Last ~ Episode 10 Review [TriAngle]
“They say that everyone is born with two wolves fighting within them.
One wolf represents greed, jealousy and pride
While the other one represents righteousness, sacrifice and morality.
Those two wolves fight inside the person’s heart until that person’s dying day.
The wolf you feed the most will be the one to win.”
∠ ~Corridors of betrayal.
Even though Tae Ho reassured Straw Cutter he never met Sergeant Bae for a duel and that he has nothing to do with his disappearance Straw Cutter still wanted Tae Ho to prove his innocence. The only way to do it was to finish the duel that was supposed to take place with Straw Cutter fighting on Sergeant Bae’s behalf. Heung Sam insisted Straw Cutter’s going against the rules by challenging a lower-ranking member, but Straw Cutter pointed out he’s just an occasional substitute and Tae Ho accepted the challenge. Even though his skills could never reach Straw Cutter’s monstrous power he intends to fight and win the duel for Heung Sam’s sake. Most and above all, he will fight for his own life and ambitions in order to become a reliable successor to Heung Sam.
Until Heung Sam finds the life insurance paper he can’t lay a hand on Straw Cutter, but after he does a house cleaning process within the Seoul Seven ranks feels essential. Straw Cutter became aware that Tae Ho’s fighting skills weren’t enough to beat Sergeant Bae and at this very moment Tae Ho feels like a piece of cake. Right before leaving, Jong Goo in his suit passed by Mi Joo’s bar to let her know of his intentions. Whether he finds Eun Ji in Busan or not, after he returns he will leave Seoul Station once and for all. He won’t ask her to leave with him, but he wants her to think things over once again until he comes back. He doesn’t want any promises, all he wants from her is to give it a second thought. Everyone’s concerned about Tae Ho and Hae Jin can’t believe he’s going to face Straw Cutter, everyone except for Na Ra who’s unaware of the latest flow of events. After a short duel with her grandmother she went by the flowerbed to wait for Tae Ho who never appeared because he was preparing himself for the forthcoming combat.
The night doesn’t flow easily for Straw Cutter and Tae Ho, the first one got alerted by a noisy cat and the second one was losing himself in nightmares. Heung Sam was in a like-minded state since an earthquake devastated Seoul Station in one of his nightmares. Since his favorite vinyl isn’t among the living there’s no proper nighttime balsam for his soul, but he can progress his own plans and he intends to take care of Crocodile and Poison Snake while Praying Mantis will keep an eye on Straw Cutter. If they don’t succeed Tae Ho will be a dead man. Heung Sam’s at Mi Joo’s bar waiting for Poison Snake and Crocodile to appear. She wants him to let her know of Eun Ji’s location and give Jong Goo the chance to start his life anew. Heung Sam refers to a recent conversation he had with Jong Goo who didn’t care about his own life, all he wanted was for Mi Joo to be set free. Both Jong Goo and Mi Joo are the people Heung Sam likes the most, but they are the people who want to leave his side the most at the same time.
Praying Mantis took the letter. Tae Ho’s heading towards the duel location whereas Na Ra still tries to find him after she became aware of what’s going on. At the same time, Heung Sam orders Poison Snake and Crocodile to make things right if they want to repent. Jong Goo returned earlier than expected and he wants to duel with Straw Cutter. This isn’t the right timing to piss him off and once he recalled Jong Goo’s left side hadn’t recovered he delivered a powerful blow which left him bleeding on the ground. Straw Cutter doesn’t really want to take care of Tae Ho, but he has to in order to fight back Heung Sam’s ravenous greed and make him recall the trust and loyalty upon which Seoul Station was built.
∠ ~Treachery’s jackknife.
The drink Crocodile gave to Straw Cutter at the factory which was supposed to be the new duel location was poisoned and once Straw Cutter fought back Praying Mantis appeared with his favorite jackknife. He will take care of everything on his own whether it will be the fast and painless way or the drawn out and most painful way. Tae Ho’s on the rooftop waiting for Straw Cutter and he’s all alone by himself until he receives a phone call from Heung Sam letting him know that Straw Cutter won’t be able to meet him. The fight at the factory is fierce and no matter how hard Straw Cutter fights he’s already weakened by the “drink” and Praying Mantis has his favorite “friend” on his hands. It’s already a lost fight even though Straw Cutter fought like a lion and under any other circumstances Straw Cutter would have taken care of Praying Mantis.
