Crash Landing, Heaven’s Garden: Netflix; Winter Sonata: KBS World; Jewel in the Palace: Amazon Prime

Swooning for Korean dramas

Media | Broadcasting clean, romantic fun, K-drama grows in popularity in the United States
by Joyce Wu & Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 4/08/21, 02:07 pm

While scrolling through Netflix last year, Wright Doyle and his wife Dori clicked on a show with an interesting premise: A South Korean heiress accidentally paraglides into North Korea and drops into the arms of an attractive North Korean soldier. Within minutes, the Texas couple in their 70s was hooked on the 2020 Korean drama series Crash Landing on You (see “Love Beyond Borders,” March 27). 

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Life after the Blip

Television | Disney’s TV series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is smart but may be leaning in political directions
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/08/21, 01:02 pm

Those turning to the latest Disney+ entry in the Marvel franchise as a form of escape from our fraught cultural debates may find themselves feeling a little cheated. So too will those hoping its small-screen stature might lend itself, à la WandaVision, to something gutsier and more creative than its big-screen brothers. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is both more reflective of the troubles of our present moment and more conventional than its streaming predecessor.

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Love beyond borders

Television | South Korean romance series Crash Landing on You hits big with audiences for all the right reasons
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 3/11/21, 03:12 pm

Crash Landing on You, a stirring South Korean series on Netflix, smashed viewership records throughout Asia last year. While winning over viewers, it expertly navigated a diplomatic minefield with its deft telling of forbidden cross-border love.

What’s perhaps most stunning about the show is that in the middle of a pandemic, when millions of Americans were bingeing on anything—even Tiger King—to jump-start our socially distant hearts, this gem went largely unreviewed and unwatched.

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