Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Man-Hole" episode 4 recap

Kim Jae-joong returned to his 22 year old summer.
Bong-pil met Kang Soo-jin (UEE) at the beach when they were 22 years old on the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Man-Hole".
Bong-pil was working on the beach. Kang Soo-jin and friends came to see him but Bong-pil told them to go back to Seoul.
He told Yoon Jin-sook (Jung Hye-sung) there's going to be a fire tonight. Someone is going to save Soo-jin and they're going to be together. However, Yoon Jin-sook scoffed at him.
Kang Soo-jin also liked Bong-pil. She told the 'church' guy that she couldn't speak if she really liked someone and that she couldn't confess her feelings in case the love wore down.

Wang Ji-won approached Bong-pil. Kang Soo-jin was jealous but Bong-pil didn't know that and went with Wang Ji-won.
Wang Ji-won was friendly with all of Bong-pil's friends. She said, "I drank with Bong-pil last night. He's a lightweight".
Wang Ji-won seduced Bong-pil into the pension. Kang Soo-jin and Yoon Jin-sook misunderstood them.
Kang Soo-jin met someone else too. That was the boyfriend in Bong-pil's mind. Bong-pil brought Kang Soo-jin out and went on a date.
However, they couldn't tell each other how they felt. A fire happened while Kang Soo-jin fell asleep.
Bong-pil saved Kang Soo-jin. He told her, "I will always save you no matter what happens to you". Kang Soo-jin heard this and was going to kiss him.
Just then, the time-slip ended and Bong-pil returned to 2017 in a suit.
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"Reunited Worlds" episodes 19-20 recap

Park Yeong-gyoo knows who the murderer from 12 years ago is.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Reunited Worlds", Cha Min-joon (Ahn Jae-hyun) told Seong Hae-seong (Yeo Jin-goo) that he confessed to Jeong Jeong-won (Lee Yeon-hee).
Cha Min-joon asked Seong Hae-seong to dinner and said, "I wanted to say something. I told Jeong-won how I felt about her but she rejected me. I am going to wait. Hae-seong asked why he was telling him this and Min-joon said, "I want to tell you everything in my heart for some reason".
Sin Ho-bang (Lee Si-eon) and Seong Hae-seong were at Jeong Jeong-won's house. She said, "I saw Yeong-joon (Yoon Seon-woo) with Tae-hoon's (Kim Jin-woo) dad (Park Yeong-gyoo). Since when have they known each other? They looked pretty close". The two guys were shocked. They considered Cha Kwon-pyo the culprit of the murder 12 years ago.
At the same time, Cha Kwon-pyo was furious to find out that the restaurant Seong Hae-seong worked at belonged to Cha Min-joon. Not knowing this, Cha Min-joon visited his uncle's charnel house. On the way there he saw a banner that was looking for a witness to an accident 12 years ago, and Cha Min-joon recalled his uncle's favor from the past.
The uncle had given a hair band that Seong Hae-seong was going to give to Jeong Jeong-won and said, "Min-joon, deliver this to the dead student's family. I feel so bad for the student that died so I wanted your aunt to do it but she can't get out of bed". Cha Min-joon wanted to deliver the present now and called Sin Ho-bang's with the number on the banner.
Sin Ho-bang met Cha Min-joon and heard that there might be another culprit to the case. Cha Min-joon asked who caused the accident and Sin Ho-bang said, "We suspect the foundation chairman".
At the end, Cha Kwon-pyo told Seong Hae-seong, "I admit it wasn't my driver who caused the accident, it was me". He also said he knew the person who did this. This meant that Seong Hae-seong wasn't the culprit after all.
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"Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 19-20 recap

It's instructive how the other Ji-yeong sort of ruined things for the married Ji-yeong. Upon first meeting the other Ji-yeong, Count Said Faid Ali had assumed that his long lost daughter would be justifiedly resentful at having her father show up at such a late date. Instead, the other Ji-yeong was almost worshipful in his presence. So it is that the married Ji-yeong must now struggle with how Count Said Faid Ali is literally a jerk obsessed with money, but emotionally, can be a kind and caring older man.
So yes, Count Said Faid Ali does regain some of his former likability. Unfortunately, Ji-yeong is the one who has to compromise rather than him, and is at one points even seduced by how Count Said Faid Ali's status has resulted in a similar improvement in Ji-yeong's own life station. I liked her move from discomfort at the change in her in-laws' behavior to silently appreciating the chance to do some work for her new job without also being responsible for the entire rest of the household.
I wasn't the only one to notice this contradiction. Ho-rim, too, starts to believe that Ji-yeing is better off. Ah, all that past behavior of Ho-rim being an idiot makes his assumptions here all to believable. Consider how he does that whole I have to leave you for your own safety bit that's all too common in dumb superhero stories. Except here that whole plot point is played out in reverse. Count Said Faid Ali is the superhero, and Ho-rim assumes that, as a mild-mannered husband, he can't measure up.
There's a lot of trie clichés in "Man Who Dies to Live" that come as fresher than they deserve to be simply due to presentation. It's hard not to laugh at the sheer anticlimactic nature of Yang-yang's big move made with the help of the conspiracy. There are several ways that could have panned out, and I had expected the hostage situation to last for the final four episodes. Instead, that entire plot point is just a big commentary on Ji-yeong and Ho-rim's marriage.
The statement made on the nature of love itself is surprisingly profound. I find myself wishing that more dramas would invest themselves in the serious long-term commitment that marriage is, and sincerely show is the lows and highs the same way that "Man Who Dies to Live" does again and again. It really does emphasize how, absurdly lucky though Count Said Faid Ali may have been, in the long run, he missed out.
Review by: William Schwartz
"Man Who Dies to Live" is directed by Ko Dong-seon, written by Kim Seon-hee and features Choi Min-soo, Kang Ye-won, Sin Seong-rok, Lee So-yeon, Jasper Cho, Kim Byeong-ok, Hwang Seung-eon and Bae Hae-sun.
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"Criminal Minds" Episode 8 recap

