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Shark: Episode 10

Our hero finally gets to feel what it’s like to be out-maneuvered, and not a moment too soon. All the plots and plans and corporate machinations of the previous episodes are starting to come together in a way that feels surprisingly earned, and the future feels just this side of uncertain. All good things in a show that needed a little bit of surprise and gave a good amount of it this hour. Let’s just hope it keeps up.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Cold open: The late Detective Jung’s partner wanders down a dark alley, trying to find some building. As he texts whoever he’s supposed to meet that he’s going to be late, Clicky approaches from behind, poison pen in hand. Ruh roh.

Hae-woo seems hesitant to talk, though she’s kindly brought Yi-soo a beer. It’s a little gesture from her, and he silently opens hers for her before handing it back. I always think it’s sweet when guys do that.

She finally tells him about the friend she lost in a car accident, though he already knows his name: Yi-soo. While looking at the beer in her hand she claims that she couldn’t smile anymore after he disappeared, and it’s only after she learned to drink that she could smile for others. (Was this why she drank so much at her wedding?)

She goes on about her trip to Japan, and how the man didn’t recognize the photo of Yi-soo. She knows Yi-soo must now go by a different name, so either the old man lied, or… “Is Kim Jun your real name?” she asks. He lies that he has two other bogus “real” names, but neither of them are Yi-soo.

So she’s basically trying to figure out whether he’s Yi-soo, and he knows it. When she doesn’t believe his circular words, he tells her that she’s got to work on her poker face, because she’s only ever around people who have lots to hide. Hae-woo: “Are you one of them?”

She sighs that she thought she would be able to recognize Yi-soo no matter his face, and wonders whether she’s the one who’s changed instead of him. Yi-soo notes that while most people want to believe what they can see, she wants to see what she believes. Hae-woo goes one step further to say that she’s seeking a truth she doesn’t want to believe—because by doing so, she can find Yi-soo.

When he asks why, which is sort of all he does during his conversation, she replies, “Because I have to stop him. I know that Yi-soo wants me to find him, and to stop him when I find him.”

Yi-soo is emotionally affected and holds it back as always, resisting the urge to follow after her. He stares at his shark pendant for strength instead, until he gets a call from his “Friend.”

Meanwhile, Detective Oh (Detective Jung’s partner) leaves his partner’s widow with the picture of Grandpa Jo. Clicky watches ominously.

Grandpa Jo seems to get the skinny from Clicky over the phone later, but he wants to know how the picture ended up in Envelope Professor’s hands. (Is he talking about a different picture? Because the picture we just saw was from Detective Jung’s house.) He asks again how Detective Jung died.

Detective Oh calls Detective Byun to ask if there’s a connection between Grandpa Jo and his dead partner (because of the picture he found), as if he’s on the cusp of figuring something out. But he can’t match Grandpa Jo’s face to the boy’s in the picture.

Soo-hyun runs into Detective Byun at The Only Juice Bar in Seoul, and tells him that he’s there on Hae-woo’s orders to watch over Yi-hyun. She refers to Soo-hyun as “ajusshi” at the table, to which he replies that he should be called the more informal, more intimate “oppa” instead.

And the stink eye Detective Byun gives him from across the table is priceless. Ha. Yi-soo decides against visiting Yi-hyun once he sees she has company, but she sees him walking away and tells her dad that he’s a customer with a beautiful voice “like Yi-soo oppa.”

Detective Byun latches onto that and starts chasing after Yi-soo (taking Yi-hyun’s clue that he might be the real Yi-soo), but he stops himself since he thinks it’s foolish. Soo-hyun follows after and locks eyes with Yi-soo for a second. They SO know each other.

Joon-young goes out for a drink with his dad to discuss the rumors circulating in the press, since dad’s name is involved. Prosecutor Oh waves away the rumors and dispels his son’s unease, but Joon-young keeps the faith: “Father, I believe in you. I’ve always believed in you.”

Somehow, this makes Prosecutor Oh feel guiltier. Maybe because his conscience isn’t half as clear as Joon-young thinks it is.

Yi-soo and Secretary Jang pass up the anchorwoman who had an affair with Daddy Jo in the lobby, which she knows all about because she’s a TV addict. Before parting, Yi-soo almost gets his hand crushed in an elevator to thank her for the juice she gave him, because the show’s gotta pay the bills.

Joon-young catches up to Hae-woo outside the house, and she lies about where she was and who she was meeting with. She lies again when he asks her plainly if the rumors about his father are true, even though he noticed how sensitive his father was. He also remembers what she said about many people being involved, which seemed to hint at his father.

So it’s nice to know that he’s not blind, but he can’t realize the truth when Hae-woo’s not being honest. That’s all the reassurance he needs to trust his father—and while you can tell she’s conflicted about lying, she’s kind of stuck at this point.

Grandpa Jo offers the two some advice on dealing with the media circus calmly, when he really should be telling it to his high-strung son.

Daddy Jo calls a reluctant Hae-woo out to ask her if she told Grandpa that he’s still seeing the anchorwoman, worried about that more than anything. He swears that he’s done no wrong, so his daughter tells him to think back to twelve years ago to see if he changes his mind.

“I did as much as I could!” he claims. He talks hypothetically even though everyone knows it’s the truth—say he did have a hit-and-run accident, and say Yi-soo’s dad confessed in his stead. It’s not like he forced Yi-soo’s dad to do it.

Hae-woo’s disgusted that her dad thinks he’s done nothing wrong, even though she tells him that he not only killed a man in the hit-and-run, but Yi-soo and his father died because of it. “So even then, you say you’ve done nothing wrong?”

Daddy Jo gets defensive, since he thinks she’s putting all the blame on him. (She is.) He curses that Yi-soo’s dad had to die at such an inconvenient time, which just solidifies Hae-woo’s complete shock at how terrible of a person he is. “Even I won’t be able to forgive you, Dad.”

