Sunday, February 12, 2017

“Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People” synopsis by episode, Eps. 1-30 (no spoilers)

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How I wrote these episode summaries with no spoilers

1. I assumed that you will be reading these summaries and watching the videos chronologically.

2. I narrated the main actions in each episode without revealing the plot’s twists and turns.

3. At the beginning of each summary starting with Episode 2, I placed in a table a recap of the 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 synopses 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

Episode 1 recap:

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

Episode 2 recap:

Hoping to provoke Ah Mo Gae, Lord Jo and his wife ask an uncle to create a scandal with Ah Mo Gae’s wife. Gil Dong comes to his mother’s rescue, but when the soldiers arrive, Ah Mo Gae takes all the blame. Later on, he surrenders to Lord Jo all the wealth that he has accumulated.

Gil Dong’s mother gives birth to a baby girl but dies soon after.

Ah Mo Gae kills Lord Jo, with Gil Dong witnessing everything.

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

Episode 3 recap:

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 and his sons settle down in Ikhwa-ri, a place where runaway slaves, drifters, and ruffians have gathered.

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

Episode 4 recap:

With Ah Mo Gae’s help, Eomjachi (the magistrate’s secretary) catches the smuggling group’s leader. He is promoted as the District Magistrate and helps protect Ah Mo Gae’s businesses from corrupt government officials.

Having become prosperous, Ah Mo Gae dreams of making his eldest son Gil Hyeon into a government official and Gil Dong into a military officer. But his sons have different dreams for their lives.

Ah Mo Gae reminds Gil Dong that he is the prophesied Mighty Child, but Gil Dong has been traumatized by everything that has happened. He wants to become a peddler, traveling throughout the nation.

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!

Episode 5 recap:

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

Episode 6 recap:

Ah Mo Gae and his men release the runaway slave and fake her death. But through Heo Tae Hak, Prince Choong Won learns what really happened. He frames Ah Mo Gae for the slave’s death.

Prince Choong Won also learns from Lord Jo’s wife that Ah Mo Gae was a slave who killed a nobleman.

The District Magistrate betrays Ah Mo Gae and his men.

Gil Dong is beaten up and stabbed by thugs, but when he sees his sister being dragged off, he regains the strength that he had lost. He kills the thugs, but when more thugs come after them, he and his sister fall off a cliff.

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

Episode 7 recap:

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.

Episode 9: Choices

Episode 8 recap:

Gil Dong learns that his father is alive but severely injured. He starts looking for and gathering his father’s men; he urges them to reclaim their territory and seek revenge against Prince Choong Won and his thugs.

While still pining for Gil Dong, Gong Hwa goes to the Palace to serve King Yeonsan. Meanwhile, the lovestruck Ga Ryung starts following Gil Dong wherever he goes.

Gil Hyeon dresses up as a scholar and thinks about taking the civil service exams.

Master Song Do-hwan thinks that Gil Hyeon is a nobleman-scholar preparing for the civil service exams. He takes Gil Hyeon to his academy and tells him that he can study there for free.

Despite some setbacks, Gil Dong and his men begin carrying out their plans against Prince Choong Won by targeting his thug Heo Tae Hak.

Ga Ryung volunteers to help Gil Dong.

At the Palace, the ministers object to King Yeonsan’s plan, while Gong Hwa continues hoping to attract the King’s attention.

Episode 10: Crossroads

Episode 9 recap:

At the academy, Gil Hyeon takes the identity of the man whom he found dead in the hut. He also meets a scholar whom he doesn’t recognize is Lord Jo’s son (the young master who bullied him and Gil Dong when they were just kids).

Two of Gil Dong’s men abandon him, but Gil Dong and the rest target Heo Tae Hak in several ways. Ga Ryung also volunteers to help get back the Buddhist rosary that Heo Tae Hak took from Ah Mo Gae.

Terrified, Heo Te Hak turns against Prince Choong Won and delivers him to Gil Dong and his men.

