What makes a good drama?

In the last few days I have watched dramas so fine I don’t feel worthy, and dramas so farcical* they make a mockery of the whole genre.

*(In case you’re wondering, no, I’m not referring to Boys Over Flowers.)

Whether a drama is brilliant or a piece of crap, it affects me. I may feel elated or insulted; rarely do I feel nothing. The feelings may dissipate after a while, or they may hang around for a long time. For all the hours I spend on my kdramas—watching, thinking, and writing about them—I hope my brain is getting a beneficial workout. The day when I watch uncaring about quality is the day when it’s time to move on and look for a new obsession hobby.

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[Epic review] Blown away by Comrades

Or, as Serendipity (who wrote the Comrades first-impressions review) prefers to call it,

An Epic Review of an Epic Drama.

“Epic review” because six fans of the drama (daheefanel, GangstaKitteh, langdon813, nycgrl, Serendipity and thundie) come together to rave about why this is the best drama of the year. And “epic drama” because… Well, I’ll let the panel of reviewers tell you why. Five questions, thirty answers.

[Other Comrades-related posts can be found here.]

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Blown away by Comrades (Part 1)

Some dramas you watch and can’t wait to forget. Some you will never forget, no matter how hard you try.

Eyes of Dawn, Shin Don, Winter Sonata. Dramas that continue to haunt me, for reasons I love or loathe. Yesterday I added one more to the list (of beloved dramas); I know this one will reside in my heart for a very long time. Dramas that blow you away tend to linger, we accept that.

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Comrades — First Impressions

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This is a “First Impressions” Review of Comrades. I have watched three and a half episodes and my heart is sinking, because I hear that the show only gets better and I realise that my personal life is going to be a mess while I obsess over this new-found bright shiny treasure. On the other hand, I feel elated because what has so far been an indifferent year for me in k-drama is suddenly looking to be majorly kick-ass.

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Mid-Year Report Card (Part 1)



With just a few days left in July 2010, I thought it would be fun for us to take stock of the dramas that have aired so far.

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