Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Single Wife" episode 12 recap

On the latest episode of the drama "Single Wife", Min-hong (Sung Hyuk) headed to court to finally settle his divorce with Ra-hee (Eom Hyeon-kyeong).
Min-hong decided to divorce her after she disappeared and he sadly remember the time he'd spent with her.
She had said cruel things to him like, "I could be happy without you;" "Your existence makes my blood curl;" and more. He cried because it hurt.
However, Ra-hee didn't appear in court.
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"While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 3-4 recap

One half of the story for these two episodes of "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" is about how a young Hong-joo first attempted to use her powers of prophecy to do good and predictably failed spectacularly. I state this explicitly because "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" itself is rather unnecessarily vague about the larger purpose of this subplot, and it's not clear to me why it was presented as a twist ending. Following early dialogue where Jae-chan suggests the possible existence of other soothsayers, I got the impression that story was contemporaneously about a new supporting character.
Actually, the real supporting characters of note here are teenage violonist prodigy Soo-yoon (played by Kim So-hyun) and Jae-chan's younger brother Soong-won (played by Shin Jae-ha). Their full story is quite sordid- but the dramatic beats are emotional rather than physical. Soo-yoon's problem is one that Jae-chan is, in theory, supposed to be able to solve as a prosecutor. Yet for various unfortunate societal reasons, Jae-chan is not as useful as he would like.
Chief among these problems is Yoo-beom, who has very quickly blossomed into the best villain I have seen in quite some time. He's a genuinely deplorable human being, but this fact is not obvious because he has fully perfected the art of rationalization and false humility. In his creepier moments Yoo-beom himself isn't aware of just how skeevy he is. The guy really does sincerely believe that Jae-chan holds a grudge, that Hong-joo is a bad girlfriend, and that Yoo-beom is blameless in all situations.
Given the inherently fantastical nature of the premise in "While You Were Sleeping - 2017", this comes off as logical- until we remember that Yoo-beom saw the guy right in front of the car's original trajectory, and is just choosing to ignore that. Likewise, Yoo-beom has no sense of moral ethics. As far as he's concerned, legal ethics are all that matter, and Lee Sang-yeob plays the guy like the hot shot main character in his own legal drama. Yoo-beom sincerely believes that he's the protagonist, which only makes his character all the more deplorable.
That's just one excellent quality of many on display here. Technical details about the way the prophecies work are on point. Emotional exposition about character relationships quickly makes our heroes quite engaging. The romantic comedy aspects are absolutely adorable. Suzy looks great with glasses and even better with a neck brace. There's even a compelling legal drama element buried in there- this whole production is just plain powerful.
Review by William Schwartz
"While You Were Sleeping - 2017" is directed by Oh Choong-hwan and Park Soo-jin-II, written by Park Hye-ryeon, and features Lee Jong-suk, Suzy, Lee Sang-yeob, and Jung Hae-in.
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"Criminal Minds" Episode 20 (final) recap

Right away the finale for "Criminal Minds" tips its hand by accidentally pointing out the stupidity of its own premise. The suspect is in custody and there is...not actually any evidence linking him to the serial killings outside of the website, which he claims is a fan website. This is a completely plausible explanation. Yes, people have died from a serial killer who is imitating other serial killers' patterns. But how do we know the website isn't just a play-acting intended to help future forensic pathologists think like serial killers?
I mean, if such a web site existed in the real world that would be my assumption anyway. Which is how "Criminal Minds" fails to come to reach any level of compelling storytelling. I have to pretend to be ignorant about how actual crime investigations work, and view everything through the very narrow lens of the drama's crime procedural formula. I have to do this, even as the story goes to increasingly comical and stupid places while the Reaper uses magical powers to commit perfect crimes and then escape from them.
And even if I pretend like this is not contrived and idiotic screenwriting, that leaves another problem. This makes the main characters look completely incompetent. When even the stupid serial killer fanboy is able to easily predict their moves, it's hard to hold any credible hope that they'll get one over on the Reaper. The suggestion that maybe the main team is not the best fit for the job is absolutely on-point, just not for the reasons we end up being given.
Even in the context of mass leisure entertainment, crime procedurals are a fairly explicit waste of time, and "Criminal Minds" makes no effort to at least let me pretend like the story I've just seen had anny kind of insightful moral point to be made. The Reaper sure was a bad dude. The end. There, I just spoiled the entire thematic arc. I mean really, what is there even to criminally profile in a villain whose only apparent character trait is his sheer omnipotence?
That's not even getting into how bizarre it is that the Reaper's path to power ran through an Internet message board of all things. Also, let's consider for a moment the saga of random cop with expository dialogue, who somehow ends up being the lynchpin of the entire case. Or how the Reaper and his allies face none of the logisticial issues the original serial killers did. Or how about just...everything.
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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"Hospital Ship" episodes 19 - 20 recap

