Guys I finished the first episode basically in one second (yes that’s a lie, it took me more like two hours) and I will start by saying: YES. Yes yes yes. Yes, give me this show. Yes, I am excited. Yes I am terrified. Yes, I am going to write nonsense and pretend it’s a review. Yes, it is full of spoilers. Yes, you should read it. Yes, you should leave comments if you want us to do more.
We’ve decided to go full-lotto (or should I say “lollo” 😂) on this* and potentially we’ll each take different episodes, so you will never know whether you’ll get a smart, thorough and insightful review, or a flailing list of non-sequiturs basically obsessed with Jo Seung-woo’s home-workspace.
*As long as it stays good. We reserve the right to jump ship.
Definitely not Descendants of the Sun
Sisyphus jumps right into a dark, dystopian future where ragged groups of people wait in what I assume is a time-travel terminal. They’re tagged and loaded and everyone goes with a suitcase—which we later find out is a Big Deal. They are also big suitcases.
We meet Park Shin-hye first, as Kang Seo-hae. Her dad sends her off after making her promise to go live happily, eat all the food, pretend to be mute if anyone talks to her, and stay away from Han Tae-sul. Why??!!? What kind of an instruction is this? And what does he have to do with Seo-hae’s mother??
Oh forget this, paragraphs are hard. Bullet points it is.
She lands! And for some reason chased by scary looking people in goggles at a train depot. She escapes them while lugging around a 30kg suitcase like it’s a purse.
They seem to be tracking her with Geiger counters? Is she radioactive?
This is all incredibly cinematic. And probably wildly expensive 😱 But also WOW. And not at all low-key lols like LUCA’s opening week was. (Not a diss to LUCA! Just an observation.)
Han Tae-sul (Jo Seung-woo) is on a plane home and suddenly something crashes into it causing the engine to fail. He is a badass genius so he saves it…
And knocks himself out for a month, during which time he was declared braindead? Lol
But he’s not dead
Though he is definitely disturbed—there was this goosebumpy moment on the plane where he’s talking to his brother, and his bro is all like, yo, y u not looking at me? And Tae-sul replies, “Because you’re dead.” DAMN.
DAMN DAMN DAMN
Then he saves the plane. Did I already say that?
Anyway, fast forward: he’s forced to get therapy because he’s been pretty much slowly falling apart since his brother’s death. We will come back to hyung, though. In a separate list.
But why is he getting therapy from ex-girlfriend?
Still, it sort of works for five minutes, because he actually cracks and tells her real things.
Meanwhile, Seo-hae finds a cute puppy boy (who is fleecing his boss) and makes him feed her. She’s intense and scary and good with a knife, but all she wants is bananas and jjajangmyun.
And she knows the lotto lollo numbers before they are called, which makes puppy boy extra interested in her, but also he does seem like a genuinely sweet kid.
I felt like I had seen this scene before….that’s Jeon Ji-hyun on the right, in Legend of the Blue Sea, PD Jin Hyuk’s last drama.
Okay fine he has a name: Sun (or is that Jae-sun/Jason? Idk), played by rookie Chae Jung-hyup (last seen in Stove League).
Then Han Tae-sul comes on TV and Seo-hae is 😱
But then…is she flickering? She’s flickering in and out like a hologram (and the power goes out!). Is she not real? IS THIS ALL LIKE VR TIME TRAVEL? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
Since she passed out (quite unpleasantly—nosebleed and all), Pup takes her home and she wakes up the next day frantic for her suitcase, which she opens in front of him (is that okay??)
It’s got a diary inside (hers? Her mother’s?) and two canisters of blue future stuff.
She needs to speak to Tae-sul and tells Pup to call him. That’s pretty much like saying “I need to talk to Bill Gates immediately” but she doesn’t know that so it is hilarious that she leaves this serious life-and-death message in response to the customer care department’s recorded message (recorded by Tae-sul).
Her message isn’t at all funny though: people are after him and if they catch him, he will die. “Trust no one.”
Back in Tae-sul-land:
The copilot of the plane he saved turns up suddenly one night all bloody end embattled. WHY WHO IS CHASING HIM ALSO WHY and hands him a flash drive containing the blackbox video. He tells him it weren’t no bird as wot hit the plane. It was…a suitcase? sdkfjs@3/rkl32