Major Mouth: Episodes 1-two (1st Impressions)
Lee Jong-seok is back! And seeing his fairly face on my screen following a 3-year drama drought is adequate to have me in a tizzy. Regrettably, his flawless face does not keep unscathed for extended as he’s reentered dramaland with Major Mouth — a noir crime thriller that functions an underdog lawyer, a murder amidst the upper class, and a case of false identity. The show is darker than I was hoping for, but the conflicts appear actual and the stakes are higher, generating it much more watchable than I imagined.
Editor’s note: Coverage will continue with weecaps.
EPISODES 1-two 1st IMPRESSIONS
We enter the fictional city of Gucheon in the rain as a truck dumps bars of gold into a hole in the ground and then pours concrete more than them. PARK CHANG-HO (Lee Jong-seok) narrates more than black-and-white urban scenes that this city is rotten to the core. The wealthy really like it (mainly because they’re corrupt) and the rest do not fight the injustices mainly because they’re also busy attempting to earn a living. Chang-ho is 1 of these individuals. His objective is just to develop into thriving and reside happily with his loved ones. The catch? He’s a lawyer — just the sort of guy who ought to care about social justice.
As we lay our Gotham-like scene, a chorus of news reporters offers us information about the city’s most notorious resident: Major Mouse. He’s a con artist wrapped up in each kind of organized crime who has also swindled investment capital from a group named NR Forum (we’ll come to find out this is a secretive elite organization). No 1 knows who Major Mouse is but he’s naturally the city’s most wanted criminal.
The drama’s action starts when we meet GO MI-HO (Yoon-ah), Chang-ho’s wife, who points out the couple’s sky-higher debt and the reality that they cannot afford to consume out at high priced restaurants — like the 1 he’s taken her to for their 3-year anniversary. They consume anyway, but Chang-ho gets named away to meet an individual about the murder case he’s handling. Just before he leaves, he quips, “Congrats on marrying me” (and each lady everywhere sighs dreamily).
On his way out, a employees member hands him a drink to go, which he happily requires and begins sipping (who in their appropriate thoughts would accept that?). Of course, it is drugged and causes him to crash his vehicle.
We then slide back seven days to see what led up to this occasion and also get some backstory on our couple and their personalities. By way of their every day morning routine, we find out that Chang-ho is type of a doofus, screwing up every thing from his alarm to his tie, though Mi-ho has every thing below handle, scolding Chang-ho and setting straight every thing he messes up. This plays out on a bigger scale as effectively, as it turns out the two are in debt mainly because Mi-ho saved a nest egg that Chang-ho took without having her information and got scammed out of — so Mi-ho’s anger is rooted in much more than his tiny mess-ups.
Chang-ho’s blunders are not confined to his marriage either. Behind his back, his consumers get in touch with him Major Mouth mainly because he talks a significant game but loses 90% of his legal instances. Not too long ago, Chang-ho took cash from a loan shark, which he can only spend back if he wins his subsequent case. So, when he loses that case, he’s out of favor with his consumers, the loan sharks, and his wife — who says she desires a divorce. The tone of the scene tells us that Mi-ho does not actually want a divorce even though, she just desires to be capable to spend their bills, and it is clear the debt is tearing their marriage apart.
Just as Chang-ho is about to succumb to depression, Gucheon’s Mayor CHOI DO-HA (Kim Joo-hun) calls to ask Chang-ho to take a case. It is the murder case that we heard about in the initially scene — the 1 Chang-ho leaves his anniversary dinner to attend to. The case is connected to Gucheon Hospital: a medical doctor was murdered (located in the trunk of a vehicle) and 3 upper echelon individuals are the prime suspects. Mayor Choi named Chang-ho on behalf of the 3 defendants precisely mainly because Chang-ho has lost most of his instances — they want an obedient front man mainly because they’ve currently planned out their trial and purchased off the judges.
On the other hand, the mayor is playing each sides. He tells the defendants he’s hiring Chang-ho on their behalf but tells Chang-ho he desires to come across the missing dashcam from the vehicle to get to the truth behind the murder. The mayor’s excuse is that the suspects helped get him elected, but now they are generating demands and he desires to get rid of them.
