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Moorim School cuts down episode count to 16

It’s only in its third week, but KBS seems ready to give up on its fantasy youth drama Moorim School, and is giving the show an episode cutdown from 20 down to 16. (Some outlets hedge that the broadcaster is in talks, but the majority report this as a done deal. Fans will probably want to prepare themselves to say an early goodbye.)

I’m not sure if it’s a huge blow to get the news now or an act of mercy; the broadcaster cited low ratings and negative reception as their main drivers behind the decision, and maybe ending quicker will be good for all involved. Moorim School’s ratings have stayed between 3.5% to 5.1%, which are low, and the drama about youngsters learning to discover and channel their special supernatural talents at an unconventional school has been generally perceived as a B-list show.

Still, while numbers for Moorim School are low, they’re actually not substantially lower than other dramas KBS has aired in this timeslot: High school rom-com Sassy Go Go logged numbers as low as 2.2% and only topped out at 4.3%, while before it, Strange Daughter-in-Law was in much the same general range, between mostly logging 4% to 5% ratings. Same for quirky cop mystery I Remember You, though at least that one drew critical praise.

There may also be another reason in play, with talk emerging of a dispute between KBS and production company JS Pictures over budget. The producers reportedly asked for additional funds, which KBS refused, leading to a shutdown of filming last week. (Some sources say the filming break was due to cold weather, while others point to the budget dispute.) The drama is set to resume shooting on January 27, when they’ll film material for Episodes 12 and 13. That doesn’t leave them much room to alter the story to fit the new length, and the source explained that the actors are worried about the story changing from the planned trajectory.

(Girlfriday: “Remember the original articles about how this show was going to shift paradigms and burst free of the stagnant drama market?” Javabeans: “Isn’t that mean to point it out now?” Girlfriday: “Do it anyway.”)

The follow-up drama to Moorim School was set to be the Park Shin-yang underdog vehicle Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho, but rather than moving that drama up two weeks, KBS is considering filling the space between with a four-episode short drama called Babysitter, which comes from the Sword and Flower PD Kim Yong-soo.

Via Star News, IS Plus

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It was scheduled for 20 eps initially??? :O 16 seems reasonable. But if they have budget issues now.....

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What were they even going to fill 20 episodes with, more fried food fights?

at least Sassy Go Go came smack in the middle of Korean exam season so it's understandable that its young audience wasn't tuning in, but January is like prime teen drama-time for Korea (God of Study, Shut Up Flower Boy Band, Boys over Flowers, Dream High, even School 2013 all aired during January/finished their runs there). If Moorim can't hack it, it's not hard to see why.

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Yeah, but.. Most people I know(including myself), who ALL really -love- Moorim are NOT actually teens(we're ADULTS - and have been for several years); I don't even think the characters on the show itself are actually even necessarily supposed to be teens either -- it seems to me a lot more like it happens at a university than anything/anywhere else.

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I find moorim school really nice though. ? I ship Shi Woo and Soon Duk ? And i'm really dying to know who has the 3rd piece of the Chunningjo ???. And i hope shi woo, sun ah and their father will reunite ?

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Although I found Moorim School interesting plotwise, I wished they executed it better. They had pretty green actors though. I'm still going to read recaps since I'm curious how the story unfold though. I hope to see Lee Hyun Woo in a good drama in the future. He's still young so there's plenty of opportunities :)

Side note, I'm quite shocked at the ratings for Sassy Go Go. Had it really been that low before? That drama along with I Remember You are both gems. Seriously underrated in my opinion! Did they had strong competitions? Here I thought Healer was underrated with an average of 8% but these two deserves higher numbers...

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I know, I Remember You and Sassy Go Go's low ratings are a shame, because both those shows took major risks in the execution of their storylines/deviated from the patterns we've got used to from kdramas of their genre.

Sure, SGG went head to head with a makjang melo and a major sageuk in the thick of exam season, but the numbers being that low probably means KBS is going to pull back and start packing its programming with 'safe' tripe featuring big names.

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Ahh thanks Pogo, that explains it - not many teens would tune in during college exam period. It's a pity though but at least international-wise both IRY and SGG are quite popular. I got into watching these two because of the hype around dramabeans :)

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Agreed. Healer, IRY etc must have had higher support via online streaming/international viewing compared to Moorim.

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That is actually true! a lot of us had been watching Healer, IRY and etc via online and had been following it here for recaps :)

I can't believe it that they are actually cutting the episode to 16! ;_;
I love Moorim! (And I'm not actually a teen.)

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Agree 100% with you.
Wish they've just stuck with normal high school/college stuff instead of going with fantasy martial arts stuff. You really can't pull off that kind of thing successfully unless you are REALLy good at it (script/actors/directing etc) and have the budget for it!

I had so looked forward to this. :(

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<instead of going with fantasy martial arts stuff

The thing is, there has barely been any fantasy stuff – it's really only the averted accident at the concert & the entrance to the school (the forest beasts were just animals and SW's visions are suppressed memories coming to the surface).

It's like they wrote "fantasy" when filling out a form to describe the drama's genre and then forgot to actually DO things that would make it fall into that genre.

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Very true! Very true!

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Exactly and I think that's a problem. I was expecting Martial Arts Hogwarts and it's more like Dream High 2.

I mean, I'm entertained, and thre's some kind of metaplot vibe starting to develop now but I'm shocked it was supposed to be 20 episodes because they just don't feel like they have the material for it.

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They absolutely don't have the material. A lot of what we see every episode, we have already seen: the 3-4 minutes summing up the previous episode, WS's suppressed memories replayed yet again (with a wee bit added every time), the teachers sitting & eating/drinking & the other students standing & staring – again and again. We've already seen the students train multiple times, we've seen Ariel struggle with earning money.

The new bits we get in each episode are absolutely minimal: we already knew there's a treasure at the school, now we know it has a name. We've already seen the guy in the coma several times, okay, now he woke up (the medical staff making out in his room was pure filler). We've seen Chi-ang being overbearing towards Ariel several times (whether in forced hugs in the kitchen, or forced meals in fancy restaurants). I could go on, but you get the point....

I don't want to diss the show, because at this point I just feel sorry for the young actors (even the very green ones) but the writing & directing sucks. There absolutely could have been a substantial story, more of a fantasy atmosphere, and interesting characters which could have been fleshed out, including side characters, with their own little tales. Even the leads are barely there – I mean, all we know about Sun-a at this point is that she's the dean's daughter, a good/gutsy friend to Ariel, and apparently a fan of Shi-Woo (or has a crush on him).

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At least they didn't execute it like "hyde, jekylle, and me" did with their fantasy arc. It was horrible and hilarious.

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Shame it was not watched more. Maybe it was just the wrong time of year for it. I hope they finish the stories for the main characters.

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nope, as I pointed out above, January is a great time for successful teen/school dramas, and Moorim School got prime time at that time of the year.

Sure, the competition is strong but it's logging ratings at the same level as a teen drama that came in the middle of exam season....it's def. not the time of year that's to blame here.

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the leads are the problems. They are horrible actors. It's funny how all of the secondary and tertiary characters are actors and actresses you see all the time turning in quality performances, but this drama struggles. The Ladies are pulling their weight, and are most often the best part of the show, but these idol dudes are terrible, and were written terrible, as well, so it's not entirely their fault. This drama is trying to play a long game on secrets with actor who can't carry scenes, so it was bound to fall apart. I'm still watching, for the side characters I enjoy, but it's kind of a chore.

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I doubt it's the leads fault... lee hyun woo is known to be a very good actor despite being young... I think it's just the content of the drama... it's corny af... and having that cringe worthy cg food fight so early is definitely going to make people skeptical about watching it

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I fear for Park Shin Yang's drama now.
I hope there would be no hiccups and have decent ratings.
What's up with KBS?

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(Girlfriday: “Remember the original articles about how this show was going to shift paradigms and burst free of the stagnant drama market?” Javabeans: “Isn’t that mean to point it out now?” Girlfriday: “Do it anyway.”)
^^ Lmao!! Is it also mean that I'm glad they didn't cast Yook Sung Jae? :)

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I don't care if it's mean, I'm still thankful his agency/he nixed this one.

Though maybe the bromance (aka girl bait) would have been a little more convincing if it was Yook Sung-jae playing Chi-ang. Bromances don't work when the actors have skill level differences like Lee Hyun-woo and, well, Hongbin.

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Honestly the shows a hot mess. If anything I feel so bad for Lee Hyun Woo. Dude is so talented but his dramas flop....maybe he should stick to movies for the time being since they seem to do well for him.

