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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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 15-16 recap

While Woo and Princess Hyeomhyeong have made great progress in terms of finally discovering that Gi-joon is behind the conspiracy, there remains one glaring problem. They can't do anything about it. All concrete evidence of Gi-joon's activities has been successfully destroyed. While Princess Hyeomhyeong is right that she has to do something, Woo is also right in pointing out that their position is far too weak to actually challenge Gi-joon on anything right now.
All the same, they can continue to investigate- and remember. Queen Jungjeon is the weak point in Gi-joon's network. Her cooperation is and always has been essential to Gi-joon, as she is the eyes and ears in King Huizong's private chambers. However, Queen Jungjeon is not a very good wife or stepmother. Note how she lacks any children of her own with King Huizong, and has a limited rapport with Princess Hyeomhyeong.
That's why Princess Hyeomhyeong is such an unexpected snag in the overall conspiracy. Initially she was dismissed as a mere child. But now Princess Hyeomhyeong is a young woman with fond memories of her mother, and a living reminder to King Huizong that the former Queen's betrayal was a huge, inexplicable shock which was dealt with quickly for reasons of respectability. This is the masterful way which Gi-joon operates as a villain- using customs of decorum as a shield to keep anyone from inquiring too deeply about actual evidence.
Princess Hyeomhyeong's flagrant disregard of such customs is what makes her so dangerous, but she really needs Woo in order to balance out her more rebellious tendencies. Note how even though Woo and Princess Hyeomhyeong have some fairly fundamental disagreements about what to do next, they are clearly listening to each other and considering all the available options. The two leads in "My Sassy Girl - Drama" have excellent mutual respect, and this is what makes their romance so believable.
It also helps that the romantic comedy elements have taken a backseat to the royal intrigue, and are now used mainly as comic relief. In context this is actually quite believable. Remember that by design, very few people have any idea of what Gi-joon is doing. That Woo's entanglement with Princess Hyeomhyeong has evolved beyond mere sexual tension is not something that the side characters know about and really, they're better off not knowing about that stuff. They might put themselves in danger or accidentally foil whatever Woo and Princess Hyeomhyeong are planning.
Review by William Schwartz
"My Sassy Girl - Drama" is directed by Oh Jin-seok, written by Yoon Hyo-je and features Joo Won, Oh Yeon-seo, Lee Jung-shin, Kim Yoon-hye, Son Chang-min, and Yoon Se-ah.
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"Lookout" episode 19-20 recap

Park Solomon intentionally approached Lee Ji-won-III.
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Lookout", Jin Se-won (Lee Ji-won-III) was sitting across from Yoon Si-wan (Park Solomon) and drawing him when Lee Soon-ae (Kim Sun-young-III) got a call. But she didn't answer it.
Yoon Si-won asked if Jin Se-won's mother knew that he was being bullied at school and Jin Se-won said it wouldn't change anything.
Yoon Si-wan said, "There are many types of annoying people in the world". Jin Se-won asked, "Is there someone who bullies you? I wish they would disappear".
Yoon Si-wan answered, "Yes, there is" and Jin Se-won opened up to him.
Back home, Park Yoon-hee (Jeon Mi-seon) saw the picture of Yoon Si-wan and told him it was a nice picture.
Yoon Si-wan said someone gave it to him and when Yoon-hee asked if it was a friend, he scoffed and said, "Friend?"
Yoon-hee said, "You have never brought home anything like that. She must have liked you". Si-wan then said to himself, "I think something fun is going to happen if I hang out with her".
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"Fight My Way" episode 10 recap

Park Seo-joon and Kim Ji-won-I are friends no more.
Ko Dong-man (Park Seo-joon) and Choi Ae-ra (Kim Ji-won-I) had feelings for each other.
Ko Dong-man told Choi Ae-ra's father that nothing happened at the island and said, "To me, Ae-ra is nothing more than a monkey".
Ae-ra was upset by what he said and asked if that was true.
Ko Dong-man said, "You better thank god that I was drunk. Why? Do you want to go to a deserted island with me again?" and cupped her face.
Ae-ra asked, "So we're not friends anymore?" and he thought she was cute.
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"My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 13-14 recap

Woo and Princess Hyeomhyeong are largely sidelined for these two episodes. Indeed, the big climax barely even features them at all. Instead, Choon-poong (played by Sim Hyeong-tak) pops out of nowhere to helpfully identify what's going on at the butcher shop. It's pretty clear Choon-poong wants us to think that he's an idiot, when he is in fact one of the more competent characters in a drama where nearly everyone is at least of above average intelligence.
I wasn't really expecting much royal intrigue from "My Sassy Girl - Drama" so it's a bit of a surprise that this actually tends to be one of the drama's big strong points. There's even a game of Go between two characters that features a fairly helpful summation of their respective strategies, both of which have strengths and weaknesses. Although really, even the powerful characters in "My Sassy Girl - Drama" are largely at the mercy of their subordinates, some of whom are more loyal than others.
But Woo doesn't have subordinates, and Princess Hyeomhyeong doesn't really use hers, which is probably why neither of them get to participate in the storyline here all that much. Note how Choon-poong intrudes upon their situation- in terms of direct assistance, the closest we get is Woo asking his buddies at the erotic manuscript workshop to help him make a sketch. Which is minimal plot movement, this scene existing mainly to set up jokes about no one wanting Princess Hyeomhyeong to know specifically what it is they've been writing about.
As far as secrets go in "My Sassy Girl - Drama" this one is actually quite mild, which ironically gives the impression of sincere trust since it didn't occur to Woo's friends to simply hide the sketches ahead of time. Queen Jungjeong, meanwhile, is very bad about skulking around in a suspicious manner because her royal entourage is always creating a scene. And as for Wol-myeong (played by Kang Shin-hyo), well, we've already seen what that guy does to his friends. And enemies.
Which brings me back to that game of Go. I think Da-yeon's comment about the risks inherent in overly complicated plans is fairly on-point. While Gi-joon seems to be always winning all the time, he never gets any closer to his actual goal, and with every cover-up there's more risk that someone somewhere is going to find a helpful clue. Woo and Princess Hyeomhyeong do finally manage to glean one scrap of useful information by the end, after all, and that's where it all starts.
Review by William Schwartz
"My Sassy Girl - Drama" is directed by Oh Jin-seok, written by Yoon Hyo-je and features Joo Won, Oh Yeon-seo, Lee Jung-shin, Kim Yoon-hye, Son Chang-min, and Yoon Se-ah.
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"Strong Family" Episodes 35-36 recap

The climax to episode thirty six is a school concert that I had mostly forgotten was even a plot point until it pops up, and which as usual just goes into the usual father-daughter bonding. More than the catharsis I actually somewhat perversely liked the general low quality of the performance. It's about the level of musical talent that would be expected from normal high school students, which is quite a contrast to the usual overly high production values that tend to accompany such storylines.
The overall best scene is when Ra-yeon and Si-ah go in for a combined shaman consultation and of course, as is to be expected from a Korean drama, they receive a cryptic prediction that is obvious in ways they are as yet unable to contemplate. This also leads in to a follow-up shaman scene, which is really just a silly reference to the more flamboyant roles in the acting careers of Park Hyuk-kwon and Park Seon-yeong.
There is some pretty decent emotional resonance in the Miss Jo / Choon-seop romance, as the conflict ends up coming from Miss Jo's own family. I rather liked the arguments Miss Jo makes in response about how while she's always there emotionally for her daughters, they're never around for her. In context it's a lot less meaner than it sounds. Miss Jo's a pretty strong woman who doesn't really need looking after, and technically speaking, the whole conflict is about her looking out for Choon-seop. All the same, she knows he cares, and that means a lot.
Elsewhere that's as far as Jeong-min when it comes Gwi-nam. She knows that he cares, and she knows that she cares too however much she pretends not to, and that hurts. Although really, Jeong-min's feelings are only a subset of the larger corporate plot where we once again learn that everyone in Cheon-il's office is one hundred percent willing to stick up for each other.
While we've seen that often enough, that kind of warm fuzzy feeling is the kind of thing I don't mind feeling more than once, especially compared to the usual zany situation comedy antics of Cheon-il being dopey and silly. We know, in general, that everything will work out in "Strong Family" because...that's why they're strong. They can always be relied upon in a tough situation, or even one with relatively minimal dangers. Love is just an extension of that attitude.
Review by William Schwartz
"Strong Family" is directed by Choi Moon-seok, written by Jin Yeong and features Park Hyuk-kwon, Park Seon-yeong, Kim Ji-min, Eom Hyo-seob, Park Hee-bon, Kim Ki-ri and Hoya.
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"Circle" Episode 9 recap

