Queen of Mystery is back! Housewife-turned-investigator Yoo Seol Ok and passionate detective Wan Seung collaborate to solve mysterious cases and cure the hearts of those who were wounded by crimes along the way.
(Source: KBS World)
Cast & Credits
Unlike the first season QOM 2 really leaned into the over-the-top comedy and all of the cases felt very disjointed. It was weird. Almost like from season 1 to season 2 there were different directors and production teams. There wasn't though, I checked. That seamless blend just wasn't there. Instead it felt more like the series was trying to tell everyone's story in a way that highlighted the individuals away from the rest of the cast rather than having a true feel of an ensemble cast which I loved from season 1. I mean, it's a mystery/police drama: it's all about the ensemble!
Not to mention the sudden appearance of Detective Ha's brother who was never mentioned in season 1, Profiler Woo seemed to become even more robotic in season 2, where he was actually a relatable character by the end of season 1 with a budding bromance between him and Detective Ha, and the most anticipated plot revolving around Hyun Soo was confusing and never really explained in any way to make her story relevant.
I know this might all sound critical but there were some positives: the comedy was good and the individual performances were stellar. If nothing else, anytime the medical examiner, Hwang Jae Min was in a scene I was laughing my head off.
The ending felt very much like they are expecting a season 3, which I'm against if season 2 is any indication. There were so many open ended questions left but I honestly don't care. I'll admit that I only finished the drama because I was hoping against hope that it would all come together in the end, but it never did. So all of the big reveals and whatever closure there was just didn't feel as gratifing as the 1st season. Too bad. for all intents and purposes everything was there, but it was put together in the wrong way.
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One of the major reasons why I felt like this season did not live up to the previous one was the change in Seol ok's character. The charm of the first season relied on the unique plot which is a housewife turned investigator. That was such a clever and fresh take on an investigative drama in which drew me in the first place. However in this season all of that were gone, she was divorced and chased her dream of becoming a police officer. Her bright and loveable aura faded and became this dull and boring cliche character. And also I did not like what they did to her HAIR, I mean it was her signature bob that added to her quirky personality.
Another thing is the change in cast. Although a few of the important cast returned, the new members really did not do anything, even with the addition of my fave Kim RAE WON. I missed captain Hong, the grocery store lady and even the group of ahjummas, their chemistry I'm solving the cases was very entertaining to watch.
if they're planning to have a third season I suggest that they bring the fun back from what it was in the first season.
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