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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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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 »

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Mrs. Cop: Episode 10
by | September 3, 2015 | 20 Comments
With the serial killer case solved, Young-jin’s team takes on a new crime ring. Boss Park steps up his own personal revenge plan and we learn a bit more of his history with President Kang, though there are still a lot of unanswered questions. I’m not really surprised though, as unanswered questions seem to be... More »

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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 17
by | September 2, 2015 | 159 Comments
Now we’re getting somewhere! After the lack of movement last week—getting through those two plot-stagnant episodes was a chore, I’ll tell you—we have a nice uptick in tempo today, with scholar-nim working through a fresh strain of angst. I’d say it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes when a story moves on from... More »

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Mrs. Cop: Episode 9
by | September 2, 2015 | 10 Comments
It’s about time we finally got some solid leads up in here, and some more fantastic examples of teamwork as Young-jin and her team become even closer. A bit of light is shone on Boss and President Kang’s relationship, and if we’re still not exactly sure what happened in the past, at least now we... More »

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Last: Episode 10
by | August 30, 2015 | 18 Comments
Straw Cutter is out to seek revenge, which means Tae-ho has a new formidable opponent to face. But unbeknownst to him, Tae-ho is just a pawn in the deadly game between Straw Cutter and Heung-sam, the latter of whom does everything within his power to make sure the past stays hidden. Jong-gu is given the... More »

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Twenty Again: Episode 2
by | August 29, 2015 | 167 Comments
I really love Lee Sang-yoon and Choi Ji-woo’s brand of petty bickering in this. It’s an entire drama about adults who don’t know how to act like adults, but because all of the characters are like this, it evens the playing field. Everyone is a little bit hapless but really endearing, none more than Choi... More »

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Yong-pal: Episode 8
by | August 29, 2015 | 278 Comments
There’s no dearth of feelings in this episode, and jealousy is to blame as a catalyst for most of them. But everyone who formerly wanted a piece of Yeo-jin now thinks they can do without her, even our hero—though he never sacrifices who he is at her expense, and even when he tries, the results... More »

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Last: Episode 9
by | August 29, 2015 | 15 Comments
With Straw Cutter out of prison, we get a few more pieces of the puzzle of Heung-sam’s past and learn a little more about the Seoul Seven. But that’s not necessarily a good thing, as Straw Cutter is known for his fierce loyalty – and he’s looking for Sergeant Bae. Heung-sam scrambles to keep Bae’s... More »

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Twenty Again: Episode 1
by | August 28, 2015 | 127 Comments
It’s a promising beginning for Twenty Again, which starts off by putting our heroine in some sad places but does so with a nice touch of humor—she may feel sad, but the show maintains a lightness and sense of comedy that promises a more buoyant future. I like this approach, because I don’t want to... More »

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Yong-pal: Episode 7
by | August 28, 2015 | 171 Comments
Injuries need time to recover, and this episode slows things down so that hearts can heal before they’re broken once more. I’m talking about our hearts, because this show continues to take us on a never-ending emotional ride. It helps to know people in high places when you need medical attention, because hell if anyone... More »