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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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Drama Recaps
Tamra the Island: Episode 16 (Final)
by | November 24, 2010 | 85 Comments
So here we are. The finale. Tamra, you have been an excellent drama. While obviously the (cursed) cut hurt the ending, I still utterly adore you. And utter adoration is really all you can ask. [As this is the final Tamra recap, I’d like to give nattacatta a big thank-you to taking on this project... More »


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Tamra the Island: Episode 15
by | November 23, 2010 | 16 Comments
That damn Lady in Red! This woman grates on my nerves so much. I have long been wishing for her to stop smirking so infuriatingly smugly, but it seems I have another hour to wait, as she keeps putting all of our characters through twists and turns. The only good thing about Tamra ending is... More »


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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 5
by | November 22, 2010 | 150 Comments
Oh, jealousy. You always manage to brighten up my day — in a drama, that is. And of all these characters, I’m thrilled that the first one to demonstrate any is the one who makes it most deliciously fun to watch: Mu-gyul the indifferent. He’s still light-years from admitting it, natch, but thanks to our... More »


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Secret Garden: Episode 4
by | November 22, 2010 | 350 Comments
I didn’t necessarily get the “you’re prettier when you’re angry” thing, but I definitely get it now… Joo-won and Ra-im are totally angry-hot, as in having especially explosive chemistry… when they’re at each other’s throats. I mean, I always knew the bickering hate phase was intended to spark a few flames, but these two are... More »


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Joseon X-Files: Episode 10
by | November 21, 2010 | 30 Comments
I liked this episode a lot. I appreciate that the writers have taken the care to alternate lighter, funnier episodes with the darker, creepier, and/or more intense ones. The plot in this one is of a stand-alone nature, but since it involves all three members of our Team X-Files, I’m happy. Plus, even though the... More »


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Dr. Champ: Episode 16 (Final)
by | November 21, 2010 | 81 Comments
What?! I loved this moment! Oh… The most beautiful (visually speaking – yes, I loved screencapping this one) drama of the year is about to end, and I’m as happy as a k-drama watcher can be, with a most satisfying ending after weeks of obsessing over such beloved characters. I’d like to thank you avid... More »


Drama Recaps
Secret Garden: Episode 3
by | November 20, 2010 | 240 Comments
SBS has had a number of dramas with truly beautiful cinematography in the past year — Bad Guy, Dr. Champ, Will It Snow For Christmas, Jejoongwon — and now we can add Secret Garden to that list. I’m really enjoying this drama based on story and acting alone — and Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won’s... More »


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Dr. Champ: Episode 15
by | November 19, 2010 | 61 Comments
The picture above isn’t really a spoiler right? I mean, come on – they already kissed. I think it’s safe to say that I’m going to be sad about this drama ending. I truly enjoyed recapping this drama; I think “underdog” dramas are my thing… Once again, thanks very much to javabeans and girlfriday for... More »


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Tamra the Island: Episode 14
by | November 18, 2010 | 16 Comments
And if we thought last episode was enough angst for us, it seems it isn’t. As Tamra speeds towards the (imposed) finale, there is a lot of ground (and emotions) to cover. Luckily, however, the necessary plot developments aren’t getting in the way of two of this show’s biggest strengths: character and relationships. The characters... More »


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Tamra the Island: Episode 13
by | November 17, 2010 | 23 Comments
Hello angst. From the opening argument to the final tear, there is a lot of tension (and plot development) in episode 13. After our lovely reprieve in the previous episode, things for our characters are getting kind of awful. But Tamra does angst so amazingly well that I still love this episode. Tags: featured, Hwang... More »


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Mary Stayed Out All Night: Episode 4
by | November 16, 2010 | 303 Comments
Well, you were warned. Second lead ‘shippers, guard your hearts. Jung-in goes for the kill, and I don’t know about Mary, but everyone else gets slain. See, this is what happens when you marry two men. It gets confusing, for everyone involved. Including me. Couldn’t you have just gotten a job or gone into hiding?... More »