Korean Drama Reactions & Reviews

Basically, here you'll find drama reviews that don't follow the episode-by-episode recap format. That includes series reviews, summaries, year-end reviews, polls, and editors' picks featuring the best and the worst dramas of the year.

Also: Name That Drama (identify dramas by the bits and pieces that readers remember), Kolorful Palette (drawings based on drama scenes by the talented Fanderay), and If You Like (recommendations based on drama genres or tropes).
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Drama Reactions & Reviews
Kolorful Palette: Slaving away [Hwajeong]
by | May 3, 2015 | 13 Comments
Here’s another drawing from Hwajeong, and next week the kids will be all grown up as we transition into the main adult storyline. That’ll give us a chance to get an overall clear picture or whether or not it’ll be worth the ride. The looong ride. In the meantime I thought it would be worthwhile... More »


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Kolorful Palette: The senses that work [Girl Who Sees Smells]
by | April 26, 2015 | 27 Comments
Love is in the air! And murder…but mostly love (at least for this episode). I’m digging the vibe of Girl Who Sees Smells, which is a pleasant combo of mysteriousness and rom-commy goodness. What makes it really work is that it’s all so well balanced, and there’s not too much of one or the other... More »


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Kolorful Palette: Family ties [Hwajeong]
by | April 19, 2015 | 10 Comments
Phew..I forgot how mentally exhausting the introductory week of a sageuk can be! Again. The previews always get me so hyped up that I don’t prepare for all the names and factions I have to learn, and by the time I remember to pay close attention it’s too late. Couldn’t all those ministers wear name... More »


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Name That Drama: Smarmy dates and traumatic boxes
by | April 18, 2015 | 36 Comments
  It’s Name That Drama again! As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Date from hell I remember nothing but one scene from this drama. I am 30% sure it’s a K-drama, but cannot guarantee. I’m also pretty sure the lead was wearing a... More »


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Kolorful Palette: Time together [Shine or Go Crazy]
by | April 12, 2015 | 32 Comments
Another drama has come to an end, and although I can’t say that it delivered everything I hoped for, it also didn’t deliver what I feared and expected, so I’m choosing to leave Shine or Go Crazy behind with an overall feeling of contentment. Ultimately I don’t think it will be particularly memorable, but I’m... More »


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Kolorful Palette: Green light [Girl Who Sees Smells]
by | April 5, 2015 | 22 Comments
I always love it when a new drama comes out. I’m inevitably filled with hope and optimism, which is especially welcome when I feel like Dramaland is in a bit of a slump. The premise of Girl Who Sees Smells is pretty peculiar, but I enjoyed the opening episodes far more than I ever expected... More »


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Name That Drama: Capsized canoes and beatboxing
by | March 29, 2015 | 47 Comments
  It’s Name That Drama again! As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Cheating death I’ve been looking for this for so long! I want to say it was in the ’90s…a poor girl who was loved by a really wealthy music executive (I’m... More »


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Kolorful Palette: Princess poised [Shine or Go Crazy]
by | March 28, 2015 | 29 Comments
I had some requests to draw Yeo-won from Shine or Go Crazy and I can’t say that it took much to convince me since she is pretty awesome. On paper she seems fairly run-of-the-mill and hits on many of the classic markers for sageuk second leads: conniving, selfish, pompous, and power-hungry. Usually this also means... More »


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Kolorful Palette: From the shadows [Shine or Go Crazy]
by | March 22, 2015 | 34 Comments
Enough of the lovey-dovey stuff, it’s time for some action! Well…at least for this week. It’s probably only a matter of days before some drama couple supplies me with something adorable to draw. In the meantime, the conniving and scheming of Shine or Go Crazy has finally come to a head, and I smell blood.... More »


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Kolorful Palette: Making hearts [Kill Me, Heal Me]
by | March 15, 2015 | 20 Comments
Well, I actually managed to complete another drama this year so I must have liked it! I can think of plenty to criticize about Kill Me, Heal Me, but ultimately it was a unique experience chock full of enjoyable moments, and I didn’t want those moments to end. Instead of just saying goodbye to our... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Kolorful Palette: The lady in the red backpack [Kill Me, Heal Me]
by | March 8, 2015 | 34 Comments
Just when I thought Kill Me, Heal Me had nothing left to excite me, they throw in an unexpected twist! Well timed, Show (for the record, I’m talking about Episode 16 since I’m writing this pre-Episodes 17-18). Now it feels like anything could happen, and I no longer have any concerns about a lack of... More »