You’re All Surrounded (We’ve Got You Surrounded)
Genre: Suspense, Crime, Comedy, Romance, Friendship
I’ve seen A LOT of dramas attempt to capture the team dynamic of a seemingly random, obviously incompatible group of people and how their experiences together (in this case, solving cases as rookie cops) foster powerful bonds and they truly become a united force. Few portray it as realistically and captivatingly as this one does.
The plot twists and turns are certainly jarring and the moral ambiguity of certain characters (you’ll understand when you watch) lends interesting insight on human nature - how the most honorable people can get lost in a vision of pursuing the greater good and lose sight of themselves in the process. Much like Min Joon Gook, the villain of I Hear Your Voice (2013), this drama demonstrates that sometimes enough pain can bring out the worst in the best of people. What I appreciate most about this is that the drama isn’t like Oh here’s the heroes and here’s the bad guys and instead presents an array of people, all scarred and all driven by their values (whether it be money or justice) yet all lie on differently spots on this spectrum of morality.
Moreover, this drama is smoothly able to transition from lighthearted moments of comedic relief or cute couple-y shenanigans to ominous, dark scenes that reel the watcher in. It has the perfect amount of romance and friendship, while still establishing an element of sheer corruption in their lives.
Note: Lee Seung Gi, who plays the male lead Ji Yong/Dae Gu, did an was magnificently cast. The writer(s) did an incredible job with his character and I think anyone who watches this will have an aching heart when they see what he endures and how these afflictions shape him overtime.
TL;DR : JUST WATCH IT. Definitely, the best drama I’ve watched this summer so far. Puts A New Leaf and Triangle to shame.