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?

The Last Skywalker Awakens

Rey is the avatar, for all of the Jedi. Rey is also a grandchild of not a Skywalker, but Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious. She could have become a Sith Empress. She is a Jedi, but she can also shoot Force Lightning. Nothing is ever in black and white.

Rey didn’t end up with Finn or Kylo/Ben Solo. She could have been bi. Rey is still single, by the end of the trilogy. She kissed Kylo/Ben, when he died, but she didn’t get paired off with anyone. Or get killed off.

Rey was trained by Master Leia, which is really cool. Luke Skywalker comes back and helps Rey too. Kylo/Ben and Han Solo also have a good moment.

Rankings: Force Awakens > Rise of Skywalker > The Last Jedi. Original trilogy > 2000s prequels > new reboot 2010s trilogy. At least, Rise of Skywalker was better than Rogue One.

It is good that the Star Wars franchise finally had a female Jedi protagonist, in Rey. In the next Star Wars trilogy, the writers should be able to have a female Jedi protagonist AND the execution of a good plot. Via adoption, Rey did become a Skywalker. My hunch was right, back in December 2015.

The Force Awakens was good. The Rise of Skywalker was OK. The overall reboot trilogy was so-so. It’s canon. Someday, Lucasfilm should bring Rey back, in a way that is better, than this trilogy. It could be said that I have A New Hope.