Choi Kang Hee:
Choi Kang Hee plays Yoo Seol Ok, a housewife with amazing deduction skills who teams up with a police detective to solve crimes. No matter what she’s doing or where she is, she has an uncanny ability to sniff out clues and notice things that shock her partner-in-crimefighting. Viewers can look forward to seeing where her skills and curiosity lead her in the new season.
Choi Kang Hee’s character in “Mystery Queen” carries with her the old pain of having suddenly lost her parents at a young age. Because of this, her husband, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law are like a real family to her. Unlike the typical K-drama relationship between in-laws, Yoo Seol Ok staunchly goes to her mother-in-law and sister-in-law’s defence when criminals try to take advantage of them.
Her big heart doesn’t just extend to her family. Unlike the typical trope of the brilliant but cold-hearted genius detective, Yoo Seol Ok has a genuine warmth and sympathy for the victims of the crimes she solves. She works to comfort them, not just catch the criminal, and often feels deeply the pain of others. Whether Season 2 will follow Season 1’s warm focus on human drama, or whether it will go a more lighthearted route as indicated in the teasers, remains to be seen.
Kwon Sang Woo:
Kwon Sang Woo plays the police detective Ha Wan Seung, who is nicknamed the “sniffer dog” for his intense dedication to solving crimes. His intellect is a match only for his willingness to commit to full-body action, and viewers can look forward to seeing more of his trademark charisma in the second season.
His back-and-forth with his partner-in-crimefighting Yoo Seol Ok was one of the key points of “Mystery Queen’s” popularity. Although he often gets frustrated with his amateur detective partner, calling her “Ahjumma [middle-aged lady],” he is quick to stay by her side when she needs him, revealing his true tsundere [cold on the outside, warm on the inside] nature. Will he stay true to himself in Season 2, or open up his heart a little?
New Job, New Workplace
At the end of Season 1, Kwon Sang Woo’s character was able to expand his career by joining a top team at a powerful and influential police station. As his job and workplace expands, so does the scale of the crimes he solves. Viewers can anticipate how well he adjusts to his new job, which now includes solving violent crimes, and whether his confidence can survive the keen competition at his new workplace.
“Mystery Queen 2” premieres on February 28. Watch the trailer on Viki below!