At the Palace, the ministers object to King Yeonsan’s plan to hold a Buddhist ritual for his late father. Meanwhile, Gong Hwa continues to be ignored by the King’s eunuch.

Ah Mo Gae pleads with Gil Dong to reconsider his plans.

Gil Dong persuades Heo Tae Hak to betray Prince Choong Won and come over to his side. Later, Heo Tae Hak arranges for Gil Dong and his men to go with Prince Choong Won who’s on his way to Hanyang to see King Yeonsan.

Gil Hyeon faces a dilemma, whether to take the state exams or to go back home to Ikwha-ri.

More groups oppose King Yeonsan’s plan to hold a Buddhist ritual for his late father.

Gong Hwa challenges the King’s Head Eunuch.

Episode 11: The King’s rage

Episode 10 recap:

Ah Mo Gae tries but fails to convince Gil Dong to abandon his plans for revenge against Prince Choong Won.

Gil Dong orders the magistrate to go back and serve Prince Choong Won. Later, Gil Dong and his men disguise themselves as porters and accompany Prince Choong Won to Hanyang. Gil Dong gets the chance to kill Prince Choong Won but stops himself.

King Yeonsan tells Prince Choong Won to wait for the right time to be called back to Hanyang. He also pushes back against the ministers, exiling some of them, but soon, the minor officials join the scholars in protesting his plan to hold a Buddhist ritual.

Gil Hyeon learns that Ikwha-ri is in shambles, his father flogged to death, and his siblings nowhere to be found. He decides to study at the academy and take the state exams. He becomes friends with Jo Jeong Hak (whom he doesn’t recognize as the young master who bullied him when they were kids).

Gong Hwa dares the Head Eunuch that if she can’t please King Yeonsan, she will leave the Palace. Later, she’s allowed to entertain King Yeonsan.

Gong Hwa pleases the King with her dance.

Gil Hyeon and Jeong Hak (Lord Jo’s son) take the civil service exams, and the topic chosen by the King surprises them both.

Gil Dong wants to put up a gisaeng house as a means of collecting information. But he and his men don’t have the money, and his father has always been against gisaeng houses.

Gil Dong and his men plan to set up Prince Choong Won by spreading rumors that will completely turn the King against him.

Episode 12: The King’s grandfather and the eulogy of treason

Episode 11 recap:

Gong Hwa (who has changed her name to Nok Su) finds out that it’s difficult to keep the King’s interest.

Gil Hyeon and Jeong Hak pass the civil service exams, and their first duty is to record the proceedings in the King’s meeting with the ministers.

The magistrate provides the money to start the gisaeng house, and Gil Dong and his men begin gathering information about Prince Choong Won and his associates.

Gil Dong and his men spread rumors that Prince Choong Won is taking money from the Royal coffers. But to their disappointment, the King doesn’t punish Prince Choong Won.

Ah Mo Gae tells Gil Dong and the others that they must find a way to enrage the King.

King Yeonsan orders Nok Su (formerly known as Gong Hwa) to do something for him in secret, and she asks for a prize in return.

Disappointed that King Yeonsan did not punish Prince Choong Won as they expected, Gil Dong and his men change their plans.

King Yeonsan orders Gil Hyeon and the court historians to look through the records for evidence that he can use against the ministers.

Episode 13: Changing of the guard

Episode 12 recap:

Impressed by Nok Su’s fearless honesty, King Yeonsan orders her to find out what rumors about him are circulating outside the Palace. Nok Su asks, in return, that she be allowed to see someone.

King Yeonsan finds out about the scandalous rumors against his grandfather King Sejo.

Despite intrigues and opposition, Gil Hyeon finds out the treacherous meaning of an elegy written in one of the historical records. King Yeonsan then orders the arrest and interrogation of the meddling ministers.

Gil Dong convinces a scholar who’s about to be arrested to implicate Prince Choong Won in the rumors against King Sejo.

