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Duel: Episode 16 (Final)

Even though Duel never really netted the ratings that OCN has recently grown accustomed to, there was a steady and loyal viewership that remained until the end. Now it’s time to see if that perseverance has paid off — will we get the resolution we desire, or will there be more last-minute surprises as the plot continues to twist and turn?

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

 

Deuk-chun is shot, but valiantly continues to hold his ground while Mi-rae and Sung-joon escape from Sanyoung’s men. Through the van windows, an agonized Sung-joon screams for Deuk-chun as Chief Park drives away.

Later, Sung-joon sits in the ICU next to Deuk-chun’s unconscious body. Whew, at least he’s alive.

Sung-joon cries as he remembers all the bonding moments the two men have gone through the past few days, starting from the moment Deuk-chun literally dragged the clueless Sung-joon off the bus, to the time they jumped off the bridge to escape the police, and then to the recent conversation where Deuk-chun encouraged Sung-joon to just live his life as Sung-joon.

 

Soo-yeon goes into cardiac arrest, and Sung-joon rushes into her room as Mi-rae watches the doctors perform CPR. Thankfully, the doctors are able to resuscitate and stabilize Soo-yeon, but the doctor warns Mi-rae that Soo-yeon will most likely not survive another attack like that.

Mi-rae insists on immediately starting the bone marrow treatment in order to save Soo-yeon. Mi-rae brushes off the doctor’s concern about her own recovery. There have been enough people who have been hurt or killed in protecting Mi-rae — she couldn’t bear it if Soo-yeon was added to that list.

 

The police station is filled with Sanyoung’s battered-and-bruised security guys. As the other detectives focus on booking them in, Chief Park turns his attention to Big Boss. Chief Park is furious by Big Boss’ stoic silence. When Big Boss actually smirks, Chief Park grabs him by the collar and screams in his face, demanding to know if Big Boss is laughing at him.

Chief Park starts to break down as he yells that, thanks to Big Boss, his good friend and fellow detective is in the hospital. Soo-ho and Hyung-shik have to literally drag Chief Park away as he starts to kick Big Boss. Chief Park doesn’t care about police protocol as he screams that Deuk-chun already endured enough pain thanks to Soo-yeon’s kidnapping — he didn’t need to get shot trying to save her, too!

 

Sung-joon sits with Mi-rae after the doctors retrieve a bone marrow sample. Smiling, she weakly reassures Sung-joon that she’ll be fine — she recovers quickly, remember? Sung-joon tells her that Soo-yeon will get the treatment in about an hour, which satisfies Mi-rae.

Even though she’s the one in the hospital bed, Mi-rae still asks after Sung-joon, worried about how he’s doing. She promises that she’ll save him next. Sung-joon gently tells her that what’s most important is that Mi-rae rests and gets better herself.

In an almost parallel image, Seo-jin sits by her father’s bedside, asking about Chairman Park’s health. She asks if she should bring Mi-rae back to the lab, but Chairman Park orders his daughter to stay in the hospital. Seo-jin’s only just been released from custody — he doesn’t need her causing more trouble.

 

Chairman Park insists he’ll take care of everything himself. A new Big Boss arrives, and Chairman Park tells Boss 2.0 that he’s heard the doctors are getting a sample of Mi-rae’s bone marrow to treat Soo-yeon. He orders Boss 2.0 to make sure that sample goes to the chairman and not Soo-yeon. Seo-jin quietly takes in this new information.

Sunbae and Sung-joon nervously sit by Soo-yeon’s side, wondering what’s taking the doctors so long to start the treatment. It’s already a half-hour past the scheduled time, so Sung-joon decides to find the doctor and check on the delay.

 

Sung-joon finds the doctor just as the man is hurrying out of his office in his street clothes. When Sung-joon asks what’s going on, the doctor weeps as he confesses that he gave away Mi-rae’s bone marrow. The doctor blubbers that he had no choice — his family and the entire hospital were at risk of being ruined if he didn’t obey Sanyoung’s orders to give the sample to someone else.

Sung-joon studies CCTV footage of the doctor handing the box of Mi-rae’s bone marrow to Boss 2.0. But as Boss 2.0 walks to his car, he’s knocked out by Sung-hoon, who takes the box for himself. Sung-joon is surprised to see Sung-hoon is involved.

 

Sung-hoon returns to his lair with the bone marrow. He downs whisky like it’s tea as he studies the transfusion bags inside the box. Seo-jin calls Sung-hoon, warning him that her father is going to steal Mi-rae’s bone marrow. She asks Sung-hoon to steal it first, casually adding that he can do whatever he wants with it — maybe even cure himself. Seo-jin just wants to make sure her father never gets it.

After Seo-jin hangs up, Sung-hoon wryly notes that one person wants Sung-hoon to die so he can save his daughter’s life (Deuk-chun and Soo-yeon). But another person wants Sung-hoon to live so she can make sure her father dies (Seo-jin and Chairman Park).

Chairman Park also gets a copy of the hospital CCTV footage. Once he realizes Sung-hoon has the bone marrow, the chairmen angrily orders his men to bring back “his” cure.

 

Sung-hoon’s nearly finished drinking the entire whiskey bottle when he hears the front door unlock. He cocks a gun and sets it on the table, ready for the visitor, who turns out to be Sung-joon. He sees how awful Sung-hoon looks, and worriedly asks how the other clone is doing.

When Sung-hoon doesn’t answer, Sung-joon carefully asks for the bone marrow box, adding that it doesn’t belong to Sung-hoon. Sung-hoon snarks that it’s not like there’s a name on it, so it should be “finders, keepers.” Sung-joon pleads for Soo-yeon’s life, insisting that she needs the transfusion immediately.

Sung-hoon says that Sung-joon can take the box if he can find it. But as soon as Sung-joon turns around to look search for the box, Sung-hoon grabs the gun. Sung-hoon shoots at the liquor cabinet right next to Sung-joon. It’s a warning shot, I assume, or else the bottle of whiskey he drank is throwing off his aim.

Sung-joon slowly turns back around. Sung-hoon doesn’t understand why Sung-joon is doing all this for Soo-yeon and Deuk-chun, people Sung-joon barely knows. Sung-joon simply says that he wants to keep his promise to save Soo-yeon.

Sung-hoon scoffs at Sung-joon’s answer, then screams that Sung-joon also made a promise to Sung-hoon — he promised to come back! A flashback to the tiny clones reminds us of Sung-joon’s promise to look for tiny Sung-hoon, no matter what. But Sung-hoon says Sung-hoon never came, and tiny Sung-hoon, huddled on his hospital bed, cries as he wonders where his brother is.

