Published on July 22nd, 2016 | by porninja0
First Impressions: W — Two Worlds
It’s good, it’s sooo good. Lee Jong Suk has a certain knack for picking dramas (School 2013, I Hear Your Voice, Pinocchio, to name a few) and he’s proven it once again in MBC’s latest Wednesday-Thursday fantasy drama, W — Two Worlds. At a mere two episodes in, it might be a little too early to say, but you know what, I’ll just go ahead and say it: This has all the makings of a winner. With Nine’s and Queen In Hyun’s Man’s writer helming this, you can bet that this will be a fast-paced and gripping story with twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat — served with a side of romance, naturally.
The premise is a little out of this world (ha) but which supernatural suspense story isn’t? Oh Yeon Joo, played by Han Hyo Joo, is a 20-something surgeon who mysteriously finds herself sucked into the pages of her dad’s hit webtoon, W. In the world of W, Kang Chul (played by Jong Suk) reigns. A former Olympic champ and a self-made trillionaire, he seems to have it all — except for the curious fact that someone keeps trying to kill him.
Ah, that’s the work of Yeon Joo’s webtoon artist father, who’s terrified that W has taken on a whole life of its own and is trying to end it once and for all by killing off its titular hero. But Yeon Joo won’t let that happen, somehow transporting time and time again into the pages of W in order to prevent Kang Chul’s death.
When the drama was being teased prior to its airing, I was interested to see how it would straddle both universes — the real world vs the webtoon world of W — convincingly and make me invested. If you’re aware that something isn’t real, wouldn’t the stakes be lower because you know that you’ll wake up and all that bad stuff will just magically go away? In this case, why would Yeon Joo be concerned about Kang Chul’s welfare when as far as she knows, he’s simply a work of fiction? Not only is W — Two Worlds shot stylishly, but the writer (and actors) is doing a fantastic job selling the story and all the drama happening in W’s world comes across as believable to me simply because our comic book hero believes it to be real.
But just how exactly are Yeon Joo and Kang Chul linked and why are the barriers between the two of them breaking down? What triggers Yeon Joo’s travelling into another dimension and will the reverse happen in the future? I trust that the drama is in good hands and that all our answers will be revealed in due time. Now… is it next week already?!