Later, Joon-young sees the state she’s in and offers her a warm embrace to help her get some much-needed rest, while Daddy Jo meets secretly with the anchorwoman… only it’s not that secret, since someone’s taking pictures.

Hae-woo studies her crime board with a picture of adult Yi-soo (as Kim Jun) and a picture of young Yi-soo, wondering how this all fits if they have different faces. She even studies the video of him and a picture of Kim Jun side by side, trying to find similarities. C’mon, you’re so close!

Meanwhile, Yi-soo wakes with a start, and does his praying/thinking pose with his metal shark. Hae-woo holds the wooden one while she does some actual work. (For the love of all that is holy, give that man something to do.)

Something in the crime scene files sends her rushing off, but Joon-young sees her crime board with the words: “A different face – why?”

Hae-woo ends up outside Yi-soo’s door with him inside studying his “Orpheus” painting. Dear Lord. Really, guys? He really doesn’t have anything else to do but stare at his fish or this painting? Auugh.

She runs away at the last minute, but Yi-soo seems to hear her (or telepathically realize she’s there) and runs for the door, only to find the hallway empty.

At work, she asks Soo-hyun for the list of any doctors or hospitals anywhere near Yi-soo’s accident site, and resolves to do the questioning herself. But they’ve got a problem, in that Yi-soo released the photos of Daddy Jo and the anchorwoman to the media.

So Yi-soo finally gets a little something to do in that he gets to look at a computer and watch his handiwork, but it is like a cosmic joke from this show to me that he feeds his fish and stares at them at the end of the scene. He just can’t resist, can he.

Grandpa Jo tears into Daddy Jo like never before with the article’s release, because he can’t seem to drill it through his son’s head that honor and integrity matter when it comes to their hotel brand and he’s singlehandedly destroyed the public’s trust.

Joon-young is frank with his father-in-law, advising him to come clean to the media about his relationship with the anchorwoman, since there’s no use denying it now. He’s got to show a different side to the media, and he’ll have a good opportunity with the hotel anniversary gala.

Detective Byun’s sidekick at the office informs him that he can’t delay the investigation into the apartment smart key anymore, especially because he thinks it’s the key to the case—it’s the anchorwoman’s key, Daddy Jo is seeing her, and the last person Detective Jung talked to just so happened to be Daddy Jo.

So, he’s trying to peg the murder on Daddy Jo, but Detective Byun proves to him that he has been doing his job since he already questioned the anchorwoman—and since she proved that she was together with Daddy Jo on the night in question, that means he wasn’t around for the murder.

The media storm puts Hae-woo in a tough spot with one of her bosses, who tells her to be prepared for “some changes in personnel” once a disciplinary committee forms to discuss the truthfulness of the allegations posed against her family.

It sounds like she’s this close to being sacked, but her boss makes it a point to remind her not to allow any of her issues to affect her father-in-law, the chief prosecutor.

Detective Oh goes to the library with the old-timey photo to see if he can find the likes of it in various photo books on the Korean independence movement. Yi-soo is also there, under cover, to keep an eye on him.

Yi-soo fails at that job by arbitrarily moving to a different part of the library, right as Detective Oh finds a picture of the old man in the photo in one of the books.

But Yi-soo hears a strange sound—click, click, click—that causes him to look back, only to find Detective Oh gone, with the book open to what’s supposedly the only picture of a man named Jo In-seok. (Grandpa Jo’s father, probably?)

Detective Oh calls Detective Byun to set up a time when he can reveal all he’s discovered. He’s starting to put together a connection, but here are the basics that I can grasp: (1) Envelope Professor was obsessed with rectifying Korean history, specifically regarding the Korean independence movement, and said something before he died about Goliath falling and David triumphing. Considering how Grandpa Jo has killed people over the information he knew, it seems like Grandpa is Goliath here.

(2) Detective Oh claims that the Mystery Locker’s contents weren’t documents, but a photo of independence activists. He’s only matched the one man in the photo to the history books, so he’s not sure. And (3) he promises to explain the rest when he meets Detective Byun, but we all know he’s never going to make it to that meeting.

Detective Byun and his partner meet with Joon-young and Daddy Jo, so he can clarify that he was with the anchorwoman the night of the murder and that he lied to prevent a scandal. He’ll need some corroborating evidence to clear him though, so Joon-young is the one to tell the detectives to check the black box from Daddy Jo’s car to prove his story.

Daddy Jo has no idea where he lost the smart key found at the crime scene, and grows nervous when Detective Byun starts to ask him about why he’d still be accepting Detective Jung’s calls when he claims there’s no connection between them.

But when Detective Byun asks if they can search Daddy Jo’s call logs and bank accounts, Joon-young coolly steps in to deny them permission because the rumors about them hiring an assassin are groundless. Daddy Jo swells with pride behind the protection of his son-in-law.

Hae-woo has a somber meeting with Prosecutor Oh as he tells her that he was powerless to stop the formation of the disciplinary committee. She hands him a resignation letter, which he seems more than ready to accept, except she’s… not resigning?

Hae-woo: “I thought that if I couldn’t continue investigating, there would be no reason for me to stay in this position. But when I thought it over, I realized that maybe I was running away. If the time comes where being a prosecutor becomes meaningless for me, I’ll leave my position of my own free will, without any pressure from others. Until then, I’m going to continue doing what I need to do as a prosecutor.”

Prosecutor Oh calls Grandpa Jo about Hae-woo’s not-a-resignation, and Grandpa just sighs—if that’s what Hae-woo wants, they can’t stop her. He just doesn’t want her to get hurt.

We return to the scene from the cold open, with Detective Oh getting lost on his way to meet Detective Byun, only to come face to face with Clicky.

Yi-soo gets a call from his “friend” that Secretary Jang gets to half-listen in on, and the cal seems to tell him about Detective Oh’s fate. Yi-soo just hopes that “it” (the picture?) isn’t already in Grandpa Jo’s hands.

