*cuss words* multiple that by 1000 times! My heavens, this is one awesome, FRRRRREAKING AWESOME, awesome part true, part fantasy period drama I’ve seen in ages! My god…. I can’t even type! And you know I never like period drama! Be it real, fantasy or fusion… NEVER! It’s a big no-no in my kdrama vocab! But this out-of-this-world 2011, 29 episodes Korean drama is by far the BEST drama in my watching sageuk-drama history. Did I just repeat myself that? Well, who cares… This highly intense, over the edge drama leaves me breathless each time I finished an episode. Yes, Warrior Baek Dong Soo is that engaging even my 2.5 year old kid is watching it too! We would be screaming and crying and yelling and throwing cats toys at the tv… The ending of episode 11 left us both screaming NOOOOOOOOOO!!! and clinging to each other for our dear character! Yeap, we were very well-absorbed and mesmerized all together by how engaging this show did to both of us. My journey with WBDS is not alone. Michele of Your Daily K-Shot of Hot is watching this drama with me as well. She and I are completely in love with this drama and smitten (and head over heels) by the male leads! Especially Michelle, she would send me screenshots of smoldering Yoo Seung Ho and Ji Chang Wook every night. The shots captured the best features of both actors and…. made my knees shake a bit. Ok, I lied… shakes a lot! *blushes*
The story of Warrior Baek Dong Soo is complex yet very engaging. The characters are complex too and it can be very difficult to follow if you don’t pay attention OR FF is your favorite button (please don’t!). This is no romance drama but they don’t eliminate romance element entirely. This drama about constant politic struggles among the ministers and the royal is definitely testing one’s patience, loyalty and honor to his country, his brothers (brotherhood), his friends and his families. WBDS is not an easy drama to watch because you have to be a bit political savvy to understand what is going on. Thankfully, I’m exposed in this topic through my ever-so-political-savvy-yet-manipulative-mind hubby! LOL OK, let’s not go there… And exchanging opinions and questions with Michele helps a lot! One thing I want to share with you the reason I decided to watch WBDS is not because of my boy Yoo Seung Ho…. Shocking, right? Yup, you heard me… It is just so happened that he is in it *winks* *jackpot!* IT WAS THE MUSIC that made me falling for this show. I know this is very unusual and I don’t know if there are people like me who made judgement based on the OST. But here I am, watching it because of the songs! Here is a YouTube playlist I found for your leisure listening…
So what is Warrior Baek Dong Soo is all about? Ok, at episode 27 and I’m finally slowly, yes slowly, grasping the story of this epic as of now. The build up of the story is slow but with a good purpose. The writers are smart, in my humble opinion. They drag a simple crisis and release a small dose of clues episode by episode. I admit, at times, I get clueless. Meesh and I at times wonder as well how some characters managed to stay alive even after dramatic ambush. Yeah, it is a laughing stock but I guess it keeps the story going… And also, 9 cat lives apply to them hehehehe. And back to the story, WBDS is about two friends went their separate ways but somehow fate let them together as frienemies. The two, Baek Dong Soo and Yeo Woon met on an unexpected circumstances and eventually grew up together in a martial art training camp. Both have different ideas and purpose in life. They are like yin and yang, black and white, goofy and… not goofy. This drama entails a painful journey of these two warriors of different kind in attempt to save the king’s life. Here is my take of the two characters (to my best knowledge) *winks*.
- Ji Chang Wook as Baek Dong Soo – a happy go lucky child who was born as an orphan. His dad was used as a scarification (scapegoat basically) by the King in order to save the Crown Prince’s life. Dong Soo was left behind to noble Swordman Lord but later lost the baby, thankfully to Sa-Mo, a friend to Dong-Soo’s father. Dong Soo is one lucky boy to be raised by such caring “dad” even though at one point, his health deteriorate and had back and body braces to support his fragile body. He was then sent away by SaMo to martial art training school under Dae-Pyo to learn martial art and he eventually pulled himself together out of his poor health to be a man he always wanted to be. Later in life, he finally met up with Swordman Lord again and trained the true art of sword fighting and became one of the best swordman in the country.
- Yoo Seung Ho as Yeo Woon – a mysterious child who was born with a killer instinct. His father saw it and made attempts to kill Woon since he was a baby but his attempt costed his wife’s life. Un as a child was full of rage and made numerous attempts to kill his father in which in the end, indirectly, killed him. Woon met up with SaMo who later sent him to the same training school with Dong Soo. Later in life, Woon went separate way and follow the step of Chun Lord, the leader of Black Ninjas. It is pretty unclear to why Woon decided to move to the darker side. However, one thing is certain, he remained to be skillful in his fighting and sword fighting skills. One of the best!
Overall, my vote for this drama is a 10 STAR YES!!!! It is magnificent, glorious, excellent, grand and most of all, A MASTERPIECE! This masterpiece drama has made me rushing to go home for the past two weeks so I can sit in front of my big telly and watch it with my son and Meesh. Heck, it excites Meesh way too much she almost ticketed for speeding! So you see how good Warrior Baek Dong Soo is? This drama is definitely worth investing 30 hours (if you’re Meesh, probably 35 hours…. watch, pause, screenshot and repeat!) of your time. Heck, it is worth a rewatch again and again and again! As of today, we are down with 2 episodes left and imagine how we are dragging it by one episode per day so we can let this feeling of swooning and squealing over our boys last longer in our hearts and souls. WATCH IT IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY! PLEASE! WORTH EVERY SECOND OF YOUR LIFE!