MBC is aiming to improve their year of rating drought with East of Eden, a 50 episode story based on the development and changes in Korea from the 1960s to 2000s, spanning 40 years and the story of two men, who were born on the same day at the same time at the same hospital, and their crossed destiny and revenge. The story holds much familiarity with Korean audiences despite the clichéd storyline but that’s not enough to guarantee good ratings apparently, a huge star-studded cast is also present with the likes of Song Seung Hun, Park Hae Jin, Han Ji Hye, Lee Da Hae, Lee Yeon Hee and Dennis Oh headlining the list (but of course there are a large number of stars in the supporting list as well) so if this drama becomes another flop for MBC I’ll try really hard but my response would be “sucks to be you”. Still, current ratings have been steadily rising (11.3% episode 1 to 17.8% episode 2) so maybe MBC has a hit on their hands (pity if this monster wasn’t a hit).
I say all this but the war of ratings mean nothing, I don’t usually care, popular =/= good so I took all the anticipation with a grain of salt and decided to jump in thinking that East of Eden would be pure populist material (otherwise known as overrated crap) and well, when you jump into something with this frame of mind chances are you will be walking out satisfied. I did just that with the first two episodes of East of Eden and as expected, I left with my low expectations exceeded.
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