Episode 1 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 11 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 12 – | Review Score – 5/5
Episode 13 – | Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 14 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 15 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 16 – | Review Score – 5/5
One of the best things about Korean Dramas is how well they’re able to tell a story and how they manage to do so without too much sex, violence or swearing. After watching Hotel Del Luna and When the Camellia Blooms, I thought it would be difficult to top these two series… until I started watching Crash Landing on You (or CLOY as it has been called by its numerous fans.)
The series has managed to nail its story, character development and soundtrack while offering up some stunning imagery throughout. With plenty of heart-wrenching and powerful scenes, along with hilarious and romantic moments, CLOY has been quite the emotional roller coaster, one that I dare anyone to watch without shedding a tear or two.
The story revolves around heiress and successful CEO Yoon Se-Ri who one day ends up landing in North Korea after a storm blew her to the country while paragliding. There, she meets and falls in love with Captain Ri Jeong-Hyeok while hiding and getting used to their customs. What follows is a race against time as she tries to escape back to her country with the help of her new friends as she faces multiple obstacles and challenges. Along the way, she makes some unforgettable friendships which will change her life in ways she never thought possible.
Upon hearing the premise behind this drama you’ll be forgiven for thinking it sounds a little crazy and I wondered how it would turn out. However, from its first episode through to the emotional climax, CLOY manages to deliver its story in a clever and believable manner while staying respectful to both countries’ customs. It has the perfect blend of drama, romance, suspense and humour throughout its 16 episodes. Each chapter clocks in at 90 minutes but that shouldn’t deter anyone from watching it, as the show never feels too long or occupies its run-time with filler during the season.
Seeing Se-Ri experiencing the harsh life in North Korea was quite the eye-opener too, offering up some powerful and tense scenes while she tries hiding and returning to her home country. By contrast, during the second half of the season we see the difference between the two countries as the drama concentrates on the South. Without spoiling too much, there are some pretty funny but also touching moments involving our favourite four soldiers (the ducklings). It has been really interesting to see the polarity between the North and South but also sad to witness how some people wish both countries could be reunited.
The four soldiers have certainly charmed the audience with their innocence, fun mannerisms and friendships with each other but also with Se-Ri. Each has a distinctive personality trait, from Ju-Meok loving South Korean dramas to sweet and caring Eun-Dong, right the way through to Chi-Su who tries his best to be indifferent to Se-Ri (but fails); they are a vital part of the show and add some much needed depth to it. Some of their scenes had me laughing out loud while others had me shedding quite a lot of tears – this is likely to be true for a lot of other viewers as well.
Se-Ri and Jeong-Hyeok have become the couple everyone rooted for during the whole season and their chemistry was excellent throughout, with many taking to social media to wish that both actors get together off-screen. Both Hyun-Bin and Son Ye-Jin gave some brilliant performances and I’m looking forward to see what projects they do next. The whole cast really deserve praise though, really growing into their roles as the drama progressed, with some strong character arcs that compliment the show’s stylings nicely.
Crash Landing’s soundtrack is also excellent, with touching numbers like ” Flower” by Yoon Mi-Rae, “Sunset” by Davichi or “Here I Am Again” by Yerin Baek fitting perfectly with the moods of the episodes and helps make the show even more engaging and touching. Ironically, while writing this review I couldn’t help but listen to the soundtrack again! The cinematography boasts some stunning imagery of North and South Korea, but the real winner is Switzerland. The gorgeous scenery had made me wanting to visit the country, perhaps also as a way to fill the void the series has left after ending.
Crash Landing On You is one of the best Korean dramas on Netflix but also one of the best shows of 2020. Delivering a simple and touching story of love and friendship, the drama hits all the right notes when it comes to balancing that with suspense and romance. All the characters, which the cast manage to portray beautifully, are likable and will certainly be missed by anyone who has watched this wonderful drama. Crash Landing will certainly leave a void in my heart and I, like many others, will feel a little lost on Saturday and Sundays now. For any fans of the genre, or even those new to this style of drama, Crash Landing On You will almost certainly crash land its way into your heart.
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Verdict - 10/10