 

Adult Sung-hoon continues to point his gun at Sung-joon as he asks the other clone what he was doing all that time when tiny Sung-hoon was growing up in the lab, enduring a life of painful testing and experimentation. Sung-hoon starts to cry as he says that he waited twelve years for Sung-joon, but Sung-joon never came.

Sung-hoon demands to know why he should let Sung-joon have the bone marrow, since Sung-joon apparently only reappeared in his life to take the cure away from Sung-hoon. Sung-hoon adds that Sung-joon is no different than Doctor Mom, and he suspiciously asks if Sung-joon is being paid by Sanyoung.

Sung-joon reassures him that he isn’t, revealing that Doctor Mom was actually blackmailed into staying at Sanyoung so that she could help find a cure specifically for Sung-hoon. Sung-hoon wavers as he recalls the way Doctor Mom threw him out of the way of the oncoming car twelve years go, taking the full impact herself. Sung-hoon slowly lowers his gun as he remembers Doctor Mom quietly apologizing right before she died.

 

Sung-joon continues to earnestly explain that he did try looking for Sung-hoon, but when tiny Sung-joon found his way back to the research lab, it had been locked up and shut down. Then Sung-joon was passed from orphanage to orphanage, all the while believing that Sung-hoon was living happily with Doctor Mom.

Sung-joon starts to cry as he explains that even though he spent his life surrounded by strangers, he lived each day in hope that Sung-hoon and Doctor Mom would find him. His voice filled with emotion, Sung-joon tells Sung-hoon that now that they’ve found each other again, they should start a new life together as ordinary humans.

Sung-hoon aims the gun at Sung-joon again, paranoid that Sung-joon is only trying to trick him. He reasons that if Sung-joon cared about him as much as he says, then Sung-joon should want Sung-hoon to keep the vaccine for himself. Sung-joon vows that he’ll save and protect Sung-hoon, but first they have to save Soo-yeon.

 

Sung-hoon’s failing organs cause him to clutch his chest and stumble back onto the sofa. Sung-joon sees his chance and he leaps on top of the other clone. With tears streaming down his face, Sung-joon injects Sung-hoon with the anesthetic, causing the younger clone to lose consciousness.

Regaining consciousness, however, is Deuk-chun, who weakly asks Mi-rae what happened. She tells him he’s been out for three days, which just serves to remind me I have no concept of time on this show. He asks after Soo-yeon, and Mi-rae says that she’s fine, but hesitates when Deuk-chun asks about Sung-joon.

Sung-joon is currently ransacking Sung-hoon’s place, looking for the bone marrow as the unconscious Sung-hoon sleeps off the anesthetic upstairs. Despite looking in all the possible — and some improbable — places, Sung-joon is unable to find the box of bone marrow.

 

He doesn’t have much time to worry about it, though, because Boss 2.0 shows up with a bunch of Sanyoung’s security guys. Boss 2.0 assumes Sung-joon is Sung-hoon, and Sung-joon plays along. To protect the real Sung-hoon from being discovered upstairs, which would also prevent Sung-joon from saving Soo-yeon, Sung-joon gloatingly tells Boss 2.0 that he used the bone marrow treatment on himself.

Boss 2.0 decides that Chairman Park can still take the cure from “Sung-hoon” anyway. They forcibly drag Sung-joon away just as Sung-hoon starts to awaken.

Now alone, Sung-hoon reveals the bone marrow box is in the trunk of his car. Sung-hoon seems to have been conscious enough to hear that Sung-joon lied about giving himself treatment, and he drives away, thinking about Sung-joon’s pleading promise to live together like normal, ordinary humans.

 

Sung-joon, now in hospital garb, is dragged to the secret lab where he’s strapped face-down on the bed, much like tiny Sung-hoon used to be. Sung-joon screams and resists, but Boss 2.0 just covers Sung-joon’s mouth with tape as they zip-tie his limbs to the bed.

Watching from his phone, Chairman Park starts to laugh in satisfaction, but ends up coughing up blood. He isn’t concerned, though, since he assumes that his team will soon be extracting the cure from “Sung-hoon.”

Except the real Sung-hoon arrives at the lab and swiftly takes down Chairman Park’s security guards with some pretty awesome flying kicks. Sung-hoon doesn’t even break his stride as he enters Chairman Park’s hospital room, flips on the lights, and aims his gun directly at the chairman’s head.

Chairman Park is surprised to see him, since he assumes that Sung-hoon is strapped to the bed. He quickly realizes that the clone in the lab must be Sung-joon, and even though Chairman Park is shocked to lean that Sung-joon is alive, he can’t help but wonder if Sung-hoon barging in is some brotherly attempt to save Sung-joon.

Chairman Park immediately decides that such a thing is impossible, since they’re “just clones” and “lab rats.” Besides, he’s not afraid of Sung-hoon killing him, because the chairman is a dead man anyway. Either he dies by Sung-hoon’s hand or he dies from a lack of a cure for his disease.

But Sung-hoon knows that Chairman Park will do anything to try and stay alive, and Chairman Park laughs, agreeing. He asks who really has the cure, and , and Sung-hoon says that he injected himself with the cure, not Sung-joon.

 

Chairman Park is suspicious, but Sung-hoon reminds the chairman that Sung-joon didn’t know about the plan to steal the cure from Mi-rae’s doctor, so there’s no way Sung-joon could have intercepted it and taken it for himself.

Sung-hoon smiles as he tells Chairman Park that he actually found out thanks to Seo-jin, adding that she ordered him to take it so the chairman couldn’t have it. Ha, at least Chairman Park seems surprised by his daughter’s betrayal.

The security guys finally arrive, and Sung-hoon grabs Chairman Park to use as a hostage. Sung-hoon tells the security guys to let Sung-joon go or else Chairman Park will die, but Chairman Park warns Sung-hoon that if he kills the chairman, then his men will kill Sung-joon. He tells Sung-hoon that he can swap places with Sung-joon, since the chairman doesn’t really care about the clones — he just wants the cure.

 

Chairman Park shows Sung-hoon the live feed of Sung-joon tied face-down on the bed as the doctors cut open his hospital gown. It’s exactly like what tiny Sung-hoon used to endure, and adult Sung-hoon reels at the vivid memory of those painful experiences. Sung-hoon yells for the men to stop — he’ll take Sung-joon’s place. But only if they release Sung-joon first.

Chairman Park agrees, and Sung-hoon slowly lowers his gun, allowing the security guys to grab him. Elsewhere, Sanyoung’s security guards drag the unconscious Sung-joon to a waiting car and drive away.

On his knees, with his hands tied behind his back, a defeated Sung-hoon patiently endures Chairman Park’s gloating. Chairman Park thanks Sung-hoon for preventing him from getting the wrong bone marrow treatment. Oh, if only he knew.

