Jang Deuk Cheon is the chief of a crime squad. At home, he is a kind and friendly father to his daughter. He meets a human clone and gets involved in a shocking case. A battle takes place between human clones.
I had to take a couple of days to process my thoughts before writing this review. I have never been so affected by a drama before in my life, and honestly I don't know if my longing for this drama is something I'd ever care to repeat.
I started this hoping for action and serious topics. I wanted plot and not romantic shenanigans. The drama starts off being pretty much all about read morea cop looking for his kidnapped daughter. This guy, however, is far from likable, and I found it difficult to sympathize with him in his plight. Why? Because he was, to put it simply, crazy, violent, and screaming. Lots of screaming. Lots of swearing. Lots of beating up suspects without evidence, heavy police brutality. This dude cared for nothing and no one but his daughter and wouldn't hesitate to brutally assault anyone he perceived to be in his way.
That's where Clone #1, Sung Joon, comes in. Don't worry, I won't spoil anything. He has no memory of who he is, but Chief Jang decides poor Sung Joon is the key to finding his daughter. When these two meet, this is when the story really kicks off. I hated the detective for the first 2 episodes, but he does become more tolerable thanks to Sung Joon, who is kind and warm and patient where Chief Jang is crass, rude, and prone to fits of random rage.
So for the first part of the drama, I watched because I was invested in the development between Jang and Sung Joon. I thought they were a great pair and really balanced each other nicely, and I'm a sucker for any kind of non-romance relationship focus. Chief Jang treated Sung Joon like a tool at first and didn't see him as a human being at all, and I wanted to see that change. There was some mystery and plenty of action for the first 6 episodes, but then it slows down and becomes mostly just drama and mystery with action sprinkled in.
Eventually, the plot moves away from the father-daughter focus and we realize that ultimately this is a story about two clones. It's a sad story. Don't watch this if you don't want a ride on the rollercoaster of emotions. One clone is "evil," selfish and out for revenge and the other is kind, selfless and willing to put his life on the line to help near-strangers. But the characters are not simple, and evil clone is not actually just an "evil clone," but is a deep, complex character that will remain in my mind pretty much forever.
What is the story really about? It's about clones learning to be human. It's about a father and his daughter. There's also an evil dude who wants to cure his illness and there's his evil spawn who aren't really worth mentioning but the story isn't really about them. No romance, just friendships and family relationships. Yay!
Without Yang Se Jong, this drama would be nothing. His portrayal of three characters is something you really have to see for yourself. But let's say I had to keep reminding myself that it was the same actor. He brought the clones to life in a way that made me feel like I personally knew them. The other actors are good too. And JJY is so much more tolerable when he's not screaming his head off.
It's not a perfect story, and there are aspects I wish had been different (more interactions between the clones, more father-son bonding with Jang and Sung Joon, less of the secondary cop characters), but these factors don't change my love for this drama. I can't stop thinking about it and have already rewatched most of it 2-3 times.
Where should I start?
1. STORY :
Okay, so before it even started to air, based on the trailers I could guess what the story will be about and I was right. A police officer has his daughter kidnapped by a bad guy A, but when he catches the bad guy A he actually discovers....it's a good guy B. Are they brothers? No, they can't be. The story is perfectly made, that read moreit always entertains you. With each episode, you get closer and closer to the cause of the whole chaos. I really applaud the writer, because u can't see such dramas just anywhere. The plot is really unique and with unique twists.
2. ACTING :
I knew that this drama would be dope thanks to Yang Se Jong who I encountered first in The romantic doctor Kim ....and I was right. In this drama Se Jong played 3 characters and everytime I saw them, I had feeling that they are different people. To achieve such feeling in other person, it's very hard thing to do! I never saw other actors jobs so I can't really say whether they were bad before or not, but in this drama EVERY character showed emotions, as if it was a real story and not just acting. Everyone started to LIVE their role for real and that's how this masterpiece was created.
3. MUSIC :
Since it's action/sci-fi drama, u don't get much of the OST but there is one song which I fell in love and it's the ''Nightmare''. Currently it's the most played song on my Playlist, so I really recommend it!
4. REWATCH VALUE :
I don't really rewatch dramas, but I think this could be rewatched (?)
Look, in romantic dramas people rewatch it to see the romance and cheesy dates of main couple, but in crime dramas it's a bit hard cause the audience already KNOWS what will happen next, so it's not as thrilling as the first time.
5. OVERALL :
Amazing and unique plot, fantastic acting, good music, the plot-twists are the real killers
While Duel is more suspense thriller, and IRY is more crime solving - what stood out for me was the heartbreaking bro-angst of two characters in both dramas. Without spoiling, you'll realise by the end of both dramas, which characters I might be referring to. If you drop either of the dramas too early, you won't find out :(
The thing that they didnt explain was really the only mystery to me. why did SJ have memories of LYS. As a clone he shouldnt have which also came as a surprise to many characters. Another thing, why SH was in worse condition than SJ even though he was getting medications while SJ didnt take anything to slow down the deteriotion. Both of these points were something i wanted a explanation for but it was totally overlooked. Though i did have my own theory that SJ did have a bit of vaccine in him which healed his body enough for him to go on and it also recreated the memory cells of LYS. But i guess we will never find out.
The drama had a unique story and great cast .I enoyed by Yung Se Jong performance and the prosecutor she was really great and she had a lot of potential but the writers really disappointed me by not developing her character and giving a background story and also about her relationship with the detective .It appears that at the end they ingored her which really frustrated me .The writer dragged the drama a bit and focused too much at the revenge part at the end . I gave it 7.5 it does not deserve more
This drama was just Mindbogglingly, super duper fantastic!!
My Goodness the cast was just incredible
Jung Jae Young has always been a fav of mine
but Yang Se Jong JUST STOLE THE SHOW!!
cant believe he is just a rookie! it was like watching 3 different people
I wasn't planing to watch this drama I came across with it while I was searching for something to watch but I do not regret watching it. It was really good.
Also, Yang Se Jong was freaking amazing, I hope he'll get more main roles in the future!