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Triangle: Episode 26 (Final)

Here lies what was once a promising show, though it may be hard to remember the good times when Triangle spent the last few weeks with one foot already in the grave. As far as finales go, it’s by and large not the worst you’ll ever see, and I imagine there might even be a few who’ll be able to mine some gratification from it. There’s at least something to be said for a show that made it through an extension without lobotomizing anyone or losing its collective mind, but how I dream of the day when we’ll watch a finale that blows us away and leaves us feeling glad for the time we put in. That day may not be today, but one day. One day.

As for ratings, Triangle finished its run in first place at 10.5%, while Temptation dropped slightly to 8.9%. Trot Lovers saw a tiny bump, even if they still brought up the rear with 8.2%.

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

While the bankrupt and penniless Chairman Go has somehow amassed a small army to kill Yang-ha, Young-dal and Dong-soo run to the casino to try and stop their littlest brother from getting hurt.

And even though Boss Min sends her small army to combat Chairman Go’s outside Daejung, Yang-ha remains completely unaware as he walks to work…

…Only to find Chairman Go’s army waiting for him inside. Seriously? There are no people, security personnel, or CCTV cameras? Really?

Young-dal and Dong-soo make it just in time to see Yang-ha being carted away by the thugs, and decide to face the army all on their own. They’re severely outnumbered, but that doesn’t stop Young-dal from fighting like hell to get to Yang-ha, who the thugs are trying to beat to death.

Since we’re in an alternate reality anyway, Manbong leads Boss Min’s army into the empty casino lobby to do battle. Young-dal cries out for Yang-ha when he’s unable to stop the thug that brutally stabs him in the stomach, and can only watch before he beats the man down to catch his brother before he falls.

“I’m sorry, Hyung,” Yang-ha murmurs. “I… should’ve called you ‘hyung’ sooner.” Young-dal can’t control his tears as he tells his brother to stop talking and stay still. You know it’s a finale when everyone suffers from Opera Syndrome—y’know, when someone’s bleeding out and everyone would rather just cry about it instead of doing something rational like applying pressure.

After Manbong’s men chase Chairman Go’s away to the break room, it’s just our three brothers left. Dong-soo sinks to his knees by Yang-ha’s side to cry. Okay, just to be clear, both of you men are wearing coats—freaking take them off and put them on his wound. Or call an ambulance. Do SOMETHING.

“Hyung… why did you abandon me?” Yang-ha asks weakly. “I’ve been so alone…” After Dong-soo cries that he’s sorry, Yang-ha has only one request: that he stop his fight with Chairman Yoon, the man who raised him as his own. “I don’t want to lose another father. Hyung… please stop.”

Then, Yang-ha’s eyes slowly close as he passes. Dong-soo and Young-dal sob over his body.

We find Dong-soo and Young-dal spreading Yang-ha’s ashes on the same cliff where Dong-soo once spread their father’s ashes. Jung-hee stands somberly with them in mourning.

In flashback, it’s revealed that Dong-soo and Young-dal were given Yang-ha’s ashes by Chairman Yoon only after Dong-soo showed him the video evidence of Director Hyun ordering his adopted son’s death.

Chairman Yoon doesn’t seem all that heartbroken about the whole dead son issue when he calls Director Hyun in to ask him why he did what he did. When Director Hyun denies it, Chairman Yoon slaps him across the face and shows him the damning video evidence.

But even then, it means little: Director Hyun drops to his knees to beg for forgiveness, which Chairman Yoon doesn’t even care about. It’s only because it was Dong-soo that gave him the video that gives him cause for concern, since he knows that they’ll turn on Director Hyun for revenge.

His advice? That Director Hyun turn himself into the police before the brothers can get to him, but that he also safeguard his shares by giving them to Chairman Yoon first in order to get them back later. So not only does Chairman Yoon not care that this is the man who ordered his son’s death, he’s actively trying to help him. Wow.

Soo-chang attempts to get through a police checkpoint erected to catch him and Chairman Go. Even though the policeman has a picture of Soo-chang in his hand, Soo-chang’s glasses-and-hat disguise are enough to fool him. Yes, really.

When he reaches Chairman Go (in hiding) to deliver their getaway money, Chairman Go insists—to no one’s surprise—that they have to kill Young-dal and Dong-soo before he flees the country.

Meanwhile, Boss Min reassures Young-dal that she’s got men covering all Chairman Go’s possible escape routes, and promises that she will catch him.

Jun-ho tells Young-dal and his buddies about Director Hyun turning his shares back over to Daejung before turning himself into the police, which has them suspicious that Director Hyun is up to no good. Again.

Grandma shares her sympathies over Yang-ha’s death with Jung-hee, and shakes her head over the bad luck the brothers have faced in general—what with the recent death of their mother and now this.

Afterward, Jung-hee takes a moment to herself to look up at the sky and say her final goodbye to Yang-ha as a tear rolls down her cheek.

With Yang-ha’s final words ringing in his head, Dong-soo confronts Chairman Yoon about forgiving him for everything—their father’s murder and Yang-ha’s even more senseless one—as long as he repents for what he’s done.

But in the long tradition of unrepentant old coots in dramas, Chairman Yoon claims he doesn’t need their forgiveness. In fact, he even blames Dong-soo for Yang-ha’s death, which he claims wouldn’t have happened if he and Young-dal hadn’t have gotten in his way.

His attitude infuriates Dong-soo since Yang-ha used his dying breath to ask for leniency for his good-for-nothing father who, even after everything, can’t see past his own greed. Chairman Yoon isn’t fazed when Dong-soo says he’ll never forgive him, and simply returns that if Dong-soo wants to end their cursed fate, he and Young-dal need to back down and disappear.

Young-dal isn’t surprised when Dong-soo tells him how the meeting went, since he knows the only way to make Chairman Yoon see things from their end is to take everything he has. And even then, he still might not repent.

But that doesn’t mean Young-dal isn’t going to try, since he plans to take control of Daejung Casino away from Chairman Yoon. Dong-soo agrees to leave him to it while he focuses his efforts on catching Chairman Go, though he warns his brother to be careful since Go still has it out for him.

After Young-dal’s buddies try to get Manager Bae to defect back to Team Young-dal, we find Young-dal out with Yoo-jin as she laments the senselessness of Yang-ha’s death. (Preaching to the choir.)

It comes as news to her that Young-dal and Yang-ha were biological brothers as he tells her he wants to put a stop to the deal they’ve been working on in order to do right by Yang-ha. After all, Yang-ha’s suffering was related to Young-dal meddling in his business, which Young-dal knows all too well now.

He sighs that he doesn’t even have the right to call himself Yang-ha’s hyung with the way they fought even after both of them knew the truth of their blood ties, but still tells Yoo-jin that he hopes Yang-ha will remain a pleasant memory for her. Tears roll down her cheeks after Young-dal leaves.

When a man tries to stab Young-dal in the parking garage, Young-dal quickly turns and disarms him after being lucky enough to spot his reflection in the car window. After he’s got his attacker pinned to the ground, he demands to know where Chairman Go is.

Boss Min orders Young-dal to keep hold of his attacker while she sends Manbong to help him out. She’s enraged that Chairman Go would make another pass on Young-dal’s life, and hopes that questioning the captured attacker will yield Chairman Go’s location.

Speaking of, Soo-chang delivers food and bad news to Chairman Go in hiding: all their possible exits are blocked, so they’ll have to wait until things calm down before they can attempt to flee.

This is not the news Chairman Go wants to hear, and he takes out his frustration on his loyal minion by beating the crap out of him. If Soo-chang wasn’t thinking of turning against him before, he sure as hell is now.

Boss Min and Manbong question Young-dal’s attacker in The Only Gangster Approved Basement in Seoul, but the captive yields nothing. Manbong decides to flex a little muscle to get him into a more talkative mood.

Jun-ho hands Young-dal a USB he found in Yang-ha’s desk containing some damning information, which Jailbreak thinks was Yang-ha’s last gift to his hyung. We don’t get to see what’s on it.

Detective Tak makes the mistake of telling Dong-soo that they were able to track down Chairman Go’s whereabouts before he tells his superiors, prompting Dong-soo to ask him to hand Go over to him. Since Chairman Go killed his father and brother, Detective Tak allows it.

Chairman Go wakes up in his hovel alone to find a breakup letter from Soo-chang, and his getaway money gone. In the letter, Soo-chang explains that he took it as compensation for the thankless years he spent under Chairman Go’s heel.

Just then, Dong-soo arrives, and all but knocks the doors down. He finds Chairman Go waiting inside, unsurprised that Dong-soo finally(?) found him. But even though he claims he has no fight left in him, he promises not to go down easy when Dong-soo grabs him by the lapels.

“I dreamt of this moment every time you escaped my grasp,” Dong-soo growls. Chairman Go snidely returns that his dream was always to chew Dong-soo up and spit him out: “Let’s see if your dream comes true today, or mine.”

What ensues isn’t so much a long-awaited fight as much as it is a total smackdown, which ends with Dong-soo having to be hauled off of Chairman Go by Manbong. He begs Dong-soo to think of Young-dal and calm down as Chairman Go is dragged out by his men.

“Did you hear about Go Bok-tae?” Boss Min asks Young-dal later, and of course we know the answer is always no. It’s no different this time, so Boss Min elatedly gives Young-dal the news that Dong-soo delivered Chairman Go to the police.

Since she also tells him that Manbong barely stopped Dong-soo from killing their enemy, Young-dal tells her to thank him on his behalf. But he’s not as happy about this news as she or Jang-soo expected him to be, which Jang-soo explains as being due to the damning evidence he found on Yang-ha’s USB which would be enough to put Chairman Yoon behind bars for good.

Boss Min doesn’t see what there is to worry about when Young-dal could end everything for good by using the intel, and neither does Jang-soo. But we know Young-dal’s hesitation comes from Yang-ha’s final wish—then again, Yang-ha was the one who left the USB in the first place.

Team Young-dal is surprised when Young-dal orders that Yang-ha’s USB be destroyed, because even though Yang-ha left it for HIM, Young-dal has decided that bringing Chairman Yoon down with this info isn’t what Yang-ha would’ve wanted. Which is fine, except it doesn’t make any sense.

So since we’ve always got to take the long way ‘round, Young-dal says that he’ll wait for Chairman Go and Director Hyun to bring Chairman Yoon down. Because somehow that vindicates Yang-ha more than using the evidence he left behind to get this exact same task accomplished.

While Young-dal asks Director Hyun’s fling to relay a message to him, Dong-soo gives Detective Tak a hint in properly interrogating Chairman Go: He won’t be able to get him solely on Yang-ha’s murder (because script), so he should instead focus on getting him to spill all he has on Chairman Yoon’s crimes.

Before the shit really hits the fan, Young-dal and Dong-soo talk about Yang-ha’s final words. They know he didn’t want to lose another father, but they can’t just sit back either. Young-dal: “Do you think he’ll understand us?” Dong-soo: “I know he will.”

Whatever message Young-dal sent to Director Hyun was enough to get him to hand over damning slush fund files on Chairman Yoon to the police. And when Chairman Yoon calls Director Hyun for some answers, Director Hyun makes it clear that he’s washed his hands of the chairman and wishes him good luck in getting out of what’s in store.

Chairman Go also shares his audio file of Chairman Yoon ordering him to kill Dong-soo during his investigation—but in return, he asks to call Chairman Yoon himself.

That’s when he tells the hateful chairman that he’s told the police everything about their sordid past in order to ensure that he won’t go down alone while Chairman Yoon lives fine and free. “I’ll see you in prison soon, Chairman Yoon.”

But not soon enough, since he has enough time for a sit-down meeting with Young-dal where he’s told everything he already knows about his people turning against him and his empire crumbling beneath him.

“Was what you were trying so desperately to protect more important than a person’s life?” Young-dal asks. “If you can’t answer me, then answer to Dong-woo. That’s the only way for Dong-woo to rest in peace.”

Shortly after he leaves, Kim Jin-soo delivers the news that the police have arrived with a warrant for Chairman Yoon’s arrest. He tries to help his longtime employer think of escape strategies, but Chairman Yoon just sends him away instead.

After a moment of consideration, Chairman Yoon opens his secret wall safe and pulls out a gun. He sinks down into his trademark chair with shaky hands as he hesitates over his decision…

…But as Young-dal walks away from his office, he hears the unmistakable BANG! of a gunshot. He knows, without needing to see it, that Chairman Yoon has ended his own life.

Following Chairman Yoon’s death, Young-dal is inaugurated as Daejung’s newest CEO. After making a speech about how he plans to run things (short version: very well), he talks to Boss Min about making her a Daejung Casino shareholder.

Boss Min couldn’t be happier, but Young-dal merely replies that it’s the least he can do for all the help she’s given him—he’ll have to use the rest of his life to truly repay her for everything. (Aw.) As for Manbong, he gives him an envelope with unknown contents, but whatever it is is repayment for the debt he owes him.

Young-dal and Jung-hee go to the airport to see Dong-soo off for his trip to the States, and forces him to grudgingly accept a corporate black card. It’s cute how Dong-soo calls Jung-hee “sister-in-law” and how Young-dal promises that he and Jung-hee will visit him next year.

“Please take good care of our Dong-chul,” Dong-soo tells Jung-hee. His sister-in-law smiles as she tells him not to worry—she’s got this. Dong-soo then pulls Young-dal into a farewell embrace as he tells him, “I’m so grateful to have you as my brother.”

While driving home, Jung-hee giggles as she tells Young-dal that she just remembered how they first met, with him running through the streets of Sabuk in his skivvies. Remembering that and looking at him now still shocks her, she says, because it goes to prove just how much a person can change.

Young-dal mentions a movie about a professional gambler who used a diamond to signify the last gamble he’d ever take, and how he thought he’d do the same one day. But now he doesn’t see why he’d have to.

When Jung-hee asks why that changed, Young-dal replies, “Because I have you in my heart, which is all I’ll ever need.”

After an unspecified amount of time, we see Young-dal walking through the casino he now owns. He stops at a certain table where a certain someone is dealing, and flashes her a wide smile. Jung-hee returns it, with a little wink.

Young-dal: “A casino is the end for one’s desire. There was a point in my life where I was like a moth to that flame of desire. But I realize it now, that the end to any desire… is death.

My father was a coal miner. They cal the end of a tunnel where miners are sent to mine in ‘the pitch.’ Because of the stifling coal dust and the burning heat, I heard that working in a mine is an insufferable hell. There was a time my life also looked like a dark tunnel without a ray of sunlight. At the end of that tunnel, someone miraculously appeared before me. As I loved her, I started to dream, and now I’m standing under a blinding sun. If you want to escape from ‘the pitch’ in your life, try loving someone. You never know when you might find a lucky someone and hit the jackpot.”

 
HEADSNO2’S COMMENTS

…That’s it? Huh. Well bravo, Triangle, you actually managed to surprise me. I thought I’d seen it all when it came to unsatisfying finales, from the weird and nonsensical to the just plain insulting and everywhere in-between—and I mean everywhere, because there’s actually such a thing as not having a finale. And that thing is called Basketball—which, if you’ve never heard the name and have just been spoiled, good. I’ve just saved you from an eighteen-hour spiral into madness.

That being said, it just goes to show that no one can ever be truly prepared, since I definitely wasn’t ready for whatever this was. I don’t want to hang the show out to dry because it could’ve been a lot worse, but it also wasn’t much of anything else, either. I was disappointed that the same kind of lag we’ve been experiencing since the show hit its twenties carried over even into finale week, where conflict is usually amped up a bit as we head toward the promise of resolution. And while things did happen, the pace with which the show went about presenting them was so lackadaisical that the payoff ended up hitting like a dull thud. They cared just enough to tie up some of the major stories, but not how, and certainly not with any sense of urgency. Or efficiency.

Setting aside the fact that Young-dal’s monologue at the end sounded like it came from a morality play I didn’t know we were watching, let’s talk about the one big upset from the episode: Yang-ha’s death. Even if I were going to take the show’s side and say that it was somehow necessary (it wasn’t), or that it somehow made sense (it didn’t), I can’t figure out why the powers that be felt it necessary to blow their only climactic scene at the beginning of the hour. It’s not like we were asking for a thrill-a-minute kind of show, but for one with a recurring inability to get it up, was it too much to ask for it to have lasted for more than ten minutes?

I’m sure that we’d be complaining even if Yang-ha had been a more fully realized character, but it’s actually more upsetting that he was so underdeveloped and underutilized before he died so unceremoniously. It’s no fun when a show makes it so painfully obvious that one character’s number is up and there’s nothing anybody can do to stop it, and even more so when nobody does anything to stop it. It can’t be that hard to add in fictional trying when it comes to a fictional death, can it? But in lieu of any of that all I ended up feeling was cheated, not because he died but because we barely got to know him first. Even with twenty-six episodes to do so.

Unfortunately, timing was never Triangle’s strong point, even if it managed pretty well for a while. And while I’d love to blame the extension for the endless retread of familiar plot points and conversations, it seemed clear from the beginning that the original twenty-four episode count was already way more than this show required, so adding two more hours was nothing short of a death sentence. Still, it wasn’t without its moments, even if it got way too caught up in the casino/business politics instead of focusing on the goldmine it had with three brothers finding each other after so many years apart.

And while everyone did their part (I’m going to give Lee Beom-soo a tentative pass because that poor guy never had anything to do), it was really wonderful to see Jaejoong step up to the plate, not only as an actor, but as a leading man capable of carrying a show. If nothing else, watching Young-dal’s early journey was the true heart of this story, and why the monologue he used to wrap it all up with didn’t quite work the way it was intended to. Because while Young-dal did find love, what he really found was himself. Against all odds, he went from a troubled youth who’d never even picked up a book to the CEO of a major conglomerate. His is a story of success based on his immense personal strength, courage, and willpower—but if Triangle wants to do itself a disservice by adding a soliloquy about love, let it. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve ignored what really matters for everything that shouldn’t, but it is the last.

 
GUMMIMOCHI’S COMMENTS

And so Triangle ends. As much as I’m happy to see Young-dal get his own happy ending (and hopefully settle down with) Jung-hee, I can’t help but feel let down by an eight-minute finale followed by a fifty-minute epilogue. Because everything after Yang-ha’s death feels like the afterword that gave us one last reminder how Chairman Yoon was a terrible wishy-washy character who maybe cared about his adoptive heir (not son, because he made that clear on numerous occasions) and that Chairman Go was a mostly ineffectual villain with awful hair.

Seeing this show struggle week in and week out ever since the extension announcement hasn’t been easy on anyone, and while the live-shoot system typically takes its toll on everyone involved in a production, it’s been especially brutal for Triangle, from its exhausted-looking actors, to the thinly-stretched plot in the latter third of its run, to its viewers who wanted to see the show out of its misery. Speaking of which, I was shocked to see Yang-ha get the short end of the stick, and then felt cheated in waiting twenty-five hours for a genuine brotherly reunion that lasted all of one minute. To that end, I wish that the show continued to play to its strengths (e.g., building family relationships) than its weaknesses (e.g., boring boardroom conversations about revenge and death threats), because I loved the moments whenever two or more Jang brothers were on-screen discussing their past, present, and future with one another.

So it’s a pity that Triangle spun its narrative wheels on business relations hardly anybody cared about (see: Hanchang-Anderson investment deal, Daejung stocks, Chairman Go’s bankruptcy), introduced (and quickly dropped) a plethora of minor characters nobody cared about (see: numerous assassins, unimportant businessmen), and abandoned the characters whose futures everyone was left confused about (see: Elder Ahn, Lady Kim, Police Chief Hwang). It would be easy for the writing to fall back on long-winded discussions, which is something I don’t mind as long as it’s engaging, but Triangle became one of those cases where it recycled the same conflicts for so long that even talking about it became its own joke. Perhaps that’s why I was so surprised that there was an actual follow-through to the endless “I’ll get you, my pretty!” speeches, and honestly sad that Yang-ha was the ultimate victim. What a miserable end to a pitiful existence.

That isn’t to say that Triangle wasn’t without its highlights, because we got to see some fantastic performances among our core group of brothers. The greatest gem by far was being witness to Jaejoong’s acting performance and his progression from start to finish—at the halfway point in the series, you could tell that he tapped into his character and became Young-dal. Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Young-dal and Jung-hee’s romance develop in an everyday kind of way (what do you mean kidnapping?) that we don’t often get to see in dramaland—just two people who naturally developed genuine feelings for each other and fostered a relationship built upon honest communication.

So while we didn’t get as much of the brotherly moments in this show that I hoped we would, at least I know that there were plenty of those whenever the cameras weren’t rolling:

 
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Yangha has to die because Siwan has to go to France for CF shooting and he has no time to film the last episode!
JJ mentioned in today's interview, writer Choi original intention was to kill Youngdal.

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“The drama has ended and I know I can speak up about it now, but honestly, Jang Dong Chul’s death was certain. He was supposed to die at the airport on the way to attend the Hold ‘Em Championships. However, the drama was extended by two episodes, so the ending changed. Im Siwan had other filming schedules and could only attend the filming of one extended episode, so that is why his character Jang Dong Woo died instead.”

Kim Jaejoong further explains, “Oh Yeon Soo, who plays Hwang Shin Hye, had to go to the U.S. for personal family matters, so we weren’t able to film together at the end. Lee Bum Soo and I had time, so we were together until the very last episode.”

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with or without extention one of the brother will die..tsk tsk

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That's... just the lamest reason ever.

Now I'm even more frustrated about Yang-ha's death.

Not that I would have wanted Dong-chul to die either, but...

Did they have a check-box that had to be ticked, 'one brother must absolutely die'?

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tragic ending seems already in their plan...but sorry at last the story yang ha died not amusing like dong chul "die at the airport on the way to attend the Hold ‘Em Championships." haha

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It's funny how the planned death of Youngdal is similar to a death of a character in a Brazilian soap called Pecado Capital (literal translation: "Sin Capital"). The protagonist is a taxi driver who finds a briefcase full of money and do not know whether or not to stay with him; in the end he is killed at the airport.
I don't like the end of Triangle and how the plot was made.
Honestly the whole drama was saved because of good acting and chemistry of the actors and Jaejoong with Siwan and Bumsoo managed to convey well the personality of his characters. I did not like much of the acting of Jinhee, in some scenes she exaggerated emotions and facial expressions, but I know this it is expected in Korean actors, just that I don't like this aspect of performance there.
I hope Jaejoong can participate in one more drama, he said he wants to be in another drama before the army, and that if all goes well, the writer can be better than this of Triangle.

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I was so angry and frustrated about the ending that i didnt even cry a single tear!!! I was hoping that Yangha would find out how his father was using him to kill his own brother..but hell no!! Also i really wanted the three brothers to have a happy SOJU moment... The hell with the ending writer nim.. :)

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One thing I hate about Kdramas is this. They film while airing the show and not first film then air. And why not? So the drama could change according to personal schedules or the public opinion. NEVER MIND delivering a consistent well thought out quality plot #PissedOff #BunchOfPussies #rage

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I know right?!
Honestly, I think it's just so dumb to leave it like that. Anything can happen in those last few hours or minutes before its air date - like Lee Seunggi and his eye injury in You're All Surrounded that pushed back an episode.
I always thought dramas were filmed and edited as a whole - finished and everything BEFORE it airs but wow, this is ridiculous.

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It's both immensely sad and hilarious that the ending of the show depends on who among the actors has time for additional shooting!

Is writer Choi male or female? As Heads puts it, the show certainly can't get it up (much of the time).

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Its soo funny I was waiting for Youngdal to die ( that why I haven't been watching this because I was like Jaejoong dies again I ain't setting myself this time). Pfft. But I did call that someone was gonna die though ?

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woa, that ending would have been very sad.

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I figured Yangha died because Siwan went to France but what kind of nonsense...they were going to kill Yongdal at the airport at the very end...how very Fashion King...PASS

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The original plan for Young-dal's death was ridiculous. If Young-dal had to die, why not during the rescue of his brothers but on the way to the airport. I do not like Yang-ha's death either. With only two siblings left, it not a triangle any more.

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LOL that's the stupidest thing i've ever heard LOL honestly i want Yang Ha to end up with the girl Jung Hee but what the fuck, He DIED!! I hate it i'm so fucking mad right now that i'm getting emotional LOL. . . . . . . Yang Ha is still the one for me!!

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Yangha has to die because Siwan has to go to France for CF shooting and he has no time to film the last episode!
JJ mentioned in today's interview, writer Choi original intention was to kill Youngdal.

this:

“The drama has ended and I know I can speak up about it now, but honestly, Jang Dong Chul’s death was certain. He was supposed to die at the airport on the way to attend the Hold ‘Em Championships. However the drama was extended by two episodes, so the ending changed. Im Siwan had other filming schedules and could only attend the filming of one extended episode, so that is why his character Jang Dong Woo died instead.”

Kim Jaejoong further explains, “Oh Yeon Soo, who plays Hwang Shin Hye, had to go to the U.S. for personal family matters, so we weren’t able to film together at the end. Lee Bum Soo and I had time, so we were together until the very last episode.”

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Thanks for the recap!
Kudos to recappers for this show!

So disappointed witht he show overall.
Boo we never had a chance for three brothers teaming up for a war against baddie, which I was hoping and hoping. Heck we didn't even had a chance to see all three brothers having one nice brotherly time together.
I don't like you the writer nim, even though drama HeoJun (original) holds dear in my heart.

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I would have so much preferred that... They could have had some sort of climactic moment with Yangha seeing his (estranged) brother risk their life to save his, then realising how much more they care for him than his father, thus switching sides to team up with them and take down the baddies, with Yang-ha hiding his "changing sides" from his father until they land him in prison or something. It could have been an emotional showdown (and including some nice brother-bonding moments). Instead we got something that felt only wishy-washy and underdeveloped, where the 'bonding' occurred over a Yang-ha bleeding to death with his brothers just looking. Seriously, Dong-soo as a former police officer must have been trained in first aid and both had phones to call the ambulance!

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So I stopped after ep. 2, because I had more interesting dramas to follow (and so little time).

Are you saying the show was a waste of time and I should not revisit it? Because I will listen to you, who followed it through to the end. xD

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i'm following ..till the end lol
i think because i'm so into young dal character so its interesting following his journey .
and just like HEADSNO2’S said "His is a story of success based on his immense personal strength, courage, and willpower..

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I had followed from Episode 1 to the finale because of Jaejoong's performance. He was so charming and did it great as a male lead.

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The ending was awful! I mean bad very bad....

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I had followed to the end because of Jaejoong's and his consistency in the character of Yeong Dal. He is the ultimate GEM in this drama!

Oh! I plan to re-watch it again. From ep. 1 to 26 to laugh and cry my heart outn again. ;-)

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I had followed to the end because of Jaejoong's and his consistency in the character of Yeong Dal. He is the ultimate GEM in this drama!

Oh! I plan to re-watch it again. From ep. 1 to 26 to laugh and cry my heart out again. ;-)

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Oops!

I cannot see my comments in FF but I can see in IE. Use 2 names and end up duplicating the comments, kekeke!

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Sooooo....my original thought was... Young dal and dong soo both survived being stabbed - dong soo with multiple stab wounds, but yang ha dies after 1?
But after reading above I guess I get it now. Ugh episode extensions. They rarely work well. I really wanted all bro's to live happily ever after. Sadness.

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Dong Soo even got stabbed by a pro. And said pro's teacher failed to kill Yang Ha, but the newly hired goon without any solid training (we were told of) managed it. Dramas are great with finding nonsensical ways to do the things they want/need to do.

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just think dong soo is a guy with police stamina and dong woo is a rich kid with no stamina, stabbed one..he died..lol

but i'm curious what if we don't have extensions, yang ha not gonna die, shin hye will happily marriage with dong soo and young dal died....but what happen to jung hee and all the young dal gang..?

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I really want to see this drama because I have not seen any drama of Jaejoong. Now I'm having second thoughts of marathoning/watching this drama

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I skip-watched this, which probably saved me some of the heartache (though not all).

The show should have focused more on the brothers, and less on all the manipulations and scheming related to the casino.

Yang-ha's death was frustrating, not only because we didn't really get to know him much as a character, but also because I'm terribly irritated at the fact that he never really got time with his brothers. Basically the message for his character was: "Your life sucks. Too bad for you. We'll kill you off anyhow, even though we could reunite you with your brothers." Maybe that's how it happens in real life, but somehow it just seemed so wrong here.

The good things about this drama.... Jaejoong, definitely. He was great. Now that he's demonstrated that he can act and carry a drama, I hope he chooses projects in the future that are solid, not dramas and films that will be forgotten half a year after they've aired. Maybe he would do better to do a Japanese drama again.

Jung-hee was also a pretty admirable character. Not that I could remotely relate to her life's dream of being a dealer in a casino, but she was strong in an admirable way.

The rich girl meanwhile that pursued Yang-ha seemed an utterly pointless character (and her explanation that she "loved" Yang-ha because of his loneliness and fame among classmates for trying to commit suicide... seriously? do we really need twisted reasons like this in kdramas?). Ultimately she was harmless, but I just don't understand why drama writers keep pushing characters like her. It's like "we need a role for this pretty person" NOT "we have an essential minor character, we need to find someone to fill the role"...

Anyhow...

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Oh man -- let me count the ways in which the writer(s) of this drama failed. Nope. Not gonna do it. Not worth the time. But a virtually endless supply of drinking games could be devised based on the sins of the script.

What a sad waste of a cast that worked well together.

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I've actually really enjoyed watching Triangles these past few weeks, even though there were times I would yell at my laptop screen but I would also laugh or smile too.

I wasn't expecting the ending, and I'm not sure how I feel about it, which is more attributed to my ending in my head. In the end I understood, but not necessarily agreed with how Yang-ha's character wanted to believe and protect the father he knew, because those were the true feelings in his heart. I liked how Young-dal took this into consideration when taking down the Chairman. I also liked how we got to a throwback to Dong-soo's bad temper.

Before I watched this show, I had no idea who Siwan or Jaejoong were. I watched it because it was a story of 3 unfortunate brothers. I stayed for the truthful and sincere story, but I was engaged and captivated by the acting of Jaejoong. He was the stand out for me and I am happy his character got his happy ending (bare Yang-ha).

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I wanted to watch this...do you guys recommend that I do so??? I only skimmed through the recaps because I didn't want to spoil anything in the event that I do watch it.

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Depends on how big a fan you are of Jaejoong. And saying that as a huge fan, I myself had to fast forward a lot of scenes, including an absurd amount of flashbacks.

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I am actually a bigger fan of Siwan :) That said, I really like Jaejoong, Baek Jin Hee and Lee Bum Soo as well :/

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Dear all! :)
PLEASE I like to know if this drama is worth watching!
I haven't watched a single episode & I just know the synopsis!
I wanna know if the good points of this drama outweighs the flaws & weaknesses!

PS:I don't wanna waste my time on a bad written drama like "Doctor Stranger"! It is my BIGGEST mistake to have watched DS! So that is WHY I am asking you! :)

PSS: The dramas which I did ENJOY watching & have watched many times are: City Hunter,Boys Over Flowers,That Winter The Wind Blows,Secret Garden & Empress Qi(Actually I watched this just once)

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personally speaking, I like this drama. there are so many life lessons that I learn from this drama. It's worth it. You can have a try for few episodes.

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It can never be as bad as Dr Stranger.....the actors are much better and the OTP romance is cute, and to me it was worth it for Jaejoong. But it still gets very boring.

I would say it's ok to watch as long as you fast forward over any scenes not featuring at least one brother or Jung Hee.

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It's not difficult to be better than Dr. Stranger.

I guess the question is why do you want to watch it? There are better revenge dramas and thrillers. There's romance (and one we could cheer for easily), but this isn't really a romance drama. The family part gets shifted, nowhere near enough brother reunion time. If it's one of the actors you want to watch for, then I guess go for it (though not for Lee Boemsoo as he's shamefully underused), but on the whole I wouldn't recommend this drama unless you really like one of the actors and have watched all of their other works already.

You could also skip-watch. Or watch and drop.

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I only wanted one thing, ok two - for the brothers to not die and DalHee to have some cute moments..... I didn't get either. At least the bad guys did not get away with everything but still, it was sad.

But Jaejoong alone made me feel like I did not only waste 26 hours of my life. He was so good and DalHee so cute together, his fans should be proud of him. And he was supposed to die but did not, because of the extension? Writer-nim, at least come to your senses next time. This drama should have been great but it became like this by the end....
I understand why Yang Ha felt the way he did though. In this whole finale, this is one of the few things that make sense.

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Yes we are extremely proud of our Jaejoong XD

#proudjaeharem

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I enjoyed watching triangle. They didn't deliver what they initially promised and I had huge expectations about the plot and a bit of concern about Jaejoong casting, but I was surprised.
The plot was less dark than I expected yet they make it up, for me at least, with incredible real characters that were consistent through the 26 episodes.
And Jaejoong, I'm glad he was Young Dal, I'm glad he chose triangle, and I'm proud, as a fan, for his development.
Now about today episode, YH never managed to redeem himself, and as a viewer I wanted him to find happiness. I knew he was going to die, yet I wish he could have survived.
His last words explain very clear what he have shown during the last couple of episodes, Chairman Yoo is the only father he knows and he will never betray him, but he also started finding out some feelings for his brothers, specially YD who he used to hate. He was torn, and he was not going to find a way to please both.

As for Chairman Yoo, Director Hyun and GBT.. I wanted the first 2 to end up in jail and the 3 one to die. So for me the revange was not fullfiling.

But YH did ask the brothers to drop the fight against Chariman Yoo and they did, they become better people by doing so. But really I wanted him alive and in Jail to suffer.
"Young-dal has decided that bringing Chairman Yoon down with this info isn’t what Yang-ha would’ve wanted. Which is fine, except it doesn’t make any sense"
But it does. YD regrets that he never managed to be a hyung to YH and his last wish was for YD and DS to stop going after Chairman Yoo. How it doesn't make any sense for YD to do what YH wished, after he died, and when YD fees as guilty as he does?

As for the whole ending... it was lukewarm. YD did find hapiness and he became someone better. The bad guys got their punishment. YH found peace...
But it wasn't exciting and that is a shame. And I guess that was Triangle major flaw.

Anyway, the drama wasn't crazy, didn't have the cliches I hate in dramas, didn't have the weak female leads, it explored and developed in the characters, they have a cute and realistic love line... So I can't complain.

It was boring at some point, didn't take full advantege of some characters, the shooting was crazy... so I can be fully happy either

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Yeah the cast worked so well together, they deserve the praise they get, especially Jaejoong. I have seen better performances from Im Siwan and Baek Jin Hee before, and Lee Beom Soo did not get enough to do. But they all did well, I also enjoyed the supporting cast from Madame Min and Manbong to Jang Madame.

But it is so annoying that the show wasted so many good actors like this. The writer needs to be sent somewhere to reflect.

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he ask the bro to "to drop the fight against Chairman Yoo" because he doesn't want to loose his father again when funny is his bio father is killed by this guy.

i think this is why young dal said even though he can understand yang ha but still he can let chairman yoo go..

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"You know it’s a finale when everyone suffers from Opera Syndrome—y’know, when someone’s bleeding out and everyone would rather just cry about it instead of doing something rational like applying pressure."

Best sentence ever! Thank you so much for the recaps, it was so much fun reading them.

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Or calling for an ambulance. Seriously, how hard is it to dial 911 instead of just shouting Dong Woo, Dong Woo! Like calling his name is going to help him or something.

One reason Dong Soo survived his stabbing was because they could get medical assistance to him on time.

Really pointless waste of talent - this show. Don't get me wrong, I loved, loved, loved some aspects of this show, Jaejoong's performance, getting to know the actress that played Jung Hee, and their romance were the good parts of it.

But the parts that sucked were too many wasted opportunities for greatness because the writers couldn't come up with a more interesting, cohesive or logical plot. SMH.

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I didn't watch or even was interested to watch this show. But based on recaps, did Lee Beom-soo get wasted as an actor?

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I think so. His character was better utilized in the beginning of the drama when he was working as a cop on a case. But then after he supposedly lost his job as a cop, he served no true purpose. In most of his scenes, he was in cafes talking to people Always talking. Reflecting and talking. He did nothing. He had no real power or insight. Everything in the story was done for him by other people.

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Terribly. I actually struggle to find a time in his 24-year-old career when he has been wasted so badly for his at-the-time level.

'Dr. Jin' used him better. If you've seen that, you know the level of fail here.

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He really did. Maybe not at the beginning, but in the second half of the series, totally. Though his scenes with Jaejoong are worth it, imo.

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He might have had more screen time in the first half, but what he actually had to work with was just as bad. Rage, angst, talk a lot, rage, angst, talk a lot, repeat.

And I personally don't feel the scenes with Jae Joong are worth it either, since all they mostly do is, yes, talk about what to do with what is happening. We got very few scenes of barely-bonding in this entire series.

Unless you mean they looked very handsome standing next to each other and talking. Then yes, those were worth keeping one's eyes open for. They even ran next to each other for a few seconds. That was the highlight of episode 25. :P

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well, there are the scenes when they were getting to know each other as detective and snitch, and the great one where Young-dal is forced to give Dong-soo a beating to prove his loyalty to Skunk Go. (the latter especially, that was a powerful scene).

But yeah, 2/3 Jang bros' running together was indeed the highlight of episode 25! Too bad it wasn't in slow motion, with the wind machines on.

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Jaejoong for the win!!

That had to be repeated. Honestly, he was the best thing about this drama and kuddos to him for elevating his game and making me care about his character's journey.

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I heard from today's interview, JJ got a drip before he filming the scene running with red boxer. even he was not really well, he still continue filming. what a dedication! no wonder he received tons of compliment from other triangle actors and even from the food truck staffs!

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What a suckfest of an ending!!!!!!!

Thanks to the beanies that posted the true reason for Yang Ha's death. It made no sense for it to occur in the first 10 minutes of the episode and made no sense to the story line at that moment. It served no purpose in helping fake dad realize his wrong doing. Even if he had died later on in the episode, he should have witnessed first hand how his adoptive father never really cared for him and adopted him to be an accessory (like everyone told him). At that point, if he makes his dying declaration to forgive his father anyway and asks his brothers to stop their plan against him because he wants to keep the memory of his "father" intact, I would accept his death a little better.

It only highlights the problem with a live shoot system. It's really just being greedy. We get senseless episodes with extra and unnecessary makjang story lines, the actors can't stick around to film the scenes properly because of other commitments and the viewer/reader is left unhappy. Just keep the story tight and concise.

It was a good drama but, to me, the ending was ruined.

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I think Yang-ha knew his 'father' never truly cared for him, he realised that when he forced him to get interrogated in his place and Young-dal was the one who got him released. (Im Shi-wan doesn't say a lot but I could see it in his face in the scene between them). But he clung to the idea so hard because it's literally the only life he knows and the only relationship he's had.

I was hoping for a brotherly reconciliation, but not like this. Though Young-dal's death would have been even more infuriating.

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so glad that this series finally got 'terminated'!
long and torturous days finally bid good-bye to us!
yaaaaaaay!

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I'm relieved too! I do not want YD to cry anymore thou' he look really lovely when he does.

Why watch the drama if you find torturous?LOL~~~

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whatever Triangle , I still enjoyed your sloppy ass .

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Thanks Headsno2 & gummimochi for putting up with such mess until its very end. Sometimes I wonder if low quality dramas around their half mark would entitle you and other DB minions to drop recapping them, as to, you know, save your time and sleep and sanity?

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So...that's it?? was my reaction when I watched this finale. That darned extension really blew the momentum of the storyline out like 5 eps ago? Sheesh. It didn't have a satisfying ending like I would have hoped...and I really knocked on wood in my post on last week's OT -.-

I had said that it would upset me if one of the bros died (check), Daddy Dearest/Skunk Go/Hyun got away with their crimes/forgiven/saved from death (check) or if there was a time jump (nope). Daddy Dearest offed himself, which, UGH. Dramaland and nearly always having the mastermind criminal get the easy way out (via suicide, amnesia, etc). I don't really recall what happened to Hyun, because it seemed like he turned on Daddy Dearest and that somehow absolved him? Ugh. Skunk Go got arrested but as his character's gradual uselessness and "I'mma get him this time, I swear!" bit got old very fast. One out of three baddies isn't a good stat.

I, too, read Jaejoong's remarks so it made understanding the workings of the finale. BUT...it really bothered me that they still "had" to kill off one of the bros -- this reminded me of the whole "fate" crapbusiness of God's Gift and Dong-chan having to commit suicide to let the premonition come true. None of that crap here, and yet, Yang-ha had to die. WTF. Even if he had conflict in scheduling! What purpose did his death do with the story? It made Daddy Dearest get upset at Hyun for offing his son, although it's clear that he never loved him like a son but merely as property.

And as for the "original" ending? Young-dal was supposed to die? What a bunch of BS that would have been...although I've always had that slight inkling that he might be on his way to an early death, just for the pathos. Ugh. While I'm glad it didn't turn out that way, the ending still was a muddled mess.

Despite trudging through the latter half of this drama, it was a disjointed, haphazardly written story that threw common sense out the window numerous times. The plethora of insignificant nobody characters that were written in the later eps, and the sudden disappearances of prior introduced characters was the biggest annoyance for me. Not to mention the countless times the baddies met and planned...as well as the human messenger pigeons. Now, if this story was prior to the technology age, then I'd understand...but what's the point in having smartphones if they ain't gonna use 'em?? -.-

Triangle, though, showed Jaejoong's improvement as an actor...because he made Young-dal likable as a person, despite his flaws. The first few eps had me really rooting for him, and to see him become the CEO of the casino at the end was somewhat gratifying. Lee Beom-soo was terribly wasted, as was Oh Yeon-soo has being Boring Shin-hye. The male-centric cast, with the dearth of females except Jung-hee, the Boss ladies and the catty casino dealers was somewhat expected, considering the storyline...but that also led to its flaws. Focusing on...

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...gangsters, rich jerks and the casino was very tunnel vision-like -- and the lack of a real family, except Jung-hee's, made this drama feel different than the usual drama. Now, if it had better focus, better writing, more common sense...then maybe, just maybe -- it would have been better.

Well, Triangle...I stuck with you all the way through. Thank you for sucking me in, with the first few eps...although I stuck out a crappy later half just to see what I thought was supposed to be the focus of the story -- the brothers. I've said it again and again, but this drama would have been far better off if the writer had focused there instead of the darn casino. Oh wells, can't do anything about it now...thank you for an unsatisfying ending.

Thank you for GM and Heads for their hard work in recapping this...definitely appreciated it :)

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Seriously, this drama was sold with the tagline A Tale of Three Unfortunate Brothers. Why did it have to become A Tale of Three Nasty Ajusshis Plotting In Offices?

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I know...I really hated that shift in storyline because there was sooo much potential wasted otherwise!!! :/

Honestly, the later half was primarily the three baddies...sitting around and plotting the demise of Young-dal/bros. Just a momentary glimpse into the reconnection of the bros, but no reconciliation when that was what mattered!!! -.-

Yang-ha's dying words are hardly sufficient...much less his senseless death. But if it had gone to the "original" script with Young-dal dying instead...I would have personally gone to Korea to wrung the writer's neck! xP haha

But seriously though, I lament what could have been! I feel let down by this, by choosing to stick with it despite the gradual deterioration of the story...sigh.

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Pogo, just want to say I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments these past couple of months =D!

"A Tale of Three Nasty Ajusshis Plotting In Offices"- glad I wasn't eating when I saw this! OMG so frigging true. It would have been slightly better had they at least plotted in a dark alleyway or some place more interesting than those frigging boring offices, urgh!

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aww thanks, I'm glad anyone reads my ramblings!

And yeah, those offices got really boring to look at. At least Asshole Hyun tried plotting on the roof once, even if he got overheard by Yang-ha, but it was too little too late.

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You took the words from my mouth. After Yang Ha's pitiful and lonely existence he finally gets a family who cares for him only for him to die before they could come together? And the hyungs lost not only their parents but baby bro too? Lazy, stupid writing.

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Great drama,great recap. Although i still find our female lead character unbelieve because who would have thought that our wicked Empress can be passionate but then that is what ACTING is all about. Thank you so much for making us happy korea Actor and Actress. I will like to ask a question did dramabean recap Don't Ask me About the Past if yes pls reply in these gmail account [email protected]. Thanks FIGHTING

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I was so disappointed with this show. From the start I thought it would be about how the three brothers find each other, become a family, and get revenge. It started to become obvious in the middle of the show that that wasn't going to happen given Yang Ha's stubborn character, but however I still hoped that they would eventually come together as brothers.

I hoped that Yang Ha would see the light even if it was in the last episode, but I didn't expect him to die. Could they have just wrote his character out like they did to Shin Hye?

I'm pissed cause I never got any brotherly moments. This was advertised as a triangle, but it was all about Yeong Dal. The other two brothers were pretty much useless. The writer needs to work on developing more than one character at a time.

But despite how much I didn't like the drama, hats off to Jaejoong for doing a decent job acting wise.

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hate it..why yang ha death..so sad :(

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I was utterly in love with this show. For the first time since season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer I could not wait for the next episode of a television show because I was so desperate to find out what would happen next. I didn't believe for a minute that any of the brothers would die because the most beautiful thing about the story was how they were finding themselves by finding each other. Apparently I have not watched enough Korean melodramas. I have vowed never to watch another one again. I'll stick to rom coms. I had to watch the Gu Jun Pyo shower scene just to cleanse my palate. You broke my heart, Triangle! You broke my heart!

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First of all thanks to Headsno2 & gummimochi for sticking with Triangle to the bitter end. Personally I would have found recapping a two hour documentary about the physics of drying paint easier than the last two hours of Triangle. So kudos to you!

This show made me really angry with its almost criminal waste of compelling characters, interesting set-up and locale, and good actors in the lead roles. I'm not going to complain about the 26 hours of my life I'm never getting back because I'm a big girl and have to take responsibility for my own actions. I could have quit at any time but it was Jaejoong who kept me watching. He's a good actor with real star qualities but he needs better advice on his future potential projects.

Triangle was absolutely dreadful. I'm sorry but dreadful is the kindest word I can use. The problems with it have been discussed ad nauseam by everyone but the final resolution (if one can call it that) for Young-dal left me stunned. He's now the CEO of the gambling empire and has surrounded himself with ex-cons, gangsters, loan sharks, illegal casino operators, am I missing anyone? And somehow this is an improvement over what was happening before? Okay.

In the first few episodes, which were really strong, we saw the consequences of gambling. The doctor who has lost his profession, his family, his home and his reputation trough his addiction. The sad city of Sabuk where the only growth industry is catering to the basest desires of humanity. When Jung-hee goes to work in Madame Chang's illegal casino and comes to the attention of Yang-ha, she's told in no uncertain terms to "be nice to him" and we all know what this means. So we are supposed to count it as a personal triumph that Young-dal is now the CEO of a gambling enterprise? Hello! It's still gambling! I think I need another drink!

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This show made me really angry with its almost criminal waste of compelling characters, interesting set-up and locale, and good actors in the lead roles.

You took the words right out of my keyboard. I don't actually mind the shift in setting so much, with Young-dal getting into Daejung (and seriously, they had the shareholder meeting on the day that Yang-ha died?! Or the coordi messed up and didn't even change Jaejoong's shirt!)......but that shift came with way too many plotting assholes taking up screen time that should have belonged to our brothers. They took up way too much time at the start anyway, but I still got to see way more of Asshole Hyun's face than I needed to.

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I actually enjoyed the drama although it has flaws and the pacing is not consistent. May be because I don't like exaggerated acting and drama that are too 'dramatic' and unbelievable. I can identify with the characters in this drama and want to find out what is going to happen to them.

I believe if the drama title is changed to ' The journey of a Sabuk thug' or 'the rise of HYD' , less people will be disappointed. The name 'Triangle' set some wrong expectations and I read some comments that since the name is Triangle, it has to have 3 leads with equal focus and screen time etc. If the production team sold this drama as a story of HYD as the focal point and how he came across all these people while chasing his dream and ended up discovering his lost family and past, that will set the expectation of the viewers in the right direction.

Anyway, I love how Jaejoong portrayed HYD with a lot of passion and genuineness. He proved himself to be a good actor than can 'lead' a drama to those people who cast a lot of doubts and negativity towards his casting news. Bravo!!

I also like the side characters : Manbong, Boss Min, JH's family, YD's sidekicks. I am going to miss YD, JH , JH and all the cast a lot!!

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So much for the satisfying ending I wanted.

literally the only reason I don't want to throw things at the end, is Jaejoong. I admit doubting him at first, but he settled into the role of Heo Young-dal so well, his casting is the best thing that happened to this drama - I can't even imagine what we'd be saying if Song Seung-hoon had taken the role, since he got the offer first. Jaejoong put so much heart and effort into this role, it's impossible not to feel for his character even when he was hovering in the edges of 'not a good guy'. So props to him for that.

(and yes, thank god for one convincing and believably developed OTP romance and for once, a female Candy character who does not behave like the stereotype Candy in all dramas. Even if they got less screentime than the villains sitting around and having echo chamber conversations)

I think this drama's ultimate fault was that it failed to recognise its greatest strength, which the brother relationship and interactions. The writer/PD may have been given to focusing on the gambling in their previous works, but they failed to grasp that here, no one gives @%^# about that - we just wanted to see the brothers! They wasted a potentially fantastic cast - Im Shi-wan and Lee Beom-soo can both do FAR better than what they were given to work with. And they also ignored the heart of their show, which lay in human relationships, not corporate plotting. Sure, I did chuckle a little when Chairman Skunk got betrayed, but really? You HAD to kill off a brother just because?

I'll look forward to Im Shi-wan's next acting job in Misaeng, and to whatever Jaejoong picks for an acting project after military service. I just hope it's better than this (same goes for LBS and Baek Jin-hee too)

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Totally agree with everything you said! :)

You know, I completely forgot that Song Seung-hoon was originally offered the part of Young-dal...I shudder, thinking of how this would have been with him instead! We would have missed what was really was a breakthrough performance by Jaejoong!

And yes, I too didn't really give a damn about the casino and takeover crap...it's so freakin' unfortunate that the writer chose to focus on that and not the brothers :(

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6 consecutive screenshots of a character on their cell phones? That cannot be a coincidence. Oh wait, yes it can. because aside from the boardroom setting, most of the "action" was happening through a cell phone.

Anyways, thanks to gummi and heads for braving through this and holding out hope way longer than anyone else did. I will try and take jaejoong's much improved acting from this, and not dwell on the awful pacing, writing, and misuse of acting talent. borderline criminal what they did with dong soo's character.

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I smell Samsung phone PPL...

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I wish JJ's last project would be a romcom bromance with Siwan! There was so much natural chemistry between them WASTED!!!!!
*dream on* :((

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the last pic <3

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OMG! I'll miss all of the casts. I know this drama wasting them but I don't know why I feel like I want to see all of them once again especially YD's family includes madam Jung, lackey, jailbreak, jangsoo, madam min reunite in a drama again after this. I'll miss them so much.

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Me too!

After it ended, I felt like a lost puppy........

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as much as i like the cast and characters, i still felt like i've wasted more than my precious 26 hours watching this drama.

1. lots of flashbacks
2. moving at slow pace
3. yang ha's death
4. and no Dalhee's final kiss scene

maybe i will watch this drama again but with lots of FF with it. haha

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Alright, my thoughts. (Haters gonna hate, lovers gonna love):

1) I DISlike melodramas, I only watch cos' of Jaejoong.^^

2) I never expect melodrama to be this hilarious! I was laughing like hell on those moments throughout the 26 episodes.XD

3) Jaejoong is so so so so so much better in this character. I had already notice that since PTB and Dr Jin had already shown he can act and has the potential to do even better.

4) MBC, give this man the Best Actor Award! Thanks!

5) Despite the damm lame plot, I could feel related cos' of Jaejoong, he is so genuine as YD!

6) My friends and I had try to predict the next plot but most of us guess wrongly. XD

7) I never expect Yang Ha will died. Why Yang Ha was not send to the hospital? I'm trying to hold back my tears back and YH was like in so much pain.... :-((It's turn out that Siwan need to fly to France...)

8) Jung Hee (Baek Jin Hee), I like her alot. She's strong in mind and she not wishy washy.

9) Team YD are funny. Love Mdm Jung, Mdm Min, Jung Soo, Jerry, Manbong, Grandpa Ahn, Junho etc.

10) Kinda glad it was extended to 2 more episodes cos' if not, YD will be the one to died! NO!!!!!!!!

10) Gonna re-watch again!

Thanks you so much Gummimochi and Headsno.2 for all your hardwork. But, this is not the "worst" drama you ever re-cap.XD

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I think we are mostly sad and disappointed, but I didn't say it yesterday - thank you so much for that bts shot of the brothers and Jung Hee, gummi!

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I am kind of speechless right now because so many wise commenters have taken words out of my keyboard ;-)

In short, Triangle was a show that squandered a golden opportunity to be great, but ultimately I do not regret watching it because there were some truly moving moments, and more importantly most of the show's actors- lead by Jaejoong- did a marvelous job throughout. Jaejoong might not be a very polished actor due to being relatively new to the field, but he sure has been absolutely convincing as Young-dal, and his emotional scenes are always genuine and heart-felt. I am a proud fan =') Oh and I also love Im Siwan's style of acting, it's subtle, understated, but also "precise", for want of better word.

Other than Jaejoong and Siwan, I also really enjoyed the actors/actresses for Man-bong and Boss Min. Hope I will be seeing them in other shows in the future =)

Last but certainly not least, a BIG, BIG THANK YOU to Heads and Gummi for recapping Triangle. You guys' witty and humorous recaps made the whole drama chasing experience that much more fun <3!!!

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I think we're all in agreement here on everything you said about the drama.

And I totally agree with you on Jaejoong and especially Siwan. I think I've said it before, but Siwan seems to have a talent for expressing emotions without needing exaggerated facial expressions or dialogue, he kind of reminds me of Song Joong-ki on a smaller scale. Triangle doesn't really show off that subtlety, but he was aces in the Misaeng short film, I'm so glad he took the lead in the drama for this October.

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I forgot to watch the final week until now because even real life is more interesting than this drama universe. Seriously, these couples of weeks, while watching I was like, "Damn, I spaced out again. What happen now? Oh wait, nothing happened."

Given how much potential of a good and realistic show has gone wasted in Triangle, I felt like the writer is making a blatant statement that this live-shooting plus rating-courting method does not work. Or he's just very unprofessional and give up half way on his work.

I don't have anything to say about the story that other commenters here haven't said. I watch this for Jaejoong so I don't regret it; reading non-fans compliment him is already worth my time. I love love love him in the first 4 episodes, simply because I did not recognize Jaejoong-the-singer at all. The last few episodes, even Youngdal became so tedious that I could see Jaejoong struggled to give him some life. I heard Jaejoong wanted to take in another project before enlistment, so I guess he's disappointed too. *signs*

Will I watch this again? Yes, but only Jaejoong's parts in case I miss him in the next two years. Good luck, cast and crew, on your next project. And big thanks to our lovely recappers.

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Big thanks Dramabeans, Heads and gummi,for recapping this show.Visiting DB to read recaps and comments is the most enjoyable thing to do apart from following the drama.Your reviews and comments helped me a lot to understand this show.

I had quite a high expectation for the writer and the cast in the beginning since I'm a big fan of Iris and All in is pretty good. I gave a lot of comparisons between Triangle and All in,from the aspects of background,characters,and plot development.And sadly,the former is nowhere near the later.Similar settings of our hero, a boy lived on the street,had been in prison and fell in love with a dealer.But Youngdal got no real gambling techniques,got nobody teaching him how to be a better man,and no strong herose as his soul companion.I have to say it's not love for Junghee that kept him fighting till the end but his own willpower,his kind nature and love of a true family.Also,It's not convincing to base his winning on luck or villain's stupidity instead of his own ability.Anyway,Youngdal is still the most established and thoroughly developed character in the drama compared with other roles.
No matter how the world changes, the power of love is eternal.Though the writer failed to tell a fully developed story of three brothers,he successfully established this theme somehow. Youngdal's love for Junghee makes him wanting to be a better person;His love for his family kept him fighting for a revenge;Shinhye loves Dong-soo deeply that she whole heartly support Dong-soo in finding brothers and taking revenge on GBT;And Youngha,he loved Junghee so much that he rebeled his father,gave up his fortune and walked away from his love;He loved his foster.He took responsiblity for his father,refused to go to Brother Jangs,all because YTJ was the only family he had even though he knew it's him that make his life miserable.
On the whole,I like all the scenes involving two or three of the brothers,Dalhee kiss and Youngdal the trashy thug.I love Hyo Youngdal.I love Kim Jaejoong more.
Gonna miss you all and the cast of Triangle.

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I gave up on the show after episode 16 and was disappointed with the finale. I agree that if the story had concentrated on the relationship between the three brothers it would have been a better show.
The drama should have lasted only 16 episodes.

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Still wondering if I should check this drama out. I'm a guy, but I think I could get into Jaejoong's character too, maybe just maybe...

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Don't know how relevant this is but Triangle was actually watched by more males and than females despite its timeslot. You should give it a try and see how it goes.

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This was the first time I've ever seen Jaejoong in anything so I can't say that he's the reason I started watching Triangle. Regardless of the overall storyline, plot holes, and all that, his performances were what kept me interested, intrigued and yes, invested. Bravo to him and the rest of the cast for bringing it every single episode and taking us on a journey for better or for worse. For the transformation of his character and making us feel every emotion along with him, Jaejoong's acting alone makes this worth a rewatch.

And even though I wasn't a fan of Yang Ha always, Siwan's portrayal of his character throughout Triangle had me screaming at my iPad screen during this episode.

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FYI

Our Kim Jaejoong won Best Actor as of today 01 Oct 2014, at Korea Drama Awards. The competitors were very tough.

AND.........this is NOT determine by fans' voting, but was chosen by the judges.

T/N: From my friend, "Pls go bang your head against a wall for those who said our Jae's acting is not as good as their bias."

^^v

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I didn't enjoy this drama at all, such a waste of time

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I wasnt expecting yang ha death but was expecting them to cum togeda as one since they've being apart for over 20years but all d same the movie is a very interesting movie all thanks to Jaejoong.......... luv u

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I'm going voting crazy!

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Hi,,anyone knows the soundtrack of this drama.i mean the background music..but not ost..soundtrack only..tq

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