The sense of dread over a premature exposure of Do-han’s identity as Leader and the nail biting Cat and Mouse game between the police and the vigilantes come to an end when Do-han announces in Chief Prosecutor Yoon’s face that he is the son of accused “spy” Lee Shin-hyuk. Imo, it wasn’t necessary for Do-han to reveal his identity then, cos Eun-joong had stepped forward to claim ownership of the leaked Misae-dong case files. Even if the police (and the baddies) are to prove Eun-joong’s innocence, it’d have bought some extra time for Do-han to formulate a series of backup plans that are more water tight than what he’d originally thought of. After all, his opponent is someone who isn’t new to using his influence to getting things done legally – or illegally.
But I suppose there’s the constraint of ending Lookout on its 18th (or 32nd) ep. With Do-han’s reveal, the narrative visibly slows as the team stops all they are doing to ensure Chief Prosecutor gets his just punishment. Cue: streams of court scenes where Do-han attempts to put Chief Prosecutor Yoon on “trial” using the Attorney General Interview as a platform. (sad. no more exciting car chases or jumping off rooftops)
On a brighter side, at least the surprise element which has always been strong in Lookout remains consistent through Yoon’s trial. With the start of the trial, the roles of the Cat and the Mouse have switched. Where Soo-ji and team were the “mouse” which Yoon and police are trying to capture earlier, now Yoon (and his son) have become the target. But juz as the vigilantes are adept are escaping capture, it isn’t easy to trap Yoon and Shi-wan either. Especially when Yoon can call in multiple favours (even Eun-joong’s dad) and pull several strings. He underestimates though, the resourcefulness of Do-han’s team and how their unorthodox (and illegal) solutions can stymie typical police investigations.
It also helps when Do-han has new “allies” who are working on the sidelines for his team – Eun-joong and Soon-ae. While Soon-ae has always been supportive of Soo-ji, even though she is supposed to be capturing her, Eun-joong’s realisation that his “by-the-book” ways are useless in a corrupted system turns him into a potentially reliable ally. That is, we have to wait until he gets out the of the funk he currently is in.
He gets a double whammy that poked irreparable holes in his belief system — his idea of “justice” has proven to be useless and his daddy, whom he revers as the upholder of a “just system”, is juz as weak and corrupted. Cos while Do-han and team may be more effective in trapping Yoon + Shi-wan, I think it is in the narrative’s favour to use Eun-joong to persecute them. The last thing we need is a depressive ending where justice can only be served through unorthodox means.