My Thoughts — Lookout — Episode 3 (split episodes 5-6)
At the end of my recaps I have a “My Thoughts” section where I summarize my opinions. I just finished episode 3 of Lookout.
Each of Lookout’s 16 episodes are split into two. Per Han Cinema…MBC’s latest Monday/Tuesday drama “Lookout” is a 32 episode run…It is a part of a new test split that both MBC and SBS are trying.
* Injustice is still rampant one year later. Former detective now fugitive Jo Soo Ji works with a hacker, Kong Kyung Soo (Key) and Seo Bo Mi (Kim Seul Gi) who could claim “I see everything courtesy of CCTV”. After a year of silence from their unknown boss gives them the assignment to find out who a criminal (from episode one) is planning to kidnap. They figure it out but they can’t catch the culprit. Inside Soo Ji is spotted by the police. They begin to pursue her once again.
But the powerful prosecutor’s son that killed her daughter and his more powerful prosecutor father are living a better life than 1 year ago. That chafes Soo Jin. It chafes me too.
* Detective Jo Soo Ji (Lee Si Young) had poor execution in catching the kidnappers. Her move to break the van’s window from the motorcycle was cool but it went downhill from there. She threw the glass breaker away. Dumb. She stopped the van with the kidnappers (3 males) and one child, and tried to open the sliding door to retrieve the girl. Short-sighted. They shut the door in her face. They drove away. No surprise. She hung on for all she was worth but they shook her off. As expected. I want better choices from Soo Ji. I want revenge as much as she does. I want her to earn it and be strong all the way.
* Team Lead Lee Soon Ae (Kim Sun Young) spotted her friend on CCTV and now must bring her. She kindly checks on Soo Ji’s mother. I like her. Like most other clean cops, is appears everyone up the management chain is corrupt.
* Prosecutor Jang Do Han (Kim Young Kwang) is still sucking up to the Chief Prosecutor. We know that Do Han has his own axe to grind with the Chief Prosecutor who falsely accused and prosecuted his father for espionage. But Do Han has not tried to get revenge yet. He had less screen time these two episodes which focused primarily on the justice team trio.
* We know a bit more about the justice team. While I like the characters, they were not engaging as I’d hoped. More like squabbling co-workers. The real question is who is the boss? What’s with the priest? Are the brothers?
* New writer Kim Soo Eun delivered an episode that felt flat but laid the groundwork for the justice team. The first two episodes had a quick pace and emotional punch. It’s crucial for the justice league put the strong villains in jail. But nothing happened to them this episode. Instead, the show concentrated on a criminal from the first episode. It just wasn’t riveting and a bit of a let down after the awesome second episode.
* Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank episode 3 as fair. My episode ranking chart is below.
* The third song of the OST “Trickling” by Raina is a nice ballad.