HanCinema Review: Descendants of the Sun Special 3

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Descendants of the Sun aired its last special today and it was full of the goodies I wished that the first two had contained. We got interviews, behind the scenes, stories, cute moments, history, and more. It was a fun hour of insight into the insanely popular show whose ratings climaxed at 38.8%, whose Chinese views reached 3 billion, and who has had countless parodies made of its memorable scenes.

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HanCinema Review: Descendants of the Sun Special 2

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For those of you hoping for more recaps of the second OTP pairing between Myeong-joo and Dae-yeong, this second special did throw in a few of their juiciest bits. However, it mostly focused on Si-jin and Mo-yeon and on the trials that Si-jin suffered for his country and his woman.

It seems like this special really catered to the Song Joong-ki mania that has literally spread all over the world.

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HanCinema Review: Descendants of the Sun Episode 16 (final)

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Descendants of the Sun has come to an end and that fact feels a bit surreal as well as its rating of 38.8%. Not just as a viewer, but as a reviewer. Not just as a reviewer, but as an international drama fan watching the waves that this drama has made in the world of drama, and in the world itself. This drama is more than its story. It is enveloped in a hype that is currently unparalleled. In some ways, the show is well-worth its worldwide prestige. In others, it is not.

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HanCinema Review: Descendants of the Sun Episode 15

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In its penultimate episode, Descendants of the Sun tops itself with 34.8% ratings in spite of the fact that it was competing with South Korean elections. This drama suffers from too many tonal shifts, but the tone of this episode was so solid that it was a tight, emotive watching experience even though it didn’t quite match the rest of the drama.

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HanCinema Review: Descendants of the Sun Episode 14

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For the second time in its fourteen-episode run Descendants of the Sun has experienced a ratings drop. It came in at 33.0%, 0.5% decrease. Perhaps it is the fact that the glamour and excitement of the foreign country was no longer present. Perhaps it was the broaching of the sensitive North/South Korea conflict that is more tense than ever. Perhaps it was just the simple fact that the cliffhanger wasn’t really a cliffhanger despite the fact that the show only has a week left (save for the bonus goodies to be offered after its run.)

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HanCinema Review: Descendants of the Sun Episode 13

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Our crew of loveable characters has landed back in Korea and served us up another ratings hike. Episode 13 earned at 33.5% on the Nielsen Korea chart and the sheer number of adorable couple moments and character beats support it. Yoo Ah-in’s sardonic cameo also probably helped. Then there was the witty, zippy, and fun dialogue along with the more relaxed feeling that comes with a much needed homecoming.

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