Love this drama. Absolute brilliance. This has a high chance of being my drama of the year.
Summary: Tae San is known to be a good for nothing gangster. He usually gambles and sleeps with women to get back the money. In Hye suddenly drops by and reveals that their daughter is needs a bone marrow transplant. Although she harshly says to him to not go near her because he didn’t want to be a dad in the first place. It then shifts to the hospital scenes where Soo Jin and Seung Woo are introduced. After that, Senator Seo Hee and President Moon meet up in a mole’s house where their corruption is being filmed. Tae San finds out the results from the blood test and he’s a match. He sets the date for the surgery except he gets set up for a murder. As he pleads his innocence, he realizes it’s the work of President Moon. To clean up the mistake he has made, President Moon even hires someone to kill him off but failed. Because of the disturbance, Tae San was going to be transferred to a different prison. Procescutor Jae Kyung finally returns and finds out Mi Sook was murdered. With a traffic violation she caused, tons of cars crash together creating a chance for Tae San to escape.
Thoughts: The overall premise is quite similar to its saeguk counterpart Mandate of Heaven. While MoH remained solid, it didn’t capture my heart fully. But this show does. It’s been awhile since a premiere excited me this much. I like the action and the dark tone it managed to establish. The set-up is carefully planned with layered characters. From here on out, you know it’ll be countless near death battles and betrayals. Although beneath all the darkness, there’s this ray of redemption embodied in Soo Jin. Lee Chae Mi is the most adorable thing in the world. She stole my heart immediately. She’s pretty good in portraying a sassy and earnest kid. The rest of the characters are just as well-written. They don’t fit the mold and usual stereotype. They have interesting backstories, relationships and choices worth discussing especially Tae San. He really lived a pitiful life. It’s great that the transitions are just so smooth. The different storylines are so cohesive. Not to mention, there’s this element of surprise that keeps your brain engaged all throughout. There’s a lot of things to look forward to this drama and we’ve got 7 more weeks of this goodness to soak in.
Initial Rating: 9.5/10