Through The Darkness (2022)

Drama: Through the Darkness (악의 마음을 읽는 자들)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 12
Release Date: January 14 – March 12, 2022
Runtime: Friday & Saturday 22:00-23:10

Plot: Based on the non fiction book by Korea’s first criminal profiler, Kwon Il Yong, where he details some of Korea’s most gruesome cases and how they were able to solve the crimes through profiling.

Main Cast:
Kim Nam Gil – Song Ha Young
Jin Sun Kyu – Kook Young Soo
Ryeo Un – Jung Woo Joo
Kim So Jin – Yoon Tae Goo
Lee Dae Yeon – Baek Joon Sik
Kim Won Hae – Heo Gil Pyo
Jung Soon Won – Nam Il Yong

This drama is very dark and horrifying as the criminals just kept getting worse after every case. Shocked that the cases are based on actual murders in Korea. That period must have been terrifying with several serial killers running loose, and targeting single women living alone. Out of all the cases, I was personally scared of the balding serial killer with the creepy smile. I had to double check my door locks before going to sleep everyday after watching the episodes. The second creepiest killer was the last one — the guy that pretends to be lost and offers a ride to the ladies.

I love Kim Nam Gil as the first criminal profiler. I was hoping he wins the Baeksang Awards for Best Actor — too bad he lost. I almost thought that this drama will turn into ‘Mouse’, especially in ep 10 when Ha Young couldn’t contain his emotions any longer. He was absorbing all of the criminals’ feelings and in his line of job, he needs to be strong enough to separate work and personal life.

I also loved the teams. They first didn’t believe in what the Criminal Profiling team is doing but when their analyses were always correct, the rest of the squad started consulting with them. By the end of the show, they were almost like a family.

If you want to know more of the Daesung serial killer, try to watch Netflix’s The Raincoat Killer (2021).

Rating: 9/10

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