As for something else we’re not privy to, he tells his friend he’s changed his mind, and instructs him to “Send it to Prosecutor Jo personally.” I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Detective Oh wakes up tied to a chair in an abandoned warehouse with Clicky, who asks him if anyone else saw the picture. Detective Oh is trying to save his life when he stutters that no one else saw it—in fact, he doesn’t even know who’s in the picture or what it’s about, nor does he care.

The constant click click click proves maddening, so he screams for the sound to stop. Clicky offers to do that for him, in an if-you’re-dead-you-won’t-hear-it sort of way.

Joon-young notices how distant Hae-woo is the next morning, and is doubly surprised when she hands him her resignation letter for safekeeping. She admits that she was going to resign, but instead decided to endure until the bitter end. “And when I can’t endure it any longer, I’ll come looking for you.”

Daddy Jo squawks pettily at Hae-woo for her choice in outfit, which doesn’t seem suitable for the anniversary gala. She’s not on speaking terms with him, so at least she seems to realize that her dad sucks.

Detective Byun still hasn’t been able to get ahold of Detective Oh, and you’d think he’d be more concerned since people in this case have been dropping like flies. But if that means we get more of daddy/daughter cuteness, I can’t really say no. (Seriously. He and Yi-hyun are freakin’ adorable together. Maybe Yi-hyun makes everything better.)

On the way to the gala, Secretary Jang tells Yi-soo that Junichiro will be in attendance. Dong-soo purposefully mentions that he was invited by Joon-young but declined since he’ll be working just so Yi-soo will give him permission to go, but he can’t help but notice that his boss seems more dour than usual. How can he even tell?

It’s only when Detective Byun arrives at the office does he hear that Detective Oh was murdered.

The anniversary gala commences, which Joon-young has planned to use in order to announce their acquisition of that pervert CEO’s hotel. But Yi-soo timed a news release to coincide with the gala, and Joon-young is in shock when he reads that the pervert’s hotel is going to Junichiro/Yi-soo, and not him.

Yi-hyun races ahead of Junichiro to make it to the party, and he smiles knowingly as he recognizes her. What does he know, exactly? We don’t know.

Hae-woo shows up on Grandpa Jo’s arm, just as the news of the failed acquisition starts spreading amongst the guests. Joon-young levels Yi-soo with a positively menacing look and calls him outside.

But Yi-soo gets a call from his friend right as Detective Byun arrives at the new murder scene, where he finds Detective Oh’s body just as he found Detective Jung’s—with a circle painted on his torso in blood.

This is presumably the news that Yi-soo hears, and he stares across the room to catch Grandpa Jo’s gaze. They seem to be sizing each other up, even though Yi-soo must know that Grandpa Jo is behind the newest murder.

That means… gasp! Something happened that Yi-soo *didn’t* plan.

Hae-woo notices the stareathon going on between Yi-soo, her grandpa, and Joon-young, and she keeps a sharp (no lie, I accidentally typed “shark”) eye on Yi-soo when he bumps into his sister on the way out. She’s looking for a sign that it’s him.

And of course, when Daddy Jo hears the news of the failed acquisition going to Yi-soo’s hotel instead, he loses it and chases down our fish-loving hero for a very public argument. See, this is why he can’t go to nice places.

Yi-soo keeps his cool even when Joon-young has to hold Daddy Jo back from hitting him, and levels Daddy Jo with a menacing gaze: “There are a lot of eyes watching. You should live up to the status of a descendent of an independence fighter.” Needless to say, Daddy Jo doesn’t and has to be dragged away.

Hae-woo asks Yi-hyun if she knows the man she bumped into, her suspicions only escalating when Yi-hyun admits that he’s a regular at her shop. The package Yi-soo wanted her to receive personally arrives just then—it’s a USB drive.

Joon-young finally gets the chance to ask Yi-soo if he knowingly sniped their hotel, to which he says yes. For Yi-soo, it doesn’t really matter whether his underhanded business dealings lose him the trust of others, because he claims he doesn’t trust anybody.

“When you don’t trust people, you lose them,” Joon-young sighs. “When you lose people, you lose everything.”

Yi-soo’s eyes fill with tears as he grits out, “I have nothing left to lose.” But at least he expresses a teensy bit of remorse for screwing Joon-young over, since they can’t exactly be friends after this.

While Hae-woo is given one of the security room’s computers to check the drive, the gala experiences a starting-time hiccup. Haha, I love that Dong-soo is just chilling there, chowing down on an entire loaf of bread and a very full glass of wine. That’s how you attend a fancy pants party.

Suddenly, a recording is heard over the crowd… Ohhh. The recording Hae-woo is playing off the drive is playing for the whole crowd, and she has no idea. Yi-soo must’ve planned this.

The recording itself is of Daddy Jo threatening Detective Jung after receiving yet another blackmail request: “Do you want to die?” Detective Jung shrugs that he can just tell Hae-woo that her father killed someone in a hit-and-run accident…

When Daddy Jo threatened to retaliate, Detective Jung asked him if that’s why he killed Yi-soo’s dad. And everyone hears, even though Daddy Jo practically screams in the recording, “Do you have any proof? Do you have any proof that I killed him?”

Yi-soo watches Daddy and Grandpa Jo from the crowd, while Hae-woo watches the scene unfold on her screen. Yikes.

 
COMMENTS

So it only took until the halfway mark, but at last, things are happening. Three cheers for Shark!

It feels silly to say that of a medium that by its very nature must have moving colors and shapes on a screen for two hours each week, but I don’t think there’s a strong argument to be made that Shark has been an experience in unadulterated and relentless entertainment thus far. It’s not the kind of buzz show to get everyone talking, and I’d love to meet the person who—if they can claim to have loved the show enough to write home about it—had their home write back: “Forget hearing about you, tell us more about that show!”

