Rating of “Kokdu: Season of Deity” starring Kim Jung Hyun plunged by half after the second episode, receiving negative feedback from the audience
It was, in fact, the writing, not the actor, that made the series less interesting this time.
“Kokdu: Season of Deity” is MBC’s new drama, marking the return of Kim Jung Hyun to the small screen, two years after his “manipulation” scandal. This is also the “reunion” between the actor and the broadcast station after he left his role in “Time,” well into the final stages of production.
Bofore its airing, the series received a lot of backlash from the audience with reasons that they could not accept to see him on the screen yet. Nonetheless, once the series was on air, it received a fairly good rating of 4.8%. Unfortunately, the figure dropped by half to 2.2% in the second episode. This time around, fans criticized the quality of the drama.
Not considering Kim Jung Hyun’s controversies, the writing of “Kokdu” alone was not up to par. After the first episode filled with humor and comedy, the succeeding one was criticized to be a “mixture of disaster” when the writing haphazardly combined different blockbuster tropes. Netizens said they could see the similarity between this drama and “Goblin,” “Mr.Queen,” “Doom at Your Service,” “My Love From the Star” and even “Chicago Typewriter.” What these series have in common is a shared theme of love across space-time dotted with sci-fi elements. It was the generic writing that could not retain the audience.
Several netizens’ comments:
- The second episode is better, the first one was a bit hasty and disjoined. Nonetheless, the script was not too boring and was somewhat interesting.
- The story, up to this point, is still a mess. I hope it gets better. It seems to be about reincarnation/love across time.
- The plot reminds me of a series of related dramas, such as “Goblin” and “Mr. Queen.”
“Kokdu: Season of Deity” tells the story of the Grim Reaper Kokdu (Kim Jung Hyun), who, after 99 years, comes to the realm of the living for 49 days to punish humans. In this journey to the living as Do Jin Woo, a surgeon at Pilsung hospital, he meets Han Gye Jeol (Im Soo Hyang), a physician who is looked down upon due to her academic background. Yet, she has a mysterious ability to give orders to Kokdu. They gradually develop feelings from that chance encounter.