I….have a lot of thoughts about tvN drama Mouse, but it’s so jumbled much like this drama I don’t know where the start hence the lack of consistently writing about it. It’s probably the most “interesting” drama airing right now for me, but the majority of that stem from constant WTF, aggravation, shock for shock factor, and general sense of not enjoying the drama but being unable to stop watching it. So maybe I’m confusing frustration with finding something interesting, lol. Mouse treats viewers like lab animals, creating a story that’s so ridiculous it doesn’t have a single probable and organic element. From the past serial killer Dad to the current serial killer Son(s), it’s like every single serial killer/rapist in South Korea (and there are a lot of them if this drama is to be believed) all live within a 30 mile radius and are committing crimes willy nilly. The drama offs people for shock value (Granny, Priest Hyung, poor kids, bird, cat, a whole bunch of adults) but does so without any deeper meaning than as victims of a born psychopath. We spent the first half of the drama watching Lee Seung Gi be the bestest boy in the world of best boys Jung Ba Reum, who viewers figured was 50/50 chance of being the Big Bad since the character was too perfect and no way Lee Seung Gi at this stage picks a role that’s just your garden variety upright nice guy cop.
Then a BRAIN TRANSPLANT happens and cascades the reveal that Ba Reum was always the serial killer, faked his nice guy persona, and is just so evil even other evil people are scared of him and get offed for his psycho jollies with a side of just punishment. tvN even released revised posters once Ba Reum was revealed to be the Big Bad and sure it does make this drama less straightforward but doesn’t make me care. The writing is so convoluted, too many scenes are filmed in darkness so I can’t see half the shit, and it’s just one kill after another until I’m numb. I didn’t need Granny and Hyung both killed, just one would be enough to make me hate Ba Reum on a personal level. The too clever and too hamfisted writing really annoys me if you can’t tell. I feel like there was a great “concept” buried under here but the execution and fleshed out script piled on too much shock value and twists there is no heart and soul. Perhaps that’s the point, Ba Reum is just that, a boy grown into a man who has only psycho serial killer desires and no reason to stop. Sigh, I can’t stop either, really need to see this to the end. Oh, and also Lee Seung Gi is KILLING IT with his acting, making the earlier episodes as the too bright good guy, the current psycho flashbacks, and combo of both in the post brain transplant version all brilliantly played. Too bad the Baeksang noms came out before the drama switched gears on his character.