This year has been a wild ride in k-dramaland. From the excesses of Secret Garden fandom to little shows popping up on new cable channels, it’s been interesting to say the least.
I made a list and checked it twice, and I was struck by the number of shows that I had watched at least part of and then bleached from my brain. Admittedly a couple of them ended in January, so I was thinking of them as last year’s shows, but still, that there is a whole lot of drama.
Except in K-dramaland, where sometimes the end is a truly confounding or bizarre event that has viewers scratching their heads or fuming years later.
I was reminded of this recently when I happened to link back to an epic series of posts on dramabeans about My Love Patzzi, which revolved in part about whether Jang Nara ended up with Kim Rae Won or no one. Years and several hundred comments later, the camps are still divided on that question. (For the record, Kim Rae Won FTW!).
As we start episode 29, Dong Soo is riding out to meet Un. They go for a walk, and Dong Soo tells Un that he should come back to them. They run across a group of boys playing at swords, and Un helps the one who lost and shows him how to hold a sword. They reflect back to being that young, and Un says that had he known back then what he does now, he never would have picked up a sword, and regrets it every day. Dong Soo tells him that he doesn’t need to carry all of the burden for his actions.
Away we go! We start episode 28 with an extended recap as to how the coup got set in motion. But now everything is in readiness! Despite Jin Ju and Jin Ki’s efforts to stop it, the meteor shower/flaming kite signal goes up, and so the coup starts!
For reasons best known to the writers, Kenjo, whose job is supposed to be killing Dong Soo, merely says “later” to him, and goes back to gather his men. And unfortunately, Cho Rip happens to run into Un just as he was going towards the palace with his forces, and so Un stabs him.
Fortunately, Hong Do saw Cho Rip collapse and piggy backs him back home to Sa Mo’s.
So, where were we? Well, the Queen, the Hongs, the Norons, Kenjo with some Japanese soldiers, and many of the military officers are planning a coup against the King. Dong Soo, the Prince and his guards more or less know about it, and are investigating.
We’re back at the fight club! Jin Ju is getting ready to go into the ring against a guy with an ax, with Dong Soo watching from the sidelines and Lord Hong’s party of Kenjo, Hong1, the toady and Un watching from above. They notice Dong Soo down below and watch the match. It’s fairly even right up until Jin Ju kicks the other guy in the nuts and therefore loses on a technicality – no blows beneath the belt. Even fight club has rules.
We back up a little in our story to Chun heading out of town after being stabbed by Dong Soo. What’s nice about this (and a few of the other repeated scenes in the last few episodes) is that it’s re-edited to give a different feel. This one has an extended walk out to the field for Chun, and a flashback to one of my favorite shots of the whole series – Un following Chun away for the first time.