Premiere Watch: Yonder, Under the Queen’s Umbrella
We have two interesting dramas premiering this week — one the brainchild of a famed film director that’s getting a lot of critical interest, and the other a wonderful mix of sageuk and black comedy, starring the ever-wonderful Kim Hye-soo.
Time slot: Fridays
Genre: Drama, sci-fi
Episode count: 6
Reasons to watch: With an amazing cast and an amazing director behind it, Yonder definitely gives off the feeling of being something entirely new in the dramaverse. Yonder follows the story of a man (Shin Ha-kyun) who is broken over the loss of his wife (Han Ji-min) and given a chance to meet her again via a strange place/dimension called Yonder. If it sounds like an art film, that’s because it probably would have been exactly that a few years ago, but now, OTT services have opened up so many doors, and we are seeing a lot more “K-drama” productions that are mimicking the film space in terms of what they want to do and want to explore. Yonder is definitely one of those.
TL;DR: Film director Lee Jun-ik, BIFF buzz, Shin Ha-kyun + Han Ji-min pairing, dreamy/surreal sci-fi elements
Under the Queen’s Umbrella
Time slot: Saturday-Sunday
Genre: Sageuk, black comedy
Episode count: 16
Reasons to watch: Kim Hye-soo might be all you needed to hear, but this sageuk — which looks artful and gorgeous but promises to be a black comedy too — also stars Kim Hae-sook and Choi Won-young. The usual battle for succession and heirship is on in Joseon, but Under the Queen’s Umbrella takes a decidedly motherly approach, as the queen (Kim Hye-soo) must whip her own sons into shape so the illegitimate sons (via concubines) don’t usurp their place. Quite rightly, the drama has a lot of cute puppy-like boys as all the palace princes, and there’s just something about the thought of Kim Hye-soo running around in hanbok trying to wrangle them that makes this premise irresistible.
TL;DR: Queen Kim Hye-soo, black comedy sageuk, production quality looks gorgeous
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