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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High Kick 3: Episodes 54-58
by | December 17, 2011 | 21 Comments
Lots of little beats to sympathize with this week, I thought. Even when the show isn’t going dramatic in tugging on the heartstrings, I’m finding that there are a lot of smaller bits that resonate with me and make me look fondly on High Kick. These characters feel like they live in my world, and... More »

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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 22
by | December 17, 2011 | 36 Comments
Power plays, intrigue, conspiracies, mysteries, mass murders, storytelling assassins, awkward tea parties, and drug-induced confessions are just some of the delicacies we’re being offered as we head toward that final and much-dreaded stretch. Who will remain rooted, and who will inevitably be rooted out by King Sejong’s ultimatum? And, more importantly, will our hero save... More »

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Me Too, Flower: Episode 9
by | December 16, 2011 | 51 Comments
The dramatic reveal has finally taken place and I welcome the shift in power dynamics between the characters. The cute has virtually dissipated and we get way too much of the big bad Hwa Young, which makes this episode the least engaging so far. The cat fights dial up in intensity and Dal is pulled,... More »

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The Musical: Episode 13
by | December 16, 2011 | 39 Comments
Not quite the “solid episode” I was looking for, but we finally did move forward with Eun Bi and Jae Hee. I started off thinking this episode (and the rest of the series) was going to be about Yoo Jin because they focused on him and his family so much. So thank goodness we turned... More »

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Tree With Deep Roots: Episode 21
by | December 15, 2011 | 46 Comments
Who knew an alphabet could be so dangerous? And who knew that a show about a dangerous alphabet could be so utterly thrilling at every turn? Add in some good ol’ fashioned psychological warfare and we’ve got yet another amazing episode. We’re beginning our fight to the finish, and it looks like we’re going full... More »

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What’s Up: Episodes 1-2
by | December 14, 2011 | 103 Comments
It’s like The Musical redux – my weekends are all music’ed out. However, I was definitely more excited for this drama than The Musical. And… I think my gut was right in this case. What’s Up is decidedly more quirky, more serious, and darker than its predecessors this year (Dream High, You’ve Fallen for Me and The... More »

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Thousand Day Promise: Episode 18
by | December 13, 2011 | 75 Comments
There are several celebrations in this episode, and yet they feel like mournful last goodbyes as Seo-yeon comes a few steps closer to motherhood, and also retreats a few steps further into her mind. There’s an approaching feeling of finality to come, in the mood and the interactions between Seo-yeon and her family. *whimper* Hold... More »

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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 14
by | December 13, 2011 | 176 Comments
Well the poop’s out of the crapper, wouldn’t you say? Secrets come out, minds get blown, and deals get put on the table. Everyone faces the big question before them: Is love simply a luxury for the young and naïve? Or is it something worth sacrificing everything you’ve got, for just one shot? Tags: featured,... More »

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Thousand Day Promise: Episode 17
by | December 12, 2011 | 38 Comments
Just when you think you’re all out of tears… Today’s episode is all about motherhood – the mother that Seo-yeon is to her brother, the mother who abandoned them, the mother who stepped in to take care of them, and the mother that she wants to be. Tags: featured, Jung Yumi (2), Kim Rae-won, Lee... More »

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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 13
by | December 12, 2011 | 170 Comments
Not to state the obvious, but this drama really hinges on Jung Il-woo — and not just because he’s adorable, but because he brings depth to Chi-soo that is indispensable to the show. There are definite moments of the ridiculous in the plot — you know, just one or two — but it’s his reactions... More »

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Vampire Prosecutor: Episode 11
by | December 11, 2011 | 75 Comments
It’s the beginning of the end, and we finally start to get some real answers about the Big Bad. This episode zooms by, mostly because it’s effectively creepy and everything culminates in a big suspenseful buildup of all the clues we’ve gathered thus far. Tags: cable programs, featured, Lee Won-jong, Lee Young-ah, Vampire Prosecutor, Yeon... More »