kakashi: Oh. Care to share?
kakashi: Now this is my daydream: Ok-ryeon was killed 12 episodes ago and all the time she took up on screen was taken up by either Mo, Shinichi, or Aoki. This actress really deserves her nickname (the "Broom").
(he is very persistently creepy-cautious-black), and Gaya announces that she's taking Shinichi. Um, no, Princess, that's not how this goes - Baek San definitely disagrees with her plan. Of course Shinichi objects to her doing anything even slightly risky and she tells him to shut the hell up. In those exact words. I love her.
kakashi: I'm now temporarily closing my eyes and turning the volume to mute, cause this does not look good.
kakashi: Gasp! Now this just got a bit serious, didn't it?! Are we in the middle-ages all of a sudden, when putting up heads on stakes was the fashion in town? Or is cutting off heads the new opium?
kakashi: I do? I'm not sure. But I took issue with their bluntness a lot.
(lights cost money).
(right. They could have saved so much money if they'd just written her OUT in time) Gaya is hunched over by the wall, gasping and spitting blood. Off screen we hear 'himenim' from Shinichi, and then we see him CRAWLING through a pool of blood to try and reach her. Baek San, that fucking toad of a man, kicks him in the face. Twice.
kakashi: JoAnne, this is terrible .... :-( This frigging show promised less violence and what does it do? It goes to its most extreme forms of violence with my Shinichi!!!!
(yeah and she even calls his name, great), but he tells her to hurry the hell up before they all die. The guards stand around and watch as she leaves with Shinichi, but then they all jump for Jung Tae at once. Ok Ryeon watches with concern on her face and then turns to leave. So I assume she has a plan.
kakashi: Wasn't Gaya some kind of fighting genius a few episodes ago? When she faced Mo that one time? Seriously, show. I hate it when you forget what you told us a while ago.
kakashi: JoAnne, as a scholar, I must contradict you. It is ALWAYS time to do research. Especially when it's about Yummy Tummys in any way.
kakashi: Yeah, well. About the killing. There's just one person being killed right now and I DON'T LIKE IT!
(Clones! It's clones!!!). Then the cheapass show has Denkai yell to Aka that he's going to SeolRak and prepare the way. I don't get to see Aka. I know he's probably not even there. Curse you, cheapass show. Cutting corners with MY guy. I am distracted from my disgust, though, by the sight of Aoki standing alone in the room. His face says a lot: his girl loves another man, and his dad thinks of him as cannon fodder. Sad Aoki. Perhaps you should quit Il Gookie and go work for the good guys!
kakashi: I don't think he will make it to the end of this show. Just saying.
kakashi: Come on, he is a genius, we have been told so many times, it's so boring. He always wins, he learns like Neo by downloading stuff into his brains, etc. Yawn.
Not for long though, because he continues to telepathically share his thoughts. He sees no escape. If he doesn't escape, they'll figure out who he is. If they figure out who he is, Ok Ryeon will be in danger. Oh right, her (I hope they find out who he is!!). He decides a direct attack to open the way is his only option. Conveniently, Baek San announces that he's going to finish things up now and moves in for what he thinks will be the kill. He grabs Ninja Jung Tae by the throat, shoves him up against the wall, reaches for the material covering Jung Tae's face, and... Ok Ryeon turns off the electricity! Wow. That is EXACTLY what I would have had as a plan, too. Although if you think about it, now that Jung Tae is a ninja... no one can see him in the dark. He literally sneaks away while Baek San screams for the lights to be turned back on. One might almost think that he's scared of the dark, like a widdle baby.
kakashi: Yeah, okay. Maybe Ok-ryeon has some use. Still. Imagine what we could have done instead in the time she was on screen!
kakashi: You are wrong. The Mori Strategy document was en vogue in the last episode. In this one, it's something else and everybody has forgotten about it. Like about so many things before it.
*sobs*) He collapses into an alleyway where Gaya hovers over him anxiously.
kakashi: There were two very well done, very painful-to-watch deaths in this show. One was Poong-cha. The other one is this.
kakashi: I know I said it before, but RL got to me first. He will get a special post. Soon!
