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 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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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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