Drama Reactions & Reviews
Finding merit in the mediocre [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 31, 2008 | 75 Comments
2007 was a rich year for drama-land. There was something for everyone, whether your tastes ran toward dark thrillers (Devil), intense dramas (White Tower), heart-warmers (Thank You), off-the-wall eccentrics (Mixed-up Investigative Agency), trendy fare (Coffee Prince), romantic comedies (Dal Ja’s Spring), and so on. 2008, on the other hand… not so much. Every drama has... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
A grump reviews 2008 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 29, 2008 | 91 Comments
How should one convey bad news in writing? By creating a buffer first. Avoid traumatizing your audience with the bad news all at once, but instead cushion the blow so that you can maintain goodwill. That textbook approach (business communication, by the way) would be dandy if the crop of 2008 dramas I watched was... More »

Drama Casting & News
Failed dramas still result in high star price tags
by | July 7, 2008 | 30 Comments
Bad Love, Rivals Perhaps as a corollary to this discussion of why ratings are important, for better or for worse (usually for worse), here’s an article that discusses one such ramification: actors who come attached with high price tags that the drama then is unable to recoup when a drama flops in the ratings. (One... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
First-date dramas
by | June 5, 2008 | 113 Comments
I was thinking how I’ve been watching lots of first episodes of dramas these days, but haven’t found anything to dive into since the end of Who Are You? It’s starting to feel like going on a string of disappointing first dates — measuring up expectations versus performance, anticipation versus letdown, etc. You know, there’s... More »

Drama Casting & News
New Heart wins ratings, Hong Gil Dong wins repeats
by | February 19, 2008 | 19 Comments
Hong Gil Dong is performing decently well in the ratings — it’s not soaring, but holding steady in its initial 15% range against the hit medical drama New Heart, which has risen with its latest episode to break the 30% mark. (Their third rival barely compares; Bulhandang [Con Man] is struggling, having sunk to nearly... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Hyuk’s busy new year
by | February 9, 2008 | 13 Comments
Congrats to new dad Jang Hyuk. The actor’s year is already plenty busy just one and a half months into 2008, and it’s about to get busier. He’d announced his marriage plans at the end of December, and is currently starring in the SBS drama Bulhandang (Con Man). In the series, which is earning middling... More »

Drama Casting & News
Drama leading ladies, oh how you’ve changed
by | February 5, 2008 | 33 Comments
Kim Sun Ah as Samsoon Anyone’s who’s been watching kdramas for a number of years has probably, at some point, noted the same thing as the following article. Early Hallyu kicked off the hallmarks of The Korean Melodrama (And Boy Do I Mean Drama!), and I think more recent offerings are unfortunately still colored (dare... More »

Drama Recaps
Robbers, aka Con Man, aka Bulhandang (불한당)
by | January 9, 2008 | 39 Comments
Okay, okay, last name switch, I swear. I wouldn’t normally bother to change the translation for a series title as widely known as “Robbers” if I didn’t feel the term(s) misrepresented the actual title. It’s nobody’s fault, of course, since you can’t always be sure what a title refers to until the series airs, and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Pictures speak louder than words…
by | December 26, 2007 | 37 Comments
  I’m really, really looking forward to Hong Gil Dong. More than any other series in recent memory. If it sucks, I think I will cry. Or break something. (Or exaggerate.) As Hong Gil Dong premieres on the same day (next week) with Bulhandang (Robbers), both shows have just held their obligatory pre-premiere press conferences.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hello, frumpy lady
by | December 12, 2007 | 24 Comments
Some early Bulhandang/Robbers pics of Lee Da Hae‘s character “Dallae” in bygone days in her wedding dress. The character loses her husband (judging from the dress, either sometime in the ’70s or in a frump-disco-era time-warp zone), and now lives with her daughter and mother-in-law after her husband dies. I wonder if the title should... More »