Korean Drama Recaps

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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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Miss Ripley: Episode 16 (Final)
by | July 19, 2011 | 119 Comments
Last episode! I wasn’t sure whether Miss Ripley would wrap up in a surge of melodrama or in unearned happy endings, but it delivers a dose of peace and resolution, with a smattering of bittersweetness. It’s somewhat satisfying, though a little pat for my tastes, but most importantly it gives each of our characters an... More »

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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 4
by | July 19, 2011 | 137 Comments
Such a fun, quirky series that mixes spy farce with rom-com elements. It has some lighthearted silly moments, treasure-hunting spy moments, but also characters with interesting mysterious layers. And the funny pretty much kills me. Tags: Eric, featured, Han Ye-seul, Jang Hee-jin, Lee Jin-wook, Myung-wol the Spy... More »

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Miss Ripley: Episode 15
by | July 18, 2011 | 129 Comments
Miri reaches the end of her rope, as everyone comes to collect what’s owed. The men in her life continue to think that they can save her, and don’t stop hurling themselves under buses to prove their love. Apparently a simple candygram just won’t do. Tags: featured, Kang Hye-jung, Kim Seung-woo, Lee Da-hae, Micky Yoochun,... More »

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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 3
by | July 18, 2011 | 109 Comments
What a hoot. I think I may end up loving this show. The first episode piqued my interest with the gorgeous visuals and offbeat vibe, the second had me busting a gut with its quirky humor, and the third? It stirred that sense of excitement, that feeling that I could feel love on the horizon.... More »

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I Need Romance: Episodes 3-10
by | July 15, 2011 | 161 Comments
Time to check back in with cable rom-com I Need Romance. It’s past halfway, so I thought I’d weigh in on where the show has gone since we met the girls and set the stage for complications, hijinks, and of course, romance. It continues to be breezy but not fluffy, which I like, and I... More »

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City Hunter: Episode 16
by | July 14, 2011 | 885 Comments
Ooh, the big secret’s out — to us, at least, not to the characters — and the story takes a bit of a twist accordingly. It’s a point I thought I’d hate, but which actually turns out to work pretty nicely, in a symbolic and thematic sense. I think. I’m still waiting on full confirmation... More »

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You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 6
by | July 14, 2011 | 247 Comments
It’s a bit of an angst-go-round this episode, as Shin faces some harsh truths and Kyu-won finally realizes her heart. Though it’s hard not to hate anyone who makes Kyu-won’s life difficult, I do appreciate their youthful journeys into and out of love. Tags: featured, Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Hyun-jin, Park Shin-hye, Song Chang-eui, You've Fallen... More »

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City Hunter: Episode 15
by | July 13, 2011 | 368 Comments
The prosecutor is hot on his trail and it looks like someone’s secret identity isn’t going to be secret for very long. Could the City Hunter maybe just take a wee break from saving the world so that he can focus on maintaining his cover? My blood pressure would surely appreciate it. Tags: City Hunter,... More »

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You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 5
by | July 13, 2011 | 139 Comments
Yeah, that’s the face I’d be making, too, if I had a crush on an insufferable hottie who got particular pleasure out of thwarting me. Thankfully, those days of adolescent tumult are behind me. Phew for that! Speaking of which, I think this drama does a good job of capturing the feelings of the youthful... More »

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Miss Ripley: Episode 14
by | July 12, 2011 | 164 Comments
The shit, it meets the fan, and for more than one person. I do appreciate the speed with which this drama blows the lid off of all its secrets, letting us speed past the inevitable angsting about whether they’ll be revealed (’cause we know they will) and head straight for the fallout. It’s an episode... More »

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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 2
by | July 12, 2011 | 116 Comments
This show is friggin’ hilarious. I love the sense of humor of it – it’s like a farce, but played straight, like a dark comedy. The North Korean stuff feels like Dr. Strangelove which is right on the money, and the setup is perfectly ridiculous, but totally engaging. It’s like half-war-comedy, half-screwball-romance, which is refreshingly... More »