Chairman Park rescinds his promise to free Sung-joon, and instead orders his men to take Sung-joon to the research team so they can continue to do experiments on him. Ugh, of course, because the chairman doesn’t have an ounce of humanity in him.

But Sung-hoon just smirks as he says Chairman Park is too predictable. Deuk-chun is already hot on Boss 2.0’s tail, forcing the car off the road. There’s no warning shots this time as Deuk-chun shoots the security guys in their kneecaps, then continues to fight until he can retrieve the unconscious Sung-joon.

When the doctors arrive to take Sung-hoon’s bone marrow, he starts to laugh. Chairman Park orders the doctors to hurry up, but Sung-hoon confidently says that it doesn’t matter — the chairman is going to die soon, anyway.

A flashback reveals that Sung-hoon went to Soo-yeon’s hospital. Aw, Mi-rae first calls him Sung-joon, but quickly realizes he’s Sung-hoon. I love the way that she protectively stands between him and the hospital bed, ready to sacrifice herself to save Soo-yeon.

But Sung-hoon just sets down the box of bone marrow, telling Mi-rae he’s returning it to her and she can use it however she wishes. Mi-rae asks him why, and Sung-hoon pauses a moment before simply saying that he’s found a way to live like a normal, ordinary human.

Sung-hoon’s next stop is to find Deuk-chun. It’s a tense stand-off as Deuk-chun, barely-recovered from his gunshot wound, looks down the barrel of Sung-hoon’s gun. Deuk-chun asks him why he’s there, and Sung-hoon reveals Chairman Park’s clone mix-up, telling Deuk-chun where Sung-joon is. That’s why Deuk-chun was prepared to take down Boss 2.0 and the other security guys in order to save Sung-joon.

 

Back at Sanyoung hospital, Chairman Park sputters as he demands to know what Sung-hoon is talking about. In response, Sung-hoon uses a scalpel that was hidden up his sleeve to cut the ties around his wrist. Then he leaps forward, using that same scalpel to cut Chairman Park’s throat.

Sung-hoon smiles at the gasping, gurgling, and dying chairman. Sung-hoon even continues to smile as Sanyoung’s security guys riddle him with bullets. Sung-hoon falls to the floor as everyone else rushes to attend to Chairman Park.

It’s a beautiful sequence of slow-motion and haunting music, full of emotion as Sung-hoon whispers his last words: “Sung-joon-ah.” Even though Sung-joon is still unconscious in the backseat of Deuk-chun’s car, a tear falls from his closed eyes. The scalpel slips from Sung-hoon’s lifeless hand.

An undetermined amount of time later, Deuk-chun softly calls for Soo-yeon, who wakes up. It seems that the bone marrow transplant went well. Soo-yeon immediately notices that her father is also in a hospital gown, and he says it’s because he got hurt while catching bad guys.

 

Sung-joon is also in a hospital bed, with Mi-rae at his side. He’s grateful that she made the difficult choice to go through with the bone marrow transplant, but Mi-rae says that they know who really made the tough decision.

Sung-hoon told her he was angry at the world for treating him only like a clone, which is why he was so obsessed with fighting to survive. But then he realized he was just as bad as everyone else since he thought of himself as nothing more than a clone, and had given up on living like a real person. Mi-rae’s voice softens as she says that’s why Sung-hoon decided he should at least die like a human being.

With tears streaming down his face, Sung-joon asks why Sung-hoon told Mi-rae so much about himself when Sung-hoon barely told Sung-joon anything.

 

Another undetermined-yet-short amount of time later, Deuk-chun gathers his team of detectives to head out and “crush the bad guys.” Aw, the way they stand at attention reminds me of the beginning when Deuk-chun was cracking down on the illegal gambling, before Soo-yeon was kidnapped and his life fell apart.

One of Jo-hye’s superiors is furious that she’s planning on going after Sanyoung, which could make the prosecutor’s office a public laughingstock due her claims of a highly respected company performing illegal experiments of human cloning.

 

Jo-hye calmly hands him photos of the Doctor Lee’s frozen body — and Sung-hoon’s body, too. Sniffle, sniffle. Deuk-chun made sure to take photos for her while he was at the lab. He got her the evidence after all!

Jo-hye explains how Doctor Lee was cloned over twenty years ago. Her superior scoffs at that story, and she hands over photographic evidence of the current-day surrogate mothers, pregnant with genetically engineered fetuses. She also mentions Jeong-dong and his attempt to have Sanyoung clone his daughter.

 

It’s enough for her to get permission to go after Sanyoung. The same time Deuk-chun arrives at Sanyoung is when Jo-hye and her team arrive with their blue boxes, ready to confiscate Sanyoung’s files. Ahhh, this meeting is no accident — finally Jo-hye and Deuk-chun have a copacetic partnership.

Boon-suk and Song-yi apprehend Seo-jin before she can escape to America. I will never tire of seeing Seo-jin in handcuffs. Deuk-chun also arrests Chairman Oppa (he is, after all, the official head of Sanyoung now that Chairman Park is dead).

One year later, Soo-yeon — with a head full of hair! — visits a columbarium where she places memorial flowers next to Sung-hoon’s urn. Sniffle, sniffle. She asks if “ajusshi” is enjoying heaven and if he’s seen her mother there. She adds that while she likes being around “Uncle Sung-joon” who looks just like “ajusshi,” she still misses Sung-hoon.

 

Deuk-chun, Sung-joon, and Mi-rae are also there, and Sung-joon quietly tells Sung-hoon that he’s doing better now. Sung-joon adds that he’s really sorry he couldn’t keep his promise to live a normal life with Sung-hoon.

As Deuk-chun drives everyone home, he asks Sung-joon if he’s still confused about who he is and how he should live is life. Sung-joon smiles and says that he no longer worries about that. Instead, Sung-joon has decided to just let life lead the way. After all, isn’t that how normal people live? Deuk-chun teases that Sung-joon must really be human now.

Rolling down the window, Sung-joon sticks his hand out to feel the wind. Soo-yeon follows his lead, and they ride into the sunset with the wind between their fingers.

 
COMMENTS

Excuse me while I try to compose myself. Those last twenty minutes or so were pretty rough on my tear ducts. Let’s think about the positives first: Soo-yeon is healed! Yay! Sung-joon seems to be doing pretty well, too, so I’m not sure if he somehow was healed by Mi-rae’s bone marrow in the past year or if he simply wasn’t as in bad a shape as we all originally thought. Maybe one of Sanyoung’s doctors was able to offer up a plea bargain (after Jo-hye obviously revealed all of Sanyoung’s evil doings) by using their illegally gained vaccine-creating knowledge to find a workable cure. Maybe the details don’t matter, since the most important thing is that this little ragtag family of Sung-joon, Mi-rae, Soo-yeon, and Deuk-chun are just that in the end: a family. Soo-yeon calling Sung-joon “Uncle,” clearly implying that Sung-joon is a part of her daily life, made me want to cry for joy (instead of all the other reasons I’ve wanted to cry in the last few minutes).

