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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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Who Are You–School 2015: Episode 12
by | June 6, 2015 | 236 Comments
School serves up something different for each of our friends this hour. There are victories for Eun-bi, loss for Tae-kwang, reconciliation for Yi-an, and triumph for So-young, while Teacher Kim and Eun-bi’s mom are dished up large bowls of disillusion. Although everyone gets something they’ve been chasing, some of those blessings come with a curse.... More »

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The Producers: Episode 7
by | June 5, 2015 | 127 Comments
On the one hand, every time we get another episode of The Producers that moves away from the hilarious mockumentary style that made me love it in the first place, it saddens me. On the other hand, the more it becomes a traditional rom-com, I do find myself getting wrapped up in the lovelines and... More »

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Who Are You–School 2015: Episode 11
by | June 5, 2015 | 102 Comments
We’re given a more reflective episode, taking a moment to contextualize Eun-bi as herself living Eun-byul’s life. The plot thickens as Eun-bi becomes more involved in solving Eun-byul’s mystery. With the distinction between the twins in place, relationships begin to complicate while also illuminating the hidden details of Soo-in’s death. It’s a complex sentiment of... More »

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Warm and Cozy: Episode 8
by | June 4, 2015 | 178 Comments
Yessss, finally. As recently as yesterday, I was all set to give up on this show being anything other than a Hong sisters pastiche—still cute and fun to watch, mostly because of the leads, but all paint by numbers and predictable. It felt like they’d taken a coloring book and merely filled in the white... More »

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Mask: Episode 3
by | June 4, 2015 | 99 Comments
Seok-hoon’s plan swings into action, and while we still may not have a clear idea of what he’s up to, he’s ferociously committed to bringing Ji-sook and Min-woo in line. Though they try to make their own decisions, both are trapped into compliance whether knowingly or unknowingly. But though it’s not what they want, this... More »

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Warm and Cozy: Episode 7
by | June 3, 2015 | 103 Comments
Oh phew, it’s finally here, the episode where our manchild hero wakes the hell up and realizes that his heart may have other ideas than his brain. In his defense, it’s a very small brain? The romantic development could not have come sooner, because I was so mad at his behavior last week that I... More »

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Masked Prosecutor: Episode 4
by | June 1, 2015 | 62 Comments
Detective Min-hee’s determined to figure out who is behind the mysterious mask, and Dae-chul had better watch out because she’s no dummy. He’ll need to be quick on his feet and with his wits to avoid being caught. Min-hee, Dae-chul, Ri-an, and, well, just about everyone is also desperate to reel in baddie Sang-taek. Everyone... More »

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Orange Marmalade: Episode 4
by | May 31, 2015 | 126 Comments
Well, the cute was short-lived, as we’re thrown right into the deep end of the human-vampire conflict. Jae-min learns some terrible truths about Shi-hoo and Ma-ri, and both vampires take matters into their own hands, with varying tragic results. But while it may feel like the end, it’s still only the beginning of this story,... More »

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The Producers: Episode 6
by | May 30, 2015 | 463 Comments
Aw, our clueless maknae is starting to wise up and learn the ropes, and this makes for some moments of hilarity as he figures out how to play the game everyone else knows how to play, as well as moments of bonding and sweetness. A lot of relationships take strides forward, though an important one... More »

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Masked Prosecutor: Episode 3
by | May 30, 2015 | 35 Comments
Detective Lollypip, reporting for Masked Prosecutor duty! Things start to take a more definitive direction with this episode, and our hero now has a purpose to his masked activities. I agree with previous recaps that the show got off to an awkward start — but with recent tragic events, Dae-chul’s masked avenger now has some... More »

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Mask: Episodes 1-2
by | May 30, 2015 | 98 Comments
SBS’s Mask is off to a strong start, with an assured sense of style, a brisk plot, and another top-notch performance from Su Ae as an ordinary woman who suddenly gets the chance to live a chaebol life. (Not to mention a second performance as the woman whose chaebol life she supplants.) There are a... More »