shark139 If these episodes had a theme song, for me, it would be, Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses. For the world always makes good on promises that drip with disappointment and despair. And whether intentional or not, all our characters have been tantalized, misguided and misdirected by falseness, in their own minds, and mostly of their own making. Now, their realities are being threatened and their worlds (perceptions) crumbling. That is the tasty dichotomy of any revenge story. At some point, there will be a crossroad and it's there that the depth and resolve of our characters is truly tested. It is also where we learn if this journey is worth it, if we also have fallen prey to our sympathies, unmanned by conscience. So many things transpired this week, that my head is still reeling with where to begin. For every secret was laid bear and every cryptic memory came into full view. However, this week each of our boys had their time to shine and though in some cases my heart was heavy, I loved every second. shark134shark136 All our boys find out the worst news and for the most part, I appreciated the way each chose to deal with it. Perhaps, the only questionable variable is Kim Soo Hyun. For it seems he is on his way to spiral, believing there's a possibility he also is nothing more than a Jun pawn. I can't say that I blame him or would think differently, only that I hope whatever he put in Hae Woo's water bottle, won't be a point of contention for him by episode 20. That as he "sets things right" in his own life, he doesn't make way for retaliation and regret. shark130shark132shark133 Am I the only one that cackled when it was Joon Young waiting for Jun? It seems the one phrase that always sums up Oh Joon Young is "It's been a long time coming." What he shares with Jun in the tunnel is a piece of wisdom, I believe the majority of us live by--- to not allow our thirst for vengeance to ruin the memories of those we loved. It's a wonderful sentiment but when he said it, I realized, that though I agree, I also don't begrudge Jun either. I'd like to believe, that's why Joon Young wiped the slate and walked away. Now, he's finally up to speed and no matter how little he actually wants to know, there's no way he can turn back now. shark138shark137 There are several beacons within this drama and for Turncoat, its ray beams from Dong Soo. He comes across as this harmless bumbling character but always seems to find a way to not only burrow into your heart but say the most meaningful things. Though his view of the big picture is small, his stance holds. No matter how deep a person is, there has to be a limit to their betrayal. And though I'm sure Turncoat knows this, it's more about giving audible voice to the whispers in her head. For at times, we have to be confronted with our own shame and indecisiveness to make a move. shark141shark140 Grandpa Jo starts us all this week reminding us that---- "History is on the side of the victors." And though it's a jagged, bitter horse pill, it's true. The truth dissolves in the mouths that live to speak it. Jo meant the statement to chain and shake Jun. To halt his endeavor but when he walked toward the door of his apartment, that line became a challenge. It's been my biggest fear that Jun wouldn't know how to pick himself back up once knew his father's involvement in the battle he was fighting. The man he knew has always been the source of his pride and determination. Therefore, when he's confronted with the truth of his father's past, I was relieved, that for now, he's chosen to remain a man of his word. For, though his impressions have been blown to bits, his motivation is still in tact and the Devil he knows, is still loose. shark143shark142 More SHARK Drama Club: Episodes 17-18 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 15-16 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 13-14 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 11-12 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 9-10 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 7-8 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Episodes 1-6 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Check out the SHARK Drama Club’s individual blogs! Unnichan: Drama Debussie: Kdrama Therapy: