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Lee Seo-jin and Lee Joo-young connect across time in political thriller Times

New character teasers have been released for upcoming OCN original drama, Times. Featuring Lee Seo-jin (Trap) and Lee Joo-young (Itaewon Class), Times is about two reporters who pursue the same case together–from two different timelines. It’s a life or death matter and the latest teasers set the pace as they shed some light on what’s at stake if the Lee duo fail in their efforts.

In the teaser for Lee Seo-jin’s character, it’s 2015 and he suddenly receives an abrupt phone call from a frantic Lee Joo-young, claiming that she’s from the future. In the teaser, after he receives that phone call, he reacts with disbelief and distrust, asking her: “What are you?”

Copy appears onscreen: “A truth that transcends time.” She sincerely begs for him to help her, and in the end, he says yes. His character is introduced as Lee Jin-woo, a reporter that seeks the truth and holds strong convictions. A series of different scenes race by and we see a reporters frantically taking photos, a press conference at the Blue House and a man with a long-range rifle. We see Lee Seo-jin racing down a hallway and in voiceover, he’s says, “If there was wrongdoing, it needs to be corrected no matter what. It doesn’t matter if it was ten, twenty, or a hundred years ago.”

In Lee Joo-young’s teaser, it’s 2020, and her character is trying to establish her own identity as Reporter Seo Jung-in, instead of as her father’s daughter. But it’s a little difficult when her father is the president of Korea.

We see her father lovingly wish her a happy 26th birthday and holding up her cake so she can blow out the candles. But as the candles go out, we hear a gunshot and the next shot seems like a different world. She wakes up with a start and everything has changed.

In her voiceover, she says that everything had changed overnight, as if things had all been made up by someone. A memorial for her father is shown, and she sobs in front of it. We see a crowd of people mobbing a car and a quick cut of a gunman. A news anchor reports Seo Jung-in’s request for investigations regarding the truth of her congressman father’s death.

She somehow calls Lee Seo-jin’s character, who is in the 2015 timeline, and tells him the situation: “Tomorrow my father will die. Please help save my father.” In her character description, Seo Jung-in is described as a passionate reporter who stands faces the truth.

Written by Lee Sae-bom and Ahn Hye-jin and directed by Yoon Jong-ho, Times will begin airing on February 20.




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Featuring Lee Seo-jin (Trap)

Sorry, but after all the twists in Trap, I don't think I can accept him as a straightforward good guy. The aftertaste is still strong.

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I agree. I'm trapped with his Trap image too.

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he suddenly receives an abrupt phone call from a frantic Lee Joo-young, claiming that she’s from the future. In the teaser, after he receives that phone call, he reacts with disbelief and distrust, asking her: “What are you?"

The answer I would want from a time-traveler from the future is "investment advisor".

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Oh again. Alice, Kairos, Time, Sisyphus... Each channel will do its own version?

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Actually, I think the trend has been launched by Signal (2016), they were communicating by radio but the principle was the same. I actually think it's the best way to deal with Time travel without having too many plot holes.

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I know. But all the ones I named are recent. I loved Signal and really liked Kairos. But there was 4 years between them :p

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I know you are referring to TV dramas, but the movie "Call" by Park Shin-hye on Netflix is one of the best time-crossing stories in 2020.
I enjoy all those space/time crossing dramas. These writers are unbelievably creative. Each one is unique and of high quality. The only complaint I have is I do need to take short breaks between each one of them to give my brain a rest.

Unfortunately for me, Time, Sisyphus are both on my watch list. :)

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it may be the same plot line but the way the writers approach it and the way the actors interpret their characters will be different. i really like lee seo jin so i want to see how he makes his part.

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It's like Signal but with reporters? 😅

Hope it's as good. Haven't watched suspense/action/thrillers after a while. Though the 1st on my to-watch list would have to be Kairos. Sorry, Seo Jin-ah. 😁

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Yes. Watch Kairos! Kairos best drama 😆. ps: I'm sure your last sentence 'sorry seo jin' is for Lee Seo Jin, but I initially thought it was for Kim Seo Jin, the main character in Kairos hehehe 🤣.

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Oh! Now that's a coincidence! Haha

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Times feel too close to Kairos (too soon?) with the phonecall, basic plot: daughter want to save parent and overall editing aesthetic: cold future, warm past. But I suppose the feel will be different because the main characters are reporters and one is the president daughter, they have media and resources on their sides unlike in Kairos where the main characters were normal people with no mediaplay power. I'll probably watch Times because I like Lee Seo Jin, eventhough I have trust issues with him after Trap. I'll try my best not to compare it to Kairos, hopefully writer/director/actors can make it feel different. Kairos just ended, so I still remember lots of scenes~

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