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Teasers, stills, and character info for Nine

One more week to go before tvN’s new time travel drama Nine (the full title is Nine: Nine Time Travels) premieres, and we’ve finally got a story direction along with new posters and teasers… and the character info is a doozy. Lee Jin-wook and Jo Yoon-hee star in the fantasy melodrama from the producers behind Queen Inhyun’s Man about a hero who gets to travel twenty years back in time. The question was whether he’d be going back to reclaim a love or perhaps save her, since the teasers seemed to all point to her disappearing, but it turns out it’s the opposite: it’s the hero who’s on his deathbed and racing to save himself.

Lee Jin-wook plays Park Sun-woo, a broadcast news reporter and anchor who’s ambitious and successful, and a golden boy through and through. He’s well-liked by his teammates, his bosses, his underlings, and loved by his family. But constant headaches send him to the doctor, where he finds out… wait for it… that he has a BRAIN TUMOR and a year left to live. *thunk*

The drama hasn’t even started yet and already you’re throwing brain tumors at me? Is it a gummi brain fetus? Because WE ALREADY DID THAT. Or am I caught in a time loop and doomed to repeat Dramaland 2012 over and over and over again?

The time travel mechanism in this drama will be a mythical artifact that the hero uncovers while on a trip to the Himalayas to cover a story, and it gives him the chance to go back nine times to the past. The question will be whether it’s Fate intervening and giving him a chance to right wrongs or even save himself, or if this is yet another twist in the chain of events leading to the same conclusion. The problem (among many) with the brain tumor trope is that it’s built into the premise that everything he’s experiencing could in fact be a delusion… which kinda makes me resent the journey we’re about to go on, if you’re threatening to pull the rug out from under me later. Urg, why’d you have to do it, Show?

Jo Yoon-hee plays Joo Min-young, a reporter who’s been on Sun-woo’s team for five years. They’re practically a couple, in that they’ve developed a comfortable co-dependent relationship, only Sun-woo keeps her at arm’s length, and never fully lets her in emotionally. It’s among the many things he comes to regret when he faces his death, and will use his time travels to fix his relationship with her.

I’m trying to keep an open mind because there could be a bunch of ways the show could surprise us all. It could subvert all the expected clichés, and be mind-blowingly brilliant. It could. If I say it enough times, does that make it true? *siiiiigh*

Nine premieres March 11 on tvN.

Via tvN

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Imma watch this for Nepal and LJW. He is yummy looking

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Well. That certainly makes the show suddenly less appealing. BUT, they did do good with QIHM, which everyone was approaching warily after the year's time travel fest, so here's hoping it's still gonna be good! Hwaiting, Show!! ^^

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this will probably a drama that i'll just end up reading on dramabeans (if it gets recapped) instead of actually watching it. BUUT i'll let ep1-3 decide that.

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if all else fails, at least it will be sweet. It looks like it.

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Who hopefully he doesn't get amnesia halfway through too. Maybe the bowl haircut will get changed when he alters the past? Don't see how you can go back and prevent a brain tumor though. Le sigh. Imma still watch because im sure the romantic stuff won't be cheesy, the showrunners did such a good job on Queen In-Hyuns Man.

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Lot of the negative comments sound just like the ones for QIHM and Vampire Prosecutor. The same trio made them and they seem to love generating negative reactions to their dramas.

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... then surprising us when we tune in.

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Waahhh!
Looks fun and pretty!
I'm in :)

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I'm putting my faith in the production team for nine since I totally love QIHM. i usually don't have much expectations on a drama as the first few episodes are always the best and then it goes downhill but QIHM gave me hope to have expectations... if that makes any sense at all....
Hate the bowl cut.... stylist needs to go for a refresher course.

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Again with the stupid bowl haircut..

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I've seen the first 2 episodes. It's great!! I honestly don't think I would have watched it knowing the lead character has a deadly brain tumor. BUT. I didn't know and I'm glad I didn't because this show hooked me in the first 5 minutes. I can't wait for the next one!

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