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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Magic School" Episodes 1-4

First, for the sake of clarity, the titular "Magic School" is not for literal magic, but rather magic tricks. These places do exist in South Korea- I've seen them. Well, from the outside. Anyway, right away we have the first prospective student. Na-ra (played by Jinyoung) wants to be somewhat more interesting than a reasonably intelligent civil servant. He goes through college life wondering when he's going to get some sort of gimmick or hobby when bam! Magic! Pops out of nowhere in a scene that is funny mainly because of the supporting cast.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 21-22

The entirity of episode twenty-one consists of a stupid plan that once again manages to throw Prince Seon into mortal danger his allies are the wiser. This storyline does, sort of, achieve its purpose of making Ga-eun do something helpful for once. Although really, I'd have been a lot more impressed if she had sniffed out the plot and taken action before the absolute last minute. Aside from the general incomprehensibility of the scheme, Ga-eun was in a perfect position to see what was going on.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 23-24

When Queen Mother Joongjeon's true role in the overall plot was revealed last episode, I was hoping that we would see some guiding principles toward a long term goal. Instead, Queen Mother Joongjeon's schemes become increasingly bizarre. Even Dae-mok is standing off at the sidelines, a little bewildered but ultimately fairly indifferent as to her actions. There's no obvious way anything Queen Mother Joongjeon is doing could hurt Dae-mok, after all.

For that matter it's not really clear how Queen Mother Joongjeon's actions are much of an inhibition on Prince Seon's long term goals either. Queen Mother Joongjeon is just setting up complicated situations by which Prince Seon and the other Seon can tragically pine over Ga-eun. This is accomplished by putting one, two, or all three of them in mortal danger at random, cue the sad scene music.

[Drama Review] 'My Sassy Girl' - Episodes 11 & 12
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[Drama Review] 'My Sassy Girl' - Episodes 11 & 12

What?! My pick on 'Produce 101' season 2 might not make it in the top 11?!?!

At the end of episode 10, we saw the royal guard officer Kang Joon Young (played by CNBLUE's Jungshin) fending off the mysterious man with the scar while Princess Hyemyung (played by Oh Yeon Seo) ran away. She thankfully encounters Gyeonwoo (played by Joo Won) and finds safety hidden in Gyeonwoo's home, while both the scarred man and officer Kang go off in search for her. The search ends quietly, however, once Gyeonwoo and his father report to the King that the princess is currently in their home, and that an enemy is trying to trick the princess. Now the King, officer Kang, Gyeonwoo, and Gyeonwoo's father have inadvertently joined forces on the same side, against the antagonist force consisting of advisor Jung Ki Joon, the queen, and the other greedy members of the royal advisory board. Meanwhile, Princess Hyemyung has been ordered to live with Gyeonwoo's family as punishment for her leaving the palace (again)! You'd think Gyeonwoo's mother would feel honored to have the princess living in her home, but it seems because of all the bad rumors about the princess going around and because of her former status as Gyeonwoo's stalker, mom ain't too happy about the current situation.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Family" Episodes 35-36

The climax to episode thirty six is a school concert that I had mostly forgotten was even a plot point until it pops up, and which as usual just goes into the usual father-daughter bonding. More than the catharsis I actually somewhat perversely liked the general low quality of the performance. It's about the level of musical talent that would be expected from normal high school students, which is quite a contrast to the usual overly high production values that tend to accompany such storylines.