Kang Min-hyuk as Kwak Hyeon, Lee Min-ho-I as Woo-jae, and Ha Ji-won as Eun-jae were perfect together on the latest episodes of the drama "Hospital Ship".
Woo-jae sustained only minor injuries in the accident. He was worried that Eun-jae would worry, so he bribed Hyeon to keep silent by calling him "brother-in-law".
However, Eun-jae rushed to the hospital after seeing the news and learned that Woo-jae had given his father all of his school money and that he'd been working on a construction site to make money. Woo-jae told her, "I wanted to pretend that I'd been tricked. He's still our father".
Eun-jae went to Woo-jae's house and scolded him, but helped him to dry his hair and cleaned his house because his arm was hurt. Then they lay down and talked about many things. They were like real siblings.
"Hospital Ship" can be seen every Wednesday at Thursday at 10 PM KST.
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"Man-Hole" episode 16 final recap

On the latest episode of the 16th episode of "Man-Hole", Bong Pil (Kim Jae-joong) stole Soo-jin (UEE) from her wedding and told her how he felt about her.
Last episode, Bong Pil was stabbed so Soo-jin asked if he was alright. "This time-travelling thing is a good thing. I worried so much about you".
Bong Pil replied, "I worried so much that you wouldn't recognize me". Soo-jin said, "We will never be apart again".
Then, Bong Pil kissed Soo-jin. "Wherever you are at whatever time. I will always be next to you".
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"Single Wife" episode 11 recap

On the latest episode of the Drama Max and U Max drama "Single Wife", Lee Ra-hee (Eom Hyeon-kyeong) declared she wouldn't go back to the office and Oh In-hwa (Yoon Ye-hee) was on the brink of being fired.
Hyo-rim (Yuna) heard a secret about her father from a friend. The friend told her, "It's only heresay, but I heard your mother was behind when your father was sued for embezzlement. There were similar rumors floating around about her second marriage, too. When her first husband struggled with hotel business, she got divorced and married your father right away".
Hyo-rim was shocked and didn't want to believe her mother had done that to her father.
"Single Wife" is about a woman who wants to marry a rich man, but finds out she isn't divorced from her first marriage and lives a double life.
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"Man-Hole" episode 15 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Man-Hole", Kang Soo-jin (UEE) worried about Bong Pil (Kim Jae-joong).
Kang Soo-jin said to Bong Pil, "I can't stand to see you being unhappy and in danger because of me. We can't be together".
"You told me we were never good together while you travelled through time. Look at us now. I'm married and we will never be together".
Bong Pil said, "You know how dangerous Park Jae-hyeon (Jang Mi-kwan) is". He tried to stop her from going back to Seoul.
Kang Soo-jin replied, "Breaking up with you has nothing to do with Jae-hyeon. I chose this. I want you to be happy and don't choose me no matter what the circumstance may be. I don't want you to suffer because of me".
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"Hospital Ship" episodes 17 - 18 recap

On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Hospital Ship", Song Eun-jae (Ha Ji-won) told Choi Yeong-eun (Wang Ji-won) that she likes Kwon Hyeok (Kang Min-hyuk).
Gwak Hyeon gathered the courage to ask Eun-jae on a date. However, Eun-jae rejected it and said she had plans.
Apparently her plan was to meet Yeong-eun who started to speak nicely to Eun-jae, recommending her another hospital.
Eun-jae became angry and Choi asked, "Do you want to stay at the hospital or next to him. Do you like Kwak Hyeon?"
Eun-jae answered, "Yes, I do like him".
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"Criminal Minds" Episode 19 recap

The final showstopper for "Criminal Minds" is an appropriate one- it looks like the drama will be closing out on an adaptation of season four episode fifteen, which centers around a copycat killer. Even the Reaper manages to get worked into all of this in a fairly satisfying way, although yikes, I'm still reminded of how the death of Gi-hyeong's wife happened way too early. Which also sums up my overall feelings. My satisfaction is directly related to how much I enjoyed the original elements.
Fortunately the selected crimes are the ones where the specifics of how the crime was committed were exposited in fairly effective detail. Explanations have always been the most satisfying aspect of "Criminal Minds", and the most frustrating moments were the ones that were not sufficiently explained. Horrifying body count notwithstanding, at minimum we at least get a pretty good impression that the overall team knows what they're doing.
Except Na-hwang. Something's definitely up with her. The second scene where she was in an unexplained rush was very suspicious. Although, maybe Na-hwang just had a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. Also, what was the deal with that first scene, where she's trying to take the perfect selfie? That actually has a more plausible explanation- clumsy product placement intended to show off the editing abilities of that specific brand of smart phone.
Spotlighting silly moments like that aren't exaclt fair, but as a procedural mystery there aren't exactly a whole lot of interesting thematic angles by which to dissect "Criminal Minds". Seon-woo's mental state in the aftermath of her having killed a suspect last episode is briefly explored. This is interesting material, since even if the last killer was a monstrous dude, he was also pathetic, and killing any follow human being for any reason is something that should shake the psyche of a normal human being.
I mean really, that's the entire hook of the premise after all. But alas, tied as it is to the original "Criminal Minds" concept, there's only so far the South Korean version can go in terms of interesting alterations. I can certainly give the production team credit for trying. The whole randomly changing story length from anywhere between half an hour to two hours idea has had its ups and down, but they did pick a pretty good idea to finish the drama with as a two-parter.
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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"While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 1-2 recap

