Friday, March 30, 2018

"My Mister" episode 4 recap

On the latest episode of the tvN drama "My Mister", Lee Gwang-il (Chang Ki-yong) ransacked Lee Ji-an's (IU) house.
He said, "She can't get far away from me". Just then IU appeared at the door and gave him 10 million won.
He suspected her of stealing the money, but she said, "Write a note that you won't break into my house again before I kill myself". Gwang-il said, "Die then. I'll live to bully your grandmother". However, Ji-an said, "I'm going to kill her then kill myself".
Gwang-il hit her. The secret was out; Ji-an had killed Gwang-il's father and she said, "I should have kept him alive to bully him, but I was too nice".
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"Mystery Queen Season 2" episode 10 recap

Yoo Seol-ok (Choi Kang-hee) started work on the latest episode of the KB 2TV drama "Mystery Queen Season 2".
She stepped into the police station and greeted her new co-workers. She found Sin Na-ra (Kwon Min-ah) researching sexual harassment and asked what she was doing.
Sin Na-ra claimed that she'd been sexually harassed and said, "I became a cop to catch guys like that, but I ran away".
Yoo Seol-ok learned that Sin Na-ra had been harassed on the bus and said, "Let's get them together. I will help you". Ha Wan-seung (Kwon Sang-woo) who was listening, said, "People like them move instinctually. So we catch drug dealers with drugs".
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"Switch - Change the World" Episodes 3-4 recap

While Do-chan and his team may have initially felt ever so smart for having outwitted the cops, the victory proves pointless almost immediately. In addition to there being yet further interference from still another faction, it turns out that Ha-ra had a back-up plan in case Do-chan turned rogue. Naturally, she still feels the need to swear profusely that the con artist who her colleagues warned her against trusting in the first place ever so predictably tried to double cross the investigation.
Logically, at this point, Ha-ra should just put Do-chan in jail and come up with a better plan. Unfortunately better plans are not forthcoming, so Ha-ra simply orders Do-chan to engage in a more complicated version of the first scheme, with constant possible fail points that predictably appear. For all their philosophical differences Ha-ra and Do-chan are surprisingly in step when it comes to personal arrogance, and refusing to believe that they can fail whatever evidence appears to the contrary.
I'm thankful "Switch - Change The World" is written as a comedy, since in any other genre the bull-headed stupidity of the main characters would be a massive irritation. It helps that Ha-ra and Do-chan are actually pretty competent, and come up with decent plans. The main issue is that they keep underestimating the opposition, resulting in another disastrous cliffhanger where even Do-chan's final gambit accomplishes nothing except possibly giving the bad guys a heads-up.
We also learn more about the conspiracy. Apparently elected official Jeong-il (played by Lee Jung-il) is the real villain, it's just Tae-woong that does all the dirty work. Luckily Tae-woong has a tie for every situation. No really, observe how Tae-woong wears a goofy tie or no tie at all depending on who he's talking to and what he's doing. "Switch - Change The World" has quite a bit of tie diversity, and at one point Do-chan is even reprimanded for putting on his tie incorrectly.
Is "Switch - Change The World" actually trying to tell us something with all these ties, or does the wardrobe department just like subtle variations? Well, honestly, it's probably the latter. But I'm a big fan of small details. Observe how much time is just spent on Do-chan and Ha-ra bickering. It's telling how Ha-ra is so hung up on nagging Do-chan that she misses his moment with the child- and the possibility that they can have a working relationship based on something other than mutual blackmail.
Review by William Schwartz
"Switch - Change The World" is directed by Nam Tae-jin, written by Baek Woon-cheol and Kim Ryoo-hyun, and features Jang Geun-sukHan Ye-riJung Woong-in, and Jo Hee-bong.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

JTBC "Hyo-ri's Residence 2" recap

Lee Hyori and Yoona from JTBC "Hyo-ri's Residence 2" spent some quality time together and became closer.
While Lee Sang-soon was away on his business trip, Yoona decided to spend a day at Hyo-ri's and took care of the guests instead of Hyo-ri who wasn't feeling well. Yoona returned to her working room after everyone went to bed and Lee Hyori expressed her apologies and gratefulness to her.
They laid in bed together and talked about things they never got to talk about before. Lee Hyori suggested a song to Yoona that she wanted her to hear. Yoona listened for a while and said the lyrics were so pretty. Lee Hyo-ro who wanted to express her gratefulness to Yoona suggested they go for a walk on the beach and Yoona was thrilled.
The next day, Yoona was in awe at the beautiful Jeju scenery that was almost unrealistic and Lee Hyoriwas happy she liked it. The quality time brought the two closer to each other.
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"Let's Watch the Sunset" episodes 5 - 6 recap

Jang Seok-joon (Kim Tae-hoon) asked Nam Hyeong-joo (Han Hye-jin) for a month to treat her brain tumor on the latest episode of the MBC drama "Let's Watch the Sunset".
Hyeon-joo asked Seok-joon how much she had to live if she didn't receive treatment. He said, "A few months. You'll die if you don't undergo surgery. Let's do it".
She repeatedly refused so he said, "Just give me a month. I won't stop you even if you say you'll die after that". Hyeon-joo said, "But don't ask me to bring my guardian. You have to keep it a secret from my family no matter what".
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"Mystery Queen Season 2" episode 9 recap

Team manager Hwang (Kim Min-sang-I) invited Kyung-mi (Kim Hyun-sook) to his lab as a reward for attentatively listening to his lecture on the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Mystery Queen Season 2".
Kyung-mi (Kim Hyun-sook) was led to Hwang's lab at the police station.
Hwang was happy to see her and he offered her the chance to join him.
He said, "I will give you the chance to become the second in command by researching with me. I have taken care of the paper work".
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"My Mister" episode 3 recap

On the third episode of the tvN drama "My Mister", Lee Ji-an (IU) received a threat from Lee Gwang-il (Chang Ki-yong).
He called her to ask, "Where are you? Why is your address fake? Come by and get the mail from time to time. What wrong has the house owner done?"
He added menacingly, "There are many people looking for you. There the bills at the retirement home haven't been paid so I paid for it, 4.8 million won, so now you have more money you owe me".
Finally, he threatened and cursed her.
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"Switch - Change The World" Episodes 1-2 recap

Joon-soo (played by Jang Geun-suk) is a high profile prosecutor in the thick of a huge investigation. Joon-soo is so in the thick of the investigation that "Switch - Change The World" doesn't even bother to explain what exactly it is that he's been doing. So we're mostly on the same page as prosecutor Ha-ra (played by Han Ye-ri), who understands what Joon-soo was trying to do in broad strokes, but is in a bit of a fix when a mysterious car crash incapacitates Joon-soo indefinitely.
Meanwhile Do-chan (also played by Jang Geun-suk) is a professional con artist who looks indistinguishable from Joon-soo. The dual role trope is played a bit differently here than usual- Do-chan doesn't stumble into Joon-soo's case by accident, but rather, Ha-ra just uses the latest state of the art technology to find a suitable temporary body double for the next phase of Joon-soo's plan. And that's when things start to get messy.
That's also where the second episode leaves off, unfortunately. Although really, I'm actually kind of grateful that "Switch - Change The World" dispenses with the usual exposition to jump right into the plot. Do-chan is constantly trying to run an elaborate new con, and high intelligence notwtihstanding, it's never totally clear how much control Do-chan really has over any given situation. Sometimes it seems like he creates impossible problems solely so he can enjoy trying to solve them.
By making a conscious decision to drag Do-chan into an explicitly dangerous investigation, Ha-ra is herself attempting to con the con artist for her own ends. So on top of everything else the ethical situation is rather iffy. The two leads in "Switch - Change The World" are smart, but not as smart as they think they are. Even more alarmingly Do-chan and Ha-ra tend to create huge loud messes everywhere they go, so subtlety is not a strong point in an investigation where Tae-woong (played by Jung Woong-in) is trying to be the sneakiest, quietest villain possible.
So far the main weak point in "Switch - Change The World" is just a lack of motivation. Ha-ra and Do-chan show such questionable judgment in choosing to cooperate with each other that their various sidekicks openly dissent against the joint enterprise of con artists and prosecutors working together. The main selling point to "Switch - Change The World" is just in trying to guess in what precipitous direction the next turnabout will fall. Curiousity, more than emotional engagement, is the watchword here.
Review by William Schwartz
"Switch - Change The World" is directed by Nam Tae-jin, written by Baek Woon-cheol and Kim Ryoo-hyun, and features Jang Geun-sukHan Ye-riJung Woong-in, and Jo Hee-bong

