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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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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 4
by | October 25, 2011 | 34 Comments
There’s blood, guts, and glory as our young actors grow into their older counterparts and the murder mystery begins to unfold. The bodies are starting to pile up, and it’s scholars against officials and Chae-yoon against his multiple personalities in this tightly-edited episode that shows us it’s still cool to be King… just not when... More »


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Thousand Day Promise: Episode 3
by | October 24, 2011 | 47 Comments
Ooh, I love how things are shaping up. I really appreciate that this drama can be emotionally stirring, but without the grand melodrama that usually accompanies this genre. It’s full of emotion, without wallowing in it or offering it up as some sort of glorious misery. At least not where it counts (mothers and aunts... More »


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Vampire Prosecutor: Episode 4
by | October 23, 2011 | 53 Comments
I’m pretty sure I know what happens in this episode. I’ll get to it as soon as I stop staring at the pretty… I’m probably gonna need a minute… In this episode, Tae-yeon faces his biggest opponent yet: not a hooded figure in a dark alley, but a well-dressed woman in a courtroom. It’s Lawyer... More »


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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 3
by | October 23, 2011 | 41 Comments
It’s really fun to watch a conversation between two people that makes you feel like you’re in a verbal boxing match with giants. Every time Lee Do landed a nicely-veiled hit to his father I practically cheered… Wait, I actually did cheer. We’ve got secret orders, political maneuvering, and shadowy groups of idealists bent on... More »


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High Kick 3: Episodes 18-21
by | October 22, 2011 | 23 Comments
This week on High Kick, we start to solidify the foundations of the various types of relationships between our side-characters. Even our minor characters get their moment to shine and now I want to package Julien as my devoted cheerleader on the sidelines whenever things go sour. (Note: Monday’s episode aired the following day, so... More »


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The Musical: Episode 7
by | October 21, 2011 | 60 Comments
Wahoo! We left the retreat! Life becomes so meta for Ock Joo Hyun here, as Kang Hee even considers a role on “Count of Monte Cristo,” a role she had already performed in Korea. And then she even sings the song in the episode. I felt gypped they didn’t put more of the song in. SONG... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 18 (Final)
by | October 20, 2011 | 48 Comments
What a heartwarming, funny, adorable finale for a heartwarming, funny, adorable series. You know what I love about this show? It’s just simple, steadfast, and best of all, it’s earnest. No fancy tricks, not even many surprises. But I walk away from it feeling like every character was worth meeting, and that love – real,... More »


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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 2
by | October 20, 2011 | 54 Comments
What an intense follow up to an already intense first episode. We’re still so early in the series for performances to already take my breath away, but that only gives the show extra brownie points. There’s a great blend of style and substance going on here as we get to delve deeper into what it’s... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 17
by | October 19, 2011 | 29 Comments
As we head into the finale, ends are tied, realizations are come upon, and decisions made. It’s funny to think of how many times this couple has circled around each other, almost reuniting but the pulled back by some badly timed reminder that they’re just not ready for it yet. Normally these forces keeping a... More »


Drama Recaps
Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 1
by | October 19, 2011 | 68 Comments
[New recapper alert! HeadsNo2 has graciously offered to lend her recapping skills in covering the new kid on the sageuk block, Wednesday & Thursday’s Tree With Deep Roots. It’s a highly anticipated drama that’s already commanding the top ratings spot, and looks like a lush feast for the eyes. Hopefully also for minds and hearts.... More »


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Thousand Day Promise: Episode 2
by | October 18, 2011 | 72 Comments
I didn’t love the first episode, but I did love the second. The first rattled me, because it began so unconventionally, in medias res (and not the kind where you get the quick 48 hours earlier orientation either). But this episode takes a step back, not in time, but in breathing room. I feel like... More »