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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Girl Who Sees Smells" Episode 16 - Final

2015/05/21 | | Permalink

The Jae-hee storyline is finally, definitively resolved by the halfway point. As usual it's loaded with various improbabilities- the ambulance explanation which begs more questions than it does answers. The way the story quickly forgets its own epilogue which stated most of the characters aren't actually police officers anymore. And the fact that Jae-hee is foiled mostly because his superpower of predicting events perfectly has been turned off...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 20

2015/05/21 | | Permalink

Episode 20 was a turning point for "Unkind Women". It highlights the changes that have gradually worked themselves into the story and into the characters. With four episodes left, the story is really about how the characters will come together and learn to overcome and appreciate life after all the hardships they have suffered.

Soon-ok embodies this concept best...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 7

2015/05/21 | | Permalink

There are exactly four continuous scenes this episode. Even for a drama of below average length, that's really not very many. So for the first time, "The Lover" manages to make a misstep with its creativity. There's some laughs here, but the central joke in every single sketch has to be stretched out for so long that the drama just ends up feeling really awkward. Watching an awkward argument for a long time isn't really any more fun than being involved in an awkward argument for a long time...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Girl Who Sees Smells" Episode 15

2015/05/20 | | Permalink

And so Jae-hee is down for the count...or is he? Normally I make a point of how proper set-up is important for effective delivery. Here's the problem with this episode's cliffhanger though. The fact that it was obviously foreshadowed only served to make me dread the end of this episode, as well as the next one, because it means that once more "The Girl Who Sees Smells" is going to insist on doing its stupid invincible serial killer shtick right to the end, when Jae-hee is once again foiled less because his opponents are competent and more because the writer turns off Jae-hee's omniscience superpower...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 19

2015/05/20 | | Permalink

There is a lovely dynamic shift between our characters as they learn and grow. Also, it shifts as those who are too insecure and selfish continue to interfere in the lives of others. As time passes all of these unkind, supposedly unhappy women finally gain insight into themselves and their lives. They see they are content despite all of the trials that they must walk through because they have each other.

The first example of this is the peculiar friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - School 2015" Episode 8

2015/05/19 | | Permalink

In a somewhat surprising twist, it would appear that the main potential victim of Eun-bi being exposed is not Eun-bi herself, but rather I-an. His normally static character arc comes into sharp relief here as I-an deliberately chooses to believe that Eun-bi is Eun-byeon, regardless of how much of his experiences with her post-amnesia simply don't add up. Right when I was wondering if I-an ever had this much fun on dates with the real Eun-byeon, a flashback helpfully pops up to tell us that no, he did not...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 14

2015/05/19 | | Permalink

As if to reprimand me for doubting its seriousness, the mystery plot of "Let's Eat - Season 2" ends on a pretty shocking cliffhanger, particularly so coming right after a super cute date sequence. Not just shocking, either, but overall well-integrated, because the mystery plot and the main Soo-ji plot share one important commonality. Both are being interrupted by unnecessary snooping. Of course Jeom-i is snooping- that's what old ladies do. But why is Soo-ji so obsessed about Dae-yeong's imaginary girlfriend?...More

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