Tomorrow (내일) is a Korean drama-fantasy series directed by Kim Tae-yoon and Sung Chi-wook and stars Rowoon, Kim Hee-seon, Lee Soo-hyuk, and Yun Ji-on, alongside other cast members. The series has 16 episodes and is based on the webtoon of the same name by Ra Ma. Tomorrow episode 11 is titled West Sky 1 and has a runtime of 59 minutes.
Netflix describes the series as:
MADE HALF-HUMAN AND HALF-SPIRIT BY ACCIDENT, A YOUNG MAN IS EMPLOYED BY A COMPANY OF GRIM REAPERS IN THE UNDERWORLD TO CARRY OUT SPECIAL MISSIONS.
– Tomorrow Episode 11 recap contains major spoilers –
– TW: Suicide, sexual assault and violence –
Tomorrow episode 11 starts with Jun-woong screaming at some staff for insinuating Ryung-gu had murdered people while he was still in the Land of the Living. He later complains to Ryeon, who doesn’t seem to be bothered much by the commotion. Meanwhile, Ryung-gu keeps following his (past) mother Yu-hwa’s reincarnation and reminisces about his past life. He comes back to the office and offers to change departments since everyone is talking behind Ryeon because he assaulted the rapist in the last case.
However, Ryeon is adamant that she doesn’t care about what others think. As long as he knows what he did, anything else doesn’t matter to her. She then asks him whether he needs to be beside his pregnant (past) mother but he says that it doesn’t matter. Outside, Jun-woong asks Ryung-gu to not leave but he has made up his mind and bids Jun-woong goodbye.
The latter goes to complain to Ryeon again but she tells him that they cannot force him to stay. As he’s about to talk to the Director, she tells him that she was the one who escorted Ryung-gu and his mother to the afterlife after both of them were assaulted. She adds that Ryung-gu did, in fact, kill someone – that’s why Ryeon escorted him to the afterlife. When Jun-woong asks her what exactly happened to Ryung-gu that’s making him hurt so much, Ryeon starts to narrate the story.
Ryung-gu and his mother lived a commoner’s life in a village. But her past catches up to her when a new governor joins, one who had assaulted her when she was a kisaeng. Forcing her to be his mistress, he shoots down her pleas of letting her live in peace and goes as far as to threaten her son. Yu-hwa, however, isn’t someone who gives in to threats and leaves after refuses to participate in his sick games. Angry at being turned down, he sends his men to “show her her place”.
Meanwhile, Ryung-gu finds out about his mother’s past as well and comes home to find the soldiers leaving their house. As he screams at his mother and berates her for her past profession, he is shocked to find that his mother has killed herself. Many years later, an adult Ryung-gu is full of bitterness and hate towards his mother. However, when he gets to know the truth, he is filled with rage, but of a different kind. That night he murders the minister in his sleep as well as the soldiers. Life then turns into a drug-filled haze for him until Ryeon comes to get him.
Poor Ryung-gu, after knowing that he can never reunite with his mother since she took her own life, chooses to be a Reaper so that he can keep an eye on his mother after she reincarnates and then eventually moves to the RM team in 2021 in order to protect his mother lest she tries something like that again.
Confused, Jun-woong asks Ryeon in the present why someone who has taken their life once would do so again after they are reincarnated. However, Ryeon tells him that it’s not Jumadeung’s rule – the pain that people feel in their previous lives sometimes follows them in their next lives as well.
Meanwhile, we see a little girl walking down a deserted street looking for her mother. Her mother has just died tragically in a car accident and before the little girl can see what happened to her, Jung-gil stops her and asks her to not look since it will only cause her pain. It turns out that the child, too, died in that accident and Jung-gil stopped her from having a tragic realisation.
In the present, Ryung-gu helps Yu-hwa meet her sales quota by buying literally too many jackets. That night, Jun-woong asks Ryung-gu to have dinner with them for transferring to another department. The latter insists on beef and Jun-woong agrees to the treat. But, when he sees Yu-hwa walking down the road, he rethinks the beef and the two end up at a pojangmacha to drink their sorrows away. Ryung-gu opens up to Jun-woong about his feelings towards his mother’s reincarnation and tells him that she died because of him.
While Ryung-gu cries alone on a bridge afterwards, Yu-hwa goes into labour and from the looks of it, it’s not going well. One month later, the RM team’s screens light up with a notification – 30-year-old sales associate Yu-hwa is on the brink of suicide.
Final Thoughts: Tomorrow Episode 11
I don’t know what Ryeon’s past has in store for us and our hearts but I was not ready for Ryung-gu’s life and, more importantly, poor Yu-hwa’s life. I don’t think anyone deserves to go through this pain in their lifetimes. It’s just unfair and inhuman. I am glad that we finally saw Ryung-gu’s past though. He was a very mysterious and reserved character till now and seeing what makes him, him, honestly made so much sense, down to his weird quirks.
The episode didn’t have much other than a lot of flashbacks and exposition dump. Not saying that I didn’t enjoy it, I thoroughly did, but this episode doesn’t have much from Ryeon or Jun-woong and neither is there any problem solving – just the desolate and heartbreaking wasteland of Ryung-gu’s past. Considering the preview, it’ll only get worse before it gets better.
Tomorrow is streaming on Netflix.
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