When I saw this still today of Lee Dong Gun as Darth Vader wielding a lightsaber, I thought to myself, I surrender. Because it’s not like there’s a shortage of dramas this cycle, what with the Heirs juggernaut being only the tip of the drama iceberg. But Mirae’s Choice (or Marry Him If You Dare) has surely but steadily snuck up on me. First there was the news of Lee Dong Gun’s comeback, and the premise of a time-travelling rom-com on our hands. Well and good, but hardly must-watch material.
Then the promos starting trickling in earnest. And I saw this:
Oh the hair! That dress! Karaoke! THE HAIR! Is the show poking fun at Yoon Eun Hye’s idol past? Look at her really feeling that tune like no tomorrow. Whatever the case, YEH is not one to shy away from owning the less-than-pretty and I love that about her. She would embrace the hideous perm and wear it with pride.
Buttoned up and Brylcream-ed Mr Brooks Brothers swinging his lightsaber with that deadly serious expression, makes it even better! I’m going to be watching the drama for this scene alone, suffice to say. I’ll overlook the fact that he’s not wearing the helmet and using the wrong coloured lightsaber (it should be red).
As for the content of the show, all the leads work in broadcast TV which is prime territory for some snarky side-eye meta, or some frenzied what-would-Anthony-do moments, both of which I love.
Or maybe not. Who cares? I’m already sold on this.
Aside from Vader, and the time-travel–future Mi Rae travels back in time to warn her younger self against marrying Vader–it’s also got an earnest pursue your dreams angle which I do also love. There’s also what looks to be a love quadrangle involving said leads and Jung Yong Hwa’s chaebol-in-disguise Se-Joo and Han Chae-Ah’s ambitious reporter Yoo Kyung. If it needs another selling point, it’s by the screenwriter of King 2 Hearts (which I didn’t finish, but alot of people seemed to enjoy) and a PD of whose track record I know nothing.
A second preview dropped too. It’s cute but unfortunately, no Vader!
Mirae’s Choice / Marry Him if You Dare
Episodes : 16
Starts: October 14
Broadcast Company: KBS
Cast: Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Dong Gun, Jung Yong Hwa, Han Chae-Ah