K-drama review: Military Prosecutor Doberman – meandering legal action-comedy finishes strongly
The military-legal drama has picked up tempo at some point of its run, with issues which includes a barrack-room bloodbath and the redemption of a rapist
The downfall of the major villain makes for a very fulfilling ending to a collection that stored improving
The trip to get there wasn’t continually an even one
however early on Military Prosecutor Doberman set up its quit aim – the downfall of the villainous division Commander Noh Hwa-young (Oh Yeon-soo) – and viewers had been keen to see it play out.
Through sixteen episodes, the show’s scores have regularly risen, capping off this week with a finale that delivered on its promise and cracked the vaunted 10 per cent scores milestone in South Korea, solely the 0.33 cable exhibit of the yr to do so after Twenty-Five Twenty-One and Show Window: The Queen’s House.
The slaloming direction to Noh’s reckoning at the fingers
Of the dogged army prosecutors Do Bae-man (Ahn Bo-hyun) and Cha Woo-in (Jo Bo-ah) has protected quite a few volatile pit stops alongside the way, with touchy instances involving date rape and a barracks bloodbath folded in to spice up the greater prosaic primary narrative, which in basic terms revolved round corruption and cronyism.
The show’s largest gamble used to be the shocking personality trajectory that threaded via all the show’s socially-minded interludes: the redemption arc of Hwa-young’s wayward son Tae-nam (Kim Woo-seok).
Tae-nam used to be teased as the huge horrific at the show’s
outset and grew to become the first joint goal for Bae-man and Woo-in after date raping a prone younger girl in a club’s VIP room. After tumbling out of his ivory tower, Tae-nam wound up as a army recruit at the backside of the pecking order.
There he skilled existence on the different aspect of the tracks as he may want to no longer depend on the safety of his mother, who was once pressured to distance herself from him in the course of his trial. As a new recruit, he is subjected to extreme hazing. Within the route of solely a few scenes, an unrepentant rapist has emerge as a sympathetic character.
It’s a jarring alternate however the exhibit commits to it fully
Tae-nam befriends fellow non-public Byun Sang-ho (Kim Yo-han), who experiences the worst hazing of all. Private Byun sooner or later snaps, selections up a rifle and grenade, and goes on a rampage via the barracks, blowing up or mowing down fellow troopers as he many times asks “where’s my mother?”
Gory, annoying and unrelenting, it’s a darkish sequence that threatens to crush a exhibit that is most blissful when it’s attempting to be hip and jocular. Once once more the exhibit wades into a serious present day issue, however in contrast to the superlative therapy navy hazing acquired in final year’s D.P., right here it is dealt with superficially.
While the episode doesn’t work as social commentary
the place it does be triumphant is as Tae-nam’s redemption. He is one of the few survivors and eventually acts like any person prepared to alternate when he speaks up about Private Byun’s bullying in the course of the trial.
Tae-nam’s motion alerts a clear spoil from his domineering mother, permitting the exhibit to return to its most fascinating relationship. After being discharged from the navy he visits Woo-in and Bae-man’s makeshift cafe base, the place he is tearfully reunited with his Doberman, and leaves private letters for the prosecutors and the lady he date raped.
Bae-man reads the letter, solely to find out it is really a suicide note
He rushes to the deserted region the place Tae-nam is assembly his mother, a region the place he used to be tormented via her as a child. Grenade in hand, Tae-nam is about to obliterate himself and his mom simply as Bae-man arrives.
An already interesting climax to the penultimate episode of the sequence receives an more enhance when it turns into a double cliffhanger. Woo-in is additionally in a life-or-death situation, having met Hwa-young’s assistant in the hopes of gaining a key witness, solely to be confronted with the barrel of a gun.
The finale kicks off in the hospital, the place most of the predominant characters are getting better from bullet or shrapnel wounds. The exhibit winds down its corruption storyline with the tearing down of the nefarious Patriotic Society, thanks to the so-called ‘X-File’ that was once in Tae-nam’s possession.
That trial over, we return one remaining time
to the army tribunal as Bae-man and Woo-in don their robes as soon as extra for Hwa-young’s closing judgment. The trial proceeds barring any foremost incident and the Commander receives her simply desserts, as we knew she would.
Though missing in surprise, the downfall of one of the great K-drama villains we’ve viewed this yr is a fully pleasurable second to shut the collection on.
Military Prosecutor Doberman had lots of issues all through its meandering run however a sturdy ending can go a lengthy way in the direction of rehabilitating a exhibit – and that’s what took place with this week’s closing episodes, turning a tonally scattered criminal action-comedy into a exact old style story of heroes and villains.