I say that with a light heart because I’m still wrestling with my feelings for this show, even though at the end of the day I can’t discount it wholesale. It’s been a bit of a mixed bag in that there are setups and characters that I like, but an emotional connection that’s just plain missing—it’s like head vs. heart more than ever with this show. We’ve been told and shown why Yi-soo’s had it rough, but we (the royal we) don’t feel that knee-jerk reaction to give an honest shit about him, even though we theoretically should.

That’s the show’s intention, and that’s the aspect of this experience that’s hard to get a read on—I want to like Yi-soo, and I wish I could understand why I don’t. Other heroes have emoted less in their lifetimes, right? I’ve loved heroes that have been ten times more unlikable, or far more irredeemable. A great example was brought up that actually comes straight from this writer/director duo’s repertoire in the character Joo Ji-hoon played in The Devil—and he pretty much spent the series setting up Saw-esque scenarios to kill his enemies without getting his hands dirty, and he STILL won the girl. (And a lot of love from me.)

So it’s like Shark took the essence of his character and plopped him in here as an anti-hero, only Yi-soo’s not going dark enough to really embody that role, nor is he doing much to embody the usual hero role. I don’t know where to shelve him, but I do think this episode took some positive steps in giving him objectives that he could play in front of the camera and by having him be out-planned for once. He’s alienated some friends and made a solid enemy in Grandpa Jo, and this is still without Gramps knowing that he’s Yi-soo. The conflict is finally amping up to give that reveal some stakes beyond Hae-woo feeling betrayed, in that the reveal might endanger Yi-soo’s very existence all over again. And something tells me you can only miraculously survive getting run over by a truck only once in your drama life, since we all know how a character can just brush a bumper and end up six feet under in practically every other show.

The secrets surrounding Grandpa Jo and the way everything ties to the Korean independence movement are still secrets to me, even though this episode had plenty of clues to get us guessing. I’d like to know what kind of secret is so massive that Gramps feels like he has to kill everyone and their mother to protect, but it was kind of ingenious to model this murder after Yi-soo’s to lead investigators astray. Otherwise, adding another murder to the people-who-knew-too-much list would have been akin to using the guy’s blood to draw a map leading straight to Casa Jo.

 
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What about "Heartless City"? I really wish someone would post about it (even if you don't recap it, at least some news). :( It's just such a good drama!

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javabeans talks about Heartless City briefly in her last podcast although she doesn't talk about it much. :)

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HC is all kinds of awesome! besides the gripping plot am now starting to count just how many undercover agents are in this show, won't be surprised if it turns out there were no druggies to begin with but agents fighting each other without knowing it!

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Yes, thank god for this episode because now the Shark is about to pick up some speed. Still cannot emotionally connect with him though. Thanks for the recap!

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I don't feel much for Yi-Soo, too. Somehow i think it's deliberately done that way. Maybe the coming episodes will enlighten us about the missing years from the accident to present. There might be more in that mystery document that personally affects Yi-Soo's father aside from being murdered. Heh.

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Thanks for the recap! I'm officially doing a countdown for episode 11. I hope they can keep the momentum from this episode and keep us at the edge of our seats!

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I rave to my friends about Kim Nam Gil's superb acting!
I love the opening lines of this episode where Haewoo says that she knows Yisoo wants her to find him. That he wants her to stop him. Deep down, the kind Yisoo feels what he is doing is wrong. I loved how Kim Nam Gil looked so forlorn when she turned her back and walked away. And how he answered the phone with "ooorr" instead of "naya". It feels like that is the real Yisoo. The one who was on the phone telling Haewoo that he was so tired, that he didn't know who to trust.
I love the OST of the drama. The PD knows how to use the music to drum up the intensity of each scene. SO much better than "Missing you".
Well, YiSoo appears not to do any work but somehow mergers happen and news reports go out to terrorise the Jo family. I guess he just strategises and vets stuff.
Hence the painting and fish staring : )
Speaking of which, all these hobbies remind him of Haewoo. Everything that calms him down are things that remind him of Haewoo. After 12 years, that is love

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gold! =]

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I have to disagree with one thing you said: "that is love." I don't think Yi-Soo really does love Hae Woo, and I don't think he's capable of it (except maybe toward his sister). What he is, is obsessed with the past, and bitter about losing her. And those symbols, the fish and the painting, remind him of her.

To me, if he really loved Hae Woo, he would not be putting her through this. I don't expect him to give up on his revenge or his destruction of her family. But if really loved her, he would not be able to put her through this -the drawn-out revelations, making her find a dead body, the taunting and the emotional cruelty -that's not love. Her husband, who cares for her, looks out for her, and wants what's best for her, is the one who really loves her.

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I also question what exactly he feels, and how he is going to end this?

So, all kinds of things happen and finally, without a doubt, HW knows for sure that Jun is Yi-su. What does he say to her when he has denied denied denied it for months?
"Ah, got me. Sorry. You were right all along. That is why I kissed you and stuff."
And what is her response supposed to be?
"Oh, silly! I knew it was you. I forgive you."

Does he off himself? Does he write her a letter to be read after he dies?

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I am sure that he will die trying to save someone so that his character can be redeemed. First though, he will have give his sis a bone marrow transplant to cure her leukemia!

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This is really funny.

KNG will probably die at the end based on his choice of characters in prior dramas and movies. And yeah, I don't see how anyone w/o a death wish expects to come back from the crap YiSoo/Jun's pulling here.

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Yi So does love HW. It just very complicated. He tried to distance himself from her when he realized that her family was behind everything. The he was run over by a freaking truck. He wants revenge and he is in full scaled denial of what he feels for her. It is this inner struggle he fights with. It is also because of this that his own people are spying on him. They want ruthless revenge and are afraid that he will soften if his head and heart agree to care for HW.

Yi Soo character is lukewarm right now, once he fully commits, either way (love/hate) I think the people will be drawn to him.

