2018 Upcoming K-Dramas, Part 2

As promised, here are some additional dramas airing this year that I’m looking forward to. The information may not be new to those of you who follow Korean news closely, but I’m often so busy that it’s hard for me to keep track of what’s going on. It’s likely I’ll pick these up when they begin airing, so stay tuned for additional details.

Let me know if any of these dramas caught your eye and if you’ll be watching them. I think we have some promising dramas slated to air this year, so I can only cross my fingers and hope they deliver with quality content.

About Time: TvN has continued to cinch my attention this year. I’m holding high hopes for the network to deliver yet another solid drama. About Time stars Lee Sung Kyung (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo) and Lee Sang Yoon (Whisper). As someone who never got on the WFKBJ train, my experience with Lee Sung Kyung is only in name. I haven’t watched any of her previous work, but Lee Sung Kyung’s character is a musical actress who has the ability to see other’s “time clocks” including her own. Somehow, Lee Sang Yoon’s character becomes entangled with Lee Sung Kyung’s and he can stop her clock. No special, supernatural abilities required.

I’m intrigued to see how stopping, changing, and erasing time affects everything. I’m wondering if this will be more supernatural in terms of ‘the butterfly effect’ or perhaps something lighter in content. It doesn’t look like this drama is billed as a melodrama, so I’m kind of hoping there aren’t a lot of dark tones present in this story. Although, with a character having the ability to see when another person’s time is up, it’s probably not going to be a sugary sweet story, which is more than okay with me. As long as there’s balance.

The story will begin airing in May, so luckily, we only have one more month of waiting to see how this story pans out. I’ll keep an eye out for teaser and full-length trailers.

According to Han Cinema, this is the synopsis so far:

The story of a women who has the ability to see how long a person has left to live and the man she meets who somehow has the ability to stop her personal time clock. Their love will determine her fate.

Miss Hammurabi: Okay, okay. I generally cringe over legal, count dramas and will not seek them out, but there are two this year that have managed to make me re-think that stance. Miss Hammurabi is one of two of those dramas. The story here centers around a judge, played by Infinite’s L (Kim Myung Soo) whose focus isn’t on success as much as it’s about equality and principles. It sounds to me like he’s going to play a firm judge that follows the law to the letter and might not be empathetic to people and their situation.

I’m curious to see a character that is motivated by doing what’s right at all costs — even if it jeopardizes their success. And when I say that, I mean in terms of following the law and being strict. It doesn’t sounds like he’s going to be very lenient or sympathetic to other’s plight, which I hope might be an arc in his character’s journey.

I know L might not be known as the world’s best actor, but I enjoy some of his work and am looking forward to seeing him in an adult role that will put his abilities to the test. I hope Miss Hammurabi is the drama that helps him improve as I’ve always thought he has potential.

Then, we have Go Ara who also plays a judge. She’s not as cut and dry as L’s character. From what I read, she seems like a kind, passionate, fair rookie judge that is sympathetic to other’s plights. This will be an interesting battle of the wills, and I’m excited to see how these two clash as they have noticeably different ideas of how to do their job.

I have loved Go Ara in everything I’ve seen her act in, so it’s safe to say I’m very on board with this drama. It’s actually based on a novel of the same name, which I may have to research for details.

This drama is slated to air on JTBC in May of 2018.

According to Han Cinema, this is the synopsis so far:

A legal drama centering around judge Im Ba-reun, a top-notch judge who has no interest in success. Rather, he strictly follows what he believes is right.

Suits: Yep. You guessed it. Another legal drama on a list where I just stated how much I don’t care for them. To be fair, I did watch the first season of the American Suits and while I enjoyed it, I did start to lose interest somewhere in season two. Things happen. Nonetheless, I loved the banter and bromance between Mike and Harvey, so I’m hoping the Korean version will have a lot of the same. Come on, guys! Make me love courtroom dramas!

At the helm, we have Jang Dong Gun and Park Hyung Sik. This dramas airs April 25th and we already have a teaser trailer released. Omo. Take a look at the transformation of Park Hung Sik from street to sleek.

According to Han Cinema, this is the synopsis so far:

Legendary lawyer Choi Kyeong-seo recruits genius rookie lawyer Ko Yeon-woo to join his law firm.

And there you have it! Three more dramas that are on my radar. Be sure to sound off below and let me know what dramas have you most excited this year.


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