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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

More drama-watching updates from Team Dramabeans! We’re winding down with a few shows and gearing up for a new batch of dramas to start up soon, and I’m looking forward to a change of pace. No matter how much I love a drama, I’m usually happy when one ends and make way for a new selection, because I suppose years of drama-watching have whittled down my attention span to precisely 20 episodes. Or 16 episodes. (Okay, if we’re being honest it’s probably really 12 episodes, plus some impatience. Sometimes it feels like we’re hanging on by our fingernails, doesn’t it? That can’t be just me.) –javabeans

 

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Currently recapping: Lucky Romance

Mirror of the Witch: I don’t have much to add about this, since I feel much the same as I have in prior weeks — it’s still gorgeous and intriguing, and I’m still in love with Yoon Shi-yoon (especially after seeing his oddball quirks emerge in 1 Night 2 Days).

Dear My Friends: If only all “cameos” were as full of emotion and impact as Jo In-sung, who really should just get supporting cast billing at this point. As for the grandmas and grandpas, they’re as frustrating and exasperating as ever, though in the most lovably hilarious way. I still want to clobber Shin Gu halbae over the head with a shoe most days, though.

Beautiful Gong Shim: This show is like a happy pill. It’s simple and the characters tend to be on the flat side (in the way of many a weekend family drama) aside from the main trio — but since the main trio is what makes this show so delightful, I’m still satisfied. Namgoong Min keeps finding new ways to make me laugh, Ohn Joo-wan is extra-adorable when being pouty, and through Minah’s unpretentious take on Gong Shim, I can understand why both guys are smitten with her.

Oh Hae-young Again: One of my favorite aspects about this show was the melancholy, slightly forlorn tinge to it — it gave a realism and pathos that makes it feel more than a standard (if very well-produced) rom-com. It has departed a little from that earlier magic recently, but I appreciated the return of the funny this week, which was a welcome break from the heartache. I don’t quite feel Eric is as wholly immersed and emotionally present as Seo Hyun-jin, but she’s a rare gem so maybe we can’t hold that against him.

Monster: I’m finally caught up! I thought this show started off strong, but it seems to have been dozing for 18 episodes and finally woke up and started to get down to bizness. Normally I wouldn’t wait that long (a full series’ worth!) to get interested, but it made for decent background noise while working. I won’t say I didn’t laugh at the silly comedy moments earlier, but I much prefer the storyline in its non-funny revenge mode if it means we’re finally being driven by plot twists and new developments. Why did they take so long to get to the point?

Baek-hee Has Returned: A well-written mini-drama makes for an interesting comparison watch, because at four episodes, this unfolds more like a movie (that’s plotted fully from the start) than a drama series that starts with a loose roadmap whose outcome isn’t necessarily fixed. Baek-hee unpeels its layers in onion-like fashion, starting relatively simply but growing more complex as it continues. It’s not quite my type of show tonally, but it is a well-executed, refreshing small-town story with strong performances and mix of levity and heart, and I can see how it claimed the top ratings spot in such a short period of time.

 

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Currently recapping: Beautiful Gong Shim

Oh Hae-young Again: You know it’s true love when you have to stage a kidnapping to spend more time with your significant other. I was cringing all over, but it was worth it to see happy Do-kyung and Hae-young be so darn cute. Everything seems wonderful, but Show is implying that the visions and Fate won’t help Do-kyung cheat death. It’s deeply troubling.

Dear My Friends: Wan is surely following her heart, though I’m with Yun-ha on his caution. She left once, and it won’t be any less painful the next time around. Wan does seems serious about her promise to return, so I’m taking her word for it. I loved part 1 of the Aunties’ revenge because that means shit is hitting the fan for part 2. Revenge only gets sweeter with age.

Signal: Yes, I am on a tvN marathon and yes, I am late, but wow, this was good. Real good. I was engrossed by the expertly paced story, attention to detail, and the fluid use of the time jumps. I finished the show wanting more, and I can’t think of any reason not to attempt a second season. But of course it would have to be holy trinity: Jo Jin-woong, Le Je-hoon, and Kim Hye-soo. Free up your schedules, you three!

1N2D: The boys are at Ewha Womans University, and the beautiful campus isn’t quite the reason for their sustained smiles. They get so excited about their female student mentors, and their performance reflects their excitement. Of course, it’s not equally reciprocated from the student body, especially when you’ve got Joon-young and Dong-gu. Ever so energetic and optimistic Dong-gu is so into the mission that I almost thought this was Running Man with the VJ unable to catch up to him. I hope he never loses that energy.

 

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Currently recapping: Oh Hae-young Again, Entertainer

Dramaworld: I watched this all in one go, and it’s a sweet little show if you don’t look too closely. The characters were fun, the world building interesting, and I laughed out loud at the meta jokes more than once. Definitely a fun afternoon watch for a day when you feel like just enjoying something cute and fluffy.

