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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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Dr. Champ: Episode 12
by | November 7, 2010 | 49 Comments
There, there, darling. Drama, we need to take some time to think. I’ve never been a particular fan of this tactic, taking it as a subjacent “I want to break up, but don’t have the courage to”. This time, I’ll remain optimistic. Don’t ask me why; not even I understand that. Despite seeming gratuitously sadistic... More »


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Dr. Champ: Episode 11
by | November 6, 2010 | 42 Comments
OH the emotional angst! Well, all I can assure is that Ji Heon does not jump off the ledge. (Was I the only one who was afraid of that happening to some degree?) However, he does jump off a cliff and tumbles down into an emotional black hole. Poor guy. Sorry aberdeen_angus, I can’t fix... More »


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Runaway Plan B: Halftime report
by | November 5, 2010 | 66 Comments
All right, folks, time to check back in with Runaway Plan B. I’ve been watching the episodes despite not recapping it, and now at the halfway mark, I can say that the show is better now than it was at the outset. I’m still a few points away from loving it, but I’m more invested... More »


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Sungkyunkwan Scandal: Episode 18
by | November 4, 2010 | 184 Comments
Dear beloved readers, I want to address the issue of there possibly being a second season to SKK Scandal. I, for one, am against the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see more of our Jal-geum Quartet, as well as the other wonderful characters of this gem of a drama. But I... More »


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Sungkyunkwan Scandal: Episode 17
by | November 3, 2010 | 191 Comments
Hey, girlfriday here, back for another hit of Joseon Crack. What can I say? You take a free sample, and next thing you know, you’re pawning your mom’s tv for another hit. In this episode, the mystery and political intrigue takes center stage, as the past comes back to start ripping our foursome apart. Love... More »


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Tamra the Island: Episode 10
by | November 2, 2010 | 36 Comments
I cannot sing enough praises for Tamra. This episode delves into new territory, both literally and figuratively, but the change doesn’t at all impact the unique flavour of this show. Tags: featured, Hwang Chan-bin, Im Joo-hwan, Seo Woo, Tamra the Island... More »


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Tamra the Island: Episode 9
by | November 1, 2010 | 30 Comments
What a great episode. We move from climax to climax, with few breaks in between. People fight, people die, leadership changes, parties are had, boats sail away and there is a whole lot of crying along the way. So strap in. Tags: featured, Hwang Chan-bin, Im Joo-hwan, Seo Woo, Tamra the Island... More »


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Dr. Champ: Episode 10
by | October 31, 2010 | 84 Comments
Such a bitter win So, if I just continue with my first idyllic love introduced in episode 8’s recap, this one was like finding your boyfriend holding hands with your best friend. Whom he hated. The same day he had said he loved you, and bought you a puppy. What in the nine circles of... More »


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Joseon X-Files: Episode 8
by | October 30, 2010 | 40 Comments
Finally, we get a deeper look into the mysterious motives of Yoon-yi — or at least one of them. And tied into that is a nice way of expressing the romantic angle through the plot without actually focusing heavily on romance. Episode 7 and 8 are really two halves of a whole story (with story... More »


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Dr. Champ: Episode 9
by | October 29, 2010 | 45 Comments
Let’s all relive this moment, shall we? Ji Heon: I don’t like being this way (forgiving Yeon Woo), but I like you. Crazily. I just realized, I almost always have the bad luck of recapping the episode AFTER a squee-worthy moment (like here and here). Lucky you aberdeen!! OK – on to episode 9. Tags:... More »


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Tamra the Island: Episode 8
by | October 28, 2010 | 20 Comments
This episode sure focuses on the take-over side of the plot, and I love that it doesn’t bother me. It is still fun, interesting and vibrant. And therein lay Tamra’s charm. Tags: featured, Hwang Chan-bin, Im Joo-hwan, Seo Woo, Tamra the Island... More »