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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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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 13
by | November 19, 2015 | 74 Comments
So-yoon persists in digging and digging, despite the fact that nearly the whole town is determined to stonewall her. She may not be the shrewdest investigator around (her tactics can be aggravatingly clumsy), but persistence does pay off, and anger fuels boldness. Watching her in action feels a little like throwing eggs to chip away... More »

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Oh My Venus: Episode 2
by | November 19, 2015 | 133 Comments
We learn a bit more about our leads in this hour, about their pasts and their present, and how our heroine isn’t the only one in an uncomfortable situation — our hero may need her as much as she needs him. But that doesn’t mean that forming an alliance will be easy — with two... More »

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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 13
by | November 19, 2015 | 83 Comments
Are you there, Bang-ji? It’s a little hard to tell, but maybe all the darkness is symbolic of the dark and turbulent times these characters are living in. Alternatively, it could be an unfortunate byproduct of shrouding so many characters in mystery and their dealings in secrecy, since daylight isn’t necessarily conducive to underground revolutions.... More »

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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 12
by | November 18, 2015 | 45 Comments
The delusion, it runs deep in this town. That certainly explains how the secrets have remained under wraps for so long—with this amount of willful ignorance going around, it’s no wonder it’s taken So-yoon this long to piece together the fragments of this mystery. Speaking of which, major secrets are revealed today, and they force... More »

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D-Day: Episode 17
by | November 18, 2015 | 26 Comments
Duty calls, but it’s never easy to volunteer your life. It seems that Captain Choi’s looming sacrifice is an inevitable deed, as there’s no one more qualified for the job than him. The great power imbalance of handling this disaster comes into play, and we see that the real people saving lives don’t hold the... More »

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D-Day: Episode 16
by | November 17, 2015 | 14 Comments
To my surprise and utter delight, this show is suddenly found its pace and it’s everything I’ve wanted in the first place for a show that’s about saving lives in the middle of a disaster. Pity that it’s only picking up at a time when most shows end, but considering there’s four more episodes to... More »

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Oh My Venus: Episode 1
by | November 16, 2015 | 158 Comments
It’s a promising start for Oh My Venus, the weight-loss-challenge rom-com that premiered today on KBS. I admit that I still have some niggling reservations about the premise, but I like the tone, the leads (in particular the sympathetic heroine), and find promise in the side characters. But really, we’re all watching this for the... More »

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Bubblegum: Episode 6
by | November 15, 2015 | 66 Comments
Sometimes it’s easy to confuse dreams with reality, and realizing that you’ve been living your whole life blurring the lines between the two can be painful. Waking up to reality can be a joyful thing, or it can be heartbreaking… and sometimes it can be both at the same time. When reality holds some difficult... More »

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Answer Me 1988: Episode 4
by | November 14, 2015 | 174 Comments
This episode is all about the people you can’t help loving, be it ungrateful husbands, nagging wives, unresponsive kids, embarrassing parents, or your oldest friends who call you out on your dumbest mistakes. And we find that there’s pretty much only one way to mend rifts in any of these relationships: one sincere gesture, no... More »

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Running Man: Episode 272
by | November 14, 2015 | 64 Comments
Guests, guests, and guests, oh my! This week brings the second half of the greatest number of people on Running Man yet. Amidst the numerous introductions, there are gems to be had, jokes to be swapped, and a fervor that is unmatched. We find out just how many friends our cast can call upon and... More »

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Bubblegum: Episode 5
by | November 14, 2015 | 61 Comments
A lifelong friendship is a precious gift, and it’s not an easy thing to change. But when one person decides that friendship isn’t enough for them anymore, can you ever go back to just being buddies? It’s a difficult leap to take — but if you want more than you’ve had, sometimes you have to... 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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