It’s no secret that Descendants of the Sun is super high budget, basically blowing all previous K-dramas out of the water with the overseas location shoots and military/medical story line necessitating sprawling sets and costumes. That’s worth checking this drama out alone, so I think the early murmurings of disappointment with the previews so far are valid but not necessarily a sign of greater concern with the final product. The drama can still be an enjoyable watch even if it doesn’t live up to expectations, depends really on what each segment of the watching audience is tuning in for.
I’m in it for Song Joong Ki, others for Song Hye Kyo, then some for writer Kim Eun Sook, and so on. I think this drama is a stretch for all three main players – Song Joong Ki too slight and baby-faced to convince as an alpha military male, Song Hye Kyo too cool and aloof to sizzle up the screen, and Kim Eun Sook’s skills stretching to write something that aspires on such an epic scale. I’m all for stretching, and hopefully even if it doesn’t stick there will be a soft landing for all. The latest production preview for DotS is my fave so far, a time lapse behind-the-scenes look at the filming, capturing all the hard work that goes into the making of a product for entertainment consumption.
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