DRAMA CLUB RECAP: TRIANGLE 25-26 (2/2)
It’s that time again readers . . . time for our beloved drama to finally come to a close. You've all come this far in the series so if you want to know how everything finally plays out, just go and watch it. Since this will be our last post with everyone, we here at the Drama Club would like to end this on a high note so we've decided to mix things up a bit, leaving you with our selections from the Best and Worst moments over the entire series. So here goes . . .
The Drama Club’s Best and Worst Moment Picks
Action at its finest
Gotta roll with the punches
Firnlambe: There were so many scenes that gave us an eyeful of action in this show--and most of them involved Dong Soo in some way or another, but this one was probably one of my favorites. He's clearly out numbered, and yet against all odds he's holding his own. It really showcases how capable Dong Soo is as a fighter.
Cici: I loved Dong Soo's fight scenes. He always reminded me of a fierce little Bantam rooster. Whether he demolished an opponent with a tidy roundhouse or just incapacitated them with a timely jab from a taser, he was a force to be reckoned with.
Only: All I know is Kickass Dong Soo was so much better than the Sad Sack Dong Soo that took over towards the end, that I kept wondering why he wasn't fighting anybody.
Action at its lowest
Go ahead, take my fangirl heart and just crush it to smithereens . . .. I mean, it's not like I needed it for the rest of the series anyway.
Firnlambe: While I could have chosen any number of bad action scenes, this one kept drawing me back to it. It's not like the action itself was bad--on the contrary, it was very good . . but the emotional impact this scene held was just so overwhelmingly sad, that in my opinion, there was no other scene throughout the entire drama that could be qualified to be worse.
Cici: I almost chose this as the worst brother scene as well. It was heart-breaking.
Only: This was pretty brutal. I'm not sure who I felt worse for. Probably me, for having to watch this scene.
Gambling at its best
When you’re hot, you’re hot . . .
Cici: Whether it’s going all in against Yang Ha with a hand he hasn’t even looked at, or scrapping a cheating scheme against the VIP casino and just gambling for real, Young Dal is full of surprises. The fact that he was able to win a record amount of money without cheating confirmed that yes, he just may be legit.
Only: I always wondered what happened to all the money when he won, because it seemed like he was perpetually broke till Ahn Chang Bong came along. Whatever! It got him his first suit and I can get behind that 100%.
Firnlambe: I was under the assumption that Go Bok Tae took it all back, because--you know--he's an ass like that. But during this scene I vividly remember being extremely nervous. I knew Young Dal was going to win, but watching him go into the game blind sent my heart into overdrive mode. That and the OST was not helping by ANY means. That damn thing had the ability to make my heart flutter at a moments notice.
Gambling at its worst
When you’re not, you’re not.
Cici: Worst. Move. Ever. This scene really made me question why Young Dal thought he ever had a chance to become a Hold ‘em champion in the first place. And this after Yang Ha made fun of him for not knowing the difference between “race” and “raise”. Total humiliation.
Firnlambe: I was so disappointed by this scene, and not gonna lie--I almost lost faith in Young Dal's character when he said "race" instead of "raise". That and it probably didn't help I was laughing too much to even give him a real chance.
Only: It was really hard to connect with him at the start. He was all bravado and big ideas, and no ability to follow through. Plus he gambled like an idiot.
Fashion at its best
Stripes will brighten up a gloomy day
Only: Shin Hye may have had her face stuck permanently in a worried frown (this scene is literally the only exception), but her clothes always looked simple, stylish, effortless, and only occasionally disastrous. I also had a weakness for the underworld chic of Madam Jang and Man Kang. Now, this is how you accessorize when you're on your way to jail:
Last but not least, honorable mention must go to Young Dal’s fabulous running outfit in episode 1:
Cici: Bwahaha, running outfit! I suspect the make-up required to cover Jaejoong’s tats should be included in the wardrobe section as well.
Firnlambe: I liked Madame Jang's outfits as well, they gave her a classy air in an otherwise scummy environment. And a shirtless Jaejoong is always a sight for sore eyes . . . but I still question why they felt the need to cover up his real tattoos and give him the wimpy butterfly one instead.
