1st Impressions: Untouchable

It is finally my day off which means I have a chance to check out the latest new dramas.  Which, also means, that it is time to let our readers know my first impressions so they can begin to weed through all the new shows and pick the best dramas to spend their time on.  So join me as I discuss the latest suspense drama from JTBC, Untouchable.

*Synopsis: The city of Bukcheon has been dominated by the Jang family for 3 generations. Jang Joon Seo is the second son of family leader Jang Beom Ho. A woman who Jang Joon Seo loves dies. After that, he tries to reveal the truth about her death and a secret from his family.

Pros:

  • I am enjoying this director so far. I am a big fan of noir style filming and the scenes between the two brothers really pop. Their tension is explosive and both sides have layered reasons why they can’t just get along and I can’t wait to see them begin to fight.
  • When I first started episode 1 I was worried that I was going to have to sit through yet another drama where the bad guy was an over-entitled politician. One of seven or eight main actors that play every bad guy in Dramaland. So imagine my surprise when the regular bad guy character dies in episode one and is replaced by his messed up son played by Kim Sung Kyun. So far he has done a wonderful job of making me interested in the ins and outs of his particular brand of evil.
  • I really enjoy Jin Goo in this style of drama.  He is wonderful at connecting with the viewer and making us feel his pain.

Cons:

  • The timeline is a little hard to follow in the first episode.  The plot tends to jump around in order to create the background story for our characters.  Nothing wrong with this if you know that the time has shifted.  There were occasions when it took a few seconds for me to realize we were no longer chronological.
  • Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Jung Eun Ji fan. I find her to be a very likable actress and would even say that she is one of my top idol actresses. That said, I am not sure if her style of acting really connects with the noir style of story. Half the time I feel like she is in a rom-com while everyone else is playing for life or death stakes. Hopefully, this changes as the story goes on.

So after two episodes these are my thoughts.  Am I 100% invested at this point?  Not really.  However, I am still interested enough to continue watching.  I am especially excited to see where the brother’s story goes.

Kmuse

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One thought on “1st Impressions: Untouchable

  1. thanks for the review.. i was waiting for subs for second episode but I was really surprised that his dad died in the first episode. It’s even more intriguing now to watch the brothers have a go at it.

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