Korean Drama Recaps

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The latest episode recaps, series reviews, drama wrap-ups, and first impressions for currently airing Korean TV dramas, as well as the good ol' classics.

Recaps cover individual kdrama episodes, in loving and painstaking detail. They include translation and commentary, deconstruction of drama tropes, cultural explanations, and meta jokes. Squee along with us (or rant when things go awry).

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Solomon’s Perjury: Episode 8
by | January 18, 2017 | 7 Comments
This show is so good, and every episode just gets better. We’re in for a hail of answers, but don’t think that means you’ll get the ones you’re looking for. What we do get, however, pretty much blows everything else out of the water… for now, at least. This is an hour that belongs to... More »


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Hwarang: Episode 10
by | January 18, 2017 | 83 Comments
One thing I appreciate about Hwarang is that as soon as one conflict is set aside, three new ones crop up in its place. Several questions are raised in this episode, mostly regarding Sun-woo and his origins, and I’m eager to learn more about our “nameless” boy with the sad eyes and the blank past.... More »


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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: Episode 20 (Final)
by | January 17, 2017 | 95 Comments
D-Day has arrived, and our underdog Doldam heroes deliver a well-deserved knockdown to the other side. I love how this drama never failed to surpass my expectations since the first episode, since we’re given beautiful conclusions to all the interwoven storylines that we’ve grown attached to. Despite there being three separate endings, each captures a... More »


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Voice: Episode 1
by | January 17, 2017 | 66 Comments
OCN is the best channel for stylish crime procedurals, and their new mystery thriller is both disturbing and utterly gripping as it reveals the importance of an emergency call center’s response time. After all, how many detectives can solve a case in one day, much less ten minutes? While the subject matter may not be... More »


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Hwarang: Episode 9
by | January 17, 2017 | 173 Comments
As the Moon Festival draws closer, the Hwarang boys begin to worry as outside pressures close in on them. Their secrets are too big to stay secrets for long, and several relationships will be stressed to the breaking point. The Hwarang is a dangerous place to be, and they’re going to need to band together... More »


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Solomon’s Perjury: Episode 7
by | January 16, 2017 | 34 Comments
This episode is all about big revelations, as we’re hit with some major confessions from those characters we’ve been dying to hear from most. But with a courtroom filled with emotional high schoolers, it’s not easy to decipher whether these confessions are the truth, or merely another string of lies. Who can we really trust... More »


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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 13
by | January 13, 2017 | 704 Comments
So many big things are happening in this show lately that part of me is excited (finally, big plot movement!) and part of me is scared for what’ll be left for the final three episodes (flashbacks and musical interludes?). But let’s focus on what we do get, because it’s pretty momentous stuff, and we gotta... More »


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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: Episode 19
by | January 13, 2017 | 86 Comments
Finally, everything is out in the open, even if the truth may painful to confront. Even though it hurts to know the truth right now, our Doldam team needs this in order to build up their core belief in each other and come back stronger than before. The enemy keeps lobbing unexpected volleys at our... More »


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Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 17
by | January 12, 2017 | 185 Comments
Today is packed with revelations, confessions, and bends in the road, which makes it fitting for being the first episode to finally break that 20% ratings barrier (20.8% was the number). Of course, I’m sure the lack of competition had a part in it (its MBC and KBS rivals aired their finales yesterday), but hey,... More »


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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: Episode 16 (Final)
by | January 12, 2017 | 306 Comments
There’s such a bittersweet joy in sending your children off to become adults, and that’s exactly how I feel, seeing this show end. But all baby birds must leave the nest, and it’s time for Bok-ju and Joon-hyung and all their friends to spread their wings. It’s been a nearly perfect journey from beginning to... More »