My Thoughts — Lookout — Episode 16 (Final) (split episodes 31-32)
At the end of my recaps I have a “My Thoughts” section where I summarize my opinions. For certain series, instead of a recap, which is a blow-by-blow of the episode, I’m writing a thought-cap of the episode. I just finished the final episode of Lookout.
Each of the Lookout 16 episodes are split into two. Per Han Cinema…MBC’s latest Monday/Tuesday drama “Lookout” is a 32 episode run…It is a part of a test split that both MBC and SBS are trying.
Evil Father’s story: Evil prosecutor Yoon Seung is in jail. He showed his first emotion of the series (besides anger) when he had tears in his eyes when his visiting wife admitted she considered aborting their son Shi Wan so he wouldn’t grow up to be a monster like his father.
Evil Son’s story: Yoon Shi Wan is dismayed to learn that Team Lead Kim didn’t kill Soo Ji. He orders Prosecutor Jang Do Han to recant his testimony against his father before falling to his death. Soo Ji opts to go off the edge instead but Do Han grabs her arm as she dangles and manages to pull her to safety. Shi Wan is thrilled when the bomb goes off and everyone assumes Team Lead Kim’s daughter is dead. But it falls apart when Team Lead Kim’s daughter is rescued by Kyung Soo. Furious Shi Wan charges Soo Ji to push her off the edge to fall to her death like he did to her young daughter. Do Han pushes Soo Ji out of the way. He grabs Shi Wan and they both tumble from the multi-story to the ground. They both survive but are in critical condition. Soo Ji visits Do Han and makes her peace with him and his actions that both hurt and helped her.
One year later…Do Han has died. We assume Shi Wan is dead too. Soo Ji, Kyung Soo, and Bo Mi work together to give Prosecutor Kim needed evidence to convict criminals. They don’t know that a police detective is watching and photographing their activities. The police detective offers the information to a powerful attorney.
New writer Kim Soo Eun ended this series with Do Han’s death and it was the right choice. Do Han actions were self-centered as he sought revenge against Evil Prosecutor Yoon and the collateral damage he caused couldn’t be swept under the rug. Dying to save Soo Ji, the woman he wronged but grew to respect, was fitting.
I found the 1 year later coda okay but didn’t like the Detective figuring out what our intrepid trio was doing. I don’t know if they are trying to set the stage for a second season. If not, it didn’t enhance the wrap-up of the series.
Prosecutor Jang Do Han (Kim Young Kwang) was backed into a corner by Shi Wan. I liked the concept that Shi Wan viewed the climatic encounter as a game and Team Lead Kim was his avator. Virtual reality morphed into reality when Shi Wan stepped into the scene. He was livid when he learned that Team Lead Kim’s daughter didn’t die. He lost it and decided to push Soo Ji off the roof. But Do Han grabbed him and they both went over the edge. Do Han died a noble death.
Detective Jo Soo Ji (Lee Si Young) was made peace with Do Han. I don’t think he could have saved her daughter, but the fact is he didn’t try, and Soo Ji couldn’t forgive him. But as Do Han lay dying in his hospital bed, Soo Ji couldn’t ignore Do Han’s dogged determination to defeat evil Prosecutor Yoon. Soo Ji cared more about defeating Shi Wan and she knew Do Han gave that to her. My favorite moment was when she went to the church 1 year later and shared memories with Father about Do Han. That honored the Do Han.
Hacker Kong Kyung Soo (Key) saved Team Lead Kim’s daughter. There were logical gaps and execution issues, but in the end Team Lead Kim’s daughter was saved by Kyun Soo.
“I see everything courtesy of CCTV” Seo Bo Mi (Kim Seul Gi) got her happy ending with Kyun Soo. They could be normal people. Knowing that she and Kyun Soo are committed to forging life together makes me smile.
Prosecutor Kim Eun Joong (Kim Tae Hoon) missed Do Han. That was my favorite moment of the episode for Prosecutor Kim. He missed the annoying and overly friendly Do Han. Friends aren’t always cookie cutter and Do Han broke the mold. I’m good with the team helping Prosecutor Kim convict criminals.
Team Lead Lee Soon Ae (Kim Sun Young) couldn’t kill Soo Ji to save her daughter. This pleased me. She couldn’t violate her personal ethics to save her daughter. Being willing to violate personal ethics was a major theme of this series. It was good to see the Team Lead Kim couldn’t cross that line. Her remorse at what she did to Soo Ji felt raw and genuine. She was a bright spot of the final episode.
Was my wishlist granted for the final episode?
* My loathing for Shi Wan knows no bounds. He must die. – Granted. His mother reported where Team Lead Kim’s daughter was being held. His mother speared her husband when she confessed to considering aborting Shi Wan so he wouldn’t be a monster like his father. But Shi Wan’s mother was an accomplice by protecting her son when she knew he was doing evil things.
* Team Good – Soo Ji, Do Han, Kyung Soo, Bo Mi, Team Lead Kim (and her daughter), Prosecutor Kim – lives. Granted except for Do Han. Do Han made choices in his quest for vengeance that could not be condoned. The injuries inflicted on people other than his intended target was unacceptable. Do Han’s death was necessary.
* Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.