Kdrama Review – Crash: A Thrill Ride Through Traffic Crimes

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“Crash” is the latest Korean drama that has taken the K-drama world by storm, and it’s not hard to see why. I was hesitant to watch it at first but since Queen Of Tears I’m on the look out for a new kdrama to balm the emptiness in my heart. 😂

This 12-episode series, airing on ENA, is directed by Park Joon Woo, who previously worked on the hit revenge series “Taxi Driver” which I happen to like. “Crash” uniquely focuses on the Traffic Crime Investigation Team (TCI), which deals with car-related crimes such as insurance fraud, retaliatory driving, and autonomous driving mishaps. I really really love how Korean Dramas allow us to take a peak at a world that we dont normally have an exposure on. The main characters, Cha Yeon Ho (played by the versatile Lee Min Ki) and Min So Hee (played by Kwak Sun Young), bring a fascinating dynamic to the team with their contrasting personalities and investigative prowess.

Plot and Characters

“Crash” is particularly engaging with a good plot and character development. The Kdrama follows the story of Cha Yeon Ho, a rational individualist from KAIST, and Min So Hee, a traffic investigation ace known for her cool judgment and warm sensitivity. Together, they tackle unusual traffic crime cases, uncovering deeper truths along the way. The show also features Heo Sung Tae as Jung Chae Man, Choi Moon Hee as Eo Hyeon Kyung, and Lee Ho Chul as Woo Dong Gi, adding depth and variety to the ensemble cast.

I love the show’s unique focus on traffic crimes, which sets it apart from other crime dramas. The pacing of the first episode was good. The female lead character Kwak Sun Young (from Inspector Koo!)has the right balance of being lively and chirpy without being overwhelming, while Lee Min Ki’s character is more subdued and mellow. I’m excited for the reveal of a potential backstory that might unfold in later episodes.

We all know Lee Min Ki’s range (or not but now you know). I love his quirky roles, and he brings a subtle yet expressive quality to Cha Yeon Ho, making him a standout character. He really knows how to express things without expressing them, but they’re still expressed, very subtle. If you’ve watched “Because This is My First Life” and “Behind Your Touch. you’ll know what I mean. The deadpan humor is just classic Min Ki. 🤗

Be prepared to see a different facet of Oppa Heo Sung Tae, famous for his role in “Squid Game,” bringing a different energy to his character in “Crash,” which showcases his range as an actor.

Episodes 5 and 6 are nice and I appreciate the gradual reveal of Yeon Ho’s backstory and his evolving relationship with the team. The martial arts training scenes between the main leads were fun and comedic, adding a light-hearted touch to the otherwise intense narrative. However, initially, I treated the focus on police investigations as establishing the Crash world -so to speak. But now that that is out of the way, there should be more character interactions and development.

To watch or not to watch?

“Crash” is shaping up to be one of the best shows currently airing. Its unique premise, strong performances, and blend of genres make it a must-watch for K-drama fans. The show’s ability to balance intense crime-solving with moments of humor and character development keeps viewers hooked and eagerly anticipating each new episode. Whether you’re a fan of crime dramas or just looking for something new and engaging, “Crash” is definitely worth adding to your watchlist.

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