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I agree, the guy is so talented and I was quite excited about his drama comeback. At least he's doing well movie-wise. LHW is one of my favourite actors :)

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Yeah... I think the two lead young actors are ok but not so for the actresses. Just didn't stand out somehow. Probably it's the writing or directing but I just don't connect with the girls in the show...

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I watched last night's episode out of morbid curiosity. I fast forwarded a lot. Don't care one bit about the teachers, and I feel they have wasted a lot of precious time setting up the background story. I will keep speed watching until I can't take it anymore because I'm genuinely curious if they can actually pull this one off.

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Last night's ep, ep 5, seems to have a script that is written by a high schooler. It is testing on my patience when they do a 5 min. review at the beginning of each ep. What's the matter? Do we all have amnesia? Or more likely they are just filler vids.
Then there's that segment where the teachers go out for a drink fest, that ends up being a pissing contest! That takes another good 5 mins+. What kind of school that teaches discipline, meditation, and self-control would have teachers that are so damned immature? I'd stay clear of any institute with such a staff, even if it's just for an after-school tutoring class!
Then there is the 2nd male lead's acting!
I love fantasy dramas. So disappointed w this one.

Lee Hyun Woo was quite good in The Technicians. Wish him better luck next time.

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I suspect that there is Moorim High fanfic out there that is better written than the actual show.

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KBS needs to fix their Mon-Tues schedule. Besides OMV and Healer nothing has come close to decent ratings. They need to get some Makjang drama since most older people would watch that then this insanely weird drama.
Lee Hyun Woo needs to pick his dramas more carefully.

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I think KBS need to bring epic sageuk, the kind like Jang Young Sil or Jingbirok to its Mon-Tue slot.. Or, they could bring melodrama like the ones on MBC (Glamorous Temptation, Monster, etc).
Youth romance or romcom simply doesn't garner much interest from public. Unless it's YFAS level.

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I'm worried for KBS. There's something fundamentally wrong going on behind the scenes. They gave me my favourite drama! ("

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What surprises me more is that they haven't cut more episodes, since the whole drama looks like a no-brainer kiddy c-list drama. Maybe on paper it seemed quite interesting, but in execution it seems that is a parody that takes itself too seriously...

Also, I'm worried about Madame Antoine, ep 1&2 where quite ok and it looks like a clever romcom, but the rating was extremely bad. *prayer circle for MA*

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this is playing like a late night Saturday Japanese cable drama based on a manga that's kind of popular in Osaka and Tokyo, but nobody else gives a shit about.

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Moorim School feels kind of like Dream High to me but the story isn't so engaging and the kids are annoying. I saw Hong Bin in Feel Good Days and he still acts like that role he had in this drama. Seo Ye Ji is sooo pretty and Lee Hyun Woo rocks silver hair but that's about all there is in the drama. I think I would've liked a 2-ep special with the two leads and lots of sweet moments.

By the way, after Answer 1988, I can finally tell Park Bo Gum and Lee Hyun Woo apart. =) And seriously cannot understand how I could have confused them in the first place! *Swoon*Park Bo Gum*Swoon*

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I don't think they have much story to tell. I've noticed the first 3-4 minutes of EVERY episode, since episode 2 (!), is replaying a "summary" of scenes from the previous episodes. Normally, that's what dramas do in the final weeks of their run, when airtime and live-shooting cut too close.

Plus, ep. 5 had barely any plot movement. They had a party. Ariel had some issues at her job. The boys trained a little and Woo-shin remembered something. (And probably only the last one has any significance for the greater plot.) Beyond that, we still know nothing about any of the other students and the teachers keep only sitting & eating or sitting & drinking.

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yeah, maybe they'll tighten up the storytelling a bit. Glad they have time to do so.

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Ep 5 was definitely padding to bring the story to the reawakening of the power of the chintamani (with Shi Woo recalling his trauma and the coma patient waking up).

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KBS always have the worst dramas.

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I think KBS will redeem themselves (at least ratings wise) with DOTS and the KWB-Suzy drama

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Yes, yes.
With that two upcoming drama, if the rating doesn't change.. then I don't know. Hopefully not.

