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Jackpot: Episode 6

Our hero manages to net himself a few new friends during the somewhat shockingly brief period of time where he gets to live a new life, which only goes to prove that Dae-gil’s sense of self runs deeper than his memories. At his core, he’s still just as dogged, persistent, and ready to help those in need, even if that comes at the expense of his own body. It helps that he’s always got luck on his side—or shoved down his throat, both literally and metaphorically, depending on the circumstances.

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

Far from the mud flats the shaman saw Dae-gil buried up to his neck in last episode, he awakens instead on the shore of that not-so-bottomless cliff, thanks to Hong Mae’s slapping and prodding.

She complains that she’s been looking everywhere for him, but Dae-gil can only say: “Who are you?” Oh noooo. It’s amnesia.

Hong Mae capitalizes on this and sells Dae-gil as a slave to an old merchant buddy of hers, with the only condition being that he can’t be allowed to return to the capital without her permission. Until then, he can work Dae-gil to death in the salt fields.

His new owner has him seen by a doctor so he can be made fit to work, and in the process, Dae-gil coughs up the nyang Injwa shoved down his throat. The nyang is quickly pocketed by another slave, GYE SEOL-IM (Kim Ga-eun), who keeps watch at his bedside.

Dae-gil doesn’t know who he is or where he is, and spends a surprisingly small amount of time recuperating from his numerous broken bones and injuries. He can only support himself with a cane at first, but is helped along in his recovery by Seol-im, who isn’t ashamed to admit she’s interested in his good looks.

She’s fearful of their master, and warns Dae-gil that he’s known as AHGWI, or “The Demon,” because of his ruthless nature with his slaves. Dae-gil can only watch from the sidelines as multiple slaves toil away, with Seol-im narrating how poor slaves like the two of them can work their whole lives and still be unable to pay back the price they were bought for.

Ahgwi informs Dae-gil that he belongs to him now, and if he ever hopes to regain his freedom, he’ll have to pay him forty-five nyang, which is forty more than he bought him for. He even has the paperwork to prove it, even though Dae-gil can’t believe it—but at leas the gets to find out that his name is/was Baek Dae-gil.

As for having to work off his debt, Dae-gil challenges Ahgwi on what would happen if he chooses not to, and gets rolled up into a torture taco and beaten for it. His wrist, still healing, is stepped on and presumably broken again so that Ahgwi can forcibly stamp Dae-gil’s thumbprint on his own slave papers.

Even with his body not yet fully healed, Dae-gil is put to work. He watches the camaraderie of the slaves as they each strive to take care of each other with what little they have to give. Seol-im is gracious when it comes to food, and always makes sure Dae-gil has enough rice slop to eat. Aw.

He notices the dented nyang she wears as a necklace, which she shyly admits was a gift that came from him. “Why would I do that?” he wonders. “Are we strangers?” she asks jokingly in reply, implying that they’re already friends.

Later that night, as a slave is about to be executed, Seol-im again has to hold Dae-gil back from taking action to defend the helpless. He still comes forward after the slave has been killed, and is punished for his impudence with starvation.

Prince Yeoning happens upon the birth date his mother gave the shaman, recognizing it as the birthdate of his hyungnim who died when he was six months old. But if that’s so, then why would she be asking a shaman about him?

He decides to ask his mother about it directly, but she only tells him that she was curious to know what her son’s fate would have been had he lived. Yeoning doesn’t seem like he buys it, but has to at least act like he does.

Outside, he’s approached by one of the Spooky Eunuchs and taken to a basement room where all sorts of herbs are being crushed into medicine for the ailing king.

“Do you want to become king?” his father asks outright. He’s guessed that it was Yeoning’s mother who told him to act like a playboy in order to escape notice, a claim which his son fervently denies.

But Sukjong, ever to the point, tells Yeoning to stop with the platitudes and answer him straight: If he were to abdicate the throne, would Yeoning step up to take it? Regardless of who’s currently crown prince, Sukjong wants to know if he, Prince Yeoning, would take his place if given the chance.

We don’t hear his answer, but only see Yeoning agonizing over what his father asked of him.

King Sukjong makes it clear that he’s had it with all the political infighting at the next assembly, and shocks the hall full of ministers when he declares that he plans on abdicating. They all give the necessary woeful cries, but his decision has already been made. He wants to take a break from ruling and allow Crown Prince Yoon to rule as regent in the interim.

As Sukjong leaves the ministers crying after him, we flash back to Yeoning’s answer to his father’s question. With all due seriousness, he’d claimed that he would rather hold a sword than wear a crown, so that he could use it against corrupt politicians who exploit the people.

Likewise, he’d use that sword to clear the way for his father, which Sukjong aptly notes as being a job description tougher than that of being king. But it’s clear he’s impressed by his son’s gumption, and says he’ll wait to see what kind of sword he’ll end up wielding.

Crown Prince Yoon stages the necessary protests against his father’s decree, but ends up gaining an audience with Sukjong for a different reason—his eunuchs have seen him coughing up blood, and Dad is not happy that he’s been hiding his illness. Regardless, he still has to take the post as regent.

