'Penthouse 3: War in Life' Episode 1: Premiere hints at Seok-hoon's death, Logan may never return after blast
'Penthouse 3: War in Life' Episode 1 begins with a man falling to death from the top floors of Hera Palace, but that is not the present
Spoilers ahead for 'Penthouse 3: War in Life' episode 1 ahead...
The premiere episode of 'Penthouse 3: War in Life' throws a curveball again by featuring the possible death of another lead character. This death also comes with the destruction of Hera Palace's symbol, the statue that held the body of Su-ryeon's (Lee Ji-ah) daughter Seol-ah. The way the man falls from the top of the building is also reflective of how Seol-ah met her end. The lead character we are speaking of here could be either Dan-tae (Uhn Ki-joon) or his son as the face through water looks unclear.
But that is just the prologue, and the show dives right back to the time when Dan-tae, Kyu-jin , Ma-ri, Yoon-Cheol and Seo-jin are imprisoned for their crimes. We see how they get what they deserve in the prison as they end up being bullied by the other prisoners. Especially the scene of Seo-jin being slapped by Ma-ri and Kyu-jin's wife Sang-a, is quite gratifying.
However, these villains find a way to slither out of prison, and we know that because of the trailers. The show now recounts how all of them managed to get out of prison. The premiere episode also begins a few days before Logan Lee is bombed to death. From Dan-tae hurting himself to get out of prison and blaming Yoon-cheol for his injury to Ma-ri's husband getting released from prison, we see it all.
So that means, we also see Su-ryeon live through Logan's death and it doesn't get any worse than this. However, going by the precedent set by this show, we wonder, is Logan (Park Eun-seok) really dead. It would be impossible to survive a bomb blast that size. However, we still have our doubts. Also, it is not fun to rewatch the whole scene of Logan almost propose to Su-ryeon.
Before his death, however, Logan finds out how Dan-tae has stolen the identity of someone else. He used to go by the name Baek before he took on the name of Dan-tae, and Logan brings the man who can reveal the truth about Dan-tae back with him to Korea. We also see Logan lock a huge amount of cash and bars of gold, receive a VVIP key from a bank. In the meantime, Dan-tae uses his injury not to escape but to provide an alibi in the death of Logan. He is the one who plants the bomb in Logan's car, but there is not much that Su-ryeon can do possibly at this time.
It also feels like people, who are close to Su-ryeon, are used as a plot device at this point. If Logan doesn't return, that would be the third person who had to die to ensure that Su-ryeon stays in the thick of action. First was her daughter Seol-ah, second happened to be the woman who gave birth to Seok-hoon (Kim Young-dae) and Seok-kyung (Han Ji-hyun) and now, Logan. These are details that we get for having to rewatch this ordeal. Also, this time around, the man who returned with Logan from the US would probably work with Su-ryeon in the future to exact revenge for Logan's death.
'Penthouse 3: War in Life' episodes will release on Fridays on SBS and can be streamed on Viki.