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Thanks for the recap! I had watched episode 10 and wonders whether you are going to mentioned about Dong Soo eating that huge loaf of bread hahaha!

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Looking at fish is a very calming activity : )

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Unless they fight.

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Thanks!

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Shark continues to rock my world as the deliberate pacing picks up speed this week to kick off a long awaited, lavish head-on battle between our protagonist and his adversary. I'm happy for the drop in melancholic musing and forlorn contemplation in return for a sneak peek into the delicately fragile world that is YS's humanity and HW's morality. Finally YS's cold indifference is cracking up to show signs of vulnerability, and HW's determination to uncover the truth wavers when digging into the past only surfaces deeper, darker hurts that's more than she can bear.

The dialogues this week proved more delightful than frustrating, the conversations between characters carried out more like courtships, dancing around a delicate subject, where neither dares to speak his or her true mind (HW and YS; JY and his father; HW and JY; Sec Jang and YS). HW's surmise about YS's real intention says it all but what is it that HW has to do before YS will call it quits? The quiet desolation hanging in the air when the two are together gives me the uneasy feeling that YS has gone too far astray for it to be possible for HW and YS to be together, even if it wasn't already morally wrong, considering that HW is a married woman. Sec Jang continues to appeal to me, she always imbues the few scenes she appears in and never fails to fascinate, be it her actual role as dictated by Junichiro or the amount of truth she knows about YS and how she came to know it.

And who's the 'friend' that our friendless YS has who's constantly supporting him? That's where our dialogues can do a little better to let us in.

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I'll be surprised if it turns out that "Chingu" isn't Soo Hyun.

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I think so, too. Could be why he's hanging around little Sis.

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Heads, thanks for the recap.

Wondering why Clicky bothered to tie up the detective rather than just stabbing him?

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He wanted to see if anybody else saw the photo so that he could click them to death too. Its all about tying up the loose ends. :)

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This director and scenes he sets up are really horrible and take away from the show instead of adding to it.
It is moving way to slow with all of the standing and just staring that goes on. The directors idea of suspense seems to be making the actors act like zombies.

The writer has a story there but the director has basically buried it with tons of empty scenes.

I keep watching mostly just to hear that wonderful voice of Kim Nam Gil and watch the few times the director allows him to show any emotion.

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Same here. And he looked so cool at the end of this!

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thanks for the recap HeadsNo2.

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I also feel that things are finally picking up in this episode...thank goodness for that...I really feel that the ship has long sailed for YS and HW since she's very much in love with JY now and he seems like a decent guy. Which is why I would rather they skipped the parts where he's leading her on....I would much rather watch YS with his sister YH...that is a longing I could relate.

So many things are happening in the last fifteen minutes that I wished happened earlier. Well at least now..HW is closing in on his true identity...and he's managed to hook grandpa's attention...whether that's a good decision or not I can't say....but it does seem to place his life in danger again and that amps up the stakes considerably more.

Soo Hyun is another interesting character...and I do like his light hearted banter with YH on the side. It's just that the camera pans in on him locking gazes with both YS and Secretary ...which hinted at something more. Or am I being too paranoid.

Anyway, if I were to praise one thing is this drama...it's the OST. I think the songs are lovely and complements the drama well.

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I really want to know how Soo-hyun and Yi-Soo are connected. Was Soo-hyun a plant all along, or did Yi-Soo approach him after he started working? Also, I wonder how Yi-Soo would feel about Soo-hyun asking his sister to call him “oppa." It won't earn him a bonus, I think.

Poor Joon-young. He really seems to be at heart a good person. Even though he wants to believe the best of his father, he’s principled enough to want to know the truth if he isn’t (i.e. him asking Hae-Woo). Why do I have a feeling that he’s going to be one of the ones most badly hurt when this all explodes?

I kind of laughed at Detective Oh taking the photo to the library. Is he planning to go through every book on the Korean independence movement? There has to be a better way – facial recognition software? This thing called the Internet that Koreans are really connected to?

Yi-Soo, find a new hobby. Those fish are going to be obese if you keep it up!

I’m ready to find out what exactly it is that Grandpa Jo did. And Grandpa Jo is stealing Yi-Soo’s flava, is he (with the red circle)? Not cool, Grandpa Jo! Find your own killing symbol!

As for Drunk Daddy Jo’s recording being broadcast over the party, I had to shake my head. Come on, people, watch a few episodes of “Revenge.” You never play unexpected flash drives/open files at fancy, politically important parties.

In other news, Clicky has freaked me out so much that I had to start using a pencil because my trusty old Parker suddenly seemed so menacing.

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Me too! i'm rather curious as to how soo-hyun might have met yi-soo and just their connection in general.
I'm thinking he might be the mysterious "friend" that calls right when after something big happens...

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I imagine a scene where that "duh-duh-duh-duh" instrumental part starts and then all the fish in his tank explode one by one--because he's overfed them.

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Love it! Then Hae-Woo can prosecute him for animal cruelty, thus ensuring their paths must cross again . . .

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I think yi hyun will get cancer and yi soo needs to donate something. Or she will die under grandpa Jo and yi soo will go mad. Something is definitely going to happen to her. Also, why is secretary jang a main character? Can they air this show 5 times a week instead argh

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All the proof one needs to know that Kim Jun is really Yi Soo is his visits to Yi Hyun at the juice store, period.

Needing a life saving transplant is such an overused trope and I guess the drama is going there also. However recently an aquaintance of mine had her second kidney transplant, and my cousin's wife died waiting for a bone marrow donor. Sad, but this does happen.

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I really hope show doesn't go that typical melo route with a donor transplant of some sort. It's increasingly obvious that kim joon is yi soo(hae-woo is THIS close to piecing it together). He visits his sister all the time at the juice shop, always runs into them(coincidence i think not), and is blatantly taking down gaya hotel.
With a smart heroine like ours i'm pretty sure she'll find out before any sort of transplant. one can only hope.

