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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 »

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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 10
by | November 5, 2015 | 92 Comments
Nothing stings quite like that feeling of disillusionment you get when the person you’ve shaped a good portion of your life around tells you what a terrible idea that was. That’s just the kind of thing that happens when you don’t communicate for six years—time passes, you kill a few people, and suddenly you’re the... More »

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She Was Pretty: Episode 14
by | November 4, 2015 | 123 Comments
Well, they keep saying it’s not over till it’s over, so I’m gonna take their word for it, even though I could swear that the plot has run its course. But hey, I’m not about to complain if we get heaps of cuteness, am I? I’m pretty sure no one’s watching this rom-com to find... More »

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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 9
by | November 4, 2015 | 24 Comments
You can always count on Village to have a shocker for an ending, and this episode delivers. The show isn’t always shocking in the same way, which I appreciate; some episodes it’s gruesome, others chilling, or just a plain surprise, as in today. And it’s nice to see that a dead girl is still causing... More »

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Sassy Go Go: Episode 9
by | November 4, 2015 | 319 Comments
Pressure affects people differently, pushing some to succeed and others to fail, and yet others to make decisions they might normally never make. As Yeol and Yeon-doo push Soo-ah to confess her wrongdoing, her behavior becomes more erratic and dangerous, to herself and those around her. It may be too late for repentance and redemption,... More »

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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 9
by | November 3, 2015 | 75 Comments
It takes the influence of one very cunning man to set off a chain reaction amongst the powerful in politics, and it all becomes about those who support him, those who don’t, and those who have no idea someone else is even pulling their strings. That all sounds quite dour, but there’s actually a good... More »

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D-Day: Episode 13
by | November 3, 2015 | 42 Comments
It’s no surprise that Hye-sung returns to do his job, but it’s still a relief. Clearly, DMAT meant and did very little without his willingness and skill to address the worst case scenarios. Heartbroken and overall broken Hye-sung is hard to watch, and though we still see the remnants of the guilt, he’s now making... 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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