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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 4


Soo-jin and Hye-na continue their journey in "Mother - Drama", but their lack of funds for their flight calls for a stop. Our newfound mother and fugitive's visit back to her own adoptive mother is a hard decision that becomes even harder when Yeong-sin places a term on her financial help. Soo-jin has to meet with her exactly ten times before going away. With the police and Seol-ak closing in, Soo-jin has to rely on a new acquaintance when Hye-na falls ill.

I have been wondering when we would see Lee Jae-yoon's character. Going by his placement in the cast, I assume we will be seeing more of him. Jung Jin-hong is likable, but I am curious about his motivations. It will make absolute sense for him to turn Soo-jin (Lee Bo-young) in, but I have a feeling that he will not, and I hope that is explained. Unlike the people our heroines have met so far, the good doctor has no reason to become an accomplice.

Jin-hong finding out about Hye-naJa-yeong being arrested for child abuse

New character aside, episode four is surprising in many ways when it comes to our familiar faces. My biggest surprise is Ja-yeong's (Ko Sung-hee) sudden breakdown over Hye-na's (Heo Yool) assumed demise. Ko Sung-hee has slowly been improving as an actress, but perhaps not enough for this role. While Ja-yeong's writing has been guiding her through the phases of discovering her grief and guilt, the actress lacks nuance in portaying them. As things stand, the Ja-yeong we know and the one in this episode feel like different people. I hope that this is intentional for now.

On the other hand, Yeong-sin (Lee Hye-young-I) and Soo-jin's reunion is absolutely packed with descriptive, emotional gravity. I have not experienced Lee Hye-young-I's performances outside of one cameo before, but I can definitely see why she was chosen now. Her rich, emotive acting speaks volumes and her expressive eyes pierce right through the distance that has formed between Yeong-sin and Soo-jin. The two women clearly misunderstand each other's feelings, but I feel that there is genuine love between them.

Yeong-sin asking Soo-jin to keep meeting her for the last timeSoo-jin hugging Hye-na after the little one saw the news

As far as the criminal element goes, Ye-eun (Song Yoo-hyun) has now joined the list of accomplices. The teacher is a valuable ally, because her support comes from inside knowledge of the situation, rather than just an emotional connection to Soo-jin. Of course, this will not stop Chang-geun (Jo Han-chul), but everyone being on Soo-jin's side is a good wake up call for the flawed systems he is a part of.

I am curious to find out more about her own motivations, as well as those of Soo-jin's colleague, Eun-cheol (Kim Young-jae). One does not simply put tracking devices on strangers' cars and assist a fugitive without good reason. I am not sure if it is romantic or other, but I hope we find out. "Mother - Drama" has been great with its characterization, so I expect we will get to know everyone better. Perhaps even the most twisted one around, Seol-ak (Sukku Son).

"Mother - Drama" is directed by Kim Cheol-gyoo, written by Jeong Seo-kyeong and features Lee Bo-young, Heo Yool, Lee Hye-young-I and Lee Jae-yoon.

Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'

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