Korean Drama Recaps

Dramabeans Recap Hub!

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).

For a full guide to every drama recap we've written, refer to our master recap list here.

For drama ratings, refer to this guide.
Archive for the ‘Drama Recaps’ Category

Drama Recaps
My Princess: Episode 12
by | February 10, 2011 | 318 Comments
Our couple gets backed into a corner, and everyone comes over with a bad case of Noble Idiocy. Well, everyone who has a heart. But thankfully Hae-young’s got it bad enough to go princess hunting. Which of course sends everyone else on the hunt as well. Who needs wabbits when it’s open season on princesses?... More »


Drama Recaps
My Princess: Episode 11
by | February 9, 2011 | 298 Comments
There’s something that just really works about this couple, for me. She’s a little dense and he’s got a pretty large noble streak — though he hasn’t crossed over to the dark side of idiocy, yet — but together, they’re just so cute. The why-we-Should-Not-Be conflict is credible (and harks back to that inescapable point... More »


Drama Recaps
ATHENA: Episode 10
by | February 9, 2011 | 52 Comments
Son Hyuk is angry and psycho! Hye In is ambiguously using everybody for her own benefits! Jung Woo believes whatever crap he’s told! Jae Hee keeps on being an amoeba! Just another day in Athena-world… Welcome! Tags: Athena, Cha Seung-won, Choi Siwon, featured, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Min-jong, Lee Jia, Su Ae... More »


Drama Recaps
Dream High: Episode 11
by | February 8, 2011 | 358 Comments
Get ready to have your hearts broken, people. See, this is what happens when you follow a girl to the big city. She stomps on your heart and you end up slinging drinks at a nightclub as you drink your sorrows away…wait, aren’t you a minor? So, the bar is just shorthand for Angst, and... More »


Drama Recaps
Dream High: Episode 10
by | February 7, 2011 | 321 Comments
Cute, fun, and angsty, all wrapped up in a big bow of feel-good. (And then some feel-nervous.) Now that’s my kind of episode. No Song of the Day today, because there were so many in the episode proper. It’s a veritable extravaganza of song ‘n dance. Tags: Dream High, featured, Ham Eun-jung, IU, Jang Woo-young,... More »


Drama Recaps
My Princess: Episode 10
by | February 3, 2011 | 412 Comments
Finally, a conflict I can get behind, that isn’t motivated by press conferences and public opinion. Hae-young spends the episode in a frustrated snit, but it leads him to finally make a choice, and forces Seol to face some harsh facts of her own. Is it Love or Country? Kisses or Kings? And why’s a... More »


Drama Recaps
My Princess: Episode 9
by | February 2, 2011 | 225 Comments
I’m still fully onboard My Princess, although people are starting to jump ship, as evidenced by this week’s drop in the ratings (it conceded the lead to Sign and only recorded a 12.1%, down from its high of more than 20%). I can sort of understand why, given that there’s not as much comedy as... More »


Drama Recaps
Dream High: Episode 9
by | February 1, 2011 | 367 Comments
Woot! It’s Dance-Off Time! It’s glitter and gold and rivalries galore, as we find out just how much the tables have turned in 200 days. Some people come back with moves, others come back with feelings, and some show up with remorse and a new attitude. Let the games begin. Tags: Dream High, featured, Ham... More »


Drama Recaps
Dream High: Episode 8
by | January 31, 2011 | 241 Comments
Awww, yeah! I love when the tables turn in a drama, when the rules change and there’s constant motion in a plot. I’m really liking the pace of this drama — things move briskly enough that we’re never in danger of plodding along, but not so speedily that they don’t have time to resonate, either.... More »


Drama Recaps
It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl: An overview
by | January 30, 2011 | 76 Comments
It’s been a while since I wrote about It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl, but, as noted in this prior thread, despite the many obvious flaws, the drama has had an inexplicable hold on me — and some of you, too. The drama ended a week and a half ago quietly (its finale ratings were in the... More »


Drama Recaps
My Princess: Episode 8
by | January 27, 2011 | 465 Comments
There’s lots of drama in this episode, but very little fun, which doesn’t really serve this show well. Some shows can run the gamut from comedy to melodrama with equal effectiveness and sometimes much more emotional gain, but this one buckles a little under the pressure, because it’s not equipped for weighty stuff. When we... More »