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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 9

2014/08/20 | | Permalink

The Jae-yeol / Hae-soo loveline moves into a strong position of security here. The Okinawa trip concludes, and our leads return to Korea with a clear sense of mutual respect and understanding. For the most part this is just the natural progression of the sequence of events from the last episode. It's just a matter of a few serious chats, an airing out of various psychological issues, and there it is- intimacy.

There is not, at this point, anything that could be considered a serious emotional obstacle to the relationship. All of that was mainly on Hae-soo's end anyway...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 5

2014/08/20 | | Permalink

The preview from the last episode promised a lot more focus on some of the more one-off gimmicky characters here. I imagine this was at least partially done to give the main cast some time to rest, since the more central characters don't make much of an appearance. Unfortunately all of this mainly works to underscore an essential strength of the drama that's missing here- there's just not that much farming.

There are some outrageous antics to be sure, with the usual emphasis on parody, but without the main social thread this episode of "Golden Tower" just isn't particularly engaging...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 13

2014/08/20 | | Permalink

"Fated to Love You" has come full circle since its beginning and is now continuing forward. The main couple has been molded by their experiences and they have come out stronger and a little wiser. Not only is there character development this episode, but the humor was brought back detracting from the gravity of the tragedies Mi-young and Geon have experienced.

In the three years that have passed, Mi-young has become a famous artist, but still keeps her humble, kindly demeanor...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 6

2014/08/19 | | Permalink

Do-ha is treated rudely by nearly every single person she meets. This isn't for any rational reason, like her ridiculous outfit. On multiple occasions this episode she saves other characters for practically no reason at all. Yes, Do-ha does have the sort of distant hope that maybe they'll help her out, but for the most part it's just, Do-ha acts nice and helpful, and the other person responds by telling her to bugger off. Sadam was more thoughtful and considerate to Do-ha than any of the people she's actually supposed to be working with.

"The Night Watchman's Journal" is really taking this whole bit about stalling the plot way too far...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 2

2014/08/19 | | Permalink

Well, we've finally got a good hook on what's motivating Hae-yeong- petty spite. This episode makes it clear that the guy doesn't even particularly like his girlfriend that much. Eun-joo (played by Lee Young-eun) is the very definition of fun, playful, and happy. And Hae-yeong refuses to notice unless she literally throws it in his face. And even then he just awkwardly turns away. It's obvious that he's only doing this marriage thing to watch Sang-hyo squirm.

"My Secret Hotel" actually comes up with a pretty good justification why the drama started two weeks ahead in the first and went into flashback here...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 12

2014/08/19 | | Permalink

"Fated to Love You" has taken a complete turn into darkness. The intensity of the turn was shocking, but very well executed. The episode could have been overworked and overly dramatic. Instead it was timed with finesse that maximized the major events as well as the smaller moments.

The pacing and cinematography of the episode were its strengths...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 5

2014/08/18 | | Permalink

This episode opens up with Lee Rin again trying to avoid ghosts. I'll admit there is some humor to be had in the sheer extremity of his efforts. At the same time, it's extremely aggravating that the characters in "The Night Watchman's Journal" are making such a strong effort to avoid actually doing anything. It's hard to have a drama about ghosts when a substantial portion of the cast refuses to acknowledge that ghosts exist and interrupt the characters that can see them.

Trying to keep track of character knowledge writ large is also getting to be a pretty big headache...More

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