Even though I am still withdrawing from the excellent Signal drama, I decided to start this crime thriller to fill that void in my heart. As crime dramas go, there is always a special unit that is established to utilize one special technique or follow one type of crime. Pied Piper decides to take the crisis negotiation route. Joo Sung Chan starts out as a private negotiator for big corporate businesses that need to get out of sticky situations. Confident and famous for his abilities, Sung Chan gets paid handsomely for his services that serve the business’s interest even at expense of citizens with lower social economic status. However, one deal goes a little sideways and he loses a hostage. However, he plays it off with the media so that he and the company will not look bad. Yet, karma comes back around as the remaining sibling of the hostage decides he wants to revenge. As a result Sung Chan loses his fiance and a police officer dies in a standoff that he was unable to diffuse. To make matters more complicated, he received a mysterious phone call in the middle of the crisis. The person on the other side hummed to the tune of The Pied Piper (childhood story), and threatened him to confess his wrongdoings in order to save the person he loved. However, the situation became ultimately unsalvageable. The police officer who died was the uncle of Myung Ha, a young female officer who wishes to become as great of a negotiator as her uncle. She believed that situations could be diffused just by listening to the victim and eventually Sung Chan takes her under his wing. However, they get off to a bad start as she was ex-SWAT and believed he was a just a scammer. Later these two join forces in the police squad to diffuse more situations such as terrorism, suicides, standoffs, etc. Interestingly enough, each time they encounter a crises, they find that the Pied Piper is involved and is using these innocent people who are desperate to his own ends.
While the drama does not have many well known actors, Pied Piper still holds its own as a great crime thriller. It is interesting to see how each situation is diffused, hopefully with minimal casualties. I am also extremely curious to see who the Pied Piper is as he seems to be a mole in the police force because he is often a step before the team. I like how the female lead, Myung Ha, is physically stronger than Sung Chan and reins him when he gets out of line. It makes for a funny dynamic as Sung Chan has a silver tongue and uses that to worm himself out of sticky situations. With these two joining forces, they will be a team to be reckoned with.
P.S. Unfortunately subbing has been a little on the slow side as it was picked up pretty late by drama subbing channels.