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"539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 12 (Final) recap

So it turns out that Tae-yeong had correctly sussed out the fitness center scam pretty much the exact same way I did. Which makes the opening summation of the previous episode's events fairly anticlimactic. "539 Yeonnam-dong" has been very bad when it comes to properly utilizing cliffhangers. Stories should always be self-contained when possible. Putting the summation and only the summation off until next week just gives viewers more time to figure it our on their own, and that's no fun.
Well, OK, it can be fun with a sufficiently complicated mystery, but the competing fitness center mystery was not all that complicated. Really, none of "539 Yeonnam-dong" was all that complicated. No individual plotline ever got enough depth to really feel like it deserved an epic summation. All the same, that's what we get anyway since this is the last episode and circumstances must be arranged to set off the various characters on their own individual life journeys.
And by individual life journeys I mean paired life journeys. The last couple in the share house to not be in a relationship, Ryan and Do-hee enter into a relationship. In all fairness their scene at the cafe was one of the highlights, because there was at least a lot of playing around with expectations. Even if the ending was fully predictable, the individual twists and turns of their verbal repartee leave a lot of ambiguity in the moment.
When everyone else is just talking about how they feel completely honestly and with no sense of conflict there is, by contrast, just not much of a point. I'm still surprised that I-na was able to take the disloyalty of her staff so lightly. Even granting that Tae-yeong had more complicated motives no one else did. Although I could see that being a secret factor at play in I-na's decision to move on to a different shop, that prospect just isn't discussed.
Nor do we have any real idea of what the future will hold for these three couples, even though all have some pretty clearly defined problems, whether they be professional, emotional, or financial. I just have a lot of trouble buying a happy ending absence any kind of serious effort made to obtain it. I mean sure, asking someone out on a date can be hard, but that can't be the highlight of the entire story! Unless the main characters are teenagers maybe.
Review by William Schwartz
"539 Yeonnam-dong" is directed by   Min Yeon-hong, written by  Park Ga-yun and features Lee Jung-shin,  Seo Ji-hoonLee Yul-eum,  and Kim Sun-young-III.
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"Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 23-24 recap

