[Pexers Write-Ups] Shin Jun Tae’s World: Gladiators, Commandos and a Stray Dog Ep 20
What do gladiators, commandos and a stray dog have in common at Inspiring Generation?
They are all strugglers wanting to survive in the dangerous place called Shanghai in the 30’s.
GLADIATORS Jung Tae and Jae Hwa, once a tandem maybe can become bosom friends in the future have situated themselves on the opposite side of the arena. Bettors are crying for one of them to spill blood. It could have been a combat where the two were on equal footing if only Jae Hwa in all of his desperation to win didn’t use his steel claws. Only with the crowd hissing for him to remove them that it became a fair fight and enabled JT to deliver his deadly blows and kicks. Aoki observed that JJH knowing JT’s weakness of recent dislocated shoulders and yet did not use it to his advantage.
Winning is not everything for Jung Tae, he shed bitter tears after Seol Dong manipulated the result of the fight to favor the Hwangbang. The murderers were killed on the spot by Wang before Jung Tae could make the criminals expose the massacre’s mastermind and make it part of his coup d grace of revenge. While the old man publicly announced the new owner of the bangsamtong and the Club JT was able to extract a promise from the old man not to touch the Bangsamtong people again. In return he had to promise not to repeat embarrassing the old man. Seol Dong while embracing his “son” reminded him the club is HB territory and OK Ryeon is his hostage. Mo advised JT to understand “walls don’t crumble overnight.”
The loser JJH had to give up his position at the Club and Bangsamtong. It wasn’t easy for him do that given his back story of abandonment, extreme poverty and how he extricated himself out of it. He has gone a long way. He decided he no longer need to live in Bansamtong but not before handing JT his key to the safe containing damaging documents to crush the Hwangbang. His last instruction to his subordinates was to serve JT well -the new big Hyung. Both former leader and predecessor gave each other their respectful bows as well as the staff.
By saving the life of the banished sword man Shinichi, Aoki made him take a last order for Ill Gook Hwae- to infiltrate the Hwangbang and become the SUICIDE ASSASIN COMMANDO OF ONE- to kill Seol Dong. He brought the document from the Japanese military they knew Seol Dong wanted (in history Chiang Kai Shek was losing control in China because of his inability to halt the Japanese advances). Seol Dong had imagined if he could hand that document to Chiang he could be rewarded as becoming second in command.
Shinichi was clearly outnumbered when he failed his mission and was for beheading when Gaya, SUICIDE RESCUE COMMANDO OF ONE, appeared with the intention of saving him from the Hwangbang. Does she know she like Shinichi is already on the IGH short list for liquidation?
While everyone was busy with Shinichi and Gaya, Jung Tae had successfully climbed the walls of the Seolrak to do what is still unclear inside the place already off limits to him. Is it to kill his “father”or to save Ok Ryeon or both? He impromptu donned the black mask of a ninja assassin apparently moving on his own to become another SUICIDE COMMANDO OF ONE. Could Mo not be far behind in this latest JT daring move?
The last and the least of the struggler is our versatile, multiple alliance capable STRAY DOG -Doo Gyoo. Likened to a stray dog who eats anything, even leftovers and trash straight out of the garbage can. He adjust to any environment and for some reasons he easily gets into the inner circle of all camps. His is natural instinct to survive not learned from any spy academy but out of sheer necessity. Perhaps he did not evolve well for he does not have in his social DNA any form of loyalty such that the canine specie might even reject him.
AS IG nears to its finale episode (24) perhaps we can start speculating who is likely to remain the last man/woman standing. It is not always the hero/heroine.of the drama.