The First Responders (2022) Movie Review

It seems that dramas about the police involving the law have been widely spread on various platforms streambut stories about a joint team that includes cooperation between the police, firefighters and paramedics, it’s still rare to find.

Well, Disney+ presents this story through 12 episodes in a drama called ‘The First Responders’ which ended its last episode on December 30. Shin Kyung-soo serves as director and the cast includes Kim Rae-won, Gong Seung-yeon, Son Ho-jun, Ji Woo, and Kang Ki-doong.

The First Responders Synopsis

‘The First Responders’ tells the story of a detective named Jin Ho-gae (Kim Rae-won) who has the nickname Jindo Dog, according to his personality, when he targets a case, he will be bitten tightly until the perpetrator is caught.

Jin Ho-gae is the son of the chief prosecutor who rebelled, it happened because of family problems because he didn’t want to continue law school and chose to become a police officer.

One time he got into trouble for violating investigative ethics, which made him have to accept the consequences of resigning and changing assignments. In his new office he becomes involved in a joint case which makes him work with firefighters and paramedics.

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There is Bong Do-jin (Son Ho-jun) who is a firefighter with the nickname Bulldozer, because he will flatten anything that gets in his way. He often got into arguments with Jin Ho-gae.

Then there is a paramedic named Song Seol (Gong Seung-yeon) who is always involved in every case to save the victims. Even though the three of them never get along, in solving a case they always work together and help each other.

How did they act in resolving the joint case? So what will happen when the three people are involved in a love triangle? Check out the review below!

The First Responders Movie Review

Interesting Joint Case

‘The First Responders’ has an interesting, unique, varied, exciting, and entertaining story. Only by watching the first episode, the audience will be hooked and then decide to follow each episode until it’s finished.

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Rarely do we see stories about firefighters and paramedics. However, in this drama these two things are combined with various criminal cases that also involve the police.

Through ‘The First Responders’ we find out the various codes issued by the police when solving problems. They all work hand in hand in solving cases involving fires and criminals, of course the paramedics are ready to help when there are victims who fall.

The merger then formed a new atmosphere with an unusual relationship between the three professions, they demonstrated skills to each other in accordance with their respective fields.

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The collaboration of the three professions forms a solid action that makes the audience even more excited to see what other combined cases will be shown. Even though each episode presents various cases, there is a main conflict which at the end of the episode only provides clues to continue the story in season 2.

Strong Chemistry Aligns the Story

The story that is told focuses on three professions who work together to solve a joint case. Therefore, the strong relationship shown is in harmony with the story to be conveyed. They show each other’s performance and of course through a little fun entertainment.

The nicknames given by Detective Jin Ho-gae and Firefighter Do-jin are certainly not arbitrary. Both have sharp instincts that are very helpful in every case that is resolved. It’s true that the two of them don’t always get along, but at certain moments when they work together in investigating a case, the audience cheers even more when they witness it.

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Not to mention there is Song Seol who always mediates the two. Become water that douses the coals of fire when the two of them are fighting. A person who prioritizes feelings above all else, he cares about the victims and what the impact will be in the future.

Even though there were several moments where the emotional side was lacking, such as when Jin Ho-gae managed to find Hyunseo who had apparently been kidnapped for 7 years, the feelings of sadness that were felt were not optimal. He appeared bland, and did not show a dominant emotion.

However, when he started to rejoin being a detective for a case in the last episode, all his charms strengthened again. Making the audience’s curiosity increase when they see the ending given.

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The First Responders Conclusion

‘The First Responders’ succeeded in presenting 12 episodes with exciting, fun, adrenaline-pumping stories, and sometimes something that stirred the hearts of the audience. Even though it’s finished, the story will continue in season 2 which is reported to be airing in July 2023.

Providing an interesting combined story, this drama manages to present a variety of unique cases that are hard to miss. The players come together to build a strong and solid relationship. I can’t wait to watch the second season.


Zephyrine is an experienced film critic who has worked for many magazines and websites specializing in cinema. She has a deep education in film history and theory, as well as a passion for classic and independent films. Writing style: Zephyrine always evaluates films objectively and honestly, not influenced by external factors such as the fame of actors or directors. She often focuses on the content, screenplay, technique, and personal feelings to provide insights and reviews of the film. Her writing style is easy to understand and familiar to readers, but also professional and profound. Notable articles: "Step Up" - Success comes from the perseverance and relentless effort of young people "The Social Network" - A fantastic documentary film about the birth of Facebook "Moonlight" - A touching story about love and the essence of humanity "Nomadland" - A poignant journey of a mature woman "Parasite" - A sensational film of Korean cinema with profound social messages.

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