Hello Everyone! I know i’m a bit late and of course the first review was a little bit snazzy so i came to this picture-less review once again because why not right? We all now that Criminal Minds Korea is one of my favorite kdrama that was ever aired this year but i wouldn’t let this escape because there are a lot of flaws that were supposed to be considered good and then turned badly.
The casting was pretty nice we have 3 veteran actors Son Hyun Joo, Yoo Sun and Kim Young Chul but the rest only marks their showbiz industry for a decade, and of course the youngest who was only discovered late 2015.
Let’s start with Son Hyun Joo who played the role of Kang Ki Hyung/Team Manager Kang, at first he’s lacking something but then the sense of authority, the look of authority strucked me so hard that he’s really good (i didn’t know he was part of Signal) i just love his character so much and that father figure to everyone inside NCI is truly remarkable.
Lee Joon Gi who played the role Kim Hyun Joon, he’s totally bad-ass but there are times that he’s just mainly there like “Oh Hyun Joon is there” the normal thing everytime you watch TV. But then when half of Episode 1 started and all i can see was him being Hyun Joon is everything else. From that SWAT Uniform to a police uniform up to the casual NCI Profiler attire he’s everything.
Moon Chae Won as Ha Sun Woo i prepared myself to see Chae Won doing stunts and of course i never got tired seeing her. At first the reason why i’m watching Criminal Minds was to move on because of the wedding announcement of Joong Ki (of course we know Chae Won and her shared some kind of cutesy romantic feels on screen to this drama called Nice Guy) and she’s doing the role right, i know people will say “Because Chae Won is your idol so you don’t say she’s stiff” come on people she’s playing the neglected daughter from a famous law firm owner that’s why she needs to be cold and sometimes stiff.
Yoo Sun as Hwang Nana i couldn’t imagine myself without her like the cutesy clothes and everything it is such a nice feeling. Garcia was a bit bold on the original series but Nana showed us sophistication though she can only be seen behind the computers.
Lee Sun Bin as Yoo Min Young well she’s quite nice on screen but there are few points that i want to tell, Min Young is one of the characters you will see episode getting in danger and goodness almost all of her frames are like scattered every episode but all in all she did a great job. First time seeing a cutesy-girl being bad-ass too and doing psychology.
Last but not the least Lee Han, i’m sorry i forgot his name but its not that important. Han had been a doormat almost all of the episodes you know that kind of time when people just need fresh air then Han will show up. He’s a genius and the counterpart of Dr. Spencer Reid on the American Series.
Kim Young Chul as Reaper i can’t remember how many times i had loved his acting all throughout the drama. He’s an effective yet cool and calm Reaper.
MINYOUNG FRAME TIMES, HAN’S INVISIBLE
I don’t know why i saw this but to tell you half of the episodes are like showcasing Minyoung’s face from the very beginning up to the last episode. She was even the ending roll background on the first few episodes plus she’s always in danger.
When she was abducted [SPOILER] on the Ep. 11 i realized that the staffs and crew are focusing on her showcasing her talent or whatsoever but yeah its nice but she’s one of the show’s supporting character why showcase her face almost every screen run time? I get the point when they just instantly let Sun Woo go out of the scene and let Minyoung be abducted. AGAIN i don’t like that kind of drama —come on people didn’t ask for that.
Regarding Han being invisible, did you know that Han was supposed to be the one who should be abducted? But forgotten because they want to show Min Young’s weakness.
There is certain episode where Minyoung said she wants to be a profiler too. But guys aren’t Media Representatives supposed to stay as Media Reps only? Or is she being drastic and want that profiler position. I don’t get the idea of her being a profiler she’s just so pointless and everything about her seems to revolve with the phrase “I want to be like you” just stay as a Media Representative and everything else is fine. She’s a good profiler but being as Ha Sun Woo’s rival i just can’t take the idea.
THE NADEUL RIVER CASE
I know that there are more important cases rather than this but this had cause ruckus for Sun Woo and Hyun Jun, i mean there is a personal kind of feels on this case but then Ep. 13-14 just slammed the case close like it was just an ordinary thing. I know that the story line was so crappy i just had to take and vent out by watching another kdrama while this episode was airing. It’s not making sense why Hyun Jun needs to be detained rather than solve the case with Sun Woo, they had prevented Sun Woo to interact with Hyun Jun because watchers wanted a little romance between them.
[The case that shooked the fans to their limits and failed to deliver the whole point of it]
Come on, even the American series provided romance even if its Action, Crime and Legal themed. This was the case most of the fans are so raved off. Like how come they closed it so easily.
I cannot believe why am i saying this but the story line is really crappy to be honest. I do not know why from Ep. 1 -20 except for the Ep. 10, Ep. 18 and 19 the storyline was so crappy and rushed and full of revisions and i’m saying this based on bts of the drama. They had replaced everything i do not know if everyone pay attention to the story but as we fans want the best for our idols and yet this modern-theme for Lee Joon Gi is not the drama that i expected to be, Scarlet Heart is more beautiful than Criminal Minds. I do not know if this had something to do with the producer-switch/producer that left the prod on the very beginning but its really cringy. Almost every episode you can see Minyoung but not the main characters. May i remind you that Minyoung is just a minor character.
NOT FOR KIDS/EVERYONE – R18 GRAPHIC
Let’s face it the whole kdrama is so dark and full of gore. There a lot of blood shown not even a blurred moment even the killings are so bloody. If you’re not a fan of graphic kdramas then don’t continue watching because i think the bloodiest episode i’ve ever watched here was that Episode 4 where blood are scattered on the floor and i’m like “Oh niblets! Thank goodness i’m not eating” if you are a fan of CSI then this Kdrama will work but more bloodier than CSI and of course the original series isn’t as bloody as this remake.
Just watch Signal or Save Me to fight the urge of full graphic killings and scenarios or anything funny.
Like i said the drama lacks a lot but since it served as my late-night favorite kdrama. All i can do is they did a great job, From Team Manager Kang up to Lee Han i might be an hypocrite if i’m saying i’m not satisfied with the show. I never believe Moon Chae Won would receive so much bashers after the drama saying she was stiff or whatsoever, that’s Sun Woo’s nature. As for Lee Sun Bin, there are still points to remember and she’s great and i say prettiest second lead ever doll-like features.
I think that is it and i know i’m on the verge of “How can she say those on a review?” Well blame the crappy writing and story line.