TvN has truly been dabbling with fantasy elements lately, always giving their audiences something different within an industry that likes to keep it structured and simple. Circle is really daring, combining science fiction elements with various narratives during different time periods – the present and the future. This post in itself has been delayed because I’ve had to watch the first several episodes myself to really grasp the plot and figure out what the heck is going on!
I don’t think I’ve ever watched a Korean drama that involves aliens and code names so I’m intrigued. Will this even work?
Centred on the whole concept of a utopian future that seems unachievable, an alien invasion creates a future humans have only dreamed of and fantasized – a seemingly perfect world. However, in the midst of all this, mysteries surround a Crime Detective, Kim Joon Hyuk (Kim Kang Woo) from the future who must figure out what happened to a University Student, Kim Woo Jin (Yeo Jin Goo) in the past (which happens to be 2017) in order to set things straight and save lives in their respective time periods, thus altering the future.
To make things even more intriguing, the futuristic world is divided into two as “Smart Earth” and “General Earth.” Smart Earth is free of degradation and human ‘filth’ such as crime, disease and poverty, entirely emotionless while General Earth is rampant with emotion and teeming with lawless people and depravity. Kim Joon Hyuk has to uncover the truth about a murder that happens in Smart Earth where emotions are controlled and repressed, a crime unfathomable for this side of the world.
Kim Woo Jin on the other hand, investigates suspicious incidents on his University campus as people end up dead along with the disappearance of his brother – something unknowable and dark is happening without anyone realizing it.
Phew. That is some heavy subject matter to deal with and one more accustomed to the big screen, box office hits. I’ve tried condensing it as best as I could in order to capture the gist of things. It’s essentially a drama that follows two narratives that will eventually collide, full of mysteries and sci-fi elements that will have people guessing and trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together.
I like the idea of aliens trying to control the human species, attempting to put a lid on human nature, the emotions that make people well…human! It’s dark, cynical, and mysterious in the best way possible and with an incredible cast like this, you won’t want to miss this. Check out the first two episodes, it might be your cup of tea even if sci-fi isn’t entirely your thing.
Release Date: May 22, 2017 (Eng Sub available on DramaFever)