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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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Drama Recaps
Secret Garden: Episode 20 (Final)
by | January 16, 2011 | 625 Comments
It’s the bow-tied, triple-knotted kind of ending for this cast of characters, as we say our final goodbyes to Secret Garden. I’d personally like to say farewell to omo-queen Secretary Kim. Thanks for the laughs. And of course to my new favorite idol-oppa, Oska. Yoon Sang-hyun, I was never on your bus before, but I’m... More »


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Secret Garden: Episode 19
by | January 15, 2011 | 248 Comments
We’re almost there! Phew, what a roller-coaster journey this drama has been, and this episode is no different — it takes us from one extreme to another, serving up some silly moments, light romantic beats, cute comedy, and then more melodrama with lots of angsty tears. Talk about a wild ride. SONG OF THE DAY... More »


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My Princess: Episode 4
by | January 14, 2011 | 237 Comments
Is it possible for two guys to fight over two girls at the same time? Truthfully, then it really becomes more about THEM, and not at all about the girls, right? There’s fanfic just itching to be written out there somewhere. I’m having so much fun in this Rhombus of Jealousy and the early stages... More »


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ATHENA: Episode 7
by | January 13, 2011 | 59 Comments
Kim Myung Guk is alive! Sean Richard has a name (Randy)! BoA appears! And Hye In continues being a cold-hearted Athena agent – except she gets caught. Or does she? My belief is suspended in this episode, but now, I’m used to it. I’m just going along for the ride because really, the acting trumps... More »


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My Princess: Episode 3
by | January 12, 2011 | 231 Comments
My Princess puts a smile on my face. This drama is a ball of fluffy cute humor, buoyed by an often hilarious rapport between Kim Tae-hee and Song Seung-heon. It’s in the bickering vein, but not characterized by constant fighting or shrillness, which is often a danger in bickering romances. Sometimes the mood is friendly,... More »


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Dream High: Episode 4
by | January 11, 2011 | 227 Comments
Hello, new crack! I’m totally loving this drama right now, and I don’t even know if it’s at all logical, because it’s very by-the-book, in terms of what we expect will happen in an underdog-success story. But…it’s just so earnest, and cute, and strangely suspenseful. I honestly wasn’t expecting this drama to get this good... More »


Drama Recaps
Dream High: Episode 3
by | January 10, 2011 | 110 Comments
You know, this show may be kind of predictable, but I’m liking it so far, with the cute characters and underdog setup that you know is manufactured for you to pull for certain characters but can’t help falling for every time. At least that’s how it is for me. And despite my gloating to girlfriday... More »


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Secret Garden: Episode 18
by | January 10, 2011 | 374 Comments
I’m glad this show comes with its own shrink. It should be a new requirement in all k-dramas. I mean, if you’re going to start making such sharp turns, it’s only fair that you provide your own medical care for those of us who suffer from the whiplash. I’d like to dedicate this recap to... More »


Drama Recaps
ATHENA: Episode 6
by | January 9, 2011 | 63 Comments
If you keep on crying, I have a Polonium injection for you too. Although this episode is nothing to write home about, we start seeing some cracks in Hye In, Jung Woo keeps on being gullible and generally apt for nothing more than being cute, Son Hyuk and Jae Hee are inexpressively bickering over who’s... More »


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Secret Garden: Episode 17
by | January 8, 2011 | 437 Comments
The final stretch brings us tears, tears, and more tears. Seriously, there’s a lot of crying; so much that I wonder that the actors didn’t collapse from dehydration. It also brings us decisions, some life-or-death, as well as goodbyes and angst. All with a liberal dash of Noble Idiocy. It’s Secret Garden: The Makjang Edition!... More »


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My Princess: Episode 2
by | January 6, 2011 | 245 Comments
Don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched, but I will concede that My Princess is definitely faster out of the gate. It’s breezy, it’s charming, and…it’s So Purty. But also, I’m surprised by how cute they are. I mean, who knew—stick a Hand Towel in a comedy, and voila…personality! Tags: featured, Kim Tae-hee, My Princess,... More »