"The Duo" [MBC]
However, the show lost its vigor after taking too long to show how its main characters grow and to reveal the secrets to their births. It simply took too long for Chun-dung, who has witnessed the failure of a civic riot once, to let go of all his doubts before joining Araejeok. It also took a long time for Dong-nyeo as well to figure out her true feelings for Chun-dung and Gwi-dong, whether she was after true love or social status. The conflict the main leads were faced with and the stories surrouding the supporting characters that once worked so well together, started to shake which led “The Duo” to lose its merit which came from how they told of the lives of commoners from various perspectives. Although they made the right choice in writing about the civic riot which helped the drama steer away from becoming the typical heroic epic, there was still no reason to have the main characters mature at such a slow pace.
Given that, even though Chun-dung died and the civic riot ended in a failure which still managed to evoke a bit of awareness and change in people, the conclusion of this drama is probably more exemplary than tragic. The real tragedy of this show is that it just rushed through that exemplary ending which gave viewers no time to digest it -- even when it was granted a full 32 episodes worth of air time.
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