Maiden detective Park Haesol (aka Little Detective Girl) is a miniseries that came out of Korea in 2012. Lasting only four episodes it’s a really quirky drama with an interesting premise and likable characters. It manages to have a quick but follow able pace. I don’t generally don’t follow too many K-dramas but this one really held my interest. Mostly it’s a detective comedy but there are some heavy drama portions. It stars Nam Ji Hyun as Park Hae Sol as the titular amateur detective an orphan. Kim Joo Young plays Choi Tae Pyung Park’s police officer friend and Lee Min Woo as Yoo Seok Won a special prosecutor for the city also star in it. Park Haesol works as a pet shop employee and is an introverted young lady who always wears a bizarre set of sunglasses. She is really good at reading people and understanding their motives and she also has a secret, she can see people’s emotions in the form of colors across their face. The glasses block out the colors which have gotten her in trouble in the past. A mystery conspiracy unfolds as she investigates the suspicious events of her father’s death 6 years earlier.
The story is quick to introduce all the characters in the first episode as a seemingly random event unites them all in an attempt to solve a mystery. The introduction of Park Haesol and officer Choi’s first meeting is really endearing and they share a nice friendship. After butting heads with the district attorney and several other lawyers Park Hae sol manages to solve the mystery no one else could. But she unearths something surprising in the process. The evidence makes Park Haesol believe her father (whom she had believed had died in an accident) was murdered. Over the next three episodes Park Haesol begins to unravel a conspiracy of people involved in her father’s death teaming up with officer Choi and others and she must decide who she can trust and who she can’t before it’s too late.
The characters of Maiden Detective Park Haesol are all pretty interesting and they all serve a purpose whether to help Park Haesol or to hurt her investigation. I loved Nam Ji Hyun as Park Hae Sol she was just an awesome character and very quick witted in her delivery. You can see her gears turning as she tries to figure out each situation and her snappy comebacks were always entertaining. Her friendship with officer Choi centered the show and their little adventures each episode were the best part. While I liked what officer Choi represented his characterization was a little off. He was just really over the top and added some unnecessary comic relief. Yoo Seok Won the prosecutor was really cool and he was the only one who really matched Park Haesol in wits so any scene they shared kept my attention. I liked that Yoo Seok Won happened to be a friend of her father during the time he was murdered so there was always a tenseness surrounding whether or not he was helping her.
The series is pretty good but I always enjoy a good conspiracy so I may be biased. The only complaint I really had with the series was that the tone changes drastically with almost no transition. One second we will have a comedy scene followed by a man burning down his house with his family inside. The characters are interesting enough to hold the series and the episodes are structured pretty well with each episode getting more intense.
- Overall a pretty suspenseful ride starts off a little bizarre with an older woman crying about a dead pet and then proceeding to strangle another lady.
- A really good episode with many twists and turns revolving around whether or not Choi can continue to be an officer after some major infractions.
- This was my favorite episode something changes the plot in a major way every few minutes.
- I feel as if the conclusion was a little drawn out but it didn’t end in typical fashion.