If you have been following this blog for some time, you would know that the the OCN crime drama “Voice” has a very special place in my heart as it was one of the first few kdramas I watched when I was getting back into Kdramas in full force. Since then, I looked forward to every installment of the show. While the second season had a different story, different location, and a different cast aside from the female lead, this season of the drama continued the unfinished story threads of the preceding season, while still maintaining its quality, and a great open ending for another possible installment that I would gladly welcome with open arms, given that our main cast and the same writer returns to dish out justice in their own way again.
The drama ran for sixteen one hour long episodes from May 11 to June 30, 2019 on Saturdays and Sundays on OCN. While the main directors throughout the franchise’s history have been different every season, the show’s writer, Ma Jin Won, has been the constant force that keeps everything consistent and intact.
“Voice 3” picks up several months where the previous season left off, with the same Golden Team Time members and the same Poongsan police force. Together with Golden Time Team Dispatch Leader Detective Do Kang Woo (Lee Jin Wook), they help those who call the Golden Time Team Center emergency hotline, while trying to get to the bottom of who are the real ones responsible for the Doctor Fabre website on the Dark Web that Bang Je Soo (Kwon Yul) had been running, and why he has such intimate knowledge of Kang Woo’s enigmatic yet dark past.
Interestingly enough, most of what I predicted in my review of “Voice 2” came true, and I am very, very glad that this season did not disappoint. Aside from the consistency in terms of the main story, thanks to the fact that the show’s writer has only be one person all throughout the franchise, I’m glad that they have not run out of cases to run alongside the show’s main story. It was also consistent in terms of its main core themes, and I think that the main story itself was paced out, executed, and resolved well (or at least, for now).
We were also able to learn a little bit more about our main team, and I liked how there was also more of an effort to put a focus on how our secondary characters felt about the events that have been unfolding in front of them.
I think that many might find that the scenes where Lee Jin Wook’s Kang Woo was trying to pull himself together even though his symptoms were getting worse were a lot and a little bit too drawn out at times, and many might feel that this season’s villains can’t hold a candle to Kim Jae Wook’s Mo Tae Gu, but on the whole, it didn’t really detract from the show or the main story.
I also found that this season was more emotional for me as compared to the previous season.
If you are a fan of the “Voice” franchise, and especially of the second season, you will not want to miss out on this season.
Now, you know the drill! From here on out, there will be spoilers!
As this was a direct continuation of the events of the second season, I’m glad that it was consistent and had nice callbacks to the second season, as the story unfolded. I am also glad that some of the mysteries that were lingering were finally cleared up here, especially in relation to Kang Woo, whose background was a major story point in both seasons, as our main villains from those seasons directly related to him.
One of the biggest questions that was unanswered last season was how Bang Je Soo (Kwon Yul) knew a lot of intimate details about Kang Woo’s past. Apparently, that was because he got all this information from one of the people behind the Doctor Fabre website, Masayuki Kaneki (Park Byung Eun), who turned out to be Kang Woo’s psychopathic older brother, whom Kang Woo thought had died when he was younger. It also turned out that the one who killed Miho was not Kang Woo, but his older brother. All Kaneki wanted, albeit done in a very twisted manner, was to reunite with Kang Woo but a version of his brother that is like him.
All throughout both seasons we saw Kang Woo struggle with his inner demons, and it got worse and worse as the season went on. And although I really didn’t want him to die like that, I think that him dying after killing his older brother was the only possible realistic ending for him, especially in the final shots of his character which show him seemingly at peace in a field somewhere in the afterlife.
Lee Jin Wook is a good actor, and was a great addition to the “Voice” cast, and I would very much like to see more of his range when it comes to acting in his other dramas.
I like that they were able to show the consequences that the blast in the second season finale had on Kwon Joo, and it gave her a little bit of an emotional problem as well this time around. After all, how can she properly do her job in the best way she can if her exceptional hearing abilities are gone? I honestly wanted to see more of that explored, but at the same time, I really don’t mind that the doctors told her that her ears are getting better in the end. She is very much essential to the drama, and if they do a fourth season, I really don’t see it happening without her.
I also like that we saw Park Eun Seo (Son Eun Seo) and Jin Seo Yul (Kim Woo Seok) being given more to do and to step up to the plate at times as well, and that we got to see different sides to Park Joong Ki (Kim Joong Ki) and Goo Gwang Soo (Song Boo Gun). I didn’t expect to get so emotionally attached to Na Hong Soo (Yoo Seung Mok), but he really went out on a limb to help Kang Woo, and I was also devastated when he died.
Now, I would very much like to see a fourth season, especially with the way they ended this season. I knew that Bang Je Soo was still alive as we didn’t see his corpse after he disappeared for a while, so I was really wondering when he would show up again. It turns out that Kaneki and the others that we had heard of were the only ones running the whole Doctor Fabre show. I think that there’s still something bigger than that, and I think that that mysterious woman may only be one of the “bigger bosses” we will be encountering in Season 4. I’m also guessing that Je Soo may have known of the existence of those either than Kaneki, whom he initially was in contact with, and he reached out to them after disappearing and after Kaneki kind of lost it as the season progressed.
However, I would like our main detectives, Golden Time agents and Kwon Joo to be there for the fourth season, with Kwon Joo working with another detective as a partner, and I would really like the fourth season to be the last, as long as they are able to wrap up all the story threads with good pay offs. (But, if they would really want to go for a season five, as long as the main story arc is compelling, I’d go for it, too. I just want the franchise to end on a high rather than on a disappointing note).
All in all, “Voice 3” was a great follow up to the second season, with a great story arc, and interesting side cases that also allowed you good breaks in the main story arc when it got a bit too overwhelming. The franchise is still solid, and I can’t wait to see what a fourth season will have to offer as long as most of our cast, and the show’s writer, all come back for another serving of justice.
Have you seen “Voice 3”? What did you think of it? Are you looking forward to a season 4? What would you want to see in season 4? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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