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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Three Days" Episode 8

2014/03/27 | | Permalink

We finally get some nice, clear character ambivalence from Tae-kyeong. He's a man that's honest about his limitations. Not in a refreshing way. It's a bit unnerving just how little confidence Tae-kyeong inspires in any scene that doesn't directly involve crazy action stuff. He has to be one of the more wishy-washy action heroes I can recall ever seeing on-screen. It's certainly different from the genre standard- but I'm not sure whether it actually works.

"Three Days" itself seems to admit this, as the episode abruptly changes gears from Tae-kyeong's inner conflict to more explanation about the specifics of the conspiracy...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Gift - 14 Days" Episode 8

2014/03/27 | | Permalink

The number of crazies goes up as Dong-chan and Soo-hyeon delve further into Saet-byeol's not-yet-happened murder mystery. Everyone has an agenda, even the most seemingly innocuous of characters, and each of them pushes the story forward.

Three characters this episode made their agendas known, which shed light on several other characters...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Gift - 14 Days" Episode 7

2014/03/27 | | Permalink

Truth is not always what meets the eye. Episode 7 of "God's Gift - 14 Days" delivers this message to no small effect. As Soo-hyeon furthers endeavors to save her child alongside Dong-chan, the truths that are revealed are certainly not what anyone would expect.

The web that connects all the characters grows more intricate and it makes a great case for fate...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Three Days" Episode 7

2014/03/26 | | Permalink

Once again we find Tae-kyeong not being the most cooperative lead character. This kind of action thriller typically requires a main character who's willing to break the rules, but when we see Tae-kyeong fighting people on his own side just as much as the actual villains, it's difficult to ignore the thematic significance. Even if it's in flashback the guy really seems determined to win every possible encounter, regardless of whether or not it will actually help his long term goals.

Let's take, for example, the confrontation at the suite...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 12

2014/03/25 | | Permalink

When watching the opener to this episode, take a moment to consider the situation Yeong-won is in. She does not want to trust Se-ro. But I'm starting to wonder when she ever trusted anyone. Yeong-won may have had a bubbly happy existence with her fiance at the beginning of the drama, yet those scenes increasingly feel like the exception to a life that's really been pretty morose outside of diamonds.

What makes this conflict particularly heartbreaking is that Yeong-won's cynical aloof attitude toward intimacy is probably the best course of action, all things considered...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 11

2014/03/24 | | Permalink

Se-ro gets stuck in a corner regarding bad revelations, so he responds in kind, throwing more bad revelations out at other characters fairly randomly in an effort to to just put an end to the story once and for all. This does not go well, mostly because the con artists and Yeong-won's family simply get another chance to prove that they aren't rational actors, and throw their own shocking revelations at one another in a desperate attempt to...uh...

I give "The Full Sun" a lot of grief for building the plot around a scam that doesn't really make much sense...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 39

2014/03/24 | | Permalink

"Empress Qi" is settling into it's newest groove. Seung-nyang is doing a lot of growing while other characters react to those changes. Bayan Hudu (Lim Joo-eun) was crowned empress, and she is not narcissistic like Tanisiri was.

In fact, she's calmer than a lamb...More

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