Hancinemas Drama Review Duel Episode 14

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 1

The premiere episode of clone-themed suspense drama "Duel" wastes no time in getting the action going. Our lead drops large amounts of cash on a table as ransom for his kidnapped daughter, a mysterious woman arrives to offer more and the chase is on. "Duel" then takes a step back and shows us how we got to this point. Shady scientific practices, two men with the same appearance and bad decisions follow.

Stem cells and cloning have been an ongoing hot issue and South Korea has its own history with the topic. A researcher now working on dog cloning for rich owners claimed a later disproven human success a while back. The premise is is a futuristic nightmare and combining it with powerful and dangerous villains allows it to fit into Korean drama and its love for the evil elite. The life of our hero's daughter is just an element to generate suspense for now.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 2

Deuk-cheon discovers that a distraught father's testimony holds little value in the face of conclusive evidence as he tries to convince everyone of the impossible. Our suspect is traumatized and knows little about the situation himself, as good ol' dramamnesia keeps the mystery going. Meanwhile Jo-hye continues to exist as a mysterious force to be reckoned with when it comes to making progress.

The series banks a lot on the emotional core of Deuk-cheon (Jeong Jae-yeong) and Soo-yeon (Lee Na-yoon), which is a smart idea. Given that Soo-yeon will probably be around and not drugged the entire time, the series can really make great dramatic use of their relationship. While Jeong Jae-yeong does a great job for Deuk-cheon, the series needs both sides of this family pair to have screen time and development for greater impact.

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

"Duel" wastes no time in getting to the juicy bits and bringing the cloning element to the forefront along with Deuk-cheon's family drama. Two new characters with important information surface and one of them is our new second female lead. The other is a mysterious figure who leads my mind to confusing places and the two combined reveal a sinister past.

Well, things are certainly starting to take shape here. The two newly introduced characters of Ryoo Mi-rae (Seo Eun-su) and Jeon Byeong-joon (Jo Jae-ryong) create a link to the past that the series has been missing. We have already seen a glimpse of the latter in Seong-joon's (Yang Se-jong) flashbacks. The man appeared to be operating on a restrained Seong-joon. He is also the one Seong-hoon has been looking for since episode two, a connection that was lost on me until now.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 4

"Duel" has a knack for providing answers only to raise more questions. Episode four is all about tracking down Choi Joo-sik, the subject of the 1993 experiments before Seong-hoon can get to him. Deuk-cheon's friends and the prosecution team keep dancing around each other as our two heroes get ready to infiltrate enemy lines. Mi-rae joins the game as shocking truths come to light.

The deeper we go into the clone business the more confusing it gets. On one hand, I was right about Jeon Byeong-joon (Jo Jae-ryong) looking a lot younger than his current styling in Seong-joon's (Yang Se-jong) flashbacks. It seems that a young man in 1993, when Choi Joo-sik (Jo Jae-wan) was experimented on was killed by him and Jeon. Was the young man a scientist killed as revenge for his twisted experiments?

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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.