Okay, let’s talk some numbers people. What would you say about a tv series that had a 38.8% nationwide viewership rating? How about 2.3 billion views on an online video platform in China. Say what? This is surely a new version of Game of Thrones or the Walking Dead right? Well, no. We are talking about a Korean drama series that swept Asia by storm. It is the highest rated dramaseries that has ever been aired in Korea. Usually with a series that has created this much buzz the question becomes, is this series worthy of the hype? In the case of Descendants of the Sun, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.
So what is the series about? Descendants of the Sun tells the story of the soldier Yoo Si Yin. In the beginning of the series, he and his friend and fellow soldier Seo Dae Young catch a thief who becomes injured and is taken to the hospital. Soon after, Dae Young finds out his cellphone has been taken by the thief. Both he and Si Yin travel to the hospital where the thief was taken, and meet the feisty doctor Kang Mo Yeon. At first Yoo Si Yin and her do not see eye to eye on things, to put it mildly. But as is so often the case, that is the start of a whirlwind romance. With Mo Yeon being a doctor, and Si Yin a soldier, they both have a very conflicting lifestyle. And that is the cause of a lot of complications between them as Yoo Si Yin continually gets the call for some kind of dangerous mission. Deciding she can’t take it anymore, the doctor ends the relationship. Two years after that, as fate would have it, they both end up in the country of Urk. She still in her role as doctor, and he as the captain of a special forces unit. With danger lurking from every side, the flames of love begin to rekindle between the two of them. But whether or not their relationship will be able to withstand all the hostilities Urk has to offer, remains to be seen.
This series has so much good things going for it, it is hard to know where to start. First and foremost is the enormous chemistry between the two main characters. That is the heart of this show, and the two leads could not have been cast any better. This series has something for everyone. There is a lot of action, and some truly exciting episodes that will have you on the edge of your seat. But there is also a lot to laugh. There were some genuinely funny scenes that had me bursting out with laughter. And finally there is the heartache, as there are a few events that are truly sad. This show has the word addictive written all over it, and I can truly understand why this has been such a massive succes. Don’t think this is just some kind of cheesy romantic love story. Give this show a try if you haven’t already, it is well worth your time.
I give Descendants of the Sun a 9 out of 10 score.