‘first episodes’

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Voice: Episode 1
by | January 17, 2017 | 41 Comments
OCN is the best channel for stylish crime procedurals, and their new mystery thriller is both disturbing and utterly gripping as it reveals the importance of an emergency call center’s response time. After all, how many detectives can solve a case in one day, much less ten minutes? While the subject matter may not be... More »

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Hwarang: Episode 1
by | December 20, 2016 | 152 Comments
The newest installation from the Oh Boy Project (makers of the Flower Boy franchise) takes us all the way back to ancient Silla, when a nervous queen regent hatched a plan to build a loyal force of soldiers to protect a young king. The premiere sets the stage for a fun yet nerve-wracking adventure, as... More »

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Solomon’s Perjury: Episode 1
by | December 19, 2016 | 52 Comments
Welcome to Jeongguk High, the home of JTBC’s newest youth mystery thriller Solomon’s Perjury, and the home of many suspicious people who have already piqued my interest. Right off the bat, we lose one student and get zero answers. And with that, we’re left with nothing but the urgent need for justice. Thankfully, I think... More »

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Night Light: Episode 1
by | December 3, 2016 | 28 Comments
MBC’s Night Light promises a tale of greed and ruthlessness in the city that never sleeps. No, not New York, but Seoul, where the past collides with the future, and fortune favors those who are fearless and desperate enough to do whatever it takes to snatch it from someone else. There’s no shame in being... More »

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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 1
by | December 2, 2016 | 297 Comments
It was a successful premiere for tvN’s ambitious buzz project The Lonely Shining Goblin, on several fronts: Ratings-wise, it logged a 6.9% average (9.3% real-time high), which for a cable premiere is pretty impressive. I’m less concerned with the numbers than the content, though, since I was more worried about whether the reality of the... More »

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Oh My Geum-bi: Episode 1
by | November 20, 2016 | 80 Comments
I was expecting this show to be emotionally wrenching for very different reasons. I was definitely not expecting my heart to start hurting because a nine-year-old feels the need to guard her emotions in the presence of an immature father while quietly nursing hope for a new life with him. The story moves quickly with... More »

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: Episode 1
by | November 17, 2016 | 81 Comments
Cute, cute, and more cute! MBC’s coming-of-age story about a young athlete discovering love for the first time is bright and cheery, with an engaging cast and one of the most endearing heroines I’ve seen in a long time. The sports setting provides a serious backdrop against the story of young students growing up, and... More »

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Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 1
by | November 16, 2016 | 232 Comments
Today saw the premieres of three dramas, all direct timeslot competitors on the Big Three broadcasters, but it was this show, Legend of the Blue Sea, that had the highest hype and the highest expectations. I’m always nervous when a show I’m looking forward to, which has writers and directors and actors I like very... More »

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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: Episode 1
by | November 9, 2016 | 122 Comments
SBS’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim premiered this week, and though veteran actor Han Seok-kyu has top billing, this first episode is really all about our two cheeky apprentices. Together they battle against life and death, irate sunbaes, and mainly each other, as they try to survive the numerous obstacles of working in... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Entourage: Episode 1
by | November 5, 2016 | 84 Comments
Butts don’t lie, folks. You’ll see what I mean when you catch tvN’s hotly anticipated remake of the HBO series Entourage, which just premiered and was simulcast in multiple countries worldwide. Let’s meet the movie star and his boys who make up the titular entourage, as they navigate the treacherous and glimmering waters of the... More »