Gukyeongi: Inspector Koo (aka A Wonderful Sight)
December 13, 2021 4:29 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

A reclusive ex-cop reenters the game as an insurance investigator, searching for clues in crime scenes perfectly staged by a serial killer in her midst. (Kdrama adaptation of Killing Eve)

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The Review Geek Season 1 Review"A tonally conflicted but enjoyable cat and mouse thriller: "In an age of remakes and sequels, it’s perhaps no surprise that Korea has started to jump on the bandwagon too. Whether it be The World Of The Married or the upcoming Korean remake of Money Heist, Asian countries are no strangers to adaptations. Inspector Koo then is an interesting but somewhat muddled proposition. This 12 episode k-drama is heavily inspired by Killing Eve, but it wraps up that cat and mouse chase with a more formulaic political conspiracy. The result is a medley of influences that fires on all cylinders as often as it falls flat......Fans of Killing Eve will instantly see the similarities between the two shows but see this as second best. Fans of cat and mouse thrillers will find enough to whet the appetite, but not enough to fill their bellies. That’s not to say this show isn’t enjoyable though. There are some great segments here and when it comes to uniqueness, Inspector Koo certainly fits the bill. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite have enough in the tank to make it one of the best k-dramas this year."
posted by oh yeah! (1 comment total)
This just finished up its Netflix/Korean broadcast run on Sunday, was anyone else watching?

I agree with the Review Geek review about this show missing the mark. The cast was all good -- having seen Kim Hae Sook playing nice characters like the grandma of 'Start-Up' and mother Rosa in 'Hospital Playlist', it was fun seeing her play such a ruthless/devious two-faced baddie. I don't think I've seen any of main lead Lee Young Ae's other dramas, so I guess her playing against type was kinda lost on me. Kim Hey Joon as the serial killer "K" was good at being both cutesy & scary. And the show did some really fun things - the way Inspector Koo visualized the murders, some of the flashbacks, etc., and had a catchy score.

But in the end, I don't feel like the show had a real point to make. And it seemed like they introduced a supernatural element in the beginning (K seeing a darkness that drew her to her targets, and that week she was lost in the woods as a child) that they abandoned without explanation. I do like the cast though, so, I don't regret having watched it. But I wish they had nailed the landing better somehow.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:48 PM on December 13, 2021

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