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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 10

Being seen close to a body in Dramaland is never a promising event for one's future and in a series like "Whisper", the outcome is always predictable. Yeong-joo and Dong-joon now have two enemy sides to fight against, but those two sides are also fighting each other, complicating things for everyone. Tae-gon becomes the most important pawn for all sides while Soo-yeon finds herself in a familiar situation highlighting a theme of the drama.

Yeong-joo's (Lee Bo-young) framing was expected, although the leads lacking the foresight to at least not be tailed seems like another major lapse in judgement. Characters becoming conveniently stupid is nothing new, but it can only work so many times. With two sides now against our leads, I wonder what will happen. Would Jeong-il (Kwon Yul) risk jail time for revenge through taking down Il-hwan (Kim Kap-soo)?

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

There is no friendship or loyalty between monsters and our villains are met with some tough decisions on which carrot to drop in favor of their survival. Jeong-il has to free his pursuer to trap Il-hwan and Il-hwan's enemies just keep piling up outside and inside of his doors. Yeong-joo and Dong-joon take some bold measures, but a very tough choice has to eventually be made for Yeong-joo's future.

I wish "Whisper" had pitted everyone against each other sooner, because there is much more excitement to be found in different sides with conflicting agenda and I feel more invested when the heroes stand more of a chance. Jeong-il (Kwon Yul) may have found a way out of his dilemma between maintaining his innocence and proving Yeong-joo's (Lee Bo-young), but now he will have two sides against his cause for his father.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 12

Chang-ho's death means that we now have no good fathers left to speak and it seems like it is about to spark a wave of abandonment, starting in episode twelve of "Whisper". Dong-joon and Yeong-joo use everything and everyone they need to in order to get ahead of Taebaek and Bogook's masters. The time has come for our cowardly key figure,Tae-gon to face the reality of his importance.

First things first, I am very glad to see the ripple's of Chang-ho (Kang Shin-il) and by extension Yeong-joo's (Lee Bo-young) stigma shown and that the series remained honest about her reinstatement. A lot of dramas show corruption, but not all dare to include its heroes in it. "Whisper" does not place its wronged characters above it and present an idealistic fantasy. Their motives are pure, but they play dirty in a dirty world.

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

With our heroes closing in on Il-hwan, things get heated as the two villain sides try to help or stop them. Tae-gon makes his choice on which side to place his life on while Jeong-il is backed into a corner as plans Il-hwan's downfall from the sidelines. Meanwhile, Soo-yeon is running the show for her father and our villainess becomes crueler by the minute as things before more dire.

As we approach the finale, we get a mixture of well-placed traps and convenient idiocy as well as a lot of back and forth blackmailing. Despite the hectic nature of these happenings, I have to commend the episode for keeping the throne of the "final boss" up for grabs for most of its duration. While the result is still the expected one of Jeong-il (Kwon Yul) as the end-game villain, the process is still thrilling.

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

Things are getting complicated and tiresome for everyone involved as Il-hwan's arrest makes Jeong-il the next target for our heroes. Our villain fights tooth and nail for his safety and that means trying to out-bid Dong-joon for Soo-yeon's good will. Soo-yeon on the other hand is after the safety of Taebaek for the sake of her father and her choices are limited.

I have rarely seen such a busy case of villains changing alliances like underwear. This time around it is Soo-yeon (Park Se-yeong) who finds herself between a rock and a hard place and there really is no easy way out of it. This is great to see, however, because she has already lost and choosing who backstabs her is a fitting punishment for all that she had done. Not that I would not welcome jail time as well, but this is a good start.