For all the teasing about consequences that "Black" has taken its sweet time to deliver, it sure is fast with getting to it after the latest warning. The reality of her meddling dawns on Ha-ram as she realizes the identity of the man she has saved while Black deals with his newfound sympathy. The past mysteries boil closer to the surface than ever, as Gwang-gyeon and Man-soo get on the case.
I can see possible hints of the extension curse in episode twelve, but I can definitely not call it slow, as the series gets back into high gear when it comes to revelations. "Black" has been a pause-and-rewind type of story, but it sometimes goes too fast for its own good and for audience retention. I welcome the change from padded, empty plots, but so much happens in this episode and I need a moment.
Most important right now is Ha-ram's (Go Ara) fate. Her capsule was opened before, but perhaps it does not count if not opened by a Reaper. The question is, does it have to be opened by the one assigned to her? Is there precedent for this? If not, perhaps we are about to find out what happens when a soul goes unclaimed. Ha-ram cannot be dead yet, but she can very well be undead; unable to move on until 444 (Song Seung-heon/Kim Tae-woo) returns.
However, we do not even know if this is due to the capsule at all. If Ha-ram is the child of a Reaper, she may have other skills. I have also wondered if this is the case with Leo (Kim Jae-young). He warns Lee Mi-so to be careful, yet again exhibiting foresight. He also survived overdosing in the hotel and does not seem concerned over his well-being at all. If these are hints to his nature, perhaps it includes the perk, or curse, of invincibility.
This means that the series will have to start becoming more focused on the supernatural elements and it is about time that it does. As we wait for that, we have a moment to decipher who is lying and why over Joon's (Lee Hyo-je) fate, although perhaps "BT" knows it the best. There are countless of series which seem to hope that viewers have forgotten previously delivered information when they change things up, but "Black" has been quite consistent.
I believe its opening scene is accurate and so is the vision of Joon's ghost soaking wet. My guess is that Moo-gang's (Choi Seung-hoon) heart failed him during the chase and that it was taken from a possibly injured Joon at 4:44 AM, 24 minutes after the hit-and-run. Seung-cheol (Lee Joon-seo) must have been the replacement. Far-fetched, but I am open to anything in a series about a psychic and a Reaper.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
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