Korean Drama Review: Jumong

Makes me want to learn archery…

Well, after 81 episodes, 6 months, and oodles of melodrama Jumong is finally done

!  (This drama originally aired in Korea in 2006.) I have been borrowing this from the local library and had to wait between discs a lot, sometimes even forgetting what was going on in the show.  As one of the most watched and most loved shows in Korea I had to watch it.  I’m glad I did too, even  if I fell asleep a lot and fast forwarded quite a bit.  Haha…  I didn’t know what I was in for when I first started.  I only knew that it was a historical drama and was very popular.  I didn’t even know how LONG it was!  Aigoo!  It’s actually a relief to be done.  It’s a challenge to really summarize this series – so I’ll make it pretty brief. (SPOILER ALERT.  Of course, if you don’t plan to watch this, or you have any knowledge of Korean history it probably doesn’t matter.)

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Coming (back) to America!

Daniel Henney is someone that I’ve been following for awhile now.  He was born and raised in the Mid-West United States (like me!) and is somehow a huge star in Korea.  (O_o)  It helps though, if your mom is Korean and you are very handsome.

Evidence:

Daniel (as featured in Cosmo)

Daniel (as featured in Cosmo)

I first spotted him in My Name is Kim Sam-Soon and fell head over heels in fandom.  So, I’ve followed him in his other various acting bits (My Father, Seducing Mr. Robinson) and have watched his Korean get better with each new attempt.  Something else that amazes me!  He does all this and isn’t even fluent in the language!  It gives some courage to a girl trying to go back to school and become at least profficient in a language enough to get by over there.  So, imagine my surprise while I was watching tv (gasp!) last night and I spotted him in a promo for Three Rivers that’s premiering this fall.  I planned to at least watch the pilot because Alex O’Laughlin is starring in it and I miss seeing him in Moonlight.  The television masters always seem to cancel my favorite shows. That’s probably why I don’t watch that much American television, the stuff that does appeal to me ends before they finish the story line even.  At least in Asia they plan for a show to be one season, have a beginning, a middle and an end.  If it was REALLY good and REALLY popular they extend it and create separate story lines that could stand alone if need be.   It got me excited enough to dream about him last night.  Can’t remember much, just that he was there.  All I can hope for is that the show does well so two of my favorite actors get a chance to shine and show America what they’ve got.  Now, if I could just find a way to sneak on set. . .