It’s been a hell of a while since I last posted here what with university and life managing to drag me out of blogging (but not out of drama watching!). Today seemed like a good day to get back into things with the 2016 MBC Drama Awards. Everyone usually walks away with an award here, and my ultimate favourite, Ji Sung (who’s making a drama comeback soon!) walked away with quite a few last year. Let’s see what this year had to bring!
[Note: MBC has seperate categories for mini-series and daily dramas. I will be translating the speeches and wins of the more prominent award winners. I’ll be skipping PD and writer names if I can’t catch them at times. I’ll also be skipping those in the daily drama category and focusing purely on mini-series and weekend dramas. Winners are bolded among the nominees. ]
The MCs for the night were Kim Gukjin and UEE, who looked lovely although far too skeletal. The nominees for the Daesang were:
Kim Soyeon for Happy Home
Seo Inguk for Shopping King Louis
UEE for Marriage Contract
Lee Seojin for Marriage Contract
Lee Jongseok for W: Two Worlds
Jin Seyeon for Flower In Prison
Han Hyojoo for W: Two Worlds
Don’t let the clunky odd title deter you. Missing Noir M is a gem of a show and possibly the best police procedural OCN’s put out yet. I watched Bad Guys for the grit and madness and blood. I watched Missing Noir M for the smarts. This show was honestly brilliant, from the cases to the bad guys to our lead three investigators (four if you count the coroner). Cases often come in sets of two episodes each and honestly, each episode packs quite the wallop in terms of emotional intensity. Kang Haneul (who seriously needs a lead role soon) takes an electrifying turn as a criminal in the first two episodes.
And the remainder of the supporting cast, both English and Korean, is just as good as the main cast, which is one of the things I love about OCN because other networks just don’t bother making sure that happens (*coughcoughHeirs*). Onto the characters!
Kim Kangwoo plays Gil Soohyun (GSH) aka. James Gil, a former FBI agent and child prodigy who attended Harvard at 14 and worked at NASA by the time he hit 19. In other words, he’s SexySmarts. The best part? He’s not a snob/ afraid to show his emotions. (I’m honestly tired of clever detectives who feel that their high IQs entitle them to to be dicks. I don’t care if they make more interesting TV, they also make me want to break my TV.)
Park Heeson plays Oh Daeyoung (ODY), a detective with over 20 years of experience who is assigned as GSH’s parter. He has pretty good intuition and works well with GSH though they do tend to argue over certain matters. He’s StreetSmarts.
And the final member of our key trio is Jo Boah as Jin Seojoon (JSJ) who’s a brilliant hacker and without whom our boys would be lost. She’s TechSmarts. Finally, we’ve the medical examiner who aids them on their cases, so DocSmart. All in all, the perfect team.