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

2017/05/29 | 695 views | Permalink

"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?

The prototypeProfessor Han

I did not think much of professor Han Yong-woo (Song Young-kyu) before, but now he looks very much involved. He seems troubled about things more than a professor should be. This means that he is either involved in allowing students to be experimented on or actively creating the research. He and our mysterious new lady-friend of Joon-hyeok (Kim Kang-woo) must have a story to them. The lady could even be an older Jeong-yeon (Gong Seung-yeon).

Speaking of which, I do not believe Jeong-yeon is the possibly-alien here, despite the show's best efforts to make her look sketchy with the potted bug. However, she is clearly connected to the "alien" and the study. If the creature is an alien, then her DNA and likeness were chosen for a reason. If the creature is of human creation, someone made her in Jeong-yeon's image. Perhaps Jeong-yeon's father is involved as well. At the moment, we have no proof of an extraterrestrial aside from two children's conjecture and a flashback through their memory, which is unreliable.

Joon-hyeok watching a video of the twinsHo-soo having a painful influx of memories

If our new character is Jeong-yeon and Joon-hyeok is Woo-jin (Yeo Jin-goo) then their 2017 "moment" fits into their fling as older adults, but I doubt he is our guy. All but one memories are common between the twins and the writing avoids explicitly stating which one he is. This makes me think that Joon-hyeok is in fact Beom-gyoon (An Woo-yeon), given traits of his personality are starting to fit. Which brings about the question of Woo-jin's whereabouts in 2037.

I love having so many things to theorize about. One character I do find unnecessary at this point, however, is Ho-soo (Lee Gi-kwang) and I hope the destruction of his delusions will make him useful regardless of whether or not he is a murderer. Ho-soo is our team's only link to Smart Earth, especially if someone takes out the righteous mayor, so may he find good use soon.

"Circle" is directed by Min Jin-gi, written by Kim Jin-hee-III, Park Eun-mi-I, Ryoo Moon-sang and Yoo Hye-mi and features Yeo Jin-goo, Kim Kang-woo, Gong Seung-yeon and Lee Gi-kwang.

Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'

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