Episode nine of "Circle" answers a lot of questions about the chip technology's origins and it raises a few very dark ones about its current condition and Woo-jin's existence in 2037. In 2017, Beom-gyoon has been found only to be lost again as his memories are wiped by the bug and Dong-geon takes over Yong-woo's research on behalf of someone who has been running it in the shadows all along.
Joys do not last long in the world of "Circle" and the twins' reunion is a short-lived joy. We have known that Beom-gyoon (An Woo-yeon) lost his memories back in 2017, but his recognition of his captor gave me hope that the brothers would have time to bond before the bug wiped everything clean. It is sad to see the two constantly miss each other, but it makes for good drama. The technology which keeps them apart is truly horrible.
Woo-jin, Detective Hong and Min-yeong rush to Beom-gyoon's sideJoon-hyeok asking Yong-woo for answers
Han Yong-soo (Song Young-kyu) faces a worthy fate as its first victim and its functions are now clearer. I am still piecing some things together, but it seems like Byeol's (Gong Seung-yeon) method did not require a bug, chip or other carrier for the code. The reason why the research does not work for others is because it lacks her non-invasive ways. The star she created seems to act as a security system and a scanner which can detect, copy and possibly alter the biology its light can see.
Which brings me to the talk of cloning in this episode and a very grim possibility. If Woo-jin's (Yeo Jin-goo) physical presence is what runs Byeol's technology, then his body would be enough to run the system. Woo-jin could very well be a dead, as Yong-woo says, or a comatose human battery running the company's supercomputer as Human B. Perhaps that is why Dong-geon (Han Sang-jin) wants the cloning bill to pass so badly. New battery, new possibilities.
Jeong-yeon being glad that she can help Woo-jinByeol's method of recording memories
Of course Byeol/Jeong-yeon is the better option and that is why Dong-geon wants her. She truly is a very tragic character. She created something to give a boy back his precious memories, yet this system has been twisted. Everyone sees her as a tool for their personal quests. She has lost a father and in this episode we realize that Woo-jin does not hold her emotional well-being as a priority either.
As much as I love this packed episode, it is worrisome that new characters enter the scene near the drama's end. "Circle" has not been doing well in the ratings and sequels are still rare in Korean drama. I hope that we will not be left hanging. While mysteries such as Byeol's origins can stay unknown, a lot of them need wrapping up. Please end as well as you have progressed, "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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"Lookout" episode 17-18 recap

On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Lookout", Jo Soo-ji (Lee Si-young) and Kim Eun-joong (Kim Tae-hoon) started investigating Jang Do-han (Kim Young-kwang) as he was being suspicious.
Jang Do-han has been rousing curiosity until now with his unknown behavior. He approached Yoon Seung-ro with his real intentions hidden behind him. He dug deep for the ugly truth of Yoon Seung-ro's (Choi Moo-sung) past and slowly suffocated him. Jang Do-han was slowly making his way to take revenge.
Soon after, Jang Do-han's identity was about to be revealed. He set out himself to save Jo Soo-ji and Kim Eun-joong started suspecting him.
The only thing about Jang Do-han's past was a short recollection of a conversation between people and that was it. Yoon Seung-ro was there when young Jang Do-han's father was tortured and this led to Jang Do-han determining revenge on Yoon Seung-ro. What is the secret that he's been trying to keep even by putting his life on the line?
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"Fight My Way" episode 9 recap

Park Seo-joon told Kim Ji-won-I how he felt about her.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Fight My Way", Ko Dong-man (Park Seo-joon) took Choi Ae-ra (Kim Ji-won-I) and left the fighting ring.
He asked Ae-ra why she was holding only his forefinger and asked if she was shaking. Ae-ra asked why he asked such a thing and he said, "I don't think you're the only strange one. I think I'm strange, too".
Dong-man said, "I only see you from afar; I think you're pretty and holding your hand feels nice. If you look at me like that, I want to kiss you. Am I weird? Do you feel like that too?"
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Secret Forest" episode 4 recap

