This week, Lookout finished and I wanted to share my final thoughts about this drama.
Evaluating the episodes:
I love the six first episodes!
My faith on this drama faded between the episodes 7 and 20.
After episode 20, I think the drama came back to the path of the first episodes and the story really attracts me again. Of course, the episodes related to Bo Mi’ family story was amazing and Kim Seul Gi demonstrated all her talent.
Why didn’t I like too much the episodes 7-20? It was because of Soo Ji. She forgot about her main objective and transformed the leader on her target. I should explain my point here. I wasn’t against she looks for the truth behind the plans of Jang Do Han. I just didn’t like the way she did it. She became bossy and almost forced everyone to cooperate with her. For me, she forgot the team work here and I had impression that, for her, be the smart one and be right were more important than anything else. She had reason to treat him as suspicious person, but she acted as he was a criminal and it was too exaggerated. At the end, he was helping her and he saved her life, she should have behaved in a more “complex” way than she did. Bo Mi did this role here, appointing to Soo Ji the other side of the coin.
However, because of this decision, the plot failed to explore the case of Kyung Soo’s mother, the character was more worried to chase the Prosecutor Jang than find the truth.
I also don’t think the actress Lee Shi Young did an impeccable performance. For almost the entire first half of the drama, she just worked with one emotion: angry. However, her character was much more complex than that. The exception was her scenes with Kim Seul Gi, when both were solving the case of Bo Mi’s family.
Anyway, I feel that author cut some of Soo Ji scenes after episode 20 and she started to think about the other perspectives (very quickly). Also, as she had been angry before, she had to started to accept the facts on the second half of the drama.
The plot wasn’t large enough to 16 episodes and all the time she expended chasing the leader was helpful to extend the drama until the second part: the defeat of prosecutor Seung Ro.
So, yes, I think the second half was better than the first. Also, I defend that the kdramas should considerer having less episodes. Since the last year just two dramas were successful with 20 episodes: Romantic Doctor and Chief Kim. This year one of the best drama had 12 episodes (Circle). I think that with less episodes the story can me more concise and objective.
I didn’t see any reason for Soo Jin had turned in to the police before Si Wan be arrested. However, the author needed it to the climax of the last episode.
On one hand, I liked the pessimistic vision of the world. The author forced Detective Lee walks in Soo Jin’s shoes to her understand that she couldn’t have fought against Si Wan using the justice. The same happened to Prosecutor Kim, who learnt that his way to handle the justice wasn’t effective.
Therefore, at the end scenes, Soo Jin appeared free and fighting for justice out of the law, as she had done during drama. This time Prosecutor Kim accepted her help and Detective Lee wasn’t chasing her.
When the author chose that the group should continue working, Prosecutor Jang had to died. He hadn’t a space in a world where the others are free. He couldn’t continue to be the leader anymore, because he had to pay for his “crimes” and if he was the only one it would have been unfair. He had to die to the others be free and continue doing their jobs.
On the other hand, everything was frustrating because the ending was frustrating because Jang Do Han paid alone for all the wrongdoings. Of course, I wasn’t expecting a happy ending with everyone free and smiling. I don’t know what exactly I would have liked to see. So, I accepted the bitter ending that the author prepared.
However, I understand that the author should this end for two reasons:
- She held her pessimistic view of reality: the evil couldn’t be destroyed because one corrupted prosecutor was defeated.
- She let the doors opened for a second season: there’s always a evil to be destroyed.
However, the group looked more naïve and less careless than at the beginning. And this make me wonder: Did happiness make them less careful? Can they survive with the leader? I would have liked to see that they were stronger and more organized. I think that way I’s be happier.
– my face when I finished the episode 32 –
My score: 9/10 – I took 0.5 because I did’t like so much 7 of 16 episodes and I took other 0.5 because of deficient perfomance of Lee Shi Young.
I didn’t take any more points because of Kim Young Kwang who did a superb work here! He deserves all praises we can give for this show. Also, his character was one of the most interesting on air this middle of the year.