JoAnne: Yes, when? And even MORE most importantly: Will he be another $&#%^ ghost?
kakashi: Ah! Confusion #4534509 from Episode 1 is solved right away: somebody pretended to be Poong Cha in front of Rockhead/Great Masturbator, and Doofus fell for that. He gave him their meager savings to become part of the gang. The leader of Dobi Gang (I really want to call them Scooby Gang so badly!), Hwang Bong-Sik, sends one of his men (a reluctant, sullen kinda fellow) to find the guy that is responsible. By the way, the Leader of Scooby Gang is Yang Ik-joon (or Yang Ik-june), writer, director, editor, and actor in the film Breathless.
JoAnne: Look at that faaaaaaaaaaaaace. I'm gonna squee over the sad short puppy in this one.
JoAnne: I spend the entire scene wondering how they kept the cigarettes dry, wondering if they had plastic in the 30's. I mean I know, ok, they had oilcloth and stuff like that but still. It's these details that keep me up at night, definitely not the finely muscled and glisteningly wet torso of some random vaguely criminal guy who ascends out of the waves like Venus on the half shell, already panting and making my imagination run wild.
JoAnne: I love her and her stringy hair and her pale skin and her bobby sox. She was the girl who had the crush on Puppy in IHYV. I'm really pissed that she grows up to be Mok Dan.
JoAnne: Dog Nose's voice is distracting but his un-beat-up face is quite lovely. I checked. Still - I appreciate that the minute we saw these guys we hated them, right? And the minute we saw the Dobi Babies we loved them. It was like meeting Baksa Adeul all over again. They're criminals but they're not bad and we KNEW that about them. Right away, even while they were beating that poor boy senseless. And that SHOULD have made us hate them.
JoAnne: I'm going to admit right here that as events unfold in this episode I am unclear why Jung Tae hates dad so much, when everyone else seems to admire him.
JoAnne: Well we all know who *I'm* rooting for.
JoAnne: I really want to see more of fortune-teller dude, too.
JoAnne: I could barely hear the dialogue over my squeals, to be honest. Look at his sweet face and his mom is a NUN and he takes care of ORPHANS and he likes Jung Tae and he's all philosophical and everything. ou know one of the two Dobi guys is going to die, right? And I'm going to sob for days, right?
(hahahahaha it's very distracting for me!) Evil Japanese dudes arrive at the station. This is Shinichi, Denkai Doyama's minion. He is here to see Gaya. Lady Gaya, dressed as a boy, is peddling her (American) cigarettes. But she's caught by ... I have no clue who this guy is. (Me neither. I don't think it matters much, except that this is probably NOT Doolgam gang so, a third gang.) Severe slapping ensues. Gang boss XY offers her a way out (40 packs of cigarettes for her life), but she just spits at him. Gang boss gives the order to "take care of her" (I guess that means to kill her), but before they can get started, they become aware of another presence there ... oh yes, this is badass evil Japanese Shinichi. "Run, then you'll live", he says ... and they really should have listened. Cause ... yikes. He is good.
JoAnne: Very dashing. Are we certain he's evil? (no, we're not! Maybe he is undercover?!) Maybe he just has an evil boss. Or is the party line in this one that there are no good Japanese except dead Japanese? It's very wrong of me that I want to call him Shun Ji isn't it.
kakashi: Gaya seems to be very much afraid of him. But he means her no harm ... he just fumbles for the leather-string necklace she is wearing and looks at the pendant hanging from it: it is one half of an ornament. He then tells her about fear - and how she will live under an unimaginable amount of it from now on. But she needs to conquer it - in order to take revenge. Then he gets up and leaves, without another word. Oh dear, he is cool ... I'm a little bit in love with him already. Is he going to be hard to hate?
JoAnne: Yes. And who the fuck IS Gaya, dammit.
JoAnne: Well I thought he was Shinichi so if he's not he must be that other guy who was with Shinichi when we first met him. I'm glad to know it wasn't him though because I wasted valuable time wondering when he got that wound. Until I saw it, though, I was all: Why are these people just sprawled out sleeping every which way but this one guy is awake? Then I saw the wound and the guy half in the hallway and I was like: well NO ONE takes a nap half in one room and half in another, so they must all be dead.
Yeah I liked the music there too. Poong-cha has taken Jung-tae there - they've captured the guys that posed as Dobinoris in front of Rockhead. Unfortunately, they no longer have Jung-tae's money - but Poong-cha tells Jung-tae to beat them up for as long as he needs to to get over his anger.
Luff. Dem. So. MUCH. Poong-cha brought Jung-tae in and our young hero gets a romanticized lesson about the history and greatness of smuggling. While Bong-Sik talks, Poong-cha cracks up laughing on the side, while Jung-tae listens intently. The bottom-line of all this is: Bong-sik wants Jung-tae to join the Scooby Gang.
JoAnne: Yes, do it! Do it! Doooooooooo eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
JoAnne: He has this sort of resigned, jaded view of things - and in spite of it, he gives off a feeling of hopefulness and vulnerability. Total sucker for that combo.
