When high school classmates wake up, they find themselves in a perilous situation — restrained in a large dining room. They want answers as to why somebody is holding them hostage, so they try to think of reasons why they are locked up and, more importantly, how they can escape. Fearing their situation is retribution for a past incident with a classmate, they offer up confessions and point blame in order to figure out who the captor is.

I was searching Netflix for a new show to watch, something strange, dark and mysterious. Low and behold I found this amazing mini-series. The synopsis sold it for me and once I started watching, I couldn’t stop. I finished all 12 episodes in only 2 days – the only episode I’ve yet to watch is a ‘prequel’ that gives us all a glimpse of the student lives before the horror that befalls them.

So, as the synopsis goes, 11 high school students wake up in a strange room – full of odd collections like an oddity shop. Of course, all the girls panic a the beginning. Their feet are locked in a box and they are unable to move – and the twelfth spot is empty. It takes the students time over the 12 episodes to figure out the clues that surround them. Basically they learn everything in the room is supposed to remind them of something.


During their attempts to figure out how to escape there are periods of unexplained strangeness between chimes of 12 from all the different clocks set at different times. When a clock does strike 12 – one girl goes missing. That’s strange enough, the lights go off and then suddenly a girl is gone. At times rats fall out of a suit of armour, oil leaks from the skylight above them, and stranger with a limp, hooded comes to clear the table and serve ‘cola’. All to encourage the girls to remember.

And remember they do. Over time they learn why they sit where they sit, who is missing and possibly why. We learn of bullying, a secret group of ‘Justice Warriors’ that branch onto vandalism, and secret love, crushes and love triangles. Of course as they remember and realize their guilt, blame is pointed at each other, and soon you get the idea that everyone in that room is guilty of something. Even if they did not bully, they still watched and did nothing.

Overall this mini-series is fantastic to watch. Full of mystery that kept me pressing play to watch the next episode to learn more clues, try to figure out who was behind all this and hope the girls get out in time. I

If you are looking for a good dark mystery, full of suspense. I highly recommend this show.


Schoolgirl Detectives – Review


Based on a novel by Park Hi-ik, this South Koren TV series follows a group of 5 girls from Seonam Girls High School as they investigate numbers mysteries and cases that happen in and around their school. Many of them focusing on bullying, cheating, abortion and suicide. I stumbled upon this on Netflix and after the first episode I’ve been hooked and finished the first season in only a couple of weeks.

We start the first season off with a suicide. A girl from the Seonam Girls High school throws herself off the building. Then – fast forward 4 years. Yeah I know what a tease! Without giving too much away this suicide is cleared up in the final episode of season 1. Anyways, four years later we meet up with Ahn Chae-Yool, a new girl to the all girls school, classy and snobbish. First day walking to school she is attacked by a mysterious guy who bites her on the wrist and gives her a sucker before running away. Using this event, the Schoolgirl Detectives manipulate/invite Chae-Yool into their club to help her catch the culprit.  This first case takes an unusual turn as Chae-Yool discovers the reason for her to get bitten and she begins an unusual friendship with a teacher who seems intent on training Chae-Yool for some unknown reason.


As mentioned above, the series tackles a lot of issues. In fact, upon searching the background of the show an episode featured the first on air lesbian kiss on South Korean TV. I found that episode to be one of my favourites. They do a good job and approaching these sensitive issues with class and tact. In the episode with the lesbian kiss, two of the detectives have strong opposition against the couple, bringing discussion to the table. In the end, they made it clear that it doesn’t matter who their client dates, only about solving the crime and keeping the other girl’s identity safe. Their personal views/beliefs should not interview with their case. I found this view very mature, and made sure to give the girls respect.

It’s not only the cases/mysteries that captured my attention but the personalities of the girls themselves. Chae-Yool is a classy, snobbish new girl who eventually warms and creates friendship among the other girls in the club. Mi-do is the leader, and the most enthusiastic about the club. She also teases Chae constantly when it is revealed that she’s been dating Chae’s older brother online. Ye-hee is the pretty one and wants to be an actress. Ha-jee is the computer expert and has a hobby with the occult and spirits. Then there is Sung-yoon a very tall girl who enjoys baking and acts tough. They all have their quirks and get on each-other’s nerves but in the end they are all friends and pull through to help one another out.

Another interesting point, is how the group of detectives learn and grow their skills over the episodes. In one episode they were sloppy, diving too much into their client’s past that made her uncomfortable and attempted to commit suicide. The girls learn from this mistake and use more tact in future episodes, continuing to bring up this one case as a reminder before they rush into anything. They become more considerate and aware of the sensitivity of their cases and clients.

The first season was solid and didn’t leave any loose ends, however I am still wanting more. Unfortunately upon reading a few articles, it seems the show did not even make it to it’s originally planed 16 episodes. If that is true, they did a good job wrapping everything up early. It just means I won’t get my season 2. 😦

It’s too bad but I hope you all can enjoy the series as much as I did.