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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] "Duel" Episode 7

You spin me right round, "Duel" and not in a good way. The drama manages to explain things while raising more questions and while that is good with some parts of the plot, it is starting to get tiring when it comes to our villains and their plans. At least Deuk-cheon finally has proof of Soo-yeon's well-being, even if the joy is short-lived.

As much as I love Deuk-cheon's (Jeong Jae-yeong) reunion with Soo-yeon (Lee Na-yoon), I do regret that he and his relationship with her and Seong-joon (Yang Se-jong) are so underdeveloped. It is sad to see the character treated as a tool by the writing and while his little fallout with Seong-joon and the latter's puppy dog eyes are the stuff of a good bromance, the series never commits to its emotional potential.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 11

"Duel" goes straight for the emotions this week and it has been a long time coming and never arriving. We have a series of reunions and revelations, some of them happy, others bittersweet and some pretty sordid. The clone brothers get to talk honestly for the first time while Deuk-cheon makes a promise to Seong-joon after recalling his past mistakes. Meanwhile, Jo-hye has hit the mother lode.

Episode eleven is perhaps the most easily approachable one in the series so far, as we get some much needed character interactions and development. Despite the show's newfound sentimentality obviously leading to the crisis before the resolution, it really clears up the trauma, virtues, morals and intentions of our leading characters. It sadly also accentuates the biggest problem that has plagued "Duel" and that is how lacking it has been in this aspect.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 13

I have been feeling uncomfortable with the amount of twists thrown around in "Duel" lately, but even I could not have expected this dive into a sea of crazy that episode thirteen takes. Mi-rae's origins are revealed as far more complicated than expected and things are leading us to a showdown with Sanyeong. At the center lies Jo-hye, who makes a bold decision to end things.

Oh "Duel", why? Mi-rae (Seo Eun-su) is predictably right in birth secret central and the only good thing I can see coming out of this is the cure inside of her saving the day. Sadly, things have otherwise become too soapy for comfort. Seong-joon (Yang Se-jong) being a clone of his mother's husband is weird enough, as both characters experience, but I cannot imagine how awkward family get-togethers will be after this latest revelation.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 14

Tears and emotions are abundant in episode fourteen of "Duel" as our characters find themselves in relations that are confusing and hard to approach. Seong-joon's identity finally gets to him, but things are more dire for Seong-hoon, who is becoming increasingly unstable. Mi-rae's unique abilities surface, but time is not on anyone's side and some tough decisions may have to be taken.

It is no surprise that everyone would be emotional right now. A lot has happened to these people and as overly dramatic as I find Yoo-ra's (Uhm Soo-jung) momma-drama over someone she essentially just met, this is Dramaland and blood goes a long way. Even so, I find Seong-joon's (Yang Se-jong) minor breakdown far more convincing, since his very existence is being challenged. His nature is to care for others, but he is human and we have breaking points.