Genre- Murder, mystery, crime, thriller
(Trigger warnings- Child abuse, Child sexual abuse, violence, self-harm)
Blind unfolds in the form of two storylines in two timelines. One follows the life of Children at the Hope Welfare Centre and the other follows a case of serial killings that take place twenty years later where the jury members die one by one following the trial.
Ryu Sung Hoon (Ha Seok-Jin) and Ryu Sung Jun (TaecYeon) are brothers. Sung Hoon is the intelligent one of the two and is a righteous Judge at the district high court.
Sung Jun is blessed with good looks but his smartness doesn’t compare with his brother’s. He is the detective investigating a gruesome murder and Sung Hoon is the judge on the case. The trial proceeds as a jury trial and Sung Hoon passes the verdict. To everyone’s surprise, a new chain of murders starts and this time the victims are the members of the jury.
Eun Ki is a compassionate and empathetic social worker who selflessly helps others. Her path crosses with the brothers as she is also a part of the jury. What follows forms rest of the storyline.
It is a gripping drama with a serious tone. Though there are two timelines involved, the plot is very clear in its narrative and it follows a steady pace.
The scenes with the trio of Sung Jun, Sung Hoon and Eun Ki trying to solve the crimes were interesting. The scenes where the brothers share screenspace are a good watch. The drama is sprinkled with emotional scenes that are deep-seated.
Blind touches mainly upon serious issues like child abuse and the neglect that children face at the Welfare Center. It also addresses concepts like suppressed memories and childhood trauma.
The series is intriguing and it is bound to keep the viewer hooked right until the very end. The finale did leave some stones unturned but that doesn’t affect the main storyline and so it can be overlooked.
The serial killer in this drama showcases his murders and loves to show off. He always mocks the cops and a tall count of 15 murders can be attributed to him by the time the series ends.
The killer’s motive is revealed as the series progresses. Ironically, one can’t help but feel a bit of sympathy for the murderer as the story unfolds and one keeps wondering if the killer is inhuman or it is the other way around. The finale puts all the doubts to rest and it gives realistic ending to the characters.
All the characters are introduced in the early episodes and from then on it is an interesting guessing game. The screenplay is laudable as the story unfolds in an intriguing manner that makes one suspicious of many characters. The narrative also makes the viewer keep altering their judgements about the characters as the story progresses.
All the characters are well-written and portrayed. The child actors form the crux of the story and they have given a laudable performance, namely 11 (Jung Ji-Hoon) and 13 (Kim Geon-U).
TaecYeon plays the role of Ryu Sung Jun, a hot-headed detective who holds his elder brother in high regard. TaecYeon has nailed the role as he delivers the character of a hardworking detective who tries to prove himself to his family who consider him an unimportant son. Though not as sharp-witted as his elder brother Sung Hoon, Sung Jun is warm-hearted, loyal and righteous.
Sung Hoon (Ha Seok-Jin) is a total contrast to his brother. He is a calm and level-headed personality who is always looking out for his younger brother who keeps getting into trouble. Ha Seok-Jin fits the role perfectly as he portrays the cold and quiet Sung Hoon who though seems stone-hearted on the surface, has all his emotions bottled inside and tucked away.
Jo Eun Ki (Jung Eun-Ji) is a compassionate social worker who takes her work seriously. She is a rational character with good morals. Jung Eun-Ji has done a good job in portraying Eun Ki who adds essence to the storyline through her empathetic demeanour. Eun Ki is a ray of hope and inspiration to the youngsters around her. She is an important part of the storyline.
Baek Moon Kang (Kim Pub-Lae) is one of the notable antagonists. He is a terror at Hope Welfare Centre and he lives up to his name Crazy dog right until the end.
Blind starts like an ordinary serial killing case but it blows up from there and ends on a whole different note. It is never short of suspense and twists. The series throws light at a dark loophole in the system where children are left vulnerable in the hands of adults and no one else to turn to. It also depicts that revenge does no good for the one who starts it.
Blind is an immersive and impressive drama with not a single dull moment and is definitely a must-watch.
-By Soul Sword-
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