‘Dr. Mind’ season finale serves up final mind sync [Apple TV+ recap]

Apple TV+’s thrilling new South Korean sci-fi sequence Dr. Mind attracts its first season to an exciting shut this week. Sewon has one final mind sync to carry out — and it’s crucial operation he’s ever performed.

He must get the whole lot proper with a view to save his son (and redeem himself in his personal coronary heart for the job he’s achieved as a father and a husband). The race is on to search out out if he and his cohorts can cease Myung from stealing his son’s physique.

Dr. Mind recap: Season 1, episode 6

Sewon (performed by Solar-kyun Lee) is inside his spouse Jaeyi’s (Yoo-Younger Lee) mind as she lies in her coma, with a bit of assist from rogue researcher Namil Hong (Jae-won Lee), who’s monitoring their respective coronary heart charges. Sewon has come for solutions — however his spouse needs some too. She doesn’t know why she’s within the coma, for example.

They have interaction in a brief dialog however she will get acutely aware sufficient of her scenario to understand she doesn’t need to stay like this anymore and offers up. Sewon launches himself out of the sync to attempt to save her, however he realizes what she’s making an attempt to do. Syncing with the dwelling is an unstable course of. Syncing with the lifeless, nevertheless …

Kangmu (Park Hee-soon) offers him the thought. Sewon went into cardiac arrest when syncing with Kangmu and, although it nearly killed him, he can now see and speak to Kangmu like he’s his imaginary good friend. Perhaps he can pull off the identical alchemy with Jaeyi. (Shades of Flatliners with this explicit new plot level.) It’s on this second, extra profitable sync that Sewon discovers one thing about his spouse.

A shock from Jaeyi

Seems she was spying on the clinic the place she took Doyoon (Jeong Si-on) and the place she met Junki Lim (Kim Ju-hun). She suspected her son wasn’t actually lifeless, so she went to the Myung clinic to research. And when she thought she noticed him, the docs all gaslit her and despatched her on her approach. However not earlier than making a psychological word to silence her earlier than her ravings and paranoia gave up the clinic’s entire operation.

Dr. Myung’s secretary arrived later that day to fill Jaeyi with tablets and make it seem like a suicide. However not earlier than she put a USB drive with data she stole from the clinic in a secure place. And now, Sewon can lastly entry it.

Lieutenant Choi (Search engine optimisation Ji-hye) is incredulous at this information, however by now she’s used to listening to insane issues from Sewon at an everyday clip. She tracks Myung’s funds and finds that his firm owns a bunker approach outdoors town. That’s possible the place they’re going to conduct the experiment that transfers Myung’s mind to Doyoon’s physique. In fact, they aren’t the one ones making an attempt to cease Myung.

Their subsequent experiment will probably be unprecedented.

The Dr. Mind finale might have been a hair extra action-packed, all issues thought of. If you take a look at the methods by which different initiatives from sequence director Kim Jee-Woon climax  — the montage that ends The Age of Shadows, the ultimate shootout in Illang: The Wolf Brigade — I don’t assume it was unfair to count on a bit of extra in the way in which of fireworks from Kim, particularly with this a lot time to inform the story.

Nevertheless, this isn’t one thing for which I’m faulting the present. Pretty much as good with motion mechanics as Kim will be, he’s made it clear he’s working on a unique wavelength with Dr. Mind. And that, for a present a couple of man coming into folks’s minds to search out clues to probably the most tragic thriller of his life, the conclusion should work totally on an emotional stage. Every part else comes second.

I commend him for doing this, even when I miss seeing him orchestrate elaborate motion sequences. And we do get a fantastic shootout and ax struggle earlier than the top, so it’s not like I used to be left fully excessive and dry. No, the true work is finished within the last mind sync when Sewon should trick Myung into pondering he’s received, then coax Doyoon out of his hiding spot in his mind (with a bit of assist from Jaeyi, an echo now in Sewon’s thoughts like Kangmu). It’s not overly sentimental (it solely lasts about three minutes) — and it’s fairly a stirring near this present’s cavalcade of secondhand mind waves.

Dr. Mind has been, again to entrance, a triumph of pop artistry, cautious digital camera motion, earnest performances, stable craftsmanship and, basically, simply trusting that the fabric and the viewers will discover one another. Kim Jee-Woon all the time had this fabulously entertaining streak in him (his different American co-productions bear that out). However it was however a deal with to see his sensibility stretch its legs over the sequence’ six-hour runtime. Time will inform if we’ll get a second season, however Dr. Mind stands as some of the satisfying issues I’ve watched on Apple TV+ so far.

Watch Dr. Mind on Apple TV+

Now you can stream the complete first season of Dr. Mind on Apple TV+.

Rated: TV-MA

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Scout Tafoya is a movie and TV critic, director and creator of the long-running video essay sequence The Unloved for RogerEbert.com. He has written for The Village Voice, Movie Remark, The Los Angeles Evaluation of Books and Nylon Journal. He’s the creator of Cinemaphagy: On The Psychedelic Classical Type of Tobe Hooper, the director of 25 characteristic movies, and the creator of greater than 300 video essays, which will be discovered at Patreon.com/honorszombie.

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