Signal, Episodes 7-8: The Bottomless Pit of Police CorruptionWritten through Laverne On February 18, 2016If theres something Signal has taught its viewers, it's milesthat pointisn't linear. Park Hae-youngs provide and long termmovementsat onceaffect the past, and, interestingly enough, at other times in the past. The reality that converting such occasionsleads toadjustmentsone day open up a slew of questions: Are any parties permanent? Is replacing the beyondintended to take place and thus, no longerin realitythought to be a change? And, maximum importantly, how are our detectives supposed to understand which changes could bethe correct ones?
The latter query in specific is the hidden focal point of those two episodes as Hae-young in spite of everythingcomes to a decision to finish the transmissions. And who may just blame him? After his activitiesend in his bosss death, who wouldnt re-evaluate messing with time? Cha Soo-hyuns death in episode six used to be incredibly emotional and served as a serious caution call to Hae-young.
Which is why how the displaytreated his reunion with Soo-hyun became so important. Luckily, Signal delivered, albeit in a totally unique way. The directing played with the audience emotion, hinting at her being alive yet still introducing doubt till we ultimately see Soo-hyun with our own eyes. But even then, Signal forces the viewer to suffer along Hae-young. How can Hae-young celebrate Soo-hyuns life when she herself doesnt even know she died? Its a large burden for Hae-young and Lee Je-hoon nails the relief, awkwardness, and inscrutability with aplomb.
Of course, just for the explanation thatverbal exchange between Hae-young and Jae-han has ceased doesnt mean the flashbacks have. Even thoughthe presentbloodless case was appealing and its flashbacks seamlessly incorporated alongsidethe whole plot of Signal, the actual standout flashback was the disclose of Jae-hans killer.
Finally, we get some closure as to the primary points of Jae-hans disappearance.
While it's too early to expect whether Jae-han can by hook or by crook exist saved, a a phase of me hopes that he might no longer be saved. So far, Signal has done a very goodtask portraying lifes grim realities every person doesnt at all times live. Regardless of what technology one exists in, death is part of life. Of course, Signal does take that one step additional with its depiction of violent deaths, but I to find information technology realistic that the only virtuous cop falls prey to the soulless wheel of police corruption.
Speaking of stated corruption, these two episodes start to reveal how deep the police corruption runs. Hae-young wittingly plays eitherPhaseLeader Ahn Chi-soo (Jung Hae-kyun) and Director Kim Bum-joo (Jang Hyun-sung) in a brilliantly fulfilling scene. The fact that the 2 are co conspirators isn't a surprise to viewers, but Chi-soos in chargemoral sense is. Whether he'llultimatelyassist Hae-young continues to be seen, but most likely he may be in a position toin part redeem himself later on; I have a feeling he unwillingly were givenstuck up in Bum-joos corruption and notdiscovered his way out.
How a ways this corruption runs is unclear at this point, but Signal has dropped hints to high-level chaebols and politicians concerned with a plethora of things, structure fraud being one of them. If the past episodes are any indication, however, construction fraud isnt the most effective real shady thing going on amongthe higher echelons.
I have faith, though, in Hae-young and Jae-han and Im certainthey'll eventually bring justice to other folks who deserve it, just like how they brought justice to slimy prosecutor Han Se-kyu.
With the series midway done, Signal not at allseems to be running out of steam. More corruption, a toughinternet of lies and deceit, and the perpetual quest for justice all lie in watch for the latter part of the drama. So far, Signal has shown adept at dramatic, complex storytelling and, at this rate, will finally end up being one of the crucialhighest dramas of the year.
What did you recall to mind these episodes? Will Hae-young be forced to inform the truth about the transmissions?