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Cast (from dwiki):
Yun Jung Hoon as Min Tae Yeon
Lee Young Ah as Yoo Jung In
Lee Won Jong as Hwang Soon Bum
Kim Joo Young as Choi Dong Man
Kim Ye Jin (김예진) as Soo Hee
Jang Hyun Sung as Jang Chul Oh
Park Jae Hoon as bartender
Kim Eung Soo as Yoo Won Kook

Genre:
Thriller, Mystery, Supernatural

Plot:
Min Tae Yeon is a cool-headed prosecutor who leads a small team of specialists to solve various murders. There is the fiery Yoo Jung In who constantly butt heads with the gangster-like Hwang Soon Bum. To fill out the team is also the capable yet meek Choi Dong Man. There is a slight catch. Min Tae Yeon is actually a vampire who can see the last moments of a victim by tasting the victim’s blood.

One by one the team solves each case successfully, but Min Tae Yeon cannot let go the death of his younger sister. As they solve different crimes, Min Tae Yeon also slowly steps closer to finding his sister’s killer. Each team member has their secrets, how will they all play out in the end. Will the others ever find out that Min Tae Yeon is a vampire? Will the team be able to solve the mystery behind a string of serial murders suspected to be done by a single killer? Will Min Tae Yeon ever find out the his sister’s murderer?

Review:
Vampire Prosecutor did not represent a genre that I was overly interested in. It’s thrilling nature and crime show likeness are not my usual cup of tea, however, one episode of the drama was able to suck me in for the long haul. The mystery, the action, and the character development intertwined nicely to create flow and movement in the entire drama. I never once felt bored while following the series.

The chemistry between Min Tae Yeon’s team was flawless and the overall acting of each element in the drama was superb. Props to the director for creating such feeling in his/her cinematography. The music kept me on the edge of my seat and seemed to pump adrenaline through me every time it came on. The script constantly kept me guessing as to what would happen next and the no end of twists kept me pining for the next episode. The use of effects was not overdone but when they were used they really added to the overall effect of the drama and strengthened important crime scenes and flashbacks.

Really the only drawback I found in this drama was that it ended much too early. The last few episodes seemed to be rushed. I don’t want to create any spoilers here but I found that there was too much information given in the last two episodes that may have been better done over four. Though most of our questions are answered, it seemed as if the film spilled out like tea all over the table after trying to pour too much into just one cup. Before I had time to grasp all the new developments and twists the drama ended. Hopefully they will find some way to create a second season.

Some of you may be interested in any possible romantic aspects of the drama. I admit they were numbered, but not without a certain sweetness. I enjoyed the small actions between Min Tae Yeon and Jung In and saw a very realistic approach to their character development. In fact, throughout the drama we learn a lot about all the main characters as they solve cases but we only get the back stories of Tae Yeon and Jung In. I think if they want to maintain a second season they will need to delve deeper into the past of the rest of the team. One character I definitely would like to learn more about would be the doctor performing autopsys on the victims bodies.

Rating:
4.7/5.0

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conspiracy

Cast:
Lee Cheon-Hee as Yang Man-Oh
Jin Yi-Han as Park Sang-Gyu
Kim Ha-Eun as Lee Na-Young
Ahn Nae-Sang as the King
Jung Ae-Ri as the Queen Dowager
Kim Eung-Soo as Park In-Bin
Kim Gi-Hyeon as Shim Min-Gu
Jang Hyun-Sung as Lee Jae-Han
Kim Myung-Soo as Butler Hwang
Han Jung-Soo as Seo Ju Pil

Genre:
Period, Thriller, Romance

Plot: (Taken from Withs2 Blog)
Yang Man-Oh is an ambitious merchant selling his soul to the devil, with the aspiration of creating a new world for people like him and his loved one. Lee Na-Young is the daughter of a minister executed for treason, abandoning her every emotion to mercilessly rid this damned world of all the people who wronged her. Park Sang-Gyu is a petty officer, the illegitimate son of a powerful politician, still too naive to understand how much of a big shade of gray the world surrounding him is. And then is the king… a reformist loved by the people but detested by those who cannot allow him to bring his fresh ideas into fruition. Enough to gather together and scream to all creation their new mantra: bloodshed will save our nation. Love, blood and conspiracies. All in the same court. How about that?

Review:
Because it was a period drama, I didn’t think I had the background knowledge to write an appropriate summary, and so I took a peak at the With s2 version and just decided to cite that here.

If I had to describe this drama in one sentence, I’d have to say it was gorgeous, deep, and bountifully filled with memorable themes. I’m rarely one to dig too deeply into any drama and dissect what each line of dialogue tries to portray within the drama and in the context of the real world. The political intrigue, the dark twists, and the steadfast determination of its main leads really puts this drama in the top of my love list. In a mesh of the past and present, the drama tells the interwoven story of three characters and shows how they all come to a climaxing clash. I must applaud the director as well as the writers for such a fantastic production.

The drama begins already molded in darkness. Even before the entire plot begins to reveal itself we are dropped in a world of cloak and daggers and also the scheming of politicians, not to forget the struggles of naive and hopeful lower officials. The world seems to be on the brink of chaos, and then suddenly we rewind into flashbacks and are introduced to its main characters.

The acting by all three leads was amazing. Na Young was especially captivating to me. Her hidden pain and inner conflict ravages her through the drama but we see that her true character prevails. As for the men around her, they all struggle for their beliefs and love for her to try and accomplish their vision of the world. On that journey they learn things about the world that show them the true nature of man. This is such a great drama filled with intricate character development through each characters growth and relation to the political plot. Not only do we learn about the main characters, but we learn a great deal about the Empress, the King, his advisers, and even the other scattered minor characters like the bodyguards.

The music, film quality, acting, and also the set preparation truly amazed me. This has got to be the best period drama I have seen encompassing all the factors of a great drama. The authenticity of the production even surpasses that of Hwang Ji Yi and Damo, which I personally rank as the best of all time.

BEWARE MAY HAVE SMALL SPOILER
The ending was absolutely fantastic. It did remind me of Damo and the pursuit, however, although we are thrown into a mournful ending, there is still hope for the future as we see that the survivors are able to move on and see a future. Ultimately we find out that the power of the government and its corruption remained unmoved, but there are still those serving within it that follow the correct path.

Rating:
5.0/5.0

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