Korean Drama Impressions: Vampire Detective Episode 7 Review

Vampire Detective Korean Drama - Lee Joon

Episode 7 of Vampire Detective highlights another character this week, but yet again, it’s not San (Lee Joon)!  We get to know our villainess Yo Na (Lee Chung Ah) a little better by looking at her pre-vampire life, origin story, and how she became who she is now.

Let’s start with what I liked about this episode.  We spend a good chunk of time in flashbacks of Yo Na.  We see her as a regular teen girl with a crush on her neighbor, Young Kwang.  I found myself immediately perking up at the change.  We see the horrible incident that led to her being turned into a vampire, and then Young Kwang ends up becoming her protector.

He shelters her from the world and ends up becoming a killer in order to supply her with blood.  But after living this way for many years, she can’t take being locked away.  So Young Kwang eventually starts the organization that she is involved with now.  But the couple’s differences are too much too overcome.  He admits to blaming her for him becoming a monster.

In the present time, Yo Na recruits San to help her locate Young Kwang by holding his friends lives in her hands.  After spending the episode looking for him, Yo Na meets with Young Kwang.  He is now old and with Yo Na’ old friend. He doesn’t want to be part of Yo Na’s world anymore.  Outraged, Yo Na bites her old friend.  Young Kwang is able to illuminate the hall they are in and escape, and then San catches sight of his old police buddy alive and the episode ends with his pursuit.

So I really liked Yo Na’s story.  I wish we could just stay in those flashbacks for the rest of the drama.  Despite not answering several questions concerning how Yo Na and Young Kwang parted and how she ended up looking for him right then, that story was more interesting and what I wanted from Vampire Detective from the get go.

That’s where my negatives come in.  They showed us what Yo Na went through becoming a vampire and how she became the way she was.  Why couldn’t we have seen San experience his transformation?  What is he feeling?  How is it effecting him?  These questions should have been explored in depth already.

So while this episode actually featured a story I enjoyed, it just reinforces many of the elements that are lacking in Vampire Detective.  And the episode 8 preview looks like we are back to another stand alone case.  I just don’t get the writing for this drama.  Ah well, 5 episodes to go!

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6 Responses to Korean Drama Impressions: Vampire Detective Episode 7 Review

  1. joybran2015 says:

    I stopped watching after ep. 4, but when I heard that this ep actually had a vampire story, I caught up on the series. Like you, I enjoyed this episode because of the vampire backstory, but it just pointed out how lacking the series has been and may continue to be.

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    • Kay says:

      This episode was definitely the best of the bunch for me. One, it actually had vampires, and two, it connected me emotionally with Yo Na’s story. I just don’t know why it’s so hard for them to do that with our main characters. And next week looks like another case. I’ve come this far, so I’ll be watching through to the end, but thus far it’s my least favorite kdrama I will have ever completed. I’ve dropped kdramas I liked more, lol.

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  2. joybran2015 says:

    This is why I prefer to marathon dramas after they finish airing. They are a lot harder to drop if you have been watching them week by week and you have reason to keep hoping they might get better. I was so sure I would like this. Lee Joon as a vampire! What’s not to like? Now I know.

    Also, it is nice to have someone warn you when a show that is advertised as a vampire show doesn’t have much vampire story. hehe

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, yeah, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near this drama if I had waited and read the fan reaction to it. I’ve only watched a handful of dramas week to week, and they were pretty good, so waiting was difficult. I now definitely see the unexpected danger of live watching and hoping a bad drama will get better. I think if Lee Joon actually got to be a vampire there would be a lot to like 😉


  3. joybran2015 says:

    I think the thing that makes vampire stories so entertaining is that vampires live so differently from humans. There is the fantasy of living forever (as long as you don’t get burnt up by the sun) and the horror of having to survive on blood rather than food. Vampires are cool because of their extra powers, but tragic if they suffer from the angst of outliving loved ones or having to kill to survive.

    Unfortunately, San doesn’t seem to even know that he is a vampire, let alone living a completely different life. He seems to live like a normal detective, without even noticing his own enhanced abilities, which seem very random and not all that extraordinary. Only five episodes to go and we still don’t have any idea what kind of vampire he is.

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    • Kay says:

      Completely agree! The big draw to any vampire story is watching how the main character copes with being the “monster” he’s become and how it effects him and his loved ones around him. And that’s why it really is bizarre and disappointing that we don’t get to see any of that from San, plus he doesn’t even acknowledge he is different!

      This really just should have been a regular detective drama. Of course, even then, I still find the cases very lacking. But the lack of classic vampire elements is so strange. That’s why episode 7 was a lot better. I mean, I assume we’ll get more vampire San stuff at the very end, but it’s practically pointless now with so little time left. Such a disappointment😦

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