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Santa turns over a new leaf [Year in Review, Part 5]

Ho ho hoooo boy. Well, this sure was a rough year for ol’ Nick, what with the ongoing class action reindeer labor lawsuit and the elf uprising and all. It was getting close to Christmas time so I resorted to training some scab caribou to show old Rudolph that he wasn’t the boss of me. And he still isn’t! HE TOTALLY DOES NOT have anything to do with the five-deer pileup collision on the North Pole Turnpike! AT ALL! All I need is a glowing stick-on nose from Amazon and I’ll be back on track to deliver these presents in no time!

Of course, that doesn’t erase the three months I had to spend in rehab with my neck in a brace because an upstart stag doesn’t know how to corner worth a damn… except in the literal way where it erased three months of my life with amnesia. I’m told it was horrible. (This, by the way, was not the rehab I envisioned for myself.)

But what’s the point in making a mountain out of spilled milk? I’ve got a silver lining and a bunch of trees needing tinsel. I’ve decided 400 isn’t too old to teach an old horndog new tricks, and having a positive outlook might be just the thing. I’ve got a new lease on life and an evolved sense of self, and my review philosophy is all about finding the good in the bad, the pearl in my oyster, the Donny to my Marie.

Liar Game: People lie, cheat, and win money. This is the perfect drama.

A New Leaf: I feel your pain, bro. Also, can I get you to represent me in this reindeer case? That would be great.

Let’s Eat: Don’t mind if I do.

Mr. Back: That’s not what I would do with a hot new body, but everyone’s got a right to waste virility in their own personal way, no judgment.

High School King of Savvy: Ah, it was like looking into a mirror. But if Mrs. Claus asks how you knew she’s older, everyone blame it on loose-lipped Rudolph.

Misaeng: Jingle’s bells! The most relatable drama of the year! The pain is palpable and real. Interns these days—you give them one candy cane raise a year, and now they want worker’s comp and pension plans, amirite?

God’s Gift—14 Days: I don’t know what God takes 14 days to deliver one gift, but hey, we can’t all be as awesome as I am.

Witch’s Romance: Everybody deserves love, even if you’re a dried-up old maid.

Pride & Prejudice: Why wouldn’t I love a drama about two of my favorite things?

Secret Love Affair: Piano lessons. Got it.

Temptation I find it admirable that Kwon Sang-woo pretended to be torn about his dilemma. Give that man an elf-made diamond-encrusted nativity scene.

Emergency Couple: I learned valuable lessons about what not to do if Mrs. Claus ever goes through with that divorce.

It’s Okay, It’s Love: Love is the excuse—er, I mean reason—for everything. Go forth and do everything.

Pinocchio: There are people in the world who can’t lie?! Why isn’t something being done to find a cure? Is there a fund I can contribute to? Poor, brave girl. We’ll get through this together!

Secret Door: There was technically a door, and it was technically secret, so it was technically not false advertising.

She’s So Lovable: A heartwarming tale about a man and his dog.

Age of Feeling: A heartwarming tale about a man and his fisticuffs.

Golden Cross: A heartwarming tale about a man, his revenge, and his banking institution.

Cantabile Tomorrow: Aw, a heartwarming tale of stalking gone right.

Marriage Not Dating: It was cute, even if I think you’ve got your priorities backward.

Surplus Princess: Admittedly, I thought there were going to be more princesses in this, but she had a tail and she was hot.

Miss Korea: If I ever quit this Santa gig, I’m going to open a Miss Korea training center beauty salon.

Doctor Stranger: He knew just from her heartbeat that she was his one true love! How original!

My Spring Days: Oh wait.

Dr. Frost: Wow, he’s certainly had a lot of work done since I saw him last. But he looks great?

Reset: So, how exactly does one learn to hypnotize people into doing their bidding? I’m asking for a friend.

Bad Guys: A drama where the bad guys are the good guys? Where do I sign up?

Iron Man: I don’t know why you’d want to get rid of your rage-knives, but if your love is worth it, I guess that’s your sacrifice to make.

Gap-dong: Sure, he got caught in the end, but he had a good twenty years.

You From Another Star: If I knew that A-list actresses liked wormholes… hold on, need to take a detour to Natalie Portman’s house… brb.

