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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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 14
by | September 15, 2011 | 59 Comments
I asked what is it about Sam Soon and this series that makes it so charming, and I think I figured it out. What sets this particular drama series (and the main character) apart is how real it feels. The hint of fantasy that comes with “yet another chaebol romance story” is literally trampled upon... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 7
by | September 14, 2011 | 49 Comments
Can’t Lose continues to be funny, cute, and heart-warming at times. It’s too bad it’s probably destined to fly under the radar for most, because it’s a nice antidote to a lot of the angst out there. Real conflicts, real issues, but told in a light and humorous way. One marriage hurtles further along the... More »


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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 13
by | September 14, 2011 | 85 Comments
At the end of Episode 12, Sam Soon made the decision to climb Mt. Halla alone. Jobless and the loser in yet another game of love, she would remake herself once she reached the top. She would be Pâtissier Solitaire Kim Hee Jin, her own boss and free from the tragic baggage of her old... More »


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Scent of a Woman: Episode 16 (Final)
by | September 11, 2011 | 268 Comments
It’s the end of the road, and time for Yeon-jae to say her goodbyes and tie up all her loose ends. Normally I loathe finales that are a lineup of all the players, saying goodbye like a checklist, but when you’re talking about going to the big dance floor in the sky, everything takes on... More »


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Scent of a Woman: Episode 15
by | September 10, 2011 | 130 Comments
No more secrets, just acceptance. It takes us 15 episodes to arrive here, at the message packed in this drama (and this episode in particular): Live with love, build your happiness on that, and make the most of the life you have while you have it. The message is universal and oft-heard, but still packs... More »


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Girl K: Episode 2
by | September 10, 2011 | 52 Comments
Girl K got off to a strong start with its action-and-combat-filled first episode, but it gets even better with Episode 2. It was promising right off the bat with its solid acting, strong cinematography, moody ambiance, and fresh action scenes. Each element on its own isn’t terribly new — it borrows quite heavily from other... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 6
by | September 8, 2011 | 69 Comments
This drama gives me the warm fuzzies. I love all the characters because they’re so genuinely flawed – hilariously stubborn, fiercely prideful, stupid when it comes to love. Basically, they remind me of real people. For a drama about breaking up, there sure is a lot of love, so much so that I alternately want... More »


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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 12
by | September 8, 2011 | 85 Comments
What would have happened if Henry got tired of being Hee Jin’s handmaiden and decided to turn his charms on Sam Soon? Or perhaps in a more likely scenario, what would have happened if Sam Soon decided that handsome surgical oncologists were better for dating than arrogant owners of French restaurants? We may never know…... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 5
by | September 7, 2011 | 44 Comments
Despite not having many expectations for Can’t Lose, I’m finding it to be surprisingly watchable and entertaining — light, funny, with enough characters and cases to keep the plot going without feeling like they’re going to run out of conflict. I appreciate that the conflicts are believable and interesting, without loading on the angst. So... More »


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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 11
by | September 7, 2011 | 74 Comments
Hold onto your knickers boys and girls. This one moves like a roller coaster. SONG OF THE DAY Noise – “오래된 만남” [ Download ] Episode 11 – Don’t Say It Was A Mistake. This Is The Second Kiss. In what I thought would be a nice romantic moment for Sam Soon and Jin Heon... More »


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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 18 (Final)
by | September 6, 2011 | 221 Comments
Oh, Myung-wol. It saddens me to think of the drama you could’ve been, when you were at the height of funny. You were quirky and offbeat and something new, and the possibilities were endless. But you caved to some of the laziest writing and directing known to man, and worst of all, you lost your... More »