[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 50 Final 2015/08/02,
The final epilogue to "Jing Bi-rok" is an extended speech made by Seong-ryong, not directed to anyone in particular except the viewer, where he exhorts us to continue the struggle. It's a fitting epilogue to a drama that doesn't really end. Yes, the war ends- with a final battle the Japanese threat to the Korean peninsula is eliminated once and for all. But anyone who's been paying attention so far knows that "Jing Bi-rok" was never about the war- it was about the dysfunction that made the war possible. And that dysfunction yet remains,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 49 2015/08/01,
The war starts to come to an end, not with a bang, but a whimper. Really, the entirity of the Myeongnyang battle is completed within about ten minutes. Lee Soon-shin shows up, reassures the men that they're not all completely doomed, then they come up with a plan, they execute the plan, and just like that the Japanese invasion plan is once again completely tattered. With no fallback options the Japanese just fall back into complete despair,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 48 2015/07/26,
We learn this episode, quite predictably, that bravado is no substitute for competence. We don't see that much of the naval battle, but what we do see indicates a complete rout on the part of the Japanese. There's nothing standing between them and the rest of Korea. The situation's so bad that when the Chinese show up King Seonjo is actually glad to see them- all previous disputes now being forgiven. Unfortunately, that's probably not going to be enough here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 47 2015/07/25,
Well, it's finally happened. After forty plus episodes of King Seonjo being a generally ineffectual leader, his insecurities finally get the best of him. King Seonjo makes an obviously terrible decision based on the self-serving advice of a minority of his advisors and from here, it's only going to get worse. What really stands out about the situation is just how ridiculous it is- even the Japanese seem to be in complete disbelief as to the scale of their good luck here. Not that this in any way weakens their resolve,...More
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