 
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Bahaha, this is why I love Dramabeans. Happy holidays! :)

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Interesting one-liners. Does "brb" stand for "Be Right Back?"

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yup!

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Loved your one-liners, Santa, and your introduction! But shouldn't that be:
"I’ve got a new lease on life and an evolved sense of Elf"?

Sooo funny, thanks for the Christmas laughs!

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LOL! I like the hats. But not fair, why does Chun Song Yi get to wear the fashionable elf hat?

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Sawwry because she's that fabulous. lol

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;)

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For the fact that she's Chun Song Yi.... don't you know who she is?? Or are you just an alien from space?? Because everyone on the face of this earth should know who Chun Song Yi is hahaha jkjk

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That's the only Imelda Marcos hat in Korea! ;)

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So funnnnnyyyyy!!! Thanks for the comic relief!!!

Hahahahahaha!!!

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are you real? ╰( ̄▽ ̄)╭

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WAAAAAAAAAA, KIM MYUNG-MIN as Kim Seok-joo! The most adorable Santa Claus ever! I mean, seriously! ♥ Merry Christmas people!

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ROFL!!!.....and this is why I luv u guys ;D

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Wait ... I always thought Santa was a actual guest blogger ?
Is it just GF and JB posing as Santa ????

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I've always thought Santa is an actual guest blogger too, is he not?

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Cute!

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Love it! Thank you :)

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lol:) funniest reviews ever:-) merry christmas everyone.

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Hilarious! Thanks for working on the holiday to give us so much drama-cheer. Merry Christmas!

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Puhahahahahhaha this totally cracked me up :""D Omg thanks for the good laugh .
She's so lovable is my best lol *worst drama , tho* :D , and " My spring days " hahahha that's an irresistible pun ..

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sorry, i don't get MSD part. Can u explain to me?

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@ kanz
What Santa said was...
"Doctor Stranger: He knew just from her heartbeat that she was his one true love! How original!

My Spring Days: Oh wait."

In My Spring Days, heroine Bom Yi was given the heart of hero's (Dong Ha's) wife who died. Wife's heart supposedly had cellular memory and recognized Dong Ha and he seemed to see his dead wife in Bom Yi.

So this concept of recognizing a person from anything to do with the heart is not original. It was a plot device also used in Summer Scent... LOL!

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Ah thank you, Growingbeautifully!

It really doesn't make sense for me actually, but as plot device let's just accept it... LOL

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I watched Summer Scent way back, and watched MSD still (because of Kam). I can say I thoroughly enjoyed MSD despite the recycled premise. It is way better than SS, and makes up as my favorite drama this year from the Big 3.

What a ride this year! Can't believe we're anticipating yet another list of dramas next year! (Here's waiting for some Kim Myung-min romcom a la Lovers in Paris depth. That's just me, but I want it, really! Let it be alongside, thousand times mentioned by me, Kim Tae-hee or Song Hye-kyo. I can dream, can't I?)

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Lol , u guys I got it from a totally different aspect , I though it was because of the difference in the seasons ( spring & winter , get it ? No ? I am sorry )
.... Lol the important thing is that we all laughed :D =))

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LOL! The change of seasons brings on change of heart (literally) romance tropes with cellular memory... So we need another ex-lover's heart transplanted into current lover show for Autumn/Winter, "Seasonal Temptation of Heart's Valid Secret Love Affair" LOL!!!

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Omoo nailed it !! :D? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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This is why, if I wake up at 6:00 on Christmas Day, the first thing I check is Dramabeans! Every day started right...

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Ditto.

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same here - thanks for the laughs santa (dramabeans)
and thanks for not putting coal in my stocking

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bwahahaaaaaaaaaaaa the Santa hats

And of course Chun Song-yi gets the cool striped elf hat <3

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Yea... sawry...

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Ahahaha Brilliant as always! Love the hats, and can someone please tweet that "Liar Game" picture to the actors? cause I'd love to see their reactions to them!

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HAHAHHAHA omfg the hats hahaha. Ive been laughing for 10 minutes straight because of these. They get funnier the more you see them. And those antlers sticking out of Nam Da-jung's head? GOLD.

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LOL at Secret Door.. LMAO..
Thanks Santa! I'll behave so we'll get awesome drama next year!

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Thanks Santa :) My favorite was the Secret Door as well :)

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Dramabeans and Santa!

