Moo-yeong is proven right in his worry over Daehan’s dedication to the truth and So-ra is furious, albeit no longer surprised about the prosecution’s manipulation. Moo-yeong makes his move and stages a special trial for Park Eung-mo, but its grim ending shakes things up for our leads. This commotion sparks some reunions which not everyone is ready for, but which need to happen.
I am pleasantly surprised to see Moo-yeong’s (Namgoong Min) identity exposed to his fellow justice fighters so early on. I expected him to be a masked vigilante for a good while and for the discovery of his identity to come with the usual plot-dragging dramas love. Seok-min (Yoo Joon-sang) and So-ra (Eom Ji-won) finding out so soon takes care of that worry. I particularly love how Seok-min knows right away, as it emphasizes his bond with the brothers.
I like that the drama is exploring the connections between the characters on the good side. Aside from Seok-min’s love for Moo-yeong and his guilt over the past, we get to see a little more about So-ra’s original trust in Moo-yeong and his righteous ways. Dramas forcing everything into the personal is a pet peeve of mine and while I do not want So-ra to have a past trauma or be anyone’s childhood sweetheart, I do hope her firm and honorable principles will be explored and maybe challenged.
Seeing Seok-min and So-ra reunite with Moo-yeong is great, but my personal favorite reunion involves my soft spot of a character, Dong-sik (Jo Hee-bong). The man acts as the voice of reason and the glue that keeps Moo-yeong and now Seok-min together and stops them from “drowning in a spoonful of water”, as we say in my country. He is the voice of common sense and the viewer, giving the heroes who are too busy brooding some much needed clarity over fundamentally simple matters.
Not everything is perfect in the land of “Falsify”, of course. I do feel the urge to roll my eyes at Park Eung-mo’s (Park Jeong-hak) death by oopsie. Moo-yeong and the killer are either omnipresent or they could predict Park would go up this specific building. The idea of trial by the public is a big can of worms and the scenes are otherwise interesting, but I could do without magical teleporting abilities.
Speaking of the public, as horrible as Tae-won (Moon Sung-keun) may be, he is right about the lack of dedication in the masses. People care, the masses just want something to feel engaged through. When the noise dies out, so does does their will to fight. On the other hand, the people who care keep going. I look forward to seeing how our heroes who care find justice.
“Falsify” is directed by Lee Jeong-heum, written by Kim Hyeon-jeong-IV and features Namgoong Min, Yoo Joon-sang, Eom Ji-won and Moon Sung-keun.
Written by: Orion from ‘Orion’s Ramblings‘
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