"Beating up a kind man is violence, but beating up a bad guy, that's justice".
With those words, commissioner Nam Gu Hyeon seeks out dismissed police officer O Gu Tak to ask him for a rather unusual favor: select and put together a team to find a serial killer on the loose, who, among others, murdered the commissioner's son. Everyone involved is more than just shocked when they find out that O Gu Tak's team is a lot more dangerous than the people they're supposed to catch: Park Ung Cheol, a mob boss who overtook Seoul within 25 days, Jeong Tae Su, a contract killer who only got arrested because he suddenly turned himself in, and lastly Lee Jeong Mun, a genius psychopath who murdered fifteen people within eight months.
Soon, this group of 'mad dogs' finds itself as the last way out when the police aren't able to catch the culprit by just sticking to the law.
Bad Guys is takes your standard crime drama and ups the ante as much as it possibly can. Dark, gritty and entertaining with lots of twists, the show isn't for everyone, but it's definitely an entertaining watch.
The story is well written and plotted. Not only is it pretty unique - take some of the worst criminals in jail and use them to hunt down the worst of the worst - but it manages to infuse depth into characters who would otherwise be villains.
And despite the episodic format, we see hints of something bigger being laid out. So as the characters develop and bond, we also begin to see the cracks forming. And as the puzzle pieces get put together, it leads to an awesome showdown.
The other two pieces of the trifecta also match up. The directing doesn't shy from gritty scenes or hide that this is a dark show. The colour tones are blue, the scenes darkly lit when needed, and the casting is on point, allowing the acting to shine through.
If you don't mind some gore (shown as necessary) and are willing to go dark, this is a definite watch.