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Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 5
by | July 9, 2014 | 54 Comments
Gah, nobody beats Lee Jun-ki for expressive eyes. The painnnn, you can just feel it through his gaze. This is an episode that covers a fair bit of setup ground, because we’re starting anew as our hero puts his revenge mission into motion. I’m thankful that the show has done such a compelling job of... More »


Drama Casting & News
Oh Snap! Surplus mermaid princess
by | July 9, 2014 | 56 Comments
I don’t know why they didn’t just title Surplus Princess The Little Mermaid instead, since that’s the pun (surplus princess is just a mumble away from sounding like the other title), and also the source material: The story is about an actual mermaid who comes to Seoul in search of true love and has a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Park Hae-jin turns psychopath for action-crime drama
by | July 9, 2014 | 42 Comments
Park Hae-jin is making the most of his recent wave of popularity (thanks, You From Another Star) to line up his next drama after just wrapping on Doctor Stranger: He’ll be doing a crime-action drama on cable station OCN titled Bad Boys, which he’d previously been considering and has now confirmed. He’ll be stretching his... More »


Drama Casting & News
Park Eun-bin up to challenge Han Seok-kyu as Princess Hyegyeong
by | July 8, 2014 | 20 Comments
Ooh, the casting is shaping up to be quite promising for SBS’s upcoming sageuk thriller Secret Door, which recently confirmed that Han Seok-kyu (Tree With Deep Roots) would be taking the lead role as King Yeongjo. I’m still waiting on pins and needles to know if Lee Je-hoon will ultimately take the role of Yeongjo’s... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Answer Me, Youths Over Flowers
by | July 8, 2014 | 51 Comments
Trust evil genius Na PD (Grandpas Over Flowers, 1N2D) to trick us yet again! He’d initially kidnapped a trio of musicians (and variety regulars) for his new backpacking variety program Youths Over Flowers, giving the title a tongue-in-cheek twist since Yoon Sang, Yoo Hee-yeol, and Lee Juck are all fortysomething and more appropriately ajusshis than... More »


Drama Casting & News
Production in full swing for Temptation
by | July 7, 2014 | 28 Comments
Time to check in on SBS’s Temptation, which has been busily filming away in preparation for its premiere mid-month. I was actually expecting a bit more buzz from the promo machine given the high-profile reunion of Choi Ji-woo and Kwon Sang-woo, two of the mainstays of Hallyu 1.0, but perhaps there’s still time to build... More »


Drama Casting & News
Yoon-ah as Nodame?
by | July 6, 2014 | 356 Comments
So the big news today is that Girls Generation’s Yoon-ah has been offered the lead role in the Nodame Cantabile remake. Inasmuch as this is a highly anticipated adaptation of a beloved Japanese series whose heroine was pretty much universally loved (Ueno Juri), already there’s a flurry of mixed reactions to the news. Currently Yoon-ah’s... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: Star-spangled barbecue
by | July 6, 2014 | 48 Comments
javabeans: Happy Fourth of July, for everyone for whom that means anything! And by “means anything” I’m mostly referring to meat and beer, I think. girlfriday: Hey, where I come from, meat and beer are things worth celebrating. Not that anyone really needs an excuse to fire up the grill and drink beer. Are you... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #350
by | July 4, 2014 | 264 Comments
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Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 4
by | July 3, 2014 | 169 Comments
We’re here! With the requisite backdrop set and the conflict established, we now get to the meat of the present-day story, and I’m just about hopping in anticipation to see where we go from here. I suppose we can think of the first four episodes as the “childhood portion” of many a sageuk drama, only... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 3
by | July 2, 2014 | 115 Comments
Joseon Gunman continues to deliver just what I want. That’s an interesting thing because you would think that getting exactly what you wish for could be something of a letdown when you know what’s going to happen—we’re still establishing conflicts and heading toward revenge motivation. But in the way that a good romantic comedy can... More »