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That's rather good news (my personal opinion though). Right now I'm so exasperated by this show. This could have been a fun ride even with the green actors and all..After all everyone has to start from somewhere so I am more charitable towards mind the kids.
But what really gets my goat is the extremely BAD filming , directing and script and the adult actors. Oh God!!!!It will be an act of mercy for the kids if this finishes earlier.
*rant over*

Pity about the ratings of SGG and IRY though. Both are gems in different ways.IRY especially <3

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i feel like this could have been a mildly decent show but they really havent done well with it have they :/ that said, i still watch it and enjoy it, even knowing how bad it is. what can i say, lee hyun woo with angst problems just intrigues me :P

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I may be the only one, and judging by comments I am, but I still like it.

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I like it too. But I hope the plot gets going a bit more soon.

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Agree.. and I hope lollypip will finish the recap for the minority who still enjoy the show .. :)

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I'm enjoying it too. Sometimes a little cheesy, silly fare is called for :)

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Yeah, I like too, mainly for any bromantic bits they throw my way, but I wish there was more fantasy to it. Or, at least I wish there was more ... something! It's just taking so long to get to anything interesting, and that's sad. Oh well, I'll keep watching, just in case it gets better.

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I genuinely love the show too :) and for the record Hongbin's bad acting actually fit his character perfectly, pretentious and all that lol which I thought makes it bearable.

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Kinda sad for Lee Hyun-woo.
Something on him drag me into Moorim.

I checked the BTS and I saw him smile and dang! That smile..

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I don’t see this as a bad thing. Maybe they should bring it down to 12 episodes instead. Might lead to a more cohesive plot. I know Lee Hyun Woo is supposed to be the more experienced actor on set, but, lately, he seems to be sleepwalking through most of his scenes.

I don't know, he seems to have mentally checked out of the drama because it seems even Hong bin is putting in more of an effort. Must be exhausting working with amateurs. This drama seems like " To The Beautiful You No. 2. Another formulaic drama where the experienced actor does all the heavy lifting. I wish Lee Hyun Woo would choose his dramas better.

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On the other hand, I wonder if the uproar with the Chinese market over the scenes where Yuans were burnt has any bearing on their decisions to stop investment and shorten the episodes???

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When you mentioned To the Beautiful You, I thought: "Wait who was the experience actor in that? I just remember that it was full of newbie-actors-Idols...OMG it was Lee Hyunwoo!"

Poor guy needs a drama in which he can work with people on the same acting level as him. He is too talented to still be working with a cast of only newbie-actors...

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I'm not liking the Korean drama habit of axing a show based on audience reaction. Or shrinking a show the audience doesn't like. Let the show run its course and tell the story it wants to tell. But at least they're merciful and cutting it down to 16 episodes.

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Sucks how the characters and plot could've developed better, since there were good layers, but the directing is really bad. It's not doing justice to the story (not the script) or the characters, and certainly only Hyunwoo seems to be carrying the character he's playing. Seo Yeji has her ups and downs, I don't see much from Yujin because of her character and holy Hongbin please, I don't hate you but oh gosh no. I hope the plot will finally move with the tightened schedule. It's not helping I'm watching Cheese along with this, and Cheese has way better writing and directing (even cinematography is nicer). I'm still going to continue watching to see if there will be improvement (plot and character development wise, acting is already gone case by now).

(Though I managed to finish TTBY, which is so bad I want to cry, I think I can make past Moorim)

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TTBY was simply awful imho. It's the drama that cured me from marathoning kdramas. Waste of 16 hours of my life smh.

Since then, I can pretty much sum up after the first few episodes if a kdrama would be a waste of time or not.

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I'm not watching this at the moment, but it's always unfortunate to hear about production hiccups and/or behind-the-scenes conflicts. ..... I want to believe everyone went into this project with the best of intentions. Sometimes, things happen though.

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I really wanted this to be good, but it is most definitely feels like a B-rated effort. Even with a bit of good acting, it is surrounded by issues that eclipse.

I hope they take the time to rapidly improve the last few episodes. Like Korfan mentioned, I also want to think that they had the best intentions.

I'll watch to the end all the same.

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Honestly, I like how kbs never being afraid to

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try new genre and unique story. But they should consider good writer, director and production house too.

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The cast was on Entertainment Weekly two weeks ago - they were nervously anticipating positive viewership - I feel bad that it's not the ratings they hoped for. Anyway, I'm watching it for fun and hope there is a good story behind the chintamani.

