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[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Black"

2017/10/07 | 2231 views | Permalink

Most human beings do not find the idea of death all that attractive, but if Korean drama is good at something, that would be persistent romanticizing of anything and everything. "Black" may be another handsome Reaper, but do not let that fool you. The series looks like a potentially solid mystery ride.


A detective possessed by a Reaper (Song Seung-heon) and a woman who can predict death (Go Ara) in the form of shadows team up and try to save lives through their unique skills. The two fight against the rules of life and death as well as the consequences of their actions.

The Worrying

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Lead Duo

There is no beating around the bush about what many drama fans make of Song Seung-heon and Go Ara's acting skills and although I have only experienced the former enough to not have high demands of him, there is always hope in Dramaland and good guidance goes a long way. Perhaps this is their moment.

To Romance or Not to Romance

The original premise's romantic angle is nowhere to be found lately, but we need to wait and see. A romantic thriller would suit the channel just fine, but given that the promotional material focuses on the mystery and crime, an extra genre and layer could get too messy to handle. I hope the creators have their priorities set.

The Reassuring

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Channel Comfort Zone

Death and all manner of crime is what OCN does best and assuming any creeping shadow of forced romance is kept at bay, the channel should do just fine with the series. Its latest dramas have been ranging from decent to great and while I do not expect another "Save Me", I feel good about this.

The Korean Play

I know that "God's Gift - 14 Days" is the Macbeth of Korean drama for some fans and I have my own complaints over it. At the same time, audience demands and filming conditions clearly played a part in what had solid foundation. Choi Ran-I's potential may not have flourished in it, but I believe it is here and ready.

Closing Thoughts

Every fiber of my drama-cautious being is telling me to not get excited about "Black", but I am a sucker for the concept of playing with intentions and consequences for revealing the complexity of life and the nuances of pain in it. The promos look good and I hope to be entertained or even moved.

"Black" begins its run on October 14th and will air every Saturday and Sunday at 22:00, on OCN. It is directed by Kim Hong-seon-I, written by Choi Ran-I and features Song Seung-heon, Go Ara, Lee El and Kim Dong-jun.

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Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'

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