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by | August 29, 2014 | 177 Comments
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Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 20
by | August 28, 2014 | 14 Comments
It’s showtime. The plot picks up and as both sides amp up their strategizing, with spies and counterspies deployed in the game to win the upper hand and outmaneuver the opposition. Both teams make some important strides and face obstacles, but ultimately this episode acts as the launching pad for the big event: military coup.... More »


Drama Casting & News
Secret Door preview hints at chilling father-son conflict
by | August 28, 2014 | 26 Comments
Ahhh, I’m going to have to enlist somebody to keep me calm about Secret Door, my expectations for which just keep climbing. The first teaser is out, and while it’s brief, it sets the suspenseful, intense tone perfectly with King Yeongjo (Han Seok-kyu) sternly facing his desperate-to-please but ultimately doomed son, Crown Prince Sado (Lee... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 19
by | August 27, 2014 | 17 Comments
We get some poignant character beats in today’s episode, but I’m sorry to report that it does also have the distinctive ring of extension-induced slowdown. I can see where there is, empirically, enough plot material to fill the rest of the drama’s run, so it’s not that the story has hit a dead end. I’d... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Face-stealers and home intruders
by | August 26, 2014 | 43 Comments
  Can you name these dramas? As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Lauren’s question rings a bell with me, except for the tally marks. Anybody know? I’ve been searching for this for a while and I’ve turned to you guys to help me... More »


Drama Casting & News
Secret Door reveals its king and romantic killer
by | August 26, 2014 | 45 Comments
I am pretty pumped up about SBS’s upcoming historical drama Secret Door, half because that the cast is amazing, and half because it’s a gruesomely fascinating slice of history rife with pathos and emotion—and a heckuva mystery, as nobody has the definitive explanation for what caused Crown Prince Sado (played here by Lee Je-hoon) to... More »


Drama Recaps
Three Musketeers: Episode 2
by | August 25, 2014 | 72 Comments
The setup is complete, and now we begin the journey of initiating Dal-hyang into the group of musketeers, mostly by throwing him off the deep end and figuring he’ll work it out. This episode delivers more action and wry humor, and also shines a light (albeit a tiny, brief one) into the characters’ backgrounds, giving... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Seon-kyun gets angry for new movie role
by | August 25, 2014 | 9 Comments
Lee Seon-kyun is lining up his next project after enjoying a successful run with his action thriller A Hard Day earlier this year, and this time takes on the titular character in Angry Lawyer. Okay, so that title doesn’t sound the most exciting, but at least the premise seems promising: It’s a legal thriller about... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: No pain, no gain
by | August 23, 2014 | 216 Comments
girlfriday: I feel a little bit like a slacker these days, only recapping half a show. It’s probably the lightest load I’ve had since I started recapping. I’m watching everything under the sun, I swear, just haven’t found something that grabs me. javabeans: That’s the nature of following dramaland in real time—sometimes there’s a whole... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #357
by | August 22, 2014 | 341 Comments
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Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 18
by | August 21, 2014 | 25 Comments
The game of one-upsmanship intensifies with both sides gaining some and losing some. And while Choi Won-shin has the bounce-back of a rubberized demonic energizer bunny, it’s pretty satisfying to watch him deal with multiple setbacks at the hands of our hero. The tension is ratcheting up with every encounter, and you can certainly feel... More »