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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Drama Recaps
Romance Town: Episode 8
by | June 6, 2011 | 90 Comments
If every episode after this one could have the same pace as this one, I would sincerely ask for nothing more. Throw me the illogical-ness and the melodrama, and I would take it all. Just keep up the pacing and fun for the rest of the series! Oh but a fast-paced drama does not mean... More »


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City Hunter: Episode 4
by | June 5, 2011 | 207 Comments
HUZZAH. Well that seals it. While the first two episodes were great fun, with Episodes 3 and 4, I’m in LOVE. Maybe it’s something in the water, but this drama hits me right in that comic-book action-hero sweet spot: caped crusader fighting against the system, and growing up in the process. Just not, yunno, literally... More »


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Romance Town: Episode 7
by | June 4, 2011 | 98 Comments
I’ll try to give a “deep” recap without explaining my own personal “fairy tale” and how I want the drama to progress. After all, some people think my recaps are “thin” and “lack substance.” Oh but whoops – I’m writing this intro after I’ve written the recap – and I’ve “squee’d” a tad too much... More »


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City Hunter: Episode 3
by | June 3, 2011 | 222 Comments
Ahh, my initial liking for City Hunter just bloomed into love. It’s slickly packaged, yet manages to keep a sense of heart. That’s not easy to accomplish — and to make that feel so effortless on top of it all is impressive. On top of that, I’m in love with the tone of this drama.... More »


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Best Love: Episode 10
by | June 2, 2011 | 311 Comments
It’s just the way I like it: Superheroes Over Flowers, as the boys step up their game and leave us all spun around in the process. Will Iron Man get a new heart? Will Spiderman sell his friend up the river for pastries? Will this drama ever stop being awesome? Best Love hit a series... More »


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Best Love: Episode 9
by | June 1, 2011 | 338 Comments
Did they switch the cameras all of a sudden? Because this episode is GORGEOUS. As if I didn’t love this drama enough already. Angst can sometimes be frustrating, sometimes satisfying. This is my favorite kind, when it moves the plot — and the emotions, and the character development — swiftly along and gives rise to... More »


Drama Recaps
Miss Ripley: Episode 2
by | May 31, 2011 | 147 Comments
I like. It’s definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, since it’s a melodrama through and through. But I find the premise highly addictive—and strangely, easy to identify with, despite the dramatics. I find myself rooting for a heroine to lie, cheat, and steal, which is ODD, to say the least. It’s what... More »


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Lie To Me: Episode 8 Open Thread
by | May 31, 2011 | 309 Comments
This episode in a nutshell (or, as I like to think of it, the weecap): Ah-jung takes care of Ki-joon when he’s sick (food-poisoned by her leftovers). She’s miffed when he doesn’t reply to her text, so Ki-joon admits that he didn’t know how to reply — if he said he was still sick, she’d... More »


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Romance Town: Episode 6
by | May 31, 2011 | 121 Comments
I think this episode had a lot less going on. It provided more revelations into the side characters, and it’s the official formation of a love triangle. OH THE ANGST. Sorry for the delay as well on this recap. There was something called a “Memorial Day Holiday” that I partook in… Tags: featured, Jung Kyeo-woon,... More »


Drama Recaps
Lie To Me: Open Thread? Vote!
by | May 30, 2011 | 447 Comments
So the recapping verdict is in: Miss Ripley in, Lie To Me out. Girlfriday and I are satisfied with this choice, inasmuch as we know our physical limits despite wanting to cover every drama ever. (Okay, not every drama. But a good chunk of ‘em.) However, we realize there’s still a crapton of you online,... More »


Drama Recaps
Miss Ripley: Episode 1
by | May 30, 2011 | 150 Comments
Finally, the last of the May dramas premieres: Miss Ripley opened today with solid 13.2% premiere that landed it in first place, above Baby-Faced Beauty (11%) and Lie To Me (10.6%). The show wasted no time diving into uber-melodramatic waters, laying out its backstory speedily to bring us to the lie that sets everything in... More »