I can see how some might think the ending isn’t satisfying because it glosses over all those questions we’ve been wondering about since the beginning, and we’re forced to fill in the massive blanks with our own assumptions — but I loved it. Soo-yeon may not necessarily be a “lab rat” like the clones, but she certainly spent most of her life in a leukemia-built cage that prevented her from experiencing so much of the “real” world. Watching her delight in feeling the wind, just like the twelve-year-old clones did, makes me realize that she’s been given a second chance not just at her own life, but also a chance to live the life that Sung-hoon never got to live, with freedom and family and the ability to do whatever she sets her mind to. She’s no longer trapped by her failing body.

As heartbreaking as it was to see Sung-hoon purposefully throw his life away, it was also a beautiful sacrifice. I ache for the way Sung-hoon has been mistreated, and I still wish, somehow, he could be in that car with Soo-yeon and Sung-joon, with his hand out the window, feeling the wind. But Sung-hoon managed to redeem himself through his noble sacrifice, proving that even though he knew he was irrevocably broken thanks to Sanyoung, he still was able to claim some ownership of his body. Sung-hoon likely knew that going to the chairman that night was a suicide mission, but it was also completely his choice. No one forced him to give the bone marrow back to Mi-rae. No one forced him to tell Deuk-chun where Sung-joon was. That was a decision Sung-hoon made on his own after weighing the options presented by the (lying) Chairman Park and the (earnest) Sung-joon. For someone so bitter that Sung-joon never fulfilled his promise to find him when he was young, Sung-hoon’s last gift was to provide Sung-joon the means of finally fulfilling his promise to save Soo-yeon.

Overall, while Duel might have had pacing issues and some plot threads that got a bit knotted and frayed along the way (not to mention all the hand-wavey science), I really enjoyed being a part of this “chase thriller.” The conspiracy theorist in me might have delighted over the hours of speculation this show provided, but without a doubt the show’s strength was watching the growing trust and relationships between the characters. I know I’ve said it before, but Yang Se-jong deserves all the accolades for his incredible portrayal of Sung-joon, Sung-hoon, and Doctor Lee. I never doubted that these were all three different characters, even when Sung-joon was pretending to be Sung-hoon (an acting feat that still boggles my mind). I may have been doubtful in the beginning, knowing this important role was given to a rookie with only a couple of small supporting roles under his belt. But now I consider myself Yang Se-jong’s fan for life and am looking forward to wherever dramaland takes him next.

The rest of cast were also solidly reliable, especially once the edges were rubbed off from the harsh characterizations of the first few episodes (thank you, Jung Jae-young, for dialing down the screaming, and Kim Jung-eun for not looking quite as unbearably smug). I have a lot of respect for Lee Na-yoon, the child actress who was so committed to her role that she actually shaved her head. She also managed to make Soo-yeon wise beyond her years yet still believably young and childlike. I’ve mentioned my undying love for Mi-rae previously, so let me also thank this show for taking a chance on yet another “green” actor and introducing me to Seo Eun-soo.

Even more gratitude must be placed in the hands of the production team. Despite an over-reliance of flashbacks and flash-forwards, I really appreciated the way the director was able to portray such a complex and dense story. All the little clues along the way were fun to pick up and puzzle over, even if they ended up being red herrings (or fake red herrings — is that a thing? A red herring for a red herring?). While no drama is perfect, the hours spent analyzing every little detail felt like a gift instead of a burden. Thanks to everyone who joined me on the adventure — may our shared memories of this drama be happier than a clone’s.

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First of all hands down a stellar performance delivered by Yang Se Jong!!
Such a bittersweet ending and mainly because of the loss of Sung Hoon...Even when i knew one of them won't get his happy ending i was still sad he died...He had such a sad life he trully deserved a chance to live like Sung Joon said,like ordinary people(even when it was hardly possible with his history)...I guess we could say he really got his peace when he traded his life for Soo yeon and for Sung Joon,that scene with him calling him for the last time and Sung Joon crying in his unconcious state is so heartbreaking yet somehow beautiful how he choose to die as a human being,not to mention when he stoped that Monster from doing to Sung Joon was he experienced...It was trully moving when did all he could to not make Sung Joon suffer as he did...That moment when they finally had the talk and Sung Joon finally listened to Sung Joon and realized he had it as bad as him and that in the end both of them just waited for the other was so sad even more when Sung Joon promised him he won't let him alone again...
This show might have his flows but i trully enjoyed it and like mentioned it before Yang Se Jong killed it!
Loved the OST as well,Mad Soul Child never dissapoints delivering poignant peaces...

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I also thought that the scene where Sung Hoon stops them from doing the same thing to Sung Joon was really moving. After all he did care for him and did not treat him as just a clone as he did in the beginning. He started to see Sung Joon as an object and only a clone who can take on the murders for him, but in the end he rekindled their relationship by truly caring for Sung Joon.
Thinking about how Sung Hoon was the younger one makes it even more poignant. The moment the drama revealed this fact, it changed how I looked at the dynamics of those two.

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I think deep down he always loved Sung Joon but had inside him so much pain and even hate thinking he forgot about him and lived his life happy...U see he waited for him and stood in that hell with that sole promise their innocent selves made...In the end he needed something to hate to still go on even when he was all broken up inside...Between the two i think he was always more "weak"...

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Sung-Hoon has always cared about Sung-Joon, that's why it hurts even more for the "betrayal" that he felt when Sung-Joon never came for him. Those pain has manifested into anger that he lashed out at Sung-Joon in previous encounters. Remember the various physical beatings back then when Sung-Joon has lost his memories?

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Thanks for the fantastic recaps!

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The drama was a truly nice experience and I felt the ending was one of the few ways I could be happy with. If Sung Hoon didn't died, I might have felt even more sad, knowing he would spend the rest of his life trapped in some lifeless place again, even if it would be the right thing this time. Seeing him dying and free from all the responsibility and the burden he has carried all these years was bittersweet. In his last moments he redeemed himself and finally forgave Sung Joon.

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On a site note: Was I the only one who kinda felt sad to see the last behind the scene picture? Even though I know it was only one actor, I expected to see both clones smiling at the camera.

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Me too! I was a lil bit sad and was thinking about where's Sung Hoon? But wait a minute, it's the same actor. Haha

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Nope and that makes Yang Se Jon performance even more amazing,when we forget it's the same person rather than two...

