Days away from the nuclear attack, Tae-sul and Seo-hae begin to finally use their knowledge of their own past attempts to change this future against Sigma.
In a story where the villains are sticking hard to the timeline of previous pasts, so the future remains the same, the protagonists maybe should have started using this advantage a little sooner, but ah well, at least we’re here now.
Let’s not use our biggest weapon yet. We still have seconds left till annihilation!
So, finally, they begin using this knowledge to start changing the future little by little, cause there are those who are banking on them to do the same things they did before.
Now, something I’ve wailed a lot about is how much time the Control Bureau has been giving these two to plot their way out of corners every single time. This makes complete sense when we realise that the villains weren’t being incompetent — they were simply ensuring that the score of wins and defeats remain the same this time, as in the times before, so nothing can change their apocalyptic future.
Dear PD-nim, why didn’t you even hint at this before??? I’m utterly flummoxed at how much information Sisyphus kept from us for most of the show.
Badass bodyguard from the future is still badass
I loved getting more time with Bong-soonie, even though I can’t quite accept that this man who was on life support was in any way a priority during evacuations right before a nuclear attack. And Tae-sul was presumably dead before the attack even happened.
But of course he was the one to come and snipe those baddies and save his boss! It’s what his younger self had failed to do, and that clearly weighed on him a lot.
I do wish he’d gone against the faithful butler trope and held a vicious grudge against Tae-sul for creating the Uploader. If he came back to snipe his boss, that would make even more sense.
Though, ha. I love that he kept Tae-sul’s car in the future, and it’s still running great 17 years later.
It’s a crime to be poor
There is tremendous sadness in the way actor Kim Byung-chul played the younger, defeated Seo Won-ju/Seo Gil-bok.
After his initial introduction as a little boy pushed into mental anguish by an abusive parents and a neglectful society, it kind of seemed like a straight path to his rise into an adulthood of nihilism and misanthropy. But it wasn’t that straight after all.
The adult Seo Won-ju is so very, very lonely, and yet, when he attempts to take his own life, so desperately sad to end the existence he finds unbearable.
It’s especially cruel to watch him have a spark of hope at the end of his rope, when he hears that one of his painting had been sold, and then to immediately have it ripped away from him by his old nemesis.
Of course, it’s so very like Tae-sul to stand there mocking the future Sigma about his subpar artistic talents, and never notice that the man in front of him is the one being crushed by his words.
Since we’re on the topic of Sigma, let’s take a moment to parse his life’s philosophy. He has said repeatedly that Tae-sul and Seo-hae could have saved the world any number of times if they didn’t put their own loved ones before the millions who die during the war.
Then he and his table full of rich friends laugh at this human frailty, and absolve themselves of any responsibility for the war about to break out.
This is elitist bullshit, and not worth the eye roll it immediately triggers in me.
Much more interesting is Sigma’s actual motive. He was rejected by society, and now he wants to see everyone burn, while he prospers. Simple.
And if Tae-sul, the man who stood before him with a gun at his lowest moment while tearing down his dreams with his words is the one he can use to destroy the world, all the better!
We might kill the guy who will become the NEXT Sigma!
I have a theory about Sigma. After he gets away from Seo-hae and Tae-sul, Seo Won-ju survives the nuclear attack, probably because he was arrested and in jail. I believe him when he says that the attack would have happened any way.
After surviving, he finds out that Eddy Kim finished the work on the Uploader, and he volunteers to come back to the past in the test set.
After arriving, he makes his money, and then he realises that instead of things going on just as before, the arrival of Seo-hae portends that the world might not end this time. Or at least, that Tae-sul might not create the Uploader. So he begins to interfere with them, creating the Control Bureau and a network of people who will keep the timeline exactly the same.
And who knows how many times he’s succeeded in this?
Though does this mean that Sigma is right? Tae-sul may not create the Uploader, but that wouldn’t stop the nuclear attack. All it’ll do is stop people from the future coming into the past!
Wait, is Sigma even evil?
He was just like you, except smarter and more charismatic