After politician Wie Dae Han (Song Seung Heon) falls from grace in the eyes of the public, he takes in four siblings to boost his image: quick-thinking eldest Da Jung (Roh Jeong Eui), moody Tak (Jung Joon Won), mischievous Tae Poong (Kim Jun), and clever little Song Yi (Park Ye Na).
Quick spoiler warning: This post does contain some minor spoilers, so if you haven’t seen episode 5 yet, perhaps rethink reading…unless you don’t mind, in which case — by all means please plunge ahead, good reader!
I keep accidentally stumbling on really great dramas these days — the last of which was Moment of Eighteen (you can read my two cents on it right here) — and although it’s a different vibe entirely, I’m genuinely enjoying The Great Show so far. It’s creative, clever, and does a good job mixing silly and serious — the latter of which we see in episode 5 when Da Jung finds out she is pregnant.
Her boyfriend, Jung Woo (Hyuk), is an idol trainee only two months away from his debut. He’s kind-hearted, super optimistic, and a bit of a goofball. When he learns that Da Jung is pregnant, he promises to take responsibility even though it means giving up his plans to become an idol. After serious discussion, the two — amidst opposition — decide they want to keep the baby and raise it together.
If you saw the 2016 action-comedy Chasing, you know Hyuk plays the smart-alecky little delinquent extremely well, so it’s been fun watching him pull off the very different role of a sweet boyfriend (and soon-to-be dad). Finding out you’re going to be a father at such a young age would be daunting for anyone, and Hyuk’s portrayal of the complex emotions attached to that is spot-on. Also, his chemistry with Jeong Eui is precious and the two seem truly natural together on screen. I can’t wait to watch more of their character development.
Actually, I can’t wait to watch everyone’s character development. I’m definitely invested at this point; what started as a goofy drama is peeling back layers to reveal more hefty stuff underneath. It’s lighthearted overall, but deeper topics such as teenage pregnancy, blended family relationships, and absent parents are creeping their way into our storyline. And I’m right here for it.
How do you guys think Hyuk is doing? Who’s your favorite character so far? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you for reading and as always — happy viewing!
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I just finished this one this morning, and I really enjoyed it. It was sweet and fun, and as you predicted, the character development was exactly what I had hoped for. Glad I took the time to watch this.
Thanks for the comment! I agree with how you worded it — this one is definitely “sweet and fun.” A light watch, but with enough substance that you care about the characters!