Lee Dong Wook Makes the Solomon’s Choice Between Lady Love and Brother in Episode 8 of Tale of Gumiho

The inexplicable and bizarre lack of romantic chemistry between the leads in Tale of Gumiho is really dragging down the energy of the drama, but conversely it makes the other parts work harder to keep this thing afloat. Episode 8 is the midway point and got ratings back up to 5.137% and still delivered the good and the dull in equal measures. This drama is really rewarding Kim Bum‘s younger angry brother Lee Rang with the meatiest role and the ideal comeback for him from the military. His lack of motherly love, his brotherly abandonment, his bleeding heart craving love but burnt to crisp, it’s all so palpable. Then we have the lovebirds and their lame love and the “he killed me even though I have the imoogi evil spirit inside me” angst that doesn’t hit with any emotional resonance because the leads have no chemistry. I could watch Rang all day, the vet and his abused fox crush, and all that Korean cultural mythology getting a fresh coat of paint for the remainder of its run because otherwise it’s really dumb as rocks around here.

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Episode 3 Ratings of 5.588% for Tale of Gumiho Well Deserved as Drama Treads Strong Line Between Modern Mystery and Historical Intensity

Wed-Thurs tvN drama Tale of Gumiho (Tale of the Nine-Tailed) continues to captivate my entire attention for the full hour, with episode 3 getting even darker into the horror and mythology. I mean, Donner party hello? I still don’t feel … Continue reading