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Drama Casting & News
Bad Boys behind bars prepare for the hunt
by | September 2, 2014 | 60 Comments
OCN may only have one genre angle in programming its original drama series content (crime, crime, and more crime), but if it can’t have breadth, at least it has depth. And of all the channels putting out scripted drama content, it does have the grittiest, goriest fare, and its new series Bad Boys ought to... More »


Drama Casting & News
Sentimental teaser posters for MBC’s My Spring Days
by | September 1, 2014 | 37 Comments
In keeping with the drama’s melo-with-a-light-touch vibe, here we have fresh, spring-like posters for the MBC drama My Spring Days, wherein a heroine (named Spring) who’d lived for years with a terminal illness receives a heart transplant and is given a new chance at life. Kam Woo-sung is the grief-stricken widower who falls in love... More »


Drama Casting & News
Iron Man’s hero and his literal knives of pain
by | September 1, 2014 | 143 Comments
I knew that the description of upcoming KBS drama Iron Man had the hero’s character, played by Lee Dong-wook, somehow painfully sprouting knives from his body—I knew this, all the articles said so—and yet, I was still clinging to the hope that maybe, just maybe, those knives would be a figure of speech. Say, they... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: Concept conception
by | August 30, 2014 | 86 Comments
javabeans: So I’ll be flying down to see you again this weekend, which is weird to say because when this post goes up I will have already done it. Which we’ve mentioned before, I’m sure. It’s like time travel, but without any of the fun parts. girlfriday: And also without any of the earth-shattering time-space... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #358
by | August 29, 2014 | 293 Comments
  Neon Bunny – “Falling” [ Download ] Open Thread #357 Open Thread #356 Open Thread #355 Open Thread #354 No tags for this post.... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 20
by | August 28, 2014 | 17 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 | 29 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 | 19 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 | 45 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 | 46 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 | 73 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 »