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I also searched for 2 people, hahaha ..I was kinda disappointed because I only saw 1 clone there *LOL*

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I think so many of us felt that way...

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Couldn't have been worded better than what I had felt except that I looked at that photo thinking that was Sung Hoon and not Sung Joon.

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Awww the last picture <3.
Now that I've spoiled the ending for myself I'm glad it end well for the main characters.

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This is it. The last recap for Duel. My heart and soul go to Sung Hoon in this last episode. I don't know how many times already Sung Hoon managed to make me cry whenever he expresses his pain and anger (for the past few episodes). I cried so hard when he said he waited for Sung Joon hyung to come and take him for 12 years, but SJ never did. As much as I want Sung Hoon to have a happy ending with Sung Joon, I kinda understand his need to redeem himself and sacrifice for Sung Joon. Even if he lives after killing Chairman Park (which is something that I've been waiting for, for Chairman Park to be gone), I don't see how Sung Hoon would move on with what'd happened and lead a happy life as he kinda lost his purpose of life when he accidentally killed Doctor Mom. I guess death is necessary for him so that he can finally reunite with his mom in the afterlife.

I've so many questions to ask since the writer seems just wanna get away with it by leaving the viewers to make our own assumptions. I'm quite dissatisfied, but I'll just take what this show has offered. I'll just look at the bright side how this show is actually quite simple and ignore the complicated science stuff even though it's about clones. This show has its own warm side when the whole point of it is to say, whether you're clone or human, what makes you human is the humanity inside your heart. It's cliche, but I'm touched when all the people around SJ treat him like a human regardless.

This show has a lot of flaws, but it's redeemed by solid actors (especially Yang Sejong) and great OST. I may sound like a broken record, but I can't express how much I love Yang Sejong in this drama and I'm still amazed by his talent. I know that he could take different roles as he did in Saimdang Light's Diary, but in Duel, it's whole new level to him and I'm just so glad that he's in this drama instead of BotWG which he declined the offer even though this drama didn't have high ratings. At least more and more people are recognizing his talent by this drama, and whenever people are talking about Duel, they will remember Yang Sejong acting three different roles. I heard that he's accepted the lead role for Temperature of Love, and I'm looking forward to his new project. I'm just glad that I discovered him from the moment he debut in RDTK. Yang Se-jong is ❤️.

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The ending is somewhat predictable, but I'm still very sad about Sung-Hoon's demise. When Sung-Joon was questioning the meaning of his existence and his identity in life, it ended up with Deuk-Chun encouraging to just live the way he wants to. I'm pretty sure Sung-Hoon had similar dilemma weighing in his mind but was not expressed explicitly given the solitude that he is in. All his actions were fuelled by revenge and survival. But when he had finally laid his hands on the bone marrow...The fact that Sung-Hoon didn't use it immediately and just coldly mused about the different types of people (father that want to save daughter vs daughter that want his father dead)....I think Sung-Hoon had started to give up on his life, his miserable existence. He had nothing to live for. Sung-Hoon had taken lives in in this bloodbath rage including Prof. Han and he knew that he had reached the point of no return. When Sung-Joon ask him to go with him and live like normal people together, the despair and hopelessness he had when he asked Sung-Joon what is the kind of normal life he could have...when nothing in his life is normal at all....

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This drama is not with flaws and plot holes and the quality dropped slightly, having suffered from pacing problem, but overall it is good. I still like it because I discover Yang Se-Jong from here and I am truly awed by his performances, especially his portrayal as Sung-Hoon. By the way, will there be OST released for those instrumental and background musics?

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I really hope as well,the BGM is amazing,better later than never(as they did with Tunnel)

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I know right? The OST for this drama is so scarce and I really like the instrumental pieces.

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It occurs to me that if the emotional confrontation between the Sung-Joon and Soon-Hoon take place sooner, things would have ended up less bitter, and we would have more screen time of them together but I understand the technical difficulty of filming those scenes and of course the time constraints. I knew that abandonment issue would came up but I didn't know that writer was saving it for the final clone-frontation. Actually, after rescuing Soo-yeon, with recovered memory Sung-Joon could have just go to Sung-Hoon to sort things out. In fact, at that point, Sung-Hoon was expecting Sung-Joon to go to him to catch him or whatever, having his gun ready and prepared in his lair. He even refused to relocate because this is only place where Sung-Joon know to find him. Sung-Hoon was practically waiting for him while binge-drinking. Instead Sung-Joon stay with Deuk-chun et al for product placement galore. That, in my opinion, is the major plot hole has ruined the story.

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I also think the way you do. They should have made both Hoon and Joon meet sooner and I kinda expected this to happen so it was surprising to me that we had to wait until the last 2 episodes.

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I think indeed after Sung Joon told him he remembered everything deep down Sung Hoon wanted him to go to him,even when venting his anger and everything he wanted him to just go to him and waited there yet the major error Sung Joon did was delay it...I could feel Sung Hoon's bitterness when he told him that after all this time he came to tell him to give back the bone marrow...

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True, there was no reason to delay it in the first place. At the point when Soo-yean was rescued and before discovering she is terminally ill again, there was no urgent conflict that prevent Sung-Joon from reaching out to Sung-Hoon. They know there is cure for the organ complication of clones, but they are not busily and actively seeking it either, what they rely on is the host-memory drops hints once in a while, I'm baffled by the fact that Sung-Joon did not share the intel with Sung-Hoon too, since he is having the same complications. Sung-Hoon, meanwhile, in his solitary, descended into the maelstrom of suspicion, betrayal, pain, vulnerability and emotional instability, which ultimately leads to the death of Prof. Han.

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I can't believe this drama is already over. I really enjoyed it despite its flaws but which drama doesn't have flaw? I'm super sad that Sung Hoon had to die I really wanted a happy ending especially for him since he led such a hard and painful life. Kudos to Yang Se Jong! I was so impressed by his acting here. I didn't watch Saimdang and somehow I don't remember him in Romantic Docteur but wow! The guy played perfectly 3 different roles in one drama!

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Yang Se Jong really delivered those scenes in the last episode. He's been good all the way through the series but the 16th episode was something else.
I feel super bad for Sung Hoon but at least he saved his brother. All together I don't regret giving this drama a chance and sticking with it. It has some great scenes, twist and turns but by around the 10th episode it lost steam. IMO, Mi Rae's character fell flat. I am not sure if it is the acting or the character was written this way but she was just there and that is it.

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I agree with you. In fact, at some point I question the relevance of Mi-Rae's character initially (other than a sidekick that provide food and shelter for the amnesiac fugitive) and was puzzled by the sudden focus on her lineage prior to the reveal of her identity as the child of Prof.Lee and recipient of vaccine.

