It would seem that I was mistaken on the action front. Initially the attack is a big deal, but for the most this episode is just an anatomy of the attack, which was so sudden there's not even much to see. For the most part the focus here is on Tae-kyoung, who is being treated suspiciously for...some reason I'm not sure what exactly. Maybe I've seen too many of these cat-and-mouse mysteries, but everything about this episode was so painfully predictable I was just impatiently tapping my hads thinking "get on with it already!"
So, Tae-kyoung is wrongly accused, and now must work on his own to protect the president. That's motivation...More
Well, the question of the point this drama has been getting at has been clearly resolved. Within the first few minutes of this episode the ending is more or less clearly established. I mean, it's possible that writer Lim Soo-mi will pull another screwball out at that last minute, but I kind of doubt it. The big strength of "Let's Eat" has always been it's ability to screw around with us in the moment, not get overly witty with the overall narrative thrust.
And there are definitely some good moments here. There's the brief but memorable evil team-up, which looks so outrageously staged I'm surprised Soo-kyeong even falls for it...More
"Sly and Single Again" bursts from the gate with a fast-paced, funny, and clever first episode. MBC paired writer Lee Ha-na-I with director Ko Dong-seon and the two laid down a very solid start for this romcom about a divorced couple who meet again.
This show hasn't brought anything new to the table, but it knows how to play with old material and how to infuse humor to nearly every subject presented in the show. The basic premise centers around a divorced couple who get back together for reasons other than love: she for his newfound wealth; he for revenge...More
The immediate striking aspect of "Three Days" is how scary it is. Just to be clear, the first episode doesn't actually give a very good idea of who the bad guys are and what they're trying to do. Rather, the fear factor here comes from the Korean secret service of all people. Their elaborate surveillance scheme, the sniper on the rooftop, the excessive security detail, all demonstrate a frightening degree of control. Director Sin Kyeong-soo takes a bunch of people that are supposed to be at least kind of heroic and makes them look like the agents of a dystopia...More
"Empress Qi" is at its strongest on Tuesdays. Episode 33 was exciting, grand, and chock full of great material. It came together as a piece of art, a well-wrought story, and was one of the most entertaining episodes to date.
The characters see a lot of growth because they are vulnerable physically and emotionally. Wang Yoo finally makes a mistake, which forces him to make choice that is not readily understood - it made him incredibly intriguing in the way that he was only in the earliest episodes...More
"Miss Korea" has tied up each and every loose end and delivered a finale that is adorned with smiles, warm feelings and a hopeful message. It has stayed true to its feel-good mood and has proven itself to be a breezy watch.
While "Miss Korea" lacked in any sort of real plot development, what it managed to do was make me feel good while watching it. Lee Seon-kyeon and Lee Yeon-hee had wonderful chemistry, which made them easy to root for. In fact, the entire cast had an easy rapport that was reminiscent of "Pasta"...More
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I have trouble keeping track of the secrets in this drama. Some of them seem really obvious but half the characters don't know them yet. Others kind of come out of nowhere, and then, once more, I'm stuck trying to guess how many characters have figured this out and at what point a sudden revelation is going to pop out and spin everything on its head. Basically, while I think I know what's going on here, I'm never really sure.
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