'The K2' is only getting better as episode 6 sent viewers into a frenzy. Daring escapes, druggings, the truth behind a terrible past finally revealed, a possible death and even a touch of romance - the plot got crazy, real quick! 'The K2' is becoming a show best saved before dinner time because all my meals have gone cold as I watch each scene with undying anticipation of what's to come.
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In episode 5, Je Ha is entering 'Cloud 9,' a secret base below J.S.S. Security. While I was awaiting deathly attacks, some sort of unique training facility - anything epic - I was left puzzled as it was just a spacious, glass box where Yoo Jin has her meetings. Boring.
Although it seemed a bit pointless, there was more than meets the eye in this case. Turns out this glass box called 'Mirror' is actually an AI interface, which stores all the secrets and information involving the Korean government and important people, that only obeys Yoo Jin's voice commands. The glass box is also bullet proof and soundproof, making it virtually impossible for any information to be leaked unless done so by someone present. The writer's imagination goes above and beyond with some of the gadgets in this show... unless, they do exist?
This the look that Nicki Minaj is talking about when she says "The panties coming off - off!"
Before Je Ha enters the room, Yoo Jin makes you lose all emotions of pity towards her as she shows her bitch side again. Yoo Jin reveals her plan to take out the other CEOs by staging accidents, firing and preventing them from acquiring jobs, revealing sex tapes of cheating CEOs to their family and kids (Like, WTF?! Girl, you so crazy! I swear to the LAWD!), and creating lawsuits against them. Everything continued to escalate as the characters, including myself, were in utter disbelief - but they still follow through with her commands.
I will say that this drama is excellent at exaggerating Yoo Jin's power, both politically and manipulatively. I also enjoy that, although loyal, you can see the clear disgust or discontent in her subordinates faces. I wonder if any of these characters are awaiting her downfall as much as we are?
She got a mean side eye. Thank God she is not my boss.
Out of this whole episode, the scene in the glass box is the most deeply rooted scene into Je Ha's past so far and we must revisit it. Yoo Jin offers Je Ha the opportunity to ask Mirror any question he'd like as long as he answered her this, "What is your reason for wanting to kill Park Gwan Soo?" Good question, Yoo Jin. Yet again, she plays another game, but I am always taken aback by Je Ha's willingness to bend, give in, and show Yoo Jin more of himself. Perhaps this information is just too priceless to pass up?
As the scene carries out, the audience already thinks they are in the know, but we learn even more than we could expect about Je Ha's story. His lover, Raniya, was killed for interpreting classified information that others weren't meant to hear, that we know of. But what caught everyone off guard is that it turns out Park Gwan Soo sold weaponry to these criminals in Iraq in exchange for something vital.
After negotiations, Park Gwan Soo had the gang leader kill Raniya and they even attacked and framed Je Ha to make it look like he did it! Sufferin' succotash, that's despicable! Afterwards, even the Black Stone Ops. unit turned against Je Ha and imprisoned him.
Quite an impressive performance of rage, sadness and despair all at once!
Luckily, Je Ha was able to escape, hide out with refugees, travel through Turkey and hide out again in Spain before returning to Korea. The most emotional turning point of this episode is when Je Ha reveals the worst - before leaving the room Je Ha tells Yoo Jin he was the one who introduced Raniya to the Black Stones and got her involved in this mission.
If I had a soul, I honestly would've cried during that flashback scene as he lays over Raniya's lifeless body in the desert sands. This whole episode was just devastating and it was only 30 minutes in!
Episode 6 is probably one of the most unforgettable episodes in the series so far as it contained so much excitement and confidential information in so little time. Every transition lead into something more dramatic, breathtaking, and unexpected - which is a winning style I look for in K-dramas.
While all this digging into Je Ha's storyline was happening, Anna escaped! She pulled a fast one on J4 by drugging her tea and going into her room to steal her earpiece, uniform, badge, wallet and sunglasses. She might be more of a badass than Je Ha! While I thought the sunglasses were just for a sense of fashion, Anna planned ahead as it was actually to protect her from flashing lights that cause her episodes.
Episode 6 uncovered a lot regarding everyone's past, but Anna's is as ambiguous as ever. Anna's reasons for escape is precious as she plans to meet her father at a church funeral he is attending. Yet, we all know that her father has no intention or desire to see her. I think the bitter relationship between Anna and Jang Se Joon is more realistic and intensified since it is left unanswered.
Although Anna's flashbacks portray Jang Se Joon in a loving light, it raises suspicions among viewers as we wonder why there was a sudden change? Is it really because of Yoo Jin's doing or is is it affecting his own agenda, image, and presidency?
Future episodes will bring peace to our minds once Anna and Jang Se Joon finally confront each other, but until then it makes for a great thought-provoking portion of the drama. If the drama just hands out answers, there is nothing to discuss after all.
I pout this way on first dates that suck, too.
While there are still things left to discuss such as Anna's confrontation at the church and even visiting the old photo studio and uncovering her family secrets, let's talk about the kiss scene between Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook) and Anna (YoonA) instead!
While the scene was completely left field, it was also pretty tame. We all believed that Anna was having another mental episode regarding her past, as she seemed short of breath and suddenly collapsed. Unbeknownst to just about everyone, Anna has a strawberry allergy and Je Ha brought her strawberry ice-cream. #YouDonGoofed
The way the rest of the situation carried out was meant to be more unique I'm sure, but no matter how many times they slowed down the moment, replayed the scene from different angles and gave it a romantic blurred filter, it seemed lame to me. It wasn't overdone and sugar coated in romance but resuscitating someone is not romantic either.
In the end, it wasn't an actual kiss kiss (as 4th grade as that sounds) and I think viewers can agree. It happened... but not really. I will be expecting an intense, dramatic kiss scene in the future episodes to come! My bets on episode 8. Until then, we will be waiting at our computers wondering if true love's kiss (and an ambulance) will awaken Anna and save her from her strawberry death.
*Whispers gently* "Kiss me, you fool."