First Impressions: Bad Guys (kdrama)

Bad Guys (kdrama)

  • Synopsis: To combat rising violent crimes, the Police Chief asks Detective Oh Goo-Tak to form a team consisting of criminals. Detective Oh Goo-Tak is currently suspended from the police force for using excessive force. Detective Oh Goo-Tak gathers team members: Park Woong-Cheol  who is a gangster, Lee Jung-Moon who is the youngest serial killer with extraordinary intelligence and Jung Tae-Soo who is a contract killer. Also, Police Inspector Yoo Mi-Young joins the team. She tries to have the guys work as a team by dealing with them rationally and sometimes emotionally.
  • Episodes: 11
  • Release Date: October 4 – December 13, 2014

 “To beat up good people, that is violence. But to beat up scoundrels, that is justice.”

This is what Nam Goo-Hyun, a police officer who lost his son to a serial killer, says to Oh Gu-Tak. Granted, the quote may be awesome but it’s not really justice. More like vigilantism and even though it may bring forth justice, if it’s going against the law then it’s not really healthy for a society to have this. Unless you live in Gotham, then you have no choice. The jail system there is horrible and the criminals keep leaving prison and causing even more mayhem.

But Bad Guys, the new drama from OCN, is about just that. This isn’t a drama about good guys solving crimes, it’s about criminals and one morally gray leader catching criminals and introducing them to their own brand of justice. Its an interesting take and one that holds a lot of promise. You will have to suspend your disbelief a bit, because something like this could never happen in real life. But if you can get past this, then you’ll find a really great show.

The show starts with a cop giving an interview about catching a serial killer. He’s a good guy and feels responsible to rid the world of evil criminals, which is a very admirable quality that you’d want in a cop. Sadly, he quickly gets killed, which is understandable because he’s incredibly stupid. He did a stake out for a horrible serial killer without a partner or any kind of backup. Ah, sorry, he went out with a camera man in order to complete the interview. Not a smart move and he pays the consequences for this.

I shook my head at his death, because he clearly had no back up plan and just tried to be a hero. Then we got to the funeral and I was happy, because the cinematography for this scene is absolutely stunning. He may be stupid, but his funeral was lovely to look at.

His father and the chief of police, Nam Goo-Hyun, who is played by wonderful Kang Shin-Il, is devastated by the news. In order to find the serial killer who did this, he enlists the help of a suspended officer whose nickname is Mad Dog. Mad Dog, also known as Oh Gu Tak, who seems to have an alcohol problem agrees, but he requests the help of three criminals in order to solve it. A gangster, Park Woong-Cheol, a hired killer, Jung Tae-Soo, and a highly intelligent young serial killer, Lee Jung-Moon. The reasons for these specific three is one of the mysteries that will be revealed during the series. All we know now is that the three criminals were all arrested in 2012 and Gu-Tak was suspended in the same year. There’s a connection there, but we don’t know it yet. Also, it seems like the criminals are not fully evil or bad, there does seem to be some twisted sense of righteousness with all of them.

Why these three though?

According to Gu-Tak, Woong-Cheol has the strength, Tae-Soo has the skill and Jung-Moon has the intellect. Combine those three and you have the perfect weapon in catching any killer. Now, with these four, you need someone who will try to steer them in the right direction and challenge Gu-Tak’s authority. The final member of the team is Yu Mi Yeong, a female police supervisor, whose job is to oversee the operations.

At first, I was wondering why the criminals would agree to help Gu-Tak and Mi-Yeong find the serial killer, but after finding out that they get a reduced sentence if they do and it only goes to the one who catches the killer, it made sense. It’s a nice incentive to the men who have long sentences.

So far, I like all of the characters here especially the Jung Tae-Soo, the hired hitman. I’m not sure how much of that is for shallow reasons though, because he looks good with a suit on, but his character is the cool, silent, rational type. The one who thinks before he leaps, but when he leaps he’s absolutely deadly. Unlike Jung-Moon who escaped and went after the girl who sent him away and Woong-Cheol, who seems to have a hot temper and is the polar opposite of Tae-Soo, Jung-Moon just went with the flow and proved himself quite capable. Plus, he looks great in a suit. Shallow, I know, but the eyes like what the eyes like.

Jung Tae-Soo - Bad Guys

The first episode was mostly an introduction to the case and the characters. So in terms of the story, not much happened. Jung-Moon escaped and the others tried to find him before he killed anyone. I was actually happy he escaped, because it seems like something a criminal would do. He did say that he doesn’t remember killing anyone though, which is interesting. Maybe he isn’t a serial killer? Then again, the girl he was talking to said that he probably kills people when he blacks out.

In any case, the episode was good, the story is engaging, the characters are played beautifully, and there’s some lighter moments to balance the heaviness of everything. Plus, I have some eye candy to keep me going too. I have high hopes for this and since this is on OCN, I don’t have to worry about a cliche romance seeping in and ruining the story. Can’t wait to watch more!

 

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