Melody

A grim reaper and a woman who is able to foresee death; toss in with a few complicated murder cases and that is Black. Yes, these about sum up what this drama is about and I have to say I enjoyed this drama immensely.

Black (starring Song Seung-heon) is a grim reaper whose soul has taken over the dead body of a detective, Han Moo-gang. Also known as reaper 444, Black is known to be cold-hearted and ruthless in the underworld. Why his soul possessed Moo-gang's body remains a mystery but is also part of its core of the story as it slowly unfolds.

Go Ara played as the woman who could foresee death by the dark shadows surrounding the victims' bodies. Kang Ha-ram has had this ability since young and she sees this more as a curse than a blessing. After losing her father and with a mother who doesn't show her enough attention, Ha-ram lives alone and with a pair of sunglasses as her companion, her life is a simple one as long as she pretends she doesn't see all those dark shadows around her and that she minds her own business. Her peace of mind is shattered after knowing the death of her teenaged crush, Moo-gang.

What follows is Black having to get used to the mortal world and engaging Ha-ram as "his eyes" so he could locate other lost roaming souls. Ha-ram, on the other end, is happy enough to see Moo-gang is back on his feet again although he seems cold and distant towards her. As the duo work together, the crime squad has a few cases on their hands which Black later discovered are connected to Moo-gang's and Ha-ram's childhood.

What I loved about this drama is because it has all the elements I love - fantasy theme, intricate suspense plots and last but not least, romance. The story is well crafted and there are lots of twists and turns when the murder cases are concerned and what amazed me is while each of the case seems isolated (and mind-boggling at times), they are all linked nicely towards the end. And I especially enjoyed the tender moments between Black and Ha-ram; Black may be in denial over their so-called relationship but his concern and his actions speak volumes and I think it is romantic despite their exchanges stated otherwise. All in all it was a great fantasy and suspense drama alongside a great cast of characters. I was sorry to see it ended and would have given this a 5-star rating if the ending was better explained but nevertheless still a satisfying one. Recommended. 


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6 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    Adding Black to my list. I'm watching The Secret Healer now--while I work on my snowmen characters. My oldest granddaughter (14) is now into BTS, and I've been encouraging her to try a K Drama. :)


  2. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - My eldest daughter is into BTS too. Sigh.

    Gotta check out The Secret Healer.


  3. Jenny Says:

    I have a friend who’s been trying to get me to watch Kdramas forever. Honestly, I haven’t been tempted...until now. I have to see this one! Is it on Viki?


  4. Melody Says:

    Jenny - I don't think it's on Viki but you can try this link:
    https://watchasian.co/drama-detail/black-korean-drama


  5. Iliana Says:

    I've never watched any K-Dramas and I think I'm missing out. This sounds really good!


  6. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I hope you'll give them a try one day. :)