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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 16 Final

All good things come to an end and new things begin, even if "Tunnel - Drama" likes to mix the "when" part of it up. Jin-woo is arrested and our characters get closure in the present. It is a time of regret, relief and redemption, but also a time of goodbyes as Gwang-ho decides to take one last run through the titular tunnel in hopes of reuniting with his family in his own time.

While I feel the series could have spent more time with Jin-woo's (Kim Min-sang-I) creation as a killer, I do appreciate that we at least discover his perspective. Ho-yeong (Heo Sung-tae) and Jin-woo had a skewed perception of the world and the neglect or even enabling of the ones around them in light of it slowly robbed them of their humanity. I wish Jae-i's (Lee Yoo-young) speech about preventing the creation of victims included preventing the creation of perpetrators.

[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 9
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[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 9

Woon Gwang agrees to lend Seol Woo the money for the Black Auction mission, on two conditions: the first is that he come back as a bodyguard. The second is that he helps the actor get some time to talk to Mi Eun. The auction begins, and it looks like they'll lose the bidding war, until Do Ha stages a distraction, and sets off a localized EMP burst that disables Songsan's device. Mr. Seo gives Do Ha the info to clear her dad. Seol Woo rides off with the carving, and Mr. Seo dies when his car explodes. The person the ghost agent wanted to be killed was apparently himself...

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Romance" Episode 10

I was expecting the big dramatic event that would force the rift between Jin-wook and Yoo-mi to be related to Dae-bok's meddling. But surprisingly, that all gets resolved in a single scene. An exceptionally long scene where Dae-bok and Mi-hee somehow manage to have a big fight without either of them clearly explaining what exactly it is they're fighting about. So yeah, that was pretty funny, although once the miscommunications are over with, Jin-wook and Yoo-mi proceed to spend the rest of the episode in dramatic angst.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 16

One of the governing elements of standard villains is their refusal or even inability for remorse and redemption. "Whisper" makes this inescapably clear as Jeong-il and Soo-yeon try to one-up each other in being horrible until the very bitter end. Dong-joon and Yeong-joo can taste victory, but this victory comes at a price. As Dong-joon comes collecting dues, his own cannot be overlooked.

It is time to enjoy more backstabbing from the two villains as their time is up and while their poor characters have left me unable to get completely into it, there is still fun to be had. Soo-yeon (Park Se-yeong) and Jeong-il (Kwon Yul) hit an unfortunate middle ground of not being cliche enough to find entertaining or nuanced enough to feel engaged by. Even so, there is a good enough dose of satisfaction to be felt as Jeong-il pays Soo-yeon back with her own medicine.

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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.