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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Drama Recaps
Scent of a Woman: Episode 14
by | September 4, 2011 | 203 Comments
I think this episode may have dehydrated me, with all the tears I shed. But in contrast to the last several episodes, I loved all the tearful moments in this episode, which were peppered with warmth and tons of heart. It’s probably my favorite Scent episode in quite a while, maybe overall. The reason I... More »


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Scent of a Woman: Episode 13
by | September 3, 2011 | 146 Comments
Thank heaven for the end to the whole noble sacrifice nonsense, because the drama has started to get weighed down with all the tears and angst. I know it’s a drama about a dying woman, but what made Scent of a Woman so delightful, so apart from the norm, was its light, refreshing touch. We... More »


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Girl K: Episode 1
by | September 2, 2011 | 81 Comments
Pretty badass. Girl K continues the recent trend of cable offerings that take advantage of their format to do what broadcast stations can’t or won’t do, and in this case it’s by going dark, violent, and edgy. But it doesn’t forsake emotion in the name of style, which is key to getting me invested into... More »


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Can’t Lose: Episode 4
by | September 1, 2011 | 68 Comments
It’s war, and it’s also the first episode where I sided more significantly with one character over the other. Listen, when you break the heroine’s heart, you spend the recap in the doghouse. Rules are rules. Stop looking at me with those puppy eyes. Tags: Can't Lose, Choi Ji-woo, featured, Kim Jung-tae, Lee Soo-kyung, Yoon... More »


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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 10
by | September 1, 2011 | 85 Comments
Names are important, not just in a family sense but because there is community in a name. And names can be just chock full of meaning, both to the giver of the name and the one who wears it. But changing a name is something else entirely. Changing one’s name is a pretty big deal... More »


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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 »