Synopsis. Kill It is a 12-episode 2019 kdrama about a hired killer who is searching for the truth about his past spent in an orphanage. Who is he? Who is his father? What is a numbered child? He crosses paths with a detective investigating the killings he was hired to perform. They share a past…they both lived at the orphanage. Separately they investigate their past and those responsible. Once the truth is revealed, will their shared past alter their future?
What I liked.
Writing (second half of the series). Writers Son Hyun Soo and Choi Myung Jin were unknown to me. The first half of the series, I found the writing generated more questions each episode than it answered. Then the writers chucked the murky and focused on the key questions – what is the mystery of the leading man’s past, why were there numbered children, was history repeating itself, and would our leading man escape or be captured by the leading lady detective pursuing the killer? I was satisfied with answers and how Writers Son and Choi answered the questions. I’d be curious if this duo wrote another series, would it be solid from the first episode or suffer the the same first half murkiness?
Leading man Kim Soo Hyun (Chang Ki Yong). While I’ve seen series with this actor, he didn’t resonate with me. Kill it was an excellent vehicle to showcase a brooding, chisel faced killer that protected those he loved and wanted to find out the truth about his past and ensure it was never repeated again. He survived a dreadful past and was passionate about protecting his tribe and the future for them. While his methods weren’t within the confines of the law, I rooted for this character.
Leading lady Do Hyun In (Nana). Hyun In was the moral compass of the series. She was a smart detective that wouldn’t stop until she found answers and it didn’t matter who the evidence pointed to, she went after them. She cared for our leading man and the girl he protected (who shared a past with Hyun In). Her past from the orphanage was difficult and her childhood friendship with Soo Hyun allowed her to accept this quiet guarded man, because she knew he had a caring heart. She believed in him, and he deserved it.
Message. This drama’s theme “remember the past and don’t repeat it” was clear and the mantra of our leading man. He would NOT stop until he remembered his past and ensured that the evil actions of the past would never be repeated again.
OST. This drama’s OST resonated with me. Check out the six vocal songs and their instrumental versions here.
1. Forever Love sung by Min Kyung Hoon
2. My Everything sung by Han Seung Hee
3. Take Out My Heart sung by Jung Dong Ha
4. Unspeakable Secret sung by Jang Hee Young
5. You, Like, Me sung by Kim Bo Kyung
6. Just Stay sung by ALi
What I didn’t like.
Writing (first half of the series). Writers Son Hyun Soo and Choi Myung Jin created a murky mess the first part of the series. I found the episodes confusing and wondered if clarity would ever be achieved.
Too many characters named Hyun 😊. As I recapped this series the leading man was Soo HYUN, the leading lady was HYUN In and another key character was HYUN Woo. Keeping it straight was easier said than done.
Would I recommend Kill It? Yes, the mystery of the orphanage was compelling. I had to know our leading man’s past. I became a supporter of his need NOT to let history repeat itself. I liked the focus and determination of the leading lady. In the end, I was able to overlook the murky series start when it morphed into the gripping second half. I hope to see more range from Chang Ki Yong in future roles.