“Navy Prosecutor Doberman” is on its penultimate week, and for as soon as Do Bae Man (Ahn Bo Hyun) and Cha Woo In (Jo Bo Ah) take a backseat as we check out the infighting amongst the Patriotic Society and what which means for our enigmatic villain, Noh Hwa Younger (Oh Yun Soo). Everybody’s tiring of the sport at this level because the fallout from final week’s spherical of betrayals continues. Foes turn out to be associates and vice versa, but, there’s no time for pausing to clear the air, because the present turns up the pacing by bringing again an outdated favourite who appears to be rediscovering his humanity and stays Hwa Younger’s Achilles heel. And when the air clears after this battle, just a few will probably be left standing.
Warning: spoilers for episodes 13-14 beneath.
1. Kang Ha Joon jumps ship
Kang Ha Joon (Kang Younger Seok) seems to have jumped ship at warp pace. He goes from promoting out Woo In and Bae Man’s largest weapon in opposition to Hwa Younger to actually informing them of the key file containing all of the Patriotic Society’s soiled secrets and techniques (dubbed the “X File”) which he didn’t even point out to his former comrades. He frames it as having had sufficient and being weary of the infinite battle in opposition to the highly effective and corrupt, which is legitimate. He thinks that Woo In has Bae Man now and doesn’t want him (as a result of one man apparently replaces the opposite) and that absolutely all of the work he’s performed thus far repays his debt to her dad (positive, however actively working in opposition to his daughter to doom her doesn’t!). There’s a query of how far Ha Joon has gone to the darkish facet, and if he has performed so in any respect, as a result of he appears slightly too fast at throwing out secrets and techniques. Solely the finale will inform.
For now, Yong Moon Goo (Kim Younger Min) couldn’t be extra delighted at this flip of occasions and by the truth that the file stays unknown to Hwa Younger. Upon listening to that Noh Tae Nam (Kim Woo Seok), of all folks, would possibly pay attention to the file’s whereabouts, he goes to hunt him down. However tragedy has struck there first.
2. Personal Pyun has sufficient
We’ve seen Pyun Sang Ho (Kim Yo Han) struggling by means of life within the army for weeks now. At first, Tae Nam categorizes him as an fool and watches agape as the person simply takes the insults hurled at him, then he’s aghast when he realizes that the abuse isn’t simply psychological however extends to sexual assault. Tae Nam’s grown surprisingly near Sang Ho and proven actual empathy for the opposite man. He cares when Sang Ho is bullied and tries to assist him every time potential, even right down to taping his damaged glasses for him. Maybe it’s as a result of Sang Ho is the one one who was good to him, however folks have positively been good to Tae Nam prior to now and certain paid for it. This was a distinct kind of bond. Two outcasts in opposition to a whole platoon. The present’s message on the army is barely muddied within the sense that it’s this poisonous surroundings that permits Tae Nam to develop a conscience. But it surely’s the identical surroundings that destroys Sang Ho bodily and mentally. It’s to the purpose the place when his chief abuser, Sergeant Ma (Jang Younger Hyeon), threatens to go damage Sang Ho’s disabled mom, Sang Ho loses it and massacres over half his squad. Solely a seriously-traumatized Tae Nam is left alive.
It’s a horrific have a look at what occurs when systemic abuse runs rampant. It’s onerous to name the useless “victims” as they skilled solely a minuscule fraction of what they put Sang Ho by means of. However, the regulation treats even abusers as having rights, and how the regulation will fall now hinges on probably the most unlikely individual: Tae Nam.
3. Tae Nam has sufficient
Tae Nam is within the distinctive place of understanding each side of the coin right here, as oppressor and sufferer. Having seen what Sang Ho went by means of, he understands the ensuing fracture within the different man’s psyche. But, there’s one thing about that visceral violence that takes Tae Nam again to his worst moments: holding a grenade whereas his mom saunters off to show him a lesson. Disobeying her request to maintain the bullying matter all hushed up would lead to a lifetime of struggling, like Sang Ho with out an finish date in sight.
So when Woo In and Bae Man initially question him as as to whether there was bullying throughout the platoon, a fearful Tae Nam denies it. He huddles by himself all the way in which to trial, as Personal Ma (who stays disgustingly shameful) and the opposite injured troopers proceed to behave as if they did nothing unsuitable. But, at trial, listening to the whole platoon mock and berate Sang Ho as an ungrateful psychotic man breaks Tae Nam in two. And the identical Tae Nam who thought nothing of seeing his good friend drug and rape a lady stands up for Sang Ho in opposition to his mom and his platoon.
Nonetheless, the day doesn’t finish in justice. Sang Ho is sentenced to demise whereas the bullies who destroyed him are merely arrested. And although the present posits that Tae Nam’s time within the army actually has taught him a lesson (thus equating the military to jail) and reformed his character over the course of some quick weeks, this arc however, falls flat. As a result of whereas we see Tae Nam understanding Sang Ho, true change requires an acknowledgement of fault, and Tae Nam has by no means acknowledged his pre-military crimes. He actually assisted in and filmed a rape, however we by no means even see him pondering that it was unsuitable. Maybe we’ll get this within the closing episodes, however till then, Tae Nam nonetheless isn’t one of many good guys. However truthfully, who’s on this present? Maybe simply Woo In.
4. Hwa Younger is finished with everybody simply as a lot as everybody is finished along with her
Hwa Younger enjoys probably the most tumultuous day of her life, going from a victory lap to being fired, to forcing her former boss-now-enemy to retract his dismissal. Because the Patriotic Society formally implodes, everybody goes at one another with all ammunition on the desk. Minister Lee Jae Shik (Nam Kyung Eup) discovers this the onerous manner when he makes an attempt to fireside Hwa Younger from her place. All she has to do is fish out the little recording she made years in the past confirming his acknowledgement of their shared crimes, and the Minister is aware of he’s performed for. Hwa Younger comes out swinging, however deep down, she is aware of that she’s doomed except the trial proceeds in her favor. She’s relieved when Tae Nam lies at first however surprisingly takes no steps to make sure that this stays the case. Actually although, why? Since when has Tae Nam ever performed what his mom wished? Why didn’t she count on him to do one thing silly final minute? The present appears to be making an attempt to say that if she was a greater mom who’d seemed into how her son was doing on base and made time for Tae Nam’s calls, that she wouldn’t have been stunned at this betrayal. However Tae Nam was by no means that nice a human being, so that is actually a state of affairs the place everybody’s equally terrible.
With Hwa Younger’s profession in shambles after Tae Nam blurting out the reality at trial, Woo In and Bae Man lastly have all of the ammunition they should formally examine her. Not that she appears too fussed, as a result of Hwa Younger all the time has one thing else up her sleeve.
Talking of secrets and techniques, the present continues to cover simply how Hwa Younger knew Woo In’s father. Woo In’s sure that the 2 barely knew one another, as her father didn’t have any footage of them collectively. However Hwa Younger’s keepsafe photograph says in any other case. It’s one final trick the present has in its arsenal because it runs for the end line. So, as our prosecutor pair heads into its closing battle subsequent week, the one query that is still is whether or not they’ve set the stage to win.
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