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Circle: Episode 12 (Final)

The two worlds have collided, and the disparate timelines have merged. Now, all that remains is for our heroes to find a way to defeat the all-powerful Human B and escape Smart Earth with their lives and memories intact. Tall order? Maybe. But this group of loyal, stubborn friends have stuck to their guns through years of loneliness and oppression. Now that they’re together, nothing will stop them from giving the evil corporation running Smart Earth a run for their money.

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Running from Professor Park and his goons, Woo-jin comes out of the woods and stumbles straight into the path of an oncoming car. It hits him at high speed, and he goes hurtling through the air before falling hard on the asphalt.

As blood pools under his head, he reaches toward the broken star as he thinks of his brother and Jung-yeon. The alien cube that powered the device dims as the life ebbs out of Woo-jin.

Sometime later, Woo-jin lies in a coma in a hospital room, the cube in a glass box on the side table. Professor Park stares at his unmoving body, while Sunbae Lee sits by the door with his head clasped in his hands. The surgeon who operated on Bum-gyun and Min-young arrives and tells the professor that it’s uncertain whether either will wake up any time soon, or if they will even retain their memories.

Min-young wakes up though, and the first person she asks about is Bum-gyun. Chief Hong takes her to the boy and tells her that they don’t know when or if he will ever wake up. Leaving her by Bum-gyun’s side, Chief Hong emerges from the room and receives an email from Woo-jin. In it, Woo-jin tells Chief Hong to give Bum-gyun the memory footage stored in a hard drive, in case he doesn’t regain his own.

Chief Hong finds the external hard drive in Woo-jin’s backpack and tries to call Woo-jin, only to hear his voicemail. Just then, Chief Hong gets a call from his superior telling him that he’s been transferred to the Cyber Crimes Unit.

Min-young runs out of the hospital room and says that she also just received a pre-scheduled email from Woo-jin that told her he wouldn’t be able to return. “I feel like something bad happened to Woo-jin,” Chief Hong concludes worriedly.

Jung-yeon gets to a safe place and plugs in her phone to her laptop. Going through the images on her phone, she comes across the one she and Woo-jin had laughed over. Remembering how she’d told him to smile more, Jung-yeon tears up in the present.

Suddenly, an email notification pops up, and Jung-yeon gets her own pre-scheduled email from Woo-jin. In it is another video of Woo-jin, but this time, he says that if he isn’t back by now, then his plan must have failed. He tells her to hide and never look for him.

Even as Jung-yeon shakes her head, Woo-jin says he knows that it would go against the grain for her. But he adds that if she doesn’t protect herself, then she would be wasting his sacrifice as well as Byul’s.

As tears stream down Jung-yeon’s face, Video Woo-jin tells her that he’ll definitely come back to her and Bum-gyun — it’ll just take him a little longer than he’d expected. “Wait just a little bit longer,” Woo-jin says, adding a small, reassuring smile.

We return to 2037, and to the scene that ended the last episode as Woo-jin remembers what he’d said to Bum-gyun back in the hospital room: “Hyung, I’m scared. I’ll.. be back.”

With tears streaming down his face, Joon-hyuk asks if Woo-jin was leaving to meet Professor Park when he said those words to him. “Were you going to trade my surgery for dad’s research? Is that what you were scared of?” Joon-hyuk asks.

Sobbing with grief, Joon-hyuk apologizes for letting Woo-jin go alone and pulls his little brother into a hug. While Woo-jin resists at first, still believing himself to be a clone, his face crumples up as he hugs Joon-hyuk back.

Dong-soo runs into the church and tells everyone that Joon-hyuk and Woo-jin are nowhere to be found. He wonders if Joon-hyuk could have done something to Woo-jin, which makes Jung-yeon run out to look for them.

While everyone else panics inside, the two brothers are busy catching up on a bench outside. Joon-hyuk tells Woo-jin that he’s forty-one years old now and rues that he wasted his youth looking for his younger sibling.

Narrowing his eyes, Woo-jin wonders if his brother still hasn’t ever dated anyone. Joon-hyuk sputters, then points out that Woo-jin hasn’t, either. (Ha. I think Woo-jin has a better excuse though.)

Jung-yeon finds them at the bench and sighs in relief as the two turn to her with smiling faces. Joon-hyuk slings his arm around his little brother and familiarly tousles his hair while Jung-yeon looks on, smiling. Aw.

The trio walks back into the church, and this time, it’s Joon-hyuk who says that he won’t be giving up Woo-jin to Human B. “He has Woo-jin’s memories, so he’s Woo-jin, no matter what anyone says,” Joon-hyuk asserts.

Dong-soo comes forward and pouts that his teacher is still so baby-faced. Woo-jin asks him if he studied hard, and Dong-soo says that he didn’t, but adds that he lives a “crime-free” life now using computers. Pfft.

Seeing how friendly Joon-hyuk is with Dong-soo, Woo-jin asks how they know each other, and Joon-hyuk explains that he’d saved Dong-soo’s life years ago. In a flashback, we see that teenaged Dong-soo was about to enter Professor Han’s blood donation van when he had been dragged away by Bum-gyun. When Dong-soo wasn’t convinced by Bum-gyun’s talk of an “alien conspiracy,” Bum-gyun paid him cash money to avoid the van (and thus, avoid a bug in his brain).

In the present, Dong-soo admits that he later found out that the Bum-gyun who saved him then is the Joon-hyuk they know now, complaining that Joon-hyuk has used that favor to torment him for years, ha. He turns to Joon-hyuk to ask if he can leave now that Joon-hyuk has found his brother, but Joon-hyuk just deadpans that Dong-soo can go after he performs seven more favors for him. (Dong-soo: “Why does that number never decrease?!”)

Chief Hong asks Woo-jin what happened that night twenty years ago, and Joon-hyuk explains that Woo-jin had lied about the research to save their lives. Chief Hong realizes that they were right about their assumptions: Woo-jin had been used to run the supercomputer with the help of Byul’s memory device.

Joon-hyuk tells them that they now have to choose between making the perfect escape, or taking Human B down for good. For his part, Woo-jin refuses to run away, explaining that the world turned out this way because he tried to run away twenty years ago. Joon-hyuk agrees, which whittles down their options to one: take Human B down.

Inside Human B, Deputy Chief Lee becomes visibly nervous when Minister Park calls in the SWAT team to deal with the “terrorists” on Smart Earth. Deputy Chief Lee worries that the SWAT team will cause unrest among the citizens, but Minister Park is past the point of caring.

Even as Minister Park becomes aware of Lee’s doubts, Secretary Shin comes in and informs them that they don’t have enough doctors to attend to the many citizens suffering from pain because of their emerging memories. Minister Park directs her to call in doctors from Ordinary Earth and to tell the citizens that their pain is the work of the terrorists.

We then see the cube that used to be in Byul’s star attached to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the empty room where Woo-jin had been comatose all this time.

As the number of aggrieved citizens with headaches grows outside Human B, Mayor Yoon lies with his eyes open in his hospital room.

Dong-soo intercepts a radio message about the arriving SWAT team, and Detective Oh worries that if Jung-yeon and Woo-jin will be apprehended, the rest of them will be shot on sight.

Joon-hyuk says that they need evidence that will prove that Minister Park has control of both Human B and Smart Earth. Chief Hong says that it would be impossible to get to any such evidence, but Jung-yeon points out that there is one person who could help them: Mayor Yoon.

She explains that only Bluebird or Human B could have erased Mayor Yoon’s memories, and since she didn’t do it, then Human B must have because he learned something they didn’t want him to know.

The group is energized at this realization, but Jung-yeon knows that it won’t be easy with Mayor Yoon in a guarded medical center. They can see no way to get in, until Dong-soo’s radio crackles with the order for Ordinary Earth doctors to be allowed into Smart Earth. With that revelation, Joon-hyuk says that there is only one person who can get in there without getting caught.

