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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 3

2017/04/01 | Permalink

It is starting to dawn on our protagonist that perhaps there is a reason behind his impossible situation. Episode three of "Tunnel - Drama" is all about ghosts from the past and Gwang-ho thinks that catching them will be his ticket back home. Seon-jae and Jae-i form a rapport as they try to find the killer while our hero is left to fend for himself. As he starts making the connection between the past murders and the current one, Seong-sik becomes suspicious.

Now that the killer's history is resurfacing, we get the explanation of why Gwang-ho (Choi Jin-hyuk) will become invested in any information concerning it. While his hopes are dashed, it is pretty clear that the murderer of Kim Yeong-ja is not the one responsible for the serial killings, so Gwang-ho's assumption might still be correct. I do wonder if the characters from the past, such as the clearly not random taxi driver will play a bigger part in the mystery.

The mysterious Oh-lookalikeTae-hee and Seong-sik

Whether or not the murderer is still active in this era remains to be seen, but at least we know that there are still a few people around who know about him. This brings me to the current main characters and their so far uneven development. I have a soft spot for Seong-sik (Jo Hee-bong) and the reason for it is that we have become familiar with some aspects of him as a person. He is a tie to a time where camaraderie mattered and the one person who could fully understand our hero.

On the other hand, I have yet to warm up to Jae-i (Lee Yoo-young) due to the emphasis on her mystique and especially Seon-jae (Yoon Hyun-min) due to the fact that he has done nothing but be uncooperative and conceited. If "stuck up lone wolf" is somehow supposed to be appealing, I do not see that appeal. I hope the series will start developing these two soon, because so far this feels like Gwang-ho's story and as much as I enjoy it, the series clearly wants to have three leads.

Seon-jae trying to get a confessionGwang-ho running through the tunnel

Moving on, the episode takes a brief look at Gwang-ho's confusion over modern amenities, which is something I have been looking forward to. Unfortunately the plot does not take full advantage of his confusion. For example, a smartphone and a GPS seem odd, but computers do not. On the other hand, I do appreciate how his methods and sense of team work clash with hierarchical head-butting and a modern competitive environment. The "us" has become "me" in many ways.

What the lack of confusion misses in making Gwang-ho more endearing is addressed through his tragic lack of contact with Yeon-sook (Lee Shi-ah), however. I assume she has focus for reasons beyond her emotional connection to Gwang-ho, but we will see. The young man being chased since episode two and the possibility of a modern Gwang-ho existing are my current points of interest.

"Tunnel - Drama" is directed by Sin Yong-hwi and Kim Seong-min-I, written by Lee Eun-mi-III and features Choi Jin-hyuk, Yoon Hyun-min and Lee Yoo-young.

Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'

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