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I couldn't agree more. I thought she was the leading actress but actually she didn't act like one. Was she some sort of plot device? That's how I felt about her throughout the drama

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Its sounds like they pulled a "W" on Mi-Rae.

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Cant say how i feel,So Sad that this drama has come to a Franatic End.I love this drama,Cant stop this Feeling

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Thanks, odilettante, for recapping the entire series all by your lonesome! It's been great fun reading your take on the show. ;-)

Thanks also to all my fellow Beanies for their comments, insights, and theories. ;-)

I was tickled to pieces to see Sung-joon impersonate Sung-hoon one more time. What a terrific sendoff for both characters. My mind still boggles at the way Yang Se-jong so deftly portrayed all three of his roles. But the icing on the cake is Sung-joon making like Sung-hoon and fooling (nearly) everyone else. I marvel at his ability to convey such subtle yet discernible differences. His dual performance in SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY came as a delightful surprise after his solid turn as the prickly, laconic surgeon who starts to thaw out in ROMANTIC DOCTOR TEACHER KIM. He's topped himself yet again in DUEL.

I posted a link to a song for the clones and Doctor Mom on my fan wall.

Seo Eun-Su turned in a lovely performance as Mi-rae. I enjoyed her performance in RDTK, so it was a treat to see her again. I liked her chemistry with Kim Ki-doo as Kim Ik-hong Sunbae (foley artist Ki-tae in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN). I'm glad he showed up in episode 15.

Hats off to the persevering father and daughter pair. Jung Jae-Young effectively conveyed the desperation of a father attempting to save his child's life -- if a bit too stridently in the beginning. Lee Na-Yoon was precious as Soo-yeon. Her friendship with Sung-hoon turned out to be a lifeline that helped him find his way back to being human.

Seeing evil chaebol heiress Seo-jin get clapped in irons never gets old. One more time, with feeling! As for her horrid father, I have the urge to tap dance on his grave. He's one of the most reprehensible Kdrama villains in recent memory, right down there with Chief Prosecutor Yoon in LOOKOUT. Hats off to Sung-hoon for doing what the justice system could not: putting a stop to his predations, and saving the taxpayers a ton of money in the process. Even so, the old coot got off with minimal pain and suffering, darn it.

Speaking of chief prosecutors, whatever happened to the guy Sung-hoon was using as a life-sized voodoo doll? Did he actually croak? I've learned to never assume Kdrama characters are dead unless I see it with my own eyes, and even then I can't believe it. Gee, I sound like Sung-joon. ;-)

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What the heck -- make it easy:

For clones Sung-joon and Sung-hoon of DUEL:

The Outlaws: “Song in the Breeze”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiKBAbLTegU

If only they’d had more time together and with Doctor Mom…

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I find the Chairman in this drama to be worse than the Chief Prosecutor in Lookout because here the guy selfishly only cares about himself and treat others worse than animal. He doesn't consider Joon and Hoon as human is already bad enough but they are clones so maybe some people could "understand" him (even if it is still beyond me). However the way he treated Dr Lee, Mi Rae and even Soo Yeon as lab rats is just too much. If you don't consider fellow people as human beings then how evil can you get?

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The end of another amazing drama. I will miss this drama and all of its characters. In my opinion, the ending was satisfying and I really liked how it ended. Cried so much when Sunghoon died though. I applaud him for sacrificing himself for the others and becoming a "human being".

Thank you odilettante for recapping this drama!

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Also, I get that Deuk-Chun is the lead, but the extended scenes of him getting shot from the previous episode and the beginning of final episode gives me no emotional impact or suspense knowing that there are other lives at stakes and there are more issues to resolve.In the end the drama just glossed over how Sung-Joon managed to survive after all. My guess is most likely Mi-Rae unnaturally rapid regenerative recovery allows her to donate bone marrow to him soon afterwards.

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Or maybe Sung Joon could still wait 2 years since apparently you can donate every two years? I think it could be possible because Sung Joon seemed rather fine during the drama contrary to Sung Hoon who clearly was about to die. And maybe that's why they killed Sung Hoon? Like to add some scientific consistency as Mi Rae can't donate bone marrow for both him and Soo Yeon so kill him off that way we don't have to deal with how to save him

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Wasn't it also hinted that Dr Han might be able to make a vaccine in time? I assumed that maybe some of her collegues could finish her work, but then again that would mean without much funding or more openly.

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That's another possibility but I didn't have the feeling she almost completed the vaccine.

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This ending hurts in both good and bad ways. I'm so happy SJ made it out alive with his new little family, but my heart broke even more than I thought it would for SH. His life was so pitiful and he died in a room full of evil people without SJ by his side. Paiiiin. When he said SJ's name, paiiiiin.

I'm assuming MR was able to donate sooner than Doctor Mom had guessed and I bet she insisted on doing it sooner to save SJ.

One more thing, did anyone else roll their eyes when SJ was by Deuk Chun's bedside, reminiscing about, oh, you know, that touching moment when DC ever so lovingly *kicked SJ in the face.*

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Deuk Chun wasn't dead to warrant such montage. And he's back in action soon afterwards...so that injury was not that critical anyway.

Wasted screen time on that. This is one of the flaw of the show, focusing on scenes that are of less significant when there are lose-ends that are not addressed.

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Okay, this is gonna be a long post :p

There are things that makes me unsatisfied about this ending. The most unsatisfying is because the show doesnt explain why SJ lost his memory in the first place, and how did SH find out that he was alive. I mean, the show was begun with it! I followed the story wondering why he got amnesia at the 1st place. I was hoping that the show would explain that in SJ-SH's conversation, but there was none. And it wasnt because the drama ran out of time either, coz they still had time to show Jang's police friend interrogating the villain, which I think didnt give anything to the story. Yeah, I know that the viewer can assume about what happened themselves, but I'm disappointed coz the writer chose to ignore this. There were already many times SJ got part of his memory back, but no story on that memory lost at all.

Other than this, I dunno how to react about SH's death. Yeah, I'm happy becoz SJ-SH got to sacrifice for each other in the end. Those felt really sweet, knowing that they really loved each other and protected each other. Then again, I felt bitter too because those moments were too short. And despite knowing that SH's death is 'perhaps' better than going to jail, I'm also unsatisfied because he chose to end his own life (killing the Chairman is okay..but doing it in front of his guards meant suicide). I just felt that as if SH had gave up on living as a decent human, so he could only be a human once (by saving SJ-SY), then died. It was too sad. I thought that, if he wanted to repent, then he could try to live to protect the people that meant to him, like SJ. Didnt SJ say that he has been waiting for SH-dr Han to come for him?

