TL;DR: While there are some eye-roll-worthy moments, the premier for Vampire Detective is a mostly solid introduction to our main characters and the overall story arc.
There isn’t anything groundbreaking in this episode on either the vampire or the crime-solving fronts. That isn’t to say it isn’t entertaining—it is, as evidenced by the fact that I just stopped livetweeting at one point so I could focus on what was going on—but there wasn’t anything particularly surprising, either.
Okay, I’ll amend that slightly: I was really surprised that Yoo-jin has not, apparently, been fridged, despite the exploding car. I mean, the very first shot of her—where she looked anxious and was worrying her pendant—just screamed future sacrifice for manpain. That’s all I could think, which meant I actually gasped when she shot San, only to be disappointed a minute later when the car she was in exploded for no good reason. I expected that discovering what happened with Yoo-jin was going to be the start of a mystery that would drive the show ala Heartless City. But despite San reacting exactly as if Yoo-jin had been truly fridged (apparently he and Tae-woo weren’t all that close despite the opening sequence since he has yet to think of him once even though Tae-woo also went up in a ball of fire), the show is being entirely unsubtle with its hints that Yoo-jin is still around and a high-ranking, though not top-ranking, baddie in the vampire world. The question remains if she will actually get a fully fleshed out character or will be a plot device; for now, hope springs eternal.
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