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Tunnel: Episode 1

OCN’s newest thriller focuses on an old school detective from 1985, before the advent of modern technology. Even though cases took more time to solve in those days, Detective Park Kwang-ho proves to have a quick and modern mind. He struggles to overcome preconceived ideas about criminals, certain that he and his colleagues are faced with something that they’ve never encountered, and this drama slowly turns up the intensity as it introduces an unnerving case.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

A man chases a figure in a hooded black jacket through a tunnel. He loses his subject in the darkness, only to be grabbed from behind and hit on the head. On the ground, he thinks, “The culprit that I wanted to catch for so long is right in front of me. I, Park Kwang-ho, have worked as a homicide detective for ten years. I will follow him until I catch him.”

It’s 1985, and the same PARK KWANG-HO (Choi Jin-hyuk) pursues a cow thief with the help of two colleagues. The thief runs through a field before falling into a mud puddle. Kwang-ho finds him scrambling in terror and unable to speak intelligibly, since he’s been shocked at an unexpected discovery of a young woman’s corpse bound by her hands and feet.

At Hwayang-dong Police Station, Kwang-ho scolds a reporter over the phone for publishing a photo of the body. He stands up, surprised to find his two colleagues waiting with a spray bottle and a comb.

Despite Kwang-ho’s protests, the two men get him ready for a blind date with SHIN YEON-SOOK (Lee Shi-ah). The older policeman insists that Kwang-ho keep the date, which he is already late for.

At a nearby coffee shop, Kwang-ho sits nervously across from Yeon-sook. When the delivery girl walks in, the hostess nods toward his table, so she sits next to Kwang-ho to ask why he’s so dressed up. He sends her away, explaining to his date that the delivery girl is like a sister to him.

Kwang-ho smiles as he follows Yeon-sook down a narrow street. A truck passes too closely, and Kwang-ho pulls her to safety, surprising Yeon-sook when he forgets to release her hand. He notices that her hands are cold, while she finds his warm. Kwang-ho tells Yeon-sook that he has a warm heart before boldly asking if he can hold her hand.

Kwang-ho sits at his desk, clearly besotted. With everyone busy, he slides under his desk with his giant rotary phone, unaware that the chief noticed. He calls Yeon-sook at work, but she asks if he’s the same Park Kwang-ho who held her hand on a first date and never called back.

Kwang-ho apologizes, blaming his job for keeping him busy before he asks if she’s free that day. The chief startles him, wanting to know if he’s calling Yeon-sook, which causes Kwang-ho to drop the phone (even though the chief encourages him to call her). Yeon-sook hangs up before he recovers, so he thinks that she’s calling back when his phone rings, only to be surprised by some unexpected news.

Kwang-ho’s team stands over another woman’s body, this time near a river bank, bound like the victim from two weeks earlier. Policemen hold back reporters while detectives work the scene. Struggling with nausea, Kwang-ho’s junior team member verifies that the body wasn’t there the day before.

During a lunch break at the station, a familiar reporter walks in. The detectives pause uncomfortably when he notes, “I heard another woman in a skirt died,” surmising that they were killed by the same person.

The detectives dismiss the reporter’s theory, calling him a storyteller. Thinking Kwang-ho dense, REPORTER OH wonders how anyone could like him as he informs him that someone named Yeon-sook is waiting outside.

Kwang-ho runs out, surprised when Yeon-sook tells him, “You seemed to be missing me, so I came to show you my face.” She asks, “The blinking. It was you, right?”

Kwang-ho remembers sitting outside of the shop where Yeon-sook works, holding a large flashlight as he asked, “Is Yeon-sook thinking of me too? Yes, no. Yes, no.” With every yes, he would click the light on, then off for every no. The blinking brought out Yeon-sook’s boss, who yelled after Kwang-ho’s retreating figure as he accused him of playing a late night prank.

Yeon-sook admits that she agreed to a blind date because he was a detective, reasoning that if he caught bad guys, that would make him a good guy. Certain that she’s right about him, she asks if they can go on a date once he catches the criminal. Kwang-ho promises that he won’t make her wait long.

The station is full as detectives question the male acquaintances of the victim, KIM KYUN-SUN. At the end of the busy day, Kwang-ho sits in the same coffee shop where he had his blind date, this time with the chief and the young detective.

The hostess asks if the killer is still on the loose, and is unapologetic when the chief hisses at her. He wonders why CHUN-HEE hasn’t returned, but the hostess explains that her deliveries to a printing house take forever.

Frustrated by the lack of leads, Kwang-ho grabs his flashlight, explaining that he’s off to see a DR. KIM. The autopsy doctor informs Kwang-ho, yet again, that he was unable to recover any fingerprints or find any signs of rape. Kwang-ho sits down, telling himself that he has to solve the case so that he can call Yeon-sook.

Kwang-ho’s young colleague, Officer JEON SUNG-SHIK, dozes at his desk, his eyes propped open with toothpicks. The coffee shop hostess wakes him, since she’s alarmed that Chun-hee never returned.

The officer reminds the hostess that the girl has quit before. She explains that Chun-hee left her cherished bank book behind and asks the officer to search for her right away. The hostess agrees to return to the restaurant if Sung-shik will tell Kwang-ho that Chun-hee is missing.

Police vehicles descend on a crime scene in the middle of a field. Kwang-ho runs to the body, nodding when the chief asks if the victim is Chun-hee,.

The hostess runs towards them, calling Chun-hee’s name. The chief stops MADAM JUNG, who tearfully demands to know why her concerns were ignored. Consumed by guilt, Sung-shik sprints into the field while ignoring Chief Oh, who calls to him in concern.

The chief and Kwang-ho witness Dr. Kim’s examination of the body. He determines that Chun-hee was already dead by the time Madame Jung visited the station. As the doctor prepares to remove the pantyhose around her neck, Kwang-ho observes that victims Lee Jung-suk and Kim Kyung-sun were strangled the same way.

The chief refuses to consider that the women’s murders are connected, and instead orders Kyung-ho to examine Chun-hee’s delivery list. Madam Jung tearfully hands over the girl’s personal delivery book.

Kwang-ho returns to his desk to study the list, recalling Madam Jung’s complaint about deliveries made to the print shop. He sees that the shop appears frequently on Chun-hee’s list and asks Sung-shik to accompany him before noticing his empty chair.

Kwang-ho finds Sung-shik sitting outside of the station. He tearfully insists that he doesn’t deserve to be a cop, but Kwang-ho assures him that reporting Chun-hee missing earlier wouldn’t have changed anything. Kwang-ho offers Sung-shik two choices – he can help find the killer or go home to blame himself.

Sung-shik accompanies Kwang-ho to the print shop, where they learn that Chun-hee had a crush on one of the employees, a man named Mr. Kim. An older employee explains that she would join them for noodles, estimating that she left around 7 p.m. the night that she was killed.

Kwang-ho and Sung-shik visit Chun-hee’s crime scene at 9 p.m., the estimated time of her death. The remote location suggests that someone familiar with the area took her there. The detectives are watched as they walk away from the scene, guided by Kwang-ho’s flashlight.

The chief, who we’ll come to know as CHIEF OH, hangs his head as his superior demands to know, “What were you doing while three women were getting murdered?” Chief Oh is told that he has one year to catch the killer before his boss is scheduled to leave for Seoul.

Chief Oh asks his exhausted team if they have any suspects, but they can’t even find evidence. One officer suggests that another incident may provide a clue, but the rest of the team is troubled by the thought.

A beaming Kwang-ho poses with Yeon-sook for a group photo on their wedding day. Chief Oh asks about Reporter Oh and learns that Kwang-ho didn’t invite him, since he insisted that he would ruin his happy day. Later, Kwang-ho and Yeon-sook walk arm in arm down a neighborhood street.

A jeep stops at a military post while a young woman walks along a path nearby, smiling at a newly purchased necktie, unaware that she’s being followed. She finally senses someone and hurries along before turning around, only to find herself alone on the path. When she begins to run, a figure in a hooded black jacket tackles her to the ground.

Sung-shik pounds on a gate at night, shouting for Kwang-ho. He opens the gate, and Sung-shik apologizes for interrupting his day off before informing him that there’s been another incident. Kwang-ho looks back at his concerned bride.

