Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Hello Monster

Genius profiler Lee Hyun, returns home to Korea after something from a case he’s been sent triggers a memory he thought he’d lost forever. Unbeknownst to him, one of his team members, Detective Cha Ji-an, has been investigating him for some time. She is aware that his father was murdered and his brother disappeared under mysterious circumstances involving a criminal named Lee Joon Young — whom they both want found and incarcerated. Each seeks to unravel the other, unaware that they’ve been drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse by a master player and that both truth and evil are closer and far more twisted than they think

  • Starring: Seo In Guk | Jang Na Ra | Park Bo Gum | Choi Won Young
  • Episodes: 16 (1 Hr. 10 Min.)
  • Aired: June 22 – August 11, 2015
  • Network: KBS2
  • Where to Watch: Viki

So I’m not one of those people who are obsessed with true crime documentaries or serial killers. However, I enjoy a good thriller or Law and Order marathon as much as the next person. At the same time, I’m a cynical romantic. Hello Monster ticked both of those boxes off for me. As well as having a few of my crushes in the cast. But lets get into it.

At the core Hello Monster or I Remember You is a tale of two brothers, a serial killer, a police officer seeking closure and a look into nature and nurture. As the synopsis points out, Seo In Guk’s Lee Hyun witnessed his father’s murder by the escaped serial killer Lee Joon Young when he was a child. But because of an accident, a few of his memories have been lost. The rest of the show is a series of flash backs of Lee Hyun’s youth and how he struggled with his father thinking he was a monster. On top of that, there is a procedural aspect that feels like an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, with Lee Hyun playing the role of Vincent D’Onofrio. And of course the little sprinkle of romance thrown in with Cha Ji-An. They even tried to give some weird love triangles in there but to me, the strongest relationship was between Lee Hyun and his brother. (and medical examiner Lee Jun Ho 😉)

Now for me, I loved the parts that leaned into the nature verses nurture of the Lee brothers. And the question of if people are born evil or is it a learned behavior. I didn’t really care for the flashbacks on a whole but seeing Do Kyungsoo play a smart serial killer was really intriguing. Another intriguing part was Park Bo Gum as lawyer Jung Sun Ho. This wasn’t what I expected from the boy next door. He was a little charming and a lot of villainy but when things start to be unveiled, he does like a whole 180 in character portrayal. He’s like a little murder puppy.

Overall, I really liked the pace of this show. I wish there was a little more romance just because they claimed this was a rom-com. I don’t want to say Seo In Guk and Jang Na Ra didn’t have chemistry because they kind of did, but it really felt like a one sided love even till the end. At one point, I just wondered if everyone were siblings cause that would explain A LOT. But in the end, I’m a sucker for a Seo In Guk and Park Bo Gum vehicle.

Acting : 8/10
Story : 8/10
Music : 5/10
Overall : 7.5/10
Recommended For : People who love true crime shows but also a romantic.

Fave Song : Remember‘ by Dear Cloud

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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