HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 20

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This episode of Jackpot attempts to delve into the faction wars between Noron and Soron and works with historical rumors to do so. It’s actually a very exciting time. Unfortunately, the plotting seems more like classroom gossip than the immense political tug-of-war than it really is.

King Sukjong has finally passed and the four years of sickly Gyeongjong’s reign begins. Because of his poor health, Noron and Soron war for and against the installation of Yeoning as the successor to the throne, weaving in conspiracy theories as the basis of all arguments.

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HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 19

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The seeds of doubt planted by In-jwa into the minds of the brothers have taken root. Although both young men want to believe in each other, the situations at hand render them unable to fully trust. It is this method by which In-jwa has succeeded time and time again in Jackpot.

I feel like a broken record when it comes to this show. The same things happen over and over again. A bad guy arises. He is struck down. In-jwa instigates evil and meddles with every plan. Rather than being a great mind, he’s more of a meddler, which is a pity since historically he is the orchestrator of a massive rebellion.

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HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 18

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My frustration with show hasn’t ceased, but at least it’s just about to jump into some action. In-jwa has been incensed and finally takes a decisive course of action. This is welcome as the bonds between characters (save perhaps the brothers), is quite weak. Without any strong bonds between In-jwa and Dam-seo, or Dam-seo and the two brothers who love her, this episode truly fell flat as did her prolonged death scene. Attempts to stir tension remain unsuccessful attempts. At least this show boasts of a stellar cast.

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HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 17

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Yi In-jwa and his nine lives are quite tiresome. The character sticks around beyond all reason. Rather than focus on his ridiculous mechanizations, why can’t the show take some real historical happenings and buff them out for this rendition of King Sukjong’s and Yeoning’s lives? In any case, In-jwa is still here and fluctuating between the maniacal and the serene. Scenes of his omnipotence are punctuated by a few good moments of brotherly love, a death, and some massive political plans that don’t feel very massive.

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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: Entertainers Episode 12

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The romance of Entertainers has finally kicked up a notch and sparked a few real flames. Seok-ho and Green have a few wonderful moments together. Yeon-soo’s life is cracked open for us to peer at and understand that he really is as sweet as he seems to be. The characters are what make Entertainers worth the watch. The plot leaves something left to be desired.

Rather than layering story elements and plot threads, the drama has laid out a few central conflicts and peeled away layers of it. This leaves little to be intertwined and twisted into juicy conflict.

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