Drama Casting & News
Best Love / Pasta mash-up, birth of a new power couple
by | June 17, 2011 | 192 Comments
OMG. Seriously, you guys have to watch this. It has got to be the best parody mash-up ever. At least the funniest. It’s Best Pasta, a combination of Best Love and Pasta, using Gong Hyo-jin of course as the connecting thread… only what starts as a macho contest between Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won) and Chef... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Objects in mirror are closer than they appear [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 25, 2010 | 155 Comments
I have to say, 2010 was a downright awesome year. It was the year of bromance, the year that Santa came in August, the year when guys had perms and noonas ruled, the year of the sparkly tracksuit and hoi-hoi, the year that makgulli made a comeback. But most importantly for me, it was the... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Finding the gems among the stones [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 23, 2010 | 174 Comments
[Now that you’ve read what I’ve had to say about the past year of dramas, please join me in welcoming a couple familiar guest bloggers, who have graciously written up their reviews as well. Here is Dahee_Fanel’s year-end write-up; you may recall her as one of my guests from last year. Enjoy! –javabeans] What a... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
2010 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the year
by | December 9, 2010 | 682 Comments
It’s December, and you know what that means around these parts: Time to reflect on the past year and see how the dramas stacked up! And boy, were there a lot of them. As in previous years, I am planning a multi-part series (with special guest bloggers, natch!) to wrap up the year, which we’re... More »

Drama Casting & News
Pasta writer returns with Maids
by | September 13, 2010 | 46 Comments
Seo Sook-hyang, the writer of MBC’s popular Pasta, has announced her next series, also in the romantic-comedy genre. The working title is Maids [식모들] and is set in the household of a top upper-crust family. The story unfolds as romance develops between the employer and his live-in maid, who also face off in a battle... More »

Extended Glossary
Glossary: Banmal
by | July 13, 2010 | 105 Comments
While Eun-jo never called Ki-hoon “oppa,” she certainly used her share of banmal with him One of the things I find endlessly fascinating about the Korean language is the magnitude of what people call each other, and how they address one another as relationships evolve. As javabeans noted, in romantic comedies, we often squee equally... More »

Dramabeans Podcast #1
by | May 15, 2010 | 222 Comments
New toy! I’ve been wanting to try a podcast for ages, but lacked the technical wherewithal (and time) to fiddle around with it till now. But I’ve brushed up my techie skills and persuaded girlfriday to join me in this venture, and together we took a stab at our very first Dramabeans podcast. I apologize... More »

Drama Recaps
Pasta: Episode 11
by | May 12, 2010 | 31 Comments
What the . . . ?!... More »

Drama Recaps
Pasta: Episode 10
by | April 30, 2010 | 32 Comments
Skimmy here!  I’m sorry for the long delay – my partner in crime Andromytta is taking a hiatus from Pasta recaps, so you’re stuck with me for now!  Without any further delay, on to Episode 10! Squee! SONG OF THE DAY Clazziquai – “Part Time Lover” [ Download ] [Audio clip: view full post to... More »

Drama Recaps
Pasta: Episode 9
by | March 27, 2010 | 31 Comments
This cap pretty much sums up the whole episode. Pasta OST – “운명” (Fate) [ Download ] [Audio clip: view full post to listen]... More »