King Yeonsan orders the arrest of Prince Choong Won but allows only the ministers to attend the trial. But since Gil Hyeon is responsible for finding the eulogy of treason, the Royal Historian says that he can attend the trial.

Prince Choong Won calls Gil Dong as his witness, but at the trial, the Head Eunuch recognizes him.

Episode 14: Farewell to Ikwha-ri

Episode 13 recap:

Prince Choong Won is flogged severely and later on, exiled by King Yeonsan.

Lord Jo’s wife appeals to the owner of the academy to help Prince Choong Won by going after Ah Mo Gae and his men.

Ah Mo Gae and his men return to Ikwhari to regain control of the silver mine. Later on, he transfers leadership to Gil Dong.

A shaman tells Ah Mo Gae that Gil Dong will die if he continues to misuse his powers.

Heo Tae Hak plans to double cross Gil Dong and get the silver mine for himself.

King Yeonsan rewards Gil Hyeon (aka Park Ha Sung), Nok Su (formerly known as Gong Hwa), and the others who helped him defend his grandfather’s honor.

Gil Dong wants to gain King Yeonsan’s support.

Episode 15: Gil Dong and the Head Eunuch

Episode 14 recap:

On his way to visit his wife’s grave site, Ah Mo Gae dies. Heo Tae Hak and his men attack the funeral procession, but Gil Dong uses his powers to overcome them. Later, Heo Tae Hak is killed by his adoptive son Mo Ri.

Gil Hyeon is appointed to a higher rank, and Nok Su finally gets her revenge against the government official who abused her and her mother 17 years ago.

Gil Dong gives the silver mine to King Yeonsan, and in return, he and his men are appointed as government craftsmen in Hanyang.

Uh Ri Ni enters the Palace as an apprentice court lady.

The King’s appetite for luxurious things and feasts grows. As the Head Eunuch scrambles to get the money to satisfy the King, he inadvertently meets Gil Dong. He and Gil Dong strike a deal that will benefit both the King and Gil Dong’s businesses.

Gil Hyeon, who has become a traveling Secret Inspector, reports to the King what’s truly happening among the people.

A mysterious woman confronts Gil Dong about the consequences of his choices and actions.

Episode 16: The marriage proposal

Episode 15 recap:

Gil Dong promises the Head Eunuch that he will provide the money for the King as long as the Head Eunuch protects him and his businesses. With the advance knowledge of the King’s liquor ban, Gil Dong and his men make lots of money.

Gil Hyeon reports to the King how the noblemen are getting around the liquor ban, but the King’s actions hurt the common people, rather than the noblemen.

The academy’s owner teaches Prince Choong Won on how to get out of exile by becoming valuable to the King.

The shaman whom Ah Mo Gae consulted appears in Hanyang and warns Gil Dong that if he doesn’t stop misusing his powers as the Mighty Child, he will die. But instead of heeding the shaman’s words, Gil Dong further enlarges his businesses.

Four years later …

The academy owner pleads with the King to end Prince Choong Won’s exile.

Uh Ri Ni is now a young servant in the Palace, while Gil Hyeon continues as an itinerant Secret Inspector.

Gil Dong and his men are prosperous businessmen, and his stature among the people in Hanyang increases. On the other hand, Ga Ryung has become a writer of romance books.

Ga Ryung receives a marriage proposal, and Gil Dong agrees to check the guy out.

Episode 17: The revelations

Episode 16 recap:

King Yeonsan ends Prince Choong Won’s exile. With the academy owner’s help, Prince Choong Won begins to turn the public sentiment against Gil Dong and his men.

Uh Ri Ni is one of the young servants chosen to serve Nok Su and the other royal entertainers.

Lord Jo’s son (now a junior governor) orders the arrest of one of Gil Dong’s men for hitting a nobleman.

Ga Ryung fakes a marriage proposal to make Gil Dong jealous. Finally, Gil Dong finally confesses his love for her.

