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: 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: Jackpot Episode 16

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Jackpot should’ve been slated for sixteen episodes. At this point we’re at episode 16 and had the action been condensed into a shorter broadcasting period, perhaps the action would feel, well, more exciting. We have eight episodes to go and it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is a bad guy; there are two brothers who have the potential to become deadly enemies; there are sick parents; and there are parents who aren’t all dead.

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