Signal: Episode 01
Korean Drama Preview | January 22, 2016 | 394 viewed
Director: Kim Won-Suk
Writer: Kim Eun-Hee
Genre: Crime, thriller
Release Date: January 22 - March 12, 2016
Runtime: Fri & Sat 20:30
Starring: Lee Je Hoon (Park Hae Young), Kim Hye Soo (Cha Soo Hyun), Jo Jin Woong (Lee Jae Han), Jang Hyun Sung ( Kim Bum Joo), Jung Hae Kyun (Ahn Chi Soo), Kim Won Hae (Kim Gye Chul), Jung Han Bi (Oh Yoon Seo), Lee Yoo Joon (Jung Hun Gi), Kim Min Gyu (Hwang Ui Kyung)
Release Date: 23th January, 2016
Signal: Episode 1
Suspense, intense, and dramatic is what TvN’s newest crime thriller drama Signal stand out for its premiere. There is an unexpected connection from present to the past via radio of two people from different stage of time, both are detectives. They are coincidently working for the same cool case and, somehow criminal and deep of the truth is revealing thank to the connection.
This should be an exciting series ahead , based on all the informational came out in the beginning, Signal did make a great greeting for audience who is get bored with all cute things with love line. Ratings-wise, the premiere pulled in an impressive 5.145%. All aboard for Signal!
SONG OF THE DAY
Name: Royal Pirates – “Run Away”
SIGNAL EPISODE 1 RECAP
Just like Japanese dramas have their own ambiance, one of the many things i like concerning some tvN dramas is their distinctive and kind of thick aura when it comes to cinematography. Signal is no exception and i’m glad about it, after all its storyline craves for heavier visuals. I have to admit that it’s neither that original nor so innovative, at least these are the vibes i received during its first two episodes. It’s a mixture of quite a few things dare i say, but it doesn’t have to change the world to leave its own impact.
Take into consideration the US TV-series Cold Case and the like-minded Japanese drama Zettai Reido, then add a bit of the US film Frequency along with some Gap Dong ingredients accompanied by the Hwaseong serial murder case references and some sort of paranormal vibes when it comes to cracks in the time-space continuum through a two-way police radio and you may get an idea of what Signal is about. However, there are many reasons why you should give it a shot and why not, watch it up to the very end! After all its the brainchild of the director of Misaeng (Kim Won Suk) who made sure to deliver like-minded vibes in the very beginning of the drama!
There are a few intersecting side stories that bind our main characters together one way or another and as the storyline will be progressing these bonds will become deeper on that crossroad bringing the past at the present and vice versa. Even though Signal is still in its birth pangs the first pieces of the puzzle have come together to present the generic blurry picture which is quite intriguing and filled with mystery while evoking the urge to find out what will happen in the process!
The first episode and the beginning of the second one are about a case that hadn’t been solved for many years and the main culprit had vanished from the surface of the earth. Back in the days, a young boy had witnessed the woman who had kidnapped the young girl who was murdered, but the police force didn’t take him into consideration. The boy’s first interaction with the police officer Lee Jae Han (Cho Jin Woong) had taken place indirectly through a piece of paper pointing towards a woman as the main culprit. Jae Han was investigating the case and he found the alleged culprit’s murdered body inside a manhole at the backyard of an abandoned asylum, but he was attacked and went missing since then.
At the present, the boy has grown up and he has become a police officer who tries to make money through celebrity oriented information. Park Hae Young (Lee Je Hoon) was caught by another police officer, Cha Soo Hyun (Kim Hye Soo), who used to know Jae Han and had feelings for him back in the days. Hae Young found a two-way police radio without batteries that started transmitting Jae Hoon’s voice. He kept urging Hae Young to investigate the asylum’s backyard. In search of answers and while thinking that he was losing his mind Hae Young visited that Silent Hill oriented place to find out that the voice at the other end of the line was right!
