Hancinemas Drama Review Radiant Office Episode 9

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 11

The gumption that Ho-won found when she thought she was terminally ill continues to show itself, protecting her from the twisted workings of selfish people at the work place. That quality earns her the respect of Woo-jin, her friends, and most of her co-workers. In Korean society her behavior is unusual and I'm proud of her despite the fact that she's a fictional character. We need women like her standing up for women's rights, company worker rights, and people's rights in general.

Ho-won's outspoken nature wins her the admiration and respect of her boss, Woo-jin. He admires her honestly and her ability to learn from her mistakes. His strengths in talking straight don't earn him friends on the management level, but Ho-won very much respects not having to read into everything he says. The two have a mutual understanding of one another, and it's a beautiful start to a slow blooming romance. Woo-jin's understanding goes farther than his romantic interest -- he also takes care of Gi-taek and Kang-ho, two hard working young men. He works with integrity unlike many of the people in the company. His fellow manager, Park Sang-man, sucks up to earn points with the higher ups and just as quickly betrays to ensure his place in the company power rankings. He drags Jo Seok-kyeong, the hard-working female team lead, into his antics because he convinces her there is no other way for her to move up than to work in shady dealings. It is sad because her strength early on was her key point. But it is reflective of what women have to do to stay in the game in a money, power, and male driven society.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 12

Office politics and battles take the fore as managers cheat and lie their way to the top and fall accordingly. Woo-jin, the man who walks the straight and narrow, is also under pressure to earn his keep and potential promotions by catering to the whims of those above. But he is not a pushover and proves to be a light in the night for the trio of interns.

Those interns are in boiling water at the moment as those around them gossip, fight, and reel from major changes in the company. Ho-won threatens to sue Hyeon for using her story and her name and receives the promise to be fairly judged for a permanent position at Hauline. Her gumption takes Hyeon by surprise and pleases him - and yet he continues to be a jerk. There is no other way to put it. He puts on a veneer of civility and uses it to manipulate. Only with Ho-won does he seem sincere, and yet he still used her. I want to see how the drama redeems him and/or paves his path to his most-definite emotional demise. Romantic enemy and character foil Woo-jin, on the other hand, becomes more earnest with each and every interaction with Ho-won. He avoids hurting her and his emotions are clocked by a senior at work in an adorable moment. This romance is so wonderfully fulfilling because the two people are growing close, understanding each other, and enjoying each other. We get to watch it develop and feel a part of the sweetness.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 13

While episode 12 was about the rampant corruption in Hauline, this episode is about the hearts of the workers and their desire to have a job and take pride in it. It's a concept that has been at the core of Ho-won's character, but we see it manifesting in the other workers. Each person has a different way of chasing his or her dreams, but in the end, steady employment is a major end goal. Especially when the company decides to hire two of the temps instead of just one.

Ho-won wants to earn her position, although she doubts that she will be selected. Her self-evaluation in her application for the full-time position is a collection of her personal statements that describe her pursuit of employment and the joy she takes in life. It does seem to melt even the iciest of hearts, but there are some, like Yong-jae, are hopeless causes. And while she vies for work that ensure she can make ends meet, Hyeon is struggling to prove himself to his comatose father, financially stable, but emotionally unstable. That insecurity pushes him to do things that aren't fair to others, like use Ho-won and her friends and intimidating managers. He does what many young, powerful, yet inexperienced people do and forces his ideas upon others to make a name for himself. What makes him a good character is that he is interested in Ho-won, but that interest doesn't deter him from his path, however wrong that path may be. In complete opposition to him stands Ho-won, a solid wall against wrongdoing, making a name for herself as the temp who speaks her mind. She is considered dangerous by many, but Woo-jin admires her as do I. She refuses to cave to Yong-jae's not-so-subtle demands for bribes while her cohort agrees to take him for expensive food and drink. They later regret doing so.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 8

It is time to meet our much teased Human B Chairman in episode eight of "Circle" and their identity is one I did not expect. In 2017, Woo-jin is being blackmailed with Beom-gyoon's life and sets out to find his father's data. In 2037, a formidable foe steps into the light and closes in on Jeong-yeon.

There is a lot I was prepared for in this series, but Park Dong-geon (Han Sang-jin) as the Chairman was not included. It makes perfect sense now, as engaging his enemy is the only way for him to get to Jeong-yeon (Gong Seung-yeon). Yet his 2037 introduction sold him as a sore loser wanting to take over Human B so well that the possibility of him already having it did not cross my mind. The writing and the actor's spot-on, slimy portrayal masked his true villainy and I love that.

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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.