Kwang-ho visits the crime scene, finding the contents of the victim’s bag strewn around her. He learns that she is SEO YI-SOO, a newlywed living nearby. Kwang-ho asks if her family was notified, and gets upset when Sung-shik reports that no one answered his call. Kwang-ho volunteers to inform them himself and threatens the officer who mentioned that another incident would yield evidence if he fails to find anything.

Kwang-ho sighs at the sight of a worried-looking man standing outside with a crying baby. The man hurries to the crime scene, even though Kwang-ho urges him to stay away.

The man pulls back the sheet covering the body and falls down when he sees the victim’s face. Kwang-ho holds the baby as the man begs Yi-soo to wake up, seeing her mouth gagged with pantyhose. Sobbing, he clutches the necktie when an officer asks if he recognizes it.

In Dr. Kim’s office, Chief Oh notes that Yi-soo was strangled with pantyhose, wondering if it could be the same killer. Dr. Kim details the defensive wound on the her wrist, indicating that she fought hard to survive, clearly shaken by a culprit so determined to kill. He asks the detectives to be sure to catch the killer this time.

Reporter Oh walks into an empty station and sees Yi-soo’s dazed husband sitting alone, holding his sleeping baby. Kwang-ho and Sung-shik visit the shop where Yi-soo bought the necktie found with her body and learn that she took the bus from the stop outside.

A bus driver tells Kwang-ho that a soldier exited the bus along with Yi-soo, noting that they seemed to know one other. Kwang-ho questions the soldier, asking how his face was scratched, but he verifies that he was at a motel at the time of the murder. Later, the station is full of soldiers as the detectives conduct interviews.

Yi-soo’s husband stands in a small boat to scatter her ashes while mourners watch from the shore. Kwang-ho stands at a distance, recalling his admission to her husband that he couldn’t find her killer in spite of his promise to catch him. Yi-soo’s baby wanders towards Kwang-ho, looking directly at him.

Chief Oh stares out of the police station at the rain which soaks Kwang-ho as he walks home from the funeral. Yeon-sook walks out of their gate to find her husband sitting alone in the rain, since he’s sorry that he couldn’t tell Yi-soo’s husband that her death wasn’t his fault. She squeezes his hand as he admits to feeling helpless.

In September, 1986, six months after Yi-soo’s death, her husband waits at the police station with his son and looks up when Kwang-ho walks in. Holding the boy, Kwang-ho can see how much KIM SUN-JAE has grown before passing him to Sung-shik.

Yi-soo’s husband asks Kwang-ho for an update as he shares that he heard of other incidents. Kwang-ho assures him that even though they coincidentally took place near Yi-soo’s crime scene, the incidents are otherwise unrelated.

Kwang-ho asks the husband to stop coming to the station, but he can only apologize, explaining that it’s all that he can do. Just then, Reporter Oh walks in and gives Kwang-ho grief for not inviting him to his wedding.

Reporter Oh recognizes Yi-soo’s husband and peppers him with questions before Kwang-ho pushes him away in anger. The reporter tries to place his card in the man’s pocket, but Kwang-ho tosses it away and calls the reporter disgusting before escaping into the station.

Reporter Oh shouts that Kwang-ho can’t even catch the criminal as Yi-soo’s husband walks away. Kwang-ho’s team looks up in alarm when he punches a locker. Kwang-ho looks out the window as Yi-soo’s husband walks away with his son, vowing, “I’ll catch that jerk no matter what.”

Kwang-ho’s team investigates a new crime scene inside of a tunnel. Shining his flashlight on the body, Kwang-ho notices something unusual on the woman’s bare heel. He drops his flashlight and walks away, ignoring inquiries from Chief Oh and Sung-shik.

Kwang-ho wakes Dr. Kim to confirm that all four victims had dots on their heels and chastises him for not including the information in the autopsy report. Kwang-ho paces as Dr. Kim reviews the victims’ files as he realizes that the marks prove that they were killed by the same person. He asks if the doctor observed the marks on any other bodies, but he’s not sure and only admits that he thought it odd that anyone would get tattooed in such an unusual spot.