It was a war against time where every second mattered and we were able to witness all sides’ internal world and way of thinking throughout the flow of the drama’s introductory side story. It was the triggering event that made the cold case squad a necessity, always against all odds and with Hae Young forcing the first case’s thorough investigation instead of covering it up as the stature of limitations was approaching. Signal was gradually weaving the art of profiling through Hae Young’s ongoing insights on the way towards the truth and something tells me it’s going to be one of the drama’s main and most essential characteristics.
Soo Hyun will be the cold case squad’s team leader, Hae Young the profiler, Kim Gye Chul (Kim Won Hae) the useless cop and Jung Hun Gi (Lee Yoo Joon) the forensic scientist under the sleepless stare of their police department’s leading figure, Kim Bum Joo (Jung Hae Kyun). Of course, the police chief, Ahn Chi Soo (Jang Hyun Sung) was opposed to the first case’s further investigation and the cold case squad’s formation, but the flow of events was ahead of him and he had no other option. Both Bum Joo and Chi Soo appear to be somewhat related to Jae Han’s disappearance and the more the storyline will be progressing the more we’ll be diving in their murky waters.
Our team will try to shed utmost light upon the Hwaseong serial murder case, the most renowned cold case in the Korean police force’s chronicles. The culprit’s criteria for picking his female victims were related to red clothing and rainy nights and one of his signatures had to be the skillful knots found on the victims’ bodies. This was Jae Han’s first case back in 1989 and the drama’s going to filter the investigation process through its twofold lens in the intertwined world where past and present interact.
Cold cases aren’t only a dart in the victims’ families’ hearts, but also a burden upon the police force for having been unable to catch the culprit in order to bring release to the victims’ loved ones. Modern technology and advanced profiling and investigation approaches inside the office and on the field will raise the hopes of the victims’ families, but they will make the remembrance even more painful anew. It’s also a case through which the police force will have to stare in the mirror for a face to face confrontation with the past’s mistakes and everything which derives from it.
One of Signal‘s greatest characteristics has to be the fact that it appears to be plot twist friendly and it wasn’t only apparent throughout the first case. It was also there the moment the Hwaseong serial murder case investigation started taking place inside the office at the present while at the “same” time, years ago, Jae Han was conducting a field investigation in order to find one of the victims and Hae Young informed him on the body’s location. Just like Jae Han took the initiative during the first case’s cross-time conversations, it is Hae Young’s turn to work on that factor and convince Jae Han that what he’s talking about has already happened or about to happen back in 1989.
The back to back investigation in the past and the ongoing present is going to be intriguing to say the least since the vibes we have received lean towards the direction that since Hae Young knows what happened back then, Jae Han may be able to change the flow of events from a point and on; for better or for worse. If history changes through a discordance in the time-space continuum, then the flow of events will be different and so will the directly or indirectly affected figures. I am looking forward to the moment Soo Hyun will hear Jae Han’s voice over the two-way radio. It will make the reminiscence even stronger, after all he never left her heart, but it’s going to be a shocking experience at first, especially if they hadn’t met back in 1989 and they will have to get to “know” one another anew through these cross-time interactions. On a side note, i am eager to find out how Hae Young’s brother’s death could be related to the flow of the storyline, one way or another.
The cinematography at the present is thick with a certain clinical sense and realistic approach whereas in the past it gives you the impression as if you were staring at something permanent yet so fickle and ductile given the circumstances. I watched Kim Hye Soo recently in Coin Locker Girl and i have the greatest expectations from her, but also from the veteran actor Choi Jin Woong! The same applies to Lee Je Hoon who is a wonderful actor and did wonders in My Paparotti and The Front Line, but i think that he was slightly exaggerating with some of his facial expressions at some points. Other than that, he entered Signal‘s battleground in a dynamic and highly representative way! Despite the drama’s somber and raw nature, there’s a sense of humor here and there, especially when it comes to different people trying to get along for a common cause!
Suspense, mystery, emotional charge and intriguing instability are some of Signal‘s ingredients that make the drama pulsate right in the heart of gloom; strikingly.
- Signal: Episode 4
- Signal: Episode 3
- Signal: Episode 02
- Signal: Episode 1
- Signal: Episode 01
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