"Secret Forest" Bae Doona froze when Cho Seung-woo asked her if she had a boyfriend.
On the latest episode of the tvN drama "Secret Forest", Han Yeo-jin (Bae Doona) fell asleep in Hwang Si-mok's (Cho Seung-woo) office.
Hwang Si-mok found her and tried to wake her up but he didn't.
When she woke up, Hwang Si-mok asked her if she had a boyfriend and she froze, asking him why.
Hwang si-mok continued to ask, "A couple promised to get married but someone broke the marriage by making your family go bankrupt. How bad would the boyfriend have to hate that someone?"
Bae Doona understood his question then and looked disappointed.
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"Father is Strange" episode 32 recap

Lee Joon started keeping his distance from Jung So-min and started spending more time with Kim Young-cheol.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Father is Strange", Ahn Joong-hee (Lee Joon) asked his ex-girlfriend Hyeon-ji (Seo Yoon-ah) for advice.
Ahn Joong-hee thought Byeon Mi-yeong (Jung So-min) was his step-sister and felt confused. He asked his ex-girlfriend and psychiatrist for advice.
Hyeon-ji said, "I can't believe stone-heart Ahn Joong-hee is in love. It can happen. It doesn't mean you're crazy or a pervert. It hasn't' been long since you've become family and it's something that can happen in the process".
She added, "It's not about the emotion. It's about expressing it. Keep your distance from her and spend more time with your father. If your relationship with your father is alright, then you'll be able to except everyone else as "Family"".
Ahn Joong-hee ordered Ramen from Byeon Han-soo (Kim Young-cheol) and suggested they go to the public bathhouse. Byeon Joong-yeong (Min Jin-woong) joined them.
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"You're Too Much" episode 30 recap

Son Tae-yeong poured alcohol on Jang Hee-jin and slapped Jung Gyu-woon.
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "You're Too Much", Hong Yoon-hee (Son Tae-yeong) was outraged that her fiancé Park Hyeon-joon (Jung Gyu-woon) had changed his mind.
She decided to get married to Park Hyeon-joon out of revenge for Jeong Hae-dang (Jang Hee-jin) and Yoo Jina (Uhm Jung-hwa) but Park Hyeon-joong introduced Jeong Hae-dang to his family. Seong Kyeong-ja (Jung Hye-sun) called in Hong Yoon-hee as well when Park Hyeon-joon said there was someone he wanted them to meet and Hong Yoon-hee was appalled to hear that they were getting married.
Hong Yoon-hee asked Jeong Hae-dang how they met and Jeong Hae-dang replied, "I don't have to tell you. Hong Yoon-hee splashed a cocktail on Jeong Hae-dang's face and Park Hyeon-joon saw that. He wiped Jeong Hae-dang's clothes with a handkerchief and took her home.s
When he came back home Hong Yoon-hee said, "How dare you leave me and take her home? I have our new home ready and our wedding invitations will be out soon. Do you want to see me go crazy?" However, Park Hyeon-joon said, "I have tried not to insult you".
Later, Hong Yoon-hee used her background to make Park Seong-hwan's (Jun Kwang-ryul) company stand on a cliff, pressuring Park Hyeon-joon but at the end of the episode, Park Hyeon-joon didn't show up for their wedding and she was embarrassed.
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"Bad Thief, Good Thief" episode 12 recap

Ji Hyeon-woo started to develop feelings for Seohyun.
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Bad Thief, Good Thief", Jang Deul-mok (Ji Hyeon-woo) started to have feelings for Kang So-joo (Seohyun) who lived with San Woon-yool.
The two of them bickered but grew fond of each other. When Kang So-joo saw Jang Deul-mok making ramen, she asked, "You're not making just one are you?" Jang Deul-mok replied, "For the sake of your figure, I'll eat this all by myself". Kang So-joo made cute faces for a bite but he was surprised.
In the end, Kang So-joo ate the ramen with Jang Deul-mok. He said, "Don't you think you're eating too much?" and she replied, '"You should have given it up when you gave me the lid".
While eating, a speck of soup went into Kang So-joo's eyes. Jang Deul-mok tried to blow it out but he noticed her face, her closed eyes, nose and lips. She asked him to blow it out but he didn't and said, "It will come out with tears".
Jang Deul-mok watched Kang So-joo eat ramen and thought to himself, "Why did she become to pretty?"
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"Duel" Episode 6 recap

