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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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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 »

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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 »

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My Princess: Episode 7
by | January 26, 2011 | 233 Comments
Cute cute cute. We’ve got the beginnings of relationship angst, which is tricky minefield to navigate (particularly when it’s loaded on in shovelfuls) but can be so satisfying when done in just the right amounts. And the guilty-conscience-fighting-growing-attraction internal conflict? Oh, count me in. SONG OF THE DAY My Princess OST – “Kasio” by Taru... More »

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Paradise Ranch: Episode 1
by | January 25, 2011 | 181 Comments
Paradise Ranch is the long-awaited (?) — or perhaps it’s more accurate to say long-shelved — drama starring idol pop star Choi Kang Changmin of DBSK in his drama debut, alongside Lee Yeon-hee. For lots of reasons, there’s been an undercurrent of unease about this drama, with its inability to secure a broadcaster or a... More »

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Dream High: Episode 7
by | January 24, 2011 | 235 Comments
It’s Showcase vs. Showcase, as the Rebel Misfit Mafia takes on the Top Dogs. And the teams don’t shake out the way you’d think. There’s shifting alliances, crossing love triangles, and best of all, the stakes get raised all around. Dreaming High has never seemed so tough, or so rewarding. Tags: Dream High, featured, Ham... More »

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ATHENA: Episode 9
by | January 22, 2011 | 29 Comments
OH MY GOD WE HAVE MOVEMENT! On the romantic front, and the nuclear energy front. It did border the State of Cheesy but I guess the good thing about the slow and long build up of Hye In and Jung Woo’s romance is that it justifies his actions in this episode. Sort of. Not that... More »

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My Princess: Episode 6
by | January 20, 2011 | 279 Comments
Kim Tae-hee is kinda rockin’ it, which I really didn’t expect myself to say…ever. Her character’s kind of an airhead, but in an endearing and sweet way. She’s rather naïve, but the fact that she wants to trust Hae-young despite the fact that she knows better, is really cute. The comedy continues to be light... More »

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My Princess: Episode 5
by | January 19, 2011 | 215 Comments
The lulz, they keep coming. Between My Princess and Dream High, my weeks are looking bright and fluffy. The two dramas appeal to me in very different ways, but both also make me laugh out loud and aww for the characters, and that’s enough to make me happy. SONG OF THE DAY Ibadi – “산책”... More »

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Dream High: Episode 6
by | January 18, 2011 | 192 Comments
This show KILLS ME. Why so awesome? For starters, it looks like 2011’s gonna be another year of bromance. Yee-haw. I’d encourage everyone to get on the bandwagon, but I’m fairly certain you need no prodding. Just hazarding a guess. Dear javabeans: Get your moneypurse ready to be emptied. The showdown is ON, and I’m... More »

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ATHENA: Episode 8
by | January 18, 2011 | 30 Comments
Don’t worry – aberdeen_angus will be back soon! You’ll all just have to deal with me for a couple more recaps… So let’s all find out how much more “useful” BoA will be, shall we? SONG OF THE DAY “Arrow” by Kangta from the Athena OST [download] Tags: Athena, Cha Seung-won, Choi Siwon, featured, Jung... More »

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Dream High: Episode 5
by | January 17, 2011 | 175 Comments
Okay, Dream High just became awesome. Maybe I’m just in a good mood today, or maybe it’s because this episode is all sorts of feel-good fun. Either way, Episode 5 had me loving every single minute. SONG OF THE DAY IU – “이게 아닌데” (This Isn’t Right) [ Download ] Tags: Dream High, featured, Ham... More »