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The Game: Towards Zero: Episodes 1-2

The Game: Towards Zero, MBC’s new drama about a man who can see the moment of a person’s death just by looking in their eyes starts out strong, with great characters and a compelling mystery with an interesting fantasy twist. When a killer resurfaces after decades, it’s up to the daughter of the man who put him behind bars to catch him again. She’s going to need all the help she can get, even if it’s from a man with a unique ability who wants nothing to do with her.

 
EPISODE 1

We meet our hero, KIM TAE-PYUNG (Taecyeon), in the middle of a nightmare, in which he faces various shadowy figures, one of them his own younger self who yells at him not to stare in his eyes and see his death. A man whose face seems to be burned says that Tae-pyung will+ only understand when he risks losing someone he cares about.

Tae-pyung tells us that he’s been having these same dreams for twenty years, ever since he met “him.” He says that he sees the dreams as a warning never to get close enough to someone to consider them precious.

We go back a few days, to a meeting between Tae-pyung and a woman who wants him to tell her how her eldest (and only living) son will die. Tae-pyung can see the moment of someone’s death by looking in their eyes, and he only needs a picture of the woman’s son. He explains that he only sees how a person will die, not when, but he balks at telling her even that much because he says that once her son learns about this, he’ll abduct Tae-pyung.

Back home, Tae-pyung fusses at YEON-HWA (Ryu Hye-rin), his lawyer and personal secretary, for not learning before the meeting that the woman’s son is Oh Sung-min the Butcher, the leader of one of the top three gangs in the country. He turns to his friend, TEACHER BAEK (Jung Dong-hwan), and says that he could have spoken up, too. Teacher Baek is blind and in a wheelchair and just drives his chair in a circle, ha.

Eventually Tae-pyung kicks them out of his room, childishly refusing to tell the woman anything about her son’s death out of fear for his own abduction. But eventually he caves to the inevitable, and Yeon-hwa promises that they’ll make sure he returns home safely.

And so Tae-pyung is kidnapped and taken to the gang’s secret hideout, where he’s tied to a chair. Having heard everything from his mother, Sung-min (cameo by Yang Hyun-min) demands to know who kills him, but Tae-pyung insists that all he sees is the moment of death. He warns Sung-min that in a minute, twelve men will barge in, and right on cue, one of the gangs yells that a rival gang is there.

Again Sung-min orders Tae-pyung to tell him when he’ll die, and Tae-pyung says with wide, scared eyes, “It starts now.”

The rival gang has guns, and they shoot their way in and start killing Sung-min’s men. Tae-pyung is shot in the shoulder, and as his chair falls backwards and men murder each other all around him, he thinks, “Of all the superpowers, why did the deity give me the ability to see death??”

Sung-min’s weapon of choice is a dagger, which he’s obviously very experienced using. Tae-pyung thinks about when he told Sung-min’s mother how he’ll die — not from murder, but from a heart attack. Mom had asked Tae-pyung to help Sung-min since he would be there, but Tae-pyung had said that you can’t change fate.

He watches as Sung-min manages to dispatch all but one of his attackers, and as he’s grappling with the last man, Tae-pyung calls out that Sung-min will die if he kills the man. But Sung-min screams that he won’t die as he shoves his knife into the man’s heart… then he falls over dead from a heart attack.

The only survivor, Tae-pyung lies on the floor in a river of blood. In voiceover he says that his predictions are never wrong, but he was still furious that Sung-min chose to kill others rather than try to save himself. Eventually the cops arrive, and they find Tae-pyung unconscious but alive — because he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

Elsewhere, police detective SEO JOON-YOUNG (Lee Yeon-hee) gets a call regarding the gang war and the fact that gang leader Oh Sung-min is dead. When she learns there’s a witness, she takes her teammates and heads to the hospital where Tae-pyung was taken. Her teammate Kang-jae teases maknae Bong-soo that it’s his job to make sure all the random body parts at the crime scene are taken into evidence, ha.

