The new MBC thriller Kairos has aired 4 episodes and it is surely turning out to be a nail biting ride! I’m liking it a lot and hope it continues to be this good till the end.
The show stars Shin Sung Rok as Kim Seo Jin, a top executive at a construction firm. His family includes wife Kang Hyun Chae (Nam Gyu Ri) and daughter Da Bin. One day his daughter gets kidnapped and seemingly murdered. The tragedy results in his wife committing suicide. A ray of hope comes in the form of a phone connection with Han Ae Ri (Lee Se Young), a part timer who is one month in the past from his timeline. Thus, he wants her help to save his daughter. Also, Ae Ri’s mother disappears from the hospital she was admitted to and thus, she wants Seo Jin’s help to find her. Ahn Bo Hyun stars as Seo Jin’s junior in the company and pop group WINNER‘s Kang Seung Yoon plays Im Gun Wook, Ae Ri’s friend.
I love how fast paced this drama is — it quickly sets up its story and does not waste time in any unnecessary threads or scenes. That helps in building of tension and maintaining it throughout. But this momentum never leads to confusion. Time twister trope could lead to a lot of questions and doubts but Kairos is very clear in where we are and how the time fantasy theme works. There are rules and nothing seems coming out of nowhere.
I’m a big fan of stories where normal people investigate a mystery and Kairos has not one but two ordinary people working on this puzzle which seems to connect them in some way and while racing against time. The one minute window where they can connect adds to the intriguing quality. They cannot trust anyone and there is an ominous vibe throughout.
Apart from the thrills, the show also allows room for emotions. Be it Seo Jin’s love, care for his family or the pain and regret on their loss. Shin Sung Rok is doing a great job in delivering the thrills and feels. Lee Se Young is also delivering a strong performance. I love their interactions and how they both try to make sense of things, individually and together.
All in all, Kairos is fantastic so far!