Disney+ has had a difficult jump start with their Korean content but it seems they’re about to turn this around with “Soundtrack #1.”
“Soundtrack #1” had probably one of the most elaborate marketing strategies I’ve seen for a kdrama in a while which means it could have gone either way. Let me explain.
Note: this article is a first-impression review, it doesn’t mean this is the writer’s final thoughts on the drama. This is a spoiler review.
“Soundtrack #1” is being described as a “music drama,” with the rollout for its OST [original soundtracks] starting in late December of 2021, this means the rollout for the OST has been ongoing for a little over 3 months now. This is a lot in terms of kdrama promotional content, a lot more than what I’d assume anyone is used to.
Teaser posters and selfies of the two stars dominated the marketing for this drama with a heavy focus on how good they looked together. Since it has two extremely popular good-looking actors with large fanbases, you bet people were excited about this one.
But did it deliver?
I’d say for a premiere, it did.
Park Hyung Sik and Han So Hee do share amazing chemistry, they also don’t feel awkward around each other which I am pretty sure wasn’t easy to pull off. Their characters have been friends for 20 years.
The premiere of “Soundtrack #1” was heart-fluttering and adorable. It was so cute and well-done. It introduced our characters well while leaving room for more to explore.
What makes the premiere even better is how short the drama is. “Soundtrack #1” will only be 4 episodes long, which I think is f*cking amazing. People assume I dislike romance dramas, I don’t, but I do dislike it when people waste my time.
Romance dramas have a place but the issue is they take up more space than they should. By that I mean how romance dramas continue to have 16 episodes despite the repetitive premise it uses, on top of that, no one dares to even slightly mess with the format. You end up getting the same story over and over again, if you’ve been watching kdramas for as long as I have, it tends to become tiring after some point.
There isn’t much left to say in regards to romance, everything that could have been done has been done, so what you can do for now is to introduce a short romantic story, not beat around the bush for the nth time.
I am glad “Soundtrack #1” is only four episodes long. It jumps right into the point and doesn’t waste much time, this is made possible because of the low episode count. If this had been a kdrama airing on a broadcasting station, this would’ve been 16 episodes. Thank god this didn’t happen.
I walked away satisfied after “Soundtrack #1” premiere and excited for next week. I am pretty sure this will have a happy ending but I am also anticipating the next episodes. Can’t wait to see how they get there.
So these are my thoughts on “Soundtrack #1” premiere, so what about you guys? did you like the episodes? let me know what you thought in the comment section below.