JoAnne: I say you can't take anything anyone says as the full truth yet.
bcook: Things aren't adding up!
Well, maybe that's why this episode is called: "The Shadow of Truth"
Episode 8: The Shadow of Truth"Lee Jung-moon: you really are a killer. The killer in the Hwayeondong serial murders is you". And very conveniently, it's all photo-documented. Or is it? Every Tuesday, Jung-moon would follow somebody - into their house. Exactly one hour later, he'd come out. All of the people he followed were carried out in body bags. Still: nobody saw him kill them. But get this: Jung-moon always returned to the crime scenes afterwards. Drawn there by guilt? By what?
JoAnne: He is a GOOD BOY. Okay, maybe I am not quite as dispassionate about the outcome of this particular question as I am trying to pretend to be.
bcook: Color me skeptical but if this photographer guy believes he's really a serial killer... why is he not afraid of him? (Isn't he?) They're all a little to eager to call him a killer. #notallsociopaths
JoAnne: He definitely did not do it. Yeah, objectivity out the window on this one, baby.
bcook: Nope, not buying it.
Somewhere deep inside, he knows the truth. GOOD BOY. He is a GOOD BOY.
Ah, but what is good and what is bad? This drama is meddling with those destinctions in a good-bad way.
Oh come on, for pete's sake. If he had a suspicion that it was Jung Moon all along do you really think he'd have worked with him that way? There were moments of bonding. How would you bond with someone you honestly thought of as a suspect in your own child's murder? The answer: you wouldn't. So I call bullshit on this, writer.
bcook: I was totally yelling at the screen. You can't shoot on a suspicion! Try not to be like a wild dog Goo-tak.
A man who is ready to die because he believes he might have killed other people is not a murderer in his heart. He just isn't.
bcook: ... I wouldn't go that far Jo.
THIS guy, though. Snake. Like Mi-young, he demands to know why Jung-moon disappeared like that from the hospital. He then smirks and says it's probably going to be like three years ago between them: Jung-moon will rely on the fact that he's a psychopath, whatever he does wrong. And psychopaths get off easy, don't they? Hm... I wonder where that hate comes from.
Probably he's jealous because he has to hide his own psychopathic tendencies, and Jung Moon gets to show his. Snake. Bastard. You know he is. The air in the room gets colder when he walks in. *sobs for the hotness, though*
bcook: He's a bit creepy eh? There's totally animosity, more than necessary. I don't trust this Oh guy.
See? This cannot be good. And little Miss DogCatcher is totally going to buy whatever Hot Prosecutor tells her, because he's one of the 'good guys' right?
bcook: I just want her gone! What is her purpose in this show? And she got top billing on the poster?! Ugh.
Looks like it... but what were the dead men looking for? And I don't think this makes him a bad guy, either. He needs some help, though. He totally lost it. At least that's what they want us to think.
bcook: It was just adrenaline right? Makes sense, maybe they were what was keeping him sane and (relatively) normal and seeing them like that... he just snapped.
So what I wonder is this: at what point did Hot Prosecutor go bad? Because you know he did, right? It has to be that. They can't seriously mean he's another Oh Goo Tak, out to take back the streets with a personal vendetta in the mix. That's one two many Oh's for the story to hold up.
bcook: There's something about them Oh's eh?
Maybe they're brothers!
I'm willing to consider that he never considered Jung Moon as a potential suspect in his daughter's murder before, and that what he heard from the PI was a shock. He was willing to let the guy earn his freedom. And yet he has sworn to kill his daughter's murderer. Does not compute that he would have thought Jung Moon was it/might be it all along.
I really liked this scene. Jung Moon is in that place where you can't avoid what's meant to be, you just make your moves and keep going forward - no point in worrying about it will work out.
bcook: It doesn't add up! Does Goo-tak know more than he's saying? Is that why he was able to give him the benefit of a doubt? What would his Jung-moon's gf be sorry about?
I am a little rocked, though, at the thought of what it would feel like to be working next to someone, getting to know them, thinking they had maybe had a raw deal and that they weren't a bad person like everyone thought... and then finding out they actually destroyed your life. That would be unbearable.
bcook: I'm just glad he didn't shoot. He's not that guy. No matter what he thinks he's capable of.
Awww, did da wittle muderer not win da contest?
So I visit you yesterday and today you kill yourself and somehow that's my fault? Or is the implication that he was found first thing in the morning, and somehow no one noticed him all evening or night? Did I magically influence you? Am I the death whisperer?
bcook: *struck* death whisperer? Sounds like the next TvN drama. Why is this annoyance whispering? Is that supposed to be a smoky, sexy voice?
Huh? So Nam kills the guy for not being remorseful, then basically confesses it to Mi Young, Miss By the Book? No. Sure, we are supposed to wonder. But I don't think so. That's not his character. Mi Young was very hurt by those words, which I think are nonsense, by the way - the most ambitious people usually have a very keen understanding of how to get ahead - but somehow I just think all of this is a misdirect. You watch.
bcook: I actually thought he was complimenting her. She's eager to get ahead so she won't be swayed by regular people emotions. She'll get the job done and won't be swayed. That's why smart, ambitious people get the hard projects. *shrug* or maybe that's just how I see it. You could tell Nam realized she didn't see it as the compliment he did.
