This is an episode of choices and realization that centers around Dae-cheol. The character arcs move in relation to his personal journey, which is lazy writing or perhaps desperate writing as we head into the final week of "Masked Prosecutor".
Dae-cheol is heart broken several times in this episode as his living family continue to disappoint him . His brother has crossed over to the dark side and his mother repeatedly uses him and abandons him. Fortunately for Dae-cheol, her emotional manipulations no longer work to sway him; they hurt, but they don't sway. The pain incites Dae-cheol to indulge in some schadenfreude when he sees Hyun-woong and their mother suffering from the results of their lies and deceptions, much like Hyun-woong. But more than that small reflection of similarity between the brothers, this episode showcases the power of choice. Dae-cheol had initially been on a mission of revenge, but he now seeks justice. Hyun-woong had a choice to follow a different path than his deceptive parents, but he chose to mimic them according to his perverted sense of family and destiny.
Hyun-woong is a character whose trajectory doesn't fit his development onscreen. Had the show wanted him to turn sour, it should've shown him with the qualities that would've brought him to that point: indecisive, dependent on his family and their wealth. These were shown in minutiae, but it wasn't made clear. Now he's a hardened villain and his transformation into that villain was unpleasant and shocking, which could be a good thing, but it's not.
Anything to do with Min-hee has been botched. Her trauma from her birth and her strained relationship with Sang-taek have been seemingly benched. Very little mention of it has been made save for her sweet relationship with her younger sister. Also, she discovers that Dae-cheol is the masked man and we don't get to see the process or the realization. We only get a speech that was so anticlimactic that it made me wonder if I had missed a scene. When she calls Dae-cheol's name while he's masked it stirred no emotional responses. That realization should've had a marked emotional impact on the viewer. It was decidedly anticlimactic. I felt nothing save for disappointment.
Dae-cheol is the only person making any sort of logical, emotionally powerful strides. He has chosen to seek justice rather than revenge for his father, and for himself. Ri-na is just a character who bolsters Dae-cheol or provides an opponent to Min-hee. I had really wanted to see her become her own person rather than a plot tool.
For the last week I anticipate Hyun-woong's conclusion and perhaps Dae-cheol finding peace with his family situation. I'm not as confident about Min-hee's storyline. But we shall see.
Written by: Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'
Journalist, drama lover, and foodie, Lisa enjoys exploring Korea, speaking the language, and soaking in all that dramaland has to offer. Her Korean husband laughs that she knows more than he ever will about dramas and K-pop. Lisa Espinosa can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 14"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.