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Playful Kiss: Episode 1
by | September 3, 2010 | 263 Comments
I had mixed feelings about this premiere: It wasn’t as good as I was hoping, but it wasn’t as bad as I feared. I can see where some viewers had issues with it, and I share those concerns. But I think it started to find its groove later on — almost too late, really —... More »

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I Am Legend: Episode 9
by | September 3, 2010 | 60 Comments
Episode 9 marks the return of… NOO RI! Yes – the most important character of this drama. No? OK – well, it is also the turning point of the drama – soo, just how do you follow up an epic courtroom scene and the end of a divorce? Tags: featured, I Am Legend, Kim Jung-eun,... More »

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My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 8
by | September 2, 2010 | 192 Comments
“She works hard for the money / So haaaard for it honey / She works hard for the money / So you better treat her right.” Never truer words, my friend. This episode, Mi-ho learns the value of a Dollar Won, and Dae-woong learns the value of a gift from the heart. The last episode’s... More »

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My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 7
by | September 1, 2010 | 222 Comments
Such a sweet episode — I awwed repeatedly throughout. I suppose this is where the romantic angle gets going in earnest, but truth be told that doesn’t even matter that much to me. I’ve gotten so much delight out of the growing friendly rapport between Mi-ho and Dae-woong and the mythology aspect that the standard... More »

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal: Episode 2
by | August 31, 2010 | 200 Comments
I liked Episode 2 even more than the first; now that we’re past some of the setup, I find these relationships quite compelling, and all the various possible entanglements are rife with possibility. Even the more clichéd elements (such as her cross-dressing at school) have different stakes here, since the consequences of being found out... More »

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal: Episode 1
by | August 30, 2010 | 145 Comments
Fresh and promising, I thought. I was trying not to hope too much for Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which premiered today (Monday, that is). We’ve got a lot of promising dramas coming up and I didn’t want to jinx myself by getting excited about them all. So I’ve been wary about this “Joseon F4″ business that takes... More »

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I Am Legend: Episode 8
by | August 29, 2010 | 86 Comments
BEST. EPISODE. EVAAA. We’ve officially reached the midpoint of the series. OK – ’nuff said. On to the recap! Seol Hee meets Jin Bae near the entrance and he hands off the CD. Ji Wook and Seung Hye discuss why Seol Hee could possibly want a recess (are they that dense?) and they only realize... More »

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I Am Legend: Episode 7
by | August 27, 2010 | 49 Comments
The above screencap comes from one of my favorite scenes in this episode. I love that this drama focuses on all the girls in the band; while Ah Reum still needs some more development, I’m sure we’ll get there after this week’s episodes – which were great in keeping up the momentum by the way!... More »

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My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 6
by | August 26, 2010 | 229 Comments
It’s my favorite of all k-drama tropes: the fits-of-jealousy as a stand-in for early declarations of love. It’s angst, love, denial, and pettiness all rolled into one, and I for one, can’t get enough. The Green-Eyed Monster takes center stage this episode, and turns everyone right-side-up, then upside-down, providing hysterical laughter, adorable hijinks, and lots... More »

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My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 5
by | August 25, 2010 | 210 Comments
I love a drama that makes use of nice, tight mythology. Even better, I love it when a drama using mythology ups the ante midway through and modifies the rules, keeping us on our toes. This week brings a couple of familiar faces to My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho, with You’re Beautiful alumnae UEE and... More »

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Joseon X-Files: Episode 1
by | August 24, 2010 | 65 Comments
I was really, really hoping that cable sci-fi period drama Joseon X-Files (aka 기찰비록, or Gichalbirok), would be good. To my relief/happy pleasure, I thought it was a solid start, and it appears the audience agrees — it scored a solid 1% premiere rating*, which is quite respectable given that it’s a cable program that... More »