Upcoming Dramas: February/March 2020

Hold on to your hats, drama fans. There are a TON of dramas coming our way. We may need to see if we can get a coffee IV to help us get through the month. We’re putting the dramas that start at the end of February and all of the March ones into one post.

Hyena (2/21)

Synopsis: ‘Hyena’ deals with very competitive, private lawyers who only work for the richest 1% of society. Lawyer Jung Geum Ja crosses the boundaries of law and lawlessness, justice and injustice, ethics and corruption, She is a true hyena that chases after success and money no matter what it takes. Armed with the strongest survival instincts, she endures through it all. Yoon Hee Jae is a successful, elite lawyer. Confident in his abilities, he possesses a brilliant mind that is wrapped around his ego. Using his skills to support the highest in the land, he’s an expert at maneuvering the law to cater to their needs. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: This is a perfect example of good marketing. Everything about their teasers and posters has me wanting to watch. I’m in.

Clkytta: I’m not a fan of lawyer dramas, so I’ll leave this one to the rest of the group.

Karie the Maknae: That kiss on his nose at the end has me intrigued, but I’ll wait to hear what my kbesties have to say about it.

MiataMama: I’m also not a fan of lawyer dramas, so this will be a definite pass for me.

Drama Geek: The actress from Signal? Yeah, I’m totally in! My only concern is the drama doesn’t live up to it’s quirky teasers.

Kdrama Jen: I enjoy law dramas and I am a fan of this actress. I plan to check this out!

Hi Bye, Mama! (2/22)

Synopsis: It’s the story of a mother who died and begins a 49-day long project of reincarnation, and a husband who has barely begun to live a new life after overcoming the pain of losing his wife. Jo Kang Hwa is a skilled thoracic surgeon. After losing his wife four years ago, he had been working as a single father until he got married again two years ago. While he seems like a caring person, he does not offer a hand nor intervene when needed. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: This looks like so much fun!

Clkytta: This one looks interesting, but I’m not sure I’m completely sold on it. I’m not a big Kim Tae Hee fan. I’ll give it a try, but it’s not at the top of my must-watch list.

Karie the Maknae: Ooooh! This could be fun. I’d at least give it 4 episodes.

MiataMama: Hmmm. . . the synopsis wasn’t really talking to me and the teaser didn’t really pull me in either. I’ll have to wait and see what my kbesties think.

Drama Geek: The teaser we posted makes it look like a rom-com but others have painted it more melo. I’m interesting in seeing Looney actor in a lead role. He did a fantastic job in Doctor John.

Kdrama Jen: I think I will wait and see what others think. I like the Looney actor, but it bothers me when I go in thinking it is a rom-com and it turns melo. So, this is why I have Kbesties.

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day (2/24)

Synopsis: A story about forgiveness, healing, and love taking place around a small book store in the countryside. Hae Won is an ordinary woman with good character. She has played the cello since she was a child. Hae Won began her social life with her ability to play the cello, but, during that time, she was hurt emotionally by others. Due to that, Hae Won does not trust people and she has closed her heart to others. Hae Won becomes sick and tired of her life in Seoul and decides to move back to her hometown Bookhyun Village. There, Hae Won meets Eun Seop. He runs the bookshop “Goodnight Bookstore.” Eun Seop’s daily life is simple. He wakes up and drinks coffee, reads a book and writes on his blog. Eun Seop’s daily life begins to change after he meets Hae Won. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: Park Min Young? Yes, please! Can’t wait to see if I love this or not.

Clkytta: Park Min Young, classic music, and a bookstore? I’m in!!

Karie the Maknae: Park Min Young paired with Seo Kang Joon? I am all in — I can’t even begin to imagine the kind of chemistry this phenomenal pairing will have.

MiataMama: Park Min Young only picks good drama projects, so I’m already positive it’s going to be a winner – I’ll be watching this, for sure!