One nice aspect to "Shall We Kiss First" is that the drama doesn't waste a lot of time stringing us along with important revelations while insisting on maintaining the ignorance of the main characters. Simply being confronted by people who want to talk about his horrible secrets is enough to force Moo-han into letting his guard down. We actually see Moo-han legitimately frightened by the threat of Soon-jin leaving. Note the quivering in his voice, and the highly abstract nature of the movie he watches, which is only identified by film company.
This is, of course, because the movie does not actually matter. And indeed, it's hard to imagine anyone who has only a month left to live caring very much about movies. Moo-han does not actually care about the movie. It's just an excuse to be with Soon-jin where, rather critically, they are not socially allowed to talk to each other. Even in silence, Moo-han's main motivation is simply to avoid the sheer desperation of loneliness.
The attitudes characters have toward their lives are increasingly easy to parse the more we see of their sad disparate experiences. Observe how Kyeong-soo overreacts to his daughter playing with something weird. Overreacting is just normal Kyeong-soo behavior. Then you remember, oh yeah, his other daughter died in similarly horrible circumstances. Kyeong-soo lives in fear of underreacting again. That's (one reason) why he's so overinvolved with stuff that isn't even any of his business.
Mi-ra and her husband In-woo (played by Kim Sung-soo) are also taking on a much more proactive role in the story for similar reasons. The discovery that they cannot have children has led Mi-ra and In-woo to better appreciate the people in their lives right now, even when this appreciation comes coupled with anger. I liked In-woo's sheer dumb shock upon learning about Moo-han's death sentence, especially upon realizing he was failing to interpret Moo-han's previous comments literally enough.
Then right after that we get more serious wondering as to why Moo-han is acting the way he is, and if there's more to his attitude shift than just melancholy over his impending mortality. As it turns out Moo-han appears to have been drowning in regret even before actually finally meeting Soon-jin in a formal context, and appears ready to atone for his sins. Well, some of them anyway. Better late than never I guess. Although who knows if anyone else, particularly Soon-jin, will see the situation that way.
Review by William Schwartz
"Shall We Kiss First" is directed by  Son Jeong-hyeon, written by Bae Yoo-mi and features Kam Woo-sungKim Sun-ahOh Ji-ho, and Park Si-yeon.
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"That Man Oh Soo" Episode 8 recap

So apparently Jin-woo also owns a car. Why does everyone own a car except Yoo-ri anyway? Maybe she has to spend all her money on medical bills, or possibly looking after her teenage sister who spends all her time coming up with complicated bullying schemes instead of studying. Soo-jeong is less proportionately important to the story than you'd think. Although then again, there's so little story in "That Man Oh Soo"there's not much for her to do anyway.
Anyway, more than automotive or finance issues, I was struck by the absurdity of Oh Soo giving Yoo-ri that big speech about calling on him for help at any time when he was about to go on an overseas trip. Oh Soo being this big robotics expert is another aspect of "That Man Oh Soo" I find rather confusing because it really doesn't add anything to the story. I guess it does allow for excuses for Oh Soo to run into Che-ri, although since he just finds excuses to avoid her, what's the point?
Of course Oh Soo also used to make a big deal out of avoiding Yoo-ri and that didn't go anywhere. Now they're romantically connected or something. Their relationship remains poorly defined. Jin-woo gets to copy many of Oh Soo's heartfelt moments with Yoo-ri, once again creating the implication that Oh Soo is the main lead in this drama largely on account of the fact that he runs into Yoo-ri more frequently by accident.
We finally see Man-soo running the cafe. Logically I'd think Man-soo is always running the cafe, since he presumably has no other job. Apparently Ga-na runs the cafe sometimes too, although since he doesn't have the magic tree birthmark I uh...I assume he can't do the same magic tea stuff that Man-soo and Oh Soo do? But sure, Ga-na can still run the cafe for purposes of private matchmaking, I guess. Although, in that case, why did he leave the open sign out?
Elsewhere Yoo-ri's mother is still very sick, and so Yoo-ri is sad. You'd think Soo-jeong would be upset about that too but then the entire sick mother storyline appears to exist mainly for the sake of leaving Yoo-ri emotionally vulnerable. At times like this it's easy to forget that Yoo-ri only recently got broken out of a long-term relationship. There's another potentially interesting conflict left largely unexplored- although the cliffhanger directly addresses it, so that's something.
Review by William Schwartz
"That Man Oh Soo" is directed by  Nam Gi-hoon, written by Jung Yoo-seon, and features Lee Jong-hyunKim So-eunKang Tae-ohHeo Jung-min.
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"Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 14 recap

