Kairos [Review]

Another time travel drama from 2020! I must say that Kairos is one of the finest dramas in 2020 because not only the plot and acting are great, the execution is too! The very common problem with time travel dramas is the unsmooth execution that making it hard to get invested but Kairos breaks that curse. It’s a drama that many will look back on in years. Kairos is easily one of the best dramas in 2020, there I say it.

Acting

Shin Sung Rok as Kim Seo Jin, his acting has been a bit of a hit and miss for me but he definitely nails this one. SSR portrays such a wide range of KSJ’s emotions. Lee Se Young as Han Ae Ri, what an underrated actress. Both leads show great and consistent acting from ep 1. KSJ and HAR characters are not easy to pull off. These characters require the actors to have versatility to deliver the characters’ wide range of emotions and both successfully pull that off. Desperation, frustration, relieve, scare, sincerity, you can feel it all from their acting.

Shin Sung Rok as Kim Seo Jin
Lee Se Young as Han Ae Ri

Ahn Bo Hyun as Seo Do Kyun, he’s always been a miss for me but he actually does a good job here. He looks comfortable and delivers better compared to his past works. Nam Gyu Ri as Kang Hyun Chae, does a great job too. KHC is not the typical evil character in dramaland. She looks very calm and collected for such an evil character. Kang Seung Yoon as Im Goon Wook really surprises me. I sincerely root for him as an idol-actor. He looks comfortable with this role and delivers so good.

Ahn Bo Hyun as Seo Do Kyun
Nam Gyu Ri as Kang Hyun Chae

Plot

What a solid drama from start to finish. One of the most tightly, well-written plots. The pacing is fast for a thriller, time travelling drama. It starts off with a simple plot of KSJ’s daughter being kidnapped but as the ep goes on we are offered with so much more that we could possible ask for. We learn that she’s not kidnapped, the time travelling element then properly introduced.

Kairos emphasizes on “how” and “why” all throughout its run, this also applies to why and how KSJ and HAR are connected. Why and how the time travel only applies to them (ps, KSJ lives in the future meanwhile HAR lives in the present (or past, it’s all about your view)). KSJ and HAR are connected because of one big problem that rooted from the past, 19 years ago that also impacted their parent.

Because Kairos is more about “how” and “why”, we also feel more connected to the plot and characters. It also makes us think and try to predict what’s going to happen next if the character takes this route that route. The characters are also smart. They use their brain instead of mouth and fists. This applies to almost all characters that it really puts me in awe how come the writer can write such (almost) perfect characters. I also like that the characters actually work together to change the future. They share all information they obtain and brainstorm together to get the best output.

Almost every episode had twist/end in cliffhanger that makes us look forward to the coming episodes. Details are truly taken care of and therefore I feel like there’s almost no plot holes. Also, one notable sub-story of the plot is the unconditional love of parents to their children. This can be seen by how the parents are willing to go such length to protect and save their children. Perfect example; Kim Seo Jin and his daughter, Ae Ra’s mother and her, Kim Jin Ho and his daughters.

Executions

Time travelling dramas can be a hit or miss because it’s a rather complicated and complex drama to do. Plot is needed to make it work, but execution is as much as important to make it believable. And Kairos excels both.

I like that we can easily know in which timeline we are by the color tone of the scene, warmer color for the present and cold color for the future. They also put date at the corner left of the screen on every timeline switch that makes it even easier to differentiate.

Beside that, when the present is changed the future is also changed. This one, ugh, they do it flawlessly. What’s changed in the present is correctly presented and reflected in the future.

OST

It’s available on Spotify! But seems like MBC won’t be releasing the VA (compilation) album as up until now there’s still no sight of it even on MelOn. Kairos has 16 diff OST albums! Say thank you ENDAHBUD on Spotify for compiling all 16 parts into one playlist.

The link to the MelOn page >> click here <<

Overall

What an excellent drama, criminally underrated. It stays tight until the end. Definitely one of the best thriller dramas in 2020. If you’re still not giving it a try, pleaseee give it a try. I give it a solid 9.5/10

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