MBC’s newest weekend drama Legendary Witch premieres this weekend, and the premise is actually really intriguing, and not your standard weekend family fare. Han Ji-hye (Full Sun) stars as the heroine who gets wrongly imprisoned and bonds with a group of women while in jail. They get out and band together to start a bakery together, and the drama tells the story of their rehabilitation and revenge against those who wronged them. It actually sounds really uplifting and sweet, though I’m sure it’ll have its share of intense drama once they get their chance for revenge.
With a few weeks left till its premiere, new MBC drama Legendary Witches has released the first stills from the drama, which look rather moody and picturesque for a show (1) that’s about chaebol machinations, ex-convicts, and underdog fights; and (2) supposedly lighthearted. I suppose it’s not impossible to be all those things at once, but I’m still waiting to see what tone the show will take. (It could be cheery, but since it comes from the the writer and director of Hundred Year Inheritance, it’s a fair guess that makjang will be a key component.)
Legendary Witches is the prisoners-find-new-lives-in-bread drama starring Han Ji-hye, which girlfriday and I have taken to calling the bbang-bbang drama, because we have the sense of humor of twelve-year-olds who giggle at lame puns. (Bbang is the Korean word for bread, and is also the slang term for prison, and bbang-bbang is the onomatopoeic sound of a honking car. So you can imagine all the stupid-joke potential awaiting us.)
The drama centers around four ladies who are sent to prison wrongfully for various crimes, who learn how to bake in prison thanks to the volunteer work of chef Ha Suk-jin, and then set up a bakery together once they’re back in the outside world. The other three ladies, who are being called (endearingly?) “witches” in the show’s promo descriptions, will be played by Go Doo-shim (Mi-rae’s Choice), Oh Hyun-kyung (King’s Family), and Ha Yeon-soo (Monstar).
The lineup is complete for MBC’s upcoming Legendary Witch, and while it’s pretty much the lineup that had been previously mentioned, we now have a more complete picture of the “witches” of the title. That refers to the four women who serve prison time together for various crimes, who then set up a bakery together upon their release and find their business pitted against the tyranny of a large-scale corporation.
Han Ji-hye (I Summon You, Gold) has confirmed taking the lead role, and will be paired up with Ha Suk-jin (Thrice Married Woman) in the main loveline. Han’s character is a former orphan who married into a chaebol family, Shinhwa Group, that runs a bakery corporation. However, when her husband (and Shinhwa Group’s first son) dies, she is sent to the slammer via the machinations of the chairman. (The description doesn’t tell us what crime she is convicted of, but by process of elimination it looks like she’ll be nailed for manipulation of stock pricing.)
Ha Suk-jin plays a hotel chef who’s raising a daughter on his own after his wife dies. At his father-in-law’s suggestion, he starts giving baking lessons to the convicts at a prison, which is where he meets the heroine.
Thank goodness Ha Suk-jin’s dramaland return didn’t take long. The actor, who wrapped Thrice-Married Woman in March, will be returning to MBC in the fall as the male lead in a weekender called Legendary Witch (or Witch of Legend). The new show’s premise sounds interesting: It will revolve around four women who were cellmates at Cheongju’s Penitentiary for Women. Each served time in the slammer, but for different crimes, running the gamut from tame (stock manipulation, fraud) to severe (attempted murder, murder).
What a ride Full Sun has been over the past eight weeks, and now that we’re at the finish, I would say that I don’t regret the choice for a moment. Sure there was pain (and I mean lots of pain) and the show sought to wring tears out of me to the bitter end, but never have I enjoyed watching such solid acting performances that commanded my attention from start to finish.
In its final hour, there are plenty of tears to be shed along with numerous noble acts to protect loved ones. Not everything is tied up in a neat little bow, but I suppose nothing in life really is. All you can do is hope that there’s a silver lining, like the 2.7% in ratings the final episode pulled in. It wasn’t always rosy Full Sun, but still, you’ll be missed.
I’m back for Full Sun’s finale week (albeit late), and this show doesn’t let up in the slightest even after everyone knows the truth. In fact, that should give us more reason to be on our toes and maybe even a little scared, especially when our hero is armed and at large. And while he’s busy trying to get forgiveness from everyone else, I’m afraid that he’s going to forget the most important person who he needs forgiveness from: himself.
Note: Thanks to everyone again for your immeasurable patience this past week, which was pretty sucky. Let me say that real life should never mirror tragedy in dramaland, but it came both fast and furious, and I’m eternally grateful for the time to recuperate. With that in mind, Full Sun saw a slight increase in ratings in this episode with a 2.6%.
Just when you thought that things might get easier for our couple because the truth is quickly unraveling at Daddy Han’s feet, then let me tell you that they don’t. Instead, our hero makes a questionable choice that leads to a growing list of concerns, but then you’d be surprised at how one smart plan can set him back on course again.
At least he can rest assured that the love of his life loves him back. Surely that ought to dull the pain for one more week, right?
What love can’t do is save the ratings because I’m not kidding when I say that these numbers made my heart drop: this week’s episodes clocked in at 2.3% and 2.2%, respectively. Where is the silver lining in all this?!
You know what they say: when one bromance closes its door, another bromance blossoms anew. Okay, that might not be what they say but it’s nice to know that Se-ro’s got people on his side when the hunt for one USB drive is what it takes to bring one corrupt chairman down.
While getting involved in a messy war is easy enough, getting out of one is another task altogether, especially when our wallflower heroine decides that she wants to get in on the action, too. So many people to protect in this hour and so little time to do it.
It only takes one person to start the domino effect and threaten to blow the whistle on Se-ro’s many secrets to just about anyone who will listen. And just when our hero thought that the jig was up, the stakes are even raised higher and he discovers that returning to a life of normalcy will be even harder than he anticipated. Man, it really is hard to see any kind of silver lining in this dilemma when both the chance and choice are pulled out right from under you.
I really don’t know what to tell you all about the ratings apart from telling you that it mirrors the depressing tone of this melodrama. I’d say that would be a good thing only if that number wasn’t the worst one this show has seen yet with a 2.5%. Maybe the idea of Yoon Kye-sang cooking for you might cheer you up?
It’s sad how easily a tiny seed of revenge can lay ruin to all kinds of relationships, including new and old. This one last job is turning into a dangerous game as more people learn of the truth surrounding Se-ro’s identity. There’s more at stake than just a pile of money, though for some that’s all they’re eyeing.
Se-ro learns that a tower built upon of a foundation of lies simply cannot withstand the consequences of when the truth rears its ugly head. Sometimes those earnest words can fall flat, like the ratings for this show did with a 3.0%.