Episode One Overview By Ninja
A cop with a bright future ahead of him, life seems great for our hero Yoon San (played by Lee Joon) as he accepts a new undercover assignment with his girlfriend (Yoo Jin) and trusted co-worker.
The client is Han Gyeo Wool, a girl that will end up joining the private eye agency.
Chasing the guy to a dark ally, both Yoon San and Goo Hyung (partner) are beat soundly when the man proves to be unusually strong. Saved at the last moment when Gyeo Wool yells out "Oppa!" and stops the man, Yoon San finds out the guy was never Gyeo Wool's boyfriend but her brother instead.
Dang, Jae Hee (playing Gyeo Wool's brother, Gyoo Min) looks awesome here!
Fortunately for us viewer, the show doesn't make us guess for long of what trouble Gyoo Min is in. In a flash back we see that Gyoo Min's girlfriend was turned into a vampire when she was bitten by a patient while working in the hospital. Taking care of his sick girlfriend, Gyoo Min is soon turned into a vampire as well. Desperate to save his girlfriend who would rather die than feed on human blood, Gyoo Min works tirelessly to come up with a cure for their condition.
Sick of living as a monster, Gyoo Min's girlfriend charges out into the sun and successfully frees Gyeo Woo while setting the thug on fire. Rushing out in time to see his girlfriend giving him one last smile, Gyoo Min screams in agony as she turns to ashes right in front of him.
Ninja's First Impression
I like it! Once you get over the rather confusing first 10 minutes of this show then the rest of the hour was quite good. I usually have mixed feelings towards vampire shows because as much I am interested in a good'o vampire story I am often disappointed by the shows I have tired in the past.
It looks like our hero will be using his new found vampire status to help in his detective work from this point on. While I am certainly looking forward to our hero's discovery of his new powers I am a bit worried that this show will turned into yet another criminal drama that focuses on a weekly case with a tad bit of "big conspiracy" plot thrown in now and then. However, I am intrigued enough by Vampire Detective's quirky vibe that I will give this one at least a couple more episodes.
ps. I was kinda disappointed with how Jae Hee looked in his last drama (Save the Family) BUT he sure looks great here so maybe he just needed a better stylist for his next project.