Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Suspicious Partner" episode 27-28 recap

Nam Ji-hyeon charmed Ji Chang-wook.
Noh Ji-wook and Eun Bong-hee (Nam Ji-hyeon) had a sweet relationship.
Eun Bong-hee was drinking beer with Noh Ji-wook and comforted him.
Noh Ji-wook said, "I had a rough time. Because of my girlfriend who calls me 'laywer'".
Eun Bong-hee then said, "Should I call you something else? Honey?" Noh Ji-wook smiled.
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"Queen for 7 Days" episode 8 recap

Yeon Woo-jin cried looking at Park Min-young who was hanging on a cross.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Queen for 7 Days", Lee Yeok (Yeon Woo-jin) cried at the sight of Sin Chae-kyeong (Park Min-young) hanging from a cross.
Lee Yeok knew the arrow that hit him was poisonous and asked a doctor for an antidote. Sin Chae-kyeong was also brushed with it. Lee Yeok then heard from Seo No (Hwang Chan-sung) that she was tied up on a cross and wanted to go see her but his friends stopped him.
The next day, Lee Yeok disguised himself and saw her. He thought of the times he had with Sin Chae-kyeong and headed somewhere thinking of Lee Yoong (Lee Dong-geon). He aimed an angry arrow at Lee Yoong.
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"Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 27-28 recap

A lot of my confusion with "Ruler: Master of the Mask" comes from how I keep assuming stuff is happening off-screen. I thought, maybe during one of those romantic backdrops, that Ga-eun learned of Prince Seon's true identity. Literally every other single character in the drama already knows by now. But apparently not. I also figured that the other Seon had already drank the antidote on account of how he's not visibly sick anymore. Again, apparently not.
These two plot points are brought up solely to destroy Prince Seon's existing plan. Not that this was ever much of a plan in the first place, since Dae-mok didn't really seem to care about it and indeed, has managed to work it into his larger conspiracy. Considering how bad Prince Seon is at all this cloak and dagger stuff I'm left wondering whether the general's offer to destroy Dae-mok with the army is still open.
In a way it's impressive. No matter how many characters with wildly conflicting motives there are, no matter how badly they communicate, no matter how everyone is always working under incomplete inaccurate information, the main characters can always be relied upon to interpret erratic events exactly the way Dae-mok wants them to and Dae-mok's own assumptions are always one hundred percent correct. That's how "Ruler: Master of the Mask" ends up killing off one of my favorite characters- who I've never actually mentioned by name since his role in the story is fairly ancillary.
It's easy to get hung up on the implausibilites of Dae-mok's plan because we never get to see his thought process. The reason "Ruler: Master of the Mask" is scripted like this is so that we're surprised when Dae-mok wins again, but without better context everything just comes as very contrived. Plot twists work best when we're expecting a different twist to defeat expectations. But the expectations in "Ruler: Master of the Mask" are so poorly defined there's nothing for the plot twist to defeat.
Consider how the exposure of a spy mucking up the actions of the main heroes would have been so, so much more satisfying if we had any inkling there was a spy in the first place. I was under the impression from the revelation of Queen Mother Joongjeon's role in previous poisonings that this was her department, yet the bad guy ends up being someone who...doesn't even work for her? Huh? And when did this person have sole access to the antidote?
Review by William Schwartz
"Ruler: Master of the Mask" is directed by Noh Do-cheol & Park Won-gook, written by Jeong Hae-ri & Park Hye-jin-II, and features Yoo Seung-ho, Kim So-hyun, L, Yoon So-hee, Heo Joon-ho and Park Chul-min.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Suspicious Partner" episode 25-26 recap

Dong Ha's secret is out.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Suspicious Partner", Hyeon-soo (Dong Ha) took out his secret.
Hyeon-soo made up an alibi after stabbing Bang Gye-jang (Jang Hyeok-jin) and went to find Ji-wook (Ji Chang-wook) himself. Hyeon-soo asked Ji-wook if he could understand his precious ones getting hurt. However, Ji-wook didn't agree and they got into a physical brawl.
Hyeon-soo was taken away by the police but was released soon after. Later, Hyeon-soo went to his school and listened to his music. A girl in uniform was looking at him but when he smiled at her, she disappeared. He was sad.
All the killings that he's done look like they have something to do with the girl in uniform.
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"Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 25-26 recap

