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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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ATHENA: Episode 16
by | March 28, 2011 | 22 Comments
I have nothing to preface this episode, save for this song: What Should Be Son Hyuk’s Anthem: “Let Go” by Frou Frou [download] Tags: Athena, Cha Seung-won, Choi Siwon, featured, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Min-jong, Lee Jia, Su Ae... More »


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49 Days: Episode 4
by | March 24, 2011 | 191 Comments
I like it when the heroine is someone with a lot of growing to do, and not just makeover-style, but real character growth. Ji-hyun is such an interesting heroine because although she’s naïve and dumb and really quite off in her own princess land, she’s also very open and trusting and sweet. She sort of... More »


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49 Days: Episode 3
by | March 23, 2011 | 151 Comments
I do love me some disgruntled Scheduler, but coming in at a close second is disgruntled Kang — or, to be more accurate, the trying-so-hard- to-be-disgruntled- but-failing-to-hide-his- marshmallow-interior Kang. There’s something irresistible about the two of them, both revealing soft spots that are more and more evident the longer Ji-hyun runs in circles around them,... More »


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ATHENA: Episode 15
by | March 21, 2011 | 12 Comments
Athena doesn’t have flashbacks – it just has immensely long recaps at the beginning of the episode. It starts off with a refresher on the whole battle scene on the bridge, which, according to the episode special, was one of the biggest action scenes for the series since it required big explosions and closing down... More »


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ATHENA: Episode 14
by | March 19, 2011 | 28 Comments
Hi all! Many apologies – but let’s get right on with the story, eh? It’s kinda funny how I just started watching 9 End 2 Outs (thanks to girlfriday’s review, and on dramafever no less), so I think I can better appreciate Su Ae as an actress now… not that I ever thought she was... More »


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49 Days: Episode 2
by | March 17, 2011 | 217 Comments
Dear Reaper Boy: TAKE ME WITH YOU. Promise me when it’s my time to go, you’ll still be wearing Jung Il-woo? Rawr. I’m really digging the premise and the setup of this story. The execution leaves a little to be desired as of yet, but there’s a lot of potential to for it to grow... More »


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49 Days: Episode 1
by | March 16, 2011 | 130 Comments
I like! 49 Days had a slow ratings start (8.6%), but when I’m talking about dramas that hook my interest from the get-go, the ratings discussion is really just an afterthought. I was much more interested in seeing whether the drama would be able to capitalize on its promise, and although I approached warily, I... More »


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Crime Squad: Episode 1
by | March 8, 2011 | 79 Comments
I actually really like the tone and feel of this show, which is a nice changeup in the current k-drama landscape. It starts out light and goofy, but it’s well-acted, so the dramatic turns don’t feel weightless. I’m a fan of cop procedurals to begin with, but I’ve honestly never seen a solid one in... More »


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Dream High concert and final thoughts
by | March 1, 2011 | 152 Comments
Yesterday saw the end to Dream High, so Tuesday’s episode was a(n edited) broadcast of the concert, which was the drama’s way of putting a spin on the familiar special broadcast format of behind-the-scenes clips, NGs, and stories from the drama shoots. It also gives me a chance to weigh in on the ending, since... More »


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Dream High: Episode 16 (Final)
by | February 28, 2011 | 449 Comments
Dude, someone owes me drinks, and then MORE DRINKS. I’m on a roll. Maybe I should play the lottery or something. Vegas, anyone? We’re here at the finale whether we like it or not, and we’re met with song and dance, laughter and tears, as we send off our dreamers to their bright and shiny... More »


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My Princess: Episode 16 (Final)
by | February 24, 2011 | 327 Comments
So I never would’ve put my money on this, but this finale rocks. It’s not only adorable and as cute as always, but there’s actual conflict, and it’s good. (I KNOW!) So weird. What the hell were you doing for all those episodes, Show? Saving your wad for the big finale? What’s nice is that... More »