First Impression: Watcher

Not too sure if I am continuing this one, the pacing is a bit slow for ep1, but the storyline has a quite a bit of potential.

Main cast:

  • Han Suk-kyu (from Romantic Dr, Teacher Kim) as Chief of Internal Affairs, Do Chi-kwang. He arrested Young-gun‘s dad on murder charge in his past as a homicide detective, but now leads a task force to handle the corruption inherent in the police force.
  • Seo Kang-joon (from Are You Human) as Traffic cop, Kim Young-gun. Imo, his talents are wasted working as a traffic cop. He possesses good intuition and strong observation skills.
  • Kim Hyun-joo as Lawyer Han Tae-joo. We don’t know much about her from ep1, other than she used to work as a prosecutor and has now quit to become a lawyer.

Synopsis:

A young Young-gun stares blankly in shock at the police station, as the officers gently ask if “his dad did it”…

In the present, Young-gun the traffic cop notices a suspicious looking driver who nearly ran down pedestrians in his haste. The driver, Sun Byung-gil, has a gunshot (?) wound on his right waist. He attacks Young-gun with a screw driver in a bid to escape. Young-gun gives chase and Sun grabs a little girl and holds her hostage.

Young-gun radios for backup and the homicide team (with Team Leader Jang and sidekick Kim Kang-wook) responds. However, the duo appears to be already chasing Sun for some reasons. And yes, once Team Leader Jang and Kang-wook get some alone time with Sun, their response is to kill him. Luckily, Young-gun senses something amiss — he notices the “hostage” was actually Sun’s daughter, and manages to stop Jang and Kang-wook in time. But the duo turned around and blamed him for “injuring” Sun.

Chi-kwang intervenes to bring Young-gun away from the interrogation room — he had been investigating the Homicide team for some reasons. Tae-joo too, gets assigned to be Sun’s lawyer, and according to her, Sun is claiming that the police forced him to kidnap his boss’ son…

Review:

This is the season for politics and corruption — most used themes in Kdrama especially in police procedurals. Nothing new here, except we have a team that is like a military police within the police force looking into the black hats.

Based on the show’s blurb, Chi-kwang, Young-gun and Tae-joo are all involved in Young-gun dad’s arrest. We are not sure if he was framed, or he was made to commit the crime (and the victim was Young-gun’s mum?) much like Sun in the present day. But for sure, the same company — CH Construction — which is linked to money laundering, etc would be involved. Cos like all run of the mill corruption-bust dramas, the Big Bad would be named early on for the viewers to “paint” a figurative target on.

While the theme is nothing new, one thing that MAY entice me to continue watching is the character development. Young-gun is this hotheaded (and rather rude) newbie, with huge potential to become a good detective later on (if he manages to curb his temper). Chi-kwang is the veteran, who never gives away any clue on what he is thinking with his curt orders and poker face. And then we have Tae-joo, who appears to be the only person who can unsettle Chi-kwang. Unlike the two rough and scruffy men, Tae-joo is one ice lady. If the blurb is correct, then Tae-joo has a spine of steel too. Cos she apparently has survived attacks on her life during Young-gun dad’s case.

4 thoughts on “First Impression: Watcher

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  1. I liked the first episode well enough for me to go “I need to watch the next one”. However, I didn’t particularly like the second episode until the last few minutes. It felt distracted by its own story i.e. a range of prolonged distractions or incidents past and present that rather undermined the story rather than adding to it. Perhaps that’s too deep for a Monday night 😂

    Anyway, it’s a tie at one episode all. I will now have to make my mind by the end of episode 3.

    1. I think the switch between past and present was to establish the groundwork that history is repeating itself, and our three leads suffered at the hands of a single bigger force that they’ll work together to nab. sab hasn’t caught the second episode so I’m not if she’ll continue, but I’m definitely catching this =D Not going to say no to Han Seok-kyu and Kim Nam-joo hehe.

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