Dr. Brain slips deeper into a memory meltdown [Apple TV+ recap]

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Dr. Brain slips deeper into a memory meltdown [Apple TV+ recap]

Apple TV +’s exciting new South Korean sci-fi series Dr. Brain dives into the past this week to discover mistakes, regrets and murders.

Brain-synchronizing scientist Sewon Koh is beginning to understand that even though he is at the center of a conspiracy, his own guilt is far more relevant to the crimes in question than he originally thought. After all, being a bad husband is not illegal. But when your negligence leads to kidnapping, murder and fraud, it’s too late to say sorry.

Dr. Brain summary: ‘Chapter 4’

When we last left Sewon (played by Parasite’s excellent Sun-kyun Lee), he was looking for Heejin, the daughter of his wife’s dead confidant Junki Lim (Kim Ju-hun), after memories of a dead gangster led him and the authorities to her hiding place in the woods. Now Heejin has drawn a butterfly and hidden clues to what happened to her in its wings. It’s all slanted, but it’s more than enough for Sewon to continue – at least until Heejin recovers enough to start talking.

Lieutenant Choi (Seo Ji-hye) does not want Sewon to raise his hopes that his son, Doyoon (Jeong Si-on), is alive. A theory he has been convinced of ever since he began to catch a glimpse of his wife and son’s death during brain synchronization. However, Heejin’s mysterious drawing gives him a lot to be optimistic about. The lieutenant is still on guard to let a civilian continue to lead her investigation, but she can not deny the painful look in Sewon’s eyes as she suggests letting this go.

After all, Sewon’s co-researcher Namil Hong (Jae-won Lee) has gone into hiding after helping the doctor perform a brain synchronization on a dead private eye, which serendipitally lay in their research facility’s morgue. So the odds of a new track shaking loose seem small right now. But then the ghostly Kangmu (Park Hee-soon) shows up while Sewon visits his comatose wife and suggests starting from scratch. The clues may be waiting for Sewon in his brain-synchronized memory.

They go to the cabin, where Doyoon was allegedly killed in a fire, and Sewon begins to catch a glimpse of his wife’s memories. She tells Junki that she wished Sewon was a more attentive man. She feels bad about spending so much time with Heejin and Junki, but she almost wished Sewon had shown more outward signs of jealousy that she did not spend time with. Hi m. It would at least have proved that Sewon cared about her. The scientist was so preoccupied with her research that they were like strangers before her accident permanently separated them on this plane.

They looked more like a family without me

Sewon realizing what a miserable man he has been, with only the undead Kangmu to company, is excellent. It is a quiet moment of reflection on the mistakes the scientist made and how, even though he had nothing to do with the crimes that led him to it, he is equally responsible for the situation. If he had been a more attentive family man, Jaeyi (Yoo-Young Lee) would never have gotten involved with Junki. And perhaps these murders would have been avoided.

The tracks continue to come hot and fast. The villains show up at Namil Hong’s house and look for him before the police can get there, so they’re too late to stop the beatings they give his mother. There was clearly more to his involvement in Sewon’s first brain synchronization experiments than pure coincidence.

Meanwhile, Sewon again gets a sight from the deceased cat and the dead burglar about the fate of his son, Doyoon. It appears that they have replaced his body with a dummy. And because the situation appeared to be so cut and dry, no DNA tests ran on the charred remains to determine if it really was Doyoon’s body found in the explosion that was to claim his life.

But the questions still abound: Why did they want to kidnap Doyoon in the first place? It was not for money, for they made it look like he was dead. Something else is going on far more strangely. Maybe it has something to do with Sewon’s own story as a study focus in his youth, which led to very conveniently timed his mother’s death, the incident that started the series in the first place?

As the episode ends, Sewon digs Doyoon – or what he thought was Doyoon – up with Kangmu as company (in a scene similar to Stephen Kings Pet Semetary). And Sewon finds out once and for all that Doyoon was not in that grave. Of course, that does not mean he is still alive. But Sewon is still too poisoned by hope to consider it. He’s too far away. I love the presence of Kangmu as Sewon’s undead conscience, a morbid, violent Jiminy Cricket in sunglasses. The more this show becomes itself, the more wonderful it is to watch.

Watch Dr. Brain on Apple TV +

New sections of Dr. Brain arrives Friday on Apple TV +.

Rated: TV-MA

Look at: Apple TV +

Scout Tafoya is a film and television critic, director and creator of the long-running video essay series The unloved to RogerEbert.com. He has written for The Village Voice, Film Comment, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Nylon magazine. He is the author of Cinemaphagy: On The Psychedelic Classical Form of Tobe Hooper, that director of 25 feature films, and author of more than 300 video essays, available at Patreon.com/honorszombie.

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