With the ongoing success of SBS’s “The First Responders,” writer Min Ji Eun has explained her thoughts on the drama!
Starring Kim Rae Won, Son Ho Jun, and Gong Seung Yeon, SBS’s new Friday-Saturday drama “The First Responders” is about members of the police force, fire department, and paramedic team as they come together to help their city in any way they can.
Although the drama is only three episodes in, “The First Responders” has seen peaks of viewership ratings surpassing 10 percent with each broadcast, highlighting the show’s popularity.
Regarding the process of planning and writing the drama, writer Min Ji Eun shared, “The very first time I thought of the item ‘The First Responders’ was the moment I personally witnessed a fire station right next to a police station in Busan. In the late night, their lights were shining brightly. In that moment, I thought about the image of firefighters and police officers who keep their lights on late into the night and run out for others no matter the time.”
She elaborated that this imagery made her think about things like their relationships with one another, the true atmosphere in these stations, and the banter between these officers who fight for the same purpose, but inevitably have different values and rules.
When asked about the main cast’s synchronization with their roles, Min Ji Eun commented, “While planning the characters, I decided on the imaginary MBTI [Myers-Briggs Type Indicator] of each lead. Jin Ho Gae [Kim Rae Won] was ENTP, Bong Do Jin [Son Ho Jun] ENFJ, and Song Seol [Gong Seung Yeon] ISFJ.” She then excitedly remarked, “To say that the casting of these three actors surpasses 100 percent synchronization and is 1,000 percent is not sufficient enough.”
Even before the premiere of Season 1, “The First Responders” was confirmed for a second season. To explain this decision, Min Ji Eun shared, “They say that each year, approximately 13 million reports are filed with police departments, and approximately 10 million with fire departments. Within those countless cases, the various emotions of conflict, greed, love, and hate between humans are likely swirling around.”
She concluded that because these countless cases exist, there was a desire to show a longer process of these emergency departments through multiple seasons.
At the Season 1 press conference, lead actor Kim Rae Won teased that he was anticipating his character’s love line with Song Seol in the second season. In response to this, Min Ji Eun vaguely remarked, “There’s a policeman who has caught countless criminals but does not know how to catch the woman he holds dear in his heart, a firefighter who has extinguished fires countless times but does not know how to put out the fire in his heart, and a paramedic who treats others’ wounds well but does not know how to treat the wounds in her own heart.”
She continued, “If a fire occurs, police officers have to call 119 too, and when firefighters encounter crimes, they must also call 112, but will they be able to call each other? In this series, I figure that the direction of the future season’s love line will be homework that I’ll have to create together with the viewers.”
Lastly, the drama’s producers commented, “The First Responders’ is a project that could not have been created without the outstanding imagination, detailed composition, and meticulous research of writer Min Ji Eun. In the future too, there will be an overflow of unpredictable episodes. We plan to capture heart-pounding tension, exhilarating fun, and heartwarming humanism, so we ask for your consistent interest.”
Episode 4 of “The First Responders” will air on November 25 at 10 p.m. KST.
Until then, watch Gong Seung Yeon in “Are You Human Too?“:
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