Tomorrow: Episodes 11-12
When the workforce’s subsequent case hits near residence, we study extra about one among our reapers, and take a journey into his previous. It’s as heartbreaking as the remainder of the aspect tales Tomorrow has supplied, however it’s additionally full of hope… and extra clues as to what occurred in our workforce chief’s previous life.
EPISODES 11-12 WEECAP
Yahoo, it’s time for Yoon Ji-on’s second within the highlight, and I’m glad for it, because the drama hasn’t actually given him a ton of story up up to now. Nor has his ugly haircut executed him any favors, however I digress.
Ryong-koo’s going through disciplinary motion for going into vigilante mode throughout their final case, and it results in rumors about his previous reaching the ears of our teddy bear Jun-woong. In his personal phrases he “badgers” Ryeon till she tells him Ryong-koo’s story, and we take an episode-long dive into the previous.
Ryeon confirms that Ryong-koo not solely killed 4 folks in his previous life, however that she was the reaper (within the Crime Unit at the moment) that collected his soul. Their connection makes much more sense now, as does Ryeon’s understanding of Ryong-koo’s must clock off on time.
Ryong-koo’s most up-to-date life was within the Joseon period, and we see him as a younger boy, raised by a poor however loving mom. Little Ryong-koo is sensible and hungry to study, however he’s bullied by the opposite boys round. Ryong-koo’s mom, LIM YU-HWA (Min Ji-ah), would possibly appear to be a peasant, however she’s fairly well-educated and teaches her son to learn and write. Seems she’s really the daughter of a scholar.
That scholar, although, was ruined and offered her to a gisaeng home… which is how little Ryong-koo got here into being. Yu-hwa was raped by a disgusting governor, however later left the gisaeng home to boost her son.
However the previous comes again to hang-out her, and on the similar time that the governor — so a few years later — lastly finds her, Ryong-koo learns about his mom’s “soiled” previous from the neighbor boys. It’s a heartbreaking finish for this adoring mom and son. The mom is “taught a lesson” by the three henchmen of the governor (omg, Present, please cease with these storylines!), however is much more damaged by her son’s horror over her previous. She winds up killing herself, and Ryong-koo lives in his anger.
It’s not till years later that he learns the reality about his mom’s previous, and — handy for the plot although it’s – he finds the horrible males accountable, and promptly slaughters them. Then, he falls prey to the lure of the opium den that he’s been working as a guard of types for, and his life ends in a drug-induced haze. It’s tremendous miserable.
The purpose, although, is that of the destiny between moms and their kids, and we go to this level the identical method we visited it just a few episodes in the past: suicides have to be stopped in any respect prices as a result of they break the crimson thread of destiny. It’s what occurred to Ryong-koo and his mom, and – as we would suspect — Ryeon and her beloved, as properly.
Within the afterlife, reasonably than be reborn, Ryong-koo chooses to stick with Ryeon and work as a reaper. He is aware of it’s his solely likelihood to find his mom once more now that their fates are not certain — he additionally is aware of that the ache of her previous life could be in her subsequent life, and he vows to guard her this time, as an alternative of blame her like he did prior to now. And that, my buddies, is why he’s been clocking off on the hour for an excellent hundred years: he’s been in search of his mom. And, as we noticed final week, he’s lastly discovered her.
It’s to this reincarnation of Yu-hwa that we flip in Episode 12. At first, she appears completely happy, and each Jun-woong and Ryong-koo watch her going alongside along with her husband, about to beginning their first little one.
However yeah, that is Tomorrow, and positive sufficient, unhappy issues are coming. The infant dies throughout childbirth, and it sends poor Yu-hwa into a really comprehensible tailspin. Positive sufficient, the following alarm to pop up on the Pink Mild app is for Yu-hwa, and the present simply has no mercy, as normal, displaying us the anguish she’s in.
Curiously, her ranges go into the inexperienced zone when she’s sleeping, and Ryeon and Jun-woong rapidly piece collectively that one thing’s occurring in her goals that’s giving her peace. They must enter her goals to determine it out… and guess who has just lately left the Danger Administration workforce for the Gross sales Staff, who commonly go into folks’s goals to conduct reaper enterprise? Ryong-koo.
Ultimately, Ryong-koo is ready to fulfill his coronary heart’s want. He’s not solely the one which’s capable of consolation his mom in her grief and guilt, however later, he even breaks protocol and briefly offers her her reminiscences again, in order that the 2 of them can discover closure. It’s unhappy, it’s beautiful, and it might need wrecked me just a few weeks in the past, however at this level I feel I’ve given Tomorrow all of the tears I’ve to spare.
Nonetheless, it’s a stunning therapeutic sequence, and I’m glad we obtained to spend all this time with Ryong-koo, whether or not it was experiencing the depth of the backstory itself, or lastly studying the explanation behind his nose-picking tick. But in addition, this deep dive into a personality’s backstory has given me simply the hope I would like that that is precisely what we’re going to get for Ryeon and Joong-gil, too.
In reality, at this level, I’m keen to foretell we’ll be unpacking their story rather more subsequent week, after which possibly in our ultimate week, seeing Jun-woong’s destiny (will he actually be capable to return to the Land of the Dwelling so simply?)
I’m not solely anticipating the backstory as a result of the present has confirmed it’s keen to commit whole episodes to it now, but additionally as a result of slowly however certainly we’ve been given the breadcrumbs. The crimson thread of destiny that’s damaged by a suicidal act. The truth that when a human suffers immense ache, it could stick with them and echo of their subsequent life. (That is illustrated to us by the little woman whose eyes Joong-gil covers, to guard her from a sight that will scar her for her lives to return.)
And likewise, there’s the trace on the very finish of our episodes that the Jade Emperor is aware of a heck of much more about Ryeon and Joong-gil’s previous than she’s keen to let on. Joong-gil discovers that each his and Ryeon’s logs are locked previous their most up-to-date lives — by the Jade Emperor herself — so possibly we’ll be venturing even deeper than we thought earlier than we unravel their connection. Within the meantime, my interior librarian will take pleasure in Joong-gil poking across the Jumadeung archives.
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