Fashion at its worst
Jerry and Jang Soo: A dazzling array of colors
Only: Oh, Jerry and Jang Soo. Not only were these two the bumbling comic relief this show didn’t really need, they were saddled with a spectacular set of floral patterned outfits that only marginally improved as time went on. A personal favourite for me was Jerry’s map of the world shirt; it was a welcome change from his usual field of flowers. But, for bad fashion, I could really spend hours: Go Bok Tae’s colour-clashing suits, the bizarre details on Yoo Jin’s outfits, Yang Ha’s tiny double-breasted jackets, Young Dal’s shirt that looked like 70’s wallpaper. Even Shin Hye had a couple of disasters.
Firnlambe: Ahhhh the floral prints, such a burden on our eyes. Maybe the stylists had a bet going seeing who could dress the actors in tacky floral shirts the most by the end of the show. But lets not forget the tacky hand bag Jang Soo was toting around the entire series . . . seriously what was the point of that damn thing.
Cici: I think Only covered this nicely. I did appreciate Young Dal’s wide array of dress shirts with contrasting collars. That and the camo shirt and suit combination. But when it comes to guys in bright florals--even Man Bok, as tough as he was, sported some of those. That’s just wrong.
Only: I kind of wondered why all of the gangsters didn’t get to wear florals, as if a flowery shirt was a mark of how high up you were in the gang hierarchy. Man Bok probably told his underlings that if they worked hard enough, someday, they too could earn the right to wear a beautiful field of flowers. Or that’s how I imagine it anyway.
Romance at its best
No, it’s not the kiss
Cici: The chemistry between Yong Dal and Jung Hee was pretty amazing throughout the entire drama, so picking just one top romantic scene was a challenge. Yes, the one and only kiss scene was really good. If you want to see it again, go right ahead . . . it’s at 54:50 of episode 20. But for pure, delicious romance, it’s hard to beat walking hand-in-hand in the woods and feeding each other on a picnic.
Only: Food = romance. I can get behind that.
Firnlambe: This couple was overwhelmingly adorable throughout the entire show. Even when you thought things had to have been over between them, they show you that "married" childhood sweethearts will always persevere.
Romance at its worst
Tell it, girl
Cici: Yang Ha had so many horrible attempts at romance, it was tough to pick just one. Combining blackmail, alcohol, and cheating at cards all in one pathetic effort to seduce Jung Hee might have been the worst, though. Of course, the more she called him out on his despicable behavior, the more intrigued he became.
Only: I’m with you, Cici. This scene was particularly icky in a long list of icky scenes between Jung Hee and Yang Ha. I still can’t figure out how you can base an attraction on being repeatedly rejected.
Firnlambe: Is this that horrible game that made me absolutely despise Yang Ha as a character for more than half the series? Good grief . . . how he thought this, out of all the possible ways, was the best way to go about wooing Jung Hee's heart is beyond me.
The Best Sidekicks
Always respect your elders . . .
Firnlambe: Don't let the GIF fool you . . . the best Sidekick doesn't go to Secretary Kim--it goes to Elder Ahn Chang Bong. His support is what carries Young Dal through this whooooole revenge plot. He gets him into the casino and is the voice of reason for Young Dal. Even in death (he did die, didn't he?) he gave Young Dal the tools he needed to reach the top and stay there. If that doesn't scream "best sidekick ever" I don't know what will.
Cici: Not to mention he had the best voice ever. I loved him from the very first.
Only: He was like a gravel-voiced fairy godmother to Young Dal. I think he died, but that's one of those loose threads they left dangling. They never said.
The worst sidekicks
Do you really need to ask?
Firnlambe: This drama was jammed packed with so many "bad" sidekicks that I lost track of them all. And after some thought on it, I decided that Madame Jang and Man Kang probably take the cake. In the beginning they were played up as these big important players to the story line but eventually that's just forgotten. Yes they serve their purpose, but after a while they just became so whiny--you can't help but dislike them. Although the series' honorable mention for worst sidekicks has to go to Young Dal’s rag tag group of local misfits.
These poor boys go through Young Dal's training camp from hell and have nothing to show for it once its over.
