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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.

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Vampire Prosecutor: Episode 1
by | October 2, 2011 | 133 Comments
And cable does it again. Vampire Prosecutor premiered today, and it is one stylish beast. I’d wondered if it would be able to be as slick and edgy as its promos were making it seem, because it’s a lot harder to be cool than, say, campy, which is what you get when you try a... More »

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High Kick 3: Episodes 5-9
by | October 1, 2011 | 28 Comments
What a great week for High Kick 3. If they keep pouring out the humor as well as addressing some realistic issues like they did with these episodes – count me in. We skim the surface of some deep-seeded troubles our characters are faced with and served some light-hearted funny that keeps this week engaging,... More »

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The Musical: Episode 4
by | September 30, 2011 | 53 Comments
Jae Hee and Yoo Jin fight. Eun Bi and Yoo Jin fight. Eun Bi and Jae Hee fight with Yoo Jin. But all ends well, because if you have Eun Bi and Jae Hee versus Yoo Jin, they’re always going to win. Right!? Song of the Day *Not a new song, but a new interpretation... More »

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Can’t Lose: Episode 12
by | September 29, 2011 | 31 Comments
This show finally made me cry, but not in an angstfest, like a normal drama’s twelfth episode might. I appreciate that about this show – it takes its time with characters and moments, until you feel with them. I like that the emotional pull isn’t about some crazy plot machination, but about the bond between... More »

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Can’t Lose: Episode 11
by | September 28, 2011 | 23 Comments
I actually think that this drama would probably manage a possible extension as well as a drama could manage an extension at this stage in the game, because this isn’t a show where the episodes follow a careful, tightly mapped out plot. It’s always been about the characters falling into conflict and misunderstanding, and working... More »

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High Kick 3: Episodes 1-4
by | September 25, 2011 | 44 Comments
New project! As you know, High Kick 3: Counterattack of the Short Legs (hereafter called simply High Kick 3) is a long-running series, with 120 episodes scheduled to air on a daily basis, Mondays through Fridays, for the next year. We generally don’t tackle long projects on this site, because I know from experience that... More »

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The Musical: Episode 3
by | September 23, 2011 | 89 Comments
And the cute continues! And by “cute” I really mean Daniel Choi. Is it so much to ask for a refreshing and frank conversation about everyone’s relationships with everyone early in the series? Before people can start misunderstanding other people, and drive each other mad with assumptions. Park Ki Woong – thanks for not being an ass... More »

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Can’t Lose: Episode 10
by | September 22, 2011 | 35 Comments
It’s time to mend some fences and rebuild the relationship… only that turns out harder than anyone anticipated. When the couple was at odds, their family and friends rallied together. But now that the couple is trying to work things out, the support around them starts to crumble. Can’t they catch a break? Tags: Can't... More »

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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 16 (Final)
by | September 22, 2011 | 155 Comments
In a heart-wrenching turn of events that I totally did not see coming, Jin Heon did not come back. He didn’t come back! Against her better judgment, Sam Soon allowed Jin Heon to take Hee Jin back to America. Jin Heon hugged Sam Soon and promised to come back, but then nothing – he did... More »

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Can’t Lose: Episode 9
by | September 21, 2011 | 32 Comments
And now the tide begins to turn: Not from one spouse to the other, but from divorce-minded antagonism to…well, if not outright reconciliation, then at least serious reconsideration. The previous episodes did a pretty good job of establishing the problems in the marriage as real and not-insignificant, but now we start again why they are,... More »

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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 15
by | September 21, 2011 | 41 Comments
This is it! The last two episodes. Like most twice-a-week dramas, this is a pairing that should be looked at as a two-part finale. This being part 1, you just know there’s going to be something big that happens at end of this episode, something so big that it makes you die just a little... More »

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5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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