Geon-Woo, faced with a hostage situation, does exactly what he thinks should be done in a hostage situation. Immediately succumb to all demands without any guarantees that the bad guys will keep their word. I would like to note, for any would-be police officers reading this review, that this is not how you should ever deal with a hostage situation. It's fitting that Geon-Woo is only saved from his stupid mistake thanks to the intervention of the supernatural. With a little help from his fists, of course.
There haven't been many ghosts in the drama lately, but this time around we get a little more focus and explanation on Si-On's abilities. Appropriately, though a basically random accident caused by the bungling of one of her employees. I really don't know where this drama would be if characters didn't regularly screw up whatever simple tasks they've been given every now and then.
For those watching this drama streaming- there's a moment this episode where a character, who'd basically been allowed redemption earlier, attempts to do something very evil in flashback. This may seem offputting- the main reason this scene is in the drama is to provide a mini-cliffhanger for a commercial break. Also it lets us see more ghost powers. Yeah, it's dumb, but it's the goofy sort of dumb that inspires laughs, even if they're not intentional.
I think I've figured out why Hyeong-Joon is always talking to the spirit medium instead of just manifesting in front of Si-On directly and explaining stuff. The medium is his therapist. Or maybe drinking buddy? The difference is hard to tell, but I think if Hyeong-Joon had a corporeal body he's definitely need some booze. The guy just looks so constantly broken up and beaten down. Even for a dead guy.
And as it turns out this episode, he may have good reason to be. In a case of genuinely good writing, Si-on makes a discovery about the ghosts that has a lot of potential to wreck the storyline that's already been developed. Nothing about the gangsters, of course. I'm pretty sure that the gangster storyline can be resolved as soon as somebody remembers that assaulting and kidnapping police officers is against the law, and Geon-Woo and Si-On could both identify all the gangsters in a police line-up. No, this cliffhanger has the potential for much more interesting and difficult choices than that, and that's exactly what I need to keep going In Between poorly-planned fistfights.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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