Hide K-drama Season 1 Review – An intricate revenge tale that deserved more hype

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 9 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 10 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 11 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 12 -| Review Score – 3.5/5

Hide is a revenge thriller set in modern-day South Korea which is based on the Welsh thriller, Keeping Faith. The K-drama stars Lee Bo-young in the lead role as Na Moon-young along with Lee Moo-saeng as the husband, Cha Sung-jae, Lee Chung-ah as Ha Yeon-joo and Lee Min-jae as Do Jin-woo. There are other familiar faces as well in this ensemble such as Jo Eun-sol and Kim Sang-ho.

Hide Season 1 focuses on the lawyer Na Moon-young, who has a loving relationship with her husband, Cha Sung-jae who seems perfect on all fronts. That is till one day he simply disappears. Suspicious documents and people that seem to be linked to Sung-jae start targeting Moon-young. 

However, she refuses to believe that her husband would be involved in something nefarious even though she realises that she actually doesn’t know anything about him. It seems that her neighbour, Ha Yeon-joo may know more than her while the mysterious Do Jin-woo knows exactly what may have happened to Cha Sung-jae.

It just might be a little too much to consider Hide as one of the best K-dramas of the thriller genre, but it does seem like that. Sure, there may be some minor flaws like Jin-woo being relegated to the background by the end, but the pros outweigh the cons. From the very first moment, viewers are put on an extremely twisted rollercoaster that has no plans of slowing down even in the finale.

Till the K-drama’s episode 4, we get some much-needed exposition and after that, we are thrown off a cliff as we grapple to understand everything that comes our way. Just like Moon-young, viewers feel like they know what’s going on for a new plot twist in each episode to confuse us while still keeping us hooked.

And as a mystery that needs to tell us everything without making it confusing or boring, the show does a great job of composing each scene and leaving the clues out in broad daylight. But like Moon-young we are unable to connect the dots until midway when everything falls in place when the actual antagonist is revealed.

Hide Season 1 is a masterclass on perspective and shadows as the same scene tells us different stories from different angles. We also get some super symbolic endings for the bad guys, especially for that one guy who was worse than the main antagonist.

Unfortunately, the K-drama has been overshadowed by possibly one of the biggest K-dramas to ever grace our screens. Yes, while Queen of Tears does deserve its reign, however, this meant that all of the other shows airing at the same time barely could keep up with the buzz. Granted, JTBC did not do much to help Hide reach an international audience, it definitely deserved more than the reception it has received.

The K-drama has a stellar cast, complex characters who are neither all good nor all bad, pretty cool cinematography and great execution. And while it may not have done well commercially, it will most likely get the label of an underrated gem as K-drama fans look for new shows to watch now that their weekends are unoccupied.

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

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