I was inititally fairly excited about the return of Joon-ki's terrible car. That was one of the better gags of the earlier episodes, with near perfect set-up and delivery. Unfortunately, the follow-up leaves a lot to be desired. The car literally just starts going around in circles. There's frustratingly little physical humor to speak of. I'm not asking for elaborate stunts or anything, I was just hoping that Soo-ah and Doo-sik were going to have to work together to reclaim the cell phone.
Incidentally, the editing in "Laughter in Waikiki" is very bad. One shot of the car rather confusingly omits the tape and the phone, though they reappear in later shots. Later on Joon-ki ends up looking like a ghost because an accidental transparency effect was left unsolved post-production. Also, the opening scene, with Joon-ki's big moment on TV? We can clearly see cameramen in the background. Did the production team just replay shots from the previous episode rather than using new ones?
Continuity errors also play a major role in the storyline where Seo-jin forces Joon-ki to give up acting like a mentally retarded child in the name of cheap laughs, apparently destroying Joon-ki's relationship with Doo-sik. Considering we have never seen Joon-ki act like this before, I found it odd that Joon-ki's obsessive pranksterism is played off like an essential character trait. Even their friendship montage doesn't show them acting like this with unimpeachable regularity.
That plotline also brings up a logical error in that Seo-jin is introducing Joon-ki as her boyfriend to some of her friends, yet somehow, is still expecting to keep the relationship a secret from Dong-goo. This entire storyline would be a lot stronger if Dong-goo had an actual reason to dislike the idea of Joon-ki and Seo-jin being together. Joon-ki has actually shown off enough unseemly character traits, especially with regards to women, that this could be easily justified but "Laughter in Waikiki" instead just keeps portraying Dong-goo as a psycho.
On the other end, Dong-goo does get the strongest storyline this episode when Yoon-ah forces him to spend the day together with Joon. Now that's a character trait we've seen time and again- Yoon-ah making life pointlessly unpleasant and complicated because she's incredibly bad at gauging people's feelings, but so nice that people hate correcting her. Although the prize for the competition was a bit much. Of course it's the journey, rather than the prize, that matters.
Review by William Schwartz
"Laughter in Waikiki" is directed by Lee Chang-min-I, written by Kim Ki-ho, and features Kim Jung-hyunLee Yi-kyungSon Seung-won, and Jung In-sun.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"The Great Seducer" episodes 9 - 10 recap

On the latest episode of the MBC drama "The Great Seducer", Kwon Si-hyeon (Woo Do-hwan) kissed Eun Tae-hee (Joy).
Kwon Si-hyeon kissed her right after she told him she liked him. She didn't refuse.
When Eun Tae-hee failed to join the dormitory, Kwon Si-hyeon moved her to the house across from his.
She fixed some lights and had a soda to quench her thirst. Kwon Si-hyeon was watching her and was riveted by her pink lips.
Kwon Si-hyeon tapped her lips and Eun Tae-hee, not knowing why he did that, asked, "Are you doing this because I drank this all by myself?"
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"A Poem a Day" episode 1 recap

tvN's "A Poem a Day" has comedy, fun and connection in a story that's like our daily lives. The first episode was geared towrds healing with Lee Yoo-bi heading up a solid cast.
Woo Bo-yeong (Lee Yoo-bi) and Sin Min-ho (Jang Dong-yoon) met on the first episode. Bo-yeong is a physical therapist who has plenty of sensitivity. Her dream is to become a permanent worker.
Min-ho and Kim Nam-woo (Shin Jae-ha) went to the hospital for practical training and they didn't get along from the start.
Bo-yeong currently finds great comfort in poetry and since she had been greatly touched by a poem. She fell for Min-ho when he read a poem. She told him she liked him but he said, "I was only pretending. I hate poems". The two floated in the same friend groups.
The next day, Bo-yeong was chosen as the 'nicest employee'. This was an advantage as it increased her chances of becoming a permanent worker and offered her three months in a university hospital in New York. She was excited about being chosen, but ended up in tears when the hospital had to re-select the nicest employee.
To cheer her up, the patients wrote her a poem. She felt comforted and Ye Jae-wook (Lee Joon-hyuk) watched her.
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"Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 13 recap

