W: Two Worlds // Kdrama review

Welcome back to another Korean drama review where I talk about another one of my favourites so far! This was the fourth Kdrama I watched and I did not expect that I would like it this much.

My luck with Kdramas was so good in the beginning, though? Out of 4, I really liked THREE. That’s a very good number. Amongst the Korean dramas I’ve reviewed till now, I rank them as:

  1. W: Two Worlds
  2. While You Were Sleeping
  3. Pinocchio
  4. It’s Okay That’s Love

W: Two Worlds and While You Were Sleeping are very close because I love them both equally and the only reason W is #1 now is because it’s in the genre that I’m totally into at the moment.

What’s the drama about?

What if you went into your favourite fictional world? What if you met your fictional crush and fell in love with him/her for real? What if THEY fell in love with YOU?

OKAY SO GUYS THIS DRAMA IS AWESOME. I have absolutely no clue how to describe it properly so forgive me if I’m confusing.

It  starts off with the author of a VERY popular webtoon called going missing. The people working under him were right outside his room and even they don’t know where he’s gone.

His daughter Oh Yeon-joo, our female lead, starts looking for clues in his room. While doing that, a bloody hand caches hold of her jacket and pulls her. Next thing she knows, she’s in the rooftop of a building next to a man lying on the floor with stab wounds. Being a doctor, she does something to make him better and runs to call for help.

And after a few minutes, she’s suddenly back in the real world, in her father’s room, where she finds out that a new episode of W has gone up. And the episode describes EXACTLY what happened when she was in the rooftop.

That’s how she figures out that she was IN THE WEBTOON. She got pulled into the webtoon through her father’s drawing tablet in his room. The injured man was the main lead of the webtoon, Kang Chul.

What the heck, you say?

The drama is about two worlds—real world and the webtoon world. Oh Yeon-joo gets dragged into the webtoon world again and again and eventually becomes a part of it. Whenever the episode ends (with a big scene like episodes usually end), she’s back into the real world.

And so began their love story.

It is way more than romance, though! It was sci-fi, thriller and romance all rolled into one with twists every where! Within 16 one hour episodes, SO MUCH happens that once the show ends you’re just blown away by thinking what all happened.

Honestly, I can’t even begin to explain all the details about the show because I could write a whole post just about it.

What I loved

  • It’s FANTASY, y’all. And it’s the BEST fantasy.

It’s an amazing story about murder, villains, love and it takes place in TWO worlds. So you go back and forth, you get to know both worlds, you see how complicated it all becomes and you are at the edge just waiting to see what happens next.

devoured this drama as fast as my mind could keep up and still stay sane. Because let me tell you, you won’t even feel like all of the story happened in ONLY 16 episodes. There’s so much.

W poster
Source: Hello Asia!
  • Have you ever imagined what it would be like if you met your fictional crush? Because that’s exactly what happens in this show. Kang Chul is the fictional crush of many in the show’s real world, including Oh Yeon-joo. So just imagine yourself in Yeon-joo’s place getting to meet Kang Chul, who is the BEST to have a crush on.
  • Han Hyo-joo acted SO WELL as Oh Yeon-joo. I loved the parts when Yeon-joo is confused what to do when she’s in the fictional world, what to say about herself whenever Kang Chul asks and how to get back. It was quite funny to watch her.
w yeon-joo and Chul
Source: Dramabeans
  • The drama also asks questions you ask yourself about every fictional world. And at those moments I really started thinking myself and fell in love with the show more because it’s literally our dreams.

What happens when the story ends? Does the world stop, frozen forever? Or does it go on?

  • The plot is just CRAZY. If you don’t watch the show for anything else, just watch it for the plot. The are so many ups and downs and twists. By the end all you can expect is that there will be more unexpected things happening, right until the end of episode 16.
  • In fact the plot is so good, I actually even missed some details which I thought were plot holes simply because I was too into the main story and was waiting to see what happens next that my attention wasn’t on the details.
  • Kang Chul’s relationship with Oh Seong-moo—his maker—was so complex and fascinating. At one point Kang Chul comes into the real world and meets Seong-moo and everything that follows got me so interested.

The relationship started out with Seong-moo wanting to kill the character that he made and end the webtoon. To Kang Chul, Seong-moo is the one who gave him a tragic life story but it became so much more including Seong-moo being the father of the woman Kang Chul loves. Honestly, I cannot say much without spoiling something.

