While our heroes figure out how to be heroic, Sang-mi picks herself back up and makes the decision to lead the rescue. The "Spiritual Father's" plans are revealed as more twisted and menacing than previously hinted, while Apostle Kang's past starts crawling back as she feels the pressure. You take the cake for messed up people, Muji.
Poor Sang-mi (Seo Ye-ji) takes one hit after another, but there may be some hope for the only parent she has left. Bo-eun (Yoon Yoo-sun) seems to be noticing the truth through her delusions, but Sang-mi is still alone here and so her determination to fight for her and her mother is crucial. I am glad that she begins this fight before help arrives, as it gives her agency and keeps her away from damsel-in-distress territory. The Apostles' worried expression when they see her newfound resolve is delightful.
The joy is short-lived, however, as Baek's (Jo Sung-ha) plans start to take shape. Surely enough this miasma of a man wants a pretty young bride and the talk of atonement through blood is pushing us well into the sacrificial virgin territory. His father-in-not-law is honored, of course. I was holding on to some hope that he would draw the line at the threat of rape and death for his child, but it does not look like it. I therefore hope that the drama will not use the inadequate excuse of drugs for forced forgiveness.
We finally get some backstory on our villains, however and it seems that Apostle Kang (Park Ji-young) may be the worst offender here, if her story parallels Joo-ho's (Jung Hae-kyun). Her disdain for Sang-mi has been palpable, yet her previous panic upon the approach of our heroes and her knee-jerk reaction here show some twisted form of concern. Was Yoo-ra another bride who failed to escape with the help of students or does Kang's story also begin with the loss of a child at the hands of peers?
Speaking of said students, the show's portrayal of our male heroes satisfies me greatly. I was afraid that Sang-hwan (Ok Taecyeon) would get the revenge drama treatment of going away for a few years and coming back a heroic genius, but the series reminds us that these men are still essentially kids. I also get my wish of finding out why no one visited Dong-cheol (Woo Do-hwan) upon his release.
The two young men have finally reunited and while their misunderstandings and bitterness still linger, they can at least work on those as they work on their rescue operation. Guseonwon is powerful, however and so I hope that the necessary allies in law enforcement and politics can become clearer and start joining our Team Good as we go into the second half of this story with episode eight.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
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