A look through the lens with first teaser for MBC’s Lookout
Wow, now that’s a teaser. MBC’s upcoming drama Lookout has just released its first shiny new look at the show, and it’s definitely got the gritty, stylish vibe from director Sohn Hyung-seok’s previous work Two Weeks. Which is great news, because Two Weeks was an awesome action-thriller involving a parent’s desperation and an anti-hero, all elements that Lookout shares. This drama was really on the peripheral of my radar, but this teaser has bumped the show to near the top of the list of all the May premieres.
Right off the bat, I like how half of the teaser is shown through a camera lens, referencing the method through which the vigilante organization that our main characters are members of operates: through Kim Seul-gi’s (Second to Last Love) tech-savvy, shut-in character whose only interaction with the outside world is monitoring CCTV feeds on her computer screen.
We first hear Lee Shi-young’s (Valid Love) character offscreen, desperately crying, “I promise you. I’ll definitely keep my promise this time.” The ex-violent crimes detective is shown running down an alley, being chased by none other than Kim Young-kwang (The Man Living in Our House), a ruthlessly ambitious lawyer who dreams of revenge. He reports to someone offscreen, “The sole witness has just disappeared.” Hmm, I wonder whether he’s the one to recruit Lee Shi-young into the vigilante organization, because when she asks who he is, he replies, “The one watching your every move.” Creepy.
It doesn’t look like they start off on the right foot, though, with Kim Young-kwang drawling, “Stop getting in my way,” and Lee Shi-young getting locked in a cell screaming. A chyron reads, “All silenced truths become poison,” as the ex-detective wonders what the lawyer has to do with her search for her daughter’s murderer.
We get brief glimpses of each of our main five characters, including Kim Tae-hoon (Fantastic), Shinee’s Key (Drinking Solo), as well as Kim Seul-gi, who appropriately watches our leads from above a tall building. Looks like Kim Young-kwang will have enemies of his own, as we see he gets knocked down bloodied with a gun in his hand, while a male voice asks menacingly, “It’s you, isn’t it? The one behind all of this.” We finish with our two leads pointing guns at each other, and then Lee Shi-young sobbing as she asks, “Why couldn’t you wait a little longer? I really was going to keep my promise this time.”
Hot damn, this teaser was intense, fast-paced, and left me wanting moar, moar, MOAR. Well played, MBC, well played. I didn’t even know I needed an action-thriller in my life right now, but the combination of a team of vigilantes, a badass mother’s quest for revenge, and Kim Young-kwang in this teaser really hit the spot. That last one took me by surprise, ’cause I’ve always found Kim Young-kwang sort of bland, but he is really rocking the three-piece suit, the drawl, and just the overall villain-but-hero vibe. Hey, maybe I just like my guys evil and sexy. Let’s… not examine that too deeply.
MBC’s Lookout will follow Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People on May 22. Can the days BE any longer?
Via Naver TV