Accepting the unexplainable in tvN’s Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter
This show looks like such a welcome dose of sunshine and quirky rainbows, so I’m excited to realize that its premiere date is just about a week away. Fantasy rom-com Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter has released several more teasers in anticipation of its run, giving us a further glimpse of a barista fairy with multiple outer appearances, who has waited for 699 years on a mountain for her husband to be reincarnated.
Said fairy, Sun Ok-nam, will be played by Moon Chae-won (Criminal Minds) and Go Du-shim (My Ajusshi), and whose appearance changes depending on who is looking at her. The first of the newly released trailers focuses on her younger self, whom we see sitting on top of the mountain and wandering the streets in her flowery hanbok, narrating offscreen that as a fairy without her winged clothes, “I have been waiting for the day he becomes reincarnated.” In a nod to its folktale source material, we see Moon Chae-won as Ok-nam begin bathing in a stream, when Yoon Hyun-min (Witch’s Court) and Seo Ji-hoon (Misty) get caught watching, though both vehemently deny spying on her. Next thing we know, Ok-nam makes her way to the city in search of the two men, one of whom she is convinced is her reincarnated husband.
The next teaser starts with Yoon Hyun-min’s character, Jung Yi-hyun, declaring himself the ultimate follower of cold rationality and logic. After coming across the coffee shop in the middle of Mt. Gyeryong, though, recent “unexplainable” events have kept cropping up, not least of which is the strange barista grandmother with a flower in her hair who keeps changing into a young woman in front of his eyes. Seo Ji-hoon’s character, Kim Geum, is distinctly less bothered and much more smitten by Ok-nam, and he takes to calling her fairy-nim, even in the face of Yi-hyun’s ridicule.
Kim Geum seems much more receptive to fantastical things, generally, since he casually has a conversation on a bench with Ok-nam’s cat daughter to figure out what she likes to eat. Yi-hyun, though, seems almost offended by Ok-nam’s ways, including her tendency to speak with plants, and demands that she stop telling people that she’s a fairy. Ok-nam readily agrees to stop, saying that she will follow “her husband’s” wishes, and walks away as Yi-hyun hilariously flips out that she called him her husband.
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter will premiere on November 5th, taking over tvN’s Monday-Tuesday slot from 100 Days My Prince.