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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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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 12
by | September 8, 2011 | 86 Comments
What would have happened if Henry got tired of being Hee Jin’s handmaiden and decided to turn his charms on Sam Soon? Or perhaps in a more likely scenario, what would have happened if Sam Soon decided that handsome surgical oncologists were better for dating than arrogant owners of French restaurants? We may never know…... More »

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Can’t Lose: Episode 5
by | September 7, 2011 | 44 Comments
Despite not having many expectations for Can’t Lose, I’m finding it to be surprisingly watchable and entertaining — light, funny, with enough characters and cases to keep the plot going without feeling like they’re going to run out of conflict. I appreciate that the conflicts are believable and interesting, without loading on the angst. So... More »

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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 11
by | September 7, 2011 | 74 Comments
Hold onto your knickers boys and girls. This one moves like a roller coaster. SONG OF THE DAY Noise – “오래된 만남” [ Download ] Episode 11 – Don’t Say It Was A Mistake. This Is The Second Kiss. In what I thought would be a nice romantic moment for Sam Soon and Jin Heon... More »

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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 18 (Final)
by | September 6, 2011 | 222 Comments
Oh, Myung-wol. It saddens me to think of the drama you could’ve been, when you were at the height of funny. You were quirky and offbeat and something new, and the possibilities were endless. But you caved to some of the laziest writing and directing known to man, and worst of all, you lost your... More »

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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 17
by | September 6, 2011 | 50 Comments
Al…most…there… One more episode, and we can bid goodbye to this drama, which has seen its share of ups and downs. Maybe more downs than ups. Okay, lots more downs. It hasn’t been without its bright moments, but even taking into consideration the two-episode extension, boy has Myung-wol the Spy seemed LONG. SONG OF THE... More »

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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 16
by | September 5, 2011 | 106 Comments
Yay for the first episode in weeks that I’ve enjoyed all the way through. This episode has a lot of the cute, light, funny moments that made early Myung-wol the Spy so enjoyable for me, and lightened up on the gloom and angst. The stakes are still high, but we can get that across without... More »

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Scent of a Woman: Episode 14
by | September 4, 2011 | 203 Comments
I think this episode may have dehydrated me, with all the tears I shed. But in contrast to the last several episodes, I loved all the tearful moments in this episode, which were peppered with warmth and tons of heart. It’s probably my favorite Scent episode in quite a while, maybe overall. The reason I... More »

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Scent of a Woman: Episode 13
by | September 3, 2011 | 146 Comments
Thank heaven for the end to the whole noble sacrifice nonsense, because the drama has started to get weighed down with all the tears and angst. I know it’s a drama about a dying woman, but what made Scent of a Woman so delightful, so apart from the norm, was its light, refreshing touch. We... More »

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Girl K: Episode 1
by | September 2, 2011 | 81 Comments
Pretty badass. Girl K continues the recent trend of cable offerings that take advantage of their format to do what broadcast stations can’t or won’t do, and in this case it’s by going dark, violent, and edgy. But it doesn’t forsake emotion in the name of style, which is key to getting me invested into... More »

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Can’t Lose: Episode 4
by | September 1, 2011 | 68 Comments
It’s war, and it’s also the first episode where I sided more significantly with one character over the other. Listen, when you break the heroine’s heart, you spend the recap in the doghouse. Rules are rules. Stop looking at me with those puppy eyes. Tags: Can't Lose, Choi Ji-woo, featured, Kim Jung-tae, Lee Soo-kyung, Yoon... More »

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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 10
by | September 1, 2011 | 85 Comments
Names are important, not just in a family sense but because there is community in a name. And names can be just chock full of meaning, both to the giver of the name and the one who wears it. But changing a name is something else entirely. Changing one’s name is a pretty big deal... 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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