Drama fans, get ready for a Signal Kdrama review. Let me tell you with no exaggeration that Signal could be the BEST drama for 2016. And yes, I’m a staunch Cheese in the Trap fan. However, I believe Signal is on a different level altogether.
Signal Kdrama Summary
When Park Hae-Young (Lee Je-Hoon) was young, he witnessed a classmate being taken away by a mysterious woman in bright red shoes. He grows up to be a profiler with seemingly no direction in life and career when an unexpected and eerie walkie talkie connects him to the past and solve cold cases.
He is helped by a reluctant Cha Soo-Hyun (Kim Hye-Soo) who bears ties to Lee Jae-Han (Cho Jin-Woong), the detective Hae-Young mysteriously connects to from the past.
Now here’s some interesting (and chilling) tidbits. The core story of Signal kdrama is inspired by the Hwaseong serial murders where ten women were found tied up, violated, and murdered. This set of murders is the most infamous in South Korea modern history.
Signal Kdrama Review
So here’s what I REALLY wanted to share with you, guys. I picked up Signal quite randomly. I knew it was getting rave reviews and feeling it was finally time, I clicked on Episode 1 to watch.
And right after that, I just totally forgot I was watching a drama. I mean, I was REALLY engrossed. While a full hour with some dramas feels like pulling teeth, the minutes just blurred while I was watching Signal. Before I knew it, it was over. And there I was… clutching my hands, jaw slack, and knees shaky. My heart was pounding and it felt like I had just watched a really good Japanese horror flick.
I couldn’t sleep, man. I cursed myself for watching at midnight. I was so freaked I drew the curtains and started reading the last few chapters of my favorite YA book. I finally calmed down at 3am. Now that I’m writing this in the full light of day, it doesn’t seem all that bad, right? Except I have yet to muster the courage for Episode 2.
Yeah, it’s that good. But before I go on a full-on rave, let me get started on commentaries. I promise to steel myself to catch up with the rest of the episodes this week.
OnigiriLove Warning: Keep away if you don’t want spoilers! I do make the concession to avoid key reveals as this is a suspense drama.
Episode 1 told me right away that Signal kdrama was TIGHT. I wasn’t dealing with a drama where I had to settle for mediocre. Everything from directing, cinematography, music, and editing was masterfully orchestrated.
First off, the child scenes didn’t take up too long (some dramas take several episodes) but the few scenes that there were were particularly haunting.
Secondly, as a mother, my heart broke for the missing child’s mother. Her transition from healthy person to gaunt skeleton standing by the police station gate as she steadfastly held on to posters asking for justice was just heart-rending to watch. Not just for us but for our lead too.
The introduction we get to our main lead in the start of the episode is really clever too. At first, Hae-young shows off his profiler skills to his astounded listener. We are reminded of many whoddunnit stories where the main leads show off their masterful deduction abilities. Only, we find out he dug through trash to get his intel.
And then Show gives us a curve ball by letting us find out anyway that Hae-young DOES have amazing profiling skills. And his running deductions and revelations keep Show moving forward at a breathless pace.
(I was actually so impressed by actor I immediately researched him afterwards to find out he had some pretty good acting awards under his belt.)
That abandoned mental hospital also gave me major hibbie jibbies. It was just so freaking eerie. (And they actually exist too!)
Finally, I gotta give the writer uber kudos for giving us a marvelous first villain. Villain was riveting, smart, and clever. (Anymore adjectives and I’ll give major spoilers away.) Surprisingly, even though the plot is quite complex, I was able to follow rather easily.
From Dramabeans: “Not that I’d expect any less from a solid director like PD Kim Won-seok (Misaeng, Sungkyunkwan Scandal) and a veteran writer like Kim Eun-hee (Three Days, Sign, Ghost).”
Oh, so that’s why.
Oh wait, look at that. Still on first episode commentary and already I gabbed and gabbed. My apologies, friends. I’ll try to keep my next commentaries of Signal kdrama shorter next time.
I. CAN’T. WAIT! (Well, actually I can. Cause I am afraid I’ll actually piss my pants next time. Sigh.)
More updates, this week, Kdrama fans!
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