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Eom Ki-joon suits up to battle The Virus
by | February 13, 2013 | 42 Comments

Please be cool, not cheesy. Please be cool, not cheesy. That’s basically going to be my incantation till the OCN’s upcoming thriller drama The Virus premieres. And based on these stills from the drama, I’m feeling optimistic — there’s a nicely stark vibe that hints at sci-fi apocalypse, which is appropriate given the killer virus on the rampage in the storyline.

The Virus centers around the team of scientists at the Center for Disease Control, who scramble to stop the spread of the disease, of whom Eom Ki-joon is the leader. As an aside: I love him in any situation, but wowsa does Eom Ki-joon make Hazmat look hot.

So, if time traveling was last year’s big trend in dramaland (and sports dramas before that, and fashion dramas before that), will the plague be this year’s? We’ve also got JTBC’s epidemic thriller End of the World on the books for spring, and I’ll be interested in seeing how they differ. And which plague will wreak more havoc. Let the medical apocalpyse begin!

The Virus also stars Lee Ki-woo (Standby), Hyun-woo (Pasta), Park Min-woo (Flower Boy Ramyun Shop), Lee So-jung (Dream), and Wonder Girl Yubin. Its first episode (of ten total) will air March 1 on OCN.

Via TV Report


42 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. May

    Wowza, looking amazing!

  2. trotwood

    I am SOOOO ready to watch this. Eom Ki-Joon is already my hero. and now . . . . I’m with you JB; how can he make that Hazmat suit look so good?

    • 2.1 Ruth

      I was thinking the exact same thing.

  3. jomo

    I love the terror behind the idea of good guys battling bad viruses.
    It isn’t like there is a possibility of biological redemption by the plague cells. We can wish them dead all we want! We don’t have to pity their sad parentless upbringing, either.

    Plus, what is scarier than the extermination of mankind?

    • 3.1 Kolpi

      THIS! almost made me spit my coffee all over the table. Hilarious!

  4. Mystisith

    This is going to be epic. Can’t wait for this new OCN drama!

  5. canxi

    I saw the teasers for this and it looks like their may be one person linked to “the virus” and he’s just walking around like it’s no one’s business!

    Also digging Eom Ki Joon’s mustache! From now on calling him EOMF Ki Joon. A different kind of Eom-force. Ahahaha~ But, anyway, very excited. The first couple stills remind me of I Am Legend but hopefully our hero won’t be having awkward arguments with abandoned store mannequins this time around. o__o

    • 5.1 Rachel

      Haha have to agree with you on his moustache. That was what caught my eye hee!

  6. Danna

    Eom Ki Joon DOES make hazmat look hot…..love the shot of him among all the tall buildings

  7. RockPaperScissors

    I wonder if the writers can work in a tango or two…

  8. Noelle

    It took me a moment to identify who it was in the pic. He looks so weird without glasses and with a stache! Also, I agree… He is totally rocking that Hazmat suit. Looking forward to this drama. I can do 10 easy.

    • 8.1 Rashell

      I thought the same thing. It took me a minute to recognize him without his glasses. He’s so handsome either way.

  9. ss

    Woahhhhh. Ahjushis are all getting hotter!!

  10. 10 Kiara

    Cable rules.

  11. 11 Eeefu

    first photo … i just want to ruffle his hair a bit; ah those puppy eyes

  12. 12 aznative

    Don’t recall seeing Eom Ki-joon with facial hair before…it’s a good look for him. Really enjoyed his acting in “Ghost” and I’m looking forward to this new project.

    Thanks for the post.

  13. 13 Arhazivory

    I’m dying to see this! I miss having an OCN fix.

