Is “The Uncanny Counter” worth the encounter?
The Uncanny Counter is an OCN K-drama starring Jo Byung-gyu, Yoo Jun-sang, Kim Se-jeong and Yeom Hye-ran. Based on the Daum webtoon Amazing Rumor by Jang Yi. The first season aired on OCN from November 28, 2020, to January 24, 2021.
A group of people in the drama are called “Counter.” Their purpose is to hunt down evil spirits and they each have their own special abilities. The group disguises themselves as employees at a noodle restaurant.
Cast Breakdown :
So Mun (Joe Byeong-Gyu) is a high school student and he is the maknae of “Counter.” Joe Byeong-Gyu is so adorable and so believable as an innocent high schooler. Looking at his smile makes starting the drama worth it. Taking into consideration of the professional aspect he showcases raw emotions very well and it doesn’t feel over the top.
Ga Mo-Tak (Yu Jun-Sang) is a former police officer. The group’s father or older brother, one of the most lovable characters with the most heartbreaking story. He portrays his part and makes you join his journey so his pain hurts you as well.
Do Ha-Na (Kim Se-Jeong) is like the overpowered member of the crew, before So Mun joins in, she is a total tsundere who does what she can to forget about her past yet lives through it. Her smug face and action sequences are really good.
Chu Mae-Ok (Yum Hye-Ran) is the chef of the noodle restaurant. If we compare the team to a relay team, she will be the anchor. Chu Mae-Ok ajhumma is the healer of the team and also the team’s mother. Her relationship with her dead son is pure and sweet.
Choi Jang-Mool (Ahn Suk-Hwan) is the first “Counter” of South Korea. He comes from a rich background, hence he pays expenses for the team, his happy-to-go chill personality, and flirting with the ajhumma all the time is pretty fun.
There is more than one antagonist in the drama, however, even though the performance was incredible it felt like the same old psychotic performance portraying a demon.
Some noteworthy names as per acting skills in the drama would be Lee Hong-nae as Ji Chung-sin and Ok Ja-yeon as Baek Hyang-hee. These actors did their job very well and one could intently sense the evil aura from their presence.
It is a fantasy based drama, hence it has to involve some special effects, which indeed have been shown effortlessly. The CGI ain’t a masterpiece in this drama, however, it does its part well without making the experience feel not worthy. The action scenes were great, however, in the parts where gymnastics were involved, the wirework was pretty obvious to notice which for some people might come off as a bummer. I personally feel the action director could have done a better job so this will be a con for “The Uncanny Counter”.
The cinematography is very basic, but Yung’s council scenes were very well done, thus making you wonder how did they pull that off.
The background score does its job well and doesn’t feel like an unnecessary placement in the drama.
“The Uncanny Counter” is a drama worth watching, it’s a drama you can watch once and have fun. If you love grim reapers and superpower based dramas this is the one for you. It’s a one time watch drama which can definitely help people drive away their boredom.
My personal score will be 6.5/10