The new Friday-Saturday drama “Revenant” has made a captivating debut, showcasing the powerful performance of lead actress Kim Taeri. Written by Kim Eun-hee, directed by Lee Jung-rim, and produced by Studio S and BA Entertainment, this supernatural drama has already garnered significant attention.
Premiere Ratings and Reception:
The first episode of “Revenant” achieved impressive ratings, with 10.8% for households in the Seoul metropolitan area, 9.9% nationwide, and a peak of 12.8%. Securing the top spot among programs in the same time slot and on Fridays, the drama made a phenomenal start. In the key demographic of viewers aged 20-49, it garnered a rating of 4.1%.
Engaging Plot and Folklore Elements:
“Revenant” presents a tight and suspenseful storyline that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The drama incorporates intriguing folklore elements as clues, including a red mask, jade hairpin, black rubber band, blue porcelain shard, wooden clog, and gold thread. These elements contribute to the unique Korean paradigm within the occult genre.
Kim Taeri delivers a captivating performance as the lead character, Go San-young. Her portrayal is sincere and authentic, especially as she transforms into a revenant, emanating a chilling aura. Additionally, Oh Jung-se’s portrayal of Professor Yeom Hae-sang, a character fearlessly exploring the value of folklore despite being labeled as a “crazy professor who sees ghosts,” is commendable.
Episode 1 – Plot Overview:
In “Revenant,” the story begins with Go San-young (played by Kim Tae-ri) witnessing a ghost controlled by someone who had lost their life due to a possessed mask, to the gripping ending, the episode kept viewers on the edge of their seats with its tight and suspenseful storyline.
San-young headed to the funeral parlor following the news of her presumed deceased father, Go Gang-mo. However, she discovered that her mother, Gyeong-moon, had concealed the fact of their divorce and lied to her, claiming that her father had died in an accident. To make matters worse, her mother emotionally revealed the only memento left by her father, provoking intense emotions. Although San-young felt frustrated by her mother’s actions and the unanswered questions regarding her father’s existence, she refrained from probing further due to her mother’s weak heart.
San-young’s life continued to be filled with perplexing and chaotic situations the next day. While delivering food to a construction site, she encountered Yeom Hae-sang, who had come to identify cultural artifacts. Having met him in front of the funeral parlor the day before, he bluntly asked, “Are you Professor Go Gang-mo’s daughter?” This time, he reproached her, saying, “Is that how you treat a father who’s been gone for fifteen years?” San-young, bewildered by the strange man who seemed to know her family history, struggled to process the situation.
As the story progresses, San-young will find herself gradually unraveling the mysteries hidden within her family’s secrets, as well as encountering supernatural phenomena that indicate the presence of sinister forces. The tension is expected to intensify as the truth behind her father’s disappearance and the secrets of the possessed mask are revealed.
With its compelling performances, unique plot, and skillful portrayal of suspense, “Revenant” has left viewers eagerly awaiting the upcoming episodes. The drama not only entertains but also deepens the audience’s understanding of Korean folklore and the supernatural elements woven into the story.