W kang chul and oh seong moo
Source: Dramabeans
  • The father-daughter relationship portrayal was so nice. Oh Yeon-joo and Oh Seong-moo’s love for each other kept driving them to save the other. Seeing Seong-moo’s love for his daughter made me so emotional. I don’t see this much focus on parent-child relationships so that was really nice.

I cannot say anymore because spoilers but just know that if I could, I would rant for 3000 words.

What I didn’t love so much

  • The plot holes. I caught quite a few plot holes in While You Were Sleeping but they didn’t bother me much unlike here where all of the plot holes bothered me! Especially the big ones that are the catalysts of the plot. They’re the reason the plot exists and they aren’t explained at all.
  • I’ll admit, at one point I got pretty bored by the show. It was all fast-paced and fantasy elements then suddenly all we saw was romance which I was NOT into. But they did recover fast—within one episode! Right as you think everything will end well, BAM, another twist.

There are things that aren’t explained well. The plot might seem far-fetched in some points.


It’s fiction and it has the freedom to break barriers so just enjoy it.

The Characters

I LOVED Kang Chul. This character is very different from other roles I’ve seen Lee Jong-suk play. In the others, his character is unsure, clumsy and can mess up. But here, he’s the PERFECT male lead—strong, confident, rich, with a tragic past and a life quest. Lee Jong-suk played him better than I thought he could.

Kang Chul is an award-winning sharp-shooter who pursued Computer Science in academics. His whole family was murdered by a sharp-shooter (and by the same gun Kan Chul used during the Olympic competition) so the blame came upon him. Everyone thought he killed them after having a fight with his dad for wanting to study CS.

He’s now the CEO of a company and has also started a broadcasting station called W where people solve unsolved cases. He thought this might help find the person who killed his family.

W. Who and Why. Who killed them and why did they kill them.

kang chul gif
Source: We Heart It.

Oh Yeon-joo, played by Han Hyo-joo, is a doctor and daughter of the artist of W. Her parents are divorced and hence she doesn’t get to see her father as much as she would like. In the beginning, she’s meek and shy and wasn’t very captivating. Even though she had more screen time than Kang Chul, I didn’t like her then.

But later I grew to like her because I could clearly see character growth and growth is what I like. She grows from the very uncertain and jumpy girl to one who deals with villains, death threats and doing anything to keep her loved ones safe.

w oh yeon joo.jpg
Source: Dramabeans

This next character isn’t considered a main character but to me he is one because his role is as big as Kang Chul’s and Oh Yeon-joo’s. Oh Seong-moo, artist of the webtoon and father of Oh Yeon-joo, was played brilliantly by Kim Ui-seong. His role was complex and included multiple personalities. Just, wow.

w oh seong moo

The other supporting characters were played really well too. My favourite supporting characters are Seo Do-yoon, Kang Chul’s bodyguard and Park Soo-bong, one of the artists under Seong-moo.


If you don’t want to get spoiled, click here to skip to the “overall” concluding section.

Okay so can we talk plot holes and things that weren’t explained??

Plot Holes

  1. The screen to the real world. The explanation we got later was that the screen appeared in front of Kang Chul when he realizes that he’s a fictional character. So then he can step through the screen into the real world. But that doesn’t explain how the screen appeared in episode 1 when he did NOT know that he’s a fictional character.
  2. Talking about the same scene, why was Kang Chul dying? All the previous times he rejected death by changing the scene so why couldn’t he do that here? What’s the logic?
  3. We were told that Oh Yeon-joo gets dragged into the webtoon world (after the first time) whenever Kang Chul thinks about her. But what about after they rewrote the story? How did Yeon-joo get dragged into the world when Kang Chul did not even have memories of her? It’s said that she probably remained in his head unconsciously but it still doesn’t make sense because it was more like time rewind than memory erase.
  4. Oh Seong-moo disappeared in the webtoon world. He didn’t actually die. So Yeon-joo could have just drawn a little more and changed her father’s fate? Why wasn’t that thought of. He just disappeared! Plus, Seong-moo wasn’t even really a webtoon character so how did he disappear like a webtoon character that’s not required anymore?

Other things

CAN WE TALK ABOUT SEONG-MOO BECOMING THE VILLAIN? The actor changes roles so fast and brilliantly played both roles that I just? was blown away??

I also loved that a villain was made as the webtoon progressed? It’s not a simple find the villain, catch the villain and happily ever after. I found it interesting with the prosecutor/politician’s addition and how he gradually became a villain because he’s against Kang Chul.


