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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 11


There is no friendship or loyalty between monsters and our villains are met with some tough decisions on which carrot to drop in favor of their survival. Jeong-il has to free his pursuer to trap Il-hwan and Il-hwan's enemies just keep piling up outside and inside of his doors. Yeong-joo and Dong-joon take some bold measures, but a very tough choice has to eventually be made for Yeong-joo's future.

I wish "Whisper" had pitted everyone against each other sooner, because there is much more excitement to be found in different sides with conflicting agenda and I feel more invested when the heroes stand more of a chance. Jeong-il (Kwon Yool) may have found a way out of his dilemma between maintaining his innocence and proving Yeong-joo's (Lee Bo-young), but now he will have two sides against his cause for his father.

Jeong-il faces Il-hwan with a giftSoo-yeon having won over Dong-joon once more

Soo-yeon (Park Se-young) and Il-hwan (Kim Kap-soo) will also have two sides against them, but their power is formidable. I do wonder where Yoo-taek's (Kim Hong-pa) own company and supposed allies are, however. Have they all switched over to Il-hwan? Is no one worried about the ease with which he gets rid of those who no longer serve his purposes? On the other hand that is how the corrupt rich operate, so I suppose monsters feel comfortable among monsters.

Chang-ho's (Kang Shin-il) decision in light of these circumstances is understandable and it gives Yeong-joo another chance to live, but I wonder where it leaves Jeong-il's punishment. Even if the suspect has confessed and the case has been closed, can it not be reopened with sufficient evidence of a coerced confession? Security cameras in the clinic to capture Jeong-il's visit would have helped but then again this is fiction and nobody records crucial evidence when it would solve everything too quickly.

Yeong-joo seeing news of her father on televisionYeong-joo crying over Chang-ho

Aside from pitting the villains against each other and teasing Tae-gon's (Kim Hyung-mook) fluctuating confidence in his allies, the episode handles Chang-ho and Yeong-joo's farewell and their selfless choices well. However, I do wish the burden placed on Yeong-joo as the daughter of a killer were something the series explored. It looks like Yeong-joo will be reinstated soon and that makes little sense given the stigma and her lack of connections.

I wish every episode of the series were as entertaining as this. Given we had to go through almost two thirds of a plot engaging in "writing foreplay" before getting to meaty content, I am very pleased about this. We now have more complicated relationship dynamics and more conflicting interests. This does not redeem the drama in my eyes, but I will be glad to see it end better than it started.

"Whisper" is directed by Lee Myeong-woo, written by Park Kyeong-soo and features Lee Bo-young, Lee Sang-yoon, Kwon Yool and Park Se-young.

Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'

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