Vagabond: Episode 15
As more information comes to light about the terrorist group behind the crash of Flight B357, our team of heroes finally start to put together the pieces and realize that someone else is really pulling all the strings behind the scenes, but are they ready to face the true power head on?
EPISODE 15 RECAP
A crew of NIS agents head to Kim Woo-gi’s hospital only to be told that the man was mysteriously kidnapped. To add, the hospital workers claim that the CCTV system doesn’t work, so there’s no real evidence to use as a lead.
Tae-woong reports back to Chief Kang that the only description of the alleged kidnapper is a man in a doctor’s coat and mask, so Chief Kang gets his team to scour the surrounding area for any trace of evidence they can find.
Meanwhile, Dal-geon is confronted by Jerome, who pulls out a gun and starts firing as Dal-geon runs for cover. Jerome searches the maze-like office building in search of Dal-geon, who eventually pops out from behind a desk and starts brawling with him.
At the same time, a second villain chases down Oh Sang-mi. She tries to hide in what looks like a kitchen, but the pursuer sneaks up behind her, knife out and ready to strike.
Dal-geon manages to get another surprise attack in on Jerome thanks to the winding layout of the building, and when Jerome’s colleague finally catches up to their scuffle, the sound of police sirens scares them into halting their pursuit of Dal-geon.
Dal-geon finds bloody footprints leading away from the kitchen, and sprints inside to see Oh Sang-mi in a heap on the floor, her throat cut and struggling to stem to blood flow.
She draws some sort of symbol with her blood and mouths the word “Samael” with her final bit of strength before falling dead in Dal-geon’s arms. Just then, the police arrive and immediately take Dal-geon into custody given the incriminating position.
The detective in charge interrogates Dal-geon, who insists Sang-mi didn’t say anything, so he forces Dal-geon to give a fingerprint thinking him to be a suspect in the murder. Hae-ri and Agent Kim arrive and inform the detective that the NIS will take over the case, and they leave with Dal-geon.
Later, using the information Dal-geon collected, Chief Kang and his team discuss the possibility of there being some other mastermind behind the whole conspiracy, and Tae-woong agrees that Prime Minister Hong is in league with whoever the mastermind really is.
Elsewhere, Dal-geon broods in the shower trying to recall where he saw the symbol Oh Sang-mi drew, and it dawns on him that the tattoo he saw on Jerome’s neck while they fought in Morocco matches the symbol.
Dal-geon sprints out of the shower, shouting that it was Jerome… and then realizes he’s standing in front of Hae-ri completely nude. He quietly collects himself and the pair report Dal-geon’s revelation to Chief Kang, who gets everyone to search global military groups for one with a connection to the symbol.
Hae-ri and Dal-geon sort through mercenary logos one-by-one fruitlessly, and there’s a bit of awkwardness between them after the earlier shower encounter. Hae-ri assures him that she didn’t see anything, but the smirk on her face gives away that she’s lying.
Later, Hae-ri finds what looks like it might be the logo, but Dal-geon is asleep next to her so she chooses not to wake him, instead quietly joking to herself that of course she saw everything earlier. When she walks away for a break, Dal-geon stops feigning sleep and moans in despair that she actually did see him naked.
Meanwhile, Jerome tortures Kim Woo-gi in an abandoned warehouse. Woo-gi demands to meet with Samael, but Jerome eerily replies that the day Samael meets Woo-gi will be the pilot’s last day.
Chief Kang pulls Chief Min into an interrogation room to see if he knows anything about the symbol or Samael, but Chief Min claims ignorance. Instead he begs Chief Kang to pull some strings to get him off the hook.
In prison, Jessica gets a visit from Dal-geon and Hae-ri to question her about the symbol and Samael, but she doesn’t have any idea about them. Jessica borrows Dal-geon’s phone to bring Lilly and Assassin Kim into the loop and they agree to help look into Samael and the symbol.
