Drama Recaps
Equator Man: Episode 2
by | March 30, 2012 | 36 Comments

The friendship becomes deeper and the emotions more profound as we delve a little more into how our boys will fare against the sins of their fathers. We’re being set up for quite the painful fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the cute moments as we see them. Who doesn’t enjoy a little (or a lot) of bromance with their revenge dramas, anyway?

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Sun-woo immediately scrambles up from where he’d fallen, and can only hold onto his father’s legs as he tries, in futility, to save him. Jang-il readily contributes to the scene with the well-timed line of: “I think he’s dead.”

Granted, Jang-il is right, but that doesn’t stop Sun-woo from trying to revive his dad. While Jang-il goes to call for help the branch holding the rope breaks, sending Sun-woo’s father’s body to the ground. Sun-woo sobs while he holds the body, and uselessly pleads for him to wake up.

We enter a flashback to reveal exactly how Sun-woo’s Dad ended up hanging from a tree. After Chairman Jin strangled him to death, Jang-il’s father, Yong-bae, came in to check the body. But when he checked for a pulse, he found that Dad wasn’t dead. Unconscious, maybe, but still alive.

Chairman Jin puts a stop to Yong-bae calling for an ambulance with an eerie question: “Who’s here besides you?” What’s worse is that Yong-bae doesn’t even take time to consider the ramifications of his actions before replying: “It’s just me here.” Riiight. Just you and that guy who’s not dead yet.

The exchange that follows is frightening, if only because of Chairman Jin’s sheer heartlessness. He tells Yong-bae to bury the body – which means killing Sun-woo’s dad at this point – with the deal being that he’ll take care of Jang-il from now on, and make him into a powerful and respected man.

Yong-bae sinks to his knees and pleads for mercy, claiming that he can’t do the task in front of him. But it’s Chairman Jin’s very businesslike way of speaking that’s the most unsettling, as he assures Yong-bae, “Don’t be afraid. I have more to lose than you.” He stands motionless as Yong-bae sobs.

Next we find Yong-bae he’s writing up a fake suicide letter via a typewriter. When night falls he takes Sun-woo’s dad out to the forest, and nearly loses his nerve when Sun-woo’s dad suddenly regains consciousness, asking to be saved.

But Yong-bae, despite his crippling terror, remembers Chairman Jin’s words. For his son, he will do the unthinkable – and so with tears in his eyes he readies the rope to hang Sun-woo’s father.

Jang-il has gone to his father’s workplace in the meantime, and Yong-bae stops him right before he’s able to read the fake suicide note. Yong-bae is frantic as he stuffs the letter in a waterproof bag so that he can later stuff it in Dad’s pocket.

Back in the present, Sun-woo files a police report while Jang-il looks on worriedly. The policeman insinuates that Dad killed himself because he was already dying of cancer, and has the suicide note to prove it.

Jang-il steps up and claims that it makes no sense for a father to commit suicide on his son’s birthday. He gets a halfhearted reply from the policeman, who clearly considers this case a done deal.

Sun-woo walks out of the station like a zombie. “My father would never do that,” he reassures himself. “If someone did that to my father… I’ll never forgive him.” (Uh oooh.)

Later that night, Jang-il is surprised to find that his father’s prepared a small feast for dinner. It’s with a heavy heart that he tells Yong-bae that his friend’s father committed suicide – and Yong-bae’s has to struggle to keep his reactions in check.

He doesn’t give Jang-il time to catch on as he shares some good news – the chairman of his company has decided to give Jang-il a scholarship, so whichever university he goes to now will be a free ride. In fact, all their debts have now been paid – so no more hiding from gangsters. Jang-il is both shocked and pleased, and doesn’t bother to question the source of this sudden good fortune.

Poor Sun-woo is forced to sit in his empty house, thinking only of his father. He even imagines his father’s voice speaking to him, which brings a whole new wave of tears. Echoing his father’s question “Did you really do that?” when he took the fall for Jang-il, he now asks his father in turn, “Why did you do it?” He still can’t believe that his father committed suicide.

He’s absent from school the next day, and Jang-il keeps sending longing looks toward his empty desk. He’s eventually pressured by his friends into attending an event that seems to function more like a company talent show/family night.

As the company president’s daughter, Han Ji-won (last episode’s windshield-breaker) ends up taking the stage to perform an acoustic version of “Moon River.” Jang-il becomes enraptured by everything about her, and doesn’t take his eyes off her for the entire song.

