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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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Operation Proposal: Episode 9
by | March 9, 2012 | 54 Comments
You know you still haven’t learned your life lesson if you take various trips back in time and still come out empty-handed. There were a few touching moments and instances that made me laugh out loud, but it wasn’t enough to fully redeem this episode. I feel like we’re dragging our feet a little too... More »

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Special Affairs Team TEN: Episode 1 (Part 2)
by | March 8, 2012 | 72 Comments
And we continue on with Part 2! The more twists that occurred just solidified my excitement for this drama. Granted it aired in late 2011, but hey, better late than never! Tags: featured, Jo Ahn, Joo Sang-wook, Kim Sang-ho, Special Affairs Team TEN... More »

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History of the Salaryman: Episode 20
by | March 7, 2012 | 123 Comments
Insert any and all superlatives here, this is a show among shows – and this was an episode among episodes. One of the strongest yet in terms of balancing raucous comedy with shock-inducing drama, in fact. Our villains find themselves answerable to the law as well as their own senses of guilt, while our heroes... More »

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Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 12
by | March 6, 2012 | 173 Comments
It’s a rough day for the boys, when they discover that having their mortal enemy as a music producer isn’t even the worst of their troubles. Well, it kinda is. And it isn’t. Things pile up, as the downside to being famous starts to catch up with them, and then… romance starts to threaten bromance,... More »

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History of the Salaryman: Episode 19
by | March 6, 2012 | 40 Comments
The funny is back! Granted, the funny never really left, but it’s been taking a backseat the past few episodes in favor of plot development (I know, right?). There’s romance, corporate plotting, and copious expenditures galore as Gabi teeters on the edge of her sanity and our heroines continue to be just as cool as... More »

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Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 11
by | March 5, 2012 | 78 Comments
More fame, more adorable manlove, and more questions about what it means to be a band. I appreciate how the drama poses the question of the group’s identity and direction, not presuming that it’s something the boys need to answer immediately, but depicting it as a work in progress. Their coming of age as people... More »

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Special Affairs Team TEN: Episode 1 (Part 1)
by | March 4, 2012 | 80 Comments
Warning: this drama is not for the faint of heart. It is graphic, twisted, sleek, dark, sultry, and it is amazing. I have never seen such fine acting from Joo Sang Wook, who is as twisted as his suspects. The first episode is over 2 hours long, working like a standalone movie, and is supposedly based... More »

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High Kick 3: Episodes 100-104
by | March 3, 2012 | 41 Comments
Aw, with just under a month left, High Kick 3 starts wrapping up some of its storylines, leading its characters into confronting feelings, making honest confessions, and dealing with that pesky reality that keeps threatening to horn in on all the fun. But that’s life for ya; always moving on into the scary unknown, despite... More »

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Operation Proposal: Episode 8
by | March 3, 2012 | 63 Comments
We end our week with a lighter episode that doesn’t quite pick up until the end. Hearts continue to be broken (out of chronological order) and unexpected friendships are formed. Baek-ho learns that this time, if he doesn’t confess his feelings now, he may never get the chance again. Tags: featured, Lee Hyun-jin, Operation Proposal,... More »

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Operation Proposal: Episode 7
by | March 2, 2012 | 55 Comments
So many adorable moments in this episode that I think I’m going through acute cute shock. Baek-ho realizes that he’s still not yet capable to fully win Yi-seul’s heart; Jin-won finally notices that Yi-seul is more than just a team manager, and hearts are challenged to be open to one another. Also, time travel lesson... More »

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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 18
by | March 1, 2012 | 188 Comments
This episode takes some decisive steps forward, which, ironically enough, come with a few big steps back — backward into the past, that is. Key memories come back to confront the present with some unveiling of secrets, much-needed reminders of what’s truly important, and a satisfying dose of righteous anger. SONG OF THE DAY Silhouette... More »