Cruel City – Episode 16

Have to say, I was a little disappointed in this episode. It was still great, but there were a few irregularities that didn’t really gel with the film noir genre which I really love about this series. Production needs to keep the atmosphere mysterious, instead of spelling everything out for us.

The relationship between Soo Min and Hyeong Min has stalled. They interact like co-workers –

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At best, siblings –

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Can’t really see a love triangle forming with them and Shi Hyun. Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 12.19.26 PM

But this bromance has potential. Anyone else think Doc’s Son might be an alcoholic?
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When Soo Min decides to go back under Jin Sook, Hyeong Min barely tries to stop her, even though Doc’s Son explicitly told him to get rid of his undercover. She’s also just recuperated  from a mission where she could’ve died from an OD. I guess from the beginning, Hyeong Min always knew his little “sister” was a gangster and nothing he said or did could stop her, but his passive behavior seemed a bit off.

Cut to Soo Min’s next task – staking out a hostess bar so she can bring in a professor, aka meth lab production expert. Of course, it’s a trap set by Pusan, and our two leading ladies team up to escape. What is going on with Jin Sook’s outfit here? Is she going to a drug deal or the county fair?

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While I’m on wardrobe, Soo Min’s undercover outfits were great as usual, but all the lingering camera shots of her seemed a bit excessive. Especially the shot of her merely walking to her car. I love a good fashion show as much as the next girl, but come on now.

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Soo Min and Hyeong Min really need to work on maintaining their undercover profiles. There’s so much potential here to milk their fake relationship, but for whatever reason, the writers decided to bypass that avenue.   Jin Sook still hasn’t suspected Soo Min of being a narc?

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Having Jin Sook bring Soo Min to Doc’s Son lair was probably done to build more tension, but it did seem like a wildcard move by our normally adept noona. I’d justify it as a girlish desire to show off her “lover” to her little sister. Afterall, Jin Sook hasn’t had a lot of time to develop female friendships, she probably cherishes Soo Min so much because she craves that kind of relationship. Meanwhile, Hyun Soo is fiercely protective of Doc’s Son, so naturally he’s averse to Soo Min. It’ll be interesting to see how this hostility pans out.

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We have the unnecessary second beat of Soo Min leaving Doc’s Son hideout, and voicing her thoughts out loud. Yeah, we don’t need that. Gyu Ri is a good enough actress to show us in her facial expressions that she gets it, something’s up with the location. We don’t need her to verbalize it. We also don’t need a frickin’ arrow on the wall pointing out the way to Doc Son’s lair.

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I’ve really enjoyed Soo Min as the femme fatale so far, but she needs to get back on her game. From the previews for the next episode, it looks like we can finally look forward to her figuring out Shi Hyun’s true identify. I just really hope the writers give us an actual confrontation instead of a drawn out melodrama of miscommunications.

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