She’s there to cheer on the employees who may be wavering due to rumors (Chairman Jin did promise her father’s downfall, after all). The tactic seems to be working.

As promised, Jang-il and his father meet with Chairman Jin and his wife, who coos over Jang-il’s good looks. Chairman Jin asks Jang-il what his goals are, to which he replies that he wants to become a prosecutor. “There are so many problems among the poor and disenfranchised. I want to help with their problems.”

Duly impressed, Chairman Jin hands Jang-il an envelope of money as allowance. He shares a look with Yong-bae, only the two of them aware of what price was paid for this familial-like acceptance.

While Jang-il bathes in the warmth of Chairman Jin’s favor, Han Ji-won and her mother are forced to wait outside like outcasts. Secretary Cha makes it clear that they aren’t welcome, and it’s with fire in her eyes that Ji-won says that the Chairman used to see them. I like this girl.

Jang-il sees her outside the door, although the two don’t exchange any words. Ji-won and her mom end up leaving first, and seeing as her mom is still carrying the food she brought as a gift, we can surmise that the meeting didn’t go well.

In the car, Ji-won tells her mom that she should stop sucking up to Chairman Jin and his family. It’s by chance she sees Sun-woo near the docks, who’s been asking everyone he knows for any information they might have on his father, to no avail. (Aww, he’s the only one investigating his father’s death.)

Soo-mi and Jang-il run into each other at the same small-town pharmacy. Because continuing to ignore her would only make things more awkward, Jang-il stutters out that he’s sorry he didn’t meet her for their date, because something came up.

The look on Soo-mi’s face proves that she knows it’s all bullshit, and so she says that fine, he can make it up to her by meeting her at the same time and place next Sunday.

I’m sure she knew what the reaction would be, and Jang-il fails her test when he goes outside to tell her that he won’t be able to make it this Sunday either. Soo-mi turns on him and asks him if it’s because he knows who her father is, and knows that it isn’t like he can’t make it on Sunday, it’s that he never will.

But here’s the curious thing that she genuinely wants to know – why was he nice to her at first? I’m kind of hoping he doesn’t tell her the truth on this one, because if he says it’s because he thought she was rich then he’d seem, well, like a terrible person.

Since Sun-woo is the only one doing the investigating, his cause only gets more and more depressing. The police aren’t keen on entertaining any other ideas because, as they tell Sun-woo, his dad was a conman who cheated people out of their investment money in his younger years. I can’t really tell if this news comes as a surprise to Sun-woo or not.

Chairman Jin is downstairs in the police office, talking about an “agreement” with one of the police chiefs, who seems all too willing to comply. I assume this has something to do with Sun-woo’s Dad, and poor Sun-woo just passes them up without knowing any better.

Jang-il is waiting for Sun-woo in his house, who collapses onto the ground the second he gets home. His friend gives him some words of encouragement, along with a reminder to eat. Before he leaves he adds one last thing: he received a scholarship for a university in Seoul.

Even though Sun-woo just saw his dad hang himself, he’s able to pull himself from his grief long enough to be genuinely happy for his friend. Aww.

I love this little antagonism that goes on between Kwang-choon, who’s come to pay Sun-woo a visit, and Jang-il. From the first moment Kwang-choon saw Jang-il he didn’t like him one bit, and it’s clear from Jang-il’s facial expression that he feels the same. It’s a mutual dislike based on gut reactions.

There’s a desperation in Kwang-choon’s voice as he tells Sun-woo that they should hold a prayer ceremony for his father – an idea that Sun-woo finds laughable, because he knows from his childhood with Soo-mi that Kwang-choon is a thespian fraud.

Still, Kwang-choon insists, and he says he’ll even do it for cheap. “You said you don’t think your father committed suicide,” he tells Sun-woo. “If it’s not suicide, is it murder?” Sun-woo nods and says yes. Kwang-choon latches onto that, and promises that even if they can’t find the culprit through his ceremony, they can at least pray for his soul.

Kwang-choon has a really sweet reason for doing all this, too. When Sun-woo asks why, he tells him, “Because you’re Soo-mi’s friend. When no one wanted to be her friend, you talked to her. So I’m grateful.” Aww. “Also, if there’s a culprit, I won’t be comfortable with that. Let’s find out who it is, okay?”