Gaya cries and strokes his face, begging him to open his eyes. He promised to die by her sword, she reminds him. She pleads with him over and over as she embraces him, patting his back as her sobs grow harder, but she is aware enough of her surroundings to notice a crowd of men racing through the streets, and draws back in alarm. Are they HwangBangers or Gookies? I need more time for Shinichi. I can't deal with those men right now.
kakashi: What is this? Silence. Nobody, absolutely nobody wants to take him away from you.
Really? Because there was a whole lot of interest in his abs while you were lounging around in Hungary the other day.
kakashi: My dislike of this character and this actress has reached new heights. I guess I'm really not in a good mood right now. Also, Do-ggo ... what's going on here? So is he really just out to destroy everybody and everything? Or is it just bad writing (again), them not really knowing what to do with him?
kakashi: Off with her head!
kakashi: Don't worry, JoAnne. At this moment, the internet hasn't run out yet.
It would have been better if I reached the end before Shinichi died, huh?
kakashi: I shudder at this scene. They are really, really evil, these two. Well done, veterans.
kakashi: Oh, he does! And he totally reminds me of Vincent Cassel in this scene. YES
The men are smiling and laughing, but the barbs are getting sharper. Seul figures that Denkai's concern for his well being is what led him to direct Aoki, that rat, to find out how he was doing? Denkai allows that seeing as how it IS the great Seul that's involved, the rumor of selling opium to finance General Chang Kai Shek must be true. He worries aloud that if that rumor were to be proved, Seul would be kicked out of Chirinbang. Seul's smile is starting to look a little pasted in place as he replies that before that happens, he'll have to catch Denkai's rat. But once he's taken care of that piece of business, he'll have nothing on his mind but taking down Il Gook Hwae. I knew he couldn't play nice for long.
kakashi: This is not going in directions that I like. Leave some of our hotties there until the end!!!
kakashi: Oh! Oh. I completely forgot about the son. (We have heard about him before, right?)
Well I assumed he had some family because remember the rude little grand-daughter we've never seen or heard from again?
kakashi: 26 days later, JoAnne arrives at minute 58 but is so tired she cannot finish it all.
That was actually true.
Jung Tae is at the restaurant/clinic/martial arts training studio/hotel staring at the crayon map of Shanghai intently when Mo saunters in. He never walks. He just saunters (maybe he glides. He could be an alien life-form). We should acknowledge that. Mo observes that Jung Tae has a lot on his mind and suggests that if he's worried about Ok Ryeon he could get her back just by trading some of those documents Jae Hwae left behind expressly for the purpose of lording it over HwangBang when necessary. Jung Tae says those documents are for Bamsangtong only, and that HE will rescue Ok Ryeon.
(I think he means to brush that annoying hair out of his eye!), and Jung Tae says that he intends to make the streets safe for DanDong people, whether it's at Bamsangtong or anywhere else. Mo smiles. Ohhhhh, he meant a reason for HIM to join the fight. He responds that if that's the case, he's got no reason to deny the request. And Crazy Mo eyes are back!
kakashi: I'm happy Mo has appeared cause I really like to take/make pictures of him.
kakashi: I think my subs didn't say this, but it doesn't matter. Aoki's handsomeness is all that matters.
I'm never going to argue against that. He gets a leading role next, you think? What would you do if the news was Aoki and Kim Ji Hoon competing for the female lead in a drama?
Jung Tae and Mo arrive at the club just in time to see Poodle Top (and others) dragged off in ropes by the Soon Po (police). He helpfully explains that these Soon Po are from the French side (so it's HwangBang) and that they came INTO the club and arrested everybody. Jung Tae rushes inside and asks what the hell is happening - the Soon Po can't come in unless they've been requested, since this is a protected public space.
kakashi: he is NotMo for sure, but in a weird way, I have respect for Baek-san's unwavering loyalty. He is one of the most persistent characters in the whole show.
kakashi: I started giggling when they started to talk about removing shirts and indeed didn't stop until way after this scene.
While Do Ggoo flops around on the grown crying like the big fat baby that he is, Jung Tae tells Baek San to cut the crap; if he wants something, just come out with it. Threaten HIM, not innocent people. Fine, Baek San says. I'll threaten you. He gets up and tosses a folded up piece of paper in Jung Tae's face. He explains that this is the map of Seol Rak that Ok Ryeon drew. The look on Mo's face, watching from the sidelines, can be best be described as 'whaaaaaaaaa...?'
kakashi: Ah, an opportunity to insert some Mo pics.
uhm, yes ... Aoki has them, right? )
kakashi: NOT hitting him. All near-misses.