Prince Yeoning knows his brother is sick and worries for him, but his mother tells him to mind his own business in that regard. He can’t, and bows before his hyung to ask him to take the regent position—he’ll become his shield and do whatever it takes to protect him.

Dae-gil makes an unlikely friend when he comes upon KIM CHAE-GUN (Ahn Gil-kang) in the forest, the man whom the shaman pointed out as being the helping hand that would improve Dae-gil’s fate.

They exchange no words, but Chae-gun’s look alerts Dae-gil to a nearby snake. He grabs it and tears right into it with his teeth, skin and all. That is a real snake, isn’t it? That’s some commitment if I’ve ever seen it.

Ahgwi sneaks into the female slave dormitory that night and starts pawing at Seol-im’s clothes in an attempt to rape her, only to be foiled by Dae-gil, who comes running at the sound of her screams and throws her attacker off.

He takes her by the hand and runs into the nearby forest, banking on Ahgwi’s men not pursuing them because of the tigers known to roam the woods.

But Dae-gil runs into another obstacle when Seol-im says she’d rather go back to her master and take her chances. When he won’t, she gives him his nyang back and tells him to go on his own—he’ll have an easier time running away without her.

“No,” he says, pulling the necklace down and over his head. “Either we live together, or die together.” But they both turn toward the ominous sound of growling, to see the tiger currently prowling toward them. Dae-gil tells her to run away first. He’ll stay and deal with the tiger, using only a stick.

The tiger rushes toward him and pounces, but is cut down by the man from the forest, Chae-gun, before it has a chance to maul Dae-gil even further. Dae-gil looks disbelievingly at Chae-gun, unable to believe that he could kill a tiger with just one stab of his sword.

Chae-gun points out that Dae-gil was planning on using a stick against said tiger, and wonders whether Dae-gil is just that lucky, or just that ballsy. Either way, he says there’s a threat worse than tigers in this mountain, and urges Dae-gil to return from where he came or die.

Seol-im, having run right back to their pursuers, brings the men to where Dae-gil and the dead tiger are. Dae-gil is returned to his torture taco and savagely beaten for trying to run away, while Seol-im can only look on and cry.

But Ahgwi, deciding that a beating just isn’t enough, has Dae-gil thrown into the outhouse latrine so that he defecate on him. Yes, you read that right.

And then, after crawling out of a vat of steaming human feces, Dae-gil gets the nyang that’s already once been shoved in his mouth shoved back into his mouth. One of Ahgwi’s minions thumps him over the head, which instantly brings back a flood of all Dae-gil’s lost memories.

He spits the coin out, remembering its importance to him, and how many times it’s exchanged hands while always managing to find its way back to him. A single tear falls down his cheek.

Cut to the mud flats, where we saw Dae-gil buried up to his head at the end of the last episode. This is how Chae-gun finds him, and where Dae-gil asks if he’d like to make a bet on whether he’ll live or die.

“You should live,” Chae-gun replies, before leaving him there. Dae-gil hallucinates that his retreating back is actually that of his late father’s, and remembers the vow he made to return alive. He won’t allow himself to die until he’s taken revenge on Injwa.

Ahgwi’s thugs remove Dae-gil from the mud and bring him back to their master, to see if he’s eaten some humble pie. He hasn’t, so Ahgwi declares that he’ll have his arms and legs broken, to which I say: Not again.

Thankfully, Dae-gil’s not keen on going through that again either, and proposes an alternative method to get Ahgwi the money he wants. He challenges him to a game of Tujeon to prove himself, and wins using the sleight-of-hand methods once taught to him by his father.

Ahgwi recognizes Dae-gil’s skill, and decides to go against what Hong Mae ordered by taking Dae-gil to the capital so he can play in the big leagues. He’s given his obligatory nyang and a bath, which is where Seol-im finds him.

Dae-gil finally asks how Seol-im ended up a slave, and she opens her tattered hanbok to reveal a deep scar on her chest. Her father was a gambler who bet her before he died, leaving her saddled with his debt. “Even so,” she admits in tears, “I miss him.”

Like Dae-gil, she’s holding on for revenge, and hopes to one day take it out on the gambler responsible for her parents’ misery. As for Dae-gil, who admits he hasn’t gotten all his memories back, she only asks him to not forget her.

Hong Mae is alerted to a new, but not altogether unfamiliar arrival in her casino in the form of Ahgwi and Dae-gil. As for the deal he made with Hong Mae, Ahgwi tells her that she can buy Dae-gil back just like she said she wanted to, for the low low price of five hundred nyang.

Alternatively, she can play a round of Tujeon with Dae-gil. If he loses, she’ll get him back, but if he wins, she’ll have to buy him back at five hundred nyang. Hong Mae takes the deal, figuring that Dae-gil can’t do much harm when he can’t remember anything.

And so, Dae-gil goes up against all her best thugs, soundly beating each of them out of their money with winning hands. When it comes time for him to face Hong Mae directly, he claims she looks familiar, but can’t place where he’s seen her.

