I got in three dramas in August, and they were all good in their own way. It was the fantasy romance Angel’s Last Mission Love, the historical Nokdu Flower, and the classic melo-romance Tree of Heaven that kept me glued to my screen:
Angel’s Last Mission: Love
The fantasy romance Angel’s Last Mission: Love had me intrigued early on with it’s premise of a trouble-making angel helping a woman with an icy heart find love. We’ve got interesting characters with rich back stories, a bit of mystery, and a forbidden romance that packed such an emotional punch.
L and Shin Hye Sun both gave wonderful performances as our lovely couple who just wanted to be live and be together. I loved the angsty and desperate love that they experienced and completely felt their joy and sorrow.
This is the kind of romance story I would like to see more often because it allowed me to be completely invested in the couple by focusing so strongly on them and their amazing love story. In the end, Angel’s Last Mission: Love really won my heart. (Angel’s Last Mission: Love Review)
Nokdu Flower wasn’t exactly the kind of historical I usually go for because of the strong military elements, but ultimately, I warmed up to it. It’s well-written with good pacing, has complex characters, and a vast amount of talented actors. Yoon Shi Yoon in particular gave such a strong and memorable performance.
The series is fairly unique since the story is more centered around average people rather than royalty and palace politics. The individual journeys of two brothers who end up on opposite sides of an uprising was very interesting to see.
It also tackled a unique portion of history set during the early stages of the Japanese occupation that changed the face of Joseon. All of these elements came together to make for a pretty solid drama. (Nokdu Flower Review)
Tree of Heaven
Tree of Heaven is a forbidden love story between step siblings that gave me a lot of mixed emotions. Park Shin Hye was just a teenager here, and she was wonderful. I enjoyed the angsty romance but found the male lead’s actions towards her a bit disconcerting at times. Their relationship has to be viewed through a particular lens.
Tree of Heaven is a sad, tearjerker type of show. It feels heavy, but it also has moments of levity. These forbidden lovers have a difficult road to walk both in life and in their relationship. This couple loved each other very deeply and brought us an emotional romance that packed a punch (Full Review Coming Soon).
So how was August for you?
Happy drama watching to everyone!
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