Chang-ho initially refuses, not wanting to be involved in such underhanded organization. But Mayor Choi (following handing him a stack of money) tells Chang-ho the case will make him popular, and then he can take what ever instances he desires. Chang-ho says yes, but develops his personal plans to play double agent.
Chang-ho goes to go to the suspects in prison and finds them in a hidden space for wealthy inmates. They’re drinking wine and smoking cigars on comfy couches. All 3 males speak down to Chang-ho who placates them by acting grateful to be hired. Just before leaving, he locations a bug in their space and finds out the wife of 1 of the suspects has the dashcam. He also learns there is a fourth (unnamed) accomplice.
Chang-ho and the mayor each go see the wife, who seems afraid of the mayor (and tends to make me assume he’s the fourth individual). On the other hand, when Chang-ho asks her who the other accomplice is, she names GONG JI-HOON (Yang Kyung-won) — the president of a media conglomerate and extended-time pal of the 3 suspects.
Chang-ho watches the footage, which shows the suspects collectively kill the medical doctor inside the vehicle in what appears like an accident. They wanted to practically kill him though attempting to coax him to withdraw an unspecified paper.
We attain the present exactly where Chang-ho totals his vehicle and goes to the hospital. Although unconscious, he thinks about how unlucky his life has been — his only luck is that Mi-ho has often been by his side. In other flashbacks, we see that she’s the issue solver in the partnership. As soon as, when the tenants upstairs refused to repair a leak, Mi-ho went up and triggered a ruckus till they paid for repairs (and the tenants? Shoutout to Get started-Up with cameos by Kim Do-wan and Yoo Su-bin).
Just before Chang-ho can leave the hospital, he’s arrested for drug use. And following all the divorce speak, Mi-ho is nonetheless by his side. When push comes to shove, she tells him to trust in their bond and hold on.
But he has to hold on longer than anticipated. When the police come to search Chang-ho’s law workplace they come across billions of won in the ceiling, along with guns, drugs, and gold bars stashed in the walls. Quick story: he’s on his way to the most hardcore prison in Korea. Also, with that stockpile, he’s believed to be the wanted criminal Major Mouse.
In prison, Chang-ho learns he was drugged by the 3 inmates he was supposed to represent (they want the dashcam). He’s taken to their underground lair exactly where he’s beaten and tortured. (Not gonna lie, it is rough to watch. Uri Jong-seok!) At the final minute, Ji-hoon calls and orders him not to be killed — if Chang-ho is Major Mouse, he desires him alive to get his swindled cash back.
With absolutely everyone a double agent and absolutely nothing as it appears, Mi-ho sets out to clear Chang-ho’s name, receiving hired at Gucheon Hospital to uncover why the medical doctor was murdered. But the believed of Mi-ho in danger worries Chang-ho so significantly, he plans to kill himself to get rid of her from harm’s way. Realizing he’s in a location complete of murderers, he decides to get 1 of them to kill him rather. He’s so overzealous in his mission to anger a murderer, even though, he accidentally gains the worry and respect of the other inmates (this is truly type of funny).
There is a lot going on in this drama and I hope it develops bigger social themes considering the fact that the setup is wonderful with an every day couple taking on societal elites. I was a tiny misled by the promos, which created me assume there would be an actual mistaken identity. Major Mouse and Major Mouth are spelled the identical in Korean as a transliteration from English, so I believed the nicknames sounding the identical had one thing to do with how they got mixed up. Turns out, not at all. Chang-ho was framed! (I imply, assuming he’s not truly Major Mouse.)
Nonetheless, I like exactly where they are going with the partnership dynamics among Chang-ho and Mi-ho. Early on, I was worried about how significantly the male characters had been patronizing her, but we currently know she’s the thinker in this story. It leaves space for Chang-ho to develop though Mi-ho outwits absolutely everyone, and our major couple can (hopefully) come out on leading as a group.
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