[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 12 2015/06/25,
The tone for the final episode is a surprisingly somber one- there are very few jokes, just serious questions. Namely, does this relationship have any future? Doesn't the very idea of living together without being married imply that this was always just going to be a temporary situation? The worst of it is that most of the crises are not prompted by actual relationship problems, but rather employment issues that would appear to make these relationships too inconvenient to continue over time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 11 2015/06/18,
The transition between opening monologue and opening sketch is actually fairly smooth this time. The joke, to the extent there's a joke at all, is simply that even when living with another person, while they're at home with you, you can still feel lonely. Smart phones are the obvious culprit. There's just something so imminently sad about a grown man who would rather look at pictures of cars than actually go out and do something with a car. And his girlfriend,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 10 2015/06/11,
The sketch comedy moves more even-handedly into hit-or-miss territory. Some of the jokes are funny and others are not so funny. That's a bit of a simplistic statement but then "The Lover" is a bit of a simplistic show, however much the voiceover tries to add pretension to the proceedings. I frequently get the impression that the production team comes up with the sketches before the voiceover, since it's rare for there to be a unifying theme. Or at least a normal theme. As far as I can tell the main obvious theme here is set decoration,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 9 2015/06/04,
The emphasis this episode shifts to moody voiceover. While I appreciate the token attempts made by "The Lover" for the sake of seriousness, these statements are increasingly getting rather out of proportion to the actual emotional seriousness of the drama. The story, to the extent "The Lover" even has a story, appears to have gotten mired in silly, petty arguments about nothing. With the right priming this can, as was the case in previous episodes, come off as amusing. Here it just seems childish,...More
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