“Defendant” (Episodes 1-5 Review), or The Truth about Thrillers (with updates)

“Defendant” (Episodes 1-5 Review), or The Truth about Thrillers (with updates)

Dear readers, I’m sorry! I haven’t written for many months, while I’ve been tending to real life. But nothing brings me back to the world of K-dramas faster than Ji Sung. My heart beats for you, oppa. Ji Sung’s new 16-episode legal thriller, Defendant, is getting great ratings in Korea right now. Perhaps President Park’s … Read more

“Descendants of the Sun” (Series Review)

“Descendants of the Sun” (Series Review)

The military romance Descendants of the Sun left me with one question. How can commando gunfights, car wrecks, natural disasters, gangsters, North Korean spies and a CIA-backed military coup be this boring? When Descendants of the Sun wrapped up on April 14, its ratings in Korea topped 40%. The show’s popularity in China has made it … 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

“Secret Love Affair”: The Bit with Spoilers (Pt. 2 of 2)

“Secret Love Affair”: The Bit with Spoilers (Pt. 2 of 2)

In one of the best scenes in Secret Love Affair, piano prodigy Lee Seon-Jae delivers a musical message to his older teacher and lover Oh Hye-Won that is equal parts rebellion and lament. It’s the third act and Hye-Won is trying to hold onto power by acting like a loyal wife to Professor Kang. Seon-Jae … Read more

“Secret Love Affair”: The Bit with Spoilers (Pt. 1 of 2)

“Secret Love Affair”: The Bit with Spoilers (Pt. 1 of 2)

First things first: I figured out it was reader Rouny who recommended Secret Love Affair, back in the September favorites thread. Thank you, Rouny! I’m excited to have any readers at all. And I’m extra lucky to have readers I can learn from and discuss with. In fact, that discussion thread added a few new … Read more