  14. 14 WM

    I’m really liking the shots here. Just like you said, nice and stark, not so much over the top cheese as barren fear. I’ll be very interested to see this one. So…who do you think will be the first to whip out the Zombie Apocalypse? 😉

  15. 15 Irish Law

    THE VIRUS’ photo stills already look engaging! It reminds me of Steven Soderbergh’s CONTAGION with Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet, I just hope they will stick to that smart kind of story with sort of intensity like The Walking Dead’s.
    Eom Ki-Joon is perfect for the role. I can’t wait to watch.

    Please streaming sites, provide link for us to watch online soon after its release!

  16. 16 Cassandra

    I think this is the first time I’m seeing him without glasses. I’m gonna trust in OCN and their track record and believe that this show is gonna be pretty awesome.

  17. 17 snow_white

    “I love him in any situation” exactly my thoughts 🙂

  18. 18 Ennayra

    I never saw the hotness factor in Eom Ki-joon before, but now I’m there thanks to that first photo.

    • 18.1 Conny

      He’s been on my hotness meter since I first laid eyes on him. There’s just something about him… =D

  19. 19 Orion

    Jo Hee Bong is a big plus for me. I just love the guy. Can’t wait for this.

  20. 20 ilikemangos

    Count me in on sci-fi apocalypse.
    I’m really interested in how korea would expand on this genre and would really like to see a really well-done show made just for my apocalypse-lovin’ cravings.
    As long as it’s not cheesy, i’m all up for it!

  21. 21 asdjfkl

    Look! I just found the teaser for this drama.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7cv5CGLuaCU
    he looks so cool :Q________

  22. 22 kfangurl

    Eom Ki Joon!! Gosh, I love this guy!! He’s so good in every role – he needs to play lead more often ^^

    I’m no fan of apocalypse shows, but for him? I’m there 🙂

  23. 23 meiyih

    now after this , i hope OCN can consider the OCN Avengers by combining all my lovely OCN Heroes in 1 drama – Vampire Prosecutor, TEN, Hero, The Virus and God’s Quiz Dr Han then it’ll be perfect!

    • 23.1 Mystisith

      Ohlala… Too much testosterone: My heart wouldn’t take it. Also, a time travel would be necessary to bring back the male character of Hero. 😉

    • 23.2 trotwood

      As soon as I read OCN Avengers, I started to smile. WOW! that would be perfect. I would need to montior my blood pressure the enitre time, but it would be worth it. When you put them all together like that, it really does seem like they have a knack for really interesting (and smexy) heroes.

  24. 24 queencircles

    I’m not used to seeing him without glasses!

  25. 25 hjkomo

    mine. Mine! MINE!!!
    Sorry…just had to blurt that out. 😉
    Someone’s going to have to keep me from jumping him on stage. 😛

  26. 26 rhia

    Damn hot. Whoo.

  27. 27 Conny

    I’m going to be up to my neck in great dramas and I loooove it.
    Can’t wait for The Virus to start.

  28. 28 Carole McDonnell

    Sci fi? Apocalyptic plague? I am soooooooooooo there!!!!!! Omo! So much drama goodness to wait for! Thanks so much.

  29. 29 mskololia

    Ok, I’ve never seen the male lead in anything but see two actors I like so I will give this one a try along with the other one.

    It’s a short series and I like the acting of the guy at the head of the table and the one with the camera.


  30. 30 VB

    This looks perfect — combining my love of Asian men with facial hair and epidemics. Please be good, please be good!

  31. 31 Ruth

    He’s part of the CDC? No Korean equivalence? So looking forward to this.

  32. 32 ys


  33. 33 skwonto

    I am so excited!!! I love the male cast. I haven’t seen the ladies in anything but I am sure they will be great.

    Park Min-woo was pure charm in Ramyun shop. I can’t wait to see how he plays in a more serious show. OMG, Hyunwoo – love him. Can’t wait!

  34. 34 ladida

    Omg, suddenly realizing Eom Ki-joon is…hot???

  35. 35 rheina07

    it is weird to see Eom Ki joon without his glasses but mustache!

    It took me a while to finally able to recognize him!

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