Stranger (2017-): Season 1
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery |
Seasons: 1 | 2 |
Runtime: 70 min/episode
Creator: Gil Ho Ahn, Park Hyun Suk
Starring: Cho Seung-woo, Lee Joon-hyuk, Bae Doona
Hwang Shi Mok is an exemplary prosecutor who suffered from hypersensitivity to certain sounds. After undergoing brain surgery in his youth, he almost lost his sense of empathy. While investigating a strange murder case, he meets police lieutenant Han Yeo Jin, and she assists him in solving it. As they begin to unravel the mystery behind the murders, they also discover that someone guides and someone hinders their efforts to unfold the secrets about a larger scheme of corruption between the government’s Public Prosecutor’s Office and a private conglomerate.
As it often is with Korean drama, within the story are there. The acting as well. The broad gallery of colourful characters joins the club as well, in a crime drama like Strangers. Compared to Hollywood’s runtime of series and season, which gets shorter and shorter. South Korean dramas don’t hold back on the runtime and this series has sixteen episodes per season. I used frequently even the revealing flashback retelling the backstory of the initial murder case, the backstabbing in between the main character, which gives this series a multi-layered sample of storytelling.
The soundtrack is -presented when needed and presented strongly with an ambience constructed way. It adds as well to the mystery, cliffhanger-style this series clearly tries to achieve. Even the estranged relationship between the female police leads Han Yeo Jin (Bae Doona) and prosecutor Han Shi Mok (Cho Seung-Woo) grows interesting as they both dig deeper and unravel the mystery behind the first murder.
It’s also crucial to realize that this series slowly progresses. It doesn’t drive cars in space and has flying cars such as Fast and the Furious, if that’s expected. Instead, it’s in the little details that settle the story. It’s an over-the-top drama filled with suspense and mystery.
The plot progress in a fair way, unveiling the mind game and the political corruption lurking in the shadow in central Seoul. It keeps you clueless of who is the actual killer to the very end and doesn’t give an afterthought to bring worthy entertaining, even if there’s very long 16 episodes.
Beware that it doesn’t have the roller-coaster effect Squid Game has had, but Cho Seung-woo gives a stellar performance and keeps his case imminent throughout the entire series, just like the rest of the story. It gives an insight into a wicked world of hunger for power and corruption.