“Sisyphus: The Myth,” episode 15, explains the main reason Han Tae-sul (Cho Seung-woo) decided to lock Seo-hae in the bunker he built for the safety of her family in case that they will not be able to stop the nuclear war that will take place in a few days.
This is the same war that Sigma waged from the start, even to the extent that Tae-sul’s company called “Quantum and Time” was funded. In this time travel show, a crucial reason for action is that the prevention of future war depends on the current measures of the protagonist in order to change the timeline to such an extent that this result is deviated from.
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Of course, the mess of the timeline has ramifications, but Tae-sul understands the ramifications now, probably better than Seo-hae, who doesn’t understand the science or the difference between teleportation and time travel.
Tae-sul had changed the timeline in a very minor way by asking someone for help. If this someone turns out to be Tae-sul’s assistant, who is currently in a coma after being shot, the risks are now clear.
A statue of Sigma in ‘Sisyphus: The Myth’. (JTBC)
That assistant is someone who was like a brother of Tae-sul. When he returned he also helped Seo-hae escape and found a way that leads them to the brokers who can transport them from the future to the present.
He also brought ashes of Tae-sul from the place where he was buried with Seo-hae. When Tae-sul touches the ashes, he sees the future.
That future is the result of the atomic bomb on the Korean peninsula. Now, having seen the future, Tae-sul seems to have a pretty good idea of how to thwart Sigma’s plans. The first thing he did was lock Seo-hae. The next thing he planned to do was confront Sigma and get him to inadvertently tell him about his plans.
A statue of Tae-sul ready to confront Sigma in “Sisyphus: The Myth”. (JTBC)
As he expected, he learns how Sigma intends to use his uploader to introduce the atomic bomb into the city. Once he learns of this fact, he believes he can see a future – a future where he will win, not Sigma. At least that’s what he tells Seo-hae about a phone call.
While Tae-sul is out to find a solution, Seo-hae gets help from her only friend in the presence to break her out of the bunker. She even uses the guns in the bunker to find a way out to help Tae-sul, and with only one episode left before the show ends, we wonder how the two will stop the war. Or if they even want to.
Sisyphus: The Myth airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. KST on JTBC and can be streamed on Netflix in the US
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