K-Review: Tunnel

This series was another recommendation by one of my blogger friends (sorry, totally forgot who). At first, I was a little hesitant to watch this because I know there will be a struggle of internalizing a serious storyline and reading subtitles at the same time. I persevered and I semi-liked it. 

In 1986, Detective Park Gwang-Ho (Choi Jin-Hyuk) desperately tries to catch a serial killer. He chases after the serial killer and goes through a tunnel. On the other side of the tunnel, Detective Park Gwang-Ho finds himself in the year 2017. The serial killer has resumed the killings that began 30 years ago. Detective Park Gwang-Ho works with Detective Kim Sun-Jae (Yoon Hyun-Min) and Professor of Criminal Psychology Shin Jae-Yi (Lee Yoo-Young) to catch the killer.


As a fan of crime series, I was really excited to see how Koreans would interpret this genre. The premise of the show is really promising: a serial killer on the loose for thirty years. To be honest the series started out really good for me. The crime aspect of the series was exciting but the whole time-traveling part was not my cup of tea. Questions about how he gets to travel through time weren’t explained or given any other explanation. It just happened. It’s a little disappointing since it just raises more questions than answers.

In terms of the acting of the characters, they were all flawless. The criminals really portrayed their parts well! Also, the character development was also on point. Watch out for this character who started killing dogs while he was young. This same character ended up as a killer as an adult. In real life, this type of behavior (killing animals) is a tell-tale sign of a mental health issue and most would escalate to killing humans. I liked the realness of the characters. The producers really looked into facts and not just randomly assume stuff.

The only thing I didn’t like about this series was how the ending got built up. It honestly looked like they started the climax too early which meant the plot had to be dragged out a bit. In certain episodes, I had to forward some of the scenes because it was just too dragging and it felt like it was only added to prolong the episode. There was also too much drama instead of action! This kind of disappointed me since I was expecting more crime-related scenes.

Overall, this series was okay. It was a nice crime series to watch but it’s totally skippable if you know what I mean. 🙂


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