Remember Episodes 1 – 6 Recap and Opinions

I’ve been watching Remember (aka Remember: War of the Son) which is 20% complete. Here are my thoughts so far.

Remember-Poster2 Character Line Up:
1. Seo Jin Woo (Yoo Seung Ho), lawyer whose father is wrongly imprisoned for a crime rich heir Nam Gyoo Man committed.
2. Lee In A  (Park Min Young), prosecutor who wants reverse the unfair conviction of Jin Woo’s father.
3. Park Dong Ho (Park Sung Woong), lawyer that betrayed Jin Woo’s father in court leading to his wrongful conviction when rich heir Gyoo Man’s father offered the right incentive.
4. Nam Gyoo Man (Namgung Min), rich heir, spoiled with anger issues, is a murderer who believes wealth will get him out of any legal issue.
5. Nam Yeo Kyung (Jung Hye Seong), rich heiress and sister of Gyoo Man.

Back Story (Episodes 1 – 4)
The show spent a good portion of episodes establishing the back story of the show. Jin Woo’s father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was framed for a murder Gyoo Man committed. Gyoo Man is a cruel, heartless, rich heir who believes he is untouchable. So far, he’s right. Gyoo Man’s father bribes Jin Woo’s father’s lawyer Dong Ho during the trial not to submit the evidence that would have pointed a finger at his son as the murderer. Jin Woo’s was stunned and crushed at Dong Ho’s betrayal and vowed to put Gyoo Man in prison and free his father. In A was Jin Woo’s friend throughout his father’s trial. Jin Woo has photographic memory not only of what he reads but what he experiences in life. He can replay any scene and pick out any detail.

Present Day (Episodes 5-6)
Jin Woo returns from America a lawyer with a plan. He will methodically deal with those perpetrated the wrongful conviction of his father. To that end he establishes his own law practice with a view of the company the Nam family owns. He takes on a sexual harassment case as the defense lawyer that In A, a prosecutor, is prosecuting. Jin Woo takes the case to put himself in the line of sight of the Nam family and Dong Ho and thwart the Nam family from framing another person. Episode 6 ends with Jin Woo’s success, Gyoo Man’s anger, Dong Ho wanting to stop Jin Woo’s dangerous path. In A is sad that her former friend is cold and distance with her, even though she wants to reverse the wrong his father suffered.

My Thoughts
* The writer, Yoon Hyun Ho, who won Best Screenplay  for “The Attorney”) at the 2014 Daejong Film Awards, has a clear plan for this story and is peeling the layers away each episode. The cliff hangers for each episode are compelling and make you want to know what happens next. There isn’t much for the female characters to do, this is all about the male characters grappling with each other. In A wants to help, but she does not have the information and is lower rung prosecutor with minimal power. Yeo Kyung, the sister of evil Gyoo Man, and somehow clueless about her brother’s true nature, is simply a pawn in the story.
* Leading man, Jin Woo, once a powerless boy who saw his father’s fate cruelly crushed, is a man with a mission to right the wrongs committed against his father, but he has limited time to accomplish his goal. Naturally, Jin Woo, the lawyer, is more interesting than the powerless boy. I like that certain of Jin Woo’s lawyer traits mimic Dong Ho, the lawyer who betrayed his father.
* Leading lady, In A, seems more like a secondary character at this point. She wants to get in the ring and fight with/for Jin Woo, but he’s a lone wolf and does not want her help. In the back story episodes, her character was stereotype – perky, honest, and loyal – and did not resonate with me. Present day In A is more interesting, though I wonder if she will ever have equal footing with the men grappling with each other.
* Lawyer that betrayed Jin Woo, Park Dong Ho, is portrayed with flair. This character drove episodes 3 and 4 with his smart, determination to free Jin Woo’s father. But when Gyoo Man’s father dangled helping Dong Ho’s father figure friend, Dong Ho choose loyalty over ethics. The present day Dong Ho is more a servant to the Nam family and you can tell it chafes him. He understands only too well Jin Woo’s desire to nail Gyoo Man for the murder he committed but knows the Nam family can and will crush Jin Woo if threatened. Dong Ho is in a difficult position of serving the Nam family but wanting to help Jin Woo.
* Arrogant heir and murderer, Gyoo Man, is a man who knows that he cannot be touched. His father, their wealth, his position allow him to be cruel without reprisal. There is nothing redeeming about Gyoo Man. The character is played to cold, cruel perfection. I can’t wait to see him suffer and afraid.
* Clueless heiress, Yeo Kyung, astonishes me which her obliviousness to her brother’s true nature. I can buy her being unaware of her father’s manipulations and true nature but I would think that her brother Gyoo Man was a cruel child and she’d know this having grown up with him. This character has little to do so far except be jealous of In A’s friendship with the judge she pins for.
* This is a solid drama with an intriguing story that is heavily weighted to the male characters being the interesting ones. Side note – Jin Woo’s father does not engender himself to me. I know his child-like clueless ways are due to the Alzheimer’s. But I am not drawn to want to protect this character. Irregardless, the show has garnered good ratings, which are well deserved. I look forward to future episodes.

