Finally Descendants Of The Sun premiered this week after flooding dramaverse with endless conversations about it since the time it was revealed that writer Kim Eun Sook is working on her next project. And what a premiere it was — the show received one of the highest first episode ratings with episode 1 and 2 clocking 14.3 and 15.5 ratings respectively (Source).
And now about my first impressions — I liked the first two episodes. We meet our main characters with Song Joong Ki playing Yoo Shi Jin and Jin Goo playing Seo Dae Young — both army officers. They meet our heroine Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) when they somehow end up visiting a hospital and she is a doctor there. We are also introduced to Yoon Myung Joo (Kim Ji Won) who is a surgeon in the military and has some history with Dae Young. Then there are other characters who populate the hospital world. There is instant attraction between Shi Jin and Mo Yeon and they don’t hesitate to accept it. But their ideologies doesn’t allow them to go much further. Shi Jin and Dae Young are deployed to a fictional country called Urk where there are no special missions. Eight months pass and now Mo Yeon also arrives in the same country as a representative of her hospital as it is planning to set-up some power plant there.
I’m really liking the characters here and also that the show has established enough to know them quite well. I’m very happy that Shi Jin is not like a regular hero from the writer’s previous shows, who were all dominating, possessive. He is cheerful, cheeky, playful. I love how Song Joong Ki plays him so adorably. I was assuming that Mo Yeon would be a cold, no-nonsense heroine but was pleasantly surprised to see her playful, cute personality. She is strong as well. I absolutely loved the flirting and attraction between the couple and the chemistry is spot on. Usually I’m not a fan of romance building up at lightning speed but in this case, it was enjoyable and actually made sense that two people got infatuated with each other and were not calling it love already. It felt as if I’m watching a movie where things really take place at super fast speed. I’m excited to see how the reunion will play out going further in the drama. I do feel that it was very childish of Mo Yeon to get pissed off for not telling her the military secrets. As an adult and a doctor, she should have known better!
I love, love, love Jin Goo here. He steals every scene he is in and I’m excited to know what went on between him and past flame Myung Joo. There were some stereotypical characters and situations that I had to roll my eyes over but thankfully there were things I liked more than the ones I didn’t. The photography and direction are good and the effect of prefilming is visible. I also loved the friendship between our male leads.
One thing I found really jarring was the over playing music. I want to see my characters reacting without the OST telling me about it. I hope they tone it down. On an additional note, I’m so glad that there is no confusion about the love lines! We have two couples and no second lead or possibility for shipping wars.
All in all, a good start for Descendants Of The Sun.
It was a good start! But Jin Goo’s character is a Master Sergeant which is the main reason that his love interest’s General father frowns on their relationship. In the US, fraternization between enlisted and officer isn’t allowed. I’m sure in SK, the class system stil exist in the military. I’m also hoping the drama continues the mix between romance and military operations. Otherwise, it would get boring pretty fast for me. But the píece de resistance is no freaking love triangle! Thank you, writer-nim!
True. There are so many episodes left and how much will they show the same romance again and again. I too hope there is mix of both as I love both genres. And yay! No love triangle or shipping wars! It feels like we have been bombarded with that pain a lot these past few months…lol…
Yes…you’re true about the reason Jin Goo’s character and his love interest’s split. I wonder how they are gonna resolve this. I didn’t know that in the US, fraternization between enlisted and officer isn’t allowed.
Yes, in the US, fraternization is a court martial offense! It’s like rule number 2/3 that is ingrained in your mind. It’s going to be a long week!
I also love the first two episodes! Agree with you on most points. The music doesn’t bug me as much as it does others.The production is so grand it doesn’t feel like a regular kdrama. So glad the opening week has met the lofty expectations and doesn’t disappoint. I hope it is full steam ahead and no let down from here on. SJK is his usual spectacular self and glad to see SHK also doing well. The love line between JG and MJ is definitely one to watch for, perhaps one that may give us more heartache than the first OTP.
I really thought..with all the expectations that it might not meet them. I’m glad it was enjoyable if nothing else. Acting is great…haha…yes, I think the story line with JG and KJW will give us more heartache…I just hope for a happy ending for both the couples… 🙂
Yes! Happy ending please. No one dying in the battlefield ok! Writernim!
