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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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Can’t Lose: Episode 2
by | August 25, 2011 | 57 Comments
This drama isn’t high-concept, but I find the conflict and the characters engaging and funny and cute. It’s nice to watch a rom-com that feels like a classic screwball comedy, where a mismatched couple simply takes the long way ’round because they’re so riddled with flaws. (There’s actually an entire sub-genre of screwball films that... More »

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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 8
by | August 25, 2011 | 104 Comments
Last episode, Sam Soon was ditched faster than Henry can say “Nae-ga bong-ee-nya?” when Jin Heon discovered the real reason Hee Jin left him three years ago. But all is not lost for Sam Soon. Having a strong family like Sam Soon’s is like having a safety net that catches you when you love and... More »

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Can’t Lose: Episode 1
by | August 24, 2011 | 77 Comments
Can’t Lose premiered today on MBC, and was about what I expected: Light, cute, amusing, and with strong chemistry between the leads Choi Ji-woo and Yoon Sang-hyun. Also as expected, though, it had a tough time hanging in the ratings game (it recorded a 6.2%) with two strong competitors on the rival stations. Princess’s Man,... More »

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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 7
by | August 24, 2011 | 84 Comments
Sometimes, episodes need no introduction. All you need do is watch. Episode 7 – Madeleine, In Search Of Lost Time The episode starts with the grand opening celebration of Jeju Island’s newest luxury hotel. Among all the people there, out of place is Sam Soon, who is already being looked-down upon by Jin Heon’s peers.... More »

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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 13
by | August 23, 2011 | 302 Comments
This show makes my blood boil. It’s not necessarily always a bad thing, since it means I’m that invested in the characters. But when they do stupid, assy things, it makes me tear my hair out. Once in love, Kang-woo is the bleeding heart kind of hero, which means that the brokenhearted version of him... More »

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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 12
by | August 22, 2011 | 86 Comments
After all the angst of the past few episodes, it’s time for the couple to get to enjoy some fun and cuteness, even if those halcyon days are, unfortunately, always short-lived in K-dramas. Well, something’s better than nothing — and this time when the happiness is threatened, we get tons of plot advancement, with some... More »

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Scent of a Woman: Episode 10
by | August 21, 2011 | 285 Comments
Hurray for a plot that knows when to kick it into high gear. I worried at how closely this drama might follow the old-school melodrama recipe – heavy on the angst, double dose of misunderstandings, dash of happy just before death – and I’m happy to find that it plays with the conventions enough to... More »

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Scent of a Woman: Episode 9
by | August 20, 2011 | 192 Comments
With feelings confirmed and out in the open — hence putting to bed the conflict of self-denial — it’s time for the Dreaded Others to step in as antagonist of the day. With the burden of bad guy shifted to meddling others, at least we get some cute, sexy, happy times with our main couple... More »

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You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 15 (Final)
by | August 20, 2011 | 161 Comments
We’re at the end! You know, I’m not a big fan of rushed endings (unless done right), but I’ll take what I get for this one. You’ve Fallen For Me is too lovable for me to ditch it in the dust after all I’ve been through. At least we do get a nice, neat ending... More »

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You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 14
by | August 19, 2011 | 62 Comments
It’s the last week!! I was sad, but after this episode, I’m not that sad. I think it’s commendable that the actors have really made this series more interesting than the story presents itself to be. The weaknesses in the writing are far more blatant now, especially with the musical and obstacles all resolved now.... More »

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My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 6
by | August 18, 2011 | 116 Comments
Here we go! Can we have the main characters stand and be accounted for? Kim Sun Ah as Kim Sam Soon? “WHAT?! Er, I mean, Yes?” Jung Ryu Won as Yoo Hee Jin? “Here!” Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin Heon? “Yo.” Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim? “Right here, ready to help Hee Jin, any... 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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