Words cannot describe how awesome this drama was/is~!
Revisiting the past…
IRIS 2 was the first Korean drama I ever watched. If you read my post about B2st’s newest MV “Good Luck,” you’ll learn that they were my first K-Pop love. (Of course, I just told you, so…) ^^ Here’s a little background about how I was, inadvertantly, yanked into the world of K-Cinema.
Me being a “gung-ho,” “all-or-nothing” kind of girl, I learned a lot about the Idol group B2st shortly after discovering them. It wasn’t long before I knew their names, their heights, etc. I found out that Doojoon (or Dujun, whichever you prefer) was going to be joining the cast of IRIS 2. I was so excited, I called my cable company and immediately added the Korean channel to our list of services (like I said “all-or-nothing” kind of girl, lol).
I was immediately drawn in, and waiting for each new episode (even though they aired twice a week) was excruciating! I got through the entire series, and couldn’t believe how AMAZING it was! I will tell you though, I went through an entire box of Kleenex…no joke!
Drama synopsis (***SPOILER ALERT***~ If you have NOT seen the original IRIS, or you do NOT want to know key details about IRIS 2 before watching it, please scroll past the synopsis for my finals thoughts):
Set 3 years after the death of NIS (National Intelligence Service) agent Kim Hyeon Jun by terrorist group IRIS. At a warehouse that sells arms illegally, NSS (National Security Service) team leader Joon Han sees Detective Yoo Gun and asks him to work with him as an NSS agent.
Later, Yoo Gun is now a team leader for the NSS TF-A team. Soo Yeon, who has loved Yoo Gun since they were young, begins to work as an NSS agent as well. Choi Min is newly appointed as the NSS deputy director. Her only purpose is take down IRIS.
NSS ex-director Baek San has been incarcerated at the NSS prison, located on a remote island. A helicopter requests to land on the island and identifies themselves as NSS agents. After landing, they suddenly open fire on NSS agents. They are actually IRIS members. They are led by Ray and takes Baek San out of prison. But when the helicopter leaves the island, Baek San jumps out of the helicopter and into the ocean.
Yoo Gun, Soo Yeon and Hyun Woo arrive on the island. Soo Yeon is caught by Baek San, who points a gun at her. Yoo Gun tries to mediate with Baek San, but Hyun Woo fires from long range towards Baek San. Soo Yeon is shot and taken to the hospital.
Baek San is moved to a NSS secret house. There, Baek San is interrogated by Yoo Gun. He wants to know why he turned himself in and why IRIS tried to take him, but Baek San stays silent. Baek San only asks for 3 newspapers to read daily. The NSS team tries to find any secret code hidden within the newspapers, but find nothing.
At this time, IRIS members approach the NSS secret house. A gun fight erupts between IRIS and NSS agents. Yoo Gun takes Baek San out of the secret house and runs to a car with Baek San. IRIS chases after the car with Baek San. Yoo Gun is able to get to a military base and they are temporarily safe from IRIS. Yoo Gun and NSS deputy director Choi begin to suspect that there’s an IRIS mole within the NSS ranks.
Baek San finally reveals to the NSS agents that IRIS may launch an attack in Hungary, where high level meetings between North and South Korea are about to take place. He’s unsure if IRIS is targeting North or South Korea.
Meanwhile, Soo Yeon is now recovered. Even though Yoo Gun opposes, Soo Yeon goes to Hungary with the NSS team. Meanwhile, Yeon Hwa from IRIS arrives in Hungary and plots out their scheme. There’s also Joong Won, who escaped from North Korea, and appears in Hungary by Yeon Hwa’s request.
Korean “Drama” (K-Drama, for short) is a term that is loosely used to describe Korean TV that is not reality, variety, or documentary based. However, this particular K-Drama is what I would consider a true drama. It is very deep. The writers of this series were able to humanize even the most heinous of characters. The talent (writers/producers and actors) is beyond anything I have seen. Truly. Iris and Iris 2 tell a story of love, passion, deceit, truth, and deliverance. They are both very serious dramas with mild dashes of humor, but if you are looking for a drama to reel you in, and keep you wanting more, you will not be disappointed. This 2-part series goes down in my book as the best of the best. Definitely a MUST-SEE.
P.S. The cast is HUGE, so I’m only tagging a handful. If you are interested about all of the characters, please feel free to Google “IRIS 2” for a complete list~!