As adapted storylines go, I must admit that insane office worker is among the more socially relevant that "Criminal Minds" could have adapted for a South Korean audience. Really, that particular psychosis is probably far more well-known in that culture than it was in the United States. This, naturally, proves to be the main overall thrust of the episode. It's less about the permanent cast and more about how Ki-tae (played by Jo Han-chul) slowly yet surely lost his marbles.
At times this social commentary is relevant, like when we see Ki-tae going into sales pitch that are obviously completely contrary to his personality. The montages are quite good at explaining how minor indignities turned Ki-tae's minor mental problems into outright mental illnesses. We very much get the impression that it would only have taken one of Ki-tae's work colleagues being genuinely nice to him once in awhile to prevent that whole tragedy.
This is the logical implication of the episode, and it is, in context, well-argued. Yet when I try to parse this logic in terms of the real world, I can feels my eyes roll over all too easily. Serial killers need some planning skill and foresight. Not necessarily a lot but really, anyone who was ready to go into a murderous rampage over having to deal with rudeness at work would probably have gotten unbent over some other minor reason sooner or later anyway.
"Criminal Minds" does attempt to address this with the ultimate flashback, which features the indisputably traumatic event that led to Ki-tae's current psychosis. But that entire scene, completely with the annoying stupid child, is just too silly to take seriously. I feel like while "Criminal Minds" is trying to make a broader ethical point, the inability to map this ethical point on a relatable personal experience almsot completely kneecaps said ethical point.
Mind, this is all criticism I could just as easily lob at the original "Criminal Minds", so the drama is at least achieving the original's fairly minimal bar of technical competence. Like, I could question why the investigation team has so much authority over normal public officials here than we've seen so far, but I'm sure this contradiction also existed in the original episode. Also, the whole random shotgun murders on the road factor is such that, imperfect criminal profiling or not, everyone's probanly pretty desperate to put an end to that one way or another.
Review by: William Schwartz
"Criminal Minds" is directed by Lee Jeong-hyo and Yang Yoon-ho, written by Hong Seung-hyeon and features Son Hyun-joo, Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won, Lee Sun-bin, Yoo Sun and Go Yoon.
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"Reunited Worlds" episodes 17-18 recap

Yeo Jin-goo told Lee Yeon-hee how he felt about her.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Reunited Worlds", there was a welcoming dinner at the restaurant for Seong Hae-seong but Jeong Jeong-won didn't attend. She told Hong Jin-joo (Park Jin-joo) that it was uncomfortable watching Seong Hae-seong and that she was happy about him coming back. She said she thought Hae-seong's fate had changed because of her.
Cha Min-joon (Ahn Jae-hyun) told Seong Hae-seong, "I like Jeong Jeong-won a lot. I like you sister. You can tell her because it's not a secret". Seong Hae-seong asked why he liked her and Cha Min-joon replied, "She's just pretty. She's the prettiest girl I've ever seen".
Jeong Jeong-won ended up getting sick. Hong Jin-joo told Seong Hae-seong that she was sick and he took care of her all night.
When she felt better, Jeong Jeong-won told Seong Hae-seong, "I am so sorry to you for many reasons, but I forgot all of that because you're back and you're here in front of me". Seong Hae-seong said, "I am happy you're here. You mean a lot to me so forget it all". Then they kissed.
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"Man-Hole" episode 3 recap

Kim Jae-joong witnessed UEE's fiancé Jang Mi-gwan's secret.
Bong-pil (Kim Jae-joong) returned to the present.
When he went to the past through the man-hole, Bong-pil suppressed Kang Soo-jin's (UEE) 'church boyfriend'. His future changed because of that. He had become a gangster.
However, Soo-jin's plans to get married didn't change. Bong-pil witnessed Park Jae-hyeon (Jang Mi-kwan) with another woman. He told Kang Soo-jin what he saw but she didn't believe him.
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"Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 17-18 recap

