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A Killer Paradox: Episodes 1-8 (Drama Hangout)

Welcome to the Drama Hangout for Netflix’s A Killer Paradox, where Choi Woo-shik kills bad guys and Soh Seok-gu tries to stop him.

This is your place to chat about the drama as it airs. But stay tuned — we’ll have an opening review coming soon!


Beware of spoilers! This thread is for discussing the entire series.

 
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I'm going to watch this because Choi Woo Shik is in it. I love him in villain roles like this.

Also, I see clips of episode 8 where he is in the Philippines (he was sighted filming here last year) I guess another k-drama character found a hiding place. If he was not, I would be pleasantly surprised.

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Did not like it. It was boring. Even Choi Woo Shik and Sohn Seok Gu can't save it.

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Oh gosh I love it! Can I even say this when it’s about murder and mayhem? Ha!

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I watched 3 episodes and it was an easy watch. It’s a weird thing to say about a show that is about murder. But overall the show works for me. The leads are good. And certain directorial and editing choices are good and I like the music.

Not really thinking or judging the show. I wish the show had embraced the dark humor a bit more and been a bit subtle about the paradox.

SSK is killing it. Love every scene he is in.

I will probably binge it today and finish it.

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I love the music!

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Just watched Ep 1 - very well crafted.

It gives a sense that it’s one smart thriller. And I haven’t had for a long while the urge to finish it in one go - but more than likely, I’ll gopple it up in the next 24 hours.

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I am holding on for Sohn Seok Ku. It is an easy watch so far but there are character choices that I frown upon. I wil continue watching though.

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Are you talking about the detective beating up Roh Bin? Because we see the police violence in so many Korean dramas and the rare times the detective get busted for it, the show frames the act of punishing the police as something wrong.

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That among others. I have not finished all the episodes yet. Vigilante justice is not really the best thing to put out and framing it as "heroism". It can be a dangerous msg for impressionable people.

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Hmm ... works better as a binge.

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The first episodes where okay, because they were about choi woo shik and his character was interesting. But the second half of the series was entirely about that crazy ex-cop and it just got boring for me, it's as if there was a different guionist and a different protagonist all of sudden. It'd have been better if they just followed the style at the beginning. 5/10 for me.

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I am on episode 6 and loving it so far. I think the show is very much KDrama, as in the central topics here is vigilante justice, something that Koreans seem to adore in recent years. The main theme meanwhile being destiny and following your path is absolutely hilarious, considering the context. At a certain point, you are very much cheering for the main lead to continue the killings.

As for the criticism, I feel like the dramas with such vigilantes are written by people who very much don't see anything wrong with it. That is the reason why in such shows there are always numerous valid reasons why you support the vigilante and the only reason provided in support of the police is that ... idk, murdering people is bad *shrug*.
There are two episodes left and I can't be less interested in the detective played by Son Sukgu. Going into the show that was not what I expected. Choi Wooshik meanwhile is amazing here. In his age group, I can't think of actors who have more versatile portfolio.

The directing has been amazing. The strange, old-class zoom-ins and the scene transactions can be a reason to check out the show on their own.

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The directing style, especially in the first 4 eps, almost had me dumping this despite being interested in the story. From ep 5 it seems to settle down and not be constantly jumping around like a deranged frog, so I hope it stays this way.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a less glamorous portrayal of vigilantism in K-drama than A Killer Paradox. Roh Bin and Lee Tang may be well-intentioned, but neither of them is particularly competent or even appealing as characters. And Song Chon is a downright grotesque figure, a living illustration of vigilantism gone very very wrong.

Like most viewers I wasn’t terribly happy when Song Chon started taking centre-stage, but I think he is an important part of the story. IMO he and Roh Bin are much closer to what real vigilantes are like: victims of, or witnesses to, great injustice; deeply damaged; and prone to terrible mistakes that lead to more suffering. In contrast, Lee Tang — the least problematic of the three, and the only one who has doubts about killing — not only has the supernatural gift of “certainty”, but also a relatively loving and supportive family.

Presumably Lee Tang starts killing again at the end of the last episode, and one could argue that he at least will never kill the “wrong” person. But what is it like to kill someone, knowing they deserve to die but not actually knowing what they have done? Is it that much better than Song Chon killing people for “disrespecting their elders” etc? Whatever we might feel about Lee Tang, I think it’s fair to say that none of the vigilantes in A Killer Paradox is a hero.

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Ep 5/6 (spoiler)
The chap who approaches the already broken woman saying he was sextortion-ed wins the scum of scum character in kdramaland.. It was a hard watch.
Also, I didnt like CWS's make up after ep 4.. they made his eyebrows weird and some fake tan? I liked his whole 'jaded' look, it suited his character better.

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He was definitely the worst scum. I felt bad for the woman. She was dealing with a horrible situation already.

They lightened his eyebrows to show that he is different?

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