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Age of Feeling: Episode 20

It’s an hour full of blood, pain, and goodbyes, as the show keeps chugging along with its own brand of organized chaos and ever-changing rules. Though we may not know quite why our hero ends up fighting one of his good friends (who was also part of the sadly short-lived Dream Team), we still get to watch almost a half hour of man-on-man brutality. Whether that’s a good time or a bad one is entirely up to the eye of the beholder—and honestly, the fight is the least of this episode’s problems.

Ratings-wise: It’s still a close race for first, even though Age of Feeling took up second place again this week at 12.1%, trailing right behind Three Days at 12.9%.

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EPISODE 20 RECAP

A huge audience gathers inside Club Shanghai to witness the upcoming fight, which includes the Chilinbang Elders, Aoki, Old Man Fly, Il-hwa, etc.

After Leader Seol sends out minions to find the whereabouts of his missing assassins, he joins the spectators in the club with Ok-ryun and So-so in tow.

But Il-hwa seems to have a plan when it comes to the crotchety old man, and sends his lackey to tell Jung-tae of his arrival.

Meanwhile, Jae-hwa runs into Doctor Jung and takes heart in the fact that she doesn’t want him getting badly hurt. He promises to return without a scratch on him so they can go on a date, but Doctor Jung isn’t so confident that he’ll even return at all.

Jung-tae enters the modified club/arena amidst the cheers of the people, and Jae-hwa gets the same rockstar treatment. While Jae-hwa prepares by putting his Wolverine claws on, Leader Seol guesses that Il-hwa’s plan is to oust the assassins as the Bangsamtong murderers after the match, so he orders Baek-san to kill them before that happens.

Of course he says all this in the loudest whisper possible, because how else could Ok-ryun overhear the entire conversation? Dude’s gotta work on his villain skills.

The fight even has an MC, who announces to everyone that the outcome of the battle will determine who owns Club Shanghai. As they meet in the middle to begin the proceedings, Jae-hwa warns Jung-tae that he’ll show no mercy—and there won’t be a winner until one of them is dead.

They begin. Jae-hwa swings his claws with every punch, and try as Jung-tae might to dodge each possibly-lethal blow, he can’t completely escape from getting mauled. I know he loves his fists, but humans evolved to use tools against things like tigers and bears and anything else trying to claw us to death, so why couldn’t he just use a metal pipe (or anything but his squishy flesh) for protection?

Ok-ryun can’t bear to continue watching as things start looking bad for Jung-tae, and she finds Doctor Jung pensively waiting in a back area room for whoever she’ll have to end up treating. She can’t root for a victor when she cares about both men involved.

Jung-tae keeps trying, but he eventually resorts to using his arm to block the claws. They sink into his flesh, and Jae-hwa exploits Jung-tae’s injured shoulder to knock him to the ground. Old Man Fly thinks this means the end for Jung-tae.

But our resolute fighter hauls himself back up in order to take another series of slashes, which are now too many to count. Jae-hwa swings downward and embeds his claws in Jung-tae’s injured shoulder and cuts, much in the same way Aoki severed Shinichi’s shoulder tendons. (How is this at all a fair fight? Is Jung-tae allergic to using weapons?)

Now that Jung-tae has been sufficiently injured, Jae-hwa finally dispenses with the claws for a bare-knuckle brawl. It looks like he’s got the upper hand when he knocks Jung-tae down for the umpteenth time, but somehow Jung-tae finds the strength to rise so he can start evening the playing field.

Still, he and Jae-hwa are somewhat evenly matched, so neither one seems to be winning over the other as they continue to trade bone-crushing blows. At the point where they’re both barely struggling to stand while trading one punch a piece, you start to wonder not who will go down first, but when.

Il-hwa cottons onto the fact that Baek-san and his men are following him outside the club, likely hoping that he’ll lead them to the location of the imprisoned assassins.

Instead, Il-hwa leads them on a merry chase and fools them completely. Suckers.

We return to the fight to see that neither Jung-tae or Jae-hwa are ready to give up. The labored sound of their breathing is heard as yet more punches are thrown, until Jung-tae musters up his last bit of strength to deliver a crushing blow that sends Jae-hwa sprawling.

Jung-tae has won since Jae-hwa is out cold, leaving Aoki clucking his tongue at the fact that Jae-hwa was told about Jung-tae’s dislocated shoulder, but stubbornly chose not to use it to his advantage.

