Snowdrop (2021-2022) is a Korean series that follows a hostage-taking crisis inside a women’s dormitory and the political conflicts between North Korea and South Korea.
It premiered on December 18, 2021 through JTBC and attained its highest nationwide viewership rating of 3.8%. It also gained much attention overseas through the streaming platform, Disney+ as well as generated buzz on Twitter with trending hashtags and topics.
Here are 3 points why Snowdrop (2021-2022) appears to be one of the best fictional Korean series ever written and produced:
1. The narrative is more than a love story that reflects on the evilness of power in humanity.
More than the blossoming romance between two main characters played by Jung Hae-in and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, Snowdrop (2021-2022) strongly reflects on the evilness of power in humanity. It does not mainly focuses on two lives but rather, explores the unceasing timely issues on corruption, abusive power, dirty tactics, selfish gains, and maltreatment in politics.
While it deals with the relational ills between South Korea and North Korea, it also reflects the fact that some nations of the world suffers from the same political issues—where power comes first before humanity and violence controls the situation.
There are many dialogues and lines from the drama that reflect how the world is suffering from such evilness and greediness in power:
“You know how people are willing to kill their own family, cousins, and even children if it helps them become king.”
“In this scheme for the presidential election, pawns like you and I are just tools to use and throw away.”
“For money, they sold their agents’ lives who have been loyal to the country.”
“They have no freedom, so how is it love? He says he loves them, but he deceives, exploits, and rules them by fear!”
2. The plot keeps you hooked until the end.
Every single episode of this drama is outstanding, entertaining, and intriguing from the plot twists to character development. They were perfectly written and executed. No dull moments and boring scenes.
We loved how each turn of the story unveils a mystery, how the protagonists turned out to be the real antagonists, and how some of the antagonists became a significant part of the problem-solving. How the hostage crisis gets untangled and how each character faces every conflict will keep you hooked until the end.
The hostage scenes as well as the forbidden love story offer thill and bring you to a rollercoaster ride of intense emotions—fear, anxiety, tension, mistrust, confusion, unity, and hopefulness. That amid chaos and strife, love and loyalty for the country will always lead one to take the risks. And no matter how the story ends, it is empathy for humanity that triumphs.
Overall, it was a perfect blend of chaos—an epic watch.
3. The visuals are gorgeous.
From the 1980s vibes to cinematography to visuals to musical score, the production of this drama is chef’s kiss beyond doubt. The retro costumes and props are also visually pleasing. The old dating style and dormitory life setting add charm.
Moreover, it may be BLACKPINK Jisoo’s acting debut, but she delivered her innocent yet empowered character well. Her on-screen chemistry with Jung Hae-in also has the impact to steal the hearts of viewers.
For certain, Snowdrop (2021-2022) is set to be one of the most remarkable Korean series of all time. We hope that more people will get to watch this epic production and find the gem of its powerful political insights.
Synopsis: Adapted from the handwritten notes of a man who escaped from a political prison camp in North Korea, Snowdrop is set against the backdrop of the 1987 Democracy Movement in South Korea.
Genre: Black comedy, Romance, Melodrama, Period
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Jung Hae-in, Jisoo, Yoo In-na, Jang Seung-jo, Yoon Se-ah, Kim Hye-yoon, Jung Yoo-jin
Written by: Yoo Hyun-mi
Directed by: Jo Hyun-tak
Date: December 18, 2021 – January 31, 2022
Network: JTBC, Disney+
Cover photo: jtbcdrama