Quite a few townspeople gather to watch the shamanistic ritual that Kwang-choon performs in full costumed regalia. Yong-bae is one of them, along with Sun-woo and Jang-il, while Soo-mi watches from above. Just when you think the ritual is a bunch of crock, lightning pierces the sky and a strong wind blows, as though there really is some heavenly intervention going on.

Kwang-choon takes on the demeanor of a man possessed by the spirit of Sun-woo’s father. It’s honestly frightening to watch as he struggles for breath, like even in death, his father can’t breathe. Kwang-choon’s possession seems to follow the timeline of Dad’s death, an inner view into the thoughts he had as he was dying, like: “Who is trying to hang me?” “I can’t breathe.” “Help me.”

But then Kwang-choon’s face goes grave as he says that the culprit is among them. Sun-woo’s bought into this as being real, and he shakes Kwang-choon to tell him who the culprit is, just as Yong-bae grows nervous enough to escape the scene.

Then, slowly, Kwang-choon says: “I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. I’m sorry. He killed me.” Sun-woo takes this as his Dad apologizing for being unable to make it to his birthday, and breaks down into sobs along with Kwang-choon.

So just when you were thinking maybe this isn’t a bunch of crock, we enter a flashback through Kwang-choon’s eyes. Questionable circumstances led him to be near the scene where Yong-bae killed Sun-woo’s father. And in the original scene, when we saw Sun-woo’s dad say, “Save me,” now we see that he was directing it to Kwang-choon, who he had seen in the bushes. (That puts shivers down my spine. Creepy.)

And right before Yong-bae killed him, Dad said: “Sun-woo… I’m sorry I couldn’t make it.” Then we see the grizzling scene of Yong-bae pulling the rope taut until Dad’s feet stop moving… only the burn scar on his arm, left there by the gangsters, isn’t left unnoticed.

So that’s how Kwang-choon was able to so convincingly portray the last minutes of Dad’s life via a “possession,” because he’d seen them firsthand.

Sun-woo doesn’t know this, of course, and can’t necessarily deny that Kwang-choon knew things that he was never told. “I think my life is going to be very different now,” he says. “I feel like I’m running into a fire.”

He spreads Dad’s ashes into the ocean and returns home to read over the suicide letter… but something is off. He compares the grammatical ending of a sentence Yong-bae wrote to the way his father would normally type, and there is a noticeable difference. (I can’t really think of a way to equate it into English since we don’t use formal grammatical endings, but his father would use “-umnida” as opposed to Yong-bae’s “-sumnida.”) On top of that, he’s able to tell that the typewriter he has at home was not the one used for the letter.

Sun-woo goes to Jang-il to tell him as much, not knowing that the man who actually wrote the letter and killed his father overhears everything. Yong-bae manages to hide his nervousness even when Jang-il invites Sun-woo to dinner. (Which is like the number one thing you never want to do – eat dinner with your father’s murderer.)

Yong-bae goes to Chairman Jin to tell him that Sun-woo plans to go to the police to request an investigation into his father’s death. Chairman Jin is more understanding than anything, “Of course he should. Of course he’d do that for his father.” But if Yong-bae is so concerned, he can solve the matter himself. Uh oh.

So in an effort to do just that, he invades Sun-woo’s home to find the suicide letter he forged. He’s new to this whole espionage game and gets caught leaving Sun-woo’s house by none other than Sun-woo himself…

And we cut to a call with Jang-il, where it’s revealed that Yong-bae used the excuse of bringing food to Sun-woo to hide his tracks. Once he’s outside, he burns the suicide note.

While Chairman Jin orders an investigation into the life of Sun-woo’s dad, the Moon Tae-joo spoken of in the last episode receives a letter from Dad. In it he says that “the child is alive,” and all signs point to that child being Sun-woo. But he asks the question that Chairman Jin asked – who’s son is he? Is he Tae-joo’s son, or is he Chairman Jin’s son? (Is this going to be like City Hunter where there’s three fathers?)

Meanwhile, announcements are posted all over town that Jang-il was accepted to a university in Seoul – something for the whole town to be proud of. In the same breath, Jang-il sees a newspaper article that Ji-won was also accepted into a university in Seoul. What luck.

He remembers her as the girl who sang “Moon River” and smiles… but it probably doesn’t hurt that she’s a company president’s daughter.

We cut to Ji-won having a fancy dinner with her father – and he tells her that this will be their last, at least for a while. He informs her that she’s to take care of her sisters as the eldest now, but she’s more keen on assuring him that she’ll get everything back that they’ve lost to Chairman Jin.

