Hence, the show maintains a calm and collected atmosphere that accentuate the stoic mentality of Shi-mok’s character.

Prosecutor Hwang connects the dots of who the real culprit is. As they tried to figure things out, I was by their side doing the same.

Yeo-jin is promoted to Senior Lieutenant; and to protect him from indignant corrupt officials, Si-mok is replaced by Dong-jae and is transferred to the County Prosecutor's Office. It’s unpredictable storyline kept me addicted, had me guessing and left me stunned. The Chief of Police is held in custody at the Prosecutor’s Office after a trap staged by the Special Investigation Team. But Prosecutor Hwang figures out the entire picture and calls Chief Secretary Lee to confirm it. Ahn Gil-Ho’s directional pace keeps the climax steadily growing with constant revelations and twists. Out of all the legal dramas this year, this series is cut for adults who want less drama and more story depth in the plot. Even with a strong line up, the channel continuously struggles, except for the amazing mystery thriller – Stranger.

“Stranger” is no 2 in my pick of best Korean dramas on Netflix.

Though “Stranger” details a prosecutor’s take on upholding the law, the show has the ability to humanize each person’s choices, whether right or wrong, creating a sense of familiar realism for us to empathize with. Soon enough, the girl is found almost dead at the same house where the sponsor was murdered.

Chang-joon is appointed as Chief Prosecutor. It doesn’t have the cliche K-drama cliffhangers but does a very effective job gripping at my binge-watching attention. The cast delivers top-notch acting calibre, which is one of the best from what I’ve seen this year. Listen up, BLINKS! The series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on August 15, 2020. People are complicated and maybe what we know of them aren’t always what it looks like. Prosecutor Hwang is challenged by Deputy Chief Prosecutor Lee Chang Joon who knows his awareness that he used to enjoy the dead sponsor’s money. Cho SeungWoo previously acted numerous movies and dramas such as "Life".

Cho Seung Woo’s stoic performance is a feat hard to accomplish, but he pulled it off with flying colors. I reached a point where I suspected everyone as the villain incognito, since the story continuously gives clues while hiding the big picture of the mystery. The acting is done superbly by Cho Seung-woo, whose character later on starts to develop emotions that we may see more of in season 2. Detective Han alerts him that Ga Young is missing in the hospital just as a report of someone being killed at Ga Young’s villa is reported to the police. So out of all the law-oriented dramas this year, Stranger is that one drama ... on Netflix. His moments with perky Detective Han who became his only adult friend he is not aware of is refreshing to watch. It goes straight to the problem while building up the tension to make the culmination gratifying. Stranger never swerves to pointless curves. The mishap of the investigation wrecks havoc and a special investigations team is created to correctly right the wrongs. We sure do have memorable prosecutor and detective performances for K-Dramaland this year, but this duo just claim their fictional characters down to the smallest detail. The unhurried drama movement will not appeal to impatient viewers due to its conversation powered narrative that covered corruption in government offices and business conglomerate’s greedy quest of monopolizing money and power. Network: tvN / Netflix (international)Year: 2017Episodes: 16Runtime: Saturday & SundayCast: Cho Seung-woo, Bae Doona, Lee Joon-hyukWhere to watch: Netflix. Stranger utilized a controlling business tycoon and a hero-villain to spice up the opposition of the antagonists who are keen to outsmart the heroes. Here is more information. He leaves a bag full of evidence that he acquired and sets forth to ending his life for good. The villains showcase interesting prototypes: the textbook, almost invincible, hopeless and disguised villain. Prosecutor Hwang is also on the same goal of finding the underage girl who is caught in a hotel CCTV lobbying pleasure service to prosecutors and high ranking police officials. In their world, I’m one of them. Through Prosecutor Lee’s sacrifice, Prosecutor Hwang and the rest of the prosecutors begin a thorough investigation that affected government officials and Hanjo Group. But the best part is yet to be realized, and only after I watched the last episode did I realize how neatly all the pieces fell in line and how inquisitively cynical I was the moment my rollercoaster ride ended.

Network: tvN / Netflix (international) Year: 2017 Episodes: 16 Runtime: Saturday & Sunday Shi-mok’s initial investigation indicts the wrong suspect, resulting in the suspect committing suicide in order to ‘prove his innocence’. You cannot watch this casually because you have to savor the implied life lessons.

It’s refreshing as its purpose of being a thriller allowed it to succeed and shock me. Skipping pointless subplot conflicts, it maneuvers through the treacherous world of conniving detectives and prosecutors with finesse and a rational method. He offers him a proposal to work together and escape a possible career downfall with the upcoming internal audit.

