Yay for K-dramas! I’m back on track with some of the recent ones after some slight improvement with my internet speed. I pray to God that it really has improved for good and that it doesn’t go down once more. My faint heart cannot cope with having to scream and yell out of frustration no more.
The only 2 K-dramas that I’m watching right now are Vampire Prosecutor and Man of Honor, which really isn’t much as there are a bunch which I’ve omitted due to lack of watching hours and RL commitments. With cable churning stuff one after another, catching up is no longer an option. And can no longer be. LITS, I even have some pending unwatched/unfinished dramas from before (eg. The Musical, Can’t Lose) which I’m considering to drop for good. Feel bad that I’m not able to continue for the love I have for the actors/actresses (my ILU Choi Daniel for instance), but consider it done when I’ve paid my dues for staying on unmoved episode after episode.
Vampire Prosecutor is a slick and cool drama, I cannot say more. The visual works and cinematography are such an impressive treat to the eye, in that if substance or quality doesn’t kill it for a viewer, one would definitely stay on to be visually entertained. Add the one so many intriguing myth figure of all time – a vampire (who also happens to be a prosecutor), to the picture, you have in the making, the perfect fantasy-cum-investigation drama.
The drama is watchable in my books so far. Nothing terribly bad or awful so far, with pretty solid acting all across the board (Lee Young Ah needs to tone down her OTT screaming bit but overall she’s OK) and decent (but not creative or interesting enough sadly) episodic cases. But the gloss bling and cool factor aside, I have one major problem with Vampire Prosecutor after 4 episodes – who is Min Tae Yeon?!! I know everything about Tae Yeon’s ways of investigation (the drama repeats his swallowing of the victims’ blood every single episode its starting to grate on my nerves, yes drama we get it), I know he’s a vampire who has a dark past, I know he’s handsome and cool. But ultimately, I want to know WHO HE IS. Other than the manliner, his swift punching moves, his lighter (?) and his charming smile (yes I adore YJH’s smile), who is he?
I get that the drama tries to unveil Tae Yeon’s past or character episode by episode, by leaving us in the dark with minor hints to follow. By leaving us to want for more at the end of each episode. Create this sense of mystery and unknown around Tae Yeon in order for a big revelation or twist to surprise us in the end, but after 4 episodes, I’m beginning to think that him being a vampire cum prosecutor isn’t much of a big deal anymore. It’s more like he’s just using his powers to solve the cases (which seem too overly easy/cliche or convenient anyway) and that’s it. There’s no surprise, no twist or even the mysterious feel to it. Procedural investigation assisted by Tae Yeon’s drinking and super fighting powers, that’s all? Hmmmm… meh.
Yeon Jung Hoon is doing fine. I love his acting in here, and I even dig his oddly styled scarves. He has a very playboy-ishly aloof aura which gets me on all the time and makes me want to see more of him. But I really wish the writer could take it up further by delving more into his character. As a vampire, a prosecutor and both at the same time. How did he get here? How did he cope with being a freak? How was he able to balance both identities? When you have a character penned with emotional conflict and complexity, it ups everything. And makes everything more worthwhile. Beautiful and mesmerizing visuals make for better icing on the cake, but if there isn’t anything to hold that up (i.e. the main ingredients inside cake), the aftertaste will be mere disappointment.
The other team members are doing their jobs pretty well, at least within the scope of what they’re supposed to do i.e. rouge cop doing his duty and junior prosecutor looking for clues and evidence. The cases area bit too simple and cliche, and more often than not drama actually relies more on them to solve the cases rather than Tae Yeon’s powers. That I can deal with, tho I’d wish for more difficult or complex ones and for Tae Yeon to do more than just drink blood and throw powerful punches. But I wish they’d give us some real interaction between Tae Yeon and his team during the investigation other than just him giving orders and mini banters here and there. I’m not expecting to see any romance whatsoever, altho I wouldn’t mind having one hehehe, but at least some analytical discussions on how to solve the cases? Of course we know it’s his character and all, but I’d really really like to see him open up a lil bit more.
Last scene of Ep 4 showed Tae Yeon’s enemy on the run again. If only the writer could take it a bit further, show us something more about this unknown vampire and his deal with Tae Yeon, I’d gladly do away with my complaints for now. 🙂 The investigation parts are cool and intriguing enough to watch, and we already know how he works. Tell us more about Tae Yeon and his past, or at least how he’d managed to survive his whole ordeal when he became one, and I’m all good.
Drama still has a chance with 8 episodes to go. Explore Tae Yeon’s character a lil bit more, up the complexity of the cases a lil bit more instead of packaging them like difficult cases, take some tips from H.I.T or Mawang, and there you go, drama will definitely pack more punches.