The big three dramatic beats in the first two episodes of "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" all involve car crashes. While at first glance this appears to throw "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" into the most laughable genre of South Korean drama clichés, there's surprising fatalistic depth here. In the first place, the drama sets itself up to answer the difficult question of how the generally sensible Hong-joo (played by Suzy) can fully choose to trust arrogant newbie lawyer Jae-chan (played by Lee Jong-suk).
Especially when we find out that Hong-joo already has a boyfriend- sensible, slightly older lawyer Yoo-beom (played by Lee Sang-yeob), who used to tutor Jae-chan, who was never an especially good student. But "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" makes a big first impression by noting, ironically enough, how first impressions are not to be trusted. Almost all of the expository information we get ultimately proves to be quite misleading, even if technically true.
Hong-joo's prophetic visions are the most obvious example of this. They throw crazy curveballs that seem specifically designed to guarantee that however Hong-joo reacts to them, doom is the inevitable result. Then, just when all seems hopeless, we get another curveball that's actually helpful. The immediate implication is that the visions work according to rules, albeit fairly esoteric ones, rather than the whims of writer Park Hye-ryeon. Note how the fate of Hong-joo's mother Moon-seon (played by Hwang Young-hee) hinges more on her actions than it does Hong-joo's, even as both have access to the same prophetic information.
But consider that more than the science fiction elements, it's the personal emotional ones that take real prominence. The irony here is that, the less logically people try to think about the dream prophecies, the more likely they are to successfully avert them. That's where we get back to Jae-chan, Hong-joo's trusted partner who she barely knows. The very existence of dream prophecies is an indication that there are factors at play in the world which she is not aware of. What if Jae-chan is one of those factors?
The thematic material here is crisp. The performances are excellent- all the characters so imminently, relatably normal, that the admission of new character traits, be they supernatural or down-to-earth, are simultaneously shocking yet eerily plausible. Besides that, the cinematography is gorgeous. Just take that light snowfall. It's beautiful both on the visual level, and the thematic one- the unexpected need not be inherently tragic.
Review by William Schwartz
"While You Were Sleeping - 2017" is directed by Oh Choong-hwan and Park Soo-jin-II, written by Park Hye-ryeon, and features Lee Jong-suk, Suzy, Lee Sang-yeob, and Jung Hae-in.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Girls' Generation 1979" episode 6 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Girls' Generation 1979", Jeong-hee (Bona) was mean to Dong-moon (Seo Young-joo) and who decided not to like her anymore.
Jeong-hee went to watch a movie with Son Jin who was there to meet Hye-joo (Chae Seo-jin). After the movie, they met Dong-moon at a restaurant.
Son Jin told Jeong-hee that Dong-moon was the top of his school, which surprised and Jeong-hee. Son Jin got up first and let them finish eating together. Jeong-hee blamed Dong-moon for the situation. When he followed her home to make sure she was safe, she told him, "Don't follow me. You're annoying".
Dong-moon said, "I am tired of following you around when you don't even look at me. I'm not going to like you anymore. I'm sorry", and walked away.
Meanwhile, Jeong-hee was worried that Dong-moon was upset because of her.
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"Argon" episode 8 recap

"Argon" is over.
Kim Joo-hyuk's excellent performance transformed "Argon" into a classic drama.
Kim Joo-hyuk said, "I felt warmth and energy on the drama set. I was happy to be working with such amazing people. The script that focused on people really struck me and I tried my best to deliver to the viewers".
Chun Woo-hee said, "It was short but it meant a lot to me. "Argon" is my first drama and everyone gave me so much encouragement. I am happy and thankful to everyone. I looked forward to going to work every day and I'm sad it's over".
In the final episode of "Argon", Kim Baek-jin admits his mistake in the process of investigation. Lee Yeon-hwa became a full-time employee because Kim Baek-jin gave her full marks before he left Argon.
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"The Temperature of Love" episodes 7 - 8 recap

