K-Drama Review: Angel’s Last Mission: Love. Maybe you feel frightened with the scenes in this drama
Angel’s Last Mission: Love
천사의 마지막 임무 : 사랑
KBS (2019) 32 Episodes
The main characters of “Angel’s Last Mission: Love”
Overall I considerably enjoyed this fantasy romance story, “Angel’s Last Mission: Love“ (2019). it absolutely was sometimes mystical, spiritual, poignant, artistic, exquisitely photographed, and boasted an awfully nice and occasionally haunting OST including some lovely genre selections. it had been well cast, with serious actress Shin Hye Sun (“Hymn Of Death” and “Legend Of The Blue Sea”) paired with up and coming Kim Myung Soo (aka L from “Master’s Sun“ and “Ruler: Master Of The Mask”) and that they had sweet chemistry together. It also featured one among my very long time favorite actors Lee Dong Gun (“Stained Glass”, “Lovers In Paris”, “Super Daddy 10”) as the second male lead, but the way the author handled his role during this drama (or rather mishandled it) is that the reason why I graded this drama an A rather than an A+, despite its other fine qualities.
All along I felt the author Choi Yoon Kyo, with only 1 prior drama on her resume, made an enormous misstep by not making Lee Dong Gun’s character a more dashing Svengali sort of character who sought to regulate Shin Hye Sun’s character with an iron grip because he was secret, head over heels in love along with her. (In fact, a number of the first trailers for this show made him appear he would be this kind of Svengali character). He certainly looked handsome enough to qualify! over and over during this drama, he looked younger than he did when he was making his earliest dramas!
However, the author ended up making his character rather milquetoast, thereby missing a golden opportunity to indicate to the new young K-drama fans out there what the way more experienced Korean actors in their mid to late 30’s are capable of. Instead, she substituted the most female character’s jealous relatives because of the baddies, rather than making Lee Dong Gun’s character the most foil to the young lovers’ relationship. Sigh.
Too many Korean drama writers, it seems to me, are pressured into ending every K-drama today happily, shows tied with a pink ribbon at the top, simply because they’re afraid if they do not that the new, inexperienced K-drama fans out there’ll attack the show and call it a failure. I hope that future Korean drama writers are brave enough to risk sad or maybe ambivalent endings for the sake of Artistry, rather than pat superficiality; writers like Lee Kyoung Hee who wrote the I’m Sorry, I really like You and Alike to Kill classics with Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet endings. People STILL wax eloquently about these dramas years after they were made because this writer flouted convention and dared to offer her dramas sad endings when appropriate.
The Story of “Angel’s Last Mission: Love”
We are introduced in flashback to a famous ballerina named Lee Yeon Seo (Shin Hye Sun) engaged on stage, when a terrible “accident” occurs: a chandelier mysteriously breaks aside from above, a la Phantom of The Opera, plunging glass into her eyes and blinding her. We then skip ahead in time and see her totally blind, struggling to seek out meaning in her now empty life, since she will not dance because of her blindness.
She may be a rich heiress and lives in an exceeding mansion with servants but is consistently mean to them because she is now miserable. (It was rather funny on behalf of me to determine that the assembly used the identical exact mansion that was employed in the masterpiece “That Winter, The Wind Blows”, during which actress Song Hye Kyo also played an expensive blind heiress!). She has two, often abused, main caregivers, a patient housekeeper named Jung Yumi (Woo Hee Jin) who remains sincerely keen on her despite much abuse hurled at her head, and a loyal male secretary named Jo Seung Hwan (the memorable veteran actor Jang Hyun Sung from “While You Were Sleeping” and numerous other dramas) whom her late parents had hired as a chauffeur when she was a baby. the sole family Yeon Seo now has are hardly loving to her, which contributes to her misery, her ambitious aunt Choi Young Ja (Do Ji Won) and two girl cousins, Geum Ni Na (Kim Bo Mi) and Geum Ru Na (Gil Eun Hye), plus an oafish, useless, push-over “uncle” Kim Ki Cheon (Kim Seung Wook). they’re all secretly thrilled Yeon Seo is blind and that they hope to require over the running of the famous ballet corp that Yeon Seo had been head ballerina of at the time of her “accident”.
One day a male angel (the only kind there are within the Bible) named Kim Dan (Kim Myung Soo) enters Yeon Seo’s life: his heavenly mission is to seek out someone who can give her true love since her life is so empty now and unfulfilled. Yeon Seo is simply too unhappy to even care if she lives or dies (or so she thinks). Then a terrible car accident on a bridge which lands up killing her male secretary Seung Hwan, the sole father figure she has in her life, makes her realize what proportion she wants to measure in any case and makes her also realize what proportion she had cared about this loving father figure who had taken care of her after her parents had died. The angel Kim Dan rescues Yeon Seo and so later appears in human form to her, making himself so useful to her in such a brief time that he basically begins to fill the shoes, so to talk, of the male secretary who had died. he’s hired as her secretary and over time the 2 grow closer.
Then Yeon Seo finally gets a transplant operation so she will see again, along with his donated eyes that Seung Hwan had left her in his will, and her life is modified for the higher. a minimum of for the nonce, until she tries to achieve control of the ballet corp yet again and begins to bop again. This causes her cousin ballerina Ni Na to be even more jealous of her success, and also green with envy that the top professional dancer, handsome Ji Kang Woo (Lee Dong Gun), seems to be enamored of Yeon Seo and not her. Watching from the sidelines is spiteful aunt Young Ra, who wants control of the ballet corps, and Ni Na’s psycho-nut sister Ru Na, who seems perfectly capable of trying to harm or kill someone to induce what she wants: professional success for ballerina sister Ni Na, and therefore the destruction of Yeon Seo (she’s tried to try and do it before, hint, hint!).
The ballet corp begins preparations to place on the ballet Giselle, but with a distinct, more modern spin to that. Both Yeon Seo and Ni Na audition for the lead role and in fact Yeon Seo clinches it. This sets in motion the insane plot by wacko Ru Na to completely destroy Yeon Seo once and for all so that her sister Ni Na can get the glory as lead ballerina within the production. However, Dan the Angel is onto her game, with the assistance of his male angel assistant named Hoo (Kim In Kwon). Can he stop the evil Ru Na in time, or will Yeon Seo’s life get on the precipice of disaster once again?
Sometimes we are led to believe that Angel Dan and Ballerina Yeon Seo are destined to be together since they’d even met as children (that tried and true old K-drama cliche of getting the characters meet as children, only to be separated and find each other again later in adulthood, not recognizing one another … at first). but it’s made clear here that God will have the ultimate say if they’re to possess a future together, or not.
True love had smitten Yeon Seo and Dan during her recuperation period, and that they even plan on getting married, both knowing that their time together could also be short since Yeon Seo now knows he’s an angel. (I should say the gorgeous dog within the wedding scene stole the show on behalf of me, dog lover that I am! LOL). But will Heaven think that Dan had failed in his heavenly mission to seek out a person’s love for Yeon Seo? Or will they furnish him a second chance at life and love, giving him somebody’s body, to measure once and for all as an individual’s being, alongside Yeon Seo, until they both die of old age?
If you prefer true romance stories, beautiful music, and a collection of conniving characters trying to dam the happiness of the most principal characters, then this is often your K-drama of the first choice. it’s going to be a touch predictable for the future K-drama fan, but those relatively unaccustomed to the genre will little doubt think this can be The Cat’s Meow. Check it out and see if you wish it. Only you’ll make that determination, despite what any reviewer or critic needs to say.
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