Prince Choong Won has been freed from exile, and with Mo Ri at his side, he confronts Gil Dong and his men.

Master Song (the academy’s owner) and Deputy Governor Jo Jeong Hak begin investigating “thieves” who are targeting noblemen.

Gil Dong devises a plan to let the King know how absurd and unjust the laws are.

Episode 18: Hong Chum Ji

Episode 17 recap:

Master Song warns Prince Choong Won to stay away from Gil Dong so as not to tarnish his hard-earned reputation.

Gil Hyeon realizes that his friend Deputy Governor Jo Jeong Hak is none other than the young master whose parents oppressed his parents and Gil Dong.

Old man Kim Deok Hyung is tortured but refuses to implicate Gil Dong and his men.

Gil Hyeon convinces the King to correct the injustices brought about by the laws. The King demotes Deputy Governor Jo Jeong Hak and frees old man Kim Deok Hyung.

When Jo Jeong Hak learns from his mother that his father was killed by Ah Mo Gae, he vows revenge against Gil Dong.

In desperation, Jo Jeong Hak joins forces with Prince Choong Won in order to implicate Gil Dong.

Gil Dong confronts Prince Choong Won, but Mo Ri, Jo Jeong Hak, and the policemen are watching nearby.

Episode 19: The band of brothers versus the foreign intruders

Episode 18 recap:

Gil Dong loses the fight against Mo Ri, who has rediscovered his strength as a Mighty Child himself.

Gil Dong and his men find a book listing all the members of Sugwidan, a brutal group of noblemen. The book also lists the men’s assets including servants, one of whom is Uh Ri Ni.

Gil Dong and Ga Ryung get married.

While searching for Uh Ri Ni, Gil Dong and his men exact vengeance on the cruel noblemen, seize some of their assets, and distribute them to the poor folks.

Masquerading as Hong Chum Ji, Gil Dong and his men continue to track down the members of Sigwadon (a cruel group of noblemen).

But Governor Jo, Mo Ri, and soldiers from the capital begin hunting down Hong Chum Ji.

Despite the famine and people’s sufferings, King Yeonsan continues his lavish lifestyle.

Episode 20: Gil Dong and Gil Hyeon

Episode 19 recap:

Hong Chum Ji’s heroic reputation among the people grows by leaps and bounds. This alarms Master Song who urges the King to arrest the thieves who are stealing the people’s hearts.

King Yeonsan promotes Nok Su as a Royal Concubine and continues to hold his lavish feasts and hunting trips.

While meeting the King, Gil Hyeon is shocked to see the magistrate who betrayed his father.

Gil Dong and his men rescue the people from the foreign intruders.

Gil Dong and his men are cornered at the local Finance Office by the royal forces.

Later, on the King’s order, Governor Jo replaces Park Ha Sung (aka Gil Hyeon) as the new Police Magistrate. He immediately puts up checkpoints and plasters wanted posters against Gil Dong and his men all over the capital.

Episode 21: Mighty Child vs. Mighty Child

Episode 20 recap:

Gil Dong and Gil Hyeon (aka Park Ha Sung, the Police Magistrate) meet each other again. But later, the King strips Gil Hyeon of his office.

Mo Ri captures So Bu Ri and Eop San by himself. With his help, the royal forces capture all of Gil Dong’s men.

Gil Dong is cornered by dozens of soldiers, but he fights them off and escapes with the people’s help.

Gil Dong meets Gil Hyeon and asks to be turned over to the authorities. As he is led, bound, into the palace, Nok Su (formerly known as Gong Hwa) sees him.

During his interrogation, Gil Dong gives to King Yeonsan his copy of the “Hengrok” (a book listing the members of the Sugwidan and their acts against the slaves, commoners, and illegitimate sons).

Gil Hyeon and Nok Su appeal to the King on Gil Dong’s behalf.

King Yeonsan decides to show in a public display that Gil Dong’s powers as a Mighty Child are nothing.

