One of the underdogs of dramas that have premiered recently, Reunited Worlds is a pleasant surprise with excellent pacing, amazing cast, and fantasy elements that add a layer of intrigue and melancholy.
If you thought Yeo Jin Goo was done with dramaland, you’re greatly mistaken because the boy is on a roll, practically delving into new and unconventional material, offering him unique roles that are turning him into an actor that can do just about anything.
Reunited Worlds centres around childhood friends Sung Hae Sung (Yeo Jin Goo) and Jung Jung Won (Jung Chae Yeon) but through various flashbacks it becomes evident that Sung Hae Sung died while Jung Jung Won has grieved and pinned for him for 12 years, even choosing to pursue a profession in culinary arts because it was once Hae Sung’s dream but has managed to move on in life without her closest friend.
In the present, Jung Jung Won (Lee Yeon Hee) is 31 years-old, running away from loan sharks while working at a restaurant under the supervision of Chef Cha Min Joon (Ahn Jae Hyun) who has feelings for her despite her obliviousness to it. Meanwhile, Sung Hae Sung seems to have ‘awaken’ from death, and struggles to connect with his friends who are all adults, while coming to terms with a reality vastly different from his youthful days.
There’s plenty of supernatural moments that add a good amount of mystery, with Sung Hae Sung’s awakening occurring on the same day as a comet or shooting star in the sky and he instantly heals from fatal wounds. He isn’t a ghost either, since he’s visible to everyone and can be touched, so it bids the question – what happened to him? Did he even die?
I checked out the first two episodes and loved every moment, especially the chemistry between Yeo Jin Goo and Jung Chae Yeon. They’re both so natural and comfortable with each other that I’m shipping it in real life or hope a Director out there is watching and will pair the two of them up for a romantic high school/college drama. The supporting cast is no joke either…if I say exactly who is in it, I might ruin the surprise hehe.
I like how Kdramaland is experimenting with fantasy elements and this is one that seems to have a strong sense of friendship and family a part of it’s integral story. I’m also trying to mentally prepare myself for the sad romantic story-line that will most likely develop – two people who were meant to be together never could, and now life is playing a cruel joke on them *sniffles & wipes her snot*
I’m also interested to see how this odd love triangle will unfold and what sparked Sung Hae’s return to the real world. I suggest anyone give this a try, it might be one of your favourite mid-week dramas. So far so good, so why not? It’s captivating so far.
Release Date: July 19, 2017 SBS