Taking a sip of expensive wine, she tells him that she’ll remember the taste of this wine – as though she’ll remember it until she fights tooth and nail to enjoy it again.

Meanwhile, though Sun-woo has tried and failed to find his father’s suicide note, he does find a picture hidden away in a box – and it’s of his father, Chairman Jin, and Tae-joo all together.

Yong-bae hosts a celebration for Jang-il’s university acceptance that the whole town is invited to. Kwang-choon is in high spirits until he notices the burn scar on Yong-bae’s father… and realizes that he’s the man he saw that night – the murderer.

Kwang-choon is doubly flabbergasted when he sees that Sun-woo is a friend of Jang-il’s. It becomes worse when both he and Yong-bae overhear Jang-il assuring his friend that once he becomes a prosecutor, he’ll find out about Sun-woo’s father’s death… and if he was murdered, he’ll find the perpetrator. (Well, that’s not going to get complicated.)

It’s cute that Jang-il wants Sun-woo to move to Seoul with him, and sad that Sun-woo refuses so that he can stay there to find justice for his father. Kwang-choon is the first to stop Sun-woo from going outside as he fishes for information – like why wouldn’t his father and Jang-il’s father know each other, if the two are best friends? Sun-woo doesn’t have an answer, and just as it looks like Kwang-choon is about to say something important… he doesn’t.

Sun-woo finds Jang-il drunk and happy outside, and they walk along the water’s edge for a while. Jang-il is the first one to assure Sun-woo that he will succeed at becoming a prosecutor, “I will succeed and I will help you.” Aww, stop saying that – we know it’s never going to happen.

On his way home, Sun-woo suddenly finds a black bag thrown over his face as he’s kidnapped into a van. When he’s un-blinded he’s tied to a chair in the middle of a warehouse, face-to-face with the Head Gangster from the band of gangsters chasing Jang-il.

Head Gangster puts the guy that Jang-il almost killed on display for Sun-woo, knowing that Sun-woo took the fall for the beating. The guy still looks like he’s doing pretty badly, and it probably doesn’t help that his leader tosses him to the ground like used garbage.

He asks Sun-woo if he knows why they didn’t do something to avenge their comrade right away. “We thought your friendship was cute,” he explains, “and we waited for the right moment. We waited until your friend got accepted.”

He threatens Sun-woo with ruining Jang-il’s life unless Sun-woo performs some tasks for them – and one involves a large, newspaper-wrapped knife. If Sun-woo fails to comply, they’ll go after Jang-il.

COMMENTS

Our prayers were answered – the music got better! I’m not sure if there was some last minute reshuffling done, but overall the score was much less offensive this episode. There were even some nice musical moments – like the aria that played during Ji-won’s dinner with her father, all the way until Sun-woo found the picture. I’m a sucker for operatic music in general though, so when it’s put to good effect in dramas, I’m happy.

I find myself more drawn to Jang-il as a character than Sun-woo, if only because Jang-il is displaying a great deal of complexity in his character. We can see that tendency toward heartlessness brimming under the surface (he also seems to be a bit of a gold-digger), but we also see how much love he has for Sun-woo, along with the inherent sense of justice he possesses. That might go crumbling if ever he realizes what Daddy has done, but for now, it’s nice.

And while I like Sun-woo well enough, I’m having a little less fun trying to understand him. So far he’s just normal hero material with some steroids thrown in, the kind that makes him increasingly self-sacrificing at every turn. But I’m also guessing that his niceness comes from some naivety – he’s still young, after all – though I’m not predicting that even a knife in his hand will cause him a huge fall from grace. But if it does, and he actually does some law-breaking of the serious kind to protect his friend, it’ll be awesome. If not, still awesome. There’s room to grow.

I’m loving the setup of their friendship, because the more invested I become, the more dread I feel for their inevitable fallout. All the characters within this world are well-drawn and colorful – like Yong-bae, for instance. There have been plenty of fathers willing to do anything for their sons, but I like that we can really feel Yong-bae’s unease as well as his terror and uncertainty while he performs all his horrible deeds. It doesn’t make murder forgivable, but little touches of humanity like that help to give his character, and thus the drama as a whole, a nice touch of depth.

