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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Dream High: Episode 1
by | January 3, 2011 | 156 Comments
An uneven beginning, but one that got progressively better as the hour advanced. (To be honest, I was feeling that dull sense of bored disappointment halfway through, but at the 45-minute mark things picked up, and the last five minutes had my curiosity stirred and hopes rising. Things take an interesting turn.) I’m not ready... More »

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Secret Garden: Episode 16
by | January 3, 2011 | 252 Comments
It’s the Episode of Answers, as all the puzzle pieces fall into place and get neatly locked together. It’s certainly about time, as all of this has been set up for a while now, and this particular theory concerning Joo-won and Ra-im’s father has been circling the wagons for what seems like half a century... More »

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ATHENA: Episode 4
by | January 2, 2011 | 33 Comments
Finally, something interesting is beginning to unfold in Athena. Episode 4 is eventful and mysterious, and the circle of acquaintances is closing with enemies, ex-lovers, multiple faced impostors and long time nemesis together pretending to fight for the same cause. Truth is, all of them have their own personal agendas that go way past simple... More »

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Secret Garden: Episode 15
by | January 1, 2011 | 252 Comments
So the cat’s out of the bag. Frankly I’d thought we’d get some huge changes once this happened, but really, the discovery is played more for comedy than for real advancement. Thankfully, by episode’s end we finally make some progress with the body-swap gimmick that opens the door for some of our questions to be... More »

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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 16 (Final)
by | December 28, 2010 | 262 Comments
Hurricane Mary, coming through! This drama goes out the same way it began…totally insane. But you know, by now it’d be even MORE schizophrenic if the drama did a total 180 and started to make sense. So it’s best we go out with as much crazy as we started with. It’s time to embrace the... More »

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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 15
by | December 27, 2010 | 242 Comments
This episode is all Mu-gyul. Unfortunately, it’s all Mu-gyul being petulant and mopey, which tends to put a damper on things. I’ve already lost my mind trying to follow the wacky logic of this drama, and the last episode pushed girlfriday over the edge. Which means… now it’s time for Mu-gyul to lose his hold... More »

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Secret Garden: Episode 14
by | December 27, 2010 | 392 Comments
Looks like love is in the air. And the real kind, not the Little Mermaid version. Or so we hope. Down with the Mermaid! Sheesh. When did Ariel ever get such a bad rap? Declarations get made, gauntlets get thrown, and secrets get found out. It’s Christmas in the Secret Garden, and it looks like... More »

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ATHENA: Episode 3
by | December 27, 2010 | 43 Comments
As aberdeen_angus said, we are left with the least exciting cliffhanger in the history of Korean dramas. Maybe I exaggerate – but where does a flashback and brooding leave us to start with? It leads to why the two were separated in the first place. Tags: Athena, Cha Seung-won, Choi Siwon, featured, Jung Woo-sung, Kim... More »

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Secret Garden: Episode 13
by | December 26, 2010 | 562 Comments
Some really nice moments in this episode, and some long-awaited movement on Ra-im’s part (finally!), help mitigate some other bits that I hated. Or rather, one bit in particular. (I really wanted not to hate it, but it’s one of those things that you just can’t bring yourself to accept, y’know?) SONG OF THE DAY... More »

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ATHENA: Episode 2
by | December 22, 2010 | 73 Comments
We take off with just another show, this time the action-packed romantic drama that I’ve been waiting for some time now. After Giant wrapped up, and a solid second half in k-drama land is about to close, Athena promised me a fun, escapist way to end the year. SONG OF THE DAY TVXQ – Athena... More »

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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 14
by | December 21, 2010 | 472 Comments
Well, it finally happened. You knew it was coming. The episode in which girlfriday’s sanity gets kidnapped and sold on the black market. What’s the going rate for what’s left of my marbles?   EPISODE 14 RECAP So…Mu-gyul gets KIDNAPPED. No, really. I was hoping that maybe I just had too much to drink and... More »