The story opened showing Gwang Chul riding motorcycle while chasing In Ae inside a police car. A scene which interprets what kind of character these two have. Spirited and feisty.
I watched 4 episodes back to back and the story line reminded me of the writer's previous works I also watched, East of Eden, so I could see similarities in the plot and how the leading actors were oppressed by the powerful people in position and the conspiracy at hiding the truth.
Because both Gwang Chul and In Ae decided to help some students who were friends of Gwang Hoon involved in arson, they were of course became an accessory to the crime. The painful part, a high official in the government who was also the man behind the murder of In Ae's mother and cousin has his own agenda of making Gwang Chul's father the culprit as the one who hid the arsonists. In Ae saw everything.
The reckless actions from both Gwang Chul and In Ae resulted to the harm of the father who was killed and the accident that claimed the life of the priest. Even if they shout to the world that they were the ones who rode the boat, justice was too deaf to hear them. The people behind the conspiracy had their own motives.
There has always been a gap between the two brothers. One is the good son who studies hard and has focus on his future. The other is the typical "easy go lucky" kind, mostly in troubles but not to say he is a bad son. He doesn't just have his priorities in line. He is too busy enjoying his life.
In Ae came to live with Han family after her mother died. She and her living family became a part of Gwang Chul and Gwang Hoon's family. Upon seeing her the first time, both brothers treated her with familiarity, although Gwang Chul was the naughty one and Gwang Hoon the caring oppa. The relation blossomed through the years and Gwang Hoon and In Ae became a couple.
The outcome of In Ae and Gwang Chul's actions leading to the death and chaos around them divided the brother even more. They have different principles. So opposite in showing their love for their father who passed away. An incident that will put a dent in Gwang Hoon's future.
I read comments how some viewers did not like or favor the impulsiveness of both In Ae and Gwang Chul. They expected too much on the characters that were minors. They expected that they should have been smarter like Gwang Hoon.
Well, this is my take on what the drama and the characters showed me in this 4 episodes. At the least I expected a simple "I believe you" from Gwang Hoon for both In Ae and Gwang Chul. Simple words, but comforting somehow if uttered to show that he believed in them but they have to be still for now before avenging their father. But no such words uttered from a "hyung" who felt he was the only one who lost their father. Gwang Chul shouting he is to blame for everything was a clear admission of his guilt, of his wrong judgement, of his wild actions but it did not meant he loved their father less.
Or maybe I have a soft spot on someone who shows passion and strong beliefs on blurting the truth but no one heard. Perhaps his courage to fight for the truth no matter if his life were in line makes me root for him than a man who stayed still, could not even say anything.
rational versus impulsive/reckless