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I low key suspect KBS as being jinxed in the week dramas...i can't remember when they had a HIT drama beating SBS and MBC for no 1

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(Girlfriday: “Remember the original articles about how this show was going to shift paradigms and burst free of the stagnant drama market?” Javabeans: “Isn’t that mean to point it out now?” Girlfriday: “Do it anyway.”)

^ This is why I love you guys <3 Reading the original press releases now after what just happened is just plain golden.

I'd feel guilty about it 'cept KBS should've known better than to toot their horn wth promises to 'showcase diverse stories including martial arts and romance, target international viewers and share in a cultural interchange that everyone can relate to, and feature “the beauty of Korea’s four seasons". Seriously KBS, there's aiming high and then there's dreams of grandeur.

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No one wants to say it but I'll say it. It's because foreigners have speaking roles!!! I was so happy to see someone that looks like me for once not acting as the "bad boy from an American gang that's beating the shit out of a Korean young/teenage child." But I guess Koreans can't take that so many foreigners have speaking roles and are on screen for more than 1 minute. Just my opinion. No one has to agree with me and no one has to curse me out for expressing my opinion either. Thank you.

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Really? One of the actors (Sam, the one who rejects Chi-ang's offer to have his dad fund things for the school) had a multiple-episode role in Warm & Cozy as Kang Sora's diving school buddy, and he was pretty well-received even if the drama itself wasn't.

Let's not go pinning the failure of this drama on anything besides the real issue - its weak script, shoddy directing and mostly-poor acting from the KOREAN main leads.

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Agree! Even if one takes out the foreign actors, this is messy for the reasons mentioned.

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Agreed. The show has issues but enjoying a diverse cast in a Kdrama.

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I agree that the show is failing for many main issues like the script, direction etc. but as a native Korean viewer, a couple of foreigners' pronunciation is so bad I don't understand what they are supposed to be saying without the help of Korean subtitle. That is a bit jarring and definitely takes away from enjoyment of watching the show.

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This show is so bad I can't even watch it to make fun of it. Though thinking about those girls pulling out a slingshot and a whip on a pack of precious fluffy puppies is giving me giggles now. So bad! ???

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it's a good thing for the show.

it's a real pity, because i really like the premise about fantasy martial arts, but it's just poorly executed and not enough story at all. there's not enough real conflict or tension to keep things exciting. plus the actors are very green, though i like the budding bromance between the two male leads. who are VERY green. i know lee hyun-woo is popular here on dramabeans, but i have to say i'm not sure why or what drama he's exactly popular from. he needs to work on his acting.

i really see the potential of this show, had it been better executed...

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I struggled mightily to finish the first episode, barely did and decided I'd be doing laundry on the nights Moorim is on.

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I was excited the first two episodes about the premises, since I haven't truly enjoyed any of the more fantasy-based dramas in a while (besides Gu Family Book, but the ending oh my). However, green acting combined with the awkward pacing and weird different storylines of the four main characters made me confused. Sassy Go Go did really well with the high school premise and brought real problems that meshed well together, while Moorim seems like it goes back and forth between a typical K-drama and a fantasy setting, which is soo confusing. I was hoping for more from this drama, so I'll just settle for hoping it picks up later since it's feeling the strain from the poor ratings.

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Moorim school is orange marmalade all over again..... Talented lead actor,messed up plot and supporting cast *pitiful*

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I just read through 59 comments, laughed my ass off, and now here's mine.
Moorim School ain't a bad drama.
Why?
If you compare it to Personal Taste, Sword And Petal and a whole other bunch, it's gold.
Here's the problem:
There is having a good story, and then there is #delivering it the right way.
I can make you interested in my life story just by delivering it in the right tone and pacing
This drama just lacks writing, deliverance, timing and pace.
That regardless, it's not bad, I'm sticking with it till the end.
Who knows? It might turn out a Playful Kiss 2.0, dismissed at home, but a hit internationally.
zzz

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100% ??????

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I didn't know that it was supposed to be a 20 episodes....16 is fine....so not a bad decision
And athough this show seems kinda cheesy to me I still like it ☺ ?

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I gave up on the show after I learned the first decent martial arts battle between the leads was a fantasy. After that, I looked at the recaps and it appeared that the entire series was going to be two spoiled rich teenage boys putzing around at school and whining a lot. Who cares? Give the girls some screen time or cut it down to six episodes and get it over with.

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I had such high expectations for this show. The show seems alright when just reading the recaps, but now I'm thinking that is more the talent of the writer than the actual show. I'll probably skip actually watching it, but will follow the recaps still.

