Every now and then there comes along a drama that is really good but doesn’t have a lot of buzz. Such is the case with the suspense drama Missing: The Other Side. Join The Fangirls as we share all the reasons you should not miss this hidden gem!
An Unexpected Plot
Kmuse: OCN is not often known for its subtle and deeply crafted feels dramas. So, imagine our surprise when Missing: The Other Side managed to combine lost souls (ghosts whose bodies had not been discovered yet) and a birth mystery. I won’t go into deep details since you should enjoy the suspense by watching, but this was one of the best-paced murder mystery dramas that I have seen in years.
Karie the Maknae: This story was strong from the very beginning, and I was intrigued all the way through. Nothing went the way I expected it to, which was a fantastic experience!
Kdrama Jen: I usually avoid shows that might have missing children in them. It is just one of the topics that I can’t usually watch. This one, though, had missing children and adults. It was also handled in such a way that I was completely sucked into the mystery and the found family aspect of the drama before I even realized what was happening. Just when I thought I had things figured out, there would be an interesting twist or turn. The pacing was absolutely perfect (as long as you can deal with sleep deprivation during a binge-watch). This was when I looked at the clock and was like, “Hmm… I have to get up in two hours for work anyway. Let me just watch one more episode.”
Drama Geek: I admit that when I watched the first 15 minutes of this drama and saw Come and Hug a Psycho Dad finding a woman in a freezer, I was thinking it was the typical dark OCN drama. But, I was completely wrong! This is the Found Family drama of the year. I have not felt so touched and involved in dead peoples lives before. LOL. The connections of the ghost community and the people who see them made my heart SO happy.
Go Soo Hits All the Eight Notes
Kmuse: Go Soo, as an actor, is often hit and miss. Mostly by the drama choice, not by his abilities. When the story, director, and Go Soo click, it is pure magic. His performance made me excessively invested in his character and the mystery surrounding his mother’s disappearance. He has never looked better.
Karie the Maknae: I’ve never watched Go Soo in a drama before, but this one has convinced me to keep an eye out for him. He combines confidence and savvy and boyish charm in a way that had me rooting for him no matter WHAT he was doing.
Kdrama Jen: I am with Kmuse on this one. He is a hit and miss actor for me too, but this time he really hit the target. I especially loved his chemistry with the other actors!
Drama Geek: He was a really nice touch to this drama. There was no romance with him, and it was so fun to just see all the family heart moments he went through. He was like a lost puppy that just needed a home.
Well Done Tragic Romance
Kmuse: I don’t think it is giving too much away (you find out from the first 10 minutes of the show) that the main romance doesn’t have the happiest conclusion. HOWEVER, despite the fact that only one of our lovebirds is still living, we get a very well done romance. The two had so much chemistry that I am crossing fingers that these actors are reunited in a future project. Let’s all pray to the drama gods that this happens!
Karie the Maknae: This romance was brilliantly done, and they both pulled me along with the depth of their emotions and their love for each other. It was crafted so perfectly!
Kdrama Jen: I was not sure what to think for a while because this romance is a bit intertwined with so many other pieces. It was not what I was focused on, so it was kind of like just one thread woven into a beautiful tapestry. I didn’t realize until the show was over how it gave depth and meaning to other parts of the show.
Drama Geek: This romance was SO well done. You knew they wouldn’t have a happy ending, but the show managed to give their story peace. It’s true for a lot of the characters. There wasn’t a magical fix to the fact that they really were dead.
Not so Scary Killer Dad
Kmuse: We loved this actor as the killer dad in Come and Hug Me. We were terrified of him in Come and Hug Me, yet we love him to bits as a sweet father searching for his daughter in Missing. It was very enjoyable seeing this different side and it goes to prove that he is a very talented actor.
Karie the Maknae: I was a little worried that I would see Heo Joon Ho as JUST a serial killer, but he is so gentle and sweet and bumbling from the beginning that I ended up adoring him. That was an impressive feat, given that he scared the poop out of me in Come and Hug Me with his memorable performance.
Kdrama Jen: I am always excited to see a seasoned actor get the chance to show range. This is definitely how I felt about seeing Heo Joon Ho in this role. As a long-time drama fan, I have seen him play a variety of supporting and main roles, but this one really touched my heart. He is heartbreakingly beautiful as a dad searching for his daughter, facing his own guilt as a parent, and connecting two worlds in his own way. I was entranced by his performance.
Drama Geek: I agree with everyone else. He showed so much range, and made me love him so much. I bawled my head off for him on several occasions, but was happy with where the story left him by the end. Musketeers unite!
A Found Community of Side Characters
Kmuse: The thing that takes this drama from something standard to a whole different level is the village of ghosts. These sweet people that died tragically have created a very special found family. Usually, you get more scary ghosts than sweet ghosts in OCN, but this drama is chock full of positive people living their best post-life. The stories of the town ghosts and their connection to the living make these twelve episodes come to life.
Karie the Maknae: This is one of the strongest sets of secondary characters that I’ve seen in a long time. Their stories were crafted with care, and not one of them felt like a cardboard cutout. My favorite was Thomas, the unofficial village head. Drama Geek and I agree that he needs his own drama as a sequel.
Kdrama Jen: I adore stories about found families. When I started watching this drama, I thought I was going to be in for a gritty and intense murder mystery. What I found, though, was this tightly written story about how different lives connect and how community and family can bring healing. I was fully invested in every character’s story and I loved how this little village brought solace and closure to many of them. For me, this drama did what I wanted Hotel Del Luna to do. The idea of helping lost souls have some sense of closure was similar, but the execution of the idea in this drama was masterful.
Drama Geek: The village was the story. The two men helping them find closure and peace was such a beautiful tale. Like the others said, it’s what set this show apart from most. I was invested in all of them, and really enjoyed each of their stories.
Kmuse: The pacing on the first episode is a tiny bit off, but if you push through to episode two, you will be hooked. I had so many enjoyable hours watching this drama and trying to convince my kbesties to watch along with me. I happily report that everyone that finally caved to the pressure loved it just as much as I did. 100% think everyone should give this show a chance.
Karie the Maknae: I ended up setting aside other dramas I was excited to watch to binge this one. I loved it so much that it’s next on my “to watch with my girls” list, after I get them to finish Go Ahead. That’s pretty high praise from me!
Kdrama Jen: I was a bit confused during the first episode, but everything is cleared up as you watch. I decided to start this because I heard my fellow Fangirls gushing about it while we were podcasting. I am so glad I did. This may be the best drama of the year. I binged it and ignored the world as I did. It is common knowledge that I don’t cry while watching dramas, but this one made my eyes get misty. I highly recommend it!
Drama Geek: It is totally in my top 2 for the year. It will be interesting to see if by our end of year, it ends up on top. I would recommend to any drama watcher, no matter what genre you prefer.
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Til the next dramatic moment,
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi