Yay, my first Korean crime procedural. Who Are You? is currently airing on tvN. Right now I’m on episodes 1-2, and if I like where this series is going, I’ll continue with the recaps. If I don’t, I may just stop. *gasp*
So far so good. Nothing spectacular, but quirky enough to keep my interest. Detective Yang Si Ohn (So Yi Hyun) has just woken up from a six year coma. As the nurse bluntly puts it, “She was only 24 when she lost consciousness, and now she’s entering her thirties. Such a pity.”
I enjoyed Yi Hyun’s work in Heartstrings. She was amazing as the dance professor, and had a fun chemistry with her romantic partner. However, I’m not really sold that she’s leading lady material. As a detective, her “hard” and “serious” expressions seem devoid of any real energy. I’ve always harbored a secret wish to join the police force myself, so I’m willing to give her a chance though. It’s empowering to watch her succeed in a male-dominated work environment.
Her underlying, Detective Cha Gun Woo (Ok Taecyeon of 2PM fame) is super disappointed when he finds out that his team leader is a woman. And happens to be the rumored “crazy girl” that everyone on the force thinks should just have brain surgery because she can’t remember what happened to her 6 years ago at the time of her initial head trauma.
Si Ohn may appear to be a little psychotic to her co-workers, but it’s because ever since she woke up from her coma, she’s been able to see dead people. Like, Sixth Sense dead people who’s bodies are still bloodied up from whatever killed them.
One of these ghosts is a high school student, Dan Oh Reum (Moon Ga Young, also from Heartstrings). Allegedly Oh Reum committed suicide by jumping off a building. However, if that were true, why would she still be hanging out on Earth and scaring the shit out of Si Ohn while they’re in the ladies room? Love these pseudo horror-movie scenes.
Since she’s the team leader at the Lost & Found Department of the police force, trying to find a potential murder suspect is out of her jurisdiction, but Si Ohn is compelled to find the truth. Gun Woo begrudgingly follows her orders and is surprised that she might be on to something. When they finally apprehend Oh Reum’s killer and rapist, Gun Woo is impressed that Si Ohn was able to deduce that the suicide was actually a murder, but pissed … because she shoots the bad guy instead of arresting him.
Luckily, neither of them gets fired from the force, because Si Ohn’s got more dead people to help and crimes to solve!
Oh yeah, there’s also the compulsory love triangle, only this one involves ghosts – Si Ohn’s dead boyfriend, Lee Hyung Joon (Kim Jae Wook). Of course this guy would still look hot as a walking corpse. Hopefully his acting won’t be as stiff.
Fingers crossed that this series will only get better!