SBS Friday-Saturday drama "Taxi Driver 2" achieved its highest ratings to date with the episode "Black Sun Gate," which reminded viewers of the Burning Sun Gate scandal.
According to Nielsen Korea, a ratings research company, the 12th episode of "Taxi Driver 2," which aired on April 1st, had a nationwide rating of 18.3%. This is an increase of 3.8 percentage points from the previous episode, which had a rating of 14.5%, and 0.6 percentage points higher than the previous highest rating of 17.7% in the 10th episode. In the 12th episode, the Seoul metropolitan area had a rating of 19.4% and the highest rating of 21.6%.
In the 12th episode, the main character, Kim Do-ki (Lee Je-hoon), witnessed a heinous crime while working undercover as a guard to uncover the truth about the club "Black Sun," which is suspected to be connected to the cold and cruel villain On Ha-joon (Shin Jae-ha).
The episode drew attention for its similarities to the Burning Sun Gate scandal that shocked Korean society in 2019. For example, the name of the club, which is depicted as a criminal den, was "Black Sun."
In the episode, Kim Do-ki was falsely accused of sexually harassing a club employee due to collusion between a corrupt police officer and Black Sun. The idol group leader Victor (Ko Geon-han) is also shown to be colluding with police officer Park Hyun-jo (Park Jong-hwan), and Victor says, "I'll recruit such models."
Burning Sun was a club that former Big Bang member Seungri promoted on various broadcasts. However, suspicions were raised in January 2019 that various crimes were taking place at the club, and the police launched an internal investigation into allegations of sexual assault, drug use, and police officer collusion. Seungri was later charged with several crimes and served time in prison.
"Taxi driver 2," a private revenge drama in which the taxi company Rainbow Transport and driver Kim Do-ki seek revenge on behalf of unjust victims, airs every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
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