BORDER [episode 1] review

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BORDER is a police drama at first glance but there’s more to it, I’ll say, supernatural? Oguri Shun returns as a detective, Ango Ishikawa, who was shot at a crime scene. As a result, the bullet was lodged into a difficult location in his head, making surgery complicated. So he decided to leave it there for the time being.

Weeks later when he returned to work, thinking he could cope with the traumatic event of life and death, well, it’s not as simple.

He thought he was just hallucinating when he saw a girl who was supposed to be dead at the hospital. He began to be able to see murder victims’ ghosts at crime scenes.

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I won’t go into details of the plot. However, SPOILER ALERT.

While I like the idea behind this show and having a police able to communicate with victims’ ghosts…it’s not new actually. But if given the right script, this might work. The first episode’s mainly introduction. We know Ango doesn’t have girlfriend and dedicates his life and priority in work. He leads a dull life, will give anything just to work at crime scenes. We also meet this new female coroner who seems cold at first impression. But she’s as observant as Ango as well.

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So far, I’m not sure how this drama will proceed from here. I guess it’ll be a case to case scenario and with Ango’s newfound ability, be it a curse or gift, he will know who the murderers are as long as the victims make contact with him.

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With police dramas, I like it when there’s suspense and we get little clues here and there till the end where the villains are revealed. This one is the opposite.  Ango knows the identity of the criminal and what is left for him to do is to search for clues and proofs. It somehow … takes away the excitement. Therefore, I didn’t find myself really enjoying the first episode. It doesn’t make your heart beat.

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First impression:

The pilot episode didn’t thrill me as much because like I mentioned, the suspense is taken away when Ango can know the criminals’ identity from the get go. So I didn’t quite enjoy it. The pace is also…quite slow but perhaps, it’s only the first episode. We’ll see how it goes from here. I don’t find the significance of the coroner’s role yet. I hope she’s not just there to give moral support to Ango. I won’t be surprised if she’s the first to find out that Ango can communicate with ghosts. She already showed some inkling and suspicion towards him. The pilot episode got 9.7% rating. I think it’s alright. Let’s hope the screenwriter picks up speed and suspense in the next episode. Overall, I’m a bit underwhelmed. In fact, there were several moments where I wanted to fast-forward.


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