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Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 16
by | June 4, 2009 | 44 Comments
Ooh, more goodness abounds! I’m actually sad this drama’s ending next week. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a series on so many levels — for the acting, writing, directing, music, suspense, and perhaps most importantly, for the pure fun factor. (I know there are lots of criteria for judging a drama or... More »


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Story of a Man: Episode 15
by | June 2, 2009 | 50 Comments
(He’s staring at an overhead heat lamp in a greenhouse.) This was an exciting episode because Do-woo’s grip on his ice-cold composure continues to slip. The thing about Shin is that he hasn’t all of a sudden stumbled onto a magical solution for unnerving Do-woo, and it isn’t that he’s turned into an overnight mastermind.... More »


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Beethoven Virus: Episode 18, Finale
by | June 2, 2009 | 60 Comments
This is how I want to remember Kang mae, I think – working diligently behind the scenes, with his happy dog for company. I was looking at the dramawiki for Beethoven Virus, and it’s got all these awards. Kind of boggling, but I guess quality is in the eye of the beholder. In case you... More »


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Return of Iljimae: Episode 19
by | May 31, 2009 | 16 Comments
I love this shot. The camera sharpens just a moment after this to focus on the couple in the background, but I like the imagery of leaving them blurred. It’s a rather effective way to create the illusion of intimacy in an understated way. SONG OF THE DAY My Aunt Mary – “Goodbye Day” [... More »


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The Sons of Sol Pharmacy: Episodes 5-8
by | May 29, 2009 | 43 Comments
I lied. I said (1) I wouldn’t do recaps, and (2) that I’d watch this drama as it unfolded on KBS World. Turns out I like it so much I decided not to wait for the cable airings and downloaded all the episodes instead, and watched them in one huge marathon. This drama is so... More »


Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 14
by | May 27, 2009 | 51 Comments
How does this drama keep getting better? Episode 14 was even better than Episode 13, and each scene kept me excited. Every time the music kicked in and the camera shifted just a bit in a meaningful way, signaling an Important Upcoming Moment, I’d sit up a little straighter, eager to find out what the... More »


Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 13
by | May 26, 2009 | 44 Comments
This episode was so good I was sorry I didn’t have the time to get to it sooner. Some of the stuff I saw coming, but it was so well set-up that that doesn’t bother me. Also, what this drama does well is mixing in its intense moments with humor — you wouldn’t think a... More »


Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 12
by | May 20, 2009 | 48 Comments
Sorry, I know I’m running a bit behind with Story of a Man recaps. I’m hoping to catch up asap, once the workload eases up. As for this episode, we get more of the same, which in this case is a good thing: more cute, more fun, and more creepy Do-woo. SONG OF THE DAY... More »


Drama Recaps
The Sons of Sol Pharmacy House / My Too Perfect Sons
by | May 17, 2009 | 78 Comments
The weekend KBS drama Sons of Sol Pharmacy House [솔약국집아들들], which also goes by the title My Too Perfect Sons, isn’t the type of drama I usually go for. It’s a family drama with 50 episodes, and therefore has lower production values than a primetime weekday drama, and feels rather like a daily drama. Still,... More »


Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 11
by | May 14, 2009 | 50 Comments
This was a very good episode for cute Kyung-tae moments. Aw! Also, with the plot turning to Do-woo’s next phase in his master plan, we turn away from matters of the stock market and more into local government. I like that, because we aren’t overstaying welcomes in the plot points but moving on when called... More »


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Story of a Man: Episode 10
by | May 11, 2009 | 57 Comments
(Love Shin’s expression in the above shot; he’s reacting to the fact that his sister-in-law seems chummier with Joong-ho than he was expecting.) Can you believe it? Things get even darker, by a shade. Also, I enjoyed a couple symbolic beats that particularly stood out. I’m liking how each episode makes the story change. Not... More »