‘Who Are You?’

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Finding merit in the mediocre [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 31, 2008 | 75 Comments
2007 was a rich year for drama-land. There was something for everyone, whether your tastes ran toward dark thrillers (Devil), intense dramas (White Tower), heart-warmers (Thank You), off-the-wall eccentrics (Mixed-up Investigative Agency), trendy fare (Coffee Prince), romantic comedies (Dal Ja’s Spring), and so on. 2008, on the other hand… not so much. Every drama has... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Dahee Fanel’s 2008 review [Year in Review, Part 3]
by | December 30, 2008 | 60 Comments
The K-drama world rolled into 2008 still riding the high that was 2007, a year in which a startling number of quality dramas were made, and enjoyed. Maybe it rolled in too fast. It ended up getting smothered by the waves of its previous success. In fact, you could say that it even got hit... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
A grump reviews 2008 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 29, 2008 | 91 Comments
How should one convey bad news in writing? By creating a buffer first. Avoid traumatizing your audience with the bad news all at once, but instead cushion the blow so that you can maintain goodwill. That textbook approach (business communication, by the way) would be dandy if the crop of 2008 dramas I watched was... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
First-date dramas
by | June 5, 2008 | 113 Comments
I was thinking how I’ve been watching lots of first episodes of dramas these days, but haven’t found anything to dive into since the end of Who Are You? It’s starting to feel like going on a string of disappointing first dates — measuring up expectations versus performance, anticipation versus letdown, etc. You know, there’s... More »

Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episode 17 (Final)
by | May 1, 2008 | 95 Comments
Before I launch into my many-word description of the finale, I have a one-word description: catharsis. There’s something really cathartic about the way this story resolves, and I’m so pleased to report that I found the finale to be all things a finale should be — and above all, satisfying. SONG OF THE DAY The... More »

Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episode 16
by | April 30, 2008 | 28 Comments
Only one more episode left. Usually by the time a finale rolls around, even if I’ve enjoyed the drama, I’m good and ready for it to finish. But I’m really going to miss this drama’s mixture of warmth and humor — and Seung Hyo! — when Who Are You? ends tomorrow. Today’s episode wasn’t the... More »

Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episode 15
by | April 24, 2008 | 45 Comments
(I just love the look on Yoon Kye Sang’s face here.) This episode was chock-full of moving moments as things start wrapping up (or readying for the final wrap-up). I’m a little nervous that the extension could mess with the pacing of the finale, but I think the producers must have had decent notice, so... More »

Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episode 14
by | April 23, 2008 | 54 Comments
As much as I like the romantic moments between Seung Hyo and Young In (and the gradual, measured way that’s progressed), my favorite moments are becoming more and more the scenes between Seung Hyo and Il Gun. It’s their give-and-take: Seung Hyo is slowly coming to enjoy life through Young In’s and Il Gun’s prodding,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Who Are You? extended by one episode
by | April 22, 2008 | 16 Comments
Okay, NOW I can relax — Who Are You‘s one-episode extension is officially confirmed. I’d been expecting this, but didn’t want to jump the gun — usually when a drama goes off-schedule due to some kind of programming issue (in this case, election coverage), the station does something to even out the broadcasts, whether by... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: April 21, 2008
by | April 21, 2008 | 15 Comments
Phew, lots to talk about today: Get ready to welcome Go Soo back from the military! He completes his mandatory service this week; he’ll be released on the 25th and plans to have a fanmeeting that very day in Seoul. He gets back to work immediately in a play (read here) which premieres in May.... More »