Recaps/Reviews:
1-6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 |15 |16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | Series

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6 comments on “Remember Episodes 1 – 6 Recap and Opinions
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  2. Mary Bethany says:

    Writer has spent 4 fast moving pace episodes to brutally laid the foundation of the inner world of Jinwoo, his inner thoughts, inner feels, inner wars… and it all focused on Jinwoo’s war and his fight for his dad. Whatever he felt about Inah was never obvious, all push to the sideline. while we did know he trusted her little by little more as she steadfastly bulldozed her way in uninvited, and bounced back after been pushed away. Until he allowed her to tag along while he ventured into the Lion’s Lair (that crime scene villa)… even while walked head down at at the ajusshi’s vigil, he looked up only when InAh’s called him. Nothing whatsoever was led to display any inner romantic feels between them, unlike most KDrama which always try to have a back history story, which always set the prelude of 2 main leads met as kids and loved each other before reach adulthood and met again. No, here just vaguely displayed that both has developed a trusting unique bond, but no hint of passionate love. How does Jinwoo think of Inah all these 4 years, did he completely not think of her as a woman.
    Up until ep 6 this scene, finally we are allowed to peep into the inner affectionate world of Seo Jinwoo, beside all his feels about dad, we are introduced to see him, as a man who has a void and needs love afterall.
    that look on his face, realized that this girl did after all placed him in her heart all these years, while he did know he was kinda of special friend to her, but didn’t realized he was so special to that extend, that she actually did spent a good 4 years studied Laws to become a prosecutor for him. He looked at her with new eyes now.
    This girl went and gotten drunk for him? This girl got drunk because she gotten hurt by him? This Girl got drunk because hurt by him due to fact that she has feelings for him? This Girl got drunk because hurt by him, due to fact she has feelings, and this feelings might be love after all.
    It sound too deep to be pure chingu friendship, its almost an confession. The First confession of his life, received when he was so wounded for 4 years, unexpectedly, maybe first and only time in his life. So raw, so genuine, so deep, so unreserved was that confession given by a drunk Inah . How can he not reciprocate/ but he just can’t…. first time we see JW gazed like a man, overwhelmed at InAh.
    Loved this scene, one of the best in the show, the way he moved to the core, gazed at her, with surprises, gratitude, regrets, touched.

  3. Jane Tilly says:

    So…I am finally getting around to Remember, it has been on my list for a while. Mary Bethany, you really had a great explanation of Jin Woo and In Ah’s relationship. You cracked me up with “she steadfastly bulldozed her way in uninvited”. Their relationship seems to be more about trust and genuine care for each other. I do think this (and hope) will likely grow into a romantic relationship ❤ down the road.

    • Mary Bethany says:

      hi, Jane, am rewatchin this for a second round, coz not really mesmerized by DotS like the rest.. InAh and her Jinwoo has fast become my All Time OTP, i do loved PMY way of portraying her, Remember threads everywhere is halting down, but both leads stay steadfast in my heart unmoveable. while this show has little skinship and cheesy moments, it has depth is relationship, while not been lauded but instead chided by netzens and some in recaps world, i still stand by my OTP saying their relationship that originated from friends to colleague to romantic love is achingly beautiful to the core.
      thanks kjtamuser for your sharing . do you also go peep at Soompi forum once a while also?

      • kjtamuser says:

        I’ve been active on Soompi in the past but aren’t doing it right now. The forums at Soompi are terrific and I’ve enjoyed them in the past.

        Good point on this couple avoiding silly moments.

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