Afterwards, Dal-geon wonders who would benefit most from the conspiracy, and asks Hae-ri to try to set up a meeting with President Jung to see if he can offer any insight.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hong and President Jung chat about the impending proceedings they’re each bringing upon one another, and Prime Minister Hong clearly knows he has the upper hand as he laughs off President Jung’s threats and says to just step down so the President gets a lighter sentence.
Dal-geon’s request to meet the President is denied, but by happenstance the President’s motorcade drives by just at that moment, so Dal-geon wildly jumps in front of it to try to reach him.
When President Jung hears Dal-geon’s suspicion that this whole plot was a setup, he pulls Dal-geon into a secluded area to talk privately. President Jung never thought a larger conspiracy was possible, but he insists that he is also a victim and didn’t do anything wrong.
His statement prickles Dal-geon, who bursts out that President Jung still lied to his people and covered up the truth. Dal-geon berates the President for being so greedy for power, and blindly refusing to see how others used him to further their own agendas.
Afterwards, President Jung visits Secretary Yoon’s hospital room, but it’s now empty, and Secretary Yoon is in the process of turning himself in to the NIS for investigation.
Tae-woong leads the interrogation, and Secretary Yoon hands over access to his secret accounts, which he promises will contain all the information the NIS needs.
In a flashback, we see how Prime Minister Hong convinced Secretary Yoon to join him, as he revealed the people who were backing him in exchange for Secretary Yoon’s cooperation with the plan.
Back in the present, Tae-woong asks if Secretary Yoon knows Samael, and after hearing the name Secretary Yoon completely shuts down and refuses to cooperate further.
News agencies report on the result of the investigation, which confirms President Jung’s role in embezzling funds for himself through the F-X Plan. The streets of Seoul are lined with protesters calling for impeachment.
The next day, Dal-geon and Hae-ri join the bereaved to watch the results of the impeachment vote, and they all celebrate together when the vote passes with ease. After the result, the President tries to kill himself by downing a bottle of pills, but fails because he spilled his water so he couldn’t down them all.
Thwarted, he arranges a meeting with Dal-geon instead to finally offer help in their investigation into the conspiracy, and tells Dal-geon to call him if anything comes up.
Meanwhile, Vagabond’s hacker was able to dig up information about Jerome, and Hae-ri relays to Dal-geon that he works for a mercenary group called Black Sun.
Just then, Edward calls Dal-geon, so Dal-geon inquires about Black Sun. Edward says they’re an American group, and asks Dal-geon to meet him at his office so they can discuss further.
When Dal-geon arrives, he gets a call from the wife of Reporter Jo, who claims that her husband died the day after Dal-geon saw him in the street. He realizes that Edward was there too that day, and that Edward promised to look into Reporter Jo the day before he died.
Dal-geon is suddenly suspicious, and as Micky leads him to Edward’s office, he recalls what Kim Woo-gi said about Michael’s girlfriend being the one who introduced him to Jerome.
A flashback confirms that girlfriend was Micky, and Dal-geon also recalls Micky using something on her wrist to bypass a police roadblock in Morocco, realizing that it must be the same Black Sun tattoo that Jerome had on his neck.
While Dal-geon and Edward sit down to discuss Black Sun, Micky brings over tea for them, and Dal-geon deliberately spills some on her arm so he can use the situation to get a glimpse of her wrist to confirm his suspicion. Sure enough, the tattoo is the same.
In a series of flashbacks, we see Michael attempting to abort the terrorist plot unsuccessfully, and that Micky is the one who killed him. In a nearby car, Edward watched on, the mastermind of the whole thing. He was Samael all along, and offered to help Kim Woo-gi after he recognized Micky on the boat back from Morocco.
In the present, Edward asks if Oh Sang-mi gave Dal-geon any more intel, and Dal-geon asks if he knows anything about Samael. Edward claims to have data on Samael, and heads to his desk to grab it.
