So sorry for the lack of updates this week and for suddenly going MIA on all of y’all. I was at a conference and it wasn’t until I got there that I found out that I wouldn’t have internet access for a few days. Should’ve checked ahead of time. My bad!
They say that a child learns from their parents. So yes, I blame mine for introducing me to Korean dramas, and for contributing to all the hours I’ve spent watching, analyzing, and writing about them for years.
My very first Korean drama was Dae Jang Geum. To this day, I still remember my father popping in the DVD (which our neighbor had lent to us) on our old school television, and asking, “Daddy, what are you watching?” Little did I know that from that moment on, my life would be forever changed, that I’d be sucked into a world that was not only addicting, but a world that could pierce my heart and soul.
Although I haven’t rewatched Dae Jang Geum after completing all 54 episodes the first time around, it’s a drama that I’m still quite fond of today. Some say it’s overrated and a crappy, over-the-top show. And it probably is. However, it holds a special place in my heart for its compelling story about a woman (Lee Young Ae) that rose above the caste system in ancient Joseon to become the King’s royal physician. She. kicked. butt. Not only in wits but in skill.
I suppose it was a bit aggravating for other viewers to find that she was a genius in almost everything, but I rooted for her from beginning to end. I love that she exceeded expectations in her society and was rather atypical; a strong, modern female that sharply contrasted with other women of her time. I didn’t watch it for the love story, especially since I thought Ji Jin Hee looked pretty constipated most of the time, but for Lee Young Ae, who was wonderful in her performance as Jang Geum.
Photos from MBC and naver