The best thing about Pinocchio is that it’s based on a character who cannot tell a lie and as such we’re experiencing something both new and refreshing as we watch this story unfold… HONESTY! I know, it’s a lot to wrap your head around, a drama full of honesty, but that’s exactly what we have here and it’s making things quite interesting as no secret can stay a secret for long.
Personally, I think every drama from now on should have at least one Pinocchio character, just to keep people honest about their feelings and actions but we all know that’s never going to happen so I’m just going to enjoy this refreshing break from the norm while it lasts. I think the reason I’m feeling so giddy about this whole honesty thing is because there’s so much that needs to be said in this drama and it’s actually being said! Dal Po needed to tell In Ha the truth about his past and he did. Sure, it was only because In Ha had the ugly truth shoved on her by Lee Joo Ho and she confronted him with it with the most sincere apology ever recorded in the annals of Drama Land history, but Dal Po ended up filling her in on the rest of the story and told her he was alright which is really what matters. After thirteen years Dal Po was finally able to vent all of his pent up feelings and if that does nothing else for him it’s got to be a huge step taken towards healing. I’m sure it also feels good to be able to finally have someone to talk to as he tries to come to grips with the reality that his brother is not a good person. I know Dal Po is choosing not to tell In Ha everything at this point but he’s told her enough to be able to turn to her when things get tough and that’s a good thing.
It would seem Dal Po has more than one confidante though and I’m more than happy to see that Cap Hwang has stepped in and taken on the role of a mentor and/or guide. I know that a lot off what Cap is doing is because he feels responsible for what happened to Dal Po’s family but I think there’s more to Cap’s actions than that. I think Cap genuinely cares for Dal Po, at least in a sort of big brother sense, and he wants to make sure Dal Po doesn’t do something stupid that will ultimately screw up his life. I think Cap’s actually going to become the figure that makes all the difference in the direction life takes for both Dal Po and Jae Myeong. Where Dal Po has Cap around to act as his personal Jiminy Cricket, Jae Myeong has had no one and that’s going to make all the difference as this story progresses.
Jae Myeong, having grown up alone, with no one to guide or direct him, has spent the past thirteen years harboring the mother of all grudges and the way he’s handling all that anger isn’t good. I’ve had a very bad feeling about Jae Myeong for a while and it’s not getting any better, especially not after he went after In Ha. I can totally understand his curiosity when it came to her knowledge of private, family information but he’s had dealings with In Ha before, she’s the one who interviewed him after he saved that kid, so he could have just approached her causally and asked her where she got her information. It wouldn’t have raised any suspicions if he’d done so, it would have been a natural step for him to take but to attack her like that, out of nowhere, raises a whole different set of suspicions. After all, a national hero shouldn’t be attacking innocent girls just because he wants to ask her a question.
Of course not everyone believes Jae Myeong is as goodhearted as the news is making him out to be and that’s a good thing, though, admittedly, not so good for Dal Po. Knowing your brother is most likely a murderer has got to be a difficult thing for Dal Po to deal with, especially now that he’s got that recording of Jae Myeong talking about revenge. I was a little disappointed in Dal Po when he decided to keep that little bit of suspicious evidence buried, even though I can understand the reason why. After having your family slandered for thirteen years, it makes sense to want to have a family member honored. While having Jae Myeong painted as a national hero doesn’t make up for the loss of his parents, or the defamation of his father, it did bring the story of their family to light and that brought about the apology of a nation. In a lot of ways, that would seem like enough reason to keep the truth buried and I might have agreed with Dal Po’s actions, were we not talking about hiding a possible murderer. Sorry but when Dal Po is worried enough about In Ha’s safety to tell her to stay away from Jae Myeong, then there’s a pretty good chance Jae Myeong shouldn’t be around anyone. The man is dangerous and if Dal Po doesn’t say something soon, things could quickly progress from bad to worse. I suppose there’s always a chance that Jae Myeong will calm down now that Dal Po has revealed his true identity but I have a feeling that’s not going to be the case. I don’t think Jae Myeong isn’t going to take kindly to his little brother becoming a reporter and I’m almost afraid to watch the next episodes to find out what happens next because I have a feeling it’s going to be rather painful.
So tell me, what do you think of the developments in this story? Do you think Jae Myeong’s attack on In Ha will spur Dal Po to reveal the truth about his brother? Do you think anyone will believe such a story about a beloved national hero? Do you think Jae Myeong will accept Dal Po as his long-lost little brother or will he brush him off as a liar? There’s a lot going on with these brothers at the moment and I’d love to hear your thoughts so be sure to let me know what you’re thinking by leaving me a comment below.
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