Netflix has been making their own waves in the Korean Hallyu wave for a while now. They jumped in even deeper with their latest Netflix Original Series, Busted. Busted in a Korean variety show that’s a hilarious mix of the Clue (TM) and Escape Room. The cast is led by Korea’s favorite comedian, Yoo Jae Suk, and his Running Man castmate, Lee Kwang Soo. Sehun from EXO quietly plays his part while Ahn Jae Wook and variety king, Kim Jong Min is the unlikely and likely comic relief. Of course, there must be some beauty with all those brains. That’s where Kim Se Jeong and Park Min Young come in. Not only are they lovely, they are incredibly intuitive and smart. This cast of seven half-baked detectives works together to crack cases in the most amusing ways.
As for the cases, they are fresh and interesting. Members go through a series of challenges to gain clues that will help them solve the mystery. Let’s just say that sometimes these clues are hard earned. The writers have absolutely no chill. They don’t give our poor sleuths any breaks. Thankfully, the team has great chemistry and work well together. All seven members already have their own unique “character”. They’re all so funny and cool that you’ll probably develop a favorite by episode two. It’s hard not to. The production staff should be commended. It must be very difficult to tie in all of the clues with while keeping things fun, but they do a great job of it.
There are currently four episodes available on Netflix with new episodes airing every Friday. Think of it like any other crime series. Some of the episodes build upon one another as they progress while others introduce something new. It puts a unique twist on Korean variety shows. If you read the reviews on Netflix, the first thing you will see is “heavily scripted.” Don’t let that deter you though. It doesn’t seem that the cast is working completely from a script, but the premise of the show does require some direction. Some parts definitely require more guidance than others and trust me, you’ll appreciate that later. Each week the cases become increasingly more difficult as every new mystery introduces a new celebrity to play a different role. Just when you think you have it figured out what the guest will do, things get shaken up.
This isn’t your average variety show of goofy games for prizes. The creators added a twist of drama and suspense that makes it more like a television show. Fans that enjoy active, challenging variety shows will like this one a lot. In contrast, the slower pace of discovery may be equally comfortable for other viewers. Netflix has Busted tagged as an “exciting” watch, which is perfect. It’s rather funny, intriguing content with a dose of silliness. It’s a great way to start off your Netflix-filled weekend. As a matter of fact, this may be the one show to get your family and friends into “that Korean stuff.”
Have you watched Busted yet? If so, what did you think of it? Let’s compare thoughts in the comments.