Forest: Episodes 21-24 Open Thread
Our lovey dovey couple faces some outside circumstances that shake them up this week — things like arsenic poisoning, data theft, traumatic near-drownings, potholes, and thunderstorms. While I’m glad to see the drama is working hard to pull together its many tangents, nothing truly interesting is actually happening. But we soldier on.
EPISODES 21-24 WEECAP
Our forest confession scene turns out to be the real deal, only further cemented by the fact that their first kiss as a couple is chaste and off-screen. It’s funny how K-dramas work. Both of them are under a love spell, though, and are paragons of smiling kindness and goodwill towards mankind as they go through their day.
While I’m all for this in real life, in a drama, it’s kind of boring. In fact, the most excitement they experience is a pothole (yes), which a) terrifies Young-jae, and b) causes San-hyuk to lovingly fill in the hole. Funny thing is, if this scene took place in a drama like I’ll Find You on A Beautiful Day it would be beautiful and watchable; here, it’s straight-up boring.
Anyway, long story short, our couple is busy existing in the forest like Adam and Eve for the better part of this week’s episodes. They enjoy the flora and fauna, bike around endlessly, go camping, and eat what they can collect and cook from the forest. It looks yummy, but I’m waiting for the forest to bite back.
But what bites back instead, are San-hyuk’s opponents. I’d be lying if I said I was paying full attention to all the corporate shenanigans that are going on with Choi Chang’s father, the filing cabinet theft, Taesung, and all the conniving executives who are blending into one at this point.
Luckily, Director Jo makes it easy for us to distinguish him as a Baddie, what with his arrival at the hospital in the middle of night during a “terrifying” thunderstorm, and his disproportionate interest in Young-jae, her water testing results, and Miryeong Hospital. Director Jo who is highly invested, overtly suspicious, but has such a nice face I’m struggling to believe his badness.
But he is bad, and even tortures San-hyuk’s right-hand man and forces him to sign a contract. But wait, there’s a Taesung baddie behind him that’s even higher up, and what’s next on his plate? Using Young-jae as the next victim to get what they want out of San-hyuk, since they failed with the first torture session.
What’s actually interesting this week is the rescue unit’s TEAM LEADER BONG (Ryu Seung-soo). I’ve sadly neglected mentioning him in these weecaps only because his role is a such a sad waste of an actor I’ve really enjoyed in other dramas (most recently in Secret Boutique). But I digress.
This week, he’s actually quite entertaining when he starts “malfunctioning,” from his usual robotic/boring self and is hot and bothered, always yanking at his collar and “Aishhh-ing,” has no mental clarity… and who else thinks something suspicious is afoot? Drink the mountain water, perchance? Outside of not wishing this character harm, I’m actually enjoying him for the first time.
Finally, as if one lovey dovey couple wasn’t enough, this week our secondary couple of Chang and Bo-mi are also loving it up in the forest. While they’re going for walks and calling chipmunks, making out in his father’s house, and being generally giddy, they’re also the only ones that seem committed to solving the mystery around the fire, explosion, and hypothetical arsonists.
At least Young-jae’s water testing part two comes back with some results: dangerously high levels of arsenic, and a whole lot of suspicion around who already knows about this, and for how long. Can they really be poisoning people on purpose!? Stay tuned!