An unexpected snag comes up to interfere with I-kyeong's plans. To the credit of writer Han Ji-hoon, I-kyeong doesn't respond with the increasingly annoying cliché of "I anticipated your every move". I-kyeong is genuinely surprised to meet resistance. But she expresses only the most minimum concern and never drops the poker face for a second. I-kyeong has to consider whether she has the right counters to the situation, and alter the plan accordingly if necessary. In the end, this is just business after all.
Se-jin is, odd though it may seem, more concerned with I-kyeong psychological welfare and countenance than I-kyeong herself. It's a little sad watching Se-jin make such a sincere effort to be a good friend, only to have I-kyeong rebuff her time and again. Although I suppose that is the entire point of her character. Goodness knows Se-jin and Gun-woo are far too reactive as characters to make much of a dent on actually influencing the plot directly.
Poor Gun-woo. He doesn't even get to be in the Japanese scenes this time, and all he really does is here is be the generally ineffectual superior to Se-jin who pretty clearly outclasses him in competence. Gun-woo is just such a non-entity there's times I wonder why he's in "Night Light" at all. Even random members of I-kyeong's team show more concern over the ongoing situation than he does.
My best guess as to how this might work long term is that Gun-woo knows I-kyeong thinks nothing of sentimental gestures. Se-jin hasn't figured this out yet. So Gun-woo is focusing on more tangible achievements in the hopes that it will impress I-kyeong into realizing that maybe using her evil genius to destroy the corporate world is not the best use of their talents. It does figure that just when we get a good idea what I-kyeong's plan is, that just leaves us wondering what exactly Gun-woo is planning in response to that.
The generally bad pacing doesn't help matters. We're really not at the points where clichés like "it's not the end it's the beginning" can be thrown out there. I don't think this is even the first time we've heard that one either. Even when director Lee Jae-dong is able to spotlight some peaks in the character relationships, he can't do much with the general sparseness of action. Whose idea was it to make this a twenty episode drama anyway?
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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