“Again My Life” returns with one other fast-paced pair of episodes as Hee Woo’s (Lee Joon Gi’s) return to life goes higher than he imagined. He’s instantly entrance and heart in circumstances that he solely noticed from afar, and he skillfully navigates a minefield of recent pals and enemies whereas managing to excel in just about every part. And whereas some issues change, others keep the identical. Greed and cash are the secret in 2008 with crashing monetary markets, mergers aplenty, and an period the place corrupt politicians referenced second-generation idols in an try to look related (even when that Super Junior reference made me need to cry. Oh the great outdated days!). As Korea rises as an financial energy and the dangerous guys step up their ways, Hee Woo is left to marvel simply how low he’ll need to sink to catch a monster.
Warning: spoilers for episodes 3-4 under.
1. “What happens when you’re greedy? You lose yourself.”
It’s at all times a delight to see Lee Soon Jae on display. (Anyone keep in mind “Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit”?) He will get an impactful function as Woo Yong Soo, an actual property speculator who buys up properties at public sale. Hee Woo’s curiosity is piqued upon searching for to save lots of the dwelling of his classmate and examine companion Kim Gyu Ri (Hong Bi Ra) from being auctioned off. Upon noting that Yong Soo bids on very particular properties, he briefs the older man and requests to be taught from him. But Yong Soo begins with a warning: that the acquisition of land purely to take a seat on it and look ahead to income to extend is nothing however greed. That greed might result in Hee Woo dropping himself.
Hee Woo is all too effectively conscious of the pitfalls of this path however commits himself to attempting to be the exception to the rule. Yong Soo checks this resolve by asking Hee Woo to ship an eviction discover to impoverished tenants whose properties he’s purchased up. Hee Woo is visibly moved by their plight however manages to search out workarounds every time a lot to Yong Soo’s secret delight. Seeing somebody value mentoring in Hee Woo, he helps him save Gyu Ri’s dwelling and turns into a invaluable companion, one thing that proves helpful for him as effectively as a result of Jo Tae Seob (Lee Kyung Young) has his soiled paws in every part and was this near crushing Yong Soo.
2. “You can’t hold power if you don’t know the flow of money”
As that is set throughout the 2008 monetary recession, Jo Tae Seob makes the astute remark that politicians, regardless of being simply corrupted by cash, must have a basic understanding of the way it works. They want to have the ability to visualize the long run and place financial bets on the profitable events. This is much like what Yong Soo tells Hee Woo about how actual property hypothesis works, however Tae Seob units a distinct purpose submit. Money, for him, is tied to energy. The dying of his son within the automotive crash that ought to have killed Hee Woo’s dad and mom has left him with nothing to dwell for however the maniacal pursuit of changing into omnipotent. On the opposite hand, money-making is all Yong Soo is aware of easy methods to do. He has no real interest in the ability bit. Thus, it’s all of the extra chilling when Tae Seob orders his males to go after Yong Soo and scale back him to nothing however the garments on his again, purely as a result of he desires the outdated man’s properties. It isn’t even private; it’s all in a day’s work. One can solely marvel simply what number of such offers he makes in a day and what number of lives he ruins with a wave of his arms. In the unique timeline, Yong Soo loses every part and is discovered useless in a river, and it’s unclear whether or not it’s homicide or suicide. But Hee Woo’s not about to let that occur.
Hee Woo hears concerning the plot from Jang Il Hyun (Kim Hyung Muk), who, with Choi Kang Jin (Kim Jin Woo), has inducted him right into a “secret law club” on the college (aka an all-boys membership the place everybody scratches one another’s backs). Hee Woo encourages Yong Soo to promote all his properties in a single go to an entire bunch of householders. It’s a testomony to Yong Soo’s character that he does so with out argument or remorse. It was simply cash to him; one thing he might do, not one thing he hungered after. A mildly irritated Tae Seob is left to take care of a bunch of recent property house owners as a substitute of Yong Soo as a sole goal. 1-0 for Hee Woo.
3. “Money can do its job when the right man has it.”
