Military service is mandatory in South Korea which means a lot of men are pulled from career paths and forced into military discipline. Resentment is not uncommon and feelings of abandonment can lead to desertions. Harassment, hazing and bullying are too common.
In the first season there are six episodes of around 50 minutes each. We follow one young man who once in the military is selected to be in the D.P. squadron. He met some physical requirements and had demonstrated a clever observation. He is joined by a slightly senior partner and the two work on a few cases.
Over the next six episodes they pursue a number of deserters with some followup. Interviewing family and friends, studying tapes and going over locations. Jurisdiction issues add to the stress with the SDT (an anti terrorist organization), local police and even other divisions of the military with conflicting concerns. For the last episode there is quite a tense standoff between a few government forces, a discharged solider and a bully soldier.
The cast and crew are noteworthy.
Jun-hee Han directed and wrote. executive producer
Kim Bo-tong developed the story from his own military experiences and later produced a webtoon. He co-wrote the script.
Jung Hae-in played the junior partner. Earlier films included "Something in the Rain" (2018) and "Tune in For Love" (2019).
Koo Kyo-hwan played he senior partner. Film credits include "A Werewolf Boy (2012),"Escape From Moghdishu" (2021), "Extraordinary Attorney Woo" (2022). Check http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/04/escape-from-mogadishu-we-can-learn-to.html and http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/08/extraordinary-attorney-woo.html
Kim Seong-gyoon played their supervisor. His film credits include "The Suspect" (2017) and "Divorce Attorney Shin" (2023). Check http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2023/04/divorce-attorney-shin.html
The series was popular enough that by demand a second season is on its way.
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