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Pandora: Beneath The Paradise Has Promise If The Awkward Camera Angles Are Gone [Review]

Pandora: Beneath The Paradise Has Promise If The Awkward Camera Angles Are Gone [Review]

The show tells the story of Hong Taera, a woman who is suddenly regaining her lost memories and it threatens her whole world.

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Pandora: Beneath the Paradise is a South Korean television series that’s available on Disney Plus Hotstar.

The story follows Hong Taera (Lee Ji-ah) who suffered a traumatic past but subsequently lost all memories of it as she grew up.

Fast forward a few years later, she has done very well for herself and is seemingly leading a perfect life. She is also rising to become the nation’s first lady albeit reluctantly.

However, her lost memories are starting to resurface, and she has to make a life-changing decision to protect her family at all costs.

What to expect?

The start of the show was a bit confusing. It was shot in a hazy manner, perhaps to reflect the state of her mind and confusion as she gets flashes of her past memories.

However, that effect gets annoying when it’s done for an extended period of time. The show also throws the audience right into the action and introduces the characters quickly to set everything up.

For a bit of background, Taera’s husband, Pyo Jae-hyun (Lee Sang-yoon) runs a huge and high-profile tech company called Hatch with two of his friends.

Unsurprisingly, the company’s latest experiment drew attention from some unsavoury characters and it’s also part of the whole mysterious intrigue in the show.

By episode 2, things start to make a little more sense and fall into place. We finally get to make sense of Taera’s memories and we can start slotting the puzzle pieces together with her.

The story has a mesh of science fiction and action thriller to keep viewers interested enough to find out what happens next and who is the secret cabal threatening everyone in Taera’s life.

Should you skip or watch the show?

I would have enjoyed the show more if they did away with the awkward camera angles and pans. So far, I think the plot is alright because what you think will happen turns out otherwise.

Pandora: Beneath The Paradise reminds me of popular shows such as Nikita and Dollhouse. If you are a fan of both shows, this South Korean series might be right up your alley.

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