D.P. season 2 review: A worthy sequel

In the second season of D.P., as Jun-ho and Ho-yeol continue tracking down deserters, more cases of misconduct come to light, driving Jun-ho to take action. The second season is now streaming on Netflix.

Story

Suk-bong’s case left a deep impact on Jun-ho and Ho-yeol, but things are still the same around them. Not much has changed in terms of soldiers getting bullied by their peers and seniors during their mandatory military service. 

While the higher-ups cover up the truth about Suk-bong’s case, Suk-bong’s friend, Kim Ru-ri, who is also a victim of bullying, gets sick of being tormented day and night and flees after opening fire on his fellow soldiers in the barracks.

Jun-ho is sent to find him and bring him back. He is joined by Ho-yeol, who has spent months in the hospital and is still suffering from PTSD. There is one more problem — Ho-yeol is not able to speak.

Ru-ri’s case amplifies the concerns regarding the treatment of soldiers in the military. After coming across painful stories of other soldiers, Jun-ho can no longer stay quiet and decides to do something that will make a difference.

Performances

Jung Hae-in and Koo Kyo-hwan, as Jun-ho and Ho-yeol, are just as impressive as they were in the first season. Apart from their performances, the pair’s onscreen chemistry continues to be remarkable.

From the very beginning, Jung Hae-in makes it apparent that Jun-ho is bothered by the way things are and that it is a matter of time before he does something. Jung does not need too many words to convey Jun-ho’s dissatisfaction as well as other emotions.

It is Koo Kyo-hwan’s Ho-yeol who provides comic relief more often than not, but Koo Kyo-hwan’s performance does not let his character get limited to just that. The actor does not falter when the script requires him to depict intense emotions.

Kim Sung-kyun and Son Suk-ku’s performances are also praiseworthy. In this season, Son Suk-ku brings out a darker side of Ji-seop, and he makes it look easy. 

Ji Jin-hee, who plays the role of General Gu, is the perfect antagonist for a show like D.P. He does seem like a character who should be feared.

Positives

Although this season is more intense as compared to the first one and there are fewer deserters to be caught, D.P. does not lose its charm. Like the first season, this one also has moving stories as well as unexpected comic scenes.

This season sees Jun-ho becoming a deserter, which makes it all the more interesting. The audience gets to see Jun-ho using everything that he has learned to not get caught.

The show introduces new stories in this season as well and uses them to highlight important issues. Jang Sung-min’s story is especially touching; the sets and locations are the cherry on the cake. As the story unfolds, it almost makes the protagonists transcend space and time and feel Sung-min’s pain. 

In the very next episode, the show sheds the dreamy charm of theater, which it had adopted in Sung-min’s episode, and turns spooky when the GP case is introduced. Apart from Ru-ri’s case, this episode also depicts how circumstances can push a person to hurt others, as seen in Ji-seop’s treatment of A-hwi. 

Lastly, this season has some well-choreographed action. It is hard to complain about one man taking on several adversaries and winning when the audience gets to see fast-paced action scenes.

Negatives

D.P.’s second season has some very dramatic scenes, like the end of Ru-ri’s case. The scene would have been better and more believable if the writers had not overdone the drama, which somewhat robs the audience of closure.

Verdict

The second season of D.P. will not disappoint the fans of the show. With great performances and impactful stories, it has everything that made the first season a success.

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Director: Han Jun-hee

Date Created: 2023-07-29 00:03

Editor's Rating:
4.5

Also Read: D.P. season 2 summary and ending explained

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