I think I would be happier if, at least, SH tried to keep on living first. If he still ended up being shot then died, then okay. But, by this death, although it is still beautiful (plus YSJ played it with perfection), it still feels unsatisfying, somehow

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But honestly I think he had already given up his life at that point, hence the suicide mission. Note that he didn't inject himself with the bone marrow in his possession although it is the ultimate cure. After shooting Prof. Han, the realization that he had killed her had caused him to just go for revenge spree regardless of his survival. He had lost hope and there wasn't anything to live for. I think deep down he knew that he had gone too far to live as like a normal human being.

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Unfortunately Sung-Joon's attempt of reaching out to him was a bit too late. They finally had that heart-to-heart confrontation and Sung-Hoon learnt Sung-Joon's side of story. Still, I don't think he is convinced to be able to live normally like what Sung-Joon proposed.

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That's the point :

I think deep down he knew that he had gone too far to live as like a normal human being" .

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"Unfortunately Sung-Joon's attempt of reaching out to him was a bit too late."

This is what makes it too sad, coz the writer didnt make more attempt to save SH. His character has suffered enough, so I guess I'm just not satisfied to see him died because of a suicide mission. That's why I have a mixed feeling about it. Despite having a good bromance with SJ and had his death scene beautifully shot, I dont feel satisfied because why a lost sad character like him was only given little chance to repent ?

I guess I'm not a fan of too tragic story :P .

Regarding SJ's lost memory, I also agree with @hannaehh that he was given drug by SH that wiped out his memory. Then again, once again, that is my assumption. I wish the show told us about it itself, coz it will be nice to see more mystery being unraveled.

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I think @herlene already made my point of why Sung Hoon actually already gave up on his life when he killed Doctor Mom. As for SJ's memory lost, I thought when SH captured him, SH drugged him so that he lost his memory after knowing that SJ's organs are deteriorating as well, so SH plans to use SJ as the person who would be blamed for the crime he commits. Because clearly before that event, SJ remembered everything with all the photos in his warehouse that he used to live.

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Not sure if there is a drug that cause someone to lose memory though. I think maybe somehow during the abduction Sung-Joon may have hit his head and thus amnesia occurs from the impact? But I don't think the source of his amnesia is of much significance though. To me it is the plot device to set up the story. Imagine we start the ride with Sung-Joon that is not amnesiac, he will not be in the state of confusion and we will have much more information regarding the clone at that stage and there will be less element of mystery we delve deeper into the conspiracy, no?

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Yes, it's a lot better with SJ being in amnesia state. That's why I'm curious about why he got amnesia in the first place. We got glimpses of him being caught by SH etc2, and I really want to know the full story about it.

Anyway, I tend to think that he lost his memory because of some drug. IIRC, SJ was put in that Baek's car to the bus terminal, then the beggar woke him up and he got up to his bus. If he hit his head during those events, then we should see some bumps/blood on his head. But I didnt remember seeing anything like that (I mean, you should hit your head hard enough to loose yout memory, right?) .

Another guess is, could someone loose his memory because of a 'trauma'? Perhaps he was too shocked to have experienced the kidnapping etc2, so it made him loose his memory. Then again, that sounds too weak ..while SJ should be stronger and calmer mentally than SH. So, I tend to think that the cause of memory loss is some kind of drugs

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Oh 1 more thing :D . Dunno whether it's just me or not, but at the end of the episode, I thought that SJ dressed like SH with a slightly different hair style. I just thought that whether that was a coincidence or not. Perhaps the writer/director tried to show that SH was 'living' inside of SJ . Eventhough the person was already dead, but spiritedly, he is living in SJ's (and everyone's) heart and memory

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Well it different hairstyle could signify the passing of time and dressing style is for the formal occasion, but I like your interpretation.

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Perhaps I'm imagining things *LOL*. It's just I've watched SJ-SH along the show and each had their own style, so when I saw that scene, I thought,"Isnt that SH's clothes?" :D

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What a tragic, bittersweet ending! I ache for the way Sung Hoon died, though I knew right off the bat that they were going to kill off his character. One of the unspoken rules of kdramas is that sympathetic, tragic, serial killers always meet with an untimely death by the end of the series. Something to the effect that "Killing is bad. Because you killed off so many characters, you will be killed in turn".

Trust kdramas to wring the last tear drop from the viewers' eyes, though I would've preferred that the sadistic chairman died slowly and painfully from the cancer eating up his body. Cutting his neck was too quick a death for him. But that's just my mean streak talking.

Yang Se Jong is truly a talent. He was able to pull off three major distinct characters and there was never a time I mistook one for the other.?? He's definitely one to watch in his career.

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I expect that Sung-Hoon will perish by the end of the drama too, but the execution is tragically well done. The trajectory is full of impact and tugging my heartstrings such day days after watching the finale, I kept re-watching the youtube clips of the final confrontation between the clones and the death scene. I keep coming here commenting because honestly, I still haven't let it go. Of course, kudos to Yang Se-Jong for bringing such tragically complex character to life. He is amazing in all three roles, but the one that captivate me is still the tragically tortured Sung-Hoon. I wish him well in his future acting career, and I hope he continue evolve and shine in many future roles.

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Agree..! i will also watch yang se jong in his next project..!

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Yes, he really are truly a talented. I am waiting for his next project. I think Yang Se Jong deserved some awards, and the drama "Duel" too. It was such a high scale production drama. Watching Duel feels like watching a movie. The whole team, the actors, the production team did a great job. They deserved some awards too.
Did he already signed the next project drama called "Temperature of Love"? so excited to see it.

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"It’s a beautiful sequence of slow-motion and haunting music, full of emotion as Sung-hoon whispers his last words: “Sung-joon-ah.” Even though Sung-joon is still unconscious in the backseat of Deuk-chun’s car, a tear falls from his closed eyes. The scalpel slips from Sung-hoon’s lifeless hand."
yeah, I agree with you Odilettante and I was crying watching them in a tears.
Even though somehow deep in my suspecting that Sung Hoon will not make it alive, but I still hope he will make it till the last second.
And seeing it turn out like that, I just wanna believe that Sung hoon now with Dr.Mom and Suyeon's Mom in the heaven (as Suyeon said if he's seen her mother there).
I am also curious with the trailer of ep 16, the last scene when Sung Joon feels pain in his chest, I couldn't find it in the entire ep 16. Did it got cut?

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"I am also curious with the trailer of ep 16, the last scene when Sung Joon feels pain in his chest, I couldn't find it in the entire ep 16. Did it got cut?"

You are right, I was waiting for it myself. I guess it got cut out .

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I don't remember seeing that scene in episode 16 too. I assume the scene in the preview does not make it into the final edit , also to serve as a speculative red herring to mislead viewers.