In a radical twist, Count Said Faid Ali's monologue this time indicates that, apparently, he was the villain all along? It's hard to come up with any other explanation for his stating such explicitly selfish motives. Likewise, it's a bit alarming that Ji-yeong, who has only just now realized the full scope of the elaborate conspiracy, almost immediately comes to a horribly cynical conclusion that, absent Count Said Faid Ali's internal monologue, we might have thought was unfair.
Then again, without Count Said Faid Ali's monologue there's still everything else he does afterwards. Which is largely indistinguishable from his behavior up until now, except it's much more disturbing now that we know Count Said Faid Ali is intentionally throwing his money around because he sincerely believes any possible problem in life can be solved by throwing money at it.
Never have the satirical jabs at money-obsessed South Korean culture been so sharp. The scene with the random extra collecting on his side bet winnings throughout the office is especially disturbing. Ji-yeong and Ho-rim appear to be the only characters in the story right now with any understanding of how incredibly messed up Count Said Faid Ali's entire attitude is. The guy was much more charming as the eccentric weirdo. Now he prides himself as a master manipulator, which completely kills the excuse of his behavior seeming to be impulsive up until now.
I can't decide whether I like this tonal shift or not. On one level I can admire the sheer bravado necessary for the production team to think they can transition from silly slapstick gags to dark satirical humor on a moment's notice. And besides that, it's not like these darker implications come off as a complete surprise. Ho-rim's entire character arc up until now has been about how his obsession with success has led him to neglect his wife, to the point of nearly provoking a divorce.
If there's any more obviously objective flaw in "Man Who Dies to Live" right now, it's that the rift between Ji-yeong and Ho-rim appears to have largely healed in the face of this crisis. Well, that's not fair. It's more that Ho-rim is the only person making any effort to understand what Ji-yeong is going through emotionally right now. He's concerned less about the future of their marriage and more about Ji-yeong's psychological well-being once she willingly starts to play by Count Said Faid Ali's rules. Now that's true love.
Review by: William Schwartz
"Man Who Dies to Live" is directed by Ko Dong-seon, written by Kim Seon-hee and features Choi Min-soo, Kang Ye-won, Sin Seong-rok, Lee So-yeon, Jasper Cho, Kim Byeong-ok, Hwang Seung-eon and Bae Hae-sun.
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"Criminal Minds" Episode 7 recap

Once again, "Criminal Minds" finds a weird way to mess with the fairly transparent "murder happens right away, team investigates it" format of the American original. This time it's not one, not two, but three completely different storylines one after another without so much as a segue to cue the audience into the fact that gears have shifted. Incidentally, that name drop which started the second section really caught me off guard, because I was struggling trying to remember if we'd ever actually seen that guy before.
First up, the case of the horrible person sending horrible videos to innocent victims' mothers is wrapped up- mostly thanks to the power of criminal profiling and the various team members making smart decisions about what strategy to use to crack up the accomplice. There is no car chase. There's a few kind of violent scenes, but overall I was pretty satisfied with the overall construction of this mystery. The solutions they come up with are pretty clever.
Next is another step in the big overall plot about some sort of ultimate serial killer. Practically speaking the main purpose of this section is to further establish the backstory of Hyeon-joon and Seon-woo. As far as I'm concerned this backstory still isn't terribly interesting, but then it's less about backstory as it is about foreshadowing for the presumed finale, when the ultimate serial killer will set the team against each other or something.
It feels germane to note that Hyeon-joon has only been on the team for five cases that we see, so to act as if he is a lifelong member of Gi-hyeong's brain trust is a tad odd. Maybe there's just other cases we don't see, which does, at least, seem implied by Seon-woo's solo trip to apprehend the underdeveloped rich guy. It's not clear to me why we couldn't just start that case from the beginning and segue that into the backstory, especially since the introduction of the road rage military otaku serial killer has nothing to do with anything.
I do have to admit that's a pretty fun concept- road rage military otaku serial killer. I mean yeah it sounds and looks ridiculous in practice but then the production team behind "Criminal Minds" doesn't really seem to care whether the drama has any tonal consistency. The whole project is just a greatest hits tribute to episodes of the American series they happened to like, set to weird remixes. "Criminal Minds" does have that much going for it, I guess.
Review by: William Schwartz
"Criminal Minds" is directed by Lee Jeong-hyo and Yang Yoon-ho, written by Hong Seung-hyeon and features Son Hyun-joo, Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won, Lee Sun-bin, Yoo Sun and Go Yoon.
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"Falsify" Episodes 15-16 recap

There are oodles of justice and great conflict delivered in episodes fifteen and sixteen of "Falsify", as Seok-min and Moo-yeong's master plan falls into place for a killer showdown. Seong-sik makes his decision, Daehan takes its first major hit and So-ra finally gains Moo-yeong's trust as a fellow warrior in this battle, along with another chance to clear a young man's name.
I have been trying to pinpoint what keeps me invested in "Falsify" for a while now. The drama is not special or novel in premise or twists and power games are the main force driving the story forward, so how does it manage to remain exciting? I believe the reason is the unique three-lead structure. Korean dramas are a one-trick pony industry and they usually bet everything on said pony. "Falsify" plays it smart and diversifies.
Moo-yeong being hugged by a thankful Seon-wooSeok-min enjoying his small defeat of Tae-won
Its leads are equals in development, focus, agency and in having a set of unique virtues and flaws different from one another. For all the annoyance Moo-yeong (Namgoong Min) has given me lately, he is no superhero and the series reminds us that with little things, such as his nightmare over being hunted and the reaction after it. Seok-min (Yoo Joon-sang) is highly intelligent, but he can get too cocky. So-ra (Eom Ji-won) is the hero in the prosecutor cape we all need, even if she had to work on being more flexible.
Aside from being well-acted by three talented and skilled artists, these characters have well-designated duties in the story. "Falsify" could have easily turned Seok-min and So-ra into Moo-yeong's satellite characters, but it has not. Their cooperation gets better as time goes by, they all meet with different antagonists in different circumstances and the messages the show delivers about the world is portrays utilize all of these characters as well as supporting ones, the presence of which had been an earlier worry of mine.
So-ra ready to correct some wrongsSeon-woo looking hopeful again
To get back to the story, "ask and you shall receive" rarely applies for me in Dramaland, but I am glad to see that the appearance of our mysterious Elders is teased through So-ra's taunting trip to Noah. We also have the return of Prosecutor Cha (Park Ji-yeong) and her research into someone mentioned in Cheol-ho's (Oh Jung-se) articles. The man is probably the center to our new subplot.
The conclusion to Seon-woo's (Lee Joo-seung) case may feel too ideal, but I can see why the police would not go after Aeguk right now. So-ra's visit ties the hands of the higher-ups as well. There are a lot of things I appreciate about "Falsify". It has sensible storytelling and it treats its subject matter with respect. It sometimes feels like too much to ask of such works, but there you have it.
"Falsify" is directed by Lee Jeong-heum, written by Kim Hyeon-jeong-IV and features Namgoong Min, Yoo Joon-sang, Eom Ji-won and Moon Sung-keun.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"The King Loves" Episodes 19-20 recap

