Missing 9

Missing 9 (2017)

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Ra Bong Hee, the only known survivor of a plane crash that was carrying famous entertainment industry figures from the agency she works at, was found on a beach in China after 4 months from the crash. Upon returning to Korea, she is put under the spotlight and the public outcries to know what happened to their beloved artists. However, Bong Hee doesn't remember anything about the crash due to memory loss. read moreNevertheless, she is forced to remember and re-tell the story of the other eight passengers' disappearance to silence the public's tumult.
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Misunderst0_od
26 people found this review helpful
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Mar 9, 2017
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
This drama was really random and unpredictable, but that's what I loved about it. I know people had mixed feelings about Missing 9. This drama, at its core, is a comedy. Never forget that as you watch. The island itself is a dark place that tests human nature. You will see common themes like Nature vs. Nurture and Survival of the Fittest. In fact, they even mention back home (Seoul) as the read more happy place, so it would make sense that the scenes shot in Korea are more comedic and lighthearted.

Yes, it's kind of flawed and has its plot holes, but considering the original writer dropped out and another writer had to come in and pick up the pieces, it's pretty darn good. At times it did feel like different writers were writing different parts. It would go from Comedy to Horror to Action, for example. However, in the end, I think the last scene represented the drama real well as a whole. Basically, bright and colorful, but one hot mess. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess.
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silent_whispers
39 people found this review helpful
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Mar 10, 2017
  • Overall 2.0
  • Story 2.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
The reality is that Missing 9 was amazing for me, well the first 9 episodes. It's crazy episode 10 was such a huge turning point that it killed the drama from there on. I could see in episode 8 and 9 that things were mellowing out to be predictable, but I could have never guessed that the story would become a mockery of the first 9 episodes. The reality is I built read more this drama up in my mind—expectations—and the first 9 episodes were so great for me that I had the utmost confidence that it could win out and pull off a fabulous drama.

I have now discovered that when a romantic drama that seems typical becomes stagnant and a trope it sucks. However, when a drama that is unique and has so much promise does it's like a knife to the gut. I became so ticked off with the last 7 episodes that there is no redemption for this drama. Maybe it's my fault for reading so much into the drama and expecting awesomeness. Everything I thought meant something was stupid. Such as the color scheme of beige switching to vibrant colors, it's never fully addressed though there is a turning point in the drama. I actually wonder if the writer had somewhere to go, but someone on the side was like no make this an average and underwhelming murder mystery.

That's right. It all boiled down to a murder mystery that happened years before this plane crash. Which is perfectly fine. Except that the drama treated it's viewers like we were dumb and couldn't figure it out right away. So the last 5 episodes are all “What really happened?” and I had guessed it around episode 5 if not sooner. Sighs. So let me tell you it was boring.

Not to mention that the killer apparently “accidentally” did it, but it was someone else who pushed him over the edge. Somehow meaning that the 4 murders he committed on the island where, okay? No really. He gets a happy ending painting with his friends. DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE MALICIOUSLY KILLED PEOPLE. Murdering his own friend and continued to try to kill people until the end.

The true awesomeness of Missing 9 is in the first 9 episodes. (Holy drama! Did this drama curse itself?) Was the dual storytelling of the timeline of the plane crash, the past of the idols, and the present in which the one survivor is trying to piece her memory together. Somehow Missing 9 found this perfect balance of psychological thriller and horror, with humor. I loved it. Characters who were clearly annoying stereotypes became well developed on the island. I truly believe that if the writing hadn't given up on itself that the idea of solving the old murder from before would have been enough to deliver this drama. Yet the last 7 episodes tossed all of the character development and commonsense out the window. Then continued to shoot it up as it sped by in the getaway car to abandon the storyline that the writer clearly didn't know how to wrap up.

Normally I do a rating scale of my average rating per episode which is actually 5/10 for Missing 9. The first 9 episodes are at 8/10 rating, and the last 7 episodes 2/10 (to be honest right on the verge of 1/10). So I look at the 5/10 average episode rating and compare to the numbers I put in for MDL's rating scale (which is 3/10) and figure it out from there. (Yes, I put a lot of though into how I rate.) To be quite honest I am so tempted to go back and lower all my episode ratings on the first 9 because I now realize that the show's story goes no where. Yet, I can't because those first 9 were awesome for me and despite the story losing itself it deserves it. (Though I'm still bitter.)

When the writing was good the actors were amazing. YES, even the idols did a magical job. They balanced fear and humor well in the first 9 episodes. It's not their fault their characters became tacky in the last half, they acted what was created. The music was all right, though I can't really remember it right now.

In the end this was another drama that I had high hopes for and faith that the writer wouldn't give up on the story in the latter episodes because it didn't know how to end. Part of the problem is I had too much faith and believed in it. That the first half of the show was truly amazing. Yet, the last 7 episodes were so utterly painful that it killed Missing 9. I will never rewatch this drama again, and I will think back on it with absolute and utter dejection. In a move I normally don't make I am rating this completely on feeling. If I went by my normal system I'd pick between 3/10 to 5/10. (Which is why I wrote that huge paragraph on my rating system above so you could get an idea.) However, the last part of this drama ruined everything. It made characters that started out annoying and grew into pretty awesome characters, annoying again. I couldn't stand characters that I loved from the beginning. Not to mention that the female lead was so awesome and then just turned into a damsel at the end. *Sighs* Everything hinged on a clearly obvious plot line. In then end this drama transformed into a painful drama memory that I wish I could forget.
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Both very good mystery dramas with great acting. Suspense is also good. The mystery is entertaining and they both leave you off of your seat thinking about what's going to happen in the next episode. Both also have strong female leads!
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Both are about a group of people stuck at one location. Both have suspense, mystery, and are somewhat dark with a theme for survival. White Christmas is about a group of students stuck at an school over winter break whereas Missing 9 is about a group of celebrities stranded on an abandoned island.
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    Red 15 hours ago

    good drama. I HATE TAE HO! >.< I like jun oh and bong he :) how they started and how they ended up xD at first i didn't like jun ho, he was so annoying

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    Totallyangelicgirl 6 days ago

    I have to say this drama has brilliant OSTs - in fact even when the story dragged the music made a real difference.

