Rage Against the K-drama Machine – The Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Edition

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(This is a joint post with the fabulous Zombie Mama.)

Zombie: So my good friend Raine (from Raine’s Dichotomy) and I spent a good portion of our day today talking about the latest episodes of Scarlet Heart: Ryeo and well, we just couldn’t get all of our feelings out in one conversation. That being the case, we decided to get together and throw ourselves a little rage party. Of course no drama rant would be complete without you, our awesome readers, so we decided to share a bit of our conversation, in the hopes that you might join us as we discuss this most amazing, infuriating, yet completely addictive drama. Continue reading

HanCinema Review: Uncontrollably Fond Episode 1

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Nearly a year has passed since the first whispers of new pre-produced KBS2 drama Uncontrollably Fond began floating about. Writer Lee Kyeong-hee who penned popular dramas such as Nice Guy, Will It Snow for Christmas?, and A Love to Kill returns for another sixteen episode drama with Director Park Hyeon-seok of sageuk sensation The Princess’ Man and the recent Spy. It came in on top of the pack at 12.5%.

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HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 22

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The story did jump ahead to focus on the Musin Rebellion and it chooses to skip a lot of what made King Yeongjo such an effective leader, instead painting him as ruthless while Dae-gil is the voice of reason and of the people. The personality change in Yeongjo (formerly Prince Yeoning) is troubling as was Dae-gil’s shift from buffoon to cool-headed military leader. He lost most of what made him fun.

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HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 21

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Episode 21 of Jackpot was riddled with action, blood, death, and promises for more of the same. Yeoning learns what a path to the throne is built on: sacrifice and tears. Dae-gil watches his brother suffer as he work to foil In-jwa at every carefully planned junction. While history lives on in this rendition of Yeongjo’s life, it really isn’t very interesting. The pace of the episode saves it from being overly dull.

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HanCinema Review: Beautiful Gong Shim Episode 14

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The conflict in Beautiful Gong Shim is quite contrived. Circumstances are such that the show should have a constant thread of tension weaving in and out of scenes and character development, but the tension flags and wanes on such a regular basis that it is no longer compelling.

The main source of this tension, or the lack of it, is Dan-tae’s childhood kidnapping and the family members involved. Pacing is slow in order to stretch out the mystery, but there isn’t enough material to span the next six episodes and so Dan-tae’s and Joon-soo’s investigations inch along, hitting small pebbles of discovery along the way that are neither satisfying or significant.

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HanCinema Review: Entertainers Episode 14

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Realization is the name of the game in episode 14 of Entertainers. Secrets are discovered in a flurry of activity that hurries the plot line along, but not always for the better. Some of the discoveries are made in ways that leave one puzzled as to how they came about. Others are emotively depicted. The juxtaposition between the good and the bad and this show has always been stark and obvious.

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HanCinema Review: Entertainers Episode 13

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Entertainers is such a mix of fabulous and puzzling that it bears watching. Ji Seong is killing it. This particular episode had so many feels that they almost blinded me to the shows inadequacies.

The most jarring part of the episode was the swift conclusion of Ha-neul’s false sexual assault accusations. He goes to a trial and forgives both Ji-yeong and Joo-han on behalf of himself and Jin-woo (Ahn Hyo-seop). It’s a whirlwind trial packed full of electric emotion and snap decision-making.

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