Detective Moo Jin Hyuk’s (Jang Hyuk) life is changed forever on the night his wife is brutally murdered by a vicious serial killer. Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) is a call center policewoman with the innate ability to hear sounds that no one else can pick up on.
She takes the call on that fateful night and in the process of investigating the scene, the killer also takes the life of Kwon Joo’s father, a cop on the beat. Later, she testifies that the man who is put on trial is not the killer due to the strange noise she heard on the line that night, which angers Jin Hyuk. Much later, she returns to the same precinct to create the Golden Time team, bringing together the call center and detectives in order solve crimes within a certain timeframe in order to save victims’ lives. Despite initially rebuffing Kwon Joo’s offer, Jin Hyuk begins to accept the reality of her ability. Together, they work to find the serial killer that has taken the lives of their loved ones.
Legend Entertainment’s staff members and artist board a private plane to perform at an overseas. The plane ends up crashing and nine of its passengers are stranded on a deserted island. The passengers include Seo Joon Oh (Jung Kyung Ho), Ra Bong Hee (Baek Jin Hee), Jung Ki Joon (Oh Jung Se), Choi Tae Ho (Choi Tae Joon), Ha Ji Ah (Lee Sun Bin), Lee Yul (EXO’s Park Chan Yeol), Yoon So Hee (Ryu Won), Tae Ho Hang (Tae Hang Ho) and Legend Entertainment’s President Hwang Jae Gook (Kim Sang Ho).
Four months later, Bong Hee finds herself washed ashore in China with no memory of how she got there or what occurred on the island between the crash and her rescue. A special investigative committee is commissioned to find out what happened to her fellow passengers and whether anyone else has survived but it is unclear if the committee has ulterior motives for looking into the crash.
After the death of the previous king, Queen Ji Soo (Kim Ji Soo) has been ruling the Silla Kingdom as regent in place of her young son, who she’s kept tucked away from enemies and assassins who are eager to seize power for themselves. When Kim Sam Maek Jong (Park Hyung Shik) comes of age, he has grown weary of waiting for his mother to cede the regency. In order to solidify their power, Queen Ji So creates an elite force made up of the sons of the noble families of Silla to cut across the existing power factions and bind their loyalties to the throne. Despite Queen Ji So’s objections, Sam Maek Jong secretly enlists as a member as well as Moo Myung (Park Seo Joon), a commoner with a birth secret that even he’s not aware of.
On Christmas morning, the body of a young, male student, Lee So Woo (Seo Young Joo), is found on the campus of an elite high school. Although the police rule his death as a suicide, an anonymous note circulates around the school which insinuates that his death was actually a murder committed by the class bully, Choi Woo Hyuk (Baek Chul Min).
Go Seo Yun (Kim Hyun Soo), Class 2-1’s class president and ace student, becomes determined to take matters into her own hands by conducting an independent trial amongst the students in order to get at the truth.
After a series of encounters in Spain, a modern-day mermaid (Jun Ji Hyun) follows her love, Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho), to Seoul to reunite with him. Unaware that she’s a mermaid, he is intrigued by the peculiar girl and names her Shim Chung. Despite traveling miles to be with him, the innocent Shim Chung is unaware that Joon Jae is skilled conman. He works with Jo Nam Doo (Lee Hee Joon), a veteran conman who taught Joon Jae the trade, and Tae Oh (Shin Won Ho), an expert hacker.
Once a powerful warrior and the king’s confidant during the Goryeo Dynasty, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is unfairly condemned as a traitor and executed. Instead of dying, Kim Shin not only comes back to life but returns as an immortal goblin with a mystical sword stuck in his chest. He continues to live for hundreds of years as the protector of souls but as he has lived all these years without love, he also suffers from depression and longs to end his life. Legend says that only the goblin’s bride can remove the sword from his chest and give him the relief of death.
One fateful night, he saves a woman and her unborn child from death. The unborn child becomes Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). She has the ability to see ghosts because of the goblin’s touch and yet, death continues to chase after her.
The Grim Reaper himself has his own demons as people only become reapers because they committed a grave sin when they were alive. However, people who have become reapers are wiped of their memories and they must live their life ushering people to the afterlife. The Grim Reaper inadvertently ends up becoming roommates with Shin and the unlikely pair form a unique bond. He also meets Sunny (Yoo In Na), the bright, chic owner of the chicken restaurant and Eun Tak’s boss. He is immediately intrigued by her but unsure why he feels the way he does. All brought together by fate, the four figure out how to defeat a dark curse that looms over them.
I’m finally getting around to Part 2 of this review. However, it looks like I won’t be able to complete Part 3 until after I return from vacation.
The rating system:
Must Watch – Eyes glued… To the chocolate abs.
Watch – Well, heeeey there good lookin’
Just OK – Mildly entertaining at times but I’m here for the pretty boys.
If you’re bored – Sorry, you’re pretty but I’m just not that into you.
Pass – You might be pretty but not that pretty enough