Happy New Year! It’s been a mad dash for me to complete my reviews before I can put out my End of the Year TV Reports and I still got a few more to go. If only I was better at not procrastinating… well, I suppose that’s what new year resolutions are for, right? And still, that didn’t stop me from adding another program to watch on top of what I’m already watching. Last year, I attempted to watch a web drama, Splash Splash LOVE, and loved it. Each of the episodes are about 10 minutes or so in length, they don’t require much commitment and they’re often silly and entertaining. So during the break, I was interested in doing that again and came across Seven First Kisses.
Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) is an introverted but hardworking college student. Her life is filled with studying and taking part-time jobs in order to support herself. Because of her kindness, she is often taken advantage of by others. Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) is a smart, rich senior at her school who is also very popular. At first, they are indifferent to each other until Jung begins paying attention to Seol. Seol is unnerved by all the attention because she notices that while Jung seems kind, he also has a dark side that she doesn’t understand.
It’s no secret that the reason why I gravitate towards tvN programming more than the other cable networks is because they’re good at creating these character driven stories. There are two dramas that I’m currently watching but even though, the tone and subject matter differ vastly, there is a lot of love about the characters and the slice of life stories that are depicted in it.
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.
We’re approaching the end of Bad Guys and oh, it’s so dark and twisty. We finally get some background on Lee Jung Moon (Park Hae Jin) and whether he’s a serial killer. However, it’s also in this past episode in which get into the looming mistrust that’s been hanging over the group and it finally comes to a head. What happens when you unleash the dogs?
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.
I’M JUST A STARLET, STANDING IN FRONT OF AN ALIEN…
Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) is an alien who lands on Earth in 1609. He lives through the next 400 years where he becomes a university professor and falls in love his conceited, next-door neighbor and Hallyu star, Chun Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun).
Sung Shi Kyung – 너의 모든 순간 (Original) (Every Moment of You (Original))