Kim-beom would have perfected that slant-eyed, side grin by now, seeing that Lee Ro-joon’s favourite (or only) facial expression seems to be limited to that. Ok, I get it that you are playing a geeenius baddie, with some anger management issues. But…Kim-beom sshi, shouldn’t you be having facial cramps by now? 😛
Whatever the case, Ro-joon does win Cop‘s baddie and resident thug, Chairman Kang, hands down in character complexity.
1. The smarty-pants
We learnt that Ro-joon isn’t juz sharp looking, he has a pretty good head on his shoulders too. Pity that he uses his brains the wrong way. Thanks to the recent case (of a murdered waiter), the police digs up info about him and finds out that he graduated top of his class in an overseas university and holds a Masters degree in Business Admin.
Well, judging from how he helped solve Yoon-jung’s first case (the one about the serial hammerer), it’s obvious that his power of deduction is on par with our detectives (who sometimes, are found rather lacking).
Ro-joon’s level of intelligence also makes him a rather slippery eel to catch. In ep10, Yoon-jung tries to “extort” a confession out of Ro-joon when meeting up with him. She lays out the case’s findings (of the murdered waiter, and later an almost murdered eyewitness) in front of Ro-joon, baiting him to admit to both crimes. Ro-joon takes the bait…but not before disarming the phone recorder that Yoon-jung sets out on the table. In fact, it’s the first thing he notices, and concludes that Yoon-jung has set a trap for him. And Yoon-jung is totally unaware her phone recorder isn’t picking up the juicy stuff, until she gets in her car to check the recording…and realizes she has been duped instead.
2. The poor rich boy
Unlike Chairman Kang, who rose from rags to riches and cultivated his killer instincts on the streets, Ro-joon is born mouthing a silver spoon. However, that doesn’t make him any “weaker”. His dad is a Chairman Kang prototype, who also made his riches via underhand means. Unfortunately, he decides on his deathbed to donate his entire fortune to charity, and tells Ro-joon about it.
Although we don’t have 100% confirmation from Cop 2, we can infer from Ro-joon’s shock and dismay at hearing his dad’s last wish, that he had put in loads of effort to keep El Capital not only afloat but making profits. In addition, his results today aren’t earned easily. The current board members are a pack of hyenas, all out to pull the young heir from the throne in order to overtake the company.
In ep10, one of the Directors (who probably also had mob background), sends a group of armed thugs to murder Ro-joon in cold blood. It’s no wonder Ro-joon had to have trusty Secretary cum Driver cum Bodyguard Baek (who we learnt is a North Korean defector, and hailed from their Special Corps) around to fend off those wolves. Makes you kinda sympathetic towards him…
3. The hands-on villain
While he may be rich enough to call in a million paid assassin, Ro-joon somehow only relies on Secretary Baek to carry out his dirty duties — like paying off the big-time fraudster to launder money in ep7 for example. When Secretary Baek gets temporarily incarcerated on charge for murder/ body disposal (the waiter case again), Ro-joon decides to take actions on his own.
And those “actions” aren’t your typical dial-a-gangster-to-do-a-dirty-job type. In order to silence the only eye witness to the murdered waiter case, Ro-joon becomes that assassin. To reach the eyewitness’ apartment, he has to change out of his nice comfy car (enroute to the Courts), race against time by speeding on a bike…and leaping across (twice!!) a rooftop. The last action nearly kills him, and he earns a nasty graze on his wrist, which Yoon-jung notices. Later, Yoon-jung and Dae-hoon capture a small time cat burglar to figure out how Ro-joon entered the eyewitness’ apartment, and their jaws dropped when the burglar says the only way in (and out) is to risk his neck and fly across the rooftops.
We muz give Ro-joon an A+ for effort.
4. Calm…but seething in anger, usually
Imo, Ro-joon’s only weakness is his inability to hold in his anger. Sure, he appears calm and composed nearly all times (especially if there’s people around), and loses it only when he is alone. Given his background, and maybe how his dad eventually “betrayed” him, I can sort of understand why he feels he needs to come up tops all the time. A form of self-justification, maybe?
But he does have a nasty habit of causing bodily hurt when he feels slighted. Like when he overhears how the waiter has whined to a friend about his boss (aka Ro-joon) being so uppity-up and demanding breakfast before opening time, Ro-joon gets upset. In retaliation, he picks up a steak knife and stabs waiter on the neck…but cos it’s only a STEAK knife, it doesn’t kill him. The “body disposal” (done by Secretary Baek), which involves dumping injured waiter in water, drowns him.
Ro-joon may benefit from counseling sessions on anger management. 😛