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Capital Scandal
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by addicted2dramas

Mar 26, 2013
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 4.0
Korean historical dramas and me don't exactly have a good history together. Historical dramas put me off to sleep and I end up dropping them but Capital Scandal was an enjoyable experience. Romance, revenge, humor, drama, action and some cliches- this drama had it all. I think it had the potential to be one of the best Korean dramas if not the best one. Alas, inconsistencies killed so many other dramas before and this one isn't an exception either. A killer cast and three-dimensional characters should have done done wonders to this drama but the writing simply left it somewhere in between. I am giving it an overall 8 solely for the incredible actors and the catchy OST. The drama started off really well, then got lost somewhere in between around episodes 8-10 and then from then on it became something else entirely. I think the second half and first half are like separate dramas squeezed into one. Things happened too repetitively or too suddenly. Every thing in this drama was redundant and boring later on- the romance, the independence struggle and even the humor. Still, I think it was a good drama and is definitely an underrated one. The thing I loved most about it was how the second leads were so great that they simply overshadowed the main couple. Soo Hyun & Song Joo are magnificently deep and likable. They never got boring and also had the best plot and scenes. I can't believe it, but I'll have to say they were the ones who kept this drama alive. Sure, Han Ji Min and Kang Ji Hwan are good actors but when even good actors get boring roles to play, some one else has to save the drama. Its ending was weird and rushed. It was a bittersweet one and one couple gets to stay happy while the other gets their share of tragedy (which I hate). I think this drama served okay as a one-time watch. I will probably never watch it again. Overall a good one but not a great one.
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