Many new kdramas aired this week and we’re continuing the reviews with that of “The Story Of Park’s Marriage Contract”!
Initially gained attention as the next project of famous actress Lee Se Young, it also features Bae In Hyuk’s first ever leading role. Expectations were high, especially since we would see Se Young in historical attire again, the same setting that made her a massive hallyu actress, so how were the premiere episodes?
Note: this article is a first-impression review, it doesn’t mean this is the writer’s final thoughts on the drama. This is a spoiler review.
Despite being typical, I liked them.
I knew what it was going to be before checking it out, so this definitely softened some of my expectations. Time flew by fast, and I found myself drawn to Yeon-Woo, she’s such a ray of sunshine and deserves the world. Se Young has the ability to draw people in quickly and make them root for whatever character she plays. This has always been a strength of hers, performance-wise.
The premise of fantasy and historical elements woven into it leads to very expected outcomes, exactly what you’d expect with such scripts, that is if you’ve been watching such types of kdramas for some time. Having said that, I loved the premiere. It was so sweet.
I personally would’ve loved it if Yeon Woo and her husband didn’t have a past connection, I literally sighed when I saw that scene, and would’ve loved it if they had more time to grow that relationship in the historical period, but I get it we need to fast-forward to the year 2023 and get to the meat of the plot.
My gripe with past connections for kdrama leads continues, I have come to hate this trope. I swear to God, its easier finding leads with connection than with none. All the major releases this year had characters with some sort of past connection, can we not function without that?
Despite that above sentence, its not a deal breaker for me, and I highly doubt it would be for most. But it annoys me.
I personally enjoyed this drama more than “My Demon” which happens to compete in the same time slot. This one felt like it was actually focused on telling the story rather than on how hot the leads were.
This also marks Bae In Hyuk’s first leading role. The rising star has been working since around 2020, and it took him roughly 3 years to get a leading role, that’s fast. I wouldn’t have minded him playing another one or two supporting roles opposite some very established actors.
In Hyuk’s acting is good, but I’ve never felt that drawn to it, personally speaking. In this drama, I see him try his best, which I appreciate. He is supposed to play a ‘cold’ type of character, and I don’t know whether its intentional on his part of not, but he’s so cute and comes off as super adorable unlike what he’s trying to portray, I think it has to do with his soft facial features too.
I also like the chemistry between him and Se young. You can’t tell they’re 6 years apart. They suit each other so well and I am rooting for their characters.
“The Story Of Park’s Marriage Contract” will have a total of 12 episodes which is good news. Is MBC finally catching up?
The premiere of “The Story Of Park’s Marriage Contract” was adorable and cute. I really liked it and wished the 2nd episode lasted longer. I now have higher expectations for what will come.
I feel the plot will be somewhat expected for the most part but I still want to see them become lovers, they’re co cuttteeeee.
So have you guys seen the premiere of “The Story Of Park’s Marriage Contract”? did you like it or not?