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@dian, you were right.. those scene, when sung joon feels pain in his chest, it's not in the entire Ep 16.. i also couldn't find it,, maybe the porduction team deleted the scene?

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Imma need some Sung Joon and Deuk Chun bromance mvs stat who can provide. I'm such a sucker for makeshift families, man. There are not nearly enough YT vids about this show. (MVs are my lifeblood)

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Thank you, odilettante, for the recap and your comments!
Congratulations to Yang se Jong for his accomplishments în this drama!

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thank you for the recap.
i also feel the same, although i am officially become Yang Se Jong's fans from the 1st time i saw him in Saimdang memoirs of color,,immediately fell in love with him,, and when i start watching Romantic doctor teacher kim, i was also suprised to see him there.. and when i know he's going to be a lead actor in Duel, i am so happy and his skill is beyond my expectation..! He is a newbie in dramaland, but his acting skill is superb..! i can't wait to see him in another drama..! i think everybody think the same,, when i saw the photo of the production team, i also looking for another clone *LOL*
good story and good acting from all the casts..! love it to the moon and back.. Fighting..!

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I wonder about the title of the drama. why is it Duel? Shouldn't it be Dual? I know kdramas's title aren't necessarily supposed to mean something but I think it would fit more

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They also talked about it in the special interview, about the meaning of Duel and Dual.

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Can you find it on Youtube? I didn't know they had a special interview

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Finishing 8 episode only in 2 days lol :v..this kind of drama need binge-watching tho.so i stopped for 4 weeks and come back again to finishing it huft...

What can i say :v..i really do enjoy this drama..It have flaws indeed.but im enjoying it for most part of it..But The last 4 episode i dont know.it just feel empty kinda thing?unlike the other 10 episode..but the ending really made me sad.and feel bad for Sung Hoonn goshhhh why he have to died )":...bittersweet ending yeay :v but so many died huft): i cant take it

TERRIFIC acting From yang se jong he is such a gem in kdrama...I feel for his sadness happiness loneliness lol :v.and it just feel natural and i dont how to describe it but his acting really that make this drama stood up..if its not for him maybe i'll dropped this drama at episode 12.. but because he is such a gem so i just made it to the end..Thank you for making me feel detached to Sung Joon.Sung Hoon.and The story lol :v..And can't wait for Ysj new drama Temptation of love :v...2 months again we will meet you xD.Such a dedicated actor.not complaing though lol :v

And for the drama itself.maybe because this drama have a low rating so yeah i know it will have lazy writing in the end so thats fine im not complaining tho.it is what it is..im just hoping korean starting to appreciate this kind of drama so the writer didnt lost his/her magic in the end..

Bye drama you'll be missed especially SH.Sj.DC.Mi rae.prosecutor choi and everyone in this drama(:

i score Duel 8/10 :v

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It's overrrrrrrr!!!!!! (*wails, screams, runs through house like mad woman, cries, laughs*) Okay, I'm somewhat sane now (jk, I'm still insane). I was incredibly happy with this finale for this show, even if it meant another few deaths (Sung Hoon-ah!!!!!!!! *cries*). I am so happy that all of our characters got what they deserved (bad guys jailed and good guys sticking their hands out of car windows on their way to happiness) and am definitely going to be hung up on this show for awhile. Here's looking forward to new projects and/or breaks taken by all the hardworking actors, actresses, and staff! Thank you, Duel!!!

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Thank you odilettante for all your recaps, I love that you enjoyed Duel so much and your warm and positive comments made me pass over some of the flaws of the final few episodes. I wasn't entirely happy with the ending, lots of choppy scenes which I think diluted the emotions, but overall I loved the story, the characters and the bonding of relationships, especially Deuk-chun and Sung-joon who grew to care for one another so much. I'm so happy they all became a family in the end (Sung-hoon, I'm so sorry). I have to say I always looked forward to seeing Yang Se-jong playing his characters each week. He was absolutely amazing and I'm not sure I'd be so invested in Duel if not for him. I really hope he continues with his success in portraying his characters because he killed it in the chase -thriller genre. Good luck Yang Se-jong!!!!

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Thank You for the recaps Odilettante :). I agree with you, after Duel I will keep an eye on Yang Se-jong's future projects, he did a great job portraying three different characters for being a rookie actor. Also I liked Seo Eun-soo, I was surprised to learned that she also was a rookie.
To be honest I saw the death of SH coming from miles away. One think dramaland has taught me is that if the character has done bad deeds even with good intentions the only way they can be redeemed is by self sacrifice which more often than not means their death. I wanted a happy ending all around but I knew it was not going to happen, and even though I knew it didn't make it less painful :(. Even though the show wasn't without flaws and left questions unanswered, it was still and enjoyable ride. Are you going to be in charge of recapping "Save me" or "Criminal Minds"? I have a feeling you will be recapping one of those shows but if you are not, still see you in the next one :).

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I was hoping for a chance (no matter how small it might be) that the brothers would be able to reunite and live together once again as normal human beings. So it pains me to see Sung-hoon go. I wanted him to experience much love and care again. I'm just glad that the brothers got to reunite. The way Sung-hoon called out Sung-joon's name was truly heartbreaking. For the past 12 yrs, he called out Sung-joon's name for help but this time, he called out to him as if to say, "Hyung, I kept your promise to Soo-yeon. I did a great job, right?".

The show gave itself a reward by casting the amazing Yang Se-jong! Love this show to bits, still sad to let this one go. Thank you @odilettante for the recaps!

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omg,the cast was amazing during the whole drama,but yang sejong was like another level,if i didnt know that he was doing the 3 characters,i would truly believe that he had a twin brother,he showed the different colors of the characters so well,i am really happy that this was the first drama that i saw from him,he definitely is on my list of fav actors now.
And I never thought that I would feel so emotional because of the simple sight of people feeling the wind.I just would like to say that even though this drama didn't receive a lot of attention(in my opinion),ocn didn't disappointed me,they still slaying when the subject is sci-fi/criminal/investigation tv shows.I know that i am gonna miss duel,but i like the way it ended. #NowBringMeTheSeason2OfBadGuys #PleaseOCN

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Acabo de terminar de verlo y de verdad llore con el final. fue tan tan pero tan triste como el se sacrifico por su "Hermano", no puedo parar de llorar.... TT.TT Aiiish!! Ahora solo queda ver el nuevo drama de Yang Se-jong . Temperature love :D

PD: Tu reseña fue tan bueno como ver el capitulo :D

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Started like a champ, ended like a mess. The contrast of excitement between the first 8 eps and last 8 eps is just unbearable. It's such a huge letdown that the OCN crime trilogy ended up with Duel as the dull one. Voice and Tunnel are far more superior than this obviously.

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