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Trailer and stills for contagion thriller The Virus
by | February 27, 2013 | 36 Comments

OCN’s new viral epidemic series The Virus starts this Friday (I know! Where does the time go??) and it looks like a fun ride… well, if you enjoy being creeped out by apocalyptic mutant viruses out to destroy the human race. What’s not to like? Eom Ki-joon headlines as Hazmat Hero, the CDC viral specialist who heads up an emergency task force when a virus with a 100% kill rate spreads throughout the population. I do enjoy that this show’s ragtag team will consist of nerdy do-gooders with high IQs.

Eom Ki-joon stars as the team’s prickly leader, a humorless sort who lost his daughter to a contagious infection two years back. He’s more emotional than the other scientists on his team, and throws himself headlong into his work. The first thing anyone would say about him is that he’s a workaholic, but he’s also the kind who will stop at nothing to get the job done, sometimes leading to irrational, reckless behavior.

Lee So-jung and Lee Ki-woo play the calculating rational thinkers on the team, who will butt heads with Eom Ki-joon over his every move. Lee Ki-woo’s doctor is warm where Eom Ki-joon is cold; he’s popular with other doctors and nurses, and is a good-natured sort. But he doesn’t understand the hero’s need to run around in the field and hang his life on his work, and the two will have a contentious relationship even though they’re technically on the same side. The still of Lee Ki-woo with the random measuring scale of nothingness cracks me up. Is it the visual equivalent of That is one tall drink of water?

The hero does have a loyal faction on Team Virus — Jo Hee-bong plays a veteran member of the team who owes his life to Eom Ki-joon, and so he’ll take the hero’s side blindly. Yubin plays a motorcycle-riding, eyeliner-happy hacker who doesn’t like to speak unless she has to, and generally ignores most people. But she’s harbored a one-sided crush on the hero since her first day on the job.

Park Min-woo plays the team’s maknae, who was scouted out of school to work all sorts of high-paying jobs in the private sector, but chose the low government salary to work at the CDC, wanting to do good. Outwardly he grumbles at Jo Hee-bong and Yubin for being Eom Ki-joon’s minions, but secretly wishes he were one of them. How cute.

The 10-episode series will follow the outbreak of an unknown virus that kills its host within three days, and the fate of the population will rest in the hands of this special task force. No pressure. I hope it’s as creepy and epically apocalyptic as possible. I do expect more God’s Quiz-meets-Vampire Prosecutor procedural than anything, but if you take any of those shows and add a killer contagious virus on the loose, you end up with something good, right? Right?

The Virus will air one episode a week on Fridays and premieres March 1 on OCN.

Via Hankook Ilbo, TV Report


36 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Conny

    I’m so excited, I just wish it was longer than 10 episodes. That already seems so incredibly short. Honestly, we don’t see Eom Ji-Koon often enough and now we have to content with TEN short episodes? Sniff….

    • 1.1 d3w

      Eom Ji-Koon is getting more and more handsome and charismatic.

      • 1.1.1 asdjfkl

        Agree! Him and Flower boys 😀 omnomnomnomnom

  2. anna

    OMG, can Lee Ki-woo be on Running Man so him and Kwang-soo can be friends?? Damn, these guys are tall!

  3. okdubu

    lol lee kiwoo’s body proportions are ridiculous.

    gonna check this out for eom kijoon of course! and my yoobin bias

  4. Je

    The poster looks like it was heavily influenced by Inception..?

  5. jennie

    gosh lee ki woo are so tall and good looking!
    go Yoobin and this man is crazy!!! i remember him from Ghost

  6. Arhazivory

    Can’t wait! 😀

  7. JC

    This sounds better and better each time new promo material comes out! Definitely going to watch this, even though I usually don’t much like thrillers in this vein.

  8. MeLiYaSha

    This drama looks promising and it contains my fave actors but it’s only going with 10 episodes *sobs*

  9. kfangurl

    I’m not even a fan of this type of end-of-the-world shows, but I am really liking what I see! OCN is really giving us some good stuff, I have to say!

    Looking forward to seeing Eom Ki Joon being badass on my screen!! ^^

  10. 10 canxi

    The measuring scale is not only useless but wrong, LOL.

    The human body should be 8 heads high, but Lee Ki Woo is 9–so there emphasizing the fact that he is super tall. But, if you look closely the start of the scale doesn’t even start where his head starts, so if you go back and just do it yourself, he’s actually just 8 heads!

