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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 7

So now Min-hong is working at Ra-hee's company. So, technically, all the main characters in "Single Wife" are now working at the same company. It's a good thing we get to see Min-hong's portfolio right away because in spite of this fact, no one at this company ever seems to do any actual work. Far from working, all we really see anyone doing is having concluding work dinners once work is finished.

This is, I admit, a fairly minor issue to harp on. I can think of plenty of dramas where it made zero difference what the main characters did for work. I can also think of some where discussion of work definitely lowered the overall quality of the drama, as it was clear the writer didn't have the slightest idea how the probably arbitrarily chosen profession of the lead characters actually works in practice.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 8

Once again Ra-hee tries my patience with more unnecessary antagonism. Min-hong straight up explicitly offers to finalize the divorce right away in exchange for a temporary, meaningless concession on Ra-hee's part and what does she do? Act all huffy and offended. Even bearing in mind that Min-hong has to finalize the divorce eventually, behavior like this is why he is in no hurry to do so. Who knows if Ra-hee will just be fickle and change her mind again.

Elsewhere, Ra-hee, Min-hong, and Hyo-rim all go on out on a work trip in the middle of nowhere to see an important person related to the furniture business. While this all sort of relates to their job, aside from the scene where Min-hong builds a chair I'm not counting this as interesting work discussion. It's just one of those usual, guy is mean and doesn't want to see them, softens up slightly, but is ultimately largely inscrutable. The lack of defined consequences for the trip's success or failure is no help to the weak dramatic tension.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 7

Dong-joon's newfound confidence and rediscovered sense of justice make him determined to take down Jeong-il and set things right for Yeong-joo and her family. The several antagonists of "Whisper" are starting to feel the pressure of their power games and cracks have begun to form in their mighty facade. Everyone has reasons to fight which are important to them and this means that backing down indefinitely is not something they are willing to do.

I am not sure when Dong-joon (Lee Sang-yoon) went from backstabbing villain to a fighter for justice and moral standards, but this is a thing that is happening right now and so our lead is busier than usual. At the same time, Dong-joon is being way too cocky with even his own allies, willing and blackmailed, which is already starting to backfire. This does create tension, however, so it is a welcome flaw of his approach to things.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 23

King Yeonsangun starts us off by declaring a war on babies. I...wish I was exaggerating but King Yeonsangun really does jump from typical jerk evil to cartoonish supervillain evil so fast that I barely had time to process what was happening before babies started getting smothered to death. My initial concerns about this being mere egregious concerns are mostly alleviated by mid-episode recitations of what I presume are actual royal orders that are consistently in line with King Yeonsangun's actions.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 8

The hinted rift between our lovebird antagonists cannot stop expanding and it is aided by Yeong-joo and Dong-joon's actions, but also by the two elders who want to win over their rival. The desperate villains are starting to change their mind on their loyalties and this yields importance evidence for our heroes' case. At the same time, the shift of alliances creates new dangers and the suggestion for an unwelcome compromise.

I did not expect the loss of trust between Soo-yeon (Park Se-yeong) and Jeong-il (Kwon Yul) to happen as soon as it has and so I am curious to see the new paths opened ahead. Now Soo-yeon will not manipulate her father for Jeong-il anymore and her ex-beau will not protect her from his father. Il-hwan (Kim Kap-soo) is shaking things up by cowering away from a solution, but it would have been equally fun to have two relentless elders.