'Memories of the Alhambra' Season 2 is still up in the air, till then check out these Netflix shows while you wait
From 'The Rise of Phoenixes' to 'Oh My Ghost!,' these k-dramas in the Netflix library, similar to 'Memories of the Alhambra,' will keep you hooked right from the start
So, your most recent K-drama obsession ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ is over, and dissatisfied with that underwhelming finale, you are looking for the next best thing. Fear not, we have the five next best things to distract you from the withdrawal blues and here is a twist, not all of them are k-dramas. All the following shows are available in the Netflix library, and like 'Memories of the Alhambra,' they will keep you hooked right from the start.
If you want to see the suspense, gore, supernatural and fantasy of ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ and infuse it with thrills of a crime drama, ‘Black’ is the show for you. It is a thriller with a complex story with hints and Easter Eggs you would miss until a second or third watch.
Song Seung-heon as Han Moo-gang aka Black and Go Ara as Kan Ha-ram give some amazing performances throughout the show, but the story is king. The twists you don’t see coming keep you on the edge of your seats throughout the season. If still aren’t sold yet, ask yourself if a combination of serial murders, a girl who can foresee death, a grim reaper and a possessed detective are things that excite you.
One More Time
The 2016 k-drama, which was released exclusively on Netflix, does not necessarily have a sci-fi element to it, but it does have a sense of mystery. Like Jin Woo from ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ the hero of ‘One More Time’ is trying to stay one step ahead of a phenomenon he does not understand.
The show is about Yoo Tan, the leader and vocalist of an Indie band, who gets swept up in a mysterious event that keeps making him relive a day over and over again. Starring Yoon So-hee as Moon Da-in and Kim Myung-soo (aka L) as Yoo Tan, this show is a perfect balance of romance and mystery.
Oh My Ghost!
Yet another show involving a supernatural element, ‘Oh My Ghost!,’ is the story of a spirit who believes she can only be freed from the world of humans if she has sex. Having died a virgin, Shin Soon-ae (Kim Seul-gi) assumes it is the only mortal desire she has and needs it to be fulfilled.
Parallel to this, is the story of Na Bong-sun (Park Bo-young), a sous-chef at a local restaurant, who has no joy in life, because she keeps seeing and experiencing spirits. Things go south when Soon-ae decides to possess Bong-sun’s body and her personality does a 180, and more importantly, both develop feelings for the arrogant chef Kang Sun-woo (Jo Jung-suk).
So, instead of the murderous AI ghosts of ‘Memories of the Alhambra,’ we meet the horny ghost Bong-sun. The intense romance, meanwhile, is a common theme in both shows.
Starring Cho Seung-woo and Bae Doo-na, ‘Stranger’ is the story of a coldhearted prosecutor, who teams up with a passionate female detective to uncover rampant corruption and the truth behind a serial murder case. While it may lack the sci-fi element that you loved about ‘Memories of the Alhambra,’ the building up of romance between the two leads over the course of a chase is something both shows have in common.
A story rooted in reality, with characters that are well-rounded and three-dimensional, ‘Stranger’ is a story you really cannot miss. Also, if you were a fan of Sun from the international Netflix drama ‘Sense8,’ you will be happy to note Bae Doo-na who breathed life into that character is the warm-hearted detective Yeo-jin in this show.
The Rise of Phoenixes
The palatial city of Granada was the venue for the game in 'Memories of the Alhambra,' and while the present story line was thrilling enough, some of us were mesmerized by the beauty of historical elements in the show. And if you are one of us, you will definitely love 'The Rise of Phoenixes.' Starring Chen Kun and Ni Ni, this Netflix drama has everything from politics, to opulence, greed and romance.
The chemistry between Chen Kun and Ni Ni is palpable and their romance builds up at a painstakingly slow pace, but in the end it will all be worth it. The biggest reason you should be turning your attention to 'The Rise of Phoenixes,' is that the first season is 70 episodes long, and unlike 'Memories of the Alhambra' it will not leave you dissatisfied and wanting for more after 16 episodes.