Under the file is a drawer full of weapons, and he tries to pull a gun on Dal-geon, who he realizes is on to him. But Dal-geon is too quick, and grabs the gun from Edward’s hands to turn the tables.
Edward laments that Dal-geon caught on, and says that he is the only reason Dal-geon survived Morocco, pulling all the strings so he could use Dal-geon to spin the narrative how he wanted. Despite being at gunpoint, Edward calmly explains his goal to forge Korea into a prosperous nation.
Dal-geon can’t stand to hear Edward’s justification for killing so many people, and shoots him in the shoulder to stumble him. Edward tells Dal-geon that even if he dies, more people are ready to take his place. Dal-geon will be powerless to stop it.
Just then, Micky and some other henchmen barge in, so Dal-geon takes Edward hostage and threatens to kill him. But Edward plays his trump card, showing Dal-geon that he placed a bomb at the gathering of bereaved families, and also a sniper aimed at Hae-ri’s head.
Edward challenges Dal-geon to shoot him, because in doing so, he would be killing all of the people he cares about too. Dal-geon can’t do it, and backs off from Edward, who takes Dal-geon’s gun away from him and pistol whips him into unconsciousness.
They bring Dal-geon to the same warehouse as Kim Woo-gi, and with both men tied to the rafters they douse the place in gasoline. Micky rigs an explosive to Dal-geon’s phone, and Edward throws it into the puddle of gas.
Once their group is clear of the building, Edward calls Dal-geon himself, and the phone ignites the building in flames. As Edward drives away, the building explodes behind him.
It’s not too shocking that Edward was ultimately behind everything. Given how painfully obvious it was that Micky was Michael’s girlfriend, it follows that Edward would be the likely ringleader since she works closely with him. Even still though, it’s pretty chilling that he was able to put on such a well-formulated facade. Just think back to the trial versus John & Mark, where despite being essentially absolved, he still took responsibility for the accident and agreed with the judgment to pay the bereaved families. Obviously now we know that he orchestrated the whole thing, and was using Dal-geon to steer the trial exactly how he wanted it to go.
It seems a bit crazy on the surface, to intentionally drag your own company through the mud for a while, but he clearly knew he was powerful enough that his version of the truth would be able to come to light and set the blame on John & Mark instead. At the same time though, he was kind of leaving a lot up to chance. I mean, what if Jessica managed to hire one person who was competent enough to actually be able to hit the person they’re supposed to kill? If Kim Woo-gi doesn’t make it to trial doesn’t Edward’s plan fall apart? Not that I expect their to be a lot of internal logic in this show but as powerful as Edward is shown to be here, I have to think there was a better way to approach this.
Speaking of things that could be done better, what the hell was Dal-geon thinking just charging right into Edward’s office like this and trying to confirm everything on his own? He figures out that Edward is an all-powerful, ruthless killer, and that his assistant is likely a member of an elite mercenary group, so he just confronts them alone, on Edward’s own turf, and with zero plan whatsoever. This is just suicidal. Even if you argue that he still needed to confirm his suspicions, how does he think this interaction is going to go? If he is right he’s putting himself in an impossible situation, and even if he manages to gain an upper hand, like Edward says, it’s not like there’s a lack of other people who would just follow in Edward’s shoes with him dead.
It’s just a baffling, terrible idea on Dal-geon’s part, and that’s not even factoring in that he chooses not to tell anyone at the NIS about his suspicions. We finally have a team that Dal-geon should be able to put his trust in and yet he insists on lone-wolfing until the very end. Again, not that I expect there to be any semblance of reason behind characters’ actions at this point, but they have this strong cast of actors and extremely large Netflix budget and yet this is the best they can come up with for a climactic reveal. They even spoil the big moment by confirming Micky is the girlfriend before Dal-geon even gets to confront Edward. This show just constantly disappoints even when it’s trying to do something ambitious and interesting and I’m just sour that they couldn’t do better with all the talent and resources at their disposal. With one episode left hopefully they can at least stabilize the ship before it sinks.
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