It is about time our characters start getting a clue about the fact that this case involves human cloning and I am not surprised to see who the ones making this discovery are. Seong-joon's hinted poor health takes a turn for the worse, leaving Deuk-cheon and Mi-rae hoping for his recovery. Meanwhile, Jo-hye tightens her grip on the situation.
Now is a good time to meet our mystery players, but I am happy to see them remain mysterious for now. The fact that we are dealing with two clones and one original is thankfully confirmed and although we still have the shared memories to deal with, the series is not going off the deep pseudo-scientific end just yet. The original doctor's body is clearly important enough to keep and so I stand by my assumption of it containing valuable science.
Jo-hye having suspicions about the clonesJeong-sook looking at her pregnancy journal
Perhaps this is just my suspicion over Korean dramas' love of birth secrets talking, but I sincerely hope that the our clones' originator was not Mi-rae's (Seo Eun-su) father. That would get very awkward very quickly given the nice rapport she and Seong-joon (Yang Se-jong) have. I cannot help but become alarmed when the good ol' "I have a mystery parent" trope rears its usually ugly head in such shows. This is not a soap opera and it has enough on its plate already.
Looming makjang horrors aside, the Dramagods do listen sometimes and Jo-hye (Kim Jung-eun) is finally piecing things together. My curiosity about why she fights so hard to be powerful has returned and I can finally see her as a person again, rather than the threat of arrest in human form. I believe she will eventually be an ally, because we have been shown enough leniency on her part for her character to be tilting towards the good side. Perhaps she will realize that some things matter more than power.
A young Seong-hoon being dragged to experimentsDeuk-cheon holding onto a passed out Seong-joon
The series also touches upon the fact that Deuk-cheon (Jeong Jae-yeong) and Seong-joon have not really bonded a lot aside from their common goals and I hope that this is a sign of more dramatic closeness later on. Seong-joon is already a pitiful enough character due to his own problems and being used as a database adds onto them. Deuk-cheon and Mi-rae are clearly nice people who understand this, so I hope to see them bond more.
Seong-hoon has had his share of being used as well and this new information of his abusive childhood might provide some interesting interactions with Soo-yeon (Lee Na-yoon). I am curious to see where the action of the series will go now that Seong-joon's health is critical. I think I have had enough of him as a punching bag and so has he.
"Duel" is directed by Lee Jong-jae, written by Kim Yoon-joo and features Jeong Jae-yeong, Kim Jung-eun, Yang Se-jong and Seo Eun-su.
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"Duel" Episode 5 recap

It is a dog eat dog world out there, but when you have several dogs with unclear motivations and stories, it is as confusing a sight as it is a violent one. "Duel" manages to clear some things up while not really revealing much and I feel it is about time the clones start providing story when they meet, rather than just a lot of physical abuse for Seong-joon.
Things remain complicated despite some answers. It looks like our clones originate from someone who was confirmed dead and that explains their age. The question is, why were his organs given away? That is planned action. Did Jeon Byeong-joon (Jo Jae-ryong) use Choi Joo-sik's (Jo Jae-wan) and the others' vengeful rage for his plans? Why this young doctor specifically? The whole situation does not look very professional.
The doctor is being assaultedMi-rae showing Seong-joon the photo of the doctor
Also, is the reason why Seong-hoon (Yang Se-jong) has markings that he was experimented on and tortured? I would like to know why one clone has clearly been through a lot physically while the other has not. Perhaps Seong-hoon is the original clone created for his originator's memories and Seong-joon is a clone he in turn created in order to do his dirty work while the other is being chased. I have a lot of questions and I do hope they will be answered.
At least now we know that the list is in fact the original doctor's organs. Why those are important to someone powerful I have no clue yet. Maybe the original young doctor had created and tested something on himself which turned him into a universal donor. The science and pseudo-science in this could go wherever the creators feel like at this point. All we know is that the list is important to someone old and possibly related to the original 1993 incident.
Mi-rae covering up an exhausted Deuk-cheonJo-hye trying to convince Deuk-cheon to surrender
As for Deuk-cheon's (Jeong Jae-yeong) story, I still wonder why Soo-yeon (Lee Na-yoon) is kidnapped and still alive. Does her body hold a key to the cure Seong-hoon is looking for? Is the Sanyoung Bioresearch Institute the reason why she was targeted or is it because Seong-hoon simply knew that Deuk-cheon has money? Money he needed to enter the dog fight club as a VIP client, that is.
Questions aside, I am starting to get weary of Jo-hye's (Kim Jung-eun) lack of development. She is the drama's boogeywoman, but she can be used better. I want to see what she is about, what she thinks and feels. Kim Jung-eun can only do so much when it seems that her guidelines are to look creepy and wait for whatever plans they have for her. Give her some love, "Duel".
"Duel" is directed by Lee Jong-jae, written by Kim Yoon-joo and features Jeong Jae-yeong, Kim Jung-eun, Yang Se-jong and Seo Eun-su.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

