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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Falling Leaves

Welcome back to another installment of For Your Viewing Pleasure, where we take time out of the week to curate a set of photos from the K-pop landscape. It’s the day before the last of September, and fall is here. The leaves are changing, and some are now falling onto the ground. It’s time to pull out the chunky sweaters and the comfy flannel,...

K-dramas at the End of the World (Part 2)

When I wrote the first part of “K-dramas at the End of the World”, I was hesitant to suggest that I would ever write another part to the article–and yet, here we are again. The pandemic continues… and it’s hard to separate entertainment from it, especially with all the K-drama postponements. Since Part 1, everything feels more seemingly normal, we have...

A Prisoner of Their Own Desires: The Boyz’ “Chase”

Fresh off their win from Road to Kingdom, The Boyz are stealing hearts in a powerful noir-esque caper and may even be caught themselves. Honestly, this is a really interesting concept: part thief, part spy, and part prisoner, the whole album screams sensuality and allure. If there was ever a question that the precious flower boys from songs like “Boy”...

SuperM’s Seven Members Finally Become “One”

SuperM is perhaps K-pop’s most ambitious experiment: a supergroup combining seven members from three groups, with all the differences that entails. With such diversity — in terms of age, nationality, and performance style — SuperM walks a fine line between cohesion and chaos. Yet over the past year, the group’s chemistry has improved immensely....

Week in Review, 9/21 to 9/27

Welcome to another edition of SB Week in Review. Here’s all the news you might have missed over the past week: Headlines Mina (formerly of AOA) has left her agency Woori Actors to take a break and rest. Debuts & Comebacks The Boyz were out for hearts in their latest release of “The Stealer“. Read...

Flower of Evil Ep.9-16: Wildly Uneven, but Never Boring

Flower of Evil got off to a strong start. In the first eight episodes, its melodramatic tendencies were tempered by smart writing and complex characterizations. The result was a pulpy thrill-ride with unexpected depth. All such thoughtfulness is gone in the show’s final run. Just past its halfway mark, Flower of Evil careens into complete soap-opera...

Everglow Shakes Things Up With “-77.82 x -78.29”

Before the release of this mini album, “Everglow” and “synthwave” were not two words that the average Kpop fan would associate with one another. However, –77.82 x -78.29 — possibly a pair of co-ordinates which point directly to Antarctica, and which will from hereon simply be referred to as “the mini album”— sees Everglow moving away from their trademark...

A Relaxing but Boring “Summer Vacation”

As September draws to a close, so did Summer Vacation: the latest variety show from producer Na Young-seok. Na is known for shows like One Night Two Days and Three Meals a Day. The only cast members are actress Jung Yu-mi and actor Choi Woo-sik, who starred alongside each other in Train to Busan. Their goal? To have a relaxing summer break away from...

“Minority Report” meets… “Alice in Wonderland?”: “Alice” Episodes 1-8

I want to start by acknowledging that obviously a time travel drama is expected to be a topsy-turvy rollercoaster of missed connections and crisscrossed timelines. In fact, if it were not, I think I would be sorely disappointed. The drama Alice is therefore exactly what was prescribed in the confusing department. With that being said, and while the...

VAV Bids Farewell in “Made For Two”

A bittersweet album released during a bittersweet time in VAV’s career, Made For Two, serves as both a promise letter and consolation to VAMPZ who have been patiently waiting for the group’s return while cherishing their last few days with a very special member. Since their lineup change in 2017 and the addition of Korean members Lou, Ayno, and Ziu...

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