Inspector Koo - 2021 - 5/10
AKA - Kookyungyi // 구경이
Ex police officer Koo is unofficially part of an insurance company’s risk management.
Our detective is a self confessed “alcoholic who displays antisocial tendencies with anxiety disorder.”
This annoyed me - until I began to view Ms Koo as a spoof, a parody, of that endless stream of defective detectives.
Operatives with limited social skills. Blind lame stutterers. Ones with Tourette syndrome, Alzheimer’s, leprosy.
Aside from Koo’s confessed limitations, she also does not bath, her body odor is pungent.
She scratches her scalp frequently, head lice or flea infestation.
Chances are she fails to use the toilet so her clothes are a stench of urine and feces.
Anyhoo, Koo chases a couple of fraudulent claims, sniffs out a string of accidents that prove neither random nor accidental.
Nope. There is a diabolical serial killer (aren’t they all?).
And the prime suspect, a sweet faced drama student, seriously bent, but capable of meticulous staging and execution.
From the inspector to her boss to the big boss to the villain, forceful women rule.
Each have emasculated male sidekicks, neutered and cowardly.
Narrative arc descends from tightly plotted to padded to frivolous.