Cici: I never really understood why Young Dal included Madame Jang and Man Kang in the list of supportive friends he would always protect. Seemed like they spent half the drama plotting how to beat him. With friends like that, who needs enemies?
Only: I'm convinced it was out of respect for Madam Jang's fabulous style, because there is literally no other reason.
Revenge at its best
Reaching rock bottom might be a good time for some self-reflection
Only: I’m a goal-oriented person, so for me, revenge is only good when it succeeds. Go Bok Tae ended up penniless, trapped and isolated in a storage shed as a result of all of his bonds being bought up and called in. Sure, it had some tragic consequences for the three brothers, but it worked.
Cici: The best part about this scene is that Go Bok Tae loses everything, even the loyalty of his last remaining assistant, and it’s no one’s fault but his own. Of course, he’d never admit that.
Firnlambe: Oh man, as soon as the camera panned to Go Bok Tae on his cot surrounded by Soju bottles, with no Soo Chang in sight--I just KNEW what had happened to Go Bok Tae. Man, I was so ecstatic. There was no better way for these writers to send him crashing down into the depths of despair than the way they did so here.
Revenge at its worst
Yes, but you’re going to take 15 more episodes to get there
Only: In terms of revenge, the worst moment came in episode 11, when Dong Soo announced to Chairman Yoon, the man who had ordered his father’s murder, that he was going to get his revenge. Predictably, Dong Soo ended up in jail and got knifed shortly thereafter. Threats are not revenge, Dong Soo; only revenge is revenge.
Cici: In a show that focused so much on gambling, you’d think that EVERYONE would know that you don’t tip your hand to your opponent.
Firnlambe: Really, Dong Soo? Really?!? I have to agree with both of you on this one. Don't announce your plans before you get a chance to execute them. All you'll get is pain and sadness.
Only: Don't forget a knife in the gut, jail time, and an obnoxious sendoff courtesy of Yang Ha/Dong Woo.
Brothers at their best
Sometimes there are no words
Cici: Finally, Dong Soo and Dong Chul realize they are the brothers they have been searching for. One of my favorite scenes, if only because they had already built up such a familial relationship without even knowing they were related.
Firnlambe: Agreed Cici--their reactions were everything I had hoped they would be. Particularly after the writers spent so much time building up the brotherly bond between them before the truth finally came out.
Brothers at their worst
Sometimes I hate being right
Cici: Argh! Just when I was starting to feel like Dong Woo might shape up and become a decent human being, he gets killed? What is the point of that? I feel robbed.
Only: Lamest death ever. My apologies to anyone who enjoyed this, but frankly, they rushed right through it.
Cici: Agreed. One minute (45 seconds, to be exact) Dong Chul and Dong Soo are crying and yelling for him to wake up, and the next they’re scattering his ashes. Seriously? They spent 25 episodes leading up to that?
Firnlambe: I was livid . . LIVID that this was the route the writers were taking us down. They even got a two episode extension, enough time to give all the brothers decent closure . . . and what do we get? A slap to the face with one of them dying. And not just a "oooooh--I was stabbed--here let me give the viewers a break and die in the hospital" noooooo, we were blessed with a "oooooh--I was stabbed--here let me wreck each and every fans' heart as I die in my Hyung's arms" . . to quote Only "Lamest death ever"
Comedy at its best
Shamelessness will take you far, Byung Soo
Only: It has to be said: Triangle was never hilarious. It had a few unintentional laughs, sure, but it's definitely not a comedy. A couple of genuinely funny moments came courtesy of Jung Hee’s shameless younger brother, Byung Soo, who wasn’t above manipulating Young Dal into buying him meat, then telling him to back off his sister. This kid is going places, I’m telling you.
Cici: I smiled every time Byung Soo made an appearance.
Firnlambe: I could only smile when Byung Soo showed up on screen too. He knows exactly what he needs to do to make Young Dal do what he wants him to do.
Comedy at its worst
Take that, telephone! You too, lamp!
Only: Ah, the unintentionally funny moments of Triangle. There were many, and they ranged from various men clearing their desks in a rage, to villainous kidnappers giving advice, to Jang Soo's continual anxiety attacks in prison. I call them the worst moments because they would jar me out of otherwise serious scenes, leaving me giggling inappropriately.
