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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 26

Now that Eorini has finally been identified, it's up to attempted memory triggers by her brothers and various flashbacks to explain how exactly Eorini has not been able to recognize anything of her own life. It's not clear to me that Eorini was really young enough for such brainwashing to plausibly work, and the motives for anyone to even try it in the first place were comically pointlessly evil for the sake of being evil. Haven't we had enough of that by now?

Apparently not, because King Yeonsangun fills the other parts of this episode with the usual trying to solve problems with needlessly violent orders that just make people more angry at him. Although the real kicker is that King Yeonsangun remains completely oblivious as to why people hate him so much. We always get these juxtapositions of King Yeonsangun enjoying traditional performances while outside the palace people are beaten to death for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 10

Being seen close to a body in Dramaland is never a promising event for one's future and in a series like "Whisper", the outcome is always predictable. Yeong-joo and Dong-joon now have two enemy sides to fight against, but those two sides are also fighting each other, complicating things for everyone. Tae-gon becomes the most important pawn for all sides while Soo-yeon finds herself in a familiar situation highlighting a theme of the drama.

Yeong-joo's (Lee Bo-young) framing was expected, although the leads lacking the foresight to at least not be tailed seems like another major lapse in judgement. Characters becoming conveniently stupid is nothing new, but it can only work so many times. With two sides now against our leads, I wonder what will happen. Would Jeong-il (Kwon Yul) risk jail time for revenge through taking down Il-hwan (Kim Kap-soo)?

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 26

So as predicted, Jeong-hak's thievery of Saimdang's Kumgang Mountain painting is easily detectable by anyone with proper training in classical art. This isn't exactly a surprise, considering that Sang-hyeon identified the errors in Jeong-hak's fake way back in the first episode and it was mainly hubris that prevented Jeong-hak from realizing the error himself. At the time, I was expecting the central conflict would be over Jeong-hak stubbornly refusing to acknowledge Sang-hyeon's argument even as Ji-yoon discovered the genuine painting.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 27

It's more than a little late for me to be figuring this out, but apparently Lee Gyum wasn't a real person either. It's hard to tell whether this makes "Saimdang: Light's Diary" better or worse. On one end, only Saimdang's name has been sullied by the exceptionally goofy plotting of this drama. On the other end, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has spent a preposterous amount of time and effort dedicated to the romantic anguish of a fictional character whose only reason for existence is to have a tragic extramarital love affair with Saimdang.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 2

Although "Man to Man" doesn't have too much substance yet, I can genuinely say that I'm having a blast watching it. Park Hae-jin is winning; Park Seong-woong has wry comedy down pat; and Kim Min-jeong, despite her annoying character, has impeccable delivery. Of course, the quality of the production is high and the writing is witty. I'm looking forward to how this show rolls out.

Storywise, the main characters are shoved together and have to get used to each other. Woon-gwang's ego is a tool used for plot manipulation, moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity, and also to juxtapose his sincerity in caring for those around him. As a foil to his funny man, Seol-woo is a dashing straight man whose almost superhuman ghost spy skills keep Woon-gwang in check. This includes mocking the wrist grab the slow-mo run down the street, standing closely together in an alleyway, and spending copious amounts of time together. Do-ha functions almost as a third wheel to this budding bromance, sparking suspicion of Seol-woo in those around her and especially Woon-gwang. She's determined to have Seol-woo fired, jealous of his new relationship with her Oppa Woon-gwang. But there is also a spark of interest in Seol-woo regarding Do-ha, so this could be an interesting love triangle.