When doubts arise about a five-year-old murder conviction, a veteran detective partners with a young hotshot to hunt down the case's hidden truths. Kang Do Chang is an 18-year veteran detective who, one day, arrests an alleged murderer named Lee Dae Chul. The court later sentences him to death, but when reviewing the file of his case, Do Chang discovers evidence that would clear Dae Chul. With time running out as the mounting evidence threatens to expose the error, Do Chang is caught between seeking power and seeking justice when he meets Oh Ji Hyuk, an elite detective from the police force. These opposites partners begin working together. (Source: Wikipedia, JTBC, Netflix) Edit Translation
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Good start, great potential, but...There is one thing I am grateful with the Good Detective: once you have watched it completely (all 16 episodes), you will be able to watch ANY other kdrama from romantic-comedy to fantasy to thriller/detective etc. and find MOST of them excellent, well acted, well executed, well produced, well directed, well written, etc. You will be so happy to realize how much any random kdrama is in fact quite good and wonder why you did watch the Good Detective.
Well, it has good material and potential at the beginning, but for some reasons (probably lack of budget or internal disagreements between producers, directors, writers ??? or maybe just boredom of being forced to work on this project, or pure and genuine boredom), everything become so incoherent that you keep thinking "oh! maybe it is just a joke from the actor because he or she wasn't happy with his or her salary..." or "oh! maybe it is just a joke from the writers becase they didn't feel they were paid correctly..." etc. until you reach the end of the drama and realize that all of it was no joke, no twist, nothing...just the fact that all the characters become really stupid. The transformation for the many characters of this drama is that after going through all the twists and turns of their stories they all get a formidable transcendance and become less intelligent that they were at the beginning, less fair and less right that they were. I guess that was what the drama was about: if you want to do something good you cannot, but if you really want to become a good whatever, just become stupid. Yes, just become stupid and act as a coward, don't think before you talk, conclude just based on your blind anger and feeling and so on..., just become really really - but really ! - stupid so you then really think you did something meaningful and good.
Anyhow, the first half was kind of interesting to watch meanwhile waiting for a new drama. The second half was kind of okay but it became gradually unbearable as there were too much nonsense (or stupid thinking from most of the characters). But, come on, I did watch it till the end in case the common sense and judgment would come back miraculously in the story. That was not the case.
A good crime thriller which lost its pace halfway throughOverview : “The good detective” started off pretty well, but the ending was not upto the mark. A crime thriller with an interesting plot which lost its pace in the middle. Out of all the detective / crime thriller dramas I have watched, I couldn’t find anything particularly unique with this series. The drama is neither too good nor too bad. It’s an okay-okay drama to watch. You can watch it once, If you are really into crime thrillers / detective dramas
Plus points : The bromance between the detectives and their bickering here and there was so interesting and good to watch. There were a lot of emotions and bonds throughout the series which got me emotionally connected with the drama. Though there was no romance in the drama, I really loved the bond between the leads which gave out a special vibe. The casting was extremely good - each and every actor had done amazing justice to their roles. The music was pretty good but not exceptional.
Minus points : I personally felt that the drama was really dragging. It would have been good if it was upto 12 episodes. Unnecessary dragging with a lot of revelations, flashbacks and recurring sequences was a major turn off. I wanted to drop off in the middle, but I really wanted to know the ending and that’s why I competed watching it. Though I know that if there was romance, the drama would have been offtrack - still I was hoping for a slight romance between the leads as they were so good. I felt disconnected halfway through the drama as it had lost its pace in the middle.
Conclusion : Overall, the drama was okay. The series doesn’t have much of a rewatch value.