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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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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 »


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History of the Salaryman: Episode 5
by | January 17, 2012 | 37 Comments
It’s always fun to have a well-crafted fish out of water story, and Yeo-chi definitely fulfills that quota this episode. The bickering is brought to a whole new level as Bang and Yeo-chi find themselves on the run from the law, and the screen just lights up whenever these two are on it. We have... More »


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High Kick 3: Episodes 73-77
by | January 14, 2012 | 30 Comments
It’s a knockout week for High Kick with laughs, love, and life. How can a show leave me so content but demands that I have a box of tissues by my side? Seung-yoon seems to be the prominent character this week and he finally faces some serious identity issues of his own. Then there’s Ha-sun’s…... More »


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Padam Padam: Halftime report
by | January 14, 2012 | 96 Comments
We’re past the halfway mark for cable drama Padam Padam… The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats, which means there’s no time like the present to check in. Shot with an intimate, art house sort of vibe and lacking an episodic format, it’s a drama that ends up feeling and looking the most like a... More »


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What’s Up: Episode 12
by | January 13, 2012 | 46 Comments
At this point in the series I am now Byeong Gun’s biggest fan. I used to be Jae Hun’s, but now it’s Byeong Gun because he never fails to make laugh. I have this internal tally in my head, and Byeong Gun has made me laugh 3x more than Jae Hun. I need MOAR of... More »


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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 4
by | January 12, 2012 | 121 Comments
It’s gettin’ good… conflicts heat up, stakes get raised, and dark clouds start to gather overhead. Things take a surprising upturn, but you know what that means in dramaland… there’s a big dip ahead, so hold onto your hats. Ratings: Moon hits another high with 23.4%, Captain follows with 9.8%, and Wild Romance with 6.2%.... More »


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What’s Up: Episode 11
by | January 12, 2012 | 50 Comments
Jae Hun is the BEST ever! I have never loved such a prickly but honest, and loving wise-ass character in the WORLD! Wait – Uhm Tae Woong in Dr. Champ was kind of like this. But Jae Hun is better – he’s younger. And for all the Tae Hee haters, she kind of gets her comeuppance... More »