On the latest episode of the SBS drama "The Temperature of Love", Lee Hyeon-soo (Seo Hyun-jin) and On Jeong-seon (Yang Se-jong) shared a warm moment.
On the day Jeong-seon was leaving, Hyeon-soo went to see Hyeon-soo and asked if she could wait for him. In the end, she said, "Love is silly".
However, Park Jeong-woo loved her with dedication and declared that he liked Hyeon-soo and that he'd tell her how he felt. "I have a successful business and I have made a lot of money. Now I want a family and I think with you I will be able to make a happy family". Hyeon-soo cried in denial and told him, "There is someone I love and I only realized it was love after he left".
Five years later, Hyeon-soo became a drama writer and met On Jeong-seon on set as an actor. She ran away but they met again in a restaurant. On Jeong-seon said, "Why didn't you run away again? Congratulations on becoming a writer". and Hyeon-soo said, "Congratulations on becoming a chef".
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"Save Me" Episode 16 Final recap

The Boat to Salvation is a slippery devil and the time has come for a solid shake on its not-so-divine structure. All of our characters choose their alliances and enact their final wishes as our heroine marches to her salvation and our heroes steel themselves to help end this once and for all. There are no ideal endings in this world, but perhaps small victories are enough.
I already expressed my thoughts on the obvious rush to the finish line in my previous piece and the drama's finale is the only reasonable extension of it. We never did find out who tried to kill Dong-cheol (Woo Do-hwan) in jail, why the political part of the series mattered, whether Guseonwon's water was drugged and more. There are many threads which I wish we had seen developed and which we did not.
Baek Jeong-gi meeting his endEun-sil and Joo-ho remaining prisoners of their faith
On the other hand, certain things seem like decisions made for a happy ending when it comes to our heroes. Everyone gets a parent back, including Dong-cheol and this particular outcome feels like audience pandering more than a decision deeply rooted into the narrative. At the same time "Save Me" never had an idealistic approach. Spiritual Mother Kang (Park Ji-yeong) and the ever pathetic Joo-ho (Jung Hae-kyun) march forward along with every other lost soul that will never escape.
There is character consistency here. The ones who would sacrifice their children to an invisible god built by a depraved narcissist will not face their actions , because faith is such a strong tool of denial, even for the non mentally disturbed. We never find out the true past behind our villains, but their actions are ultimately what makes them. The adults of Muji have plenty to be ashamed of, but I am glad that many decided to do the right thing, even if Sergeant Woo (Kim Kwang-gyoo) is the only one willing to pay for his corruption.
Our heroes meeting Sang-mi againSang-mi and her mother wondering if God will punish their abusers
Faith comes in another form and Sang-mi (Seo Ye-ji) can express it better than anyone; the hope and strength to go on come from the knowledge that there are people out there who will reach out and pull you out of a fiery pit. Whether sent by a deity or not, the world remains hopeful because of them. This is a great message to wrap the series up with and an appropriate one given its themes.
Few regretful issues aside, "Save Me" has been an overwhelmingly great adventure. It has taken viewers to the edge of despair and repulsion and then delivered much needed relief quite masterfully. It is a story which I feel will stick for a long time and I hope Korean drama produces more of its kind and quality in the future. Our wishes will be fulfilled. I believe it.
"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.
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Monday, September 25, 2017

"Argon" episode 7 recap

According to the preview of the final episode of "Argon" that was released on Naver TV, Lee Yeon-hwa (Chun Woo-hee) continued the investigation of the Mid Town Constructions corruption. The prosecution discovers that Argon is catching up on Mid Town. Documents were included from the jurisdiction in which the search and seizure was held.
At the same time, Kim Baek-jin (Kim Joo-hyuk) saw a picture from the hospital and said, "They're all frauds. The first thing on my list is to bring out Chairman Choi's real identity". He dove into his investigation.
Lee Yeon-hwa check the Mid Town files and asks Kim Baek-jin, "Did you really not see the items? There's a reason for that right?" Kim Baek-jin knew his report was wrong and it made him feel worse to know that someone had been hurt because of it.
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"The Temperature of Love" episode 5 - 6 recap

Yang Se-jong called Seo Hyun-jin home and made her write while he cooked her delicious meals every day, bringing them closer.
The sweet couple has started calling and depending on each other when they need to.
"The Temperature of Love" can be seen every Monday and Tuesday.
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"Girls' Generation 1979" episode 5 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Girls' Generation 1979", Park Hye-joo's (Chae Seo-jin) father was accused of being a communist.
Park Hye-joo was worried that her father wasn't coming home. Lee Jeong-hee (Bona) and Son Jin (Yeo Hoe-hyun) wanted to help. However, Son Jin's father was the one investigating Park Hye-joo's father. Son Jin was mad when her father told her that Hye-joo's father was set free over the phone.
Son Jin went to Park Hye-joo's house and saw her father being returned home on Joo Yeong-choon's (Lee Jong-hyun's) back.
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"Bad Thief, Good Thief" episode 40 recap

