‘Arang and the Magistrate’

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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 7
by | September 5, 2012 | 145 Comments
There’s nothing like locking a couple away in a confined space with peril looming over them to get their issues out on the table. Meanwhile the mystery gets deeper and wider, as we encounter some intriguing consequences of uncovering the Big Bad’s skeletons (and yes I mean that literally). Turns out she’s no small-beans soul-eater,... More »

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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 6
by | August 30, 2012 | 185 Comments
What I love about Arang and the Magistrate — aside from the obvious, that is, of a rich fantasy world with pretty visuals and funny leads and an intriguing score — is how deep its mythology goes. Already the initial premise is high-concept, but where most shows would stop and work with that single conceit,... More »

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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 5
by | August 29, 2012 | 238 Comments
This show continues to rock my world. It’s fantastically moody, so artfully designed, and directed with a flair for suspense that keeps me riveted. We get some major answers in this episode about who or what people are… only to raise a whole set of new ones about our heroine and what exactly might have... More »

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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 4
by | August 23, 2012 | 266 Comments
So good. Arang and the Magistrate has got to be one of the most creative shows I’ve seen in recent memory. The central conceit isn’t itself new — we’ve had ghosts and heaven/hell stories since the beginning of ever — but this drama’s interpretation and visualization of these ideas are so innovative. It’s colorful and... More »

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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 3
by | August 22, 2012 | 143 Comments
This show was mostly just fun before, but now it has my heart. What a lovely episode about facing death and challenging fate. Arang finally gets some answers, but it comes as a heartbreaking revelation, both to her and to us. You’d think we’d be prepared for a ghost to face her own mortality, but... More »

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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 2
by | August 16, 2012 | 165 Comments
Arang and the Magistrate is hilarious, in a zany sort of way. Watching it makes me immediately think back to one of the PD’s prior works, a short little 2-episoder from back in 2007 that I totally loved, The Story of Hyang Dan—and that’s a great thing because I remember wishing that could have been... More »

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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 1
by | August 15, 2012 | 137 Comments
Dangnabbit, this show is so silly, and so outrageous, but so my kind of thing. I mean, you have to go in knowing it’s balls-out insane. There are ghosts and reapers and kings of heaven and hell. But if you can buy into the mythology (or actively love worlds with dense mythologies like I do)... More »

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Introduction to the mythical world of Arang and the Magistrate
by | August 9, 2012 | 71 Comments
Purrrrty. Well the Special Episode for Arang and the Magistrate wasn’t anything to write home about in and of itself, but the glimpses of the drama to come got me really excited. The hour-long special that aired a week before the drama’s premiere was mostly a collection of behind-the-scenes material with some character introductions and... More »

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Arang and the Magistrate airs intro special this week
by | August 7, 2012 | 36 Comments
The premiere of Arang and the Magistrate is still a week away, but if you want to whet your appetite for the comedic, whimsical, ghost-human romance fusion sageuk, you’re in luck: the drama is showing a preliminary special broadcast this week to introduce the show. They’re saying that it’s the first time a drama has... More »

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More promos and character stills from Arang
by | July 31, 2012 | 43 Comments
All right, this is more like it: The above promo poster (wallpaper, actually) carries more of the quirky fantasy comedy-melo I’m expecting of Arang and the Magistrate than, say, its previously released main poster. That first poster’s pretty, sure, but rather straight-up romantic and fantasy-like. Nothing wrong with that, of course (see: Queen In-hyun’s Man),... More »

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Drama preemptions abound for the Olympic Games
by | July 23, 2012 | 137 Comments
Sad news for impatient drama viewers, which may be a redundant moniker. What, you can’t just give me my crack and then TAKE IT AWAY. The London Olympics will be taking over some major primetime broadcasting slots, and it looks like dramas will be preempted left and right. Everyone take a deep breath, and stock... 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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