Cut to: Min-young heading through Smart Earth security after identifying herself as a doctor. She gets into the medical center with ease and walks straight up to a heavily guarded corridor, where she ducks out of sight to survey the area.

An anonymous caller tips Minister Park off about the fugitives hiding at the church, and Deputy Chief Lee alerts the SWAT team. Even as Minister Park begins to look smug, Deputy Chief Lee asks hesitantly if the other four must be shot on sight.

Minister Park asks what else should be done with them, and Deputy Chief Lee says that killing them would be going too far. With narrowed eyes, Minister Park reminds Lee that he was the one who killed Woo-jin all those years ago. Deputy Chief Lee defends that it was only an accident, though Minister Park calls even that into question before asking his old pupil to be patient just a little longer.

The SWAT team surrounds the church and searches every corner until someone shouts that they’ve found something. As they drag Woo-jin out, we see Joon-hyuk explain his plan in flashback: He says that there is one person who can safely get into the hospital, but Dong-soo asks what the point would be in getting to Mayor Yoon if the person needed to run the supercomputer (Woo-jin) remains here.

Woo-jin volunteers to go, so Detective Oh makes the call that tips off Minister Park. They estimate that it will take about forty-five minutes from the moment of apprehension to Woo-jin being reconnected to Human B, which means they only have forty-five minutes to reach the mayor and hack into Human B.

In the present, Minister Park is notified that Woo-jin has been caught and orders him to be brought to the 99th floor. The moment they push Woo-jin into his old room, the cube in the wall lights up, and the whole building powers up again. In the control room, the technicians are taken aback when the supercomputer boots up again, seemingly by itself.

Minister Park smiles slyly at Woo-jin as he asks why he was left behind: “Did they say that you weren’t Woo-jin?” He advises Woo-jin to just accept that he’s Circle 8-III and tell him where Jung-yeon is. Woo-jin denies knowing her whereabouts, but Minister Park simply smiles and calls someone to check Woo-jin’s memories as soon as the computer is back online.

Woo-jin grits his teeth and quietly prays for his team to hurry. In the health center, Min-young checks the time and walks confidently into the guarded corridor. Seeing her ID, the guards let her in to check on the mayor, and Min-young takes the opportunity to inject a sedative into Mayor Yoon’s veins. Then, she calls out for help, claiming that Mayor Yoon needs to be taken in for a CT scan immediately.

The guards put him on a gurney and get into an elevator with her. As the elevator stops on the third floor, Chief Hong, Detective Oh, and Dong-soo enter in patient garbs and wait until the elevator descends to attack the guards inside.

After the guards are dispensed with, Chief Hong grins triumphantly at Min-young and turns around, leaving him unaware when a guard pops back up behind him. Luckily, Min-young still has her handy pink taser, and she tazes the guard down, leaving all the men shocked.

The news of Mayor Yoon’s kidnapping reaches Minister Park, and he immediately realizes that something is off. Thinking about it for a moment, he turns to Woo-jin and asks him if he got caught on purpose. Only now does he figure out that they needed Woo-jin to connect to the supercomputer so that they could look through the mayor’s memories to find evidence against him.

Deputy Chief Lee suggests disconnecting Woo-jin from the supercomputer, but Minister Park is confident that they can replay Woo-jin’s memories faster than Bluebird can hack into Mayor Yoon’s chip. As they leave the room, Woo-jin thinks back to their plans in the church.

We flash back to see that Dong-soo had pointed out that as soon as Minister Park played back Woo-jin’s memories, their whole plan would be laid bare. Everyone realizes that this is true, but Joon-hyuk says that this is the only plan they have for now, adding that they’d have to take the chance that Minister Park wouldn’t play back Woo-jin’s memories.

In the present, Woo-jin grimaces and urges his brother to hurry as Minister Park and the deputy chief reach the control room and send all the technicians out. The minister orders the memory footage played and watches as Joon-hyuk tells his team where they will meet with Mayor Yoon while he and Jung-yeon ready the place to hack into the mayor’s memories.

Minister Park has the supercomputer disconnected from Woo-jin, and the entire building plunges into darkness once again. He orders Deputy Chief Lee to go and apprehend Jung-yeon, and while Lee agrees, he looks less than enthusiastic.

On his way to the location, the deputy chief tells Secretary Shin that they need to finish this without anyone ending up dead. But when they reach the warehouse Joon-hyuk mentioned in the memory file, they find it empty.

And back at Human B, the building lights up again as the supercomputer comes alive.

Minister Park sends his minion to see what’s going on while Woo-jin smiles in relief before leveling a glare at Park. And we see why he was smiling as we cut to the control room, where the head technician sits tied on the floor as Jung-yeon and Joon-hyuk work one of the consoles.

Up on the 99th floor, Woo-jin asks Minister Park, “Did you say you can see everything in our memory footage?” But Woo-jin already knows the answer as he notes triumphantly, “Even if you can see into my memory, you can’t experience it.”

We flash back to the church once again, when everyone had realized that their plan would be exposed the moment Minister Park replays Woo-jin’s memories. Just then, we hear a series of knocks.

Joon-hyuk looks over at Woo-jin, who raps out a tattoo against the wood of the benches. They both think back to their childhood games of deciphering Morse code messages from each other, and Joon-hyuk understands what Woo-jin’s saying in code: “Let’s use this method. Trick me.”

Joon-hyuk takes Jung-yeon outside and tells her the real plan. Fast forwarding to five hours from the present, we see Min-young entering Smart Earth with a suitcase, which is smoothly swiped by Dong-soo as he walks past her. Joon-hyuk and Jung-yeon open the suitcase to reveal SWAT team gear.

So, when the real SWAT team arrives at the church to find the fugitives, we see Woo-jin hiding in a smaller room along with Jung-yeon and Joon-hyuk, who were dressed as members of the SWAT team.

Upon hearing the real SWAT team grow closer, both Joon-hyuk and Jung-yeon had pulled down their masks and acted as though they—ordinary members of the team—had just found Woo-jin.

Mingling with the other SWAT team members, the two get are able to get inside Human B and quietly separate from the rest of the team as soon as chance permits. Getting into the stairwell, they take off their masks and arm their guns.

Thirty minutes before the present, Detective Oh carries the mayor down to the health center’s basement as Dong-soo uses his radio to sound the alarm that Mayor Yoon has been kidnapped.

Then, ten minutes before the present, Minister Park finishes watching the footage and orders the supercomputer disconnected from Woo-jin. They did this by powering down the building, which made it easy for Jung-yeon and Joon-hyuk to enter the control room as soon as the minister left.

Now, even as Minister Park realizes that Jung-yeon must be in the control room and yells for security to be sent there, his minion hands him his phone. The footage playing on it is from Mayor Yoon’s last moments. (Oh. Snap.)

In the video, Minister Park asks the mayor what would be the easiest way to silence Joon-hyuk and answers his own question: “Block his memories.” As he reveals himself as the CEO of Human B whose chip is inside the mayor’s head, the footage is sent to every phone and television on Smart Earth.

Everyone from Secretary Shin to the normal citizens of Smart Earth are taken aback by Minister Park’s duplicity. Everywhere in Smart Earth, Stable Care Chips turn livid red in the necks of all the people who watch the minister gloat about his power on screen, and that’s even before Minister Park makes the call that would erase all Mayor Yoon’s memories.

Woo-jin looks at Minister Park in his room and scoffs, “What will we do now? Everyone knows.” The minister throws away the phone in rage.

Ho-soo watches the footage with his superior standing beside him. He turns to the man, who now believes his claims, and tells him that Minister Park must be arrested. Borrowing his superior’s phone, Ho-soo calls Joon-hyuk, who tells him that he needs a favor.

Up on the 99th Floor of Human B, Minister Park is having a panic attack as more and more people in power call his phone. Woo-jin just smiles even as Minister Park loses it and calls for his private helicopter. Wherever he’s going, he plans to take Woo-jin with him.