Sure enough, when the shirt comes off, it's all Yummy Tummy, no bruise, and the guy doing the filming is careful not to put Baek San anywhere near the shot of that glorious skin. Jung Tae asks if Baek San is satisfied. No one asks me but I murmer that I am not. I am not satisfied, because the shirt is not entirely off.
kakashi: Oh, it's still very lovely. I pause and admire (like everybody else there). I will miss this.
I find his lovely skin is best set off by those tiny dark nipples, though. And my preference is for a neat happy trail, not a completely hairless torso. So this good, because there's the pack, yes. But the snacks are missing.
kakashi: Is this about the Mori thing? I think I feel asleep a little after the Yummy Tummy.
kakashi: Agreed. Pay them back.
kakashi: Sigh. That bit made me snort angrily. It's just silly to make Jung-tae into such a fighting genius. It's not even necessary. He has the Yummy Tummy. That's enough.
at least he didn't die! just sayin!) Jung Tae instructs Chubby and PoodleTop to find out how much Il Gook Hwae has invested in the club as well as how many men are at their disposal. He turns to Kwang Pae, Old Man Fly's guy, and confirms that he knows the intelligence building like the back of his hand. His job is to get inside and grab the documents that Aoki has collected about Hwang Bang and Club Shanghai. Lady Doc's job is to look into any contracts or dealings of ChirinBang or Il Gook Hwae. Because that's the kind of thing a doctor normally has access to, of course. Jung Tae turns to Old Man Fly, who tries hard to remember how to speak politely and finally just settles for calling Jung Tae Hyung (that was funny!). He requests the most critical job. Jung Tae smiles and says that the number of men in Il Gookie will be easy enough for the two younger guys to pull together, but he needs Fly's expertise to determine the number of men who secretly support the organization, as well.
kakashi: hehehehe, that was a real WTF moment :D
kakashi: This sounds interesting. Mo, wanna come over to let me in on your secret?
kakashi: Yeah ... but he is still evil, isn't he?
There are levels, and his is acceptable to me, especially if he could break ranks and align with Jung Tae and Mo. Ok it won't happen because of Gaya, I know. But in my dreams...
Jung Tae goes to SeolRak and lays out his plan of attack against Il Gookie. He wants to attack their HQ and their branches all at the same time. Seul laughs. Me too because seriously, Jung Tae, how stupid are these people? You're in a life and death struggle with them and there are NO secrets between you and Seul anymore, and yet he's supposed to believe that you want to work with him on this? But apparently Seul really is an idiot because he's thinking about it (sigh .... it's not Seul that's the idiot but the writers).
kakashi: I guess we'll just go with this, err, new "twist", as we have gone with so many before it.
Be strong, I tell myself. 15 minutes left. This post WILL end.
kakashi: Don't worry. At this point, everybody has stopped reading.
It was all IMPORTANT.
Gaya and Aoki are at the shrine. There's a tablet for Shinichi now (NOT COOL). Aoki hands Gaya a letter but she doesn't understand what she's seeing. Aoki explains. Since they are now worthless to Denkai, he plans to replace them with new models (clones). Gaya is shocked, although I have no idea why this is surprising to her.
kakashi: Because the writer is an idiot.
kakashi: Aoki, you should try kissing her. Shoulder-holding - and hand-holding - isn't going to win her over.
kakashi: what KDramas are best at is destroying awesome female characters. They do it again and again and again. That said, Gaya can be glad she hasn't been reduced to a sobbing, love-sick idiot.
kakashi: He is different? Oh ... then that means he really, REALLY learned how to act?! I keep forgetting.
kakashi: Sigh ... this could have been so awesome. You know, have Jung-tae really conflicted about his two women. Have him love both, have him being torn apart by it, all agony. THAT would have been a good drama. But alas ...
(sorry, but I'm pretty sure that's complete bullshit), and for this reason, to find the best steel, each one has to be broken by a hammer. (Is he talking about the forging process? It's hard to say.)
