Dear Reader, we love that you’re on this ride with us through each and every episode, but after some discussion (and too many late night texts), we’ve decided to be smart about our recapping commitments here. Sisyphus: The Myth will get one weekly recap post from next week. We’ll still bring you our thoughts, but they’ll be on two episodes at a time.
Management Saya, Anisa, Paroma
Cute nerd mode: On.
We begin with a flashback to 2001, when 20-year-old Han Tae-sul, already a handsome ahjushhi, is struggling to get his machine to do whatever it is that got his company so big.
His machine finally does something and the entire city loses its power supply.
Meanwhile, at that exact moment, the underground station Han Tae-san is working in experiences flickering lights and then suddenly a man appears on the tracks. He has a suitcase and a picture of the two brothers in front of Tae-sul’s first lab. And behind the picture are scribbled records of all the dates of attack on Han Tae-sul.
(I see that the plane crash is being counted as an attack. But didn’t that happen only because Tae-san apparated downloaded 3000ft up in the air and straight into the plane’s windscreen? Did he cause the crash he was trying to prevent? … Is the whole story about people trying to save Tae-sul and inadvertently ending up being the ones to nearly kill him? <shock>)
Ahh, so this is when Tae-san starts “seeing” things. Because the man on the tracks, who limps away as a train fast approaches down the line, looks very much like Tae-san from the future. Dun dun dunnnnnn.
I’m really keen to find out why these travelers end up where they do. If the people operating the Uploader decide on the destination, then a fated meet between Tae-san and Future!Tae-san like this wouldn’t really be possible. But if the teleporting human decides where they’ll end up, then a familiar train station makes a lot more sense.
Back in the present, Tae-sul and Seo-hae leave his house the next morning to go crash Quantum & Time’s Chairman’s party, and we see that someone is watching them.
Broker Park looks contemplatively at a framed picture and visits the bank to send 3 million won to a “Park Jae-uk”. Ooh, a new mystery. But somehow I fail to care.
Seo-hae gets out of a car looking every inch the rich investor she’s pretending to be. Tae-sul reminds her not to hit anyone while she’s inside the party, and her gruff, “we’ll see,” is the first bit of this episode that makes me laugh.
Why oh why are they standing in the middle of the road while Tae-sul gently puts in a communication device into her ear and pats her hair? It’s super sweet, but weren’t they trying to stay unobserved?
Seo-hae enters the party as Grace Park with an invitation that Tae-sul had procured, presumably through hacker magic. (It’s engraved. Where did he print the damned thing?)
Meanwhile, Tae-sul gets into the house through a backdoor and snoops around the second floor. Though he’s mostly just peeking out at the party and bonding with Seo-hae over the earpiece.
As the Control Bureau arrives and gets into position, Seung-bok gets on the podium and declares that the future of the company will be synonymous with trust and stability. (Which sounds like the death knell for a cutting edge tech company’s growth tbh.)
Tae-sul doesn’t seem surprised by the fecklessness of his shareholders, or Seung-bok, for that matter. His matter of fact acceptance is kinda refreshing here.
Oh no, the Control Bureu are inside the party as part of the wait staff too. And they’ve jammed communications, so our duo can’t stay connected any more.
Seung-bok approaches Seo-hae and flirts while swaying like a hypnotic snake. Then suddenly gets super honest about how he feels like a disposable card in the hands of the shareholders, just like his (presumed dead) friend, Han Tae-sul.
This gets cut short as Seo-hae spots Tae-san and chases after him. Oblivious to this, Tae-sul comes across something explosive in the chairman’s office. A picture of Seo-hae and him right outside the party, while he was putting that ear piece in (I told you they were stupidly visible!), and a technology sharing agreement with “Sigma” – the same group Seo-hae has warned Tae-sul was trying to kill him.
Fortunately, we’re spared even a moment of suspense, as the chairman enters the office and our hero confronts him. Turns out that Sigma has been investing in his company from the very beginning. Tae-sul just didn’t know cause he never read any of the company reports or attended any of the meetings. (I know the point here isn’t to diss Tae-sul’s irresponsibility, but this felt like a definite older person smack down from evil grandpa.)
Anyway, the Chairman was in on it the whole time. And when Tae-sul loses his temper and attacks him, Seo-jin injects him with a sedative and incapacitate him. Then she calls the Control Bureau and tells them to start the operation. Damn girl, I thought you were a good one!
Meanwhile, Seo-hae finds Tae-san and he tells her to stay away from Tae-sul. “Gang Seo-hae, daughter of Gang Dong-gi,” he intones. “You’re putting Tae-sul in danger, do you know that?” (Oooh, is my theory right after all?)
He warns her that he’ll kill her if she goes near his brother again, and then runs off. While chasing him, Seo-hae is cornered by the Control Bureau, fights them off with a fork and escapes.
As she emerges outside, floodgates light up the lawn and a bullet grazes her calf. She falls to the ground and takes out the EMP device that Tae-sul had given her. Hyun-ki lines up his next shot to kill her, but she presses the button and all light go up.
And THIS is why Sisyphus has no tension whatsoever. First, they did that dumb thing where they flashed back to the scene where Tae-sul explains how the EMP device works, which we saw just 8 minutes before. And then! There’s an injured target on the ground, the sniper has already lined up his shot and is about to pull the trigger, but because the lights go out he doesn’t shoot. Instead, he pulls out a handgun to go after her in the dark. Just pull the trigger! Pull the damned trigger! Can she limp away from her fallen position faster than your bullet can hit her? No! Just… gah!
Deep breaths. If I get angry, I lose.