Minister Park goes out to where the memory device is safely ensconced inside a glass box and takes the cube out. As Joon-hyuk and Jung-yeon reach the 99th floor, they hear Woo-jin being dragged into the corridor and follow the minister and Woo-jin up the staircase to the helipad on the roof.

As Joon-hyuk and Jung-yeon make it onto the helipad with their guns aimed straight for Minister Park, their enemy just laughs at their effort as he wonders why they’re trying so hard to save a clone. When Joon-hyuk yells that this is Woo-jin, Minister Park says, “Wake up, Joon-hyuk. Your brother, Woo-jin, died in an accident fifteen years ago. He stopped breathing. I buried him with my own hands.”

When Joon-hyuk makes as if to shoot him, Minister Park just doubles down as he says that that Woo-jin is dead. “If this is Kim Woo-jin,” he asks, pointing at the clone, “then what does that make your dead brother?”

As Joon-hyuk struggles to come up with something to say, Jung-yeon answers: “Fate. Woo-jin became our fate. Joon-hyuk dedicated his life to finding Woo-jin when he didn’t even have his own memories. I dedicated my life to finding Woo-jin because of my memories with him. And now, we’re at the end of our journey. This time, we’ll protect him the same way he protected us twenty years ago!”

Looking at his brother, Joon-hyuk asks, “Didn’t I tell you I’d never go anywhere without you ever again? This time, I’ll keep my promise.” (My heart!)

Taking out his own gun, Minister Park points it at Woo-jin’s head as he orders Jung-yeon and Joon-hyuk to leave if they don’t want to see him killed. It doesn’t matter to Minister Park either way—he can always make another Woo-jin.

Deputy Chief Lee and Secretary Shin walk back into Human B just as Smart Earth’s security personnel arrive to arrest Minister Park. The deputy chief orders his men to block them, and as the two small armies collide, he and Secretary Shin continue on their way.

Back on the helipad, we see Minister Park tell Joon-hyuk (in an eerie singsong voice): “Don’t make him [Woo-jin] die again.” Something inside Woo-jin snaps at this, and he throws his body into Minister Park’s in an attempt to disarm him.

During the scuffle, Jung-yeon shoots Minister Park’s minion in the arm and kicks his gun away. Joon-hyuk looks for a clear shot as Minister Park and Woo-jin wrestle for control of the gun, and just when Minister Park is able to throw Woo-jin off and level his gun at him, Joon-hyuk shoots him in the leg.

The minister’s precious memory cube slips out of his grasp and falls on the ground. Woo-jin scrambles to grab it before returning to the safety of Joon-hyuk and Jung-yeon. From the ground, Minister Park begs for the cube, promising/threatening that everyone can go home if he gets it.

Woo-jin clasps the cube tight and says that it never belonged to Minister Park to begin with. Just when it looks like our heroes will be able to walk away from all this, Deputy Chief Lee and his people arrive with guns in hand to surround them.

In the ensuing standoff, Deputy Chief Lee’s people drag Minister Park over to their side. Joon-hyuk and Jung-yeon are vastly outnumbered as Park orders Deputy Chief Lee to kill all three of them. As the two sides wait for the first shot to go off, Minister Park realizes that the deputy chief is hesitating. “You killed Woo-jin once before, why can’t you do it a second time?” Minister Park asks Lee. “Shoot! Shoot!

Hearing this, Joon-hyuk aims his gun at the deputy chief, but Lee still hesitates. Recognizing his sunbae in Lee, Woo-jin takes a slow step forward. Speaking to him as his sunbae, Woo-jin asks, “How did you end up like this?”

A conflicted look passes over Deputy Chief Lee’s face as he says that he only wanted to survive, so he did as he was told. Then, loosening his collar, he looks over at Minister Park and asks, “Professor, is this the brave new world you always spoke about?”

This seems to get to Minister Park, as he shrugs off his minions’ support and takes a step towards Woo-jin. “What did I do wrong?” he asks defensively. “Justice and responsibility? Why are they important? They said they wanted to be happy. They said all they wanted was happiness. That’s what I gave them. I gave them what they were asking for. I… simply did what I thought was right.”

Woo-jin steps close to Minister Park and says, “Then I, too, will do what I think is right.” He pulls his arm back and throws the memory cube off the top of the building with all his might. Minister Park moves to catch it, and as it flies over the edge of the roof, the minister follows the cube blindly into the empty air below.

Everyone goes still in the immediate aftermath, and Deputy Chief Lee cracks a very small smile. More than a hundred floors below, the minister’s broken body lies on the pavement (an eerie mirror to Woo-jin’s demise) as he spends his final moments watching the memory cube roll into the sewer — hopefully never to be seen again.

Up on the roof, Deputy Chief Lee whispers, “So, this is how it ends.” Before anyone can sigh with relief, he snaps up his gun, and everyone follows suit. They freeze again in a tense standoff, until, suddenly, Deputy Chief Lee presses the barrel of his gun into his own temple.

Secretary Shin catches his arm and shakes her head. After a long beat, the deputy chief gives in and drops his gun. Both sides finally breathe easy as their standoff come to an end.

Some time later, Ho-soo holds a press conference that is aired live across both Smart and Ordinary Earth. He reveals that Minister Park had secretly been running Human B, and that he’d been blocking the memories of Smart Earth Citizens under the name of the Stable Care Chip System.

He tells them about the murder that first opened Smart Earth to Joon-hyuk’s investigation. Ho-soo explains that the minister blocked Mayor Yoon’s memories while trying to cover up his tracks and that he blamed Bluebird, who had been working to unblock the citizens’ memories. In response to what will happen now that the Care Chip system has been deactivated, Ho-soo says:

“To the citizens who have had your memories blocked, your memories will return to you. You will feel very confused, possibly even tormented. There are certainly those who will have been made happy through the memory block. However, the result of blocking painful memories have made some forget the wrongs they have committed. And someone else will have forgotten someone who must not be forgotten.”

As he says that, Ho-soo flashes back to happier times with his girlfriend as he thinks to himself, “There was a woman who certainly existed, whom I certainly loved.” Then, he resumes his speech:

“Please accept the memories that come to you. If you have forgotten something you ought not have forgotten, remember it. And if you have forgotten a wrong you committed, take responsibility for it. And if you have forgotten sadness… if you have forgotten sadness…. I wish for you to feel sadness. Because that is what it means to be human. Finally, no matter what, please remember what happened to us in the year 2037. As of today, Human B does not exist.”

As the press conference airs, a conference room full of politicians wonder what Human B has done and how they can recover from it. Into that chaos walks in Mayor Yoon, who quiets the room and tells them that he’ll take the responsibility for bringing peace and stability to the city.

Joon-hyuk packs his bag of belongings to leave Ho-soo’s house. Ho-soo tries to make him stay by asking him to lead the new police force of Smart Earth. “I’m asking you to participate in a society that takes responsibility,” he tells Joon-hyuk.

With characteristic devilry, Joon-hyuk turns Ho-soo’s head to check if he still has a chip in his head. “How else do you say such a cheesy thing with a straight face?” he asks his erstwhile partner. Ha, and aww.

After making Ho-soo laugh, Joon-hyuk declares his intent to leave the police force and become a pastry chef. Ho-soo tells him not to do it: “To be honest, I don’t hate bread. I just couldn’t eat the bread you made.” He predicts that Joon-hyuk’s bakery will go out of business. “Is that your advice?” asks Joon-hyuk. “It’s a warning,” says Ho-soo. Then, the two burst into laughter.

Outside, Joon-hyuk walks towards Woo-jin and Jung-yeon. The camera moves with Joon-hyuk as he turns and puts an arm around his brother. Then, smiling, the three go down the path.

Then, the moment turns into a sketch, and we see Chief Hong putting the finishing touches to the final scene of his webcomic. Detective Oh appears beside him, and Chief Hong remarks that all three of his old cases have now been resolved, so now, he needs something new.

Joon-hyuk visits Min-young at her hospital, and we learn that he comes almost every day with new burn injuries from his attempts to bake cakes. As Min-young patches up his hand, we see a flashback to twenty years ago, when a younger Min-young used to take care of a comatose Bum-gyun.

Joon-hyuk smiles at her now, and after she’s done, he hands her a cake box. “I burnt my hand making that, so enjoy it,” he tells her. Min-young looks down at the box, a wide smile spreading over her face.

Jung-yeon stands over Professor Han, who is now hospitalized. She tells the sleeping old man that she’ll visit again, calling him “Dad” just like she used to. She comes out of the hospital depressed, but wipes away her tears when she sees Woo-jin waiting for her.

As they walk together, she points out that he’d drawn a heart between “Woo-jin” and “Byul” inside the star he’d given her. “Was that when you started liking me?” she asks with a grin. Woo-jin dismisses it by saying that all kids like anyone who’s nice to them. Jung-yeon refuses to give up on teasing him about liking her for so long, and Woo-jin ends up laughing.

Joon-hyuk comes out from his cake delivery to Min-young and smiles when he sees the two together. He walks at a distance to give the two some space, and Jung-yeon admits that she was happy when Woo-jin gave her that star.

Woo-jin smiles at this, and the two walk along in sweet awkwardness, until Woo-jin looks up and notices a news flash on a jumbotron. There was apparently a dark fog and a blackout in Gimpo the night before. The newscaster says that witnesses saw a bright gleam of light, which they note as being similar to the incident that happened in the brothers’ neighborhood thirty years ago.

They both get thoughtful expressions on their faces, and Woo-jin asks if Jung-yeon remembers what happened back then. Looking confused, Jung-yeon says that while she can’t remember the moment specifically, she remembers how she felt.

Joon-hyuk comes up from behind them and tries to surprise Jung-yeon, but neither of the two react. He asks why they’re so serious, when the newscaster says that the fog and light incident is similar to something that happened thirty years ago. And even before that, in 1986, there was one more instance when a large ball of light fell from the sky.

As the newscaster wonders what that light could be, the brothers look at Jung-yeon. The camera zooms close to her face, and suddenly, Jung-yeon’s face loses all expression as her irises shine with the cosmic spirals of faraway galaxies.

 
COMMENTS

Whoa. They just couldn’t resist pulling out the rug from under us one last time. I had wondered if they would address Jung-yeon’s extra terrestrial origins at all, but in characteristic Circle style, they didn’t just bring it up, they posed it as a tantalizing final puzzle for us to break our collective heads over. Time to pray for a Season 2, I guess!

Circle was unrelentingly awesome for its entire run. It pulled off the impossible and escalated our interest and engagement with every single episode before delivering a nearly flawless finale geared to blow our minds. Every heart pounding moment, every slow realization was built upon a solid groundwork of emotions and logic. The closer we came to the end, the clearer the connections between the two time lines became. The casting of the older actors suddenly made perfect sense, as we began to see glimpses of their younger selves in their actions. Every reveal was timed beautifully, and every question was answered before it could drag down the pace of the story. Looking back at all twelve episodes, I can only sigh at the incredible amount of work that went into creating this tightly packed, beautifully crafted masterpiece. This feels like an experience that won’t be soon repeated. So, I just want to take a moment to savor the feeling of having just finished something unique and precious.

Circle may have marketed itself as a science fiction thriller, but it was so much more. The cleverness of its conceit wasn’t in introducing an extraterrestrial technology that humans couldn’t crack, which meant the story never had to fully explain it. The beauty was in the simple idea that given an unknown, powerful technology with the potential to do great good as well as great harm, humans will never be able to just leave it be. There was no need to explain Byul’s memory device, since the point was always that it’s beyond our grasp. What was very much within our scope of understanding was the consequences of using such technology on mankind. And it’s to the writers’ credit that the answers were never black and white.

While Minister Park was an out and out evil antagonist, the man who brought him into the game wasn’t. Professor Han truly believed that the ability to erase memories could raise humankind above war and cruelty. Perhaps that’s why Jung-yeon still called him “Dad” despite knowing what had motivated him throughout. He was a murderer, but in the name of a higher purpose, unlike Minister Park, who simply wished to be the puppet master. I suppose the existence of Smart Earth proves that given a choice, people would willingly tamp down their darker selves and live as peacefully as they could. However, the choice was an illusion, and the peace was simply a denial of accountability. The alien tech that could have been a boon, if used for a few and with great care, turned into a weapon to subjugate thousands by enforcing ignorance.

Despite the grim theme of this dystopian future, I never felt that Circle was oppressively dark. The pace of the story and the constant feeling of solving the next clue never allowed the tragic implications of the plot to weigh down on me. The idea of having your will manipulated without your permission is incredibly violating, but the emerging themes of identity and the importance of memory pushed those darker thoughts to the back of my mind. At the end of the day, this was ultimately a story of people deciding their fates based on their memories.

Joon-hyuk decided to devote his life to finding Woo-jin, whose borrowed memories were his only connection to the past, while Jung-yeon battled a powerful conglomerate for decades because she didn’t want Woo-jin’s sacrifice to become pointless. For both these people, their memories were the touchstones upon which they had based their crusades. But the character that gave heart to this tale was Woo-jin — the reluctant boy who jumped into this world of conspiracies for the sake of his brother and became the symbol of a fight that lasted twenty years and enveloped the lives of four tenacious people who refused to give up their quest to find him again.

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Circle, my heart! ♥

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Circle, my soul!

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Circle, my brains!

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Circle, my everything

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I love this show so much, even if it isn't perfect. They have done their best to explore a genre that is not that common in kdrama and they have done a phenomenal job. Thank you, Circle! T_T

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Circle, we need season 2!

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I think that's pretty much what's hinted in the finale.

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Yup! And they better give it.

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Either that or the final just shows that the story never ends. It looked like it began in 2006 / 2007 and ended in 2037, but 30 years before that, a similar thing must have happened and now it happens again. It's like a never-ending circle, so even a second season probably doesn't answer all the questions. I hope they'll make a second season (with he same cast), but I guess it's more likely that they won't.

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Definitely! When Jung-yeon's face becomes expressionless and the episode had 1 second left, I was like: What! Does this mean there is a season 2? There has to be a season 2!! They can't possible be so cruel as to keep us hanging!!

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Well, if you ever watched Surplus Princess... similar ending. Just tvN messing with us.

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And please, don't make us wait forever for a second season. What a show! I'm pretty happy.

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Circle my life! Hehe. Wow. What an amazing series. Rarely does a show consistently meet and exceed my expectations. Phenomenal acting, writing and directing. I am placing Circle as part of my top 5 all favorite shows. Blown away!!

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What a good months in dramaland. After a long drought, suddenly we are blessed with a lot of good drama with good production value. Can't wait for Circle 2 to happen

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Yup! definitely recommending it to everyone who loves this genre of dramas. So GOOD.

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It's such a brilliant series; packed with intensity in every moment and with a 12 episode count it's the perfect length too. I'll happily spare a day just for a Circle re-watch marathon. It deserves that much. Please don't judge.

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Nope, I'm right there with you!

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It is such a well-written show. The convergence of the two timelines was beautiful. I hope they decide to make season 2 even though the ratings weren't very high.

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Yes, it was a nice touch when the official title is Circle: Two Connected Worlds, but for the last episode it became One World

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That new title card gave me goosebumps.

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I never noticed!!! *runs to go check*

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Wow! I'm glad I talked myself into watching the last two episodes. I was almost afraid to.

Although the story ended on a lighter note, Circle, for me remains an inherently tragic story because Yoo Jin who I fell in love with, died four years after being in a coma, and powered that cube for 20 years thanks to his clones; Bum Gyun, whom I adored, spent 10 years of his life in a coma and the other 10 searching for his missing brother. And papa Yoo was murdered for doing what he felt was right.

Whatever happened to that evil detective? My mind boils at him getting away without any consequences for his evil acts.

All is well that ends well, though. I guess the major question for me that I will ponder on for a long time is why nobody thought to destroy the memory cube that Byul created at the time the research was destroyed and Byul's memories, erased?

Still Circle remains a fantastic show, great story telling and a tight plot, with strong performances from the cast. It is an underrated gem.

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I think that perhaps the Dad didn't know about the cube. It seems he found out about her ability that day after she did something by his computer. I dunno....maybe.

lol...I kinda fail at drama theories.

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I think that's because no one knew of the star device left in Dad's office. That was for Woo-jin's use alone, and I suppose Byul never thought that it could fall in the wrong hands. Naive? Yes. But then she trusted humans enough to teach them the secrets of this technology until she realized how greedy we can be.

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I think the cube was sort of unbreakable? It fell down from 100th floor and barely had any scratch.

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Maybe because the cube is super mini. It has less volume, so it gets less damage. Idk. I'm not good with science.

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Although the story ended on a lighter note, Circle, for me remains an inherently tragic story because Yoo Jin who I fell in love with, died four years after being in a coma, and powered that cube for 20 years thanks to his clones;---
Yes to this! I found the ending a bit jarring tbh. Couldn't feel the jolly mood at all, since in my mind I could only see the woojin who dies unconsciously, in a hospital bed.

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I thought that Prof Yoo didn't know about the cube in the star and Byul forgot in that moment then had no memory of constructing it.

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Beautiful. I have so many thoughts and so many feelings. *sighs* It's too much to type. I...loved this show. What a beautiful story this was.

1986 - an alien...2008(?) - an alien...2037 - an alien. Three aliens are walking around now. Will the third alien use his/her powers to subdue the planet. Who's going to write me this fanfiction?

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In my mind, the aliens come at regular intervals to give humanity a new technology so that we can progress and evolve into higher intellectual beings :P And how the humans use that technology forms the crux of this show.

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The last Alien gave Steve Jobs the iPhone.

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Haha, I didn't realize my statement was provocative enough to warrant a down vote, but I don't mind. Someone must really hate apple. I just made the comment in jest because I can't decide whether or not my iPhone is a blessing or curse. Oh technology ?

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Ugh, yes I want me some Circle fanfiction now to help me ease with the withdrawal.

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Woww! What a show! @festerfaster, I love your take on the show and you have beautifully worded what I felt while watching Circle but couldn't express. This gem of a show has grabbed a slot in my top 10 all-time favorites. It had a tight plot and fast pace where the excitement never faded but only increased with each new episode and there were no fillers.

The performances of the everyone was on point but Yeo Jin Gu shines brightly over everyone with his nuanced portrayal of the younger brother who never tired in the search of his brother and always had a kind word to everyone in distress even as he battled his own guilt at not believing his brother, his desperation to find & protect him and his determination to not let the alien technology to fall in the wrong hands. Woo Jin made such an impact on Joon Hyuk and Jung Yeon in their decision and choices. I loved how Joon Hyuk and Jung Yeon formed a protective shield around Woo Jin on the helipad when surrounded by the Human B goons.

The questions this show raised only added to the enjoyment. I really enjoyed debating the issues of clones and identity and reading the comments of other beanies. Circle will not be forgotten anytime soon!

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I loved that scene too, and I cheered when Jungyeon said Woo-jin protected them 20 years ago and now they were going to protect him no matter what. This is the second TvN drama in this time slot that gave me all the feels from start to finish. Let's hope Bride of Habaek continues the trend.

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Me too!! I actually teared a bit, because Woo-jin had sacrificed so much for them, and died so alone, and now it was their turn to protect him and I'm just, urghhh ???

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I haven't seen a show this good in a long time. Circle, you will be missed.

And I've said it once and I'll say it again, Yeo Jin-gu is just pitch perfect with his acting. How can one so young be so talented? (And sexy.)

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Just look at his strong chest muscles in this screenshot-
http://d263ao8qih4miy.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/circle12-35071.jpg

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Haha I noticed that too!!

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:D someone seems to be working out hard!

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That is one talented young man. Love him!

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Wow. Thank you for the final recap, fesrerfaster, and tinybeanie too. I really wished we were able to send off the Woo Jin whom we loved for 11 episodes to a better place than just a sterile hospital, in a persistent coma. But I did get my wish of Yoo Jin Goo as playing in both timelines and breaking my heart now and in the future. I'm sure it won't be the last time. And I love good caper, although they borrowed a lot from Oceans 11, I felt. Well, done, writers and producers. Thank you for not falling over the cliff at the breakneck pace you set out and giving us actors that embodied the heart and soul of this drama.

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Circle my every being!!!!! This show. Ghjghjghjghjghjg. I still haven't recovered! And can I say I particularly liked the parallels of when both Woo-Jin and Minister Park were bleeding on the ground, with blood pooled around their heads, they both had their eyes on the cube. But the difference was Woo-Jin saw the cube and thought of his brother and Jung-Yeon, the people he promised he would get back to, the people he loved. Minister Park meanwhile just saw his source of money and power rolling away and I must admit I got some perverse satisfaction in watching Minister Park watch that cube roll further away and slip down the drain. I am sure it further elongated his last dying moment and my sadistic heart is cackling in glee. I love love how Circle really served just comeuppance to our villains. Rare do you find a drama that will give its villains their needed just desserts and this drama to the very end just blew all our minds. Now to pray to any and every god that would hear me for a season 2!

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It was such a wonderful ending, even if it was such a cliff-hanger! The show really lived up to it's name when things seemingly circled (hur) back to the very beginning of the show. Though a second season would be nice, I felt complete with this ending.

Gosh-golly, I was slack-jawed at the plan our heroes came up with. It proved that even though the villains were smart, they were smarter!!! I noticed the knocking before the flashback but didn't pay much mind to it. When I found out it was Morse Code I was thumping my head and praising the writers for the seemingly unimportant noise.

Even though I wished they had defeated Minister Park without anyone else dying (*sniffles*), I was satisfied with the mirror-like death of Minister Park to Real Woo Jin. I found it fitting since Minister Park drove Woo Jin to his death and, in turn, Clone Woo Jin drove Minister Park to his demise.

My feels went out to Deputy Chief Lee. He was on the side of the bad guys, but I feel he was on their side simply because of the guilt he felt over killing Woo Jin. The conflicted feelings he was going through made me feel so bad for him since he wanted to follow his professor, but also didn't want to essentially kill his past classmate twice.

All in all, it was a great show. The actors and actresses really put their all into making this show amazing! Yeo Jin Gu has really improved as an actor and I can't wait to see him take on new heights (he's going into another sci-fi drama right after this!!) and expand his acting! Thanks for the wonderful ride Circle!!!

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If anything, Park Dong-geon's death by falling from that building is a poetic payback for those students suicides years ago. That time, it was his blue bug that drove them to end their life by jumping off a high place; and this time, it was his own greed that drove him to jump off the building and unintentionally ended his life.

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Said in that way, I feel a bit better about his death haha. He managed to die avoiding any responsibility for all the pain (and deaths) he had caused and I do wish he'd gotten proper justice for that.

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Loved this drama so much! I will surely miss it. Thumbs up to all of the actors. What an amazing and wonderful performance!

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They just couldn’t resist pulling out the rug from under us one last time. >> Indeed. I feel like Show was screaming "PLOT TWIST!!” at every turns and reveals. It was soooo great ❤

Of the many great things happened in this episode, I literally clapped when Minister Park jumped over the ledge to pursue the cube. What a fitting end to his arc. He really didn't stop till the end. And I'm glad our heroes didn't kill him.

..and that last scene! We need season 2!

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PLOT TWIST!!! All the freakin' time. And I loved them all.

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I couldn' believe the guy actually jumped! How crazy of him!!

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I just have to say I'm glad that Woo-jin and Bum-gyun finally reunited, clone or not clone. The moment clone Woo-jin eked out "Hyung", I swear my tears would not stop, my heart ached for him so much. Also, it's a shame that adult Min-young never got to properly explore her romantic feelings for Bum-gyun, but I'm also happy to see a somewhat resolution to their budding romance, Jun-hyuk better make it up to her for waiting for 20 years.

Now season 2 please!

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I'm so glad she finally got something to do in this episode, and be properly a part of the gang again. Min-young was so brilliant in 2017!

Season 2 for me too please!

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I liked that she finally got to use her Taser!

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Woo-jin says "Hyung" in that time voice; cue me losing any composure I pretended to have up to that point.

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I also really loved how easily the brothers fell back into their old playfulness with each other, like they'd never been apart. Woo-jin's intelligence never ceased to amaze me. The callback to their use of Morse code 30 years ago was great; so clever. It amazed me that Joon-hyuk couldn't remember his past for 10 years, but once he was around Woo-jin again, things started to come back, like Woo-jin was the catalyst for him to remember. Woo-jin truly was the heart of the story in both timelines. The stand-off on the roof showed just how much Woo-jin impacted his brother's life as well as Jung-yeon's. It didn't matter if it took 20 years for them to get him back. Now that they had him, they were NOT going to let him go. Like Jung-yeon said, Woo-jin was a part of their fate.
I wish the ratings were higher because this was a gem. And they need to give us a season 2 after that finale. But even if they don't, this will always be a favorite of mine.

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I agree with everything you said. The attention to detail in this show has set the bar pretty high for all future shows. It's so good!

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Idk why i got some lord of the rings vibe when the cube splashed into the hole. ?
Anyway, cliffhangers till the end ? in trademark Circle style. Ahhh I love this show so much! I love the thought-provoking themes that it brought out in this thrilling sci-fi. I love the chemistry and interactions between the characters. (That sweet moment between Woojin and Jungyeon! ?) A great applause to all the actors, writers, producers and directors and the staff! Also thank you @festerfaster for recapping! This drama will stay in my heart for a long time~

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If its anything like LOTR, that cube can come back and haunt humankind.
Season2?

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It certainly was a Gollum-like death for Park Donggun!

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LOL! That was exactly what I was thinking. Can someone make a meme about this?

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Well it felt like a homage to LOTR,
Woo Jin tries to destroy the cube/ring throwing into its destruction.
Park Dong Gun /gollum throws himself after it and fails to realize he is jumping to his death. ( gollum jumps after the ring on to his death on Mount Doom)
The next scene could be a homage to the beginning of LOTR movie, when they explain that Isildur was killed by orcs when the ring slipped of his finger and revealed him to his enemy, in his death the ring falls into the River Anduin, like in the drama as Park Dong Gun lays dieing, the cube falls of his hand and rolls into the sewer water.
The ring and cube also share characteristics
1.sauron being able to see you when you wore it
You being able too see the memories with the cube
2. ring was a source of power and control given by a higher power
The ring was a source of power through technology and control through memory erasing

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YES! And Minister Park/ Prof. Park was Gollum fighting for his "precious" so much that he lost all sense of human kindness. "One cube to rule them all, one cube to find them, One cube to bring them all and in the darkness bind them." that was the one cube that ruled and bound the humans on smart earth and the wielder was Minister Park who once his control over it was lost became an even worse psycho with only one goal: get it back.

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omg I just wrote the same thing without reading your comment. totally LOTR vibes for me too

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Hahaha I swear I felt the exact same vibe!! Everyone's crazy for the cube to the point of death!

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I am still not ready to let go of this show. I've been watching each episodes feeling breathless. I am glad Yeo Jin Gu got to showcase his acting skills in a well written show. All the casts did a great job, too.

Btw, anyone watching Duel? I refrain myself from reading any recap to avoid spoilers. Is it any good like Circle?

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Yes, I'm also watching DUEL. Yang Se-jong is now playing three iterations (original host plus two clones), and is knocking it out of the park. The plot is so twisty I don't know where it will end up next. The only thing I'm reasonably sure about is that there are no space aliens. ;-)

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Yep..for me duel is also good?

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I highly recommend Duel. It's as good as Circle with high quality story and acting. But then OCN has always produced great show.

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My heart broke again seeing this last recap. ? God, what a lovely show. How will Mondays be without Circle? ?

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I love how the first 3 comments are db staff members mourning the loss of organs to Circle.
*cries in Circle speak* Can we please get a second season?

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"However, the choice was an illusion, and the peace was simply a denial of accountability."
- Couldnt have said it any better. And everything else you said @festerfaster, i agree.

I love this show. It made you think how dangerous any technology is in the wrong hands.

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I really enjoyed this ending! (This was actually one of the few endings that didn't disappoint me unlike so many others) I thought Min-Young's use of her pink taser was definitely a highlight of this episode. It was kind of hilarious actually.

I thought all the interactions between the different characters in the end was really cute. Although it did freak me out a little when Jung Yeon's eyes flashed purple. I think it would be very interesting if they do make a season 2 based solely on the alien aspect, as we didn't really get to explore that in just 12 episodes.

Overall, even though I didn't enjoy the beginning too much, I did like the ending and all the hard work the whole team put into it. I'm really glad that it wasn't draggy at all. And after watching this, I became huge fans of Yeo Jin Gu and Gong Seung Yeon. I will definitely check out their upcoming projects!

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Thank you so much for the beautiful recap @festerfaster! You said it so perfectly well. This show never needed to explain the technology or Byul's origins because it was never the point of the story. It is the story of two brothers and their deep love and care for each other that stood through the test of time, against human greed for something that has always been beyond their reach in the first place.

This is such a beautifully written series that exceed my expectations in so many ways (the writing, the acting, the pace, and more) and as a fan of Yeo Jingoo I'm so thankful that he took part in this. I'm still in a Circle hangover, it's just really been an amazing ride and I want a season 2 so bad just so I can be with these awesome characters once again.

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My thoughts are all over the place at the moment but here are the moments that I really enjoyed about the episode:
- Woojin loves to say that him and Bumgyun have twin telepathy, but turns they really do have a way to communicate without words... I love how they brought back the Morse code in this episode. What a beautiful foreshadowing. With that said, the foreshadowing game in this show has always been strong. In Episode 1, when young Bumgyun found Woojin in the woods, he said, "I told you. I'll find you wherever you are." And at the very end of the first episode, Joonhyuk when he finally got into Smart Earth, he said, "Wait for me. I'll find you wherever you are."
- Woojin's final video message to Jungyeon broke my heart all over again it was made worse by including a shot of Woojin while in comatose. :( I cried again in this episode because of that.
- When they decided to be part of the SWAT team, that was really awesome.
- Minyoung's taser moment. She finally got to use her superhero weapon on someone! She's so adorable as ever and badass as ever.
- The simple and sweet moments between the 2 pairs of lovebirds in the series: Joonhyuk and Minyoung, and Woojin and Jungyeon. When they made a flashback of Minyoung taking care of Bumgyun in a coma, and Jungyeon teasing Woojin the old way... and Woojin's tagline: "That's not the point!" when he gets flustered, aww~~

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Yes, Yes, and Yes! In fact, yes to everything. :)

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Circle, my spirit! ?? Seriously tho, I love this drama with my whole being. I decided to watch it because it looked promising and I am overjoyed that it did not disappoint. The cast did an amazing job, I swear I want them all together in another drama (Season 2!!! Haha). (It's actually my first time to see JG, and I am blown away. Just his facial expressions made me drawn to him. Also, I'm always amazed at how SY's tears just always flow like a river whenever she cries). But really, everyone was superb.

The story which dealt with a lot of emotions, ethics, morals, convictions. I loved how I also had to think rationally with everyone. Ugh, so much love and I cannot wait for Season 2!

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OMG... GUYS. I just read this on one of the top-rated comments during Circle's finale and they said the scene where Minyoung passed the suitcase to Dongsoo was totally a parody of the no look pass of that Korean politician... and I thought it was just the way the suitcase was passed. BUT THE EXACT COLOR OF THE SUITCASE HAS BEEN COPIED TOO. IM LAUGHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW.

If you guys haven't seen the no look pass video, go search for it now. Just google "no look pass korean." Do it! :D

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Thanks for that pointer, weaselking. Art imitates (un)real life. ;-)

Dig that crazy flick of the wrist.

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This show has definitely made the list for my favorite dramas of 2017. I loved every moment of it. The writing, directing, and the cast was phenomenal. I stopped watching for a couple weeks and when I went back to it, it was hard not to binge all of the episodes. And I actually ending up getting caught up in one day lol! This show is that good. I really hope we get a season 2 especially after that ending!

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I'm so glad Circle exists! I absolutely loved this show. Besides being awesome in the mystery, thriller, and sci-fi aspects -- I love how it was so focused on family and friendship, love and loyalty, down so far as to what defines us. I said it in my comment in episode 11, but this was really an amazing show with terrific writing, directing, and acting. Yeo Jin-goo is a promising young actor, one of the best in the talent pool for up-and-comers. Everyone did a superb job, EVERYONE, but Yeo Jin-goo really stood out to me. Thanks for recapping!

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I love CIRCLE. It pulled me in all sorts of directions, and made me question what's right and wrong. But that scene between Woo Jin and Joon Hyuk just flooooored me. AMAZING! It was the epitome of everything circle had been building up to, the brotherhood. Regardless of the chaos, the various questions on morality and justice, one thing was certain, they were brothers who cared for one another. Leave out the fact that he was a clone, he was still, in one way or another, Woo Jin; even if he never completely recovered his memories, his heart knew who he was and who he loved, and that was enough. AMAZING!

Please make a second season!

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I want more!

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haha. Javabeans, Headsno2, Girlfriday- you all are hilarious! ?

And I can't help but say I agree with you all!

Circle! Season 2 Please!

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My finals thoughts...

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/circle-final-episode-rants-and-raves-continued/

What am I going to do with myself next Monday?? ?

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I loved your wrap-up, michykdrama! Brava!

The brilliant manipulative Prof Park chases after the cube like a brainless lemming (and I mean no insult to the lemmings. I’m sorry)

ROFLMAO!

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This episode is everything that a final episode should be. Circle lifted my expectations as time got by, and by the last episode, it blew my mind away.

I love how the A team outsmarted the Human B folks, and everything came down to how the twins communicated! How real is that. I love the writer's train of thought in building up the complex finale, and everything was so tightly tied up in a thread, without any loose ends.

I love each and every character's past and present, even Prof Park and Sunbae Lee's. Their fear and what makes them tick. But I guess the story's center was undeniably the Kim brothers, who made me laugh, jump, sigh and cry. Kudos to the whole cast!

The memory of Circle was forever be on my mind, and I do hope for a season 2! But only with the same cast, same director and writer.

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But the character that gave heart to this tale was Woo-jin — the reluctant boy who jumped into this world of conspiracies for the sake of his brother and became the symbol of a fight that lasted twenty years and enveloped the lives of four tenacious people who refused to give up their quest to find him again.---
This, thank you @festerfaster for bidding the proper farewell to the boy which the show clearly failed/ (didn't care?) to acknowledge. After watching the finale, now that I look back, I noticed that I didn't enjoy the last half as much as the first half, and that the purpose of human b and the smart earth became a bit stagnant after some point. It's also strange that the citizens never realized that their memory is being erased or nobody found out the loopholes. Also to make the chairman park dong yeon the only big bad was a bit too unrealistic since we saw in the earlier episodes how human B supported and sponsored him all the time. How come PDY is the only person benefitting from the memory erase theory and no one else? The drama has a lot of interesting concepts to begin with but in the long run things got convoluted and failed to serve their purpose. Regardless, I loved the two brothers, their strong bond and the complete trust they shared, which made them sacrifice their lives each other. That time when hyung says to woojin before his last moment 'I will always remember you' was too heartbreaking and made me almost cry, it's funny how we say the last goodbyes in the most insignificant times, so the true worth of those moments becomes apparent to us, when the time passes away. Just for the main concept of the twins, I have to credit the show for the originality. You don't see siblings love being the prior theme in any KDramas these days.
With that being said, I take the two brothers saying goodbyes to each other in the hospital as the conclusion of the show. I can't take woojin's clone as the original one, since I feel every person is special and has their own purpose in life, which goes for the clone too. Whether he looks like woojin or not, he is still his own person, so it was frustrating, when every one kept saying that woojin's memory becomes the clone's memory, hence he 'is' woojin.
If I was in woojin's shoes, and I (as dead woo jin) had to see how no one remembers me or is mourning for me, rather taking someone else who looks exactly like me as woojin, I would be horrified and Devastateda and plain sad... I guess. The boy gave his life away for the people he loved, (hyung amd byul) and this is what he gets. Death is also a part of Life , so having clones and taking them as a substitute for the original person is absurd and apathetic imo. The soul doesn't shift to the clone, so the thoughts woojin would be having, woojin's clone won't have the same one, his being, the consciousness would still be different. I wish the show took more care with that and handled it in a sensitive way. I understand that...

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Db made my post short! Erm.
Okay typos:
*hyung and byul.
devastated.
And to continue with what I was saying , I understand that byul being a clone might have lesser understanding of humans and souls, but it should have been different for hyung. Also just to clarify I 'loved' the show but seeing how the show started with a bang, I had much more expectation from the writers. Like the way they introduced concepts of memories, and that we should 'remember' to take responsibilities of our action was really inspiring. But when they are reaching to conclusions like 'woojin's clone is equivalent to the original woojin', that doesn't justify or go with the more humane theme the show was going for in the earlier episodes. Anyway sorry for the long rant lol. I gather I'm still invested in this show, like a lot.?

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@fay17 Pretty much on this. I thing I lost it when they give us many question without giving us much depth into the question they have arise, It's just feel only on the surface, but never flash out well. they focus too much on twist and turn and forget what a story they want to tell. Forget about infus the character as a human being. There is a moment I'm hoping they back on track. But the only thing I really enjoy is Woo Jin's story, which is thanks to Yeo Jin Go and writers intetion, This character is the only leading char that feel the most developed and feel real. We are watching his struggle, his vulnerable, why he is doing what he is doing, and his emotion. My wish for YJG to appear in 2037 without any other actor playing it has been grant! But for me, he already died in the hospital bed. And the clone is entirely a new character with Woo Jin's memory. I accept Woo Jin's fate. What a bittersweet ending for his character. But It's a shame they seems don't have a slightest will to visit his grave. :(

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Yeah, too many materials with little depth and so many questions unanswered. At times honestly, I was scared about the undeveloped plotline of the show and thought how they would pack it up in a proper way. The alien concept was just added for a plot twist, but there was never any other alien who came to the earth, plus byul looks like a human and could emote perfectly, which didn't seem like the case when the twins were younger. I overlooked the faults lol thinking that the show would end on a higher note, but the way woo jin's fate was sealed was upsetting. At least I became a fan of yeo jin goo, that's something to look forward to lol.

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Yess they arise so many question, but I don't mean they should answer them. I just feel it lack depth and focus. Thanks God, they are care about Woo Jin's arc since beginning. everything else surrounding him at first is so fascinating. I actually hate the way they handle the villain. They are so caricature.

