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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 5

2014/03/15 | 899 views | Permalink

It's that time, folks. Petty revenge rears it's head and Jung-woo is its target. Ae-ra has creative ways to attack Jung-woo that keep this show funny while allowing it to explore their past and the issues behind their antagonism.

After the cruel trick Jung-woo pulled last episode, he suffers through most of this one, which makes for one funny episode. It also establishes the longevity and the quality of his relationship with his sassy Secretary Gil. There was also a meta moment where Secretary Gil (who is played by L from Infinite) turns on Infinite's "Destiny" to soothe Jung-woo's troubles away. There is also a message of " fate " going on with the lyrics of the song, but I won't dig in that far.

The editing of the show has been both very effective, and sometimes too repetitive. The scene in the past where Jung-woo and Ae-ra are a happy couple and planning their future home has been replayed way too many times. It it unnecessary. However, there are also wonderful moments like revealing how Jung-woo felt about being so cruel to Ae-ra the episode after it happened. The delayed reveal was artful and effective.

Another nice turn this episode took was having Ae-ra's series of vengeful acts revenge be entirely effective save for the last one, which allows her to see Jung-woo in a new light. It may be a small turning point for her unless the production team decides to go the comedic route, which it very may well do.

The secret behind Yeo-jin's angst was revealed and it was disappointing because it was badly put together. Kissing plus driving is bad. It will most likely end in death, especially if one is in the midst of a high speed car chase. For Yeo-jin to blame her father for sending people to change her is silly when she was distracting her new groom from the road. After all of the maneuvering the show has done to shove Ae-ra and Jung-woo together, this backstory really needed logic to make Yeo-jin's character hold water. Now she seems particularly silly. I will admit, however, that her attraction for Jung-woo is adorable. It's mostly due to Kim Gyu-ri and her ability to portray Yeo-jin's astonishment at her ability to feel love again after her tragedy.

There is some workplace drama that is only interesting because of the interactions between Seung-hyun and Ae-ra. He's motivated by his curiosity of her and is fascinated by her drive, her love for her family (however unstable they may be), and by the novelty of her. Seo Kang-joon brings a fresh light to Seung-hyun who could otherwise be rather boring as his character is a cookie-cutter second lead.

Lee Min-jung has a flair for humor as she's shown in previous work and Joo Sang-wook has a very expressive face, which is wonderful for comedy. This show is more about vengeful antics, comedy and character development than it is about a logical plotline. It would be stronger if the plot was stronger, but it is still quite enjoyable.

Written by Raine from Raine's Dichotomy

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"Sly and Single Again" is directed by Ko Dong-seon , written by Lee Ha-na-I and features Lee Min-jung and Joo Sang-wook

 

 

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