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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 28 Final

The ending to "Saimdang: Light's Diary" is more anticlimactic than anything else. The bad guys are almost immediately brought to justice because one essential character changes sides, and CCTV footage which should have been exposed, I don't know, a dozen episodes ago suddenly pops up out of nowhere and decisively proves that Jeong-hak was a fink all along. Meanwhile, in the past, King Jungjong is sad because it has suddenly occurred to him that persecuting artists is bad.

As for Saimdang, in a bizare twist, the production teams allows her to be angelic and forgiving toward Won-soo's adultery while still allowing her spectral form to cavort with Lee Gyum in dream world Italy. Incidentaly, it would seem that the Italians took Ji-yoon's discovery of a famous Korean artist who was active in the Renaissance a great deal more seriously than the Koreans did. The castle where all this got stated has now been fabulously restored.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 30 Final

In a peculiar twist, it turns out that Gil-dong and friends did not, in fact, achieve even cursory reforms as a part of a a settlement when they beat King Yeonsangun's army in direct combat. All they got was...I guess some sort of license to continue wandering around the countryside beating up corrupt nobles without anyone interfering. Beyond that, the final episode mainly goes into the various fates of the characters aligned with King Yeonsangun.

The fates of all the villains are fairly logical and even thematically consistent considering what "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" was aiming for. I just find it a little weird that in the end, it's the villains and only the villains who have the character traits necessary for their ending to have much meaning. Gil-dong's side, their motivation was always just to help out Gil-dong and fight injustice.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 16 Final

All good things come to an end and new things begin, even if "Tunnel - Drama" likes to mix the "when" part of it up. Jin-woo is arrested and our characters get closure in the present. It is a time of regret, relief and redemption, but also a time of goodbyes as Gwang-ho decides to take one last run through the titular tunnel in hopes of reuniting with his family in his own time.

While I feel the series could have spent more time with Jin-woo's (Kim Min-sang-I) creation as a killer, I do appreciate that we at least discover his perspective. Ho-yeong (Heo Sung-tae) and Jin-woo had a skewed perception of the world and the neglect or even enabling of the ones around them in light of it slowly robbed them of their humanity. I wish Jae-i's (Lee Yoo-young) speech about preventing the creation of victims included preventing the creation of perpetrators.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 17 Final

The callousness never ends for our villains, who fight until the very end to turn things around for themselves and take one another down. Yeong-joo and Dong-joon's work is not done after his arrest, because there is always the trial. The time has come for everyone to pay for their sins and merits and we all know which ones owe the most. Meanwhile, Tae-gon makes a new friend in prison.

By now I am surprised that the villains are still trying. I understand why they are, but it is funny seeing Jeong-il (Kwon Yul) act cocky when he is no longer free to influence the evidence as he likes. There are several trails and people who can point to them on the outside. Then again, Jeong-il has not been playing with a full deck for a while, so perhaps this is just another manifestation of his madness.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Romance" Episode 13 Final

As expected, the sweet flashbacks continue as "My Secret Romance" slowly but surely moves toward its happy ending. There is a bump in there as Yoo-mi decides to briefly abandon Jin-wook for reasons that aren't all that clear, but not to worry. Nothing beats the power of flashbacks. I expect excessive use of flashbacks also makes it easier on the production company, which doesn't have to spend as much money filming actual new scenes.

The main new content of note consists of Yoo-mi and Jin-wook reconciling with their mothers. This sort of works with Yoo-mi, underdeveloped though Mi-hee is as a character, because we did at least see from the very first episode that Yoo-mi has mother issues. Jin-wook is more tangential. While we always knew that he was harboring angst over the breakup of his parents' marriage, his mother has not had much story presence and her appearance here is just a tad out of nowhere.