I love the second teaser released by Mystery Queen—sure, it’s not as eccentric as the first, but as a huge fan of Modern Family and Parks And Rec, I enjoyed the mockumentary feel as both main characters complained about each other to the cameraman. The plot of the upcoming KBS drama is about mysteryholic ajumma Choi Kang-hee (Dazzling Temptation) who partners up with gruff-and-tough street cop Kwon Sang-woo (Temptation) to solve a string of strange cases.
For most of the teaser, they’re interviewed separately about each other, and boy, do they have a lot to say. At first, when the camera pans in Choi Kang-hee’s direction, she smiles shyly and adjusts her hair for her shoot, adorably showing a slight hint of nervousness, but that soon disappears once we get her started on the topic of her partner: “I have never seen a wacko like that in my entire life. He speaks roughly and attacks your feelings. And he keeps saying he knows everything just by looking! And he looks like a gangster! Detectives aren’t the only ones who know how to investigate.”
Her rant is intercut with Kwon Sang-woo’s, who appears after ducking through a barrier of yellow caution tape. He clearly doesn’t believe she deserves to be on the case, and continues to rant about how just because she found a few leads doesn’t mean she belongs there. He says: “Honestly, that lady… I don’t know how that lady keeps guessing things right, but investigation happens in the field! You just have to look [at her], and you know [she doesn’t belong here]. Ajumma, you could die this way! Those American dramas have ruined everybody.”
In the middle of his impassioned grumblings about Choi Kang-hee, Kwon Sang-woo is handed a folder by the person behind the camera who tells him that all of her deductions about the case were correct. He checks the papers himself in disbelief, muttering, “Does this ajumma have supernatural visions? How did she guess that?” He almost misses Choi Kang-hee as she sneaks onto the crime scene behind him, but he sees her and gives chase. Their petty complaints about each other remind me of a cute old bickering couple, and if that’s the direction this is going in, it’s definitely going to be a drama on my spring radar.
In the recently revealed poster, the two partners sit side by side with their respective weapons: “King of Instincts” Kwon Sang-woo armed with his gun, and “Queen of Mystery” Choi Kang-hee armed with a stack of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novels to her side. This latest poster is such a stark contrast from the first couple which had a darker, more haunting vibe. So with the two different types of teasers and different styles for the posters, I’m curious to see how the balance of comedy and mystery will play out in the drama.
KBS Wednesday-Thursday drama Mystery Queen will begin airing on April 5, after Chief Kim finishes its run.