Kwang-ho warns the doctor to prepare for another body, one marked with six dots. Dr. Kim verifies that the victim has six dots instead of five, noting that victim one had one dot, victim two had two, and so on, meaning that the next victim should have five dots, not six.

Chief Oh reviews the victims’ files with Kwang-ho, who argues that they are dealing with the same killer. Victim #6, JIN SEON-MI, was marked with six dots, meaning that they have yet to discover Victim #5. Chief Oh orders Kwang-ho to call everyone together.

Chief Oh supervises soldiers as they search for the missing victim while Kwang-ho and Sung-shik question citizens about any missing women. They have no luck and join the search for a body. They eventually peer into a large pipe, which prompts Kwang-ho to toss his malfunctioning flashlight.

Kwang-ho returns home long enough to change clothes. Yeon-sook has packed a dinner and encourages Kwang-ho to keep up his energy. She walks with him outside, stopping to give him a gift before he leaves — a chain with a whistle.

Yeon-sook places the whistle around Kwang-ho’s neck, promising that if he uses it when he’s in danger, she will save him. Kwang-ho smiles at the thought as he tells Yeon-sook, “I’m Park Kwang-ho of the Serious Crimes Unit.”

Kwang-ho promises to take Yeon-sook on a Han River Cruise, reminding her that her birthday is approaching in January. She asks for roses, but her husband is embarrassed at the thought of buying them before agreeing to her request. He hugs Yeon-sook, sorry that she’s been alone for five days. She just asks that he come home, no matter how late. He turns back to wave at her before walking away.

In their sleeping quarters, Kwang-ho has Sung-shik mark a map with the victim’s locations, including the most recent one in Hwayang-ri Tunnel. Kwang-ho thinks there must be a pattern, as the women themselves have nothing in common other than being in their twenties. When Sung-shik keeps turning the map around, Kwang-ho wonders if he’ll succeed as a detective and calls Sung-shik’s dream to become chief impossible.

Kwang-ho studies the map at his desk, positive that the locations are significant. He decides that the killer started with places that he knew well and traveled farther when he wasn’t caught. Kwang-ho is convinced that the killer lives close to the location of the first murder and calls for Sung-shik to join him.

They question the residents on one of the neighborhood streets and happen upon a young girl crying to her older sister, worried that their dog has been killed. Kwang-ho learns that most of the neighborhood dogs have disappeared. The older sister shares that the night their dog went missing, they saw a neighbor in front of their house and points to where the high schooler lives.

Kwang-ho opens a gate to a large yard. He is surprised to find the house’s front door locked and a window covered with newspaper. He and Sung-shik walk to the backyard, observing that every window is covered with newspaper. Kwang-ho stops at the sight of a small mound of earth.

Using his bare hands, Kwang-ho unearths a plastic bag and removes his hands to find them covered in blood after checking the contents, which triggers Sung-shik’s nausea. Kwang-ho looks up as a young man in a school uniform asks, “Who are you?”

Kwang-ho questions the the student at the police station, certain that he is the killer. At the house, even after surveying the proof that he killed numerous dogs, Chief Oh refuses to accept that a high school boy could be guilty of multiple murders. Kwang-ho argues that the boy used the dogs for practice before turning to women while insisting that his age doesn’t make him incapable of murder. Kwang-ho promises to make the boy confess.

Kwang-ho returns to question the suspect, JUNG HO-YOUNG, who confesses to killing the dogs, but not any humans. Kwang-ho grabs the boy’s jacket, demanding to know why he killed the women before pushing him away. Ho-young stands up and asks, “Does there have to be a reason… to kill people?” Ho-young invites a shocked Kwang-ho to hit him, admitting that he might confess if he does.

Kwang-ho punches and kicks Ho-young before Chief Oh pulls him away, stating that the boy has an alibi for the recent murder. Kwang-ho insists that the chief is wrong: Ho-young is the killer they’ve been searching for. Ho-young smiles to himself as Chief Oh escorts him from the interrogation room.

That night, Kwang-ho leaves the station at 8:15 p.m. and pats a sleeping Sung-shik on his way out before explaining to Chief Oh that he’s going to catch the killer.

