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The Fugitive: Plan B or Domangja Plan B — second thoughts

So now Ji Woo (Rain) gets us over to China and, using Jin Yi (Na-yeong Lee) as a bait, brings many of the bad guys out of the woodwork. Yet, at what cost? If the client no longer trusts him, what progress can he make? Although Kai (Daniel Henney) may be no more trustworthy, he’s less pervy and more restrained. Have you noticed how Rain takes every opportunity to try planting a kiss on the reluctant client or, when a taxi veers violently around a corner, seizes the girl in a protective embrace? His character is genuinely sexist in every bone of his body. I’m completely baffled as to why he should have decided to play someone so unlikeable. Surely his fans cannot be pleased to see him acting as such a relentlessly unpleasant person. I don’t care anything that Rain can fight or, better still, run away. As this character, he doesn’t deserve to succeed. Or, if he succeeds, he certainly doesn’t deserve any loyalty from staff, previous associates or clients.

Rain as Ji Woo looking determined

The truth now comes out into the open as it’s admitted Daniel Henney knew General Wei (Ti Lung) has been behind some or all of this, having killed the girl’s parents. As a loyal dog, Daniel Henney is told to bring Jin Yi to Macao. So now he has to choose whether to stay loyal to the girl or give her (and the bank note) up.

Jin Yi now realises the stupidity behind all the attempts to kill her. If the baddies think she has this bank note, they should ask her for it before trying to kill her. Sadly, the writers’ forgot to include this in their “how to be a villain handbook”. A flashback shows her picking up this bank note from the mortuary when taking the personal effects following the deaths of her parents in the US. Then, because no-one can think of anything better to do, we have more silly fights and chases to pad out the time.

Na-yeong Lee as Jin Yi holding herself together

I’m impressed I finally managed to work out they want the bank note. I still don’t really know who “they” are nor why they want this bank note. It’s apparently something to do with missing gold which the bad professor knows all about. But despite this fog of uncertainty, I feel I’m making progress.

Detective Do Soo (Jeong-jin Lee) giving life-saving mouth-to-mouth to Detective Yoon So-ran (Yun Jin-seo), his female junior, is appreciated by her and noticed approvingly by their colleagues. Perhaps she should invite him round to meet her parents before he changes his mind.

As in all the best television shows made for the international market, we now move with the usual dramatic speed to picturesque Macau where all the more photogenic tourist attractions can be shown off to the best advantage as General Wei proves to Ji Woo that he’s one of, if not the main, enemy. Kai (sorry Daniel Henney) gets to do what he does best which is to seduce the girl, and after another silly fight, our hero is finally captured by Do Soo. At least Rain won’t be able to run away for at least half an episode. One thing which I find consistently annoying is the artificiality of all this chasing and fighting. It brings everything else to a halt around it while everything is staged. For example, in a major Macau hotel complex, Do Soo and Ji Woo fight in front of guests and then drive everyone away from the pool area, but hotel security never puts in an appearance and the local police are not called. Remember, Do Soo is not a police officer entitled to operate in Macau. Having ended with a soaking in the swimming pool, the perfectly groomed, but now handcuffed policeman and prisoner, walk without attracting attention in front of the hotel as Kai and Jin Yi head for their car and drive away. Fortunately, in a later episode, this is corrected with our hero clubbed to the ground and blood streams down his face and neck from the wounds. For once, there are consequences to all these blows.

Daniel Henney as Kai looking cool in shades

After an exchange of information and the introduction of evidence designed to frame our hero, things are looking bad for Ji Woo. Do Soo should be feeling more pleased but there’s something niggling at him. Anyway, because this is a plot written for the lowest common denominator audience, Ji Woo writes a summary of the case so far on his cell wall and then escapes. Naturally, our hero wants the detective to do some of the investigative work for him. Soon he has tracked down his client who has reconfirmed her relationship with Kai. There’s a moment or two of physical confrontation — Daniel Henney actually manages to do something more than stand around in his statuesque style and, in that minute, exerts himself in a fight. This would be good except he’s weighed down by guilt and ends up on the floor.

Our supposed hero Rain and Na-yeong Lee now sit close to each other in a car, watching to see what happens when Kai wakes up. For once, there’s no attempt from Rain to paw the girl. After a few minutes. Ji Woo’s predictions are proved correct as villains descend on their location. Kai’s transition to the Dark Side looks certain. They both spend the night reflecting on progress to date and then follow Kai to a meeting with General Wei. After an exchange of threats where, for once, you actually have the sense of real screen presence from Daniel Henney, our girl makes the mistake of stepping out of hiding to confront him. After a short and ruthless fight, all three principals are in the hands of General Wei. Back at the police station, Do Soo and his loyal side kick are going to be framed for helping our hero escape. This is motivating them to get to the bottom of what’s happening. I could mention the various subplots based at Ji Woo’s office and the activities of Nakamura (Seong Dong-il) but they are so painful, I prefer to allow them to fester quietly out of sight.

Jeong-jin Lee as Do Soo — one of the good guys

We now get into the aftermath of the capture. Ji Woo, Jin Yi and a turncoat associate investigator (Gong Hyeong Jin) sometimes employed by Ji Woo are tied to chairs. For fun, our mad (and bad) professor — an underling of General Wei — has a civilised thug inject rattlesnake venom into the third wheel for the other two to watch. We’re all supposed to think this execution is deeply upsetting. Rain sheds a tear, anyway. Jin Yi is next but, just as the thug is about to use the hypodermic, Do Soo and girlfriend detective turn up outside and start battering on the door. Let no-one say Ji Woo lacked foresight in leaving this dedicated pair of officers a trail of breadcrumbs to follow. While the professor tries to get rid of our amorous detectives, Ji Woo and Jin Yi untie each other and, despite having been tied unmoving to chairs for hours (which usually paralyses the body due to restricted flow of blood) they escape with the usual exchange of blows followed by a chase through the streets. Fortunately, Do Soo is fixated by his pasta and his girlfriend (of course) and so fails to spot the various groups run toward and then past the restaurant. Such is the power of love when faced by pasta. This last episode has been a bad one for Daniel Henney lovers. He’s been unconscious in bed recovering from concussion. He should talk firmly with his agent to ensure more screen time.

Gong Hyeong-jin terminated by rattlesnake venom

And let’s not forget the first death of the show. He may only have been a minor associate of the great detective, but Gong Hyeong Jin didn’t really deserve to die. Indeed, when you consider all the various attempted killings so far, with people missing death by guns, swords and motor cars, it seems singularly unfair someone should hold this ineffective guy down and cold-bloodedly poison him. It takes all the fun out of the show, really.

For all the reviews see:

The Fugitive: Plan B or Domangja Plan B — early thoughts

The Fugitive: Plan B or Domangja Plan B — second thoughts

The Fugitive: Plan B or Domangja Plan B — the third act

The Fugitive: Plan B or Domangja Plan B — the last act.

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