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16 episodes is more than enough based on the way the show is moving along. I agree with Alua's comments--(paraphrasing here) most of each episode is a rehash of stuff that's been established, just a teeny-tiny bit more of something we've already been shown, and a bunch of scenes of people standing around wondering about what the main characters are doing. I've read there's been a bunch of criticism about the acting, but it's the story itself and directing that sucks.
I imagine they blew a significant portion of the budget with the CGI in the 1st episode. The big dog that was supposed to be some other worldly creature was sad. Asking an actor to pretend like he and the audience doesn't know a dog when they see one is a production failure.
I'm still going to watch. But I luv B-movies with cheesy special effects.

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I don't know what people are complaining about....K Dramas have their own little world in general, nothing's truly like real life, comon. I LOVE Moorim school! The cast is gorgeous and fun and fresh and all of them are good actors. The plot is interesting and intriguing...i legitimately can't understand all the bitching! It's not like "classics" like Boys over Flowers, Heirs or Secret Garden are believable at all, seriously!

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Exactlyyyyyy

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I feel like the acting itself just bores me to tears. I've watched like 3 episodes and the plot and execution isn't particularly engaging, nor is the acting that good. Everyone seems to love Lee Hyunwoo but I don't find his acting particularly great at all despite him being the most experienced actor on set.

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I have mixed feelings about Moorim. On one hand, it's really ridiculous, from story to the execution. Look at all those bad martial arts movement, one can never believe that they're really martial arts students.
We are already on episode 6 but yet we still don't know the other students well, thus the lack of character development.
Honestly, I don't really care about the teachers too.

The only good thing about this show is Lee Hyun-woo and I'm watching bcos it's just interesting to see how he goes from here (developing his power and finding his father).

I think 16 episodes are a good length for this show. I just hope that they can still wrap up the story properly with this sudden cut.

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Don't know why everyone hates it but from what I've seen, a lot of international fans are loving it including me!! I agree that some parts don't seem to make sense but I just feel like we should give the drama a chance. I mean it's only broadcasted 6 episodes. There's like 14 (or is it 10 now) episodes more to go!!! It isn't even halfway yet. I think that we should always allow a drama to tell its whole story first and let all its episodes broadcast first before deciding whether it was a good or bad drama. I mean it hasn't even finished yet, how do you immediately know that it's going to be a bad drama? From what I've seen there is storyline and I'm excited to see what happens next!! Also the romance is getting REAL!!
Therefore, I'm quite upset that the drama is going to be cut to 16 episodes. This will affect what the scriptwriters, producers and directors originally planned and they won't be able to show the audience the whole story that they had originally planned with a lot of work and effort. Also, this 4 episode difference may ruin the story and the actual 'suspense' and 'excitement' everyone wants because now they have to cut scenes and alter the original storyline. It's not fair to the people who had put a lot of work and effort into this drama!!

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Agree 100%

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Same I’m actually loving the drama, and considering the fact every episode is longer than a hour (usually around a hour and 3 minutes) while other drama are like 57 minutes having a 3/4 minute recap isn’t bad at all, if you hate it then skip it. Plus character and story development, they are trying to do it very meticulously that’s why. The 20epi plan was to be-> first 10 in allll character individual dovelopments and then with one another and the other 10 was suppose to be the mission development in the story. The writers actually thought very well for the drama, being meticulous. I’d rather have them cut other dramas that be dragged on for soooo long rather than moorim school. Apart from that IRY and SGG were actually realllllllly good. Having top notch actors/actresses/directors/writers doesn’t always make a good drama, ppl need to give others dramas a try. We’re only 6 episodes in ayway. That’s not even half way through whether it’s suppose to be a 16/20 episode drama.
Ppl judge so quickly, no hate. Just my opinion stated like, others did.

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Seeing all the negative comments about this drama I am forced to write my comment. I just want to support this drama and say that I'm still watching and enjoying it. Hope the ratings improve so the cast feels a bit encouraged. Fighting Moorim School!

