Chicago Typewriter opens up with a lot of snappy story projections. We got a glimpse of the main characters – an eccentric reasonably proud writer and a jack-of-all-trade legendary part-timer who almost became a shooting olympian, if not for the trauma of seeing her past life sniping and killing someone whenever she holds a gun. We were also presented with tidbits of their past timeline history. It is not giving me the hook yet, but I like how the narration tone is not confusing me so far given that we might be going to shifting past and present timelines. I’m not supposed to say a lot since I am on my Day 1 here. But anything with swerving timelines is something that I really buy.
Chicago Typewriter Episode 1 Summary
A famous writer Han Se Ju goes to Chicago Illinois for a book signing event after his recent successful novel. There he unlocks the mystery of a haunted typewriter made in 1930 Gyeongseong. Strangely enchanted by the typewriter he found, we delve to Seoul circa 1930’s where his past self also a writer chats with a charming girl about a gun coined as Chicago typewriter. The coffee owner breaks his trance and he offers to buy the typewriter from him, but he refuses mentioning he paid a hefty amount for that in an auction. When the cafe owner woke up one night to the sight of moving objects in his cafe, he was forced to send the typewriter to Han Se Ju following the message written on the paper inside the typewriter.
The package is commissioned to be delivered by Jeon Seol, an avid fan of Se Ju who is a famous part-time job worker. Seol heads to his house and marvels at the extravagance. She is known to be good at almost anything. Whatever she puts her mind to she does not have any problem succeeding. Se Ju refuses to open the door and orders her to leave the package. A stray dog approached Seol as the door opens. Seol thinks the dog is Se Ju’s and follows him to the main door.
She rings the door bell and Se Ju politely acknowledges the package. She explains how the door opened because of his dog. He fusses when she reveals his dog entered the house since he does not have one because of his allergy. The dog-from-nowhere checks in the house and was about to eat the USB stick of Se Ju’s writing materials. They plead for the dog not to do it but he munches on the bone shaped USB stick.
They chase on the dog who ran away and Seol successfully tame him. The neat freak writer learns the dog pooped the USB so he asks Seol to email the files to him and reformat the computer which he gives to her after. Se Ju is fixed to the idea that she is a stalker and cites the usual lines he got from his psycho fans which typically starts on we have met before.
Se Ju dreams of him a vintage setting talking to a girl. His dream is interrupted by a phone call from his publisher discussing business the minute he answered. He cuts the chat quickly by responding how he is always on time with his pendings.
Se Ju works on his new novel materials and bumps with a familiar face from his past he was not happy seeing. They head to a cafe and his orphan background was revealed as he hinted on an unpleasant experience he had with the man’s family when he was living with them.
The next day Se Ju denies getting the dog when the vet clinic notified him through his secretary. Seol tries to appeal by going at his house that night, but his recent stalker related happenings made him deny her request so Seol and the dog heads home.
She stops at a sandwhich store and remembers when Se Ju was just a struggling writer who frequents the sandwich store where she was working and incessantly writes on his notebook. Just then the dog sensed a danger and barks at her to follow him.
At Se Ju’s house a stalker fan confronts the writer and blames him for making him kill the people who made life harder for him. He claims that Se Ju sent a message to him from his recent novel but gets enraged on why he killed the character whom he thought to be him. The light flickers in the house as Se Ju is in a gun point.
They brawl and race to the gun as the light fades in the room, and when the light comes back, Seol intently points the gun to the intruder as Se Ju recalls the woman he has been dreaming lately who is the subject of his new novel.