Yong Pal ~ Episode 1 Recap [TriAngle]
“One way to get out of a nightmare is to wake up.
But if I can’t wake up the nightmare continues and turns into another reality.
And that reality won’t end until he calls my name.”
Generic South Korean romantic comedies don’t seem to work for me lately and i decided to dive into darkness to find some drama-bliss. Truth be told, i had no expectations from Yong Pal and maybe it’s better that way. When you don’t expect anything you may be pleasantly surprised in the beginning or in the process and the first episode of Yong Pal was intriguing enough to make me want to write about it!
Joo Won is Kim Tae Hyun who’s an unerring surgeon by day. At night he turns into the healing redeemer of everyone willing to pay as soon as it remains between them far away from hospitals and the law. He’s better known as Yong Pal. It’s not like he woke up one day and thought of making money, he’s got his own reasons and his family is above everyone, even himself. Instead of being chased by loan sharks, he tries to pay his debt by working as Yong Pal in order to be able to keep helping his sister’s kidney dialysis.
On the other side of the fence, Han Yeo Jin (Kim Tae Hee) has more money than one could ever imagine and that was the reason why she and her boyfriend found themselves in a car chase with him passing away and her suffering from a severe form of depression that’s not willing to leave her side until she meets her loved one in the afterlife. Han Do Joon (Jo Hyun Jae) who’s her brother and other shareholders of the colossus company she owns are after he property as she’s in a hi-tech VIP hospital room in a coma while her mind is still conscious of the environment’s stimulus.
∠ ~ Tae Hyun’s daily life.
When he’s not training interns which is actually his own method to find out who comes from a wealthy family he’s the hand that heals when others fail. Chief Surgeon Lee (Jung Woong In) needed Tae Hyun’s help to clean up the mess he created inside a VIP patient’s body. Tae Hyun could only be successful and it’s something that makes things tense between them since the professor’s pride is severely hurt. Tae Hyun is a money-making machine. He’s got his own salary as a doctor, he’s got his own profit as Yong Pal and since he’s the one saving VIP patients’ lives he always follows a very specific method to make the patients’ wealthy families be ultimately thankful towards him and gently enforces them to make a “donation” which always ends up in his and his colleague’s pockets! Extorting money the envelope way fuels even more Chief Surgeon Lee’s shattered ego, but Tae Hyun always has his own way to prevent him from proceeding since he does the same thing as well in this corrupted world.
∠~ Yong Pal’s nightlife.
Everything begins with the irritating “answer now, answer quickly” ringtone and Tae Hyun’s put in the ice for Yong Pal to awaken. He is the ultimate blessing of everyone who wants to get treated in the shadows. Others have a backpack when they go on a journey, Yong Pal has his own ultra-surgery backpack with him. Any place is the right place for a surgery and if you’re in Young Pal’s hands you’re in good hands anyway no matter how stressing the situation may be. He usually treats criminals and gang members who can’t visit the hospital because this would mean the end of their underworld career behind bars. No matter how hard the police force may work to find the criminals’ traces Yong Pal ruins their plans with his sharper than his scalpel skills. He’s methodical and since he works with them many times he has marked them to know their blood type in case it’s needed!
It’s not always as easy as it appears to be for two reasons. The first one is the fact that the police force appears to be better than usual in the world of dramas. The second has to be the fact that you don’t mess with people of the underworld, an order is an order and Yong Pal has to comply if he wants to keep on living, especially when it’s about the life of the gang boss, Doo Chul (Song Kyul Cheol). Once he took care of his gunshot wound the police invaded the strip club and close combat erupted. Under the circumstances, Yong Pal was the one to help Doo Chul escape. He’s not only a skilled surgeon, but a skilled driver as well as he rammed the police cars one after the other and since there’s no other way out he injects epinephrine on himself and Doo Chul and they jump off the bridge!
∠~ Familial love.
It’s not like Tae Hyun wants to be rich to show off or become someone. He comes from a poor family background, but that background was the one to forge tight bonds between the family members. Tae Hyun deeply loves his mother and sister and that’s the reason why he’s on a money-making frenzy. It’s all about familial love and he wants to preserve it at all costs. He can’t stand seeing his mother being sad and working hard and most and above all he doesn’t intend to stand still before his sister’s illness. All the money he makes are to pay off his debt due to his sister’s treatment, but it’s also to be able to keep the healing process going on until she gets well. The scenes with his mother at home and his sister at the hospital were intense and you could sense why he risks his life in multiple ways for a higher cause. It may seem egoistical to someone, but such is love sometimes in its most unconditional aspect when you care so much about your loved ones’ well-being. It doesn’t derive from ambition, it’s all about love so that their smiles will shine differently one day.
◎ ~ Circular view.
A drama that starts with pain, so much pain, well, you expect it to pay you back all along the way to the very end! It’s a world filled with corruption from doctors to company shareholders and people of the underworld and everyone’s looking after his own gain. We haven’t seen much about Tae Hee’s character but we got a generic view of what to expect. We have yet to find out more about her condition and her probable intentions to find out who were after her and her boyfriend in the first place while still trying to preserve her own wealth and power without offering it to the hunting dogs around her.
As opposed to Tae Hyun, she’s got money, but not familial love and harmony whereas Tae Hyun lacks the first aspect while supporting to the fullest the second one. It’s going to be a strong collaboration. Yong Pal comes from the director of Modern Farmer and the screenwriter of Reset, i haven’t watched either of them, but the story already feels intriguing and the cinematography is representative of the daily clinical ambiance and the thick darkness by nighttime.The special internal organ effects and hi-tech presentation of facilities are quite interesting and the time has arrived to enter the world of the second episode!