After way, way, way too long (we’re talking 10 years worth of too long) Lee Min Ki is finally coming back to tv! Not kidding, this gives my heart a big shot of wahoo! And, unlike Shut Up Flower Boy Band, where he only stuck around for like 2 episodes (4?) in his newest drama, he’s the lead. The hero. The full-on participant for at least 16 episodes.
And that’s a lot of Min Ki.
Not only that but even better? He’s coming back to our screens by way of tvN. Yep. He’s gone the cable route. (Which is probably a good choice for him considering his last attempt to come back to tv — post military — was spoiled by a since debunked scandal. Cable networks I think can afford to be a little bit looser with the reputation, can (or are willing to) take a few more chances than the regular networks might be. Plus? He’s Lee Min Ki, a loveable odd-duck, it seems as though a cable show, with the chances they take plotwise, may be more to his tastes.
The show and team he’s joining also have some pedigree behind them. The writer wrote Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (one of the Oh Boy! Series that Shut Up Flower Boy Band part of — perhaps it is someone within that connection that got him to come out of his drama or work in general hiatus?) which I’d be all yay about, but honestly, I think Ramyun Shop is the weakest of the series. (Yes, still very good, just…weaker.) The director is that of Bring It On Ghost, which, while I haven’t seen it, I always meant to (you know, because my almost watching a show is the mark of quality) and people seemed to have really good things to say about it.
The show also has a heroine in Jung So Min, who, no matter how she advances in her career, I will always think of as Oh Hani from Playful Kiss. Sorry Jung So Min, it’s a sad, sad truth. I’ve heard really good things about her in Father Is Strange, people seem to be really liking that show. Also? The show I always meant to go back to, D-Day? She was really very good in the episodes I watched. Still Oh Hani, but very good.
This Life is Our First is a drama about the realities of modern youth in Korea. Lee Min Ki plays an odd duck (surprise! How do you think he’ll pull that off?), Jung So Min plays a girl who’s put aside love because she just can’t afford it in this economy, and the two together are reluctant roommates. While I’ve never been a fan of the forced cohabitation trope, this one, I’m not gonna lie, I’m looking forward to — and not just because of Lee Min Ki.
Although he doesn’t hurt.
While the show doesn’t have an official time slot yet, right now it’s being considered for sometime this fall which, if you think about it, is not that far away!
Welcome back Lee Min Ki, welcome back — we’ve missed you.