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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 6

2015/04/24 | | Permalink

The pacing of the different storylines is "Unkind Women"'s strong suit. This is a large cast and the slow introduction during the first few episodes allows for all of them to develop individually. Where it weakens is how interconnected all of the characters are. It's easier to build an insulated world, but that becomes quite cliche.

At this point, we know the women of "Unkind Women" pretty well...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 9

2015/04/24 | | Permalink

"Heard It Through the Grapevine" is tackling social issues and injustices rather than attempting to break out of its mold. Each episode or pair of episodes takes on a new vice of Jung-ho's and Yeon-hee's. Luckily, this episode also highlighted the young married couple a little as well.

We got to see In-sang and Beom begin to dream about their future in a manner that is quite farsighted...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Girl Who Sees Smells" Episode 8

2015/04/23 | | Permalink

The focus this time is more completely on the serial murder investigation- unfortunately. Part of the problem with giving Jae-hee improbably effective crime-committing superpowers is that I start to wonder why he doesn't use them more consistently. The man can take advantage of all sorts of information he stumbles across by accident- yet he can't be bothered to remembered how to stab a person in the vitals? Isn't he a chef? Isn't this, like, the one thing he would have an actual logical reason to know?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 3

2015/04/23 | | Permalink

The overall design is slightly tweeked this episode. Gone is the rather goofy English voiceover about couples shacking up before marriage. Instead, the framing device for most of the skits just ends up being the voices of the women in these relationships. The result is a somewhat surprising blend of emotional complexity. Even as "The Lover" looks at times amateurish, with actors seeming to break character in the course of certain jokes, by the end we're left with a rather sweet lingering feeling of why people get together romantically in the first place...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Girl Who Sees Smells" Episode 7

2015/04/22 | | Permalink

The format is mostly the same as last episode. Moo-gak and Cho-rim act cute for a moment, then Jae-hee does sneaky criminal stuff, then Moo-gak and Cho-rim get around to solving the current case of the week and finally, we close out with a dramatic cliffhanger wherein essential information relative to the case is discovered. While consistency is nice, "The Girl Who Sees Smells" continues to be consistent in a somewhat annoying inconsistent way...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 6

2015/04/21 | | Permalink

Soo-ji's incremental progress toward a relationship with Sang-woo here is foiled by...rental payments. Good, good, more absurdity. I mean it's not really that absurd. Pretty much everybody has to struggle with the rent, especially in the wake of a dumb impulse purchase. But this isn't the kind of real-life issue that normally shows up in dramas. Fiction tends to focus on concept rather than reality. Yet as "Let's Eat - Season 2" shows here, a lot of mileage can be accomplished just by watching Soo-ji squirm over the rent...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 20 Final

2015/04/21 | | Permalink

This episode opens up with Ji-sang making one last random, pointless violent attack against Jae-wook's forces. Which inevitably comes down to nothing, and inevitably results in Ji-sang being let go. I guess this one was just for old time's sake- "Blood" has been pretty dedicated to its rather arbitrary format, and there's no reason for that to end in the last episode. It's just that this time the second half rampage actually manages to accomplish something, mostly because the drama has to end somehow...More

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