Grid may not be causing as much social buzz like the heart-fluttering rom-com Forecasting Love And Weather or the spine-chilling zombie apocalypse thriller All Of Us Are Dead. But trust us when we say you’re totally missing out on a good watch by not tuning in to it right now. Why? We make our case below.
1. The plot keeps you delightfully intrigued
In 1997, an elusive figure only known as Ghost (Lee Si-Young) created the Grid system to save humanity from a catastrophic disaster. Ghost disappeared after that. However, 24 years later, Ghost reappeared and helped serial killer Kim Ma-Nok (Kim Sung-Kyun) escape prison. Seo Kang Joon’s Kim Sae-Ha tries to investigate the truth about Ghost. He ends up crossing paths with other people who are also chasing Ghost for different reasons.
Grid’s take on a supernatural narrative is interesting because unlike other K-dramas of the same genre, the main supernatural figure in this story (Ghost) isn’t painted as just ‘good’ or just ‘bad’. The mystery of the plot lies in Ghost’s questionable intentions in her role in ‘protecting’ humanity. This makes every revelation about this character exciting because it feels like a thrilling guessing game in every episode.
2. Seo Kang-Joon has great command of the screen
Fans of Seo Kang-Joon have missed seeing him onscreen after two years and Grid is definitely the perfect comeback for the actor. Every scene Seo Kang-Joon is in feels intriguing; even his subtlest eye movements allow the viewers to get a multilayered look into Sae-Ha’s emotions at the moment.
His versatility in portraying complex roles like the tough but secretly soft-hearted Baek In-Ho in Cheese In The Trap and the kind-but-badass android Namshin III in Are You Human? gave him a great foundation for effectively portraying the cautious but shrewd Kim Sae-Ha.
3. Kim A-Joong and Kim Moo-Yul joins the cast as pursuers of Ghost
Kim A-Joong (The King, Wanted) joins Grid as Jung Sae-Byeok, a police detective trailing Ghost to solve a case. Her acting portfolio includes performances from other action-packed titles like The Bad Guys: Reign Of Chaos and Punch, which makes us confident about her taking the lead opposite Seo Kang-Joon in this drama.
They’re also joined by Kim Moo-Yul who co-starred with Song Joong-Ki and Kim Tae-Ri in the 2021 sci-fi film Space Sweepers. Moo-Yul plays Song Eo-Jin, who’s also interested in catching Ghost (no spoilers, though!).
With these three amazing actors taking the lead as Ghost’s main pursuers, each episode gets more and more exciting, especially in instances when their intentions and inner motives start clashing.
4. Award-winning Stranger writer Lee Soo-Yeon is behind Grid’s story
If you loved the 2020 suspense-thriller drama Stranger starring Cho Seung-Woo (Sisyphus: The Myth) and Bae Doona (Kingdom), as well as Lee Dong-Wook’s (Goblin, Touch Your Heart) medical drama Life, then you’d be thrilled to hear that these dramas’ writer, Lee Soo-Yeon, is also behind Grid’s script. Her knack for creating suspenseful storylines that still grip at the heartstrings earned her recognition at the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards.
5. The cinematography, scoring, and overall feel of the drama makes the viewing experience incredibly immersive
Supernatural dramas can sometimes feel lacklustre when it completely banks on special effects. But Grid’s cinematography, scoring, and overall feel perfectly balance the use of CGI and effective storytelling to give the audience a good viewing experience.
For most of the scenes, the thrill is brought by the intensity of the actors’ performances and the way each scene is framed, paced, and delivered, instead of an overwhelming amount of effects. The characters are also given enough space to grow in their own storylines. This makes it easier for the audience to be immersed in the story without a lot of interruptions from excessive flashbacks, narrating, and the like.
Grid is a great alternative for those who would like to take a break from zombie plotlines (that seem to be the recent trend in Asian dramas) but can’t steer clear from the suspense-thriller genre.
Comments, questions or feedback? Email us at [email protected].