[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Contemplating Drama Sequels 2018/01/01
A fresh, exclusive Sedaily article reporting news of "Voice 2" states the return of Lee Ha-na, but not Jang Hyuk and it made me consider something; when is a sequel necessary, when is a spin-off wiser, and when should a work be left as is? This is something we rarely had to consider before when it came to Korean drama, and the implications of it are worth thinking about and discussing now,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Drama - Scene Stealers of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/21
This year has been hot with amazing dramas. Strong leads and strong stories guide them. And every once and a while, a drama has something extra special: a scene stealer. A person who is so exceptional on screen that one can't help but be riveted by his or her performance. The year of 2017 has seen quite a few of these amazing actors so without further ado, let's check out the captivating nominees,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama OST of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/16
Music has the power to make you recall your favorite kiss, emotional beat, character, or scene, even if you only hear a few notes of the song. That's the reason why K-drama OSTs are so important. When certain music plays, you know something is going to happen. In honor of the power of the drama OST, we bring you this newest category. You can vote for your favorites from December 16 to December 30! Results for all categories will be revealed beginning December 30,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" 2017/04/29
The crime genre has had its ups and downs in Dramaland, but it seems that more and more creators re starting to get where the appeal lies. Crime needs either a good investigative element to pique curiosity or a solid emotional core to appeal to feelings. When one does both, we have a truly good series. "Voice" is not perfect, but it is another step in the right direction,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 16 (final) 2017/04/02
It's time to say goodbye to "Voice". I've had some time to think about this and I have to say, the entire series, while somewhat exciting, was a bit lackluster. What caused that was poor editing and character development. It was in no way a fault of Jang Hyuk or Kim Jae-wook, two of the strongest actors in the cast. It's unfortunate because this show could've been so much more.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 15 2017/03/21
The final showdown is upon us. Tae-goo's thirst for sadism wins over reason and his father's begging. Unleashed, Tae-goo is terrifying in the fact that he is unhinged and uncontrollable. Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok endeavor to shut him down for good, but his network is powerful. Tae-goo, however, often works outside his network, giving Jin-hyeok and Kwon-joo a huge mess to clean up.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 14 2017/03/21
It is a game of cat and mouse. Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok have cottoned onto Tae-goo's identity and the source of his power and insanity. Kim Jae-wook carries the episode on his very capable shoulders as he shoes that Tae-goo is a very terrifyingly unhinged man. Unfortunately, he has the power, money, and intelligence to mask his evil deeds from society.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 12 2017/03/19 "Voice" is barreling forward, showing Tae-goo in all of his wicked glory as Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok desperately try to identify him and bring him to justice. Unfortunately, the dregs of society continue to do evil and call their attentions away from the central conceit. If you're a bit squeamish, there are a few parts in this episode you may need to skim - I know I did. First, Mozart's Lacrymosa returned after Tae-goo made his next big move.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 11 2017/03/19
The murderer has been pinpointed, but he is far from being apprehended. He has Jin-hyeok and Kwon-joo in his sights and regards them with twisted fascination. Two steps behind, the Golden Time team struggles to keep up with the trail of blood and body parts he leaves behind. Kwon-joo's gift is proving useful, but will it be enough to catch this psycho with a self-declared mandate from the heavens?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 13 2017/03/19 "Voice" has found its heart. We finally peer into the inner workings of Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok as well as our bad guy, Tae-goo. A lot of back story and emotional underpinnings came to light and I have to say, "It's about time". After all of the excitement of the cases and running around, having some emotional weight added is much needed. Tae-goo benefits from Kim Jae-wook's spot on portrayal of his insanity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Tunnel - Drama" 2017/03/18
Dramaland has been meticulously churning out time travel and crime dramas lately so "Tunnel - Drama" is nothing revolutionary. At the same time, the idea of a detective from the past dealing with modern society after being time-thrown into it might just give this one a little fresh edge.
Detective Park Gwang-ho (Choi Jin-hyuk) travels thirty years into the future while in pursuit of a serial killer. In the present, he will have to work with detective Kim Seon-jae (Yoon Hyun-min) and criminal psychologist Sin Jae-i (Lee Yoo-young) in order to reach his goal,...More
Lee Ha-na Credits Breakthrough Performance to 'Total Immersion' 2017/03/18, Source
Actress Lee Ha-na found it hard to let go when filming ended on her latest TV series, "Voice", which concluded airing last week. "I cried every day after [production] ended", she said.
In the drama, which centers on the hunt for a serial killer, Lee played a police officer working at an emergency dispatch center who brings a calm, cool-headed manner to solving cases,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 10 2017/03/17
The editing in "Voice" is just plain bizarre. I know I should be focused on the thrill and the chase, but the editing keeps jerking me out of the mood. Flashbacks occur in a strange, cyclical fashion that is more confusing than helpful or mood-inducing. Luckily, we have a powerhouse cast to guide us along even when the production can't.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 9 2017/03/15
Just past the midway mark and we finally get some insight into Hyeon-ho. Unfortunately that insight comes as a contrived threat. So far each cop on our Golden Time team has had such a threat. But we'll run with it and watch Yesung star in an episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 7 2017/03/07
Everything in "Voice" seems to be interconnected. Cops are kidnapped regularly. One crime network seems to have power over every case Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok touch. It's a little far-fetched, but we're gonna roll with it. The team is working together although individual talents aside from Kwon-joo's haven't really been showcased yet. I was hoping we'd immediately see Kwon-joo tapping into her team for more than regular research, especially when Jin-hyeok is taken,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 6 2017/03/07
And the team is set. We have all of the players that Kwon-joo initially requested and they're all supportive of the cause. More important than this is that Jin-hyeok is devoted to the caused, convinced by their most recent cases that Kwon-joo's hearing is the real deal. The pair is developing a rhythm together that will be important to discovering the truth behind their mutual tragedies.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 5 2017/02/20
The search for Offier Eun-soo's kidnapped sister continues. Some light is shed on the precarious psychological state of not only the murderous kidnapper, but also on Eun-soo's family situation. Perhaps it will bring into the fold of the emergency call responders. On top of her fine hearing, Kwon-joo is a diagnostician,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 3 2017/02/14 "Voice" is still centered around the intrigue of the episode's case. Through the case Kwon-joo proves her acute hearing skills to Jin-hyeok, but he's still a tough man to convince. Not much screen time is spent on his difficulties digesting the connection between them and their tortuous past, but the cliffhanger jerk's the story forward.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 4 2017/02/14
For the brave souls on the "Golden Time" emergency responder team, the time of standing safely in the emergency call room is over. Sometimes emergencies catch them while they're in the field or in transit, which puts them in the line of danger. Will the fledgling team be able to work together when one of their own is taken by a kid who is all kinds of crazy?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Voice" 2017/01/28
OCN continues its efforts for stronger main plots and new concepts, which includes getting past their love of gimmicks and turning them into fleshed out stories. "Voice" once again combines detective work and heinous crime cases, but this time it takes its more dramatic twist seriously. Enter a broken cop and what I can only describe as a superheroine out to get them bad guys through the latter's special ability,...More
[Orion's Drama News] New Year, New Dramas 2017/01/07
Another year gone, another batch of fresh dramas approach. I hope 2017 has made a promising start for you, readers and let us all hope it will be good on the drama front as well. This week I talk about "The Perfect Wife" and the upcoming shows of jTBC before sharing my usual news summary,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Voice" 2017/01/07
Dramaland geniuses are rarely useful ones, but OCN likes to make its characters work for their special snowflake award. The latest ability is a keen sense of hearing which will crack a case and catch a murderer. The task of "Voice" now is to rise above gimmicks and create a suspenseful story with a twist that matters.
Two people whose lives have been touched by a serial killer work together in order to catch him. One is a tough and relentless former detective skilled in action, the other is an intelligent officer who works at an emergency call center and has a heightened sense of hearing,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Year End Ramblings 2016/12/31
Happy New Year everyone! May your dramas be enjoyable and their ratings kind. This is a slow news week, as you can imagine, but I do have a couple of interesting things to discuss and show you. I talk about pre-production woes and make you mourn over Namgoong Min's hair. Grab a beverage, get cozy and join me in this last piece for the year,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Science Fiction Hype 2016/12/24
I hope you are feeling jolly today and that you have ridiculous amounts of holiday food. Ori-santa may not have Christmas-related content, but I ho-ho-hope my drama news will do. Today I talk science fiction in Dramaland that is not gimmicky aliens in love with actresses. I also take a look at exciting drama news from tvN and share more despair from "Missing 9",...More
[Orion's Drama News] Holding on for Dear Life 2016/12/17
Welcome to the jungle, as I look at upcoming dramas about survival. First up we have an actual jungle and the fight to live in "Missing 9". Then I tune into "Voice" and its fight for the survival from a killer's plans. The actual and urban jungles are ruthless, but so is the corporate one, as office drama "Chief Kim" will be demonstrating,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Goblins, Trials and Errors 2016/11/19
2016 has almost ended and so we can officially start salivating over its last few dramas and what comes in 2017. After a long journey, "Defendant" finally has its cast and premiere month. Before that, "Goblin" aims to provide impressive visuals and captivating fantasy romance while "Solomon's Perjury" brings a group of fresh faces to familiar social struggles and injustice. It looks like we get a lot of diversity in the upcoming months,...More
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