Walking alone, Kwang-ho vows, “I will never give up.” He reasons that he should discover something if he visits the scene of the most recent crime at the same time it was committed, between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Kwang-ho enters the Hwayang-ri Tunnel, wondering where the missing fifth body could be. He’s distracted when his flashlight goes out before he detects the smell of cigarette smoke. A figure in a black hooded jacket lies inside the police outline where Jin Seon-mi’s body was found, holding a burning cigarette. The figure sits up and relives how he strangled Seon-mi.

Kwang-ho chases the figure, which brings us back to the beginning of the episode. When Kwang-ho is struck on the head, Yeon-sook ominously pricks her finger with a needle while the whistle that she gave Kwang-ho gets torn from his neck as he falls to the ground.

Yeon-sook picks up a newspaper advertising the Han River Cruise, smiling as she glances at the calendar marked with her birthday. Meanwhile, the killer squats next to Kwang-ho before he walks away, dropping the rock he used to hit Kwang-ho with.

As Kwang-ho’s gaze follows the suspect, his flashlight suddenly shines on the fallen whistle. Remembering Yeon-sook’s promise to find him, Kwang-ho strains to reach the whistle before passing out.

 
COMMENTS

Tunnel has a decidedly slower feel than other mystery dramas, but before I knew it, I was on the edge of my seat. This drama relies on suspense, allowing the horror of the cases to snowball throughout the episode. What happens when ordinary people encounter a cold-blooded killer who lacks any emotional connection whatsoever? Clearly, the people who lived in 1986 had an expectation of human behavior that excluded someone capable of such evil, making the crimes so much more devastating.

In that sense, Kwang-ho is ahead of his time, and he was one of the first who was willing to consider that the strangulation murders were connected way before he had any evidence. His frustration and exhaustion grew with each murder, since he was unable to get Chief Oh to consider that the cases were linked to the same killer. The lack of evidence alone is a commonality that sets the murders apart. In the end, Kwang-ho discovered the killer’s mark, proving conclusively that the victims were killed by the same person, but now he must convince Chief Oh that a high school boy can be a serial killer. His chief just can’t accept the possibilities in spite of the Kwang-ho’s solid analysis and Dr. Kim’s assertions that the culprit is a killing machine.

Along with the murder mystery, we were treated to a sweet romance. How adorable was Kwang-ho as he found himself falling for Yeon-sook? While Chief Oh may be an impediment to Kwang-ho’s investigation, he obviously knew what he was doing when he encouraged his detective to keep that blind date. Kwang-ho’s face completely changes when he smiles at Yeon-sook — he looks so happy. His bride has a strength that makes her an ideal detective’s wife, since she just wants Kwang-ho to come home safely. It’s too bad that the demands of the case cheated Kwang-ho and Yeon-sook of the precious little time that they had together.

Even though this is a time travel drama, this first episode was all about Kwang-ho’s life in the past. It’s important to appreciate the life that he will be forced to leave behind to fully understand what he’ll be missing in the future. Yi-soo’s young son will be a grown man in his thirties instead of a toddler. Sung-shik will be his sunbae, but not really. Some in his circle may be gone — possibly Chief Oh, perhaps others. Instead of being ahead of his time regarding his police work, Kwang-ho will have to accept how much things have changed. But have they really? In the end, successful detective work hinges on understanding and accepting what criminals are capable of. In that regard, Kwang-ho has shown that he has what it takes to be a good detective, no matter what year it is. I only hope that there is someone in the new timeline that makes Kwang-ho smile.

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I already sensed a tragic marriage story from miles away. It's not helping that the actress who played Yeon-sook is the one who played as Jo Jin-woong's tragic first love in Signal. Overall, it's a good pilot eps and I really enjoyed the cops dynamic in the past timeline (especially Gwang-ho and the maknae), so hopefully we'll visit them again soon.

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No wonder I thought she looked familiar ....

I kept thinking she was going to be victim soon whenever she comes on screen.

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Me too, I was shocked she lived through the episode.

Very intriguing show so far, and I enjoyed it. It's great to have CJH back!

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Yes i thought she was going to get killed off too, because they got married and became too happy, which is never a good thing in dramaland. Glad to be proven wrong.

