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: Beautiful Gong Shim Episode 13

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This episode answered many of the questions I have been posing, but in strange bursts of emotional exposition and flashbacks. Rather than work linearly, the show has chosen to reveal answers as strangely placed afterthoughts. This plot structure isn’t the problem; it’s the fact that the use of it made a lot of character behavior for the past two episodes completely baffling.

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HanCinema Review: Beautiful Gong Shim Episode 12

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As tensions at the company escalate in tandem with Dan-tae’s executive pin investigation, his eyes of suspicion include his bromantic buddy, Joon-soo. No one is safe as Dan-tae delves to the bottom of his kidnapping and into his father’s attack, including Dan-tae himself. He is so reckless in regards to the emotional well-being of those around him that it’s a good thing Gong Shim has decided to stick to him like glue.

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HanCinema Review: Beautiful Gong Shim Episode 11

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As Dan-tae takes off down the road of the weary, weighed down by his birth secret and the complications associated with it, Gong Shim becomes the breath of fresh air that he once was. Her blossoming love for Dan-tae, the man who never judged her and saw her as she was is allowing her to do the same for him. Unfortunately, he feels he’s not in the place to accept her feelings and thus begins the angst.

The episode focuses on Dan-tae’s mission to discover who was at the scene of his father’s attack and while his dogged pursuit is admirable, the circumstances in which he finds himself are utterly comical rather than full of the gravity they should be##

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HanCinema Review: Beautiful Gong Shim Episode 10

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As Dan-tae tackles the deception that shrouds his kidnapping twenty-six years ago, we are treated to a B-rated detective mystery. The story is crafted around isolated events and the intrigue is instigated by the less-than-thrilling mechanizations of Joon-soo’s uncle and his mother. Luckily, the chemistry between Dan-tae and Gong Shim is fiery and their scenes are adorable.

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HanCinema Review: Beautiful Gong Shim Episode 9

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This was Dan-tae’s episode as he explored the murky waters of his past. Although a little on the slow side, the episode allowed for Dan-tae to naturally flow through a hefty emotional cycle. It also gave Gong Shim ample opportunity to realize her affections for Dan-tae and to shower him with them.

At this point I expect for the chaebol trappings to be fitted to Dan-tae and hamper his signature slovenly style.

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HanCinema Review: Beautiful Gong Shim Episode 8

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Beautiful Gong Shim” is about finding the truth in this episode. The truth about the past; the revelation of truth; discovering the truth about oneself. The show doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but there are some great moments that keep it moving forward and from being totally predictable.

Gong Mi has predictably begun to be trapped by her own web of lies. It isn’t an unwelcome happening since the character is so detestable. As her falsehoods become known, I’m more interested to see how Gong Shim and her family react to them.

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