The perfect combination for the holiday!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Santa i lub you!!!

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Ahhh! My favorite post!

LOL at Reset. Which friend, Easter Bunny? Tooth Fairy? Heat Miser?

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Santa...mess lol

Love the one liners...they were so very true

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Now I cannot un-see Kim Myung-Min as Santa Claus! This is so great, you just don't know... lol.

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Mwahahaha... Thanks for the always entertaining, Santa!
I'd love to take a detour too.. ^^

..Merry Xmas to all who celebrates!

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Ugh, apologize for the double post.

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Mwahahaha... Thanks for the always entertaining review, Santa!
I'd love to take a detour too.. ^^

..Merry Xmas to all who celebrates!

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Pwahahaha!!! Love you, Santa & DB!! The hats are so funny and the one-liner for She's So Lovable... LOL Merry X'mas!! =D

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lol thanks for the Christmas cheer!

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Idea: a kdrama with fake subs from start to end, made up to the subber's content. Like imagine if there was a drama about the tearful romance of a mind-reader and a perfectly normal girl and poor oblivious people went around saying stuff like "oh my god, I LOVED the drama where Hyun Bin could see the future and he fell in love with an alien trapped in a girl's body"?

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This is a great idea! Back in college, a friend sent me a video tape (which I had to ride my dinosaur up hill both ways in the snow to pick up from the post office) with a bunch of random stuff recorded on it. One of those things was "Fast Food Freedom Fighters," which was a comedy fandub of an anime (Project A-ko?) and it made me laugh until I hurt something. I had no idea WTF I was watching, but I loved it.

Something like that for a drama would be priceless! The more absurd the drama, the better.

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There's a guy in Russia who dubs blockbusters with nonsensical humour that totally changes the plot. Never watched any of his dubs, but my dad, who speaks Russian, loves his version of LOTR. I would love to see this done for K-dramas!:)

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I only ever whip out my Santa voice for Santa's review. =D

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Caps alone are enough to make me LOL SO HARD :D

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I love misanthropic Santa! And he asked the one thing I'm wondering most around this time of year:

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If Kim Myung-Min was Santa Claus, he would get it DONE! Thanks you so much, Dramabeans, and Merry Christmas!

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Oops! The quote went missing! Apparently, Santa's worried I might end up on a naughty list for asking:

"So, how exactly does one learn to hypnotize people into doing their bidding? I’m asking for a friend."

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Lmao..

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This is just one reason that makes Dramabeans the BEST! I love it!

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LOL :) Thanks to everybody on dramabeans for making this website possible. Happy Holidays everybody!!!

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(...) it erased three months of my life with amnesia.
Hint! Hint! Hint! ToesYes3!

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Summer Scent :"Doctor stranger, My spring days, I did it before it was cool"

LOL

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looooooool, what a fun read! Interesting one liners! Merry Christmas Mr and Mrs Claus!

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Hey Santa! Loved everything man. Cheers!

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Lol forever!

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Wonderful!
Just one sad note: poor Yoo Na's Street, a drama IMO as good as Misaeng. 5 reviews and not one mention anywhere. What were the bean counters at JTBC thinking about by being so Scroogie with licenses, as opposed to TVN which seemed to be giving away licenses to any of their shows to anyone who asked.

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Merry Christmas!

Cracked me up this morning reading it. If only I could shoot my opinions like that and not be killed by the said fangirls defending their bias.

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SLA FTW! Piano lessons. Cracked me up :)

Thanks DB. Happy Holidays to everyone! :)

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I spat out my drink when I saw the photoshopped Liar Game cap. So. Funny. xD

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Gap Dong - but he had a good 20 years! LOL

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Good reviews Santa - u sure good at minimizing words. Those one-liners said it all for those dramas. Don't know why the other 4 reviews were so loooooong - "wasted" time reading those - shudda have waited for yours all along!

Happy Holidays to all the hard working folks at DB - u guys make watching kdramas all that much fun and meaningful!

Here's to a good crop of kdramas in 2015 (meaning lots of young cute guys and sexy ajusshis and beautiful Candys - good and interesting plots and zany-quirky characters, etc)

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LOL!

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Well done, (Bad) Santa. Your self-confidence inspires me!:) Love the Photoshop work, too!

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