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[Funcurve Review] "Mrs. Cop 2"

2016/07/23 | 4576 views | Permalink

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Coming off of the popularity of the original "Mrs. Cop", "Mrs. Cop 2" quickly brings back the thrilling story of yet another ahjumma cop, this time, one with FBI training. Our heroine Go Yoon-jeong (Kim Sung-ryung) returns to South Korea from the U.S. and is asked to fill in the spot left behind by our original squad chief Choi Yeong-jin (Kim Hee-ae), who is taking a break from police work.

Above everything, the acting was superb.

In a nut shell, "Mrs. Cop 2" starts off very strong, then fizzles out in the middle, and unfortunately chooses to end in the stereotypical cliche way. Though above everything, the acting was superb. I loved the lead's accurate portrayal of the protagonist. While the antagonist came alive as someone who is pure evil with a thirst for "fun". All other characters are composed of the good things and have a high sense of justice. The drama gave the right amount of attention to each of its characters and the issues around them, though a few of them seemed to be unnecessary, with nothing to do with the plot whatsoever.

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From a plot perspective, the drama had a number of twists that were off the record and I sat through them completely awestruck. However, there were a lot of draggy scenes and sequences which could've been avoided as well. Also, for a crime/cop drama, "Mrs. Cop 2" had surprisingly little action, which contributed to the dullness during certain parts of the drama. Overall, it was an enjoyable drama, but I think not everyone would sit through this somewhat uneven ride.

Episodes 1-4 Review

These four episodes saw a mighty transition from being mediocre to spine-chilling in one episode. "Mrs. Cop 2" balanced between intense white-knuckle scenes and highly comedic scenes while defining the main characters of the story well.

It balanced intense white-knuckle scenes with highly comedic ones.

Our heroine, Yoon-jeong, is a shrewd and funny fashion guru in her forties who rejoins the police force in Korea after training at the FBI. We quickly discover that she's a divorcee who wants to right a wrong from six years ago. To me, the protagonist seemed to be quite realistic and tangible. The way she uses face reading techniques to select her team members, and the way she uses different shoes stored at the office for different purposes show us that she's a superstitious yet systematic person.

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Park Jong-ho (Kim Min-jong) from the original series returns, but this time, he opposes our protagonist and keeps giving her obstacles to make her quit. His quest ultimately leads Yoon-jeong to be assigned an unsolved cold case that turned into a serial murder case.

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The potential antagonist candidate is Lee Ro-joon (Kim Beom), a rich and handsome young man in his twenties, where his father's death left him as CEO of a loan company. Ro-joon has a nasty temper that kills (literally) those who don't obey him and those that bad mouth him. He comes across as a highly intelligent and cunning individual. As Yoon-jeong interacts with him, we can also see that he's cruel but patient - a monster with self-control. He plays a pivotal role in solving the serial murder case proving his gray matter, yet again.

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Yoon-jeong's team members consist of Sin Yeo-ok (Son Dam-bi) - a female deductive who is tough, smart, and kind. Oh Seung-il (Im Seulong) is an honest and righteous police officer who is law abiding by his bones and believes that no crime should go unpunished. The most senior member of the team is Bae Dae-hoon, a lazy, dirty, and pre-judgemental detective who follows Yoon-jeong earnestly and takes her word as law. Last but not least is the hardworking rookie, Kang Sang-cheol, who puts his job before everything. His boyish appearance mask his violence and is all in all the funniest one of the team.

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What I liked about these episodes was that the team is formed quickly and no time is wasted on team "bonding" and such. The drama cuts to the chase and things move quickly with no illogical sequences or dry spots. The bit of romance between Seung-il and Yeo-ok also paints a lighter hue to the drama here. The opening episodes of "Mrs. Cop 2" certainly caught my attention as I loved the way it progressed - with cliffhangers that were worthwhile and comedy that was situational and genuine.

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