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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 4

2014/08/08 | | Permalink

A lot of fluff this time around, but it's difficult to complain when the drama does such a good job being cute. Kim Sae-ron in particular- there's just so many things in the human world that Seul-gi finds inherently fascinating and apparently has not yet seen before. It seems absurd on first thought, but on further reflection, it makes sense. I can't remember for the life of me the last time I ever actually saw someone chewing bubble gum in real life or on television...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 8

2014/08/08 | | Permalink

"Fated to Love You" is a modern day Cinderella with more depth and a prince who is dashing because of how well he treats his princess. He can't protect her from everything, but the protection and support he does give bolsters her and gives her strength to go out on her own. She in turn softens his heart and shows him what true kindness is, giving him the strength and will go protect her.

There has been no doubt, for some episodes now, that Geon and Mi-young are attracted to each other and enjoy being together...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 1

2014/08/07 | | Permalink

The Little Mermaid fairytale was not at all romantic, Disney's protestations notwithstanding. It's a pretty bleak story about how an excessively romantic attitude regarding love is an unrewarding process that will probably backfire horribly and either result in you dying or transformed into a spirit. Yeah, it's a pretty weird story. And "The Idle Mermaid" quickly establishes itself in a similar vein by making it clear right away that our main character is not a good person (or mermaid, whatever), but rather a childish, immature teenage girl...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 6

2014/08/07 | | Permalink

The romance narrative has now moved into the push the other person away, not sure what to do next phase. Which is a very good phase to get into, since I, at least, needed time apart from the antics of these two. Hopefully the next time we get into an intimacy upgrade there will be some genuine affection involved rather than the skeevy pick up techniques that Jae-yeol has been using so far...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 7

2014/08/07 | | Permalink

"Fated to Love You" keeps up a lively pace into this seventh episode - it's also a lot of fun. Mi-young and Geon learn more about each other, learn that they like spending time with each other, and learn about the process of parenthood. They have a lovely partnership forming that will no doubt be trampled with with Se-ra comes back into the picture.

While this episode began with a big misunderstanding, through humor and Geon's earnestness, not only do Mi-young and Geon grow closer, but Geon earns the respect of his in-laws...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 7

2014/08/07 | | Permalink

While "Temptation" is still full of moping and brooding, the characters are breaking out of their dark cycles and doing things - for better or for worse. Mostly for worse. Hong-joo, in particular, is cracking and becoming irrational and emotionally unstable. She's keeping things interesting as Seok-hoon and Se-young dance around their feelings for each other and Min-woo deals with his family issues.

Almost every relationship in the show has some connection to Hong-joo and her instability...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 5

2014/08/06 | | Permalink

We're finally moving into the stage of the Jae-yeol / Hae-soo relationship where one of them actually starts acting like they like the other. Obviously it would be better if both of them would act like that, but I'll take what I can get. This episode gets one decent laugh near the start where Hae-soo, apparently still in her candid camera reverie, obviously has a complete tonal shift in the way she anticipates Jae-yeol's arrival...More

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