I have high hopes coming into this series because: (1) I like The Producers and this was marketed as a drama with the same feel. (2) Cha Tae-hyun never failed me with his previous works. So, did it meet Maknae’s expectations?
Character introductions and world building could be boring if the storytelling wasn’t done right. But The Best Hit‘s pilot episode had me laugh and empathize with the characters on the get go. All those 90s scenes have a Reply series vibe but is different in some ways. The series also managed to show glimpses on the lives of the main characters as well as their aspirations without being too overwhelming.
The main protagonist Yoo Hyun-Jae (Yoon Si-Yoon) didn’t have much “actual” scene on the episode but I like how the present lives of the other characters somehow revolves around him.
The disappearance of this 90s idol superstar affected the future lives of small entertainment company CEO Lee Gwang-Jae (Cha Tae-hyun) and former singer Hong Bo-Hee (Yoon Son-ha). The family picture scene with Lee Soon-Tae (Lee Deok-Hwa) was an hilarious way of introducing their interesting family dynamics.
It was sort of the theme for the whole episode as Gwang-jae’s son, Lee Ji-hoon (Kim Min-jae) as well as the female lead, Choi Woo-Seung (Lee Se-young), were thrown into droll situations but were equally successful on making its audience root for them.
It is the same even with the series’ antagonist, Park Young-Jae (Hong Kyung-Min). His over-the-top portrayal of an idol-turned-successful-CEO cracked me up. Now I’m not sure if I would be annoyed with him as the story progresses or I would just laughed off his antics.
Maknae’s first impression
Given that this is Tae-hyun and 1N2D PD-nim Yoo Ho-jin’s first try in a full-length drama, the pilot episode is quiet impressive. All comic scenes were on point and the characters, including the supporting cast, were all intriguing. But there were also moments in this episode where one would feel for the characters’ misfortunes. Now I wonder if this slice-of-life drama would sustain its engrossing debut.
p.s. There is cameos galore in this episode and I think there would be a lot more celebrity cameos in the coming episodes.