Taxi Driver -- Episode 2: Vengeance is Mine
For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord.”
Despite thoroughly believing in "vengeance is mine, I also believe in "treat others as they treat you," and sometimes the only way to do that is to give people a taste of their own medicine. And in that sense, there is nothing more appealing than the delivery and execution of a meticulously satisfying revenge plot. As they say, vengeance is sweet, but it's even sweeter when the vengee isn't sure who the venger is; now that is something.
That said, I am absolutely impressed by the detail put in the making of not just the story but the set, the characters, and even the revenge stories. The simplicity by which the on-call revenge service works is ingeniously brilliant, and the best part is the customer has free will, complete freedom of choice. As they say, there is no such thing as freedom of choice unless one has the absolute freedom of refusal.
The Deluxe Taxi team's time and effort in planning, executing, and delivering the per-request revenge service are truly admirable. I can see why Lee Je Hoon was selected for the Kim Do Gi role; it fits him perfectly as the muscle of the operation. And more so, I like him in this role, stoic, calculating, nimble, thoughtful, and best of all, righteous and just. There is nothing worse than taking advantage of the disabled and mentally ill, so I was totally in with the deluxe team's service to avenge Maria against those who not only used and abused her and all the others like her but benefited from them in the worst way possible. They deserved every bit of Deluxe Taxi's just punishment, if not more.
As much as I am all in with this vigilante justice concept and love the team as a whole, something about Jang Sung Chul (Kim Eui Sung), clearly, he is the brains and funder of the outfit, rubs me the wrong way. I sense he's someone who'd do anything, including maybe betray his team to further his own goals, and criminal reform is absolutely not one of them despite what he told Kim Do Gi. His association with Shark Loan Baek Sung Mi (Cha Ji Yeon) in whatever operation she's running for him is quite bothersome, but let me not get ahead of myself. As twisted as Baek Sung Mi seems, I like her a lot, something about her I find intriguing. If Jang Sung Chul is the brains, Kim Do Gi is the muscle, Go Eun (Pyo Ye Jin) is the eyes, while quirky Choi Kyung Goo (Jang Hyuk Jin) and Park Jin Eon (Bae Yoo Ram) are the fixers. They mesh so well together.
They say a good team is like a well-oiled machine, and Taxi Deluxe is that indeed. But any well-run operation has a nemesis, and Taxi Deluxe may have just found theirs in Prosecutor Kang Ha Na (Esom), who seems to be catching up to them a lot faster than I anticipated. I can already see her and Kim Do Gi's dynamic will be out of this world. And I cannot wait to see how things turn out between those who believe vengeance embodies true justice and those who pursue those who break the law outlaws.