On the latest episode of the MBC weekend drama "Bad Thief, Good Thief", Kang So-joo (Seohyun) realized Yoon Joong-tae (Choi Jong-hwan) was trailing her.
He suspected that Jang Deul-mok (Ji Hyeon-woo) was dead and ordered his people to find out everything about him.
Kang So-joo called Han Joon-hee (Kim Ji-hoon) after realizing someone was following her. She asked if Yoon Joong-tae knew Deul-mok was alive.
Han Joon-hee calmed her down and told her Yoon Joong-tae was only investigating for life insurance, but she was still anxious.
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"Man Who Lays the Table" episode 8 recap

On the latest episode of the MBC weekend drama "Man Who Lays the Table", Lee Roo-ri (Choi Soo-young) was worried Lee Sin-mo (Kim Kap-soo) would discovered she lied.
Sin-mo headed to Myeong-rang's (Lee Se-yeong) house. Roo-ri asked her mother Hong Yeong-hye (Kim Mi-Sook) for help. Yeong-hye took Myeong-rang out of the house and Sin-mo arrived just after.
Roo-ri hurried, but Sin-mo and her blind date met. Roo-ri called her blind date with the excuse of parking matters and told him she was the real Roo-ri. At the same time, Sin-mo found a package in front of the house in the name of Myeong-rang.
Sin-mo asked his friend for a picture of her and realized what was going on.
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"My Golden Life" episode 8 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "My Golden Life", Do-kyeong (Park Si-hoo) was disappointed with Ji-an (Shin Hye-sun) who wouldn't try her best with his family and kept her distance from them. Ji-an couldn't get used to the family that was very different from Tae-soo's (Cheon Ho-jin).
Woo-hyeok (Lee Tae-hwan) thought Ji-an had money issues and offered to help. She was grateful, but couldn't tell him the truth.
Meanwhile, Ji-tae (Lee Tae-sung) witnessed Soo-ah's (Park Joo-hee) blind date and exploded. Tae-soo found out what Ji-tae was thinking and felt badly for his son who was suffering because of his incompetence.
Ji-soo (Seo Eun-su) saw Mi-jeong (Kim Hye-ok) crying over her picture and started to feel anxious.
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"Save Me" Episode 15 recap

There are not enough middle fingers in the world to express how I feel about Guseonwon and this marks a job well done by "Save Me". Every open end comes together and clashes into a smörgåsbord of final week thrills as things finally veer out of control for heroes and villains alike. Death, disillusionment, camaraderie and hope form the final battle for our heroes' future.
Taunting one's enemies never comes without a good deal of grief and Hong So-rin (Jeon Yeo-bin) is sadly the victim this time around. The episode holds nothing back as we rush to the finish line and so a lot of the things which have been left unaddressed until now happen all at once. Muji is disillusionment central at the moment and this includes the revelations our good, neutral and evil characters get.
Baek Jeong-ki asking a man to murderJo Wan-tae can sense the loss of his position
Things are falling almost too neatly into place for our heroes as far as revealing Guseonwon's true face goes and under different circumstances, I would call that contrived. The reason these expedited events make sense here, however, is the narcissism of our villain. Baek Jeong-ki (Jo Sung-ha) has been dealing with what he no doubt sees as sheep for too long and his belief that he is invincible has already been established. The man is alienating his allies and sometimes that is all it takes to fall.
Disillusionment comes from the good side as well and it is very rewarding in certain aspects. Officer Choi (Park Soo-yeon) finally steps up and Sergeant Woo (Kim Kwang-gyoo) chooses to face the consequences of his actions. I cannot help but lament what these characters could have been, however. The episode makes it clear that many supporting characters had or should have had bigger roles here. From Joon-goo's (Go Joon) late entrance into Guseonwon to our tavern "noona's", too much feels rushed to justify their existence in the story.
Jeong-hoon and his father having an honest talkSang-mi addressing the cultists
The episode reveals this lack of purpose for them, but there are also issues with the editing which are a telltale sign of the final week's hasty nature. The sequence up to where Officer Choi barges into Guseonwon is particularly messy and events in it are hard to keep track of, but the rest of the episode has issues with its pacing as well. I appreciate fast closure over no closure, however.
I do not know if more deaths on the good side will come, if everything will be solved or if the series will go for small victories against evil, but I sincerely hope that at least Sang-mi's (Seo Ye-ji) story and by extension that of our heroes will be concluded. Rushed as it may be, the episode indicates a desire to wrap everything up for our characters.
"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'