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When she was first was introduced as a love interest to the main character, I also thought she was going to be one of the victims. After Kwang-ho seemed to already hit rock bottom (solider's wife), I didn't think the show was going to add more misery to his life by killing off his wife.

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The whole episode, i was praying that she wouldn't die. This show is so intense!!

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I absolutely loved episode 1. There was a very subtle difference in the way of thinking between now and 30 years ago, and it was beautifully brought out by the excellent writing and acting.

Also, I was immensely worried for his wife the whole time - for some reason I kept thinking she's going to be victim as well.

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I saw the two episodes today and I loved them, I seriously can't wait for the next episodes. I feel like this show will probably fill in part of the gap left by signal.

Also they used the same actress from signal as the wife of KH and all I could think was why are you doing this to me show?!?! I hope she doesn't die on this one.

Thanks for the recap TeriYaki :).

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Im sure Oh Yeon A will pop up somewhere in creepy way.

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I was totally waiting for her to be murdered this episode. I swear I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Hopefully it never will!

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Me too..
Through this episode, I kept thinking "oh no she will die.. She will die", until I realized this episode already finished ?

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- It keep remind me of Signal. They are different but the theme is quite the same.
- Park Gwang Ho is such an angry person.

After Voice, Tunnel seem to be quite... soft. Voice gave us heart race every episode. Tunnel took a whole episode just to introduce the past. I think the past could be shorter, flash back every now and then could get people interest more.

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On the contrary, I like it that they dedicated this whole eps to flesh out the past storyline. Otherwise, it would be hard to understand Gwang-ho's anguish and desperation when he suddenly get transported to the future. With this eps, I could see that he already has a happy, ordinary life he wants: a lovely wife, a happy marriage, a stable job, and a bunch of close friends. It would be hard for him when suddenly he left with nothing in the future.

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I think it's better to have the whole past in one episodes we had a good introduction to his life in the past his friends his co-workers, and the circumstances of the serial killer case, and now we can move on to solving this mystery with the help of the future technology, I think we will have flashbacks of what happened after he went missing from his chief in the future.

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I love how slow and soft the first episode is...to be honest voice was a lot of suspense but we didn't get a good introduction of our characters...I only know that the two leads had their loved ones killed and that one is known as the mad detective and the other one has great hearing..l don't know their sense of humor or what they like e.t.c but in tunnel...I loved the introduction and it made me see why our hero would want to go to the past so much...the past is home..it's where family is and it's where he feels responsible for not catching the killer yet.

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1. After watching Defendant and Voice I was expecting his wife to be among one of the victims. Every time they introduced a new victim a part of me thought that it would be her. But i'm so glad I was proven wrong.

2. A part of me wished the whole show was set in the 80s. The visuals are just stunning and there's just something beautiful about a time without so much advanced technology.

3.Wait omgg is the baby of the woman who died his partner in the future?????

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you mean the guy played by yoon hyun min? that's what i'm thinking too!

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Yup, Gwang Ho called the baby boy Sun Jae, and the name tag on the father's uniform clearly said his last name is Kim. If you have watched ep 2, the detective played by YHM is Kim Sun Jae. So lol

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OMG I had to watch it again to confirm that Kim Sun Jae is the baby lol, and that psychology women is his daughter, damn

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I liked this premiere. :)

It was a bit of a slower pace than other shows, but I like that they gradually set up the past story for the viewer. I got an idea of how the citizens were living in Hwayang during 1986 and about the police characters back then.

The romance between Kwang Ho and Yeon Sook was lovely. Their love seemed pure and traditional.

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I like the premier episode too. I didn't think the pacing was slow though. A lot of stuff happened in that one episode that had my eyes glued to the screen.

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The show also held my attention the whole time, but I wasn’t really tense or on the edge of my seat. Not like when I watched Voice. :P However, this is not necessarily a bad thing right now. I’m liking the pace for the first two episodes.

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Did anyone ever watch the BBC series Life On Mars? Tunnel reminds me of that drama only the cop goes back to 1973 and works with his unit 33years before he was actually on the police force. Looking forward to how this plays out. It really does have a Signal vibe as well.

