‘first episodes’

Drama Recaps
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 | 282 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 | 79 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 | 77 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 | 231 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 | 120 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 »

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This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair: Episode 1
by | October 31, 2016 | 43 Comments
Hold on to your wedding rings, people! This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair starts off with a quiet but powerful premiere episode. Centered around a man who learns that his wife is planning on having an affair, the show balances cute humor with some tough questions. After all the action dramas and sweeping... More »

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The Man Living in Our House: Episode 1
by | October 25, 2016 | 141 Comments
“Twisted family tree” webtoon adaptation The Man Living in Our House is here, and the first episode of the sunny comedy is a pretty entertaining watch, mostly due to Su Ae’s endearing charm. What I like is that we get through the setup in the first hour, clearing the way for all the cohabitation hijinks... More »

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1% of Anything: Episode 1
by | October 7, 2016 | 79 Comments
The remake of 2003’s sleeper rom-com 1% of Anything premiered this week, and it’s a funny, breezy watch. The female lead is spunky and lovable, and the male lead is rich and cranky. It’s a classic romantic comedy offering an enemies-to-lovers plot along with a contract relationship and thus, some forced bonding. It may not... More »