Drama Recaps
Gaksital: Episode 9
by | June 27, 2012 | 66 Comments
There’s a new secret cover in town, and it’s not village idiot but… smiling, charming, singing, fun-loving guy? I suppose it makes sense, given that that’s essentially the opposite of glowery, shouty Kang-to, and it’s a refreshing change to see a different side to him—even if it’s faked. In the absence of actual happy Joo-won,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Gaksital in talks for an extension
by | June 27, 2012 | 56 Comments
Oy, an extension? I could sense this coming, but would really have preferred restraint on KBS’s part. Gaksital (Bridal Mask) has been doing pretty well in the ratings, despite not being a runaway hit (it’s been in solidly in the 15% range, compared to around 11% for Ghost and 8% for I Do, I Do),... More »

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Gaksital: Episode 8
by | June 21, 2012 | 174 Comments
Is it… don’t tell me… is it time for the up-do? Awwww yeah. I always get the best episodes. *mehrong at javabeans* Kang-to gets hardcore, throwing himself headlong into revenge. He goes even further to create his cover, becoming an even bigger bastard than he was before (if that’s even possible). And yet, I just... More »

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Gaksital: Episode 7
by | June 20, 2012 | 82 Comments
If everything came crumbling down in the previous episode, now it’s time for our characters to sort through the rubble and try to make sense of the pieces. It’s an episode that is rather light on the Kang-to focus, because it’s time for everyone else to try to figure out who Gaksital is, what his... More »

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Gaksital: Episode 6
by | June 14, 2012 | 244 Comments
You’d think it’s an exaggeration to say that this is the episode in which EVERYTHING happens ever, but it’s not. Greatly in need of hugs. Also a new heart. Anyone got a spare?   EPISODE 6 RECAP Kenji shoots Mom, who crumples to the ground. And then as soon as he gets word that Gaksital... More »

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Gaksital: Episode 5
by | June 13, 2012 | 96 Comments
Woo, I think Gaksital is settling into its pacing. I didn’t necessarily think the first four episodes were rushed, but they WERE crammed full of information and names and setups that made it a challenge to keep everything straight. But with setup established, now we can back off a bit with the expository flashbacks and... More »

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Gaksital: Episode 4
by | June 7, 2012 | 173 Comments
One major connection is made, and another thwarted. One hero laments what he’s done to his family for his country, while the other laments what he’s done to his countrymen for his family. It’s such a gripping, heartbreaking irony at the center of it all. Tags: featured, Gaksital, Han Chae-ah, Jin Sae-yeon, Joo-won, Park Ki-woong,... More »

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Gaksital: Episode 3
by | June 6, 2012 | 73 Comments
This one’s a nail-biter. I don’t know if my heart can take all this excitement. Gaksital is turning to be a dense, rich story, which is a lot of fun to unravel and delve into. Recapping actually enhances the experience on this one, because there are SO MANY characters and relationships that I don’t think... More »

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Gaksital: Episode 2
by | May 31, 2012 | 158 Comments
LOVE. This show’s got the goods, and then some—badass action, gripping intrigue, dark and layered characterization, and a style straight out of my favorite era of Hollywood cinema. It’s Bogart-meets-Batman, set in the political wasps’ nest of the occupation era. Be still my heart. Tags: featured, Gaksital, Jeon No-min, Jin Sae-yeon, Joo-won, Park Ki-woong, Shin... More »

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Gaksital (Bridal Mask): Episode 1
by | May 30, 2012 | 167 Comments
Oh, HELL yeah. Gaksital (aka Bridal Mask) hinted at action, intrigue, excitement, and thrills. Right off the bat, the drama delivers—but even more than the slick fight scenes or the gorgeous cinematography, the show manages to imbue the story with heart right away. Not an easy feat to get you invested and caring, heart pinching... More »

Drama Casting & News
A detailed look at the main characters of Bridal Mask
by | May 16, 2012 | 113 Comments
One of Bridal Mask’s (aka Gaksital) biggest selling points—for me, at least—is that it’s set in an interesting time period full of dramatic historical events that isn’t (1) done to death in drama after drama, and (2) features a rich tableau of conflict and character complexity. Oh, and (3) it’s rocking some snazzy fashions. Take,... 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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