EAST OF EDEN FINALE – spoilers*****

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East of Eden – episode 52

Truly touching and amazing episode.

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I just love that scene. Though it was imaginary, it was beautifully shot and Gook’s expression when he saw his daughter with someone who truly and unconditionally loved her and whom she truly and unconditionally loved was just so poignant, made even more so by his impending death. The effect of his cancer on his disposition, rendering him much more sensitive to what actually mattered in this world (love, loyalty, friendship, etc) as opposed to superficial things such as money, power, etc. displayed the possibility of redemption for even the most evil person. Of course, we haven’t yet scene a realization of his sins from the epitome of evil, Shin Tae Hwan, and we probably never will, but Gook was pretty twisted at times and his ultimate understanding and recognition of true love even if it was at the end of his life was extremely touching. The scene included very little speech and instead relied on pure emotion to convey its point, driving home the idea that material things such as words really carry no significance. In fact the only words Gook said to Young Ran and Dong Chul in his last moments were I love you, Sorry, and Thank you, simple but deep phrases, unlike his usual flowery but useless words. His last Thank You to Dong Chul (and it can also be taken as addressed to both YR and DC) beautifully conveyed his true appreciation of what YR and DC, especially DC, have sacrificed for him, and the true love they have towards him. It was just an incredibly beautiful scene.

This scene where YR and DC see Gook in his casket in an empty church (except for Priest Han, whose purpose I still don’t understand…) was also amazing. Instead of a large crowd of scheming flatterers paying respect to Gook, it was only YR and DC. The emptiness of the church was extremely striking and demonstrated that despite his myriad of supporters (though fake) and supposed friends, he lay in his casket with no one by his side except for two people. However, Gook’s ability to finally realize the folly of his previous actions (ostracizing both DC and YR and obsessing over money and power) allowed him to have the company of the two people that really mattered to him in this world. The wedding scene furthered this point; the almost ethereal feel to the wedding scene made it seem like it was taking place in heaven, indicating that Gook, DC, and YR are reunited in heaven, a place where true love and friendship can flourish, and a place where Gook has gone to.

These were the two scenes that really stood out. Aside from these two, there were the scenes between DC and DW. It seems like DW has really changed, and in an opposite way than Gook’s change.

DW (and STH of course, who hasn’t changed, he merely remained as evil as ever if not more) has become a person fixated on power (and money). He cannot compromise with DC and arrest Gook at a different time due to Gook’s terminal illness. Unable to understand the importance of family and love, he brutally and heartlessly arrests Gook almost unconscious and even refuses to let him be taken to a hospital, even in his dying moments. Power and dream of revenge on DC has consumed him, which is especially noticeable in the scene where DW pulls open the blanket on Gook who has already died. This is both disrespectful and extremely heartless (like EXTREMELY EXTREMELY EXTREMELY heartless) and yet, after DC punched him for this act (DW totally deserved it), DW starts prattling on about his rank as a Korean prosecutor. For god sakes, a man, who DC respected and loved, just died. Even if it was just any man, one just doesn’t act this way. He also seems to parade his title as a prosecutor around, as if he is now untouchable. These types of people are exactly the type of people a true prosecutor would be after (types like STH and Gook before and now DW himself). DW also does not seem to realize that there are exceptions to the law, as in this case. DC did nothing wrong in hitting DW (and I didn’t even know there was a law saying you’re not supposed to hit prosecutors in Korea…) and instead, it was DW that did something wrong in disrespecting a grieving family’s rights. DW has really made a 180 turn in his character.

Shin Tae Hwan also. He specifically orders Mr. Hwang to kidnap (or kill?…) YR and DC during their weakest moments, at Gook’s service. I was surprised he was this evil. I have never seen (in real life or in a drama) someone so heartless that they would use a human being’s death to bring about yet another human being’s death, all for revenge and wealth. STH’s fake go-and-pay-my-last-respects to Gook angered me so much.

I initially thought killing off Gook was the writer’s way of finally letting YR-DC be together, but I was pleasantly surprised. His death added yet another theme to this drama that was beginning to bore me. Surprisingly, if this was the last episode, I would be wholly satisfied (even though many questions were not answered). This episode poignantly tied together the drama very well, at least the DC-YR-Gook aspect (and DW’s aspect to a certain degree).

EAST OF EDEN – episode 38
January 11, 2009, 2:36 AM
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Finally I got around to watching this. So, recap.

It begins with YR getting kidnapped… by these guys I’ve never seen before.
Then it switches to DC and DW sleeping, well they’re awake. DW asks DC what’s wrong but DC doesn’t tell him.

