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Beyond Evil: Episode 1

Yeo Jin-gu and Shin Ha-kyun are teaming up for Beyond Evil, a murder mystery that seems poised to be a fantastically shivery thrill ride. A small-town murder hits close to home for one of them, while the other seems determined to solve the case even if it puts him in harm’s way. They’re forced to work together against their wishes — will their suspicions and hangups get in the way of solving a murder spree that’s lasted for over two decades?

NOTE: This is only a first episode recap.

EPISODE 1: The Appearance

A man wanders through a reed field at night, calling for someone. A younger man calls back that he fell but he’s okay, but then his flashlight falls on something that makes him start screaming. The first man finds him by his flashlight, and gapes at something on the ground — a pair of mummified hands with the fingertips cut off.

October 14, 2000

In the same town, Munju City, a young woman named LEE YOO-YEON (Moon Joo-yeon) plays the organ at church while her mother humbly accepts compliments from a fellow church member about what a sweet, thoughtful, and smart daughter she is. Unfortunately, Yoo-yeon’s older twin brother seems to be the complete opposite, and didn’t even show up for today’s mass for his own grandmother, though his mother faithfully defends him.

Mom tries to call him, but LEE DONG-SHIK (cameo by Lee Do-hyun) is too busy loudly and badly playing guitar and singing along with the radio at a nearby café. Eventually the owner’s daughter gets fed up with the noise and orders Dong-shik to leave, grumbling that he’s nothing compared to his sister. Dong-shik goes, but before he does, he tells her, “Bang Joo-seon, see you later…” with an unsettling smile that doesn’t quite reach his eyes.

Later that night, Dong-shik’s sister Yoo-yeon gets a text from Dong-shik saying that he doesn’t want to go home, and asking her to meet him elsewhere. She heads out, ending up on a long road near a reed field. Suddenly she hears a woman screaming, and the streetlights go out. Yoo-yeon starts to run.

In the morning, Joo-seon’s body lies in the reed field, her ankles and wrists tied together and her fingertips cut off. When Dong-shik and Yoo-yeon’s mother steps outside to get the paper, she’s horrified to see Yoo-yeon’s fingertips neatly lined up on the doorstep, but Yoo-yeon is never seen again.

20 years later — October 11,2020

LEE DONG-SHIK (Shin Ha-kyun) is all grown up now, and he appears to be living in the old remains of that cafe, which is now wallpapered with articles about Joo-seon’s murder and his missing sister. He works as an assistant investigator, and today he and his partner JI-HOON (Nam Yoon-soo) are responding to a disturbance at a local hair salon.

The salon regulars are fighting over a card game in which they’ve been gambling for pennies, and an accusation of cheating has them at each other’s throats. As Ji-hoon watches with growing horror, the ladies escalate to blows, and Dong-shik appears to be letting it happen. Once it gets to a certain point, Dong-shik arrests every last one of them.

He insists on charging them, despite one of them being married to a fellow cop, citing the laws against gambling to the letter. Into the middle of the kerfuffle at the police station walks a handsome but stiff-necked young man, who introduces himself as Inspector HAN JOO-WON (Yeo Jin-gu).

He’s a transfer from Seoul, but as it’s been almost a year since CHIEF NAM (Chun Ho-jin) requested another officer. When he mentions that he’d forgotten all about the request, Joo-won looks suspiciously awkward.

The other cops look up Joo-won and find that he’s wildly overqualified for their tiny little country town. He graduated the Korean National Police University with top honors, and is the son of the chief superintendent in Seoul, the second-highest ranked police officer in Korea.

On his way out of Chief Nam’s office, Joo-won witnesses a man trying to report his adult son missing. Dong-shik agrees to file a report on the young man as having run away, but he coolly informs the distraught father that, because his son is neither under 18 nor mentally disabled, Korean law says that he can’t technically be reported missing.

Later that night, as Dong-shik leaves work, he stumbles and grabs at his right thigh in pain — an old injury, maybe? He continues on, taking some medication as he goes. Joo-won drives by and notices Dong-shik limping across the road, then hits the gas hard when the light turns green. Dong-shik watches Joo-won speed away, noting the flashy sports car and license plate number.

A young woman, YOO JAE-YI (Choi Sung-eun), prepares dinner for Dong-shik, Ji-hoon, and Dong-shik’s best friend PARK JUNG-JAE (Choi Dae-hoon), the local inspector general, at her small corner restaurant. They’re joined by Ji-hoon’s big sister JI-HWA (Kim Shin-rok), who works in Violent Crimes. Ji-hoon complains to his noona that Dong-shik’s “nut gauge” (what the locals call his tendency to do crazy things) went up today when he arrested six ajummas.

She’s already heard that they filed a complaint, and she asks Dong-shik why he did it, when he knows they won’t be indicted. Surprisingly, it’s Jae-yi who answers — the ajumma who runs the salon is financially involved with some shady people, and by arresting her for something small-time, he’s hoping to cut off the other ladies from that connection. Ah, so our Dong-shik is crazy like a fox…

Talk turns to the new inspector in town, and his high connections that seem out-of-place in such a small town as theirs. Ji-hwa asks cheekily if he’s the son of the commissioner general or something, and Ji-hoon says he might be soon, if his father gets promoted.

A flashback shows Joo-won having a very tense dinner with his father, CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT HAN KI-HWAN (Choi Jin-ho). His father had expressed that the Seoul office was disappointed that Joo-won was choosing to go to the country and had offered to pull some strings, but Joo-won had asked him not to use his power like that at such an important time.

Chief Superintendent Han told Joo-won not to make him do anything, and to just lay low until the term is over. He’d berated Joo-won for daring to plan to return to Foreign Affairs afterward, and Joo-won had forced a smile and agreed.

Back in the present, as Dong-shik arrives at work in the morning, he sees Joo-won in his fancy sports car and quips that it stands out in this town. He holds out a hand and introduces himself, but Joo-won backs away and says that he doesn’t like touching people’s hands.

A meeting is held to decide who will be Joo-won’s partner, and when Dong-shik and Joo-won openly express their kneejerk distaste for each other, naturally Chief Nam makes them partners. He says it’s because, once they warm up to each other, there won’t be any discord within the team — not bad logic, but kind of naïve. The really hilarious part is that despite his young age, Joo-won outranks Dong-shik, hee.

In the patrol car, Joo-won starts wiping down every surface until Dong-shik needles him about his obvious fear of germs. Dong-shik insists on driving, mentioning that Joo-won seems like a wild driver based on how he drove his first night in town. Joo-won denies it, so Dong-shik pulls over to inform him of what he witnessed in great detail, and his words are a clear warning to Joo-won to watch himself in Dong-shik’s town.

Dong-shik takes a report on his personal phone, and Joo-won objects, but Dong-shik blows him off and drives them to an old house near the reed fields. An elderly man with dementia named Woo-chul has gone missing again, and based on experience, Dong-shik knows that he’s probably somewhere in the reed field. He sets off in one direction and Joo-won reluctantly follows, muttering angrily when his clean shoes get all muddy.

Joo-won thinks he sees something and follows, and soon gets lost in the tall reeds. He’s starting to think that Dong-shik is playing a prank on him when suddenly a hard wind kicks up. Dong-shik grabs Joo-won and flings him into a clearing, yelling that he was going to get hit in the face by the reeds, then stalks off to keep looking for Woo-chul.

They finally find the old man who, it turns out, was the father of Joo-seon who was murdered twenty years ago. In his dementia, he’s come to the reed fields to look for his daughter. Joo-won makes the mistake of saying that he’s an inspector, and Woo-chul flies into a rage, screaming about the police. Dong-shik and Joo-won are forced to tackle him to the ground, to Joo-won’s muddy dismay.

They get Woo-chul home, where his daughter complains that he always gets more aggressive in October and breaks the locks that Dong-shik puts on the gates to keep him at home. She tells Dong-shik to get stronger locks, and at Joo-won’s surprised glance, she snaps at him for thinking she’s shameless.

Joo-won tells her not to call Dong-shik’s personal phone anymore, but Dong-shik says placatingly that it’s okay. Joo-won asks Dong-shik if the woman has something on him, but Dong-shik doesn’t answer.

Back at the station, Dong-shik and Joo-won clean off all the mud, Joo-won taking extensive care with his efforts. Chief Nam asks if none of his friends who did rotations told him that working out here can get messy, but Joo-won says that he has no friends since anyone trying to get close to him usually ends up asking him to pull strings. Awww, that’s sad.

Dong-shik quips that his connections must be awesome if absolutely everyone wants the same thing. Trying to be nice, Ji-hoon brings Joo-won a cup of tea, and Joo-won declines. Chief Nam jokes that he must have some sort of germ phobia and the others laugh, but Joo-won denies it.

It’s definitely a lie — later that night, Joo-won sits in his car outside Jae-yi’s (clean but certainly run-down) restaurant, composing a text to Chief Nam saying that he won’t be able to attend team dinners. Jae-yi knocks on the window and interrupts, telling him to park in back, and Joo-won is forced to go inside now that he’s been seen.

Joo-won is visibly uncomfortable in such a small space and sitting so close to so many people. They’re joined by Jung-jae and Ji-hwa, who sits next to Joo-won and notes that he doesn’t look like his father, who she’s met. Everyone goes quiet, knowing that Joo-won’s father is a sensitive subject, and Joo-won snaps that he doesn’t want to talk about him.

Eventually Joo-won gets overwhelmed by all the people and slips out into the rainy night. He goes next door where Jae-yi prepares the meat, and finds Dong-shik there carving some more pork belly with a very sharp knife. Joo-won asks Dong-shik again what Woo-chul’s daughter has on him that makes him cater to her so much, and Dong-shik says darkly, “I killed someone. I killed their youngest daughter.”

Joo-won asks how he killed her, but Dong-shik just chuckles and says it was a joke. He says he likes Joo-won (Joo-won: “I’m not interested in being liked by you…”) and tells Joo-won to go home before Chief Nam catches him sneaking out.

Another flashback takes us back to Seoul, where Joo-won met with a prosecutor named KWON HYUK (Park Ji-hoon) in a fancy restaurant. Joo-won seemed annoyed as Hyuk giggled that he’d gotten himself in a fix. Hyuk had handed over a file — an autopsy report on a woman named Wi Sun-hee, who was found dead with her wrists and ankles bound and her fingertips cut off.

While Joo-won eagerly perused the report, Hyuk had asked if he thought Joo-won’s father would approve of the daughter of a low-level chaebol family. Joo-won said he wasn’t interested, but Hyuk had meant for himself. Apparently he used to be Joo-won’s live-in tutor and was given money for school by Chief Superintendent Han, and he wants Chief Superintendent Han to think of him as a son who doesn’t disappoint him.

Put off by Hyuk’s toadying, Joo-won had headed home to add the autopsy file to his extensive pile of evidence regarding the serial murders, which included a photo of Dong-shik. Nine months ago, Joo-won had presented to his Seoul colleagues on the murder of Joo-seon and Yoo-yeon’s disappearance (except for her fingertips), and their resemblance to the serial murder case they were working on.

His colleagues had immediately recognized Dong-shik, who is famous among cops for an incident which left him with a dead partner he couldn’t explain, and after which Dong-shik’s team had been dismissed and he’d been demoted. Joo-won had explained that he believes Dong-shik was involved in Joo-seon’s murder and his sister’s disappearance, and in fact, he was the prime suspect at the time.

It seems strange, considering that twenty years later, Dong-shik still puts up banners all over town asking for information on Yoo-yeon’s whereabouts.

Dong-shik gets another call about Woo-chul having gone missing, and since Ji-hoon is helping him put up a new banner, he takes the kid along with him. When Joo-won arrives at work, Chief Nam orders him to the reed fields to help look for Woo-chul. It’s dark when Joo-won arrives, and he can hear Dong-shik calling for Woo-chul (and he hilariously gets his pristine shoes muddy again).

He runs into Dong-shik, who snaps at him not to get lost again. We’re back to the moment when Ji-hoon fell down and started screaming, and Dong-shik ran to him to find fingerless hands sticking out of the ground. Dong-shik’s first thought is that he’s found Yoo-yeon’s body, but Joo-won spots a ring on one of the finger stumps that he recalls seeing on the hand of an older woman.

Seeing Joo-won’s expression, Dong-shik sends Ji-hoon back to the car and orders Joo-won to tell him who the woman is. Staring at Dong-shik suspiciously, Joo-won asks how he could tell it’s a woman. Dong-shik tells Joo-won to report that they found a body, and Joo-won asks if he also has a suspect in mind.

Dong-shik turns away, and Joo-won asks him, “Lee Yoo-yeon, your sister… Are you sure you didn’t kill her?” Instead of answering, Dong-shik slowly turns back to Joo-won, peers up at him, and smiles that eery, dead-eyed grin.

COMMENTS

Okay, that is one freaky, shiver-inducing smile! I love how this episode left me feeling, very intrigued and a little scared, it’s scary in the very best way. Whenever possible, I prefer starting new dramas with as little information as possible, as far as plot and themes go, to avoid forming preconceived notions about the show. But when I say I went into Beyond Evil almost completely blind, I really mean that — I’m back after taking a break (yay!), and this is my first recap in months, and guys, I literally had no information about this show other than that Yeo Jin-gu is in it and the title sounded scary. So I’m thrilled to be so excited about this show after seeing the first hour.

Now, you guys know I love me some Yeo Jin-gu and I try to recap his shows as often as possible, and I always watch his dramas. But lets be honest — as handsome and charismatic as he is, and as hard as the industry has tried to shoehorn him into loverboy roles, romance just isn’t his strong suit. I think he does best when dark, dangerous, even mysterious roles, and he practically makes the air crackle when he’s allowed to let loose in roles like Woo-jin in Circle or the crazy king Lee Sun in The Crowned Clown. So I really can’t express how excited I am to see him here, in a show that seems primed to highlight all his best acting qualities, not to mention that he’s playing opposite another dramatic powerhouse like Shin Ha-kyun.

What I really love about the pairing of their characters is exactly the reason their chief put them together in the first place… they’re so similar. Most often, dramas follow the “opposites attract” trope and partner characters with very different personalities, but in the case of Dong-shik and Joo-won, they clash because they’re absolutely alike in many ways. They’re both stubborn, arrogant, bossy, and think they already know all they need to know about everything, and in both cases this attitude comes from living in a very small world… for Dong-shik, it’s his small town, and for Joo-won, it’s his narrow, carefully curated upbringing. Of course they have a lot of differences, too, especially in the ways they relate to others, but at the heart of it, they’re very similar people.

Joo-won and Dong-shik seem to have something else very important in common — they’re both harboring some very serious secrets. My instinct says that neither of them is a bad person, but that their secrets are more about guilt and shame than anything they’ve done truly wrong. I think that Dong-shik blames himself somehow for Joo-seon’s murder and Yoo-yeon’s disappearance, though I do believe he’s innocent, which is why he now dedicates his life to his community. And Joo-won appears to be in Munju City for a reason, and knows more about these murders than he’s letting on. There’s definitely something going on at home between him and his father, and Dear Old Dad doesn’t seem sorry to be getting his son away from the spotlight, which makes me think that Joo-won threatens his father’s chances at a promotion somehow.

All that being said, I was a teensy bit disappointed that this first episode was 95% set-up, though I do find that set-up very intriguing. That’s not to say it’s not good, because in fact I found this premiere to be quite interesting, with a fascinating mystery and characters that draw me in and make me want to learn more about them. If anything, my disappointment was that we didn’t get more meat of the story, but there’s another episode to watch as soon as I finish this! It’s just that mysteries aren’t usually my thing, but the fact that I liked the story and the characters enough to keep watching for a while and see how the show goes speaks to the fact that this is shaping up to be a good drama.

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Thanks for recapping this drama @lollypip !

Opposite of you, I’ve been anticipating this drama for months and did a lot of reading on the actors and production. Knowing more is sometimes dangerous, because it’s too easy to have high expectations. Despite the high expectations, I think the drama hasn’t disappointed me yet, 2 episodes in.

The production and acting has been on point. I expected a slow start and for it to pick up pace gradually. This director’s previous drama was very calm and mellow. I think the first half of episode 1 was still faster than her average pace of her previous drama (Moment At 18). The latter half of the episode really flew by. Although nothing really happened in the current timeline, the dialogue and character interaction was engaging enough. The vague talk and long stares made me curious. I was already anxious to see the next episode.

I’m a fan of dark Yeo Jin Goo. I really want to see him go all the way this time.🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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Thank you for recap . Mystery is not my type but loved it. I could not wait to watch second episode . Other then real story , story telling makes it so interesting. Hopefully it will be great roller-coaster :)

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Where are you watching this in the States? Can’t seem to find it. Thanks!

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ondemandkorea has it

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Thanks!

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drama-nice, ki55asian and fastdrama also have it, if you don't mind illegal sites.

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To be honest, the story doesn't really offer something new : serial killer, old cop and young cop, etc.

So what will do the difference with the other dramas is the acting and the directing. For now, Yeo Jin-Gu and Shin Ha-Kyun are pretty good.

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I guess I'm going to check this out.

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I love this so much!!! I was looking forward to it and to me, it was sort of like the underdog that I root for. I'm so glad it didn't dissapoint.

The story isn't exactly fresh, but I've always like a healthy dose of crime drama once in a while, so this came along at the right time. For now, I like the atmosphere, the music is distinctive and excellent, the small town feels like a character of its own and and the people in it seems real, I certainly enjoyed my time with the first two episodes.

I really like our main duo and their dynamic, though I have to say, I like Shin Ha Kyun's character quite a bit more than I do Jin Goo's, and I say this as someone who's watching it for him. Lee Dong Sik is a walking body full of contradictions and you can never tell what's actually going on in his head and I find that extremely compelling. As for Jin Goo, although he did a great job (that's a given?), I feel like Han Joo Won can be snobby and entitled, which are hardly likable qualities. I find it hard to connect or feel bad for someone who grew up privileged and whose biggest struggle seems to be his daddy issues. So I hope he will grow over the course of the series and I will grow to like him more. His car is very nice, though. (Is it supposed to be PPL? It was hard not to notice, they certainly spent a lot of time lingering on it.)

Also seeing that they starting on the (very) wrong foot, I'm now fully expect to see an epic bromance. My favourite thing about the first week is definitely when JW was caught off guard several times by DS's selfless actions. He was so sure that DS is guilty that when he saw DS taking care of people like a typical tsundere - he acted like he doesn't care, he wasn't doing it for show, didn't seem to expect anything in returns, etc. - JW was caught off guard so hard. His journey to understand who LDS are, I feel, is going to be an interesting one, and I hope that drama can deliver. I mean, that slo-mo under the rain scene? This is the stuff that dramas are made of, it's perfect bromance materials, it's what we're watching dramas for!

As for the murder mystery, I will be surprised if the murderer isn't one of those people who's at the butcher shop that night. Take me on a ride drama, if you can, my body is ready!

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Yea, that car is PPL, there is a thank you at the ending credits. But I think it’s essential to the plot, so they scouted a maker to sponsor the car. It’s flashy but still not expensive enough for a real young master.

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I believe that Joo-won’s car is an American Chevy! The last time I remember seeing a Chevy get such play in a kdrama was in LAWLESS LAWYER.

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It's a 2019 Chevy Camaro SS.

(There was a Camaro in another more recent drama but I've forgotten which one now.)

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That is a great looking car in pic #1.
I looked it up and the color of that Camaro is Riverside Blue Metallic.
Presumably YJG is having a ball driving it.

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It's beautiful. I wish /I/ was driving it hahaha

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"I feel like Han Joo Won can be snobby and entitled, which are hardly likable qualities"->> just had to comment after episode 3. I think this is on purpose. I don't think he's supposed to be likable. Actually I'm not sure anyone here is supposed to be likable in the stereotypical, traditional sense of the term.
(Doesn't mean I don't enjoy them though.)

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I was looking forward to this but I was slightly underwhelmed. The tied up body in the field of reeds - I feel like I have seen that in every kdrama thriller since Signal. I do think the leads are turning in a solid performance with a relatively stale plot and that's what made me continue to tune in for Episode 2.
It might become more interesting if the end of Episode 2 isn't just a red herring. That'd be more interesting writing and save this from seeming like Good Detective Season 2.

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This was okay. The storyline is really familiar. I hope they try to change it up and make someone unexpected the serial killer or maybe his sister is actually alive, that might be fun, it would be even better if he was the killer, but I have no hopes of that happening. YJG does do better in these types of roles, so I'm hoping for an inspired performance, so far though I'm underwhelmed.

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I love it!
I liked this PD's previous work Moment at Eighteen. That and this drama are completely different genres but somehow I get the same vibes which I really love about.
Lee Do-hyun is great! He totally looked like young Yoon Sang-hyun in 18 Again, now it's believable that he is young Shin Ha-kyun.
I always thought Nam Yoon-soo looks like Lee Do-hyun...
They could totally play brothers someday.

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Thank you for the recap. I have this in my queue of dramas to watch. I will give it a try. 😊

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@lollypip Thank you for recapping. I am really enjoying this drama and the mystery surrounding Joo-won and Dong-shik. I love these dark dramas with conflicted and complex characters.
The scene where Joo-won has to join the other team members for a meal and a drink is very relatable; I do not do well in spaces where there are a lot of people. I would find any way to (politely) remove myself from this situation and return to the comfort of my home.

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Since I'm in a mood for a crime-thriller drama, this was the perfect premiere. Also, Yeo Jin-gu!

The set-up has the usual old-young police as your duo partners, the case is scary as always and people around them are suspicious. Nonetheless, I'm excited as to how this will unfold in the coming episodes.

Thank you for the recap @lollypip, nice to see you back even if it's for a one time thing!

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Never been a fan of Yeo Jin Goo but ep 1 & 2 pretty much got me hooked. I think I will watch this drama only for now. #stilltryingtorunonfromrunon #andgyeommicouple

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Now that hashtag deserves its own thread 😂

#StillTryingToRunOnFromRunOn

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Liked this the best out of all the dramas that premiered this week. The chemistry is absolutely great between our main leads, I am definitely hooked.

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Thank you @lollypip for the great episode one BEYOND EVIL recap and welcome back.
Now that you have seen episode 2 please consider BE as a late addition to the DB recap list. I would love to get your take.
I loved the first two episodes. BE is a late addition to my viewing card because I didn’t think it would be available on a legal streaming site in the US. Thank you ODK for picking it up.

Also thank you for pointing out Yeo Jin-goo’s dual role performance in THE CROWNED CLOWN (2019). Beanies may have forgotten but because of that performance YJG was named Best Actor in the [2019 Year In Review] Editor’s Picks (Dec. 30, 2019).
TCC was my first YJG drama and BE is now my second. Go to Viki and watch episodes 7 and 8 of TCC if you want to see YJG at his best.

The first two episodes flew by an I am fully onboard. I can’t wait for episode three.

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Oh TCC... *sighs* my most hated drama, and yet YJG as Yi Heon was simply phenomenal.
I am glad Yi Heon got SOME retribution though for how that show treated his character, id est, the best performance award.
If it were me I would say ONLY watch episodes 7 and 8 pffffft.

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Re TCC also special mention should be made for Jang Gwang’s performance as Eunuch Jo. He set the standard for Eunuchs imo.
Apologies to BE for really going o/t.

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Off topic? On a recap thread? Beanies? Never... ;)

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Oh noooo...where can I watch this drama? Is it in Netflix? I really hate to watch at illegal site, and couldn't afford VIKI anymore 😭

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As mentioned above BEYOND EVIL is available subbed in the US at OnDemandKorea (ODK).

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I think what I liked best about this premiere was the directing and the music. The moment that soft jazz kicks in over some super moody landscape wide shot-- or we cut to a almost slice of life domestic scene-- immediately following some creepy revelation, and despite knowing what is lurking behind everything-- makes for a really interesting and, I think at least, unique tone, which is needed for a synopsis that is perhaps so familiar, and for some refreshing watching, at least for now.
Am a bit apprehensive about where the story intends to go, but I will keep watching for now.
Oh and I love Shin Ha Kyun's Lee Dong Sik. C'est superb.

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When Dong Sik was giving his close up creepy smile to JuWon, he looked fascinated for a moment. Maybe they really are more similar than they think.
Also, this drama made me think of Le Ganghoon from Brain. Anyone else getting the same vibes?
Well, I think I have mentioned it in fanwall too. I wasn't really wowed by Yeo Jin goo. Maybe because I was paying too much attention to him. His eyebrow raising and forehead creasing felt like he was acting the part of a cold/emotionless/withdrawn elite hero. I mean that is exactly what his character is but you know no know...

Serial killer thriller is nothing new among K-thrillers. But I am still a sucker for them. Done right, this could be a very enjoyable and thrilling watch.
I have my theories and suspects and I want to read everyone's suspect list too. So waiting eagerly for ep 2 recap.

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@amylovesoppa,
Unfortunately there may not be an episode 2 recap.
I would love for BEYOND EVIL to get the full recap treatment but
@lollypip wrote above:
NOTE: This is only a first episode recap.

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OH NOOOOOOOOO These kinds of show needs a recap so that we can cook up theories and find the suspects before the show does.
@lollypip please consider canim.

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Does that mean we will be camping here for discussing later episodes?

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That’s what I want to know. Ep 3 coming in a few hours. Can we discuss Ep 2 ending or no?

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@geliguolu maybe we should tag someone to find out.
@db-staff, @lollypip- may we discuss the entirety of this show on this thread including spoilers?

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I would think this is as good a place as any to continue the BE discussion.

I fondly recall how GRAND PRINCE (2018) fans latched (or hijacked if you will) onto a November 2017 YSY NEWS Post to discuss GP once it began airing in March 2018. It gathered over 300 comments.
Once we got the hang of it a format was developed with episodes introduced in bold roman.
Take a look. Here is a link (hopefully):
https://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/yoon-shi-yoon-offered-historical-melodrama-grand-prince/

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@marcusnyc20 Yes Beanies are ever resourceful like that. They've hijacked many a random news thread for shows without recaps. (JBL comes to mind).
If indeed there are no more recaps to come, something like that could absolutely be employed.

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It's fine with me if you keep discussing episodes here. I'd love to keep recapping it, but unfortunately the decision isn't up to me :(

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Thanks @lollypip.
(Lol. When I saw your tag my first thought was “Oh, the boss is checking in.”)

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LOL @bong-soo! I'm definitely not the boss, just a recapping minion who loves it enough to stick around forever. But I don't decide what gets recapped, that's for the REAL boss!

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Yay! Thanks @lollypip~!

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@sicarius @geliguolu and all: yes! please camp here and have fun ^^ we are cool with chatting about the full drama in a first ep recap thread, but perhaps a little spoiler warning would be good for folks that aren't expecting them?

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@missvictrix will do!!!!! Thank you~~

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OMG, never thought a comment of mine will get this response.
So happy these many people are interested in BE.

So here goes my SPOILER THOUGHTS FOR BEYOND EVIL EP 2.

Didn't watch the third ep, but I just want to say the Supermarket guy and Park Jung Jae are suspicious. But I don't think the supermart guy will be the killer. Or maybe I don't want him to be. Making a mentally challenged person be a serial killer is not done. I haven't really seen it in K-thrillers. But he is suspicious anyway. The way he was with Dong Sik's mother and how the camera is not closing upon him when the conversation is about him makes me zero into him.

Park Jung Jae obviously mommy issues.
Our elite lieutenant is too young to be the killer, but he may have the qualities. lol. Anyway, he is in for some character growth.

Now our main Suspect Dong-sik is probably a killer, but he didn't kill his sister and KMJ.

BTW isn't it amazing how Shin Ha-Kyun could distinguish b/w the acting inside acting. I mean when he was crying in front of the supermart table, I didn't felt like he was crying for 'real'. And VOILA! he wasn't. It amazed me.

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I like this. A lot! Maybe I didn’t have high expectations, not a big fan of YJG.

Can’t wait to see how it goes. Fingers crossed!

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Spoiler alert. What I don't understand is, Dong-sik was the suspect only for the 1st case. Joo Won is obviously investigating a serial case and there had been 6 victims. Why is he fixated on Dong-sik then? Shouldnt he has established first the connection of DS to the other cases too?

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In ep1, it looked like it wasn't just JW but also his Foreign Affairs colleagues who were pretty convinced that DS was a possible suspect, for the following reasons: (1) the cases with the illegal immigrants are very similar to the Manyang cases; (2) DS is linked to the Manyang case; (3) DS has a reputation as a 'psycho' and his Regional Unit partner died mysteriously. JW might also know other things about DS that we don't know yet, e.g. a connection with one of the later victims.

Furthermore, JW's mole was an illegal immigrant operating as a shady masseuse in Munju City, so he was probably using her to establish whether DS had any contact with the illegal immigrant community. I've got a bad feeling that her presence in Munju City and DS's discovery of her body are among the reasons for the killer's return to the area.

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BEYOND EVIL EPISODES (2) AND 3
Spoilers Below.

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I have no idea what game everyone is playing in this show but they sure are all enjoying it.

I think there's more than just the serial killings going on.
Nobody is the "good guy" per se.
Jin Goo's Ju Won is, imo, supposed to be annoying and arrogant- his father in 3 even says that "if you think he can't commit a crime you're a poor judge of character"- I mean dang, nobody here is innocent are they.
For now I think Dong Sik staged his own arrest lol but I also don't really want to theorize too much cos I think there's a lot more to come.
I think they should've given us Jin Goo creepy smiling at the end along with Ha Kyun- I mean come on, we all know he can do it well!!!!!

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But Ju-won WAS creepy smiling at the end of ep3! When he spots the blood on the table I think he calls it in, which is why Ji-hwa arrests Dong-shik at Manyang substation. After he gets the text about the arrest, JW smiles slowly and - well maybe not creepily, but definitely triumphantly. And then DS is shown smiling too! That was when I wondered whether DS was baiting JW just to get JW to reveal his cards.

@amylovesoppa I may be wrong but I think DS was crying for real at the supermarket. One theory on the fanwall is that the killer originally put the fingertips in DS's house, perhaps as a threatening or mocking gesture, but DS moved them so that it'd all be out in the open. My take on it is that he couldn't afford to lose control of himself before the fingertips were discovered, and/or in the cold light of day the sight of the fingertips hit him anew.

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He was- but they cut away and they didn't show the full thing. I want like full Cray Cray King smile shot hahaha

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Oh, that theory explains the blood on DS basement. That could be why he was visibly distraught during their team dinner.

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Thanks @knewbie. I am loosing it. So Friday evening I go to ODK and episode 3 is available but unsubbed so I rewatch episode 2. When episode 2 concludes episode 3 is now available subbed so I start in and get about halfway through and say to myself I will finish tomorrow.
On Saturday I forgot I needed to go tand finish episode 3 so I watched episode 4. Now I realize why I was so confused at the beginning of episode 4 lol. Let me go back and rewatch episode 3.

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Are we ever going to see Joo Won smiling creepily with the 괴물 logo across his face? Gosh, I hope so.

Yes, I agree with you that they write HJW like this intentionally, but I always thought as a protagonist, it's important to be able to have the audience on their side, is it not? For now I either want to scream at every decision JW makes or want him to fall on his face and eat his words. But on the other hand, this does make him a rather interesting MC and gives more room for growth later. Or may be we can learn more about him and discover something else that can make him more... rootable (is that even a word?). Then again, is being a "good guy" all that important?

I do see why YJG pick this role, it's different, he seems like he has a blast doing it and he can play opposite a powerhouse like SHK. Nevertheless, I can't help but hoping for a bit more from his character's writing, cause for now, imo, he's kind of get overshadowed by SHK.

Then if you really think about it, whatever plan LDS is cooking up, would it happened the way it did if JW wasn't the way he was? Does it matter?

Speak of SHK, I mean what a character! The layers, the charisma, the vulnerability, the intelligence! I don't even know what's he doing half of the time, but I was riveted anyway. Even if this whole thing goes up in flame down the road, if he keeps turning in the same powerful performance like he's doing right now, then I'm here for it.

