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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Criminal Minds” Episode 20 (final)
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Criminal Minds” Episode 20 (final)

Right away the finale for "Criminal Minds" tips its hand by accidentally pointing out the stupidity of its own premise. The suspect is in custody and there is...not actually any evidence linking him to the serial killings outside of the website, which he claims is a fan website. This is a completely plausible explanation. Yes, people have died from a serial killer who is imitating other serial killers' patterns. Buthow do we know the website isn't just a play-acting intended to help future forensic pathologists think like serial killers?

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “While You Were Sleeping – 2017” Episodes 3-4
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “While You Were Sleeping – 2017” Episodes 3-4

One half of the story for these two episodes of "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" is about how a young Hong-joo first attempted to use her powers of prophecy to do good and predictably failed spectacularly. I state this explicitly because "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" itself is rather unnecessarily vague about the larger purpose of this subplot, and it's not clear to me why it was presented as a twist ending. Following early dialogue where Jae-chan suggests the possible existence of other soothsayers, I got the impression that story was contemporaneously about a new supporting character.

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “While You Were Sleeping – 2017” Episode 2
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “While You Were Sleeping – 2017” Episode 2

One half of the story for these two episodes of "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" is about how a young Hong-joo first attempted to use her powers of prophecy to do good and predictably failed spectacularly. I state this explicitly because "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" itself is rather unnecessarily vague about the larger purpose of this subplot, and it's not clear to me why it was presented as a twist ending. Following early dialogue where Jae-chan suggests the possible existence of other soothsayers, I got the impression that story was contemporaneously about a new supporting character.

[Video] Glowing audience reviews for “The Outlaws”
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[Video] Glowing audience reviews for “The Outlaws”

The audience members interviewed in this 30-second trailer are absolutely flying after watching "The Outlaws". Looks like Ma Dong-seok, Yoon Kye-sang, and the rest of the team did their jobs right.

Directed by Kang Yoon-Sung

With Ma Dong-seok, Yoon Kye-sang, Jo Jae-yoon, Choi Gwi-hwa, Heo Dong-won, Jin Sun-kyu,...

Also known as "Crime City"

A detective (Ma Dong-seok) hunts down a upcoming Korean-Chinese gang headed by Yoon Kye-sang in Garibong-dong.

Release date in Korea : 2017/10/03

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Criminal Minds” Episode 19
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Criminal Minds” Episode 19

The final showstopper for "Criminal Minds" is an appropriate one- it looks like the drama will be closing out on an adaptation of season four episode fifteen, which centers around a copycat killer. Even the Reaper manages to get worked into all of this in a fairly satisfying way, although yikes, I'm still reminded of how the death ofGi-hyeong's wife happened way too early. Which also sums up my overall feelings. My satisfaction is directly related to how much I enjoyed the original elements.

Fortunatelythe selected crimes are the ones where the specifics of how the crime was committed were exposited in fairly effective detail. Explanations have always been the most satisfying aspect of "Criminal Minds", and the most frustrating moments were the ones that were not sufficiently explained. Horrifying body count notwithstanding, at minimum we at least get a pretty good impression that the overall team knows what they're doing.

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “While You Were Sleeping – 2017” Episodes 1-2
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “While You Were Sleeping – 2017” Episodes 1-2

The big three dramatic beats in the first two episodes of "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" all involve car crashes. While at first glance this appears to throw "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" into the most laughable genre of South Korean drama clichs, there's surprising fatalistic depth here. In the first place, the drama sets itself up to answer the difficult question of how the generally sensibleHong-joo (played by Suzy) can fully choose to trustarrogant newbielawyer Jae-chan (played by Lee Jong-suk).

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Save Me” Episode 16 Final
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Save Me” Episode 16 Final

The Boat to Salvation is a slippery devil and the time has come for a solid shake on its not-so-divine structure. All of our characters choose their alliances and enact their final wishes as our heroine marches to her salvation and our heroes steel themselves to help end this once and for all. There are no ideal endings in this world, but perhaps small victories are enough.

I already expressed my thoughts on the obvious rush to the finish line in my previous piece and the drama's finale is the only reasonable extension of it. We never did find out who tried to kill Dong-cheol (Woo Do-hwan) in jail, why the political part of the series mattered, whether Guseonwon's water was drugged and more. There are many threads which I wish we had seen developed and which we did not.

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Drama Special – Waltzing Alone”
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Drama Special – Waltzing Alone”

Don't let the cutesy opening romantic scenes of "Drama Special - Waltzing Alone" fool you. Yes, Min-seon (played by Moon Ga-young) and Geon-hee (played by Yeo Hoe-hyun) became a couple as a consequence of their shared interest in waltzing and yes, the abbreviated version of this story involves adorable genre standards like Geon-hee impulsively catching her in a romantic pose in the face of transportation danger. But most of the content in "Drama Special - Waltzing Alone" is about the couple, now in their mid to late twenties, attempting to get normal company jobs.

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Mystery Queen”
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Mystery Queen”

If you feel burned out by the influx of brooding detectives and copious amounts of violence that Korean drama has been experiencing recently, "Mystery Queen" might just be the break you need. The series will not take you too far from that crime solving sweet-spot and a bickering, yet perfectly compatible duo of crime fighters handling neighborhood villains will give you the fun and variety the genre sometimes lacks.

"Mystery Queen" is a unique type of mystery comedy series and one of the show's biggest strengths is managing to maintain its genres throughout. The series has a light tone despite the often dire subject matter and this gives its world and characters consistency. The chemistry of its two leads is another great plus and arguably the core of what makes their adventures so enjoyable. The supporting cast is equally crucial in making the world of "Mystery Queen" engaging.

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Man-hole” Episode 12
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Man-hole” Episode 12

Things are a bit of a jumbled mess in the land of "Man-Hole". Pil is stuck in the future, in 2018, with a married Soo-jin, a violent offender in the neighborhood, broken up couples, and a Seok-tae who is on the brink of discovering Pil's truth about the manhole. And yet, despite all this excitement, the drama isn't all that exciting.

Mostly I think the lack of development of Jae-hyun's character as a villain is what is dragging down these latest episodes. We have seen Pil and Soo-jin do their love song and dance. Now it seems as though time travel through the manhole may be guiding our characters to unearthing the nasty piece of work that is behind Jae-hyun's handsome face. Although Jae-hyun is a charming sociopath and radiates danger, he is still a one-dimensional character who is difficult to hate. Dislike, yes. Hate, no. And that's important when evil characters are presented to viewers. Good television is supposed to draw out emotions and make us feel what the characters are feeling. In the case of Jae-hyun, his character is lukewarm at best. He seems to just be going through the motions prescribed in the "How to be evil Guidebook". Give me something more than that, Writer Lee Jae-gon.