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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
You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 4
by | July 7, 2011 | 193 Comments
I like it much better this week, now that we’ve gotten past the introductions and into the musical, with crushes, competition, and egos galore. It’s a familiar setup, but if you’re a fan of musicals like me, there’s no business like show business. Bring on the divas. Tags: featured, Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Hyun-jin, Park Shin-hye,... More »


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City Hunter: Episode 13
by | July 6, 2011 | 296 Comments
I feel like this show stabs me and then bleeds me dry, every single episode. Is this what dating a vampire is like? Because the rush, the addiction… I know it’s bad for my health, but I can’t stop. Show, I know you’re just going to love me, then leave me, but why can’t I... More »


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You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 3
by | July 6, 2011 | 128 Comments
Who’s that guy, you ask? Why, no other than my new favorite character in this drama, as of today. It’s 26-year-old Lee Hyun-jin (who was great in the queer short Boy Meets Boy), completely stealing his scenes and doing so with some powerful charisma. Now this is a guy I want to root for, with... More »


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Romance Town: Episode 16
by | July 6, 2011 | 59 Comments
Aggravation, then satisfaction. Tearing my hair out, then putting it back on my scalp. This drama has been so badly titled now; it really should have been called ‘Maids’ because that’s all this drama is about. Or they should have called it ‘Money Town’ or ‘Bread and Roses,’ because where the hell is the ‘Romance’... More »


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Miss Ripley: Episode 12
by | July 5, 2011 | 154 Comments
He knows! It’s the death of the puppy and the rise of Dark Yoo-hyun, who is no less polite than before, but eerily icy beneath the surface. And let’s not count out Myung-hoon, who is quickly becoming Miri’s biggest opponent yet. Basically everyone serves Miri up a slice of humble pie, and it’s kind of... More »


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Miss Ripley: Episode 11
by | July 4, 2011 | 131 Comments
More secrets are revealed! Some are new revelations, while others are just passed on to new people — like, say, our resident energizer puppy, who’s maybe not as big a pushover as he seemed at the outset. Oh, we’ve seen glimpses of his sharper side in brief moments, but now he stops playing the dupe... More »


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Romance Town: Episode 15
by | July 3, 2011 | 45 Comments
AHHH THE MONEY! AHHH THE MONEY! Yeah – that’s really my only worry going into this episode. The characters? Screw them – they’re all screwed anyways. AHHH THE MONEY…!! It’s ridiculous (in a good way) how this money just pretty much ruined everyone’s lives in this episode, in logical, physical, and emotional ways. Tags: featured,... More »


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City Hunter: Episode 12
by | June 30, 2011 | 726 Comments
Somehow the phrase “I wanna be like City Hunter” doesn’t quite have the ring of “I wanna be like Mike,” even though, DUDE, I totally want to be like City Hunter, by which I mean AWESOME. And exciting, and intriguing, and sexy. Damn sexy. Though that’s mostly Lee Min-ho’s doing. SONG OF THE DAY Kim... More »


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You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 2
by | June 30, 2011 | 180 Comments
What this drama lacks in slickness, it makes up for in sweetness. I’m sentimental about youth angst dramas, because they’re what I grew up on, but they also feel like a throwback because of that. They’re like drama comfort food, like Mom’s cooking. And while the tonal shifts in this one are still a bit... More »


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City Hunter: Episode 11
by | June 29, 2011 | 415 Comments
This drama’s going to be the death of me. If my head doesn’t explode, my heart will first. The tension in this episode nearly put me six feet under from the stress of it all, but I fought to stay in the land of the living. Because otherwise, how will I find out what happens... More »


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You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 1
by | June 29, 2011 | 170 Comments
Another anticipated drama premiered today with MBC’s You’ve Fallen For Me, which I think got off to a rather uncertain start, tonally speaking, but found its feet by the hour’s end. The jury’s out on the romantic chemistry between the leads, but I find that there’s plenty of antagonistic chemistry. Sparks aplenty on that front,... More »