K-Review: I Remember You/Hello Monster

I was on the lookout for a new K-Series to watch and it came like a blessing when kdrama memes (@kdramarchive) on Twitter recommended this on one of their tweets. I took their word for it and tried it.

Genius profiler Lee Hyun returns home to Korea after something from a case he’s been sent triggers a memory he thought he’d lost forever. Unbeknownst to him, one of his team members, Detective Cha Ji-an, has been investigating him for some time. She is aware that his father was murdered and his brother disappeared under mysterious circumstances involving a criminal named Lee Joon Young — whom they both want found and incarcerated. Each seeks to unravel the other, unaware that they’ve been drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse by a master player and that both truth and evil are closer and far more twisted than they think. –Wikipedia

If you know me (and follow me on Twitter) you’d know that I’m into a lot of crime related shows. I religiously watch Criminal Minds and love the Crime and Investigation channel. I think that “bad people” are interesting. They are complex people who are worth trying to understand.

You can just imagine how high my expectations were for this Korean show. To summarize it all, it’s about an unsolved past. The lead male character (Lee Hyun) and lead female character (Cha Ji-An) pasts are intertwined to form the main plot of the series.

In the beginning this series kept me hooked. I watched one episode after another and I liked how every mystery was solved. In the middle part of the series, I got bored because they always won! It was like Lee Hyun was too good to be true. I don’t like it when this happens in any series or movies. I almost stopped watching it! I did persevere and by the end of the series, my disappoints got the best of me.

**Spoiler alert** One of my main problems with this show is how there was no closure in the end. I disliked the part where Lee Joon Young (main antagonist) was never captured amidst the portrayal of Lee Hyun as someone who can’t be beaten. There was also this part of the plot where Lee Hyun’s brother Lee Min never received punishment after killing numerous people. It was also kind of frustrating to not be able to see what happened to Lee Min. The ending just showed him walking away and leaving the care of Lee Joon Young. The ending totally disappointed me because I was hoping that the good would always win over the bad. There wasn’t really a closure to end the series. Maybe they’re planning a second season, I don’t know. These simple things kind of made me a little sad. The only silver lining was Lee Hyun and Cha Ji An ended up being together! 😛

If you’re into the crime genre, I wouldn’t recommend this series to you. It would seem a little too fake and disappointing if you like the good guys to win. Overall, however, it’s a nice series to watch a mix of romance and crime fighting.

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