Doctor Jung desperately performs CPR on Jae-hwa at the scene, telling him through her tears that he can’t die because he promised he’d take her on a date. Aww, sad.

After she rushes Jae-hwa off to the clinic, Jung-tae calls for Il-hwa’s minion to bring in the captured Hwangbang assassins. He tells the whole crowd gathered who the tattooed men are and the multitude of innocent people they killed, along with turning him and Jae-hwa into enemies.

He gives the people the opportunity to decide the fate of these men, and the crowd cries, “Kill them! Kill them!” So then he turns to the Chilinbang Elder in charge of security, but since he’d rather go through lawful channels, Leader Seol jumps out of his seat to intervene.

Playing the part of a sympathetic Bangsamtong citizen hungry for justice, Leader Seol riles the people up by telling them that blood should be repaid with blood, and that the penalty should be death.

Of course, he just wants the men silenced before they can speak against him, which makes his decision to hand the reins over to Jung-tae completely nonsensical since Jung-tae wants the men to reveal who ordered them to kill in front of the crowd.

One of the men begins to speak, but before he can say Leader Seol’s name, Baek-san rushes in and breaks both of their necks. Hahaha. Sorry, murder is terrible, but it’s just funny how insanely obvious Leader Seol is, and what an awful villain that makes him. It honestly blows my mind.

Baek-san makes up a harebrained excuse about how the men were escaped convicts from Manchuria, and that he was doing as their Wanted posters said by killing them on sight. The Chilinbang Elders buy it because they’re all idiots, but Jung-tae doesn’t because he knows the truth.

Leader Seol placates the people by treating them to a free night in the club, and announces that Jung-tae is now the new owner of Bangsamtong. As he joins hands with his son to wave to the crowd, Leader Seol warns him never to pull a stunt like he did today again—and he’ll only forgive today because Jung-tae ousted Jae-hwa from his position.

Jung-tae likewise warns his father never to harm the people of Bangsamtong again, or else there’ll be consequences. But Leader Seol still has the upper hand as he pulls Jung-tae into a fake hug and tells him that he’ll be taking Ok-ryun to a place far beyond Jung-tae’s reach.

Then Jung-tae watches, apparently helpless, as Leader Seol aways with his girlfriend. A tear escapes his eye as Il-hwa catches up to him and soothes him with the promise that they’ll come up with a plan to retaliate, but they’ll have to do so in secret.

Il-hwa then tries to perk Jung-tae up a bit by reminding him that the people of Bangsamtong won’t forget his victory today, because a new star has been born. The crowd proves this by chanting Jung-tae’s name.

Denkai is not happy with Aoki failing to acquire Club Shanghai, but he really loses it when Aoki promises that he has another card to play… and brings in Shinichi.

The Ilgookhwe leader is hopping mad that Shinichi’s still alive since he made the order for any and all of his members to kill him on sight, but Aoki calms him by telling him his plan: Shinichi is going to attack Leader Seol.

Speaking of the devil (who rode the short bus out of hell), Leader Seol wants Jung-tae dead, pronto. The only problem is, he has no one else to run Club Shanghai and protect them against Ilgookhwe.

Either way, Baek-san’s solution is for Hwangbang to get rid of Aoki and Ilgookhwe first, so that they can then kill Jung-tae. O-kay… so then what did you need Jung-tae for if you can do it yourselves?

Even with his bum arm, Aoki vouches for Shinichi in their plan to kill Leader Seol. He even shows Dokku to Denkai to prove that he’s got a spy in Hwangbang that will lead them straight to their target.

Denkai has calmed down considerably, and tells Shinichi that if he fails, it’ll mean going to war with Hwangbang—in which case, Shinichi is to kill himself with honor. In return, Shinichi asks that Kaya be reinstated to her position, something which Denkai will only consider if Shinichi is successful.

But Denkai reneges on his deal after Shinichi is gone, since he orders Aoki to tell all of Shanghai’s gangsters and criminals that they’ll get a reward for Shinichi’s head.

Though Aoki thinks it would be counterintuitive to kill Shinichi before he has a chance to attack Leader Seol, Denkai proves that he has a higher plan in mind.

Aoki finds Kaya looking wasted and worn in her room/cell, and gives her the good news: she’s getting reinstated to her position as Ilgookhwe’s Shanghai representative.

She’s quick to guess that Denkai’s change of heart has something to do with Shinichi, and Aoki tells her that she’ll find out if she leaves with him.

