Korean Drama Recaps

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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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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 13
by | December 12, 2011 | 170 Comments
Not to state the obvious, but this drama really hinges on Jung Il-woo — and not just because he’s adorable, but because he brings depth to Chi-soo that is indispensable to the show. There are definite moments of the ridiculous in the plot — you know, just one or two — but it’s his reactions... More »


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Vampire Prosecutor: Episode 11
by | December 11, 2011 | 75 Comments
It’s the beginning of the end, and we finally start to get some real answers about the Big Bad. This episode zooms by, mostly because it’s effectively creepy and everything culminates in a big suspenseful buildup of all the clues we’ve gathered thus far. Tags: cable programs, featured, Lee Won-jong, Lee Young-ah, Vampire Prosecutor, Yeon... More »


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Padam Padam: Episode 1
by | December 11, 2011 | 124 Comments
Padam Padam… The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats got off to a strong cable ratings start of 1.6%, and I can definitely say those ratings are well deserved. Strong directing, editing, deft camerawork and nuanced characterization make this show something more than your usual melodrama. I personally loved that this drama isn’t afraid to... More »


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High Kick 3: Episodes 49-53
by | December 10, 2011 | 18 Comments
More unexpected connections pop up this week, which is something High Kick does so well. This is one thing that makes a months-long, 120-episode series worth it, because it has the luxury of exploring different storylines with different sets of characters. On a side note, I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through already — the... More »


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Me Too, Flower: Episode 8
by | December 10, 2011 | 65 Comments
Wah. The sweetness of this episode makes up for the bipolar mess from the one before. The snappy dialogue between Bong Sun and Jae Hee made their bickering fun, but it can’t beat adorably mushy scenes of affection. I could watch this all day. Tags: featured, Han Go-eun, Lee Jia, Me Too Flower, Seo Hyo-rim,... More »


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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 20
by | December 10, 2011 | 91 Comments
What do you get when all of your characters happen to be great at playing actors? One amazing show, is what. It’s Conspiracy Pretend Time, and no one is more prepared for any and every eventuality than Team Sejong. Who needs the Thirty-Six Stratagems of War, anyway? Okay, maybe our good guys do, but at... More »


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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 19
by | December 8, 2011 | 154 Comments
Wow. Just wow. This show really is a feast for the senses. Though it always manages to be an intellectual and emotional tour de force, it’s episodes like this that take your heart out, grind it up into little pieces, and return it to you by leaving it in a palanquin outside your door. Don’t... More »


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Color of Woman: Episodes 1-2
by | December 8, 2011 | 103 Comments
The cable deluge is upon us! I’m glad to report that some of the brand-new selections look quite promising, as is the case with the adorable Color of Woman, which turns out to be a lot more feel-good than the descriptions made it seem. It’s a lot warmer and friendlier than “two careerwomen in a... More »


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Me Too, Flower: Episode 7
by | December 8, 2011 | 93 Comments
Ah, noble idiot syndrome. It’s a standard crutch that our heroes like to lean on to prove to viewers how sacrificial and pure they are. Too bad it’s also one of the most infuriating sicknesses that has ever plagued k-drama land. It’s a close second behind cancer. Fortunately, it hasn’t hit our hero too hard…yet.... More »


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The Musical: Episode 12
by | December 7, 2011 | 51 Comments
We’re back! Again. One of the benefits of having a hiatus is that the first ten minutes of the episode is spent on recapping the past 11 episodes. (Less for me to write!) One of the downsides of having a hiatus is that you really need those first ten minutes of recap. (Grr.) However, some... More »


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Thousand Day Promise: Episode 16
by | December 6, 2011 | 48 Comments
Oof. Hold on to your hats, folks, this one’s a doozy. But a good kind of doozy, especially for a show where not a lot changes from episode to episode, since we’re focusing more on the little changes from day to day and the characters’ reactions to the illness, which is taking up a larger... More »