With how interesting and complicated the human brain is, you’d think watching a show about complex, neuroscience-related crimes would be a mindblowing ride. Unfortunately, Brain Works (also known as Brain Cooperation) is not that show. What you get instead is a glacial storyline riddled with convenient plot-devices and a male lead who desperately wants to be a cross between Sherlock and House but doesn’t realise that the asshole genius trope was only somewhat cool a decade ago.
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The show opens with a rockstar dropping dead mid-performance, as his distraught wife leans over him and confesses to being the killer. The case is only the latest in a long line of “brain-related” murders, which are the purview of the newly founded Neuroscientific Investigations Team, who are struggling with staffing and general structure. Detective Geum Myung-se (Cha Tae-hyun) knows just the man to help them out: one Dr. Shin Ha-ru (Jung Yong-hwa), a celebrated neuroscientist and an arrogant wild card with little regard for the rules.
Considering how gripping the first 15 minutes of the show are, it’s disappointing how quickly Brain Works begins to flounder….