This past weekend I caught up on Flower of Evil, and all that kissing and making out between the OTP aside, the first 2 episodes were merely good. A lot of stage setting and hints but we don’t get to form an emotional connection right off the bat with the characters. Lee Jun Ki‘s Hee Sung is too “acting evil” and Moon Chae Won‘s Ji Won is too “cluelessly devoted”. All that changed starting in episode 3 as this drama finished stretching and took off running with confidence.
It all starts with humanizing Hee Sung, letting us know he’s NOT the serial killer (though he may have killed someone in the past for reasons likely to be justified), showing us how Ji Won and Hee Sung got together years ago, and most importantly releasing reporter Moo Sung from the cellar jail and having him assist/play off Hee Sung. The ending reveal that the real Hee Sung (Kim Ji Hoon, natch!) is alive and in a coma hidden away by the cold parents was nicely done early to raise the stakes further. This drama reminds me of a darker, more thriller(y) sibling to Nice Guy, which is a high compliment.