The K2 begins next week, and I am trying to temper my enthusiasm for the show since I haven’t even watched all of the trailers for it yet. (This is the Yong-pal writer, after all. I’m crossing my fingers that this show won’t run its story, cast, and crew into the ground under the live-shoot system.) But not getting my hopes up hasn’t worked out too well so far, so I figured I’d share them with you.
- A nod to the actual K2. For those of you who didn’t have a brief but intense read-all-the-mountaineering-disaster-books phase it was weird winter, okay?, K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world. It is also deadlier than the more famous Everest (K2 kills one person for every four who reach the top) and requires a lot more technical skill to climb. I want lots of cheesy metaphors about “the Savage Mountain” and being left behind to die (check out the 1986, 1995, and 2008 disasters) and political power and vengeance. I mean, why else would you pick this title if you weren’t going to go all in on this?
- Je-ha develops a soft and squishy center. Particularly when it comes to An-na. (Is her name a reference to Annapurna, the deadliest mountain in the world? I hope it is.) I want him to look at her with adoration when/if he falls for her. I want two damaged and betrayed people to fall in love, and I would be absolutely thrilled if he fell for her first. Please give this to me, please.
- Yoo-jin gets to terrify the shit out of people. I want her ambition to be cut-throat and ruthless. I want her to tolerate, or even have a grand villainous(?) partnership with, her presidential candidate husband. I want her smile to be enough that people piss their pants in fear. Powerful ladies are my catnip, friends. The last political kdrama I watched has some great ladies but focused mostly on the men—give me lots and lots and lots of Yoo-jin, please.
- An-na gets to be angry and seek revenge without being punished for it. I need more ladies in my entertainment who get to have “ugly”/ un-feminine emotions like hatred or vengeance without being punished for it in some way or deciding to give up on it halfway through so they can be the “right” kind of woman (AKA, a woman who is worthy of a man’s love). I want An-na to burn down the world if that’s what it takes for her to be satisfied—and I want her to be loved while she strikes the match.
Who else plans on trying The K2? What are your hopes for the show? Let me know in the comments!