So bear with me while I play catch-up on this week’s Equator Man. Now that the premiere craze is over, it’ll be nice to settle in for the long haul with these characters. I’m ready for something deep and profound (or maybe just some grown-up bromantic exploits). Is Uhm Tae-woong on screen yet?

 
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36 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. YBisTOP

    Who is watching this drama? Is it good?

  2. Alice20

    WHY wouldn’t the shaman guy go to the police?! Wth
    @YBisTOP This drama is very…um…dramatic. Like in a telenovela kind of way. So if you’re into that, go for it.

    • 2.1 BT

      He says why in the 3rd ep.

  3. Do-ra-ma

    Thanks for the recap. I just happened to finish episode 2 a few minutes ago and it was nice to see the recap up after. It helped clear up a few questions I had.

    I’m gonna be honest: I’m watching this for Uhm Force. I’ve only seen one TV drama of his (Dr. Champ, where he was unfortunately under utilized), so I was eager to see him in a main role. The setup to get (back) to him is very good. Yes, it’s over-the-top melodrama, but it’s done pretty well. But, still, once UTW is on-screen again is when I feel the real story will begin. I hope the intensity ratchets up!

    • 3.1 nynaeve

      @Do-ra-ma

      If you want to watch THE Uhmforce, I recommend the following:

      The Devil (Mawang)
      Resurrection

      Mawang is just pure genius. It’s one of my favourite dramas. While “Resurrection” is a revenge story with a twist. Both dramas are superbly written, featuring unconventional hero/es and lots of grey areas that leave you thinking long after the drama ends. :)

  4. HallyuFan32

    i leave it to you dramabeans. i will not watch this drama (as i don’t do well with the whole “so angst it will kill you” vibe i’m getting). But i do love reading your recaps. it informs me of everything i need to know, and i get the story with out the hour of “Music+staring at each other” moments. clean and straight to the point.

    THank yoU!

  5. lonesome27

    duh I have no idea what are u talking about like where is the over the top melodrama? it is a melo but full of creepy stuff that is done well but so far have not seen over the top it is awesome so far and the ppl who are watching in korea are loving it as well and the PD is brilliant I am falling in love with him more every episode the whole mood seems fresh but I guess it is a bit dark for the tender fan girls lol

  6. BT

    this is the only new drama i’m watching right now & i love it. thanks for the recap!

  7. Drea

    I’m in love with this drama

    • 7.1 buttrcup

      Touche.

      This IS my new drama crack. It’s different to my usual taste of ‘Rom-com’ but this… it’s so dark and great and wonderful and beautiful and everything I love.

      Can’t wait for the next ep.

  8. lovin it

    watching for uhm taewoong! can’t wait for him to appear!

    thanks for the recaps!

  9. missjb

    honestly over the top melodrama is not my think, let alone if there is alot of makjang involved, but here, i have no idea why i’m drawn with every character even the villain (except chairman Jin], even i’m in love with the woman character here so far. They give each character enough depth.

    Drama, what u have done to me? U make me watch something I’m not usually touched even with a ten foot.

  10. 10 faraz3500

    Thank you.
    I love this drama it may look sad but it shows real life and real ppl and shows how ppl can betray each other even close friends for different reasons and I dont understand why ppl are so against this drama!
    and it will shows ppl who are more sincere will get hurt more than others. people with 2 face are normally more successful than others. ppl who can use the nice words to trick others are naturally enjoying better life.

  11. 11 lonesome27

    want to say something about the characters… yes Sunwoo is pretty typical super hero not just a hero he beats gangsters he jumps on trains he does a lot of stuff and he is very emotional and rather a simpleton this is the usual revenge drama hero and the reason is that later they will change into the anti hero when they start the revenge and the character becomes darker …..but there is one twist to Sunwoo that he is so emotional and reckless that his morals is questionable u will see why in ep 3…
    now Jang II is really the interesting one he is unpredictable also and there is more work on his character he keeps me wondering the poor boy who despises poverty is not original but still a very common real character…so far the women are in the background like expected but both are well presented Jiwon is the classic princess but she has guts and dignity and Sumi is the female equivalent of Jang II but she is not in self denial about who she is like him

  12. 12 jm12x26

    am i the only one who’s watching this because of THE ProsecutorForce? (“,)…i’m a lee jun hyuk fan that is … can’t hardly wait ^_^

    • 12.1 missjb

      No, You’re not the only one, Haha …

      I love Uhm tae Wong since I watched Mawang, but It’s Lee Joon Hyuk the reason I Started following this drama… Though It’s the plot and the character that drawn me in the first place

      Jang Il’s character is the one intrigued me the most.. He is fun to watch because he is so unpredictable as a character!

