Get ready to laugh your hearts out and root for a different kind of romance as Mr. Queen korean drama establishes a royally fun & new kind of must-watch weekly programming!🎎
Of course no Joseon kdrama will be complete without a power struggle between two sides and the King, despite supposedly being the most powerful man in the country, is merely a puppet to his royal advisors. It’s a classic plot that no matter how you spin it, these aspects are always going to be predictable in a period show. Mr. Queen kdrama manages to inject new life into the classics though by having a body switching magic enchant viewers as the soul of a 21st century male chef inhabit the Queen’s body. To be honest, I was skeptical at first on whether or not I’d like the show but it’s turning out to be such a delight to watch, hehe!
The show is already halfway in its run but I’ll try not to give away too much spoilers. A renowned male chef, Jang Bo Hwan, has been fired from his job and falsely accused of shipping illegal ingredients. He tries to buy himself some time from police who requests his presence at the precinct but ends up falling into a swimming pool from his hotel room balcony. When he wakes up, he bizarrely finds himself not just in a new body, but also in a completely different year (Hello Joseon era)! His soul has somehow possessed the body of the upcoming Queen to the throne, Kim So Yong, and he tries his best to survive the cutthroat world of deceit and corruption that plagues any period dynasty.
As he tells the King or his (her) husband, King Cheoljong, that everything is not what it seems, Chef Jang learns that history books also didn’t record the whole truth of who he was and gets caught in the midst of a palpable tension between two opposing sides of power: Kim vs. Jo family. Mr. Queen korean drama is quirky and fun with Chef Jang portraying Kim So Yong as the opposite of how a Queen ought to act — casual, rebellious, spewing out English words, and unladylike, haha! He uses his knowledge of this period to curry the favor of the Grand Queen Dowager by cooking for her while at the same time figuring out a way to go back to his own time and body. The King is actually seeking revenge for his family who the Kim’s killed in the past and at first despises the Queen but with Chef Jang possessing her body, Cheoljong finds himself drawn to her (or him, haha) and gives her the benefit of the doubt.
I don’t know how to feel about the Chef possessing Kim So Yong because it’s him acting in an unpredictable manner and unknowingly making the King like her, haha! It’s still not truly Kim So Yong who is making the decisions and acting differently, I would have preferred if both of their souls (Chef Jang & Queen So Yong) were struggling inside her body😅 That way, she’d still have an influence in the new & wacky attitude that she is showing to the King. It’s like the King is falling in love with Chef Jang so if her soul goes back to her body, I doubt she’ll act like how Chef has been acting. The only fix that I can think of is that the latter is the Queen’s incarnation in another life. It’s a stretch but I can accept that because their romance is quite funny and heartwarming to watch, hehe.
Aside from the scheming, plotting, and identity crisis (haha) occurring in the show, Mr. Queen korean drama is one of the more unique period shows I’ve watched in awhile. Shin Hye Sun is doing such a fantastic job as Kim So Yong who is a man trapped inside a woman’s body. I love how I don’t have any idea how the show can wrap things up because it’s such an unpredictable plot and I wouldn’t have it any other way!😁