- Starring : Hyun Bin | Son Ye Jin | Seo Ji Hye | Kim Jung Hyun
- Episodes : 16 Episodes (1hr. 25 min.)
- Aired : December 14, 2019 – February 16, 2020
- Network : tvN
Initially I wasn’t going to start this right away but with all the hype surrounding it and when I saw that the finale got higher views than the Goblin finale, I had to see what the hype was about. I was hesitent though. Memories of Alhambra was a DNF for me and Something in the Rain looks like a snoozefest, so the want wasn’t high but what am I to do while I wait for new episodes of Itaewon Class? FALL IN LOVE THAT IS WHAT I AM TO DO!
The premise of this was a little far fetched because come on, anyone falling into North Korea or any country with a heavily military presence would be either shot on sight or taken capture. But Yoon Se Ri flew in on a tornado ala the South Korean Dorthy and landed in the land of Oz or North Korea in this case. The whole plot basically surrounds one fated moment after another. And no matter how unbelievable each action was, it made sense in this world, no questions asked. But at the core, even with all the conspiracy and revenge subplots, is the star crossed love story between a South Korean modern day princess and North Korean military prince. There were times that Yoon Se Ri and Ri Jeong Hyuk were definitely giving us the Romeo and Juliette “I will die without you” feels that logically, shouldn’t be making me cry but there I was, pressing next to see how it turned out.
Both Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin’s chemistry was so solid that I didn’t even get annoyed at all the crying moments. And I could cancel a bitch if there is too many tears. Their banter and romantic moments were so endearing that it didn’t even bother me that in the grand scheme of things, they didn’t even spend that much time together before professing their love for one another. But when Jeong Hyuk, having risked his life to save Se Ri, was recovering from a bullet wound throws everything to the wind and kisses a crying Se Ri outside the hospital, I was swooning with the rest of them. TEAM JEONGRI!
This wouldn’t be a romance drama without some romance drama. Of course there are second leads who impose threats to our leads love line. Leave that up to conman who is out for revenge, Gu Seung Jun and Jeong Hyuk’s arranged fiance Seo Dan. Initially, I wasn’t here for either one of them but toward midway, I saw what the writers wanted to do and they did it. I shipped it. But then they threw an iceberg in front and the ship sank like my heart. All I have to say, Alberto Gu deserved better.
This wasn’t just a sappy love story either. There was comedy and action. On the action side, the fight scenes were BOMB! I never want to meet any of these soldiers in a back alley at any point. Also, the whole shady dealings with Jo Cheol Kang and the murders… I wanted more. One line that stuck with me was when he told Gu Seung Jun that he’s just a business man in a uniform…. I felt that shit. If this was a thriller drama, they would have went deeper into that. Also Jeong Hyuk’s dad… didn’t trust him one bit! Even though he did some good deeds, I’m pretty sure he would have let his son perish.
But lets talk about the real highlight of the whole show; the ducklings! Jeong Hyuk’s squad were there for comic relief and the feels. Pyo Chi Su’s fake disdain for Se Ri, Park Kwang Bum’s handsome face and quietness, Kim Ju Muk’s South Korean drama loving self and Geum Eun Dong’s innocence was so endearing that I found myself wishing for more scenes with them. I mean, when Jeong Hyuk cried I was okay but when these men cried, it felt as if my soul was being stabbed. The best was when them and Man Bok ended up at a sauna for the first time. HILARIOUS and I was here for them trying to navigate a new world. But above all, I really appreciated their relationship with Se Ri and Jeong Hyuk.
Gah, anyway, I could go on and on about this drama because there were just so many good moments. There were a few that made me upset and I will say that I agree with a few people that the finale was really long for no damn reason. Was the ending one I wanted and expected? Yes and kind of . I was left with questions after and really wanted it put in a pretty bow. Beggars can’t be choosers I guess.