      • 12.1.1 ahha

        X3…i watch this drama for Lee Jun Hyuk only…!!! I was like so excited to see his appearance close to the end of the 4th epi…I have been his fans for a looonnnngggg time already…HEHEHE…:)

  13. 13 jomo

    Thanks for the recap:
    I cheered at this:
    Now that the premiere craze is over, it’ll be nice to settle in for the long haul with these characters. I’m ready for something deep and profound (or maybe just some grown-up bromantic exploits). Is Uhm Tae-woong on screen yet?

    Whatever happiness these two youngin’s have now, they we will PAY dearly with our tears later.

    Can’t wait.
    PS Eps 3 and 4 are up at Dramafever now.

  14. 14 Rin

    I’m really liking this drama so far!
    Haha at first, I watched it solely for Lee Hyunwoo and Siwan, but the plot is actually good, and the relationships between the characters (especially Sunwoo and Jangil’s) is heartwarming T-T

    It breaks my heart that the two aren’t going to remain close bromantic friends ;__;

  15. 15 bishbash

    anyone has gripes about the editing? i find the changing of scenes sometimes abrupt. =X

    nonetheless! Uhmforce!!!

    *does a little dance*

  16. 16 Iviih

    The thing that upsets me is, the Shaman did know Sw’s dad for some time, right? They were neighbors. But when SW’s dad, still alive, asked help, the shaman was a coward and didn’t save him… he just let the murder happen.

    People can say ”Not everyone is a hero” or that going agaisnt a murderer is dangerous, but thing is, he saw how clumsy and panicked the man seemed to be, plus the man didn’t have any weapon to hurt him – he just had a rope.

    So I guess it wouldn’t be that hard to go agaisnt him….

    But okay, after this, instead of going to police, he didn’t, I know he explained why in episode 3, but still, if he cared for the guy or for SW he would help him at least – or tell SW the truth at least if he couldn’t go to the police station.

    Thanks for the recap y HeadsNo2^^

    • 16.1 missjb

      the shaman didn’t know who is the victim, it’s because it’s too dark i guess… And the shaman doesn’t seems ready enough to fight either because he is drunk , but can aware enough what’s really happen… Yes he is coward, but i Think his situation at that time is understable.

    • 16.2 skylla

      I think the Shaman was traumatized initially and this is the reason he was able to channel the dead father in that crazy state like focusing on a lost memory. But now that he recognized the scar, it’s a different story. He knows who it is.

  17. 17 houstontwin

    Thanks so much for the review! I am wondering if the part of Sunwoo who is a “bad boy” at school and a fighter outside of school really fits with the rest of his character … doting on his father, a loyal friend, etc… I ‘d like to better understand how these two parts of his personality go together.

    • 17.1 jomo

      I think they are trying to show us that while his actions are questionable, his motives are pure.

      He doesn’t pull the wings off flies for fun, or pick on kids smaller than him. He fights for the down-trodden. He rails against injustice. HE is a hero.

  18. 18 nobodyimportant

    episode 2! thanks!! i’ve watched until ep4….but i still anticipate recaps because i didn’t watch with subs…(honestly..i’m too impatient to wait for subs because the story’s n characters n *coughs*actors intrigue me so much to quickly see what happens)
    i too find myself more drawn to Jangil…not just because of the actor*coughs* but he is a character layers that makes him more complex n dark….Sunwoo is your righteous conventional hero that is made with qualities that we are supposed to like…..but Jangil is the bad guy who is layered that i still feel concerned for him while hating him…(Spoiler: ep4 is Jangil’s complexity/emotional/psychological turmoil at its best..well, for me it is..) n i like ur comment abt Jangil being a golddigger..he is one, alrite. xD

    same goes to the girls….
    like Sunwoo, Jiwon is made with qualities that we’re meant to like… i’d say the heroine material(no, not the damsel-in-distress kinda heroine..but the cool type who’d stand up for herself n others) but i find myself more drawn to Soomi, because of her layers. i get the vibe she’s probly going to be like Jangil n slowly inch more towards the evil side but i like that the not-righteous characters are given layers to give me some reason to understand n them though wrong is still wrong.
    and even the older characters…like Chairman Jin just creeps me out. Yongbae n Kwangchoon are more layered characters though. i still hated Yongbae for wanting Jangil to leave Sunwoo fighting the baddies in ep1..but i get that he loves his son, but..sigh…this is just wrong…n Kwangchoon…because i haven’t watch with subs…i’m guessing the reason he didn’t tell Sunwoo is bcuz of money…could it be he wanted to blackmail Jangil’s dad or sumthing? i dunno….i might be wrong. but man…how could he not try to save Sunwoo’s dad in the first place…..argh.