I loved the show! So much is packed into 16 episodes that I got so sucked into it, I didn’t even notice the background songs much. I binged it as fast as I could and was taken on a roller coaster ride.

Definitely recommended! Especially if you love fantasy and would love to see fictional and real worlds getting mixed.

Other Kdramas you might like:

Doctor Stranger (also stars Lee Jong-suk!!)

Kill Me, Heal Me (the main character has SEVEN personalities)

Extraordinary You (similar story of blending reality & fiction) (supporting characters are the main characters!)

Have you ever imagined meeting your fictional crush? About going into your favourite fictional world? What comes next in that story? Tell me in the comments!

33 thoughts on “W: Two Worlds // Kdrama review”

  1. I loved W but seriously the plot holes were too much visible. At one point, I think even the writers were confused in which way to move the story. If it wasn’t for the amazing chemistry between the two main leads and the intriguing suspense of who the villain is, I would have stopped. But oh well, I did enjoy it. Great review!

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  2. The plot holes really got me bored too. I mean, they made everything so confusing and so I kind of lost interest. They’re just so visible and it lessens the awe of the show being about a crossover between a fictional world and reality. Still, thanks to the leads, I endured this show. They really have the chemistry. This is actually where I fell in love with Lee Jong Suk.

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  3. Finally!! Another W Fan!!! It’s so nice to see that there are others who LOVED THE SHOW! I DID TOO!
    Do listen to the soundtrack one day! It is so epic! ❤️ And if you read the translation of the lyrics, it makes the songs even more beautiful! W: Two World’s Apart has been one of the absolute FAVOURITE SHOW! AND KANG CHUL🤯🔥🔥🔥HOTTEST CHARACTER EVER!
    I agree about the plot holes but I ma willing to ignore them all. This show will always have my ❤️
    My mind used to get blown in EVERY EPISODE!? WHICH SHOW DOES THAT?!
    I finished watching this show in 3 days! 🙈🤫🤫
    Love always!❤️

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    1. It’s great that you loved the show as well! I did listen to a bit of the soundtrack. So far I’ve been obsessed with In The Illusion and Draw A Love.
      And AGREED ON LEE JONG SUK. His charm in W was just OUT OF PROPORTION. My heart could not handle it. Especially in the beginning.

      I think the best part about W was that it kept us on the edge every episode, and that’s some mad acting, writing and directing. What a great piece of work 👏

      Thanks for the comment!

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      1. I love While You Were Sleeping the most! After that comes W, then his acting in Doctor Stranger is really good. He looks very handsome in Romance In A Blue Book though 🙈 I crushed on him so hard there.

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      2. I started “Romance is a Bonus Book” but stopped after 5 episodes as the struggle of the female lead really hit me hard. I may definitely continue the series. His dialogues as the professor in the first episode were so hilarious!! I connected to them personally as I am a teacher. I still have to watch both “While you were sleeping” and “Doctor Stanger”. Thanks for the recommendations!! 💖

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  4. I looove this drama! I watched it when it came out and it’s one I still think about to this day haha. The plot holes didn’t bother me very much, I really enjoyed this role that Jongsuk played and every episode just absolutely delivered!
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.com x

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  5. I loved how lee jong suk played as kang chul.. he is really good as an actor.. i just find the female lead not good in acting when it comes to drama scene.. she’s crying but no tears.. so to hide it she will just bow her head.. and i dont really like the car scene when she is crying.. its so annoying to hear her crying but her face doesnt even have a single tear.. also the part where kang chul going to fall in the building.. she just stare not doing anything, her emotion in that scene is blank.. she’s not really good in drama scene.. but when it comes to comedy or she’s confused she can act well.. i ask my sister how that female lead bcome actress.. she is so lame in drama scene.. i just watch it bcoz of lee jong suk

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    1. agreed that Lee Jong-suk was too good! You may have a point with the actress but it didn’t bother me that much. But anyway, I think LJS made up for it 😊


  6. […] ‘’W: Two Worlds’’ is romance drama series released on July 20, 2016 and has a total of 16 episodes.The story started when Oh Yeon-Joo’s father, who’s an author of a very popular webtoon called W, went missing. In search for her father, she accidentally gets dragged into the webtoon world when she was pulled by a hand full of blood from a screen. There, she met the wealthy Kang Chul whom she fell in love with. The characters are played by Han Hyo-joo and Lee Jong-suk. Will the two worlds collide? It’s your turn to find out. (https://thewordyhabitat.in/2018/07/02/w-two-worlds-kdrama-review/) […]


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