So right away Prince Won and Prince Lin have a conversation wherein they try to parse what exactly just happened at the big selection party. It is only at that point that the lead characters realize that not only themselves, but also San have been acting in a very spitefully noble way, each of them trying to be the most self-sacrificing person. As it turns out, the thought isn't what counts, since by going along with San's plan they have all set into motion a gigantic crisis.
Glad as I am that the characters themselves are finally starting to realize that intentional miscommunication is the main source of almost all of their problems, their ignorance remains frustrating. That San was also a likely Mongolian tribute candidate should not have surprised anyone. Goryeo has to send someone reasonably important to the Mongols or they have no value as a hostage.
But then that all gets sidestepped as Song-in and King Chungnyeol decide that screw the rules, they want money. Which is actually the most logical thing for them to do, considering the stakes of the situation. This does have the unfortunate side effect of turning all the complex negotiations that had been taking place up until that point into a fairly elaborate waste of time, but then again I was never much able to follow this drama's obsession with obscure Goryeo civil forfeiture laws anyway.
It still isn't clear to me why San had to go through the elaborate ruse of having her handmaiden act as a body double while she went to train at the martial arts school, or why shattering this ruse has such dire consequences. I'm also not sure whether San was referring to Prince Lin when she was talking about loving something else, or whether this was just a stupid lie invented to prevent Prince Won from choosing her. Also, does San have any sympathy with Song-in's hopes for a proletariat revolution? Does Song-in himself even believe any of that stuff?
These questions and more remain largely obfuscated by "The King Loves", which remains so obsessed with the drama of its central love triangle that the finer plot points are as usual lost in the shuffle. Mind, it doesn't help that the script is so cryptic. Even with better context that bizarre conversation about the wolfdog is just dialectically confusing, to the point it's hard to figure out what straightforward question Prince Won was even trying to ask in the first place.
Review by William Schwartz
"The King Loves" is directed by Kim Sang-hyeob, written by Airborne, Song Ji-na and features Im Si-wan, Yoona, Hong Jong-hyun, Kim Jung-wook, Bang Jae-ho and Ki Do-hun.
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"Bride of the Water God 2017" Episode 14 recap

Now we finally have it- the story behind what horrible crime Hoo-ye committed that makes everyone hate him. Unfortunately we've been waiting so long for this moment that the revelation largely comes off as a dud, and the entire crisis mainly a result of the various supernatural nations refusing to communicate with each other for no good reason. Mostly I just continue to feel sorry for Hoo-ye, who at least has an excuse for being maladjusted, unlike most of the characters in this drama.
And in another usual bit of irony, it turns out that So-ah also mostly continues to have pity for Hoo-ye, for the exact same reasons. On one end, it's nice that So-ah is finally acting in such a way that it's easy to empathize with her as a perspective character. But uh, that empathy is mostly borne out of how both she and we have been kept out of the loop on most of plot for no good reason.
I do have to admit that Ha-baek's retort of "well you didn't ask" is completely true. While this is, in general, a stupid cop-out, it does seem weird in retrospect that So-ah saw Ha-baek get really mad at Hoo-ye for completely unexplained reasons, and did not inquire into the matter further, losing interest once the two men were no longer in the same room. I write that, yet I didn't really care much at the time either.
Nor do I now, because the Hoo-ye storyline has nothing to do with the main plot. Resolving the Hoo-ye situation was not necessary to get the artifacts. It's also not necessary for Ha-baek's currently explicitly contrived objective to find out why the artifacts were in the human world in the first place. Nor does Hoo-ye's story contain any relevant information to these stories. At best, it just lets us know that the gods are jerks, and we already knew that.
All it does is sort of make Hoo-ye sympathetic as an alternate love interest. Bear in mind, pity is not exactly a sentiment that sets the heart aflutter, and I'm doubtful Hoo-ye could eventually gain So-ah's heart even given his obvious advantage over Ha-baek. Then again, that's mostly a function of my not understanding why anyone wants to be together with So-ah at all. In her best moments So-ah is merely kind of nice- does that alone really warrant serious long-term sacrifice on Ha-baek's part?
Review by William Schwartz
"Bride of the Water God 2017" is directed by Kim Byeong-soo, written by Jeong Yoon-jeong and features Nam Joo-hyuk, Shin Se-kyung, Lim Ju-hwan, Krystal, Gong Myung and Lee Kyeong-yeong.
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"Falsify" Episodes 13-14 recap

