Descendants of the Sun

Descendants of the Sun (2016)

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Yoo Shi Jin; the captain of the Korean army special force, meets Dr. Kang Mo Yeon when he and his comrade, Dae Yeong, injured a thief. Shi Jin and Mo Yeon begin to date, but due to their jobs, their dates don't go well and they break up. Shi Jin then takes an order to lead his soldiers on a peacekeeping mission to the fictional war zone country of Urk. Eight months read morelater, Mo Yeon rebuffs the sexual advances of hospital chairman Suk Won and as retribution is assigned to lead a medical team in Urk. There, Shi Jin and Mo Yeon meet again.

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Apr 15, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Yes, I did rate this a 10, but let me explain. If you look at my other reviews, I'm not usually this generous so I do have my reasons for giving this one such high scores in every category.

The story itself actually had a nice, steady pace. From my drama watching experience (and I have watched quite a lot), the show usually gets draggy around episode 10 to 14. This was read more NOT the case. From the very beginning it was so action packed and fast paced I wondered how the writers were going to keep this interesting for another 15 episodes. They proved me wrong though, and every episode felt like 3. The story itself, granted they did have the advantage of a unique setting, does not use the same plot devices as other dramas. It was just a perfect mix of humor, suspense, romance, and action. Those are very different genres but they managed to do it really well. There didn't seem to be a central storyline, but instead it was quite episodic which would usually turn me off. The drama, however, had such a good flow that I didn't even notice, and although the conflicts are episodic the romance and relationships between the characters were developed consistently.

The cast did so wonderfully. Not only were the main actors amazing, every actor breathed life into the supporting characters. They were not just there to support the leads. Each one of them actually had their own distinct personalities and characters that added so much substance to the show. The chemistry between the leads and the second leads was one of the best I've seen. Because of the setting and the dire situations they're put in, you can clearly see the development of the characters. And as a side note, though some of Song Joong Ki's lines may come off as cheesy as hell, he pulled it off so well I almost didn't even notice how cheesy they really were. In fact, they just added to his character.

The music is just so so so good. Usually I only find one or maybe two good songs per OST, but right now I have the entire OST on replay on my phone. It's that good.

That said, I would definitely definitely rewatch it. Normally I would have a couple critiques on my reviews, but honestly I couldn't have asked for a better show. Sure, the show has become really mainstream and may come off as overhyped, but that doesn't mean it loses it's value. If you're hesitant about trying it, don't be. Of my 140+ dramas, it's climbed to number 3. You won't regret it!

Now I'm just going to go into my little corner of post show depression :')
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Apr 17, 2016
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
When I think of Descendants of the Sun, the first thing that comes to mind is cheese! This show is extra cheesy, and honestly I love cheese! Unfortunately, I am also kinda lactose intolerant, so after eating a certain amount of cheese I am left with regrets, and a stomach ache. That's exactly how I felt after watching the last episode. *Cue the rage of a thousand fans*

I think the biggest read more problem I had with this show is that it tried to mix in three genres without a coherent plot to bring it all together. It's part rom-com, part military drama, and part hospital sitcom. The love story is probably what makes most people excited about the show, the military scenes are a cool action bonus, and the hospital sitcom keeps things from getting too heavy and depressing. Unfortunately, because the script is so weak, I was too disconnected to keep caring about the show, and it started to become very boring. I kept watching for one reason only Song Joong Ki.

Song Joong Ki is oddly cast in a lot of ways. He has a super baby face, and boyish charm, but still managed to be a believable [email protected] soldier. I would easily rate his character/acting 10. Not only did I develop a 16 episode crush on him, but I really cared about his assignments. The show would have been a million times more enjoyable for me if they just let his story be the center, or rather, the bromance between Shi Jin, and Dae Yeong. Their relationship was my favorite part of the show. Their characters didn't have much depth individually, but their bromance was solid.

There is also great chemistry between Song Joong Ki, and Song Hye Kyo, but not much to their overall story. Every moment with them is exactly the same - they flirt, they separate, she gets mad, he's extra charming, they flirt again. Early on, I really started to dislike Dr. Kang Mo Yeon, which made it hard to sympathize with her anger at him. Eventually I started to like her a little more, but no matter how cute their flirty scenes, or how strangely amusing their brink of death dating was, their story is still repetitive, which gets old quick.

