Circle Two Worlds Connected Ep 5 8 The Portrait Becomes Unambiguous

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Circle: Two Worlds Connected, Ep 5-8: The Portrait Becomes Unambiguous
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Circle: Two Worlds Connected, Ep 5-8: The Portrait Becomes Unambiguous

In its first four installments, Circle’s perplexing narrative format and potential deliberations of intriguing themes drew an incomplete, yet riveting image. While the series still makes use of a non-linear storytelling structure, this set of episodes turn the rough sketch drawn by the previous episodes into a more coherent picture. The semblance of a standard dystopian sci-fi plot structure emerges from this illustration: the Big Bad is unmasked, the characters who were supposed to be rooting for are made clear, and disjointed plot points are mostly outlined in. 

Circle: Two Worlds Connected, Ep. 1-4: A Puzzle Being Slowly Put Together
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Circle: Two Worlds Connected, Ep. 1-4: A Puzzle Being Slowly Put Together

In the Friday and Saturday timeslots, tvN dredges into the link between a nostalgic past and a familiar present, à la Chicago Typewriter. Now, on Mondays and Tuesdays, we get another promising title courtesy of tvN, built on the premise of an imagined high-tech dystopian future with tie-ins to the present time  Circle: Two Worlds Connected.

In the realms of literature, anime, and HBO shows, sci-fi is a staple a genre whose popularity and commonplaceness could easily slot it as mainstream. And yet, sci-fi appears to be an anomaly in the K-dramaverse. In fact, Circle is (to my knowledge) the first drama thus far that can be neatly classified as science fiction. Therefore, by taking on this virtually non-existent K-drama category, the creators of this show are essentially plunging headfirst into uncharted waters, which comes with an obvious set of risks and consequently merits some praise.

Circle: Two Worlds Connected, Ep. 9-12: A Somewhat Prosaic Finale
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Circle: Two Worlds Connected, Ep. 9-12: A Somewhat Prosaic Finale

Starting off, for the most part, Circles non-formulaic K-drama storytelling style worked well. The beginning and middle of the series created a feeling much akin to what I felt when I explored a dark expanse of the forest behind my house in the middle of the night as an elementary-schooler. At the time, I couldnt see where I was heading as I traversed the darkness, but the thrill of this uncertainty propelled me to keep going.

But, obviously, I didnt hope to meander around in the woods forever. At some time or another, I expected to be led out of the forest, perchance into the bright clearing from where I could see my house. This was another part of the forest expeditions appeal: I made the presumption that I had a safety net that there would be a clear and secure exit laid out for me. This made a small but substantial difference in my adventure, replacing what could have been a continuously mounting fear that Id never make it out alive, with a sense of excitement.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 3

"Circle" is a rollercoaster ride that never stops and if this is a result of its short duration, thank goodness Dramaland decided to try it. In 2017, Woo-jin and Jeong-yeon clear up some misunderstandings and unearth a disturbing secret about the suicide victims. In 2037, Joon-hyeok's suspicions are proven right, leaving him and Ho-soo struggling with their past and identities.

Bluebird sounds very nice, but blue bug not so much. That being said, the headaches and nosebleeds in the 2017 victims have been pointing to a medical condition and so the bug is not such a huge surprise. Whether it is alien or synthetic, whether originally a weapon or a cure, it is clearly a precursor to the care chip. The big questions are, are the students willing participants to a clinical trial or not and is their death intended or a side-effect?

TWICEs Jungyeon Adorably Cheers On Sister Gong Seung Yeon In Her Latest Drama Circle
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TWICEs Jungyeon Adorably Cheers On Sister Gong Seung Yeon In Her Latest Drama Circle

This adorable pair of sisters may be extremely busy these days with their individual activities, but they continue to be sister goals even when apart!

On May 30, actress Gong Seung Yeon shared a snapshot of her little sister, TWICEs Jungyeon, posing next to a television screen that is playing tvNs Circle, while sporting a giant pair of glasses. The photo was specifically captured when Gong Seung Yeons character, also hilariously named Jung Yeon, appeared.

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