[Orion's Drama News] Family Fallout 2017/10/28,
The past week has been full of award ceremonies and attire rankings, but no dress is pretty enough to stop the Dramaland machine, which brings a ton of casting and other news with it. Today I take a first look at "Untouchable", a drama about brotherly angst between Jin Goo and Kim Sung-kyun. If this is "Last" all over again, I must prepare my feels,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" 2017/10/28,
The idea of cloning is a highly controversial one and for good reason. South Korea has had its own advancement in and moral debates over it, making the lack of the topic's presence in drama fiction a surprising one. "Duel" does not really focus on the existential and other implications of human cloning, but it aims to be an action thriller experience with a related twist,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 16 Final 2017/07/23, "Duel" lets go of its love for twists and what we get instead is a predictable, but frankly appropriate ending to a long and arduous journey for our characters. With Deuk-cheon down, Seong-joon takes the lead. He and Seong-hoon have an honest talk for the first time since their childhood and our broken antihero finds some solace in his game-ending choices regarding the miracle cure and Sanyeong's involvement,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 15 2017/07/23,
The penultimate episode of "Duel" is filled with suspense, regret and hopelessness as Mi-rae's and therefore the twins' and Soo-yeon's lives are in danger. Seong-hoon is having a breakdown and is therefore unpredictable whilePark San-yeong will stop at nothing to succeed. Sadly for him, his rivals are equally tenacious and the time has come for the most risky move from Deuk-cheon and Jo-hye yet,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Man-Holing It Up 2017/07/22,
Dramaland is back to firing on all cylinders as new dramas are being announced and upcoming ones ramp up their promotional efforts. This week I take a little look at the surprisingly funny "Live Up to Your Name", I share my Ori-feels over "Mystery Queen 2" and also a few thoughts on my upcoming dramas. Here be manholes and hopes for a fun second half of my summer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 14 2017/07/16,
Tears and emotions are abundant in episode fourteen of "Duel" as our characters find themselves in relations that are confusing and hard to approach. Seong-joon's identity finally gets to him, but things are more dire for Seong-hoon, who is becoming increasingly unstable. Mi-rae's unique abilities surface, but time is not on anyone's side and some tough decisions may have to be taken,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 13 2017/07/16,
I have been feeling uncomfortable with the amount of twists thrown around in "Duel" lately, but even I could not have expected this dive into a sea of crazy that episode thirteen takes. Mi-rae's origins are revealed as far more complicated than expected and things are leading us to a showdown with Sanyeong. At the center lies Jo-hye, who makes a bold decision to end things,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Resurrections and False Prophets 2017/07/15,
The new drama season is upon us and it brings all manner of goodness. We have romance, crime, mystery and of course the much beloved fantasy thrown into the mix. Today I share goodies from and some thoughts on "School 2017" and "Reunited Worlds". I also present to you my chosen upcoming dramas for episode reviews and share drama news for this week, which includes plenty of casting announcements. We have a busy season ahead,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 12 2017/07/10,
Laughter turns to tears and pressure as Soo-yeon joins Seong-joon and his brother in a race against time. Deuk-cheon uses his regained position to track the vaccine down and it is not an easy job when its caretaker has passed away. Jo-hye sets her plans in motion while our villains feel the same pressure to find a working cure. At the same time, Mi-rae's past starts surfacing and I have a feeling it holds some surprises,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 11 2017/07/09, "Duel" goes straight for the emotions this week and it has been a long time coming and never arriving. We have a series of reunions and revelations, some of them happy, others bittersweet and some pretty sordid. The clone brothers get to talk honestly for the first time while Deuk-cheon makes a promise to Seong-joon after recalling his past mistakes. Meanwhile, Jo-hye has hit the mother lode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 10 2017/07/03,
Things get too complicated for a series two thirds into its total duration, with some changes making me wonder whether the creators had been winging it by this point. We have a new pivotal character who turns everything we have known upside down, Deuk-cheon's connection to Seong-hoon is revealed and Seong Joon discovers some important information about his memories as he walks right into the lion's den to save Soo-yeon,...More
[Orion's Drama News] The Element of Surprise 2017/07/01,
There is no rest for Dramaland as viewer appetite takes no holiday breaks. This week I take a look at the cast of "Argon" and wonder where it stands, aside from its place on the periodic table. I have more drama news after this and worry not, because they include water gods,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 9 2017/07/01,
The cloned cat is out of the bag for several characters and with Seong-joon regaining important memories and information, the chase begins for Seong-hoon and the people behind him. The motive of our rich villainess is revealed and so is an unexpected secret of Lee Yong-seob which changes her plans and puts Soo-yeon back in harm's way. Meanwhile, Jo-hye's grip on the cloning case tightens,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 8 2017/06/26,