Jung-tae’s already settled into his job as Club Shanghai’s operator, which means that Jae-hwa’s former lackeys are now his. They give him a bag of money the city’s gamblers wanted Jung-tae to have out of respect for his fighting skills.

After giving them each a small share, Jung-tae tells them to put the rest of it in a savings account to help the families of the people who were massacred, and sets aside the rest to pay for the debts hanging over from opening night. But to his surprise, the lackeys claim that Jae-hwa already paid all those debts.

We find Jae-hwa up and at ‘em like nothing happened, as he walks to the edge of Bangsamtong’s territory with Doctor Jung. They reminisce about how they first met, back when Jae-hwa was nothing more than a beggar, and a cloud of sorrow seems to be hanging over their heads.

It’s because Jae-hwa is planning to leave Bangsamtong and never return, despite the fact that he knows Bangsamtong is the reason he went from being a beggar to a human being. He tries to act like he’s so over the place, but he isn’t fooling anyone.

“You are Bangsamtong, and Bangsamtong is you,” Doctor Jung tells him. It’s actually touching when Jae-hwa gets choked up telling her that she’s the only one who thinks that way, and she consoles him by promising that one day, the people will know just how much he loved them.

Jae-hwa turns to leave while claiming that he’ll never return, but Doctor Jung pleads with him to come back someday—because she’ll be waiting for him. Jae-hwa forces himself to keep his back turned, knowing that he’d lose his composure and break down into sobs if he were to turn back now. Aww.

With that, he reluctantly lets his feet take him over Bangsamtong’s border and into the French concession. And just when it seems like this is the last time we’ll ever see him, Jung-tae and the whole band from Club Shanghai come running after him.

Jae-hwa tries not to act touched by telling them that they can’t step one foot over the invisible border, but Jung-tae does it anyway. Luckily for him, Jae-hwa bribed a bunch of officials in an effort to get all his men proper identification papers that would let them access all of Shanghai, but in the end could only secure one for himself and Jung-tae.

Along with the papers, he gives Jung-tae his safe key, since inside is a ledger he’s kept of all his dealings with Hwangbang. “When you take revenge, those documents will be your sword,” he promises. If that’s so, then why on earth did you guys fight, again?

Jae-hwa doesn’t want to go, but shows his respect to Jung-tae as the new leader of Bangsamtong by taking off his hat and bowing ninety degrees to him. It’s extra touching and cute that he switches to using jondaemal (formal speech) with Jung-tae, too. “I entrust the Bangsamtong people to you,” Jae-hwa says, right before he leaves for good.

Shinichi, looking like he’s seen much better days, can only say farewell to Kaya from afar. He can barely take two steps before he’s attacked by bounty hunters after the reward Ilgookhwe posted, though they also claim they’re looking for a stolen document with him, one that Shinichi seems to have no knowledge of.

While Shinichi still beats down his attackers with only one arm, the last man left starts blowing on his whistle to alert any other nearby bounty hunters to Shinichi’s location.

Aoki suddenly appears to stop him and lead Shinichi to safety, where he gives him the documents the bounty hunters were asking about, containing the counterfeit money strategy penned by general Hideki Tojo as well as a map detailing Japan’s strategy to invade Shanghai.

It’s not clear whether these documents are the real thing, since Aoki wants Shinichi to use them in order to lure Leader Seol. Shinichi takes it as a great honor that he’s not only protecting Kaya, but also Japan.

But before Aoki leaves him to meet with Leader Seol, Shinichi has one last thing to tell him, since he’s getting all his goodbyes out of the way: “Aoki, I’m entrusting Kaya to you.”

Kaya gets a strange bath scene interlude before she finds a letter Shinichi left behind, along with the other half of the amulet Kaya wore waaay back in the beginning of the show.

In his letter, Shinichi explains that he never meant to kill her mother—she threw her body to protect her husband, and took the blow Shinichi meant for him. “After that accident,” he goes on, “every day became hell. After I met you, I was able to wash away some of my guilt. I was also… happy.”

He ends his letter by wishing her happiness once she’s reinstated, causing tears to fall from Kaya’s eyes.

Shinichi has a literal mob chasing him in an attempt to kill him for the reward money, and when Leader Seol sees, he orders Baek-san to help. For as much of a downer Baek-san is, his words of wisdom are usually right, since he warns Leader Seol that Shinichi’s plight could be a trick devised so that Leader Seol would take him in. (Which is exactly what it is.)

But Leader Seol does as he usually does and ignores his advice, forcing Baek-san to swoop in and beat off the mob. Under Leader Seol’s orders, Dokku helps Shinichi hobble to safety in Hwangbang’s territory. Dokku smiles because he knows their trick is working.

While Kaya draws her swords and leaves Ilgookhwe on a mission, Jung-tae leaves the Club Shanghai crew after he can no longer stand the thought of Leader Seol’s threat about taking Ok-ryun away from him.

Meanwhile, Leader Seol is all giddy that the Mori Strategy came with Shinichi, and again ignores Baek-san’s warnings to be cautious going forward. Then Dokku interrupts with something important to say about that document…

Denkai finds out that Kaya left to save Shinichi from Hwangbang, and orders Aka to retrieve her at all costs—and kill her, if he finds it necessary. Aoki excuses himself right after only for his adoptive father to stop him, knowing full well that his son wants to protect Kaya.

“Are you willing to ruin your future just because of one girl?” Denkai asks him disbelievingly. Then he adds, “Whatever your inner thoughts are, don’t let me find out. Once I do, you too will be unable to avoid death.”

Baek-san relieves Shinichi of his sword before he goes in to meet Leader Seol, and Shinichi knows that he suspects the whole bounty issue was an intricate trap to get him close to Leader Seol. Not that Baek-san can do anything about it.

The moment Shinichi walks through Leader Seol’s door and sees Dokku’s smiling face, he knows he’s been betrayed by someone he should never have trusted in the first place.

Either way, Shinichi has no choice but to play it cool as he feigns gratitude for the medical care Hwangbang provided to him. As he bows, he calculates his chances of succeeding in killing Leader Seol, and uses a hidden blade to throw at his target.

But Leader Seol’s guards are one step ahead of him, and block the blade from reaching him. A fight ensues, but Shinichi is soon outnumbered and disarmed, since Leader Seol knew what was coming thanks to Dokku.

Leader Seol is feeling pretty victorious, and ends up being pretty comedic when he sings a Chinese song like he’s parodying the culture’s ye olde singing style. (Seriously. It’s so awful that it’s hilarious.)

He compares Shinichi’s failed assassination attempt to those attempts made on the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, which tells you just how inflated a view Leader Seol has of himself.

But while his plan is to behead Shinichi to send a message to Denkai about history repeating itself, Shinichi manages to escape with all of Hwangbang’s minions following him.

In her captivity, Ok-ryun draws out a map of Hwangbang HQ to help Jung-tae, since Il-hwa told her that he’d eventually have to fight Leader Seol.

She uses the opportunity provided by Shinichi leading away all the guards to try and escape the compound while he fights off a horde in the garden. She’s not prepared when she spots Jung-tae sneaking into the compound to save her.

Just when Shinichi’s finally overcome and surrounded by minions, Kaya swoops in with her double swords to keep them at bay. Her request to take Shinichi away with her is firmly denied by Baek-san, who claims that Shinichi came to assassinate their leader—so he’s not going anywhere.

Meanwhile, Jung-tae knocks out a minion and swaps clothes with him, making sure to hide his face behind a mask.

 
COMMENTS

Last episode’s cliffhanger would’ve led us to believe that Kaya was going to finally maybe kinda sorta act on the itch for revenge she’s had for most of this series, putting aside all the logic loopholes that made her confront her grandpa with the truth without any plan at all—aside from asking gramps to kill her, anyway. Could the whole thing have been a bluff? Maybe. Do we have any way of knowing? No.

I really did let myself get excited at the prospect of her revenge scheme finally taking root and becoming something real, but we didn’t even see the rest of the scene teased at in the cliffhanger, so, letdown #1. Then we found Kaya wasting away as a captive in her room, and while you could argue that maybe everything Aoki did this episode was because of some off screen plan he made with Kaya, I really hope that isn’t the case. Considering how the majority of each episode since the big switch has been spent pissing away the time until the next one, the idea that so many Kaya-centric scenes are supposedly happening out of view just so that we can have more time to watch Leader Seol as Captain Obvious is enough to drive anyone to drink. And if that’s the case for the writer, it would certainly explain the wonky (lack of) logic running the show.

Jae-hwa had a nice sendoff, even if his sudden de-friending of Jung-tae is still a bit hazy in my memory. Maybe it’s because we didn’t know what Aoki stood to gain by joining Jae-hwa, seeing as how Jae-hwa didn’t have an army or even that much money to bring to the table in the fight against Hwangbang. And I could buy, even though it all happened so fast, that Jae-hwa did what he did thinking that it would be best for the people of Bangsamtong, whom we know he loved wholeheartedly.

What was harder to buy was Jung-tae’s stake in the fight and its outcome, since he didn’t provide any kind of alternative to Jae-hwa’s plan other than that he didn’t want Ilgookhwe involved, which I suppose was fair. It’s his life options that confused me, since he seemed to jump from two extremes—either Jae-hwa joined him right at that moment to take down Hwangbang, or he’d have to do what Hwangbang wanted and take down Jae-hwa. And all because Leader Seol holds Ok-ryun hostage(?) even though she’s able to pursue a successful career in lounge singing, not to mention the fact that she’s a willing(?) hostage because she, the noble idiot, sees her pseudo-captivity as a means to keep Jung-tae safe.

I hope that she realized, at the moment where Jung-tae was getting mauled by Jae-hwa’s claws (even though everyone but Shinichi possesses magical healing abilities), that her plan was a complete and utter failure. And why, for the love of god, did she escape Hwangbang last episode just to go right back into the lion’s den? She even had Il-hwa on her side! Siiigh. This is where you take the nobility out of the idiocy and end up with Ok-ryun and Jung-tae, two well-meaning scarecrows in dire need of some sentient skull meat.

 
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I haven't watched Age of Feeling since episode 13. Has it gotten better? Is it worth to continue watching?

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It hasn't gotten better. The first 9 episodes (no coincidence it's before the writer change) are the best ones. The story was well written and made sense.

I can't say it's worth it now, unfortunately. For me it has been slow and boring.

Although I'm still watching, I say, if you're curious as to what happens, just stick to the recaps.

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This writer has a gift for forgoing substance within the story. How can there be so much filler and nonsense? Egad!

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i know right, i agree 100% with you

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Oh my, these recaps are starting to sound like basketball in the later half. There really is no logic behind anyone's actions anymore. Can we get some wisdom from So So next week? She seemed to have escaped the stupidity virus by being absent most of the last few episodes.

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Either the writers have forgotten about Jung-tae's sister, friend, and gang or they are going to write it in last minute. I feel like the new writers has chosen to completely ignore the first 9 episodes and just make a new story.

Other then that Jae-wha send off was nice but i don't understand why he can't just stay and help. Why does Jung-tae have to fight alone when the villans have an army? I mean Jungtae has friends that can fight with him.

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they'll bring in sis at te last minute to force jung-tae's hand.

i keep imagining the great-might-have-been of the would-have-been-better-story by the previous writer

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My enjoyment for the drama two hours ago has gone a bit after read the recap. It was funny that i feel this way because I really enjoy it when i watched the drama.

i would say for the one who want to enjoy the drama just watch it and decide for yourself do not read the recap and then decide. I often watch first then read the recap. i found that i enjoy the drama much more this way. It's better not to create any bias feeling before you watch it.

For me I like the drama it's a good drama and a very interesting one. There are some episodes that I like more than others but over all I enjoy it a lot. The only two things that bother me sometimes ....The mysterious of Chung Ah's death....and...the 2 Wbs often showed up and had a long scenes.

The fight scenes i love it especially with fist when it's less bloodshed.

Really look forward to the next episode. Hope OR will be rescued by JT or Mo or whoever. Don't want her to die just yet.

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Well of course that's the way you should be doing it. I don't really get why people read recaps before watching the episodes for shows they actually like. This is a place for commentary and talking about it after viewing and seeing what other people think. Form your own opinions people.

I personally think the show is a mess right now, logic is nonexistent, but it's a good turn off your brain and watch the pretty show. Fun to look at while doing other things.

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Your opinions is well accepted. I respect your points .

I actually feel so thankful for Heads to recap IG for us. I also respect her opinions and her analysis.

My comment was for those who is reluctant whether they want to watch this drama and only rely on the recapped.

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Oh, I misinterpreted sorry! I thought you were referring to people who like the show and read recaps before watching. I need more sleep!
Yeah I definitely agree with you. Look at the episodes first to decide on watching the show at all. That's the best way to go. Some people really don't have time though to test out dramas though and want to get a feel for whats happening plot-wise. In that case I'd actually advise just not reading the comment section at the beginning and end.

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Every character left their brains in Korea/Japan.....

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This drama now seriously sucks. I gave it another try last night & am now going stick to HeadNo2's recaps just bc I've tiny bit of curiosity: will Gaya marry Aoki, and also, why is Denkai so quick to throw away his own family?

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I honestly really enjoyed the latest 2 episodes so I'm quite surprised that you don't enjoy them like I did. I think the characters' actions still makes sense to me and I like the that the plot is really moving forward now.

Jae Hwa has never really considered Jung Tae as a 'brother' and he has always felt threatened that his position will be taken over by JT, so I think him asking for a fight to finally end this once and for all makes sense to me. He has a huge pride which is far above his relationship with JT who he only met for a short while, and he worked hard for so many years to be respected by the people.
And for Jung Tae, from what I see he wants to dethrone Jae Hwa because he doesn't see someone like Jae Hwa, who decides to live as someone's dog forever, deserves to be the successor of his father and become the owner of Bangsamtong. It's not that he agrees to do what Leader Seol ordered him to do.

Also we can't expect Gaya to take her revenge against Denkai at once when she's still in punishment, and she has other thing that is more important for her at that point which is Shinichi. I think the revenge itself will actually happen at the latest episodes.
And didn't they explain that Ok Ryun came back to Hwangbang to gather info and details about the place and help JT in his revenge? And for her to suddenly disappear from Hwangbang is probably not the best thing to do if JT wants to carefully plan his revenge without being suspected.

I do think people should try watching first with unbiased mind before reading and agreeing with others' opinions. You know, each to their own.

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You know, you're quite free to hold your own opinions, and to like this show as much as possible.

But I cannot for the life of me understand why Age of Feeling fans can't express their like without taking passive-aggressive little digs at other commenters who dare to not share their opinion.

It's not even as if there are a ton of comments on the recaps, anyway, and if y'all can't even tolerate that much.....

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agree

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No, don't get me wrong. I never in any way try to attack other comments who don't share my opinion. I'm just saying that I was quite surprised that we can think so differently on an episode, and in no way I'm saying that Heads' opinion is wrong, or that my opinion is the right one.
Sorry if I did sound like that, because I really didn't mean it that way.

I'm just saying that if there might be some people who hold back from watching a show because of what other people say, they might at least try to watch first because they might come out with a different opinion, that's all I'm saying.

And I'm actually really thankful to Heads for continuing to recap the show even though she doesn't really enjoy the show anymore. I know how difficult it could be.
I hope next time you'll get to recap a show that you can truly enjoy from start to finish. I love reading your recaps, Heads! :)

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You're right. People enjoy stories for different reasons. As someone who likes a well-thought out story, I just can't like it. Especially since the first 9 episodes were so good and the storytelling, characters, and important themes have all changed or been cast aside.

But I do kinda like wuxia and fighting dramas. If this drama had started as merely a fighting drama, I'd be okay with it. But it promised one thing, did that one thing incredibly well in the beginning, and then just threw that aside. The little hero in the beginning now seems to be only a none-too-bright fighter. The passionate triangle with revenge issues is gone and the main female protag is dwindling away into nothingness. And then stuff kinda happens for no real reason except to move the thin plot ahead.

When the original writer of a drama is removed, the soul of a drama is removed. Some of us feel that loss. Good stories are attached to the soul of its writer and lesser dramas are pretty interchangeable because --not being attached to one writer's heart-- it doesn't have to say anything...and ANYone can just plug in some scenes to "finish the thing." That's the loss some of us feel.

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Agree with you entirely!
One of the more unbiased opinions I've seen here lately.

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Oh that's why OR came back? I didn't catch that in episode, can you tell em what time that was if you're up for it? Because I was also confused as to why she went back. The entire Jae-hwa/ Jung-tae thing makes sense if you put it that way, thanks for the new perspective :D

And to Gaya, I don't trust the writers to go through with her having a battle plan forming right now against Ilgookhwe but I'd be pleasantly surprised if she does! Because from what I saw she was just sitting around looking haggard doing nothing and then Shinichi got in even more trouble so she decided to actually do something.

I guess that just speaks to different trust levels in the writing team. I'm not so willing to get my hopes up anymore in regards to Gaya. If she's just left protecting Shinichi and not enacting revenge for the final 4 episodes that'd be a let-down but not surprising.

Her grandfather knows exactly why she joined them in the first place, revenge against her mothers killer(father too even though they on-off mention that) so her waiting around on punishment is odd. Not on her part but Denkai's. I would think she'd be eager to get stuff done and avoid being killed by him "in secret" or something but that didn't seem to be his goal at all so it makes sense that she wasn't frantic(a bit).

Yeah I think this week's episode were the best we've seen in a while but recapping and watching are two different things. She has to actively disassemble episodes and pay even closer attention than us so while watching the logic failures and silly scenes are even more pronounced. So even if it's better it's still not kind on Heads.

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Agree with you completely, even though i'm late in reading the recaps of 'Age Of Feeling' i can sense that most of the comments sections here are filled with Gaya lovers, they complain about Ok Ryun & Jung Tae shippers bashing Gaya in other sites and don't realize that they are doing the same thing here by bashing Ok Ryun & Jung Tae in Dramabeans. Just like you can't write any critical thing about the couple in other sites you can't write any critics about Gaya's character without being quickly bashed by her supporters, i don't get why these people act high and mighty over the shippers on other sites when they're doing the same, lol.

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Heads ~

Thanks for the recap. Can't wait to see what happens next.

Why did Jae-hwa abandon his Wolverine Claws midway? Because drama rules say you must do something stupid to ensure your defeat ? Did he throw the fight knowing that Jung-tae wouldn't kill him?

So Gaya's momma was killed while trying to save her husband. Why where they trying to kill Gaya's daddy? I'm sorry if I missed out on the reason.

Is it too soon to start guessing who is going to die ? I'm betting that Aoki is going to die to save Gaya. I have strong drama feels on that.

Next episode should have the entire cast engage in a battle royal. A huge blow out battle. Winner take all.

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To put it bluntly, Denkai and Ilgookhwe are racists. In the early episodes, both Aka and Denkai sprouted unequivocally racist stuff about Joseon people. Also, apparently Denkai wants to hand-pick his female descent's marriage partner. Even his adopted son Aoki is not good enough(?) for Gaya. Technically, Aoki is Gaya's uncle.

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I'm only interested about the relationship between aoki and gaya. What'll be their ending?

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Me too..at first i shipped Gaya-Jungtae but now lost hope for that since only Gaya like him but JT seems serious about Okryeon..Aoki-Gaya seems more interesting now since Aoki seems still like her eventho Haya already admit she love JT..but i do wonder does Aoki seriously like Gaya or he have ulterior motive..i know Aoki is a bad guy but i seriously hoping Gaya will end up with Aoki..please dont let Aoki die!!! Well thats the only thing thay makes me stick to this drama besides my love for Leader Mo..thank God Leader Mo still alive

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when JT and Gaya were teen, they lived in the countryside, there were not political. But now they were in the opposite side of the gangsters and countries. It will unlike they will be together unless something unusual happen.

For me, Aoki is ambitious person. His goal is to get the IlgwooHwa organization to himself. He is only a adopted son, so if he marry to Gaya. He set his right to be the successor.

Both Shinichi and Aoki may love Gaya and want to kill JT but for different reason. Shinichi wants to kill JT so Gaya will not be killed for the same reason as her mother. Aoki want to kill JT because he wants to use Gaya to fulfill his dream to be the head of the Ilgwoohwa.

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Totally random, but I gotta say that I LOVE Jae Hwa's eyes *_* lol seriously those times during the show where he made me mad because of something he did, I couldn't stay mad at him because of those eyes xD Gonna miss his character

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I was just going to say that too. I read in another site that his eyes were green? It doesnt look green but i really love staring at those eyes. :)

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I think that his eyes are a very light brown color. Yes, they are beautiful :).

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The closing sentence from this recap (and episode 19) are the best!

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I have a feeling that either aoki or sinichi will die and kaya will end up being alone. I don't want sad ending for either of them. I hope kaya, aoki and sinichi will have happy ending together.

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Everytime Jung Tae gets into a fight, his character reminds me that he could be the love child between a Timex watch and the Energizer bunny. He takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin', then goes on and on and on and on....

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This show looks like an absolute chore to recap. Every time I try to think hard on it I just get frustrated. Heads, I really think you'd enjoy it more if you were just casually watching or doing the 'squeecaps' not focused on dissecting an episode but alas, that isn't the case. Hopefully it picks up some more. These week's episodes were the best we've gotten in a while, truly, but still had huge holes in logic that would impeded your enjoyment.

