Just Bananas About: Week of 10/17/14

What a fascinating and gritty new drama on OCN.  It’s a weekly drama instead of the bi-weekly ones we’re used on the broadcast networks but so far I’ve been engrossed in the convicts catching criminals drama, Bad Guys.

So we’re only two episodes in but already I loving the pacing of this show.  In the first episode, we’re introduced to each of their characters and their purpose in the group.  There’s Oh Goo Tak (Kim Sang Joong), also known as the Crazy Dog, who used to be a detective.  He’s commissioned by an old colleague to help catch a serial killer. In order to do so, he recruits three criminals with the prize of a reduced sentence for whomever catches the killer.

Park Woong Chul (Ma Dong Seok) is the braun of the group with his brute force.  He’s a mob boss and still uses his connections to help solve the cases.  He adds a bit of sarcastic humor to the otherwise stoic group.

Jung Tae Soo (Jo Dong Hyuk) is an assassin who only ended up in jail because he turned himself in.  He uses his killing expertise to detect clues.

Lee Jung Moon (Park Hae Jin) is a genius psychotic killer himself.  His parents died of a young age which caused him to become apathetic.  He comprehends the mind of a killer and through him we get to understand the killer’s psyche.

While Oh Goo Tak leads the group and holding the reins on his pack of criminals, it’s Detective Yoo Mi Young (Kang Ye Won) who is watching over him.  She’s a no nonsense cop who doesn’t understand Oh Goo Tak’s methods but notices that there’s a pattern between when Oh Goo Tak left the force and when all three men ended up behind bars.

We already know that Oh Goo Tak was instrumental in putting Lee Jung Moon away but it’s still unclear how the other two are connected to him.  Oh Goo Tak has never quite recovered from the violent death of his daughter.

First off, I love the cinematography of the show.  Rain and water have a particularly special meaning here.  The more obvious metaphor is that the rain can wash away their sins.  However, in the 2nd episode we see that rain is also a veil in order to hide the face of a killer.

Obviously, I came to the drama because I wanted to watch Kim Sang Joong.  He’s an incredible actor but he often plays the antagonist.  At least in the dramas I happen to catch him in.  There’s something very malignant about his character but underlying that hatred is a father who is grieving.

I also love Ma Dong Seok and relieved that he mitigates some of the dark tension with his witty humor.  The drama needs it and I like that he has this rivalry with Jung Tae Soo.

However, I’m very interested to see Park Hae Jin.  In You From Another Star, I’ll admit that he wasn’t a character or an actor that I paid very much attention to.  Lee Hwi Kyung was a necessary character that helped to move the plot forward but he wasn’t a very unique or interesting character as far as second leads are concerned.  In these first episodes alone, Park Hae Jin has been impressing me with his range as an actor as Lee Jung Moon is such a different character from Lee Hwi Kyung.  Although he doesn’t show much emotion, you can certainly tell through his acting that there’s a lot brewing under that character.  I’m excited to lift the lid and see what’s there.

We’re only about 2 episodes in for this 11 episode drama but I’m very impressed by the storytelling.  I hope they keep the pacing of this show alive contrary to what we saw with Gap Dong.  While I enjoyed Gap Dong, I thought at times the endless twists convoluted the purpose of the central narrative and made it feel manipulative instead of heightening the thrill factor.  Also, I hope the show is able to keep up shooting the drama with the same gritty cinematography as these two episodes.

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