Episode 1 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 5/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 11 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 12 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 13 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 14 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 15 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 16 – | Review Score – 5/5
Blind is the best thriller this year, which is ironic given it’s probably a show you’ve never heard of. With a twisty-turny script, sharp writing and a great ensemble of characters, this is a blindingly good drama and an absolute must-watch.
From the opening of the first episode through to the intense climax in the finale, Blind takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the world of crime thrillers, teasing its audience with an array of leads, suspects and ideas before turning all of that upside down. And then it turns it back the right way up for fun. The point made here is that you won’t be able to predict which way Blind is turning and that’s part of the fun with this one.
With important flashbacks to the past working to flesh everything out, Blind introduces Hope Welfare Center, a place promising to be a refuge for orphans but actually happens to be used as a nasty prison of torture and misery, with kids forced to work for their adult oppressors.
Leading the charge here is the cruel “Crazy Dog”, Baek Moon-Kang, but he’s joined by several other people who I won’t spoil in this review. Each episode drip-feeds more of the past, with an array of kids simply labelled as numbers, and their identities slowly unveiled across the show’s run-time.
In the present, our protagonist is Sung-Joon, an orphaned child who works as an enthusiastic detective and is determined to catch the bad guys. His arrest rate is always among the top for detectives.
His older brother is Sung-Hoon, and he’s not particularly happy about his brother, seeing him as a burden. He works as a judge and the pair of them become entangled in a particularly nasty serial murder case, with the killer in question leaving horrific scars up the side of the victims’ mouths.
Dubbed the “Joker Killer”, it’s up to Sung-Joon to figure out who the killer is. But is he really in a sane enough mind to do this? It soon becomes clear though that the case is directly linked to what happened in the past, and the truth is far uglier than anyone could ever have imagined.
To give much more away about the story would be a disservice to Blind but suffice to say, there’s some lovely moments and some pretty shocking twists at the end of some of these episodes too.
The series definitely channels the same sort of vibes that Mouse did last year, although I must say that this is nowhere near as long-winded and convoluted as that crime thriller. Instead, the way Blind is set up works as a very binge-worthy thriller.
To be fair, the ending could be a point of contention for some people, with a slightly underwhelming resolution for certain characters, but beyond that the rest of the show does well to keep things engaging and interesting.
Overall, Blind is a blinder of a K-drama; a pulsating thriller that’s absolutely addictive and a series that’s very difficult to put down. It’s not perfect but it’s definitely one of the best dramas released this year.
Verdict - 9/10