Drama Geek: Broken record here, but they had me at Park Min Young. Also, pretty pretty Kang Seo Joon is a plus. Bring on the next chemistry fire works show. She’s been on a roll.

Kdrama Jen: Park Min Young can have chemistry with a paper bag, so I am super excited to see her being some Noona magic to a Seo Kang Joon pairing. Also, when you throw in some book life too, I am 100% in!

Nobody Knows (3/2)

Synopsis: Cha Young Jin is a detective. She lost her friend 19 years ago to a serial killer. Cha Young Jin still carries guilt and trauma over the death of her friend. The serial killer case then begins again after 19 years. Cha Young Jin chases after the killer. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: This writer is new so I am open to giving it a try but thinking I might have to kick this one to the side. There are to many shows coming out this month to spend much time on something that doesn’t grip me from the beginning.

Clkytta: I’ll check it out. I love a good serial killer.

Karie the Maknae: This one just hasn’t grabbed me. I’m out.

MiataMama: Sorry, not remotely interested – it’s a pass for me.

Drama Geek: I want to watch Ryo Deok Hwan because I heart him so much. This may be one I wait until it finishes and then binge.

Kdrama Jen: Maybe??

365: One Year Against Destiny (3/2)

Synopsis: A story where ten people get the chance to go back in time by one year, but unexpectedly mysterious situations start to arise when their fates are changed and twisted in the process. Ji Hyung Joo is a detective in the violent crimes division. He used to be part of the traffic police but was promoted when he arrested a wanted criminal. It’s been seven years since the change, and he’s a talented individual who always knows how to relax. Though he is happy at first to have the chance to go back in time by one year and “reset” his life, he begins to search for the truth when a series of mysterious events befall on the group of people he goes back in time with. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: Time travel is always a tricky trope to throw into a drama. When done right, it is one of my all-time favorites. But when it dives into the nonsensical it can be so disappointing. In other words, I will give it a try but am worried.

Clkytta: I’m not really feeling this one. I’ll see what the other fangirls think.

Karie the Maknae: I love smart detectives, so I’m intrigued by the premise. However, it’s not high on my list to start watching right away.

MiataMama: I love time travel dramas. . . but I think I’m going to need a few more teasers before I decide whether I add this to the watch list, or not.

Drama Geek: This will be a wait and see for me. If it gets a lot of buzz then I’ll have to check it out.

Kdrama Jen: I do enjoy time travel dramas. Looks like I will take one for the team and do the first watch. Stay tuned for a first impression!

Memorist (3/11)

Synopsis: Based on the hit webtoon of the same name, “Memorist” will be a mystery thriller that tells the story of Dong Baek, a detective with supernatural powers who loses his memory, as he stumbles upon a mysterious case of serial murders. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: It is Yoo Seung Ho! I will always give him a chance to wow me. Can’t wait to watch.

Clkytta: This is required watching. Who can pass up Yoo Seung Ho?

Karie the Maknae: Yoo Seung Ho and Lee Se Young?? This is another can’t miss pairing. I’m in.

MiataMama: Yoo Seung Ho! Yep, this drama makes the watch list cut!

Drama Geek: I’ve been burned too many times by getting excited for a drama because of the leads. This is one I will wait for everyone else to start and see if it’s good. The teaser did not pull me in at all.

Kdrama Jen: I have watched everything Yoo Seung Ho has taken on, so I will continue to hope he made a good drama choice this time. I always love him, but sometimes I don’t love his drama choices. Still, I will be watching!

Hospital Playlist (3/12)

Synopsis: A drama depicting the stories of people going through their days that seemingly ordinary but actually special, at the hospital, a place known as the microcosm of life – where someone is being born and someone’s life meets their ending. The five doctors are long time friends of 20 years who started their undergrad in 1999 in the same medical school, and now they are colleagues in the same hospital. The drama will also deal with a story of a band formed by the group of doctors. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: I will watch anything by this writer/PD team. Bring on the cute slice of life hijinks.

