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Secret Garden: Episode 12
by | December 20, 2010 | 292 Comments
We’re kicking it up a notch this week, as the love square starts to get going in earnest, thanks to Seul the Master Feeling Denier. Although I guess we can’t really call it a love square, can we? It’s more like an arranged-marriage-with-cousins-and-a-MerMistress-square. Yeah. I just grossed myself out. Tags: featured, Ha Ji-won, Hyun Bin,... More »

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Secret Garden: Episode 11
by | December 19, 2010 | 253 Comments
Ah, finally the break I’ve been waiting for! After all the Brooding, that is. (There is a LOT of it.) Not that I haven’t been enjoying the heck out of Secret Garden, but plotwise we’ve been in slower territory for the past couple episodes, and it’s about time that things shifted. Power dynamics slide around... More »

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Green Rose: Episode 1
by | December 18, 2010 | 107 Comments
Here’s #2 in our First Episodes series: 2005’s thriller-revenge-melodrama Green Rose, a 22-episode SBS series which starred Go Soo and Lee Da-hae. I don’t talk about this drama much so you may not have seen this recap coming, but I wanted to mix things up a little and highlight a show that seems to fly... More »

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Delightful Girl Chun-hyang: Episode 1
by | December 17, 2010 | 194 Comments
New feature: First Episode series! Time constraints keep us from being able to write “classic recaps” for older dramas, but I thought it would be a fun idea to revisit old dramas to recap just the first episodes. It’ll give us a chance to reminisce on old favorites while also providing an introduction to the... More »

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ATHENA: Episode 1
by | December 16, 2010 | 77 Comments
The elusive recapper is me. Might’ve been obvious to some, but let’s just say I couldn’t pass up the chance to end the year with the IRIS spin-off. It’s exactly how I started my last December. SONG OF THE DAY ATHENA OST – Park Hyo Shin – “I Love You” [download] Tags: Athena, Cha Seung-won,... More »

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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 12
by | December 15, 2010 | 265 Comments
Pro: The episode had some fluffy, light, funny beats, which I’ve been missing lately. Con: This show has LOST ITS MIND. The plot makes no sense at all. Pro: At least the nonsensical plot is moving? Con: But there’s no consistency to the characters! Pro: How ’bout that awesome taunting look on Jang Geun-seok’s face... More »

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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 11
by | December 14, 2010 | 201 Comments
Listen, it doesn’t make any more SENSE, but the pace is up and the cute is up, so we’re in happy territory. I wish the live-in hijinks had begun eons ago, not only because it made more sense back when the contracts were in effect, but because they add a nice layer of conflict and... More »

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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 10
by | December 13, 2010 | 107 Comments
Episode 10 is vintage Mary: Some incredibly adorable scenes between Mary and Mu-gyul, who do puppy love like nobody’s business, and some repetitive plot conflicts that go around in circles. But no matter, since this may be our last time seeing this kind of storytelling style, since the writer change kicks in with the 11th... More »

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Secret Garden: Episode 10
by | December 13, 2010 | 311 Comments
Apparently everyone woke up on the right side of the bed this episode, because every eligible bachelor in town starts lining up at Ra-im’s door, and fighting each other like the ten-year olds that they are. Oska wins for Best Smile, Jong-soo wins for Most Embarrassed, and Joo-won wins for Sparkliest Boxers. Yup. You heard... More »

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Secret Garden: Episode 9
by | December 11, 2010 | 214 Comments
With our leads back to “normal,” Episode 9 turns back to the romantic developments and dials down the wacky, which I suppose is necessary though I’ll admit to missing the zany physical comedy of the past few episodes, because some of those body-switch bits were truly hysterical. True, they were sometimes played more for the... More »

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Joseon X-Files: Episode 12 (Final)
by | December 8, 2010 | 78 Comments
Finally, we reach the end of what I feel confident declaring one of the best shows I’ve seen in recent memory. I’ve seen a lot of dramas in the past year, and although there have been a lot of disappointments, just having one this good come along every year makes it worth it. (Last year... More »