‘first episodes’

Drama Recaps
Wanted: Episode 1
by | June 28, 2016 | 18 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 | 127 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 | 150 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 | 121 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 »

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Lucky Romance: Episode 1
by | May 25, 2016 | 135 Comments
Yay, it’s cute and funny! Huzzah. I was scared that MBC’s new romantic comedy Lucky Romance might not live up to expectations, but the series is off to a strong start, with endearing characters, a snappy pace, and a good balance of humor and heart from both our leads. It’s written and directed with a... More »

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Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 1
by | May 25, 2016 | 87 Comments
Didn’t think we’d recap this drama? Honestly, we didn’t think so either until we saw the first episode and actually liked it. Really liked it — enough to pick it up for its full run. Beautiful Gong Shim premiered two weekends ago with a familiar story and a charming cast that fit together to create... More »

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Dear My Friends: Episode 1
by | May 18, 2016 | 31 Comments
Esteemed screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung is back with a slice-of-life drama which sets out to prove that even though one may be old, one is forever young at heart. Dear My Friends was specifically chosen to celebrate tvN’s 10th anniversary, and while a story predominately about people in their 60’s-80’s may seem like a surprising choice... More »

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Mirror of the Witch: Episode 1
by | May 17, 2016 | 81 Comments
Well. *unclenches hands from armrests* That was certainly intense. I didn’t expect JTBC’s new fantasy-historical drama Mirror of the Witch to be quite so dark, but I’ve gotta say, it’s really working. The promos did give it a good mystical flair, and it was definitely coming across very fairytale-esque. But after this premiere, it’s starting... More »

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An introduction to Dramaworld: Episodes 1-3
by | May 16, 2016 | 65 Comments
javabeans: Viki released its first original web series called Dramaworld last month, and since we were invited to screen it at its premiere, we figured we’d weigh in on it. At least the first part of it, since Viki is releasing the episodes gradually; I believe six episodes are viewable now, though subscribers with premium... More »

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Oh Hae-young Again: Episode 1
by | May 3, 2016 | 89 Comments
Oh Hae-young Again makes a delightful first impression, blending wry humor and spunky characters with interesting cinematography and an impish soundtrack to create a very promising premiere episode. This first hour is mostly introductions and setup, but there’s something about it that has me emotionally all-in right from the beginning. I want to know more... 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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