After MBC underrated gem Kairos ended, I’ve migrated to tvN thriller Awaken (Night and Day) to satiated the who-dun-it craving in me. When I’m in the mood for procedures then I’m all in, and thankfully Awaken has been there to fill the Kairos sized hole in my drama brain. It’s aired 12-episodes so far so two more weeks left to see if Namgong Min‘s eccentric and brilliant cop turned vigilante will bring down a raging almost unholy high levels of conspiracy around human testing on kids to find the elixir of immortality. Yes, both the end goal and the lengths by which the baddies will go to get it are off-the-reservation levels of WTF.
It doesn’t help that the drama tries to be creative and coy in peeling back the mysteries and what happened two decades ago in the orphan village because it sacrifices an emotional cohesiveness for trick reveals. This drama is nearly the Namgong Min one man show but for Lee Chung Ah delivering a fantastic performance of the very rigidly constructed character though increasingly side lined as the exposition. If my review of Awaken sounds mixed it’s because it is, I’m excited to watch the final 4 episodes but feel like this drama could have been so much better – the writing tighter, the execution sped up, and the audience being pulled into the ride rather than feeling like bystanders.