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: Musical magic [Cantabile Tomorrow]
by | October 19, 2014 | 27 Comments
I tend to enjoy all musical dramas (even the terrible ones) but I get extra excited when they’re actually good, and Cantabile Tomorrow has been more than just good so far. I was a bit apprehensive going in, but all my fears have been alleviated. I realized I’m not watching because I feel any sense... More »

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Surplus Princess: Series review
by | October 13, 2014 | 113 Comments
Fantasy rom-com cable drama Surplus Princess just wrapped up its ten-episode run a few days ago, and I found myself quite looking forward to the finale. Not only because I needed to know who the end pairing would be—the show really kept that question alive right up to the finale—but because the drama ended up... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Not such bad guys [Bad Guys]
by | October 12, 2014 | 27 Comments
It’s funny how TV can take people that we would normally consider the most depraved dregs of society, and have us rooting for them and even admiring them within minutes. Bad Guys really does cram a lot of “bad guy” archetypes into the mix, but I find myself liking every one of them: the abusive... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Miss Mom-to-be [Greatest Marriage]
by | October 5, 2014 | 26 Comments
Greatest Marriage, the new cable series on TV Chosun, is another drama that almost slipped me by, and I can’t say I was much convinced to watch it by the melodrama-y posters and the fact that it airs on weekends (I am very mistrustful of weekend dramas!). Apparently the advertising team never actually watched the... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Grey mourning [Secret Door]
by | September 28, 2014 | 9 Comments
Secret Door sure is intense, especially since it could be fairly accurately described as a show about a bunch of guys in big hats talking at each other. The first two episodes flew by, and even though I’m not very familiar with the history I not only managed to keep up with story, but found... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Lee Dog-wook [Iron Man]
by | September 21, 2014 | 31 Comments
Out of context you might think this is an image of a man pretending he’s a dog, and you wouldn’t be too far from the truth. Hong-bin is more obsessed with smelling things than my actual dog, and he certainly has worse manners. I get the impression that this is going to be more of... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Great expectations [Three Musketeers]
by | September 14, 2014 | 15 Comments
It feels particularly strange to draw the same drama twice in a row when it only airs once a week, but Three Musketeers does a great job of creating compelling atmosphere, and who am I to fight that? This wasn’t a show that I particularly anticipated or thought about before it aired so I had... More »

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Name That Drama: Mean sisters and secret wills
by | September 9, 2014 | 61 Comments
  Can you name these dramas? As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Faex’s question is pretty familiar-sounding… (It might even be recapped on this site!) I’ve been thinking of this one drama recently, and it bugs me because I can only remember the... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Black and white [Three Musketeers]
by | August 31, 2014 | 16 Comments
I was a bit dubious that Three Musketeers would translate well into a fusion sageuk, but it’s turned out to be an adaptation that works surprisingly well. It has plenty of nods to the original, but it’s also a big enough departure that I don’t know how the story will unfold, and it certainly doesn’t... More »

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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 »

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Kolorful Palette: Mysterious [My Secret Hotel]
by | August 24, 2014 | 18 Comments
As far as I’m concerned Queen In-hyun’s man and Nine: Nine Time travels were two of the most memorable dramas from the last couple years, so I was pretty excited to see tvN bringing back Yoo Inna and Lee Jin-wook this week, albeit in two different shows. It’s hard to say which one I like... More »

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5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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