On her way into the hospital, Joon-young passes Tae-pyung being taken out on a stretcher, but she doesn’t realize that he’s her witness until the nurse tells her. She hurries to the parking garage just as Yeon-hwa is driving away with Teacher Baek, with Tae-pyung still unconscious in a van behind them.

Joon-young chases after them on foot while calling Kang-jae, who gets to the car and blocks Yeon-hwa from leaving the hospital parking lot. Joon-young orders Yeon-hwa out of the car at gunpoint, and when she asks why Yeon-hwa was trying to get away from her, Yeon-hwa says that people waving guns are usually dangerous.

Yeon-hwa explains that the patient is just an eyewitness, not a suspect, so Joon-young moves to the van to check him out. Tae-pyung has woken up during the commotion and is stunned as he looks at her… and for the first time, he doesn’t see her death in her eyes. He imagines them alone under a starry sky, but then she throws the door of the van open and he snaps out of it.

Haha, Joon-young is (understandably) flustered for a moment by Tae-pyung’s bare chest. He shows her the emerging bruise where he was shot and explains that all the blood on the gurney earlier wasn’t his. He gives Joon-young his name and tells her curtly to contact Yeon-hwa if she wants to talk to him later.

Joon-young goes back inside for more information on Tae-pyung, who she’s surprised to learn is an American citizen. She checks out the evidence from the gang war, which includes Tae-pyung’s bulletproof vest. Considering the fact that guns are hard to get and even Oh Sung-min didn’t expect his rivals to have them, Joon-young finds it extra strange that Tae-pyung was wearing a bulletproof vest for what he claims was an abduction.

At home, Tae-pyung thinks about how this is the first time he hasn’t been able to see someone’s death. Even when he looks into his own eyes in the mirror, he can see his own death… as an old man, he’ll have a heart attack in a desolate place, while holding a necklace. He thinks to himself that he never knew where he’d die or why he’ll be crying — until he met Joon-young.

Joon-young takes Sung-min’s mother to identify his body. She’s surprised when Mom doesn’t want an autopsy to determine the cause of death, especially since she insisted on one five years ago when her younger son obviously died of multiple stab wounds. Mom tells her that Tae-pyung saw the cause of her son’s death, and that he’s very well-known in political and financial circles.

Tae-pyung tells Yeon-hwa and Teacher Baek that he couldn’t see Joon-young’s death, and he asks Teacher Baek if that ever happened to him before he lost his eyesight. Interesting… so Teacher Baek had the same ability? Teacher Baek says it never happened to him, and he snaps at Tae-pyung that it’s just because he and Joon-young are “tangled in bad karma.”

Sung-min’s mom thinks about the last time she saw her son alive, when she’d warned him about Tae-pyung’s prediction. She’d wondered if his brother would have died if she’d stopped him when he became a gang member. She’d said that she hated him when his brother was killed, but that she also never stopped loving him.

She’d begged Sung-min to get checked by a doctor, but he’d left, saying cheekily that her son is too good a fighter to die easily. As she’d watched him go, she’d known she’d never see him alive again.

She calls Tae-pyung and thanks him for giving her a chance to see the son she’d disowned, and tells him to call her if he ever needs anything. She also says that she told Joon-young the truth so that he wouldn’t be mistaken for a gangster and investigated.

EPISODE 2

Joon-young and her team go to Tae-pyung’s home, and they marvel that he’s quite wealthy (LOL, the house is so big they have trouble finding the front door). Yeon-hwa lets them in, and as they wait, they wonder at a huge painting of Teacher Baek in the foyer. Kang-jae comments that he’s too ugly to be Tae-pyung’s father, and Teacher Baek rolls up behind them to ask if Kang-jae is handsome, ha.

When Tae-pyung shows up, he pretends that it’s ridiculous to think that he can foresee people’s deaths. He continues to claim that he was simply abducted and was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and he says that he always wears a bulletproof vest (he’s even wearing one now, hee) because he’s paranoid after seeing too many movies.

