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Vincenzo -- Episode 1: Unexpectedly Refreshing

Vincenzo is not what I expected it to be; I'm not even sure what I expected, but when one hears Italy and the mafia, one immediately sets an expectation of mayhem, drugs, and murder. It is nothing of the sort, well, at least not yet. It's crazily witty, entertaining, and thrilling all at the same time. I am refreshingly pleased by the writing style, the acting, and the directing. Yes, Vincenzo is everything it's hyped up to be and more.

In Italy, Vincenzo was brilliant; everything about it was sexy and beautiful, from the people to the buildings and Song Joong Ki speaking Italian most of all. His subtle yet cutthroat demeanor is enjoyable to watch. But Vincenzo in Korea is where I fell in love with the drama, and the man, especially G Plaza. I can tell the plaza and its quirkily insane tenants (I love them all, even the annoying daughter) will be my favorite place/scenes of this drama. There is a lot of story behind Vincenzo, be it his childhood to what drives him at present, it will all be worth exploring.

Song Joong Ki is fantastic in his role; the last drama I watched him in was in 2016, Descendants of the Sun. It sure is good to have him back. It's also good to see the fine Ok Taec Yeon, the enormously talented Yoo Jae Myung. Despite not being too familiar with Jun Yeo Bin and slightly turned off by her unscrupulousness, I can tell I'm going to like her. I enjoyed her affectionate banter with her father, Yoo Jae Young. I cannot wait to see Kwak Dong Yeon doing his thing. I loved his cameo in It's Okay to Not Be Okay.

Fifteen tons of gold buried underneath the G Plaza building can undoubtedly change a person's life. Still, it can also bring about war, especially when it's not there's to have. And seeing that Vincenzo fled Italy for South Korea to evade the war, he will have to work twice as hard to avoid one while trying to regain ownership of the G Plaza building and the trust of its tenants, a tall order indeed, but when there's 15 tons of gold to protect, the impossible will have to be possible -- whatever it takes. Watch Episode 1 here.

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