(It's an awesome movie starring Jason Statham, watch it.) and confronts Bong-sik. Apparently, Bong-sik never let anyone Kang-gae brought join the gang. But Bong-sik wants Jung-tae to join because he seems brave enough to jump a train alone: if Kang-gae knows anyone like it, bring them in! Kang-gae doesn't seem happy. Not at all. This one is probably going to be a problem.
JoAnne: I don't like his face. He should go away. Go away, Mr. Grumpy Pants!
JoAnne: I'm not going to go check because I wish to remain in suspense but I will share that I'm quite afraid because I have no recollection of an adult Doofus.
JoAnne: I like that they're so in sync.
JoAnne: He just fucking drives OFF. Bad form, Shinichi. Bad FORM.
kakashi: So ... what does he want if not a fighter? A killer?
kakashi: At that time, Bobby Socks, her calves show painful red stripes from her punishment earlier, goes by Jung-tae's house, to visit his sister Chun-ah ... but the poor girl has collapsed in the yard; she is lifeless. At the same time, Shin-Daddy approaches slowly. He is wearing a suit. He seems nervous and stops a fair distance away from the house, when suddenly, Bobby Socks' fearful screams to help her reach his ear. He runs into the yard and grabs the lifeless body of his daughter. He piggybacks her to the hospital.
JoAnne: Daddy is quite nice looking. I don't get a shiftless vibe at all. Jung Tae, you are going to owe your appa an apology sometime soon I think.
JoAnne: Assa! My one complaint about this drama though is the weird little drunk camera interludes where everything gets slow and shakey.
kakashi: Agreed! It makes gif-fing quite hard, in fact.
JoAnne: Oh it is ON like DONKEY KONG, my friend.
(I'm thinking he was impressed as all get out) calls after Poong-cha that he wants to start jumping trains. Immediately. But it's not THAT easy, kiddo: he needs to pass a test first. Jump off a bridge. It's 30 meters high, and people often faint due to the shock of hitting the water below. Of course, our young hero isn't scared! Poong-cha expected that, but he also tells him that there's no shame in being a transporter (people who carry the goods). Etc. End of discussion: for now!
JoAnne: Ha. I wasn't born under a KDrama bridge YESTERDAY, you know. I know what comes next.
JoAnne: Whatever. He has to leave her alone to make money. We all know she's going to die, anyway.
JoAnne: And he was out fighting for KOREA, I'm guessing... which sucks for his family I know but what are you going to do? We need the dramatic tension.
(It looks to me like they hire kids to do some of the smaller jobs? And that might be what he intended Jung Tae to start as?) and the hyungnims are mighty alarmed and start rushing there in a small truck - the water is high, the current particularly powerful. But that doesn't seem to be the only problem ...
JoAnne: So is the good looking guy next to Doofus the angry one from earlier? Is he not horrible through and through, then?
kakashi: No, JoAnne, that's another dude. His name is Kkab-Sae (thanks, Asianwiki). I deliberately didn't want to mention him, cause ... yeah. Confusing! The Grumpy dude is there as well, being all cynical and a general ass ("he's gonna die anyway" and "he's not going to do it").
JoAnne: I don't CARE that we know he isn't going to die, my heart was POUNDING.
kakashi: Me very much likey. We're still deeply into back story territory, but I do not mind a bit (not even that there still is no Kim Jae-wook): awesome performances all around. No wonder with this cast! They went all out with the Dobinori Gang hyungnims and it's instant love for me. They are AWESOME! I really, really hope they will still all be there when older Jung-tae is back! The story could be called a bit slow, but that didn't bother me either. His motivation for wanting the most dangerous position in the gang's organisation makes perfect sense (and we needed him to first lose all his money and her almost-death to speed things up a bit). The father-issues, well, they are familiar territory, and I guess about 80% of all heroes have either daddy- or mommy-issues (or both). But there is more to this father, that we know, and I am curious what it is. As for the women ... both are brave and strong, in completely different ways. Gaya's mysterious entanglement with the Japanese overlords is interesting and since I always like me a woman on a revenge-trip, I'm pretty sure her character will not disappoint later on. How they will fare as rivals, I don't know - but judging from the preview, we'll get to that soon. Give me more!
JoAnne: Everything you said. This has been put together so well that we know how we are supposed to feel about pretty much everybody without even realizing how it is that we know, and then as the story unfolds it confirms it for us. I love that. I love SEEING a character and having it be immediately apparent to me whether he's someone I will love or hate, and having no real clue why. I ike the pace fine so far and since it's not COMPLETELY on the (100% unchanged) Gaksital set it's not a huge distraction - but I will say that my worst problem so far ARE the Gaksital echoes - ok, and my fear that I won't ever get a grip on the enormous cast. Seriously, it makes Heirs look empty (yeah, but THAT isn't HARD at all!!!!). Still, I like this. I really do. God I hope it stays good. Stay good. Stay good. Stay good, dammit.