Jtbcs Man To Man Surpasses Strong Woman Do Bong Soon In First Episode Viewer Ratings

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JTBCs Man To Man Surpasses Strong Woman Do Bong Soon In First Episode Viewer Ratings
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JTBCs Man To Man Surpasses Strong Woman Do Bong Soon In First Episode Viewer Ratings

The networks new drama Man to Man, which took over the time slot that was previously occupied by JTBCs explosively popular Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, has surpassed its predecessor in viewer ratings for itsĀ first episode.

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Man to Man aired its first episode on Friday, April 21 and recorded an average viewer rating of 4.055% nationwide. Previously, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon recorded an unprecedented viewer rating of 3.829% for its first episode and, by surpassing this percentage, Man to Man has recorded the highest viewer rating for a first drama episode ever for JTBC.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 13

The events of this episode of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" aren't surprising, but are surprisingly well-played. Determination born from despair drives Bong-soon to save her kidnapped friend, a situation common to heroes. Along the way she makes some difficult decisions, faces off with her nemesis, and struggles to reconcile all the disparate parts of her very complicated life.

Throughout the drama Bong-soon has merely lived with her powers, using them occasionally for good, but not actively pursuing justice for the wronged. It is only now with the kidnapping of her friend that her outlook truly changes. While this has been coming for quite some time, she never really committed to using her strength to help. It was more of a unkept promise. With the rescue of the kidnapped girls and her dogged pursuit of Jang-hyeon and her friend Kyeong-shim, we finally see Bong-soon actualize her potential. She will most likely take control of her destiny and go after Jang-hyeon with the help of the men in her life. I do appreciate that she, Min-hyeok, and Gook-doo are slowly becoming a team. Although I do wish that this change in Bong-soon had arrived earlier, I can't complain with how she's transforming. She's learning to open up to people, to reach out and do things about the wrongs she sees happening - it's all good.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 14

Bong-soon must get used to life without her strength, but it is more difficult than she thought. More than anything she needs the support of her loved ones, and luckily she gets exactly that. But she can't rest easy, not with an egomanical kidnapper on the lose and intent on revenge. Although this episode has deceptively adorable scenes, its heart lies with Bong-soon and her ability to become a hero.

Before she can be a hero, Bong-soon has to learn what it's like to live without her strength - it is no easy feat. Daily activities become a struggle. It is an obvious play to make her realize the importance of her gifts. Min-hyeon is, of course, her biggest source of support, accepting her without question. In a huge cop out, her mother also empathizes with her daughter, explaining that she was negligent of Bong-soon because she could take care of herself while her brother could not. But it's a poor explanation and won't hold up should Bong-soon get her powers back. She needs her mother's support always. Luckily, her father and twin brother realize that physical strength does not equate to emotional strength and are always there for her. Hopefully her mother gets a cold wake up call. The woman isn't all bad. She is the first of the family to embrace and comfort Kyeong-shim after her ordeal with the kidnapping. There may be some hope yet.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 15

The events of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" climax in the penultimate episode, sticking the sadistic Jang-hyeon behind bars where he belongs and showing off that Bong-soon is made of greater stuffs than she first believed. Along with the positives, there were a few negatives, mainly in how the show arrived at this point. Those negatives are offset by the ridiculous cute chemistry between Bong-soon and Min-hyeok.

It is that very chemistry that has carried this show from start to finish. Each moment the main couple spends together is delightful and keeps this rather light-hearted crime rom-com from sinking. Despite my quibbles, I really have enjoyed my time with Bong-soon and her story. Let's get a few quibbles out of the way first. Firstly, why did Bong-soon allow so much time to pass before she suggested nabbing Jang-hyeon? Her pursuit of this psychopath always seemed lukewarm despite the fact that she was directly threatened and her friend was kidnapped. That lack of urgency detracted from the procedural aspect of the drama as well as from her growth as a super hero type. Focus on the romance in this case detracted from the time that could've been used to develop Bong-soon as a heroine. Proof of this is when Bong-soon, Min-hyeok, and Gook-doo finally apprehend Jang-hyeon. The scene spent most of the time following Gook-doo rather than on Bong-soon's final capture, which felt anticlimactic. While I'm glad she had a team to work with, the entire sequence felt anticlimactic.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 16 (Final)

We've made it to the final episode of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" and what an eventful journey it has been. From silly gangsters, to doppelgangers, to evil kidnappers, to the strong woman herself, this drama has fit in a little of just about everything. Let's talk about the finale and send off this drama with happy hearts.

Jang-hyeon is jailed to his fury. The process of getting him to jail was anticlimactic, but it pales in comparison to the happenings of Bong-soon's new life. Now she is in a happy relationship and has decided to use her strength for good. She goes out of her way to help and begins to suffer the side effects of heroism: problems in regular life. These problems are not addressed in the slightest. Instead, they're left to be addressed by the characters after the show has ended. How does Bong-soon deal with work and hero-ing? How does Min-hyeok deal with his twin baby super hero girls? How does society deal with the mysterious help that it's been receiving? All of that is left open-ended, which isn't bad. What we do know is that Bong-soon's family and Min-hyeok support her, her powers, her work in society, and her happiness.