‘first episodes’


Drama Recaps
Age of Youth: Episode 1
by | July 26, 2016 | 47 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 | 238 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 »


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The Good Wife: Episode 1
by | July 13, 2016 | 60 Comments
Adaptations are nothing new when it comes to dramas — webtoons, novels, and manhwa have all been popular sources, and every year there seems to be a remake of a Japanese or Taiwanese drama. But American television shows have been notably left off that list, at least until now. The Good Wife is the first... More »


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Bring It On, Ghost: Episode 1
by | July 12, 2016 | 136 Comments
tvN’s new ghostbusting drama is weird, irreverent, darkly hilarious, and I absolutely love it. The world it sets up is creepily funny and odd, the characters are strange and quirky, and yet I find myself immediately liking them. It’s hard to describe this show in words; you really just have to see it for yourself.... More »


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Uncontrollably Fond: Episode 1
by | July 6, 2016 | 185 Comments
Uncontrollably Fond has been one of the more buzzed-about projects of the year, and it finally premiered—to a strong start, upending the Wednesday-Thursday pecking order and claiming the top spot. (It grabbed 12.5% ratings, while Wanted drew 7.0% and Lucky Romance dropped to 6.6%.) I went into Uncontrollably Fond with cautious optimism, not wanting to... More »


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After the Show Ends: Episode 1
by | July 4, 2016 | 28 Comments
The experimental hybrid reality-variety-drama project After the Show Ends premiered this weekend on tvN, and I was eager to check it out—mostly because I’ve been curious to see exactly how the show would pull off its genre-crossing format: There’s the show-within-the-show, Iron Lady, which is a fully produced mini-drama of its own, and then there’s... More »


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Wanted: Episode 1
by | June 28, 2016 | 21 Comments
Wanted is tense, slick, and well-directed, with the basic premise set up in the first episode and a good introduction to all of our main players. Our heroine is easy to root for, and the relationships between the main characters grow more complex and interesting with every scene. If the suspense and the writing hold... More »


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Beautiful Mind: Episode 1
by | June 24, 2016 | 132 Comments
The creators of Beautiful Mind promised that its attention to detail would set this drama apart. After watching the carefully crafted and dynamic first episode, I have to admit they kept their word. Every important character is given nuance and history without ever making the story lag. The plot moves quickly, weaving through complex relationships,... More »


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Doctors: Episode 1
by | June 22, 2016 | 152 Comments
Doctors may not be about doctors quite yet, but I can see a promising story to be told through the journey of becoming one, particularly with our hot-headed heroine. We start out with the backstory of our characters’ involvement in each other’s lives, looking back at the nature of their first impressions. Youth is a... More »


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Police Unit 38: Episode 1
by | June 19, 2016 | 122 Comments
Who knew that my heart would ever ache for a tax collector? But that’s exactly what happens in OCN’s new crime comedy Police Unit 38 where an ordinary man’s life is turned upside down when he crosses paths with a con artist fresh out of prison. While the premiere spends more time delving into these... 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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