Hancinemas Drama Review Radiant Office Episode 12

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 6

"Radiant Office" has a way of sucking you in. Admittedly, I wasn't very thrilled about diving into this drama except for the fact that that it was well-cast. But each subsequent episode proves me wrong. It's a delicate drama machine that explores the office place more than the medical, and it does it beautifully. Ko Ah-seong, as always, leads the cast with her sensitive performance.

As for the plot, the office politics are not in the least interesting, which is usually the case. It is how each character handles them from Ho-won to the self-serving Manager Park (Kwon Hae-hyo) to Gi-taek's ex-girlfriend Ji-na. Each character isn't just a caricature of a typical office worker. Those caricature's are just husks that are shed as time goes on. Woo-jin is one who changes before our eyes, and Ho-won's. He cares, but doesn't let himself care. That is based in a background that is very much like our trio of struggling temporary office workers. He is a typical tsundere character, and yet he is not. I appreciate that about him.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 7

This episode focuses on what lies beneath. The company projects an image of propriety while accepting bribes and treating employees poorly. Kang-ho seems put together on the outside, but whose and unfortunate situation sets him front and center in "Radiant Office".

Although not poor, Kang-ho is under such intense pressure from his mother he tried to kill himself in episode 1, and he is willing to suck up to anyone and do anything in order to not be perceived as a failure by his mother. Ho-won watches in horror as he buys up all the excess furniture on his credit card just to improve his team's sales figures. In a way, he's the worst of the three in terms of condition. Ho-won has determination as does Gi-taek. It is Kang-ho who is a bomb. Watching his mother on-screen lives no doubt about why he is so emotionally crippled.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 8

"Radiant Office" if full of the typical office hierarchical dog poop, but more than that it is a show full of heart. At the core of all the office politics is a group of people who are complex and worth getting to know.

The person who continually surprises me is Ji-na. Although selfish, she is a woman who does see Gi-taek for who he is and cares for his well-being. She is more than a pretty face and the snotty attitude she wears as a shiny veneer. It is she who figures out the solution to the core problem of this episode. Part of me really wants her to woo Gi-taek after throwing him away so carelessly. They both understand each other much better now and it could possibly work a lot better.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 9

"Radiant Offices" tackles some key social issues such as divorce, women in the workplace, and how temporary workers are treated and valued. Delicately approached, these issues are explored without detracting from the overall pace of the plot. Well done, production team.

The central conceit of the episode is Ho-won's secret illness and Woo-jin's discovery of that illness. Because he is emotionally invested in her by this point, his decisions are informed by those feelings. For one so stoic, it's a very humanizing series of events. He takes the time to get to know her, discovers his jealousy of any male interaction she has, and goes out of his way to express his concerns for her health. This is the sweetest sort of romance in that it is very genuine and Woo-jin doesn't indulge in love games.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 10

Episode 10 of "Radiant Office" focuses on things unseen or kept secret. Ho-won's mysterious illness marches front and center, Ji-na's relationship with Gi-taek is illuminated, and the mysterious Dr. Seo Hyeon reveals his Machiavellian nature.

My favorite emotional beats this episode involved Ji-na and her re-evaluation of Gi-taek. He is not a man of means, but who knows how to treat those around them and forge solid relationships. For an ambitious working woman like Ji-na, such a man is perfect. He is not intimidated by her. Instead, he admires her for her brilliance. Slowly, Ji-na is seeing past what she had rejected him for and sees why others embrace him.