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Preview + Stills: "While You Were Sleeping - 2017"

Stills of Lee Jong-suk and Shin Jae-ha were released.
The SBS drama "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" that's beginning on the 27th of September released stills of Jeong Jae-chan (Lee Jong-suk) and his brother (Shin Jae-ha).
"While You Were Sleeping - 2017" is about a woman who can foresee unfortunate events in people's futures and a man who tries to stop them from happening.
Jae-chan and his brother get along with each other one minute and at each others' throats the next. Jae-chan is talking seriously to his brother while he is eating without listening in return..
Apparently Lee Jong-suk and Shin Jae-ha are a good team on set and watching them live under one roof will be one of the many interesting points of the drama.
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"Man-Hole" episode 14 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Man-Hole", Soo-jin (UEE) found out who Jae-hyeon (Jang Mi-kwan) really was.
Soo-jin found a black mask and black clothes in Jae-hyeon's bag and suspected his identity. Jae-hyeon appeared behind her and she pretended to be cool and asked what the bag was. Jae-hyeon hid the fact that he was a criminal with a previous record and said that was his gym bag. Then he asked her to go on a date and she ran away while he wasn't looking.
Jae-hyeon planned to hit Bong Pil (Kim Jae-joong) with his car but hit Soo-jin instead. Bong Pil saw this and took her to the hospital. She was unconscious and despite his friends' advice, he tried to open the man-hole once again.
Soo-jin woke up but was shocked to see Jae-hyeon next to her. She called Bong Pil in secret for help and he walked ib. They ran from Jae-hyeon who gave chase. Jae-hyeon caught Soo-jin and held her hostage while Bong Pil's friends opened the manhole. Bong-pil and Soo-jin went in.
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Hospital Ship episodes 15 - 16 recap

On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Hospital Ship", Kwak Hyeon (Kang Min-hyuk) tried to resolve things with Song Eun-jae (Ha Ji-won) but she pushed him away.
Previously, Choi Eun-yeong (Wang Ji-won) slept in Kwak Hyeon's room and Song Eun-jae pretended that she didn't know. She went jogging and spoke coldly to Kwak Hyeon.
Kwak Hyeon tried to talk to her. He followed her into a room and asked to talk.
However, she didn't even look at him and asked if it was about work and when Kwak Hyeon said no, she silenced him.
Kwak Hyeon spoke anyway. "About last night. Don't get the wrong idea. Nothing happened". Song Eun-jae cut in and said, "I don't care what happened and your relationship with her. It has nothing to do with me and I have way too much work to care". She left the room and Kwak Hyeon.
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"Reunited Worlds" episodes 39 - 40 recap

On the final episode of the SBS drama "Reunited Worlds", Park Dong-seok (Kang Sung-min) saw Seong Hae-seong (Yeo Jin-goo) and ran away.
Dong-seok denied the charges and tried running away, but his car flipped over, trapping him. He begged Hae-seong for help
Hae-seong was mad at Dong-suk and yelled, "Do you know how much pain you've put people through?" Sin Ho-bang (Lee Si-eon) worried that the car might explode and Hae-seong forced the door open and pulled Dong-seok out.
Dong-suk confessed, "I killed him. There was a fight and I..." Hae-seong's name was cleared after twelve years and his friends were happy for him. "Now you can live in happiness. Your name has been cleared and your restaurant is doing well. You also have a princess".
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"Single Wife" Episode 10 recap

So Ra-hee and Min-hong are finally at court, and it looks like they can get the divorce finalized. It doesn't happen, obviously, and this scene is supposed to represent how Min-hong still has feelings for Ra-hee and won't give up on her so easily. This is likely to eventually contrast with how Jae-min will eventually give up on Ra-hee entirely because of her inability to come clean with him on the full situation.
Once again, though, I was just reminded about what a dork Ra-hee was for ever thinking she had been divorced in the first place. It's weird how even though Ra-hee is the main character, has the most scenes, and defines the entire motivation for both the male leads...I still can't really grasp much of her personality. "Single Wife" can't even explain why Jae-min is willing to go to bat for her save for that flashback to when they first met. What has she done for him lately?
This apparently validates In-hwa's suspicion of Ra-hee, which is odd since everything else about In-hwa's actions just screams stereotypical mean rich matriarch. We even get backstory emphasizing this point, as Hyo-rim is emotionally torn by an important revelation of In-hwa's past and how it relates to her family. It's all suitably ironic, since of course In-hwa would be paranoid about an upstart woman trying to join a rich family when In-hwa herself did exactly the same thing.
I'm not really sure how this is going to relate to the main plot of Ra-hee and Min-hong inevitably getting back together though. About the only thing I can think of that would result in In-hwa clearly losing would be if Jae-min married Ra-hee against her advice. Because what else is he going to do, disown her? Fire her from the company? Although it's not clear which family member actually owns the company. Technically it might be Hyo-rim.
While the main plot has been best suited as situation comedy, everything relating to In-hwa would feel much more in place in a standard soap opera. That's just more of the many odd tonal choices that "Single Wife" makes, like it's never really sure which genre it wants to commit to. Still, frequently muddled though the execution is, I'll give the drama this much. It's internally consistent. The entire accident at the big ceremony was contrived and dumb but it is not, on the face of it, entirely implausible.
Review by William Schwartz
"Single Wife" is directed by Jeong Yoon-soo, written by Lee In-hye-I, and features Eom Hyeon-kyeong, Sung Hyuk, Kwak Hee-sung, and Yuna.
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"Criminal Minds" Episode 18 recap

