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You’re Beautiful: Episode 16 (Final)
by | November 26, 2009 | 482 Comments
Well, here we are: the final episode. I liked it quite a lot, and thought it tied up our ends nicely. I enjoyed the way the main conflict was resolved, and while it wasn’t perfect, I like its balance between hitting that dramatic climax and reminding us of its sense of fun. (Beware, this thing... More »

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You’re Beautiful: Episode 15
by | November 25, 2009 | 234 Comments
I enjoyed this episode more than I thought I might. I was concerned that the usual Episode 15 angst would frustrate me (based on past Hong Sisters trends), but I was really pleased with how the conflict plays out. Some nice acting, and a few great scenes. SONG OF THE DAY FT Island – “A... More »

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Smile: Episode 18
by | November 25, 2009 | 70 Comments
Love is in the air! To prove it, Hyun-soo will kiss Jung-in… if it kills him. Haha! So as not to give away any spoilers, let’s just say that he makes a lot of kissy faces in this episode. The relationship between Jung-in and Hyun-soo develops very quickly and sweetly because of their heart-on-your-sleeve honesty…... More »

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Hero: Episodes 1-2
by | November 23, 2009 | 45 Comments
I don’t think it’s surprising that Hero started off with low ratings (5.4.% and 4.9%) because its two rivals — KBS’s IRIS, SBS’s You’re Beautiful — are currently in full swing. With the latter ending this week, it’ll be interesting to see how Hero‘s numbers fare in another week’s time when SBS’s new drama, Will... More »

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Smile: Episode 17
by | November 22, 2009 | 130 Comments
OMG, WOW. There isso much heart in this episode—the best so far!! Someone remind me to close my slack-jawed mouth before I start drooling over Kang Hyun-soo. Special shoutout: at last! The Han River appears in a Kdrama as more than just a place to scream/vent or have secret arguments/trysts. When Hyun-soo first pulls up... More »

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Smile: Episodes 15-16
by | November 21, 2009 | 82 Comments
A first date with your crush. The jitters, the excitement. Now imagine the date as a 3-way with your crush’s mother. Isn’t that every girl’s fantasy? But our plucky heroine is satisfied even with this scene, grazing his hand in the ocean of popcorn, with his mother’s watchful eye boring into their hands. Just when... More »

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You’re Beautiful: Episode 14
by | November 19, 2009 | 318 Comments
Once again, we run the gamut of emotions from light to heavy, which I always find to be a welcome thing when a drama heads to its more serious moments. Yes, some of the conflicts amp up in this episode, but it also has more of its trademark goofy parody sequences to lighten the in-between... More »

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You’re Beautiful: Episode 13
by | November 18, 2009 | 277 Comments
What an utterly delightful episode! I wasn’t exactly disappointed with last week’s, but I do think they took a small step back from the giddiness and/or angst of previous episodes. Well, it’s all back today, and in full force. Also: When did Jung Yong-hwa learn to act?? He wasn’t ever terrible, but he seems much... More »

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Sons of Sol Pharmacy: Episodes 29-31
by | November 16, 2009 | 19 Comments
With this batch of episodes, we head into some of my favorite territory, which coincides with the ending of one (tiresome) love line and the beginning (or elevation) of another, more interesting one. SONG OF THE DAY Sons of Sol Pharmacy OST – “말해요” (Say it) [ Download ] Tags: Han Sang-jin, Ji Chang-wook, Lee... More »

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Smile: Episodes 13-14
by | November 15, 2009 | 69 Comments
Smile is hitting exactly the right notes for me. Though not wildly innovative, there’s something organic and sweet about the pacing and tone that I really enjoy. When there’s as much chemistry & development as there is in these two episodes, reducing the repartee to a line of summary just doesn’t do it justice. So... More »

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Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang: Episodes 1-2
by | November 14, 2009 | 32 Comments
KBS premiered a new Monday-Tuesday drama this week, Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang (KBS World title: Taming of the Heir), to replace Princess Has Returned. Contrary to the historical costuming above, this drama is a contemporary piece but has sageuk bits woven through it, since the story references the folk tale upon which it is based (“Princess... More »