K-Drama Premiere: “Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency” Kites In Viewers To A Joseon Set Intertwining Love Tale
It looks like romance could be as adorable as complicated in jTBC’s new offering Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency.
Finally making its anticipated kickoff, Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency did not waste time introducing its main characters. Adding to that, it established the given patented groundwork staple for historical dramas.
Premiere Week Rating:
Scoring 4.2% and 3.7% nationwide viewership ratings, the newest jTBC offering secured an impressive premiere week.
The relatively young cast of Kim Min Jae, Seo Ji Hoon, Gong Seung Yeon, Park Ji Hoon, Byun Woo Suk and Go Won Hee have officially made their entrance along with the overview of the plot trajectory.
Premiere Week Recap
Living as a son of a blacksmith, Lee Soo (Seo Ji Hoon) does not have any big dreams, except being together with Gae Ddong (Gong Seung Yeon). Wanting only the best wedding for the woman he has long cherished in his heart, Lee Soo seeks the help of Flower Crew, a marriage match-making agency in Joseon.
Manned by Ma Hoon (Kim Min Jae) – the smart one; Go Young Soo (Park Ji Hoon) – the cute one; and Do Joon (Byun Woo Suk) – the one who lives at the moment, Flower Crew has a record breaking match-making success rate in Joseon.
However, in one of their commissioned job they stumble on a hiccup because of a woman. That same woman turns out to be Gae Ddong, a jane-of-all-trade who takes on a lot of part-time jobs. Needing money to find her brother, her only solace is the thought that Lee Soo is always there for him.
Fearless at almost anything, Gae Ddong has long learned to fend for herself. She only fears the rain and the sound of thunderstorm and lightning. In moments when she is trapped on the situation she fears most, Lee Soo always comes to his rescue.
Reluctant to accept Lee Soo’s marriage proposal, she honestly expressed how troubled her life is. Moved by Lee Soo’s warm words to share her burden, Gae Ddong finally yields.
For days, Lee Soo tries to convince the Flower Crew to make his marriage possible with Gae Ddong, but to no avail. Through his sincerity, Ma Hoon finally relents and even offered a good deal for the payment, instead of taking a memento left by his mother.
To the Flower Crew’s surprise, the brazen woman Lee Soo wants to marry is Gae Ddong. The show must go on and a lavish marriage ceremony was prepared for them.
On the day of the wedding, Lee Soo goes back to his house to retrieve the pin. Rushing back to the venue set up by the Flower Crew, it suddenly rains which made him worry about his bride.
Unexpectedly, a group of warriors took him and his swordman father failed to stop the abduction. Chaos ensues when the groom went missing which lead to Gae Ddong helplessly chase after her groom aimlessly.
Frequenting the government office in the hopes of getting news about her missing groom, Gae Ddong is often put on a situation where Ma Hoon helps him out of her predicament.
Apparently, Lee Soo is a son of the Kingdom’s deceased King. In the dying moments of the late King, the Crown Prince who return to the palace was also assassinated.
Lee Soo’s father, a trusted man of the late King gave an order to keep his son away from the grueling palace world. He wishes for his son to grow up enjoying the simple joys of life. However, with no heir to ascend the throne, one of the government ministers who knows of Lee Soo’s existence drafts a plan to outwit the opposing political faction.
Acclimatizing to his new role, Lee Soo declines the bribes prepared by Minister Ma (Park Ho San), who is also Ma Hoon’s father. Adamant to make the new King yield to his presence, he orders to kill Gae Ddong to resolve Lee Soo’s stubbornness.
At night, the assassins surround Gae Ddong’s place. Luckily, Ma Hoon who arrives to where she is senses something wrong and leads her to hide. At the same moment, Lee Soo escapes the palace to see the bride he left behind.
Premiere Week Afterthoughts
Presenting a decent foundation for the plot, Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency commences to a slew of routes explaining future possibilities and side stories.
Although, I find opportunities to improve its narration, I will be more understanding since the writer-PD tandem are both rookies.
Blending humor especially to the fillers seem a not so good idea in making a cohering plot transition. More so, the classic storytelling approach may be safe, but the lack of variety and plot fluctuations made me watch the episodes without much emotional attachment and afterthoughts.
Palace life for Lee Soo will never be a flower path that we are sure of. With contending official camps that is expected. The estranged relationship of Ma father-and-son appears to be going for more complicating scenarios with Lee Soo in between.
I think the male leads are yet to perfectly settle on their roles well, but I’m confident that they will get there. To be honest, Seo Ji Hoon and Byun Woo Suk have immersed on their characters well. They have already established a distinct demeanor to their roles. As for the female leads, as the story unravels, given their known winning performances, they would ultimately fuse well with the King and the matchmakers.
Notably, the scenes where Lee Soo proposed to Gae Ddong and where she also cited her reason why she can be a good female matchmaker are the lingering moments for me in the drama’s premiere week.
Having an interesting plot, I fervently hope for the excitement to be more vibrant in the next episodes. It would be a waste not to see the envisioned beauty of the story and the characters set to move inside it.
Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency airs on jTBC every Monday and Tuesday.
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