    anyway, i’m loving this drama’s dark tone so much…i hope drama would keep it’s dark tone n avoid too much melo till the end…cuz it put me on the edge of my seat….xD
    thanks so much for recapping this drama, HeadsNo2
    i hope this underdog of Wed-Thurs drama slot would slowly rise in terms of rating…though even it it doesn’t…it doesn’t change the things i love abt the drama(wouldn’t say it’s without flaw..but none dramas is without flaw anyway)
    sigh….with every ep..my heart breaks even more for the bromance..

    • 18.1 nobodyimportant

      so after rewatching..i think of the older characters so far i’m probly most interested in Kwangchoon….i can’t figure him out entirely yet….he seems to has some layers that i like…boy…i’m talking bout layers all the time….lol…

    • 18.2 missjb

      Your feeling is the same as mine about each character… for fmale lead, Even I’m more interested in Mi SOo’s character rather than Jin WOn..

  19. 19 noi

    yay for uhmforce! :3 so far i liked this drama
    ~ idk why but i felt my romcom-ness slowly fade… and between the wed-thru lineups (which all are awesome), this is my sentimental favorite.

    random: i still couldn’t help but to feel strange that taewoong’s drama goes against seunggi’s drama. if seunggi still in 1n2d (okay, i’m still bitter over this, lol), i wonder how they’ll talk about this. xD

  20. 20 ahha

    I also go for Jang ll and Soomi rather than the two main leads…the characters are more dimensional and complex which gives them fresh and blood…and i like young soomi a lot better than the adult soomi…

  21. 21 SilverLynx

    I’m watching this for Uhm Tae Woong too! I’ve been a fan of his since Delightful Girl Choon Hyang and Gumiho/Forbidden Love.

    Uhm Tae Woong seems to like these kind of revenge dramas. I’ve seen him in Resurrection(Revenge/Life Again), MaWang (The Devil/Lucifer) and this kind of drama is right up his alley. I’ve watched episode 3-4 via dramacrazy. Siwan does a great job of portraying the complexity of his character and does a good job of setting up the foundations of Jang Il as a character. I can totally see the guilt, fear, betrayal and deception after he sold his soul and trade his friend for success and wealth.

    Uhm Tae Woong has taken on a challenging character too. He’s going to be blind for a couple of episodes before he meets his biological father and regain his sight. But I tell you UhmForce is UhmForce, he plays a convincing patient who just found out he’s blind. First reaction is Upset, then Denial which he does really well. Then Acceptance. I can’t wait to see next week’s episodes.

  22. 22 maya

    best tv show airing right now, in my opinion.

    standard super dramatic melo stuff, but done in such a textbook way + modern “hot” actors, it’s really really hard not be sucked in.

    ugh, angst and love and passing right by each other and comas and crying supportive best friends and youth and rebellion, etc etc etc!!
    so good!

    also just one more thing: lee hyun woo is way better looking than uhm tae woong and i was sad to see him go. PLEASE recap any future dramas he is in. gonna be a BIG talent!

  23. 23 DarknessEyes

    thanks for the recap!!! This show is getting pretty interesting, even if it is a little cliche. Complicated pasts + bromance + revenge = awesome drama :D

  24. 24 Dramaholics

    i will watch this korean drama after watching the movie of won bin which is the man from nowhere.

  25. 25 maryta

    This dorama is really good
    The teen actors are excellent!!!
    thanks for recap

  26. 26 Fräulein

    You normally won’t see me watching such dramas. Equator Man is one of those I wouldn’t touch with a ten feet pole but I took the ride because I can’t get enough of Lee Junhyuk… Love him!! His cter even the young actor playing him, is so dark. I hv heard good things about UTW but never saw him much except in Sassy girl choon hyang. I will judge after this
    the two young actors are growing on me even tho I didn’t like them at the start
    Korea really has so many young talents when it comes to entertaining.

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