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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MiraiArtx
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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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manicmuse
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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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    Aden 4 days ago

    <3

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    Mara Martins 8 days ago

    Besides the annoyng finish (the last 2 episodes its totally passable also), it is a good kdrama, a lot of life things.Yoo Is very determined for a Korean and Myung to, i liked these 2 characters a lot. 8,5/10

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    Bianca 10 days ago

    I've waited so long for Joong ki after his military enlistment, i got so frustrated watching this.

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    Whiskas8 15 days ago

    More than the romance, the story gave a lot of heartwarming subplots about humanity which is my favorite part. Both leads are serving the people, and understanding about each other's profession. Mature in a sense that there is no petty LQs. Daebak!

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    Senpai 18 days ago

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, though I found the romance between Sergeant Seo Dae Yung and Lieutenant Yoon Myung Joo tiniest.
    We had great scenes and moments, that public monkey that Dr. Kang Mo Yun passed by when he heard the loudspeaker was epic! The comic part is by the friends "Deby and Loide" Captain Yoo Shi Jin and Sergeant Seo Dae Yung gave to have a good laugh with these two, generally Descendants of the Sun was very cool, I loved the couples who graduated, I think Everyone found their perfect pair. The slide is due to the last two episodes, it was very obvious and spoiled the final bit, if the director had changed his form and left an air like, "could not find the remains" would be much better and would not spoil the outcome Of the drama.

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    JasminAmezcua 21 days ago

    This show was really good ep 15 got me shook really good highly recommend
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    sylph 29 days ago

    SUPER DUPER OVERRATED

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    Yuuki Apr 28, 2017 - edited

    Is there much action in this?
    or is it a steady paced/slow paced romance drama?

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      Angelina 24 days ago

      There are some action scenes (like fighting and stuff) & they're really entertaining & cool but there aren't many of these. It's more of a romance drama but has a good weigh of action in it too :)

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    KimHyeEun Apr 26, 2017 - edited

    You are my everythinggggg❤ DOTS I love you. Song joong ki oppa

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    Jessie Apr 21, 2017

    I'm on episode 5. I do feel like it's overrated.... the action scenes are very exciting and it's well produced but I like the chemistry between the side couples rather than the leads?

    The female lead is not written that well. Every time the male lead blows her off justifiably, she gets pissed and walks away. The main distinguishing factor between her and the female leads of other series is that she is mature and intelligent, rather than ditzy and 'tsundere'. But when they argue she becomes very childish anyway. Literally happens like once an episode. She's supposed to be very clever but instead she acts selfishly. She keeps asking if he's okay because his job so traumatic then goes and sulks when she can't see him. Really doesn't make sense.

    And maybe I'm just too cynical but given that it was 'love at first sight' and their jobs kind of make it hard for them to meet and they've had several arguments. Tbh they are like strangers ended up oversharing with each other and don't get along but are attracted to each other. See how weird that sounds. They don't have that much chemistry.

    I feel like it could've been great if not for the dialogue. Dialogue is such a powerful thing. You can make it seem as if the characters just 'click' together and enjoy every passing second with each other. Instead they wasted it, half on cheesy lines, half on arguments, along with a bit of exposition. And when they do manage to meet, all they do is make goo goo eyes at each other and occasionally tell lame jokes about how attractive/unattractive the other is. When that happens, not original nor enjoyable to watch

    Tell me if it gets better!!

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    goinbananas0292 Apr 12, 2017 - edited

    hesitant to start this looking at these comments. but why is it so highly rated??

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      caaramelts Apr 16, 2017

      because this drama was widely popular (most people and literally their mothers watch this), so the amount of critics are so many and varied. In all honestly, DotS can be a hit or a miss. I personally found it as the later one. Maybe because I watched many dramas before, some scenes in this show felt too overused. I would rate it higher if I was still in my teenager life when everything fluffy was a-must-have in a drama. No offense, but I still think this drama is overrated because there are so many well-written and thought-provoking dramas out there which didn't get much praise they deserve to get.

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      goinbananas0292 Apr 16, 2017

      Ah ok. Yeah I will probably watch it at some point when I have nothing else to watch lol. Thanks!

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      caaramelts Apr 17, 2017 - edited

      yes, It'd be much better if you check it so you can form your own opinion about it. After all, there's no such a thing as objective-view, since every drama-watching experience is personal. On to the positive note, I enjoyed the bromance, the antics, and the 2nd leads story in DotS :)

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    Yasmin Apr 11, 2017

    dropped it, it was too boring to me and it crushed all my expectations...

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

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

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.8 (scored by 15,651 users)
  • Ranked:

    #29
  • Popularity:

    #4

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