…by Gaksital. There is seriously no way to just watch one episode. We (my husband and I) managed to actually get outside yesterday by promising ourselves we’d watch more Gakstial when we got back, but still — the day was peppered with episodes. And we had to be very firm and disciplined about going to bed and today? We’re taking a “pause for breath” break from our Gaksital marathon. (Seriously. Cannot watch just one.)
Mild spoilers below:
It’s interesting watching it again and watching it in company. It’s very, very apparent that Shunji has a fatal flaw — that’s he’s not just a victim of his time (though his time certainly exasperated and gave full rein to his flaw). My husband was the one who noticed it: he’s never had to work for something in his life. If he didn’t want to do something, he didn’t do it. So he’s shocked when things don’t go his way, so shocked he goes a little (and then a little more, and even a little more) mad.
I hadn’t picked up on this before, but Shunji’s initial burst of anger towards and distrust of Kang-to comes not because he suspects Kang-to is Gaksital or even of his being disloyal to the Empire. He’s upset and hurt that Kang-to followed orders and arrested his father. Which is, frankly, insane and grossly unfair. Kang-to had to scrap and scrabble to get to his position and even though he’s pretty much Super-Cop, his position is tenuous. He doesn’t have the political capital to disobey a direct order and he has little to no choices if he ever loses his job. Shunji should know that. He’s been there through Kang-to’s struggle. But it’s just not something he can understand.
It’s interesting because I’d had sympathy for Shunji before — feeling that he’d been driven mad by circumstances beyond his control. And while that’s still true to an extent, I’m seeing now that he’s brought a lot of his suffering on himself.
End of Spoilers
On a completely and totally different note: I’ve begun watching Unstoppable High Kick. (Apparently I can’t get by without Jung Il-woo as a regular part of my drama-viewing life?) Though I’m also interested to see Kim Hye-sung in action. I think he’s recently finished army duty so I’m thinking he may start appearing in future dramas and I think he’d had some buzz before he went in so… I’m looking to see if he’s one to watch. (I’ve seen him in the movie-short, Boy Meets Boy, and I thought he did well but… it was pretty short.)
Other than that, I’m pretty much in waiting mode to see what I pick up for live-watching in the glut of dramas about to burst onto the scene.