Through The Darkness (2022-): Season 1

Title: Ag-ui Maeum-eul Ilgneun Jadeul

Year: 2022

Genre:  Crime | Drama | Mystery |

Seasons: 1 |

Runtime:  70 min/Episode

Creator:   Park Bo-Ram

Starring:  Yoon Kyun Sang, Kim Ji Won, Kim Nam-gil


8.0/10

 

A crime thriller drama based on a web novel of the same name that contains the field experience of Kwon Il Yong, Korea’s No. 1 profiler.

PREDICTABLE, SAFE-PLAYED K-DRAMA
WITH ON-TOP PERFORMANCES

Ag-ui Maeum-eul Ilgneun Jadeul aka Through the Darkness is a South Korean television series, starring Yoon Hyun Sang and Kim Ji Won.  This is a fascinating detective series, which is the Korean version of the hit drama Mindhunter. Everything about it is correct. Amazing acting, script, cinematography, and overall production value make the series worth watching.

No, it doesn’t have the grim tone that Mindhunter, another Netflix series, has. There are a lot of runtimes that have put in work here. A lot of focus is spent with the police and the behavioral crime team investigating the crimes by questioning the convicts in prison. It’s a series that clearly grows bit by bit for every episode. The murders are horrible, and, in some aspects, it reflects. The editing is not the best with an unfamiliar sense of taste in music.

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In this haunting psychological thriller, two police officers (played by veteran actor Shin Ha-Kyun and child star-turned heartthrob Yang Jin-goo) reluctantly join forces to arrest a serial killer tasked with terrorizing a sleepy South Korean town. As they begin to doubt everyone – including themselves – they discover that many of the city’s inhabitants are hiding their dark secrets.

Through the Darkness is a drama based on the story of South Korea’s first crime profiler. Kim Nam-Gil plays Song Ha-young, a member of the crime analysis team of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department, while Kim Sun-Gyu plays Kook Young-soo, a friend and colleague who brought him into the team in the first place. Traditionally, the world of K-Drama has been dominated by love stories, historical novels, and family struggles, but in recent years, South Korea has produced many successful crime dramas that have attracted audiences around the world. Featuring crime fiction, spy thrillers, dark comedies, and more, the Korean crime drama presents a series of emotional stories complicated by politics, corruption, and flawed protagonists.

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The series is great at grasping attention or suspense whenever possible. It showcases its potential to go deeper into the plot of twists and turns.  Nam-Gil Kim’s performance is the better in the cast which shows a variation of his skills in this series.  Fascinating is that the dialogue is almost non-stop which could have been dialed down. There’s also monologue scattered all around the place, which is an annoying feature.

Even if there are some exciting scenes, the series never gets aligned with its American counterpart per se but for being South Korean television, it’s one of the better ones out there filling a gap of K-dramas that we didn’t know we needed. It has a gallery of colorful characters, decent cinematography, and an accelerated soundtrack whenever suspense is a fact. A decent, slow-paced South Korean series to watch even though with the mature themes the imagery is not that descriptive or vivid. A series easily to follow with a plot straightforward.

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