Just Bananas About: Week of 5/15/17

Two brand new dramas just started last Wednesday, vying to get your attention for ratings.  They are both thematically different but both highly anticipated dramas.  From what I’ve seen so far from the first two episodes, I am optimistic about them so here’s a rundown of the storyline from these episodes.

On a complete sidenote, I am a little annoyed that some of the major broadcasters are inserting commercial breaks in the middle of the episode and therefore, the numbering has been adjusted to reflect the two parts as standalones.  From a budget standpoint, it just means more advertising dollars can go to the production and I’m hoping that won’t make the project rely on product placement.  Ultimately, this is just a minor detail and it’s easy to look past this as long as the story doesn’t suffer.

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[Review] Memory – 기억

A TIME TO REMEMBER

Park Tae Suk (Lee Sung Min) is a ruthless lawyer who does whatever it takes to win his cases.  When he becomes diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he realizes how he’s taken everything he holds dear for granted and reevaluates his life and the choices he’s made.  He puts all of his energy into fighting one last case before his memory starts to fade away.

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[Review] Secret Door – Uigwe Murder Case – 비밀의 문 – 의궤 살인 사건

UNEASY LIES THE HEAD THAT WEARS A CROWN

The drama mainly focuses on the conflict between King Yeong Jo (Han Suk Kyu) and his son, Lee Sun (Lee Je Hoon), later known as Crown Prince Sado.  Taking liberties with the recorded history, the drama speculates that a conspiracy plot between the warring Noron and Soron factions was linked with sealing Sado’s fate.

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