May 26, 2024

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Sweet Home “Episode Five”

Season Five, Episode Five

That convenience store owner got locked up and is probably turning into something awful, but he can’t stop being an abusive asshole to his wife and everyone else.  You’d think a little humility or just being nice to people might have gotten him more of what he wants, but what the hell do I know?

Well, more monsters here, and my general question over the previous episode–how dangerous can a giant fetus in an amniotic sac be?– seems to be, well, she isn’t.  Or, at least, that seems to be what everyone more or less decides and leave her alone to gestate in the bathroom.

But really, this is the episode that hammers home that medical student Lee Eun-hyuk is a cold, cold fish of a person, suspected mobster Pyeon Sang-wook is actually just a guy who beats on people who deserve it, nice guy Choi Yoon-jae is actually a child predator who deserves the beating and eventual death he gets at Sang-wook’s hands, and as for Cha Hyun-soo, well, he has a mission now.

Hyun-soo is infected.  Everyone knows he’s infected.  From time to time, his eyes turn black and he seems to turn a little evil, but he always snaps out of it. Eun-hyuk wants him to go upstairs and bring the weapon-making Han Du-sik downstairs.  The two kids are a lesser priority because Eun-hyuk is a cold fish of a person who doesn’t seem to mind if people he deems as useless die.  Sang-wook tags along without saying much, mostly because he seems to be very strong and everyone else is afraid of him.  They think he’s a gangster.  Instead, he’s getting evidence of what Youn-hae is, and the two men are attacked by a pair of monsters.  One is very fast.  The other is a mournful father with long arms regretting he couldn’t reach his young son in time before something took the boy away.  The pair are rescued by a young nurse, Park Yoo-ri, and the dying elderly man she’s taking care of, Ahn Gil-seob.

So, let me take a moment to discuss Guil-seob.  He’s dying, and that essentially makes him a bit fearless.  What can the monsters to do him that his disease isn’t going already?  He’s also kinda funny.  Realizing Hyun-soo is infected due to some fast healing, he initially berates the young man and kicks him out of the apartment he was sharing with Yoo-ri as his live-in nurse.  Then as the lad is leaving, he busts out laughing, says the kid can stay, and he’s not really worried about the monsters.  That’s one of the things I like about this show:  how it depicts the way the different characters react to this monster plague.  Guil-seob isn’t worried because he’s already dying.  Du-sik gets inventive with his homemade weapons.  Eun-hyuk sees people as tools with Hyun-soo, the one guy who can do dangerous things, as a possible ultimate weapon.

Oh, and Sang-wook sees monsters as instruments of justice after he drags Yoon-jae out to feed the vampire monster.  Or he might.  He doesn’t say much.  He also retrieves the very human bodies out there and almost declines to come back inside until devout Christian Jung Jae-heon insists on letting him back in.

So, life goes on inside the building.  The supermarket owner’s nosebleed is getting worse.  Oh, and the vampire monster seems to have been taken out by one very, very large monster.

They may need to call the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man for back-up at this rate.