[Orion's Drama News] New Horizons 2017/04/08,
If I were covering celebrity gossip, then this season and all of its dating and wedding news would give me quite a lot of material. Strangers' love life is not what excites me, however, so I bring you news of future Netflix goodness as I contemplate a new type of Korean drama productions at our doorstep. The usual news follow, of course,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Reverse Love and Busy Women 2017/03/25,
Welcome to a week or writing woes and capable women. Today I take a look at "Chicago Typewriter" and its quirky characters before introducing some upcoming weekend and daily dramas about women's stories. I also share plenty of casting news and some media from upcoming dramas. Let us welcome the new drama season together,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Warm Romances and Cold Shoulders 2016/08/06,
The summer-to-fall dramas are gearing up for release as the next drama season draws near. Fully pre-produced sageuk drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" has dropped an impressive video filled with all the lovely things fans have probably been drooling over during its production. Speaking of Chinese stories and pre-production, I briefly consider the fate of this method in a future shaped by tensions between the countries. Lastly, I share goodies from "Incarnation of Jealousy" and other dramas,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective" 2014/04/12,
Having shown its love for a certain formula over and over again, there is little to be surprised about when it comes to OCN series and their form and trajectory. A leading man carrying a trauma and being a loner type, an ensemble of stock characters, a villain/obstacle and a lot of action and social commentary with moments of often awkward, forced humor in-between. 'Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective' follows that same formula and has more problems than other shows, but it also offers some freshness that ultimately becomes its strength,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective" Episode 6 2014/03/16,
Apparently Cheo Yong has a good reputation among the police force as a detective. A specific point is made of the fact that he's been called in to handle this case specially, although as far as I can tell the case in question has nothing to do with the man's actual skills as a police officer. I mean, yeah, there's a ghost there, but given that Cheo Yong's ability to see ghosts is a secret they didn't call him in just because ghosts might have been involved.
There is, in fact, little evidence that anything supernatural is going on at all outside of the opener where the body is discovered. For the most part this episode is just an extended standard police investigation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective" Episode 5 2014/03/09,
This episode opens up with a flashback to a rather essential series of events that involve the three main characters. Don't get your hopes up in terms of exposition- we're given the background but not any sense of how these events in the past relate to the present day. If the antagonistic presence is any relation to the current increase in ghost related mysteries, there's no obvious connection between these plot threads in this episode.
Though there is a definite change in tone. The vengeful presence this time is a migrant worker,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective" Episode 4 2014/03/02,
We finally get some characterization for Seon-woo here- some clear idea of who this woman is aside from being a receptacle for whenever Na-yeong gets the sudden urge for some spiritual possession. She's a social detective. The emphasis is important here- Cheo Yong himself doesn't really look for trouble unless he gets mad. He doesn't do that much detecting unless clues directly fall into his lap. Seon-woo, by contrast, talks to people and tries to draw out specific reasons and motivations.
Unfortunately in this particular case the specific reasons and motivations are...you kow, it's not actually a dumb storyline come to think of it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective" Episode 3 2014/02/23,
I don't find the idea of a woman who loses control of her body and blacks out for several hours at a time without any memory of what happened to be a particularly amusing one. "Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective" is trying to push this as a form of comedic relief, but it's honestly just kind of creepy. Not in a good ghost story creepy way either, given what little is done to actually address how Seon-woo feels about it.
The general anonymity of the drama's whole premise is problematic really,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective" 2014/02/22,
'Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective ' was by far a smooth production. Having been delayed and with news of its exact release date uncertain for quite some time, there were worries over the final result. With the series having started its run on February 9th and three episodes already out, viewers can now be the judge of whether or not the delay was worth it. The fact that this drama has some key differences to OCN's usual slick and stylish offerings is what will make or break the deal for viewers, depending on what it is they like about these types of series,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective" Episode 2 2014/02/16,
It turns out there is one story element here that's good for some laughs- Cheo Yeong's tendency to resort to police brutality at the slightest excuse. This bothered me in the first episode, given there's almost no indication from the other characters that Cheo Yeong's is any way extreme. But if the drama doesn't want to address this point, fine, I can deal with that. After all, if Cheo Yeong's just looking for excuses to get into fights, that means we get rad action sequences.
And music too. Whoever's composing this stuff must be having a pretty fun time of it, coordinating all these strength riffs with punches,...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Three Brothers" - Final episode 2010/06/16, Source, "Three Brothers" - Final episode (KBS2 TV, 7:55 PM)
The final episode of "Three Brothers" would make a good example of a collection of all the cliches that could be seen in the finale of a family drama. It being a show that focused on characters' conflicts throughout its 70-episode run, the drama poured out cheesy, conventional solutions as it rushed to work out all the problems; trashy mother-in-law Gwa-ja (played by Lee Hyo-choon) threw herself into doing community service, as if she had to do more to be forgiven than just reconciling with her family; while Soon-kyung (played by Park In-hwan), who had been feeling helpless since retiring from work, restored his authority as the man of the house by setting up a counseling office to help ex-convicts adjust to society; Gun-gang (played by Ahn Nae-sang) helped Chung-nam (played by Do Ji-won) achieve her belated dream of going to college,...More
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