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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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Yong-pal: Episode 11
by | September 11, 2015 | 242 Comments
Yeo-jin finally starts thinking about planning to someday soon take action against her murderous brother, who tries to defend his actions this hour with decidedly mixed results. Thankfully she’s got one hell of an ally in Tae-hyun, but she finds another ally where she definitely wasn’t expecting to in her late father. It’s a shame... More »

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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 20 (Final)
by | September 10, 2015 | 315 Comments
It did seem to take an awfully long time to get here (some weeks were longer than others, to be sure), but now that it’s time to say goodbye to scholar-nim, I find that I’ve grown pretty attached. Or is that just the Lee Jun-ki Effect? At least Scholar Who Walks the Night knew to... More »

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Mrs. Cop: Episode 11
by | September 10, 2015 | 22 Comments
I’d love to say we get some story progression in this episode. We don’t — I’d just love to be able to say it. We do get a teensy bit more information about President Kang and his plans, and Young-jin’s family life. Unfortunately, it’s not much considering the show had an hour to deliver plot... More »

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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 19
by | September 9, 2015 | 116 Comments
The show sure is stepping it up for its last couple of weeks; I’m really pleased with the flow of emotions and relationship developments in the past couple of episodes, heading into our finale tomorrow. Scholar Who Walks the Night certainly wasn’t without its missteps and had a pretty wide range of ups and downs,... More »

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Last: Episode 12
by | September 6, 2015 | 24 Comments
Tae-ho is just trying to fight to stay alive, but Jong-gu is trying to show the other homeless men that they are worth fighting for — lives that are worth more than being treated like less than dirt. It’s a classic tale of the rich and powerful few versus the poor but many, and as... More »

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Twenty Again: Episode 4
by | September 5, 2015 | 158 Comments
Ah, hello hilarious misunderstandings, I’ve been waiting for you. I figured the emotions of the opening week would soon give way to the lighter (but still heartfelt) comedic moments, and now we’re there in full swing. It’s a good place to be, with characters behaving in cute, hilarious, and frequently childish ways. But the poignancy... More »

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Yong-pal: Episode 10
by | September 5, 2015 | 247 Comments
Reality hits hard and fast for our hero this hour following his return from almost paradise. A lot may have changed during his absence, but the looming threats in the hospital still remain. Tae-hyun will stop at nothing if it means ensuring his sister’s safety, and while he’s busy risking his life, this episode is... More »

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Last: Episode 11
by | September 5, 2015 | 15 Comments
The more loyal Tae-ho becomes to Heung-sam, the more his friends start to distance themselves from him. It’s unclear whether Tae-ho knows he’s being used, but he’s in danger of losing the people who actually care about him in favor of power and money. And as much as Tae-ho’s gutsy attitude has saved his hide... More »

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Twenty Again: Episode 3
by | September 4, 2015 | 103 Comments
It’s no easy business being twenty, even the second time around. Our ajumma freshman takes a long hard look at her life up until now, and comes up pretty short when she measures up the last twenty years. Thankfully it gives her a fresh outlook on how to spend what little time she has left... More »

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Yong-pal: Episode 9
by | September 4, 2015 | 188 Comments
The relationship between our two friends turned lovers takes a huge leap in an episode filled with heartwarming moments interspersed with ominously murderous ones, which is about as good a blend as you get in my book. Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin have no idea what’s in store for them, but if it were up to Do-joon... More »

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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 18
by | September 3, 2015 | 95 Comments
It’s a lovely episode about confronting your worst fears and choosing to fight the good fight, no matter how dismal things seem right now. Our hero loses faith in his own humanity, but that’s when the people around him begin to step up in some impressive ways, proving that sometimes, having someone to protect isn’t... More »