Gong Yoo has personally addressed the mixed responses “The Silent Sea” has received.
“The Silent Sea” marks Gong Yoo’s first drama since the massive hit “Goblin.” Some fans had high expectations but were left disappointed after watching the drama. The drama received mixed responses from fans and critics, with some labeling it a ‘disappointment’ while others calling it ‘innovative, engaging and fun.’
In a recent interview, Gong Yoo personally addressed the mixed responses, what did he have to say about it?
“I saw it thinking it was a pretty satisfactory result. I didn’t specifically want to do sci-fi genre, but I really wanted to do a series with specific genre, then I received the Sea of Silence, which was sci-fi.
I’m satisfied with how the drama came out.”
Gong Yoo then talked about knowing that some people will end up loving it while others would hate it when he first received the script,
“I expected the split to be even more extreme.
I knew there would be many perspectives the drama could be approached from such as scientific or historical investigation. Of course, there were shortcomings, and I know about some of negative views. But I think it was the best choice that we could achieve within the scope of reality and class we had.
Obviously, it’s not that we just did well, but I think it opened up the possibility for development. I think it was a meaningful first step (as Korean space science fiction).
There are some parts that I am personally satisfied with, and in a way, I think it was great for the first step in the genre of Korean sci-fi universe. Many people see it from various perspectives, and I think those different perspectives are what garner more interest in the drama, so I’m grateful.”
What did you think of Gong Yoo in “The Silent Sea”? Did you love it or not?
My personal thoughts- written by Jass K.
Well.. I am a bit surprised to find out he’s known this would get mixed responses but still chose to do it. I respect his opinion and his approach to the debate, I think its insightful, and from his point of view, its understandable why he’d want to do such a project. It makes me view him with an even better light.
I was one of the people who didn’t particularly like “The Silent Sea,” I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it as much as I had wanted to. You can read why here.
“The Silent Sea” should have been a bigger event or had a bigger impact, I still believe the poor characterization truly hindered the drama from reaching its full potential. But in the grand scheme of things, similarly to what Gong Yoo said, its a step in the right direction, you can’t and shouldn’t expect perfection from uncharted territory for Korean content.
I hope that Koreans continue to do sci-fi dramas or movies in the future and I personally can’t wait to see Gong Yoo in a new project soon.