Vixx’s N joins OCN’s Tunnel as young police officer
Vixx’s N (real name Cha Hak-yeon) is taking on another drama role, this time in OCN’s time-traveling mystery-crime drama Tunnel. And while I only know him from cheery high school drama Sassy Go Go, I saw enough of his spacey, oddball vibe to figure that he fits the bill for a character described as “mysterious” and “the key to the secret of a thirty-year time warp.”
That time warp refers to the central premise of a dogged detective from 1986 (Pride and Prejudice and Emergency Couple’s Choi Jin-hyuk) who suddenly finds himself thirty years in the future, in present-day Seoul. The detective’s name is Park Kwang-ho, which is also the name of the young police officer played by N, although they are two different people. But nothing’s ever just a coincidence in dramaland, is it?
The backstory for N’s character involves suffering a guilty conscience over an incident earlier in his career, when he’d received a report of a woman being stalked and not taken it appropriately seriously. The woman was killed the very next day, and he’ll work through his trauma over the incident over the course of the show—while, presumably, also helping with the main crime-solving team, which includes Yoon Hyun-min (Beautiful Mind) as a coldly logical detective who places an emphasis on evidence, as well as Lee Yoo-young (The Treacherous) as a psychology professor and profiler.
Despite the familiarity of time-traveling drama characters, I like this setup of having the central character being shot forward into a strange Seoul, which, to him, has developed overnight with smartphones and laptops, and where cases are investigated with the help of fancy new technology that he doesn’t understand how to use. The detective had been investigating a serial murder case in the 1980s before his trip to the future, and works to solve the case by discovering links between past and present. So while the setup may include serious events, I’m hoping for some situational humor as well, since you can’t have this awesome fish-out-of-water premise and not take advantage of it, right? The drama promises to present cases with “upbeat, warm humanism,” so I look forward to at least some lighthearted hijinks!
Tunnel follows Voice as OCN’s next weekend drama, and premieres in March.
Via Sports Donga
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