“Answer Me 1988” (Quasi-Review)

“Answer Me 1988” (Quasi-Review)

(Editor’s note: Sorry for the January hiatus! I meant to publish my thoughts on Answer Me 1988 two weeks ago, but my computer’s motherboard failed catastrophically early in January. I’m up and running again, but won’t have time to post much this month while I’m busy paying off the new computer. Meanwhile, a few fighting words … Read more

10 Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 2 of 2)

10 Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday I posted numbers 6–10, while in the meantime I agonized over which scenes from 2015 K-dramas would get the final places of honor. I was trying hard to choose only one scene from each show, but as you’ll see, I gave up in the end. Despite my disappointment with a few big-hype K-dramas this year, … Read more

Ten Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 1 of 2)

Ten Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 1 of 2)

I’m enjoying the end-of-year wrap-ups at Dramabeans, but the new format this year got me thinking about the 2015 K-dramas that won’t get a mention. While my favorites Kill Me, Heal Me, I Remember You and Healer get plenty of love, there were a few mediocre shows that also came up with memorable scenes. I don’t want to forget the things … Read more

Pride and Prejudice (Series Review)

Pride and Prejudice (Series Review)

Editor’s Note: I would never be able to write a concise review for this show, but it deserves one. It was unusual, thoughtful, and revealed a lot about the post-Sewol zeitgeist in Korea. So when my friend and Dramabeans recapper Saya didn’t have room for Pride and Prejudice in her end-of-2015 wrap-up, I grabbed the chance … Read more

She Was Pretty (Q1 Review)

She Was Pretty (Q1 Review)

Warning: This post is merely a shameless excuse to post screencaps of Choi Siwon. We’re four episodes into She Was Pretty and it’s time for a 1st quarter review: stay or go? With a plot based on hidden identities and first loves, this MBC romantic comedy isn’t breaking any ground. But it’s a well-executed broad comedy featuring … Read more

“The Lover” (Series Review)

“The Lover” (Series Review)

For viewers who come to Korean television after watching shows from other countries, it’s often a surprise how conservative K-dramas can be. Again and again, we see romantic K-dramas that avoid the topic of sex completely—or handle it in elaborately roundabout ways. When I see the hot-for-each-other super-spies played by Kim Tae-Hee and Lee Byung-Hun … Read more