The suspenseful series returns with an intelligent new killer on the loose, always one step ahead of the game. It’s all about a hunt this season as a new Detective joins the Golden Time team and a killer with a personal grudge against the police is committing crimes with a frightening vendetta.
Kang Kwon-Joo (Lee Ha-Na) returns as the team leader for the Golden Time centre with an acute sense of hearing that allows her to perceive sounds the average person misses. During an ongoing investigation she calls the centre’s crime unit leader, disregarding the strange noises she hears. Not following up on her doubts until later, the unit leader is found dead and accused of a murder-suicide.
Do Kang-Woo (Lee Jin-Wook) a Detective terminated and on leave, rushes to the scene at the news of the death of a fellow policeman, confirming his suspicions that the death of the unit leader is linked to a psychotic killer who murdered his partner three years ago. Having narrowly escaped death during the night he witnessed his partner’s murder, Kang-Woo is determined to clear his name and catch the monster who eludes and manipulates his victims and the entire police force.
Discovering that the killer has infiltrated the police, Kwon-Joo offers Kang-Woo the chance to investigate privately with her team members if he becomes the new unit team leader for the Golden Time centre, tackling harrowing cases while looking for a murderer that only kills for a single month before disappearing. With a ticking time clock and eyes watching at every turn, the intensity increases.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of Voice and although the first instalment of the series was a little slow at the beginning in comparison to the premiere of the second season, it was far more darker. Jang Hyuk and Kim Jae-Wook gave incredible performances of a lifetime and I’ll always remember Kim Jae-Wook’s chilling role as one of the best villains in any K-drama.
Our elusive villain this time is definitely more intellectually cunning and scheming and I can appreciate being presented a completely new antagonist and a new protagonist with a personal connection and desire to hunt him down; there’s a driving force of mad conviction in Kang-Woo that makes the entire overarching mystery more alluring.
I might be partial to the more darker first season but that doesn’t mean Season 2 isn’t as good. I made sure to watch two weeks worth of episodes since a lot gets covered in the pilot episode and then the pace slows down a fraction by the third episode and takes a slight shift. Lee Jin-Wook’s portrayal is credible with a solid display of acting, his role in Return almost amplified here to be the short tempered cop. So as far as casting is concerned, they got it right once again.
In terms of the flow of the show, it’s fluid and tightly knit in its execution because of its rapid pace and gives us various different criminals and victims throughout each episode as the Golden Time team deals with difficult cases that are complex and bone chilling at times.
As always, this instalment of Voice is thrilling, fast paced, and gripping. It’s not merely an entertaining watch either as it critically reviews and makes statements about law in South Korea, going beyond being a thriller series. It’s a crime drama that’s intentionally trying to impact society and its viewers. Its already made a name for itself with the first season and it’ll no doubt be something worth talking about with a new season that’s off to a great start.
Release Date: August 11, 2018 (Eng Sub available on Dramafever)