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  • Korean drama of the week "The Idle Mermaid"

    2016/03/17, Source
    Korean drama of the week "The Idle Mermaid" (2014) Directed by Baek Seung-ryong Written by Kim Ji-soo-III, Park Ran-I Network  : tvN With Jo Bo-ah, On Joo-wan, Song Jae-rim, Park Ji-soo, Ahn Kil-kang, Kim Seul-gi,... 10 episodes - Thu 23:00 Also known as "Surplus Princess" Synopsis A mermaid attempts to become a human in 100 days to meet the human man she loves,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 10 Final

    The good news is that the drama ends about as well as expected given the circumstances. The bad news is...well, that's a pretty darning caveat on its own isn't it? There's nothing particularly awful about this episode, it's just that everything is very explicitly rushed. An entire romantic plotline is formed, developed, and resolved over the course of a single montage. Kind of the entire point of having a television romantic comedy is that we actually get to see this stuff unfold. The drama also never revolves an essential mystery revolving Ha-ni's character- why she isn't more careful about water. I'm just saying, if my legs were going to turn into a tailfin if touched by water under any circumstances, I'd make a point of scoping out every possible situation that could somehow involve water and make sure to avoid them,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 9

    The real shocker this episode has nothing to do with the story, but rather the production run. Apparently "The Idle Mermaid" is ending next week at a total of ten episodes. And no, this most certainly was not pre-planned. Up until last episode we'd been getting a countdown timer to how many days remain before Ha-ni faces her ultimate fate. That timer is absent this time. I suspect this downsizing of dramas is a corporate decision by tvN, as "Golden Tower" was also abruptly cancelled, with yesterday's episode simply being a clip show review. All right, that's enough as far as gossip goes. How does this episode do in terms of merit? Well...somewhat ambiguously, to be honest. The retreat continues as the main characters attempt to come up with a new pitch,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 8

    This episode ends with a major misunderstanding being cleared up. Well, technically two, but the first one is more important and it's essential you know right away that "The Idle Mermaid" isn't going to make its characters wallow in artificial confusion indefinitely. I actually disliked most of the episode because I thought the drama was just running around in circles stirring up conflict arbitrarily through the use of random happenstance,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 7

    I hope you weren't expecting this episode to have much in the way of plot progress, because there really isn't any. We open up with Ha-ni and Si-kyeong misunderstanding each other because of Jin-ah's scheme, and for the entire runtime this is never cleared up. Technically the storyline reason for this is that Ha-ni has to go visit a special guest star. It's not clear to me whether there was supposed to any storyline significance to this meeting or if it was just killing time for the sake of jokes. All I know is that I didn't laugh. The writing has gotten sloppy. It's obvious that we're supposed to be transitioning now to making the possibility of a romance between Ha-ni and Hyeon-myeong a serious one, but it's also just as obvious that Hyeon-myeong isn't much of a character in the first place, at least for this kind of storyline,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 6

    The drama runs into some tonal problems here, as the comedy doesn't really work that well with the story as presented. For the most part "The Idle Mermaid" has been sympathetic to the plight of the unemployed, then we get an opening joke that seems to be poking fun at how lazy jobless bachelors are. This goes down especially bad because even in the same episode those very same issues of self-worth come up again as more progress is made on the permanent employment front. The writing here is really all over the place and doesn't actually seem to be leading anywhere specific, which makes the humor difficult to properly gauge. In a drama like "Golden Tower",...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 5

    Si-kyeong's complete lack of clear characterization has at this point become a running gag. Pay attention to how he responds to questions or statements this episode. Pretty much every time he regards new information quizzically, like someone has just asked him to solve a mystery. It's genuinely really difficult to tell how much of the ongoing situation the guy understands, even though he's obviously smart enough to be a famous chef,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 4

    I've been pretty patient about the drama's slow pacing up until now but this episode really pushes the limit. Yes, we do make a fair bit of plot progress by the end. The trouble is that in the meantime an inordinate amount of time is spent on build-ups and deliveries to plot points I honestly don't really care about. Isn't this supposed to be a romantic comedy? Ergo, there should be a lot of romantic bits mixed in with the comedy, especially given this is literally a life-and-death situation? The most effective humor here turns to be of the platonic irrelevant variety. Try as I might, for example, it's pretty hard to picture Ahn Kil-kang as a mermaid, even when the drama goes to the trouble of showing him in full costume,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 3

    Apparently the drama is still setting up the premise. Which isn't as strange as it sounds really- it's just that most adaptations of the original story just assume that we all know how everything works. It's actually very much to the credit of "The Idle Mermaid" that the question is posed- what exactly is true love anyway? Yeah we're supposed to know it when we see it, sure. That's really not much help to anyone who has no idea what the experience is like. The question is resolved mostly convincingly by the end of the episode, mainly through the help of obvious personality changes,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 2

    Apparently we're still stuck setting up the premise, although in all fairness this is mostly Ha-ni's fault. Ma-nyeo (played by Ahn Kil-kang) tried to warn her, and explain how exactly the magic worked, but Ha-ni just had to be a dumb impulsive teenager. I do like the Ma-nyeo character here- the sea witch gets a bad wrap in most adaptations. In the original story she just provides a service. "The Idle Mermaid" does an excellent job recognizing the fact that even if Ma-nyeon facilitated Ha-ni's bad decision making, the situation is clearly her fault, not his,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 1

    The Little Mermaid fairytale was not at all romantic, Disney's protestations notwithstanding. It's a pretty bleak story about how an excessively romantic attitude regarding love is an unrewarding process that will probably backfire horribly and either result in you dying or transformed into a spirit. Yeah, it's a pretty weird story. And "The Idle Mermaid" quickly establishes itself in a similar vein by making it clear right away that our main character is not a good person (or mermaid, whatever), but rather a childish, immature teenage girl,...More
  • Korean drama starting today 2014/08/07 in Korea

    2014/08/07, Source
    Korean drama starting today 2014/08/07 in Korea: "The Idle Mermaid",...More
  • [Video] Added new teaser trailer, preview, stills and updated cast for the Korean drama 'The Idle Mermaid'

    2014/08/05, Source
    Added new teaser trailer, preview, stills and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "The Idle Mermaid",...More
  • [Video] Teaser trailers released for the Korean drama 'The Idle Mermaid'

    2014/07/21, Source
    Teaser trailers released for the upcoming Korean drama "The Idle Mermaid",...More
  • [Video] Added new teaser trailer, posters and images for the Korean drama 'The Idle Mermaid'

    2014/07/09, Source
    Added new teaser trailer, posters and images for the upcoming Korean drama "The Idle Mermaid",...More

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