Descendants of the Sun Episode 1 Nutshell Recap:
Two army buddies, happy go lucky Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) and strong & reserved Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo) are special forces sent to disarm a political situation where the some north Korean soldiers have taken some south Korean soldiers hostage. Shin Jin and Dae Young enter the building and try to talk the north Korean soldiers into giving up the hostages and leaving without retribution. The north Korean leader tells Shin Jin he has to kick some south Korean behind before he leaves. They engage in a knife fight. Terrific knife fight. I love good fight scenes. They are rare in most of the kdramas I watch. At the end of the fight, both sides declare it a draw. The north Korean soldiers leave.
Shi Jin and Dae Young, are on day leave from the base, and intervene to stop a young thief. The injured thief is taken to the hospital were doctor Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) treats them. She mistakenly thinks Shi Jin is a bad influence but learns otherwise.
Officer Yoon Myeong Joo (Kim Ji Won) arrives and wants to know where Shi Jin and Dae Young are. Myeong Joo and Mo Yeon know each other from school and aren’t exactly friends.
Jin Goo runs into his superior officer and former flame Myeong Joo. She wants him back. He refuses to continue their relationship. She’s not happy that he will not reverse his stance and returns to base
Shi Jin and Mo Yeon are drawn to each other and agree to a date. Shi Jin misses the date because of an emergency case. They reschedule the date. He misses the next date because he is called to Afghanistan.
On the rooftop before the army helicopter arrives to take him away, they promise each other a real date when he returns. Will they ever see each other again?
Shi Jin and Dae Young prepare to parachute into Afghanistan at the end of the episode.
* Episode 1 was did a near perfect job of introducing the 4 leads of this show. Who wouldn’t love Shi Jin with his killer smile and charm? Certainly Mo Yeon was drawn to him like ever other woman watching this drama. Mo Yeon had the right amount of confidence and ability to admit she was wrong. I was equally drawn to the quieter Dae Young. The banter between Shi Jin and Dae Young was good. I laughed out loud at the “where is the appendix” moment at the hospital. Can you say bromance? The weak link was Myeong Joo. To be fair, she only had one scene each with Dae Young and Mo Yeon, but she didn’t click with me, yet. I loved the opening scene…they had me at the knife fight. Now I get concerned about moving into the “war torn” section of the series. Foreign actors, fight scenes, medical situations, all have the potential to be less well done than the standard fare (other than the knife fight) the first episode excelled at.
* Two songs from the OST have been released. The show is fast out of the gate.
1. “Always” by Yoonmirae. Check out the song below or via the link.
2. “Everytime” by Punch. Check out the song below or via the link.