Clkytta: I’ve already been told I’m watching this. Actually, I can’t pass this one by. I can’t resist this cast.

Karie the Maknae: The cast, the writer, the PD — this drama has the makings of a delightful hit. I’m in.

MiataMama: I’m extremely torn. . . On the one hand, I LOVE this writer’s previous dramas! But, on the other, I can’t stand Jo Jung Suk’s acting. I’m relying on my Kbesties to tell me what kind of character he plays in this drama before I decide whether to try it out or pass on by.

Drama Geek: Broken record again. LOL. I will watch anything this writer/director team puts together. And this cast is top notch. I’m sooo excited.

Kdrama Jen: Ditto. This is writer/director is a hit-maker. I am also looking forward to recapping it with my fellow Fangirls.

Kingdom Season 2 (3/13)

Synopsis: In an attempt to save the people during a plague, the crown prince Lee Chang returns to the palace to find the source of the disease and uncovers other secrets and plots within the palace. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: Koreans can’t seem to get vampires right but man do they make really good zombie stories. I can’t wait to watch season 2.

Clkytta: No zombies for me. Pass.

Karie the Maknae: LOL. Yeah, I have a strong zombie line that I do not cross. Pass for me.

MiataMama: Nope. I’m firmly in the ‘no zombie’ camp as well.

Drama Geek: Mr. Drama Geek is going to watch this for me. I usually like zombies but the sounds in the first season grossed me out!

Kdrama Jen: I intended to watch the first season, but never got to it. I plan to watch that and then watch this after. Kmuse and I will share the zombie love.

Rugal (3/16)

Synopsis: Based off the webtoon of the same name, it’s the story of a police officer whose attempt to bring down a nationwide criminal organization ends up with him losing not only his beloved wife, but also both of his eyes and the person he once was. He’s forced into becoming a murderer, and after he receives artificial eyes with unique abilities created by the special organization Rugal’s biotechnology, he sets himself on a mission to wipe out the criminal organization. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: I am loving the teasers for this show and I am 100% in. Now it is time to start praying to the drama gods that it ends up being as good as it looks.

Clkytta: This is another one on my must check out list. It’s got that superhero feel to it. I’m in.

Karie the Maknae: I *LOVE* Choi Jin Hyuk, but I don’t know if I can handle a dark drama right now. I’ll have to hear rave reviews to give this one a try.

MiataMama: I am literally counting down the days until this drama begins!!! I’m a hardcore Choi Jin Hyuk fangirl and seeing him in an action role?! I’m already swooning – I’m so excited!!!

Drama Geek: I’m on the fence. I’m curious if OCN and Choi Jin Hyuk can pull off a really good superhero drama. The teasers have a Vampire Prosecutor feel to them and that show is one of my favorites. I will give it a try and see how it goes.

Kdrama Jen: I am not a huge Choi Jin Hyuk fan; he is hit or miss for me. Still, this looks intriguing.

Memoir of the Man (3/18)

Synopsis: The story revolves around a man with hyperthymesia, a condition that gives people the ability to remember an abnormally vast amount of their life experiences in vivid detail, and a woman who has forgotten the most important moments of her life. The two people with similar scars fatefully cross paths one day and come to love each other. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: I’m not hooked on this drama yet. Will probably let it air and see what social media has to say about it.

Clkytta: This is not interesting me at all.

Karie the Maknae: I really enjoyed Kang Dong Wook in Inspector Jo, but I’m gonna need more than that to go on to commit to this drama.

MiataMama: This sounds like a bit of a snoozefest – I’m not really interested.

Drama Geek: I will wait and see what the teasers look like and what kind of time I have.

Kdrama Jen: I am still not sure…

A Piece of Your Mind (3/23)

Synopsis: “A Piece of Your Mind” is a romance about an artificial intelligence (AI) programmer and classical recording engineer. It is a story told from the perspective of a man who believes that even a small fraction of his significant person’s heart is enough for him. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: There is something so haunting in the drama stills that have been released that I am compelled to give this show a chance. It helps that I also love the leads.