He plays it up so much that by the time he stops blabbering, all three detectives are looking at him like he’s lost his damn mind. After they leave, he tells Yeon-hwa that it’s better they think him crazy than find out the truth, because things would get a lot worse if the media found out what he can do.

Yeon-hwa finds a photograph that Joon-young left behind of a woman that they were planning to use to test him. When Tae-pyung looks at it, the death he sees in the woman’s eyes shakes him badly.

Joon-young still thinks that Tae-pyung might have a strange ability to see death and is just pretending it’s not true. She admits to Kang-jae that she left the photo of the woman behind, and that she’ll know soon if Tae-pyung really sees her death or not.

Joon-young managed to get an autopsy after all, and when she asks about the results, she’s told that a medical examiner with the nickname “Four Weeks” (because he’s infamous for always taking four weeks to release autopsy reports) is doing it. Upset, Joon-young calls “Four Weeks,” who is actually GU DO-KYUNG (Im Joo-hwan) and attempts to aegyo him into speeding things up a bit.

She’s hiding in the ladies’ room during the call, but PFFT, a toilet flushes and gives her away. Do-kyung hears it and fusses at Joon-young for pooping while she’s begging him. He hangs up on Joon-young, but a tiny little smile crosses his face as he goes back to work.

Tae-pyung is brought to the police station to make a statement, but he stubbornly sticks to his story of being abducted and knowing nothing about the incident beforehand. Team Leader Han lets him go, and on the way out Tae-pyung gives Joon-young the photo she left at his house.

He avoids her eyes, saying that he hopes there’s no reason for them to see each other again. She follows him outside and asks what he saw in the photo, but Tae-pyung says it was just a photo.

Frustrated, Joon-young rants to her team that it’s crazy to think someone can foresee death, but that there are too many strange things about the incident. Tae-pyung says he was abducted mistakenly but he was wearing a bulletproof vest, and his lawyer showed up at the hospital to get him before he regained consciousness, which makes it look as if they planned things in advance.

Tae-pyung sits at a cafe, watching a ragged-eared stray cat sitting on the windowsill. He thinks about walking into that police station and seeing everyone’s deaths in their eyes, proving that his ability still works, and he wonders what makes Joon-young different.

Elsewhere, at the Hana Daily News, a reporter tells his boss that he’s been trying to get information on the gang war from Joon-young, but that she’s stonewalling him. His boss, LEE JOON-HEE (Park Won-sang) calls a meeting to discuss whether they should continue to pursue a story about the gang war, considering that the detective in charge won’t talk.

Joon-hee sighs that Joon-young’s name seems familiar, and another reporter tells him that she’s the daughter of a detective named Seo Dong-chul, who was investigating a murderer named Jo Pil-doo when Joon-young was just a child.

They have an intern on location at the police station, OH YE-JI (Yoon Ji-won), who gets caught snooping through case files by Bong-soo. HAHA, Joon-young and Kang-jae are also there eating dinner, and Joon-young recognizes Ye-ji as the woman who flushed the toilet while she was on the phone with “Four Weeks.”

This kicks off a conversation that includes the word “poop” entirely too many times for Kang-jae’s liking, making him lose his appetite. Joon-hee calls Ye-ji as she’s slinking out in shame, and he tells her to get him a scoop, no matter what it is.

Speaking of the serial killer Jo Pil-doo, a petition to suspend his jail time was recently denied, so Joon-hee decides to cover that story instead of Oh Sung-min’s. He gets a call from his wife, Ji-won, who isn’t surprised that he forgot it’s her birthday. He promises to come home as soon as possible, and Ji-won tells him to call their daughter, Mi-jin, in the meantime.