Well, this was a fairly distressing storyline, albeit mostly for the intended reason of the profiled crime of serial rape being so monstrous that doing research on it makes me feel a little physically ill. "Criminal Minds" even achieves this effect without having to resort to overly gory imagery. The cold open in the couple's house cuts off before getting too graphic, and the most painful scene in the episode is when we find out how and why one of the victims committed suicide.
There are still some logical problems. At this point teleporting serial killers is such a widespread trend I should just assume this is something all serial killers know how to do. The ability of a single, technologically literate person to be able to monitor so many actions and make so many correct assumptions is just a tad implausible. The serial killer's abilities aren't much more functionally different than Na-hwang's, after all, and we see her limits all the time.
But I didn't notice these issues quite so much as last episode because the serial killer isn't in direct profile. He's just barely mysterious enough that every little clue we get to unraveling the case further makes increasing logical sense. There's also the matter of how once the team figures out where he's coming up with his victims, his potential to do damage drops dramatically. Not that this helps with previous victims but whatever, "Criminal Minds" in all forms is an essentially grotesque premise about the inherently horrible world we live in.
This version does, surprisingly, contain some significant improvements over the American original (season two episode five). The serial killer's motive is actually given a pretty clear explanation via flashback- the moment that started this all off almost makes him look sympathetic, which rather enhances the horror of his later crimes. That's the "Criminal Minds" concept at its best. The explanations don't have to be perfect, just satisfying.
The other obvious improvement is just the removal of some of the more glaring American pro-cop propaganda. The whole bit where the villain is caught then improbably released via lawyer is excised, those scenes replaced with more extensive detective work getting into the emotional and physical details of the crime. Also the rapist is not murdered in cold blood by a police officer who lies after the fact about what happened. I can see why that detail might have been going a bit too far for a South Korean audience.
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 37 - 38 recap

On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Reunited Worlds", Seong Hae-seong (Yeo Jin-goo) and Jeong Jeong-won (Lee Yeon-hee) try to enjoy the rest of the time that they have left together.
Hae-seong cooked breakfast for Jeong-won. Jeong-won was surprised by the menu and Hae-seong explained that it was what every newly-married couple has.
Hae-seong chose Jeong-won's outfit for her and walked her to the bus stop. She kissed him quickly before she got on the bus. He was surprised but happy.
Hae-seong prepared to start his restaurant with his brother SHae-cheol (Kwak Dong-yeon) and told him he should learn how to cook.
Meanwhile, Cha Min-joon (Ahn Jae-hyun) told Hae-seong and Jeong-won that he knew about them leaving for Paris. He wished them both good luck but just then, Hae-seong's body started fading.
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"Man-Hole" episode 13 recap

On the thirteenth episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Man-Hole", Goo-gil (Kang Hong-suk) was attacked by strangers and Bong Pil (Kim Jae-joong) set out to find the culprits.
Bong Pil met other victims and tried to find out anything special about the attacker but the victims couldn't remember as they were all confused. However, Bong Pil suspected Park Jae-hyeon (Jang Mi-kwan). Park Jae-hyeon provoked Bong Pil and he was suspended after hitting him.
In the meanwhile, Kang Soo-jin (UEE) was looking for something in Park Jae-hyeon's car when she found clothes he wore when he attacked those people. Park Jae-hyeon was standing right behind her.
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Hospital Ship episodes 13 - 14 recap

On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Hospital Ship", Song Eun-jae (Ha Ji-won) learned that it was Kwak Hyeon's (Kang Min-hyuk) birthday from his father Kwak Seong (Jung In-gi).
They were walking the park but Hyeon was acting strangely as he joked and laughed a lot. Song Eun-jae asked what was wrong but Kwak Hyeon merely smiled.
Song Eun-jae tried to comfort him by asking him, "What's more annoying; going crazy because of your Alzheimer's father or because of your normal father?" She was talking about her father.
Kwak Hyeon apologized and turned around and kissed her.
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"Single Wife" Episode 9 recap

