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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 »

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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 17
by | February 29, 2012 | 142 Comments
These brothers, they kill me. Half the time they make me cry, and half the time I just want to lock them in their rooms for a timeout. There are some major developments in this episode in the romance department, which means that it’s time for princes and kings to work out their issues. Let’s... More »

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History of the Salaryman: Episode 18
by | February 29, 2012 | 99 Comments
Bang gets to enjoy a taste of the high life, replete with guyliner and questionable women at his beck and call. Hang-woo stirs the hornet’s nest that is Bang And Friends, Gabi gets greedy, and Yeo-chi contemplates murder via blunt force trauma. What does it all mean? Maybe that Hang-woo needs to stop romancin’ and... More »

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Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 10
by | February 28, 2012 | 224 Comments
Deeper into the rabbit hole they go, as the boys start to clean up their act and do as they’re told, to get their music out in the world. But as friction turns to fracture, they start to wonder one by one: At what cost?   EPISODE 10 RECAP Tags: featured, Jo Boa, Jung Eui-chul,... More »

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History of the Salaryman: Episode 17
by | February 28, 2012 | 51 Comments
Finally an essential secret is revealed, leaving Yeo-chi stewing in her rage with unknown – and probably epic – possibilities. Hang-woo is brought face to face with a past it seems like he’d rather have left alone, and poor Bang just can’t be left to go about his business. Luckily he’s got some help from... More »

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Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 9
by | February 27, 2012 | 113 Comments
It’s time for a little taste of success after all the setbacks and trials our boys have been through, which means that we get to bask in the satisfaction of watching our boys do well, while their detractors simmer in jealousy. Yeah, it’s pretty damn gratifying. But given that we’re just halfway through with the... More »

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