SKY Castle (2018)
Faced with a miniature pyramid that’s supposed to symbolize the social hierarchy, the young Soo-han is asked by his parents which part of the pyramid does he want to be placed.
“The top”, he says at first; his parents reassured. But he quickly retracts his answer and points out that Egyptians don’t place the mummy at the top of the pyramid but rather, the middle, as it is the center of mass, and therefore the most stable.
“The middle is the best spot”, he points out.
And that, my friends, is my key takeaway from this drama.
On a lighter note, I must admit I loved Sky Castle because the cast were the best-looking and everyone were oh-so-chic! Well, except for U-ju’s family, but then to be shabby-chic is supposed to be their role, right? Even Coach Kim looked chic in her prison suit! Likewise, I fell in love the rich housewives’ house slippers, their full midi skirts, pussy bows and relaxed sleeves, blunt hair cuts and blunt words, Nespresso makers, and fine tea sets. I also fell madly in love with the twins.
Fashion and looks aside, the K-drama reminded me of how incredibly difficult the education system in Korea can be, and I now recall why I ended up having Korean classmates back in university. Korean parents want to save their children from unhappy childhoods, brought about by the pressures of the education system and society as a whole, and so they are sent overseas to finish school elsewhere.
A mix of heavy drama, suspense, mystery, a unique brand of humor, and social commentary all rolled into one, I’d say Sky Castle is a must-watch. It is engaging as it is unpredictable, it masterfully tackles important issues, and leaves a lasting impact, too. One won’t tire of the series for the cast members are rich in visual appeal, too, and I personally believe that’s always a plus.