Park Shin-hye is back with a new drama “Sisyphus: The Myth,” which combines science fiction, fantasy, mystery, action, and drama. Here’s what we think of the first few episodes of this intriguing K-drama.

The Plot

Episode 1 of “Sisyphus: The Myth” starts with Kang Seo-hae played by Park Shin-hye, who’s getting ready to leave what seems to be a post-apocalyptic future. She says goodbye to her father who reminds her to do three things when she reaches her destination–run, never trust any one, and to stay away from a person named Han Tae-sul. Kang Seo-hae reaches her destination and escapes those running after her. She then meets a Chinese house employee named Sun (Chae Jong-hyup), who reluctantly helps her.

Meanwhile, the audience is introduced to Han Tae-sul (Cho Seung-woo), a genius engineer and co-founder of Quantum and Time. While bound for Korea, his flight gets into trouble. Suspense builds up as Han Tae-sul gets to save the day (and himself) through his genius powers.

The episode also gives us a glimpse of Han Tae-sul’s past, including the death of his brother Han Tae-san (Heo Joon-seok). Han Tae-san’s death seems to be related to a top secret he has uncovered. The first episode ends with Han Tae-sul in a remote location, discovering a luggage that seems to belong to his deceased brother. Will he find out the truth about his brother’s death?

Park Shin-hye is From the Future in New Drama ‘Sisyphus’

Right off the bat, you would know that “Sisyphus: The Myth” is not your typical Park Shin-hye drama. The show is an example of how K-dramas have evolved through the years. The genre itself isn’t the kind we’re used to seeing but we’re not complaining. It just goes to show how Korean entertainment is diversifying itself to attract more viewers.

With a budget of $18 to 22 million, it’s no wonder that “Sisyphus: The Myth” looks and feels like a movie rather than a drama. The CGI may not be as impressive as other big-budgeted films, but it looks superior for a K-drama.

There’s a whole lot of mystery to the story to make viewers stick to the drama for now. The title itself comes from the Greek mythology character “Sisyphus,” who receives eternal punishment for trying to cheat death. Are the characters trying to cheat death by traveling in time? We’ll have to find out.

“Sisyphus: The Myth” episodes are now up on Netflix.

Myla writes news stories for a living and watches K-dramas for leisure. She enjoys doing both for Hallyudorama.

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