To know the end, one should understand the beginning.
The White Heron
In the midst of a bed scene (I mean, a literal scene where our two main characters were in the bed just sleeping), a white heron visited Son Oh-gong’s (Lee Seung-gi) personal abode. This mystical creature left an adorable baby boy in the Great Sage’s care. This led him and Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) to meet the doctor (Oh Yeon-ah) who helped gave birth to the new Sam Jang. She really helped boost Sun-mi’s confidence by telling her the real story of how she was born.
I think I’ve already expressed my liking with parallel plots. I like how it gives me a glimpse of what could happen and what the characters should prevent from occurring. This time, the plot device used was so effective I kind of wish I could see more from her story. But I think that’s also the beauty of this series’ storytelling. It does not preclude the viewers’ interpretation by spoon-feeding the story.
The Monstrous Zombie
Ah Sa-nyeo (Lee Se-young) continues to use Jeong Se-ra’s body for her evil plans. She chose Professor Kang Dae-sung (Song Jong-ho) to be the king she’ll crown in this era. An evil spirit lurching to a greedy human; this had been the case in every demon Oh-gong and Sun-mi fought. And with Dae-sung’s ambitious dreams, he’s obviously not that easy to defeat.
This conflict had been slowly built from the start. The gradual introduction of this antagonist was perfectly executed. The tension built in the story ripened at the right time. This reminds me I should probably hold on to my seat as resolving this arc looks like one heck of a thriller.
The Ominous Sword
The white heron didn’t show up just to comfort Sun-mi. She was also there to warn the Monkey King of what happened in the previous Sam Jang. He and Sun-mi’s fate has become clearer and all he had to do is to prevent it from happening. Easier said than done. If there were no feelings involved, this could have been an easy task to the Great Sage. But since he is madly in love with Sun-mi, he can’t let the heavens sacrifice his beloved.
I felt a mix of pity and fear for our favourite couple but I like how contrasting their approach us to their fatal relationship. Good thing, Sun-mi has earned enough courage because the situation ahead of her is enormous.
Maknae’s Episode Verdict
I was busy theorizing possible plot moves in this series I forgot to take time and look the hidden message of the series. I won’t go and preach about pre-determined fate. I would just like to say this episode made me think about life and how everything we do has a purpose. And seeing that this episode made me think about it, I can cautiously declare that this whole series is a huge production success.
As the series run towards its conclusion let me leave you with this Mark Twain quote, “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” Let’s all hope events of the past really won’t happen again.
– So, there really is a possibility that Ma-wang’s (Cha Seung-won) child is alive. Anyway, Ma-wang as a parent is cute.
– Speaking of babies, am I the only one disappointed this baby is not Son Oh-gong’s? lol.
– I like the fact that Jonathan became a sort-of friend of this couple.
– Chairman Sa Oh-jeong (Jang Gwang) is adorable.
– Poor Soo bo-ri (Sung Ji-ru). He was just carrying out his duties but he had to face the wrath of two powerful demons, tsk.
– When you’re being dramatic and oppa isn’t having it
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