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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 10

2014/08/15 | | Permalink

"Temptation" has firmly set up the secondary couples and the blame and the bitterness sets in. It is really the aftermath of divorce that moves the couples emotionally - the rebound effect. It is not only the couples who suffer, but their families. "Temptation" is slowly reaching out to encompass what happens to a family structure when cheating and divorce are involved, but focusing mostly on the illicit romance.

That is the weakness of the show as well is its strength, the focus on the romance that neglects thorough development of other elements...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 8

2014/08/14 | | Permalink

This episode is mostly just a fun date, so there's not a whole lot of objectionable material. It really does do wonders for the Jae-yeol / Hae-soo romance to just have them away from other people for a change. Without any targets to provoke for the most part these two are able to behave like sensible human beings who are more focused on one another's needs and happiness than in petty oneupsmanship...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 2

2014/08/14 | | Permalink

Apparently we're still stuck setting up the premise, although in all fairness this is mostly Ha-ni's fault. Ma-nyeo (played by Ahn Kil-kang) tried to warn her, and explain how exactly the magic worked, but Ha-ni just had to be a dumb impulsive teenager. I do like the Ma-nyeo character here- the sea witch gets a bad wrap in most adaptations. In the original story she just provides a service. "The Idle Mermaid" does an excellent job recognizing the fact that even if Ma-nyeon facilitated Ha-ni's bad decision making, the situation is clearly her fault, not his...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 7

2014/08/13 | | Permalink

In the opening of this episode, in the aftermath of a mental patient's escaping due entirely to the fault of Dong-min, Hae-soo completely fails to notice that a man is being beaten by a baseball bat and dragged away right in front of her. Jae-yeol, for his part, rather than get help, manages to escalate the fight in such a way that it completely destroys a nearby unrelated private space. The situation is a terrifying one- not from the perspective of the drama, but rather from the onlookers...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 4

2014/08/13 | | Permalink

It turns out that farm life is still boring. I honestly don't care how often "Golden Tower" repeats that joke just as long as it keeps being funny. The setting for the drama continues to be extremely well-suited to the kind of scattershot parody that's become the backbone of the humor. Absent any other circumstance, the imagination of a farmer will get carried away. And so it is that moving into a new, old decrepit home turns out to be a questionable idea...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 9

2014/08/13 | | Permalink

The relationships between the four main characters have made huge shifts after the married couple, Seok-hoon and Hong-joo, settle on divorce to solve their problems. The divorce highlights weaknesses in characters and how they deal with decision-making and their relationships.

An emotionally tumultuous time isn't the best circumstance during which to make major decisions, but it often happens...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 4

2014/08/12 | | Permalink

Well the tone is at least consistent now. The king's still crazy, but since super dark and evil stuff isn't happening the ghost related antics go down a lot better. In all honesty these jokes still aren't particularly funny. Mostly they just highlight the essential problem with the character of Lee Rin (played by Jeong Il-woo). He doesn't have much motivation beyond just not wanting to be harassed by ghosts. If Lee Rin wasn't such a jerk his situation would probably come off as sympathetic...More

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