Beautiful Gong Shim: When I finally got a chance to watch something I wasn’t recapping this week, it was Gong Shim and Dan-tae that I was most excited to catch up with. Seeing Gong Shim go from annoyed to bashful around Dan-tae is so cute, and Dan-tae’s wide-eyed crush is just the sweetest thing in the world. I wasn’t as into the chaebol family as I was the sweet little romance — that is, until Dan-tae learned about his past and his emotions got involved. Now I just want to see him go scorched earth on everyone but Grandma.

Mirror of the Witch: As much as I love this show and think it’s probably one of the slickest productions I’ve seen in years, I have a hard time keeping up with it. So much happens so quickly, and you can’t blink or you’ll miss something! What keeps pulling me back are the characters, which are so rich and full of life, and I’m riveted by the story and the knowledge that nothing is predictable. Such a gorgeous breath of fresh air.

Lucky Romance: While it’s not exactly what I anticipated, this is another show whose characters consistently keep me coming back for more. Only Bo-nui could make us feel that her getting laid is so importantly urgent, and Su-ho’s confused bumbling when it comes to Bo-nui is the cutest thing I’ve seen in forever. I’m curious to see where the story takes us now that Bo-nui’s lost her window, and Su-ho is forced to think of new excuses to be around her.

 

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Currently recapping: Dear My Friends

Vampire Detective: So… it’s over. Yeah. That’s probably the nicest thing I can say about the finale. I’ve been trying to give the show the benefit of the doubt since the beginning, but wow, the ending did nothing for me. Instead I’m bitterly disappointed by the waste of an amazing cast and the failure to live up to such an intriguing concept.

Baek-hee Has Returned: The drama went from cute-and-heartwarming to serious-and-heartbreaking within a nanosecond, but I’m not complaining because it was a chance for Kim Sung-oh to show off his intense acting (like, super scary intense). The quirky charm returned in the final episode, and I couldn’t help but cheer as Baek-hee took back control of her life (and took down her weaselly husband). Becky’s Gang, forever!

Monster: I keep trying to figure out what to write about this week’s episodes and all I can say is they’ve at least found new fodder to keep the angst going a little longer. Also, Park Ki-woong is still pretty.

 

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Oh Hae-young Again: I’m all caught up, and yay, the happy is back! Shows don’t need to be love and laughter all the time, but I’m relieved the push-pull angst didn’t last too long. These two flawed but lovable characters make my heart happy when they’re together… but I’m also nervous about where the next four episodes will take us.

Page Turner: I’m still catching up on shows I missed, and I loved this KBS mini-drama TOO MUCH. Feel-good without being trite, with solid performances from always reliable Kim So-hyun and cuties Ji-soo and Shin Jae-ha, it was a present in a near-perfect three-episode package.

 

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Currently recapping: Beautiful Gong Shim

Dear My Friends: I watch a show like this, and it further cements my view that there’s absolutely no excuse for ageism and sexism in Hollywood. It has probably my favorite female cast ensemble of any TV show ever and SURPRISE! most of them are veteran actresses with beautiful wrinkles. The performances are so strong, and I’m either tearing up because my heart is heavy or because my heart is full from all the life truths. A shining gem of a show. Excuse me, while I Kakao my grandma again.

Oh Hae-young Again: Still need to catch up on this week’s episodes and have narrowly dodged spoilers. I don’t have an Eric bias — trust me, I fully understand why many do! — and I’m still conflicted on whether Hae-young and Do-kyung are right for each other after all the volatility they experienced in their respective lives. I really think they need some time to heal and clear their heads. Maybe after I catch up, I’ll be able to see why they belong together? Anyway, I’ve been constantly impressed by the beauty of this show, especially the fragile beauty that is Seo Hyun-jin’s Oh Hae-young. Oh, and Soo-kyung is my spirit animal. Elle est très bizarre et je l’aime beaucoup. Chocolat. Pamplemousse. Fromage.

 

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All’s Well With a Happy Home: Is it wrong for me to root for both the male leads? They’re both so pitiful in their own ways. They’re also both so very attractive in their own ways… Hae-ryung really has all the luck.

Five Kids: I watch this solely for the second couples. The bromance (Tae-min and Sang-min) hit a rocky patch this week, but the results were adorable. I’m always a fan of cute jealousy antics.

Oh Hae-young Again: This week made me happy again. After the heartbreaking will they-won’t they drama of last week, I’m super glad we’re back to smelling the roses. At this point, I don’t mind the two episode extension because I want to keep on seeing all of Eric’s swoony moves. So don’t you dare die on me, Park Do-kyung!

 
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I debating whether I should pick up gongshim again. I dropped it after main girl decided she will continue with lawsuit despite the huge risk of putting her family on streets.

I understand why she feels her life is unfair bc of the way parents and sister treats her but risking to put her entire family (her BP gas station job ain't gonna be enough to support family) into ruins rub me wrong way.

I see praises ppl give the drama so I wonder if I should try again. I am all for main girl getting her fair justice. Just another way.