Episode 22: Prey for the hunter

Episode 21 recap:

King Yeonsan is fully aware of the Sugwidan and, contrary to Gil Dong’s expectations, doesn’t plan to take any action against its members.

King Yeonsan orders his Head Eunuch to drug Gil Dong the night before the fight.

Gil Dong defeats his first three opponents but loses to Mo Ri. Bloodied and broken, he’s later tied to a post outside the palace walls for the public to see.

The ministers become courageous in denouncing King Yeonsan’s lavish lifestyle that has bankrupted Joseon.

Lord Jo’s wife tells King Yeonsan about his mother’s letter.

King Yeonsan mocks Gil Dong’s powers as a Mighty Child by leaving him tied to the post for everyone in the capital to see.

Nok Su plans to keep Gil Dong alive, while Gil Hyeon messes with the King’s mind. Meanwhile, Ga Ryung plans to enter the palace and seek revenge against the King.

King Yeonsan begins taking his revenge against all those responsible for his mother’s death, beginning with his father’s royal concubines.

Episode 23; The walls in people’s hearts

Episode 22 recap:

King Yeonsan imprisons Gil Dong and later uses him as target practice for his bow and arrow.

Nok Su visits Gil Dong in prison and begins fearing that King Yeonsan could turn against her in an instant.

In his cruelty, King Yeonsan’s beheads the skeletons of long-buried men and forces people away from their homes to make way for his hunting ground.

In the hunting ground, Gil Dong meets Nok Su’s teenage attendants. As King Yeonsan mocks him, he keeps repeating Uh Ri Ni’s name.

Gil Dong regains his strength as he sees the people suffering under King Yeonsan’s cruelty and after having a vision of his father.

When Gil Dong fully regains his strength, he breaks his men out of prison.

King Yeonsan assigns Park Ha Sung (aka Gil Hyeon) to lead soldiers in recapturing Gil Dong and his men.

Ga Ryung begins carrying out her plan to kill the King.

Gil Hyeon finds out that Uh Ri Ni is in the Palace.

Episode 24: Ga Ryung and Uh Ri Ni

Episode 23 recap:

After confronting the King in the forest, Gil Dong and his men find refuge in the shaman’s cave.

Believing that Gil Dong is dead, Ga Ryung enters the forbidden hunting grounds and soon gains the King’s affection.

The King uses violence to turn minister against minister, neighbor against neighbor.

Uh Ri Ni doesn’t recognize Gil Hyeon.

People become courageous and begin challenging the King by plastering posters all over the capital.

Despite Gil Dong’s impassioned plea, the men and women in the cave are too afraid to fight King Yeonsan.

As Ga Ryung gains the King’s favor, she makes new friends and new enemies. She also begins thinking that she has finally found Uh Ri Ni, Gil Dong’s little sister.

The terrified ministers seek the help of Master Song. Later, the King plans a grand ceremony where the ministers will pledge their allegiance to him.

Episode 25: Uh Ri Ni

Episode 24 recap:

Following the shaman’s advice, Gil Dong and his men encourage the men and women in the cave with stories of how they triumphed over cruel noblemen. Later, they teach the men sword fighting and archery.

Nok Su (aka Gong Hwa) becomes insecure when King Yeonsan calls for Ga Ryung to comfort him. On the other hand, Sang Hwa (Nok Su’s young attendant) warns Ga Ryung to stay away from the King.

Nok Su asks the King to punish Ok Ran by beheading her. Thinking that Ok Ran is Gil Dong’s sister, Ga Ryung visits her and promises to find a way out for her. But Ok Ran says that the real owner of the blue string is Sang Hwa.

During the celebration at the Palace, Gil Dong and his men attack the King and the ministers.

While Gil Dong and his men attack King Yeonsan and the ministers, his new followers free the prisoners. Ga Ryung takes Ok Ran (the young court attendant), and they also escape.

All by himself. King Yeonsan pursues Gil Dong.