Mi-jin picks out a birthday cake for her mother on her way home, at the same cafe where Tae-pyung is still brooding. She stops to pet the stray cat, giving Tae-pyung a look at her eyes, and what he sees is terrifying — Joon-young finding Mi-jin’s body inside a box, and trying in vain to revive her. Tae-pyung runs outside, but the girl is already gone.

Back in the meeting, Joon-hee tells his reporters that Jo Pil-doo has dementia and late-stage lung cancer, which will make a compelling story, especially if they can tie in Joon-young’s connection. It’s explained that Pil-doo murdered seven young girls twenty years ago, and that there was an unofficial eighth “victim” — Joon-young’s father, who died during Jo Pil-doo’s arrest.

Before he was caught, Jo Pil-doo was called the Midnight Killer because his victims all died at midnight. He would abduct them on their way home and bury them in a box with a phone just to give them hope of rescue, but they all stopped communicating just before midnight and were all found dead.

As Joon-hee is telling his reporters about the serial killer, his own daughter Mi-jin is grabbed by a mysterious man. Her mother calls her when she doesn’t arrive home, and Tae-pyung, who’s still trying to find the girl, picks up the phone from the street where Mi-jin dropped it beside the now smashed cake.

Scared now, Ji-won calls Joon-hee to tell him that Mi-jin is missing. Joon-hee thinks that Mi-jin probably just dropped her phone and blows off his wife’s concerns. While he’s on the phone, his reporters talk about how he practically stalked Joon-young for a story when her father died, despite her being a young child, which probably terrified her.

While Ji-won meets Tae-pyung at the spot where he found Mi-jin’s phone, Mi-jin wakes up inside a small wooden box, her hands bound. She starts screaming for help, not even noticing the phone ringing near her hip with a call from someone named Kang Myung-soo.

 
COMMENTS

Ooooh, I really like this. The Game: Towards Zero is already giving me goosebumps in all the right ways. So far I like almost everything about it — the basic set-up, the characters, the mysteries, and even the visual style of the show. This first episode left me with a lot of questions, which is perfect because I feel so drawn-in already. Why and how can Tae-pyung see death? What happened twenty years ago that started his nightmares, and is it somehow connected to the Midnight Killer? Who is Teacher Baek and how did he have the same ability, and how did he lose it when he lost his sight? And most of all, can fate be changed once someone’s death has been seen? These questions are what make the show so fascinating, and they’re what will keep me coming back for more.

I’m going to be straight-up honest, and hang with me because I’m planning to say something nice afterward. At first I had major concerns about Taecyeon and Lee Yoon-hee playing opposite one another. In my personal opinion, they both perform much better when opposite a strong actor, but without that support their acting can be… well, inconsistent. So I was pleasantly surprised that I liked them both very much in this premiere episode, especially Taecyeon, who seems to have brought back a sense of maturity and groundedness from his army service. He’s still adorable and endearing, and it helps that this role seems tailor-made for him, but I’m no longer worried that he might struggle with the more serious aspects of a show that centers on death. Lee Yoon-hee also impressed me very much, and while it’s still early, I’m hopeful that my fears may turn out to be unfounded.

I really love the characters in The Game already (and it doesn’t hurt that the show is almost entirely cast of my favorite character actors). This premiere did a great job of introducing them to us so that we feel we know them, while not overwhelming us with information. I love Tae-pyung’s duality — he’s stoic and standoffish in public, afraid to get too close to anyone, yet at home he’s animated and expressive and can be such a pouty child. Joon-young is intelligent and interesting, with her background of having lost her father yet still choosing to go into his same field, though she seems to be all work and no play and could use a little loosening up. I’m also a huge fan of Im Joo-hwan and can’t wait to see more of him, and even in Do-kyung’s case, I liked what little I saw.

