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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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The King 2 Hearts: Episode 16
by | May 10, 2012 | 2,341 Comments
Awwww yeah! We’re back, baby. Now THIS is the show I know and love. Bring in da stakes, bring in da tears, and let’s get down to business. Betrayal hits like a ton of bricks, but it feels like being dusted with powdered sugar compared to what’s around the bend… Tags: featured, Ha Ji-won, Jo... More »

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Rooftop Prince: Episode 16
by | May 10, 2012 | 248 Comments
Both hero and villain step it up a notch with the scheming, which sends our pendulum swinging back and forth a few times. Also, it is pretty satisfying to watch our baddies unraveling a bit at the seams… even if I am super greedy and want a lot more unraveling. Come on, comeuppance! SONG OF... More »

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The King 2 Hearts: Episode 15
by | May 9, 2012 | 310 Comments
Just when you think the king is Gilligan, he turns out to be MacGyver. Yeesh, the things you gotta do to get engaged in this world. Remind me never to double down on war games to be with the one I love. Huh? Whadduya mean that’s crazy? IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE. Tags: featured, Ha Ji-won,... More »

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Rooftop Prince: Episode 15
by | May 9, 2012 | 163 Comments
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, which brought a well-balanced mix of plot movement, cuteness, romantic development, mystery solving, and secret unveiling. Balance isn’t always this drama’s forte, but this episode does a solid job of upping the stakes and intensifying the plot at a point where a lot of dramas start to flag and slow... More »

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Marriage Plot: Episode 11
by | May 8, 2012 | 28 Comments
Our couple finally gets to express their feelings for each other with lots of cute coupleified moments. Hidden truths start to emerge and wedge themselves into the budding relationship. From Cloud 9, you can start to see the edge of the oncoming storm on the horizon. Tags: featured, Kang Hye-jung, Lee Kyu-han, Marriage Plot... More »

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Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 4
by | May 8, 2012 | 170 Comments
It just gets better and better. With Episodes 3 and 4, this show has shot to the top of my current and recent dramas—it’s got ambiance, whimsy, intrigue, and humor. It’s expertly woven together by a director who understands how to use style to enhance a story, rather than using it as an excuse to... More »

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Equator Man: Episode 14
by | May 7, 2012 | 66 Comments
Tension and thrills abound as we get a hefty serving of courtroom drama with a shocking side of depravity. As of now, Equator Man seems less like a revenge tale and more like a quest for justice, since that’s all Sun-woo is asking for. And by going through the legal system, he’s asking pretty nicely.... More »

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Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 3
by | May 7, 2012 | 143 Comments
This is what happens when an extremely capable scholar finds himself having to adapt to a world three hundred years ahead of his own. If there was ever a drama character I’d want to have around in a time of crisis, I feel like Boong-do would take the cake. He’s not just smart, or capable,... More »

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Hero: Episode 1
by | May 6, 2012 | 61 Comments
This. Is. Whoa. Hero is like the brain child of Vampire Prosecutor and Special Affairs Team TEN. And then it ups the ante with a dash of The Dark Knight. Oh, and props to a female cop who KNOWS how to kick ass. Here’s episode 1, “The Beginning.” Apologies for the length – episode one is like Ten, running... More »

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Equator Man: Episode 13
by | May 5, 2012 | 91 Comments
Our favorite frenemies go head to head this episode – through legal channels at least, and not more blunt force trauma. (Not yet, anyway.) We get more than just a peek at the terror Jang-il copes with every day while Sun-woo stays the course, Soo-mi acts as a puppetmaster, and Ji-won finally confronts her past.... More »

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Marriage Plot: Episode 10
by | May 4, 2012 | 28 Comments
What’s love anyway? How does filial love compare with sisterly love and to friendship love and romantic love? Sun-hee learns what it means to start standing up for herself while Gun-hee has to choose between her first and her new love. EPISODE 10 RECAP Mom’s jaw drops at the sight of breakfast the morning following... 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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