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Agree 100%

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Same I'm actually loving the drama, and considering the fact every episode is longer than a hour (usually around a hour and 3 minutes) while other drama are like 57 minutes having a 3/4 minute recap isn't bad at all, if you hate it then skip it. Plus character and story development, they are trying to do it very meticulously that's why. The 20epi plan was to be-> first 10 in allll character individual dovelopments and then with one another and the other 10 was suppose to be the mission development in the story. The writers actually thought very well for the drama, being meticulous. I'd rather have them cut other dramas that be dragged on for soooo long rather than moorim school. Apart from that IRY and SGG were actually realllllllly good. Having top notch actors/actresses/directors/writers doesn't always make a good drama, ppl need to give others dramas a try. We're only 6 episodes in ayway. That's not even half way through whether it's suppose to be a 16/20 episode drama.
Ppl judge so quickly, no hate. Just my opinion stated like, others did.

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The overwhelming cheapness of episode 6 was really telling. It's almost at the level of an actual prom in a gym with a handicam filming it. Soooo bad.

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It's actully very difficult to make these School dramas hit. example take a look at sassy Go Go, Orange Marmalade, Moorim School, and even Anger mom etc etc. they all flop eventually due to not convincing acting and also convincing the viewers in this case. School dramas has to be a very serious project with starsubbed casts and big budget plus big famous writers and producers has to come together to produce an amazing teen drama like Twilight, Heirs, Boys over flowers etc etc. they need alot of dedication and money on these kind of projects to become something

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example take a look at Cheese in the trap and how much hardwork, dedication and money that went into it. It's really not that hard to grasp this situation. Moorim school was low budget and I knew it will flop from the beginning

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not all the genre of school drama are sucks. for example school 2015 who are you. That was totally a big hit kayyyy

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SO MANY BAD COMMENTS, DANG. I guess.. this is what they call NETIZENS? Geez. I know ya'll are expressing your opinion, so I'll give mines too. This drama has GREAT potential to keep on going. All characters are somewhat connected, leading back to creating a lot of character development. Its amazing, romance and action! What else do you need? Main heroines don't stand out? They show so much girl power, they're beautiful, and their acting is uncomparably good to your typical Hallyu star. Low budgets? So what, I for once am someone who was told to APPRECIATE WHAT I AM GIVEN. Either way, even if you watched episode 1-6, you can't really give up on it becuase 'it lacked something', be fair and stick to see where this goes. Otherwise, you're just like South Korea... very picky in what they see compared to what we see. Am I right? I just feel bad for the actors b/c in the BTS of their scenes, you see them laugh and enjoy each others company like they enjoy filming alongside each other. Yeah!.. They do give it their best to be realistic, non-hardworkers huh? You thought. From a storyline of 20 eps reduced to 16 eps, I fear the story plot could change becuase of this :c
My point has been made.

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I don't know why more people don't watch this show. I think it is super fun. Yes, the CG could be better but it is very entertaining nonetheless. My teenage kids really enjoy it. Too bad it is getting cut short. I am hoping that despite ratings it will keep its full 20 episode run.

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People are mostly judging without even watching. For example people praise that crappy drama OMV mostly because it has popular casts, & said GT is meh because it's makjang bla bla . I tried several eps of both & chose to continue GT because the story hooked me more. Just because it's not your fave genre or not your fave actor in it, doesn't mean it's bad. Geez! I'm glad that underrated drama like GT in your eyes has decent ratings so far.

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Bad planning and execution by KBS. Unskilled writer, director, thin script equal low ratings. I watched the six episodes. Teachers are chitchatting to kill time. The Moorim magic should have appeared in episode 2.

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I find this drama average at best so far but am still going to continue watching because I think it finally picked up the pace with episode 6. Even with Healer, I wasn't hooked until around episode 7 so I'm not giving up on Moorim School yet. I even find this more enjoyable than Heirs (tbh that one was a disaster). It's a pity the storyline will have to be changed due to the episode cut though ):

At least Moorim School has some awesome OSTs!

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I wonder how bad it is??? I was so impatient and wanted to catch the episode the moment I can find it online even when there is no subtitle. Watch it again when the subtitle r ready and catch it at KBS channel (which r 2 episodes behind) on tues and wed. And again when it got replayed on Sat. I thought the leads actors/actress and others acted decently. Yes, of course the story and acting can always improve but that didn't bother me. I enjoy it?

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Sry typo, showed on KBS channel on Mon & Tues. Wonder why is it 2 episodes behind... Coz we overseas viewer???

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I am watching the series on Drama Fever with English subtitles, that is keeping pace with On Demand Korea that posts the show, the day after airing in Korea. I have a hard time keeping up with KBS TV schedule.

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