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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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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 11
by | November 10, 2015 | 84 Comments
Our young and aspiring hero bears the unfortunate brunt of political manhandling this hour, and while he fights for his life in the torture chamber, everyone else fights over how best to use him. Well, most everyone—there are a few parties which seem to genuinely care about him, and sometimes it just goes to show... More »

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D-Day: Episode 15
by | November 9, 2015 | 18 Comments
Director Park continues to lose his sanity, but his fast decline doesn’t faze too many people. It seems that the real doctors in the house don’t care much for his overwhelming greed for power and continue treating patients anyway. They’ve got their own tricks and allies. Though he tries to assert his authority, its effect... More »

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D-Day: Episode 14
by | November 8, 2015 | 31 Comments
For anyone who believes we don’t get enough of Director Park trying to ruin everything, this episode is for you! Wait, is there anyone who believes that? Yeah; didn’t think so. On the bright side, Woo-jin finally realizes just how corrupt the eeeeeeeevil Director Park truly is, and the robot doctor grows a conscious as... More »

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Answer Me 1988: Episode 2
by | November 7, 2015 | 170 Comments
Aw, the friendships are freaking adorable in this drama. Not a surprise, of course—this franchise always does family and friendships in the best way, showing us how people can really bond for life over the littlest of things, and how the people closest to you can be the ones to drive you crazy on a... More »

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She Was Pretty: Episode 15
by | November 7, 2015 | 200 Comments
With Most’s survival and Hye-jin and Sung-joon’s future on the line, there are some crucial decisions to be made. Most importantly, when do you cling to the one you love, and when do you let them go for their own happiness? When you truly love someone, there’s really only one answer, and they’ve fought too... More »

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Running Man: Episode 271
by | November 7, 2015 | 67 Comments
If you thought fourteen guests was a crowd, make room for a 100 vs. 100 battle. Prepare yourselves for stuntmen, pro wrestlers, judo athletes, more wrestlers, and a taekwondo team to take on our cast, who will need to call upon a bunch of celebrities to help them win the most epic nametag ripping mission... More »

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Answer Me 1988: Episode 1
by | November 6, 2015 | 84 Comments
Get ready to go back in time for another nostalgia-filled celebration of youth and family. The third installment of tvN’s Answer Me series has arrived, and this time we’re headed back to 1988. For those of us who’ve been on this journey before in 1997 and 1994, it’s a familiar road—youthful friendships, realistic family dynamics,... More »

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Bubblegum: Episode 4
by | November 6, 2015 | 100 Comments
This show just gets better and better. Every character tugs at the heartstrings in a way that’s sweet yet melancholy, and we learn so much about each of them that our understanding of their motivations changes with every episode. Ri-hwan seems to be having a crisis of the heart, while Haeng-ah struggles to stick to... More »

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Sassy Go Go: Episode 10
by | November 6, 2015 | 270 Comments
I know you guys love to see our chipmunk couple up here (so do I), but let’s show Soo-ah some love for coming this far and finding ways and reasons to smile. Because everyone ought to be loved, at least by one person — and if not loved, then at least saved. And no one... More »

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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 10
by | November 5, 2015 | 41 Comments
Aw, our gullible, simple-minded petty officer is growing up, even if it’s in tiny little baby steps. Though I did find his naivety mildly frustrating in past episodes, the more he is challenged, the graver his demeanor becomes, and it’s a gratifying progression into adulthood. Though I wouldn’t mind a return of the cute every... More »

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Bubblegum: Episode 3
by | November 5, 2015 | 47 Comments
Sometimes a show is so charming that it’s impossible to pull away. Such is the case for Bubblegum, with its endearing friendships that have captured my heart. Dealing with the aftermath of a breakup is never easy, so it’s lucky that Haeng-ah is surrounded by people who care for her—if only she would let them... More »

How would you rate this episode?

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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