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Drama Recaps
Neighborhood Hero: Episode 1
by | January 24, 2016 | 121 Comments
There was a burst of new content on cable this weekend, and Neighborhood Hero (also called Local Hero) was OCN’s offering, marking the channel’s shift to the twice-a-week format. They’ve had a number of successes in the once-a-week action thriller format—that’s been their bread and butter—but are trying something new with this Saturday-Sunday scheduling. Off... More »


Drama Recaps
Youths Over Flowers in Iceland: Episode 4
by | January 24, 2016 | 43 Comments
javabeans: The guys arrive at the base of a waterfall and decide to hike up to the top, and the show makes seem like this will be more of an ordeal than they’re expecting. In that they’re not expecting any ordeal at all. On the way up, they run into two Korean girl travelers, and... More »


Meta
Notice: Apologies for the technical difficulties
by | January 23, 2016 | 17 Comments
Hey folks, just a quick notice that we’re experiencing some technical difficulties with recaps at the moment, which we are working to fix ASAP! It’s been an on-and-off problem all day and we hope to have everything resolved soon, but in the interim, we want to assure you we’re aware of the issue and you’re... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Dramabeans Top 10: Korean dramas about enemies-to-lovers romances
by | January 22, 2016 | 106 Comments
girlfriday: We promised more Dramabeans Top 10s and now we’re back! Year-end shenanigans kept us busy for a while there, but it’s a brand new year and there are many more dramas to be watched! javabeans: Our last Top 10 focused on friends who became lovers, so what better counterpart than ye olde dramaland favorite,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Oh Ji-ho, Park Ha-sun up to headline My Little Baby
by | January 22, 2016 | 21 Comments
With Kang Ji-hwan recently signing on to MBC melodrama Monster, the other MBC drama he had been considering, My Little Baby, has had to look elsewhere for its hero. Now it has confirmed securing Oh Ji-ho (Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong, Maids) for the lead, while Park Ha-sun (Temptation) is currently being mentioned as a potential co-star.... More »


Podcasts
Dramabeans Podcast #31
by | January 21, 2016 | 69 Comments
It’s a new year, and we’re eager to get through all of our backlog so we can start fresh again! We have a lot of catching up to do in this podcast, so we did our best to speed through to cover as much as we could in a (somewhat) reasonable amount of time. It’s... More »


Drama Casting & News
MBC melo Monster secures Kang Ji-hwan to headline
by | January 21, 2016 | 76 Comments
Ah, this casting makes more sense: Kang Ji-hwan (Big Man) is now confirmed as the leading man in MBC’s upcoming 50-episode melodrama Monster (formerly titled Tyrant), while relative newcomer Seo Kang-joon (Cheese in the Trap) is no longer in consideration for the show. It seemed so strange to have a young rookie like Seo being... More »


Drama Recaps
Cheese in the Trap: Episode 6
by | January 19, 2016 | 289 Comments
It’s a great episode for cuteness, and growth in understanding, and poignant character beats, and just everything, really. There are nice moments for several characters, but it’s our main couple who shines as they draw closer, start growing out of their awkwardness a bit (though I’ll always welcome a little comical flailing), and find common... More »


Drama Casting & News
Yoon Sang-hyun, Lee Yo-won up for quirky JTBC rom-com
by | January 18, 2016 | 27 Comments
JTBC has announced a new drama in the works, as well as two stars in contention to headline it, Yoon Sang-hyun (Gap-dong) and Lee Yo-won (Empire of Gold): The show is titled (something like) Hot Temper and Nam Jung-ki, but I have to warn you that I’m not a hundred percent on that because the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kang So-ra considers human drama Neighborhood Lawyer with Park Shin-yang
by | January 18, 2016 | 26 Comments
Ooh, I’m suddenly more interested in this drama: She may have turned down Rain’s fantasy-melo drama Come Back, Ajusshi, but it looks like we’ll get another chance to see Kang So-ra (Warm and Cozy) back on TV with the upcoming drama Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho. The lead role was offered to Park Shin-yang (Sign) back... More »


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4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

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