Okay, so before I get started I would just like to address why my overall score is higher than all the individual scores. That is because to me the overall reflects more upon my enjoyment of the show while watching whereas the other scores are based more on reflecting on the show after finishing and admitting this show did have flaws just not big enough ones to take away from my enjoyment while watching (hope that made sense).
- Overall 10
- Story 9
- Acting/Cast 8
- Music 8
- Rewatch Value 7
Now, let's break it down:
Story - I found the storyline of this drama both unique, compelling, and surprising. The concrete base of the plot isn't set up till the end of the second episode and let me tell you, those first two episodes? Absolutely insane. Complete rollercoaster
ride full of thrill and unexpected twists and turns. They were an excellent set up for the mood and interest of the rest of the series. The following episodes were similar in a rollercoaster ride just slightly slower but still filled with unexpected turns and cliffhangers that will have you clicking on the next episode without even realizing. So best to strap yourself in tight and expect to be up all night watching. Perhaps one of the strongest points of this drama is the fact that the writers weren't afraid to take it to the next level into darker territory: there's corruption, there's betrayal, there's character deaths, and I love it. With that said, it's not flawless. Perhaps the biggest weakness was the fact that they always left you hanging. This became counter-productive when more questions were being formed than questions being answered. At times trying to remember all the dates, locations, and people involved in certain situations became muddled and confusing and thus making the storyline of what the viewer should already know sometimes a bit challenging to remember and understand.
Acting/cast - First off I would just like to give a standing ovation to Uhm Ki Joon (who played Jo Hyun Min). His acting was absolutely amazing. At first I was thrown off by his character because I was use to his light hearted character in Dream High but he pulled off the villian so flawlessly and effortlessly. Absolutely amazing. As for the rest of cast... well let's just say I wasn't nearly as thrilled. None of the cast was bad... just kind of mediocre and didn't give me the "wow" factor like UKJ did.
Music - It was pretty decent I must say. The OST in the drama is quite pleasant and one that perhaps I might consider buying in the future, it was that good. The cues for the music were likewise good; they were well placed and nicely nailed an appropriate emotion to an appropriate scene. The only downside to the music was the Phantom of the Opera song... At times it just felt a bit... cheesy.
Rewatch Value - Of course knowing the full truth it will never be the same another time around; however, I'm sure there will come a time when I will rewatch it just to reexperience some of the thrill of this show I felt the first time around.
Overall - EXCELLENT. Excellent, excellent, excellent. I would love to rewatch this drama in the future. I marathoned it up till episode 18 (which were the only episodes out at the time) and the extra four days I had to wait for the last two episodes were excruciating. Even during those four days of waiting, Ghost was all I could think about. This show was just so good that I felt I could simply not put it down till I knew the entire truth. You could say the show was captivating to say the least.
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