The 2nd leads also had a romance, that had a few more obstacles thrown their way (parents, distance, almost dying), but was just as repetitive - fight, confess, spontaneous affection, fight. It's like each story just filled in the same blanks for each episode. It was actually the older minor characters who had the most interesting love story. I thought Seo Jeong Yeon and Lee Seung Jun were really cute, and deserve an honorable mention.

The supporting cast was pretty good. Some were much better than others, and some were almost completely useless (the head of the hospital... that ditzy doctor... ugh). I had to bring the acting down to an 8 because of that, but the cast is really the only good thing this show has going for it.

What was the point of this drama? At first it seemed like a way to show how hard it can be to date a soldier, but because the show didn't take itself seriously, it was hard for me to take that too seriously, even with that emotionally manipulative 15th episode. The conflicts at the hospital were ridiculous, and mostly filler. The best episodes took place when the medical staff went overseas to Urk, but once that was over, the show seemed to have no clue what to do. Did they run out of travel budget, so they decided to just wing it for the last episodes? Even in Urk, the plot was super predictable, and totally unrealistic, but it was still very entertaining (yummy Cheese!!!). When they returned, my feelings about the show went downhill, and I was no longer excited about watching the next episode. Then suddenly things got very serious out of nowhere, only to end with the silliest (and worst) last episode I've ever seen in any drama (yes THE worst!). I wonder if episode 15 was the original ending, and then it was changed last minute to avoid a backlash. That's the only thing I can think of as an explanation for why it was so bad.

The music? meh. The scenery? epic. The english spoken? decent. The shirtless men running? Daebak.

Would I rewatch? Not unless someone makes an edited version of only scenes with Song Joong Ki.

Overall It's like they rolled a kdrama dice and just threw stuff in at random to get people hooked, then they just focused on all the ways they can successfully incorporate product placement. Maybe that was the real point, to see how many ads they could sneak into a drama.

Even though there were moments I really enjoyed, I can't recommend this drama, especially after sitting through that ending. I wish they cut it down to 10 episodes, removing all the unnecessary fluff, and sneaky ads (subway, hyundai, make up, coffee, snacks, hiking equipments, travel apps... umm... except for the self driving car, because that scene was actually cool ) then maybe it would be a drama worthy of all the hype.

Or maybe you can treat my review like lactaid. Now that you know what to expect, maybe you can better digest all the cheese this show has to offer.
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    xcrystalstarx 6 hours ago - edited

    is this drama worth watching? I like Song Joong Ki but never watched this since I don't like dramas or movies about war/fighting :/

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      Luna_ 3 hours ago

      Yes, it is! And no it's not war-heavy at all, it's focused on the romance between the cast.

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    Ragnarok 9 days ago - edited

    This drama is a proof that the majority of people have shitty taste.

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      RhopalocerA 9 days ago - edited

      No no no...No need to be so disrespectful to other ppl preferences will ya? This dramaworld would become more peaceful without all those hurtful hateful sentiment u just spurt out... >.<

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      Tszzzz 3 days ago

      Exactly! Some people....smh

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      Serin 2 days ago

      I totally agree!

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    patka0686 10 days ago


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    hanifahputrih 18 days ago - edited

    I wonder what if Goblin has released first before DOTS? Are they (DOTS) still getting popularity and curiousity? Lol.

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      MizTK 14 days ago

      LOL probably not. DOTS was only popular because of SJK. Most people vote based on their bias and not on the quality of the drama.

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    Roby 19 days ago

    I watched it a while ago and I love it! I always think about it and if anyone can suggest to me some drama like this one I'll always be grateful to you!!!

