I was never sure what to make of the initial plot descriptions of The Best Hit. Initially billed as a drama about a former male idol and his son, it eventually became:
Yoo Hyun-Jae is a member of a popular idol group. He has a lot of fans and he is a scandal maker. Meanwhile, Lee Ji-Hoon is an aspiring singer. He pretends to be studying for his civil servant exam, but he is actually struggling to become an idol.
I was shocked to realise, as I watched the first four episodes this weekend, (I hadn’t seen any teasers or trailers) that both synopses were in fact true (I rather like the first one) and that it’s a time-slip drama. Yoon Shi Yoon is fantastic as Hyun Jae, an adorable, vain idol from the 90s who travels to 2017 by falling down some stairs during a typhoon. His attempts to make sense of the future are hilarious (such as speaking to voice assistance on mobile phones like it’s a real person) but also not too ridiculous – he’s not entirely befuddled but it’s all just a bit confusing.
In 2017, he’s hit by a car driven by Woo Seung, a woman studying for the civil service exam, with passengers Lee Ji Hoon and Drill (both idol trainees). Twenty years before, it was Hyun Jae’s car, but one day he disappeared and was assumed dead. Lee Ji Hoon, we can presume from the first four episodes (they have the same watch, they look similar, etc. etc.), is his son.
Woo Seung is a wonderful character. Ready to break computers in half out of anger at her boyfriend-stealing friend, she jumps through the air to catch food she drops and sleeps comfortably in a box while studying. All she wants is a stable life, not the one of owing friends and her mother flitting from man to man that she’s always had to deal with. Because Ji Hoon is more interested in being an idol than the civil service exam that his father (Gwang Jae, head of a small entertainment company that used to work with Hyun Jae in the 90s and played by Cha Tae Hyun) wants him to study for, Woo Seung takes his classes under his name. Lee Ji Hoon likes Woo Seung but has never confessed.
Several things happen, and Hyun Jae steals back his old car, with Woo Seung and all of her belongings inside. He leaves her behind at a rest stop, and she returns to Ji Hoon’s house seething with anger at the weird-dressing thief. At the end of episode 4, Hyun Jae returns to what was once his home… where Lee Ji Hoon, Drill and Woo Seung now secretly share a room and are each angry with him for various reasons…
I never expected that this would be the most enthralling drama I’m watching but I just can’t wait until more episodes next week. Well done, writers and Yoo PD!