Seeking one truth between two worlds in Circle’s posters and teasers
Woot! More promo for sci-fi thriller drama Circle: Two Connected Worlds has been released, and it’s all rich with more substantial info on the mystery at the center of the plot. Part 1: Beta Project takes place in the present, starring Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot) as an elite college student who becomes involved in a murder case, and Part 2: Brave New World takes place twenty years later with Kim Kang-woo (Goodbye Mr. Black) pursuing the same case as a homicide detective.
In Circle’s 2017, Yeo Jin-gu has just been hit with the tragic death of a school peer named Ji-hyuk, and some even blame him for the suicide because Yeo Jin-gu is known as the top student at Handam Science and Technology University. Students protest the college administration for promoting a constantly stressful atmosphere of academic competition that has lead to several suicides in past semesters. The first teaser below shows Yeo Jin-gu grappling with a truth he is unsure of, although his twin brother, played by Ahn Woo-yeon (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon), seems to be certain as he demands to know why his brother won’t accept something that he saw with his own eyes.
Although Ahn Woo-yeon confronts Yeo Jin-gu several times on the matter, he continues to deny what he knows, saying that he’s not crazy and he doesn’t care whether “they” were taken or not. The copy reads: “A suspicious university serial murder case.” Then the teaser turns over to Part 2, where in 2037 most of the rich and powerful have fled to Smart Earth, an artificially-controlled district without crime, disease, or poverty, because of the rapidly spreading pollution in Ordinary Earth.
The violent crimes department at Ordinary Earth receives a call from Smart Earth that a kidnapping has occurred. Initially, they think it’s a prank because Smart Earth isn’t supposed to have any crime due to the mandatory emotional regulation therapy the citizens there receive. However, Kim Kang-woo goes to investigate and finds that a woman has been kidnapped and potentially murdered. He yells at Lee Ki-kwang (Monster), who plays a Smart Earth governmental official: “How much have you hidden and fabricated all along?” Lee Ki-kwang explains to Kim Kang-woo: “All Smart Earth citizens receive safety therapy so that they never feel the aggressive emotions that urge them to commit crimes.”
But apparently, something has gone awry because according to the copy, “A murder that wasn’t supposed to happen has occurred.” The higher-ups are worried that the media will have a field day with this new development and that public opinion will turn on them. Meanwhile, Ordinary Earth policeman Kim Kang-woo tries to investigate the Smart Earth case despite restrictions upon his presence in the district.
The next teaser hints more heavily at the truth Yeo Jin-gu denied in the first teaser: the possibility of an alien infiltration. Ahn Woo-yeon asks his twin brother: “Isn’t it strange? Why are normal students suddenly dying for no reason?” A sequence of chase scenes are shown as Ahn finally confesses that an alien disappeared right in front of his eyes.
In 2037, Kim Kang-woo and Lee Ki-kwang investigate a cadaver with “No. 1” inscribed on the forehead. A deep voice scoffs at the idea of crime on Smart Earth, but Kim Kang-woo is furious at Smart Earth’s deception when they claim that it is their district’s 5000th day free of crime. A girl’s voice on a recording says that a mysterious “they” have returned, and in each timeline Kim Kang-woo and Yeo Jin-gu race for answers.
Individual character posters have also been released for our four main characters. The copy on Yeo Jin-gu’s poster reads: “Alien or not, it doesn’t matter. Just forget and live.” Gong Seung-yeon’s (Introverted Boss) poster is bathed in the same golden light, perhaps indicating that they’re both from the same timeline. Her poster says: “Do you think I’m an alien too?”
Then there are Kim Kang-woo and Lee Ki-kwang’s posters, that are definitely more futuristic-looking with the bright white light in the background. The text on Kim’s says: “Wait, wherever you are I’ll find you,” which is the line he says in the first teaser above. Lee Ki-kwang’s poster shows his cold thought process, representative of Smart Earth: “Not feeling harmful emotions is logical.” I was so excited for this drama when I first heard that the plot would involve a dystopian society and aliens. And now, all the sci-fi-thriller-ey character posters and teasers showing Yeo Jin-gu and Kim Kang-woo are making my fangirl heart flutter with even more anticipation.
tvN’s Monday-Tuesday drama Circle will begin broadcasting on May 22.
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