[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 12 Final 2015/03/27,
Almost the entirity of this episode is dedicated to the musical show where the titular team makes their debut. There's plenty of musical numbers and very little plot- which is fine by me, since I'm rather tired of discussing my irritations with the plot. Weirdly enough, aside from the cliffhanger most of the important story points were actually resolved last episode. The secondary love line, the coming out story, and the ever-annoying Scarlett are now well in the past. That leaves the primary love line and the archvillain Je-gook. And these plot points aren't really resolved by deliberate character action so much as just by random accident,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 11 2015/03/20,
Just when I thought "Sing Again, Hera Gu" couldn't get any more dumb and petty, the central conflict ends up being about security issues of all things. How did Se-jong even get into that office in the first place? Does the secretary just wave in everybody who she recognizes even if they're no longer clients? Why does Je-gook have a button on his desk that sets off the fire alarm- in what possible context could that be useful? Do bands regularly have guitar burnings in his office?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 10 2015/03/13,
The villains in "Sing Again, Hera Gu" are very petty. I honestly can't think of any other way to describe their behavior. Je-gook, a man who's supposed to be a power player in the world of music, seriously dedicates resources and witnesses here to commit a crime that practically amounts to a high school prank. They've got him dead-to-rights for burglary and vandalism- if the accomplices have any sense they'll sell out the famous dude to avoid jail time. At least, that's what our characters could do, if they would just call the police,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 9 2015/03/06,
As much as I enjoy parodies over the inherent absurdity involved in scripted television, I'm not sure "Sing Again, Hera Gu" is really in any position to be giving lectures over what constitutes comically bad writing. The big dramatic event this episode ends up turning into a rather petty, dumb scam that accomplishes very little except making Hera feel somewhat ill. For the record, an incident like this would probably provoke an investigation by the trade guilds. There are very serious regulations involved in who's allowed entry onto a set,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 8 2015/02/27,
Well I'll be darned. "Sing Again, Hera Gu" is one of the last dramas I'd expect to have a coherent, self-contained philosophical thread over the course of a single episode and yet here we are. Kudos to the production team- the theme here is confession, specifically of the romantic variety. Nearly every single character gets entangled in one of these somehow, and as the ending helpfully notes, what determines success or failure in this context isn't necessarily genuineness, but rather timing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 7 2015/02/20,
The direction in "Sing Again, Hera Gu" makes the drama look like a music video. That's not necessarily an insult, it's just that realizing this helps me to understand somewhat why the plot frequently takes such radical terms. In music videos, no one really cares about situations being overly melodramatic because they're so short. Car crashes, lovelorn crooning, secret conspiracies- heck, most music videos only even have vague verbal references to their "story" at all, relying mostly on visuals. So why should an Mnet drama be any different?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 6 2015/02/13,
Unfortunately there's not really much music this time. The main song is at the beginning, and it's more a standard music video than a real dance number. Instead, there's a lot more regarding the romance. Ray helpfully recaps us on the plot from his perspective- he came to Korea to meet his twin, but his twin is dead. His dream lives on, though, for the love of music and the love of Hera. While Ray was always on board with first plank of the plan, it's only just now that he can see the appeal of the second,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 4 2015/01/30,
So, the dark secrets regarding Se-chan and his separated twin brother are...not really explained that well actually. Well, sometimes people get babies confused. It happens. I mean let's be honest most babies look identical anyway. Actually I find myself wondering about their father...no, never mind. I don't want to know. If he's not in the picture that means he'll probably re-enter the story in a comically melodramatic way and "Sing Again, Hera Gu" is already constantly trying my patience with exaggerated tragedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 3 2015/01/23,
Apparently the first two episodes were just a prologue- the plot actually starts now, as He-ra tries to fulfill Se-chan's last wishes and bring the band back together. Note that the main important storyline point the drama needed to establish for this to work was just to show the six lead characters being buddies, but up until this episode they've barely even shared any screen time. Well, whatever. I'm mostly just relieved that "Sing Again, Hera Gu" has stopped with the excessive melodrama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 2 2015/01/16,
If I didn't know better I'd think this drama was deliberately trying to antagonize me. This episode has the exact same flaws and virtues that I discussed last time- except there's more flaw and less virtue. We have one really good, really fun song to start the episode out out. Then there's a big conversation about betrayal and the three characters not in the love triangle are almost completely sidelined as the whole episode turns into serious emotional drama about characters who have little defined motivation outside of childhood flashbacks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 1 2015/01/09,
Usually it takes multiple episodes for a drama to have issues with pacing and build-up, yet somehow "Sing Again, Hera Gu" manages to screw this up right from the start. First we get the actual auditions, then a huge ridiculously long portion that goes over the drama's love triangle in minute, tiring detail, and finally we get back to the music competition just in time for a cliffhanger right when things are about to get interesting. I'm not terribly surprised to learn that this drama has three credited writers and two directors, only one of whom seems to have any serious prior experience,...More
Miss A: 'We Try To Reborn As 'Sentimental Idol" 2012/02/24, Source,
Group Miss A, who has been gaining popularity with their new mini album entitled "Touch" said, "We have presented powerful dance performances up to now, but you might be able to find the difference from our new album. We try to express our emotion even in our finger movements. Our performance will be like a work of drama (laugh)".
The best performer group Miss A (Jia, Min, Suzy, and Fei) came back with more mature appearances. Their new title song "Touch" that was released on February 20 already ranked atop the various music streaming chart,...More
2PM: 'We Want to Show Our Enthusiasm On Stage' 2011/06/27, Source, 2PM recently released a song entitled "Hands Up.
After releasing their second album, 2PM said, "We want to come back to our friendly image that we showed when we debuted".
The "Animal Idol" image of 2PM is undergoing change. 2PM released their new song "Hands Up" after an eight month break, and they frankly expressed their feelings in an interview held on June 21, saying they had tried to express the bright and candid image that they had presented right after their debut. Wooyoung said, "I told our producer, Jin Young, that I wanted to play on the stage. I think that we will enjoy our performances along with our fans and we will be shown as ordinary boys who can dance really well on the stage". Joon Soo said with confidence, "People who watch our performance on the stage for the first time will all think that 2PM members are playing on the stage really joyfully",...More
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