PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA – Network news ratings have spiked in recent weeks as America tunes in for the finale of the Korean War, a reboot of the original that aired from 1950 to 1953.
The unforgettable Korean War had its first run over 60 years ago, but was revived for an additional final season in response to overwhelming demand from an increasingly nostalgic American public. Following the success of Gilmore Girls and Fuller House, networks have been jumping at the opportunity to renew their classics, and news channels are no exception. The Korean War had an undeniable impact on the world of television, influencing other televised conflicts for years to come. It led to spin-offs, such as the Vietnam War, which infamously suffered a ratings crash in its final seasons.
The decades-long gap between the previous season and its successor necessitated some changes, with many of its oldest fans claiming that it’s “not how it used to be.” Considering that the original cast of heavy hitters, including Harry S. Truman, Syngman Rhee, and Kim Il-Sung, is mostly deceased, the new season of the Korean War features a fresh set of characters that has already succeeded in capturing the nation’s attention.
The reboot aims to tie up the loose ends left by the original, notably the polarizing decision for North and South Korea to part ways. “I’d run home every week after school to catch the next episode of the Korean War,” recalls Thomas Darnley, a youth during the conflict. “I was always dying to know what happened next. My friends and I were big fans. But I have to admit, I did feel like the original ending of instituting a Demilitarized Zone between the Koreas was a total cop out.”
The tension between the Koreas was palpable, and pioneered a trope that would make them one of the most recognizable “opposites attract” couples on television. While the new series finale of the Korean War may not live up to everyone’s expectations, it’s safe to assume that Americans will be asking “Will they or won’t they?” as we await the sweet embrace of nuclear annihilation. The Korean War airs weekly on all news programs.