Premiere Watch: Through the Darkness, Dr. Park’s Clinic
January is looking like a quiet month for premieres (before the February drama-tsunami hits). That being said, we’ve got two completely different shows hitting the airwaves this weekend: a probing thriller about Korea’s first criminal profiler, and a wacky comedy featuring some of the greats.
Time slot: Friday-Saturday
Genre: Crime, thriller
Episode count: 16
Reasons to watch: I’m not a huge fan of serial killer storylines, police procedurals, thrillers, or any hybrid thereof, but that’s not to say Through the Darkness doesn’t have a lot to recommend it. Based on the real-life chronicle of Korea’s first-ever criminal profiler, the drama tells the story of his genesis. Or, what it was like for him to “walk into the devil’s heart.” Sounds like a one-way trip, to me! Kim Nam-gil plays the lead, and he’s supported by Jin Seon-gyu, Kim So-jin, Ryeoun, and more. The drama is also set in the 1990s, covers real cases of the time, and showcases how criminal investigations changed during that time. If I’m correct, the drama will be a great combo of thrills and probing psychological depth.
Dr. Park’s Clinic
Time slot: Friday
Genre: Comedy, medical
Episode count: 12
Reasons to watch: Based off a webtoon by the same name, Lee Seo-jin and Ra Mi-ran plays husband and wife in this hilarious-looking “medical” drama. Lee Seo-jin is the eponymous Dr. Park, who’s got serious problems including hair loss, the struggle to keep his newly opened medical clinic afloat, and a wife that trusts the TV over her own husband for medical advice. While I’m curious how the drama will perform, being a TVING original that features a more mature cast, I also have high expectations for the comedy and satire this drama will deliver. I can already anticipate the laughs.