In his mid-year assessment of 2008’s drama offerings, kdrama critic extraordinaire, X (also known variously as MisterX, Anarchist, and Grump’s-My-Middle-Name), praised Life Special Investigation Team as “one of the most exhilarating shows of the year.”
X went on to say:
LIFE focuses on a group of agents investigating insurance frauds, and although there is a good amount of detail, this is not a CSI style show.
What it has in droves instead is personality. The self-contained, one-episode-per-week format is much closer to Japan than the US even in atmosphere, but it’s handled with remarkable wit and panache by Im Tae-Woo and Co. This is one of the first times a US-system (several writers and producers handling one episode each, with a creator in the middle dictating the drama’s direction) was used in Korea, and although there is still room for improvement, it’s definitely a good start. But the real standout is Eom Gi-Joon, a theater/musical-trained actor who you’re likely to see quite often from now on, as he’s been cast in Noh Hee-Kyung’s upcoming 그들이 사는 세상 (The World they Live in). Good acting, good writing, fun and interesting characters with personality and a nice atmosphere. LIFE would be the perfect launchpad for a season drama, if they ever decide to go back to the format. Otherwise, it can just stand on its own, as one of this year’s nicest shows.
You can read the whole article (where, among other musings, X goes misty-eyed over La Dolce Vita and confesses to a soft spot for Strongest Chil-woo) here.
X’s review made me curious about LSIT and I figure some people might feel the same way, too; hence, this post. But I’m also rather apprehensive because this is the first time I’m sharing download links for a drama that I’ve yet to watch. (So far I’ve only shared links for dramas that I can recommend unreservedly.) As I hardly have time to watch dramas these days (watching only one at the moment and very slowly at that), you’ll just have to take X’s word that this is a show worth your twelve hours!
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