5 Things to look forward to in the finale week of L.U.C.A: The Beginning; Here's why it could've been better
With L.U.C.A.: The Beginning nearing its end, here's an insight into the series.
With only two episodes left, this tvN drama has enjoyed a steady rise in ratings over the course of its broadcast. L.U.C.A., Last Universal Common Ancestor, is based on Charles Darwin’s proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors. Ji Oh (Kim Rae Won), who rarely reveals his emotions to others, has a special power and a secret but doesn't know who he really is. He is chased by mysterious figures while he tries to find answers to numerous questions that surround him. Gu Reum (Lee Da Hee) is a detective whose parents disappeared when she was a young child. When she decides on a course of action, she won't change no matter what. Gu Reum chases after the truth behind her parents' disappearance. She meets Ji Oh and her life changes. Here are some things that we enjoy about it and some that could have been better.
The first two weeks gave us a lot of exciting action as a group of villainous mercenaries and their mysterious, and equally villainous, cult backers chased a superhuman and a tough detective. These episodes were quite entertaining and rarely slowed their pace. It carried through the middle of the series and then became boring. A tense game of cat and mouse can be very thrilling but action alone isn't capable of keeping the story tight.
The story isn't all about a supernatural man's fight for survival. There are occasional pockets of drama, thanks to Gu Reum. Our main leads are connected through the disappearance of Gu Reum's parents and the increasing proximity builds affection between them. The rationales behind our main leads' actions are clear and easy to follow but they aren't given much space for development. It is too familiar to incite any new emotions among viewers.
Ji Oh is caught by the cult and taken to the laboratory where he was created. He is treated as a lab rat while his creator, Scientist Ryu Joong Kwon (Ahn Nae Sang), tries to bond with him. Soon Ji Oh breaks free. Then there is a whole lot of fight and explosions amidst which he is joined by Gu Reum. The section did seem a bit artificial, but it might be because we were expecting Gu Reum to play an important part in the rescue.
After escaping, the pair ran to the countryside. The series slows down for a moment giving some room to the couple. Months later we see the couple tending to livestock. They lock eyes, then lips and end up spending the night together. In a few minutes, we see Gu Reum pregnant and the pair get married. It wasn't unexpected for the pair to get together but going from platonic allies to married and expecting in the span of half an episode was a jolt. Mostly because the series had been lax with drama so far. The resulting intimacy did feel a little hollow.
While our couple is busy romancing, we get an idea about the mysterious villainous cult. They seem to be pretty well sponsored in terms of money and resources, with the group of experimental pregnancies. Though that is bound to end badly. They are trying to show the craziness behind these people without actually showing the "Why?"
With a lot of double-crossing and 180-degree turns to personalities, we ended the second last week of broadcast. With two episodes to go, L.U.C.A. does get back on track with the plot but at a very slow pace and with an episode that is spinning wheels at a fast pace than a gentle halt to close things out nicely. Hopefully, this ends on a suitable high note.
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