Our hero never learns and his latest drastic measures are met with a swift and ruthless response from our villains. The series reveals a new side of Tae-won, the villain we know best, but I am worried about what this revelation entails. Seok-min and So-ra have a lot of work ahead, but someone's long awaited return may help.
After plenty of close calls on several lives, including his own, and a few deaths later, Moo-yeong (Namgoong Min) has still not learned a thing about planning and patience. This is not where I would expect a protagonist to be at this point and it sadly includes some questionable plot points, such as his gamble with leaving equipment unattended and trusting a crucial broadcast to it. I hope Moo-yeong can start growing like Seok-min (Yoo Joon-sang) and So-ra (Eom Ji-won).
Moo-yeong seeing Jon die at the hands of the Tattoo ManTae-won and his wife
At least we can officially scratch one death off his conscience, since the expected revelation of Seon-woo (Lee Joo-seung) still being with us draws near. I doubt his appearance will be the final nail in Daehan's coffin, but I wonder how they will weasel their way out of it. Seong-sik (Park Sung-hoon), who has thankfully become more relevant to the plot, could take the fall, but how many times can a publication survive the stigma of hiring bad reporters?
Speaking of bad reporters, the absolute worst of Daehan, Tae-won (Moon Sung-keun) has a more complicated life than previously shown, but this worries me. Good villains are nuanced. They are human and capable of positive actions and emotions, but they remain faithful to depraved morals or causes as well. Sadly, Korean drama often treats villainy as easily redeemable. It is not. You cannot instantly humanize a villain you have built as a mustache-twirling tyrant who can even kill his own by giving them a sick spouse and I hope that "Falsify" will not try to.
Seok-min and Yoo-kyeong enjoying their spoilsThe Tattoo Man
Whatever the man becomes or continues to be, I am glad that Seok-min and a now wiser So-ra are on the case. Moo-yeong is all heart, bless said heart, but the "adults" in this story need to guide his efforts. I am highly enjoying the combined cunning and great partnership of Seok-min and Oh Yoo-kyeong (Jeon Hye-bin) and the episode is a very exciting one, some plot hiccups aside.
We have finally met our assassin; a new character whose previously hidden face now makes little sense. An artistic choice to show us the unknown through Moo-yeong's eyes, perhaps? With Jeon (Jeong Man-sik) out of the way, we have "Tattoo Man" (Kang Shin-hyo) and Jo Yeong-gi (Ryu Seung-soo) left, but I feel we will need to meet the infamous elders soon. Perhaps it is time for a grand entrance?
"Falsify" is directed by Lee Jeong-heum, written by Kim Hyeon-jeong-IV and features Namgoong Min, Yoo Joon-sang, Eom Ji-won and Moon Sung-keun.
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"School 2017" episode 10 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "School 2017", Ra Eun-ho (Kim Sejeong) counterattacked Kim Hee-chan (Kim Hee-chan-I).
Eun-ho was mistaken as the cause of Seo Bo-ra's (Han Bo-bae) pregnancy rumor and a committee was gathered because of it. Eun-ho asked Seo Bo-ra for a statement to clear her name, but she refused and endangered Eun-ho. However, Hyeon Tae-woon (Kim Jung-hyun) gave her courage and said, "I won't let you be alone. Trust me and let's get through this".
Ra Eun-ho expressed her determination by sticking flyers around the school that said, "To the person who is lying like it's nothing, I am happy I can fight with my friends". These flyers also had the confession of someone who liked Ra Eun-ho and Tae-woon was jealous. He interfered by saying, "In-ho has many guys around him. I should come up with a way to make sure she doesn't confess her love to him".
Meanwhile, at the committee, Bo-ra eventually gave her statement and to the person who started the rumor, she said, "I was in a relationship with Kim Hee-chan. I learned a lot thanks to you. I will make sure I spread rumors about you, too".
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"The King Loves" Episodes 17-18 recap

Princess Dan (played by Park Hwan-hee) is the final sibling of Prince Lin and Prince Yeong. She has known and loved Prince Won since he was a child, and he has invited her to the selection process for his consort for the sole purpose of saving her from being offered up as a tribute to the Mongols. I'm not sure Princess is actually her official title but whatever. The nuances of the Goryeo royal family appelations are not really relevant at this point.
Nor is the selection process itself, apparently. I came into these episodes assuming we were going to watch that process play out, and instead we get a very convoluted series of flashbacks which explain more of the elaborate backstory behind the selection process. Once everything has been properly explained, we're right back where we started, and Prince Won rather unceremoniously cancels the entire event.
While I do not like spoilers on general principle, in this case it feels necessary to demonstrate just how bizarrely bad the editing is in this drama. Information is constantly withheld from us for no apparent reason except to create dramatic plot twists when we are belatedly told why certain characters act the way they do. While such scripting is suitable for, say, the mystery genre, it is very frustrating in a traditional drama, which relies entirely on the viewer having empathy with the characters to have any kind of serious emotional catharsis.
And I can't empathize with people if I'm not even sure what they're thinking at any given moment. The way internal miscommunications pops up as a plot point doesn't help matters. I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out whether Prince Won's dramatic pronouncement at the end was made fully understanding all the exposition we learned, or whether certain gaps were not filled.
I mean really, the whole premise seems a bit shaky to begin with. Prince Lin, being Princess Dan's actual brother is the more logical choice to sacrifice himself for Princess Dan over their foster brother. This is especially true considering that Prince Won's consort needs to be someone who could be an effective user of statecraft as the queen. Although, maybe this is why Song-in has such a cynical opinion of the Goryeo power structure. Putting the individual short-term well-being of close friends over the collective long-term well-being of a whole country is, like, the opposite of what a good ruler should be doing.
Review by William Schwartz
"The King Loves" is directed by Kim Sang-hyeob, written by Airborne, Song Ji-na and features Im Si-wan, Yoona, Hong Jong-hyun, Kim Jung-wook, Bang Jae-ho and Ki Do-hun.
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"Bride of the Water God 2017" Episode 13 recap

Ha-baek completed his goal, so now he must come back with a new, arbitrary, and mostly made-up goal so he can hang out with So-ah some more. So it is that "Bride of the Water God 2017" has once again found an excuse to clog up almost all the runtime with yet more pointless exposition, and almost no commensurate action built upon said exposition.
Here's an example. While there is endless talk about Ha-baek getting a car and driving somewhere, when he does finally get into the car and starts driving somewhere, the trip is cut short and we then go back So-ah's place where further discussion is then had about where Ha-baek should drive when it's time to get serious. This is the entire drama, is just people talking about doing stuff that they never get around to actually doing.
And on the rare occasion something actually happens, big surprise, it turns out that none of the random conversations about nothing that we had been watching have anything to do with what's happening. I refer, of course, to the long-awaited fight between Hoo-ye and Bi-ryeom. This fight is made especially frustrating by the fact that at one point, a character asks for some explanation as to why Bi-ryeom has this insane hatred of Hoo-ye, and is intentionally given a brief and unsatisfying answer, so that we may be surprised when the drama finally gets around to explaining what exactly Bi-ryeom's problem is.
But let's ruminate on more of the "literally nothing is happening" plots for a moment. Observe the ridiculous energy Moo-ra dedicates to trying to break Ha-baek and So-ah up. Nothing comes of this. They just have normal cute romantic conversations like normal. Not that these conversations are that cute. Honestly I'd be more forgiving of the faults in "Bride of the Water God 2017" if the leads at leads had halfway decent chemistry.
The cast here is really just not very good. Krystal can't seem to decide on a scene-by-scene basis whether Moo-ra likes Bi-ryeom or not, so their scenes are always this creepy middle ground between being rapey and flirtatious. Also, what is with her job? Aren't actresses usually under contract, precisely to prevent them from having a temper tantrum and refusing to film? You'd think a drama production team would be able to get that much accurate, but "Bride of the Water God 2017" really is just that bad all around.
Review by William Schwartz
"Bride of the Water God 2017" is directed by Kim Byeong-soo, written by Jeong Yoon-jeong and features Nam Joo-hyuk, Shin Se-kyung, Lim Ju-hwan, Krystal, Gong Myung and Lee Kyeong-yeong.
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"School 2017" episode 9 recap

Kim Jung-hyun and Kim Sejeong from "School 2017" became awkward after he told her he liked her.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "School 2017", Hyeon Tae-woon (Kim Jung-hyun) confessed his feelings to Ra Eun-ho (Kim Sejeong) and they became awkward when she turned him down.
Hyeon Tae-woon told Ra Eun-ho, "I am doing my best". He tried to kiss her but Ra Eun-ho ran away from him.
Their relationship became awkward after that and they tensed up whenever they ran into each other.
Hyeon Tae-wook said, "I understand you, but I won't take it into consideration. I will do as I please and you will do as you please".
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Monday, August 14, 2017

"Sister is Alive" episode 36 recap

Jeon Soo-kyung revealed who Dasom is.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Sister is Alive", Sarah Park's (Song Ha-yoon) mother Vicky (Jeon Soo-kyung) appeared and tried to stop Sarah Park (Dasom) and Koo Se-joon's (Jo Yoon-woo) wedding.
Vicky threatened Sarah Park, "How dare you imitate my daughter? Did you think you'll get away with it? My daughter's eyes got hurt because of you. I want your two eyes". Sarah Park argued, "That's not true. I'm getting married to a chaebol soon".
Vicky kidnapped Sarah Park after she completed her wedding make-up, but it was actually someone else disguised as Sarah Park. She'd gotten married to Koo Se-joon and registered themselves married as well.
Vicky was outraged and visited the Koo's family with expensive presents. However, the presents weren't real. Goo Pil-soon (Byun Jung-soo) yelled at Sarah Park, "What is this? Your mother gave me fake presents and I was embarrassed by them!"
Koo Se-joon got mad at Sarah Park saying, "How could you embarrass my family like that? Just tell me if you don't like me". Vicky said, "You recognize what's real and what's not but how could you not tell the difference between people?" He asked what she meant and Vicky said, "You just married the servant girl who used to wait on my daughter, the real Sarah Park".
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"Bad Thief, Good Thief" episode 28 recap

Ji Hyeon-woo remembered his real parents.
On the latest episode of the MBC weekend drama "Bad Thief, Good Thief", Jang Dol-mok (Ji Hyeon-woo) was recovering his memory little by little.
He looked at an old diary and recalled things. He remembered what his doctor said about losing his memory as a defense mechanism and that he should all the more struggle to remember what he'd forgotten.
He remembered the picture of him and his parents and cried.
He also remembered his current father named Jang Pan-soo (Ahn Kil-kang) who took him in and gave him the name Jang Dol-mok.
Jang Dol-mok felt confused and said to himself, "I was Soo-hyeon".
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"You're Too Much" episode 46 recap