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Heads, I always appreciate your thoughts and your critical analysis, whether i agree or not. In all the recapped shows i've followed you for, your thoughts have aligned well with mine. Your analysis of each episode is well thought out and backed up with logical reasoning. Automatically those register in my book as a critique worth hearing, whether one want to hear it or not.

I really do think we beanies need to pray harder, because Heads' losing streak in the recap system is a loss -- one of the best writers at DB needs to be given better material. Gawd. How do you keep coming back for more, heads? We all have major respect for you.

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Thank you for the recap HeadsNo2.

I think many of us have stuck around just to offer you our support so that you won't be the only one left standing from the beginning to the end of this drama. Despite that sustaining our committment (polite way of saying forcing ourselves) to finish all 24 episodes of this drama is becoming more and more laborious.

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All I can say is wow I love Jae-hwa 's beautiful eyes. OMG...to be this cute and have such beautiful eyes sis sinful.

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I think Jung Tae is not as clueless or an idiot as some people picture him to be. His main reason for staying in Shanghai is to exact revenge on the HB which have at their grip both Bangsamtong and the Club. He must have seen in Jae Hwa some redeeming qualities that can fight HB. But JH doesn't seem to trust him completely. JH had fallen into some mismanagement of the Club that made him turn to other source of funds.Aoki is clearly using that leverage to get him ally with Il Gook Hwae which JT did not want to happen. Jae Hwa was the one who hastened the showdown between him and JT.It was more his pride being questioned by a newcomer like JT.

In the fight,the hissing of the crowd made JH remove his claws (the crowd clapped after he removed it). That was the only time the fight became fair.

Gaya must have felt sickened or disheartened how she and Shinichi lost control of the Shanghai branch of IGH though she was the one who reported what was happening in the area. Now she was placed I believe under house arrest with no following of her own. She only had power due to her position as representative.

Ok Ryeon must have felt she is helping JT by making him know the ins and outs of the HB headquarters. But JT had been there many ties before earlier than her so he doesn't need those information.She was the one who insisted of going back to HB when JT offered her a means to escape with money. But she must have loved her singing career more than anything else. If she had agreed to leave, JT doesn't have a weak spot HB can use and can concentrate on bringing the HB down. But I guess it/s no fun when the main protag have all the aces.

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I've learned not to read the recaps until after watching an episode, and even then read cautiously. When I first started coming to DB, I found a recap to be a close, mostly neutral re-telling of the episode--a few off-hand editorial comments here & there, mostly good-humored, but a re-telling that could be read for clarification and information. People reading it were 1) curious about the drama; 2) liked or disliked it, but were perplexed by some plot or character development & wanted to know if they might have overlooked something, or tune back in; or 3) loved/liked the drama and wanted to catch up. The reviewer's personal reaction was mostly reserved for the Comments.

Lately (this may just reflect my inexperience) it seems that if a reviewer dislikes a story, even the recap is heavily snarked. As a reader, I find this troubling, and a burden. All dramas have illogical story connections and character depiction flaws, but often these are minor obstacles to a viewer captivated by other elements of the drama. Almost all opinions as to the relative importance of each factor are interesting and informative, imo, especially the experienced and well-expressed ones of DB reviewers and commenters, which is just about everyone I've read on this excellent site! But please, DB, consider keeping the recaps to recapping the story, so it is helpful and fun for all, and leave the editorializing--praise or blame--to the Comments.

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Thanks for this recap and all the comments. I'm on episode 2 of this right now and wondering whether to invest more time in it - noir isn't my favorite genre. But reading where it goes - thanks for saving me a lot of time, I'll go watch somethhing else.

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Gosh, it's getting worst and worst each episode now. I've came across some earlier synopsis on the story, and boy, it could have been such a great drama (or at least watchable). Even the promo pic tells a better story than the actual drama.

Am I the only one that was waiting for Jae-hwa to give Jung-tae his hat? When does Jung-tae will be wearing the signature hat seen on the promo pic?

Then, I saw this beautiful street name "Rue de Edouard". I smiled at least a bit while watching this drama (most of the time, I'm sighing because of the overall stupidity that drive most of the choice made by most of the character). I'm a French native speaker. This street name sign wasn't done by someone who know French enough... Maybe that's one of the many flaws of this drama : such a big budget, but yet, there's many details that would have required just a little more attention.

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