Monday, January 23, 2017

K-Drama Review: Goodbye Mr. Black


title: Goodbye Mr. Black
genre: Action/Thriller, Romance, Melodrama
original run: March 16-May 19, 2016
network: MBC
number of episodes: 20
my rating: 3.5 stars

synopsis from viki.com
One man will go to any lengths to find his father’s killer. Cha Ji Won (Lee Jin Wook) is a highly trained Navy SEAL officer who is a member of the special Underwater Demolition Team. Ji Won and his best friend, Min Sun Jae (Kim Kang Woo), have done everything together since childhood, when Sun Jae was taken in by Ji Won’s father because Sun Jae wanted to get away from his deadbeat dad. But Sun Jae has always harbored a resentment against Ji Won for having a silver spoon in his mouth while he has had to struggle to get anything in life. While Ji Won’s younger sister, Cha Ji Soo (Im Se Mi), has always liked Sun Jae, Sun Jae has had a secret crush on Yoon Ma Ri (Yoo In Young), Ji Won’s fiancĂ©e. Sun Jae decides to leave the Navy to get out from under Ji Won’s shadow, but the only place he has to go is Ji Won’s father’s corporation. New on the job, Sun Jae becomes an easy target for the company’s enemies and he is framed to do a number of deeds that leads to the death of Ji Won’s father. When the devastated Ji Won learns that his father has been murdered in Thailand, he is determined to find the killer, only to find himself framed as the killer of a local man and becoming an outlaw. With the help of Korean ex-patriots Kaya (Moon Chae Won), a two-bit street hustler; Ko Sung Min (Lee Won Jong), an unlicensed doctor to local gangsters; and Kim Ji Ryoong (Kim Tae Woo), a humanitarian worker in Thailand, can Ji Won find his way back to Korea and find his father’s real killer? “Goodbye Mr. Black” is a 2016 South Korean drama series directed by Han Hee. It is based on a comic written by Hwang Mi Na that is loosely fashioned after “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas.

What I liked:
The overall premise- I chose to watch this drama because the synopsis said that it was based on the Count of Monte Cristo. The drama is definitely based on the book. The betrayal, the love triangle, the mystery, and revenge all close to the novel.

The first half of the drama- I felt like the first half of the drama was nail biting and completely had the at the edge of my seat. I loved it.

Kim Swan- I loved her character. From her back story to the ending of the drama. I thought the actress did a wonderful job. Kim Swan held the drama together for me.

What I didn't like:
The second half of the drama- OMGSH it dragged! I was skipping over so much dialog.

The melodrama- In the second half of the drama the classification of 'melodrama' definitely hit with a loud bang.

*SPOILER*

for example, when Black was reunited with his sister and saw her condition and held her in the street. that loud "NOOOO!!!" was very telenovela.

*END SPOILER*

The drama scored a 3.5 for me. I loved the first half of the drama and Kim Swan. I found it so hard to get through the second half. At least the ending saved the day. Overall liked the drama, but not love for me.

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