Time-defying cops and an ultra wicked psychopath

 
Even now, I am baffled on why South Korean film/tv production companies are so enamored on making projects with a serial killer as a main character.  I have seen a lot of psychopath driven stories over the years, but nothing has impressed me or made me cringe so far.  I still give it to the Americans on how they have seamlessly conceived stories on cop and crime dramas as well as serial killing themed ones.
 
 
So “Voice” was a tremendous surprise.  It brought me on the edge of my seat everytime, although I have slight headache issues with the camera movements and the lead girl’s sometimes-okay-most-of-the-time-contorted-face acting. *chuckles  
 
 
 
 
 
OCN’s ‘Voice’ takes me back from the fantasy world dwelling to the real world of psychopath’s wickedness.  Given the creepy premise, it is disturbingly amazing.  It gives me mini cardiac arrest on every episode as the team solves its cases in a gripping finish accompanied by nifty editing. The suspense-filled drama displays one major conflict when it begins, and connects efficiently to the clues and personal battles of the characters as the story progresses. It enables the audience a thrilling experience while cheering the protagonists in capturing the psycho-villain.  There are no irrelevant frames as every episode is polished, and it paved a well-explained preparation to the succeeding story arcs presented.
 
 
 

 

‘Voice‘ narrates the story of a special police division team — Golden time. It is an exclusive task force group that solves urgent real-time incidents from phone calls received through the city’s emergency service line. Golden time team was formed in cooperation of the emergency call center and local police officers. Its prime responsibility is to race through the precarious time left for crime victims, who are held captive or being chased by their assailants and save them from the imminent danger.

Kang Kwon Joo  and Moo Jin Hyuk lead the team. Their history goes back three years ago when Jin Hyuk’s wife was violently murdered by a serial killer and Kwon Joo’s police father who was near the site came to fulfil the police dispatch order, but ended up suffering the same fate. Kwon Joo, who has an incredible hearing prowess, listened to both murder scenes that night and vowed to avenge the death of his father. The police present the culprit, but Kwon Joo who knows the true voice of the culprit, denies that the man they caught is the true murderer. It causes a stir and headache on the police officials, who are already on a tight spot due to the public attention given to the savage killings. Kwon Joo is ordered to shut up, and even altering his father’s death cause to a hit-and-run case.

Three years later, Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk’s path cross again. Through cases they solved in the Golden time unit, they establish trust between each other as Jin Hyuk learns of Kwon Joo’s hearing ability.  She reveals to him the story of what happened the night their family members were slayed. She voices her thoughts on how someone in the police organization is covering the tracks of the main villain. As they investigate the recent serial killings, they uncover the clues to finally pin down the psychopath, who mercilessly took the lives of their loved ones and other innocent victims. When they finally solve the puzzle, they must deal with money power plays to overcome the insanely rich maniac, whose iniquities are overlooked because of his father’s powerful protection.

 
 
 
 
 
 Think Criminal Minds and CSI but they trap the villains through what the heroine’s ears can picture and Jin Hyuk’s smooth police rescue operations.  With Jang Hyuk’s gritty police detective portrayal, I assure that you will be left on the edge of your seat every time and feel elated about the police task they conquered.  The villain’s inventive and perturbing display of his abominable crimes is to be applauded because it placed the momentum of the story in equilibrium while the heroes decipher the fitting resolution he deserves.  The cold verbal spats he exchanges with the hero are wow moments to watch due to the protagonist’ dauntless attitude.
 
 
‘Voice’ is always at a high note, and not taking a chance to rest the grit and vigor of the story-building.  If you are up to a police procedural story with ingenious characters and a balanced outwitting game from the heroes and villains, I highly recommend you to watch this enthralling psychopath chase.
 
 
 
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KDramaLand Round Up (Feb 25 – March 5)

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I’m in the process of catching up with “Defendant”.  Hopefully I will get to include it on my round up next week or just settle for my series review.

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Chief Kim (Wed-Thurs 2 eps)

How’s that for a payback time?  So happy seeing Seung Ryung assume his Gunsan roots and brains to outwit Yul.  I am still on guard because Yul is no easy opponent to subdue so I expect Chief Kim to deliver well in the task on his hand.  We have the usual fun and perky week while we resolve the first stage of the primary problem.  I’m beginning to feel Yul’s eccentric end game and I hope it will really lean on a redeeming end for him.  As long as the Business Operations department is happy, I am happy too.  If Chief Kim wants to relieve the comic angst he has towards Yul, I will let him be.

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (Fri-Sat 2 eps)

JTBC  scored a lot with its anniversary special with this bouncy gem.  The ratings are reflecting the effort the production team and the actors put together ro gift us with a feel good drama.  The synergy of the cast makes the trite premise so engrossing to watch.  I can feel the romcom plot will become thicker soon, and I can’t help but love it as a kdrama fangirl.

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Tomorrow With You (Fri-Sat 4 eps)

The way this story withholds the future by furtively hiding the key turning points and yet presenting well the essence of the time-traveling plot on the romantic premise, has been making me on the edge of my seat trying to decipher the puzzle pieces that will help So Joon in case I bump with him in one of his sojourns.  I like the laid back we will not be rushing here tone, so I was surprised that the big reveal came sooner than I expected.  It is maintaining its wistful sphere thanks to our caught in between time bending love couple.  I can understand the urgency on So Joon’s end trying to protect Ma Rin, but how the latter responded to learning the truth was understandably confusing if So Joon keeps on hiding what their full story is about.  In a way this story is sort of intermittently detaching on its own accord, but will wake up to entice you again.

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Voice (Sat-Sun 4 eps)

I was shocked on the recent development of the story.  I just am so affected with how Detective Jin Hyuk’s life has been since losing his wife so I just want him to be at peace once and for all.  Tae Gu as a villain really makes me cringe and that ending psychopath way of living scene was disturbingly awesome.  I like how attached and detached the cases are to the main plot of the story.  It gives us new cases that are tied up with the main case we are working on since Day 1, but at the same time the cases are closed as a stand alone event.  We are nearing the finale week, and I can’t get enough of the thrills “Voice” is so far giving me.

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KDramaland Weekly Round Up (Feb 3rd Week)

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Annyeong yorabeun!  It’s funny how I miss the fast paced let’s-watch-all-the-kdrama spree last year because I’m having a lull right now and I have to wait for the weekend to binge on my watchlist.

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Hwarang ended this week and warts and all I love the bromance and the warrior school life of those boys.  I was intending to recap it to the end, but I’m still thinking if I will go back on it.  I caught a hyungsik love pill from that drama so I will be hands on “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” which will air tonight at JTBC.

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Chief Kim, Voice and Tomorrow with You are what I am fully commited on these days.  I will be adding Defendant since my work rest days fall on Thursday and Friday and I sometimes find myself idle.  lol

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Chief Kim just delivers a hilarious and refreshing workplace drama every week that I set aside Saimdang for the mean time.  Voice’ gritty and thrilling police procedural showcase is just leaving me attached to it every week.  Tomorrow with You is the only romance story I can get to these days and the sphere has been intriguing so I am on board with them.

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I will be recapping Strong Woman Do Bong Soon with all my noona romance for Park Hyung Sik.  Happy Weekend everyone!

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