태양의 후예 (Descendants of the Sun Ep.1)

With double digit ratings for its first two episodes, Descendants of the Sun proves Song Joong Ki’s comeback is one of the most highly anticipated in Kdramaland. Oh how I’ve waited for this too.  And Joong Ki did not disappoint!~ He aptly plays Yoo Si Jin, an elite soldier with an unbelievable amount of charm, like a combination of Kang Maru’s bad boy and Goo Yong Ha’s playful personality with the addition of his ogle-worthy post-army bod.

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Song Hye Kyo has just made a comeback (in my life) too. I seriously haven’t seen any of her projects after Full House and that was a looong time ago. That Winter The Wind Blows was just not my cup of tea. I’ve seen some scenes from the movie My Brilliant Life but I was just checkin’ out Kang Do Won. Song Hye Kyo is still gorgeous at 34. What’s up with these Korean vampire-like actresses who just get more beautiful as they age. She plays a surgeon named Kang Mo Yeon. Ironically, a doctor who saves lives falls in love with a soldier who takes them. Now that’s complicated.

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Screenshot 2016-02-26 at 3.51.26 PM.pngThe cast also includes Jin Goo who’s in with some pretty strong bromance with Joong Ki. I initially didn’t care much about him but his character, Seo Dae Young, turns out be an interesting one. He’s found a new dongsaeng named Kim Gi Beom and is/was romantically involved with a higher ranking female officer: lieutenant general’s daughter, Yoon  Myeong Joo played by Kim Tae Hee look-alike,Kim Ji Won.

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Speaking of look-alike, many people have been mentioning Onew’s resemblance with Song Joong Ki. Now that they’re together in one drama, it has become obvious that Shinee leader’s idol aura is completely different from Joong Ki’s leading man swag.

I loved the premiere episode. Since the drama is pre-produced, it was perfectly shot and smoothly edited.  First 10 minutes in and I was already over the moon. I think I just heard the sexiest “그래” (kurae) ever. The emotion is different but the impact is just as strong as when he uttered the saddest “가자마”(kajima) in The Werewolf Boy.

Lee Kwang Soo appeared for a comic cameo and the show promises an endearing and funny bromance between Joong ki and Jin Goo. But I’m having some King 2 Hearts feelings about this so I hope Jin Goo’s character won’t end up like Jo Jung Suk’s character, Eun Si Kyung.

When Yoo Si Jin and Kang Mo Yeon finally crossed paths, there was some cheesy slow-motion with some background music as sparks fly and the romance starts. Just then I remembered that this drama is written by Heirs’ writer Kim Eun Sook. Good thing my love for the actor comes before my disappointment in the writer’s previous works. I have managed to leave my brains at the door for the sake of watching Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won in Secret Garden so I guess I can do the same for Joong Ki. I feel like Kim Eun Sook tends to put in some romance overkill but it’s too early to tell how Descendants of the Sun would turn out. I just hope the show won’t try to take itself too seriously the way The Heirs did and tone down the distracting background music while they’re at it.

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