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2016 Year in Review, Part 1: The Bean Count
by | December 12, 2016 | 334 Comments
It’s Bean Count time! For those of you who missed its inaugural post last year, the Bean Count is a fun exercise for our staff, where we get to show our love for shows by giving them (imaginary, useless) beans, which we accrue by watching dramas. (Easiest game ever!) Each recapper earns a bean by... More »

Drama Recaps
The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 3
by | December 9, 2016 | 383 Comments
We’re only on Episode 3, but wow are we in for massive developments. I wouldn’t say that the story is moving quickly, exactly—it likes to linger and draw out its moments—but it does feel quite packed and keeps us on the edge of our seats to know more, and the show upholds the moody, sentimental... More »

Drama Recaps
Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 8
by | December 8, 2016 | 152 Comments
People do some growing up this episode, and I suppose by people I mostly mean our childlike mermaid—although she isn’t the only one to make big strides in facing up to truths and trying to deal with them. It’s an episode chock-full of emotional beats, as people are forced to recognize that problems move on... More »

Drama Casting & News
Nam Sang-mi a potential partner for Namgoong Min in Chief Kim
by | December 6, 2016 | 27 Comments
Ooh, I like this potential lineup: Nam Sang-mi (Joseon Gunman) is eyeing KBS’s upcoming drama Chief Kim for her next project, which could pair her with Namgoong Min (Beautiful Gong Shim); he is still considering, though he’s said to be in final negotiations. The drama is described as an office comedy, and if Namgoong Min... More »

Drama Recaps
The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 1
by | December 2, 2016 | 298 Comments
It was a successful premiere for tvN’s ambitious buzz project The Lonely Shining Goblin, on several fronts: Ratings-wise, it logged a 6.9% average (9.3% real-time high), which for a cable premiere is pretty impressive. I’m less concerned with the numbers than the content, though, since I was more worried about whether the reality of the... More »

Drama Recaps
Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 6
by | December 1, 2016 | 222 Comments
It’s not hard to fall for a hero like Joon-jae, who’s in pretty deep now and not even trying that hard to deny it anymore. He’s gone from being reluctant to help her to being reluctant to admit he likes helping her, but it’s plain for us to see, and that’s what I love about... More »

Drama Casting & News
Uhm Jung-hwa offered MBC weekend drama You’re Too Much
by | November 30, 2016 | 27 Comments
Actress and pop diva Uhm Jung-hwa (Witch’s Romance, Wonderful Nightmare) is gearing up to make a double comeback, with plans for both a new album and a new drama on the horizon. She’s in contention to headline a 50-episode weekend MBC drama, You’re Too Much (working title), which would follow the currently airing drama Blow... More »

Drama Casting & News
Staredowns and threats of a shake-up in Solomon’s Perjury
by | November 29, 2016 | 28 Comments
Since Jo Jae-hyun (Master–God of Noodles) wearing a stern face automatically makes me think evil (or at the very least, scary mofo), it’s pretty apt to have him playing a school administrator in Solomon’s Perjury, the JTBC mystery thriller that unfolds when a student dies at school, the adults turn a blind eye to justice,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Relaxed smiles on the set of JTBC’s Man to Man
by | November 28, 2016 | 56 Comments
Promo materials remain scarce for JTBC’s Man to Man, but I’m happy to see two of its leads smiling in these latest photos from the drama’s shoots. It’s been filming for weeks now (it began production in mid-October), but since it’ll be a pre-produced drama that airs next year, it seems to be taking its... More »

Drama Recaps
Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 4
by | November 24, 2016 | 177 Comments
I find this show a nice breath of fresh air, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Perhaps the You From Another Star connection has dulled the shine a bit so that this show doesn’t feel as fresh as that one did at the time, but I’m loving the brightness, the characters, and the undercurrent of sentimentality (particularly... More »