Aside from the characters, I’m also impressed by the presentation. The cinematography is dark and gritty, as expected of a drama about death, but there are these interesting moments when everything goes soft and lovely and just a little bit over-saturated. This gives those moments a very different flavor, which adds to the supernatural feel of the drama. I’ll admit that I could use fewer thirty-second close-up shots of Taecyeon squinting into someone’s eyes, but I’m hoping that’s an affectation that will fade out after a couple of episodes, because otherwise I find the show visually compelling in a really unique way. All in all, I’m fascinated and intrigued by The Game: Towards Zero, and I’m anxious to see what happens next.

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People were talking about Taecyeon's ears here on DB. I never even noticed before, but now, looking at the pictures, I have to say it here loud and proud' I find them supercute

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As a long-term admirer of those ears, I agree.

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Since, as explained elsewhere in DB, his ears don't bother me, the thing that makes me sad is when I see the scar on his arm in a scene. I can't stop thinking, aigoo, that must have really hurt.

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(*quickly searches online TY's arm scar)

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😳 oh my!

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Junho's a beast.

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Teddy bear ears! I love em! Park Sung Woong and Jung Hae-In have them too!

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Now seriously, thanks for the recap @lollypip! I'll wait out until midseries before I check it out -just in case it derails- but it sure sounds more interesting than what I was expecting! I'm happy about your assessment on the acting... Watched Rescue me recently and I found Taecyeon's acting not so great in first episodes, but he grew into the role, and by the end he was ok

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I like the plot of the show it is really intriguing and I will watch it for it. That's where the good part ends. This show is like watching a photo album, which is just joined with tape...
(It is really beautifully shot and badly edited), and even badly directed. This show for me has immense potential to be a great visual show but the director decided to make a photo album out of it rather than use it as a medium of story telling... For example, the basic premise is the lead can see the death of people, can we also see it? since it's not a novel, but a VISUAL show, we could be a lot more immersed with the main lead, all the time we saw screen flashes we could see the death really, it would have a great impact specifically to see the last death of a poor little girl, but the director lacks total creativity here. He frames his shot like a photograph, not like they are a part of something so every shot has near perfect leading lines and composition and symmetry in reflection, even framing inside framing but the creativity!

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I was also wondering why we weren't being shown what Tae-pyung sees. Granted it might be gory but it would make for a better presentation of the story.

I actually got confused for a second when he was meeting the detectives and they kept zooming in but not showing anything. I thought he couldn't see their deaths either. They really should have reserved the zooming in for his first meeting with Joon-young then discarded it.

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Since i don't want to say about ep 3-4 here, i will reserve a better examples for the next recap ;)

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"I’ll admit that I could use fewer thirty-second close-up shots of Taecyeon squinting into someone’s eyes"

I love the guy but those close-ups were weird..like you, i prefer they show the deaths, which maybe they will in future. Hopefully.

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Just showing his face must me a LOT cheaper & easier than showing lots of deaths.

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Sighhh.Good thing he’s got a pretty face then

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Or rather they wasted money on set design and making him look rich...

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Thanx for the recap @lollypip.

I was wandering around the internet aimlessly since CLOY didn't air this weekend and stumbled onto this show. I'm glad I did because it certainly kept me captivated during the entire two episodes.

It's hardly anything new but I'm interested in learning about all our players. I want to know how and why Tae-pyung got his unfortunate superpower. I call it unfortunate because I'd hate to see deaths I couldn't prevent. Why would I want that kind of torture?

I want to know more about Teacher Baek. His sass and pettiness provides enough levity to make me forget this is quite a grim drama.

The medical examiner is giving off the right amount of creepiness but not so much that I want to fast forward his scenes.

My one gripe though in these episodes was how careless everyone seemed with Tae-pyung's information. He's the secret that everyone in town knows about. While I admire Joon-young's passion, when she was trying to convince her boss to take on the case, I just wanted to shout "Keep it down will ya!"

That said, I'm hooked enough to keep an eye on this show.

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that and also why did they let the intern hangout in their office?? pfft.

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Right? That really irritated me.

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he’s very well-known in political and financial circles.

I would think that insurance companies would especially HATE him. Find out someone will die in plane crash at a certain airport; take out insurance policy; gift them an all-expenses-paid vacation...