Firnlambe: I loved the unintentionally funny moments Triangle bestowed upon us. I feel they kept us sane throughout the entire series.
Cici: I always appreciate moments of comic relief in a melodrama, even if they are unintentional. Actually, I may have missed them entirely if not for my fellow Drama Club members. Thanks, guys!
Villains at their . . . best?
Let the hate flow through you.
Firnlambe: I almost went with Myung Jae (the honorable thug from episodes 17 through 20 who kidnapped Jung Hee) here, but the way Chairman Yoon treats Yang Ha is just too cruel to give someone else this esteemed position of the best villainy. Even if they are adopted, no parent should treat their children the way Chairman Yoon does. I mean come on . . asking your son to take the rap for you? Then give him warm fuzzy hugs when he returns!? Despicable. //shakes head//
Cici: The worst kind of villain is the one who continually justifies his actions and never has an ounce of remorse. I was so looking forward to one of the brothers destroying him completely. His suicide made me the angriest of any moment in the drama. That was way too easy of an out for this man.
Only: I think I can count on one hand the number of times he got out of that armchair. Evil, yes. Active, no.
Villains at their worst
Not the words you expect to hear from a villain
Firnlambe: One would think that Go Bok Tae would have this title in the bag. And while he is indeed a fairly crummy excuse for a villain by Kdrama standards, Man Bok is worse. I mean think about it--we're introduced to him in prison, where it's his goal in life to cause Young Dal and his two bumbling sidekicks to go through hell while they are incarcerated. Then suddenly I found myself rooting for him. He's a very important muscle man to have in your corner. Thankfully, Young Dal's abilities are able to sway him into helping his plans rather than destroying him.
Only: Plus his fabulous post-prison outfits. Not everyone can pull off fuchsia.
Cici: Even when he was ordering the beatings in the prison, I found it hard to be afraid of him. Not that he didn't have the capability for much more extreme violence, but that he tempered it where Young Dal was concerned. Dealing with Man Bok was a totally different ball game than dealing with Go Bok Tae.
Cici: So, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am never watching another melodrama. Ever. Till next time. After this last episode, I had to watch Heaven’s Postman--twice--just to feel a little better.
Firnlambe: *glares evilly at Cici* I need someone to blame and I choose you . . . . you predicted this outcome! Basically right down to the exact words too! NO AMOUNT OF SWEET TALKING OR HAPPY ENDINGS WILL SOOTH MY PISSED OFF, FANGIRL HEART!!!!! ㅠ.ㅠ
Cici: I demand another episode with an alternative ending. I think that’s only fair. Hey, it worked for that Choose Your Own Adventure series. Why not here?
Only: I don’t even object to them killing Dong Woo off, but it just felt like they rushed right through it. The pacing was ridiculous in this show; they wasted so many episodes, and then they zoomed through the last one, squandering any dramatic tension they may have built up. I barely had time to feel sad or celebrate or anything.
Firnlambe: This series had such great potential to end everything on a high note--even acquiring a two episode extension--but the writers dropped the ball, and yet, the overall story isn't extremely tragic like it could have been . . . yeah, looking back on the episode leaves me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth.
Cici: The first ten minutes of this last episode were so jarring, it took the rest of the hour for me to recover. Sort of. Once again the writers relied on several flashbacks to fill in missing information and tie up as many loose ends as possible.
Only: They actually left a bunch of loose ends hanging, since we never found out what happened to Ahn Chang Bong and a whole raft of characters went randomly missing.
Cici: At least Dong Chul's final monologue provided a soothing end to the drama, as well as words to live by: "If you want to escape from your own life's pitch, then try loving someone. Because then you may hit a jackpot of your own."
Thanks for watching and reading K Fans. Want more from the Triangle Drama Club? Check out our individual blogs or get in touch with us via Twitter! You can catch Firnlambe recapping It’s OK, That’s Love and Cici reviewing The Night Watchman's Journal, and we all are planning on working on some other fun Drama Clubs in the near future, so look forward to those.
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