Right before inflicting the fatal blow on Straw Cutter, Tae Ho appeared and started fighting with Praying Mantis. Through their conversation Straw Cutter found out that Praying Mantis was the one who silenced Sergeant Bae under Heung Sam’s orders. Thanks to Tae Ho Straw Cutter’s life was spared. Heung Sam has already in his hands Straw Cutter’s life insurance but he’s not worried at all. After having been severely betrayed by everyone while the only one to save him was Tae Ho, Straw Cutter will suffer from immense shock and his mind will be in chaos. Even though Heung Sam was the one to inform Tae Ho on Straw Cutter’s location he didn’t expect that reaction. He’s much more stubborn and loyal to his choices than Heung Sam expected and he’s actually praising his capabilities in his own way.
∠ ~Cracked mirrors.
Tae Ho’s at the health center and he’s apologetic for not appearing when he was supposed to meet Na Ra, but what really concerns her is the fact that he promised he wouldn’t hurt himself or people around him, but he did. Na Ra’s enraged at Tae Ho’s attitude, but he points out he can’t keep watching the increasing number of people who plot his demise. Na Ra simply can’t keep feeling uneasy or being afraid of what could happen to him and urges him to keep a close eye on the wolf he feeds the most within his heart. Jong Goo’s by Straw Cutter’s side. He can’t believe Heung Sam has become this way and he intends to leave Seoul Station since there’s nothing left to protect there. Straw Cutter wants Jong Goo to stay at Seoul Station and do his best for old times’ sake.
Tae Ho arrives at the penthouse and Heung Sam points out that trust is what moves the world and no matter what the job is it must be entrusted in trustworthy people. Tae Ho believes that Heung Sam will let him survive even if he disobeys him and he points out that had Straw Cutter gotten silenced that way his reputation would had been harmed. It would had been a negative occurrence at the most crucial moment of the project since all that remains is for the final draft of the contract to get signed. While he was leaving he met Mi Joo and Tae Ho always has a way of setting her mind aflame! Both of them have the privilege of seeing Heung Sam anytime and since she gives the cold shoulder to Jong Goo while Tae Ho himself tries not to be so close to him either it’s something that makes them kindred spirits in a manner of speaking!
Heung Sam gave Mi Joo Eun Ji’s address and with this Jong Goo can leave Seoul Station once and for all. Straw Cutter’s departure is fresh and his wish to do the best he can while staying behind echoes in Jong Goo’s mind. Mi Joo and Jong Goo are at the grandmother’s restaurant and Mi Joo informs him that she won’t leave with him. She hands him over Eun Ji’s location as her last gift to him. Jong Goo tore apart the address and informed her that he intends to stay at Seoul Station in an attempt to make things better. He wouldn’t like to find his daughter while being unable to take care of himself. Jong Goo will thank Mi Joo when he feels ready to find Eun Ji. As for now he doesn’t approve of Heung Sam’s greed in Seoul Station and he will try to awaken the good old Heung Sam.
Se Hoon and Jung Min arrive at Tae Ho’s hideout. Tomorrow the project will be officially announced and all essential figures will be present. Things had started getting interesting between Se Hoon and Tae Ho until Se Hoon’s phone rang and the ringtone was exactly the same as the song on Heung Sam’s vinyl. Jung Min thinks that Tae Ho’s plan is pathetic, but he tends to differ. He’s aware of her own plan trying to promote Se Hoon to her father’s eyes so that she’ll inherit the company. Once things got a bit tense he urged her to learn Se Hoon better and read through the lines. Jung Min and Se Hoon’s quarrel created a chasm between them while Tae Ho was making the ringtone and vinyl connection in his mind.
Jong Goo’s back at his base to find Tae Ho practicing there. Straw Cutter was thankful towards Tae Ho and he left behind the key to the locker without any further details since he wanted Tae Ho to find the answers on his own. However, Tae Ho learned something interesting from Straw Cutter, the less he knows about Heung Sam the longer he can stay by his side and he doesn’t intend to betray him. Jong Goo informs him that Straw Cutter wasn’t the one who killed that man 5 years ago but Heung Sam. It’s something that made Tae Ho have some second thoughts on Heung Sam’s real face behind the mask.
◎ ~ Circular view.
The 10th one was the episode of redefinition, house cleaning, disappointment, betrayal and awakening. There were so many feels i don’t know from where to start and where to end, but the most important ones came from characters you never expect they’d leave such an impact upon you.
Heung Sam’s greed is all over the place, the more his conquering campaign progresses the more ruthless he becomes. If one has to crack his empire he will have to strike its weak foundations and the only one to do it is Tae Ho. He gradually puts the pieces together and if he wants to emerge victorious he will have to go after Se Hoon. Heung Sam’s greatest passion eventually betrayed a few secrets that were bound to remain in silence.
Na Ra’s desire to keep Tae Ho and people around him safe from harm burns brighter with every passing episode. Given the circumstances and Tae Ho’s choices even though he promised not to he’s bound to walk upon the road he keeps constructing day by day with his decisions. Even though he wasn’t ready he decided to accept Straw Cutter’s challenge.
Deep inside, Tae Ho knew that Heung Sam won’t leave him all alone, but he had no other choice but to accept the challenge in the first place. It was a matter of honor, but he also wanted to prove himself worth of Heung Sam’s trust and make sure he will be treated as a worthy opponent if and when that moment arrives. If Tae Ho can’t overcome obstacles thrown his way he won’t be able to reach the top of the hierarchy.
Jong Goo didn’t want to pressure Mi Joo. If she’s not willing to follow him it will be a respectable decision, but he wanted to give her a second chance just in case she changed her mind. Mi Joo watching him leave was a heartrending scene, it felt as if she was preparing herself for the last time she will watch him walking away.
The presentation of our figures’ nighttime was once again exceptional and tormenting in its very own way. Straw Cutter was expecting Praying Mantis and he couldn’t be at ease, Tae Ho’s forthcoming end was all over the place in his nightmares, but Heung Sam’s dream world wasn’t that elegant either. Seeing Seoul Station collapsing before his very eyes was a very palpable scenario and protecting Tae Ho and taking Straw Cutter out of the picture while maintaining the “unity” within the remaining ranks of Seoul Seven was something that must be done.
Heung Sam acknowledges that the more he was securing his own wealth and power the more he was nurturing a menacing environment within the Seoul Station. The only two people he likes and trusts are Jong Goo and Mi Joo, they are the less threatening and their past is deeper, all they want is one another’s well-being while sacrificing themselves for one another. And that’s the reason why they are the people who want to leave Heung Sam’s side. All three together can’t co-exist in one man’s penthouse heaven while all the outskirts are perishing in the flames of hell. Heung Sam is like a sane and overambitious version of Nero in his own Rome in a manner of speaking.
Jong Goo tried to protect Tae Ho but his condition would never let him enter a proper duel in order to postpone the inevitable. The real reason in Straw Cutter’s Tae Ho hunting season wasn’t Tae Ho himself. Taking Tae Ho out of the picture would be a proper demonstration of everything Heung Sam forgot to preserve and an immense blow upon Heung Sam’s greed as Tae Ho is the leading brigade of his plans. It was his only chance to remind him the good old days when loyalty and comradeship were walking hand in hand and Seoul Station wasn’t a one-man business and one man’s ambition, but a brotherhood where backstabbing wasn’t even an option.
Once again, Na Ra was the last one to find out what was going on and it shatters her within when we get into consideration how much she cares about Tae Ho. All these critical news turn her into the last recipient because the man who suddenly became a part of her life cares for her and would never want to put her in danger.
