I honestly don’t know how to sum up my feelings for this Korean miniseries.
I had this review more or less planned in my head even before I saw the last episode. I had known what I liked, and what the obvious shortcomings of the show were. The first four episodes at least were similar in these terms. Then I watched the finale. I had to refresh the MyDramaList page for this a couple of times just to make sure I had gotten it right. This couldn’t be the last, last episode, right? There was so much to unpack with the three leads after the fourth episode ended, and I was hoping the finale would be some sort of a conclusion that would wrap up the story, but it left me more confused than ever.
So much happened in such a short span of time, and it was to be honest a little jarring, because watching the first episode, I had come to expect a very different story than it ended up being. What I initially assumed to be a sunbae-hoobae judo centric BL turned out to be a love triangle with an unexpected (and unresolved) ending.
I hope the makers give us a season 2 because I do want to know what happens next. While due to a lack of budget, which I’m sure couldn’t be helped on the creators’ part, the show could not fully become what it deserved to be, there was a potential for a cute series. The cinematography was really good at times, and the acting by all four characters was believable, especially Hyunwoo, played by Jeon Yubin. I want to give them props for getting me invested into their arguably messy story, which left me wanting more.
But at the same time, this very investment into their relationships got me more frustrated with how the story was left off. This was a cliffhanger if I’ve ever seen one, and I’m itching to see more of this, if only to know how the story of Hyunwoo, Jiseok, and Dojin continues.
2 thoughts on ““Blue of Winter” Series Review (Ep.1 to 5)”
Your use of words is wonderful “a sunbae-hoobae judo centric BL” I often wonder whether they produce 10 episodes and release the first 5 to bring the audience back.
Kudos to this group for the effort on low budget- it looked good- and acting was decent to good.
Required creativity from viewers to “fill in” missing elements/plot elements that were hinted at or skipped altogether.
My understanding is originally they only planned 4 eps so when a 5th was added- there could be a logical ending——- well…… no such luck.
I have to say I did enjoy watching and it is very brief at about 40 minutes total.
Hopefully they get some sponsorship and can improve in writing/storyboarding.