Hello there. Here we are with another first look at a Kdrama. I decided on “The uncanny counter” as it seemed outside of what I normally lean towards watching. Reading the title, I was sure to be dealing with some sort of math genius as main lead. Maybe a background in the gambling world…?
Reading up on the actual summary of the drama did not help either. It was telling me that the story revolves around a group of people running a noodle shop during the day and slaying demons at night. Wait, what!? I’m a self-proclaimed scaredy cat and tend to stay away from dark themed dramas/movies and the likes.
Assuming you, the reader, are equally clueless about the plot of “The uncanny counter” as yours truly, here is my short synopsis:
Ga Mo-Tak (Yoo Jun-Sang), Chu Mae-Ok (Yum Hye-Ran) & Do Ha-Na (Kim Se-Jeong) are part of a secret group lead by Choi Jang-Mul (Ahn Suk-Hwan). They aim to locate and subsequently slay evil spirits. Mo-Tak, Mae-Ok & Ha-Na each possess their own unique abilities that help them in both their physical and psychological fight against demons. The three run a noodle shop as a forefront to hide their real identity. Meanwhile, Jang-Mul seems to work mostly behind the scenes, disguising as the rich CEO of a company.
So Mun (Jo Byeong-Gyu) is a high school student with his own set of problems. Despite leading a life that is far from easy, he does his best to maintain a positive outlook in life. To everyone’s surprise, he becomes the newest candidate to become a “counter”, a term used to describe members of this demon slaying ensemble.
Much to my delight, the drama dove right into the story since the first scene. No longwinded introduction of characters. You figure out whether someone is the good or bad guy as you go along.
The intro is also short and to the point, with a definite nod to the plot’s origin. (A/N: “The uncanny counter” aka “Amazing Rumour” [Korean Title “Kyeongirowoon Somoon”] is based on a webcomic by Jang Yi.)
Episode one was filled with well done action sequences, elements of fantasy, and overall fast paced. However, despite this, the plot outline was easy to follow, and promises much.
Right from the beginning, this drama hints at themes of friendship, bullying, betrayal, fight for justice, and corruption, and does not limit these to a certain age group.
I was overjoyed to also detect definite signs of several strong female characters. Here is hoping the writers are not out to disappoint as they have certainly – and sadly – done in the past.
To finalize, the drama feels like a crossover of “Healer”, “Witch’s Love” and “Let’s fight Ghost!”. All dramas I enjoyed which bodes well for my first impression on “The uncanny counter”.
Q: Will I continue watching this drama?
A: Yes! Probably during daytime only and surrounded by pillows that could potentially be used to cover my eyes. But still, yes!
Q: What is my biggest concern regarding the drama?
A: Other than writers messing up the female characters…the overall pace. Episode 1 started out so strong and there is a slim chance they can keep up that pace. Will they manage to keep it captivating while slowing down or will I feel like we are running in place somewhere mid drama?
So there you have it. My first look at “The uncanny counter”. Let me know if you would like a full review (if I end up watching the entire drama, lol).
Thank you for hanging out with us.
Until we drama again,