Sisyphus: The Myth Korean Drama Review

Sisyphus: The Myth is a sci-fi thriller about a genius engineer (Jo Seung Woo) who gets involved in a dangerous situation and is saved by a skilled warrior (Park Shin Hye) who comes back in time from a dystopian future.

Jo Seung Woo is Han Tae Seul. He is a genius engineer with a successful company that tends to get himself into trouble a lot. While looking for answers about his deceased brother, he gets caught up in a series of dangerous events.

Park Shin Hye plays Kang Seo Hae. She comes from a dystopian future where she had to survive among gangs and warlord in a destroyed city. In order to prevent that future, she comes back in time to save Tae Seul.

Sisyphus: The Myth was such a good time! I had so much fun with this drama. First things first, in order to enjoy this drama, you really need to role with the punches and embrace it for what it is.

It’s a grand dystopian style story that mixes action and thrills with some heart and cheesiness. There are logic stretches galore and tons of situations that aren’t really believable.

You should also be aware that it heavily makes use of the classic time loop plot point. I’m personally a fan of this type of plot, but it always presents the challenge of how does a time loop get started in the first place since past events rely on future interference to create that future.

It’s really one of those things you either can or can’t accept. It’s a very epic and mind bending plot device which is why I like it so much despite that one issue that always interferes with logic. But if you can embrace some of these things, Sisyphus: The Myth is a whole lot of fun.

I do want to make note of something concerning some of the eye rolling moments though. Some of them appeared ridiculous at the time, but much to my surprise, towards the end of the drama, they are actually explained.

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I don’t recall many shows using the fact that what looks like the bad guys being terrible shots despite many of them firing tons of bullets at our heroes as a plot point in that Sigma actually told them to miss on purpose.

Same with the sniper at Tae Seul’s conference who seemed to be taking his sweet time in pulling the trigger as Tae Seul gave his speech. It seemed silly at the time, but it turns out that he was instructed to wait. I initially chalked this kind of stuff up to being convenient plot devices, but it turns out, they actually had a purpose. So kudos for that!

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Sisyphus: The Myth had a large budget, and it really shows. Of course, the cinematography is fantastic. We get some gorgeous scenery as well as breathtaking shots of the future apocalyptic world that really depicts the devastation and barren city left behind.

But where it really shines is in its action. Tae Seul is always McGuyvering his way out of situations while Seo Hae takes everyone out with her kick-butt action skills. The fight scenes are beautifully choreographed and filmed to make them shine. Many dramas and movies are lazy when it comes to depicting action, but not so here.

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We also get car chases, gun battles, and plane crashes. And possibly the most impressive would be the portion of the story that shows the bombing of the city. It was on a grand scale as the entire city came under fire and everyone fled for their lives. It felt like I was watching a movie because of just how well it was done. Not many dramas take on something that big.

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This drama is more than action though. It has a lot of heart. Both Seo Hae and Tae Seul have interesting personal stories that involve tragedy. We watch them come together in order to survive and change the future. I really enjoyed seeing their growth.

We even get some romance amidst thrills between Tae Seul and Seo Hae. I found their relationship to be a very interesting one born out of tragedy, survival, and fate. I liked seeming them work together and the lengths they would go to save each other. Their bond was incredibly strong and quite beautiful.

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The drama has a lot of interesting supporting characters from people who support our lead duo to all shades of villains. There were friends, colleagues, and various baddies. It’s an entertaining bunch, and they all really kept me guessing.

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I have to give a shout out to Kim Byung Chul. His performance as Sigma was incredible. This is my kind of over-the-top super villain, and he was so entertaining to watch. Kim Byung Chul played him to perfection, and I was thoroughly impressed.

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We also get some great relationships. Aside from our main duo, there was another standout for me. The father/daughter relationship between Seo Hae and her dad. These two are literally each other’s world, and their survival story is something else. It was a touching story to watch unfold.

I love a good sci-fi story, and Sisyphus: The Myth was that. It starts out with a lot of mystery and then slowly peels back the layers. The plot was very interesting, and it kept me engaged all the way through. It was also good to have solid characters and heart in order to anchor the story. I even quite liked the ending. Your mileage may vary though.

By having that early understanding not to take this series too seriously, it really helped me to just enjoy all of the fun that it had to offer. It was easy to forgive the flaws because of everything the show does right. Sisyphus: The Myth was enjoyable in every way.

My Rating: 9/10

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13 Responses to Sisyphus: The Myth Korean Drama Review

  1. D says:

    I have seen the first two episodes and my thoughts aligned with your review but I dropped it after reading the comments online. After reading your review though, I am going to pick it back up again. For me, drama watching is all about enjoyment. So, after reading this and from my watching of the first two episodes, this sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun. I will let you know once I finish watching it Kay. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Kay says:

      Same here. It’s all about the enjoyment for me ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s why I can’t read many reviews and comments before and while I’m watching since I don’t want the negative stuff to influence me. And this drama certainly has plenty of flaws, but it really is one of those where if it can just be embraced for what is (throw logic out the door and just roll with the crazy), it is so much fun. Of course, if it still seems like too much of a stretch after a couple of more episodes, there’s nothing wrong with moving on. I really hope you still like it when you pick it back up though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Jermena says:

    Wow…. That’s quite a ride you have right there… I really look forward to it.
    Got to see a glimpse of their lovely relationship in a clip by ‘the swoon’ and I must say, it was moving.
    Great work๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ

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  3. Inns says:

    Ooh what a score. I haven’t got the chance to see this, probably checking later on after “mouse”.
    Thanks for the review, Kay!

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  4. Fred says:

    1. There were bad reviews online so I hoped you would give it a good score so I will watch. Yey! A 9 from Kay. Who cares about all those other reviews?
    2. Then you give caveats at the end of your review. Emphasis on the ‘s’ of caveats. Mixed bag I guess. Might not be worth the risk. LOL.

    Still waiting for an amazing kdrama so I will come back. Just watching Friends in the meantime. HAHA.

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, yeah, I’m not so sure you would love this one Fred ๐Ÿ˜‚ It has so much going for it, but the major logic suspension is a must. And I do recall you mentioning some of the elements you didn’t like about The King: Eternal Monarch, including the usage of the time loop, and well, this one does that too…and relies on it even more heavily, lol. Maybe if you’re ever feeling a bit risky, give it a go, but otherwise, hopefully, we find you something else amazing soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Ken Freed says:

    I am delighted to see your very positive review of Sisyphus! it got a lot of negative comments and reviews which i thought were off base. It was competing with Vincenzo here in USA on Netflix. Vincenzo had a great cast but really was mediocre. The Sisyphus story was much much more interesting.

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    • Kay says:

      Yay! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed Sisyphus too ๐Ÿ™‚ It did get a lot of hate, but that just wasn’t the case for me. I embraced it for what it was and loved every minute. It was so entertaining and so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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