King Yeonsan begins to doubt Nok Su’s loyalty to him. Later, he kicks out of the Palace Nok Su’s young attendant Sang Hwa (the one who’s carrying the other half of the blue cloth that Gil Dong has).

Police Magistrate Jo finally finds out who Park Ha Sung really is.

Episode 26: Uprising

Episode 25 recap:

Gil Dong tells King Yeonsan that he’s not descended from the Goryeo royal family but is the son of Ah Mo Gae, a slave.

King Yeonsan finds out that Nok Su was in love with Gil Dong before she came into the Palace.

Police Magistrate Jo finds out that Park Ha Sung is none other than his childhood slave Gil Hyeon. The King becomes livid when he finds out that his supposedly loyal official Park Ha Sung is Gil Dong’s brother.

Through Park Ha Sung’s urging, Master Song advises the King to use Nok Su’s attendant Sang Hwa as a spy in Gil Dong’s camp. At the cave, Gil Hyeon sees her and thinks that she’s Uh Ri Ni, his long-lost sister.

Gil Dong, Gil Hyeon, and their men try to make Sang Hwa remember that she’s Uh Ri Ni.

Ga Ryung finally gets her chance to kill the King.

Numerous villages begin rebelling against King Yeonsan. To set an example for all of Joseon, King Yeonsan orders that all the people in Hyangjumok Village be killed.

Episode 27: The siege

Episode 26 recap:

After some emotional turmoil, Sang Hwa finally remembers how she was brainwashed by the Sugwidan.

Nok Su stops Ga Ryung from killing King Yeonsan but doesn’t tell her that Gil Dong is alive.

Gil Dong and his men try to save the people of Hyangjumok Village, but they’re outnumbered by the royal guards. When things were looking bleak, the men and women at the cave arrive and rescue them.

King Yeonsan finds out who Ga Ryung really is.

The royal forces storm the walls surrounding Hyangjumok Village.

Episode 28: Gil Dong’s dilemma

Episode 27 recap:

Ga Ryung tries to bite off King Yeonsan’s ear.

King Yeonsan goes to Hyangjumok Village and uses Ga Ryung as a hostage to force Gil Dong to surrender.

More forces arrive for King Yeonsan and increase the pressure on Hyangjumok Village.

With the village beginning to run out of food supplies, Gil Dong faces a dilemma on what to do with Ga Ryung.

Episode 29: Revolution

Episode 28 recap:

Gil Dong shoots Ga Ryung with an arrow to chest, and she barely survives.

The warriors from Sugwidan betray Prince Choong Won and take Gil Dong’s side. King Yeonsan is forced to escape.

After King Yeonsan retreats from Hyangjumok, the ministers advise him to let the soldiers and horses rest and recuperate before attacking again.

Mo Ri is found hiding in the forest.

Master Song asks Prince Pyung Sung to negotiate with Gil Dong and his men.

Episode 30: Finale

King Yeonsan

Master Song of Sugwidan

Master Jo’s wife and son

The King’s eunuch

Royal Concubine Nok Su

Gil Dong and Ga Ryung

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,
background blur

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)

From Episode 11: natural frame

From Episode 11: shallow depth of field, focus on the eyes

From Episode 12: lines of direction, shooting groups

From Episode 12: conveying depth through overlapping forms,
lines of direction

From Episode 13: natural frames, shallow depth of field

1 comment:

Atty. Gerry T. Galacio said...

Notes/review of Ep. 9:

Up to this point, we still don’t know what happened to Gil Dong’s sister Uh Ri Ni.

My wild guess is that Uh Ri Ni has been found by Lord Jo’s son (the young master who bullied Gil Dong and Gil Hyeon when they were just kid; he's now a scholar who befriends Gil Hyeon at the academy).

In Ep. 9, Lord Jo’s evil wife is still around. My wild guess is that she will soon begin taking care of Uh Ri Ni as her own child.