Cruel City – Episode 17

Cruel City, why are you so cruel to me?? I was willing to forgive the last episode because Jin Sook and Soo Min got the chance to kick butt a little. But this episode had them regressing into damsels that need to be rescued.

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Soo Min’s story arc really depresses me. Why does everyone have to leave her in the dark? Seriously, at any point her handler, Hyung Min, should’ve just explained that he was wrong about Doc’s Son. Like, explained THOROUGHLY, so we didn’t have to go through the melodrama of misunderstandings. I honestly still don’t know why Soo Min has no inkling of the fact that her sister dated Shi Hyun. Was their relationship that much of a secret when they were younger? How could Shi Hyun, who seems to be keeping tabs on EVERYTHING, have missed the fact that Soo Min was living with Kyung Mi?  Especially since he’s using her OTHER sister, to keep tabs on Prosecutor An, who by the way, is a welcome dose of comic relief as the jittery attorney with a drug problem.

Maybe I missed something in the sequencing of shots, but at the beginning of this episode, Jin Sook has sent Soo Min away with Shi Hyun’s phone number. She tells her to call him for help. However, before Soo Min does that, Hyun Soo swoops in to save Jin Sook from Pusan’s minions. He tells her that Doc’s Son told him to go to her. So, Doc’s Son already knew that Pusan would attack Jin Sook? Soo Min’s phone call was utterly pointless? Why does she take FOREVER to actually call him when she knows that her unni needs help?

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The one scene that stood out with intensity happened in the room which I will call the Game of Thrones room, as it seems that whoever manages to sit in the chair at the head of the table is in control of everything in the Kingdom of Meth. Pusan currently holds that position, and he delights in torturing his victims. For a show that blurs out knives, they really know how to make you believe that people are actually getting slashed. I had to look away a couple times. Poor Hyun Soo.

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I almost believed that they were going to kill off Jin Sook’s character.

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Luckily, Doc’s Son comes in to save everyone, even though he’s already downed two shots of whiskey per his alcoholic tendencies, and Hyung Min assists by arresting Pusan before anyone can get homicidal. However, as we know by now, you can’t get rid of the bad guys by throwing them in jail. Even with powder bags littering the floor and Scale’s body in the refrigerator, The Powers That Be assert that there is insufficient evidence to hold Pusan, and he’s transferred to a hospital due to “health problems.” Looks like my favorite baddie “Wooden Stick”, may get everything pinned on him. Anyone else having a hard time keeping a straight face when he goes batshit crazy in the interrogation room?

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It was kind of cool to see Soo Min in stealth mode, snooping around Doc’s Son lair.  Too bad she neglected to disable the security cameras. She also didn’t find ANY INTEL OF WORTH except for the sniper rifle which she mistakenly believes he used to kill her sister. ARGH. I understand she went through the police academy training while in jail, but her faulty conclusions and shoddy undercover acting are really starting to frustrate me. To get information, she spends ALL DAY asking Jin Sook about Shi Hyun?

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Soo Min has to redeem herself as a cop, or else there’s no reason for her to go back to the force. Please, Cruel City writers, give her a purpose and a chance to actually prove her worth!

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Even as a love interest she’s quickly losing her foothold. Shin Hyun’s reaction to Jin Sook’s impending death was much more dramatic and sincere than his pleading for Soo Min when she was at the mercy of Pusan. While I’m not sure they’ll ever go the romantic route since Jin Sook practically raised him after his mom died, their relationship is on such a deeper level than Soo Min could ever replicate. Other than a phone call, our OTP didn’t even have a chance to meet in this episode. Production resorted to a flashback of their steamy one night stand to remind us that they’re supposedly in love.  I’m not convinced anymore. Especially since they now have an uphill battle to clear up misunderstandings, get past Shi Hyun’s Oedipus complex, and find time to take down a politically enforced drug ring. We really need Doc’s Son and Soo Min to get together again and show us that there’s still some sort of spark between them and that she’s not just the thorn at his side.

Three more episodes to go!

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