Dong-goo's character is substantially improved here because he's actually trying to avoid being a completely petty jerk for once. I liked the conversations with Yoon-ah, where Dong-goo clearly wants to abuse his power as landlord, but gives up when suitable excuses for trying to keep Yoon-ah away from Joon are not forthcoming. The excuse Dong-goo comes up with in the second storyline is so on-the-spot it's hard to hate him for premeditation. And besides, Dong-goo ends up getting what's coming to him.
Now there's an important element to good comedy that "Laughter in Waikiki" has been very inconsistent about. Comeuppance. When pointlessly zany schemes gradually crash down because of the increasingly elaborate deceit necessary to keep them going, that's funny. Observe how after a certain point, Dong-goo's anger to the prospect of a relationship between Joon-ki and Seo-jin is entirely a function of the complex lengths they are going to for the sake of telling an irrelevant lie.
That Joon-ki and Seo-jin keep managing to screw up the exact same way is also funny, since it indicates that they are not very smart. I also liked Joon-ki's second storyline, where he's trying to do a good job but is incapable largely due to circumstance and struggles to persevere. I like it when characters have clearly defined goals and must put effort into trying to solve them. That way, their success feels earned.
That too is fundamental comedy, and yet I was a bit cool on Soo-ah's scheme to set up an online mall. Mostly this was because her obviously pandering schemes were really dumb and should have failed a lot earlier than they did. I did like the crisis in the convenience store though, what with its unexpected solidarity and equally unexpected turnabout. Still, I can't help but feel like the final sequence would have worked if Soo-ah hadn't been trying so hard to intentionally pander.
Because really, why does Soo-ah want to work in commerce and advertising anyway? From what we see Soo-ah would be a crackerjack police officer. She has been a frequent victim of criminal behavior, has a naturally authoritative demeanor, is good in a crisis situation, and has great reflexes. Best of all, Soo-ah and Doo-sik work really well as a team. I kind of hope Doo-sik wirtes a script based on their experiences together, beause they've got all the essentials for a great buddy cop concept right there.
Review by William Schwartz
"Laughter in Waikiki" is directed by Lee Chang-min-I, written by Kim Ki-ho, and features Kim Jung-hyunLee Yi-kyungSon Seung-won, and Jung In-sun.

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"Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 21-22 recap

So the honeymoon's over. Granted, the honeymoon was pretty sad, so that phrase doesn't quite mean what it usually implies here. Instead what we get is Moo-han and Soon-jin transitioning to basic domesticity. Or at least, that's what Soon-jin thinks is happening. Normally domesticity is for the long term. Instead, Soon-jin is making a life for herself that will predictably get wrenched away and leave her right back where she started.
In that context it's easy to see why Kyeong-soo is so consistently outraged by how Moo-han is effectively forcing Soon-jin to her her doom. Whether Soon-jin would see that situation the same way...well, that's where the drama is coming from. Soon-jin was already living a sad life. She's still leading a sad life, really, as can be seen by the extended sequence where Soon-jin and Mi-ra (played by Ye Ji-won) hang out, get drunk, and make fools out of themselves from basic mutual commiseration.
There's also an odd scene where Mi-ra very meanly attacks Ji-min over something that was fairly explicitly Mi-ra's fault. The screwball direction in this scene left me somewhat confused as to the purpose. Are we meant to see Ji-min as a sympathetic character who is being randomly and unfairly attacked in perpetuity for the act of stealing Soon-jin's husband? Although really, it's kind of surprising that Ji-min is still being allowed into Soon-jin's social circle at all.
Speaking of character incapable of crossing certain lines, we have I-deun doing a big one by taking a prank against Soon-jin way too far. And of course, Moo-han still refuses to do anything more complicated than express very sincere disappointment in I-deun. On one end, I-deun is obviously trying to provoke a reaction, so it makes sense that Moo-han doesn't want to give her one. But then, will this ever stop? Observe how no one even tries to get Seok-kyeong involved anymore.
Ha-min is the best hope for that situation, since I-deun will also throw her obsessive vindictive personality over to his direction every so often. But eh, to be honest I'm kind of hitting the limit for watching these various characters be jerks to each other. It just gets to be petty after all. Which is why the latest ending flashback is so powerful. Moo-han's inability to so much as look Soon-jin in the eye back then is the worst insult imaginable. That secret is likely to be far more damaging than news of Moo-han's impending death.
Review by William Schwartz
"Shall We Kiss First" is directed by Son Jeong-hyeon, written by Bae Yoo-mi and features Kam Woo-sungKim Sun-ahOh Ji-ho, and Park Si-yeon.