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I agree... Yi SOo is not dark enough as an anti hero... I'm in trap between wanting to dislike him or love him.
I want him like OH Seung Ha in the devil, goes all out off his revenge but never forget showing us he is also suffer for doing it. .... so far the thing is, he seems not as conflict as I want to, he is often stare at something, I wonder what he felt at that time? I can't tell.. since his faces shown little emotion. But I can't hate him completely either... since what he is doing right now, though wrong, still hasn't cross the line yet...

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I think you're giving Yi Soo too much credit.

Firstly, I don't think he intended to be at the library to keep an eye on Detective Oh - how would he have known WHICH library to go to? Instead, that they were in same library is probably just another of those royal Kdrama coincidences.

Secondly, many things have happened that Yi Soo hasn't planned. I don't think the Okinawa trip went completely according to plan, for instance.

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So true about k-drama coincidences. Trouble is, because we're in the dark about the actual true revenge plan we don't really know when he has planned a coincidence or not. Which reminds me. When the great discussion about coincidences occurred I just sat there thinking, "I'm so lost right now. I don't know which of the coincidences Yi Soo created and which he didn't."

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Show needs to clear that up for us because we start giving our characters more credit than they deserve, or the opposite.
It takes me back to Nice Guy and Moon Chae Won's character. That was a bit of a fail on the director's fault -- or it could be the writer's. Either way we all thought up this huge thought process for her character only to be shot down that it is, in fact, whatever it seemed on the surface.

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Interesting...
What do you think happened that should not have, and what didn't happen that was originally planned?

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Thanks for the recap! I love reading your recaps for your humorous insights here and there! It's nice to get a laugh out of such a heavy & mysterious show. Therefore, thank you for adding your special touch to these recaps =)

Like I said before, I don't think this drama will have a happy ending...it's impossible. But all I want, is for Detective Byun to stay safe and sound. I love him and his wife for being so nice, and taken YH in.

YH is so pretty...I hope she stays healthy and safe too.

That's all I ask for. lol

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I really like Yi Soo but I keep getting the feeling that the Yi Soo I like is the Yi Soo we all have built up in our hearts and minds. I don't know if it's the writing or the acting or the directing but it's hard to actually SEE and understand Yi Soo; he's so shut inside himself and so much of watching him is about us "putting" emotions in him that he is only kinda sorta leaking out.

The only thing I'm sure of is that he is being pulled toward his old love, his old trusted friend, and his sister..but VENGEANCE HAS TO BE DONE so.... well....

I wish i saw his deliberations even more. I wish i saw him arguing with himself, shouting to himself..but dang, he's even repressed with himself when he's alone. Why so dang quiet, hero? If he's so bitter, he's gonna do mega-devastation, I want to see that bitterness. Cool sang-froid just isn't gonna cut it if all his heart and motivations are pretty much depending on the writer thinking we all "understand" what Yi Soo is going through.

Right now I'm going through the whole "the audience is going along with us and admiring our hero hot-head cop and spunky overly-aegyo heroine" with Heartless City. That writer is mistaken and I think this writer is also mistaken. But not in so drastic a way. Audience goodwill and benefit of the doubtism can go so far. Yi Soo has to stop looking lovelorn and stop sitting around musing or standing in front of paintings, or rubbing metallic sharks. But heavens, why do I stay? Why am I still addicted to this show?

Could it be Ahjusshi cop is causing me to hold on? OR maybe -- as heroine says-- Yi Soo is trying to make me stop him? (Aaargh, two women trying to figure out this moody guy! AAAAARGH!) Whatever it is, I'm hooked. I won't be turning this one off anytime soon, but I will be increasingly exasperated with Yi Soo if he continues with all his mysteriousness.

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I agree. I've said this so many times in previous posts for Shark but i really needed to see more of our hero's thought process. I needed to see him sort of have a hard time thinking up these plans instead of being the cool, level-headed mysterious hero. I guess you could attribute that to the symbol of Sharks that they're REALLY going to town for but I told myself if i saw him crack that I would finally be able to have SOMETHING to root for.
I have issues with our heroine for Heartless City, but i understand how they've made her that way so that paksa would have that little bit of innocence and naivety that has been stripped from his world. However, that quality about our heroine has made it unbelievable in how she's going to carry out her mission -- i hope she changes along the way because that innocence can take you so far in the world of the drug trade. But atleast i feel more for our paksa than yi soo as of now. Paksa doesn't have a strong of a foundation or nearly as dramatic past compared to yi soo but we see a broad spectrum of his emotions and even his weaknesses which are beginning to become rather apparent.

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Oh, I know - we were all fooled, guys. The male lead of this show is actually Ahjusshi cop, not Yi Soo!

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I really, really like Ahjussi Cop. He is caring, courageous, and honest!

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I don’t know if it’s the writing or the acting or the directing but it’s hard to actually SEE and understand Yi Soo.

I think all three elements are contributing to the problem-- however, even though I like KNG, I've come to the conclusion that he was miscast in this role. As JB and GF said in the podcast, he isn't good at playing a cipher, which is a hard role to make compelling. Watching YTBLSS is reminding me of just how good Jo Jeong Seok is at conveying emotions wordlessly, and that's what KNG needs to be doing. I think the problem with the zombie-like adult Yi Soo is exacerbated by the fact that the actor (Yeon Joon Seok) who played Yi Soo as a teen is better than KNG is at expressing beneath-the-surface emotions. Of course, giving KNG little to do apart from stare at fish and paintings is also a big part of the problem. Why aren't we seeing more flashes of anger, hatred, internal conflict? Hopefully his facade will be cracking soon...

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I am not sure whether we can blame KNG or not. Certainly the writer and director can share the burden. Young Yi Soo had a lot more material to work with.

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Ah, good point. Young Yi Soo wasn't always staring at fish.

I'm going to go ahead and blame the writer for not giving KNG enough to do or say. Adult Yi Soo needs to get out of his room more.

