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aka Dan episode 7 recap: It’s winding down

Episode 7 is short. It clocks in at about six minutes if you take out the intro and closing, and it marks the beginning of the end of Dan’s trip to his motherland.

He receives paperwork confirming that the Korean family he’s met is indeed his biological family. He receives well wishes via video from friends back in California and his adoptive mother. He prepares for “the biggest performance of his life”—a performance that signals the closing of the IKAA Gathering, where he has made so many new friends. Dan gets emotional; it’s something you don’t see much in previous episodes.

I’ve seen many adoptee films because of my work with Land of Gazillion Adoptees and Gazillion Strong. It’s gotten to the point that I’m pretty desensitized to the films’ raw emotions. That said, many adoptee movies trigger certain reactions, and this episode (as brief as it is) is no exception.

For many of us Korean adoptees, the process of reconnecting with our biological families is life-changing. For many of us, there’s something incredibly powerful about being in a large group of your peers—people who understand you. For many of us, being in Korea surrounded by those who resemble us is enlightening. As Dr. Darren Wheelock writes in the upcoming Gazillion Voices, issue 16, about his first trip to Korea:

For the first time in my life, I truly felt like I was just another … person. That’s something that white Americans generally never have to experience—standing out when you really just want to fade into background, not being different and having the comfort of being completely ordinary.

For many of us, just being in our place of birth is often unsettling—in that good kind of way.

The totality of all of this is what Dan sees slipping away in episode 7. And for many of us Korean adoptees, that experience is similar to losing Korea, Korea’s history and culture, the Korean people, and our Korean families again.

Watch aka Dan episode 7 below.



'Hawaii Five-0' recap: Happy Halloween!

Season 5 | Episode 506 | “Ho’oma’ike” | Aired October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween everybody! On Hawaii Five-0, they celebrated with one of the most well-balanced episodes character-wise in a very long time. All seven series regulars had generous screen time, plus appearances by Kamekona and Ellie. Let’s start with the case of the week.

Grover, Chin, and Kono spend Halloween investigating the murder of a man strung up in a freezer. He was stabbed multiple times and his tongue was cut out. Back at the morgue, Max is showing off his annual Keanu Reeves-inspired costume. This year it’s Point Break (not The Replacements). Max tells Kono and Grover that the stab wounds were made with a sickle.Read More

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'Blue Bloods' recap: The 'Albanian John Gotti' wreaks havoc in NYC

Season 5 | Episode 6 | “Most Wanted” | Aired October 31, 2014

Zoran Brasha (Ron Fehmiu) is a murderous mobster that Danny describes as the “Albanian John Gotti” in the newest episode of Blue Bloods. Brasha is on the FBI’s most-wanted list and is responsible for the death of a police officer (and several others) in New York City.  Seemingly every law enforcement agency on the planet wants to take him down—but every time they try, a wall goes up protecting him from the consequences of his actions.

In this episode, Brasha is arrested for beating a man on the street after the two argue over an empty parking spot. Per usual, Brasha is brought in to the police station, and per usual, the evidence against him quickly begins to disappear. A convenience store’s surveillance footage of the incident was accidentally erased, according to the shady store manager, and the victim—whom Brasha nearly killed—is unwilling to identify his attacker in a police lineup after he receives a text threatening his niece’s life.Read More

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'Last Man Standing' recap: Death and taxes—well, maybe just taxes

Season 4 | Episode 6 | “Mike Advises Mandy” | Aired Oct 31, 2014

Last week on Last Man Standing, we saw Mandy take on the duties of an election judge. She may have only known that Measure C fell between B and D, but that didn’t stop her from handing out ballots and turning away anyone trying to vote outside of their district, like her sister Kristin. This week, Mandy’s dad comes up with an ingenious solution to help her pay the taxes she has been avoiding.

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'Grimm' recap: Renard's bedside visitor is not who she seems

Season 4 | Episode 2 | “Octopus Head” | Aired Oct 31, 2014

This week’s Grimm reveals the fate of Captain Renard and brings the Octo-man story line to a dramatic close. With Nick’s Grimm powers still MIA, Trubel is in charge of following and taking down Octo-man before he takes his next victim. As you might expect, things don’t go quite as planned, but they rarely do when you’re dealing with a trained spy who has the head of an octopus and uses his tentacles to steal information about government secrets from people’s brains.