"Queen for 7 Days" episode 6 recap

Yeon Woo-jin decided to take revenge on Lee Dong-geon.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Queen for 7 Days", Lee Yeok (Yeon Woo-jin) snuck into the palace late at night.
His target was the room Lee Yoong (Lee Dong-geon) was in. When he saw Lee Yoong sleeping, he thought to himself, "I will make you live in pain like you're being ripped apart".
Lee Yoong woke up just then and was shocked to see Lee Yeok, who ran away.
Lee Yeok ran into his mother Queen Ja Soon and they asked about each others' well-being through their eyes.
Later, Lee Yeok told himself, "I will return to my mother".
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"Suspicious Partner" episode 23-24 recap

Actor Ji Chang-wook can make thriller, mellow and comic work altogether.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Suspicious Partner", Ji-wook started a relationship with Bong-hee.
Ji-wook (Ji Chang-wook) told Eun Bong-hee (Nam Ji-hyeon) the truth. He said, "I know I told you to wait, but I want you to like me. Like me now".
Bong-hee's heart melted and she announced, "This is day 1 for us".
Ji-wook did his best to catch bad guys. He set up many traps to catch Hyeon-soo (Dong Ha) but nothing worked.
While Ji-wook was with Bong-hee, Bang (Jang Hyeok-jin) was in danger. He had fallen for Hyeon-soo's trap and was stabbed. Ji-wook followed after him but he was too late. Ji-wook cried in disbelief.
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"Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 23-24 recap

When Queen Mother Joongjeon's true role in the overall plot was revealed last episode, I was hoping that we would see some guiding principles toward a long term goal. Instead, Queen Mother Joongjeon's schemes become increasingly bizarre. Even Dae-mok is standing off at the sidelines, a little bewildered but ultimately fairly indifferent as to her actions. There's no obvious way anything Queen Mother Joongjeon is doing could hurt Dae-mok, after all.
For that matter it's not really clear how Queen Mother Joongjeon's actions are much of an inhibition on Prince Seon's long term goals either. Queen Mother Joongjeon is just setting up complicated situations by which Prince Seon and the other Seon can tragically pine over Ga-eun. This is accomplished by putting one, two, or all three of them in mortal danger at random, cue the sad scene music.
Meanwhile Hwa-goon, the only main character smart enough to stay out of easy poisoning range, just ends up staring blankly as Prince Seon and Cheong-eun come up with a really stupid plan to rescue the other Seon. And of course, Hwa-goon ends up rescuing them instead. I have to wonder at this point if Prince Seon's stock as a romantic partner has gone down in Hwa-goon's eyes. How is our main character so consistently helpless?
I'm at the point where I'm not totally sure why the production team behind "Ruler: Master of the Mask" even wanted to do an action royalist series in the first place. The only scenes they put any serious effort into are the romantic ones. Although even that's kind of last minute. I don't remember the slightest hint of a crush on the other Seon's part before the timeskip, which gives the impression that the production team just made that characterization up because the love triangle was the main story element they wanted to push.
The result is that the stakes in this drama are so poorly defined I'm not sure what anyone's goal ever is at any given minute. When the other Seon comes up with the ridiculous idea to just have Prince Seon put the mask on and become the King again I just think, why not? It's no less preposterous than anything else that's happened. I went into this drama kind of expecting that Prince Seon would use the other Seon as a body double to be in two places at once. That, at least, would give him a useful ability.
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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"Queen for 7 Days" episode 5 recap

