Oh great, now I HAVE to watch Monster. I mean, yay I have to watch Monster? I’m not even sure anymore. (It isn’t that it sounds bad; it’s that this is one of those serious, sprawling 50-episode dramas, and man, those take work.)
But with Kang Ji-hwan (Incarnation of Money, Big Man) headlining the series and now Park Ki-woong (Gaksitaaaaal) choosing it as his army comeback drama, who am I to fight it? I’ll just block off April through September on my calendar and settle in for the long haul…
Monster, which comes to us from the writer team (Jang Young-chul, Jung Kyung-soon) who gave us Empress Ki, Incarnation of Money, and History of a Salaryman, kicks off in the late ’90s after the IMF crisis hits, and follows a man who sets out for revenge against society’s top 0.001%, those privileged movers and shakers with all the power. I’m guessing those are the people responsible for the hero’s early tragedy, which kills both his parents and almost him as well. He comes back with a vengeance, for vengeance, and falls in love along the way. The drama has yet to secure a heroine after initially courting Hwang Jung-eum, who didn’t sign on, but is likely to do so soon. We hope.
Park Ki-woong, who will be discharged from military service on February 7, will play the youngest son of a chaebol group chairman who turns increasingly wild and violent. He’s gonna be so good at that and it’ll probably break my heart because I love him. Just don’t go full Namgoong Min on me, okay? I’m not sure I’ll be ready for that much affluenza-induced brutality so soon.
Park’s character is cast aside by his family because he’s born to a concubine (er, I suppose that just means non-wife in this day and age, but chaebol clans do tend to mimic royalty), and he grows up with his mother in America. He comes back and successfully reclaims his position, evicting the opposition that had cut him out, and then transforms into a cold-hearted, dissipated tyrant. Hm, so perhaps he’s the one the former title Tyrant referred to, though it’s entirely possible that with so many corrupt chaebols running around, it could be any of a number of them.
Jo Boa (Missing Noir M), meanwhile, is currently in talks (though not yet finalized) to play the chaebol chairman’s daughter. She’s fussy and rather vain, but falls for Kang Ji-hwan’s charm and complicates his loveline with the heroine, making for a tangled love triangle. (Something tells me she’ll be doing most of the tangling, as the lovelorn one who happens to wield lots of money and privilege.) I like Jo Boa more in bubbly, sweet roles (see: Surplus Princess), but perhaps she can make this potentially difficult-to-like character more approachable, the way Jung So-min did in Bad Guy.
Monster will follow Dazzling Temptation as MBC’s next Monday-Tuesday drama, premiering in April.
- MBC melo Monster secures Kang Ji-hwan to headline
- Seo Kang-joon offered leading role in MBC melo Monster
- MBC’s Tyrant gets renamed Monster, still looking for a leading lady
- Hwang Jung-eum eyes a return to MBC in Tyrant
- Missing Noir M: Episode 1
- Surplus Princess: Series review
- Oh Snap! Park Ki-woong’s last pre-army photo shoot
- Oh Snap! Park Ki-woong salutes goodbye
- Park Ki-woong joins Han Chae-ah in Made In China