JoAnne: I love it. I love it to pieces. It's so much fun.
kakashi: Even more fun: at the time of writing, all the streaming sites have taken the unfinished subs. Including all the crazy stuff we just sucked out of our fingers!!! Let's do some funny stuff with episode 2, shall we? :D
JoAnne: I want to have this show's babies. No. These are bad guys. I want to run off for lost weekends and just have lots of unproductive (well, something will be produced but it won't be babies)... never mind.
JoAnne: He is familiar, yes, and doomed, also yes. We know he is very serious about his undercover work because he desperately needs a hair cut.
kakashi: If one has to go, one should go with good hair, yes.
JoAnne: One would have expected him to have some sort of plan for when he actually met up with the murderer, but no.
kakashi: Too busy stalking him, I guess? It's a common issue.
JoAnne: I do think he's the Chief, yes. I think they go to a shaman and actually schedule burials for rainy days, because if you're gonna be miserable, why waste it on a sunny day? It's raining. Might as well bury someone and then go get drunk. Alternatively: Even the heavens cry at the loss of a bright young talent, working so hard to protect society. Now let's go get drunk.
JoAnne: Goo Brothers. Yes. I love these actors.
(sometimes, too HD isn't good - re pores)
JoAnne: Yeah, as near as I can figure. If I felt more comfortable pharaphrasing there, I'd have said 'exorcise the demons from his heart' or 'work out his rage' but while those work really well and sound right in English...
JoAnne: This time it's not an aesthetic choice (although it well could be in a larger scheme of things) - the stabber likes to get things done on rainy days.
We don't know whether she was killed by the same guy though.
Chief Nam is confident that Goo-tak will do what he asked, but Yoo Mi-Young seems less certain. She stays outside the restaurant and watches the man drink more. And more. When it's dark, she follows him through the streets. What she doesn't know but we do is that he is already thinking about this new task - and Nam's words "to beat up good people, that is violence - to beat up bad people, that is justice" ring in his ears, as he stops and watches two guys being violent against a woman. For a moment, it seems like he might turn away, disinterested, but no, he just turned to pick up a piece of wood and then starts beating the living shit out of the assailants. Mi-young interferes when it seems he is about to kill one of them.
JoAnne: I really don't understand the people who just stand around and watch something like that.
SQUEEEEEE! and meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Sitting in a pojangmacha at the Han River (OCN: you really do so well with cinematography! Thank you), he tells her in more detail who is to be part of that crazy bunch: He wants an ex-mobster with an uncanny ability to take over the whole city in a heartbeat. Park Woong-Chul (Ma Dong-Suk), currently in prison for 28 years, and a bear of a man. And not at all staying quiet behind bars: we see how he beats up a prison guard for beating up one of the inmates. So he is violent but with a sense of justice?
JoAnne: So far, the gangsters we have known have a pretty strong moral code. In a twisted way, anyway, which I'm fine with on tv. (Ma Dong Suk, I love this guy.) OMG me too! (who doesn't)
JoAnne: He's the Sex Assassin. He kills you with hotness, but you die smiling.
JoAnne: I think if Park Hae Jin pulls this off he is pretty much set. Don't you?
You mean he isn't already? A man with a nose like this!
JoAnne: Me! I have them! Incentives! Come get some incentive!
When Yoo Mi-young tells Chief Nam about her extreme reluctance and the high risks involved with the choice of the three dangerous criminals, he (who is currently fishing, one must add) tells her to hand him one of the worms. She doesn't take one out, but hands him the whole can. Cue life lesson: you have to get dirty sometimes to get what you want (i.e. touch worms if you want to catch fish - or: use bad guys to catch a bad guy).
JoAnne: I hope we get a really decent exploration of where that line is, and how it can shift, then shift back. I want them to screw with my perception of who actually IS a bad guy, and why.
JoAnne: That's right, boys, ask questions. Since you won't get answers, you'll be edgy when you arrive at your location. This is bound to cause some posturing when you arrive. I can't wait!
(Really gorgeously filmed, inside and out, and I suppose we could talk for days about symbolism.) Mi-young and Oh? They don't like each other. She informs the (drinking) squad-leader that the three criminals are the worms for him to put on the hook and wants to shake his hand, but he refuses and makes himself comfortable to sleep a while. Her lack of respect for him is obvious, but he doesn't seem to care much (until he does, towards the end of this episode).
JoAnne: So do you think it's him she falls for, or Jung Tae Soo?
kakashi: Not sure she'll fall. This is OCN. They have been observed to have NO romance *gasp*
JoAnne: So the meet cute was cute but I wasted a lot of time wondering why they were just left off at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, before I realized that the guard was just parking the bus. Then I wasted more time wondering why they didn't park and then ESCORT their prisoners.
This scene wouldn't have been half the fun with those stupid guards standing around!
JoAnne: He really is breathtaking. This is Shinichi on steroids. Minus the steroids.
And the lighting director is a genius.
JoAnne: I am probably not alone when I say that line made me laugh really hard.
JoAnne: Even criminal society has levels.
JoAnne: I think that was his sly reference to the church they're sitting in, plus all those do-gooders out there who think criminals would be fine people if someone just took an interest in them. Which, oh dear...well, you'll see.
