MBC's latest Monday/Tuesday drama "Lookout" is a 32 episode run, but don't let that number fool you. It is a part of a new test split that both MBC and SBS are trying. A single hour-long episode is chopped into two half-hour episodes and aired the same night. In terms of your time, you'll be spending 16 episodes with the characters and stories of "Lookout". It's just all in a different package. Despite the awkward cut that the split has thrown into the middle of this first episode, Director Son Hyeong-seok ("Two Weeks", "Personal Taste") and Writer Kim Soo-eun have delivered quite the riveting first two episodes.
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After a fast-paced introduction, "Lookout" jumps into the catalyst that turns cop and mother Soo-ji into a grief-stricken woman thirsting for revenge. She storms down a path that is quite terrifying, especially when those surrounding the circumstances of her daughter's death are driven by selfish ambition and revenge. Please do remember that hour episodes are split into two so four half-hour episodes will air each week!
Chief Prosecutor Yoon (Choi Moo-sung) is sketched as the man who wields all the power and the man who Do-han ultimately wishes to bring down. In order to do that, Do-han seems willing to ignore the nagging of his conscience and perform whatever act is necessary to orchestra his revenge. This includes covering up the fact that Yoon's son is some sort of sociopath who purposefully killed Soo-ji's daughter. While I'm not thrilled to have a sociopath behind the killing, I do appreciate the political power plays that protect him and that forge a strong backdrop for the story of people who come together to pursue justice.
The band of freedom fighters of "Lookout" starts their work together with Soo-ji, Kyeong-soo, and Bo-mi under the orders of the mysterious leader, who turns out to be none other than smarmy Do-han. With his willingness to seek revenge without limit and Soo-ji's thirst to catch Yoon Si-wan and his crooked father, we have quite the pair of episodes on our hands.
There are several layers of villainy that makes "Lookout" an interesting story. Yoon Siwan seems to be a cold-blooded teen who vies for the approval of his father and who most definitely killed Yoo-na. His character is only interesting in that his father, Chief Yoon, takes great pains to protect him and that makes our heroes work hard. His mother seems to have an inkling of who her son really is, but his father seems to self-absorbed to have the same insight. Currently, a year after the death of Soo-ji's daughter, our heroes are Soo-jin's new band of corruption fights made up of Bo-mi and Kyeong-soo, two hackers who constantly bicker. Bo-mi has a sour outlook on life while Kyeong-soo has the ego of a teenager. Soo-ji joins them, as at odds with Bo-mi as Kyeong-soo is, but still, the trio get on well. They do private detective work while waiting for orders from Leader, a man who has never shown himself, but who has helped Bo-mi and Kyeong-soo and earned their loyalties. The audience knows that it is Do-han, a master manipulator who plays at being a ladder climber, but who really is a puppeteer of the greedy, kind, and weak. I find him a fascinating character and a challenge for Kim Young-kwang as an actor, but he isn't likable.
"Lookout" is barreling forward with Soo-jin at the lead. This grieving mother is brave, intelligent, and determined to bring her daughter's killer to justice. Her independence throws a wrench in the plans of Do-han and keeps everyone else on their toes. It's hard not to love such a driven heroine who keeps us guessing at how she will escape each new situation.
The focus of this pair of episodes is the search for Woo-sung, the man whose case incited cover ups and began Soo-jin's involvement with Chief Prosecutor Yoon and Chief Oh. Woo-sung is a lowlife, having taken the life of a man and then living free while an innocent young man took the fall for his crime. It is only Soo-jin's dogged hunt for him that brings him back to prison after Yoon releases him. In general, it is the chase and capture of Woo-sung that drives the episode, shows off how amazing Lee Si-young is at being a badass woman, and allows for Team Justice (Soo-jin, Bo-mi, and Kyeong-soo) to really get to know each other and reveal some of their stories to us. Mostly it is Bo-mi, the closeted woman who monitors the CCTV feeds of the city, who reveals herself to us. A cranky nay-sayer and the primary person who thinks Soo-jin should strickly follow their Leader's orders, Bo-mi has a trauma that keeps her shut up 100% of the time. She alludes to it when she decides to go against their Leader's orders and help Soo-jin find and apprehend Woo-sung, who kidnapped his daughter to get revenge on his ex-wife. She mentions not wanting any other children to live in fear. Both she and Kyeong-soo have backstories that I want to unearth.
Do-han has a lot to take care of in this pair of episodes of "Lookout". Soo-ji's headstrong influence is powerful enough to convince even the skeptical Bo-mi that what's right needs to be done. This pits our justice fighters directly against Chief Prosecutor Yoon who is wily enough to be a worthy opponent.
Do-han manipulated Chief Oh who is discarded by Chief Prosecutor Yoon with very little fanfare. Yoon covered up all of Oh's wrongdoing, a show of his power. Now Do-han is taken in by Yoon who believes Do-han's vows of loyalty. This new role has Do-han working hard to maintain his smarmy persona as well as his role as Leader. Until now, we've understood his motivations, but he's been hard to like. But when we see him tearfully empathize with Soo-jin in secret, he becomes a human; a very, very fallible human. My hope is that he will reveal himself to the justice fighters and that they will all actively work together. It would be good for him to have people on which he can rely.