The Initially Responders: Episode 1 (Initially Impressions)
It is an action-packed premiere for The Initially Responders, a drama all about the joint initial response unit that offers with all matters of emergencies. The drama wastes no time introducing a case exactly where we get to see our frontline group in action as they race against the clock to save a kidnapping victim. Teamwork is the name of the game because they’ll will need just about every bit of knowledge they can get. But for our police officer, firefighter, and paramedic, functioning with each other through a crisis is not often simple, specifically when not every person plays by the guidelines.
EPISODE 1 Initially IMPRESSIONS
What got me most excited about this drama was basically director Shin Kyung-soo, who directed my all-time preferred sageuk Nokdu Flower, as nicely as two of my other favorites Tree with Deep Roots and Six Flying Dragons. A drama about frontline responders feels like really the departure, but he didn’t disappoint. Ideal off, I appreciated how small exposition we got alternatively, we dive proper into the action to see how our group operates beneath stress.
The initial group member we’re introduced to is police lieutenant JIN HO-GAE (Kim Rae-won). It is not the warmest introduction – the drama opens on his disciplinary hearing for punching a perpetrator in the face. Ho-gae cannot even bring himself to apologize for the assault and alternatively doubles down, arguing that the man deserved it.
This is our initial taste of his stubborn, hot-headed, and abrasive nature. Ho-gae is not precisely beloved by his colleagues and has a reputation for causing problems. His nickname is “Jindo Dog” for his tendency to bite and not let go as soon as he’s got ahold of one thing. The reality that his father is a highly effective chief prosecutor does not assistance endear him to his colleagues because they assume he’ll get out of just about every scrape unscathed.
I’m not a Ho-gae fan so far, but I’m hoping his reassignment to the initial response group will assistance him find out to be a bit far more tempered. He barely has time to finish his hearing prior to he gets a contact for his initial case with the group.
A lady named KIM SO-HEE is knocked out in the street and wakes in a super creepy man’s apartment. It is a entire serial killer setup, comprehensive with a space covered in plastic. The man stabs So-hee in the leg, but fortunately, she proves intelligent and slips in her Bluetooth earbuds. He leaves her alone in the space, so when her mom calls, So-hee is in a position to inform her to contact the police.
Now we get to see our initial response group in action. It is actually a coordinated work involving the police division, fire division, and emergency medicine with Taewon police chief BAEK CHAM (Seo Hyun-cheol) top the group. They have one particular hour to save So-hee prior to her leg wound causes her to bleed out, so there’s no time for introductions when newbie Ho-gae shows up.
We find out a lot about every of our leads just by watching them operate and how they respond to crises. SONG SEOL (Gong Seung-yeon) is the paramedic and stays on the line with So-hee, maintaining her calm and gleaning as significantly information and facts as probable about her situation and place. She’s even-keeled and compassionate, with all her consideration on saving the victim.
BONG DO-JIN (Sohn Ho-joon) is our firefighter. He right away butts heads with Ho-gae who jumps proper in with the risky plans, seeming far more concerned with catching the perpetrator than guarding the victim and other civilians. Do-jin has a bit of a temper himself, but he comes off as far more empathetic and driven by a wish to shield.
Ho-gae might be impulsive and have some anger troubles, but he is fast on the uptake. He right away gathers from the information So-hee provides them that the man is squatting in a person else’s apartment. But then, his assumptions and impulsivity lead them to break into the incorrect apartment.
Ho-gae is not what you’d contact a group player, which spells problems for a initial response group that only has minutes to react as a unit. He does assume outdoors the box, although, which in the end aids them locate So-hee. He encourages Do-jin to assistance her start out a fire so they can determine the apartment by the smoke. It is risky, and neither Do-jin nor Seol are pleased about it, but So-hee will die in minutes if they cannot attain her.
Then, it is all hands on deck. As the firefighter, Do-jin breaks in and rushes into the flames to save the victim. Although Ho-gae fights to subdue the perpetrator, Seol operates to revive and treat So-hee. In spite of some hiccups – like the perp briefly taking Ho-gae hostage at knife-point – every person tends to make it out alive, like So-hee.
It is really the initial day on the job for Ho-gae, but he does not look fazed. Later that day, he moves into his new apartment, which takes place to be not only in the very same constructing but on the very same floor as his new teammates Seol and Do-jin. (Their disappointed appears in the elevator when he presses their floor button says it all.) But Ho-gae does not even have time to settle in to his questionably-affordable-and-possibly-haunted apartment prior to they get a contact, and it is off to the subsequent case, which is exactly where we finish Episode 1.
Speak about dropping you proper into the action! It was a robust opening with tight storytelling, great pacing, and a no-filler introduction to our group. I currently really feel like I have a great notion of our characters’ personalities merely by way of watching them in a crisis. I appreciate when a show efficiently shows you what you will need to know and does not rely on information dumping to get you up to speed.
Judging from this episode, I assume we’re in for an intense ride. I’m hunting forward to seeing the variety of scenarios our group responds to and watching them operate with each other to resolve hard issues. They every bring one thing unique to the table, so as extended as Ho-gae does not go all lone wolf through a life-or-death crisis, I assume they’ll make a excellent group.
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