Crash Landing on You Review
Synopsis. Crash Landing on You is a 16-episode 2019 kdrama about a rich CEO (Yoon Se Ri) who gets caught in a freak storm while paragliding and crash lands in North Korea. The solider that finds her is Captain Ri Jung Hyuk. He decides to help her instead of turning her into the authorities. This choice intertwines their lives, the core soldiers he commands, his parents, and his fiancée. As time passes, the CEO and Captain become involved. The twists and turns to return the CEO back to South Korea are numerous. Can she return safely? Is a long-term relationship possible?
What I liked.
Abundant Romance. Writer Park Ji Eun slowly built to this couple to become two people deeply in love, willing to sacrifice for each other’s happiness and safety. Captain Ri Jung Hyuk was a wildly romantic male lead. He was kind, caring, brave, determined, etc. He had more swoon worthy moments than any other male lead in recent history. CEO Yoon Se Ri evolved to be much more than a demanding out of place woman. Se Ri found a purpose, a tribe and the man she loved. She had strong romantic moments, though Jung Hyuk was the romance gift that never stopped giving.
Captain Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin). Writer Park created the perfect leading man in Jung Hyuk. This character is the lynchpin of this series. Jung Hyuk is a white knight. He could not let the woman he loved suffer. He risked everything to ensure her safety. Jung Hyuk was played to perfection by Hyun Bin. I’d argue this is his best character since 2010’s Secret Garden.
CEO Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin). Se Ri was a force to be reckoned with in the business world. Her successful company was envied. Her family was a dud, especially one brother who actively undermined her in every conceivable way. In North Korea, Se Ri was required to adjust her focus from herself to others. She did and found a family of friends and the love of her life. Se Ri grew on me episode after episode. Ye Jin’s chemistry with Hyun Bin was warm. This couple was passionate but not overtly sexual, and it worked.
Strong Support Characters.Writer Park Ji Eun created a world where all the characters had a sense of community, drawing a wonderful web around them. Every character had moments that mattered. Writer Park plotted, planned, and wove a coven of characters, both good and evil, that I grew to love or loathe. I was interested in what would happen to the support characters as well as the core couple. That’s a feat in a kdrama.
What I didn’t like.
Latter Episode Choices. Writer Park changed the tone of the last two episodes and made choices at the end of the series that I wasn’t thrilled about. It did not alter my final opinion of the series.
Family No One Would Want. Se Ri lost the family lottery. They were a constant downer. Who would want to return to them? Se Ri didn’t deserve what they dished out.
Would I recommend Crash Landing on You? Definitely! This superb series had charming, funny, tense, and heartfelt moments and characters I cared about. The stellar couple’s love story was wonderful to watch.
How does Crash Landing on You rate? I rate this series as terrific, 9 on a 10-point scale.