In a peculiar plot twist, it turns out that Queen Mother Joongjeon is not, in fact, completely crazy, and there was an actual coherent plan behind last episode's mass poisoning. Although even after the specifics are explained the plan still doesn't make very much sense. Why, it's almost as if the mass poisoning was a screenwriting device specifically contrived to end episode twenty-four on a shocking cliffhanger.
The preview for these two episodes was also equally misleading, and that, I think, is the main part of "Ruler: Master of the Mask" that really annoys me. All of the plot twists in this drama are a function of unnecessarily vague exposition. Nobody in the production team seems to think it's all that important to actually explain anything, even when the actual perspective characters are already aware of all this and it's only we, the viewers, who are arbitrarily kept in the dark.
It doesn't help that Prince Seon and the other Seon appear to have completely forgotten that they have a larger goal. Most of their characterization at this point is just about their romantic obsession with Ga-eun, who remains a largely passive participant in the dramatic proceedings. Ga-eun has evolved from being useless to actively obstructing any progress because the male leads spend an inordinate amount of time fighting over her instead of fighting against Dae-mok.
Hwa-goon gets a couple of scenes. Neither of them are all that good- the first one comes off as really spiteful and mean, even if strictly speaking it was probably the least explicitly harmful thing Hwa-goon could have done while still plausibly acting as Dae-mok's agent. The second is...awkward. I've been forgiving of Yoon So-hee's acting so far but yikes, that confession was just painful to watch, And just to add insult to injury, that was actually some of the better writing we've seen in "Ruler: Master of the Mask", it's just that the performance was awful.
Positive points? Well, I'm really curious where they filmed the confessional scene. It looks like a traditional fortification, but not one that I've ever seen before on account of it being unusually wide in an area without many trees. Yes, that's what it's come to. I'm at such a loss for positive things to write about "Ruler: Master of the Mask" I have to muse about the location shooting. At least someone in this drama has some idea what they're doing.
Review by William Schwartz
"Ruler: Master of the Mask" is directed by Noh Do-cheol & Park Won-gook, written by Jeong Hae-ri & Park Hye-jin-II, and features Yoo Seung-ho, Kim So-hyun, L, Yoon So-hee, Heo Joon-ho and Park Chul-min.
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"Circle" Episode 10 recap

If you already feel bad for the twin leads of "Circle", get ready for more pain, as a glimpse of false happiness, bonding and doubts comes crawling into their lives in episode ten. Dong-geon pushes Woo-jin to his limits in 2017 while Joon-hyeok and Jeong-yeon take on a very dangerous and possibly final plan to find Woo-jin in 2037.
We sadly get the horrible confirmation of Woo-jin (Yeo Jin-goo) as the human battery for Human B's supercomputer and while well expected, it is still twisted. I still feel that the mentioning of cloning is meaningful as well. Woo-jin could already be in a coma or gravely ill. I want nothing more than for the mystery figure on that stairwell to be a healthy Woo-jin, but the series has done a great job at making this feel like an unattainable dream.
Woo-jin making an important decisionBeom-gyoon having lost a lot of memories
We see Woo-jin falter again in a very long time and we see Beom-gyoon (An Woo-yeon) "happy", but we know that he will eventually want nothing more than to have his memories back. The twins have gone through so much in life and them essentially being decades apart in their efforts for each other makes this all very tragic and only enhances my wish that they get a happy ending. I want a happy ending as a viewer and this pleases me as a reviewer.
Speaking about viewer desires, the episode talks a bit about Byeol (Gong Seung-yeon) and her origins. We know she has almost human DNA, but she does not physically age and has a more advanced brain. She could be anything from an alien to a clone to a time-traveling, evolved human. My curiosity does want closure, but as I have mentioned before this is a mystery which is not the main drive of this story and one which can remain unexplained.
Joon-hyeok thanking Ho-soo for his helpJoon-hyeok and Jeong-yeon see a familiar face
Since we are on the subject of closure, I gave Ho-soo (Lee Gi-kwang) a lot of grief early on due to his character feeling irrelevant to the story at the time, but I am very satisfied with his development. He was the first one to drive the point about memories making up our existence as individuals home and now he makes a big and possibly permanent sacrifice to protect those individuals.
As much as I love "Circle", I do wish we had more time with its setting, especially in 2037. We have barely seen Smart Earth's inhabitants and its "brave" new world order. I wish we had, because it would make the hopefully imminent takedown of its entire structure more emotional. On the other hand, short and sweet is something we need more of in Korean drama. Pave the way, "Circle".
"Circle" is directed by Min Jin-gi, written by Kim Jin-hee-III, Park Eun-mi-I, Ryoo Moon-sang and Yoo Hye-mi and features Yeo Jin-goo, Kim Kang-woo, Gong Seung-yeon and Lee Gi-kwang.
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"Queen for 7 Days" episode 7 recap

Yeon Woo-jin is caught between two choices.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Queen for 7 Days", Lee Yeok (Yeon Woo-jin / General Jin Seong) and Sin Chae-kyeong (Park Min-young) were chased by strangers.
Im Sa-hong (Kang Shin-il) had sent his men to find them. Lee Yeok and Sin Chae-kyeong hid themselves deep in the forest.
Sin Se-kyeong found out the Lee Yeok was General Jin Seong and asked him why he hid his identity. Lee Yeok told her he was stabbed and betrayed by someone he trusted in the past but she said she wouldn't acknowledge him anymore.
While Lee Yeok was sleeping, Sin Chae-kyeong went out to gather herbs to treat his wound but was caught my Im Sa-hong's men. Im Sa-hong told Yeon San-gun Lee Yoong (Lee Dong-geon) that she was caught trying to help a criminal escape.
Lee Yoong guessed the person she was hiding was Lee Yeok and gave Im Sa-hong all rights to capture Lee Yeok. Im Sa-hong used Sin Chae-kyeong as bait to make Lee Yeok walk into the palace himself.
Yoon Myeong-hye (Go Bo-gyeol) and other members of family blocked all news about Sin Chae-kyeong from getting to Lee Yeok and did their best to protect him. However, Lee Yeok found out and headed for the palace.
Lee Yeok has been waiting to take revenge on Lee Yoong and stayed undercover for a long time. However, to save Sin Chae-kyeong he had to reveal who he was.
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