Monday 15 February 2021

# k-drama review # recommendation

Stranger 2

Assalamualaikum, good day dearest! This the continuation of last week review except it is with another plot with the same actors.

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Title : Stranger 2
Episodes : 16
Genre : Thriller, Law
Director : Park Hyun Seok
Writer : Lee Soo Yeon
Network : tvN
Cast : Cho Seung Woo, Bae Doo Na, Choi Moo Sung, Jeon Hye Bin, Lee Joon Hyuk, Yoon Se Ah
Related : Stranger
Plot : 

Prosecutor Hwang Si Mok was called to participate in the council for prosecutor-police to discuss about the investigative right. During the tension of the feud, Prosecutor Seo Dong Jae was reported as missing and was assumed kidnapped. During the investigation of the case, Hwang Si Mok and Han Yeo Jin find themselves digging around the old case that might be related to the disappearance of Seo Dong Jae. One the case might be the cause of the feud to end.


After two years leaving Seoul Western Prosecution Office, Hwang Si Mok was assigned to another office. It was a little slow at first few episode because of the adjustment to the last season and to lay out a new foundation of this season. One thing that I will always do when I watch a series drama is to look for the actors. I love how they keep the original actors and add few person to the case. Now that Han Yeo Jin is promoted, she was assigned to be in the reformation team at National Police Agency.

Because of the feud between prosecutor and police over the investigative rights, a council was formed to  solve the problem and a total of seven person was chosen to represent both prosecutor and police. Prosecutor Seo Dong Jae who was known as the confidence, ass-kisser came for Woo Tae Ha who is leading the prosecutor in the council will a few files that will taint the image of Choi Bit, the Director of Reformation Team in Investigative Bureau and also one of the council member. During all the episodes before Seo Dong Jae's disappearance were boring to me as it was not as thrilling, tense as the the last season.

Starting with the case of Seo Dong Jae's disappearance, it gets interesting when there was no lead. Hwang Si Mok was getting restless especially when he lost his junior during the last season. It put stressed on him when he was reminded of that time and the possibility of it to happen again. He started to track Seo Dong Jae's step, starting with the cases given to Woo Tae Ha. Si Mok was suspicious with the wife of Seo Dong Jae but as he focused more on the investigation on the cases; Segok Patrol Police Suicide Case, Lawyer Park Gwang Soo Case, and one case that I don't remember, the suspicion on the wife was let go with no explanation. It was a bit disappointing because there was some questioning behavior with the wife.

Besides the disappearance of Seo Dong Jae and the cases surrounding him, there was also mentioned of Hanjo Group management right and lawsuit case with the Seoul Eastern  Prosecution Office. Honestly, there was too much going on. I was actually expecting more on the Hanjo and the prosecution but the feud between the prosecution and police kind of get into the way. I wouldn't say the story-line was messy but I can't say it flows perfectly either. Hanjo Group was just an occasional mention due to the fact that Lee Chang Jun, the heroic prosecutor and son-in-law of Hanjo Group commit suicide 'hoping for a better future'. Even when one of the case that was brought by Seo Dong Jae involved Hanjo Group, they were still untouched. It was either to be end that way, with Hanjo Group remain untouched or it is a foundation for next season. And I personally hoping for the latter.

While writing this review, I have realize one thing, I am really bad at recognizing people. Really really bad. Why? Because I just realize that the actor that act as Seo Dong Jun is Lee Joon Hyuk, the same actor that leading the drama, '365 Days: Repeat The Year'. How can someone look really different just because of the hairstyle?! Anyway, he was really good! In the first season, he was more competitive, and definitely confidence but during this season, he is lacks confidence, especially when he met Hwang Si Mok for the first time in two years.

I could safely said that this season is not as good as the first season but still enjoyable. I am really hoping for the next season to clear the situation with Hanjo Group and also the undeniable romance between Hwang Si Mok and Han Yeo Jin.

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