Air City: Episode 11
Oh wait, is this mic on? *Tap tap*
Ahem. I decided to try, purely as a writing exercise, posting up an Air City summary that was (gasp!) completely devoid of negative comments. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I could do it, and having seen Episode 11, I think I picked a tough one to do, but hey, it’s a challenge.
As a totally unrelated aside, I found out what the phrase “bore you to tears” means. It’s kind of obvious, but I’d never thought about it — but it’s all those tears you get from yawning so much because you’re so bored.
Like I said, completely unrelated.
(Random) SONG OF THE DAY
S.E.S. – “용기” (yong gi / courage). I’m in a nostalgic mood today… [ zShare download ]
EPISODE 11 SUMMARY
After finding Russian counterfeiter Sergei shot to death, the NIS confirms that he was fooled into coming to Korea by hackers using a stolen IP address, which corresponds to the hackers who hacked into Incheon Airport. Alerts are raised to yellow level.
Airport admin and the NIS clash again, because the agency is offering up little information, which frustrates the aiport personnel, who must comply blindly without understanding the situation. Without knowing the details, they don’t understand why the alert is raised when they’ve already caught the bomb threat-maker. Particularly, Ha Joon is irked not only at having to submit to the NIS orders, but also to see Do Kyung so easily accepting of the situation.
The SWAT team is brought in to search the airport, and although I’ve never been privy to a SWAT team search, I’d hope that in real life they’d give bathroom-goers a little more opportunity to finish their business at the urinal before barging in with guns and dogs. Nothing like sudden stark terror to stanch the urge to pee.
The agents follow the Russian crime trail to a club, where they spy their targets. They’re easy to see because they’re the ones looking sinister, wearing sunglasses indoors at nighttime and smoking cigars. Let’s see… keeping this positive… I have not yet laughed so hard at a sequence in Air City as this scene. True comedy! Draw your own conclusions:
(They’re all speaking “Russian,” but I don’t think anyone’s actually speaking Russian, if you get my drift.)
How do I phrase this?… IF this is an accurate reflection of covert spy activity, Korea is lucky that Russian criminals are timid enough that the Korean agents can capture them so efficiently without overly exerting themselves. (In contrast, those Chinese criminals in Episode 1 sure put up a good fight. But that scene wasn’t funny.)
Ha Joon watches with dismay as Do Kyung meets with Ji Sung for a meeting with the agents. There’s a cool bit where the clear glass turns frosted and opaque, which I’ve heard about as being used in bathroom stalls (when unoccuppied, the glass is clear, and when a person steps inside, it turns opaque white). I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could ever comfortably use that bathroom stall without paranoia.
Anyway. Ji Sung reports that they didn’t get very far with the Russians. All they know is that Sergei’s counterfeited dollars were smuggled into the country. I hope I’ve got my zeroes right, but the smuggled bills amount to $10 million. The one issue they haven’t yet figured out is why they hacked into the airport’s computer systems.
Do Kyung calculates that $10 million in dollars, divided into four sacks, would weigh 100 kilograms each. How she is certain it would be divided into four sacks is beyond me. Perhaps she’s psychic as well as mathematically gifted. Do Kyung also informs Ji Sung of the airport’s own bank, which gets its funds from a bank in Hong Kong.
The hacker goons prepare to transport the counterfeit money to the airport the next morning. They have fake employee passes, as they’ll be posing as maintenance workers. One of them tries to smell the money through layers of plastic. I don’t think he’s the smart one.
Do Kyung spends the night at work, readying to inspect the incoming bank money per Ji Sung’s instructions, despite Ha Joon’s insistence that it’s an unreasonable burden on their resources. Do Kyung tells Ha Joon that he gets overly worked up when Ji Sung is mentioned, but he tells her why he’s angry — Ji Sung’s constant involvement in airport administration, always overriding Ha Joon’s decisions, belittles Ha Joon and their work. It’s insulting to his pride. And it’s worse to see how Do Kyung is so obviously siding with Ji Sung.
(I love my Lee Jung Jae, but in this triangle, I have to throw my hat to Team Ha Joon. I don’t think Ji Sung’s doing anything wrong, but I feel bad the way Do Kyung’s treating Ha Joon, who’s always looking out for her. Actually, the weak one in this threesome for me is anemic Do Kyung, but leaving her out would require me to slash Ha Joon and Ji Sung. Hm, then again…)
The hackers use their false identification to gain entry to the airport, where they stash their hoard of fake money. They become nervous at the added security and government agents, fearing that their operation is threatened.
At one point, Ji Sung enters the room where they’re pretending to be doing construction (flashes of Prison Break, anyone?), and his inspection of their workspace has them all sweating. One guy reaches for his concealed gun, but Ji Sung turns away, not sensing anything troubling, and the guys breathe in relief. (Note: When the bad guy gets away with a crime under the hero’s nose, either the bad guy is very very clever, or the hero looks dumb for missing it. You can come to your own conclusion.)
With this lull in their operation, Ji Sung and Do Kyung both take the opportunity to seek rest, having stayed up all night. Do Kyung (after chatting with Lady Doctor, who essentially gives her blessing to their relationship) runs into Ji Sung, who says he’s on his way to nap at the sauna. She invites him home with her, and insists despite his somewhat-bashful refusal.
Wanting to make breakfast, Do Kyung runs out to the store while Ji Sung looks around her place. She returns and cooks, while Ji Sung’s asleep on the couch. She sits to watch him sleep, and dozes off herself.
At the airport, the hackers launch the next phase of their still-ambiguous plan, messing with the departure boards and throwing the passengers into confusion with wrong information. The employees rush around attempting to facilitate the situation, and Ha Joon phones Do Kyung to call her back. But as she’s sleeping, she doesn’t hear the phone.
(Small aside to point out perhaps the only truly multilingual member of the cast and give him due props. Although I suspect he doesn’t actually speak Japanese, or at least has a pretty Koreanized accent, his English is nearly flawless — just a tiny hint of Korean accent — and he can act much better than any other English speakers we’ve seen so far.)
Anyway. The chaos escalates when the NIS discovers that Sergei’s suspected killer is masquerading as an airport employee. They’re in high terror alert.
Unable to contact Do Kyung, Ha Joon gets the apartment passcode from Yi Kyung, and arrives to see this lovely domestic scene:
While confusion reigns inside the airport, the bad guy leaves a suitcase unattended at the curbside. Do Kyung, Ji Sung and Ha Joon race back to Incheon to deal with the crisis.