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 6 is titled A Soul Becomes a Star and has a runtime of 63 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 6 recap contains major spoilers –
– TW: Suicide –
After the last episode’s heartbreaking yet hopeful story, we come back to Tomorrow episode 6 with the Director letting Ryeon know that for her next assignment, she will have to work with the Escort Team. Lee Young-chun is a 91-year-old war vet – so, why is he a suicide risk? After the RM team gets to know, they all realise that their work isn’t just to stop a person from taking his own life – it’s more complicated than that.
As they reach Young-chun’s home, which is pretty dilapidated, Jun-woong hilariously assumes that he has superpowers. No, he doesn’t. But his face is priceless though. Either way, they decide to clean up his home so as to improve his mental state. As Jun-woong goes out to get supplies, he comes across Young-chun who is walking down the road with a cart full of paper waste. Jun-woong helps the man and fights off some thugs who have been tormenting him. Well, at least he tries to.
When he comes back home, Ryeon tells Young-chun that they are Grim Reapers who are there to stop him from killing himself. Thus, they will give him anything for this one day since he’s supposed to die the next day. Young-chun tells her that he heard of a neighbour who died alone in his home and his body had decomposed so badly that only his bones were left. He, thus, doesn’t want to die like that and would rather go on his own terms. Ryeon asks him whether he’d like to die in a more meaningful way, to which he says that he’d rather die after finishing his work, just like every day.
Just as he gets up to go pick up more scrap paper, the others decide to go with him. The journey to the junkyard is quite heavy and sad. At the junkyard, they learn that the owner might have to close his shop because of the thugs who keep harassing him. Young-chun tells him, however, that he will be leaving soon. Before saying goodbye, Young-chun gives him some money that he has been saving and tells the guy to take care of himself.
Sitting in front of the setting sun, Young-chun thinks back to his past and wonders whether he would’ve chosen differently had he known that his life would be this difficult. In 1950, during the Korean War, a young Young-chun goes to war and the trauma that he goes through is beyond anything anyone can even imagine. When the war ended, however, there was nothing left to go back to. So, why did he fight? Anyway, after talking to them, he decides to have one final drink before he dies.
As they all sit down to drink and eat that night, he shares more stories from his past after the war. That tale isn’t any better, with the PTSD running high within him. After trying his luck at different things, he resorted to collecting paper waste when he got older since that is the only thing he could do. As Young-chun sits outside and wonders what his life amounted to, Ryeon takes him to an observation tower to see all of Seoul. She tells him that it is for his choices and sacrifice that Seoul is like this. Thus, his life isn’t meaningless or worthless – this is the country that he protected.
As they are having this conversation, Jun-woong finds Dong-chil, Young-chun’s friend from the war, and shows that he has lived a good life. He also shows him that people whom Young-chun have helped have all shown their appreciation for him. Meanwhile, Ryeon goes to the Director and Jung-gil and asks them to be a bit gentle with Young-chun and show him at least some respect. Neither give her words any thought and tell her that they will do how they usually do their work.
When Ryeon comes back, the thugs are back to make a scene. She asks them all to go back inside and beats the shit out of them all, but not before telling them that she’s 420 years old. Unfortunately, Young-chun isn’t doing that well and Jun-woong sobs when he can’t do anything to ease his suffering. Just then, Jun-woong sees the Escort Team approaching. He asks for more time but when Jung-gil gets there, he realizes that things are over. Jung-gil, shockingly, is quite nice for a change and he brings the entire Escort Team to take Young-chun with them.
Jung-gil then asks Ryeon how she is handling this since she always found it difficult to see people pass. She says that she’s become a bit numb to it but it still bothers her. Jung-gil tells her that that’s the work of a Reaper – to see people till their end. Outside, the entire Escort Team arrives with the Director who goes inside and promises to give him a comfortable end. And as she says this, Young-chun dies in his sleep.
As Young-chun passes on, he thanks the RM Team for being there with him in his last moments. He hugs Jun-woong, who is a crying mess at this point, and tells him that he’s going to a nice place. It’s an emotional moment as he leaves and the younger Young-chun finally meets his mother in Jamadeung. Jun-woong, however, is unhappy that the Director doesn’t do anything for people who are good and kind. The director tells him, though, that it’s not her job to be fair. She punishes those who sin, that’s about it.
When Jun-woong asks her to give him powers as well, though, the Director tells him to come back when he dies, much to his exasperation!
In the epilogue, Jun-woong makes Young-chun take a picture on his last day on Earth.
Final Thoughts: Tomorrow Episode 6
I think I have made my bed that the series will not have a singular rule for the different situations. I am still confused as to why they wouldn’t do the time travel thing again and if so, why they showed it in the first place. Ok, sure, maybe you can use it just once… but then again, why introduce it? Either way, if you’re ok with watching some heart-touching stories but not going too deep into how everything is working,
Ok, that being said, this story was truly heart touching. I liked that this was a single episode story because anything more than that would’ve been too much. It’s light and emotional and talks about the misery of the old and the effects of PTSD and war. With the state of the world right now, this episode hits a nerve. That being said, I think the lack of any ground rules makes this a bit underwhelming. I think the stories have real feel to them. It’s just that the core concepts don’t seem to be working for the series.
Sure, you can ignore the science of stuff and watch it for the emotions but then asking for justifications would be difficult. I also wonder why, particularly in this episode, the Director tells Young-chun that without him Jamadeung wouldn’t exist? That’s such a weird thing to say since, clearly, God has existed for quite some time. I don’t know, maybe it’s something that I missed.
I am also wondering whether all war vets going through a tough time will be getting this special treatment. If not, I feel like that’s unfair.
Either way, I am getting the feels but I can’t quite connect some dots.
Tomorrow is streaming on Netflix.
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