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this is such a contradiction to him trying to keep a low-profile and staying away from the media cos we know there aint no field more high profile than politics and finance.

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I am confused how his ability is useful in these situations though, do people often die in financial and political circles. Befuddled, I am.

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I'm loving this!

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Me too.

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So is Four-Weeks-autopsy guy going to be the serial killer or just the guy who keeps confirming the lead's cause-of-death predictions? Or romantic rival? All 3?

And is there some Buffy-esque one-in-every-generation thing going on where the ML caught the death-seeing ability when the old chosen one lost his sight and second sight? While a random medical examiner catches the midnight-coffin-killer bug when the old killer is dying?

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Overall, I'm decently satisfied with these two episodes. There's definitely been some weird decisions made (like letting the intern reporter hang out where confidential information is discussed).

And this is noticeable in the next couple of episodes, as well.

But it's a thriller mixed with supernatural elements, which is so my thing, so I'm willing to let this slide.

I do wish the opening week packed a little more punch, because I did find myself a bit bored with the vague introduction of the characters, but there's still plenty of time for the pacing to pick up.

My main concern is that it will end up too easy to figure out the deal with Tae-pyung's ability. The necklace he was holding when he died was probably our female lead's. I'm sure they had visited the place of his death at some point (which we will get to see). He can't see her death, because he's the one responsible for it. Something like that. So I'm hoping it's not going to go in this direction, because that's an easy prediction from me.

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I tuned in idly over the weekend, and really enjoyed the first few episodes. The overall pacing was good for me, not too fast but with enough going on to stay interesting. Also wanted to mention the very strong secondary cast. They've cast a lot of talented actors in supporting and featuring roles. The first two episodes especially show really strong, from the cub reporter and junior police officers to the parents of the kidnapped teen (the mom is played by Jang So-yeon, who is strong in every role I've ever watched her in from the first time I noticed her in Heard it Through the Grapevine). It's unusual to see such a strong ensemble unless by luck, and I hope the writer and PD keep up the screen time for them. I've found Taecyeon a solid actor with good taste in his works. I think the first few episodes show that he still has good instincts for roles that bring out his charms. His onscreen likeability adds to a character that could be cold or alienating. There's definitely more subtlety in his acting than a few years ago, I'm looking forward to seeing how his artistic skills have developed.

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@tmlee, TL I am with you. I too really liked the opening episodes.
The supporting cast is terrific. You pointed out the appearance of Jang So-yeon who is playing mom Ji-won.
Let me point out the appearance of the wonderful Ye Soo-jung who plays psychopath Oh Sung-min's mother. I believe her character will be staying around.

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I enjoyed the show and I agree Taecyeon is doing fine here, but like you said it may be because the role was made for him. That being said Lee Yoon Hee is not that good, but I am okay with mediocre acting if the story is working and the story is working. 😃

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Thanks for the detailed recap. I will watch this drama now. Yes didn't think Taecyeon was a great actor but would like to check that out in this drama per Lollypip's feedback.

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" Joon-young calls “Four Weeks,” who is actually GU DO-KYUNG (Im Joo-hwan) and attempts to aegyo him into speeding things up a bit."

This really annoyed me and pushed me out of the story. From a dedicated hard working homicide detective who has survived and succeeded in a male dominated field? Really?

A thing I love about Stove League and Chief Kim is the lead female characters don't use this kind of aegyo. IIRC there wasn't much in WWW: Search either. Teasing yes. Flirting yes.