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Yeah, I watched the BBC series Life on Mars. Enjoyed the first 2 episodes of Tunnel a lot.

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Yeah it does! I've watched the American version, great show just the ending fell through (it decided to not follow through with the original ending, figures) - but it's still surprisingly one of my favourites.

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I really liked the 1st episode. I wasn't planning on watching Tunnel but I decided to check it out. I'm glad I did! And like so many others I thought something was going to happen to Yeon-sook too. Luckily that hasn't happened yet.

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Love the 1st episode. I love to see the changes on KH from serious turned to smitten-beaming face at the lady of his eyes. Just as @Gadis said above, I too sensed tragic marriage. BUT, please, please let the tragic comes later... way later at the end of the drama if that's the case.

Thanks for the recap, TeriYaki!

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I really hope nothing happen to Yeon Sook, because she's the link and the driving force that makes Gwang Ho so desperately want to go back.

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The doctor asked the cop if the moles on the victims were important. The doctor. MD. Medical degree. Chief Kim will be smug.

I suppose if dramaland cops and doctors (and lawyers and CEOs and office workers) were competent at their jobs, there wouldn't be 16 episodes of coincidences, missed connections and the bad guy always being 10 steps ahead.

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Lol...so true...the rate at which these people are incompetent at their jobs can be so frustrating...it happened in voice where I literally wanted to strangle those cops that didn't seem to be able to use their brain and now even the doctor in this show is just so annoying...,while I get that they are trying to make the leads in dramas look smart by making them discover things, others couldn't...I don't think they have to make the others that dumb..
At least! Let them have common sense!!!!

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Not sure about Korean society back in 80s, but as another East Asian, I remember my mom would talk about how people were nicer and crime rates were lower back in her days and even during my grandpa's time. So, yeah, I agree that it's not a reach people at that time might be reluctant to think of someone being evil enough to commit several murders. We might be used to reading and hearing about serial killers now, and some decades ago, it's still a very shocking and possibly unimaginable thing to believe. There's one line in ep one that pointed out this sentiment...something like 'how can anyone be capable of such crime in our small town?'

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yes, I don't think the concept of serial killers is that widespread in Korea at that time. Profiling of killers, analysis of behaviour, all these are probably not matured yet at that point of time even in the US.

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Exactly. The doctor's incompetence is frustrating to modern viewers, but it makes perfect sense in the context of the time. Such horror was just unheard of so the police and the doctor do not know what to look for. Kwangho traveling to the present will even out the playing field. The past also reminds me of a tragic event that happened in Korea a long time ago at around the same time as this drama. A police officer went on a killing spree in a rural town and gunned down countless people. How did he kill most of them? By freely entering their homes. These innocent and kind people welcomed him into their homes and offered him food just because he was a police officer. It's not like the past was completely free of horrific events, but people in general were a lot more trusting. Modern viewers are unfortunately used to such tragedy, and we've become numb because of all the exposure to violence in the media, whether we like it or not.

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Watched both episodes and all I can say I like it. Yes is true the pace is slower than other thrillers drama but it is in a good way, have so many questions about how the time travel works lets see what the writter has for us. After watching episode 2 have a few questions about a few scenes and characters as well, hopefully this drama will be recap on a on going basis and no just the first episode because I feel that there will be a lot to talk about after each episode. Looking forward to watch episode 3 next weekend ?

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I'm already smitten with this show and on board with Kwang Ho and Yeon Sook. From the time he smiled on the blind date and his grin as he sat at his desk thinking of her, I knew their separation once the time travel kicked in was going to break my heart.

The mystery of the show is also compelling and I've been thinking about the first two episodes since I watched them this weekend. I can't wait to see where this takes us.

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I loved both episodes too. I thought I figured out how the time travelling thing might have happened (as in what makes him travel) but by the end of the second episode I was like... what?? I don't wanna give away spoilers but man if what they're insinuating is right, I did not see that one coming.
I'm also really interested in knowing what the present Kwang Ho's situation is. Cha Hakyeon's appearance in episode 2 was brief but intense.
I have no idea where the show's taking us but I'm on board for the ride.

