I’ve watched the first 6 episodes available on Viki (the show is currently airing) and I gotta say, I am enjoying this series so far.
You’ve got a pretty winning combination in the 2 young men who are “brothers” as the result of a traumatic past experience in Park Jin-young (of GOT7, seen previously also in Legend of the Blue Sea) and Kim Kwon (of the handsome forehead 😉). They have managed to convey a touching and natural bond in just the first few episodes, especially younger ‘brother’ Jin-young (the titular psychometric guy), maybe because he’s so used to hanging around with a group of hyungs and dongsaengs in his group and fellow label artists. Kim Kwon’s reserved yet attentive hyung suits him to a T.
The ladies are fine complements as well. Shin Ye-eun reminds me of a less (overly) emphatic Lee Yubi; they could be sisters physically. She’s got the reserved, suspicious (with reason) look down, and when she is able to enjoy herself (not often, yet) she’s got a fresh and youthful charm. Kim Da-som plays a police detective who often works with her longtime friend (and not-so-secret crush) Kim Kwon’s prosecutor. While she may wish for more of a relationship with him, she doesn’t let her feelings keep her from acting professionally, and I always appreciate a character who pays attention to her job.
Here is the synopsis from Wikipedia:
”After losing his parents in a fire, Lee Ahn (Park Jin-young) acquires the power of psychometry, the ability to read a person or an object’s past through physical contact, and he decides to use it to take bad people down. While he does not know how to control his power yet, he meets Yoon Jae-in (Shin Ye-eun) who tries her best to hide her painful secrets. Together with his foster guardian, prosecutor Kang Sung-mo (Kim Kwon), and the latter’s colleague, investigator Eun Ji-soo (Kim Da-som), they team up to solve an elusive case that has been haunting the lives of Ahn, Sung-mo, and Jae-in.”
What I’m liking about the show so far (in terms of the plot and production) is the mix of tension and relief; it’s not too heavy with the dark aspects of the mystery (a ‘Who-dunnit’ type) that it overwhelms you. There’s just enough relationship building to make you fully invest in the characters and root for them naturally — it could be maudlin but it’s not.
There are some weaknesses, of course, and for some reason they’re in the police department. Do Korean writers really have a grudge against the police these days? If they’re not slipshod they’re corrupt; if they’re not crude they’re not too bright. But that’s a minor quibble; I’ll definitely be tuning in for the rest of the show.