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    Peti 22 days ago - edited

    i can't believe this drama has rating 8.9, OVERRATED

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    Shimi04 24 days ago

    nice drama , my fav. couple are Yoo Shi Jin and Seo Dae Yeong ; D
    i love their bromance

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    Nicholle 24 days ago - edited

    My friends are head over heels with Capt. Yoo Si Jin here and my sister has replayed its OST for like a hundred times already and then I go here and see that almost all comments are negative. WTF?! I get your point guys but don't talk like the movie wasn't a really big hit all over the world. And Joong Ki is SO DAMN handsome. They were good in acting. The movie showed true nationalism and love for people and valuing lives. So don't say its OVERRATED because you didn't like its romance or war or whatever. There are more things to DOTS that you should look into. So yeah, let's forget about the cheesy drama and laughable war scenes, but do look into what a SOLDIER and a DOCTOR is doing for other people's sake. Overrated my ass, psh

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      RhopalocerA 24 days ago

      Lol I love ur last statement XD Totally 100% agreed with what u said. There are so many negative comments in this page that I think ppl who first come to the page wanting to read the reviews before he/she decide whether to watch the show or not could really mistaken this drama as really a trash n not worth it. Yeah, this show is more than it's cringeworthy romance,it is MORE than that :p

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      samanvithamurthy 22 days ago

      100% true.........

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      ELFishes 20 days ago

      100% agree!! I made a similar comment some while ago;)

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      BeautifulSwan 11 days ago

      I think DOTS is still better in term of plot than that goblin

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    AlexYoo Dec 17, 2016

    Ok tbh Song joong ki was the only reason why i kept watching this drama - despite the many flaws of this drama, you can't doubt that his acting was 10/10.

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    nighrtwing Dec 12, 2016

    This is poor. As some may say, it has a sauce - but a very very very weak one. As of common sense, "maybe it's not your cup of tea" will partially stand for preference or opinion; but sadly, not quality. I know this might sound a little rude or anything, but honestly: if you watch hundreds of "random" tv shows and you like almost everything, as if without a strong critical/analytical sense at all, this will definitely be your cup of tea. Otherwise, no. Just no. Because this might be the most superfluous thing you've watched in a while.

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    Sukkie Dec 11, 2016 - edited

    Tbh I think this drama is very overrated. Until now I don´t think that it is bad at all, but the last weeks I have watched many k-dramas and this one was not one of the best. I think it is a little bit boring but with every episode I still hope it will get better. What I really like is the setting which is very awesome and I completely fell for Song Joong Ki as a sodier wow <3

    edit: Now I can say that I liked the second part more. Especially because finally there was a scene which really captivated me emotionally.. oh boy... I think my tears didn´t stop falling for half an hour...

    All in all I think this is a good drama, but it is definetly overrated.

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      hanifahputrih 18 days ago

      And you absolutely true. But although like that, this drama is the begin of my enthusiastic towards kdrama. Yea, for the first i liked this bcs of the visuals, but after i watched another kdrama, dots doesnt great at all.

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    Drew Dec 1, 2016 - edited

    Objectively speaking, not great in terms of script BUT I thoroughly enjoyed it. Song JoongKi is amazing, and Song Song couple are such a cute pair!

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    Arthur Nov 30, 2016 - edited

    Drama about fan-service and product placements with some cringe worthy scenes and acting.

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    Daniel Hobba Nov 25, 2016 - edited

    Most overrated drama ever in the history of television shows. Absolutely pathetically cringeworthy show, please do not watch this crap or they'll keep making more trash shows like this

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      RhopalocerA Nov 27, 2016 - edited

      I agree only with cringeworthy part in your statement. But maybe this drama is'nt your cup of tea. Its pity really you have bad experience with this show unlike me. I have certain issue with this drama too but it definitely not absolutely crap/trash/ pathethic as you said. Mybe this drama was made and targeted only for SJK fans who wait 3 years ++ for his new drama to come out which is for me :P

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    Debs Nov 22, 2016 - edited

    Can't decide which to binge watch first. This or Secret 2013? Maybe I'll watch first episode of each and see from there!

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      Daniel Hobba Nov 25, 2016

      Can't decide? Let me tell u DOTS is the most pathetic and overrated shoe I've ever seen

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      Debs Nov 25, 2016

      even more cringeworthy than legend of the blue sea??

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      Daniel Hobba Nov 27, 2016

      Haven't watched that show but yeah Moon Lovers is 100 times better than DOTS


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    South Korea
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    Feb 24, 2016 to Apr 14, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.8 (scored by 12,915 users)
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