TVN Drama L.U.C.A.: The Beginning produced by Director Hong-sun Kim ended on March 9th, giving viewers a dramatic thrill with an unconventional ending that heralds the prelude of a new dangerous situation. L.U.C.A.: The Beginning talks about the tragic end of false human desires. It was well-received by viewers as a challenging new genre that combines biotechnology with chasing action genre based on its original worldview.
The title of the drama, L.U.C.A. stands for Last Universal Common Ancestor and it refers to a genetic engineering project in the drama. Dating back to the origin of all living things, the most primitive cell stage exists, which is called Last Universal Common Ancestor.
The project L.U.C.A. is driven by a pseudo-religious group that wants to create new living organisms to achieve wealth. They extract the most developed genetic factors of several organisms and put them into one cell, then differentiates them. The result is Ji-O, the 10th Cell Z-0 in the Z series, played by actor Kim Rae-won through the cell differentiation process.
Ji-O is made to be stronger and superior to any other human being in the world. However, he is chased by mysterious figures, while he tries to find answers to numerous questions that surround him. Ji-O does not know who he is and keeps losing his memory and always feels abandoned and lonely. He decides to face the pseudo-group to find the secret hidden in his birth and unique abilities.
L.U.C.A.: The Beginning unfolds in earnest with the scene in which Ji-O accidentally rescues Haneulae Gureum (in short, Gureum) played by actor Lee Da-hee from a car accident. She is a detective. Her parents disappeared when she was only a young child. Gureum chases after the truth behind her parents’ disappearance. One day she accidentally meets Ji-O and her life changes.
In the drama, Ji-O is a creature created through experimentation and is a character who has not been able to make any choices on his own since he was born. Therefore, Ji-O’s decision to become a monster at the end can be considered in the sense that it is the first choice made by himself. Ji-O, who was created out of a human’s wrong desires and selfishness, loses Gu-Reum and finds the answer that “humans are not the right beings.” The ending lets viewers think again about Ji-O’s decision on who is the real monster.