“King of Dramas” (Series Review)

“King of Dramas” (Series Review)

Anthony Kim may be the greatest of K-drama anti-heroes. The cold impresario at the center of the 2012 comedy King of Dramas doesn’t have a sense of humor himself, but he doesn’t need one. The Korean entertainment industry itself is funny. Even without the magnificent Anthony, this show would still be interesting for its behind-the-scenes look at … 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

Yong Pal (Q1 & Q2 Review)

Yong Pal (Q1 & Q2 Review)

Earlier this week, a bad case of insomnia gave me a chance to catch up on Yong Pal, Korea’s big summer hit. It’s almost halfway through it’s 20-episode run, so I’m not judging it too soon. I can confidently declare that this show is completely and totally insane. Korean medical dramas take a famously casual approach to plausibility, but Yong … Read more

Kaede+Jun ‘Predicts’ the Ending of ‘Oh My Ghostess’

Kaede+Jun ‘Predicts’ the Ending of ‘Oh My Ghostess’

Kaede+Jun featured this funny piece today about Oh My Ghostess, the likable romantic comedy that concludes this coming week on cable. The poll, which asks readers to predict the ending of the series, is revealing in more ways than one. I’ve enjoyed this show for its adorable leads, particularly for finally giving zany comedienne Kim Seul-Gi a … Read more

“I Remember You”: Uncanny Monsters (Thoughts with Spoilers)

“I Remember You”: Uncanny Monsters (Thoughts with Spoilers)

After a summer without K-dramas, I caught up in a binge this week. And against my better judgment—does the world need another serial-killer-romantic-comedy?—I watched I Remember You (aka Hello Monster). Turns out I was wrong. The world totally needed this serial-killer-romantic-comedy. I Remember You is a giant step up from the last serial-killer-romantic-comedy (just a few months ago), the lightweight Girl … Read more