Get Daily Updates
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 1


Mad dogs never let go and our pack's leader makes that obsessive and fierce nature of his clear as he leads a team of misfits into fraud-fueled adventures. If white-collar crime does not seem appealing, worry not. The drama is clearly going for very big crimes involving physical harm and death for the victims, so bring on the anger, tears and hopefully solid catharsis.

The first episode of "Mad Dog" packs action, espionage, conflicts and a hefty bit of trauma and machismo. As usual with shows of the type, the episode feels very try-hard with its introduction. The action feels over the top, especially during the introductory sequence, the characters designated as the comic reliefs exchange the usual constant one-liners and the femme fatale's use of her body to get her job done is what defines her so far.

Min-joon and Kang-wooHa-ri recording

This is nothing unexpected, but despite its at times cringe-worthy forcefulness, the characters are easy to like. I believe that the reason for this is the genuine devotion most of them exhibit for their work and the victims of crime that it involves. They do not seem like mere mercenaries and the company their leader runs is not exactly one you would find in local job listings, so I am curious about their recruitment.

My guess is that these people all have their own sad story which made a life of crime to fight crime seem appealing and we are already getting hints of that. Aside from the grieving husband and father that is the dog pack leader and the team's mysterious new benefactor or possible captor, our comic relief is surprisingly the most well-rounded so far. A fighting spy nurse with a criminal record is as big of a backstory tease as they get.

Soon-jeong treating the man he rescuedKang-woo with the victims of the collapse

The first episode of the drama is not terribly exciting , but the cast manages to keep it from being a potentially easy drop. The chemistry between very different acting styles and characters works well and having a lead with the gravitas of Yoo Ji-tae is a smart choice. Woo Do-hwan is the poster boy for this, however and so far he looks like an equally captivating choice, although I do hope the butting of egos will not persist.

We have several introduced mystery characters aside from the new self-recruited genius and an impressive cast compiling them. It feels like we know very little about everyone for now and while the first episode of "Mad Dog" could have done a better job at making me want to discover more, I hope that the series will pique that interest in time.

"Mad Dog" is directed by Hwang Ee-kyeong, written by Kim Soo-jin-V and features Yoo Ji-tae, Woo Do-hwan, Ryu Hwa-young, Kim Hye-sung and Jo Jae-yun.

Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'

Watch on Viki

Note: Due to licensing, videos may not be available in your country

Copy & paste guideline for this article
Always put a link back to the source and HanCinema permalink

Creative Commons License"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 1"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Related movies/dramas

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide