Rocky start to ajumma-ace detective partnership in Mystery Queen
With underdog drama Chief Kim having ended this week in first place (with 17.2% ratings), I’m sure it’s huge pressure for Mystery Queen, the ajumma sleuth drama to follow in its time slot. The new drama is about the partnership between a mystery novel lover named Seol-ok (aka Sherlock) and a veteran police investigator named Wan-seung (aka Watson). Choi Kang-hee (Dazzling Temptation) has been cast as Sherlock, and her not-so-trusting sidekick will be played by Kwon Sang-woo (Temptation).
Much like the classic Sherlock and Watson partnership, Wan-seung is the more emotionally-attuned one, who goes with his gut instinct instead of thinking out all the steps when rushing headlong into a case. On the other hand, Seol-ok takes cool, methodical steps in approaching her logical conclusions, using her naturally gifted deductive skills and all the theoretical knowledge she’s learned over the years through books.
But of course there’s a dramaland spin on things, setting up more room for comedy and potential romance—she’s an ajumma with strong survival skills, while he’s a headstrong ace detective who doesn’t appreciate her intrusion into his work. I really enjoyed the quirkiness of the last two teasers, but this recently released one probably reveals the most information despite its conventional format.
From the beginning, Choi Kang-hee’s voiceover says: “A person who has committed a crime should pay the price. No matter what.” Flashes of violence and suspect case boards are seen, and then we’re introduced to Kwon Sang-woo’s character who says he’s like a drug-detecting dog when it comes to crime, and he can smell something fishy from behind, and he turns around to face a surprised Choi Kang-hee. She’s been investigating on her own and she disagrees with the police on one of the cases, saying that it wasn’t the scene of a theft as they suspect, but something completely different.
Frustrated, Kwon Sang-woo yells at her, telling her that these cases aren’t leisurely hobbies for bored housewives to take part in. She accuses him of using old unreliable investigation techniques, solely dependent on suspect confessions. Perhaps that was the last straw, because Kwon Sang-woo swears that he’ll make her eat bean rice (referring to prison food) and she gets dragged away. Although later, we see Choi Kang-hee grumbling that she won’t die of eating some bean rice, and the teaser ends by trailing off with Choi Kang-hee’s conclusion: “I’m sure the criminal is…”
Wednesday-Thursday drama Mystery Queen will begin airing next week on April 5 on KBS.
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