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Rooftop Prince: Episode 3
by | March 28, 2012 | 152 Comments
So cute. I’m surprised at how much humor you can tease out of the fish-out-of-water premise. On one hand, there are endless modernities to comment on, but on the other, you might think the jokes would start to wear thin. But they continue to be surprisingly funny — and some of them will have you... More »

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Love Rain: Episode 1
by | March 28, 2012 | 331 Comments
There’s plenty of love and plenty of rain in KBS’s new-vintage drama offering, Love Rain, which enjoyed some considerable hype before its release due to its popular stars. It’s not out to transcend its genre, and works well to deliver an atmospheric, youthful vibe and a core love story with all its requisite entanglements. There... More »

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Equator Man: Episode 1
by | March 27, 2012 | 78 Comments
And last week’s drama premiere cup doth runneth over into this week, with Equator Man standing as KBS’ melodramatic addition to the Wednesday-airing pilots. If you can make it past the jarring musical choices you’re in for a cinematographically dark and twisty treat, with a premise that promises angst of the highest order, and actors... More »

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Special Affairs Team TEN: Episode 4
by | March 25, 2012 | 23 Comments
Welcome to episode 4 of Ten! Titled “The Queen,” we learn a little more about Ji Hoon, see another side of Ye Ri, and finally meet a victim who is more scary than the killer. Jealousy and fear can bring out the worst in us. Tags: featured, Jo Ahn, Joo Sang-wook, Kim Sang-ho, Special Affairs... More »

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High Kick 3: Episodes 115-119
by | March 24, 2012 | 27 Comments
Wow, one more week to go. I’ve enjoyed High Kick 3 a lot more than I thought I would, but I think I’m ready to let go of these characters — almost — since it also feels like I’ve been watching this show forever. I hope that the upcoming finale week wraps up everybody in... More »

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Operation Proposal: Episode 14
by | March 24, 2012 | 62 Comments
Lots of self-realization in this episode… but not like it gets Baek-ho anywhere. We enter the darkest present ever in his series and now, Baek-ho might have used up all his wishes and his time. We’re being set up for next week for sure and an unexpected twist will either have you hooked or leave... More »

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Operation Proposal: Episode 13
by | March 23, 2012 | 37 Comments
The clock is ticking in a way we haven’t really seen before, as Baek-ho comes to the realization that there’s only so many chances to skip back in time before he ends up exactly where he started. It’s now or never when it comes to winning Yi-seul’s heart – will his efforts finally amount to... More »

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The King 2 Hearts: Episode 2
by | March 22, 2012 | 187 Comments
Damn, I tried not to love this drama, but it just won’t let me. It’s friggin’ hilarious, and now it’s hooked me, good and proper. The last episode focused much more on our hero and the royal family, but this time we really get to know our heroine, and she’s pretty awesome. Plus, we get... More »

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Rooftop Prince: Episode 2
by | March 22, 2012 | 197 Comments
Omg, it’s hilarious. With yesterday’s premiere establishing the world, now we get to dive right into the funny. And there is a lot of that. The setup is inherently comical, but I’m pleased that the drama doesn’t assume that it gets a free ride based on that one-line premise; it still works to bring the... More »

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Fashion King: Episode 2
by | March 22, 2012 | 97 Comments
We’ve got questionably-foreign gangsters, immigrant smuggling, mafia-escaping escapades, country-wide hitchhiking, famous designer ex-girlfriends, secretly connected pasts, and eccentric roommate hijinks all in one hour. Whether all those things work toward telling a coherent tale is up to you, but if there’s one thing this show has taught me, it’s that most problems can be solved... More »

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The King 2 Hearts: Episode 1
by | March 21, 2012 | 167 Comments
Okay, this show cracks me up. I just didn’t know what to expect going in, thinking it’d be Daemul-meets-IRIS, judging from the uninspired promos. They made me yawn, those suckers. But I’m happy to report that The King 2 Hearts is a dark comedy, and pretty damn pitch-perfect at that. On the upside, it’s not... More »

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5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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