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Strike Love (MBC)
by | May 4, 2009 | 45 Comments
(I know, I used the same picture in the previous post about this drama, but this version of the poster looks cleaner and cooler.) I watched MBC’s new weekend baseball drama, Strike Love [2009 외인구단], without any preconceived notions or expectations. I never read the original comic on which it is based, and I don’t... More »

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Story of a Man: Episode 8
by | May 3, 2009 | 76 Comments
HOLY SCHEISSE THERE IS SO MUCH AWESOME IN THIS EPISODE. This episode was harder to write up because this drama is so dense, packed not only with information but meaningful details, that it feels like such a waste to skip talking about any of them, and that results in waaaay too many words. But it’s... More »

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Return of Iljimae: Episode 17
by | May 3, 2009 | 20 Comments
After such a beautiful, refined depiction of Iljimae’s maturation, it’s interesting to see him — and the series — take a darker turn. While I wouldn’t say that the series itself is “realistic” — in that it’s based on a hero comic — the characterizations are absolutely realistic, and that’s quite compelling. I love that... More »

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Accidental Couple / That Fool / Just Looking / Six Months
by | April 30, 2009 | 58 Comments
First off, let me get this out of the way: Yes, I caught the first episode of City Hall, which premiered this week in the same time slot as this show (which has gone through so many titles I think I’m just going to pick one and stick with it). I’ll probably write about City... More »

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Story of a Man: Episode 7
by | April 30, 2009 | 48 Comments
This above image is kind of the perfect shot for this drama, isn’t it? As I said, I love the caper tone of the drama, particularly as the past several episodes have each featured a con of some kind by the Dream Team. Yet what this drama is doing well is imbuing their ingenious, entertaining... More »

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Story of a Man: Episode 6
by | April 23, 2009 | 53 Comments
SUCH A FUN EPISODE! Fun, funny, and intriguing. This is shaping up to a great drama. I was all set to crown The Return of Iljimae as the best drama of the year (it’s certainly up there), and then Story of a Man comes along… If the episodes get any better, I’m going to have... More »

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Story of a Man: Episode 5
by | April 22, 2009 | 50 Comments
(I love the distance between them in this shot.) I squealed at the end of the episode. Things are getting good(er). I wasn’t expecting this drama to be FUN, but whaddaya know. Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed the intense, moody feel, I am not disappointed to see it lighten up a teensy bit. I... More »

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First impressions: MBC’s Cinderella Man
by | April 17, 2009 | 72 Comments
On Wednesday, Cinderella Man premiered to a disappointing 9.3% rating, which dropped further to 6.7% on its second day. (It was up against Cain & Abel and I Hate You But Let’s Try Again, which both pulled in numbers in the 15%-19% range.) I’ll always take the stance that ratings aren’t strictly indicative of a... More »

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Story of a Man: Episodes 3 & 4
by | April 15, 2009 | 68 Comments
Holy moly, this show is intense. Because of the scriptwriter, this drama’s point of comparison has generally been Sandglass or Legend (which she wrote), but I think the closest comparison is really 2007′s Devil (aka Mawang). Story of a Man is dark, it’s complicated, it’s densely plotted and you’re not quite sure what’s going to... More »

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Return of Iljimae: Episode 16
by | April 15, 2009 | 19 Comments
This episode is an example of why I find dramas so much more enjoyable without spoilers, because I’d known what the big moment was going to be and was therefore less affected than I ought to have been. That doesn’t take away from the overall quality of the episode, though. Just makes it a little... More »

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Return of Iljimae: Episode 15
by | April 12, 2009 | 26 Comments
Aw, look at that smile. It’s what made Jung Il-woo famous, but we haven’t seen much cause for it lately. (I remember reading in an old interview — before his Iljimae days — that he’d been cast in High Kick because at his audition, he’d accidentally messed up a line and smiled unexpectedly, and surprised... More »