Review – Mad Dog

Review – Mad Dog

Just an all-over great show, with action, drama, a little comedy and romance, and a whole lotta love.  This story illustrates how people make their own families.  The rag tag team of Mad Dog all had different, tattered pasts but when they came together, they found a home.

The plot is this:  A plane crashed killing a ton of people and injuring more and the reports said the pilot was to blame, taking the aircraft down on a suicide mission, leaving his younger brother with a fortune in insurance money.  The younger brother, played to perfection by Woo Do-Hwan, isn’t convinced his older brother was the culprit however.  Unfortunately, no one believes him.  Let alone the leader of a rogue team of investigators who lost his wife and son in the crash and passionately despises him.  How these people come together – to work towards a common cause of uncovering massive corruption, is the basic plot.  And it’s captivating, thrilling and hugely enjoyable.

The Bromance is Strong With These Two.

The entire show was great – from beginning to end – and really let all the characters shine.  Even the bad guys (and there were several) became fully developed, their motivations and personalities distinctive and interesting.  My favorite was the unique, twisted relationship between Joo Hyun-Ki, the heir to the airline company, and Cha Hong-Joo, the heir to the insurance company.   Those two snakes were mesmerizing!  Especially the crazed Joo Hyun-Ki, played by the talented Choi Won-Young.

Love ’em or Hate ’em… these two were made for each other.

Oh, the playful, loving relationships of the Mad Dog team, all dependent on each other, full of laughs and genuine emotion, how I loved them all!  They truly cared about each other and it grounded the drama with heart.  These were people you liked to spend time with – and wanted to see succeed despite all the obstacles in their way.  It made escaping into each episode with them more exciting and rewarding as a viewer.  Other shows should take note of this formula – as it is often sadly lacking in thrillers, the creation of a unique, likable cast.

The Team of Mad Dog… which you want to be adopted by…

Who knew a show about insurance fraud would be so spectacular?

Overall Rating – 9/10.  Using White Collar Crime to Catch Criminals.

Review – Healer

Review – Healer

healer

The definition of awesome sauce.

Our main male lead is an independent contractor who lives alone in a massive warehouse (massively cool warehouse) and dreams of one day escaping to an island paradise.  He is known by the codename HEALER.  And he looks very good in black.  Ji Chang-Wook is a star for a reason.  He shines in everything.

Our main female lead is a young street reporter who works for an online news source and dreams of being a more successful reporter.  Her father is a coffee shop owner/criminal lawyer.  Many of the criminals he helped in his long career have now become his employees and act as an extended family for our young heroine.  Needless to say, it can be pretty cushy to have the support of such a clan.  And it’s ripe for comedy gold.

Our second male lead is a seasoned reporter, well established and celebrated for his work.  He has been looking for the whereabouts of a “child” for many years, who was adopted.  She’d be about the same age as our lead female… coincidence?  Cough, cough.

Outstanding Supporting Cast all around, without exception.  Everyone is great in this.

There is action, there is intrigue, there are complicated but exciting plotlines with many twists and turns.  We’ve got people under cover and double agents and secret identities and mysteries of the past mixing up with mysteries in the present.  There’s breaking and entering, there’s cyber crime, there’s lots of insanely good choreographed fights.  Did I mention murder?  Revenge?  Childhood ninja training?

The production value is top notch.  The music is great.  It’s a fun, fun, funnnnnnnn show.  There’s also a nice romance and plenty of satisfying flirtations and longing stares to keep your heart racing with the action.

Every single episode is quality.  Too good for a major review with spoilers – just watch it.  Watch it.  Watch it, watch it, watch it!

Overall Rating – 10/10.  Awesome In Every Way.