Kang Tae-oh finally came to.
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "You're Too Much", Yoo Ji-na (Eom Jeong-hwa) cried tears of regret next to her unconscious son Lee Kyeong-soo (Kang Tae-oh).
Jeong Hae-dang (Jang Hee-jin) debuted with the song Lee Kyeong-soo presented to her and won first place. She went to see Lee Kyeong-soo and thanked him for giving her the song. He opened his eyes right then.
Jeong Hye-dang's husband Park Hyeon-joon (Jung Gyu-woon) pressured his father Park Seong-hwan (Jun Kwang-ryul) with the evidence he got from Lee Kyeong-soo. Park Hyeon-joon said, "The conversation between you and mother has all been recorded. How could you say such a thing to someone who is dying? Do you think Lee Kyeong-soo only sent me recorded files of mother?"
Park Seong-hwan called in his second son Park Hyeon-seong (Jo Seong-hyeon) and prepared to hand over management to him. Park Hyeon-joon was furious and said to his father, "Are you going to have us brothers fight now?"
Meanwhile, it turned out Park Seong-hwan had used physical pressure with his wife on a cliff to make her hand over the record files.
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"Father is Strange" episode 48 recap

Kim Young-cheol was given a suspension of execution and he cried over it.
Byeon Han-soo (Kim Young-cheol) was at court on the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Father is Strange".
Byeon Hye-yeong (Lee Yu-ri) visited witness Im Jong-hwa (Choi Yong-min) and asked her to stand as witness for her father so that his name can be cleared and allow him to live a better life. However, Im Jong-hwa refused.
Byeon Hye-yeong cried to Cha Jeong-hwan (Ryoo Soo-yeong) and said, "I've never been so helpless in my life". He comforted her.
The trial began and the investigators said, "You've committed several crimes in someone else's name for the last 35 years. The quality of those crimes is heavy". The judge however, acknowledged how sorry Byeon Han-soo was and sentenced him to 6 months of imprisonment and 2 years probation.
Byeon Han-soo cried to the judge and said, "Just give me my punishment". He then ran into Im Jong-hwa outside the court.
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"Save Me" Episode 4 recap

When Sang-mi's family starts to rapidly fall apart, the cult of Guseonwon is right there to push them over the edge. "Save Me" continues to build the tragedy of the victims involved and things are about to reach a breaking point when we reunite with our characters three years later. A stronger, more determined and proactive Sang-mi will see to that.
If it meows, it is probably not a dog and the holy water everyone is on has been meowing since day one. We have confirmation of its combined effects with the power of suggestion on a weakened mind and the series has established Im Joo-ho's (Jung Hae-kyun) weak mind thoroughly, before the added burden of losing a child and after it. The weaker he grows, however, the stronger Sang-mi (Seo Ye-ji) will get and the time jump makes that clear.
Sang-mi's father, Joo-ho having a hallucinationSang-mi confronting the cult and her father
We can scratch Muism off the list of options for the Im family, as "Save Me" reminds us that all religions harm if the hands that wield them are dirty and the minds that twist them greedy. Some simply put on a better act. I am just not sure whether the fact that the trio of Guseonwon do not drop said act even when alone together means each member is trying to fool the others or whether they do it because they are so used to their facade.
People do not change easily and while Jeong-gi (Jo Sung-ha) may believe he has, which would make him even more dangerous, Jo Wan-tae (Jo Jae-yoon) is clearly not buying it. His behavior is the boldest out of the three, because he knows through himself that "the habit does not make the priest", to use a Greek idiom disturbingly appropriate for this situation. He may even inadvertently aid in the cult's undoing later on, because he loves flaunting the power his oppressor role gives him.
Eun-sil, Wan-tae and Jeong-giDong-cheol's new prison buddy
He is not the only one who grows more powerful, however. Sang-mi finally has the will to fight and while I find the idea of putting a developmentally challenged child in danger to motivate a character a tad too manipulative, it would be unrealistic of the series to have Sang-mi fighting for people she believes stay there willingly. Additionally, Jeong-goo (Jung Joon-won) reminds her of her perceived failure to protect a loved one.
Jeong-goo is also not without agency and I feel his knowledge of the cult's underbelly will help a lot later on. I am curious to see what three years have done to everyone and particularly Dong-cheol (Woo Do-hwan), who hopefully has a healthier relationship with religion. If Sang-hwan's (Taecyeon) father tried to kill him, this friendship will need a lot of work. They better get to it, because Sang-mi will not wait.
"Save Me" is directed by Kim Seong-soo, written by Jeong Sin-gyoo and Jeong I-do-I and features Taecyeon, Seo Ye-ji, Jo Sung-ha and Woo Do-hwan.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
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Friday, August 11, 2017

"Man-Hole" episode 2 recap

Jae-joong realized why he was in the past.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Man-Hole", Bong Pil surrendered himself as the one who broke the mirror and not clumsy Kang Soo-jin (UEE).
Bong Pilil had become a teenager again. He told his friends he was from the future but no one believed him.
He didn't know what to do. Then, he heard a huge crash and followed the sound. Standing there was Soo-jin who stood in shock after breaking a mirror.
Bong Pil recalled what he did in his past and like his old self he told her, "You're fine", and took the blame himself.
The past mostly played on like it was supposed to, but occasionally the past was different. As punishment for breaking the mirror, Bong Pil went around the field 50 times but this time he turned 100 times. Bong Pil was surprised.
As he ran around the field, he recalled What Happened Last Night?. He said, "I sent Soo-jin home and I peed under the lamppost. It was the man-hole!"
He stood over a man-hole and cried to go back but nothing happened.
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"Reunited Worlds" episodes 15-16 recap