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Watch this kdram 1st OST Where You Are on YT ..they song is so good
https://youtu.be/-jbF5IQqj1U

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Thank you @lollypip for recapping THE GAME: TOWARDS ZERO.
This is one of the few times I have commented on an episode before watching. I will watch the first 2/4 episodes tonight. A few thoughts:
1. TGTZ is my first Ok Taec-yeon drama. A couple of reasons I am drawn to this drama is its OCN vibe and actress Ye Soo-jung;
2. I knew practically nothing about Taecyeon. I have learned that as a teenager he grew up not so far from my home town of Boston, Massachusetts USA. His career in the entertainment industry has been impressive as was his time in the military. Like I said I have not seen his previous work in drama so the guy has a clean slate with me;
3. I have not read the recap yet but scanned the comments and @oppafangirl's comments are a concern. A Director's "vision" if you will of a drama is huge. I hope Director-nim does not drop the ball on this one; and
4. I will followup with episode comments after viewing. This could be an interesting run for us.

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The only place I can watch TGTZ does not have English subtitles. Is it worth watching without them?

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Was quite excited for this one to start and glad to say i liked it a lot...Love the atmoshere quite a lot and major props to the BGM that highlights it...Curious if Gu Do Kyung was just a witness of one of the Killer's victim that day when he was small or he is connected to the one who did it or of a victim and seeks answers based on that...Might say i'm also curious about Tae Pyung own nightmare premonitions as he's been followed by it all his life considering he meet Do Kyung when he was little...It's too early but i'd dare say Gu Do Kyung is in the present the one doing the killings...

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip!

I'm always quite iffy about anything with Taecyeon because his acting really does leave much to be desired, but your initial review seems promising! Think I'll follow along the recaps and see if it's worth biting the bullet at the halfway mark.

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I really want to watch, since I love supernatural theme, and thriller. So, I wait with much anticipation, and it is Taecyeon first drama after enlistment.
However... I like you, Taecyeon, a lot, with 2PM. I see that you try hard to emulate your character, and it get decent enough. But, pairing with Lee Yeon Hee and this director, uh oh, no. I see too many blank emotion from Lee Yeon Hee.

@oppafangir is right, drama is high on visual aspect. What do you expect if you see blank wall? And without narrated-style-drama, compare this to "You". One thing that makes 'You' successful, I think, is the way the main lead narrated his thought. That way, people are "forced" to see his reasons and instead of dislike Joe/Will, they fell for him. If you want to leave a blank space, you better narrate it.

When I see two series with the same theme/genre, I compare them. At the moment, I am watching 'The Outsider' (based on book by Stephen King). The casts are strong, the direction good. I hope it doesn't disappoint like 'Tall Grass' or 'IT 2'.

So, for the time being, I will just wait and see and read Lollypip's review here on Dramabeans. I really wish this series be successful. I love to see Taec nails his part.

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Tae-pyung lying in the factory floor in the pool of blood, I expected the camera to pan over to find a pudding container on the floor for a PPL, like in 'Be Melodramatic'.

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I have now watched the first 4 episodes and thanks again @lollypip for the recaps. I am with you and enjoyed the first two episodes.

One of the reason I appreciate recaps of crime dramas, especially the early episodes, is that I miss so much (like clues!). I did not realize that in the THE TWILIGHT ZONE like opening Tae-pyung was looking at his younger self. (Kudos to young Kim Kang-hoon who played the young Tae-pyung. O/T That boy is on a roll. In CAMELLIA he played little Pil-gu who grew up to be Jung Ga-ram. Now in TGTZ he grows up to be Taecyeon!).

The three main leads, Director-nim and Writer-nim are a clean slate to me. I have enjoyed what I have seen so far so I am not get too critical yet.

A couple things. Park Won-sang played an editor in my first kdrama HEALER so it is good to see him here; and
any drama that has a character named Bong-soo who is the maknae on a police squad (oh team-sorry) is OK with me.

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Taecyeon's entire role is to bounce around and then give half-naked mesmestares so... this may be my new favourite drama.

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This is just off on a tangent, but I watch this drama right after I watch Ghost Phantom, where Lee Yeon Hee played along So Ji Sub, portraying a detective character like this too. She looks quite different after 8 years; with less baby fat dan with more matured facial feature, but as beautiful as always.

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