- Overall 9.0
- Story 9.0
- Acting/Cast 10
- Music 5.0
- Rewatch Value 7.0
You know, there's those dramas that you always hear about, like Boys Over Flowers, Sam-Soon, Coffee Prince, You're Beautiful, Princess Hours, Full House, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, etc etc etc. Some of them deserve their popularity, some don't, all depending on who you talk to. And then there are the dramas you really don't hear much about except maybe one or two voices in the wilderness singing their praises and you read more just can't understand why. In my opinion, this is one of them. Not to hype it up too much if you haven't seen it yet, but it is really, really, really good.
Unlike others, the political aspect actually is one of the main things (besides Kim Sun Ah) that attracted me to the drama. But I watched the first episode and it looked like it was going to be a ho-hum rom com with an exceedingly silly heroine and jerk "hero". After finishing Greatest Love, I just couldn't get enough of Cha Seung Won and I'm falling head over heels for Kim Sun Ah in Scent of a Woman, so I decided to give it another go. At about episode 3 or 4 I was completely hooked and lost sleep so I could finish it.
To get the negatives out of the way, the cinematography is nothing to write home about and I just flat out did not like any of the music. It wasn't to the point of being offensive to the senses so thankfully I could ignore it for the most part, but it added nothing to the drama.
And that's pretty much it as far as negatives go. The entire bloody cast is absolutely perfect in every role. The episodes flow smoothly, really no dragging parts that I recall, and this show keeps a person absolutely hooked. Kim Sun Ah's character is amazing and inspiring! If you're turned off by her character in the beginning, keep watching. Both leads go through so much fantastic growth and have so much depth. When I started I thought 20 episodes seemed a bit much, but then when the end came I couldn't believe it was already here! Speaking of the end, it does not disappoint. Anyway, stop reading reviews and go watch this drama already!