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Drama Reactions & Reviews
Somewhere Over the K-Drama Rainbow [Year In Review, Part 3]
by | December 18, 2011 | 220 Comments
The other day, I sat down and thought long and hard about all of the various dramas that I’ve seen over the course of my life. I remembered secretly turning on the T.V. as a small child and pressing my nose against the glass, fascinated with the powerful, forbidden emotions at play somewhere inside that... More »


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The Good, The Bad, and The Hmmm… of 2011 [Year In Review, Part 2]
by | December 15, 2011 | 257 Comments
  First off, I have to deeply thank – and bow to – Javabeans and Girlfriday - it’s an honor to be included with the most respected K-drama writers for this year. Compared to these fine people, I am an utter noob. Speaking of being such a noob, I shall now complain: It’s so hard to... More »


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Measuring 2011 on the Sticky Scale [Year In Review, Part 1]
by | December 13, 2011 | 202 Comments
Time for another Year In Review series! How did a year pass by so quickly? I guess when you’re busy watching dramas, time flies. This is my fifth year (eek) doing this series, which means you basically know the drill by now. (You can refer to the year-ender tag to catch up on past posts.)... More »


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2011 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the past year
by | December 7, 2011 | 455 Comments
It’s that time of year again: Polls, polls, polls! To keep up the Dramabeans year-end tradition, here we are with the Best, the Funniest, the Crackiest, and yes, also the Underwhelmingest dramas of the year. (To see how past years shook out, take a look at the 2007 Polls, 2009 Polls, and 2010 Polls. Yes,... More »


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The Princess’s Man: Series review
by | November 24, 2011 | 222 Comments
Epic, moving, suspenseful, and superbly paced. If I were limited to only a handful of words, that’s how I’d describe The Princess’s Man, KBS’s romantic melodrama and premium sageuk from earlier this summer. Then again, I’ve never been good with brevity and I do have an open-ended word count available, so let’s cut to the... More »


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The Script Doctor is in: Myung-wol the Spy
by | August 15, 2011 | 192 Comments
girlfriday: Wait is KBS really going to recast a different actress in the SAME role?? javabeans: That’s DUMB. I understand why they’d consider it, but it’s lame. girlfriday: It is so stupid. Arrrgh. Are they going to go with some crazy plastic surgery story, or are all the characters going to PRETEND that they don’t... More »


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Warrior Baek Dong-soo: First Impressions
by | July 5, 2011 | 85 Comments
Crap. It’s good. What to do? There just aren’t enough hours in a day for all these dramas! Fusion action historical drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo premiered on Monday to 10.1% ratings (with Baby-Faced Beauty in the lead at 14.2% and Ripley close behind at 12.9%). This was one we were keeping an eye on because... More »


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I Need Romance: Episodes 1-2
by | June 15, 2011 | 96 Comments
New TVN cable drama I Need Romance premiered this Monday and Tuesday, and I checked it out because the premise — thirtysomething single women dealing with life and love – seemed like it had potential for fun. I was actually surprised to like it, and though I don’t have time to recap it (there’s just... More »


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Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs: Series review
by | March 3, 2011 | 247 Comments
There’s a fondness that I’ve had my entire life for best friend rom-coms. That is, dramas where the main couple consists of two best friends who circle each other their whole lives, not realizing that they’re destined to be together. It’s the kind of drama where everyone except for the two best friends knows that... More »


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Queen of Reversals: Series review
by | February 5, 2011 | 175 Comments
Strangely enough, the most crack-addled I’ve been over a drama of late isn’t a snazzy one, or even a zippy fresh one at that. It’s the very classic and simple, almost throwback workplace drama Queen of Reversals, which just completed its 31-episode run on MBC this week. So if it wasn’t new and exciting, just... More »


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JB and GF face off: Battle of Delusional Hopes
by | December 29, 2010 | 176 Comments
girlfriday: I think this year I need to make some New Years Resolutions. javabeans: But I don’t like to set myself up for failure. girlfriday: Don’t be a wuss. javabeans: I call it pragmatism. Say I get my hopes up about a drama. We might call her Mary. And then… without fail… girlfriday: Your Jang-Geun-seok-shaped... More »