JoAnne: I'd venture to say the most dangerous person isn't actually in the room at all.
JoAnne: I was a bit confused by that at first because they actually SHOW you the guard's version of the story long before they tell you the story, but I love this bathroom scene now that I do understand it.
JoAnne: Couldn't decide whether to laugh or gag, honestly.
JoAnne: Tae Soo is winning all the points right now, seriously.
JoAnne: Imagine the horror of finding out the person you love and trust is actually a serial killer, someone you do not know at all. Stephen King wrote a very good short story about it which will be a movie soon. I can't wait!
JoAnne: I have a bit of dread in my heart though, Kakashi, because the only way all can be well for me is if no one of them ever actually killed anyone at all and they all get to go free by the end of the drama. Plus babies.
Huh? Of course they have killed people!! They're bad guys!!
The two men are inside a club (Heartless City Club!), briefly discussing (and dismissing) escape. So who is to go in? "You? Or me?" Tae-soo asks. "Me", goes Woong-chul and saunters in. One, two men he throws to the floor with his huge arms, then he shouts out for the guy they're looking for. On the left, a true giant gets up - Woong-chul looks up at him ... and throws him into the room where their target is. He used to be Yang yu-jin's boss and while being treated to Woong-chul's boot in the face, he tells them where to go next.
JoAnne: That guy was... he couldn't have really been THAT big although he was certainly taller than Ma Dong Suk. Do you think some of it was camera angle? (yeah, or he stood on a chair) Because he was nearly 8 feet tall, otherwise.
JoAnne: That was very nearly as cool as Baksa and Cutie's stroll around the pool. Heartless City, I still love you! Now dreaming of a gangster drama that has these guys plus Baksa and Cutie and Safari.
JoAnne: I liked that moment of tension, when you don't know if she's going to turn back or not. And then she DOES turn back, and somehow, it doesn't matter - she's still in just as much as danger. Way to keep my heart pumping!
JoAnne: The first time I watched this, there were no subs, and I STILL could tell that something was wrong. He's not guilty! He's not! Please!
JoAnne: The shoving down the hallway was very funny. I hesitate to say hilarious because that sort of makes it seem like it's really over the top, when it's not. Nothing is overdone. They are handling things so well, with the moments of lightness in such a NON-comedic drama.
JoAnne: Imagine the desperation of believing yourself innocent... but not really being sure. Or, well, you're sure to the core of your being that you ARE innocent... but you have no idea what happened, and you're so afraid you're wrong.
He's a hoot, yes!
Jung-moon is slowly strangling his former love while she tells him to make sure to remember killing her this time. She's damn brave, this woman. Fine, he says - let's die together.
JoAnne: And this defnitely does NOT make me think he's a killer... but it reminds me that anyone could be, driven far enough.
JoAnne: Jung Moon leapt to protect the girl he was just strangling (which doesn't mean he isn't a killer, JoAnne, sorry). Cue MY kokoro. He's going to kill my heart, Kakashi.
JoAnne: Couple things: One, Jung Moon hesitated before he did anything that would hurt Woong Chul; and two, the look of disdain Tae Soo threw at Woong Chul for chasing after the car on foot. I could HEAR him think 'Dumbass!'
JoAnne: Maybe that's how Woong Chul was able to take over the entire city in 28 days. Leveraging the situations he found. He's not clever or quick the way Tae Soo is, but he's got a brute sort of instinct for survival that works.
JoAnne: False! There will be a team! It will make us cry!
JoAnne: So then don't you think they should have recognized him, if he's the one that put them all in jail?
Oh, I'm sure it's a bit more complicated than that ...
CommentsOh yes! Yes! Yes! I know every line by heart by now (thanks to DarkSmurfing) and I still don't get tired of it. The characters are great, each and every one of them. Goo-tak, the corrupt cop, who clearly has some kind of connection to all of them. Yoo Mi-young, who wants to best for the police but gets confronted by the worst. And then, our three convicts: Woong-chul, slightly dense, but oh-so-funny; Tae-soo, not dense at all, but deadly and precise; and Jung-moon, whose crime (and affliction) remains a mystery.
JoAnne: Goo Tak is a good man who got tired of bullshit, I think, and in his single-minded pursuit he must have gone too far. Or got too near the truth of something. Mi Young... she has to learn that sometimes the book won't tell you what to do. Plus, I think she sees the world clearly as us vs them and she's going to learn that it's not so clearly defined as that. And our guys...oh, our guys. I love them already.
They'll be perfect together, that much is clear - even with just the two fighters, the drama made a point to show us how they supplement each other. And yet, there can be no friendship, there only is competition: Goo-tak made sure of that. I'm curious to see how (whether) Jung-moon also can be incentivized by the same urgency - so far, nothing about him seems very urgent. I have no idea how he "ticks" and that's why I find him very scary.
JoAnne: I think even with competition, there will still be at least a grudging sense of brotherhood eventually. I've seen it happen before, and when the payoff is a moment that a competitor actually puts aside his own success to help another - that is one of the best drama moments of all for me. I hope we get good bromance here, along with a really good look at who's good, who's bad, and whether that label changes depending on where you're watching from.