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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.

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Drama Recaps
Can’t Lose: Episode 3
by | August 31, 2011 | 63 Comments
This show’s a great pick-me-up because while the conflict goes from bad to worse, the drama itself stays light and fun, which I appreciate. It’s a nice reprieve from the other series I’m watching lately, which are pretty much the embodiment of doom and gloom. The couple remains delightfully bickering and cute, but mostly just... More »


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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 9
by | August 31, 2011 | 55 Comments
We’re halfway through the series, already?! I feel like we just started! This ninth episode aired just about a month after the series began, and struck a milestone with ratings at the 40% mark. While a lemmings effect probably contributed to the 50% end-of-series ratings, it doesn’t quite explain why MNIKSS became so popular in... More »


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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 15
by | August 30, 2011 | 102 Comments
We FINALLY get to the crux of the spy vs. love dilemma, for all the characters involved. I really wish it didn’t take us fifteen episodes to get to this point, but we finally have them – the guns, the ultimatums, the lives on the line, and the hero actually does something… heroic. I know!... More »


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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 14
by | August 29, 2011 | 103 Comments
Yay, better episodes! I’ll admit last week’s kind of sucked the joy out of this drama for me, but today’s episode was surprisingly better. Lots of forward momentum, and revealing of secrets. It couldn’t have come a moment too soon. Well, actually, it could have, and yeah, that’s one of my complaints. But now that... More »


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Scent of a Woman: Episode 12
by | August 28, 2011 | 243 Comments
We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy road for Yeon-jae, but the moment she gives in to her despair, it cuts like a knife. Her hope and her desire to fill her time with meaning starts to give way to resentment and fear of what’s to come, and everything around her that points... More »


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Scent of a Woman: Episode 11
by | August 27, 2011 | 142 Comments
This drama is playing havoc with my man-loyalties. One second my heart bleeds for heartbroken Ji-wook, and the other second it’s cheering on adorable Eun-seok. The drama has the curious ability to make me root for whichever character it’s focusing on in any given moment…only to have those desires flip the other way once the... More »


Drama Recaps
Can You Hear My Boss Protect the New Gisaeng’s Heart: Episode 1
by | August 27, 2011 | 352 Comments
I know it’s four weeks since Can You Hear My Boss Protect the New Gisaeng’s Heart began airing, but better late than never, right? Especially since Dramabeans has been assailed by “Please recap this drama!” pleas from many of you. I’m not at all surprised by the fandom because the first episode is a blast... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 2
by | August 25, 2011 | 57 Comments
This drama isn’t high-concept, but I find the conflict and the characters engaging and funny and cute. It’s nice to watch a rom-com that feels like a classic screwball comedy, where a mismatched couple simply takes the long way ’round because they’re so riddled with flaws. (There’s actually an entire sub-genre of screwball films that... More »


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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 8
by | August 25, 2011 | 102 Comments
Last episode, Sam Soon was ditched faster than Henry can say “Nae-ga bong-ee-nya?” when Jin Heon discovered the real reason Hee Jin left him three years ago. But all is not lost for Sam Soon. Having a strong family like Sam Soon’s is like having a safety net that catches you when you love and... More »


Drama Recaps
Can’t Lose: Episode 1
by | August 24, 2011 | 77 Comments
Can’t Lose premiered today on MBC, and was about what I expected: Light, cute, amusing, and with strong chemistry between the leads Choi Ji-woo and Yoon Sang-hyun. Also as expected, though, it had a tough time hanging in the ratings game (it recorded a 6.2%) with two strong competitors on the rival stations. Princess’s Man,... More »


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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 7
by | August 24, 2011 | 84 Comments
Sometimes, episodes need no introduction. All you need do is watch. Episode 7 – Madeleine, In Search Of Lost Time The episode starts with the grand opening celebration of Jeju Island’s newest luxury hotel. Among all the people there, out of place is Sam Soon, who is already being looked-down upon by Jin Heon’s peers.... More »