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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 23-24

When Queen Mother Joongjeon's true role in the overall plot was revealed last episode, I was hoping that we would see some guiding principles toward a long term goal. Instead, Queen Mother Joongjeon's schemes become increasingly bizarre. Even Dae-mok is standing off at the sidelines, a little bewildered but ultimately fairly indifferent as to her actions. There's no obvious way anything Queen Mother Joongjeon is doing could hurt Dae-mok, after all.

For that matter it's not really clear how Queen Mother Joongjeon's actions are much of an inhibition on Prince Seon's long term goals either. Queen Mother Joongjeon is just setting up complicated situations by which Prince Seon and the other Seon can tragically pine over Ga-eun. This is accomplished by putting one, two, or all three of them in mortal danger at random, cue the sad scene music.

[Drama Review] 'My Sassy Girl' - Episodes 11 & 12
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[Drama Review] 'My Sassy Girl' - Episodes 11 & 12

What?! My pick on 'Produce 101' season 2 might not make it in the top 11?!?!

At the end of episode 10, we saw the royal guard officer Kang Joon Young (played by CNBLUE's Jungshin) fending off the mysterious man with the scar while Princess Hyemyung (played by Oh Yeon Seo) ran away. She thankfully encounters Gyeonwoo (played by Joo Won) and finds safety hidden in Gyeonwoo's home, while both the scarred man and officer Kang go off in search for her. The search ends quietly, however, once Gyeonwoo and his father report to the King that the princess is currently in their home, and that an enemy is trying to trick the princess. Now the King, officer Kang, Gyeonwoo, and Gyeonwoo's father have inadvertently joined forces on the same side, against the antagonist force consisting of advisor Jung Ki Joon, the queen, and the other greedy members of the royal advisory board. Meanwhile, Princess Hyemyung has been ordered to live with Gyeonwoo's family as punishment for her leaving the palace (again)! You'd think Gyeonwoo's mother would feel honored to have the princess living in her home, but it seems because of all the bad rumors about the princess going around and because of her former status as Gyeonwoo's stalker, mom ain't too happy about the current situation.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon"

People have different definitions about what constitutes a strong female character, but the creators of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" take on a literal spin in this romantic comedy setting. The series is packed with characters and different subplots as well as a murder mystery. At the end of the day, however, its problems are too big for its virtues to balance.

Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) is cursed with superhuman strength and struggles with her powers and her budding romance as her beau's bodyguard. Before getting to the story, I do have to put out a little warning. While the series has hints of feminism, it is in practice anything but. There is queer baiting, homophobia, ableism, normalizing of abuse and more. The drama is not socially conscious, so please bear that in mind going into it.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 6

It is about time our characters start getting a clue about the fact that this case involves human cloning and I am not surprised to see who the ones making this discovery are. Seong-joon's hinted poor health takes a turn for the worse, leaving Deuk-cheon and Mi-rae hoping for his recovery. Meanwhile, Jo-hye tightens her grip on the situation.

Now is a good time to meet our mystery players, but I am happy to see them remain mysterious for now. The fact that we are dealing with two clones and one original is thankfully confirmed and although we still have the shared memories to deal with, the series is not going off the deep pseudo-scientific end just yet. The original doctor's body is clearly important enough to keep and so I stand by my assumption of it containing valuable science.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 9

Episode nine of "Circle" answers a lot of questions about the chip technology's origins and it raises a few very dark ones about its current condition and Woo-jin's existence in 2037. In 2017, Beom-gyoon has been found only to be lost again as his memories are wiped by the bug and Dong-geon takes over Yong-woo's research on behalf of someone who has been running it in the shadows all along.

Joys do not last long in the world of "Circle" and the twins' reunion is a short-lived joy. We have known that Beom-gyoon (An Woo-yeon) lost his memories back in 2017, but his recognition of his captor gave me hope that the brothers would have time to bond before the bug wiped everything clean. It is sad to see the two constantly miss each other, but it makes for good drama. The technology which keeps them apart is truly horrible.