To my everlasting relief You’re All Surrounded righted itself after last week’s abrupt plunge to horrible-ville. It’s hard to say if that was an aberration or the drama might end up see-sawing between inept character writing for plot tricks or start the steady and perilous climb to turn a bunch of inexperienced rookies into decent cops. Last week’s stumble was making Soo Sun beyond inexperienced to the extreme end of pure unmitigated failure on every level. Dae Gu got tossed in the ringer primarily so he could experience an epiphany of sorts and take his cop job seriously and not just as a way to secretly investigate Pan Seok for his involvement in his mom’s murder. Soo Sun was already an irksome character but last week placed her at the edge of stabbity GDIF territory. Thankfully she’s been pulled back from the brink and now can exist in the story without making me see red. The P4 head into a new case today involving a hit-and-run that leads to the death of a child. It’s clearly designed to pull out the backstory behind formerly married couple Pan Seok and Sa Kyung, and while the process was overly obvious the result was an effective transition into showcasing their characters.
Pan Seok finally gets fleshed out as more beyond hardworking exacting cop, showing us that he was also a good husband and father who failed at both when it came into conflict with his profession. It’s not surprising but hopefully humanizes him in Dae Gu’s eyes because he’s so adverse to connecting with Pan Seok on any level. If Pan Seok and Dae Gu joined forces then the bad guys don’t stand a chance, the former with his years of experience and dogged determination and the latter with his razor sharp memory and deductive abilities. I wish the police cases were more interesting but so far the procedural matters are crafted simply as the vehicle to carry the characters from situation to situation. There is also a lot of potential for great character interactions during the investigation, the banter and discovery if you will, that doesn’t get tapped into by this writer. YAAS dips a toe in a lot of different threads but hasn’t yet made any one element really stand out and hook me. I suppose shower and gratuitous shirtless scenes of the very buff Lee Seung Gi is enticing enough but unless my boy is doing bare-chested fanservice in every episode then the overall storytelling really needs to pick up steam. Continue reading