A lot of expectations were set on new JTBC drama Sisyphus: The Myth — it stars the amazing Jo Seung Woo (Stranger, The Classic), it also stars one of the most popular Korean actresses, Park Shin Hye, the concept looks interesting with merging science and fantasy and it airs on current It channel JTBC. Like everyone else, I went into it with hopes of a great ride and after the first two episodes, I can say that I had a good time. It’s not without flaws but the show is intriguing and surely makes me want to know more.
Jo Seung Woo plays Han Tae Sul, a genius engineer, whose life changed after his brother Han Tae San died a few years ago. One day, he finds some evidence which points towards some shady business regarding Tae San’s death. Elsewhere, Kang Seo Hae (Park Shin Hye) comes to Seoul from some mysterious place (or time?) and she is determined to find Tae Sul and inform him to not open a certain suitcase, which would lead to threat to his life.
I’m definitely curious about what is going on in the world of this drama. There are mysterious objects and people all around. There is also a creepy vibe due to the unexplained events happening one after the other — like the weird reason for the plane accident, the ominous suitcase, the large number of unknown personnel going after the hero and the heroine, the photo featuring the main duo together, in a wedding shoot, no less.
It’s also quite funny and odd to see Jo Seung Woo showing so many expressions, after the two seasons of Stranger (aka Forest Of Secrets). I also want to find out about Seo Hae — who is she? Where has she come from? Is she human or robot or a supernatural being? I did like her scenes with Sun (Chae Jong Hyup) as they were funny and cute.
I did have to suspend my disbelief in few scenes, but that did not bother me when I considered the bigger picture. I’m okay as long as the rules of fantasy are well established and followed. Also, the seemingly dangerous control bureau was so easy to defeat, LOL. The show did remind me of the Hollywood movie The Matrix (1999).
The soundtrack looks good, especially the song played during the end credits.
All in all, the premiere week was a nice watch and I’m looking forward to the upcoming episodes.