Stranger Binds Deft Writing and Brilliant Characters For a Classy Legal Drama

The moment you decide to watch Stranger, you subconsciously wear an invisible prosecutor robe and a police-thinking cap in trying to decipher the motivations that makes a person become less human.

Stranger deserves more from the above average ratings it has received, to be honest. Skipping pointless subplot conflicts, it maneuvers through the treacherous world of conniving detectives and prosecutors with finesse and a rational method. I have been forced to watch legal dramas indiscriminately as it is the prevailing genre actively produced lately.  So out of all the law-oriented dramas this year, Stranger is that one drama which I will think fondly of in the future.

“Stranger” has a treatment of a drama presented in film scale. The cast delivers top-notch acting calibre, which is one of the best from what I’ve seen this year. Having less than 10 people navigating the story helped a lot in a balanced screen time, which makes even the minor characters indispensable to the series. It secures the highest rated viewership so far for TVN, hitting 4%+ in average rating. I credit that to the seasoned role immersion and character ownership of Cho Seung Woo and Bae Doo Na. We sure do have memorable prosecutor and detective performances for K-Dramaland this year, but this duo just claim their fictional characters down to the smallest detail.

Out of all the legal dramas this year, this series is cut for adults who want less drama and more story depth in the plot. It bravely dissects the cover ups happening in the police organization along with the corruption in the Prosecution Office without tiring the audience with pointless stop-overs. The series gives no more than what is required to story building, yet it makes sure how every detail conspires to present a comprehensible picture.

It is the focus on the conflict and clear role functions of the characters that makes “Stranger” a work of art that you should not miss. Despite the relaxed tempo, the intelligent writing probes efficiently on one major conflict and a clear delineation of the protagonists and villains. “Stranger” never swerves to pointless curves. It goes straight to the problem while building up the tension to make the culmination gratifying.

“Stranger” is my best legal-crime drama for 2017 due to its flawless plot progression.  You cannot watch this casually because you have to savor the implied life lessons.  Calm and composed, it won’t give you any moment of frustration over the characters and the story.  It will leave you satisfied and wanting for more adventure with Prosecutor Hwang and the team.

Read my FULL REVIEW at hellokpop.

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KDrama Diary:  KDramas I’m watching

July 4th Week 2017

Annyeong yorabun!

Two dramas kick off this week as one will end over the weekend.  I ended up missing to write my reviews for Ruler and My Sassy Girl.  I will move them to join Defendant, Whisper and Chief Kim in the parking lot of my reviews-to-do.  Hopefully if time allows me I can really get to write a full review.  Next week will welcome Manhole and Save Me for our weekly roster so Yay!  Dear life, when will I have time for you seriously?  Seven Day Queen will hit the finale next week so I will slate it for a marathon.

Bride of the Watergod (TVN) Ep 7&8

I want to fall in love both on the romance and mythology but the story is really distracted to a fault.  The vague romantic notion by now should have gone to a thorough understanding for the lead couple, instead they throw in another conflict.  I mean we have not solved yet the missing powers of Habaek.  He is in a limbo on his road to being a King task.  So why throw another punch?  sigh

The King Loves (MBC) Ep 5-8

I’m still addicted to the cinematography and Im Si Wan.   I’m not expecting a lot from Yoo Na just a little less scenes which I know is impossible.  I’m cheering for our mudblood Silla prince to whatever will make him happy.

Falsify (SBS) Ep 1-4 “Premiere Week”

Chief Kim is back in a serious face.  I like happy-go-lucky Nam Goong Min and his vein-popping villain face.  So I don’t have any doubt that this drama will drain me even if it’s another legal drama for SBS with the same corruption conspiracy plot on the side.  I will trust my fondness towards anything journalistic in honor of my failed dreams so I’m going to give a trial period for this drama.

Reunited Worlds (SBS) Ep 5-8

There is something thought-provoking on this drama.  And no, it’s not because I have a hangover with Circle still.  It is the character interaction that makes me like this drama still.  Wven with a probable sad ending, I am willing to take the risk just like how I watch The Best Hit each week when it was airing.

Criminal Minds (TVN) Ep 1&2 “Premiere”

The Korean adaptation will require a lot of convincing for me to appreciate their take of my favorite police procedural drama ever.  They know very well how to do it, and that is by showing Lee Jun Ki oppa all intense and handsome on the screen.  hahaha  I like the opening salvo, but I’m expecting them to find something unique that will make the remake a lot like the original yet with a little something of their own.

Secret Forest (TVN) Finale Week

Review Coming Up!  If you haven’t hit on this drama yet, it’s about time you do.  

 

This is abbyinhallyuland reporting how KDramas has drowned me each week.  *grin