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I always enjoy reading your comments, Carol. They have a way of crystallizing what I think a lot of us are thinking!

I agree 100% about Yi-Soo being the weak link here. I can root for his revenge conceptually, and certainly for teen Yi-Soo's need for justice, but KNG is just so inscrutable here that he doesn't inspire much of anything. And as for his losing Hae Woo, he's being so cruel to her (IMO) that I'm glad he doesn't have her. Contrasting that with Joon-Young's awesomeness, it really is a head-scratcher.

I still think the show is suspenseful, and is keeping me intrigued. And Hae Woo is such an awesome heroine that I'd watch for her alone. I think she may be shaping up to be my favorite K-drama heroine of all time. She is smart, principled, she has a brain, she fights for what's right - but she's not perfect, either. The writing is great, and SYJ is hitting it out of the park. I don't know how they got her so right and Yi-Soo so wrong.

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I think it's directing, writing and acting we csn blame for.....
Kim nam gil take a part for making yi soo less compelling imo.
When yisoo played by
yun jon suk... His eyes filled so much emotion even after accident when his face had been covered and omly relying his eyrs to conveyed emotion. So I can feel his anger, frustation. Etc
Right now... Yi soo and kim joon is like a different person.is Yisoo that I love in childhood days has gone forever?

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I think that the old Yi Soo is deliberately being suppressed (if not killed) by Kim Joon. I also won't be surprised if after a few episodes from now we will realize that we were being manipulated by the director, writer & KNG to feel distant to Yi Soo's vengeance. It is either that or this is again another loopy ride. So surprise me show.

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lol was i the only one spazzing in those last 10 minutes?
I was pretty much omg-ing the whole way to the end, much like i did for the crop of shows im watching who aired OMG endings for this week as well.
Such a satisfyingly epic ending that was much deserved for those of us that followed shark up until now. We're at the halfway mark and i think it's safe to start dropping these bombs so we can get a move on. Clues are okay, but i need for the big reveals. Not the obvious kim joon is yi soo. But the other stuff.
Anywho, FINALLY we see a crack in yi soo's plan. I consider this a weakness that i have been waiting for. Someone is finally a step ahead of him YES which gives me even more anxiety for our hero because we'll finally be able to see (i hope) the wheels turning in his head in order to save the mission.(The director better take advantage of this opportunity). One of the things missing from shark was the excitement and nervousness for our hero's mission -- will he get caught? omg he's going to get caught. Up until now yi soo has always been rather flawless in his mission while watching from afar and that's pretty much all we were getting.
I will say the directing in that big room with all our characters in it was pretty cool. One look after another, one bumping into one after another, one leaving the room after another. It kept me on edge!
I have to say though, is yi soo being framed? We don't know for sure that he killed the detective in the beginning, because we see him leaving with a creepy smile but not the killing. We don't know for sure if the big circle drawn in the big room is his, but it is evident that the circle drawn on this recent detective's death is definitely not his idea. (I got so excited when he looked surprised/shocked after that phone call and then looked at grandpa jo) Maybe it is his symbol, but someone else is trying to use that to their advantage to frame him? I don't know. Shark you better take advantage of this good ending for your upcoming episodes.

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Yup. Me too, I got excited when it was shown how Detective Oh was killed. It was like a challenge against YS from grandpa Jo. One pawn down on each side. Time to move, time for some action. At least I hope so too.

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I don't know if it is just me but I think the secret that grandpa jo is hiding is that he I not the real grandpa jo because he had a mini freak out when he told yi soo that he could not recognize the vase that was supposedly his fathers also the detective who ha the picture had trouble identifying grandpa Jo as the boy in the picture. But then I might jot be reading too much into these things

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I thought so too. Unless it's a "red herring".

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Thanks for the recap.

Everyone has great insights on the characters and plot.

I had to LOL with the Letter of resignation Hokey Pokey, and then again, when she gave her husband the copy for safekeeping. Because everyone knows she certainly cannot write another one, right?

I still love Yi-soo staring, even if I giggle more now that ever.

Didn't the secretary already make a joke that he likes to stare at pictures and fish in the last episode?

Nothing is going to end well, but I will still be watching.

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As much as I like watching this drama, I'm a bit disappointed. Almost frequently, my mind drifted away and keep comparing this with its predecessors: Mawang (The Devil) and Bohwal (Resurrection). 2 of my faves drama.

I just feel that this one is less gripping, less intense, thus less thrilling. Or is my expectation toward the writer and director too high? I'll follow this till its end, while keep hoping that the suspense will be intensified.

Thanks for the recaps!

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Right on the spot Gaeina! I was having the exact thought. Although I loved Mawang more over Buhwal (the annoying and weepy Eun Ha character killed it for me). If I were to rate these drama based on quality alone, I would rate Mawang 1, Buhwal 2 and Shark 3. I'm glad it is the end of revenge trilogy.

On side note: Can we pick up Heartless City please *puppy eyes* (even though it is not for the faint of heart)... It is the best revenge/action/maybe thriller drama ever!!!. It is everything Shark or any other revenge/Police Kdrama should be. The story is so gripping, twists i never saw coming and layers up on layers of intensity. Only issue is Nam Gyu Ri needs to stop being so plastic (although her acting has improved compare to the past performance). But none the less it is worth a watch. If you don't want to do the entire series, please give it the first 4 episodes. I'm sure it will be enough..

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...That's why I listed/mentioned Mawang before its predecessor, Bohwal, dearie... ^^

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Thanks Dear. We think alike. Hi 5 (not sure if people still do it)

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Shark is good but not enough,kim nan Gil isnt grace state like He acted in bad guy, may be the script or two years far from acting,Cruel city is without doubt the best drama on air is well done pure classic film noir ,In the blog The Vault is being reviewing.

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I did not even want to comment... drifting away to Cruel City and IHYV.