Prosecutor Hwang is tasked to lead the group.

A general is summoned about manipulating the alibi of the victim’s son serving in the military, but has been accompanying military officials on their golf escapades. Straightforward in presenting the focal contention to which the heroes and villains will revolve, Stranger keeps the intensity flowing even with its calm spirit. Despite the relaxed tempo, the intelligent writing probes efficiently on one major conflict and a clear delineation of the protagonists and villains. Prosecutor Hwang who has lived an apathetic life due to a surgery he had when he was young is an interesting prosecutor-hero who easily charms the audience with his intellect and grit. “Stranger” starts in the weeds of an investigation: Hwang Shi-mok (Cho Seung-woo) investigates the murder of a powerful broker who made a fortune bribing public officials and providing prostitutes. It will leave you satisfied and wanting for more adventure with Prosecutor Hwang and the team. On the announcement of Prosecutor Lee’s promotion as Chief Prosecutor, he switches his loyalty back again and tries to tidy up the case by blaming the crime on the murdered sponsor’s son. I credit that to the seasoned role immersion and character ownership of Cho Seung Woo and Bae Doo Na. Season 2 of Stranger follows the journey of Prosecutor Hwang Shi Mwok and Superintendent Han Yeo Jin in their relentless persuit of the truth even when everyone around them seems hella shady. Prosecutor Hwang is not aware how Prosecutor Young suspects Prosecutor Yoon, a member of the special investigation team. Stranger has a treatment of a drama presented in film scale. But I would rate it on the same tiers as Signal, Bad Guys and Squad 38 – all dramas from other tvN seasons. Was this show trying to tell me something beyond what I already knew?

Stranger is my best legal-crime drama for 2017 due to its flawless plot progression. They meet in a building that is under construction where Chief Secretary Lee admits to orchestrating the killings which Prosecutor Yoon executed to expose the cancer stricken government. Netflix Original K-Dramas Coming to Netflix in 2020 Kingdom: Season 2 N. Netflix Release Date: March 13th, 2020 Genre: Horror Episodes: 6 Cast: Joo Ji Hoon, Ryu Seung Ryong, Bae Doo Na, Kim Sung Gyu, Kim Sang Ho A personal favorite from the past year, Kingdom blew audiences away at the start of 2019, terrifying and entertaining us excellent horror. Detective Han unravels the truth about the Chief of Police involvement in the sponsorship just as Chief Prosecutor leaves his newly appointed post to become the country’s Chief Secretary. Stranger will not bring you to the edge of your seat because of excitement for the most part, save of course when the culmination of the story erupts. If you are interested in other crime drama reviews, click here! Stranger bravely tackles the world of corruption where politics, law enforcers and business conglomerates thrive. By presenting late a key proof of video evidence as coached by Prosecutor Seo Dong Jae (Lee Joon Hyuk), it nails the defendant to the crime he did not commit. The series gives no more than what is required to story building, yet it makes sure how every detail conspires to present a comprehensible picture. The moment you decide to watch Stranger, you subconsciously wear an invisible prosecutor robe and a police-thinking cap in trying to decipher the motivations that makes a person become less human. Bae DooNa previously acted in popular Netflix drama "Kingdom" and movies "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (2002), "The Host" (2006), "Air Doll" (2009), and more. The firearms deal is called off after a government review pushing Chief Secretary to pressure the prosecutor general in ceasing the Special Investigation unit. She notices a tattoo resembling “0 7” which is what Ga Young has mentioned as detail when she was abducted. That’s why I thoroughly enjoyed following the investigation in “Stranger”. I’m just as confused, if not more. It takes time to let the viewers sink in to the world it is projecting along with the lessons it is trying to impart. As a teen, Shi-mok underwent brain surgery that took away the part of his mind that processes emotions. Enraged about how his loyalty was disregarded, he schemes a trap to reveal Prosecutor Lee’s connection to the escort service.

But they are all connected to the murder case that will expose the sins they are hiding in the closet. “Stranger” does such a good job complicating situations that maybe that can be said of people too. When she hears it from the team, she has apprehensions about how Prosecutor Yoon might be the culprit behind the murder of the sponsor and attempted murder of Ga Young. So out of all the law-oriented dramas this year, Stranger is that one drama which I will think fondly of in the future. It secures the highest rated viewership so far for TVN, hitting 4%+ in average rating. With the serious societal problems it discusses, I think only mature audience would understand its value.

Having less than 10 people navigating the story helped a lot in a balanced screen time, which makes even the minor characters indispensable to the series.

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