After some vagaries Dong-soo makes clear to Yeong-dal that Yang-ha is the last brother, and from this point Yeong-dal spends most of the episode sulking. This is pretty understandable, given that they've spent most of the drama being horribly antagonistic to each other. Although I did find it curious that the scene where Yang-ha sent Yeong-dal to jail wasn't included. Personally I'd think that was the most humiliating put down in the relationship, not the one where the little brother mocks Yeong-dal's English.
Yang-ha, for his part, spends most of the episode begging for and receiving amends from his adoptive father. The sum result of all this is that the actual plot of "Triangle - Drama" is now at pretty much the exact same place it was before Yang-ha's dad decided to slow it down. For the most part the material here is filler, and while Yeong-dal's general sense of hesitation is understandable, it doesn't really come off as well with every other character in the story.
I suppose Jeong-hee does make some forward progress, although it really isn't the forward progress I'd like to see. Are we really going to end this drama with a wedding? There are plenty of dramas where that's appropriate, and this really isn't one of them. Although I did like Yeong-dal and Yang-ha taking a break right in the middle of the story to go on a hiking date. It was cute. Irrelevant, but cute.
Speaking of irrelevancies, apparently a lot of the outdoor shooting takes place in the Digital Media City district of Seoul. The result is that I keep feeling like Yang-ha's adoptive family owns a broadcasting conglomerate. Yes I'll admit it- my mind wandered a lot here, but that's because very little of any actual consequence happened this episode. Everyone just stands around talking about the things they're going to do- they rarely ever actually do anything
The result of this is that the few scheming scenes we do get tend to be very relaxing. It's nice whenever Yeong-dal stops his moping and deals with his subordinates and their subtle ways of managing and manipulating events. And it's also nice when we get to the end and Yeong-dal stops moping, finally makes up his mind on what to do, and we get a dramatic cliffhanger. Hopefully at least Yang-ha will have some decent emotional scenes next time. Or trickery. I'll take either one really.
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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