Drama Review: I Need Romance 3 (2014)

…t that she got none. Then I can tag it: Amanda checking for Tumblr likes every morning. • Episode 4. So instead of feeling bad about lying to the female lead and worrying that she’ll blow him off forever when she learns the truth, Sweet Potato is playing mind-games with her. That’s a relationship off to a great start. (If I had written this episode, I would have included a scene of him imagining their wedding day, when the female lead would fina…

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Drama Review: Majo no Jouken (1999)

…ive and disenfranchised young teacher who wants to prove herself, and a bullied rich kid who hates that the rest of his life is already planned out for him by adults. They both need to grow into their positions of power, or find a way to leave them behind. Final verdict This show is often compared to the Korean drama Secret Love Affair, and I can see why. Its lead couple are a teacher and student separated by differences in both age and outlook…

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Drama Review: Miss Korea (2013)

…erdict I wanted to love this cute, quirky character study, and I almost did. Miss Korea is wonderful for a lot of reasons, and my favorite of them is how respectfully it treats its female characters. Finally, this is a show that tackles gender politics in a way that feels right to me—and nobody even needed to be crossdressing to do it. The women are strong and capable, and free to be whatever they want: a beauty queen, a brainiac scientist who…

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Drama Review: Secret Love Affair (2014)

…a television series. Even I have to admit that things do fall apart a bit toward the end, though. The first 10 episodes are as powerful and atmospheric as a tightly constructed thriller, but the last quarter feels rushed. And while the show’s open-ended finale is close to perfect, it would have been improved by the addition of another episode devoted to its impact on the drama’s extended constellation of relationships. Ultimately, Secret L…

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Drama Review: Secret Love Affair (2014)

…a television series. Even I have to admit that things do fall apart a bit toward the end, though. The first 10 episodes are as powerful and atmospheric as a tightly constructed thriller, but the last quarter feels rushed. And while the show’s open-ended finale is close to perfect, it would have been improved by the addition of another episode devoted to its impact on the drama’s extended constellation of relationships. Ultimately, Secret L…

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