Show Name: While You Were Sleeping
Episodes: 32 (half an hour episodes)
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, [Adult]
Director: Oh Choong-Hwan
Cast: Lee Jong-Suk, Bae Suzy, Lee Sang-Yeob, Jung Hae-In, Min Sung-Wook, Kim Won-Hae etc.
This is one of the most freaking amazing and awesome drama in this whole effing universe!!!!
Also, seriously if you decide to watch a drama with just reading the blurb, you’ll end up watching nothing in the end. And if you are confused, read reviews and YouTube is very helpful in this case. But puhleeease watch this epicness, okay.
Goblin holds a special place in my heart but this definitely takes the equal place beside it. It was that good. I was really hesitant at first because some of the comments swayed me (Many doesn’t like Suzy, might I know why?? She is freaking awesome and adorable!!) but I decided to give at least one try. And that was enough. I was hooked from episode 1!!
Hong-Joo (Bae Suzy) has the ability to see future deaths which is more of a curse to her than a boon because except her mother nobody believes her and she has to live with guilt and helplessness. Things start spiralling out of control after she foresees her mother’s death. Meanwhile, Jae-Chan (Lee Jong-Suk) is a rookie prosecutor who moves into her neighbourhood with his brother. He, in turn, has a devasting vision about Hong-Joo which somehow interconnects their fate and together they decide to save as many people as possible.
First of all, the first episode is amaaaaazing. It gave me a whiplash. I was sitting with mouth gaping after episode 1 ended. Woah. And then the actual story began. It was a hell of a ride people!! The most amazing one! The plot was executed pretty neatly, there may have been some plot holes but I didn’t care for them much. Hong-Joo was an established news reporter but after having a vision of her own death, her mother forbade her to work there but the turn of events didn’t let that to stay in place.
Jae-Chan finally starts working as a prosecutor and he is so dedicated to his job. LOL. But there he meets Yoo-Beom (Lee Sang-Yeob). They used to be friends as kids but after one incident everything changed. Jae-Chan comes face to face with him after so many years. I have seen Lee Sang-Yeob in so many dramas now, he is definitely a diverse actor and he absolutely nailed his role as a villain in this drama. From the very first moment we are introduced to him, there no’s denying that he would be the one to destroy them. He gave off that villain aura, and oh goooood, he was a total psychopath, a sane fully functional psychopath if that makes any sense.
Jae-Chan and Hong-Joo’s fate interconnects after they both have the dream about her death. And after that, they start working together along with this cute police officer Han Woo-Tak (Jung Hae-In). Okay, the 2nd lead syndrome was not heavy in the drama but it was in my heart… He was such a good person. Anyway, after one incident, everything starts connecting to one particular incident which led to Yoo-Beom but they had no solid proof. And this was the most interesting thing in this drama, finding proof based on their visions.
And the court proceedings!! Damn, I didn’t know I would enjoy law related dramas so much!! But those were so intriguing and full of suspense, especially the last case which involved the main characters, the suspense kept me on the edge the entire time. Anyway, another character whom I adored was Choi Dam-Dong (Kim Won-Hae), he was a true mentor to Jae-Chan and he’s such a diverse actor as well!
Hong-Joo and Jae-Chan had amazing chemistry together. I mean, they were such an adorable couple. The romance was not rushed and I loved how it slowly and steadily developed with each episode. And they made a hell of a team and I always wondered how the scene in the 1st trailer would be executed and I was impressed with how it spanned out. I was literally cheering!!
Aside from the main incident, there were numerous others and each and every one of them were sooo effing interesting to watch. This drama was definitely unpredictable and I loved the fact about it. And everything clicked into place in the final moment and that was one epic moment. The sub-plot was pretty interesting. And there was one devasting moment which had me sobbing like a smol child. My heart broke into pieces!!
Overall, While You Were Sleeping was a phenomenal watch. If you haven’t watched it yet, you are missing out on a loooot. The plot was developed and executed in a manner which was able to hold the suspense until the very end. The cast was absolutely perfect!!! And the actors did a tremendously good job. And the pacing of this drama was also even, I never felt bored for a single second nor wanted to skim any scene. Although the ending was a little bittersweet, it left me completely satisfied.
So guys have you watched this drama yet?? What did you love the best about it? Or is it still on your to-watch list? Do you have any recommendations in the urban fantasy genre?