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    Megan 29 days ago
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    Emily Jul 12, 2017

    Oh my god, I just remembered the fact that this drama exists. IT MAKES ME SO MAD, because it was legit fabulous until the very end where clearly the writer's edibles must've kicked in and made them say, "Fuck it. Resolve everything. Most obvious solutions. No consequences for anybody. DONE."

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    MrBanana Jul 6, 2017 - edited

    This drama is pure guilty pleasure - don't take it so seriously, just turn it on and turn off your brain, and enjoy the ride. I still rate this 8/10.

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    I don't think this was as bad as everyone thinks it is, I enjoyed it for the most part, had a few laughs here and there, a few raised eyebrows at some things that were over the top or a bit weird, and there was mystery involved which was good and kept my interest.
    I watched this with a very open mind b/c of the ending but I don't think I needed to lol
    I thought this was going to be a drama within a drama or something or a drama about the characters being in some reality show b/c of the things I've heard and the picture ending... but no it is what it is lol
    The ending didn't bother me either *more in spoiler* I mean I wasn't sure exactly what was going on but I kind of guessed what they were doing. I know this was a big drama ruiner for a lot of people but I think that's just b/c they didn't see the bigger picture in it.
    All in all, I enjoyed the acting from everyone from the good characters to the bad ones. Joon Oh was my favorite although he was a bit outrageously weird in the beginning. I enjoyed watching Tae Ho (CTJ) as the bad guy - his acting was great. I also enjoyed Bong Hee and Ji Ah ;) As well as the rest of the cast.
    End result: Better drama then I was expecting - believe me I've seen WAY worse! *coughs* Snowman *coughs*
    and I admit there were a few plot holes that I noticed that they never explained.

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    DreamingKoreanBallad Jun 22, 2017
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    TheBurbster May 11, 2017 - edited
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      namopanik May 23, 2017 - edited
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      KatySarang_TGeyes May 28, 2017
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    Miss-Addicted Apr 29, 2017 - edited

    I kept putting off this drama because of the comments and I have to say it's not bad like some comments say, it's a pretty good drama specially the part where they are on the island.
    Jung Kyung Ho's one of my favorite actors so it's obvious that he did an amazing job here as always.
    Bong Hee's character was nice for a female lead, she was kind, smart and likable, she wasn't like those annoying over the top female lead. I also really liked Ji Ah's character as well!
    now talking about what both people the most which is the ending without spoiling anything, it's just was weird because of one character but other then that i don't see a problem. and another thing that was disappointing in this drama was is the lack of importance one character got from the other which made me frustrated.
    those two were the only really bad things about the drama, other then that it's a pretty good and I don't get why it has low ratings compared to other bad dramas.

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      KatySarang_TGeyes May 28, 2017
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      Miss-Addicted Jun 6, 2017
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    claudya87 Apr 27, 2017
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    Suicidal_Hermit Apr 22, 2017

    Jung Kyung Ho and Baek Jin Hee onscreen chemistry was the best. I loved watching them interact with each other and had some good laughs.

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    Iffah Apr 16, 2017 - edited
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      OKasiandrama Apr 26, 2017

      That makes sense. Thanks for saying that. Makes me feel better about it.

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      Iffah Apr 27, 2017

      No problem, it makes me feel better about it too lol!

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      xcrystalstarx May 27, 2017
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    OKasiandrama Apr 15, 2017

    This drama is SOOO under rated. Of course it has a few flaws.. being a mystery drama that was being written while airing (meaning there were changes due to viewerships ratings and complaints so of course it wasn't perfect) however I LOOOOVED IT! It was funny, cute, sweet, anxiety inducing and totally worth my time! I really hope people don't avoid watching it just because of the low ratings and bad reviews because I think it was marvelous! And if you need a better reason.. the cast is all seriously attractive! >////<

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    undinea Apr 9, 2017 - edited

    i put this on hold when i was at ep 6 while it was airing because i couldn't keep up with all the dramas i was watching, and then when it ended i was a bit sad because i read the comments that the ending was disappointing, and i was really really excited for this one :(
    but anyway, is it worth watching the last 10 episodes? or should i just drop it?

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      arbios Apr 9, 2017

      just drop it :)

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      OKasiandrama Apr 15, 2017

      Ignore everyone but me and keep watching it!! It's totally worth your time. The ending isn't ideal but it's a good drama and I think it shouldn't be discredited due to a 5 minutes scene at the end of the final episode.

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Apr 24, 2017 - edited

      Despite the ending, which is terrible, you should still drop it. It is riddled with plot holes, in fact there's more holes than actual sense. Additionally, it gives you emotional whip lash like none other. Should I laugh, cry, be morose...? Like I'm not sure. And every chance that show gets to develop it's characters, with the past are ignored. Everyone's mistakes are ignored and pushed to the side because "they didn't mean to" or "it was a misunderstanding". This is honestly one of the worst dramas I've ever seen, I wouldn't watch it.

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Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Jan 18, 2017 to Mar 9, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.5 (scored by 2,956 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1506
  • Popularity:

    #154

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