Premiere Watch: Poong the Joseon Psychiatrist, Wild Boar Hunting
More dramas coming in hot! This week we have two shows for the start of our week — one a comedy sageuk starring Kim Min-jae and his killer smile, and the other an eerie short-form drama and screenplay contest winner.
Poong the Joseon Psychiatrist
Time slot: Monday-Tuesday
Genre: Comedy, sageuk, medical
Episode count: 12
Reasons to watch: They had me at cuteness and emotional healing. Kim Min-jae plays our hero and once-physician to the royal family. After he’s ousted for ~reasons~ he eventually teams up with Kim Hyang-gi and Kim Sang-kyung. Each bring their unique story, talents, and emotional wounds to their practice and wind up helping their patients heal from both their physical and emotional wounds. It’s great to see this attention paid to hurts and traumas in a way that’s about addressing and healing them (instead of just using them for plot movement), and the drama could wind up striking a nice balance of cuteness, comedy, and heart.
TL;DR: Kim Min-jae, dimples, cute sageuk, interesting focus on mental health and emotional healing
Wild Boar Hunting
Time slot: Mondays
Genre: Thriller, mystery
Episode count: 4
Reasons to watch: MBC makes an interesting choice for the Monday-Tuesday slot and is airing a 4-episode drama once per week. The drama stars Park Ho-san, Yeh Soo-jung, and Kim Soo-jin, among others, in an eerie tale of a hunting accident, a son who has disappeared, and a whole lot of mysterious happenings. Short-from dramas can be a lot of fun as they break the arcs and pacing we’re so used to seeing, and if the drama’s promo materials are any indication, this will be a well-directed and atmosphere-heavy drama. (The superfan in me can’t help but also point out that it’s been a while since we had a wild boar loose in dramaland… could this be the first encounter since Tae-kyung’s in You’re Beautiful?!)
TL;DR: Screenplay winner, veteran cast, thrilling premise that promises twists and turns and other nail-biting moments