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Very solid first episode though always have to overlook incompetence of professionals in these type dramas. Glad to see such a solid start for Choi Jin Hyuk as he's really been through it. I enjoyed Voice and understood it was plot driven, but I did miss some of the lack of character development. Glad to see Tunnel is being recapped.

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i hope, tunnel doesn't end up like voice...
voice got strong and good for pilot episode, but for the other episode, the fast pace give many missing point as crimes genre. i couldn't watch for finishing this drama

the solidity of tunnel for 1 week, give me vibe this drama can be a crimes drama next to signal that I like

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I almost skipped this one on the first episode. Who brings a victim's family to the crime scene to trample all over evidence? Kdrama does so they can exploit the scene for maximum drama. Still I love Choi Jin hyuk so I continued. This might be a good drama for the cast alone.

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In 1980s Korea, that might be possible. Crime scene preservation techniques are not the way they are now. I think it is quite an accurate representation of how things work at that time, especially since hwayang-dong looks pretty rural. Take into account that DNA testing was not even available at that time in Korea, it was just invented in 1984.

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in a rural area even now, it hards for people to grasp that your beloved one is murder and you can't see them right away,
they want confirmation and at the times when taking a picture is hard with low quality,

they may think it kind of respect to let them see the victim corpse,
they feel sad for them,
especially with a very small town

also crime preservation is a study and probably not applied much in the 80's

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Isn't Yeon Sook the same girl that Detective Lee Jae Han(Signal) liked?

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Not the same character, but the same actress -> Lee Shi-ah ;)

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Yea. I meant that.

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To me it's Signal-ish, but with lighter moments, too (which I appreciate).

I hope that the wife doesn't get left behind for the rest of the drama. My first qualification for liking an actress (and by that, I mean, being able to fully relax into a show and enjoy it) is that she is NOT ANNOYING. If your heroine is smart and sane, it's a good sign, in other words.

I watched the first two episodes. I'll watch more!

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Loved, LOVED the first two episodes! Choi Jin Hyuk rocks! How I've missed him and his deep voice on screen! He really does bring this mature vibe to his character, even more so after military service, so I can see that casting him in this role is perfect.

Wasn't expecting the direction the drama took, so it threw in for a loop when his wife wasn't killed and he didn't spend 10 years looking for his wife's killer. Excellent writing btw. I like being surprised by a good plot. The ratings can only get higher.

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Kwang-ho didn't have time to call but he had time to sit in front of her place at night and be a nuisance with his flashlight !? Right.

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I think it again because of the 80's when people don't have phones,
he just have free times at night when she is sleep and can't be reached cause she has no cell phone and he thought
"well maybe she works late"
"maybe I can make my missing heart better by seeing where she works"

he only had time at night because everything move slower and take a longer time at the 80's

I am sorry but I think people have to realised that we born with convenience and didn't realised that rural area in 80's lack many things,

he only has phone at works
and they called by home phone, which means everyone can answer the phone and not everyone is always besides the phone

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Man. Wasn't expecting the emotional heart of this first episode. I am so invested already and I can see this being a melancholic series. So much loss for the everyday person. When he moves forward in time it'll be the same as well...

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There's also something really wholesome about this first episode... It's kind of refreshing to see people be shocked by the idea of a serial killer - someone who'd get off on killing people and make that into their hobby. With the surge of crime dramas I think viewers get a bit desensitized. Of course there'd be a serial killer. Of course they'd be following women who are walking home alone at night. Of course they'd leave marks and take trophies from the victims, etc etc.

But in fact serial killings are rare because they cross such a strong societal taboo, and it's nice in a way for the horror of such a situation brought to the forefront. These crimes are not just plot devices for the detectives to solve. They're brutal attacks on normal, everyday people, and this show (at least so far) is treating that pain and horror with the respect it deserves.

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I really like the time period we start out in. We haven't hit the digital age where everyone has access to everything but we are in the information age. There seems to be a simplicity in the way things are done and it's interesting to see characters learn and try to understand things that are completely obvious to us in 2017. At the same time, Kwang Ho's straight-forward approach seems to hinder him at least until he catches wind of a new lead.

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Got in the game late. I am enjoying this series so far.

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