The Spoiled Yak

120. The Spoiled Yak – Run On

It’s the end of the year and as we all reflect on the dramas we loved in 2021, we thought it would be a good time to release this Spoiled Yak on one of our favorites—Run On. Our friend, Seoulbeats editor Rimi, joins Anisa Paroma for a long and detailed squee session about the show.… Continue reading 120. The Spoiled Yak – Run On

The Wild Yak

110. The Wild Yak – Squid Game: Episodes 4-6

We're back with more spoiled squids! Saya and Anisa discuss the devastating developments and twisty turns in Episodes 4-6 of Squid Game, which is slowly killing us even as we can't stop watching. We discuss the show's brilliant takedown of neoliberal capitalism, how it implicates even the viewer, and what it has in common with Vincenzo (links to… Continue reading 110. The Wild Yak – Squid Game: Episodes 4-6

There's Something About Dramas

At a Distance, Spring is Green: A Character Study of Yeo Joon

by Yoldine Seventeen minutes into the first episode, I knew that I would not like Yeo Joon.  Here is what I knew: my dislike for him was a firm thing, and by episode's end, it was still there. By Episode 2, the dislike had sprung roots. Its branches finding purchase in my discomfort with his… Continue reading At a Distance, Spring is Green: A Character Study of Yeo Joon

Drama Reviews

Sisyphus: The Myth: Episode 5 Review

And now for some real answers! This episode, Seo-hae and Tae-sul get to know each other beyond the superficial running-for-their-lives + adversarial banmal stage (yep, this is the one that stuck in my head, kind of like the first answer you write on the test paper). Unfortunately, I’m still not quite where I’d anticipated with this… Continue reading Sisyphus: The Myth: Episode 5 Review

Drama Reviews

Sisyphus: The Myth: Episode 3 Review

What I like most about this show is the atmosphere it creates, with its pervasive sense of unease that runs through the whole episode, no matter what is happening. It adds a lot to the soft worldbuilding approach of the show, so rather than getting info-dumps interspersed within blocks of plot movement, you actually get… Continue reading Sisyphus: The Myth: Episode 3 Review

Drama Reviews

Drama Addict Diary: Youthful Indiscretions, Do-Overs and the Unbearable Chemistry of LUCA

I’m delighted to join Saya in her foray into diary-writing (is this a support group now?), which like Mi-joo in Run On, I haven't done for many years. But it's a super fun way for us to keep up with what we’re watching in between Yaks. We’re already covering Sisyphus week to week, so I… Continue reading Drama Addict Diary: Youthful Indiscretions, Do-Overs and the Unbearable Chemistry of LUCA

Drama Reviews

Sisyphus: The Myth: Episode 2 Review

I spent most of Episode 1 more confused than anything else, and with SO MANY QUESTIONS. We did get a few answers this hour, although they mostly led to more questions, but hey, it’s premiere week. I’m so glad we jumped into the action instead of having 1000 voiceovers explaining what’s going on. And I… Continue reading Sisyphus: The Myth: Episode 2 Review

Drama Reviews

Mr. Queen: Review

Mr. Queen just ended, and I find my head nearly exploding with thoughts, so here’s my manifesto review. I NEED to talk about that ending, but I’ll give my general thoughts on the drama before jumping into spoilers. (A note about pronouns: I’ll refer to Bong-hwan as "he", So-yong as "she", and So-bong, which is… Continue reading Mr. Queen: Review

Drama Reviews

18 Again: Episodes 15-16 Review

Why do good dramas have to come to an end? That’s my biggest complaint about 18 Again right now. But it’s also true that when you drag out your goodbyes, they lose their potency, and although the drama really worked hard to stretch itself over sixteen episodes, the finale was nothing short of perfection. Saner,… Continue reading 18 Again: Episodes 15-16 Review

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18 Again: Episodes 13-14 Review

Saner and I are without our Saya today, because she’s off doing important and busy things, but we have plenty to say about the penultimate week of 18 Again between the two of us. We’ve got revelations, long-awaited conversations, and confessions galore. Much of it was lovely, but there were aspects that drove us to… Continue reading 18 Again: Episodes 13-14 Review