K-Drama Premiere: “Memories Of The Alhambra” Maneuvers An Exciting Plot That Is Not Afraid Of Being Ambitious
Mind-blowing — Memories of the Alhambra kicked off to a resonating spark of promise!
As soon as you get your hands on Memories of the Alhambra, you are up for an exciting drama adventure that is likely to astonish you each week.
Taking the route of virtual reality, tvN’s highly-anticipated series introduced a hero on a business deal quest to secure a cutting-edge augmented reality game.
Pilot Week Recap
Groping for his ringing cellphone, Yoo Jin Woo (Hyun Bin) wakes up in the middle of a night and receives a call offering a business deal. With the mention of his friend-turned-rival’s name, Cha Hyung Suk (Park Hoon), he sets forth to Granada in Spain.
At Granada, Jin Woo goes to Hostel Bonita managed by Jung Hee Joo (Park Shin Hye, who turned out to be the sister of game developer Jung Se Joo (Park Chanyeol).
After cleaning up a little of the dusty room provided at the hostel. Jin Woo heads outside to try out the AR game with a programmer from his company, remotely monitoring its progress.
Through a high-tech contact lenses, he enters an augmented reality (AR) game that utilizes the physical setting, even real-life surroundings for the player of the game.
Getting the hang of it, Jin Woo tries multiple times to level up from the first stage of the game until the sun rises. He ultimately defeats the first villain task and gets a key reward as he preps up for the second stage.
Exhausted from the long night, he goes back to the hostel feeling weary. Broken power outlet in his room is not helping out as he gets the background check report from Agent A (Park Hye Su). Unable to complete a decent conversation because of the noisy fire alarm, he lashes out on the guest house owner.
Complaining of all the amenities that the hostel lacks, it is too late for Jin Woo to go back from the hurtful words he said. When Agent A informs him that Se Joo the programmer is a minor, it dawns on him that the woman who cried because of him will be the key person for the investment deal he is working on.
The next day, Jin Woo uses the information he obtained from Se Joo’s family about his arrival. He sets forth to meet him at the train station but he does not get off the train.
Se Joo who wakes up from the announcement of his arrival point is last seen waking up and being shot by a mysterious man. But the last frame hints no blood spatters on his clean bed, with his bag left behind.
Jin Woo also confronts his former friend Hyung Suk, who is also playing the game, but is already on a higher level than he is. He foregoes the challenge since he is at a disadvantage and heads to meet Hee Joo.
Upon learning the identity of the man who made her cry, Hee Joo agrees to meet Jin Woo. The latter informs Hee Joo of the promising future that will happen to Granada after a year on the premise of the augmented reality game launch that is underway.
He reveals how Granada will not be only famous because of Alhambra palace since it will become a mecca that will be visited by rich people because of a groundbreaking AR game.
A year after, battle-scarred and limping Jin Woo rides a train bound to Granada. Bullets fire up with mysterious fighters swarming Jin Woo in a gunfight scaring the people inside the train.
In flashback, he narrates how half of the promise he told Hee Joo a year ago was fulfilled, but the other half, he got completely wrong.
Pilot Week Afterthoughts
I love whatever new world Memories of the Alhambra will lead me to so far.
Inventive and polished narrative execution always makes my heart beats fast, and the first two episodes were just worth the wait.
Neatly laying down the framework with apparent clues to unravel in the next chapters of the stories were unleashed with convictions. With its imaginative picture, it was no surprise why Hyun Bin took on the role for his small screen comeback.
The series seems to be threading on a brilliant fantasy-crossing-reality premise, brought about by the augmented reality game.
Based on the sneak peek of how the game trajectory will evolve in real-life setting, the waning frames of the pilot week enticed on unprecedented twist that might befall in the story.
How to crack the limitless creativity of writer Song Jae Jung? From Queen In Hyun’s Man, Nine, W, and now — Memories of the Alhambra, this brilliant scriptwriter is a gem.
Memories of the Alhambra airs every Saturday and Sunday on tvN. It is streamed globally via Netflix.
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