Hong Mae knows she’s in trouble when Injwa and Dam-seo enter, and tries her best to prevent them from seeing Dae-gil, still very much alive. Injwa is surprised to see him looking so well and playing cards, to which Dae-gil asks, “Do you know me?”

“Of course I do,” Injwa replies. “You’re Baek Dae-gil.” Dae-gil launches across the table to grab Injwa’s robes, demanding that Injwa tell him who he is. Injwa says that all that’s happened is part of Dae-gil’s fate—and if regaining his memory is part of that fate, then it’ll come to pass with or without his help.

In order to get Injwa to talk, Dae-gil offers to make a bet over a round of tujeon. Injwa agrees to play only one round, and they each pick their cards. “Your fate rests with these cards,” Injwa says, in case we weren’t sure about that part.

But Dae-gil reveals that he does remember him as he turns over his seemingly winning hand. “Why did you kill him? Why did you kill my father?!” he demands to know, but he won’t get his answer—because Injwa’s managed to draw the one rare hand that can beat him.

He’s taken aback, then, when Dae-gil claims he cheated. It’s an offense that’ll cost him a hand if it turns out to be true, and Dae-gil’s determined to prove it, even though Injwa warns him that he’ll never find out why he killed his father if his claim is proven wrong.

Dae-gil seems sure, and has Ahgwi check his sleeves for a hidden card. Injwa is surprised when he finds one, figuring out belatedly that Dae-gil must have snuck it inside his robes when he grabbed him by the collar.

This puts Hong Mae in an awkward position, since her own rules call for the removal of the cheater’s hand. Injwa can only say “Baek Dae-gil” admiringly(?) as Ahgwi swings his axe downward, toward Injwa’s vulnerable wrist.

 
COMMENTS

If the cliffhanger is solely based on whether Injwa will or will not lose his hand, then count me interested to see if that comes to pass. I’d love nothing more than to see Injwa suffer just a little (or a lot), if only because he’s always the one dishing it out. So why does that leave me feeling like he definitely won’t lose anything, because he never does?

But more importantly, who was it in the chain of command who said and did nothing when the writer presented a script where the hero gets shat upon? I’ve seen some crazy things in dramaland, and gotten a few good laughs out of some of the more extreme stuff—but after seeing two whole episodes of Dae-gil being relentlessly harmed, that entire sequence was the absolute last thing he or the audience needed.

What’s most puzzling about the choices being made in regards to his character are how downright bizarre some of them are, and how colorblind whoever’s behind them must be. And, to Jang Geun-seok’s credit, he’s acting out what’s easily been the most grueling few episodes in drama history like a champion. Similarly, the director seems to be pulling his weight, because the shots still manage to hold visual interest. At the end of the day, the frames are still very well-lit and beautiful, which is a feature that’s definitely working to elevate the experience.

Which means that somewhere in the process, specifically the scriptwriting process, things aren’t going so well. The acting talent is there, as is the talent behind the camera—and the show even has great music to accompany it, which is an even rarer gift. So even if I could buy the argument that all these unnecessarily terrible things had to happen to Dae-gil in order to incite the change that would make him into who he needed to be, which is a blanket argument that could be used for any event happening to anyone anywhere ever, I draw the line at seeing him crawl out of a latrine where he has literally, literally, been freshly shat upon.

Say what you will about Dae-gil needing all that suffering to build character—less is still more. We got the point of his degradation when he was sold into slavery and when he repeatedly found himself powerless to do anything for himself or others, just like how we got the point of his immortality by the second or third fatal injury. There’s potential here, don’t get me wrong, but you can’t keep throwing cliffs and tigers and actual crap at it to make that potential into something useful. If nothing else, I suppose I’m interested to see where the show goes when it comes to new ways to harm Dae-gil, because I’d say we’ve officially peaked with this episode. (I’m going to regret saying that, aren’t I?)

 
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"Say what you will about Dae-gil needing all that suffering to build character—less is still more."

I feel the same, but in the other end of the rope. As viewers, we can agree to disagree. And less it's not always more.

Thanks for the recap.

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i couldn't even bear the watch the scenes in which he was shat on that was just....... too much........

regardless, i'm really enjoying yeo jingu in this *__*

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Yeo Jingoo is definitely the best thing in this!

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I wanted just stay as an observant, but the last comment makes my blood boil a tad.
Jang Geun Suk goes through this terrible experience and owns it all, acting like a pro and the viewers conclusion is ”Yeo Jingoo is definitely the best thing in this!”.
I knew that people are so biased against JGS and I can understand it up to a point, but to deny the merits of such a commitment for a role goes beyond my understanding. I have never seen anybody having to pretend that eats a snake almost alive (?! I keep thinking that the snake was just a gummy thing covered in berry jam, not to be sick), a crab covered in mud and is shat upon in any drama, he does all three in one and still the pretty one is the best! Makes me doubt again humanity.
All the nastiness he goes through in the drama won't make me love JGS too much. His real self/ public persona is not exactly my cup of tea. However, the actor JGS earned my respect. He went back to acting. Because in the last years he was more fooling around. Or he just chose lame dramas. But after Jackpot, even the writing is quite terrible and full of lol (lapses of logic), he can enlist in peace. His acting won't be easily forgotten. And maybe he comes back more like a man and less a prince(ss).

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100% agree with you!! I like Yeo Jin Goo and I can say he's full of charisma in this drama but I would choose Jang Geun Suk to be a winner. He's dedication for Dae Gil's character is beyond my imagination..he's doing a very good job for living up his character even some of his screens were out of the logic. I think with this drama he finally put his best performance and I'm glad there's many people recognize his acting skill..

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Yeo jin goo is my favorite too! :)

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I cannot wait for Injwa to lose. I want him suffer.

On the other hand, I cannot wait for Yeoning x Dae-Gil scenes. Their scenes are more interesting because they are two brothers, two sides of the same coin. How do they turn against each other, or do they at all since in the first episode it is implied that Dae-Gil will stop Injwa from stealing the throne from Yeoning?

Now which side is Dae-Gil is going to take? That is what I want to see, and hopefully, the scriptwriter can see this too.

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I also am looking forward to more of their interactions. I think Yeoning will approach him after he witnessed their confrontation and propose an alliance. Maybe?

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I hope so. Because in the first episode, it is hinted that Dae-Gil will, in the end, help Yeoning. And plus, I really want to see Injwa to lose against Daegil and Yeoning. He's utterly infuriating.

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Sooo infuriating! That's why I really liked this episodes ending. Finally a victory even if it's a small one. Although from ep. 1 it doesn't seem like he will lose a hand I'm just glad that he bested him. And it's because Injwa underestimated him. Though he will probably be less likely to do so int the future.

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Wow Jang Geun Suk eating that snake.... and yes it was a real snake !! Really admire him for his commitment. He has got himself a new fan.

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This the first time I've seen him acting, and I must say that I'm super-impressed.

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I'm guessing the writer is a fan of Choi Jae Sung's snake eating scene in the timeless masterpiece "Eyes of Dawn." (That drama was brutal but so real. I was just a teen ager when I watched it but I cried bucket of tears through it.)
I'm not going to get that here but thanks for the reminder.

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It remined me of that scene in Old Boy were the actor ate the live octopus. I haven't watched the movie but I stumbled upon that scene one day in YouTube and from reading the comments the actor apparently didn't like eating meat yet he did that scene. I haven't checked if that's true but that to me is determination. I like and respect actors who are willing to go out of their comfort zone.

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I have heard that according to Herbal Medicine a snake's pancreas or something like that is good for sever injuries, may be he need that boost to heal this broken bones?

Also eating snakes can keep you warm a lot of Chinese eats it in Winter .....

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And about that slave girl Seol-im, would love to see more of her with Dae Gil !

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Same here.. I kinda like her character than Dam Seo.. JKS acting is just daebak!! The PD nim was also impressed when he did the live snake scene and commended jks' determination and professionalism.. He deserves an acting award here..

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I agree that this time less is more. I mean we don't even have the sense of fear that he is going to die because its been proven (repeatedly) that he can't. I do see how some of this will make him into the man we saw at the beginning of episode one the one who cares for the people and and seeing the weak and powerless as more than sacrificial pawns.

I hope next week surprises us with a win for our hero! I'll keep watching only in the hope for better story telling and because despite the script I like almost everything else about this drama! I think it maybe a first.

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Oh yeah. I'm seriously keeping my fingers and toes crossed that he loses that hand. Le sigh. But something tells me he won't and we would have Yeoning to thank for that cuz he's the only one in the room who would have seen the slight of hand Dae Gil performed. Drats!

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I really, really want Lee Injwa to lose his hand. I find him hypocritical and annoying. He raves that the current king is cruel, but he's no better and is he clairvoyant or what? The way he 'predicts' things is so insanely unreal, like when he told Sukchoi how she would get the king's attention, and how he says to Dam Seo that Dae-gil can't die without his permission. And now, how did he managed to get the double 5? From the way he behaved, it is as if he KNEW that he would get it. Initially, I thought that he too had cheated, but when he was surprised at the hidden card, I couldn't believe that he could have orchestrated getting the double 5

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Did he sell his soul to the devil???

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He won't. I'm pretty sure In Jwa will have both of his hands till the end of the show.
(The intro in episode 1 showed him playing games with Dae Gil. No missing hand there).

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not a fan of animal abuse, is eating real snake really necessary?...gezz

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Mte, that wasn't good.

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It's food. Some countries eat snake. I don't like animal abuse either but at least the snake was killed most likely quickly and not tortured which would be considered animal abuse. I guess they wanted a realistic scene.

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Umm, maybe its needed showing Dae Gil character. Because instead of running, he ate it. And umm, maybe because he olny ate salt rice and he needs to have some nutrition to be stronger :D

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I'll take a bet on Injwa losing the hand. That's definitely a wager I'd stake a whole freaking lot on! In the preview for the next episode, we see a thug being released from prison... Perhaps to play Injwa's right hand now that he doesn't have one? Hehe, I'm banking on that being right.

Loved this episode. The drama isn't perfect, but considering it could be a lot worse, I'm good. Thanks for the great recap!

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But unfortunately he won't.. I have to re watched the intro in the first ep just to make sure if he lost of his one hand or not lol..but his hands are fine..

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Count me in with the less is more vote. I said if this keeps going on I might have to drop this drama.

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That goes for acting too. Choi Min Soo is a fine example of less is more.

I think Dae Gil might need his head cut off and sewn back together before the writer is satisfied.

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Choi Min Soo is so awesome,it's first time I'm watching any of his project,but his solemnity just blew my mind away...Demanding more of his screen presence.Maybe the rating dropped of because of his much noticed absence in past couple of episodes.
Anyway probably it's just me but I like ye jin goo and lim ji yeon together :S.The girl can't act to save her life,but somehow her awkwardness is matched quite perfectly when ye jin goo says something in his deep voice lol,I'm ashamed to say this hahah.JGS is so fierce and passionate most of the time in his pursuit of revenge,that when lim ji yeon's character is supposed to feel his pain,it mostly comes off as grimace,:S..Again wishing they selected someone more wisely and thoughtfully,smh.

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*dropped off.

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Rope licorice snake.
The tiger scene came and went ~ pfftt. Although Kim Chae Gun piqued my interest.
JGS plays crazy like crazy! Still, he could have had Injwa's neck many times, but he wants it justifiable even in the eyes of Injwa's strongest supporters (including his daughter) and even as a gambler for full revenge for his father's death, hard knocks and all. There's no such thing as the good ol' days.

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Is it supposed to be a metaphor or something? The torture tacos and being shat upon? Something about the sufferings of the people? O.o

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Thx for this insight; it clicked for me that it all makes a lot more sense if you think of Daegil as a metaphor for the people, as an Everyman. As everyman, life literally shits on him and he is oppressed in every way possible--but the people cannot die. Makes me think back to the first episode when he said the people will always win in the end.

Then it also makes more sense that they are ramming it down our throats. They want us to be as sad and angry about this oppression as Daegil becomes. To make us viscerally feel that it is barbaric, unjust, and just too much to take. And Chaegun recognizes this in the scene in the mudflats, when he asks Daegil who he is. He sees the answer in his eyes and says "you should live."

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I just have one question: when will this new X-man meet Professor Xavier?

Just imagine him joining the forces. He could help all the mentally disturbed crime-heads to satisfy their need of hurting people to give others time to flee. Then once they throw him from the Empire State Building, he´ll get to go free.

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Lol. Superpowers would explain his indestructibility anyway.

I guess he's supposed to be like a talltale figure? Like Paul Bunyon or something. Idk, I'm probably trying to make sense out of something which isn't meant to....

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For me the DG's 'torture' scenes in the last episodes are not for his character development, but to introduce his potential future allies. He is just a village boy without education or connection, so the show is telling us who might be DG's friend/enemy in the future..
[sorry for my bad english]

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I really wanted to like this show. I was so glad for his comeback. I think the sets are beautiful and some one has put lots of work into costuming. The scenes are shot so well but the story is just off. I will keep watching next week and pray it gets better.

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I must say that I strangely love this episode. Maybe it's because there's a slight chance of seeing Injwa in a critical moment lol. Thank you for the recap, HeadsNo2! Can't wait for Episode 7. It's supposed to be another 'chapter' of the story, isn't it?

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I'm sorry but I really hated this episode.

I think the fact that the hero suffered so much could be delivered in some other way that does not involve making the viewers suffer too, along with him.

Because this is what I feel. I was thinking during this episode: why do I have to suffer through this?

So I'm just dropping this. I'm not even curious what happens anymore. Indeed less would have been more..

PS: I'm really curious what will happen with the ratings for these 2 episodes full of needless abuse, since they were already dropping.

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What possible other ways are there? It's Joseon time where a low status person/ slave's life was even cheaper than a horse... I can well imagine that the torture or sufferings must be severely worse than our kind of sufferings this time around.
To me it would be more ridiculous if the pain was just very little and then it could change/ transform a zero into a hero. Anyway... I guess this episode already serves as the end of the pitiful cub Gae Ddong and the emerge of the 'young tiger' Dae Gil, ready for his more tactful revenge... so the least we can expect is this change :p.
The ratings? as they are indicators of preferences, it's safe to imply that most viewers like things they can easily digest and relate to... exactly resounding your point ;).

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By some other way I mean without so much repetition because I get it from the first few times.

I know that the reality of the history is even much worse, unfortunately. If this were a movie I would not say much (I would probably just not watch it because I'm very sensitive with these things), but this is a show airing in prime time as far as I know and I don't expect much violence or crazy things from these shows.

I'm actually sorry because the ratings are dropping because I would have liked that JGS's comeback project (and probably last project before going to army) to be a success in terms of ratings too. I'm not necessary a JGS fan, but I certainly appreciate him as an actor and I don't get why he is not very liked in SK. But talent and hard work should be appreciated.

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Did anyone notice that the actors who play the hero's father and teacher here (Lee Moon-sik and Ahn Gil-kang) play the same roles in Iljimae?

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watching this drama brings back a lot of iljimae feel.

p/s: yeo jin gu was in iljimae too.

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I am perfectly sure that this drama will prove to the rest of the world the Jang Keun Suk acting potencial and talent. He has been working so hard to become the king of actor who he is and he is demostrating it just now. I really want that In Jwa lose his hand because I am tired to see how he tries to control the rest ot the world and never happen to him. Daebak will be great!!!

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it isn't luck. it's his fate that won't let him die. it's like final destination but he always lives instead of dying lol

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While the story has its flaws, I actually liked this episode because they are moving the story right along. I agree the acting, directing and music is on target. I think one bit of music sounds like something out of an Eastwood spaghetti western....love it.

Anyway, with 24 episodes they took the time to really develop the characters and it's good so far though, yeah, I might of fast forwarded through a few of those beat downs the lead took.

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Anyone cares to enlighten me on Dae Gil's snake eating scene? Much as I admire his devotion for acting I can't seem to connect the meaning of the snake eating to the overall scene. Perhaps it has been editted out so that the action itself conveys no significance (at least to me) at all with regard to the storyline? The episode focuses too much on the torture of our hero much of what happened seemed very disjointed.
I hope the show would become better. I couldn't care less about LJY as I find her acting very wanting; but I have a feeling that JGS and YJG's talent is being wasted in this show.

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He was punished to being starved by the salt mine owner because he made an attempt to stand up before him after seeing his fellow slave being executed. It seems like in that scene he was trying to escape yet couldn't continue because he saw the trace of the tiger on the tree. The snake happened to be behind him, which could probably mean sth dangerous for his life. The swordsman notified him about it and Dae Gil had no choice but to 'kill' the reptile. Since he's also starving, he had to eat it. I found this scene as just another showcase of the survival thingy he had to go through before the transformation of his character happened.

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This has got to be the best episode so far, just in terms of pacing and delivery. This drama is moving really fast and I hope it stays consistent. Mad props to Jang Keun Suk for his acring so far, especially this episode.

What I don't really get, is the somewhat prudish response to all the violence. The violence against the hero, and even the violence against animals (+ +) I'm like what? Dae Gil should maybe, pet the poisonous snake instead of just eat it since he's so freaking starved? Smh.

I get that some might be turned off by what they consider needless torture of the hero, to prove his immortaility (heh) but...it's really not that deep. There's more of show than real substantive violence/maiming. Watch a Vikings or Spartacus episode (or even Game of Thrones) and you'll see that Jackpot is pretty tame.

Loving this show. Hope it stays this good, if it can't get better.

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Game of Thrones (HBO cable). Jackpot is on a general public station during prime time. The level of violent should not be at the same level.

Surviving a deep stabbed wound to his gut twice and being thrown off a cliff twice etc etc makes him more of a superhero than a human. He is indestructible while his unfortunate human father died from one arrow.
I get it, he has tremendous luck on his side or whatever the heck it is but it's not unreasonable to expect a bit of realism to go with it.

At this point. In Jwa does not have a freaking chance in hell against Dae Gil.

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I get your point but I still think Jackpot is only warming up on the gore and savagery. So far it's been very stylized, whereby you don't see any actual blood. They've preserved our sensibilitites so much that even the latrine scene left me barely bothered. Kudos to the director for his brand of realism. Much is left to our imagination most of the time. So I guess most of us just have over-active imaginations :)

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"The level of violent should not be at the same level." My English is terrible LOL. (....read before submitting comments).

There is more right than wrong with this show. I know that. It's just that some parts of it is hard for me to swallow.

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Then I must be having some low sensitivity issues, because I can take what the show's bringing so far, and a whole lot more.

I seriously love JGS in this. I just hope I can get 24 episodes of grit, guts and glory - with no cause for me to drop the drama midway like I've done with so many others this year. Wouldn't that be cool!

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I loved the slave girl. I dont know why you dont like the script but its going good. Music is great . It hurts when you guys see JKS acting first time. He is genious, hard working, passionate and an ideal to lots. He is perfect in every genre. I dont want to hurt anyone but geun suk is an actor in a millenium and i am proud to be an eel. Thanks for the recaps.

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It would have been good if the snake scene have been edited. Poor snake... But the last scene was unexpected. So cant wait for 7th ep.

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The only problem I'm having so far is why Chae-gun leaves Dae-gil up to his chin in the mud and walks away, and why is Chae-gun in the forest chopping down a tree. He's obviously not one of the slave tree cutting crew. Who sent him to watch Dae-gil? Prince Yeoning? Yi In-jwa? Both have taken an interest in him, for obviously different reasons.

I'm sure we'll find out in one of the next couple of episodes 'cause the torture is over. Gae-ddong is dead. Dae-gil has fully emerged. But he still has to learn martial arts - ah, Chea-gun, the teacher, you're on.

Now to return to the Demon and snake eating. As Seol-im tells him, the slaves are either killed or worked to death...or die of hunger, i.e. starvation. Our hero is only given one salted rice ball for a meal...and even that was denied him by Demon as punishment. So Dae-gil is starving, and anything that looks like food...well, devour it!

We should remember, too, that in Joseon slaves and often commoners were treated with the utmost cruelty. Starved, killed, beaten, maimed, shat on - treated no better than pigs and perhaps worse because that's how a rigid class based system ends up working. So, although the beating and outhouse scenes are disgusting to us, they were not uncommon in good Ol' Joseon.

I'd like to say that the scriptwriter probably went overboard by having two full episodes focused on the bodily injuries Dae-gil suffers, but I suspect there's a reason for it. Namely, that without our having to fully see all Dae-gil endures, we wouldn't be able to accept the hardened, wiser character shown at the beginning of Episode 1. Moreover, our young Achilles-like hero must be fully abused of his belief that the world is fair. How else will the cuddly kitten transform into a fully grown, sharp clawed Tiger?

Will In-jwa lose his hand? No. But who steps in to save him or does he talk his way out of it as he always does? He's a master manipulator, using words as his primary weapon. And what of Prince Yeoning, watching discreetly from high above the gambling floor? What will he do? I'm curious to find out.

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"Who sent him to watch Dae-gil?"

King Sukjong sent him to protect Dae Gil. Chae Gun is suppose to be the best swordsman in the country I believe. (Every Joseon drama has to have one lol).

If the tale of this beast with 100 eyes and 1,000 ears is referring to Dae Gil (and not just Sukjong and the future King Yeongjo) then I kind of understand the torture to a point and that Hong Mae, In Jwa, the Demon etc are like the villagers who threw rocks at the beast, poked it with iron steel until he could no longer endure it so it came out and devoured them.
According to Prince Yeoning, this beast can not be calmed or killed.

(I think I'm trying too hard to make sense out some unrealistic torture scenes).

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@Kiara

If King Sukjong did send Chae-gun to watch over Dae-gil, then I'll be utterly thrilled. Makes me know the king didn't forget his 'son' and even acknowledges him as such. But that Dae-gil may not get to be king because a whole lot of folks think he's illegitimate and not King Sukjong's son.

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Both Dae Gil and Yeoning are considered illegitimate sons since they are children of a concubine. Only the queen's children were considered legitimate.
Some unofficial historical records stated that Yeoning was adopted by Queen Inwon (Sukjong's 3rd queen) as her own.

I'm positive that Dae Gil will not be king. His character is loosely based on Lady Choi's first born (Prince Yeongsu) who died young.
The order of the rulers of Joseon is something the writer is not going to mess with. Yeoning will take his place in history later as King Yeongjo.

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Yes... I do get the feel already that Dae-gil won't get to be king - except maybe being the 'king of the people' while Yeoning will lord it up in the palace, lol

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If JGS accepted this drama to prove that he was not just another pretty boy actor, he has succeeded. Now please stop beating him up and make him look pretty again.

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Haha.. I think he still looks fine and handsome and manly in that rugged, dirty, and smelly look..

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Pardon my french, but what the actual fuck XD I find the show vaguely amusing (if bizarre), and props to Jang Geun-seok for just going for it, but I think I'm going to stick to reading recaps. The gratuitous hero-maiming is one thing, the nonsensical storyline (HELLO plot holes) is another. O_o

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With this 2 episode you can see how different classes of people are treated in Joseon era. In Jwa insulted Gae Ddong because he is a far superior class than Gae Ddong. Gae Ddong though the world is a fair place now his discover that common people and slaves are treat worst than animal. He experience this himself. As he change to become Dae Gil, it will make him more understand of his people that he will protect them one day. He maybe won't be king of Joseon but he will be king of people hearts.

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If Daebak is to reach a successful conclusion with all the viewers there must be redemption in the story line. Evil cannot continue to prevail over the innocent. The compassion in the characters hearts must lead them to being able to prevail. The courageous must be rewarded. A righteous king can replace a depraved one. The evil intentions of characters can be overcome by the next generation. There can be justice or hearts can turn from seething, self-destructive revenge. Are the writers still working on Daebak, or do the actors already know where the storyline is going? I can't imagine Jang Kuen Suk would play his Daegil comeback role not knowing how all this would end. He has too much personal integrity to commit his professional acting for naught. And I can't imagine the writers and directors risking the failure of their drama. Surely there is a turning toward a greater purpose that lies ahead! There is too much acting talent, strength of cinematography, good costuming and soundtrack to not trust in where Daebak is headed. If the goal of a drama is to provide a good story for the enjoyment of the viewers, then the writers will want us to stick with it. There are moments when I feel I as a viewer am on the edge of that cliff, too.

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"Are the writers still working on Daebak, or do the actors already know where the storyline is going?"

I don't think the script is completed before hand but it's not hard to figure out where the story is going when it's based on historical events.

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Episode 6 and am still not impressed. Sorry...A lot of unecessary scenes. Story wise.. its quite boring but yes, the show has good cinematography. I began to like the king tho'... ruthless as he might (don't know what he did or do that justified him as ruthless one) but he acknowledge himself as monster...or maybe i'm a king fetish

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I got the sense that Yi In Jwa is a psychopath in Joseon era. He said in ep 5 he was watching his family killed in front of him. Therefore, it is quite logical all that tortures were really hard and done coldly.