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"That Man Oh Soo" Episode 7 recap

I finally figured out what critical advantage Oh Soo has that has been allowing him to eclipse Jin-woo as a romantic rival. Oh Soo owns a car. That's really about it. Yoo-ri is frequently forced into having to get help from Oh Soo entirely thanks to the fact that he owns a car and apparently taxis are hard to come by in this neighborhood. Transparently absurd as this fact may be in the romantic comedy context, a funny joke is still a funny joke however unintentionally.
The subtext is all we get here in terms of humor anyway. Apparently both Oh Soo and Yoo-ri have tragic backstories related to the fathers. Yoo-ri's is the only one completely spelled out though. Oh Soo's family life, and its relationship to that magic tree, apparently must remain a permanent mystery to only ever be explained at the very end. Ditto with that weird guy who Oh Soo can tell is up to no good, always making frivolous small talk with the neighbors.
The closest we get to a real serious setpiece is at the hospital, where both Oh Soo and Yoo-ri end up staying overnight. I guess that was kind of cute, particularly with the predictable assumptions at play on the part of Yoo-ri's mother. Although really, there aren't even any buses that go to the hospital? It seems like Yoo-ri could get home on her own. But then that would make it harder for Oh Soo to like her while pretending like he doesn't actually.
The plot is so minimally reduced to basic romantic comedy fluff mixed with melodramatic tragedy I was once again left to ponder the shooting location. Honestly it's hard not to, because the shooting location remains one of the strongest aspects of this drama. I would very much like to live in a neighborhood like that, if I could figure out where it is. Even the streetlights are highly romantic.
That's Samcheong-dong, by the way. It's between the Hanok Village and Bukhan Mountain. I rather wish "That Man Oh Soo" could inspire more interesting topics of conversation than just the cinematography, although I guess it's better than nothing. My main issue that such an epic backdrop is wasted on such a thoroughly average drama. How many times are we going to watch Oh Soo makes excuses not to talk to people, instead of watching what he'd rather be doing instead?
Review by William Schwartz
"That Man Oh Soo" is directed by Nam Gi-hoon, written by Jung Yoo-seon, and features Lee Jong-hyunKim So-eunKang Tae-ohHeo Jung-min.
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Monday, March 26, 2018

"Grand Prince" episode 8 recap

On the latest episode of the TV Chosun drama "Grand Prince"Jin Se-yun heard that Yoon Si-yoon died at war.
Yi Hwi (Yoon Si-yoon) had been on the run from General Yangan (Son Byung-ho) and managed to avoid danger thanks to Ru Si-gae (Son Ji-hyun), but had to suffer in the northern region. In addition, General Yangan started war in the winter and everyone left Yi Hwi behind.
He was hit by arrows shot by the northern barbarians.
Rumors spread that Yi Hwi died and Yi Kang (Joo Sang-wook) told Jin Se-yeon the runors. She was shocked and in disbelief.
Joo Sang-wook told her his brother was lost, not dead, and not to give up on him. He handed her clothes that she'd made and they had blood on them.
She started to cry and told her slave (Moon Ji-in), "The prince is alive and he'll always be in my memories. I miss him, I want to see him".
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"My Husband Oh Jak-doo" episode 8 recap

On the latest episode of the MBC drama "My Husband Oh Jak-doo", Oh Jak-doo (Kim Kang-woo) and Han Seung-joo (UEE) who got married by contract, found that they were missing each other and that made them grow closer.
Jak-doo thought Seung-joo had overcome her trauma and was going to leave her, but he kept those thoughts to himself. Seung-joo, however, wanted him to stay.
Seung-joo was self-conscious about her feelings for Jak-doo and she really wanted to know his real name, but decided to trust him. Jak-doo mumbled his name to Seung-joo when she was sleeping.
At the end of the episode, Jak-doo saw Eric Jo who was on TV with Jang Eun-jo (Han Sunhwa) and realized the TV show Seung-joo was running with Eric Jo had something to do with him.
Source : www.asiatoday.co.kr/v...
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"Live" episode 6 recap