Woo Hee-jin made a short but impressive appearance as Queen Yoon.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Queen for 7 Days", Yeon San-gun Lee Yoong (Lee Dong-geon) thought about his mother Queen Yoon (Woo Hee-jin).
Lee Yoong recalled his mother who played the zither in disguise. When young Lee Yoong looked for his mother to give her a flower present, his mother was being dragged out by court maids but when she saw him, came running at him, smiling.
Then while she sorted out his threads, she told Lee Yoong crying, "You're going to be the king of this country. You have to look neat". Later when Lee Yoong grew up, his mother's mother told him, "Your mother wasn't sick but she was killed". She handed him clothes that belonged to his mother but they were covered in blood.
The reason Yeon San-gun became a tyrant was because of his mother's sudden death and Woo Hee-jin's short appearance was impressive. Lee Yoong and Sin Chae-kyeong (Park Min-young) met and paid respects to pictures of Queen Yoon and Lee Yeok (Yeon Woo-jin). Lee Yeok, who was alive, witnessed this and was outraged.
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"Suspicious Partner" episode 21-22 recap

Ji Chang-wook confessed his feelings to Nam Ji-hyeon once again.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Suspicious Partner", Noh Ji-wook (Ji Chang-wook) confessed to Eun Bong-hee (Nam Ji-hyeon) once again.
They were looking for clues on Bong-hee's ex-boyfriend's murder case. They found a body that was abandoned. Bong-hee worried that she might be framed for a murder that she didn't commit. Ji-wook looked for Bong-hee at home and was worried about her.
Bong-hee told Ji-wook that she would set a date to reply to his question. However, on the day of, Bong-hee met Jeong Hyeon-soo (Dong Ha) and learned that Hyeon-soo was listening to the music that the killer whistled. Bong-hee was devastated that she made Ji-wook stand lawyer for a killer again.
Ji-wook felt uneasy about a client telling him that someone from the lawyer's office would die. When he witnessed the client die in front of him from a car accident, he thought of Bong-hee. He ran to her and said, "I'm sorry that I can't keep the promise I made about waiting for you, so please just like me now".
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"Circle" Episode 8 recap

It is time to meet our much teased Human B Chairman in episode eight of "Circle" and their identity is one I did not expect. In 2017, Woo-jin is being blackmailed with Beom-gyoon's life and sets out to find his father's data. In 2037, a formidable foe steps into the light and closes in on Jeong-yeon.
There is a lot I was prepared for in this series, but Park Dong-geon (Han Sang-jin) as the Chairman was not included. It makes perfect sense now, as engaging his enemy is the only way for him to get to Jeong-yeon (Gong Seung-yeon). Yet his 2037 introduction sold him as a sore loser wanting to take over Human B so well that the possibility of him already having it did not cross my mind. The writing and the actor's spot-on, slimy portrayal masked his true villainy and I love that.
The Human B ChairmanWoo-jin finally reunited with Beom-gyoon
So is Woo-jin (Yeo Jin-goo) still around then and would Park really know? We assumed that he recognized Joon-hyeok (Kim Kang-woo) as Beom-gyoon (An Woo-yeon) since we had seen no one tell him, but his identity means that this was information he already had on our dear detective. This means that Woo-jin could very well be around without being recognized by anyone. At the same time, perhaps they are easing us into the revelation of a grim fate for the heroic younger brother.
Woo-jin's entire existence as a character has been about refusing to run away again and securing his brother's future. Even in this episode, we see that he is willing to bleed himself and others to achieve that. If we look at it this way, his life's or at least his fictional existence's purpose will be achieved if Beom-gyoon can finally make things right and have closure. Woo-jin's death would not change this in a future where he is already not around. Beom-gyoon can finish his work for him.
Joon-hyeok pointing a gun at Dong-geonWoo-jin holding Beom-gyoon
As for the questions regarding Jeong-yeon's technology and memories, no one has considered the fact that she could have erased them herself. She can manipulate them after all. It is Kim Gyoo-cheol (Kim Joong-ki-I) and Park Dong-geon I am more curious about. Why did the former think he needed to commit atrocities for his children? Was it just a pathetic excuse or is there a more concrete reason? Why does Dong-geon support the memory loss?
We know why Han Yong-woo (Song Young-kyu) did. The man looked unstable in 2017 and he had an ideology to go with his madness. Dong-geon is only a mustache-twirling villain without facial hair for now and I sincerely hope that there is more to it than just greed. I know Dramaland loves the evil elite, but "Circle" has been good with challenging moral concepts so far. Give me answers, series.
"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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