How I made these synopses spoiler-free
I assumed that you will be reading these recaps and watching the videos chronologically.
(1) I narrated the main actions in each episode without revealing the plot’s twists and turns.
(2) At the beginning of each synopsis starting with Episode 2, I placed in a table some of the major twists and turns of the previous episode. But because you have already watched the video of the previous episode, they aren’t spoilers anymore.
(I used this same structure in my recaps of “Six Flying Dragons,” Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, The King’s Doctor,” “A Jewel in the Palace, and The Flower in Prison.”)
Episode 1: The Mighty Child
The drama opens with scenes of King Yeongsan confronting Hong Gil Dong, and Hong Gil Dong’s fortress surrounded by enemy forces, with his woman Ga Ryung held captive and tied to a pole.
Gil Dong is the second son of Ah Mo Gae and Geum Ok, who are both slaves of Lord Jo, a cruel noble. As Gil Dong grows up, Ah Mo Gae notices his great strength. Afraid that Gil Dong might be the prophesied Mighty Child, he plans to raise enough money to buy his family’s freedom.
Episode 2: Alliances
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Ah Mo Gae tells Gil Dong that if the Mighty Child cannot restrain himself, he and all his family will die. From then on, Gil Dong hides his strength. But due to an incident with the nasty young master, Gil Dong’s mother is whipped because of him.
Ah Mo Gae is tricked by a group of robbers, but through ingenuity, he’s able to get his rightful share from what the robbers stole.
Ah Mo Gae returns home with lots of good things for his family and silk for Lord Jo’s wife. His master allows him to move to a better house and to become a merchant.
Gil Dong’s mother becomes pregnant, and Ah Mo Gae decides to join the group of robbers that tried to trick him.
For political gain, Lord Jo secretly joins forces with people supporting the deposed Queen.
Lord Jo and his wife become suspicious that Ah Mo Gae is hiding money and other goods from them. They connive with Lord Jo’s uncle to get all of Ah Mo Gae’s hidden wealth.
Episode 3: The tiger
Ah Mo Gae’s alibi fails as Lord Jo’s wife charges him with murder.
Several witnesses come forward to testify on Ah Mo Gae’s behalf, but he’s still tortured.
Lord Jo’s wife begins thinking that Gil Dong is the Mighty Child.
Episode 4: Starting over
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Gil Dong somehow survives his encounter with the tiger.
Ah Mo Gae uses the deposed Queen’s letter to pressure Lord Jo’s wife into dropping the murder charge against him.
Ah Mo Gae soon becomes the leader of a ragtag band, and they begin manufacturing Joseon’s black linen and selling them covertly on the high seas to Ming traders.
Ah Mo Gae and his group are able to get past the Joseon coast guard, but they’re caught later on by smugglers.
Episode 5: The magic peddler
Gil Dong travels all over Joseon as a peddler and has become famous for making women’s dreams come true. In one of his travels, he meets Gong Hwa (a gisaeng) and her servant Ga Ryung.
Ah Mo Gae’s authority is challenged by Heo Tae Hak, a notorious thug who’s involved in selling slaves.
Gil Dong begs his father to leave with him and start a new life.
Ah Mo Gae is summoned by a member of the Royal family.
Episode 6: Musa Gil Dong!
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Gil Dong becomes infatuated with Gong Hwa, an ambitious gisaeng who wants to make the King fall in love with her. He gets slapped by her servant, Ga Ryung, when he tells Gong Hwa to forget the King and be with him instead.
Ah Mo Gae refuses to be involved with Heo Tae Hak and his business of selling slaves. In the ensuing fight between their groups, Gil Dong couldn’t do anything because he has lost his strength.
Gil Dong begs his father to leave his illegal activities so that they can start anew as farmers. Ah Mo Gae agrees, but then, Prince Choong Won orders him to find and bring back a runaway female slave.
Ah Mo Gae and his men find the runaway slave.
Prince Choong Won learns that Ah Mo Gae was a slave who killed his master years ago. He then pressures all the local government officials to turn their backs on Ah Mo Gae.
Prince Choong Won sends thugs to kill Gil Dong and Gil Hyeon. He also wants their 13-year old sister Uh Ri Ni captured and brought to him.
Episode 7: Memories
Gil Dong and his sister Uh Ri Ni survive the fall from the cliff, but they get separated later on. Meanwhile, Gil Hyeon stumbles upon a mysterious hut in the forest.
Gil Dong ends up losing his memory at a gisaeng house where he meets again Gong Hwa (the ambitious gisaeng) and her servant Ga Ryung.
Gil Dong recovers from his wounds. He begins working for Gong Hwa to earn his keep; he also tries to find out who shot him and who he really is.
A traveling peddler tells Gong Hwa about the Mighty Child.
Episode 8: The gathering
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A romance blossoms between Gil Dong and Gong Hwa, as Gil Dong wins her heart by praising her artistry and empathizing with her sad past that includes an unwanted son. But Ga Ryung also begins to have romantic feelings for Gil Dong.
From what the peddler tells Gong Hwa about the Mighty Child, she begins thinking that Gil Dong could be the Mighty Child.
Uh Ri Ni is captured by a mysterious man, while Gil Hyeon finds a dead man and a book inside the hut.
Gil Dong meets some hunters who can possibly tell him where he came from.
Yeonsan becomes King of Joseon.
Gil Dong regains his memories and starts looking for his sister Uh Ri Ni. Meanwhile, his brother Gil Hyeon acquires a new identity.
Thinking that Gil Dong isn’t coming back, Gong Hwa leaves the gisaeng house.
While searching for his sister, Gil Dong meets the magistrate who betrayed his father.
Lessons in photography from “Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People”
|From Episode 1: aerial perspective,|
quality and direction of light
|From Episode 2: aerial perspective, rule of thirds|
|From Episode 4: low angle shot|
|From Episode 4: shooting against the light|
|From Episode 6: silhouette|
|From Episode 6: high angle shot, natural frame,|
patterns, diagonal lines
|From Episode 7: low angle shot|
|From Episode 7: shallow depth of field, bokeh,|
|From Episode 7: out-of-focus partial frame|
|From Episode 7: natural frame|
|From Episode 7: foreground blur as natural frame|
|From Episode 7: conveying depth through foreground|
and background bur; partial frame
|From Episode 7: shallow depth of field, background blur|
|From Episode 8: low angle shot, background blur|
|From Episode 8: shallow depth of field, background blur|
|From Episode 8: rack focus (focus in, focus out)|