I-Ra (played by Ko Joon-hee) is a wedding planner who finds herself in an awkward position after finding out she's pregnant. The father is Dae-Bok (played by Lee Hee-joon), and the relationship isn't currently at a place where a long-term commitment feels appropriate. Dae-Bok, to his credit, panics upon receiving the news, not because he's scared of being a father, but because he realizes from I-Ra's diffident attitude that she doesn't feel the relationship has any kind of future. Dae-Bok moves desperately to try and change her mind...More
There's a great nineties aesthetic going on throughout this episode. "Answer Me 1994", like almost any drama produced today, is ultimately a product of popular current-day writing tropes and situations. In this episode, that scenario is conversations that are both emotionally stunted and emotionally expressive, as participants try to express themselves as much as they can without risking offending the other person. The nineties music selection here is amazingly well-suited to these scenes, communicating a particular sadness and intimacy that just doesn't seem to go far enough.
Incidentally, there's another giant time jump this episode. At this rate we'll almost certainly get a cameo from the drama's predecessor. At first this might seem to be a cheat- Na-Jeong and Rubbish are finally couple, and we're skipping over all of that just to watch a relationship that's several months in? But the narrative reasons for this are sound...More
There's a fair degree of medieval brutality in "Blood Rain". This is a movie in which we watch multiple people viciously murdered in about the most uncomfortable way possible. What really enhances the misery of these scenes is that they're just long enough that some slight thread of hope comes up that maybe, just maybe, this won't end as horribly as it looks. Of course, that's not how grisly death by torture works. Anyone who puts that much effort into a death trap is smart enough to build one that won't screw up.
What really enhances the discomfort in these scenes is that all the characters, whether they be the investigators, the criminals, or just the random townspeople, show themselves to be fully capable of this brutality without so much as flinching about the aftermath...More
"Medical Top Team" continues to stagnate despite the ever present political tensions and interpersonal issues. It's disappointing because there is potential in the cast, crew and script, but that potential is left unfulfilled.
The biggest gap is between the brilliance of the actors and the chemistry that they have. The cast is strong in talent, immaculate with line delivery and can express worlds with their eyes. However, the chemistry between most of the actors, like Jeong Ryeo-won and Joo Ji-hoon, is lukewarm at best. It's not just romantic chemistry, it's platonic chemistry as well. Although the actors are on screen together, there is no spark of intensity...More
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