‘Mandate of Heaven’

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Santa presents: Things I Learned from Dramaland
by | December 25, 2013 | 90 Comments
The one good thing about working one day a year and outsourcing most of your menial labor to elves is that it gives you plenty of time to watch dramas. This year I discovered that I had watched them all wrong before, because when you watch with an open mind, you can gain valuable life... More »

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I Watched for You [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 13, 2013 | 214 Comments
Given the sheer volume of shows that dramaland puts out every year, I can think of plenty of reasons as to why I dropped a title or two from my watching list in 2013. And yet, I also realized that there almost always happened to be something or someone behind why I watch the ones... More »

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Cheers to Dramaland 2013 [Year in Review, Part 1]
by | December 9, 2013 | 342 Comments
Another year has flown by, and it’s time to look back, reminisce, and assess how 2013 treated us in dramaland. And in taking a trip down memory lane (sure it’s a short lane, but so’s the memory), it strikes me that 2013 was pretty good in churning out a steady diet of watchable dramas, but... More »

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2013 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the year
by | December 3, 2013 | 701 Comments
Here are your Beanie Awards! It’s December, which means our monkeys are madly typing away in the backroom to prepare our annual Year End Review Extravaganza, which we’ll be kicking off soon. But before we do that, here’s your chance to vote for your favorites of the year and see how it stacked up for... More »

Drama Recaps
Mandate of Heaven: Episode 20 (Final)
by | June 28, 2013 | 93 Comments
Thank goodness this finale was good. When this cycle of dramas started with all the buzz projects and high-concept plots and big stars, who knew that this would be the show to stick? At least for me. I was certainly hoping Mandate of Heaven would be good, in the way that I hope all shows... More »

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Mandate of Heaven: Episode 19
by | June 27, 2013 | 49 Comments
I don’t know if I’m just feeling emotional today, but today’s episode totally brought tears to my eyes, and for the best reasons. Not with big drama or grand gestures and intrigue, but for character moments that meant something, that were loaded with feeling and significance. With one episode left to go, the show is... More »

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Mandate of Heaven: Episode 18
by | June 21, 2013 | 63 Comments
Ooh, a nice (and speedy) step up from yesterday. We’ve got some cuteness, some reversals, some more plotting (sigh, if we must), some squee (eeee), and even a surprise or two. It’s definitely feeling like we’re heading into the grand finale, and with that come some expected beats, but I think our good guys have... More »

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Mandate of Heaven: Episode 17
by | June 20, 2013 | 27 Comments
Today gives us a bit of two steps forward, one step back—which at least is better than one step forward, two steps back, right? At least there’s also a nice big dose of cuteness to balance things out, which really goes a long way in light of the political games that ramp up in a... More »

Dramabeans Podcast #16
by | June 16, 2013 | 87 Comments
It’s a jam-packed podcast this time around, as we whiz through a full slate of dramas past and present. Let’s dive right in.   Podcast #16 Running time: 69:19 In which we: Discuss Gu Family Book and Suzy as a leading lady, with comparisons to Jeon Woo-chi; talk about You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin’s narrative... More »

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Mandate of Heaven: Episode 16
by | June 14, 2013 | 38 Comments
I’m just gonna take a moment to bask in that image right there. He’s smart, dogged, and soliciting cuddles? Nab him, and fast! It’s a pretty major episode, with long-suppressed secrets finally spilling forth and giving our heroes solid victories. That means there’s a fair amount of fist-pumping going on as we get to enjoy... More »