Park Moo Jin is a former professor of chemistry and now holds the Minister of Environment position. He doesn't have ambition, personal beliefs or political sense. One day, the cabinet is gathered in the National Assembly for the president's address. A terror attack takes place, killing many government officials, including the president and ministers. Park Moo Jin is the highest ranking government official left alive. He doesn't want the position, but he must sit as the acting president for 60 days. Park Moo Jin chases after the person or group responsible for the attack as he grows as a national leader. (Source: AsianWiki) ~~ A remake of the U.S. series "Designated Survivor". Edit Translation
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An amazing journey of self-discoveryI was dwelling whenever I should write a review with or without spoilers, since it's not easy to describe the drama without spilling some information. At the end, I decided that I should just put more work into writing and not disclose any important spoilers concerning the plot. I know there are at least few people who are on the fence about starting this drama since it's heavy on politics and it's not everyone's cup of tea. It sure is not mine. Yet, here I am loving this drama and recommending it to everyone. And here is why:
STORY: Would I call it realistic? Not really. Did it bother me it was unrealistic? No. Why? Because it was cohesive and consistent. I know that political dramas can be boring for people who are just not interested in the topic, and that's why adding some unrealistic, but definitely grabbing the attention plot points, made this drama more approachable for wider audience. Especially since, at least for me, the main point of the drama was development and growth of the characters. It's a story of believing in yourself and what you stand for, fighting for the right. Discovering that just because there are winners, does not necessarily mean there must be losers. How to play the game that will make not only you achieve your goals but also make everyone around content. It's about slowly realizing your strengths and ways to use them. Figuring out that wanting something does not necessarily makes you a bad person who is only led by greed. Many interesting lessons to learn with our main character. An amazing journey of self-discovery.
CHARACTERS/CAST: I was not sold on the idea of Ji Jin Hee being the lead of the whole drama. Especially after watching first two episodes. Him being surrounded by all the strong and captivating side characters made me worried, if he can truly lead the whole drama. And oh boy, I was wrong. Now I would say he was born for this role and he aced the character he was given. Seeing Park Moo Jin slowly growing but without giving up on his principles and believes was an amazing journey. It was refreshing to see really smart main character that was also empathetic and, to put it simply, a good person.
It's also worth mentioning other characters that won my heart: Cha Young Jin, whom I loved to hate at the beginning and then just simply loved. Han Na Kyung who was the MVP of the badass team. Oh Young Seok who made the drama even more thrilling to watch. Yoon Chan Kyung who was the true politician: I never knew where she is standing and what are her motives. Is she good? Is she bad? I guess you will find out for yourself, if you decide to watch the drama.
OTHER: The show also talks about some serious issues in a realistic and not patronizing way. It helps with understanding the reasoning for specific choices characters make. The cinematography and the way it was shot was beautiful. Definitely a high quality production value. The music was good, it was not exactly grabbing my attention, but it's a political drama, the ost is not the main focus here. I would not say it's a bad point. It did not take the focus away from the scenes and the plot, and that's what's important. The ending was perfect, and everything I could wish for.
All in all, I did not expect to like this drama as much as I did. If you have any question and you are still not sure if you should pick this drama up, write a comment and I will try to help you as much as I can :)