“Rookie Cops” (2022) looks into the lives of two (2) rookie police officers in a major South Korean city, who are learning how to tread carefully when wading through the complexities of law enforcement and still do their jobs right! They are freshmen recruits at KNPU (Korean National Police University).
Like any cop TV show, this series focuses on police procedures and crime-solving and shines a spotlight on corruption, discrimination, and the abuse of power. But it also explores the psychology of being a police officer. The pride a rookie feels when he or she makes his or her first arrest. The anger and frustration they experience when they see injustice firsthand, but feel helpless and powerless to do anything about it.
The students develop relationships and bond with each other, and with seasoned police officers who provide OJT (on-the-job training) and emotional support to help them build character and grow stronger. They regularly face moral and ethical dilemmas and must make critical decisions to uphold justice.
The challenge is to never lose sight of what it means to be a public servant of the people. They won’t be rookies forever. Hopefully, they will serve and protect for many years.
My personal rating is the same as My Drama List. Reviewers offered mixed reviews. South Morning China Post stated, “Worth a watch but lacks edge”. Uuhh? … not too sure the scriptwriters were trying to be edgy. Rotten Tomatoes stated: “A coming-of-age story that captures the spirit, challenges, and passion of youth” Yeah. That sounds about right. “Rookie Cops“ is a youth drama and it is also a debut role for Kang Daniel, and he did a great job! Looking forward to seeing him in more Korean dramas.
UK, Dubbed. “Rookie Cops | English Trailer | Disney Plus.” YouTube Video. YouTube, September 9, 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot0IbMben-k.