The great Wife, Episodes 1-2: A Remake Done AppropriateWritten by skill of Laverne On July 12, 2016South Korean remakes of yankdisplays takeat all times come beneath intense scrutiny by globalfanatics and The Excellent Wife is not any exception. Fans of the normal were worried about the total lot from casting to plot, wondering how the Korean edition would deal with things. Which arcs would be omitted? Would the Kalinda identical retain her bisexuality? How would the tale of Alicia Florrick be remodeled by its new context of Korean society?
Its the closingquerythis isin particularappealing and it will also be argued that framing the tale of Alicia Florrick Kim Hye-kyung, played by Jeon Do-yeon in a Korean context makes the story even more compelling. In a society which emphasizes long paintings hours and seniority, how can a lady who has been out of the work force for over a decade compete? Especially when she is older than the colleagues she is in direct pageant with. Of course, things are even extracomplex by the well known sexual and political scandal of her husband and the chance of being a unmarriedmom to two teenage children.
While the primary two episodes of The Sensible Wife observethe yank version moderately closely, the series mightstart to diverge later on, especially as the writers should condense seven seasons value of subject matter into 16 episodes (with lately no plans for further seasons).
Please note the the subsequent review is according to having watched the yankee version of The Nice Wife in its entirety. As such, there is also spoilers.
Our heroine, Kim Hye-kyung, is a housewife who is thrust into the personnel after her husband is embroiled in a sexual scandal. Jeon Do-yeon is fantastic as Hye-kyung, portraying her with a degree of complexity no longerceaselesslyobserved in K-dramas. She balances Hye-kyungs being crushed amongst a sophisticated assertiveness that starts to grow to be more forceful as the episodes progress. This assertiveness is vital every bit Hye-kyung navigates either tricky prisonscenariosand private vendettas by those thatwant to manipulate her. Even though Hye-kyung knows the law, so as to live to inform the talethose shark infested waters, she would have towas adept at the games played by other attorneys.
Seo Joong-won (Yoon Kye-sang) and Search engine marketing Myung-hee (Kim Seo-hyung) Will Gardner and Diane Lockheart are siblings who run a company founded by their father. Both actors galvanizeand simplyembrace their characters; Joong-won and Myung-hee are right away identifiable as their respective opposite numbersprior to the displayofficially introduces them. Myung-hees commanding presence and intelligence shine viathank you to Kim Seo-hyung and contrasts with Joong-wons easy-going yet sharply intuitive character.
Joong-wons naturalness with Hye-kyung is refreshing especially as he'sthe nearest thing Hye-kyung has to a confidante. Her vulnerability in the elevator was onceanything that may justsimplesttake place with him and it is going to exist intriguing to look how The Good Wife handles their approaching affair. . . or if the affair will occur at all.
Speaking of affairs, Hye-kyungs cheating husband, Lee Tae-joon (Yoo Ji-tae), rounds out the majorforged as a a success prosecutor who faces corruption fees after videos of his sexual infidelity spreads. His ambiguity is provocative as the viewer doesnt know where he stands. He admits to the infidelity but refutes the corruption charges. Yet it's fardifficult to agree with Tae-joon isn'tresponsible when he continues to orchestrate occasions from prison, even going so some distance asto drag strings to lend a hand Hye-kyung get her consumer some semblance of justice.
Which begs the question, what are Hye-kyungs morals? She obviously has no preferenceto damage the law, but has no trouble with her husband bending it when it matches her. This uncertainty is what made the original Alicia an engaging character, especially when she defended customers that glaringly had committed the serious crimes they were accused of. Will Hye-kyung pass down the similartrail or navigate things differently?
The last two characters of importance in these first two episodes are David Lee (Cha Soon-bae) and Kim Dan (Nana). David Lee was by chance hilarious in the original as a pessimistic divorce attorney who excelled at his job. Whilst he gained only quick of screen-time in the 1st two episodes, the displays nod in opposition to the original prove with Soon-bae literally dressed as the satan was comical and entertaining.
Of larger importance, though, is Kim Dan, the corporations investigator. Nana, in her first drama role, was strangelyrelaxing as the mysterious investigator and played neatly off Do-yeons Hye-kyung. Dans maximum interesting scene, however, was one without Hye-kyung in which The Good Wife all but showed Dans non-heterosexuality.
As discussed earlier, Dans American counterpart, Kalinda, is bisexual. Many fans werent certain that the show would leave this facet of her identity in. Of course, Dan may additionally turn out to be a lesbian as a substitute of bisexual, but it form of feels The Good Wife needsto stick true to the original, creating a bisexual Dan a lot more likely.
The first two episodes of The nice Wife remain very similar to the original show but this doesnt mean that the remainder of the series will continue to do so. Already, it sounds as if husband Tae-joon is taking a far more active role. And with a condensed quantity of episodes, the plot will must be rushed along. What other demanding situations volition Hye-kyung face? Will she finally finish up in an affair with Joong-won? And how will the parties of The Good Wife be reinterpreted in a context that suits Korean society?
Whichever direction the show comes to a decision to go, something is for sure: with tvN at the back of this remake, anything of The Good Wife will certainly be worth watching.
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