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'Orange Marmalade' Returns To Modern-Day High School

BY Adrienne Stanley | Jul 11, 2015 08:24 AM EDT

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The July 10 episode of the KBS2 teen drama, "Orange Marmalade" traveled back to the modern age. After dedicating four episodes to providing the back story of the human-vampire treaty, "Orange Marmalade" returned to the contemporary setting of a Korean high school.

Jung Jae Min (Yeo Jin Goo) struggled to retrieve repressed memories of Baek Ma Ri (AOA's Seolhyun), following a drowning accident, where he resolved himself to the knowledge that she is a vampire.

After enduring isolation through the Vampire Control System, a modern-day government entity to control the behavior of the supernatural entities, Ma Ri returns to her former high school. Spurred by her personal mission of helping Jae Min regain his memory, Ma Ri endures the ridicule and torment of her classmates. 

Jae Min is equally cold towards Ma Ri continues to experience hallucinations of their relationship during the Joseon period. As he begins to confront his feelings for her, Han Si Hoo (CNBLUE's Lee Jong Hyun) returns to the school, to help Ma Ri acclimate to her life as a vampire who has publically revealed herself. 

Audiences responded to the episodes which spanned the Joseon period with mixed reactions. While main cast continued to captivate audiences within a contemporary setting, "Orange Marmalade" struggled with its period episodes. On June 26, the drama recorded a low of 2.5 percent, before climbing 1.3 percent on June 3. The series will likely experience an increase in viewership, as it returns to the subject matter that help to build its audience. 

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About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramastars. She is also a contributing writer for KpopStarz, MTV Iggy, Viki and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).

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