I have not been watching sageuk dramas for months and I purposely saving it for the best! For my Yoo Seung Ho *wink*. And the wait is worth my time! I am enjoying this drama from the beginning until now. I have been on top of it and seriously, I just can’t get enough of it. I do notice a few people dropping this show because they found it frustrating, tiresome and disappointing. Putting my bias aside, I just can’t find Ruler to be tiresome and disappointing. Frustrating? Perhaps. I would blame the writer for going around in circles. Also, it rocks people’s interest differently.
You know how I somewhat partial with cop dramas, right? Some are good, some are just pure action. And those corrupt police drama ones… *shakes head* But Signal is above and beyond. It somewhat gives me God’s Gift and Nine: Nine Times Time Travel combo vibes. That butterfly effect… I love this element in a drama. But I didn’t expect Signal would go this route at all. In fact, I am surprised that it did. It really solidify my believe that this show has met my expectations. What else would Signal bring to the table as I catching up with episode 12? This detective drama keeps me up to my toes. It continuously pushing me to think as hard as the characters. When past and present world collide, when the writer is forcing you as watchers to witness the parallel life between a character’s past and present… Wahhhh I just can’t help but noticing this growing envy of such awesome drama plot. How does one able to think it through and project it into a moving story? Yeah, I hear you. I am putting too much thought into this. Let me live this awesome Signal life, chingu *wink* As I said earlier, Signal is unlike any other cop dramas you have seen. The color scheme is colorful only in Detective Cha’s home. The rest of the scenes are gloomy and grey but certainly meet the mood of this drama. Signal started with rookie Park Hae Young discovering an old police transmitter used by the late Detective Lee Jae Han. Hae Young uses the transmitter to communicate with Detective Lee. There is only one catch; the transmitter only works at 11:23 pm. Why? Is it the time when Detective Lee went missing? Anyway, the cases that Park Hae Young is working on are unsolved cold cases and directly related with the work of Detective Lee. Detective Cha was the maknae of the office when she began working in the police unit. She received guidance and ultimately support by Detective Lee. 20 years later, Detective Cha is the team leader for the cold case and Hae Young reports to her. Cha does not know that Hae Young has been in “contact” with Lee. When she was notified by Section Chief Ahn Chi Soo that Hae Young has been digging on Lee, she started to feel alert. The truth is she herself is looking for the missing Lee. She and Ahn wonder why a rookie like Park would be interested in Lee’s case? They both calculated the time and thought Park and Lee never cross path. However, they are both wrong. Park and Lee did cross path and the two are tied through the very first case Park worked on under Cha’s team. Now, although it sounds pretty direct and interesting, but what a cop drama will be without corruption, political influence and murder within the system, right? *wiggles brows* Signal touches all aspects of crime. From kidnap and revenge to serial killer and gang-rape crimes, the show has yet to fail me. It grips me so hard. It is edgy. It is hearty. It is compelling. It is emotional. And if you are watching this show, let’s take a moment and acknowledge all the characters in Signal. As I was in awe with all characters in Cruel City, I am having this deja vu with all characters in this drama. They are absolutely brilliant and together made Signal a really fantastic drama! I can’t help but saying this but Signal is one of the best dramas of 2016! I just know it!