Cha Min-joon started showing signs of his feelings to Jeong Jeong-won (Lee Yeon-hee).
He didn't hide that he was jealous of Seong Hae-seong, too.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Reunited Worlds", Cha Min-joon was jealous of Seong Hae-seong.
Jeong Jeong-won didn't have lunch and she made lunch boxes for two.
The employees at the restaurant whispered that it must be for her boyfriend and Cha Min-joon didn't look too happy. He looked at the doll that Jeong Jeong-won picked out for him and said to himself, "Who is she giving that to?"
The recipients of the lunch boxes were Seong Hae-seong and Seong Hae-cheol. She hurried back to the restaurant after delivering the lunch boxes.
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"Reunited Worlds" episodes 13 - 14 recap

Lee Yeon-hee dreamed of kissing Yeo Jin-goo.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Reunited Worlds", Seong Hae-seong (Yeo Jin-goo) ran to meet Jeong Jeong-won (Lee Yeon-hee) to go to the fireworks festival with her for the first time in 12 years. However, Jeong Jeong-won didn't make it because Cha Min-joon (Ahn Jae-hyun) was in a car accident.
Seong Hae-seong felt bitter as he watched the spectators have fun.
Cha Min-joon woke up and worried that Jeong Jeong-won didn't make it to her appointment. He told her to go now.
Jeong Jeong-won arrived at the place of meeting and Seong Hae-seong was still there.
She felt bad for making him wait and bought a firework. She then danced in front of him to cheer him up.
They enjoyed their date and went home. That night, Jeong Jeong-won dreamt of kissing Seong Hae-seong.
She woke up in the morning and screamed in embarrassment.
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"Man-hole" Episode 1 recap

The first episode of the time travel romcom "Man-Hole" came and went in a blur. Directors Park Man-yeong and Yoo Yeong-eun-I writer Lee Jae-gon deliver a fast-paced, frenetic opener that rushes by a little quickly to stick.

The premise stands on the time old concept of a man in love who is desperate to stop the woman of his dreams from getting married. "Man-Hole" adds in a, well, manhole through which the main character Bong Pil (Kim Jae-joong) travels to the past to win over his love. And he needs the extra time. Pil is a spastic, jobless whiner who gets on everyone's nerves, including those of his love, Kang Soo-jin (UEE). He spends most of the episode hitting up all of his friends for advice on how to stop her wedding and complaining about his aching heart. Although this is obviously a ploy to introduce the cast, watching Jae-joong flail around for almost the entire episode was intense. Only near the end did the energy shift as Pil became more contemplative and it was a much needed respite. Hopefully Pil's turning includes taking a chill pill.
The rest of the cast was in no way amazing or terrible - at least not yet. They were overshadowed by the energy of Pil. When I see Jang Mi-kwan as Park Jae-hyeon, Soo-jin's fiance, I still see him as the kidnapper in "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon". UEE was charming as always and Baro adorable, but I'm holding judgement until we see more of them.

Small moments of aural humor - like a goofy spot of music or waterslide ride down the manhole - were welcome respite. Unfortunately, they didn't quite fit in with the slapstick feel of Pil's character that was so overwhelming. I am interested to see how the time travel mechanism works, especially since the final scene gave us a taste of Pil as a fish out of water, which is ironic since he's visiting his past.
I'm relying on the second episode to give me more to go on. Until episode 2!
Written by: Lisa Espinosa AKA Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'
"Man-Hole" is directed by Park Man-yeong, written by Lee Jae-gon and features Kim Jae-joong, UEE, Jung Hye-sung and Baro.
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"Someone Noticeable" Episodes 4-7 recap

The other Jin-yeong (played by Lee Won-geun) is the newest employee under An's discretion. He also coincidentally has the exact same name as her departed ex-boyfriend, which frequently stirs up memories as, when in an altered state of mind, An can briefly forget that her boyfriend is dead. Through these trials and tribulations more memories pop up, as An remembers that awful thing she accidentally did to Jin-yeong while he had military service, that time she upset him by going on a blind date as a favor to a friend, when he helped her move in, and when she taught him to drive.
"Someone Noticeable" gives up on acting like An is going to unlock the phone any time soon. I mean, obviously we know that's not going to happen because it's a ten episode drama and unlocking the phone, if it happens at all, will likely happen at the climax. But from An's point of view, this sense of disinterest is a surprisingly good match for an increasingly ambiguous situation.
The fact of the matter is, An has already gone through all of her major memories of Jin-yeong. The stories we see her, while cute and sad in the way they explore the bond An and Jin-yeong had, are simply not all that relevant in the long run. The first kiss, the first I love you, the first date, the first meeting- these events have obvious emotional significance. Everything else is just a normal memory.
This is nothing to be dismissive about. An is clearly feeling overwhelmed by just how many of these memories she has, and how there won't be any obvious cause to recall them once the phone has either been locked or unlocked. One of the flashbacks doesn't even give a clue for what the password might be. An still panics nonetheless when one of her guesses is wasted because...because...
...Well, because she's just not ready yet. Note how the other Jin-yeong, thematic identical name purpose notwithstanding, is also an obvious love interest for An. It's not clear she's had any other boyfriends besides the first Jin-yeong. Maybe An didn't want any, focused as she was on her work. In any case we're going to need much darker memories than anything we've seen so far to really understand this relationship. I think that's what An is dreading. That there won't be any closure unless she takes a serious look at why they broke up.
Review by William Schwartz
"Someone Noticeable" is directed by Lim Hyeon-wook, written by Yoon I-na-I, and features Choi Soo-young, Lee Won-geun, Shim Hee-seop and Jeon Hye-jin.
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