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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Romance" Episode 11

As expected, Jin-wook and Yoo-mi continue to be generally sad as they try very hard to pretend like they don't miss each other. Jin-wook, being the man, is of course the first to snap and realize that of course he loves Yoo-mi and needs her very much. But various contrivances pop up to insure that Jin-wook misunderstands what Yoo-mi is doing, until finally, a disaster comes up that's big enough to force Jin-wook to do something.

The good news is that we finally get a pay-off to Mi-hee's constant efforts to get on television. The relevance of this subplot was completely unclear to me until Mi-hee finally gets on-screen and promptly manages to make a huge mess of everything for everyone except herself. Much like the Dong-goo subplot, the payoff here is much better than I was expecting. The scene is not only humorous in its own right, but it also gives a badly needed jump start to the plot.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Romance" Episode 12

Yoo-mi heads back to the beachhead where this all began, and Ji-wook follows her, as the penultimate episode mostly focuses on nostalgia. And it really is nostalgia- I remember the first episode, and I also remember that it had a radically different tone than what the flashbacks here are pretending. Yoo-mi and Ji-wook were perpetually grumpy, and only bond at all because they were both extremely drunk.

But that's what makes their concerted effort to replace that goofy tone with a romantic one here all the sweeter. Yoo-mi and Ji-wook have been such a generally positive influence on each other that all of their past interactions are colored in the optimistic light of what their relationship is right now. That they are technically broken up at the moment is besides the point. Yoo-mi was drawn back to that beach in the first place precisely because her mood was so badly complicated by her mother's nefarious deeds.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Romance" Episode 13 Final

As expected, the sweet flashbacks continue as "My Secret Romance" slowly but surely moves toward its happy ending. There is a bump in there as Yoo-mi decides to briefly abandon Jin-wook for reasons that aren't all that clear, but not to worry. Nothing beats the power of flashbacks. I expect excessive use of flashbacks also makes it easier on the production company, which doesn't have to spend as much money filming actual new scenes.

The main new content of note consists of Yoo-mi and Jin-wook reconciling with their mothers. This sort of works with Yoo-mi, underdeveloped though Mi-hee is as a character, because we did at least see from the very first episode that Yoo-mi has mother issues. Jin-wook is more tangential. While we always knew that he was harboring angst over the breakup of his parents' marriage, his mother has not had much story presence and her appearance here is just a tad out of nowhere.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 1

"Circle" enters the drama game today and expectations are high for a genre so rarely loved by Korean film and television. The episode introduces both timelines, their characters and the two mysteries which will unfold through their adventures. These mysteries are instantly engaging, the characters easy to feel attachment to and the pop culture references and homages abundant. There is a lot to talk about, so here we go.

Before talking about the human and by far best element of the series, I have to say that I am surprised by how rich the world-building in "Circle" is. From the written to the mise-en-scne this is a series which makes its setting clear. This is especially crucial in 2037, because the creators face the challenge of presenting a foreign world. From the masks carried by Normal Earth inhabitants to the giant, narcissistic phallic buildings of Smart Earth, everything paints a clear image.

[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 10
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[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 10

We find out that Mr. Seo is still alive, surviving the car bomb the same way that Seol Woo did -- he wasn't in the car at the time. Woon Gwang is worried about his money, so he keeps our favorite bodyguard close to him. It gets even worse when he finds the NIS funds have been frozen. Meanwhile, Lawmaker Baek begins the NIS coup, kicking out and arresting key players, men of honor who can't be bought. Seeing Do Ha get hit on, Seol Woo decides to finally commit his heart to her and takes her in a kiss...