TRYING TO ARREST OUR ATTENTION
Seo Pan Suk (Cha Seung Won) is a hot-headed detective at the Gangnam Police Station who has becomes hardened over the years due to a case from 11 years ago. He and Detective Lee Eung Do must oversee 4 new recruits, Eun Dae Gu (Lee Seung Ki), Uh Soo Sun (Go Ah Ra), Park Tae Il (Ahn Jae Hyun) and Ji Gook (Park Jung Min). The rookies have joined the police force for varying personal and unbefitting reasons. Particularly Eun Dae Gu who seems to have something against Seo Pan Suk himself. Can he whip the rookies into shape to become respectable detectives?
Cha Seung Won, Lee Seung Ki and Go Ah Ra set the bar pretty high with their roles in The Greatest Love, The King 2 Hearts and Answer Me 1994, respectively, that this drama didn’t really impress me much. The drama firmly plays by the rules when it comes to the plot and timing of the climax and twists that I feel very blasé about the story overall. There is some good on-screen chemistry between the cast members which made the drama enjoyable to a certain extent.
San E – 나 왜이래 (feat. 강민희 Of 미스에스) (What’s Up With Me (feat. Kang Min Hee Of Miss $))
Lee Seung Ki and Go Ah Ra has decent romantic chemistry with each other but to me Go Ah Ra was basically reprising her role as Sung Na Jung from Answer Me 1994, Gyeongsangdo accent and all.
I really enjoyed watching scenes between Lee Seung Ki and Cha Seung Won due to their characters having beef with each other. By dialing up the intensity, it spotlighted the significance of each of the characters’ motives.
I also enjoyed watching Cha Seung Won and Oh Yoon Ah, who plays his ex-wife/detective Kim Sa Kyung, more. Cha Seung Won has a comedic knack with his over-the-top reactions. I know some find that aspect of his acting a bit unnerving but the tone of his deadpan voice combined with his wild-eye expressions spurs effortless laughter from me.
However, I’m a total sucker for bromances. I’ll admit that Park Tae Il and Ji Gook are adorable to watch as they go through growing pains in their relationship but every time I see Ahn Jae Hyun, I just looked over to my sister and made her do the E.T. pose with me. (She did so begrudgingly just like Kim Soo Hyun did. Hee hee!) Anyone else have the same reaction?
And that’s the problem with this drama. The plot is simple to follow and the ending is obvious that I just wanted to spend my time remember great moments from the actors’ previous dramas and not focused on the present. The drama’s writing is its biggest Achilles’ heel. It’s great the producers were able to get these great actors together and they do their best with the role that they’re given but there’s just wasn’t enough there in the story, itself.
I can’t say that the episodic cases were too memorable except for the dead dad in the bathroom with the two feuding brothers’ case. I actually liked and remembered Uh Soo Sun’s experiments in order to figure out whodunit. Sure, it’s a little bit out there but that’s what the vibe of the drama is all about. Catching the bad guy with a dash of kookiness and a whole lot of bravado.
Ultimately, the good guys get their man, the boy gets the girl and all is right with the world. Summertime always seems to be filled with those easy-to-watch dramas that isn’t overly emotional and doesn’t require too much thinking but has an addictive soundtrack. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this is it. However, there isn’t much that makes this drama stand out from the rest.