Things are getting complicated and tiresome for everyone involved as Il-hwan’s arrest makes Jeong-il the next target for our heroes. Our villain fights tooth and nail for his safety and that means trying to out-bid Dong-joon for Soo-yeon’s good will. Soo-yeon on the other hand is after the safety of Taebaek for the sake of her father and her choices are limited.
I have rarely seen such a busy case of villains changing alliances like underwear. This time around it is Soo-yeon (Park Se-yeong) who finds herself between a rock and a hard place and there really is no easy way out of it. This is great to see, however, because she has already lost and choosing who backstabs her is a fitting punishment for all that she had done. Not that I would not welcome jail time as well, but this is a good start.
One thing I particularly like about the episode is that it remains consistent with Il-hwan (Kim Kap-soo). I have seen the miraculous repentance and forgiving of crimes from Korean drama on account of someone’s parenthood enough to worry. “Whisper” did not excuse or change Ho-beom (Kim Chang-wan) and now Il-hwan follows suit. His confession is for his company, not Soo-yeon. In fact, he specifically asks for her sacrifices to keep those afloat.
Jeong-il (Kwon Yul) does not get a free pass either. His revenge only goes as far as his personal interest. I have to say, however, that I still lament the lack of good villains here. I wish we had people who know loyalty and love, but who also do horrible things. Soo-yeon is the closest to that, but the series has not explored her thoughts enough. Since she stands to gain by saving Taebaek, we are also not sure how much of it is for her own future, rather than her father’s company.
Speaking of relationships, I am pleased to see the leads’ romance happen naturally. Their connection will surely be used against them at some point, but at least there is no drama within the relationship. I do wish their early abuse toward each other had been addressed, however. Dong-joon (Lee Sang-yoon) has done his part, but the rape has not even been mentioned again.
Regardless of what shadows lie in the past, it is the ones currently being created that inject suspense back into the series. Dong-joon might pay dearly for his crimes, but I feel that can happen without the ending being too sad for audiences. After all, he played his part in this mess. Whether he finds a way out or goes down with the ship, he is finally someone I can get behind.
“Whisper” is directed by Lee Myeong-woo, written by Park Kyeong-soo and features Lee Bo-young, Lee Sang-yoon, Kwon Yul and Park Se-yeong.
Written by: Orion from ‘Orion’s Ramblings‘
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