not sure I can see where this is going, and I like it that way.

Kmuse: I was not expecting them to go towards a romantic love triangle with the bad guy. Unsure how I feel but am interested to see where this takes us.

MiataMama: I apparently did NOT get the memo about a possible love triangle, lol! I do agree that Ho Jun seems to have a slight bit of remorse over the fact Ae Rin’s husband was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Beyond that though, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding him and I’m waiting to see what gets uncovered.

So Ji Sub

Karie the Maknae: The only other drama I’ve seen So Ji Sub in was The Master’s Sun, which I found delightful in no small part due to his quirky CEO. His Terius character definitely has a different feel to him, and I’m interested to see where this role will take him.

Kmuse: So Ji Sub has charisma in spades and looks amazing. Also, his dry persona when dealing with the kids and the neighborhood biddies has me in stitches.

MiataMama: My first thought, when I saw him hacking around in his hoodie and sweatpants, was that he looked incredibly UN-spy-like.  Maybe Kdrama-land has trained me that you can only go undercover with a black hat and face mask?!  Regardless, So Ji Sub is the perfect fit in looks and personality for this role as a loner, spy-in-hiding.

Jung In Sun

Karie the Maknae: I’m loving Jung In Sun’s portrayal of Go Ae Rin so far. She’s no-nonsense while still being warm and loving to her kids. She feels very down-to-earth to me, and I love to see the creative way she handles her rambunctious twins.

Kmuse: I am having a different reaction to our leading lady. I know how the drama wants me to feel about her. But so far I just find her OK. She is a very talented crier but I don’t feel that she is connecting with the other actors/characters. And that includes her supposed kids. In my opinion, this is the drama’s weak link.

MiataMama: Having seen her in a couple of dramas prior to this one, I was worried that Jung In Sun would not have the maturity needed to pull off the weight of her role.  So far she’s doing better than I expected, but in the middle of such an experienced cast, she still comes off a bit green yet.  That being said, I appreciate how her character has been written: smart, compassionate, but not without faults, so she seems relatable.

Side Characters

Karie the Maknae: Yup, I like ’em. The eunni that Ae Rin relies on, who tries to tell her things truthfully without hurting her, the stay-at-home dad (“Is it a Code Blue? Code Blue!” LOVE his dialogue with his son), and everyone else who rallies around Ae Rin are fantastic. Kim Bon’s side has everyone with the DRAMA, but I’m interested to see how these two worlds collide…if they do at all. I’m already fond of the NIS genius hacker, though. He’s so much fun.

Kmuse: I love the neighborhood mom squad.  They add a lot of character to fill those awkward Ae Rin moments in the drama.

MiataMama: I was so excited to see Yeon Doo’s mom (from Sassy Go Go) and (one of my favorite supporting actors in drama-land) Kang Ki Young as the stay-at-home dad!  Love, love, love the King’s Castle crew.  The NIS folks, on the other hand, are a bit of a yawn for me.

Will There Be an OTP?

Karie the Maknae: This is the part where I struggle. Because we have a man and a woman leading this drama, I could see where romance would come into it. If she had died and the husband had met Terius, it could have been a comedy where the busy dad/novice and the spy take on the bad guys, right? (Also known as The Accidental Detective.) The way things have happened make romance possible. But she’s a widow. She needs her time and space to adjust to her new life, and I’m not sure that getting involved in a romance is what I’d want for her. I want her to be able to stand on her own two feet. We’ll just have to see if my views agree with the writer’s views.

Kmuse: I am sure they are going to force an OTP on us.  Not that I feel we need one at this point.

MiataMama: I’m anti-OTP.   It’s just waaaay too soon for her to be caught up in a romance.  I just want to enjoy the humorous spy story and call it good.

The Cons (No Pun Intended)

Karie the Maknae: I’m not sure there are any cons, really.  It’s already shaping up to be my kind of drama, and I’m happy to be along for the ride.

Kmuse: I already mentioned my issues with the leading lady. Also, the cliffhangers feel just a bit off to me. I don’t know why? But every one of them has left me just a little off-kilter.

MiataMama:  Cons? Nope.

Will We Keep Watching?

Karie the Maknae: Yes, yes I will. I find the characters solid and the plot intriguing. This is definitely one of those where I’ll probably be laughing one minute, then dying for the next week’s episodes to be available already. That’s what I think.

Kmuse: I will continue on to see if the rough edges in the plot get better in the future.

MiataMama:  Is it Wednesday yet?!

There you have it, drama fans–our first impressions of Terius Behind Me. What do you think? Will you be watching? Do you think we’ll have an OTP by the end of the drama? Sound off below!

Until next time, we remain–

Karie the Maknae, Kmuse, & MiataMama

Dramas with a Side of Kimchi

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8 thoughts on “First Impressions & Unfiltered Thoughts: Terius Behind Me

  1. I am loving the off-kilter sort of reeling this drama is doing between the intrigue/danger-laden spy world and the ordinary stay-at-home helicopter parent world. It’s too fun! I described it to my sister as “Burn Notice, except instead of falling in with an ex-IRA bomber and a drunk FBI agent, he falls in with a single working mom and the neighbourhood playgroup.” Which she thought was so awesome she wanted to watch it with me. Which means I’m now stuck going at her very slow tv watching pace……

    I’m also trepidatious about the potential romance. Although the whole boss/comeon misunderstanding cracked me up. It’s too soon for romance, so without a time skip, I don’t know how they’ll pull it off.

    • That is an EXCELLENT way to describe it. And I’m with you–I love the contrast of the spy world and the parent world.

      I guess we’ll see about the romance, huh? I hope the writer is smart with it.

  2. What?!? You’ve never seen So Ji-sub in “I’m Sorry I Love You”??? Turn in your drama watcher credentials, Stat! Just kidding (sort of). But seriously, that is Drama 101 for understanding why he’s such a fan favorite. He will break. your. heart. He’s awfully damn sexy in Hello My Venus too. This role looks like a perfect way for him to indulge in making women suffer on two levels of desire – desirable man and desirable future baby daddy.

    But Jung In-sun as a romantic partner? Meh… I wasn’t all that crazy about her in Go Go Waikiki so I reserve judgment for her being able to share screen time with So Ji-sub. She is, what one friend of mine used to call a “purse dragger”.

    • I have no credentials!! I’m the Maknae!!! 😀 I’ll add I’m Sorry I Love You to my list pronto.

      What is a purse-dragger?

      • Haha! We all have to start somewhere 😉 A “purse dragger” is a female lead who is often put-upon and looks like she wears the weight of the world on her shoulders (or her purse weighs a ton and drags her down). They usually wear pretty drab clothing and (IMO) have kind of drab looks. Lee Yo-won (especially in dramas like “Bad Love” and “49 days”) used to play one a lot!

  3. Love So Ji Sub, but they went for a tactic with the kids that I absolutely hate. The mom lied to to the kids about the dad and about crying. That is not cool ten different ways to Sunday. To me it is the epitome of lazy writing and bad characterization. If you are going to write kids into a story, handle them properly. I would rather watch an over the top crazy mother in law than lying to kids about a death in the family and admitting emotions.

    • Yeah, I didn’t like that she lied to the kids, but I’m wondering if that will resolve itself later too. They can’t believe he’s on a business trip forever.

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