Remember: Son’s War – Week 2 and 3

It’s kind of strange lumping Episodes 3-6 together, where it should have been 1-4 as a collective commentary, but I think I’ll write something short for Week 2’s episodes before going on to 5 and 6.


It all seems to be going on too smoothly in Episode 3, where Dong Ho (Park Sung Woong) looks set on his winning streak as a lawyer. Before we think that Kyu-man (Namgoong Min) is the villian, his father Chairman Nam is THE big bad one, dangling carrots to Dong Ho’s substitute father Seok Joo Il (Lee Won Jong) in order to get Joo Il to pressurize Dong Ho to lose the case. Because Dong Ho previously promised Jin Woo (Yoo Seung Ho) so earnestly that he’ll make sure his father is acquitted, Jin Woo lost all his respect and trust when Dong Ho had no choice but to lose the case. Jin Woo then disappeared for 4 years, and returned as the youngest lawyer in history.


Episodes 5-6 sets up the stage for Jin Woo’s revenge proper, as we are introduced to Jin Woo ver 2, resourceful, shrewd and as observant as ever. He has also found two allies (whom we have not been told how and why) Lawyer Song, the stuttering lawyer who was made to do pro bono for Jin Woo’s father 4 years ago, and Secretary Yeon (spoiler: the official website gave her age before and after 4 years), an ahjumma who seems to know very well what Jin Woo’s plans are. And like all detectives/stalkers, Jin Woo kept his own wall of information regarding each and everyone related to his father’s case as well as Chairman Nam’s Ilho Group.


I think Episode 6 explains pretty well why the full title of Show is Remember: Son’s War. It’s not just about Jin Woo’s hyperthymesia and his father’s Alzheimer’s disease, but it is also likely a war between Dong Ho and his substitute father. I’m still holding out hope for Dong Ho to be secretly planning to take down Chairman Nam but is just bidding his time and collecting evidence. Dong Ho still appears to be regretful about how things turn out four years ago, and I think he’s trying to find a way to atone for his sin, for being weak and breaking his promise to Jin Woo. I wonder how much Dong Ho will change when he finds out that his father’s death and Jin Woo’s mother’s and brother’s deaths are entwined. I wouldn’t be surprised if whatever his father was involved in was related to Chairman Nam.


Episode 6 also re-introduces us to another player on the villain side – Prosecutor Hong Moo Seok (Uhm Hyo Sup), who is now the head of department which In Ah (Park Min Young) is working as a newbie prosecutor. Both Moo Seok and In Ah recognises and are wary of each other. Moo Seok is also taking orders directly from Gyu-man, no doubt that’s going to be some really influential powers at play there which In Ah will face eventually.


I’m not all that keen on a loveline developing between In Ah and Jin Woo, because it doesn’t feel necessary and I think In Ah is feeling more of regret and helplessness 4 years ago, which propels her to feel obliged to help Jin Woo and his father now that she’s a prosecutor (and of course to avenge her friend Jung Ah’s death in some sense). I also doubt In Ah will be the light to warm Gyu-man’s heart as some viewers are hoping for, because that guy’s a psychopath incapable of loving anyone but himself.


Show will be stopped this week for the year-end awards ceremonies (boo). See you next year!

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  1. ah, yes, me too on the romance. Idk why but Park Min Young’s characters always annoy me out. Like girl, leave him alone to get his revenge or simply aide him in whatever he’s plotting! Stop being the mommy who is trying to teach a five years old about what is good and bad. Jin Woo has been through so much and his, Dong Ho’s and younger Nam’s fight is a mud fight, whoever gets up first wins, it is no time to be playing the game ethically.

    I also feel like Dong Ho will be helping Jin Woo. Him and his dad have had enough of the two Nams. I feel like that family’s closest aides are basically wishing for the two Nams death because of how cruel they are to their employees who have done well are who are supposedly on their side. Dong Ho also seemed a lot less happy after he got into the Nam’s corporation, it feels like he has lost his spark and from the looks of his conversation to himself, he will help Jin Woo and pay his debt in the future (I get this feeling that he’s going to die later on).

  2. UBEG TO DIFFER on your take of the loveline, pardon me if i sounded rude. since i am rewatching the whole thing, each scene, i dare say i almost watch 3 to 4 times, and i am hereby convinced, Inah is more than what many deem her as, she is steadfast, trusting, brave, unreserved, unliked the many pretty leads that swoon many of the High rated dramas at this moments…. she is MORE than a lead only to fill the gap for some romance. and Jinwoo surely needs someone to comfort his heart, with his losing memories, and nobody can hae the sacrifical heart to be his memories, except Inah, will you or me ever be as great as her, no, not even me dare say i have her will power. so, i salute her.
    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.

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