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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 12


The main dramatic event this episode that inspires worry is the fate of the Dracula doll. Will Ri-ta step on the Dracula doll? All right I know other stuff happened but for whatever reason that's the only visual interesting enough to linger on in my memory. Maybe it's because I understand where the doll is coming from- it had to be manufactured somewhere. Whereas "Blood" the actual drama tries to up the stakes by introducing another vampire, from nowhere.

By the way, vampires have the power to teleport now. Because why shouldn't they? Maybe Ri-ta should look into getting a better lock for her apartment. Or she could just stop leaving her windows open all the time. I know that it's technically spring now but it's way too chilly outdoors. And nothing's quite so unsettling as spooky music in the cold darkness. Even if some people obviously find it entertaining.

As for the actual plot, the good characters are stalled in their invesigation mainly by a lack of evidence. They actually end up arguing over whether or not there's even a conspiracy at all, which ultimately leads Ji-sang to seriously consider Jae-wook's methods in an extreme medical case. But don't worry- "Blood" makes a point of having Jae-wook get more people killed, just so that we can be super extra double-sure that he's the villain.

I'm rather disappointed that having gone to the trouble to set up and expose a mole working for Jae-wook, we barely even get to see her do anything this episode. I really like Ga-yeon, mostly because she's the only vampire in this entire story who seems to understand the importance of being discreet. After countless scenes of vampires exposing themselves for no apparent reason it's actually kind of refreshing to see Ga-yeon get mad about one of her partners in crime getting chummy even when no one else is watching.

"Blood" has shifted back into lukewarm territory. The drama's not terribly interesting to watch, but there's at least the bare minimum of comic relief and plot progression to keep the story from getting too annoying. I definitely get the impression that there's way too many characters floating around, which tends to be bothersome since it's hard to remember everybody's name. Hey, it's not my fault. If more of these people had actual personalities and clear reasons for being in the drama in the first place they'd be much easier to keep track of.

Review by William Schwartz

"Blood" is directed by Ki Min-soo, written by Park Jae-beom-I and features Ahn Jae-hyun, Ku Hye-sun, Ji Jin-hee, Jung Hae-in, Kim Kap-soo, Son Sook and more.

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