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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 4

2014/11/20 | | Permalink

Having thoroughly established what it means to be a bad parent, this time "Pinocchio" works out what it means to be a good parent. Dal-po and In-ha may be adults, but they're still living at home, and this crazy idea of becoming reporters is a bit hard to reconcile with what their fathers expect from them. Or is it? While the turnabout here is technically surprising from the perspective of our leads, in broad perspective it's not all that difficult to see at all. Parents don't exist to be pleased by their children. They're their to help their kids out, and that's exactly what happens here...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blade Man" Episode 18 (final)

2014/11/20 | | Permalink

"Blade Man" has ended happily. All issues were resolved. All couples ended up together. Some of these occurrences were satisfying and well-earned. Some were explained away by exposition. The entire episode was jumpy and strangely timed. And yet, as "Blade Man" has always managed to do, the final episode ended on a feel-good note.

At the drama's start, "Blade Man" was quirky, fast-paced, fun, and full of relevant and interesting issues to be solved...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 3

2014/11/19 | | Permalink

The theme this episode is how to deal with the shattering of obviously hopeless dreams. The opening doesn't even have any real tension. We know that Dal-po is dreaming, he knows that he's dreaming, but gosh, wouldn't it just be wonderful if the first two episodes were only a mere hallucination? Unfortunately that's simpy not how it works. And ultimately it's In-ha that bears the brunt of that, as she convinces herself that Cha-ok really is a loving mother who's been out of contact for justifiable work reasons...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Liar Game" Episode 10

2014/11/18 | | Permalink

You've probably figured out the writing pattern by now- after the major cliffhanger, Woo-jin reveals how he identified the plan of his rivals and how he managed to pull off a countermove to expose the truth behind the situation. And in fact, his deduction makes perfect sense. In fact, it's so obvious I feel kind of dumb for not noticing it myself. "Liar Game" has done such a good job showing off the apparent superhuman abilities of its characters that it's easy to forget how, at the end of the day, they are just normal people...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 7

2014/11/17 | | Permalink

I'm appreciating the odd home life of the investigators more and more lately. These characters have a very stressful job, not so much because they're dealing with criminals, but because they're constantly forced to stop and admit that there aren't really any more obvious clues at the moment. Coming from that circumstance, it's really nice to be able to come home and just do normal human interaction stuff for awhile. Talking to a kid, for example, is fun, even if I'm increasingly unsure that the kid should even be there...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Liar Game" Episode 9

2014/11/17 | | Permalink

The opening is just more general doubt and uncertainty about who anyone should really trust, and all that. Don't expect any obvious clues about what the deal is with Do-yeong. I can get why "Liar Game" doesn't want to give too much information out at once, but really, this late in the drama we really need something a little more substantial. While the chat between Woo-jin and Dal-goo is somewhat informative, too much time here is spent on mostly meaningless conversations...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blade Man" Episode 17

2014/11/17 | | Permalink

The penultimate episode of "Blade Man" is about letting go: letting go of obligation, guilt, false notions of nobility. It deals well with the personal demons of Hong-bin, Se-dong, and Tae-hee, but neglects the mysticism (again) and the issues with Hong-bin's family (again). The neglected elements come from bad road mapping, bad planning. There isn't too much information or too many plot threads in "Blade Man" - they just weren't all woven into the fabric of the drama early enough.

Let's get Madam Yoon out of the way...More

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