Premise: A group of misfits stumble across a dead body, three pieces of ancient gold and a map. With a mysterious heiress in tow, the gang embark on search for the long lost loot with gangsters on their tail. Will they find what they’re looking for?
It’s kinda hard to capture exactly what Evasive Inquiry Agency is. It’s a number of things—a wacky comedy, a rollicking adventure tale, a warm human drama—but perhaps most of all, it’s like that rarest of birds the dodo, special and extinct.
So special in fact, that I’m frankly quite baffled as to how it ever got made.
The fact that writer Park Yeon Seon scored a hit with her previous drama Alone in Love, and parleyed that success into this offers some clues. This feels like she threw caution to the wind and set out to flex a different set of storytelling muscles.
How different? Well, for starters there’s zero romance! Yes, zilch! And what little romance there is is mostly the butt of a running joke.
Actually, there’s nothing remotely resembling a conventional Kdrama here, much less one with any commercial or mainstream appeal. It’s handsomest actor Lee Min Ki, for instance, spends the entire drama looking like this: