Descendants of the Sun

Descendants of the Sun (2016)

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This story tells of doctors stationed in the fictional war zone of Urk (Uruk), and follows the love story that develops between a surgeon, Kang Mo Yeon' and a special forces officer, Yoo Shi Jin, both elite in their respective fields. The story will track both their personal and professional struggles while exploring issues about the value of life.

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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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Action packed and intense story lines with bits of humor sprinkled in to cut the tension. Very strong main pairing with gorgeous actors and excellent second pairing as well. Best in class cinematography and brilliant soundtracks.

When a Snail Falls in Love is a police procedural and action tv series first, with romance as a secondary storyline.

Descendants of the Sun is a romance story first, with lots of action sequences and medical drama added on.
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If you loved Song Joong Ki in DOTS, you won't regret watching him in Innocent Man. It's his best performance to date.
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    Irusu 4 hours ago

    It was alright. Kind of predictable and boring. I did like the music though.

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    KuroNeko 6 hours ago

    I really don't understand the love this drama gets. It's overly cheesy, the female mc has some bad writing moments that make her overall character a mess. TBH, the romance is so unrealistic and I just feel the characters were pushed together

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    totoro 7 days ago - edited

    It's almost impossible for me to rate this drama, so I'll just leave a comment here. DOTS was really enjoyable for me, but like many have said, it's pretty cheesy and predictable. Having said that, if you overlook its weaknesses, you can enjoy this drama. Watch it for the acting and the chemistry because the plot is weak. Enjoyment: 10/10, Acting: 9/10, Plot: 6-7/10, Overall: N/A

    Btw, congrats to SongSong couple! :-)

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    pookie 17 days ago

    i adored this drama but its SO overrated it annoys me to no end.

    it was a good one time watch and i can't seem to ever go back and watch any episode of this drama again. and Joong Ki played a number of great roles before this drama... i hope those are given enough love too.

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    Blazingflame 25 days ago - edited

    Dots was second Korean drama. When I saw the first Korean drama healer. I use to visit soompi forum often to read pov of many viewers there. Many of the fan said healer is much better and underrated drama and dots was all hype. Out of curiosity I watched dots due to its craze without any expectations and much to my surprise I ended up loving the drama in the first episode itself. And tbh, dots deserves all the attention it got. From the cast to ost, from location to technical aspects of show was spot on.
    It's drama that will instantly hooked your friends to kdrama. I recommend it.
    Those who are calling this pathetic or trash. Well its your pov, all well and fine. The review here including mine are not even 0.05% of the total viewers who have watched the show. So just don't rely on review or comments here. I give it 9/10 to descendants of the Sun.

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    Pari Jul 23, 2017

    For the first time, I fell soo madly in love with such beautiful and satisfying serial.. I really wished the leads would be together in real life too, because the chemistry felt like there were sparks, understanding, comfort and love everywhere! And then I hear speculations of rumors that they are dating.. I didnt keep any hopes as most of such couples who have amazing chemistry onscree, and dating rumors offscreen dont end up together.. AND THEN... LIKE A MIRACLE! while I was boringly browsing internet in office, I SEE this! THEY ARE GETTING MARRIED! I was seriously reprimanded for squealing at office hours and there were wierd stares thrown at me, I DONT CARE! THEY ARE GETTING MARRIED! MY dream, My wish for the first time came true.. exactly like i wanted.. when i read articles where both opened about each other, it was exactly like i pictured them to be! STAY HAPPY, STAY BLESSED and always be connected with love.. Best regards for marriage OPPA ^_^

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    TheCoffeePrincess Jul 22, 2017 - edited

    Despite all the negative comments, I stand by my opinion that DoTS deserved the hype and the awards. I was skeptical about Joong Ki playing a supposedly more masculine character but he proved me wrong. Now I cannot imagine another actor portray Big Boss!

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      Pari Jul 23, 2017

      Well said, After shamelessly watching the series for more than 10 times, I can still agree with you and I shall always remain like a little girl having sweet candy for first time whenever I see this!! <3

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      TheCoffeePrincess Jul 24, 2017 - edited

      It's an amazing series, despite what other people say. I loved that courage and patriotism played a big role in their relationship. It's refreshing to witness these types of obstacles other than the usual things (e.g. parental opposition, ex-girlfriends, differences in social status, etc.) that Korean dramas throw at us. How many love stories can you count wherein Mother Nature played a pivotal role in making a romantic relationship stronger? LOL. And I also loved that both lead characters are so successful in their own professions. How they gradually complemented each other in terms of moral principles and beliefs as they deepened their relationship is what makes the romance unique for me. And that's one of the reasons why I really love DoTS.

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      Pari Jul 29, 2017

      Yes Yes! The patriotism was defenitely there!! SO much that too.. What I liked the most is the will in which both Shi Jin, Dae Young carry out their duties for the country, even if they have to lose their lives, even if their loved ones will be devastated without them, they still went ahead to protect the country.. AND then the love.. Its so beautiful.. Unlike most dramas where they take whole series just to get the leads confess, in DOTS, its kinda love at first sight.. like when you see the person, talk to them and you know you both are attracted to each other AF and maybe even much more than that.. After that, its how their relationship blooms, even when they are apart they are with each other.. and those moments, the kisses, and all the silly - willy - cheesy - weesy things couples do!! ^_^ I loved how Mo Yeon and Shi Jin's chemistry was! So easy going and so caring.. PERFECT.. i dont have words to express my love for this <3

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      Blazingflame 25 days ago

      I agree dots is one of the best drama I have watched. It's all the worth the hype.

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    Irusu Jul 18, 2017 - edited

    Idk should i watch this? One thing I really hate about dramas is when the leads break up. Should I watch it then?

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      Pari Jul 23, 2017

      Please do!!!! Its a very beautiful and satisfying ending, WATCH IT! GO!

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      Irusu Jul 23, 2017

      Okay, thanks!!

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      HoshinoChieko Aug 1, 2017

      Worth the watch! Do it! :D

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    Pari Jul 11, 2017 - edited
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    Arwa Jul 10, 2017

    I just completed this drama. It's good n I did enjoyed it but giving it an 8.9 rating is really an insult to other great dramas like signal. I m not saying I hate this drama I really did enjoy it but it's overrated

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    real_Mokona Jul 9, 2017

    One of the best actor chemistry I ever saw!

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    PrinceMicky Jul 5, 2017

    Still cannot believe that #Songsongcouple are getting married!!!! So happy for them!

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    Hana Jul 5, 2017

    #Songsongcouple get married !!

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    oreobingsu Jul 5, 2017 - edited

    Hi guys! I'm wondering, does anyone here know which dramas were aired alongside DOTS? Thanks!

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    fayeblue Jul 5, 2017

    I love them both... Im so happy for both of them...^_^


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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 17,853 users)
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