It is a rare, slightly creepy, but also satisfying feeling when a show seems to be right behind you and your complaints and wishes. I asked for the villains' motivation and scientific explanation and "Duel" delivers. Deuk-cheon starts creating his own plans while Seong-joon and Mi-rae find some important answers. Things become tense as the past comes back to haunt several characters,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Romantic Plumbing 2017/06/24,
Keeping well hydrated is a necessity for those of us currently experiencing a very hot summer and Water Gods could surely help. Yes, it is I, the queen of bad excuses for why I am about to drown you in "Bride of the Water God 2017" news again. Fans, come right in. Non-fans, I do have more news for you,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 7 2017/06/24,
You spin me right round, "Duel" and not in a good way. The drama manages to explain things while raising more questions and while that is good with some parts of the plot, it is starting to get tiring when it comes to our villains and their plans. At least Deuk-cheon finally has proof of Soo-yeon's well-being, even if the joy is short-lived,...More
6 Eye-catching Actors Born in 1992 You Should Be Aware of! 2017/06/23, Source,
Lately there have been many fresh faces that caught my attention while I watch K-dramas. As if to laugh at my current (overflowing) collection of my favorite actors, Korean showbiz keeps on finding great, handsome actors and pushing them my way. Well, what can I do? I'll always have enough room in my heart and my phone gallery storage for these good looking actors,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 6 2017/06/18,
It is about time our characters start getting a clue about the fact that this case involves human cloning and I am not surprised to see who the ones making this discovery are. Seong-joon's hinted poor health takes a turn for the worse, leaving Deuk-cheon and Mi-rae hoping for his recovery. Meanwhile, Jo-hye tightens her grip on the situation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 5 2017/06/18,
It is a dog eat dog world out there, but when you have several dogs with unclear motivations and stories, it is as confusing a sight as it is a violent one. "Duel" manages to clear some things up while not really revealing much and I feel it is about time the clones start providing story when they meet, rather than just a lot of physical abuse for Seong-joon,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Bubble Bursting 2017/06/17,
"Bride of the Water God 2017" really really wants to sell its main pairing and so the teasers keep piling up. We also have some new information about other characters this week as well as other news, especially a lot of casting and potential casting ones. Check them out in the latter half of this piece,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 4 2017/06/13, "Duel" has a knack for providing answers only to raise more questions. Episode four is all about tracking down Choi Joo-sik, the subject of the 1993 experiments before Seong-hoon can get to him. Deuk-cheon's friends and the prosecution team keep dancing around each other as our two heroes get ready to infiltrate enemy lines. Mi-rae joins the game as shocking truths come to light,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 3 2017/06/12, "Duel" wastes no time in getting to the juicy bits and bringing the cloning element to the forefront along with Deuk-cheon's family drama. Two new characters with important information surface and one of them is our new second female lead. The other is a mysterious figure who leads my mind to confusing places and the two combined reveal a sinister past,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 2 2017/06/04,
Deuk-cheon discovers that a distraught father's testimony holds little value in the face of conclusive evidence as he tries to convince everyone of the impossible. Our suspect is traumatized and knows little about the situation himself, as good ol' dramamnesia keeps the mystery going. Meanwhile Jo-hye continues to exist as a mysterious force to be reckoned with when it comes to making progress,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 1 2017/06/04,
The premiere episode of clone-themed suspense drama "Duel" wastes no time in getting the action going. Our lead drops large amounts of cash on a table as ransom for his kidnapped daughter, a mysterious woman arrives to offer more and the chase is on. "Duel" then takes a step back and shows us how we got to this point. Shady scientific practices, two men with the same appearance and bad decisions follow,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Timeless Kitsch 2017/05/27,
Get your baggy jeans and hoop earrings ready, because "The Best Hit" is here to bring back everything we find embarrassing and sometimes secretly still love from the 90s. Today I take a look at this quirky upcoming title before sharing the usual collection of weekly news. I have also started two of my three new dramas for this exciting season,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Duel" 2017/05/27,
Clones are the latest trend in Dramaland and like any trend in this industry, this horse will be beaten long past its expiration. For now, the still fresh topic gets its first drama with "Duel". Whether the clones in what looks like any other crime and suspense drama will be more than a gimmick remains to be seen.
Jang Deuk-cheon (Jung Jae-young) is a detective with an ill daughter. One day he becomes entagled with two clones, one innocent and one evil, and his little girl is kidnapped. The detective begins a chase against great odds to solve the mystery of his situation and find his child before it is too late,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Reverse Love and Busy Women 2017/03/25,
Welcome to a week or writing woes and capable women. Today I take a look at "Chicago Typewriter" and its quirky characters before introducing some upcoming weekend and daily dramas about women's stories. I also share plenty of casting news and some media from upcoming dramas. Let us welcome the new drama season together,...More
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