But then, why Dae Gil also has to suffer from other bad character such as the Demon? Well, I think for somebody who being stamped as person with Great-fortune, has to go to experience Very-Really-Bad experience. Don't you think?

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Yeoning mentioned that In Jwa's grandparents were killed in the year of the dog, that would be (1694 - King Sukjong's 3rd purge). His family then belonged to the Southern faction who supported Lady Jang (the mother of the current crown prince).

Sukjong wiped out the Southern faction and demoted Lady Jang aka Queen Bu-Ok to a royal concubine and reinstated Queen In Hyeon (Lady Choi's ally).

So not only were his family killed during the purge ordered by Sukjong but the political faction that his family belonged to never recovered.
Although he was a noble man who passed the civil exams, he wasn't allowed to hold a government post because he was from a traitor's family.

I understand his grudge against the king but he is taking it out on his sons.
I won't be surprise if the writers will twist the history and make him responsible for the death of the crown prince. He is already using Dae Gil as his target dummy and Yeoning's turn will come while he sits on the throne.

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But anyway, I love your recap more and more, Heads! Waiting for the next one..

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And the most amazing sentence in this episode is: "You should live" For me, its healing sentences needed by Dae Gil at that moment. Since also, in this ep 6, he already had fear on death, not like before..

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daebak shows what a superb actor jang geun suk is...that he is not afraid of scenes that requires him to be dirtied, abused, bullied...... as an eel i have watched his pretty boy roles and loved him in them...i have mixed feelings in his role in Daebak because i do not want him to see him suffer and being humiliated... but his acting is truly superb... i could feel his arms and legs being broken and i grimace in pain... i could feel his helplessness as he looked on as his fellow slaves were being abused and punished...i loved the scene where the women were touching his biceps and legs... ha ha ha ...it gave me a laugh at how he portrayed being inexperienced in that aspect... and i love the scene where he was following his love interest... he effectively portrayed his role as a simple-minded boy in love ... jang geun suk is like a chameleon... he changes for every character he portrays....who would think that he is the same actor who played the galamorous character of Huang Tae Kyung in You Are Beautiful and Dokgo Mate in Bel Ami?...... his face is a transparent mirror of whatever it is he feels at the moment and his portrayal is so realistic, my heart hurts, my face contorts in pain too as he is being tortured and abused... i did not know he had this in him... his commitment to acting is really admirable...

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Huang Tae Kyung in You Are Beautiful and Dokgo Mate in Bel Ami? Not his best, dare I say. Only if you like actors who like being set in a stereotype.
To see JGS acting and not playing around maybe you would like to watch him in Hwang Jin Yi, Beethoven Virus or The Case of Itaewon Homicide. (I do not consider repeating the Tsundere type over and over again proper acting). Some say that he did a pretty good job in Hong Gil-Dong, too. I am glad he came back to proper acting.

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Somebody--- somebody please stop those people hurting my Geun suk! ??
Its so painful to watch him suffer this much. And also he's eating a snake? Here I feel sorry for that poor snake don't kill animals!?

Anyway! I wish my prince realises he's a Prince soon.....and that injuwa, he deserves to lose his both wrists and ankles ??

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Wait... Does anyone really think that was a "real" snake Dae-gil ate?? I seriously doubt that that.

It wasn't even really moving..Definitely just a prop/fake. But awesome piece of acting from our hero.

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ehm... if you want to check... people here are taking about real snake... because actually it was a real snake!
http://jangkeunsukforever.com/archives/43123

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JGS and YJG did their parts really well, i was expecting more from LJY because she should be the lead actress......right? Or not? Sorry i was just thinking that she doesn't shine (yet?) like a lead actreas should be in this show..... Is it because the writings that focuses more on the beatings or is it because the character is too hard for her to handle?

Anyway, like everyone else, i hope the show gets better

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I am so glad that JGS went back to acting in a sageuk and a serious drama. His role in You are Beautiful while funny was overdone; when he was typecast in similar roles in his next projects...it lost its appeal. I like him as a serious actor. His acting in his earlier projects (Hwang Jin Yi, Hong Gil Dong, Beethoven Virus and The Case of Itaewon Homicide) shows he has the acting chops. I salute him for his dedication in his acting in this drama.

I almost puked my dinner when I was watching this ep, especially the poop scene. Oh dear gawd, I had to step away because it was followed with even more torture. I thought the previous eps had terrible torture scenes but this ep proved me otherwise. I am bracing myself for more in the coming eps. Ugh.

I will continue watching this for the sake of seeing JGS's good acting but I hope the plot becomes more...sensible. Do you really need to torture Dae Gil from birth just to show his luck? Character building? Ok. But to draw it out for how many more episodes? Lame.

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After reading the comments here I cant believe those that think Jks' perfomance in YAB wasnt good. I think its still spot on even if you watch it today after seven years. I agree that over the years he's been unsuccessfully trying hard to re-act the role when he should have just let it be his best flowerboy perfomance without trying to top it.

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