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If I also was in Woojin's shoes, as the dead woojin, I would be rest in peace wherever I might be. It's probably sad that no one remembers me or is mourning for me, but I'm happy the people I left behind wont be really sad. I'm happy that at least there's a part of me who is still staying with them. Their fights, struggling and every sacrifices they made for 20 years trying to find me are never meaningless. I will always beside them through my memories and my clone. And knowing Woojin's character, I really think he might feel that way. Plus, I personally think that those people who love Woojin would never forget him, the real him who died for their sake. It's just, like Joon Hyuk said, they couldnt leave Woojin alone anymore, because even if he's just a clone, there's his real memory inside him. And memories never died.

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About people not realizing their memories were erased, it's actually quite logical to me. Think about it, you don't remember every little part of your life and since you don't have the memories, you don't think that they were erased. Humans's memories are not stored on a flash drive so you can't categorize them by year and by month. Like if I asked you what you did on the 20th April 2013 would you remember it? I wouldn't. Besides I personnaly have a very bad memory and I forget a lot of stuff. And yet I don't think that my memories were erased.

About the clone I have the same problem as you: to me a clone would be a robot because I don't believe human beings are able to create a soul even if they manage to clone themselves. But that's probably because I have a religion so my point of view is biased by this. I also don't believe that since he has Woo Jin's memories then he is Woo Jin. To me he is not. He is a clone with Woo Jin's memories. That's too easy to make him Woo Jin because he has his appearance and his memories.

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That moment when your top three favorite dramas are Circle, Bad Guys, Goblin and suddenly some dramas seem like a waste of time, money and actors' acting skills.

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Perfect! Acting, screenplay and direction--All Perfect!
Please have a second season!

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Another thing I'd like to add... the way the PPL was done in this drama was actually pretty good. They're almost unnoticeable and fit naturally in the scenes.

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Wait...there were PPLs in this drama??

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ACME-brand tasers
body armor
FreeDOS
humongous flat screens
Rubik's Cube
Morse code

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I still have questions!! How did Woo Jin Circulate 3 wake up??

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Maybe Jung Yeon's virus has a hand in that? IDk though

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Circle leaving us some questions until the very end, not surprise at all. At the heart of all twists,turns,puzzles, of questions on cloning, "what makes Us us?" and what not, this two things struck a chord in me,

as HoSoo explained,
"... I wish for you to feel sadness. Because that is what it means to be human..."

and what Jungyeon said,
"...Joon-hyuk dedicated his life to finding Woo-jin when he didn’t even have his own memories. I dedicated my life to finding Woo-jin because of my memories with him..."

Circle, I didn't know that my fangirl motives would lead me to this overwhelming, heart pounding, weekly cliffhangers, headaches from time to time, experience. I totally totally enjoyed this!

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Thanks @festerfaster & @tineybeanie for all the awesome recaps for Circle. Loved reading the recaps after watching each ep :)

There's so many ways the show could have gone and am glad the writers remained focused on the brothers and their search for each other. Having the whole squad come together to defeat the villains in the finale is one of my favourite drama tropes, especially when there's also callbacks to past scenes. Lots of unanswered questions but I still feel satisfied how it ended - pretty much a happy ending and story wrapped up nicely with potential plotlines for a second season.

Circle was engaging, thought-provoking and featured excellent acting from everyone. Definitely one of my top 10 dramas of all time now.

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10/10 for me. Yeo Jin Goo was the star of this one. As was Gong Seung Yeon.

My only complaint is that their plan worked too flawlessly. It was such a risky one, but everything just fell into place. I chalk if up to the fact that each step followed immediately after the last one, and that absence of any time between worked in their favour.

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I need someone to confirm this.
On minute 16, when the smart Earth citizens are outside of the hospital complaining about their pain, isn't the first Guy that appears KIM YOUNG KWANG????!!!
I'm pretty sure It is! Does somebody know?

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Circle, my lyfe ❤️
I waited for this recap since ep 12 ended because I have so many thing to say (and it feel incomplete without reading the recap)
But now, I forgot all I want to say ??

So I just want to say thankyou
Thank you Circle for being awesome from beginning till the end ❤️❤️
Thank you @tineybeanie and @festerfaster for the wonderful recaps
Thank you DB's staff and other beanies for every love and comments for this drama.. really a helpfull discussion for me to more understand this drama

Just read the recap and see the screencaps make me cry again ?
And for the last... season 2 with the same cast pleaseeee

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My heart was in my throat for the final two episodes because I was so certain that someone would screw up somewhere in terms of production/plot points etc.

But I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. I'm glad the production team wisely chose to focus on the emotional component of identity and self and bonds, rather than bringing some late tech twist/alien plot reveal into the game!

I loved how they showed the Beta Team worked as team and relied on Morse Code to hide their plan. That was a sweet call back to the earlier episodes.

The moment between the brothers outside was one of the sweetest as well. After spending 11 episodes of them angsting and hurting, it was so touching to see them bicker with each other like siblings do.

I guess Lee Sunbae has been feeling increasingly conflicted about his role in the entire operation but I never thought he'd want to blow his head off. I guess all his deeds must be weighing heavily on his conscience. Secretary Shin pulling his hand down was a sweet moment as well.

The sweetest of all moments for me though was that of Woo Jin and Jung Yeon being cuter than cupcakes around each other. HELP. It was so cute to seeing these two behaving like teens out on a date with the respective crushes. ?

And I'll admit, when they touched on the alien subplot in the end and Jung Yeon's eyes lit up, I was shook. I really thought they would brush it under a carpet and I made my peace with it. However, I absolutely loved that they decided to use it as a sequel hook.

A season 2 of Circle where everybody is being cute and happy and the only mystery is Byul's origins, YES PLEASE. Sign me up!

Also, I loved all of the cast, but the real revelations for me were Yeo Jin Goo and Gong Seung Yeon. I loved their performances and I'll be following their careers from now on!

Circle has earned its self a spot on my All Time Faves list. What a good.

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Also, thank you for the recaps @festerfaster and @tineybeanie!

I loved your end summary for the finale festerfaster! It beautifully sums up the essence of Circle and why it was so enjoyable to watch. It was never about the grand mystery of aliens, rather the relationships and the core people who were what made it so fun to watch! ?

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Watching Circle is like peeling onion. I don't know how to describe it another way!

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here in dramabeans land you know this show is a masterpiece when you have girlfriday headsno2 javabeans all giving it up for THIS.
yes, a masterpiece. even if the ratings are not as high as their shows of romance, crime or comedy genres, i hope tvn will continue to know and support such masterpieces when they see one.
every single episode is mindblowing. and i love how the whole ethical and moral debate on how would we accept our loved ones for who they are without their old memories (granny/jungyeon) or those who have the memories of our loved ones (circulate3). i do not fully agree with jungyeons answer "fate" but it makes me think abt the question and gets me questioning myself on my own measurements on such issues.
yjg amazes me as an actor under 20 (WHAT!) and i applaud the entire production for the choice of style, sets, costumes, props, cinematography, editing (though i thought the last episode could do with a little tweaking on the flashback of the cloning AFTER deputy chief lee explains it rather than before).
there are many supporting cast whom i recognise from 6FD weighlifting fairy and strong woman and seeing how they have levelled up with more exposure and opportunities offered in this show really makes me proud of them.
thank you fester for this journey, and thank you fellow beanies too!

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Ah... thank you for the recap. It is so well written that I felt like reliving the Circle experience again.
If there is one thing I should teach my kids in future it is... Morse code. Interstellar and Circle prove that it's an indispensable skill for saving earthlings.
Circle was amazing. <3

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I freakin f***ken cried. ? Great great bloody brilliant. ? Normally sci-fi is not my cuppa but Circle just completely dodged and twisted expectations and man, I don't want to let this series go. On the fence about a second season, since it has to be better than the first one, and this series is just bloody bloody brilliant. I still feel my heart pounding just remembering scenes and very rarely does this happen. Really good.???

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This is the first time I've watched anything from a sci-fi genre, and I'm really very amazed. Season 2 please! In the meantime, I'll be recovering from the loss of our original Woo-jin (anyone else is just not the same)...

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