Yong Pal (Q1 & Q2 Review)

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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

In the Mood for Melodrama, Pt. 2 of 2: “High Society” Q1 Commentary

(This is part 2 of 2. Part one uncapped the opening episodes of Mask.) High Society is neither as overtly sexy or demented as Mask, and it takes longer for the plot to get going. But four episodes into the series it may offer an even more intriguing central couple. The elements of the two shows are similar: … Read more

In the Mood for Melodrama, Pt. 1 of 2: “Mask” Q1 Commentary

I originally started watching Korean television for the charming romantic comedies. But gradually I’ve grown fascinated with the melodramas as well. It’s harder to explain their appeal—vicarious suffering shouldn’t be as entertaining as vicarious laughter. Why do I find them so interesting? The currently airing series Mask and High Society are great examples of how … Read more

Ex-Girlfriend Club Episodes 9 & 10: “I Should Know, Since I Dated Him”

Take a few million awkward moments, breed them to produce a thriving population of pure-bred awkward moments, then gather them together to form a massive super-organism of the worst moments ever, and you have the awkward moments in episodes 9 and 10 of Ex-Girlfriend Club. Luckily, the cute moments are also thriving and healthy in these … Read more

“Hwajung” Episodes 13 to 16: The Eye of Mercy

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Even if you’re not watching Hwajung, there’s one thing about it you should know: Han Joo-Wan is one to watch. In the role of Kang In-Woo, he hasn’t had as many scenes as first lead Seo Kang-Joon, who plays Joo-Won. But every time he appears on screen, he shows new sides to this character. Episodes 13 … Read more

Ex-Girlfriend Club Episodes 7 & 8: “Let’s Be a Real Couple”

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We’ve seen that Myeong-Soo and Soo-Jin trust each other deeply when the times are tough. But as things look better for the movie in episodes 7 and 8, it’s hard for our central couple to maintain that closeness. Why is trust harder when things are going well? The “Girlfriend Buffalo” movie takes a back seat in these … Read more