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Woot! Ya know Grandpa Jo would totally kill his son. His son isn't exactly trustworthy and would sell his father down the river for a lighter sentence.

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It amazes me that that kid is still alive.
He's SUCH a dick!

Gramps should have shipped him off to the US or Canada years ago. Come to my neighborhood, I'll take care of him.

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KNG's use of his eyes in the last 10 minutes of this episode were something else - and why I will continue to watch this show.

And for Lee Soo Hyuk...

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I stopped watching after episode 7.. It just wasn't interesting or gripping enough. I was also comparing the anti heroes of the two dramas, it's strange how I LOVED Joo Ji Hoon's character in Devil (and the drama itself moved faster imo). In this one, however, I just don't feel it.

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Cruel city is way better than this show,honestly if this didn't have kim nam gil and son ye jin together I would've never tuned in.

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Both have their own weaknesses and strengths so i wouldn't say heartless is better than shark so easily. There are reasons i'm still tuning into shark as much as i am tuning into heartless. Cruel city isn't flawless(don't get me wrong, i love this show), but there are things missing from it that i find present in Shark. For instance, an awesome heroine that keeps our story moving along. On the other hand, i could say Shark is missing the deep connection between our characters that make you care for them all.
Shark kinda melos out the intense thrills i get from Cruel City but i also think harder in Shark because everything is so carefully thought out and there are still mysteries to be unraveled.

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I wouldn't compare shark with heartless city because they are totally different. HC is focused on gangsters and undercover cops so you see more actions and violent. Of course the pace has to be fast in this type of drama. Shark, on the other hand, is more about how to take down a powerful man without so much killing involved: using the heads more than using hands. So that's why it's slower and less actions. I love shark a lot because it makes me THINK what may happen next. If you want more actions, this is not your cup of tea.

As for KNG, in my opinion, he did a great job because he is playing a weak character. He used to be a stronger and emotional person, but after the car accident, he lost his confident. That's why he accepted the help from his adopted father to get the power needed and Hae Woo to reveal the truth. It's rare to see the main lead playing a weak role. But he plays very well!!!

I think this is the best one in the trilogy. Thank you for a wonderful show!! And for the recaps!!! :)

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Totally agree that Shark and HC shouldn't be compared with each other. Yeah Shark is such a cerebral drama! That's what I like about it. Conversely, I feel like my enjoyment of HC dissipates when I start to think hard about its story. I think HC is very much like a summer blockbuster movie.

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I agree that Shark is not an action show, which is actually why I love it. I tend to go for authors like Daphne Du Maurier, Sophie Hannah, Minette Walters, Rosamund Lupton - writers who create mysteries/thrillers but take a long time to get to the ending, spinning a very intriguing web along the way. I like when the journey is just as important as the destination, and when it's executed quietly but skillfully and cleverly, as Shark is.

Shark has its faults (namely writing/directing for/acting of its protagonist), but for me, this drama is like one long, elusive, but utterly gripping chess game. And it's holding my interest more than any elaborate, over-the-top action sequences could. Different strokes for different folks, though.

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THIS. Finally someone brought up that apples can't be compared to oranges. ~

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Ju Ji Hoon's character spent lots of time brooding and staring at the wall in Mawang as well, but it worked better because structurally he was the antagonist and the detective was the protagonist. The writer has chosen a tougher, riskier structure for this piece. I'm not totally sure that it will work but I give her credit for not just repeating the same formula. I also think that this is more the story of Hae Woo's attempt to save Yi Soo than it's the story of Yi Soo's revenge. Again, that's not the obvious choice for a show billed as a revenge thriller, so I'll be curious to see how it ultimately plays out.

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I think Shark is pretty engaging in its own way :) It's an enjoyable watch even if I don't count down the days to the next episode.

Yeah I'm pretty puzzled on why Yi-soo is so unrelatable. I guess it's because of KNG's veeery restrained acting?

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This show is like Shark porn. I mean we geedditt!! I get the disconnect from Yi Soo. Actually the winning characters for me in this show is Detective Byun and Yi Hyun and Hae Woo

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Ooh..I love Detective Byun too. He brings life to every scene he is in. Same with Yi HYun too.

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What will I give NOT to hear the sentence '12 years ago...' Yes we all know it was 12 years ago now shut it.

I'm thisclose to dropping Shark. Out of the trilogy the best is still Resurrection. Shark is just crawling at snails' pace.

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thanks for the recap. this story reminds me of green rose a little. but like it the same. :)

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I think this is a story that is better read than watched.

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I think yi soo does things off screen. Whenever we're not seeing him, he's planting evidence in places with friend'. I actually like yi soo and I have trouble thinking he's super cold. He obviously wants to show hae woo the truth, and recently we've seen how blind she is willing to be because of her family. He tried telling her the truth in the past but she fervently didn't believe him. When I watch i get apprehensive with every Visit he makes to his sister. He can let himself be a little human because she's completely innocent in all of this. He never learned to resent her and had no reason to. I can understand that. His coldness is protection for himself. Sure, people mourn him, but he really did lose everything. And in order to hurt the overlord grandpa, he has to take what grandpa treasures most. His image. An image he apparently didn't earn. Maybe he betrayed his father? Nobody knows. Where will this show take us? Nobody knows. But I'm enjoying the ride.

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hi & thank you
I am holding my breth for next episode .

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Isn't the actress Sun from LOST?!

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Nope, this actress is Son Ye Jin.
Sun from lost is Kim Yun Jin, who is currently working on american show Mistresses, recently premiered.

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So is Hae Woo's assistant Mr Chingu? And that assassin with the pen is so scary! Hae Woo is definitely getting closer and closer to the truth....looking forward to next week. One good point though, so far no more nose bleeds? Hope they forget that plot point.

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Clicky creeps me out to no end. I get nervous every time my brother sits there clicking his pen haha. Random thought.

Anyways, finally things are REALLY rolling. The suspense really keeps me wanting more from this drama.

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