The Legend of “The Genius” – Season 4, Episode 5

Kyeonghun (경훈) got a crack in the case, but the bandits were determined not to be found out, and no one believed Kyeonghun; they just dismissed his hunch. Even when Dongmin (동민) Oppa (오빠) correctly guessed Jeongmun (정문) was a bandit queen, the bandits were determined to survive, and win, while the villagers were just content with not losing.

Jeongmun was just fighting to survive. Kyeongran (경란) Eonni (언니) wasn’t innocent. She was also a bandit. Jeongmun didn’t sell her mentor out. She won legitimately – bandit queen vs. bandit queen. I empathized with Jeongmun so much, at that moment. You have to survive. Hyunmin’s (현민) reaction was mine: big time relief.

Jeongmun’s face, when she found out Kyeongran Eonni was a bandit, was just the best. I was blown away. Jeongmun could at least hide it better. Kyeongran Eonni had zero poker face. That’s how Eonni ended up on Exile Island. Kyeongran Eonni couldn’t stop smiling, for the entire episode. There was no hiding it: she was a bandit through and through. Obvious bandit is obvious. I was Jeongmun, in this video game.

Episode 5 is definitely the best episode, of Season 4 – if not, the entire series. You know a show is a winner, when every time you re-watch it, it gets better and better. I love The Genius. The stage was set for there to be so much drama over whether one bandit would escape, while one innocent person would be sent to the Death Match. Thankfully Kyeongran Eonni was indeed guilty. But that was such a good Main Match and hence, such a good episode. It was true catharsis – like medieval Korean dance, with folk masks, or ancient Greek theater.

Nobody got it right, so the viewer wasn’t the only one fooled. Literally no one, in the house, knew for sure, 100%, that Kyeongran Eonni was a bandit, until the reveal. It’s so ironic that Dongmin Oppa was legitimately the villagers’ king, but by the end of this tumultuous Main Match, half the village put him down as the main suspect, for the bandit king. Dongmin Oppa and Jeongmun got the evil edit and Kyeongran Eonni got the crystal clear, innocent person edit.

Thankfully, like in real life, it was a bit of both: Dongmin Oppa and the villagers weren’t so smart to figure out who all the bandits were – but they weren’t so diabolically self-interested to sacrifice innocent people, just to get ahead in the game. Kyeongran Eonni actually being a bandit queen saved everyone from being forced to go over a pretty steep moral event horizon. The group could have voted out an innocent villager, and maybe justified it or rationalized it – but what would that say about them? What would that say about society?

Nazi Rocket

the Brits took the Arabs from the Turks
the Brits gave the Arabs to the Americans
the Arabs were traded from one empire, to another – Turks, Brits, Americans
whoever controls Arabia, controls the world
the Ottoman Empire – the Sick Man of Europe, before World War I

Alexander the Great – from Egypt to Afghanistan
Kuwait and the Persian Gulf
the Empty Quarter, and rain forests lost to deserts
sand, where rivers once flowed, and oceans once stood
the ancient former rain forests of Antarctica
civilizations lost, to deserts of heat, or ice
in deserts, lie lost rain forests, that turned to oil
oil, organic chemistry, dyes, explosives, rockets and plastics
dead species and forests crushed into fossil fuels
ancient geography

unearthing Pangea
shifting tectonic plates and seismic activity
earthquakes, tsunamis and Godzilla
dead and buried dinosaurs and ferns
giant plants, giant bugs and reptiles
dinosaur DNA

between the ice ages
east Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Subcontinent
the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean
Africa and Arabia
Turkey, Europe and the Middle East
Sumer and Babylon
Asia Minor and Central Asia
Anatolia and Ephesus

Constantinople and Greek fire
Istanbul and the Straits of Bosporus
Rome and Byzantium – Goths and Turks
modern-day Greece fought for independence from the Ottomans
Germans, Turks, Indians and Russians
Proto-Indo European (PIE)