Min-hong, having finally figured out what Ra-hee is up to, lapses into alcoholic depression. I mean it doesn't go on forever, just a single night as far we can tell. Then it's on to revenge. But even that is pretty light. Right at the moment I thought Min-hong was going to do something explicitly petty and mean instead he turns right around and confronts Ra-hee on how she's accepted Jae-min's marriage proposal without fully cluing him in to what's going on.
This is something I've been waiting on for quite some time- that "Single Wife" would finally acknowledge that even by wacky situation comedy standards, Ra-hee is really not a very good person. Her main character traits are, and always have been, that she was too scatterbrained to finalize the divorce herself, too petty to work with Min-hong to get it done now, and too insecure to simply tell Jae-min the full context of what's going on. None of these traits bodes well for a long-term domestic partner.
That doesn't even get into Ra-hee's subtler moral failures, like how she never sees her own grandmother while Min-hong has been more than willing to make that effort for her, and doesn't want to stop even if he divorces Ra-hee. This, too, finally piles up as we're left with a situation where Jae-min figures out on his own accord what Ra-hee won't tell him. Or his own mother for that matter.
It's odd how In-hwa is still portrayed as vaguely villainous when her behavior is actually far more defensible than Ra-hee's. In-hwa can at least plausibly claim that her actions are motivated by a concern for Jae-min's future well-being. I can't really visualize In-hwa trying to impede, say, Hyo-rim's clumsy attempts to hit on Min-hong, since by any objective account Min-hong is a sincerely nice person who also has a strong interest in the furniture design industry.
That "Single Wife" has now explicitly acknowledged Ra-hee's ethical problems is good. But unfortunately, I doubt this will have too much impact on the overall dramatic thrust. It remains clearly telegraphed, as always, that Min-hong is the right guy for Ra-hee and Jae-min is the wrong one. But the irony is palpable. We're supposed to see it this way because Min-hong is the more obviously empathetic guy who is expressly pining for Ra-hee. But Jae-min does not have these moments largely because Ra-hee's dishonesty has robbed him of opportunities to express himself like that to her.
Review by William Schwartz
"Single Wife" is directed by Jeong Yoon-soo, written by Lee In-hye-I, and features Eom Hyeon-kyeong, Sung Hyuk, Kwak Hee-sung, and Yuna.
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"Criminal Minds" Episode 17 recap

The storyline starts out promisingly enough. The main points everyone initially emphasizes are just logistical ones, like how the serial killer has been sneaking into unoccupied rental properties in the first place. Where everything turns dumb is when we run into a survivor of his crimes. Cruel though it may be to write this, my first main impression of the woman was that...she was just really, really dumb. Who agrees to online sexual encounters in empty places in the middle of nowhere?
The weird part is, I had thought the ending of the previous episode had already explained how the killer was corralling his victims pretty well. The guy was pretending to be a big shot, possibly even a real estate agent, which would explain why he had access to and would want to use unoccupied rental properties for trysts instead of just going to a hotel. If the goal is to impress a woman into a false sense of security, that's a pretty good plan.
Maintaining this level of plausibility is especially important considering the adaptational nature of "Criminal Minds". Online hook-ups in the United States may seem normal, but women who engage in that kind of behavior in South Korea tend to be more cautious, if only for the more conservative social norms. Also, the original version (season two episode seventeen) aired ten years ago. So even in the United States, a lot has changed since then with good safety practices when meeting strangers from the Internet.
But more timeless story elements are just as bad with no cultural difference or timestamp excuse. The serial killer, far from the basic suave seductor we saw at the end of the last episode, comes off as a total creep in all his scenes here. It's hard to imagine any woman willingly going inside an empty building with him for any reason. Which again, just gives the impression that the woman is dumb, not that the serial killer is competent.
Consider how the guy's not even a very good murderer, and has to resort to magic powers at one point in order to dispose of a witness. I mean for pity's sake, the guy was standing right next to the door. How does he not at least hear it being opened? And to add insult to injury, there's barely even any criminal profiling going on here, so the twist ending comes off as wholly perfunctory. Not the finest hour for "Criminal Minds".
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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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

'Age of Youth 2' episodes 7 and 8

Added episodes 7 and 8 captures for the Korean drama "Age of Youth 2" (2017)

Directed by Kim Sang-ho-III, Lee Tae-gon-I

Written by Park Yeon-seon

Network : jTBC

With Han Ye-ri, Han Seung-yeon, Park Eun-bin, Ji Woo, Choi Ara, Kim Min-seok,...

12 episodes - Fri, Sat 23:00
Synopsis
A story that revolves around five young men and women who live in a share house called Bella Epoque.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2017/08/25

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