Korean Drama Recaps

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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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Hidden Identity: Episode 2
by | June 20, 2015 | 36 Comments
If you thought Hidden Identity was all about a brooding bad-ass Bummie you’d be, well, mostly right. But there’s still so much more to this slick action-thriller, especially when it comes to the Investigation 5 Unit and the fearless man who leads them. It’s not easy being the one in charge of secretly protecting a... More »


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The Producers: Episode 11
by | June 19, 2015 | 180 Comments
Today’s episode is all about ratings, and by extension, how to get someone to turn their gaze in your direction, and how to earn their love. All our characters discover the hard way that pure effort alone isn’t enough to win hearts, and they each take big steps to chase that elusive goal, whether it’s... More »


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Mask: Episode 7
by | June 19, 2015 | 162 Comments
What a sweet smile! It seems like every time Min-woo takes one step forward, Ji-sook takes two steps back, in an effort to guard herself against becoming attached and losing her focus to save her family. But it won’t be that easy, as Min-woo becomes more and more endearing the more he falls for her.... More »


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Warm and Cozy: Episode 12
by | June 18, 2015 | 112 Comments
It’s amazing (…or is it?) how, when a character stops acting stupid and turns on the decisive swoony switch instead, my general dissatisfaction with a show can make the flip over into satisfaction, even when the plot continues to be silly and illogical. Warm and Cozy isn’t a drama with an outright WTF plot, where... More »


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Hidden Identity: Episode 1
by | June 18, 2015 | 77 Comments
Hidden Identity is slick, well-produced, impeccably acted, and delivers lots of action and angst in its premiere episode. Our hero is your typical disillusioned cop who’s lost someone he cares about, but there’s enough mystery in his backstory to make me wonder if I’ve got him pegged all wrong. The setup is compelling, and I’m... More »


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High Society: Episode 4
by | June 18, 2015 | 201 Comments
Things move fast in this episode, and I mean fast—one second our hero and heroine aren’t dating, the next they are, and months of essential milestones get compressed into a span of days. It’s a lot to wrap your head around, plus there’s not as much Ji-yi and Chang-soo to break things up this round.... More »


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Warm and Cozy: Episode 11
by | June 17, 2015 | 97 Comments
At long last, after weeks of backpedaling and denial, there are true moments of growth and revelation. It’s not even my birthday, but we get a two-for-one deal as both brothers kick things up on the swoony scale, and even take some steps toward maturity. Well, mature is a relative term in this family, but... More »


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Who Are You—School 2015: Episode 16 (Final)
by | June 17, 2015 | 350 Comments
Go figure, I was happy to be able to come back and write the final recap for Who Are You—School 2015. It’s a franchise near and dear to my heart and I had hopes that it would pull through in the final hour, to at least wrap up our characters’ arcs in a satisfying manner... More »


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High Society: Episode 3
by | June 17, 2015 | 164 Comments
Gah, they’re so adorable. These two continue to be the highlight of the hour, that they could easily have us thinking that they’re the main couple of this show. As trouble continues to brew at home, Yoon-ha is faced with a budding crush that leaves her on cloud nine. And who can blame her when... More »


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Who Are You—School 2015: Episode 15
by | June 16, 2015 | 163 Comments
As the show nears its end, our students and teachers gain perspective on their relationships facilitated through the constant of school. We see children face their parents, friends confronting friends, and rivals supporting each other — all with maturity and compassion. While 18 is an age of rebellion, ambiguity, and urgency, these youths have the... More »


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Orange Marmalade: Episode 6
by | June 15, 2015 | 30 Comments
Oh, the bromance! It’s lovely to see how Jae-min and Shi-hoo grew up as friends, and what keeps them together despite their wildly different personalities and interests. It’s clear that their friendship means the world to them, and it’s a shame that the one thing they have in common, is the one thing that could... More »