KBS 2TV’s Wednesday-Thursday drama “Gaksital,” expected to be the greatest hit drama this year, got off a good start on May 30 with colorful spectacles and excellent story development, captivating viewers. It ranked highest in viewers’ ratings when the first episode was aired in comparison with other programs during the same period of time.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research, a viewer rating research agency, Gaksital’s first episode recorded the highest 12.7 percent (on the basis of national viewer rating), 2.2 percent points higher than MBC and 5.1 percent points higher than SBS.
The first episode began with a funeral ceremony for an official, Lee Gong, which captured the viewers with brilliant video images and actions. Then viewers encountered Mokdan (Jin Se-yeon), who threw stones at the coffin and was chased by the policemen, Gaksital, who suddenly appeared and rescued Mokdan and Lee Gang-to, a detective at Chongno police station, who chased the two persons, was broadcast in speedy development.
Viewers were impressed by Kang-to who expressed his anger to see his brother Gangsan , who once was clever but had become a fool, being teased on the market street and the story that Kang-to supported his brother until he graduated from the law college of Gyeongsong Imperial University.
And a nameless hero Gaksital, who suddenly appeared and rescued the Koreans being oppressed under the Japanese colonial rule, with his brilliant martial art actions, excited the viewers to their great satisfaction.
Viewers opined that the impressive and well-knit story composition as well as colorful attractions captivated them constantly.
Writer : Jeon Ji-young
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