‘We make noodles and fight evil spirits.’ Part of me wants to leave this review of Netflix’s supernatural, comedy, action K-Drama ‘Uncanny Counter’ there, and frankly if you’re not even remotely curious about a bunch of noodle-making demon fighters, then we can’t be friends. On the surface, its yet another show about a boy who unexpectedly gets powers and has to learn to use them blah blah blah. We’ve seen it many times before and all the reboots.
Yet ‘Uncanny Counter’ is so much more than that and - I wouldn’t say it lightly – is very Buffy-esque in tone. It’s very funny, the action contains all the flying kicks I could ask for, and the sci-fi element makes it perfect escapism. At the same time, the plot is dark in places, from police corruption to murderous spirits, and it doesn’t pull any punches in the challenges the Counters face.
While ‘Uncanny Counter’ is primarily about the good hearted but naïve schoolboy So Mun (Jo Byung-gyu), over the series it’s increasingly clear it’s the team dynamic that keeps you hooked. Impeccably cool and tough as nails Do Ha-Na (Kim Se-jeong) who can sense evil, super strong but big-hearted Ga Mo-Tak (Yoo Jun-sang) and the team’s spiritual mother Ms Chu (Yum Hye-ran) with her healing abilities, are all pivotal to the show’s heart. Lee Hong-nae is chilling as dangerous demon Ji Chung-sin and Choi Guang-il is superb as dastardly Mayor Shin Myung-hwi. Plus, there’s always at least one bowl of noodles that look so good I feel instantly hungry.
And it’s those noodles that are key to understanding just why Uncanny Counter works so well. Like them, each episode contains all the necessary ingredients to make it a truly satisfying and wholesome helping, but they also leave you eager to come back for more. Oh, and they fight evil spirits too.
Uncanny Counter is produced by Neo Entertainment. S1 is currently on Netflix US, UK, AUS/NZ and CAN + more, and on OCN in South Korea. S1 is 16 episodes and S2 has just been confirmed with no release date yet.