It feels like it’s been forever and a day. I sincerely apologize as I haven’t posted for the past few weeks, so I decided to jump back into blogging with another of my ’10 reasons’ posts.
Today, I’m focusing all of my attention on a k-drama that has completely captivated me from the first episode. It’s a rarity when I fall head over heels for a drama after only one episode, so I’ll share some of the reasons that I love D-Day.
One. First of all, this series has a gripping plot that offers something different than any of the k-dramas that have aired in 2015. While natural disasters such as earthquakes aren’t the most original plot point, it’s a selling point in D-Day. We get to witness the aftermath of a earthquake in a very urban city that isn’t prepared at all for such an event.
Two. The production scale. Readers, the production scale of this series is huge — think blockbuster movie huge. A lot of money went into making this series, and it’s instantly noticeable. This is not a cheap production. It feels like you’re watching a movie every week, and trust me, that’s not a bad thing.
Three. Kim Young Kwang. Before D-Day, I had no idea who he was. Yes, people told me he was in this drama and he was in that drama, but I hadn’t watched any of them, so this was my first chance to see KYK on screen. Let me just say that he is leading man material. He is the heart of this series and he brings such life to his character, Lee Hae Sung. Even if you’ve never heard of him before, he’s pretty darn impressive here.
Four. The music always sets the right ambiance. In any good drama, this is always a must on my ’10 reasons’ list. When the right music is used in the right setting, it helps us understand how we should be feeling or it helps us prepare for how we’re going to feel. And there’s some great instrumental woven into this series. It’s refreshing, actually.
Five. Jung So Min. My very first drama was Playful Kiss, and thanks to JSM’s acting skills, I fell in love with k-dramas and continued watching. I think this actress is severely underrated. She brings a lot to her character, Jung Ddol Mi, and even though she’s only a third year orthopedic resident from Busan, she captures Lee Hae Sung’s eye. It’s beautiful watching the way that JSM shows the growth and strength of her character as she changes and adapts to what’s going on around her.
Six. Sizzling chemistry. Jung So Min and Kim Young Kwang make it look so effortless. Whether they’re being playful on or off screen, the chemistry is right there. And who doesn’t enjoy their leads having the right spark? These two are on their A game.
Seven. The conflicts. Considering that this is a natural disaster drama, there is a lot of conflict and, well, drama. In the face of disaster, we see what characters try to do their very best and what characters are motivated simply by greed and/or fear. There is always something going on each week, so I find it interesting to watch the characters I love rise above these challenges and succeed. Of course, success isn’t always a giving. In the medical field, there are complications and situations that can’t be remedied even by the best doctors.
Eight. The characters. This drama has a nice variety of characters with different personalities and motivations. Some are genuinely good, some are downright vile, and others toe the line between good and bad. No matter which one it is, D-Day contains some pretty great, fleshed out characters. Also, I have to give the writers an A+ for their character development skills.
Nine. This is the kind of drama that you can’t help but sit down and try and figure out what’s going to happen next. What’s obstacles will appear next? Who will break down? Who will rise above it all? I think a sign of a good drama is that it answers questions will opening up another set of questions. If a drama can make me think to such a degree, it’s doing something right.
Ten. While this is a drama and many things are dramatized, I do appreciate the way that D-Day feels realistic. Sure, there are moments where you have to ask questions and wonder if it would really happen in real life, but for me, the strength of this series is that I believe what I’m watching. I believe that an earthquake has really happened. I believe that a massive city like Seoul could be crippled by an earthquake because they’re not as well-equipped to handle such a disaster compared to an area that is well-equipped.
So, there you have it. Here are ten reasons that keep me watching D-Day.