Descendants of the Sun Episodes 9, 10, 11, and 12 Recap: It’s a Minefield
Hey there, Descendants! Many apologies about our delay in posting. Take this post covering the highlights from the last two weeks as a peace offering. Emotions run high, romance blooms, danger lurks around every corner, and those who've doubted themselves finally find their courage. Join Wendilynn and Firnlambe as they go over the last 4 episodes of Descendants of the Sun.
Wendilynn: These 4 episodes really took us through a roller coaster. We go from accidental confessions to killing the bad guy because he dared to use the girlfriend as a hostage. It was just crazy all they went through.
Firnlambe: There was so much going on that it really is hard to pick on where to start. Though that accidental confession was hysterical! Particularly when she claimed to finally admit to what she really felt, only to dash away in the other direction as soon as she could.
Wendilynn: Yeah, she is not comfortable that she is in love with a guy who could die before you know it. And dealing with the underground element of Uruk isn’t helping things. I have to admit, I was really surprised they added human trafficking to the story line. Gun/diamonds/drugs is standard for the bad guy but to include slavery/prostitution was really brave of the storyline. Honest to the situation, too.
Firnlambe: I agree. The way they have merged all of the story lines was brilliant. Plus they were able to keep me on my toes the entire time regarding who was going to die at the end of it. I honestly thought that one of the doctors was going to die because of the M3 virus . . . thank goodness THAT train of thought was incorrect.
Wendilynn: I was afraid they were going to have Chi Hoon do something foolish and die as he tried to correct his feelings of cowardice. And then the way they handled the black ops situation, it wouldn’t have surprised me to have someone die there. There is still a part of me that wouldn’t be surprised to have Dae Young dead somehow. It would kill me because I really love his chemistry with Myeong Joo. When she got sick with the M3 virus you could see his heart pouring out of his eyes. If he hadn’t claimed anyone’s heart by this point, that would do it.
Firnlambe: The M3 virus aside, I was really happy that our second lead couple have finally had a chance to honestly get together. If dad hadn’t stepped up and noticed that the man his daughter has chosen, honestly loves his daughter to the point that he would willingly go to a disaster zone without being asked to, I may have chucked a pillow at my screen out of sheer frustration. Although the ultimatum to have Dae Young quit the military just because doesn’t have the proper “rank” was a low blow.
Wendilynn: Very low. Although, I’m glad Daddy General finally took the three of them aside and asked them directly if marriage was possible between Shi Jin and his daughter. That had been hanging over them for 7 years. That’s ridiculous. But the joy in Dae Young’s eyes warring with his concern about leaving the military was tugging at my heart strings something fierce.
Firnlambe: Exactly, but I don’t know what pulled at my heart strings more. The Dae Young/Myeong Joo love line or Chi Hoon’s difficult struggle with self loathing based of one whimpy boy’s skewed view of what really happened. Because dammit, an Onew crying is totally my downfall.
Wendilynn: Yeah, I had to add Onew to my list of asian actors whose crying feels like a violation of nature. You just don’t make them cry. I mean, he had to run out when the building was crumbling, despite the fact that he was scared out of his mind. But because he was scared out of his mind, he blamed himself for cowardice that wasn’t really there. But when he jumped on that bed with infected jerk, I was shocked. I really was. He was doing what needed to be done, and that he’d probably done in the hospital any number of times before. He shouldn’t have avoided his wife for a month though. Poor girl.
Firnlambe: No joke! Poor poor girl is right. All the unsure waiting was causing her to create many different scenarios of what could possibly be going wrong, and I don't even want to think about what his mother is plotting for the hospital in retribution.
Wendilynn: Nothing like an over-reacting mother, but at least she likes her daughter-in-law. Another issue that ended up being amusing was the quiet romance between Sang Hyun and the nurse Ja Ae. He finally got fed up with the girls swooning over our shirtless soldiers and ran, IN HIS BOXERS, with them. That made me laugh out loud.
Firnlambe: //groan// Dear Lord . . . Sang Hyun running in his boxers was just--painful. Glad it served it’s humorous purpose but I’m mainly glad it was “brief” //snicker// pun was totally not intended but it still totally works.
Wendilynn: Before I talk about our resident all around baddie, can I just say I was vindictive enough to enjoy Jerkface getting his intestines torn up by swallowing those diamonds. And just to continue his asshole-ness, he’s carrying a highly infectious disease just to screw with everyone. It was almost a shame that the baddies didn’t get to open him up first and get infected.
Firnlambe: Yeeees! The jerk totally had it coming. I never even considered the possibility of the baddies catching the disease instead, what a missed opportunity . . . but I must admit, I was a bit confused how he even started carrying the M3 virus. Was that ever explained? ‘Cuz if it was I missed that bit.
Wendilynn: Nope, it was never explained why he had the virus, but it often follows disasters like the other viruses and diseases they were dealing with. And he had cut up his insides with those diamonds making him vulnerable while he was hiding from the gangsters trying to kill him.
Firnlambe: I know it was touched upon earlier but I feel like we didn’t discuss it enough. Who else was amused that Shi Jin donned the typical “If I’m dressed in dark clothing whilst wearing a black baseball cap, clearly no one shall see through my disguise!” for his not so secret mission to bring back Mo Yeon.
Wendilynn: Well, you know black ops means business. Although, I have to admit that for a small second I was reminded of Healer. Two cute boys dressed in black working to save their girl… yeah, it was rough. I did like how they called in the final card for special privileges. My only only issue is that they turned our baddie slightly goofy there at the end. Or he was played with a slight silliness that I didn’t like. I wanted him less joking around since he knew perfectly well who and what he was dealing with, even if he did think he had the upper hand.
Firnlambe: Eh, I'm just glad he’s dead and gone, I mean I’ll miss the perfect English, but he needed to go. . . though now I’m a bit concerned where things are going to go from here. We still have two weeks left and yet our main “baddie” is dead. I have a sinking feeling that things are going to get much, much worse before things even consider getting better.
Wendilynn: I found it interesting that Shi Jin went to the airfield to sort of say goodbye to the casket and then the burning of the picture with Mr. Baddie. Makes me wonder exactly he was crying for. The lost comrade? His lost commander? A good man who chose a bad path? That he could so easily end up that way if he lost himself, too? Too many bad memories of a soldier? All this leads up to some interesting last episodes. We’ve got what looks like secret service work going on in the previews.
And there you have it. I know we didn't talk about everything . . . the very amusing jealous fits on both sides of the relationship coin just to point one out . . . but with us needing to bridge 4 episodes, we felt it more appropriate to stick to the essentials. What do you think is in store for our merry troupe of miscreants. The main baddie lurking behind every diabolical plot point thus far has been defeated, but does that mean it's smooth sailing from here on out? What do you make of the possible secret service work that seems to be in store for our heroes? Will it be our new source of conflict or is there something even more sinister in store these last 4 episode. Post your thoughts in the comments below and we'll see you all very soon for episodes 13 and 14 of Descendants of the Sun.
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