    Haha, it’s a body proportion method, I’m not sure why they used it to exaggerate his height. You can do it with anyone and have them be 8. XD

    • 10.1 aznative

      He’s about 6’4″ according to AsianWiki.

  11. 11 mellowyel

    OMG it’s 2/4 Flower Boys!!! And Eom Ki-joon looking very handsome. And an OCN drama. Might just have to check this out

  12. 12 Noelle

    EKJ thought bubble….”I’m gonna squint into the distance and smolder while doing it”

    I CAN’T WAIT! Bring on the microscopic beasties.

  13. 13 hpn88

    I now blindly tune into anything that tVN and OCN make for at least the first 2 episodes. This looks good too. I’m loving EKJ in that hazmat suit

  14. 14 snow_white

    Eom Ki Joon…..definitely watching this….
    and it also helps that the story promises some thrills and chills 😉

  15. 15 cheekbones

    Yubin’s character description reminds me of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 🙂

  16. 16 HT

    I don’t know much about cable dramas but argh! 1 episode per week? 10 weeks in total… I guess I’m satisfied with 10 episodes.

    Seriously can’t wait for this. Every time I read something about The Virus, the movie Deranged always appears in my mind. I hope the drama is good!

    • 16.1 fyEk

      i have the same thought as well! the summary plot is very similar and i keep imagining worms, everywhere!

      can’t wait for this is one. EKJ is love; plus the flower boys, more love..i’m gonna suffer if it’s only 1 episode each week although it’s only 10 in total..

  17. 17 Mystisith

    I so need something different on my screen these days. This will be the ticket: Fresh story, different tone and visuals, different pace, good actors.

  18. 18 JIW_sobangnim


    Its the golden proportion beside Lee Ki Woo’s Picture.
    Another korean thingo!
    The length of the body has gotta be 1:9 (head:body) to be considered PERFECT, which apparently LEE Ki Woo is! 😛

    Few others have this GOLDEN ratio such as UEE? Jo In Sung? and Hyun Bin?

    UNSURE 🙂

  19. 19 LangitBiru

    Can’t wait for this drama. So it will be like next year to be air in Malaysia.

  20. 20 kakashi

    I’m all in! Very much looking forward to this one!! I just hope somebody will sub it …

  21. 21 ck1Oz

    That measuring scale cracks me up.
    Hope someone is subbing it. Cable. Medical. Difficult.
    Good luck to us needing subs.

  22. 22 Quiet Thought

    Damn. Well, TV definitely needs more well-written series with bad-ass scientists doing what scientists actually do. Hopefully this will be so good someone will sub it promptly.

  23. 23 Quiet Thought

    Taking a hint from company safety training videos, one could nickname this series the “The Bloodborne Pathogen Identity,” with Eom Ki-joon as Jason Bloodborne, rogue agent extraordinare.

  24. 24 Quiet Thought

    Do you ever wonder if REAL computer experts are bothered by their role in these series always being cast as eccentric, semi-criminal computer hackers?

  25. 25 Toystar

    Can’t wait Eom Ki-joon & flower boys!

  26. 26 ohyeah!

    You Guys! I just found a 6 minute trailer for this drama.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=ED2Gg8TRGzo

  27. 27 am

    I’m gonna like this.

  28. 28 Aqidah

    Lee Ki Woo *drools..

    But..but..but..where’s Dr. Eom Ki Joon glasses..?

  29. 29 KStyle

    OCN and tVN haven’t disappointed me yet in their shows so Of Course I’m tuning it.

    I mean it has Dr. Poppy pants, Telephone Pole and Chicken, this show sounds like a slice of heaven!!!

    I’m so glad it’s Friday!!!

    Just gotta figure out who will be subbing this show?
    Anyone? Anyone?

  30. 30 Jess

    Uhm Ki Joon and mystery dramas? I’M IN!

  31. 31 foulou

    LOL CDC. Walking Dead much? Yes, it’s a real agency, but only the US carries the name CDC. and Walking Dead had it on its show. Seriously, whoever created this just saw the first season of The Walking Dead.

  32. 32 Brian

    I’m probably not going to watch this. Why? Because this virus goes from infection to death in 3 days. Viruses by definition need a host to replicate. Without a host they lie dormant or die. By killing the host so quickly, it becomes nearly impossible for the virus to spread. I’m sure they’ll have some sort of amazing way in how the virus is vectored between hosts, otherwise it will kill too fast and become self-limiting. The HIV virus could never have traveled from Africa with such a short incubation to host mortality time.

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