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Glad you found it to be to your liking. I’m going to keep tabs on how Decendants will develop as I just don’t trust this writer at all, LOL! If she can keep her most treasured tropes in check I may try watching Decendants after all, once it’s had it’s full run. Probably with plenty of use of the trusted FF-button. XD
LOL…even I’m not believing the show completely…just enjoying it for now. I don’t know how long it will be like this. I recently dropped Cheese In the Trap…i’m sure you must have heard about the whole BTS drama about it..
Oh yes…FF button FTW! 😉
It was a good start. I didn’t find the story so far anything extrodinary but the overall feeling was nice enough! I think the performances by Song Joon Ki and Jin Goo were the best aspect of the drama. Especially Joon Ki has a way of saying so much by not saying anything just by using his facial expressions if that makes sense! I’ll keep watching for sure! 🙂
Me too…story has the usual tropes…just the setting is different. But it was enjoyable. I love SJK’s expressions…and he is so adorable! Jin Goo is great as well. I hope the drama gets better with each episode.
Yeap I hope it does too! 🙂
So maybe am the only one on this earth who somehow didn’t like it well everything is good and of course joongki’s acting is just so natural and cool in the same time but ..the things that are happening in the drama are so uninteresting ..cuz such dramas will be great if the setting was like in a war or something in the past ..for a start where is “Uruk” ?
And their relation started so so fast ..I dont know ..its so good u guys loved it 🙂 I hope u have fun with it ^^ but I found “come back ajushi” more fun and fresh :))
No…you’re not alone! There are many who didn’t like it and got bored. For me, I didn’t keep my expectations high…and I’m not in love with it but enjoyed it for what it was. Urk is just a fictional country…not a real one as they can’t use a real country to set their plot.
Even I’m not a fan of fast love progression…but I’m letting that go this time.
Come Back Ajusshi is definitely fun 🙂
Waaa i cant belive it 🙂 i even thought there is something wrong with me cuz like all ppl were in love with it .. 🙂 thanx
Oh yeah, the “secret” part that Mo-Yeon doesn’t understand is stupid. That’s the guy’s job already. Give it a rest. LOL! Nice post 🙂
hahaha…I know right!
Thanks Blue! But I’ve dropped this show after episode 3 which I didn’t like and got bored (except the scenes with second leads)
LOL!!! Let’s see if I can watch it longer. I’ve dropped two dramas so far (Cheese and Come Back Mister), I would hate for this to continue!
I mean longer than epi 4 because I watched it last week.
I’m dropping dramas left and right…already dropped CBA 😀
Same here, by episode 3 or 4 or something I was done, whats going on with Rain? I don’t think he’s done anything memorable since “A love to Kill”, and that was long ago… Goodness. How is DotS so far? Haven’t watched epi 5 and 6 yet. Did you watch I remember you? If so what did you think (don’t spoil please)? Just started it so far so good but I’m interested in your perspective if you’ve watched it.
Let me stop bombarding you with questions ^^ hihi
Hahahaha….no problem Blue! I love your questions 😛
I Remember You was really good. Thrilling and emotional.
I have dropped DOTS….got bored in ep 3
So far I like IRY a whole lot, which I didn’t expect. Dang, sorry to hear that you’ve dropped Descendants, I’ve been dropping a lot of dramas lately too. My Little Baby for example, disastreous, not funny at all.
I wasn’t planning on watching My Little Baby…as the stars didn’t appeal me
P.S. I have a feeling the “shipping war” will happen… when annoying Myeong-Joo finds out that her daddy’s favorite son-in-law loves none other than Mo-Yeon. I wish I was wrong but I doubt things will remain that simple between the four of them. Worse, Dae-Young probably doesn’t even know that Myeong-Joo’s father wants Shi-Jin as son-in-law. I think beyond fraternization (in fiction those “rules” are not always respected) it’s because of Dae-Young’s gangster past more than anything that he doesn’t want him in the family.
I don’t know…I think Myung Joo will not cause any hindrance for the main leads as she is already in love with Dae Young and has her own problems with him. As he is not ready to date her.
You’ll see some more information in ep 3…so I’m not spoiling it for you!
No don’t worry you wouldn’t spoil it I’ve already watched ep 4. The thing is because Myung Joo seems to be a troublemaker, maybe she could use Shi-Jin to try and make Dae-Young jealous so that he gives in and dates her, and piss off Mo-Yeon in the process. I hope I’m wrong and you’re right though because she’s such a brat, she’s already giving me a hard time LOL!
Well I may never know what happened with those 4 too cause I dropped it by episode 5. Waaaayyyyy too many things turned me off.
*high five* 😉