I’m still loving OCN fantasy thriller drama Black, showcasing the best drama performance I’ve seen from male lead Song Seung Heon and a truly creative and addictively confusing script. It’s basically God’s Gift: 14 Days, the previous drama by screenwriter Choi Ran, mixed up with dark and twisty supernatural elements of grim reapers and the mythology of death. But like GG there’s a sense that Choi Ran mapped her world out too big and therefore needs time to lay the foundation and then peel back the layers, but for the viewer it can be too dense and now after 12-episodes not enough revelations to sustain the balance of clarity and mystery.
I seriously have no clue who 444/Black was when he was alive though there are clues, and the big bad remains frustratingly opaque. What remains great is Song Seung Heon being awesome and awkwardly hilarious as the arrogant grim reaper in a human body, even as I miss Kim Tae Woo‘s cameo as reaper 444, and the side characters notably Kim Won Hae and Jo Jae Yoon. Sadly the only weak link in acting and character is Go Ara‘s female lead, yet again proving this poor girl can’t catch a break. She was fine in the beginning but has just devolved with every episode to the point I kinda want her to die lol. Anyhoo, Black is still loads of fun to watch and I can’t wait for the tsunami of reveals to finally drop.