Voice 2 First Impressions
At the end of season one, Moo Tae Go was murdered by the patients at the mental facility where he was sent to. For this reason, season 2 is a fresh new start with a new psychopath. As I mentioned in a previous post on Voice 2, Jang Hyuk will not be returning.
Instead, we focus on a lot of changes in season 2.
With Moo Jin Hyuk out of the picture, the lead dispatch detective of the Golden Time Team is Team Leader Jang. Jin Hyuk has entrusted the Golden Time Team to him, and in the first episode, it’s pretty clear how much he is liked and respected by the team. Jin Hyuk is obviously missed, but the team is running on all cylinders and seems to work well together.
Some characters from the first season aren’t here, but if you’re familiar with k-dramas, you’re all too aware of the fact that most dramas are one season series. Voice 2 is added to a short list of k-dramas with multiple seasons, so there were likely scheduling issues and/or lack of interest in the other actors/actresses reprising their roles. I don’t know everyone’s individual story, but if you’re looking to see all of the same characters here, you won’t.
I do miss Jang Hyuk. That’s the only sore spot for me.
Kang Kwon Joo stepping it up?
Lee Ha Na has reprised her role as voice profiler and head of the 119 Emergency Call Center’s Golden Time Team. She is exactly as I remember, which is both a good and bad thing. Okay, we see she has softened a tiny bit when she’s about to reach out to Jin Hyuk about Team Leader Jang being murdered.
She’s also tough and crafty as she manages to pull strings and get Do Kang Woo (Lee Jin Wook) to temporarily take over Team Leader Jang’s dispatch position. Kwon Joo has no issues putting Kang Woo in his place and I admire her tenacity. Time will tell how they work together. (I’m only three episodes into this season.)
I’m cautiously optimistic for Kwon Joo’s character. I just wish Lee Ha Na’s acting had a bit more expression and range. The wide-eyed deadpan is okay in moderation, but I need a little more than that to connect with her character. I do understand that her character requires more restraint and is much more serious, but the wishful thinking part of me wishes there was a little more depth to her character.
I do appreciate that we still see her taking her job very seriously. Kwon Joo doesn’t have a boyfriend, husband, children, or any family members to come home to.
For that reason, she really throws herself into her job as it’s all she knows. So we never really get to see her act comfortably around someone with her guard down.
After all that she’s gone through, I’m hoping that Kwon Joo catches a break and gets herself a personal life. With her super hearing, it must be tough to lead a normal life, but I hope we see some development this season as she seemed so lonely during Voice.
Lee Jin Wook, new Golden Time Team Dispatch Leader?
Things take a personal turn when our new psychopath targets Team Leader Jang. He is drugged and forced to run over a group of hikers on the road. His car careens off a cliff and he tragically dies. This is a huge blow to the 112 Call Center.
This isn’t a profession for the faint of heart. It’s at this point that Do Kang Woo’s (Lee Jin Wook) path crosses with the Golden Time Team. Do Kang Woo is a detective who lost his partner to this serial killer 7 years ago. Kang Woo has a bad rap because he took the fall for his partner’s shady dealings, but he’s been relentlessly on the hunt to bring justice to his former detective.
Kwon Joo puts her own reputation on the line by bringing in the less-than-enthusiastic Kang Woo. He isn’t interested in being part of the team. Dare say, he’s not much of a team player. Instead, the only person we see him trust and work with is his associate.
Sadly, Kang Woo doesn’t leave the best first impressions with the team. He’s about his own agenda with tracking down the serial killer. It’s all he’s known for the last 7 years, and it makes sense that it’s his number one priority.
The good news is that we start to see glimmers of him being a team player in episode 3.
I like Lee Jin Wook, so I’m hopeful we see good stuff from his character. He reminds me a bit too much of Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) in some ways, but we’ve barely had time to really get to know him. I’m curious to see what his character brings to the table
Did you know?
Voice and Voice 2 are both written by writer Ma Jin Won. So far things are pretty consistent with the writing.
We have a different director in Voice 2, which you can tell as the filming style is a bit different.
I’m a bit behind, but I plan to catch up soon. The problem is that I’m watching way too many dramas right now.
The actors/actresses who did not return this season had their whereabouts/story explained. That’s why I’m happy we have the same writer on this project. It would be a major bummer if the story conveniently forgot they existed.
Episode 3 could potentially be very triggering. The criminal is a pedophile that lures children by dressing up like a clown. I already find clowns creepy, so just an FYI. There will be sensitive subject matter, so please keep that in mind before you push play.