BORDER brought in its highest rating so far for this episode at 16.7%. Well, let’s briefly recap this before the thoughts section.
One late night, a young man was killed in a hit and run. A witness was there and saw the car. Ango communicated with the victim and the witness, they gave the same information – a red luxury foreign car with plate number 0821. It didn’t take long for Ango and the police to find out that it belongs to the son of Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Ango wanted to bring the son in for questioning but his boss ordered to put the case on hold. Obviously, because the son of a Minister was involved, the case had to be dealt with extra care.
This didn’t stop Ango from continuing the investigation with the help from his colleague.
At the same time, this man below was ordered to deal with the case (I presume) by either the Minister or his son. This caused the only witness and other people to change their testimonies.
This made Ango really frustrated as it impeded their work.
Ango then proceeded to target the son’s girlfriend. Before she could say anything, the Minister’s son came to get her and told Ango his car was stolen 3 days ago.
Another stumbling block. So Ango turned to the guy who he usually asked for anything illegal. His boss came right after asking whether any of his officers asked for his help. So I guess he had an inkling Ango might have turned to the dark side for some help once in a while. Of course, the man didn’t blow Ango’s actions.
I like Suzuki! He doesn’t appear much but he makes sure you remember him xD Ango asked him to shake the son’s girlfriend up a bit, scare her a little.
In the end, the girlfriend was killed, as a scape-goat. The Minister’s son was already on the plane to Canada. Ango had a fight with the ‘professional cleaner’ but that was merely a distraction to enable the Minister’s son to escape.
Ango turned to the dark side and ordered the tech duo to spread lies and rumors about the Minister’s son. However they refused. Ango was fighting a losing battle. Guess this episode was made to show no matter how hard you try sometimes to bring justice to all the bad people, some may never face the punishment they deserved. The world is unfair.
I can see why the rating sort of shot up for this episode. A 5.1% increase was just wow…but here’s probably why. First of all, this is the first time Ango was faced with a highly difficult case. It was a straight forward case actually and he already knew the guy who killed the young man. However, politics was involved and things just automatically got complicated.
That’s exactly why I loathe politics in dramas and also real life. They get in the way of police work where things are supposed to be black and white. Second, we got to see Ango unleashed his anger. I find some similarity between his character with Kuraki from MOZU. I’m still waiting for Kuraki to do the same as Ango here. Just let all those frustrations and hidden anger go. Back to the episode, I think this is also the first time I felt a similar tension and suspense as Alice no Toge. By far, Alice had more suspense and was better in terms of production/music/cinematography that complement each other to bring us a great show. I have yet to feel the same with BORDER. However, I really like what I see in this episode because as I watched Ango in despair, being helpless and how the world seemed so unfair, it reminded me of Asumi in Alice. What I love most though was Ango’s facial expression. Yes, that’s the face I wanna see!
Ahhh…This was quite an emotional episode.