I am an expert at excuses and reasons that I can’t watch something, reasons that I can’t do something. I can figure out a million reasons.
When I think of all the things that I have said that I will only watch once, I have continually been defeated. Everything I say I can’t stand, can’t watch, won’t watch and don’t care for – well, I am wrong.
And I can admit when I am wrong. This year, I am going to admit that I have hopped on the K-Drama train and am kicking my own ass for
The only reason that I haven’t wanted to watch K-Dramas, is I have made the excuse that I can’t watch television and read at the same time. In reality, it was that I didn’t want to, but that’s neither here nor there.
Enter quarantine and a best friend that loves K-Dramas. She talked me into trying one, and she knows that I am a sucker for romance. So, enter Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, and my heart realizing that my excuses have deprived me from the greatness that are K-Dramas.
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God is, “a South Korean television series starring Gong Yoo in the title role with Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na, and Yook Sung-jae. It was shown on the cable network tvN from December 2, 2016, to January 21, 2017. It was written by popular drama writer Kim Eun-sook. ”
It’s one of the greatest things I have ever watched. Why?
Because it was unpredictable, angsty, and beautifully written. From the moment that you start the show, you are going to be all in. But why should you watch it? Well, don’t you worry, I’ve got you.
THE COMPELLING STORY
I have to admit that normally, I am not really into stories that have to do with “gods” or anything that involves the afterlife. I think that The CW has worn me out on that, because I feel like Guardian: The Lonely and Great God made me remember just why stories like this are beautiful.
The thing about K-Dramas is that they aren’t like American TV. They have these compelling storylines that are so unique and so beautifully written. This show does just that. It delivers comedy, drama, and angst like you have never seen.
But what I love is that it’s a romance with the supernatural being a prominent part, but not so overshadowing that you loose sight of the story. It’s about two people who come together despite all of the odds. It’s about finding yourself and allowing yourself to grow and change. It’s about allowing others in. It’s about figuring out how to let go of the past and the people that have defined it and moving forward.
But most of all – to me – it’s about forgiving yourself and moving forward. The past doesn’t define you, it allows you to learn and move forward in life.
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God is compelling, with so many layers, that it has something for everyone.
THE WAY YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO PREDICT ANYTHING
In a lot of American television, everything is predictable. The shows are very formulaic. And hey, I am not saying that is such a bad thing. But let’s all be honest, it is not to often that you can’t predict what is going to happen.
However, in Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, you only knew one thing… at some moment she would pull out the sword? Or would she? Because just when you think that you know something, it’s something you didn’t see coming smacking you right in the face.
I am no expert on K-Dramas, but after watching this one, I watched a few more and the way that the writers take their craft so seriously, make sure that they are leaving you just enough clues, but at the same point telling you nothing, and the way that they are drawing you in – well, it’s perfection.
The entire story – you think that you know what is going to happen, but the truth is you know nothing. There are plot points that they haven’t told you about, there are things that you didn’t notice. Something is always happening.
And that is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
It’s hard to talk about this without giving away so much away. But that’s part of what I love about Korean Dramas. Everything is something and you watch it unfold in the most organic and beautiful way. It feels like natural progression and as if you are watching someones life unfold, even when it’s a supernatural story.
That’s a rare thing, but a beautiful thing.
However, in this one the bromance between Lee Dong‑wook and Gong Yoo in this show is one of the best that I have ever seen. You will be drawn in and you will love every single second of it. Ugh, I want to talk about all the things with these two, but I can’t because it will give it all away.
Just trust me – this is the bromance that we all want to see and it’s the best one I have seen in a long time.
KIM GO-EUN AND GONG YOO
Talk about chemistry! These two radiate on the screen and their chemistry is unlike anything I have ever seen.
Gong Yoo has a mixture of strength and vulnerability that is not matched. He is absolutely beautiful in his portrayal of a Goblin (not what you normally think of as a Goblin) who has lived a long life and is thinking that his life is meant to be alone. But he’s also wanting to redeem himself and to make the world a better place. He is interfering a lot in the balance of things, but it’s not a bad thing.
Kim Go-Eun is one of the most talented actresses that I have ever seen. You see her as the character, but she’s one of those rare talents that makes you forget that you are looking at a character and you get lost in the person. She’s an amazing actress.
But the way that they are together is what is beautiful. These two have chemistry unlike anyone I have ever seen.