So very, very stupid.
I keep wondering about the logistics of that beat-down. The man is lying on the back seat, with Jung Moon looming over him. Most adult men I know are longer than a back seat; where were his legs? Jung Moon is tall, his legs would have been sticking out the door for sure if he was on his knees, and he looked like he was standing and bent over. What was he hitting? The man's GROIN? And Goo Tak closed the door. Where did their legs go?
bcook: kdrama logistics. Don't question it, there are enough things to wonder about.
Oooh, NOT amnesia. HypNOsis!
bcook: Ok. Guys. I think we should at this point stop and acknowledge my absolute genius. I should become a writer-nim for this show. Did I not suggest hypnosis as a possibility in episode 7 recap? SEE HERE ! *bows*
Bait and switch, I'm telling you. She's in this with Nam and Goo Tak, and THIS guy was the guy they were after all along. You watch. Well, that's what this would be in an American movie, anyway. Who knows with KDrama. I'm not up on my KDrama crime shows.
bcook: I second. It's a double agent play. She's going to expose both of them. Just watch. See people! this is why (following the dog analogy) you let your dog find the toy every once in a while, why you feed it steak or let it play in the mud without letting it feel bad.
Ok this part doesn't fit with my theory, though. Because in that theory, Hot Prosecutor should be the guy who wants him dead. Or maybe he just wants her to think that somebody else wants him dead? As we know, Woong-chul doesn't know who wants Jung-moon killed, but he remembers something of importance: his gangster young mentioned that "his daughter" was a victim in that serial killer case. Tae-soo (heeeelllooooooo, I missed you!!!) tells her he was first commissioned 2 years ago to kill Jung-moon. He doesn't know by whom, but he sure knows who the contact was. (by the way, do we know why Tae-soo never DID kill Jung-moon 2 years ago?) The baduk player! Park Jun cheol.
Well, if we go with your belief that Tae Soo turned himself in because he grew a soul after killing Lady Love's husband, it makes no sense that he would then continue on killing people. I'm not entirely convinced that was it, yet, because we saw him at the funeral, unbloody. Yet when he turned himself into the police, he was bloody and had the weapon.
Oh for crying out loud, Mi Young, do you not see what's being done here?
bcook: Nope, because she's smart and ambitious. Nam was right about her.
Goo-tak and Jung-moon have arrived at Doctor Kim's secluded house. In the courtyard, Jung-moon finds a smashed picture of the Doctor and remembers another episode, in which he got a pill from said doctor. In real life, when Doctor Kim sees who came to visit him, he bolts and runs. Seems to be a common reaction to seeing Jung-moon's face! They give chase, but Jung-moon's wound starts bleeding again. After a second or two of hard thinking, Goo-tak continues running alone. He takes a different route and jumps on the fleeing Doctor. Appearing behind him as well: Jung-moon. Who pulls out his tazer! And asks Goo-tak why he followed him the other night before he tazers him. Jung-moon saw Goo-tak's reflection in a shop window when he aimed straight at his head. Since he cannot trust Goo-tak anymore, he'll go look for the truth himself.
Did anyone else note the reaction when the doctor spoke to Jung Moon at first? His attitude changed completely. I immediately thought that it was a trigger phrase and that Jung Moon was now operating under influence.
bcook: Such a daft move Jung-Moon. Bet Goo-tak was wishing he'd kept the tracker on eh? I don't understand why he couldn't have just called Mi-Young and been like... "I'm going somewhere with Jung Moon. If you see his tracker move that's why." Yeah she'll be suspicious but she doesn't trust you anyways so what does it matter? *sigh* writer-nim's logic.
Although this doesn't fit very well with that.
bcook: Did what? See! There has to be something much bigger going on.
FUCK. Really? No. This is stuuuuuuuuuuupid.
bcook: No no. That was a sad "aight this shit ironic" smile. Coz Goo-tak just lost his daughter's killer remember? Would he really have been so elaborate just to lose Jung-Moon at the final hour? My vote is on an even more complicated episode 9.
CommentsFuuuuuuuuuuck. Goo-tak, you bastard. And: couldn't you have done it any other, easier way?! No, no, I don't mind that I watched 8 episodes of a show just to find out that it's some craaaaaazy shit revenge drama. Anyway, we need to watch on to find out more about the truth! There's more! MOAR!
Either there's more and I'm happy, or there's not and I curse Park Hae Jin for his misleading little interview where he said he wouldn't have done it if it wasn't on cable because only on cable could the story be good.
bcook: Either way... the story is good. There are so many loose ends just flapping. 5 more episodes to go and it seems like for every question answered... 25 more pop up. The doctor expecting Jung-moon means he was messed with in some way. Prosecutor Oh has more than one motive. Goo-tak thought he knew something that made him (kinda, sorta) believe Jung-moon didn't do it and Nam....Nam really likes dog analogies.
I thought we only had one more episode and I was in total despair of getting a cohesive ending out of this story. Now I'm happier.
This has 11 episodes though. 3 more.