‘first episodes’

Drama Recaps
Lucky Romance: Episode 1
by | May 25, 2016 | 132 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 »

Drama Recaps
Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 1
by | May 25, 2016 | 84 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 | 79 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 | 64 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 | 86 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 »

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Master–God of Noodle: Episode 1
by | May 1, 2016 | 51 Comments
It’s official: Noodles aren’t a joke anymore as Master–God of Noodle opens with a dark and suspenseful first episode — everything the title isn’t. You wouldn’t think a mere noodle could evoke so much emotion, but when it becomes a stand-in for childhood, for innocence lost and parents murdered, it’s serious business indeed. Note: This... More »

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Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho: Episode 1
by | April 25, 2016 | 45 Comments
[We decided to kill two birds with one stone and put our very first batch of recapper trainees on Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho—it’s is a drama that we liked that has been getting good response in Korea, but we weren’t able to pick it up for recaps earlier. This is what we call a win-win... More »

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Entertainer: Episode 1
by | April 21, 2016 | 106 Comments
The newest offering from SBS, Entertainer, seems poised to deliver a heartfelt story about chasing your dreams — not quite what I expected, but surprisingly enticing right off the bat. It’s an unexpectedly deep story that makes me eager to see where the show will take us, especially with Ji Sung at the helm as... More »

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Jackpot: Episode 1
by | March 29, 2016 | 104 Comments
Jackpot (also known as Daebak) premiered yesterday as SBS’ newest sageuk offering after six months of Six Flying Dragons, and it’s a solid first showing, filled with lush visuals, loads of characters, and no shortage of personal vendettas. It’s certainly a lot at once, but at least it’s a good indicator that we’re dealing with... 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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