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And here it is. Time to say Goodbye to Gaksital! I don’t wanna! I can’t believe we’ve crossed 28 episodes so fast. The ratings once again passed it’s precedent to end at 22.9 and as always, the episode was packed with all the right elements. It’s like an end that symbolizes another beginning and in the life of Lee Kang To and Gaksital, it was truly befitting! I love the shot above-it depicts the essence of Kang To’s life so well!
Gaksital has come to avenge his personal vendetta against Kimura Taro and to help the cause of his comrades as well. Shunji finally faces Kang To once more but as always, their past and their feelings are too much for wither to ignore and neither of the two can truly bring themselves to deliver the final blow. In many aspects, Shunji is the hero of this episode as he surprises and stuns you when you thought that day might never come. He still may not be redeemable, but he’s not too far gone either! One wonders if this really is the happy ending for our long suffering hero or is this just the calm before the actual storm? Is there really no way for a freedom fighter to find happiness along with a cause? Must Kang To and Dan lose their everything-and each other for the sake of their cause?
Well, for all those who are holding out hope for a Shunji redemption will be receiving another shock in this episode. Still, can’t say how things might end. Who knows, he really may get a last moment redemption-not in the sense of complete turnover, but maybe in the sense that he’ll at least not kill his best friend. Yet, who knows?
기무라 타로를 일격에 쓰러트린 각시탈!
순간 뛰어 들어온 슌지의 눈에 피를 흘리며 쓰러진 아비의 모습이 보이고……
원한에 사무쳐 한 치도 물러설 수 없는 두 맹수의 치열한 싸움이 이어지는데…….
한편, 동진의 요새에서는
만세무장봉기를 성공적으로 이끌기 위한 계획들이 진행되고,
각시탈은 병사들을 확보하기 위해 징집된 학병들을 구출하기로 하는데…….
각시탈을 놓친 후, 동진의 아지트를 알아내기 위해 혈안이던 슌지는
각시탈이 동진결사대와 함께 경성시내에서 펼쳐질 학병환송식을 공격해서
학병들을 구출하기로 했다는 정보를 입수하는데……
Gaksital strikes down Kimura Taro.
Unable to control his burning rage, both engage in fierce fighting…
In Dong Jin’s camp,they begin to plan the manseh movement.
To ensure strength of the fighters, Gaksital decides to rescue the students who were to be drafted…
Kang To mutters, “From now on what will happen to Shunji?” as in flashback, he is shown running from the Kimura residence, Shunji hot on his heels and them both fighting. Mok Dan calls him “Young Master!” as in the fight, Kang To throws down his Gaksital weapons and takes off his mask. In voiceover, he says, “One day, Shunji and I will have no choice but to fight!”
Dong Jin and comrades discuss their plan and he says, “All we have to do now is to gather our troops and the Mansei movement will be all set to move into action.” Shunji whispers something to Koiso n there’s too much music in between so I can’t understand it. As Shunji stares out his office window, he mutters, “Alright, Lee Kang To… Let’s take this to the end!” Koiso brings two students to meet him-the students who are to be drafted for the army!
Dong Jin tells his comrades, “We must succeed!” and they hold hands together. In conference with the governor general, Wada is briefed by Yoshio, “Kimura Shunji is presently going after the Dong Jin’s death troops. This time we can be sure.” Wada excitedly asks, “Really?”
Shunji loads his gun defiantly, ready for a kill and in announcement to his officers, “This time, when we move out to the tiger’s den, make sure to catch Yang Baek, Dong Jin and Oh Mok Dan. But, I will kill Lee Kang To!”
With just two episodes left, Gaksital is delving into every character and conflict so well. For once, our hero is saved from the clutches of the enemy rather than having him save others. But the relief of knowing her Young Master is alright is soon downed for Dan when tragedy hits, too close to home. As always, losing a loved one gives you grief but more than that, it leads Dan to question her strong belief in giving all for the cause… And this series does what it does best-it shows you reality, and gives you answers…
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Shunji is torturing Park and shouts “You are also together in this with Lee Kang To! The tailor shop is your hideout, right?” Meanwhile, Deuksu brings Dan to see Kang To who worries if he is alright. Kangto tells her he is okay, “Now I don’t have to worry about being caught and being on the edge.” Yang asks, “Lure?” and meets with Damsari who says in voiceover, “Now let’s play cat and mouse with the Japanese.” He meets with Dan, teary, as if going on a mission again.
Shunji finds the hideout in the tailor shop and rips the Korean flag down. Koiso asks in voiceover were Lee Kang To used to stay and Abe replies, “Maybe in the house on the hill.” Abe is also crying. Koiso perks at that-hill? Shunji finds the cottage and the whole wall covered with the posters and news clippings Kang San collected.
Taro mutters, “Gaksital was indeed Lee Sun’s son!” Baek Gun comes wot meet Kang To with Deuksu and tells him, “From now on, I will follow Young Master everywhere like a shadow!” Shunji and Taro contemplate Kang To’s clippinds and Taro says, “That fellow will definitely come and find me very soon.”
Kang To tells Baek Gun in voiceover, “I have to fight.” He is shown jumping the boundary of Taro’s house and entering the house and a flashback as he says, “It seems the time has come for me to deal with Kimura Taro.”
Ugh, who else is saying a big no to the Taro mission?! It’ll be another confrontation between Kang To and Shunji because they expect him to go after Taro and Shunji is definitely not letting Kang To get away, not when he wants to kill him. Oh dear, my heart needs some rest!
Just one persons loss is so gut wrenching at times! Our hero and allies are getting smarter and more adept at outsmarting the enemy-moreover, they are together as comrades and ready to lay down their lives for the cause. We get to see fighters who are better than the enemy, even when outgunned. We get the satisfaction of seeing the enemy at a loss for once. And we finally get the definite picture of just how much our villain is gone onto the bad side and just how manipulative, how evil he truly is when it comes to taking what he wants.
The game only gets bigger and bigger. When you’re working towards such a goal as liberation, the fight never stays with one man alone. And when you pick up the cause of the people, the more the merrier. Like Damsari said, one egg may not make a difference against a boulder, but then again, there isn’t just one egg-there’s the whole Joseon nation that stands to defend itself. Slowly, things are set into motion for the final battle-it may be tomorrow, it may be a decade later, but what’s happening today is what will matter then!
Alright folks, here’s the recap for Episode 1 of Sungkyunkwan Scandal under collaboration between me and Raine from Raine’s Dichotomy! The episode recap is in maroon, my comments are in orange and Raine’s comments are in grey. If there’s too much confusion due to the style of writing or color contexts and all, let us know and we’ll try to come up with a better solution for the future recaps! As explained before, Episode 2 and all the other even number episodes will be recapped by Raine and posted on her blog, Raine’s Dichotomy but a link to the recaps will be posted here at Akiko’s once she posts them up! For now, join me and Raine as we delve into the world of the awesome Jalgeun Quartet and find out more about their adventures! 😉
Episode screen-caps credits go to Raine too! 🙂