After all the Gu Family Book versus Jang Ok Jung: Live in Love excitement, I almost forgot the simple pleasures of You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin. Fortunately, it just takes one watch to pull me back in.
[Tangent: It’s kind of unfair that Gu Family and Jang Ok Jung have been set up as rivals. It’s strictly a timing thing — they’ve really got nothing in common. Once they’re done, and no longer connected by their airing dates, I doubt anyone will to link them together. It’ll be more Jang Ok Jung versus The Moon Embracing the Sun and Gu Family versus Arang and the Magistrate. Honestly, I’m enjoying them both at this point, for vastly different reasons. Though, Jang Ok Jung is more designed to float my particular boat.]
The last episode of Lee Soon Shin (episode 12), is chock full of finally’s. Which impresses the storyteller in me because it means they’ve got a lot more story to tell. Spoilers through ep. 12 to follow:
And finally, finally, finally we got some indication that Soon-shin has some acting chops.
I loved that they did more than have her read an emotional scene. It was her acting choice that impressed Mi-ryung (a choice I was so, so hoping Soon-shin would make when it got set up at the beginning). It was nice that people saw a basic likability in her, but I wanted something to hang a “she’s actually got talent” hat on. Show finally delivered. I am happy.