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Punch: Episode 11
by | January 22, 2015 | 31 Comments
A carefully laid trap is sprung this episode, giving our good(-ish) guys a much-needed boost to continue fighting the good(-ish) fight. It’s all gray areas when it comes to these characters, and trying to figure out which shade of grey they represent is about as useless an endeavor as nailing jello to a tree. With... More »

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Punch: Episode 10
by | January 21, 2015 | 26 Comments
It’s an hour of moves and countermoves, with everyone trying to gain an edge that’ll make their opponents kneel before them. Jung-hwan comes to realize how useless a dying man is perceived in the eyes of society, and sets out to prove them wrong even if he’s having to go at it alone—but I guess... More »

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Spy: Episode 4
by | January 20, 2015 | 45 Comments
What a tragic family situation, but at least it’s one born out of love. Mom has to do the unthinkable in spying on her son, but soon finds that her foe is a more formidable opponent than she’d initially given him credit for. Her dilemma is still the same, only much more pronounced this hour—in... More »

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Punch: Episode 9
by | January 16, 2015 | 28 Comments
So far, Punch has managed to up its own ante without fail each week, and not only meets the sometimes insanely difficult challenges it creates for itself, it actually exceeds them. If that sounds like high praise, that’s because it is, and because there’s no reason to hide one’s feelings for a show that’s as... More »

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Punch: Episode 8
by | January 15, 2015 | 26 Comments
Our heroine finally takes a page from her ex-husband’s playbook this hour, giving her a new avenue to make use of her ruthless mercenary tactics when it comes to enforcing the law—now she gets to enforce more of the thing she loves most by adhering just a little less strictly to it herself. You can... More »

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Spy: Episode 2
by | January 14, 2015 | 81 Comments
Sleek and stylish, just how I like ‘em. That and how briskly-paced this show is, since Spy isn’t messing around when it comes to getting in and out without wearing out its welcome, which is pretty nifty considering its double-header format and its unusual time slot on Friday nights. The limited timeframe also cuts lingering... More »

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Punch: Episode 7
by | January 8, 2015 | 45 Comments
The secret’s out, not to the people who’d be most affected by the knowledge, but instead falling into the hands of those who would do the most damage with it—a fact that shouldn’t be surprising in a world as unforgiving as this one. Former pillars of morality begin to fall this hour, leaving Ha-kyung as... More »

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Punch: Episode 6
by | January 7, 2015 | 50 Comments
An enormous manhunt takes place when our villain’s beloved brother eludes our heroine’s grasp, prompting a showdown between those prosecutors who consider themselves law-abiding and those who’ve made the law their bitch. But as it turns out, even the most powerful of men can’t do everything alone—meaning that someone must be really missing his partner... More »

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Punch: Episode 5
by | December 31, 2014 | 33 Comments
Leave it to a show as tense and unrelenting as Punch to make even the act of eating jjajangmyun an edge-of-your-seat affair—though I guess when you have such fully realized characters with such conflicting desires, even sustenance can become stand-in for something more: a challenge, a memory, a friendship, a bitter rivalry. Some shows allow... More »

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Punch: Episode 4
by | December 28, 2014 | 27 Comments
This show makes me so happy. Well-constructed on every conceivable level, Punch is a show that asks its audience to engage and make of it what we will, ending up on the right side of the divide between being deliberately obfuscatory or just that complex. What at first seemed like a simple, cut-and-dry case blows... More »

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Punch: Episode 3
by | December 24, 2014 | 24 Comments
With her ex-husband out of commission, Ha-kyung has to step up to the plate to right the wrongs he’s done, which turns out to be more than just a monumental task—it’s a dangerous one, too. We also catch a brief glimpse into the past to find that Jung-hwan knew how to be happy once, but... More »