It’s finally home sweet home for the medical team from Haesung. Things seem to get normal now for both of the medical team as well as the soldiers who will soon arrive back to Korea. Kang Mo-yeon and Yoo Shi-jin finally experienced the feeling of having a ‘normal’ relationship, and Yoon Myeong-ju and Seo Dae-young are finally exchanging conversations freely unlike before that Dae-young controls himself. But in the near end of Episode 13, it seems like there’s more trouble coming on its way.
Select Scenes from Episode 13
1. Three Days and Zero Nights
The soldiers were finally back home from Uruk and were given three days to just go around and about. Dae-young and Shi-jin spend their mission-free days by drinking Soju for 3 days and 0 nights. Soon after, Snoopy, Sang-hyun and Myeong-ju join them and are devastated and disappointed by just looking at their drunken state.
2. Mo-yeon’s Mom
Shi-jin brings the drunk Mo-Yeon home and learns that Mo-yeon’s mom is home. Shi-jin thought it was some bad guy as Mo-yeon’s mom hides at the kitchen. Shi-jin introduces himself as Mo-yeon’s boyfriend then the drunk Mo-yeon asks ”You’re my boyfriend? Really?” Mo-yeon’s mom asks about Shi-jin’s job and is happy to know that he’s a soldier since it means a good steady pay and often away from home, perfect for her workaholic doctor daughter. The mom asks him why he’s standing and being all too formal when she’s actually a liberal, open-minded kind of mom.
3. At North Korea
While having a date, Shi-Jin suddenly gets a call that will bring him to the department store. Turns out, the ‘department store’ is at North Korea. Shi-jin and Dae-young are sent to Pyeongyang, capital of North Korea, as security men of a meeting between North and South Korean dignitaries. While guarding the door, Shi-jin is actually working with the North Korean soldier he had dueled on the first episode.
NoKor soldier: How was the wound I gave you last time? I’m sorry for that.
Yoo Shi-jin: Are you here because you got demoted? Sorry about that.
NoKor soldier: You’re still as witty. Would you like to see who wins this time, minus the pen?
Yoo Shi-jin: I doubt you want my help to write a report. I won’t go lightly just because you’re the host.
NoKor soldier: You’re still as gutsy. Be glad that you’re our guest and that we’re facing the same way. For fighter like us, we’re only at peace when we’re facing the same way like this.
Yoo Shi-jin: Then can you do something for your guest? Can we have naengmyeon for lunch? I’d love to taste the traditional Pyeongyang naengmyeon.
4. Double Date
Our main and second leads are having something we’ve all been waiting for—a double date! As t he waiter arrives to give their orders, he says that the two men have changed their girlfriends this time but is actually referring to the stuffed animals, the wolf and the rabbit. Yoo Shi-jin and Seo Dae-young now introduce their human girlfriends.
Seo Dae-young: This is my real girlfriend.
Yoo Shi-jin: This is my comrade.
Kang Mo-yeon: Comrade?
Yoo Shi-jin: Yes. We fought and won in Uruk.
Yoo Shi-jin tells the story about the time Dae-young fought with a gangster just to get his phone back since it has important photos inside. Turns out, those are pictures of the taxi plate numbers Myeong-ju has ridden after they would go on a drink.
Seo Dae-young: I didn’t know what to do on a date, so we always went for drinks. I could never driver her home myself, and had to call for a cab. It’s the license plates of the cabs. When we broke up, I deleted all the photos of us together but I thought that I could insist that these photos weren’t of Myeong-ju so I can keep them.
Kang Mo-yeon: Woah. That’s very romantic.
Yoon Myeong-ju: I think I just fell in love over again.
5. The Break Up
Yoon Myeong-ju and Seo Dae-young, separately, visits General Yoon. It’s time for Dae-young to do his end of the deal—to be discharged from the service and work at Myeong-ju’s mother’s business. Seo Dae-young learns that Yoon Myeong-ju actually knows about this deal between him and the General. They argue as Myeong-ju tells him of how she had barely asked a favor of her father as bargained with her life.
Seo Dae-young: I decided to do this to not break up with you. Did you think it was easy for me?
Yoon Myeong-ju: It’s not easy, I know. Then what about me? Do you think it was easy for me? It’s a promise I got after threatening my dad with my life. Did you think it was easy for me to be so bold?
Seo Dae-young: Why did you do that exactly?
Yoon Myeong-ju: Because you kept on running away. Where were you when I was fighting against my dad? Do I mean anything to you? How could you not say a word? How could you not ask me—
Seo Dae-young: I did ask you. I asked you a multitude of times. The times I ran away represented a hundred words and the darned times when I couldn’t pick up the phone was a thousand times asking to myself and how could you ask your father to do that? I guess we didn’t mean much to each other.
Yoon Myeong-ju: How is that the same? I tried to make him understand.
Seo Dae-young: That’s how you made me foolish. I need to be acknowledged, not understood. I wanted Commander to choose me because of me and because of who I am not because his daughter asked him to. But if the only reason he agreed to let us see each other was because it was a wish from a dying daughter, I cannot be with you.
Yoon Myeong-ju: Okay. Then don’t. Let’s break up. If you’ll end up unhappy because of me, just live happily by yourself. I mean it.
6. The Critical Patient
Two ambulances arrive. Dr. Song Sang-hyun takes over the first one, who was a North Korean soldier and tells Dr. Kang Mo-yeon to deal with the other one who is more critical. Just as the ambulance door opens, Kang Mo-yeon comes to a shock—it is Yoo Shi-jin, bathing in his own blood from multiple gunshots.
Focus: International Popularity
Aside from the attention given by a multitude of viewers, a top-rating drama couldn’t be easily missed by the producers worldwide. Because of its popularity, the Descendants of the Sun has been translated into 32 languages and sold to more than 27 countries, including the UK.
The drama series has a significant popularity in China. The series was simultaneously aired in China through an online video platform called iQiyi. This Baidu ’s video-streaming affiliate bought the exclusive rights to stream DOTS in China for $250,000 per episode. In total, the payment is estimated to be about 40% of the show’s production costs. This Chinese investment is proven to be fruitful since the estimated views went over 2 billion. In fact, Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo both nabbed the iQiyi Global Star Award during the 52nd Paeksang Arts Awards. Plus, during the 21st Asian Television Awards held in Singapore, DOTS was awarded Best Drama Series. These Asian awards prove the extensive scope of the DOTS‘ fever.
China is also having an ongoing pre-production of the film adaptation of Descendants of the Sun. Chinese director Zhang Yi-ba, who oversees the production, felt so much pressure, especially that he personally considers DOTS as a big hit with very charming male and female protagonists. “I think the production of a film should not only take advantage of the powerful popularity of the television series but also see some improvement,” the director added.
The film isn’t out yet but there’s one thing that fans should keep in mind once it’s out: the adaptation is simply an adaptation and not the actual DOTS they first loved. It’s expected that there will be a lot of changes— as the casting will surely change, the story may not also follow anymore the old. Let us all just hope for the best and be happy that we’ll get served with another version of the series we’ve always loved.
(DOTS A Year After is a 16-part post series that commemorates the first anniversary of the highest-rated weekday prime time kdrama in 2016. For your feedback and questions about the series, you can send an email to [email protected], message us through Facebook, or comment directly on this post.)
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 1
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 2
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 3
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 4
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 5
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 6
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 7
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 8
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 9
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 10
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 11
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 12
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 13
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 14
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 15
- Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 16