Korean Drama Recaps

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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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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 5
by | November 14, 2011 | 168 Comments
This drama makes me happy. It’s adorable and hilarious, but even better, it has thematic cohesiveness. In fact, I can’t believe that a show was marketed, promoted, positively hyped to be empty fluffery, and was harboring all this heart inside it. Why o why would you try to hide the best part of you? Do... More »


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Vampire Prosecutor: Episode 7
by | November 13, 2011 | 59 Comments
Dear Vampire Prosecutor: Why so cute? Sigh. This show just keeps getting better and better. Between the last episode and this one, I think it’s found that sweet spot of integrating character moments with the murder of the week, and introducing the kind of conflict that matters to us. There’s stirrings of romance, conflicting feelings,... More »


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High Kick 3: Episodes 30-34
by | November 12, 2011 | 27 Comments
What an outstanding week for High Kick 3. This show isn’t really slap-your-knee funny, but damn if it doesn’t have a way of stirring the heart. I suspect that many a casual viewer may have gotten hooked with these episodes, which were full of emotion and poignancy — not in big dramatic sweeps, but in... More »


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The Musical: Episode 10
by | November 11, 2011 | 64 Comments
ZOMG! You know what the biggest bombshell of this episode was?! JAE HEE HAS A SISTER. Uh-huh. You read that right. A sister. Who holds the purse strings. And has the bank manager wrapped around her pinky. Yup. Let the showdown begin. I can’t wait for a smackdown in the likes of Tsubaki versus Tsukasa in... More »


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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 10
by | November 10, 2011 | 64 Comments
Mind = Blown. Every time this show chooses to reveal a part of its many mysteries, I’m consistently left floored and wondering why I don’t just watch mysteries. It’s easy to forget how great a brilliant mystery can be when they don’t set themselves up as well as this… because then we forget just how... More »


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Me Too, Flower: Episode 1
by | November 9, 2011 | 102 Comments
Me Too, Flower premiered on MBC today and got off to a slow start, both ratings-wise and plot-wise. (It recorded a 6.8% viewership rating, against Tree With Deep Roots‘ 19.1% and Man of Honor’s 12.9%). It took a while for the story to get going, and the first half of the episode was lightly amusing,... More »


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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 9
by | November 9, 2011 | 27 Comments
Things are getting personal for our Joseon-era Sherlock Holmes, and that means our hopes can only rise and fall on Chae-yoon’s never-ending thirst for the truth… Or his thirst for a drink personally poured by the King that he’s been promised if he solves all this madness, which I’m sure he plans to enjoy only... More »


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Thousand Day Promise: Episode 8
by | November 8, 2011 | 41 Comments
The scenarios aren’t amusing, but these characters crack me up. Who would’ve thought a wedding cancellation would be funny? At a certain point, you have to step back and marvel at the way the rich folks in this drama think; it’s like you’re watching people from another planet, I swear. That said, could we please... More »


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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 4
by | November 8, 2011 | 164 Comments
I already loved this drama, but this episode took it up a notch. It’s the first one where I feel like it does something clever and meaningful thematically and humorously at the same time. It takes one metaphor and weaves it through every possible meaning, joke, and insult, to deliver one satisfying comeuppance after another.... More »


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Thousand Day Promise: Episode 7
by | November 7, 2011 | 40 Comments
Ji-hyung faces the firing squad for his decision, and some of the bullets veer left and hit Seo-yeon instead. But when my heart isn’t breaking for them, mostly I’m spending the episode laughing my ass off because of Hyang-gi’s parents and their bizarre ideas about what is and is not right. I’m pretty sure it’s... More »


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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 3
by | November 7, 2011 | 179 Comments
That’s it. I love this show. It’s just so delightful. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a crack show digging its hooks into me and making me crave more-more-moar, but it looks like Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is gonna be it. Plus, today we get to see more depth to the story, with... More »