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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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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 3
by | January 11, 2012 | 112 Comments
So much cuteness today, I don’t even know how they crammed it in to one episode, all while moving along the plot and giving us a glimpse of the darkness ahead. I find myself in the weird conflict of wanting to linger in these teenage moments (adorable and heart-warming — I could watch a whole... More »


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History of the Salaryman: Episode 4
by | January 11, 2012 | 39 Comments
As funny as this show can be, it also isn’t afraid to take us to some dark places – and that’s what makes the experience all the more rich and entertaining. We can have our band of misfit corporate spies led by an heiress who’s literally unaware that people can’t just wish money into existence... More »


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History of the Salaryman: Episode 3
by | January 10, 2012 | 38 Comments
Love love love love. There wasn’t really a doubt in my mind, but this episode really sealed the deal. When you give me an underdog hero being heroic just because his insides are made of heroic gold, I’m pretty much sold. Bang is an unlikely find in the ‘favorite heroes’ department, but maybe that’s why... More »


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Wild Romance: Episode 1
by | January 9, 2012 | 132 Comments
Wild Romance faced some stiff competition during its premiere on KBS this past week, bringing up the rear as far as ratings were concerned. What it has going in its favor is a small and intimate world, funny characters, and a light storyline (like if zero-calorie-cola were a drama and not sadness in a can).... More »


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History of the Salaryman: Episode 2
by | January 8, 2012 | 43 Comments
What do you need to know about History of the Salaryman? Grown men cry real tears over a chicken dressed in hanbok. Math is used to crush testicles (more than one pair, too). Our lead female wears Kill Bill tracksuits. It’s all simply too absurd for me to have ever dreamed of passing up, because... More »


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High Kick 3: Episodes 68-72
by | January 7, 2012 | 45 Comments
More strong moments this week, along with cute moments that, in true High Kick fashion, are never without that tinge of heart-tugging poignancy to counter the sweetness. I know that High Kick 3 is performing pretty well in the ratings and it’s certainly not an overlooked show, but I can’t help but thinking it’s an... More »


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What’s Up: Episode 10
by | January 7, 2012 | 69 Comments
Aaaaand time jump! Although not a massive one – it’s just a hop and skip over summer break. It’s weird that a semester has passed when I feel like only a week passed, but it’s the drama world! This time jump also gives me hope that we’ll cover a good amount of time while these... More »


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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 2
by | January 5, 2012 | 101 Comments
This entire episode feels like a light rom-com more than a sageuk, and though it’s not exactly subtle, it is adorably earnest. I wasn’t entirely won over with the first episode, but the second one is so full of cuteness. It’s still not very fantasy-esque, but the characters are bright and cheerful, and I can’t... More »


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What’s Up: Episode 9
by | January 5, 2012 | 45 Comments
KYAAAA! I couldn’t help but SQUEAL over Im Joo Hwan in this episode. Can you have a cooler character or what!? I noticed that this episode was longer than the past episodes – closer to 1 hour rather than 45 minutes long. Perhaps the broadcaster is starting to realize that “more What’s Up” = “more... More »


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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 1
by | January 4, 2012 | 99 Comments
Premieres abound today, and heading the pack is The Moon That Embraces the Sun, aka soon to be MBC’s great white hope. I had a feeling this drama would come out on top in the ratings, but I had no idea it would be such a clear-cut victory. The Moon That Embraces the Sun drew... More »


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What’s Up: Episodes 7-8
by | January 3, 2012 | 49 Comments
We now get to focus on the Sun-Man! He’s such a tortured being, and I do think there is a good justification on why he left the stage five years ago. I’ve seen plenty of comments about its choppy editing, but I don’t really see it personally. Maybe it’s because I’m so caught up in... More »