Clkytta: I’m intrigued. I need to know more about this one.

Karie the Maknae: Yet ANOTHER amazing pairing — I love Jung Hae In and Chae Soo Bin. I’ll give this one a shot, for sure.

MiataMama: Yep, I will be trying this one out purely for the lead pairing!

Drama Geek: This writer penned the movie Tune in for Love which starred Jung Hae In. It was a movie weighted with sadness and missed opportunities that had a satisfying ending, and great chemistry with the leads. The stills give off a very similar vibe. I’m totally in on this one.

Kdrama Jen: There is definitely something about the way the stills grab the attention. I do love this pairing. I plan to watch.

Welcome Home (3/25)

Synopsis: Hong Jo is a cat who has mastered the art of transformation into human form. He wants to become human for his owner, and in order to stay by her side, he starts living a double life. Kim Sol Ah is a woman in her 20s. She loves people and tries to protect the ones she loves. Hence, she attracts many cat-like people. Her father is like a Persian cat, her crush is like a Siamese cat, and others only make her worry and fuss. In the end, she brings Hong Jo home thinking he’s a cat but ends up in a completely different situation. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: I’m very worried this might go too far into the fluffy story territory. I’ll give it a try just in case there is some depth.

Clkytta: Gonna let someone else check this one out. It’s not interesting me at all.

Karie the Maknae: I’m so in for the ridiculousness on this one. And L. I really like him.

MiataMama: L as a cat?! I’m SO down for this kind of fluffy, fantastical drama!

Drama Geek: You guys can let me know if the ridiculousness is worth it. With all the other more serious dramas, I just may need it.

Kdrama Jen: I feel like it was just a short while ago we were hearing about this coming. Since I suffered through the actual Cats movie, I can’t say no to L as a cat, right?

The Married Life (3/27)

Synopsis: Ji Sun Woo is a family medicine doctor. She is married to Lee Tae Oh and they have a son. She seems to have everything, including a successful career and a happy family, but she is betrayed by her husband and others. Meanwhile, Lee Tae Oh dreams of becoming a famous movie director. He runs an entertainment business with the support of his wife Ji Sun Woo. Even though he loves his wife, Lee Tae Oh falls into a dangerous relationship. (My Drama List)

Kmuse: Cheating story arc? I’m out. That is my least favorite kind of plot line.

Clkytta: Totally not interested in a cheater drama.

Karie the Maknae: It’s a hard no for me. I don’t do cheater dramas.

MiataMama: This is a big fat ‘no’ for me as well.

Drama Geek: This is the writer for Revolutionary Love… but the director of Misty. So torn. I kind of love the sexy pictures of Kim Hee Ae for the main poster. I will probably end up passing on this just because of the sheer amount of dramas coming out right now.

Kdrama Jen: I used to have a hard line regarding “cheating” storylines, but then along came Before We Get Married, and since I got sucked into that, I vowed not to just make a decision not to watch based on that. Having said that, though, the plot is not pulling me in anyway.

What is high on your watch list?

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2 thoughts on “Upcoming Dramas: February/March 2020

  1. I watched Hyena, ep. 1 just to check it out. I liked it way better than I had expected. Still don’t know if it will go heavier on the humor, revenge or romance, but it is a bit different.

    BTW, I’m getting PTSD from the old Serial Killer Trope…how many serial killers can a country the size of ROK have?

    Also, no adultery dramas…see enough of that tragedy and the ruin it brings in real life.

    No idea why “365” isn’t shown as upcoming on Kocowa. Any info on where it will stream?

  2. I don’t understand why Korea makes so many cheating dramas. And it’s always in light of good for those who are cheating. I have seen this in real life too and I don’t think cheaters bring any good to anyone. If the relationship is toxic get out. it doesn’t mean cheat.

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