Entertainer drama stars Ji Sung and Hyeri. It’s a story of betrayal and sweet revenge (I’m assuming the sweet revenge part) which takes place in the cutthroat Korean music industry. To be perfectly honest, I’m watching this for Oppa Ji Sung especially after his mega successful Kill Me, Heal Me which is one of my favorite dramas of all time.
I’m not yet totally sold on this drama but Oppa, I’m watching this for you!
Entertainer Drama Trailer
This made me excited about Show. Ji Sung is such a hoot!
Entertainer Drama Summary
While the teasers of Show are very lighthearted and quite funny, the actual plot of Entertainer is actually rather heavy.
Suk-Ho (Ji-Sung) is a director for one of the top talent and entertainment companies in Korean. He knows how to play the game and doesn’t think twice about hurting other people to get the job done. He loses it all one day though and faces ruin.
Ha-Neul (Kang Min-Hyuk) was a model student who gets caught up in a sexual offense case. The courts decide his guilt and he is sent off to a juvenile detention center. Geu-Rin (Hye-Ri) is his loyal and staunch guardian.
Our three main characters go on a difficult journey together to overcome their miserable situations.
Entertainer Drama Trivia
Did you know that Park Bo-Gum turned down this drama? As of writing, he’s riding a popularity wave due to his highly successful Answer Me 1998. If he had taken this role, he’d have reunited with Hye Ri. He was courted as one of Suk-Ho’s trainees.
Park Shin-Hye makes a cameo appearance in Episode 3. If you’re a fan (like I am!), this is something to look forward to!
Entertainer comes from Yoo Young-A, the writer of No Breathing, My Paparotti, and Miracle in Cell No. 7. I loved all these dramas so I’m rooting for the writing.
Entertainer Drama Initial Impression
Show is currently airing and I’ve only watched two episodes but I’m not yet sold on Show. It reminded me a bit of Goodbye Mr. Black wherein I chafed at the set-up episodes. Happily, I paused (and stretched) much much less with Entertainer compared to Black and at the end of Episode 2, I REALLY wanted to watch the third episode already.
I’m not yet enthralled by the drama but here’s a few reasons why I’m going to keep watching:
Ji Sung is LOVE
Even when I was cursing Ji-Sung’s character, I was simultaenously hypnotized by his perfect features and awesome acting. Just don’t suck, script, and I’ll keep watching.
Suk-Ho’s character surprised me at the end of Episode 2
I had written off Suk-Ho to be the usual opportunistic guy with no redeeming qualities. However, little hints slip through until it is confirmed in his confrontation scene with Ha-Neul and Geu-Rin that Suk-Ho actually did have his good traits.
He genuinely cared for the Jackson group having discovered them, fed and clothed them with his own money, and made them stars through his efforts. He even gets called naive and as the drama goes on, we do realize that Suk-Ho has a surprising streak of naivete and innocence. He just learned to play the game, is all.
Most importantly, he gets it. Like he told his last remaining friend, what goes around, comes around. Suk-Ho gets it that he is simply reaping the rewards of his misdeeds in the past.
I want to see the good guys slay it
And since they’re doing it with music, then all the better! I love music-oriented shows.
I’m also quite relieved that Suk-Ho has a Scooby Doo gang, or at least, a couple of friends left. It helps that I like Min-Joo actress Chae Jung-An a lot.
On the cautionary side, here’s a few reasons for my reservatons:
- Hye-Ri keeps crying that it’s getting me annoyed (though I loved her in Seonam Girls High School Investigators; her, not the Show which turned out to be a bust)
- Not yet invested in Ha-Neul. His dour character isn’t too endearing yet.
- Not sure how I feel about the Suk-Ho and Geu-Rin pairing despite all the halos and effects during the VERY cliche bike near-accident.
Will Show get better? Or worse? I want to be able to say at the end of this drama that I watched for everybody and everything, not just for Ji Sung oppa.
Dramaland, don’t disappoint us (yet again)!
My love to you,