Lee Kwang-soo and Shin Dong-wook bickered over Jung Yu-mi on the latest episode of the tvN drama "Live".
Yeom Sang-soo (Lee Kwang-soo) worried about HanJeong-oh (Jung Yu-mi) who was under inspection after accidently tasering someone. Choi Myeong-ho (Shin Dong-wook) drove her home and also worried about her.
HanJeong-oh apologized to Choi Myeong-ho who said, "Police are troublemakers. You need sleep". He brushed his fingers over her head.
Sang-soo commented, "That is touching. Jeong-oh is your junior and I don't think that's good manners". Myeong-ho scoffed at him and left after wishing Jeong-oh good luck at the inspection.
Source : www.tenasia.co.kr/arc...
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"Shall We Live Together" episode 4 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Shall We Live Together", Park Jae-hyeong (Yeo Hoe-hyun) and Choi Moon-sik (Kim Kwon) met.
Moon-sik ran into Jae-hyeong while checking out the neighborhood that his mother Lee Mi-yeon (Jang Mi-hee) wanted to invest in. Previously, Jae-hyeong had threatened to beat up Moon-sik if they ever met on the streets.
Moon-sik bluffed that he learned martial arts, but he ran to his car when Jae-hyeong wanted a go.
Moon-sik wanted revenge on Jae-hyeong. The next day, he ordered his company to hire Jae-hyeong.
Source : tvdaily.asiae.co.kr/r...
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"The Good Witch" episodes 15 - 16 recap

On the latest episode of the SBS drama "The Good Witch", Joo Ye-bin (Hyejeong) was almost caught going to a room salon, or bar with call girls, with a stewardess.
Ye-bin forged her education and identity to get a job at Dong Hae Airlines. Chae Kang-min (Shim Hyung-tak) knew Ye-bin was taking stewardesses to room salons and tried to use that against her. He wanted to interfere with Cha Seon-hee (Lee Da-hae) and Song Woo-jin (Ryu Soo-young).
Ye-bin became the model of Dong Hae Airlines and wore the tiara Do-hee used to wear.
"The Good Witch" can be seen every Saturday at 20:55 KST.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

"Children of a Lesser God" episode 6 recap

On the latest episode of the OCN drama "Children of a Lesser God", Baek Ah-hyun (Lee Elijah) woke Joo Ha-min (Shim Hee-seop) up from his sleep.
Baek Ah-hyun went into Joo Ha-min's house and touched his face while he was sleeping. When he woke up he was angry that she was there, but Baek Ah-hyun said, "I'm going to live here for about three months. I'm bored after such a spectaclular experience".
Joo Ha-min said, "I'm not your toy" and Baek Ah-hyun said, "Yes, you are. I know I threw you away because you were old and smelly, but I keep wanting you back". She kept touching him and even his scar, but he slapped her hand away and said, "Are you this rude anywhere else?"
Baek Ah-hyun said, "Does the priest have something on my father? He paid a lot of money and he's a cheap guy. Or is it because of me?" Joo Ha-min said no but Baek Ah-hyun replied, "Do you think I won't know anything? I've lived in the hands of serial killer Han Sang-goo. Keep doing that and I might do something bad".
Joo Ha-min warned her, "Your curiosity may get you killed. You should just stay in your doll house. There are truths in this world you should look over so easily".
It looks like Han Sang-goo (Kim Dong-young) who kidnapped Baek Ah-hyun is friends with Joo Ha-min. However, Baek Ah-hyun doesn't seem to know that and makes Joo Ha-min's plans more curious.
Source : www.newsen.com/news_v...
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