[Review] Bad Guys – 나쁜 녀석들


After being unable to catch an elusive serial killer, the Deputy Chief of Police asks former police detective, Oh Goo Tak (Kim Sang Joong) to help catch the criminal. Oh Goo Tak agrees to help and recruits a team of incarcerated criminals to his task force. Their hunting team is made up of Mob Boss Park Woong Chul (Ma Dong Seok), Contract Assassin Jung Tae Soo (Jo Dong Hyuk) and Serial Killer Psychopath Lee Jung Moon (Park Hae Jin). Police Inspector Yoo Mi Young (Kang Ye Won) is assigned to keep watch over this pack of crazy, ravenous dogs but she also keeps a wary eye out for Oh Goo Tak, the pack’s leader.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen grittier crime dramas given its chance to shine on Korean cable TV. Certainly, OCN is one of those networks who cater to this genre similar to many of the gritty hits we’ve seen from this network, Bad Guys seems to continue in that tradition. The drama gives us rich character development interwoven in a tautly gripping thriller.

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[Review] The Chaser – 추적자


Detective Baek Hong Suk (Son Hyun Joo) goes after a presidential candidate Kang Dong Yoon (Kim Sang Joong) once he learns of his involvement in the death of Hong Suk’s daughter.

I wrote about this show in my Bananas post earlier this week.  I had expected to write the review later but due to the writer collapsing from the stress of the show, the drama ended at episode 16 instead of 17.   I’ll mention the major characters and the major plot points but unfortunately I can’t include everything I loved about this drama.  There are a lot of characters and a lot of complex relationships.  All these characters are chasing after something but depending on what you’re chasing after, it’s a very different type of battle.  Hong Suk and Dong Yoon live in two very different universes and it collides when their goals directly conflict with each other.  One chases after justice but it’s an arduous, uphill battle while the other chases after ultimate power but he’s got everything to lose.

Lee Hye In – 나리꽃 (Lily)

이혜인 – 나리꽃

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/16/12

I’m not all that into revenge plot dramas.  I try to avoid them when I can but the trailer for The Chaser just caught my eye.  It’s been given a one-episode extension followed by a special so it will end next week instead of ending this week.  Though it’s almost over, I understand that the subs for it are slow and coming so you can still try and watch it, if you wish.  I highly recommend it.

I saw comments on the Big forum on Soompi awhile back about people wondering why this drama is doing better in the ratings and since I watch both I just wanted to put my two cents in.  The two dramas are very different and it’s very hard to compare them directly in terms of quality.  In terms of numbers, Big is a trendy that’s geared towards younger audiences and younger audiences tend to watch more dramas on Wednesday and Thursdays.  Hence why I was a little surprised that it ended up being a Monday-Tuesday drama.  To understand programmers, they always want to pit shows that are very different against each other.  If you can’t attract one audience, you’ve got another that’s interested in watching something different.  I like that I can watch one and cry and watch the other and laugh.

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