The closer Sang-mi and her saviors get to the truth and to a semblance of victory the more alert out villains become and this creates some situations which may soon end lives. Sang-hwan finally gets somewhere with his pleas for some official support and Guseonwon’s sordid past starts surfacing once more. There are things “Save Me” has not delivered, but ample suspense is not one of them.
Sang-mi’s (Seo Ye-ji) allies are in for a world of hurt, as seeing the finish line makes them careless. Jeong-hoon’s (Lee David) slip up could cost him his life, but it is not out of character for our naive savior. Dong-cheol’s (Woo Do-hwan) curiosity creates suspense and it fits his impulsive nature. While So-rin’s (Jeon Yeo-bin) oversight is big, I can see why our reporter would start slipping up with distractions around her.
Episode thirteen sees a lot of forward movement with certain characters and thankfully not all of it is dangerous or at least yet. I want to feel hope from Detective Lee (Jang Hyuk-jin), but he has met no opposition to his investigation yet. He has already been established as someone who will drop his duty on demand and I feel that there is a reason why the series has made that so very clear. My hope is that he will be too scared to bury a case he now realizes many outsiders know about.
It is officer Woo’s (Kim Kwang-gyoo) corruption which carries more weight, however and that is because of Jeong-hoon. Bribery makes him an accomplice, rather than just a lazy worker. However, it is his function in the series that I find most regretful. “Save Me” has sadly not made good use of several supporting characters. Dae-sik’s (Lee Jae-joon) outburst is a good indicator of their use as mere plot devices. From Joon-goo (Go Joon) to the lovely “noona” at the tavern (Choi Hyeok-joo), it is a shame seeing potentially fun characters go underutilized.
Even so, I can handle this disappointment when it comes to the world of Muji if we get through things with all major loose ends tied. If the aforementioned characters are given impactful scenes during their obvious one function in this story during the upcoming episodes, it will be a comfort. After all, the writer is a rookie and sometimes one’s vision can shrink a lot from conception to delivery.
As far as predictions on character fates go, I firmly believe Dong-cheol would die to save someone or everyone, although Jeong-hoon could be used as a narrative sacrifice to spare our more developed hero. So-rin’s fate is looking mighty grim as well. Whatever sacrifices happen, I look forward to the moment when Baek Jeong-gi (Jo Sung-ha) discovers how flammable he really is. I am counting on you, “Save Me”.
“Save Me” is directed by Kim Seong-soo, written by Jeong Sin-gyoo and Jeong I-do-I and features Taecyeon, Seo Ye-ji, Jo Sung-ha and Woo Do-hwan.
Written by: Orion from ‘Orion’s Ramblings‘
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