(well, I kinda liked the metaphors!). Are you saying you're going to abandon Gaya and me, he asks? Robot Denkai responds that if it is useless, it must be thrown away. Aoki, that soft-hearted optimist, asks Denkai if he doesn't know that a broken sword, melted in a steel furnace, can then become new again in the hands of the right person. Denkai scoffs; he supposes Aoki means that with Gaya, he will be reborn.
kakashi: OMG that's so cheesy.
Yes, Aoki affirms. That's right. And the sword that makes Gaya reborn? Aoki will show Denkai how sharp that is. Shit shit shit shit. Oh, Aoki. Damn. This is going to hurt me as much as it hurts you. Denkai is shocked! (uh, why?) Aoki is defiant. He's going to pursue his dream! He longs to DANCE! No, not really. He wants to live, not as something that can be thrown away, but as a swordsman who dreams of a NEW Il Gookie. Oh shit. He really was that starry eyed and idealistic all along? Oh man. This could possibly be worse than Shinichi.
kakashi: Uhm, NO, he wasn't like that from the beginning. But the writers suddenly decided that he was going to be that way, maybe half an episode ago. I think they just randomly have characters to this and that, whatever suits the idea of the week.
I actually think he was. He was taken with Gaya immediately,always warned her about the treachery within the organization, and has been talking about a new Il Gookie for a long time. His viciousness against Jung Tae was jealousy.
(un-blurred) steak knife? Come ON. Denkai was just practically having sex with a sword as long as he is tall! But he doesn't go for that. He yells for Aka. The doors open and my boy walks in very dramatically. PLEASE please please be aligned with Aoki PLEASE.
yeah, cause he didn't just have a sword in his hand). Aoki stabs him in the gut, holding him close. This is for the ones who died before me, he says. The many Aokis. He stabs again. This is for the one who couldn't fight back. The many Gayas.
kakashi: Yes! Avenge the clones!
Denkai throws Aoki off, blood pouring from his mouth. He staggers towards Aoki (whose knife is clean as spring air) and Aka, trying to say something, but falls. He tries again, but as Gaya walks into the room he switches tactics, calling her name. She watches impassively. He gathers his remaining strength and berates them. You people! How could you! (What the hell, old man. How could they NOT?) Aoki stabs him one more time. He looks at Aoki, enraged, grits out something that sounds sort of like Aoki's name, and falls dead. Good riddance, I say. Plus, I am very relieved that Gaya is not betraying Aoki, after all. When she was warning Jung Tae, I didn't realize that Gaya and Aoki were going to kill Denkai. I thought they were going to run away.
kakashi: To make babies? Not a bad idea.
(cause he was an evil bastard). Even to the end, he couldn't let go of his greed. Sadly, she whispers the word 'Grandfather.' Aoki swallows hard and thanks Aka for his help. Aka tells him not to misunderstand - from this point on, he serves Gaya.
Five more minutes. I have been typing for ten years, I know.
Gaya and Aoki stand before an assembled group of henchmen. Gaya is wearing a tire around her waist, for some reason (that must be for protection? Or is it a chastity belt?). Aoki says that from now on, Gaya is the leader, but for this fight, he's going to be in charge. She points out that she is still Shanghai's leader and he questions her: Can she really kill Jung Tae?
(why is he still around???) to protect the HQ. Aka should go meet up with Jung Tae and Seul. He gives the rest of the men a quick pep talk, which is exactly what Jung Tae is doing in his camp.
kakashi: Me too! We're done!
So you can probably tell that I was very into this episode. I am really dying to know how things end, plus I knew it was Shinichi's night (that's a mean thing to say, because it was HIS NIGHT TO DIE!!!!).... and then there was the potential of Aka being a good-ish guy (YES!!!) I am definitely pleased with how things are going. I have no hope at all that Aoki will live, and at this point I probably wouldn't bet on Gaya or Aka, either. But I am ok with this, somehow. The show is doing things just right for me lately.
kakashi: Yeah, my emotions died with Shinichi. May everybody die, I don't care.
You weren't around, Kashi, so I'll tell you: I had a brief moment where, clouded by Shinichi grief and the early morning hour, I thought that we just discovered that Denkai's daughter was married to Seul's son (who died 20 years ago) and that meant Gaya was granddaughter to BOTH sources of evil and misery, but once I had a full allotment of coffee I realized that the math didn't work, plus we MET her father. Wouldn't it have been an awesome reveal though?
kakashi: I wish you had been the main writer for this show, I really do.