From the Queen's Vantage Point: One of the most remarkable things about watching Kdrama is discovering who the hero is and how he or she will emerge.  It seems consistent that these men and women would be just ordinary citizens if not for some unusual and unfair occurrence happening in their lives to destroy their otherwise mundane existence.  One such drama is Sign.  Here we find Dr. Yoon Ji Hoon working hard to maintain the integrity of the coroner’s office and the reputation of his teacher.  He does not want to be in the spotlight, nor does he want to become famous.  In fact, it is just the opposite.  He wants to live a quiet life and to tell the story of the dead.  He only wants to know how and why they died.  If it is a homicide, he wants to be able to tell the story of the dead and reveal who killed them.  He meets opposition all the way but each time someone gets in his way, it only strengthens his resolve.  What will Dr. Yoon discover?  Along with everything else, he will find out he is a hero. Heroes are not usually the fellow or girl looking for attention.  The truth of the matter is that they are usually the ones who are happiest living in the background.  The reality is that the calling on their lives refuses to hear their cries to be left alone.  Heroes are not always the beautiful and handsome members of society as often portrayed in Hollywood drama.  Sometimes, and more often than not, in real life, they are very ordinary people who will suddenly burst forth with more than ordinary contributions to give and make to society.  We have grown accustomed to our handsome leading men and beautiful leading women taking the limelight from beginning to end.  Perhaps that is why we accept the portrayal of such roles going to the best looking television and movies can give us.  To shake us out of our reverie, we have series like History of A Salaryman The History of a Salarman gives the watcher a look at both the most unlikely hero and heroine.  Here we find Yoo Bang (played by Lee Bum Soo) who really favors a young Buster Keaton and the most unique heroine of all Yeo Chi  whose only claim to fame is that she has a bad attitude and a mouth full of profanity to back it up.  However, in spite of the fact that Yoo is not boyishly cute and she is no raving beauty, these two step into the spotlight again and again to the confusion and consternation of the crooks trying to steal Yeo’s inheritance, her grandfather’s business.  How successful will this man from nowhere and nothing and this spoiled, foul-mouthed woman be?  Well, if this goes as it does for heroes, they will be just fine. Heroes often just want to be left alone.  When we watch Kdrama, it is hard in the very beginning to figure out who will emerge unless we read the synopsis of the show first.  Sometimes, we even want someone else to emerge as the hero until we have watched a while and suddenly know that it can be no other than the guy we first did not like in the beginning.  The more we get into his story, the more we want something good to happen to him.  This is how our heroes are born.  If the star is someone we know, we want him to be the good guy.  If the star is a relative unknown, we choose among the good looking.  However, as the story goes on, we come to know, it can only be a little man or little woman that otherwise in real life might be looked over. The History of a Salarman gives the watcher a look at both the most unlikely hero and heroine.  Here we find Yoo Bang (played by Lee Bum Soo) who really favors a young Buster Keaton and the most unique heroine of all Yeo Chi  whose only claim to fame is that she has a bad attitude and a mouth full of profanity to back it up.  However, in spite of the fact that Yoo is not boyishly cute and she is no raving beauty, these two step into the spotlight again and again to the confusion and consternation of the crooks trying to steal Yeo’s inheritance, her grandfather’s business.  How successful will this man from nowhere and nothing and this spoiled, foul-mouthed woman be?  Well, if this goes as it does for heroes, they will be just fine. Heroes often just want to be left alone.  When we watch Kdrama, it is hard in the very beginning to figure out who will emerge unless we read the synopsis of the show first.  Sometimes, we even want someone else to emerge as the hero until we have watched a while and suddenly know that it can be no other than the guy we first did not like in the beginning.  The more we get into his story, the more we want something good to happen to him.  This is how our heroes are born.  If the star is someone we know, we want him to be the good guy.  If the star is a relative unknown, we choose among the good looking.  However, as the story goes on, we come to know, it can only be a little man or little woman that otherwise in real life might be looked over. One such series that kept me guessing was Dr. Champ.  Here our heroine kept me guessing as to who would emerge as her hero.  Wavering between Dr. Lee Do Wook and athelete, Park Ji Heon, it was hard to tell who would win her heart and keep it.  Handsome Jun Gyu Woon as Park Ji Heon had my vote from the very beginning but Uhm Tae Woong as Dr. Lee Do Wook made an extremely hard-to-ignore adversary.  The men were not the reason for the confusion.  It was the good doctor herself.  Dr. Kim Yeon Woo lost her job for reporting her mentor for misconduct during a surgery and suddenly found herself out of a job and no other hospital wanting to hire her because of it.  Dr. Lee gave her a chance because he respected her honesty.  She was not looking for a position that would thrust her into the limelight.  She only wanted a job.  Was that all she got?  Watch Dr. Champ if you have not already to find out.  Sometimes, heroes have a long way to go, especially if they believe in fair play.   Heroes are born, but they do not know that they are heroes as soon as they are born and sometimes for many years afterwards.  What makes Kdrama so special is that it lets us in on the journey to see how the hero develops as he finally finds his place in life.  If you are watching the current drama Peninsula, you are watching a hero being borne of adversity.  This is a very hard, breached birth.  How will it end?  Well, you will have to keep watching to find out.  From the Queen’s vantage point, it is one of the best dramas this season!  For someone like me, who loves to watch romance and comedy series, this melodrama has topped my season.  It is going to be hard to find something better in this venue.  As a romantic, however, my favorite of all times for this season is Kimchi Family.  But, we are talking about heroes, and Peninsula takes top honors in the category of melodramas.  Look for big awards this season for this one. Hung Jung Min as Dr. Seo Jung Joon, a scientist who is fighting for the unification of North and South Korea, is not looking for notoriety.  He is happy looking for an alternative fuel source in the laboratory that will keep Koreans in fuel for the next 100 years.  He did not ask for war.  He did not ask to be known.  He did not want controversy.  He only wanted to make his family proud and contribute to the betterment of his society and country.  But, when you are destined to be a hero, life does not ask your opinion about it.  At least that is the way I see it, from the Queen’s vantage point. For more from the Queen, click here!