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DryedMangoez reviews of television series, films and music.

Good Ol’/Check-in Review: Season 4 of now-tVN’s “Voice” Franchise Expands Its World in Stunning Fashion

The first three seasons of OCN’s Voice delivered top-notch action and stunning performances. Between the relatively familiar crime solving mystery of season one to the darker psychological thriller of seasons two and three, Voice 4 (보이스4: 심판의 시간) finds the perfect balance between those two contrasts. Continuing the story of Lee Ha Na’s captivating Kang Kwon Joo, Voice 4 introduces us to new characters and new dangers while expanding its world in the most unexpected, yet exciting ways.

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Good Ol’ Review: A Captivating Yoo Ah In Leads Strong Cast in Netflix’s Pensive, Thrilling “Hellbound”

Netflix’s latest Korean drama Hellbound (지옥/Hell) is a pensive thriller that blends fantasy, supernatural and horror with thought-provoking discussion and even a touch of biblical epic. Yeon Sang Ho, the mind behind the excellent Train to Busan, directs this series based on his own webtoon of the same name. And Hellbound shares many of the same qualities that made the blockbuster film so successful, including the ability to examine real world ills while engaging in action-packed spectacle.

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Good Ol’/Check-In Review: Season 1 of OCN’s “Voice” an Origin Story That Stands on Its Own

Last year, I watched seasons 2 and 3 of OCN’s crime thriller Voice (보이스) partly for Lee Jin Wook, one of my all-time favorite Korean actors. Those two seasons were near the top of my Favorite Dramas list at the end of the year. And after watching them, I planned on circling back to season one. When it was announced that Voice would be returning for a 4th season this year, I thought what better time to do that than now. So before jumping into Season 4, I finally decided it was time to watch how it all began.

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Good Ol’ Review: Park Gyu Young and Kim Min Jae Are Irresistibly Charming in Fun and Satisfying “Dali and Cocky Prince”

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a brighter, more loveable and fun pair than Kim Min Jae and Park Gyu Young on KBS’ Dali and Cocky Prince (달리와 감자탕 /Dal Ri and Gamjatang). Sweet and hilarious, the series is the very definition of romantic-comedy. But it also has a lot of heart and is, maybe surprisingly so, grounded in reality while still being infused with a charming fairy tale aura. Simply put, it is one of the year’s most enjoyable and satisfying series.

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Recap & Review: Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Special Chapter – Memory of Soulmates
Good Ol’ Review: Honey Lee is Truly a Wonder as She Leads the Refreshingly Fun and Satisfying “One the Woman”

SBS’ One the Woman (원 더 우먼) is an absolute fun ride. Honey Lee is charming and irresistible as she leads a strong cast in bringing to life a hilarious, exciting, dramatic and feel-good story. Korean audiences apparently thought the same as it had no problem continuing the network’s winning streak in the slot. A perfect balance of kick-ass action, well-placed comedy and soapy drama makes for a winning combination and one of the year’s most refreshing and enjoyable watches.

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Good Ol’ Review: tvN’s “The Devil Judge” an Exciting and Thought-Provoking Thriller That Feels Terrifyingly Close to Reality

tvN’s The Devil Judge (악마판사) is a character-driven dystopian thriller that feels terrifyingly close to reality, especially in today’s world. That “hits close to home” feeling lingers throughout the 16-episode series and makes what’s being depicted on screen that much more visceral and affecting. Powered by an excellent cast that brings multi-layered characters to vivid life, The Devil Judge is an exciting and thought-provoking experience.

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Good Ol’ Review: “Moebius: The Veil” Successfully Offers Up Enlightening Backstory, While Making the Case for More in Its Fully Established World
Good Ol’ Review: Kim Go Eun, Ahn Bo Hyun and “Yumi’s Cells” Come Together for an Endearing, Whimsical Slice of Life

Yumi’s Cells (유미의 세포들) is a sweet, whimsical and grounded romantic slice of life. The television adaptation of a popular webtoon by Lee Dong Gun is able to bring to life a colorful, yet wholly relatable world in the most creative and refreshing way possible. Kim Go Eun and Ahn Bo Hyun are absolutely charming and compelling as two 30-somethings navigating life, love and career. And alongside a large cast of immediately loveable little friends, the series ends up being one of the most enjoyable series of the year.

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Good Ol’ Review: Namgoong Min Powers MBC’s Gritty, Intricate Thriller “The Veil”
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