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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 27

It's more than a little late for me to be figuring this out, but apparently Lee Gyum wasn't a real person either. It's hard to tell whether this makes "Saimdang: Light's Diary" better or worse. On one end, only Saimdang's name has been sullied by the exceptionally goofy plotting of this drama. On the other end, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has spent a preposterous amount of time and effort dedicated to the romantic anguish of a fictional character whose only reason for existence is to have a tragic extramarital love affair with Saimdang.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 2

Although "Man to Man" doesn't have too much substance yet, I can genuinely say that I'm having a blast watching it. Park Hae-jin is winning; Park Seong-woong has wry comedy down pat; and Kim Min-jeong, despite her annoying character, has impeccable delivery. Of course, the quality of the production is high and the writing is witty. I'm looking forward to how this show rolls out.

Storywise, the main characters are shoved together and have to get used to each other. Woon-gwang's ego is a tool used for plot manipulation, moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity, and also to juxtapose his sincerity in caring for those around him. As a foil to his funny man, Seol-woo is a dashing straight man whose almost superhuman ghost spy skills keep Woon-gwang in check. This includes mocking the wrist grab the slow-mo run down the street, standing closely together in an alleyway, and spending copious amounts of time together. Do-ha functions almost as a third wheel to this budding bromance, sparking suspicion of Seol-woo in those around her and especially Woon-gwang. She's determined to have Seol-woo fired, jealous of his new relationship with her Oppa Woon-gwang. But there is also a spark of interest in Seol-woo regarding Do-ha, so this could be an interesting love triangle.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 3

The plight of the newbie worker continues as Ho-won, Ki-taek, and Kang-ho struggle through office life, illness, ex-girlfriends, and mountainous societal and family expectations. Not only are the newbs suffering, but those at the top claw and scrape to keep their positions and one up each other. As represented in the first couple of episodes, the work place is a battlefield and people fight to survive, only in suits rather than fatigues.

Ho-won struggles greatly with her diagnoses and the knowledge of her mortality. Her impending demise understandably affects every aspect of her life: her sleep patterns, her mood, her temper. She ends up daydreaming, being angry, and acting up quite a bit because of it. But at the same time, by the episode she seems to gain a new appreciation of life and re-joins the battle of the corporate world. My favorite relationships of hers are with Kang-ho and Ki-taek, both unsure young men who make loads of mistakes, just like her.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 11

Gwang-ho's realization of Jae-i's identity hits him like a ton of bricks, but time is of the essence even for time travelers, as Jeong Ho-yeong's arrest means that evidence needs to be found. As Jae-i assumed, the criminal's mother seems to be a key figure and so the importance of guardian and society influence is a concept which is present throughout the episode. Meanwhile, Mok Jin-woo is eying a new chess buddy.

Putting Gwang-ho's (Choi Jin-hyuk) miraculous fatherly instincts aside, his realization wraps up his family history. With everyone's fate and issues known, we can move forward to the reason why Gwang-ho is here, which is Mok Jin-woo (Kim Min-sang-I). Before moving on, however, the episode briefly contemplates Gwang-ho's absence from Jae-i's (Lee Yoo-young) life and how family and later society shape us. It does the same through the fate of Jeong Ho-yeong (Heo Sung-tae).

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 12

Our two killers finally meet and Jeong Ho-yeong starts a new game upon his departure in episode twelve of "Tunnel - Drama". The police close in on Mok Jin-woo's identity as he also closes in on who Gwang-ho really is. Just as things are about to become solved, another impossible occurrence surfaces, leaving our hero with new obstacles for the next episode.

Before getting to the good bits, I have to say that the series is struggling with its plot logic lately and this makes some things less enjoyable. Jeong Ho-yeong's (Heo Sung-tae) clue of "Noel" is too cryptic and the characters' conclusion of it being a catholic name too far-fetched. Mok Jin-woo (Kim Min-sang-I) remembering a face he saw in the dark thirty years ago and the police somehow excluding him from the list of suspects are also sloppy writing.