[Review] Vampire Prosecutor 2 – 뱀파이어 검사 2

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD VAMPIRE?

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Vampire Prosecutor Min Tae Yeon (Yeon Jung Hoon) has returned, solving cases using his special vampire abilities.  Min’s team includes: Street-savvy Detective Hwang Soon Bum (Lee Won Jong), Tough-as-nails Prosecutor Yoo Jung In (Lee Young Ah) and Computer expert/Intern Choi Dong Man (Kim Joo Young).

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They are joined by a new medical examiner, the kindhearted Doctor Jo Jung Hyun (Lee Kyung Young).

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Despite defeating Jang Chul Oh, Min Tae Yeon faces a new serial killer vampire known as Bad Blood.

This season felt more episodic than last season.  There is a central storyline that runs throughout but it feels like they barely scratched the surface.  The big bad this season is L (Kwon Hyun Sang) and we see snippets of his backstory in the beginning but he doesn’t really make a significant appearance until about episode 5.

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I wish we got more backstory and how it ties into our main characters but it felt like the writers really didn’t develop it.  The great thing about the first season was that while each episode dealt with different cases, it continuously tied back to the bigger story at large and advanced that plot.

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Though the featured episode cases were pretty much interesting, I noticed that many of the episodes felt entertainment industry-centric ripped from recent dramas/movies or about the industry itself.  The stories seem pretty tautly written but it lacked that je ne sais quoi that made the first season so shiny and brand new.

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Besides Doctor Jo, there are some other new faces this season.  Min Tae Yeon has an opposition in his callous, new boss.  She’s very open about her dislike for Min Tae Yeon from the get-go revealing that she was a junior to Jang Chul Oh.  It’s just that she doesn’t leave much of an impression with me other than providing the random verbal attacks at our prosecutor and his team.

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Luna (Yoshitaka Yuriko), however, was a nice addition to the supporting cast this season.  Not only does she open the door to understanding some of the more stoic characters better but she lends a greater supernatural feel to the drama this season with her ability as a fortune teller.

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To me, Min Tae Yeon felt more human this season because of his unwillingness to believe that other supernatural powers/forces could be valid despite the fact that he’s a vampire.  He believes in facts and therefore uses abilities (a cheat, if you will) to help him gather the evidence.  Except that he did bend his own rules when his instincts lead him in a different direction last season.

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This season seemed to highlight people like Luna, Hwang Soon Bum, Yoo Jung In and Doctor Jo relying on their spidey senses instead of Min Tae Yeon’s.  They took the lead many times where I felt Min Tae Yeon takes a step back from what he does best.  Therefore, L appeared to get the drop on Min Tae Yeon more than he should have making him seem weak.  It’s not what I wanted to see from our prosecutor.

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However, I am still very intrigued by L and not only because they ripped the name from Death Note.  He’s got that sweet puppy dog face which he can totally play up for outsiders but then quickly switches it up for a cold exterior.  Goodness, I thought Kwon Hyun Sang was cute in The King 2 Hearts but he is so hawt as the bad guy here.  The methods in which he continues to draw our team ranges from savvy to sadistic.  L is quite charismatic but I still wish we got to see more of his backstory.  Instead he mostly remained a shadowy figure that sneered at Min Tae Yeon for a good chunk of the season.

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That said, we got some interesting character development of some of our main characters.  We see Hwang Soon Bum formulating closer relationships with other team members other than Min Tae Yeon.  I especially loved his relationship with Doctor Jo.  On the flip side, Min Tae Yeon and Hwang Soon Bum’s relationship changed as Min Tae Yeon kept repeatedly pushing Hwang Soon Bum away from his vampire activities.

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I was hoping for some more development with Yoo Jung In.  We already knew that she had feelings for Min Tae Yeon last season and many viewers were itching for her to find out that he was a vampire.  We’ll probably have to wait until next season to see what she remembers but I sincerely hope that we won’t have to go back to square one on that.

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On an entirely different note, I am loving her look this season and let’s hope they do not go back to the bowl haircut, kiddie look she had previously.

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This season of Vampire Prosecutor was not bad by any means.  In fact, if you judge each episode on its own merit they were a thought-provoking ride with some great twists.  However, looking at the season as a whole, there were things I was expecting that didn’t come into fruition and it didn’t have the cohesion that the first season had.  In fact, in order to do this review, I had togo back and skim all the previous episodes to jog my memory.  (Or maybe that’s the excuse I’m using to explain why it took me so long to post this review.)  It just goes to show that once I saw the episode they didn’t stay with me.  I will definitely return if they do another season but I would want to see more answers and/or development happen sooner rather than waiting for the season finale to lay it all on the viewers.

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Rating

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2 thoughts on “[Review] Vampire Prosecutor 2 – 뱀파이어 검사 2

  1. Most Korean dramas, and Definately this one, are just TOTAL trash! They’re just too psycho, overkill expression/cheesy plots and props. I’m one I’d the VAST majority of foreigners living IN Korea who HATES k-drama, k-pop, etc.

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    • Wow, you’ve got a strong opinion there. If you don’t like K-Dramas or K-Pops, that’s your prerogative and I’m certainly not here to change your mind. However, in order to accept their brand of entertainment you have to accept their culture as well. It’s similar to how many American don’t get British jokes or even like their wry comedy. While you may not like them, there is a big market for it out there. And I’ve kinda been a witness to the growth of this market worldwide whereas 20 years ago, only Koreans and Korean immigrants watched this stuff. Now you have many non-Koreans who are loving it for a variety of reasons. Some of which are mentioned in this CNN article: http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/22/the-jump-from-j-drama-to-k-drama/ YOU just happen not to be one of them. If you’re going to criticize this drama for being too psycho, I mean… really? Too psycho? This drama is so tame compared to many of the western dramas that push that psycho envelope. To name a few that I like: American Horror Story, Being Human, True Blood, Wire in the Blood. So I guess I don’t completely get what you mean by psycho. It’s great that you’re a foreigner living in Korea but I guess you can’t really have that much respect for the culture if you can’t embrace or even try to understand Korean television/pop music just a tiny bit. So why the hell are you living there?

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