Octo-man isn’t the only one the gang has to be worried about this week. FBI Agent Chavez is hell-bent on figuring out who the local Grimm is, which leads to an unfortunate situation for Trubel. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

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Fandom Friday: Demon Dean Winchester vs. Hannibal Lecter [Poll]

It’s no secret that we’re fans first here at The Community, so we thought it would be fun to start a little feature called Fandom Friday. Once a week, one of our contributors will post a little something related to the shows they cover and the things they’re fans of.

For example, I recap both Hannibal and Supernatural (listed in alphabetical order, not preference). I started wondering: Who would I rather go out/spend the evening with?Read More

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'Gilmore Girls' recap: Make-out in aisle 3

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Kiss and Tell” | Aired Nov 16, 2000

This is my first Gilmore Girls experience, unless you count the six episodes before this one, which I marathoned to get up to speed. The theme song has not left my head since. It’s the kind of song that should be played on a sky blue boombox as part of a mix CD that also features Macy Gray. Gilmore Girls is definitely a product of its era, but it’s aware of that era in a way that actually makes it kind of timeless. The show is about growing up and moving from one stage of life to the next, so that turn-of-the-millennium sensibility is backed by an understanding that this will pass all too quickly. There will always be more firsts.

One minute you’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, and the next, you’re seven episodes in. One minute Rory hasn’t been kissed, and the next, Dean is planting his lips on hers in the middle of the supermarket.Read More


Podcast: 'Clear Lists, Full Drafts, Can't Lose,' episode 7—Top 10 pilots

Welcome to episode 7 of Clear Lists, Full Drafts, Can’t Lose—the only podcast for fantasy television drafts! Forget fantasy football—join us for fantasy TV.

Due to some behind-the-scenes technical difficulties, we’ve had to switch up our rotation. Instead of a draft this week, we’ve got another top-10 list coming your way. We’ve already talked about our top 10 shows and top 10 seasons, so now we break it down one step further than that to talk about our top 10 pilots.

I’m joined by Brooke and Joey to discuss what it is that makes an exemplary pilot. Is the tone clear? Do we know these characters yet? Is the pilot a good representation of a typical (and excellent) episode of the show? Here, we get to talk about the best introductions to a new TV world—even some that eventually (or quickly) fell flat on their faces.

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Listen as we list our favorite pilots. What, to you, makes a good pilot? What’s your favorite one of all time? Join the conversation in the comments below.


'Alias' nostalgia react: Will Tippin backs down

Season 1 | Episode 15 | “Page 47” | Aired March 3, 2002

Well … that was short-lived. After half of season of me obsessing about when Bradley Cooper’s Will Tippin would really get in the ring with the whole spy game, his espionage career seems to be over as quickly as it really began. Of course, this is Alias, so I’m not putting a ton of stock in what it seems like. In “Page 47,” Will gets a rude wake-up call about how serious what he’s involved in really is (and he would be 100 percent dead already if it weren’t for Jack intervening). Agents kidnap him, beat him, and, at least for the moment, convince him to drop his investigation into SD-6 by threatening his family and not-so-secret crush Sydney.

Meanwhile, in the world of the Real Spies, two important things happen. The first is that Sydney wears this wonderfully ridiculous, Malibu Barbie–meets–Ellie Mae Clampett getup on a mission:Read More

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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' recap: Cutest demon ever hijacks Halloween

Note: Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a security blanket during my formative teenage years. I’m overjoyed to relive the show with all of you through a new series of recaps. I’m starting with season 4, while other fine contributors will take previous seasons.

Season 4 | Episode 4 | “Fear, Itself” | Aired Oct 26, 1999 on The WB

As the Halloween spirit blankets UC Sunnydale, Buffy remains deep in a post-Parker depression, wallowing in rejection after her first college hookup. Xander tries to rally the gang with a horror-movie screening, but he accidentally picked up Fantasia instead of Phantasm at the video store. They all decide to hit up the Alpha Delt frat party on campus instead.Read More


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