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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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Thousand Day Promise: Episode 1
by | October 17, 2011 | 72 Comments
Thousand Day Promise premiered today, and has all the makings of a taut, angsty melodrama. To be perfectly honest, by the halfway point I wasn’t sure I was enjoying the episode, but I was captivated by the conflict, the emotion, and the acting. One of the things that make the writing great about this episode... More »


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Vampire Prosecutor: Episode 3
by | October 16, 2011 | 33 Comments
A new rivalry springs up, and this time it’s cop-versus-prosecutor, smug-versus-eager, manchild-versus-girl, Soon-bum versus Jung-in. It adds a dash of levity to the proceedings, and I can’t wait to see the pendulum swing back the other way as they bicker and sniff at each other over whose theories are better. It’s not like they’re directly... More »


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High Kick 3: Episodes 14-17
by | October 15, 2011 | 31 Comments
Another week of High Kick 3, which is going strong. With the basic relationships now firmly established, we start to branch off a bit with side characters and relationships, rounding out this world of Ahns, Yoons, and neighbors. And while you have to give the writing and producing the credit for a lot of the... More »


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The Musical: Episode 6
by | October 14, 2011 | 73 Comments
Oh my God Ok Joo Hyun is sexy. To be frank, I didn’t like this episode as much. For one thing, we’re still stuck at the retreat. It must be an insanely long night for all those characters, because people just keep talking and talking, and daylight never comes. However! If you like Yoo Jin (like meeeee) then... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 16
by | October 13, 2011 | 36 Comments
What’s better than romance? Why, bromance of course. In the best episode yet, we get the height of both funny and sad, all in one go. The rivalry heats up, an unexpected friendship emerges, and it comes time for Eun-jae to face some harsh consequences for the choices she’s made. There’s only one word for... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 15
by | October 12, 2011 | 30 Comments
The love triangle is set and the men’s jealousies start to assert themselves, although it’s kind of a lopsided fight, with Hot (Hyung-woo) facing off versus Cold (Seok-hoon). Maybe this is where the we should be welcoming the extension, since it’ll give us more time to delve into Eom Ki-joon’s character instead of trotting him... More »


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Vampire Prosecutor: Episode 2
by | October 9, 2011 | 53 Comments
Why do I like this show? It’s Angel-meets-Bones. What’s not to like? (Okay, it’s more like if Angel were the Batman to Booth’s Bruce Wayne and he starred in an episode of CSI. Details.) It’s glossy and rapid-fire, and the narrative setup is one that follows the tried-and-true American procedural down to the letter. But... More »


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High Kick 3: Episodes 10-13
by | October 8, 2011 | 37 Comments
Week 3! High Kick 3 is continuing along nicely. I don’t watch it expecting to laugh out loud, although it’s been managing a nicely light, humorous tone. But where it really shines is in the poignant character beats, the stuff that happens between plot points when a connection is made, a friendship struck. Best of... More »


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The Musical: Episode 5
by | October 7, 2011 | 57 Comments
It sometimes stuns me when I think that we’re only in episode 5 and so many things seem to happen. And yet in perspective, the series is probably chugging along at just the right pace for a once-a-week drama. In this episode, I found myself spewing forth venomous hate for some characters, and sympathy for others.... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 14
by | October 6, 2011 | 63 Comments
Eom. Ki. Joon. Need I say more? I dunno what happens in this episode, because Eom Ki-joon stops by, and I lose all sense of reason. What? What’s that you say? Eom Ki-joon isn’t the star of this drama? It’s just a cameo? Lalalalala. I can’t hear you!   EPISODE 14 RECAP Tags: Can't Lose,... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 13
by | October 5, 2011 | 27 Comments
Aw, what a cute episode. With our couple now able to admit to themselves how they really feel, we’re one step closer to them admitting it to each other. It’s pretty adorable watching them act like teenagers with a crush, using a third party as an excuse to keep talking to each other — they’re... More »