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[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 11
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[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 11

Do Ha and Seol Woo decide to head out for ramen, confounding the agent tailing them. Mr. Jang accepts the deal with Seung Jae, in return for Congressman Baek and the Baek Infantry, then tells Seol Woo that he intends to recover the third carving. After sussing out when Robert Yoon went, Seol Woo pumps Do Ha's dad (with liquor) for info on where he went. Mr. Jang releases info on Congressman Baek. Seol Woo and Do Ha head to a cathedral, using the Bible verse as a code word to get the priest to open up about Yoon. He figures out that Mr. Jang and Dong Hyun are the traitors. Our agent also uses the QR code on the package he picked up, a secret message telling him that Chairman Victor obtained the Myanmar statue and that Songsan Group is behind all of this. Mr. Jang meets with Seol Woo, and decides to retire the agent with bullets to his chest. He plunges into the river, his fate unknown...

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 3

"Circle" is a rollercoaster ride that never stops and if this is a result of its short duration, thank goodness Dramaland decided to try it. In 2017, Woo-jin and Jeong-yeon clear up some misunderstandings and unearth a disturbing secret about the suicide victims. In 2037, Joon-hyeok's suspicions are proven right, leaving him and Ho-soo struggling with their past and identities.

Bluebird sounds very nice, but blue bug not so much. That being said, the headaches and nosebleeds in the 2017 victims have been pointing to a medical condition and so the bug is not such a huge surprise. Whether it is alien or synthetic, whether originally a weapon or a cure, it is clearly a precursor to the care chip. The big questions are, are the students willing participants to a clinical trial or not and is their death intended or a side-effect?

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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.

[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 12
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[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 12

Seol Woo, shot, falls into the river. As his life flashes before his eyes, he focuses on Do Ha, which gives him the strength to wake up and get out. He ends up at Mr. Seo's house, as a ghost agent best knows how to deal with bullet wounds. Seol Woo makes it back "home," and is nursed back to health by Do Ha. Mr. Jang teams up with Seung Jae and locates the slush fund. Dong Hyun takes no nonsense from Mr. Jang and runs him in, but finds out it was all a ruse to take these guys down. The prosecutor arrests a few of those complicit but is unable to get to Seung Jae or Congressman Baek, as they walk free. Using the bible verse as a code, Seol Woo figures out that a particular painting inside that vault must contain a clue. Peeling it back, he reveals a floorplan to the VIP Lounge at the Songsan Offices. Seung Jae curses his luck and figures out that Seol Woo must still be alive. He finds out that's true when he walks into his office at Songsan, only to see Seol Woo sitting in the boss' chair...

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 6

"Radiant Office" has a way of sucking you in. Admittedly, I wasn't very thrilled about diving into this drama except for the fact that that it was well-cast. But each subsequent episode proves me wrong. It's a delicate drama machine that explores the office place more than the medical, and it does it beautifully. Ko Ah-seong, as always, leads the cast with her sensitive performance.

As for the plot, the office politics are not in the least interesting, which is usually the case. It is how each character handles them from Ho-won to the self-serving Manager Park (Kwon Hae-hyo) to Gi-taek's ex-girlfriend Ji-na. Each character isn't just a caricature of a typical office worker. Those caricature's are just husks that are shed as time goes on. Woo-jin is one who changes before our eyes, and Ho-won's. He cares, but doesn't let himself care. That is based in a background that is very much like our trio of struggling temporary office workers. He is a typical tsundere character, and yet he is not. I appreciate that about him.