Korean Drama Recaps

Dramabeans Recap Hub!

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).

For a full guide to every drama recap we've written, refer to our master recap list here.

For drama ratings, refer to this guide.
Archive for the ‘Drama Recaps’ Category

Drama Recaps
You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 15 (Final)
by | August 20, 2011 | 159 Comments
We’re at the end! You know, I’m not a big fan of rushed endings (unless done right), but I’ll take what I get for this one. You’ve Fallen For Me is too lovable for me to ditch it in the dust after all I’ve been through. At least we do get a nice, neat ending... More »


Drama Recaps
You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 14
by | August 19, 2011 | 62 Comments
It’s the last week!! I was sad, but after this episode, I’m not that sad. I think it’s commendable that the actors have really made this series more interesting than the story presents itself to be. The weaknesses in the writing are far more blatant now, especially with the musical and obstacles all resolved now.... More »


Drama Recaps
My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 6
by | August 18, 2011 | 116 Comments
Here we go! Can we have the main characters stand and be accounted for? Kim Sun Ah as Kim Sam Soon? “WHAT?! Er, I mean, Yes?” Jung Ryu Won as Yoo Hee Jin? “Here!” Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin Heon? “Yo.” Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim? “Right here, ready to help Hee Jin, any... More »


Drama Recaps
My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 5
by | August 17, 2011 | 94 Comments
K-drama watchers know that the bottom generally drops out when things are going well, because dramas fade without conflict. But conflict shouldn’t just randomly happen – conflict should be set in motion because of choices that people make. A few episodes ago, Sam Soon makes the innocuous choice to trade her date-able-ness to borrow $50,000.... More »


Drama Recaps
Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 11
by | August 16, 2011 | 268 Comments
Another tag-team recap! With the uproar regarding this drama dominating headlines for the past several days, girlfriday and I thought to both weigh in on all the insanity. Only, this episode actually isn’t that insane, considering the circumstances. It’s chock-full of meta commentary, though, with references to killer shooting schedules, overworked stars, and diva attitudes.... More »


Drama Recaps
Scent of a Woman: Episode 8
by | August 14, 2011 | 357 Comments
I think before this episode, the tango was a stand-in, a euphemism for a lot of things, but there are no longer any spaces to read between the lines now. I think the appropriate expression is: Oh, get a room already. YOWZA. Tags: Eom Ki-joon, featured, Kim Sun-ah, Lee Dong-wook, Scent of a Woman, Seo... More »


Drama Recaps
Scent of a Woman: Episode 7
by | August 13, 2011 | 214 Comments
For a drama that operates on a very predictable premise — we know not only the trajectory of the events but can also anticipate the various obstacles and triumphs Yeon-jae will face — Scent of a Woman does a damn good job of keeping us engaged and on the hook for more. The overall arc... More »


Drama Recaps
You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 13
by | August 13, 2011 | 95 Comments
To my massive relief, things finally sort themselves out in this episode. The underdog-theme in this drama is especially emphasized in this episode. You become so invested in this group of students that it doesn’t matter what craziness and power-manipulations are going on around them – all you care about is seeing this group succeed.... More »


Drama Recaps
You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 12
by | August 12, 2011 | 113 Comments
Just to note, You’ve Fallen For Me is officially going to end at 15 episodes. That means, we’re only 3 episodes to the end on August 18, as originally planned (and therefore it won’t conflict with the premiere of Can’t Lose). Boohoo. I don’t like that it’s ending so early, but it simply forces the production team... More »


Drama Recaps
My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 4
by | August 11, 2011 | 114 Comments
‘Over The Rainbow,’ made famous by the 1939 film Wizard of Oz, is a song about a child whose sweet dream is to find some faraway magical place where there is no more pain, somewhere over the rainbow. What the singer probably doesn’t know, however, is that even if one makes it over the rainbow,... More »


Drama Recaps
My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 3
by | August 10, 2011 | 68 Comments
Love contracts are, practically by definition, illogical. How do you force someone to love someone else? I guess you can’t, which is why Rule No. 1 of most love contracts is that “Neither party shall fall in love the other party. Ever.” So maybe these contracts should be called “Don’t Fall In Love Contracts.” But... More »