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
142 people found this review helpful
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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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    Xavian 5 days ago - edited

    To each their own but... this drama really isn't one of the best. I'm surprised by how overrated and overused it is. It had potential which was used a little. The first couple of episodes were boring after you got used to "military" vibe and the female main character was kind of annoying to me.

    Still not done with it though, literally gotta force myself to watch more.

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    SanjuktaRay 8 days ago

    Whah ! Its been airing in my country India on TV ..that also dubbed in Hindi ..

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    shivangi 15 days ago

    Watching it on tv, its airing in my country yay!

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    kasaharadojo 17 days ago

    I was so exited about this drama but i'm at episode 5 and struggling to continue. I find it kind of boring to tell the truth. I think there is more chemistry between YuShi Jin and Seo DeYong than the actual couple.

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    Laura 18 days ago

    I heard that there's going to be a season 2 focusing on dat young and myung yu, do any of you know if it's true and when?

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    MoonLucifer 21 days ago

    i really dont understand why lots of people liked this too much

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    Angelina 23 days ago

    I wish I could get amnesia and watch this all over again

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    LuckySo 26 days ago

    Very satisfying ending.. since I dont like too heavy dramas, it is one of the best for me.

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    Sascha Jan 23, 2017

    I watched the whole drama in 5 days.. I've never watched a drama that fast x'D

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    Yasmin Jan 21, 2017 - edited

    I just watched ep 3 and until now it's too boring for me, will it get better?

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      Serin 28 days ago

      No, it didn't get any better for me.

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      naccu 24 days ago

      I agree but each on their own!

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    xcrystalstarx Jan 17, 2017 - 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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      cherry Jan 17, 2017

      You should!
      and i can become your favourite drama as well! its just amazing!
      dont give it a second thought...just watch it :) :)

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      Luna_ Jan 17, 2017 - edited

      Yeah exactly. People shouldn't always listen to those haters, the hate about this drama isn't justified at all -_-

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      cherry Jan 17, 2017

      True!!

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      Xavian 5 days ago

      "People shouldn't always listen to the haters, the hate about this drama isn't justified at all" Your comment is cringy. The people who like the drama, their love isn't justified either. No one is hating, it's called criticism, it's called having different opinions.

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      Luna_ 5 days ago

      I think you've completely misunderstood my post. It's totally ok for me if people criticize this, point put the flaws etc. But honestly how many bad comments would this get of it DIDN'T have 40% viewership ratings and crazy amount of buzz, awards etc? People are just bashing this like they do with every popular drama. If this wasn't as popular people would dub it "a gem", "a refreshing romcom" or whatever.

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    Nemesis Jan 8, 2017 - edited

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

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      RhopalocerA Jan 8, 2017 - 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 Jan 14, 2017

      Exactly! Some people....smh

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      Serin Jan 15, 2017

      I totally agree!

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      cherry Jan 17, 2017

      Don't impose your thoughts on others...
      everyone has different choices and opinions....

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    patka0686 Jan 7, 2017

    OVERRATED

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    Hani Dec 30, 2016 - 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 Jan 3, 2017

      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 Dec 29, 2016 - edited

    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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      cherry Jan 17, 2017

      you can watch noble, my love ...or love me if you dare its a chineese drama but its amazing!

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.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.8 (scored by 13,746 users)
  • Ranked:

    #33
  • Popularity:

    #2

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