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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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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 10
by | August 9, 2011 | 215 Comments
Holy crap. Just when I’d thought this drama had hit a slump, it pulls out this nice surprise. Things just took a turn, and for the better — the stakes (and not to mention the emotional quotient) just got kicked up a real big notch. SONG OF THE DAY Top Cloud – “힘이들길” [ Download... More »


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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 9
by | August 8, 2011 | 103 Comments
Thankfully when you set up a world so zany, there’s no plot twist you can create that doesn’t sound any crazier than the last. For example, Operation Marry Hallyu Star vs. Operation Become Hallyu Star. Why the hell not? The downside is that it doesn’t do much to propel the characters forward, as we stay... More »


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Scent of a Woman: Episode 6
by | August 7, 2011 | 306 Comments
Yay, so cute! Now the race between the two boys finally begins, and one makes more strides than expected, while the other crashes and burns. There’s cuteness, aggravation, and dancing, but the real adventure involves a dog and a quick getaway. I wonder if the Dog Days are really coming to an end, or if... More »