Connect (Disney+) Season 1 Review – An enthralling action thrill ride

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 -|Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 4 -|Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 -|Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 6 -|Review Score – 3.5/5

 

The Disney+ mini-series, Connect was released globally on December 7th and fans around the world started tuning into a new universe of mutants coming from South Korea. The show is a quick watch with six episodes in total. Each episode has a run time of 43 minutes which makes the show pretty short in comparison to other K-dramas.

Starring Jung Hae-in in the lead role with Go Kyung-po as the villain, Connect tells the story of a parallel universe where there exists creatures called the Connect, who were created in a Pharmaceutical laboratory as recently as the year 2000. These creatures are humans who do not have a clear origin and are immortal.

After a group of organ-trafficking thugs kidnap a Connect named Dong-soo, their surgeon extracts his eyes. Dong-soo wakes up mid-surgery before the doctor can take away any of his organs and leaves the makeshift hospital with only one eye. The one eye that was left behind has been transplanted into a serial killer.

The catch is that Dong-soo can see out of his empty eye and is able to learn the serial killer’s next move once a connection between them is made. Will Dong-soo be able to save the victims or is there something more sinister that comes into play with Dong-soo being an immortal creature?

The show starts off with Dong-soo (played by Jung Hae-in), a petite young man being kidnapped and shows his journey from being a nobody into being called a serial killer, all because of his connection with one. The concept of the story is novel and it is pretty interesting to see these two polar opposite characters come together. Dong-soo and Jin-seop (played by Go Kyung-pyo) are roped into a situation that they did not ask for.

It could be a morbid thought but the corpse art sculptures were really beautiful and some part of me wished that Dong-soo would not have stopped the killer so that the artwork would continue to be displayed. This is only a joke because no one in their right mind would want to kill humans just to have themselves remembered even after they die!

The show is appealing when it comes to its cinematography and its concept but the episodes seem too fast-paced and rushed in the second half of the show. Connect could do better with two more episodes as it would have been nice to see the chase between Dong-soo and Jin-seop a little slower than how it panned out to be.

The character of Yi-rang (played by Kim Hye-jun) is one of the characters that I still cannot trust because she is just that good. You’ll fall in love with her fight sequences and the show brings  a fresh perspective of a female lead looking out for the male lead instead of the other way around.

Connect has one song running through the background and although Jung Hae-in is a novice at singing, the melody grows on you by the time we get to the season finale. The show is fast and cuts to the chase but it somehow works because many action TV shows usually skip the melodrama and cut to the chase.

The show ends on a cliffhanger too as a quick heads up, which would suggest that Disney are planning a Season 2 of Connect. There are so many questions that viewers have after the end but despite its fast paced, this has been an enthralling thrill ride from start to finish.


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