‘first episodes’

Drama Recaps
Shopping King Louis: Episode 1
by | September 22, 2016 | 149 Comments
Shopping King Louis makes a great case for itself right out of the gate, with wonderful, rich characters, and a zany story setup that’s pretty out there, but leaves you wanting more. We’re given just enough of the wacky plot to whet our appetites, while the show lets the characters shine, pulling us in and... More »

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Fantastic: Episode 1
by | September 7, 2016 | 50 Comments
JTBC’s new rom-com gives us a peek into the world behind-the-scenes of dramas as it portrays the struggles of a drama writer and the famous-but-untalented actor who seems destined to be a part her life, whether she likes it or not (right now, it’s safe to say “not”). Perhaps “rom-com” isn’t the right word for... More »

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Drinking Solo: Episode 1
by | September 5, 2016 | 41 Comments
Drinking Solo, the latest drama from one of the PDs of the Let’s Eat series, seems poised to continue in its predecessors’ footsteps when it comes to heart, connections, and appreciation of the finer things in life. A charming heroine and an arrogant hero clash in every way possible, never realizing that when it comes... More »

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo: Episode 1
by | August 29, 2016 | 402 Comments
Today saw the premiere of a new Monday-Tuesday drama, SBS’s much-anticipated Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, which is another entry into the ranks of the 100 percent pre-produced dramas. (That’s also a mouthful of a title, so we can call it simply Moon Lovers from here on out.) With the pre-produced dramas performing erratically (Descended... More »

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Jealousy Incarnate: Episode 1
by | August 26, 2016 | 109 Comments
The green-eyed monster rears its ugly head in SBS’s new romantic comedy Jealousy Incarnate. Light, funny, with interesting characters (so many characters!) and a cute premise, the show makes a pretty good first impression. There’s even a little mystery to pique your interest, and one of the prettiest love triangles you’ll ever see.... More »

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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 1
by | August 22, 2016 | 150 Comments
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds is basically cuteness overload. It’s not your grandpa’s sageuk, or even your mother’s sageuk, and makes no claims to historical realism. If anything, this is your little sister’s sageuk, full of puppies and rainbows and an effervescent bright spirit, and I mean that in all of the good ways—it’s youthful but... More »

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Cinderella and the Four Knights: Episode 1
by | August 17, 2016 | 169 Comments
Cinderella and the Four Knights, tvN’s pre-produced modern spin on the classic fairytale, faced some production complications and network uncertainty early on, but premiered without a hitch. There’s no bibbidi-bobbidi-boo in this, but that’s quite alright because this contemporary Cinderella doesn’t need magic or a fairy godmother to save herself. In fact, she may end... More »

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Second To Last Love: Episode 1
by | August 1, 2016 | 33 Comments
What does it mean to grow older, and is it ever too late for love? This is the overriding theme of SBS’s newest weekend drama Second To Last Love, which addresses these existential questions with a bright tone and some fun, quirky humor. Add in compelling characters and you have a show that, while it... More »

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Age of Youth: Episode 1
by | July 26, 2016 | 48 Comments
I’ve been looking forward to JTBC’s newest drama Age of Youth since it was announced, as I’m particularly fond of stories that feature strong female friendships, especially if they’re more than just vehicles to discuss the love lives of our protagonists. Though the premiere wasn’t as upbeat as I expected from the promos, it does... More »

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W–Two Worlds: Episode 1
by | July 20, 2016 | 246 Comments
MBC’s new supernatural suspense drama W–Two Worlds premiered today, and despite my expectations for it being really high (I couldn’t help it, okay? The comic book fan in me was just geekily excited!), I wasn’t disappointed with the first episode. It’s a heightened world, full of reality-bending twists and shot with flair, and I’m already... More »