The first episode of this drama gave me the chills. Ok I’m not a major EXO fan but D.O. would be my bias in the group but seeing him all sinister was weird and scary. He was amazing in “It’s Ok, It’s Love”, but he has such a cute, innocent baby face, so to see him, as a psychopath was just scary. Anyway the main reason I chose to watch this drama was because of Seo In Guk and Jang Na Ra. I’ve actually heard a song from Seo In Guk and he was my substitute hottie in Masters Sun so I couldn’t miss it that beauty mark again. Jang Na Ra I first saw in “Fated To Love You” and I loved her soft character so I wanted to see if she could switch up roles. So it was only inevitable. By the way Seo In Guk’s hair was perfect, on my nosebleed meter he was definitely hitting the 10. Overall the episode had minimal comedic, light-hearted moments and was far more focused on the dark history of Lee Hyeon with morals and ideas being questioned.
The opening episode begins with Lee Hyeon (Seo In Guk) reading an email about a Bangbae-Dong murder case. He begins to tell the viewer that his story started but never ended and now someone is attempting to retell him the story from the beginning. So we the viewers are put into the story from the start. Automatically it switches to the special investigation team which Cha Ji An (Jang Na Ra) is a part of and is looking mighty fierce with deep red hair. The four head over to a crime scene with similarities to Bangbae-Dong where they meet Lee Hyeon. They mistakenly assume he is the new Team Leader who seems to know his stuff, but it turns out that Ji An already knows who he is. The actual team leader shows up so Lee Hyun discreetly disappears leaving the team to assume he is a suspect.
Ji An relentlessly chases after him. This scene was funny as he teases her by playing slowing and quickening the car speed whilst she runs after him. I would have given up to be honest, but then again it is Seo In Guk ❤ I did not think that sparks would fly that quickly but he kdrama dips her. I was seriously wishing it was me. Considering that she has been stalking him for 20 years I guess she deserves it. But then she ruins it by cuffing him for questioning – unless this is some weird sort of flirting?
So once taken for questioning about his additional information he explains he was sent an email about Bongbae-Dong and thought his help was needed. I think Lee Hyeon was asking for a slap when he disses the rest of the investigative team by suggesting they are below average intelligence.
He manages to get off because his identity checks out and the manager tells them she guarantees his honesty. But everyone is still curious, so whilst the new Team Leader tries to introduce himself everyone blanks him and go off in their own directions. Ji An follows Lee Hyeon into the elevator and asks what his real reason was for being in Korea (not the email). He in turn asks how she knows his actual name and they sort of go at it. She attempts to get back at him for calling her stupid, unfortunately it backfires.
A backtrack to the beginning of the episode explaining his real reason for coming to Korea. Of course he got the email by accident and notices a painting in the pictures that is similar to one he and his brother drew around the time his family died. He takes it as a sign that someone is trying to tell him to revisit his unfinished story. It switches to the airport, where he uses his genius brain to decode symbols around the airport linked to pictures from the crime scene to reveal coordinates to the next crime scene. Yaas Seo In Guk’s boss English! #OnPoint
On a hunt to look for answers Lee Hyeon takes us to his childhood home and there are various flashbacks to when he was a kid… including one of someone dead on the floor. It switches to 1996 when his family moves into the house. Worryingly little Lee Hyeon starts burying a dead animal but tells his father that it was already dead, his father’s face however is doubtful.
D.O YAY! Sorry for the excitement I’ve only recently started listening to EXO and since I saw him in “Its Okay, It’s Love” he’s my favourite in the group. No joke he can actually act (not trying to say anything)! For him to switch to a psychopath despite looking like Bamb, well I was blown away. This dude is scary, when he asks the officer to let some air in, he ends up cuffing him.
Lee Hyeon’s father is D.O’s (yes I’m just going to call him D.O) therapist in prison I believe. You get a lot of ethical ideas being thrown around in this drama. First D.O questions the norm of thou shalt not kill. On the way back home he bumps into an officer who tells him there has been an increase in animal cruelty recently. The father gets tense as he connects this statement to his son but it turns out to just be a nightmare. Lee Hyeon seems to have the household in check in comparison to his father, as he knows his schedule, where everyone’s stuff is and even taking care of his brother. Sh** gets real when Lee Hyun begins to echo DO’s words…
The scene switches back to the special investigative team who are still blanking their team leader and contemplating about the supreme being that is Lee Hyeon. He’s even got male fans! They decide on asking Lee Hyeon to corporate with them on the case and not surprisingly Ji An votes for the idea. Honestly Ji An could not be any more bait than she already is at that moment. Let me let the photos explain.
But of course she fails to grab Lee Hyeon’s attention at all. Though he does look a bit like cooking mama now.
Lee Hyeon searches for the painting in the murder photos, which he matches with a drawing from his own sketchbooks that have some grisly drawings. After realising that his father’s memorandum is not in its spot he notices the recordings with D.O. Back to the flashback, Lee Hyeon notices his fathers bag was left behind so leaves to go give it to him. Simultaneously it is D.O’s trial and his father is having one last interview to get a real story out of him. After entertaining the officers with his genius mind Lee Hyeon, whilst hunting for his dad, enters the interview room. He talks about a critical period with all animals and asks Lee Hyeon what his is like. After finding out from the lady officer Lee Hyeon’s father rushes to them to see D.O offering his hand to Lee Hyeon and before exiting telling Lee Hyeon they will meet again soon. He forces Lee Hyeon’s father to realise that all his doubts are slowly becoming reality. This D.O weirdly I like, but it is unsettling how he managed to un-cuff himself so easily.
After this interaction Lee Hyeon’s father tells D.O he won’t be counselling him anymore but D.O tells him how alike Lee Hyeon is to his childhood self. For that he gets boxed by him but the father can’t help but slowly accept his words. Of course D.O just keeps laughing maniacally at Lee Hyeon father’s panic. In worry he checks with the doctor and concludes how Lee Hyeon seems to have similar symptoms as a psychopath. He writes in his diary that his son is a monster, which unfortunately Lee Hyeon sees. This backfires later when his father explains to him that he’s told people he’s gone overseas to study when in fact he’s going to be sheltered in a separate home to protect him and society from each other. The episode ends with Lee Hyun thinking back to DO’s words on how his dad perceives him and begins to tear up on his distrust.
“At times the most cruel people can wear the face of an angel”- Lee Hyeon’s father
Why? Because it’s D.O of course! Just look at this face, would you ever think he is a psychopath? So this quote comes right after Lee Hyeon asks his father why the prisoners he researches aren’t normal, to which his father responds with this quote.