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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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History of the Salaryman: Episode 10
by | February 5, 2012 | 40 Comments
It’s war, and it’s brutal. This was really a milestone episode, taking us into the next level of emotional involvement for our heroes as we delve deeper into the harsh realities and hardships they have to face. To say that Yeo-chi stood out especially is almost doing a disservice to the rest of the wonderful... More »

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High Kick 3: Episodes 85-89
by | February 4, 2012 | 23 Comments
Yay, we’re back on track! Last week was a weird week in that it was the New Year with a pre-emption, giving us fewer episodes than normal, but it was also a rare week that didn’t really speak to me. Considering that the show’s been on the air for months and it was the first... More »

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History of the Salaryman: Episode 9
by | February 3, 2012 | 46 Comments
Any drama that uses “Welcome to the Jungle” effectively and convincingly wins serious brownie points – and it was in that moment that I remembered why I love this show so darn much. We’ve got more drunken shenanigans than you can shake a camera at, high stakes bets, and fancy parties that actually look super... More »

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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 10
by | February 2, 2012 | 287 Comments
What a fantastic episode for our men. This really should be The Sun Embraces That Other Sun (And Heck, Also Those Other Friendly Suns, While We’re At It). Yes, the two suns are brothers and that would require breaking a number of taboos, but hey, I’m game if you are. Sigh. Another ratings increase (the... More »

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What’s Up: Episodes 17-18
by | February 2, 2012 | 74 Comments
Agh – these two episodes were emotional roller coasters. I felt happy, then sad, then heartbroken, then happy again, then euphorically happy, and then sad again. SHOW – WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME!?!? The best part is? Episode 18 had two wonderful performances. I couldn’t bear to write about them as two separate recaps… Tags:... More »

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The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 9
by | February 1, 2012 | 106 Comments
Wol finds out just how much danger lies inside the palace walls, and the king struggles to keep his curiosity, and his heart, locked away. It’s a crucial episode for Wol’s character, who hits rock bottom in more ways than one. Ratings hit another high today at 34.5%, which is kind of insane. I thought... More »

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Dream High 2: Episode 2
by | January 31, 2012 | 178 Comments
It feels sorta familiar, and yet totally different. That’s probably a good thing for a franchise show, because you want the brand to be recognizable, but who wants to see the same thing all over again? That said, there are certain things Dream High 2 does differently than its predecessor which work for this season,... More »

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Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 2
by | January 31, 2012 | 218 Comments
GAH. It’s here, my first drama crack of the year. Why is this show so pitch-perfectly stabbing me in the heart? It’s so badass and cute and angsty in that authentically teenage way that just gets you right there. It’s equally earnest and ridiculous, but it’s totally my kind of angst. I love everything about... More »

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Dream High 2: Episode 1
by | January 30, 2012 | 137 Comments
It’s time to Dream Higherererer with a whole new cast of characters, and a whole new universe as well. As it turns out Season 2 is no dummy – we don’t just pick up where we left off, or reboot to square one with the same narrative and a different cast. Phew. One bullet dodged.... More »

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Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 1
by | January 30, 2012 | 101 Comments
I love this drama already; Episode 1 delivered just what I’d hoped for, and what I wanted. I’ve watched a lot of high school shows — an embarrassing number, actually — and if the rest of the series maintains the premiere’s moody atmosphere and underdog narrative, I think it can rank up there with my... More »

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High Kick 3: Episodes 82-84
by | January 28, 2012 | 32 Comments
Hearts are broken this week, along with mine. We’ve got a lighter load of three episodes and though I don’t mind a lesser workload, our story feels cut off and I feel a little short-handed. Each of these stories could stand on its own but please sir, I want some more. SONG OF THE DAY... 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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