Stills from the set of Midas
Midas premiered today on SBS (replacing Athena, which went out with a whimper yesterday with a 13.3% viewership rating), and here are a bunch of promo shots and drama stills to kick off the series’ run.
I’ve read a few mixed reports of the premiere episode, some of which which describe it as taut and compelling, while others call it difficult to connect with. Not having seen it yet, I can’t weigh in, though I admit to not being all that hooked by the premise.
Jang Hyuk plays a fund manager who passes the bar and becomes a lawyer (and a “genius” one at that) who chooses to work at a small law office rather than a huge firm. He starts out in a sweet romance with fiancee Lee Min-jung, who starts out as an ER nurse who moves up a rung in the job ladder by transferring to the VIP ward. But there’s trouble on the horizon as both of them are faced with their burgeoning career ambitions, which change them and most likely endanger their love. Plus, after he meets businesswoman Kim Hee-ae, he starts to pursue money and greater ambition.
So…I see where the series is building its conflicts and it touts itself as a “blockbuster drama” in the vein of All In, replete with strong characters, lots of clashes, and loaded with dramatic suspense. Not really my style, though there have been a number of successes in this genre, such as the aforementioned All In and its not-really-a-sequel Swallow the Sun. Business machinations don’t appeal to me…but I do admit that Story of a Man did make the stock market game fun, exciting, and dare I even say, sexy. Then again, few dramas are as awesome as that one.
Midas airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on SBS.
Via Asia Today