Green Door has a surprisingly likeable lead character and a plot that strings together in unique ways.
The lead character in Taiwanese Netflix Series Green Door is arrogant. In the opening episode, he is surprisingly confident of his own business-minded ability, to the point that it defeats his progress. There is a reason why Song-yan is the way he is, which becomes clearer in later episodes in the 6-episode season. He is a troubled psychologist returning from the U.S with a shady past.
Green Door is designed to be as strange and diverse as possible, with various supernatural elements thrown at the audience to give the main character key tests. He runs his own clinic, which is just breaking even, despite the fact that he keeps annoying clients enough that they quit and refuse to pay him. For instance, in the opening episode, he decides to tell a couple to get a divorce, insisting that he has tried everything in his hands to help.
The Netflix series then becomes a series of investigations for the psychologist. As the first episode closes out, he is speaking to a woman from the future in his mirror, and dealing with a particular issue of a deceased gang member’s spirit taking over a civilian’s body. Green Door is a thriller, but surprisingly has some horror moments that can make you jump.
His clinic becomes a house of dealing with the supernatural, and with each element that is dropped, the plot becomes deeper, and his past and the troubles of others becomes more relevant. Green Door almost feels different from the usual spiritual stories, in that it so casually slips in the events as if they are normal.
Green Door is genuinely worth the watch because the lead character Song-yan is arrogant yet likeable in a way that you want him to soften. His offhand approach at the beginning is not as strong once he delves into the unknown, and with each episode under 1 hour, the Taiwanese Netflix series expands into different story arcs worth exploring.
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