To Watch or Not: “The Package” Episode 1 – 2 Review
JTBC’s new romance drama, “The Package” / 더 패키지, premiered on October 13th starring Lee Yeon-Hee and Jung Yong-Hwa as the two main leads. Lee Yeon-Hee plays travel guide Yoon So-So as she takes a group of varying characters, including San Ma-Roo (played by Jung Yong-Hwa), around France on a package tour. Read on to know if it’s worth sticking around for after the first week’s episodes:
1. The Scenery
This was one of the main reasons I added “The Package” of my shows to try out this month. While I’ve never been to France (desperately want to though), I’ve seen enough pictures to know it must be a beautiful country. The first episode opens with sky views of main attractions in Paris, and continues with the setting of many scenes throughout.
The show is almost worth watching just for the beautiful scenery and cobblestone streets alone.
2. Jung Yong-Hwa as San Ma-Roo
Ever since “You’re Beautiful”, I’ve been a fan of Jung Yong-Hwa in dramas. It’s been 3 years since he acted in “The Three Musketeers”, so I’m glad to finally have him back starring in a cute and fun drama like this one. San Ma-Roo is somewhat of a mystery to figure out personality wise. He’s kind of quirky (in a good way) and awkward, but you can tell by episode two that he’s intrigued and interested in Yoon So-So. Side-note…Blue is definitely a good color for him:
I really like his character so far, and am really curious as to his break-up story with his girlfriend.
3. The Multiple Character Story Lines
Besides So-So and Ma-Roo, we have six other characters (3 couples) in the travel group that all have mysterious backgrounds. Each of the couples act like they don’t care about each other, but secretly they’re speculating and curious as to why they are the way they are.
One is the young couple Kim Gyung-Jae (played by Choi Woo-Sik) and Han So-Ran (played by Ha Shi-Eun). Han So-Ran likes to gossip and seems to spend money on things she probably shouldn’t, while, Kim Gyung-Jae is more responsible with his money. I can’t tell yet if these two actually even like each other or want to be together.
Then we have the older couple, Oh Gab-Soo and Han Book-Ja, portrayed by Jeong Gyu-Su and Lee Ji-Hyun. The husband is one whom complains and gets angry anytime something doesn’t get his way. Book-Ja is the well-mannered wife who seems to have lived only for her husband, but wants to really live a little.
Finally, the most puzzling of the couples:
Na Hyun (actress Park Yoo-Na) is the young woman in this duo that no one can tell her age. And, Jung Yeon-Sung (actor Ryu Seung-Soo) is assumed, by the group, to be cheating on his wife with Na Hyun.
I’m so excited to see where each of these character’s paths lead and the background they came from.
4. Creepy Stalker Dude
We meet Yoon Park as he is getting out of jail and receives the address of a woman we find out later to be Yoon So-So. It’s clear So-So is running from him, possibly due to her stealing money in some fashion. Yoon Park comes across as somewhat angry and violent, but we really don’t know much else about him just yet.
5. The Light Humor
This drama teeters back and forth between drama and humor, and I love it! Choi Woo-Sik is the king of facial expressions in this drama. This ending scene from episode 2 where they’re running through the streets of Paris had me cracking up.
Overall, this drama has a little bit of everything so far: mystery, drama, romance, humor, and beautiful scenery. Honestly, I couldn’t even think of one reason not to continue tuning in for this show.
VERDICT: Watch. And thank me later. 🙂