I saw somewhere that this drama was described as more of a character study than a typical police procedure. I don't know about you guys, but I for one do not spend my time on figuring out who is suspicious, who is the murderer, all I'm thinking about is LDS and HJW, how the air was crackling whenever they share the same scene and wondering when are they going to become real partners. And also, what the hell is going on in everyone's head? They are all bonkers, it's insane!! The 2-hours just flying by and I.WANT.MORE!

I do have more to say, but my brain is fried and I can't remember anything, I think I may try to write down my thoughts if I can find the time later.

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I do feel the same way.. i think the acting of the 2 leads are so riveting that i do forget sometimes to puzzle over who the killer could be. I do love pyschological dramas, but it is too dependent on nuanced acting more than what is happening on screen that it more often than not falters if the actors are not good.

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Yup I gotta say the identity of the killer isn't on the top of my priority list either.

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IMO Dong-shik is definitely playing on Joo-won's personality and current behaviour - i.e. immature yet arrogant and 100% sure of himself. In fact I'd go as far as to say that, over the course of episodes 1-4, DS, suspecting that JW has important information about the killer (e.g. that there are more victims), has been manipulating JW to go public with everything. By himself, DS can neither confirm that there's a serial killer on the loose nor convince the public. But with JW on the case, he can now get everyone to acknowledge that those missing women are not runaways but probable murder victims.

Moreover, I think Jung-je's mum, JW's dad and Ji-hwa's ex-husband have been trying to bury all this murder stuff for years, in the name of redevelopment. Now that JW has not only revived the 20-year-old case but linked it to a serial killer, all hell is going to break loose in Munju City. This means that JW will make enemies of the bigwigs (including his own dad), get a taste of DS's pariah status, start working with DS on the case - in short, become a more sympathetic character.

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Episode 7
So what's the plot gonna do for the next *checks watch* 9 episodes now?????
Do I want to know...?

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I think Jin-mook is going to be released for lack of evidence - no body, fingertips arranged in front of his own house, green washcloth gone, Jae-yi holding on to the mobile, etc. Min-jung's clothes being found under the kimchi doesn't prove anything, since Jin-mook told everyone that she'd come home. Also, Jin-mook must have sent Jae-yi to Munju Stream for a reason. Finally, without hard evidence I'm not sure if anyone other than DS, Jae-yi and maybe JW will believe that Jin-mook is guilty.

But 9 hours - actually more than that, cos each ep appears to be around 70 mins long... I dunno, maybe it's only now that Dong-shik and Joo-won are going to start investigating the case in earnest, like checking what connects the immigrant victims with the local victims, why DS's sister and Bang Ju-seon were targeted, what's the meaning of the shoes and fingers, etc. And about bloody time too!

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I've found a new compelling actor. Shin Ha-kyun as Lee Dong-sik is so good and so, so, so good pared with Yeo Jin-goo as Han Joo-won. I'm only up to episode 5, but I'm loving it. I'm enjoying it more than When the Camellia Blooms. Same small town vibe, same mysterious murders, and it could be anyone or no one. The seesawing of suspicion and the mutual suspicions of the two main leads make me want to not stop watching. And now I just have to see Shin Ha-kyun in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and anything else that he's in. I've taken him for granted in some of the things I've already seen, like Joint Security Area. How is that there are so many amazingly good Korean actors?

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BTW wonderful beanies who have added to this thread, I'm holding off reading it until I catch up to you all. I'm expecting to find lots of theories about what's been happening and who the murderer is. I have my own ideas at the moment. I just hope it's not one of the more obvious suspects, and I can't see how it could be going on the writing so far.

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Binge watched the show upto ep 8 and ep 9 and 10 were waiting for me. I don't have any theories to share but I'm just enjoying the story pacing and mainly the acting. The chemistry between the leads is awesome. Btw I expected the ep 10 ending but not this fast. The next three weeks episodes wait will be hard.

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SPOILER WARNING, up to episode 10:

Now I've finally caught up, and episode 11 will be released soon, so who knows what twists lie ahead. It's been a wild seesawing ride to this point as we've worked our way through so many suspects and arrived at the disturbing culprit, but now it's all ready to take off again to find who killed Lee Yoo-yeon. As everyone has said already, Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo Jin-goo are acting their socks off. But Chun Ho-jin has done an amazing job at playing an enigmatic character too. The only ones who are too slimy to believe are the town hall candidate and the developer. Icky feels. It's such good writing to be able to spin an intriguing mystery with such a small collection of small-town characters, all with their own trajectories, and keep all the balls in the air. I'm enjoying this 100%.

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