Sunday 19 May 2024

TV Review: Goodbye Earth (2024) (Drama)

Goodbye Earth (종말의 바보)
12 episodes

As an asteroid hurtles towards Earth with nothing to stop it, one determined teacher fights to keep her former students safe — no matter the cost.

Goodbye Earth was a series with an interesting premise but which didn't quite deliver in the execution. At eight episodes it might have worked, but at twelve it felt plodding. My husband fell asleep on the couch during some episodes and when I caught him up on things afterwards, I could generally summarise within a couple of sentences, because so little of any importance had happened during the hour of viewing time. Some of the characters were engaging, but others left me cold or, in the case of Se-kyung, baffled. I don't know if it's a matter of cultural differences, but I found the intensity of her relationship with her students a little strange and unbelievable. Overall, this one was a bit of a disappointment compared to other K-dramas, so I am only giving it three stars, and it only scored that high because of a couple of performances I enjoyed from the secondary characters. Not one I would recommend to K-drama newcomers.

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