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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 3-4

A few disappointments, betrayals and downfalls later, the leads of "Falsify" find themselves down on their luck and right back where things started, as the case of Park Eung-mo brings them closer to the people behind him. Goo Tae-won is enjoying his position of power and our heroes are still naive in many ways, but the foundations under the powerful criminals are beginning to shake.

Things have not changed much in five years, but all of our leads now hold important positions and information. Moo-yeong (Namgoong Min) works underground and So-ra (Eom Ji-won) for the law, but Seok-min (Yoo Joon-sang) is the one with the better grasp of how corrupt every system is after having been directly burned by their reach. This makes him important in this fight and so does being the one closest to the villain.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 5-6

Moo-yeong is proven right in his worry over Daehan's dedication to the truth and So-ra is furious, albeit no longer surprised about the prosecution's manipulation. Moo-yeong makes his move and stages a special trial for Park Eung-mo, but its grim ending shakes things up for our leads. This commotion sparks some reunions which not everyone is ready for, but which need to happen.

I am pleasantly surprised to see Moo-yeong's (Namgoong Min) identity exposed to his fellow justice fighters so early on. I expected him to be a masked vigilante for a good while and for the discovery of his identity to come with the usual plot-dragging dramas love. Seok-min (Yoo Joon-sang) and So-ra (Eom Ji-won) finding out so soon takes care of that worry. I particularly love how Seok-min knows right away, as it emphasizes his bond with the brothers.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Family" Episodes 17-18

For the first time, Cheon-il uses his tracksuit for its intended purpose- as workout clothes, in anticipation of the big company athletic competition which he ends up taking far, far too aggressively. I was a little disappointed that Cheon-il's training montage is just general athletics. It would have made for a much funnier overall joke if Cheon-il had been taking mixed martial arts lessons and his performance on the field was a result of his mis-applying those skills in the wrong context.

Elsewhere, Ik-hee starts taking private tutoring lessons on the behest of her mother, which predictably backfires since Ik-hee made very clear her desire to continue going to a private classroom rather than take prviate lessons. This story was noteworthy to me mainly because the tutor is played by Park Jin-joo, an actress I rather like even though she has trouble getting anything better than third tier roles. Still, Ik-hee's rude albeit reasonable question about employment prospects was fairly funny.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Family" Episodes 19-20

Cheon-il is a good guy. One of the big riddles of "Strong Family" is that most of the time, Cheon-il has no idea how or why he is being a good guy. Sometimes the expectation game is not his fault- as is seen with the opening conflict, sometimes the more obviously beloved behavior of other people is what makes Ra-yeon start to overthink things. Elsewhere, Cheon-il's determination to see the worst of life is his biggest weakness. Poor Cheon-il. He just doesn't know how to read a room.

Which does segue into the conflict of episode twenty pretty well, as Cheon-il comes across secret information and quickly proceeds to use it in a stupid way. What Cheon-il often fails to understand about himself, and the way people see him, is that they genuinely like Cheon-il for who he is. It's not that Cheon-il makes a special effort to do special things. It's all the small things Cheon-il does, just as basic obligations, that best show off who he is as a husband and boss.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Family" Episodes 23-24

The South Korean Presidential Election is today, you might have heard. I bring this up because the twenty-third episode of "Strong Family" is an obvious nod to this fact, as the lead characters engage in the kind of political campaign that people who don't know anything about politics come up with. Which is to say, that rather than talk about why they want power, Cheon-il and Ra-yeon simply come up with elaborate tactics that fail to convince anyone that they even understand what the position they're campaigning for even does.