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W Review

I love it whenever I find a show that is so good on many different levels.

(So yes, I mentioned in a previous post that I was watching Doctors, but I’ve since dropped it because I wasn’t super intrigued by the story line although I thought it was sweet of the main male lead to remain so steadfastly in love with the main female lead. I can’t even remember their names…my bad!)

I was randomly clicking around trying to find a new show when I stumbled across this. I looked at the leads – Lee Jong Suk and Han Hye Joo – and it was a no-brainer for me. I’m so glad I picked it up because it has been such a gem so far.

[You might not want to read from this point onwards because there are spoilers!]

The premise of the show is basically two parallel universes, where one is the real Seoul and one exists in a webtoon created by Yeon Joo (female lead)’s father. Our male lead, Kang Chul, exists in the webtoon but he doesn’t know that. He thinks he’s real. Things start to turn topsy turvy when he gets stabbed and in his half-conscious state, he unknowingly grabs Yeon Joo from our world and pulled her into his world.

The acting’s been so awesome. I think you can tell when the directors know that they have good actors because the scenes always emphasise a lot on the eyes and they do a lot more close-ups. This is Han Hye Joo’s first drama in six years (Shining Inheritance memories anyone? Dong Yi?) so I’m really looking forward to what she has to bring. I thought her acting was slightly dramatic initially, but I’ve come to love her rendition of Yeon Joo as a very adorable and simple girl. In fact, this portrayal of Yeon Joo reminds me of Nodame (as in Nodame Cantabile). Of the two dramas I’ve watched with Lee Jong Suk, I loved both of them (School 2013 and Pinocchio) and W has been living up to my expectations thus far!

Plot-wise, it has also been amazing. I like the premise of the show. Although it’s definitely not the first, it’s quite a novel take and something which I think K-dramas haven’t really ventured into. The plot moves very quickly every episode and there’s always something new to learn. One of my favourites is when Yeon Joo deduces she can go home when the webtoon ends for that series. Besides, do you know that this is the same writer who wrote Queen In Hyun’s Man? *jumps around in excitement*

The only gripe I have is that I’m not entirely sure where this is leading us to. It’s kinda the same feeling I had when I was watching Descendants of the Sun – am I watching a drama about war or a drama about a doctor and a soldier or…? Likewise here, I’m loving every single minute of the show but I can’t grasp the big picture. Who’s the villain? Other than the person who killed Kang Chul’s family, the other baddies all exist in the webtoon and technically pose no threat. Will the revelation of the baddie’s identity be critical? Even if it’s the father (as many have guessed, but I doubt so), so what? He’s the creator of the webtoon and you can’t prosecute him for killing his character’s family:O.

My drama hiatus is over, I can now say once again – I can’t wait for next week to come!




  1. From Kang Chul’s perspective, now that he knows his world is fake, the villain (the one who killed his family) is the webtoon creator. Just imagine, all the pain he has suffered in the past ten years was caused by the person who chose to put him through that torture for the sake of entertaining his readers. That is what makes this series so special. Writers have been known to feel like their characters take on a life of their own. What if fictional characters could actually come to life? How would they feel about their creators? What does it mean to have a creator who runs your life? Fascinating ideas!


    • I know this is almost a year late but I just chanced upon my own review again and honestly thought I’ve already replied! I really liked all the points you have raised by the way – very fascinating. Although I don’t think the drama managed to retain control till the end, I appreciate it for even raising those ideas with us.


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