It’s such a big question. What are the best Korean dramas? And how do you answer the question without letting your own personal quirks and biases get in the way?
Well, after three surveys and many months I get to present the best of the best of the best – as voted by you!
Since the premiere of the new Korean drama, Doom At Your Service, responses to the drama have been extremely polarising. So I started wondering if there were some common elements around who liked or hated it, some element of demographics that could shed some light on dramatic preferences. So I did what I like to do now and then and ran a poll. … More The Demographics of Loving DAYS
As the second half of Beyond Evil opens, it emphasises this repetition of purgatory. Despite Kang Jin-mook’s arrest, the residents of this small town are no closer to knowing what happened to their loved ones. Despite all the frantic action, nothing has really changed and these episodes embody that: almost like the opening of a season 2. … More Open Thread: Beyond Evil Episode 9-10
The beautiful drama Navillera was not just about how it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. It was an emotional catharsis that made us sob in only the best way.
So get your tissues ready for the ten times the Navillera finale broke our hearts and then stitched them back together again. … More Ten times the Navillera finale broke us…
One of the most powerful things about the writing in Beyond Evil is the way in which it weaves imagery to produce a consistent emotional impact. The song If You Go To Busan croons beneath the surface; a subtle note underneath everything that happens. … More If You Go to Busan: Beyond Evil’s OST
To call this a mid-season finale is an understatement. Beyond Evil wraps up its (apparent) main plotline, leaving us and our main characters confused and lost as to what comes after. But as Han Joo-won and Lee Dong-shik finally get their man, they discover that the hard work of getting closure for his crimes might just be starting. … More Open Thread: Beyond Evil Episode 8
This week’s episodes start with an intensely layered flashback to 2017 when the crazier of our protagonists was in the Regional Investigation Unit. Seeing how the events of 2017 unfolded gives us significant insight into Dong-shik’s character and how he has responded to the death of Min-jung. … More Open Thread: Beyond Evil Episode 7
As the community tries to comes to terms with the airing of dirty laundry it had long wanted to keep hidden, we start to see that under every village and every person there is a thing that lies hidden and is rarely bared – their teeth. … More Open Thread: Beyond Evil Episode 3-4
I’ve picked up the new psychological crime thriller Beyond Evil, with industry veterans Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo Jin-goo. As I breezed through the first two gripping but almost unsettling two episodes, I looked for somewhere to discuss the show and found little. And so here we are – my first open thread! … More Open Thread: Beyond Evil Episode 1-2
We all have dramas where the act of watching becomes larger than the drama itself. These are dramas that are like comfortable old friends; being with them becomes about more than just watching them. What do you press play on? What gives you comfort when you need it? … More Comfort Couch: The Dramas You Turn To
Set in an alt-Korea where there is widespread prevalence of a neurological form of Monochromacy, Colour Rush is a BL about finding someone who makes your world brighter. … More Colour Rush Review: An overwhelming wave of emotions
2020 had enough blazingly original female characters that even mentioning pot plants seems… well… just so last year. You know? … More No Pot Plants Allowed: The Lead in Her Own Story
There was one female lead who really shone this year. One who really owned the drama she was in. One who outshone even the supposed female lead of that drama. That female lead of course was… me. … More My Irresistibly Indifferent Year in Kdrama: 2020
2020 was Hospital Playlist’s year, with the drama taking about both Best and Favourite drama in this year’s poll. It had serious competition, however, from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (IOTNBO), which remained hot on its heels till the end. … More 2020 in Kdrama: The Poll Results
As 2020 ends with a bang and not a whimper. As we ride out this global hell year. As we look back on everything we missed out on, did not do, wished we could do, regretted happened or just made us plain angry. It’s good to remember that 2020 got at least one thing right. … More The Best Television of 2020
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