It’s official, Descendants From the Sun is a mega hit. Reaching over 20% watchership in just 3 episodes? A feat KBS hasn’t reached since Good Doctor? Yep, someone over there must be wetting themselves. But I ask, are the numbers that much of a surprise? I should also ask, can it stay there? And finally, should I watch?
Yeah, since the mega hit that was Heirs, since this drama was announced, I’m fairly certain everyone expected it to be a bat out of the park ratings hit from the start. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a drama will stay there. There are lots of dramas—wasn’t King2Hearts one of them, which initially got huge numbers and then slowly slipped down? Hype does not equal quality. I repeat, just because we want something to be good, doesn’t mean that it will be.
No matter what the rabid fangirls say.
Not to mention, for the amount of time, effort, and money put into this drama (gah, can you imagine how much this thing had to have cost??) it needed to sweep everything else up. You almost have to feel bad about the shows which, through no fault of their own. (Come Back, Ajusshi at 5.2% and One More Happy Ending at 3.8%) These dramas really never had a chance, did they? Can you imagine that pitch meeting?
Network: Sounds great! We’d love to have your show on our network.
Production Company: Wow! Really? Woohoo! What time slot were you thinking of?
Network: We’re thinking you’ll do great against Descendants.
Production Company: ……………
Sorry Rain, sorry…someone in Happy Ending, maybe next time. You were just no match for Song Joong Ki and Kim Eun Suk. The best you can hope for is that Descendants is actually terrible, or will stumble in some way, causing viewers to run from it.
But I’m going to say that’s pretty unlikely.
Here’s that final question: I couldn’t decide if I wanted to watch Descendants or not. Is it actually worth it? I’ve been dodging spoilers, gifs and pictures, but it’s a boobie trapped land mine out there. As the show goes on, something’s going to filter in. While I was not a fan, simulcasting really is the only way I’m getting new stuff in. It worked for Village and it’s working for Signal. Of course those are dramas I’ve done the drama chats on, but maybe it’s time to graduate to the simulcast.
Are you watching it? If so, spoiler free, do you like it? Do you think I should pick it up? Let me know what you think!