To tell you the truth it was really hard to criticize this remake because i am so hesitant. I’m a die-hard Lee Joon Gi fan and a Moon Chae Won fan but yeah please keep on reading to know my thoughts.
Also thanks to kdramacache’s CM Review my mind lit up for a bit because we basically share the same thoughts about this kdrama.
So, this will be a honest review without pictures to play with just pure words that prolly can make you back out watching Criminal Minds. Being a fan of the US Version i have a lot of thoughts to say on this entry and i’m not gonna waste every detail of it.
I was so happy when i heard the news that Criminal Minds will have a remake in Korea but as we all know Korea is known for having crappy-adaptations of US Shows but since my Chaeki heart sunk on that month i decided to give it a try since it stars with Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won. Like i hope it can heal my broken heart rather than breaking it all over again.
A group of highly trained profilers unfolding cases day by day.
Okay i am gonna start with how the production was made and all i can say it is really really crappy, writings, scripts, action. When you’re doing a crime/legal related Kdrama you should use multiple cameras but in Criminal Minds they only used a single camera which is only good for mini- kdramas/ 1980s set Kdramas. With that the production was such a flop, i remember they had changed producers and the first producer did a great job as the first episode was quite booming but when they changed producers that’s when all the content start to be shitty.
Unarranged events, unarranged cases are so not a good way to capture CM US fans (i am sorry i just need to compare it) to love this remake. If only they had connected those cases to the Reaper there might be a chance of high ratings but no they chose to go with the flow of shitty writing.
Editing, editing! Few weeks ago, my twitter friends and i are aguing over an episode where a freaking Ep. 4 (clothing) got inserted to Ep. 15 i was like “Woah! Editing hole there” that moment when i realized that they don’t have a time filming that scene so they just get a random cutted scene somewhere on the first episodes they thought viewers wont notice but we noticed! Lol! I feel like they shoot different scenes on one day like Ep. 16 and Ep. 20 on one day or Ep. 17 and 12 in one day you know to randomly say that they filmed. I feel bad for the actors Criminal Minds is such a nice show, if you look at the US Version (Romance, Drama, Action) is its genre and why the dire did they chose not to put Romance when on the original Shemar Moore is overflowing with a lot of romance? I don’t even know.
Script. Storyline and etc are a downfall, the actors are great and people are great but the script? Hello, you just made Moon Chae Won the hate-able character on the whole kdrama i am so depressed while watching it like torturing me over and over again.
Let us start with Kang Ki Hyung/TL Kang i just love his character but on the first episode he was depressed too like he blamed his self about the bombing so he’s developing stress and all anyways rather than that he’s not the most likeable character (though you see me tweeting about him). He’s kinda stiff too as for me, Hyun Joon on the other hand have this kind of power but i can’t just fathom what the hell is he on that kdrama: a profiler, detective, police, magician just what is he? I was having second thoughts when he started became an NCI Member like ohooh interesting but a flop too, plus when he was arrested during the Ep. 14 and about the Nadeul River Case (i’ll pour everything on that case later so watch out!) ~.
Both of them are lacking aspects you know so hard to understand (lol i am brutally honest here you see).
Okay so Sunwoo, the most hateable character can i just say that she flop here you know all of her kdramas are top-rated especially Innocent Man but what happened to her? She’s not comfortable on her character though when she’s with Joon Gi everything is sparking yet everything about a Sunwoo lacks.
Nana is also something what does she do aside from hacking? Same as with Minyoung and Han they wasted a lot of frames with Minyoung just being the target (i’m sorry for Lee Sun Bin fans) i am very very dissappointed that Criminal Minds centered everything to Yoo Min Young during the latter episodes, i mean what is the purpose? Do we have to see her suffering all the time and the lead got to be forgotten well in that case they did make us forget about Sun Woo. The writers are so fond of Yoo Min Young that i even thought she’s the lead girl instead of Sun Woo, how strange right?
While in Han’s case, he’s just there doing nothing and just standing and thinking COME ON DR. SPENCER REID is an agent too atleast based Han’s character on the original but no they didn’t they put up a very ridiculous script and messing the whole CM. I’m just so sad that this had been a great drama if the producer (1st) didn’t stepped down to be honest that producer was great than the current.
I can feel the flop on the eyes of the actors, those are the things that made me rage about this kdrama. I told you i’m gonna be honest but this is the most interesting part that had to occur on the kdrama.
I was actually waiting for the Nadeul River to be opened and on some episodes at the first airing they had shown this but you know just bits of it and on the other hand i felt betrayed seeing Kim Hyun Joon being arrested like what the hell tactic is so so a wrong move, Hyun Joon was detained and NCI Members profiled him (Team Leader) but this should be a collab between Hyunjoon and Sun Woo tbh i waited and even posted some ideas on Amino Kdrama Blog and Facebook Post on what is the truth about the case so i am wrong those speculations are wrong. They had gave us a flopping case there should be an interaction between Sun Woo and Hyun Joon since both of them have personal relationships with the victim but they didn’t chose to do that instead showed Team Leader and Hyun Joon instead. I just hoped they used Sun Woo as the bait and the one who interrogated Hyun Joon it could have been a massive explosion of emotions from the past lover to the bestfriend again they didn’t do it and much worst is they had closed the Nadeul River in just 2 episodes how awesome? Closing a 14-year old case that easy? Without even asking Sunwoo’s feelings. I understand that there are no romance but clearly seeing how Sun Woo and Hyun Joon interacted on the field they’ll be a couple in no time.
I’m so dissappointed with the case like i hate it i even dropped the idea of finishing it because the expectations are like “Wait! What the hell?! That’s it?!” Hyun Joon pleaded innocent but how about Sun Woo? Shouldn’t she be the one to clear things for Hyun Joon. Oh gosh! Drove me to craziness. But Nadeul River is such a fuss and a flop for me and don’t blame me.
R E A P E R A R C
The reaper arcs are very lame super lame up to the point i just want to turn off the tv and forget Criminal Minds but one thing that is just catchy about the reaper is the wild grin but nothing special about that. The scenes suck from beginning to end (lol so brutal) he’s not scary like when you see him on the street you be like “Oh Reaper! The Brainless Reaper!” —
Team Leader’s PTSD.
I am just going to point this out he’s suffering PTSD after her wife died but still continue working despite of memos about taking a leave or leaving NCI. I’m kinda impressed with the coping system but a man with a PTSD don’t act like TL does (based on the patients we have seen) so it looks so unreal and the rage is not there usually if someone killed your wife, parent, child etc. you will developed a rage and the desire to kill but after that freaking episode the Reaper was forgotten i didn’t know why but it took 10 episodes before Reaper shows up and that’s a no no for me and not convincing.
After a very brutal review i’m gonna end it here well you see its just kdrama but the cast are golden and some are just rising stars so this will be considered as a flop on their careers like Criminal Minds Korean Remake was a total disaster but being a Joon Gi Fan and a Chae Won fan they did a great job even they just executed a very bad script.
P.S I’ll just mention that i had loved the NCI Squad and i appreciate then.