The next day at breakfast, awkward silence… and then Chunhee reminds DC that tomorrow is DW’s birthday and tells him not to do anything rash. DC is reminded of the past and breaks down again and leaves the room. DW follows him and asks what’s wrong and DC doesnt answer. Instead, he tells DW to remember that they’ll never be separated. And then nice hyung-dongsaeng hug (aww).
And… then the moment is ruined by Pres Gook.

Gook comes and tells DC Youngran’s kidnapped… (um why isn’t Gook sending people to go after her? gosh… irresponsible father). That Chinese guy who follows Gook around tells DC that Gook is only using him (I guess Gook wants to get DC out of the way)…
I don’t follow the HyeRin scenes anymore… just because she’s leaving the drama soon and I just don’t bother.
And then Shin family dinner. Myung Hoon calls STH… PRESIDENT. not father. STH and Myung Hoon argue again and Myung Hoon calls STH an “evil man”… well he is. And then STH says Myung Hoon isn’t his son. I’d be ecstatic if I was Myung Hoon.

DC and Uncle Chaeng going somewhere in the car. Chaeng tells DC not to worry about Young Ran and to distance himself from Gook. And is DC going to do that… probably no because he loves Young Ran =)
I loved this next part so much. It’s the selling off of the TaeSung electronics branch meeting.
And oh its so dramatic. So STH’s assistant tells STH that DC showed up and of course he’s extremely surprised.
And then dramatic music… and it’s DC coming through the door (looking gorgeous as always haha). Myung Hoon is also surprised but more pleasantly surprised than STH who’s just fuming when he finds out DC was the one who bought TaeSung electronics. It’s amazing when DC is like “Nice to meet you. I’m the Tae Sung electronics’ new president, Lee Dong Chul”. And STH is just like oh my god. And DC is looking smug as always.

STH says DC has nothing to be happy about since he bought a company that’s falling apart. And DC retorts saying that he could just reveal the corruption of Taesung electronics and ruin Taesung. STH then yells at MH for making the mistake of selling Taesung electronics. And then DC stands up for MH saying that MH practiced moral business tactics and ran the company well, unlike STH.
In the elevator, STH yells at his assistant for not being able to kill/”make useless” DC’s mom. And of course MH stands up for his biological mother.
Now it’s Gook and the Chinese guy who tells Gook that DC went to check up on Taesung electronics rather than go find YR. This just seems to confirm to me that Gook is trying to set DC up.
And it also seems that DW is getting involved with YR’s kidnapping. I got a big confused but I guess DW sent some people to go see where the kidnappers came from and they found out that the kidnappers were from Macao. DW then asks why Gook didn’t tell the police (because he’s trying to get DC killed… ugh) and the guy DW is talking to says there’s a deal going on. And then DW decides to go to deal with this personally.

DC and Chaeng meet up with Gook and DC tells Gook that he’ll go rescue YR despite Chaeng’s suggestion not to.
At a restaurant, STH and his mom are waiting for Janice and they see HR and this other rich guy… I don’t even want to understand what’s happening so w/e.

STH is talking to Janice and he tells her that he has only one regret and that’s losing her. Rebecca is secretly listening to their conversation (I guess she doesn’t like Janice either?). When Janice gets up and leaves, Rebecca laughs and comes over to mock STH, telling him that she has to destroy Janice’s car like he destroyed hers (meaning she’s going to try to kill Janice… crazy much).

Taeho does the hand motions that DC, DW, and Lee Ki Chul do, to JH. Of course she’s extremely surprised… and then DC calls asking to meet up.
When they meet up, Taeho does the hand motions at DC and is surprised DC knows what they mean. It’s the cutest scene when DC finally gets to see his nephew and omg the hug is just amazing.

Then DC and JH talk. Basically they both know the truth that MH is DC’s brother but they both want to keep it a secret.
Jung Ja then arrives at a restaurant where DC is waiting for her… I guess he’s going to tell her the truth.
MH arrives at the hospital where his grandfather is hospitalized because of STH. The grandfather is probably going to die now… but his will is stolen by no other than our lovely STH.

And back to DC and Jung Ja… yeah he told her. And she’s sobbing saying that she can’t deal with this herself. But he says she has to just watch over the situation just in case something happens to him (something like he gets killed… indirectly by Gook)

more later… =)

EAST OF EDEN – episode 37
January 6, 2009, 5:28 AM
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So, great episode, though I’m starting to think Song Seung Hoon needs to work on his acting… His facial expressions are so intense sometimes it makes me laugh. Great acting for all the other actors though.

The plot was AMAZING. It was so dramatic, especially the MH-DC scene and the Rebecca-DC scene.
Ok, now I’m going to go spazz about Boys Over Flowers ep2.