Not suuuuper similar but the suspense and crime-solving techniques are what make me think if you like Criminal Minds, you'd Like Strong Woman. Both go to pretty dark places in a persons mind. Also, Criminal Minds was mentioned in Strong Woman so there's that. Strong Woman is a softer, crime drama in that there is more to it than just crime solving.
If Criminal Minds is too dark I'd definitely check out the Strong Woman!
Before I start watching this... can any who has watched this so far comment on whether or not this seems episodic? Rather then about a 'larger' picture story here with a serial killer (a larger case) looming in the background that one or a few of our leads are connected to. I feel like either it'll be a cliche or it'll literally be like a season of the American version (which I won't mind either). Thanks in advance! And if it's not really clear so far... guess I'll wait and see!
For now they take one case per episode or 2 episodes BUT in 3rd one there are some hints that except from those random cases there will be one going on throughout all 20 episodes involving Hyun Joon and Sun Woo
I see comments here and on other websites stating they would like to see some romance between Kim Hyun Joon and Ha Sun Woo but I feel like IF there will be any romance at all it will most likely be between Min Young and Lee Han. I don't think they want the drama to focus on romance, but at the same time if they would lik to fit it somehow they would give it to the 2nd lead characters. Just like they did with Mrs. Cop.
Up to now I only saw the first episode, major flaws :
-The pacing is bad.
-Transitions from one scene to another are weak.
-Visual effects for CSI electronic presentations and thinking processes are lacking.
Other than that i wish they could be more moderate with the number geniuses and typing speed.
It's an adaptation. They are pressured to stick to the original plot. The writers cannot write the story as per they like. Of course cannot add more complicated plot that is different from the originals. Furthermore, it only has 20 episodes while western one has 13 seasons. The other dramas that y'all mentioned were written originally by writers. So the writer can write any plot they like. Just give it a break. 8.2 is not justifiable.
I don't think the adaptation should be like the original, what's the point to call it an adaptation?
It's like making a cover song and don't customize it with your own sound and voice.
I think there is no problem too take some hint from the original show and make their own plot.
Especially if you consider that the format of k-drama is complete different, one night stand season! :D and I like that way, in fact I almost drop american tv show. I was tired about endless seasons, cast that changes constantly and draggy plot, because after billions of seasons, how can you keep up the interest?
If we add the different culture and a total different budget $$$ for production, you can pretend they make it like the original.
As I always say, too many comparisons ruin the expectation and affect the objective judgment.
Try to reason from their point of view, they do not even have the money to make decent graphic effects, and the slot channel system it's complete different, they need to comply with a tot numbers of episodes considering the show that airs after.
by the way....
1. I never watch the original series of criminal minds.
2. the MDL votes should never take too seriously.
3. I'm not defending this drama, because I only saw 2 ep.
I'm defending Korean production system, from an unremitting pressure from American shows when there are no conditions to compete at the same level.
4. What the hell is "unremitting" I hate google translate! I meant "constant" pressure!!
How much creative freedom they have depends on what kind of deal they made with original production team of US ver. Getting the rights to make remake/adaptation does not always mean you can do anything you want, tweak the sorce material the way you want tho...
yeah @darkn3ss it's insane to fit all the characters into 20 episodes only, if they focus more on the main characters, people will say it's not a criminal mind story, because we don't see any criminal behavior analysis done, they cannot focus the story to all the characters unless they have more episodes. Criminal pattern is more important in this show. I enjoy how the criminal show their emotion and how their face look different every-time the profiler try to play with their minds. It's interesting.
Thanks for this. I have no idea why people are comparing this to Stranger. That is an awesome drama but it is not a procedural. They are still trying to figure out what was going on in episode 1 during episode 15 (I haven't seen 16 yet). It is an awesome drama, but it is NOT a police procedural where they are going to solve a crime every episode or two.
Yes it is not a procedural drama. Stranger is a drama to uncover corruption. It's similar like defendant. Actually, I'm getting bored with the same type of drama. This corruption thing. Stranger is good but somehow my husband keeps falling asleep while watching it hahaha. I think criminal mind has it's own charm since my husband never fall asleep watching it and it has some quirky scenes and funny characters too.
Its good and all that, but a bit boring, maybe not boring just "generic". Like after one episode is over you just sit there feeling a bit empty telling yourself "well.. that happened". We have all seen these kind of cases before, nothing feels new. They are playing it way too safe imo.
Ahh the first episode was done sloppily especially the CGI and the montage plus I felt no supense whatsover . I hope it gets better in next episodes now that there's only one PD. I haven't seen the original version so I'm not one of the nit-picking fans ;)