He may be 19 now, but I will always remember him best as that boy who looked so much like the first actor to own my heart. In fact, for years I only knew him by his nickname.
Was it ten years ago? As one child actor was making waves internationally for his role in the runaway hit, The Way Home, another wave had crashed ashore on my small screen. I was just minding my own business that day in 2002, but a monster called Hallyu grabbed me by the neck and threw me inside a dungeon where I was fed a stream of chaste dramas with stars whose names sounded like Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo and Lee Byung-hun. Two years later, Hallyu smacked me hard with a force called So Ji-sub. Life would never be the same again.
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.