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 »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice [Year In Review, Part 4]
by | December 20, 2013 | 132 Comments
It’s that time of year, for Show to trade in all its good deeds and gold stars for a spot on Santa’s list. Have you been naughty, nice, or something in between? If there’s any constant in dramaland, it’s that you can never underestimate the sneak-attack of a naughty finale, or the surprise resilience of... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
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 »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
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 »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
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
Monstar: Episode 12 (Final)
by | August 5, 2013 | 170 Comments
It’s a monstrous episode for Monstar as we play the final chords of this composition that has rocked our hearts in its short (and yet, deceivingly long) run. All things must come to an end as our characters face the music on the hidden pages of their lives. The truth is never an easy pill... More »

Drama Recaps
Monstar: Episode 11
by | July 29, 2013 | 123 Comments
It’s an episode where we finally learn almost everything we’ve been waiting for, and yet still leaves us wanting more before the finale. Or is it wondering more? Maybe it’s because we continue to move at a snail’s pace to get to the answers that seem like we’re getting somewhere, only they’re still very much... More »

Drama Recaps
Monstar: Episode 10
by | July 22, 2013 | 133 Comments
So that’s not exactly what I had in mind when I thought of a musical serenade, but the series does continue to hit the notes that strum the heartstrings in ways that keep surprising me. Emotions rise to the forefront this episode as our characters continue to maneuver through the difficult waters of adolescence, as... More »

Drama Casting & News
Monstar director lines up next drama
by | July 21, 2013 | 37 Comments
There’s a new toon-to-drama adaptation in the works, and while I’m not particularly excited by news of webtoon I’ve never followed, I am perking up at the mention of PD Kim Won-seok, whose last two projects were Monstar and Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Both were memorable, well-drawn, thoughtfully executed dramas whose romances carried a distinct cute factor,... More »

Drama Recaps
Monstar: Episode 9
by | July 15, 2013 | 137 Comments
Monstar continues to send me into such a whirlwind of emotions each week that I don’t know how to prepare myself when Friday rolls around. As I watch, it feels like I’m going through both the highs and lows of adolescence all over again. With so much happening in this episode, I don’t know whether... More »

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Monstar: Episode 8
by | July 9, 2013 | 122 Comments
This week’s episode isn’t for the faint-hearted as we shine the spotlight on Radio and dig into the past that results in his current situation. We still get some cute and winning moments between our leads that prepare us for a more dramatic turn. But what lies ahead makes me nervous for the future and... More »