First Impressions: Memories Of The Alhambra — Episodes 1-6

Oh this show! It keeps on making my brain exercise, bringing in more twists, questions, puzzles, consequences with each episode. Memories Of The Alhambra is currently in its 4th week and I’m totally enjoying it. Well, with a few complaints.

Now I understand why the drama never revealed its plot beforehand completely as every hour things change and pull the rug from under our feet. Just when I think I’ve figured out some part of it, it comes up with some new surprise.

Yoo Jin Woo (Hyun Bin) is the CEO of an investing company who is in Spain when he gets a call from a guy called Jung Se Joo who wants to sell an Augmented Reality game to him. Jin Woo finds himself in Grenada in search of Se Joo and ends up in his sister’s (Park Shin Hye as Jung Hee Joo) hostel. What starts as an exciting and lucrative project to invest in turns into a deadly nightmare when the game merges with reality with no solution in sight.

I really love how the drama keeps us on the edge of our seats throughout. There is an ominous vibe here which contributes in raising the tension and suspense. The viewers are coming up with various theories and explanations and I really hope the show will explain everything in the end. Maybe soon, so that our brains can relax a bit. LOL.

I love how Jin Woo’s trajectory has been carved in Memories Of The Alhambra. He starts off as someone who is clever, bit of an arrogant and knows when to change gears if it’s for his benefit. But he is not totally rude. But then we see how he loses his confidence as his life is threatened with something which is impossible to understand and also giving him the feeling of guilt. We see how he is totally lost and I can’t wait to see him regain his verve and fight back against the whole predicament. I love his sense of humour as well. Well, that’s a given when we have Hyun Bin, isn’t it? He is totally fantastic in this role.

To be honest, Park Shin Hye has had very little to do till now. Don’t get me wrong. I really like her here (and she looks breathtakingly beautiful) but her character needs some time and substance to make it more interesting. But with latest episodes, I do see her more and I do want to see how the relationship between our leads change with time. I do like them together as she seems the only one who sympathises with him without knowing the actual reason behind his plight. I think it’s a mix of gratitude and crush for her while he likes her as someone who is good at heart and guileless. I’m okay with slow building of romance between the two.

I do find it funny that our lead hero has already married twice. But his ex-wives are as interesting as watching paint dry. The drama becomes very slow paced at times in certain scenes and that leads to elongated moments and unnecessary long takes. Now the drama is finally shifting the focus to Seoul from this week and I’m excited to see how the events unfold.

There are so many questions with Memories Of The Alhambra and I’m looking forward to find the answers. The cinematography is beautiful and the show captures Spanish locations perfectly. The graphics are great for the game.

All in all, Memories Of The Alhambra is innovative and entrancing and makes me wish I had marathoned it instead of live watching as wait for next episode is so tough. It also airs on Netflix.

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