When Time Stopped Korean Drama Review

When Time Stopped Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong

When Time Stopped is a fantasy romance about a mysterious and lonely man (Kim Hyun Joong) that has the ability to stop time who meets a woman (Ahn Ji Hyun) who owns an apartment building that is able to continue to move around when he time stops.

When Time Stopped Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong

Kim Hyun Joong plays our time stopper Joon Woo. He tends to keep to himself as he works to further his goals with the use of his time stopping ability. But he is caught off guard when he meets a woman that allows him to begin to open up.

When Time Stopped Korean Drama - Ahn Ji Hyun

Then we have Ahn Ji Hyun as Kim Sun Ah. She owes a large debt to a loan shark which has puts at her risk of losing the apartment building she owns. She soon meets Joon Woo and is in for a big surprise when she not only learns that he can stop time, but that she can continue to move during his time freezes.

When Time Stopped Korean Drama - Im Gyo Jin

Im Gyo Jin is Myung Woon. He’s a conflicted reaper whose job is to track down people born with special powers and capture their souls since they don’t belong in the human world.

When Time Stopped Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong and AHn Ji Hyun

I mostly went into When Time Stopped without knowing too much which kind of spices things up. I found the first couple episodes pretty interesting. The fantasy premise of a man being able to stop time while one girl can still move around is intriguing.

But it didn’t take long before I felt as though I wasn’t sure if the drama had a clear idea of where it wanted to go. It seemed like it sort of wandered around a bit. This is also the kind of story with quite a few loopholes and underdeveloped story lines.

While we are introduced to the Joo Woo, his time stopping power, and the reaper world, the initial focus seemed to be more on Sun Ah’s struggles with debt and keeping her apartment building. This surprised me since there so much to work with fantasy story-wise, but it was fine because I found Sun Ah to be a pretty interesting character.

When Time Stopped Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong and AHn Ji Hyun

But after that is resolved, the drama takes on an episodic format with each episode dealing with either another human with powers that the reapers are after or someone connected to Joon Woo and Sun Ah who they needed to help.

A couple of these stories were definitely engaging, but I was disappointed that the show wasn’t focusing more on the overarching story. Halfway through the drama, I barely had any idea who Joon Woo even was. With no memories of his past and a fairly bland personality, it was difficult to connect with his character.

When Time Stopped Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong and AHn Ji Hyun

The second half of the drama is where we really start to see the relationship between Joon Woo and Sun Ah begin to deepen. It was slow going for their romance to blossom, but we do get some sweet moments throughout the journey as well as a few thoughtful conversations between the pair. They have a pretty emotional story too.

Then it’s about two-thirds of the way through the drama before we dive deep into the main story with more about Joon Woo’s past and the spiritual beings becoming even more prominent.

When Time Stopped Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong and AHn Ji Hyun

Those last few episodes were the best part for me. The world building could have been a little better just to enrich the drama more, but the world and set up were very intriguing. And everything comes together in a very interesting way. The pay off episodes towards the end of the drama where everything is revealed were the highlight of the show for me.

When Time Stopped has several nice qualities, but as a whole, it just felt like it was missing something. Like it was underdeveloped and just lacking that special something to really grab me. It was a pretty quick and easy watch though which is what made the series decent enough.

My Rating: 6/10

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12 Responses to When Time Stopped Korean Drama Review

  1. Eva says:

    I’ve read some comments about this drama.. some were bad and some were Lukewarm.

    The initial plot was basically interesting.. as I was reading your review, I too felt lost as to where the plot was headed. There are a couple of dramas that start okay but eventually fade out in the end. I guess this was one of them?

    Safe to say that I won’t be checking this one out.

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I think most of the reception towards this drama was negative. It’s one of those where the negative reaction seemed a bit too much though, because it definitely has some good points. But yes, the plot seemed very confused as to where it was going, and the overall execution was lacking. It was decent enough that I don’t regret watching it, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

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  2. Andrea says:

    I wholeheartedly agree. It was an easy watch and wasn’t necessarily a bad drama by any means. I think this drama suffered from an identity crisis because the writing was messy and the story wasn’t very strong. There was undoubtedly good content and moments in this drama, but the overall execution was poor.

    Most of the world building essentially happened at the end. I really enjoyed the fantasy world they created, but I wish it wouldn’t have been so inconsistently written. We got a satisfactory ending, but even when I reviewed this drama, I felt that it needed the whole 16 episodes with better writing. The writer seemed confused and that, in turn, left the rest of us confused. When Time Stopped had solid bones, but it was too all over the place for me to love.

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    • Kay says:

      Exactly, I love how your comment summed up this drama. It really did have such a great concept and the basis for such an interesting fantasy world. It just wasn’t fleshed out well, and the writing and execution were messy.

      Like you, I thought things came together well in the end and we got some very nice moments throughout the drama, it’s just really too bad that it couldn’t pull everything together. It could have been a really unique and memorable drama, but instead it ended up more mediocre. Still glad I watched it, but wish it could have more.


  3. The premise never really grabbed me. I didn’t care that it had bad publicity, it just sounded boring.

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    • Kay says:

      The core story was actually pretty good, and it had an excellent concept, it just didn’t flesh it out and kept things super simple which made it feel slow. Always disappointing when there’s good stuff to work with but they don’t execute it well 😦


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  5. Fred says:

    I decided to watch this after accidentally seeing a time-stopping clip somewhere on the internet. Seemed cool. Even though you did not have a review yet, I decided to go anyway. Who knows? This might just be super amazing. By the end of Episode 1, I struggled to go on. Seemed too slow. And everything just seemed out of place. I don’t know. She found out about his time-stopping ability but everything still seemed dull. Girl, you just met a god of time! Be in awe! But whatever! I just quit a few minutes into episode 2. I decided to save myself from all the trouble. HAHA.

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    • Kay says:

      Well the time stopping part was pretty cool, lol. I went in not knowing too much hoping it could be pretty amazing too. And basically it had an amazing concept, but not so amazing execution 😛

      I too was confused as to why they set up this intriguing world and then don’t really focus on it for such a long time. I don’t blame you for quitting. It’s kind of all over the place and on the slow side. It improves in the second half and the last few eps were really great, but again, it just didn’t execute very well. So hopefully onto better things for you! 🙂

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