Straw Cutter would be able to take down Poison Snake and Crocodile one after the other in one blow respectively. Crocodile is the sliest one and Poison Snake always falls for his tricks, there’s still a sense of loyalty within him, but his companion isn’t the finest and the urge to silence Tae Ho is strong, but what is stronger is their own life. They would do just anything to keep on living even though they caused all this mess in the first place. The moment Straw Cutter noticed what was going on his stare was utterly representative of everything that had already started collapsing deep inside.
Straw Cutter was the last proud lion of Seoul Seven with deep belief in loyalty. He had to be prevented from roaring otherwise Heung Sam’s empire would get ruined. Praying Mantis is fast and a silent assassin, but he’s no match for war machines like Straw Cutter who use only their hands. Without his jackknife Praying Mantis is like salad without vegetables, but he’s more than skilled in his own field. He would never be able to take care of Straw Cutter without the effect of the drink. I can’t wait to find out the reason why the person his serves inside the penthouse is his own god on earth.
Tae Ho’s presence saved Straw Cutter from the fatal blow. He didn’t want anyone to interfere in his personal affairs and if this was his own duel he wanted to preserve righteousness to the fullest. His mind is sharper than his fists and he knows that, that’s why he uses it according to plan. He used the circumstances according to his favor and presented his decision to save Straw Cutter as an attempt to maintain Heung Sam’s name unsoiled right before the project contract getting sealed.
Heung Sam already knows by now that if Tae Ho becomes his opponent he will be the strongest one, not physically but mentally. He may be upgrading his fists from time to time, but his real power lies within his brain and ambitions, the are inseparable parts of his personality and that’s how he strikes. Tae Ho keeps hunting high and low and Se Hoon through Jung Min is the pathway he intends to walk upon. Hunting down Heung Sam directly won’t profit him at this very moment, delivering an indirect blow on Se Hoon will make things more interesting.
Just like Heung Sam predicted, Straw Cutter’s shock was heart-shaking the moment he realized there was nothing left to protect at Seoul Station as it doesn’t feel like home anymore. It wasn’t only about Praying Mantis’ stabs, he was stabbed in the back both by Crocodile and Poison Snake who lured him in their own plan to eventually try to get rid of him. On top of that, the number one of the Seoul Seven for whom Straw Cutter put his life on the line and went to jail on his behalf was the one behind everything. There wasn’t any sense of brotherhood left to preserve and loyalty was long lost.
Jong Goo took Straw Cutter’s last wish into serious consideration. He has to fight for the beliefs that brought all of them together in the first place. If he has to use force, he will, but it will be with be fueled by love in order to make Heung Sam the one he used to be, not the one he became. He can’t afford to meet his daughter if can’t even take care of himself simply because he won’t be able to offer her nothing more than a troublesome life. Mi Joo’s devastated since she can’t protect Jong Goo even though she tried. She can’t change his mind, if she could she would had done so a long time ago. Na Ra will play her own part while bringing together the pieces of the paper Jong Goo tore apart.
If there’s something Tae Ho learned from Straw Cutter then it has to be the fact that the less he knows about Heung Sam the longer he can stay by his side. What he doesn’t know is that ignorance isn’t bliss in that very specific occasion and for one more time the weight of his words wasn’t relevant to the weight of his thoughts. He may possess skills and ambition, but he lacks experience on how things work at Seoul Station. He’s learned quite a few things throughout the episodes, but the fact that he’s being benefited by Heung Sam as his most favorite card at the moment prevents him from reading through the lines as he’s solely focused on his own plan and danger unawareness lurks in the corner.
Jong Goo’s always there to bring him back to reality even though he’s not always successful. The moment he found out that Heung Sam was the one who killed that man 5 years ago must have rang a bell. Heung Sam has many limbs and for every limb he wears a different mask, a mask who acknowledges every single limb’s weaknesses and plays accordingly on his very own multilevel chessboard.
“Like a lion unafraid of a noise,
Like the wind being unable to get caught in a net,
Like a lotus not tainted by fear,
One should be solitary on one’s path, a rhino’s horn.”