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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 Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 8
by | January 26, 2012 | 204 Comments
I really appreciate that things are moving swiftly along, as girlfriday pointed out in yesterday’s recap. It’s so much more satisfying when the show remains a step ahead of you instead of broadcasting everything far in advance and cluttering up your path with obvious angsty obstacles, so that the only things lying between us and... More »


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What’s Up: Episode 15
by | January 26, 2012 | 60 Comments
Being obsessed with a show has a double-edged sword; when things are going well, it’s great. When things go exactly the way you want them to, and/or turn out to be better than you expected, it increases the level of fandom. And that’s difficult for me because I can’t go shouting on the rooftops, “What’s... More »


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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 7
by | January 25, 2012 | 149 Comments
It’s a crash course in fates, as we find out that some connections can’t be shaken, even in death. We finally get our introduction to grown-up Yeon-woo, and things move along a lot faster than I had anticipated. This episode is sort of the sister to last week’s introduction to King Hwon and his world,... More »


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History of the Salaryman: Episode 8
by | January 25, 2012 | 34 Comments
Ratings this week settled in at 12.8%, which isn’t too bad – though considering that its only big competition this week was MBC’s Light and Shadow, those ratings aren’t necessarily great, either. And with Dream High 2 airing next week, the chances for History of the Salaryman to become a ratings hit are slim. Ratings... More »


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History of the Salaryman: Episode 7
by | January 24, 2012 | 48 Comments
My stomach still hurts from laughing so hard. I can’t help but love a show where the traditional drama makeover scene gets a makeover, and where the hero suddenly finds himself unable to lie at the most hilariously inappropriate times. History of the Salaryman, why are you so awesome? Surely we don’t deserve you. Tags:... More »


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High Kick 3: Episodes 78-81
by | January 21, 2012 | 30 Comments
Yessss! Finally, some major developments on one front! It’s pretty much what we all expected, but that doesn’t make it any less satisfying when it happens. The teasing was drawn-out, but the pay-off sure is satisfying. (Four episodes this week, due to a pre-emption.) SONG OF THE DAY Sweet Sorrow – “첫 데이트” (First Date)... More »


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What’s Up: Episode 14
by | January 20, 2012 | 44 Comments
OH THE ANGST! At least we have some resolution now with Tae Hee and Jae Hun, but the ANGST! I knew it was coming… As for Byeong Gun’s storyline, it’s predictable in how it ends, but that doesn’t take away from the sweetness factor of it all. I am most touched by the revelation on... More »


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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 6
by | January 19, 2012 | 190 Comments
FINALLY! This is what we’ve all been waiting for. And holy moly! Ratings scored a hefty 29.3% for this episode — every episode thus far has been a new high, so we’ll see how long this steady climb can continue. (Apparently in the minute-by-minute ratings, the episode topped out at a 31.56% at Jung Il-woo’s... More »


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What’s Up: Episode 13
by | January 19, 2012 | 53 Comments
For anyone wishing to get Byeong Gun and Do Sung’s backstory, you get your wish in this episode! While Do Sung’s is told quite quickly, his story is heartbreaking enough that I’d rather see him move on, than try and resolve the issues of his past. Mothers can be so damn ruthless. They’re ruthless about... More »


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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 5
by | January 18, 2012 | 159 Comments
Guh, it’s getting so gooood. We get the dark turn that sets the stage for the rest of the series, in a swift episode full of some heartbreaking moments and some stellar acting. It’s going to be just as hard to say goodbye to these young actors as the children they play, because this episode... More »


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History of the Salaryman: Episode 6
by | January 18, 2012 | 45 Comments
Feelings! Character growth! Jealousy! Situational comedy! Lots of exclamation points! It shouldn’t surprise me that History of the Salaryman continues to get better and better in balancing its raucous brand of comedy with plenty of heartfelt moments – and it’s something I can’t help continuing to notice, because this show really has made that delicate... More »