Tae Seob could also be proper in that energy is linked to cash and dropping one is similar as dropping each. However, there may be one other subtler take. While sharing a drink with Hee Woo as they overlook a neighborhood that each know will flip into high-rises sometime, Yong Soo tells him that cash has a job to do. And it’s a job that may solely be finished if cash falls into the precise arms. If not, it’ll serve the identical corrupt masters with the identical corrupt objectives again and again. With that, he entrusts Hee Woo with the cash from the sale of his properties, telling him to do good with it and never lose his soul in pursuit of his purpose. A grateful Hee Woo swears to just do that. Yet, can he actually?
4. “You can’t catch the devil unless you become an even worse monster.”
If Yong Soo’s recommendation is to amass wealth by way of the least ugly means potential and use it to do good, grim reaper Han Ji Hyun’s (Cha Joo Young’s) recommendation is to battle corruption with corruption. Hee Woo has skated by on skinny ice this entire time with out having to compromise his morals in any actual sense. Tenants to evict? He’ll discover methods round their issues by serving to one discover a new dwelling and serving to the opposite file for chapter as she needs. Joining a secret membership of minor villains? He’ll feed them data that they’ll use to win circumstances and turn into in debt to him. Taking out minor gamers in Jo Tae Seob’s circle with minor gamers in Hee Woo’s circle? It’s no biggie to Hee Woo.
But Hee Woo hasn’t needed to really make any huge choices but. He’s been terribly fortunate, however simply how far is that luck going to run? We additionally nonetheless don’t know what occurred when Hee Woo’s dad left for the police station to function a witness. Judging by how rapidly afterwards they opened a rooster restaurant on this week’s episodes, cash might need modified arms. And what if it’s a mortgage? Tae Seob might have his dad and mom within the palm of his hand with out Hee Woo even realizing.
Plus, Han Ji Hyun is alive on this period and is an in depth aide of Tae Seob regardless of working towards him underneath the codename Pluto. Just how a lot does she know? Why work for him when she hates him? And why didn’t she react when Hee Woo mentioned he’ll preserve his promise? We’re coming into a interval of his life with extra unknowns than ever. And she isn’t the one enigma.
5. “But he said he didn’t need money. He told me that he could be the richest man in the world if he wanted to.”
Lee Min Soo (Jung Sang Hoon) is an enormous query mark. Hee Woo helps considered one of Min Soo’s pals invent an app that’s clearly meant to be KakaoTalk (now ubiquitous in Korea). In his earlier life, one of many nation’s largest conglomerates stole the scholar’s supply code and minimize him out of his personal creation. This time, Hee Woo ensures that the person who does so is caught earlier than he can make billions off of the concept. Min Soo’s pal confides to Hee Woo that it is definitely Min Soo who got here up with the concept for the app and refused cash or credit score for it, saying that he could possibly be the richest man on the planet if he so selected. Hee Woo takes this as an indication of Min Soo’s hidden genius, however what if it’s one thing extra?
There’s been one thing unusual about Min Soo from his use of 2021 slang in 2008 to his skill to get into any skilled college he chooses and to the best way he retains hanging round Hee Woo. Creating an app that’s this widespread requires foresight past which anybody might have seen on the time, which begs the query: might Min Soo even be from the long run?
Next week exhibits us arrowing into the 2010s as Hee Woo speeds by way of legislation college. As his present life not resembles his earlier one, it’s extra necessary than ever that he treads fastidiously. He appears to have an uncanny skill to recollect each case he sees on the information, however the nearer he will get to the enemy, the extra harmful every step turns into.
Kim Ji Eun continues to be a straightforward watch as Kim Hee Ah, but one thing feels lacking. She’ll probably be Hee Woo’s best ally, what together with her standing because the daughter of Tae Seob’s closest companion conglomerate. And but it looks like she hasn’t finished a lot whereas Hee Woo runs round nonstop. Here’s hoping her function is best fleshed out as a result of the ladies on this present should shine extra! Especially Kim Han Mi (Kim Jae Kyung)!
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