2018 Korean Drama Quick Reviews: “The Great Seducer” & “The Grand Prince”
You got it right. We are winding up 2018 Korean Dramas for this season in preparation of our 2018 year-end recap.
Any faithful fan would agree how hard it is to tune in to K-Drama releases because of the quick intervals of the batches for prime time series. Usually, every 2-3 months new stories are aired, with 15-20 Korean dramas more or less each week.
Hence, as much as we want to cover everything, we really have to skip reviewing some of them unfortunately. Luckily, 2019 season would be a different story since we are having it all mapped out in advance already.
In the next few days, we will be releasing more full and short reviews, as wells as ratings for some of the K-Dramas we finished late.
Our first offering takes two hero-centric dramas of varying colors, with both taking romance as its main theme.
The Great Seducer
All was good until the seduction was abruptly halted. I was set on the mood it advertised about a master player. I felt that the seduction part was cut off when it was just heating up because the lead love couple’s parents love arc made it messier.
Individually, the four main characters fairly painted their characters to the best of what the story flow could offer. But given their talents, they could have done more if the narrative did not dwell on the conflict related to the lead love couple’s parents.
Nevertheless, there were striking moments from the love journeys and friendship drawn in the narrative. However, it was not enough to create a lingering story.
The Grand Prince
We did not have much historical productions this year. But interestingly, all of the period dramas accomplished well in ratings and story values.
That had been the fate of The Grand Prince which I truly regretted not being able to write a full review because I really enjoyed it like how I loved Queen For Seven Days dearly.
Grand Prince announced its presence through an engaging symphony of love and drama, involving a woman caught in between the affection of two Joseon princes. The grandiose design, powered by indelible portrayals of the actors, made up the familiar contours of classic historical masterpiece which we have loved in the past, visibly evident in this new spectacle.
As the only period drama aired in the first half of the year, Grand Prince superbly unravels the poignant events of the story. It drives a balanced energy by incorporating the trademark political strife of historical dramas and cushioning it with the romance elements of the story. It secures a well-blended serious and bright notes, while drawing the viewers to its stunning love tale. The seamless narration easily navigates the viewers to the compass of the narrative.
ABOUT THE WRITER
abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting K-Drama watching as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Gregory House, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.
Recommended Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter, and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.