Whooopie!!! It’s finally Easter and I can’t wait ’til the summer break already! I wish I can just time-travel to right after the exams and just rest. Talking about time-travel, it has become a common theme in kdramaland. I still remember watching two time-travelling dramas at the same time in the same year.That year is 2012. It has four dramas about time-travel in that year and two of which are produced by SBS- Rooftop Prince and Faith. Of course the main idea of these dramas is that a character goes to the past/future and falls in love but faces the problem of having to need to return to their own time period (with the exception of a few).
This is the earliest drama from the year 2012 to feature the time-travelling element in dramas. To be honest I didn’t even think of it as a time-travelling drama because the evil characters kept our main characters busy. It wasn’t until the few last episodes that the problem of needing to go back to their time appeared. I love this drama for its serious and light side but not so much the solution of the time difference.
Period: From the Joseon Era 300 years ago to modern day 21st century~
Cause: When Lee Gak and his subjects were ambushed, they made a run for it and their horses leaped past the moon to the other side which reveals to be 21st century Seoul.
Problems: After Lee Gak and Park Ha fell in love and the problems with their evil siblings solved, they wanted to be together but one by one, Lee Gak’s subjects are disappearing. They had traveled back to the past.
Solution: Park Ha decides that she wants to be married to Lee Tak anyway and they did. But during the wedding on the rooftop after they kissed, Lee Tak disappeared. Park Ha cries but of course he’s gone. But then in present day she finds a letter hidden by Lee Gak which makes she misses him more. Tae Yong, presumably Lee Gak’s reincarnation caught Park Ha’s attention since he has the exact same face as Lee Gak. At the end she meets up with him in the park and holding hands as his attire changes to prince’s robes.
Faith is a time-travelling drama that also contains a bit of fantasy. We’re aware of Eun Soo’s return date and we’re constantly reminded throughout the whole drama so there’s no way you’ll miss that this is a time-travelling drama. The problem in this drama is less stressful in my opinion since there is a definite source of time-travel “facility”, aka the portal. You just know where to go but e.g. for Rooftop Prince, they had no idea why he time-traveled.
Period: From modern day Seoul to Goryeo Period.~
Cause: The Queen of Goryeo was injured and so they needed someone to save her. There was a Great Doctor recorded in history that saved thousands of people with “weird” practices and so General Choi Young was ordered to bring the doctor to save the Queen through the Portal. (Un)luckily, Choi Young happened to grab Eun Soo back to the Goryeo Period.
Problems: There are two main problems, of course one of them is that Eun Soo and Choi Young are in love and they can’t decide that Eun Soo should stay or go back. The other problem is that Eun Soo is known as The One From Heaven since she can heal people and know a bit of the future so she is wanted by many people. She doesn’t even know if she’ll make it til the Portal opens.
Solution: Portal opened but Choi Young was injured. Eun Soo rushed back to the hospital to get first aid but she went to a different time period when she entered the portal. Eun Soo spent a few years healing people. Finally in the end a portal opened and she got to see Choi Young again.
Queen In Hyun’s Man
This is my favorite drama on the list. I just love everything about this drama and it’s just full of romance. Again, you can’t help but notice it since they are constantly changing to one period to another. I love this idea and I wouldn’t actually mind if he could just live in two time spaces. I love the ending as well and it is really rare because it is just another law in dramaland to have extraordinary starts but sh!tty endings.
Period: Back and forth from Joseon Dynasty to modern day Seoul~
Cause: Boong Do is given a talisman which somehow allows him to time-travel when even he is in grave danger.
Problems: The talisman was meant for protection but since Boong Do was beginning to use it to see Hee Jin, the talisman lost its magical effects and Boong Do couldn’t time-travel.
Solution: Boong Do was in prison and he had lost hope so he decided to suicide by hanging himself. He was on the verge of dying but his phone rings and when he answered it he was in modern day Seoul again. The couple managed to see each other and shared a (hot) kiss at the end.
Dr. Jin, another time-travel drama has element of fantasy in it as well. I usually don’t think dramas could be that awful but this is. If it wasn’t for my JaeJoong eye-candy, I wouldn’t sit through those painful hours watching this only to be rewarded with the death of Jae Joongie T^T
Period: From modern day Seoul to Joseon Period.
Cause: Dr. Jin jumping off a rooftop to catch a strange-looking baby in a jar. The “baby” is really a tumor which he had just removed from a patient’s head but it appears that Dr. Jin also has that tumor and that’s what made him time-traveled. It totally make sense!
Problems: He is getting constant headaches whenever he saves a patient “he is not supposed to save”. These headaches are caused by his tumor which also signals the time he has to go back.
Solution: This one is obvious. If you have a freaky tunor in your head which can make you time-travel, of course you’d remove it. Young Rae survived and so did Mina. Dr. Jin returned to the future and the drama ended with him proposing to Mina.
So since I didn’t finish watching Marry Him If You Dare and Nine: Nine Times Travel, I can’t really add it to this list. Even though this is a common concept in kdramas, there are lots of variations as to what direction each drama is going. I like all of them (except Dr.Jin despite my love for medical dramas). I personally like the time-travel concept and I think it can be made into a brilliant drama if the writers could do a good job with it.
What do you guys think? Do you like the concept ? Tell me in the comments below^^ Thank you for reading my post and I hope you enjoy it:D