Mirror of the Witch is good though it leaves a bit confuse like who the heck SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER brought sidekick with Seo Ri back to life SPOILER did I miss explanation?

Oh Hae Young Again.. I keep telling myself I watch it... I am not Eric bias... I feel nothing for him so I wonder if the show would be something I will like still?

I can't wait for new shows start.

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Akira shock... I am first comment. I feel special lol.

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"akira shock"

this takes me

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Ever since I watch that show, I always say it lol.

Wouldn't it be great if they reunite again in new drama.

I know in Kazuya latest drama, Maki cameo in it and they did Nobuta hand gesture. I brought me so much feels.

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I haven't kept up with J-Dramas in a while but you guys just made me smile!! I can't believe how old nobuta wo produce is now. I kinda feel like jdramas peaked years ago for me in terms of crack addiction. Anyway sorry for being off topic lol.

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Akira shock.

Really bring back memories. Yamapi is my super bias. Till to day. He not the best actor in the world. But his Akira would always be my super duper favourite

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Nobuta-omg that was so long ago. I'm so old!

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'Akira shock' brings back happy and sad memories.i wish she ended up with either of the guys T-T
I stop watching jdramas a long time ago but have the urge to watch one now.can you recommend?thanks

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I going to assume u probably seen all the classic like Hana Yori Dango, Hana Kimi, Gokusen, liar game etc.

Some recently popular jdramas that I enjoy are itazura na kiss love in tokyo, rich man poor woman, last cinderella, bitter blood, switch girl etc. Hope u like them

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I only read your reply now.I been away from the internet because i went camping.thanks for the recommendation.

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The cast for OHY is great in general. There is plenty to see other than Eric.

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Okay I give it go.

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You should picked it again tbh, its not written like what you've tought. You should really gave it a chance. There's some mild twist here and there.

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Please do! It's my crack at the moment aside from OHY, and Gong Shim is lovable as do the two guys by her side. And you don't wanna miss Dan Tae's quirkiness especially in the later episodes, Nam Goong Min is love.

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I don't think you missed it; a lot of things go unexplained in this show...(Mirror of the Witch). I'm watching it because it looks good and is acted well, and the world is interesting, but the characters (aside from Heo Jun) are either really dumb or do things off-screen that we never get to see and therefore question their logic constantly.

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Ok so it's not me. Yea there are some parts of show that goes unexplained and I am like what just happened.. but it is really good show. I almost miss watching cause I wasn't comfortable with age gap but watching the show.. I don't feel it. Flows really well.

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You should pick up Gong Shim again. The lawsuit is a very small plot device and is not at all important to the overall story line. It's never mentioned again after you get a few episodes into the drama. I'm up to episode 11 and seriously enjoying it, especially An Dan Tae's mysterious background.

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You should pick up MOTW if you need things explained because things DO get explained and then more WTF stuff happen but they get explained later on only to get more WTF revelations.

Basically, your jaw is always on and off the floor. But it's great. :D

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Dramagod,
Take it from me, you should give Beautiful Gongshim again. I felt like I was in the strong minority when the show first went on the air because I did not like Gong Shim at all. I thought she was too angsty, grouchy, rude ( at times) and too filled with self-pity. I felt bad for her but I just couldn't get behind her. It wasn't until the fifth episode that I started really liking, then loving her. The main trio is pretty delightful, so I hope you can give it another chance.

Fingers crossed it will stay good.

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I am glad I wasn't only one who felt that. I am going to give it another go again.

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Did you see what that lady did to Gong Shim? Would you take that laying down. IMO, most peeps would want somebody's butt after that. GS was emotional at first but then you know what happened after. What was wrong with that? PS, I know this is just a k-drama, so I don't take these shows too seriously. ha.

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I wanted gongshim to pull her wig off but then whole family may end up in a financial crisis made me think twice.

Yea, it's just a show... that is why i dropped as quick as I did... though with praises it's getting it made me rethink if I was too hasty with dropping it.

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Oh dear, why would you be disappointed on a girl who just wanted justice for herself? You shouldn be disappointed with her family. Well, i'm quite disappointed at you and how you think. Lol.

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I would love for gonshim to give ceo wife well deserved punishment but not expense of family liveihood.

I understand her frustration with situation and even more so with family... but is it really okay to do lawsuit that will cost the the sis job which is supporting family right now. I just keep thinking who is going to pay for house, food, and other bills if sis lose her job?

If she is willing to go as far to put her family in streets for her justice then I can't root for her. That is why i dropped it.

But since a lot ppl are saying to give it a chance again, I will.

If u feel disappointed that I am not okay with family going into financial crisis for lawsuit then okay. I can't stop how u feel.

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I felt exactly the same way, Dramagood, so you're not alone. I dropped the show early on for the same reason, but now I'm reconsidering. Yes, her family is awful and the sister incredibly selfish, but for her to obtain revenge in a way to destroy her family seemed equally selfish. And all that self-pity (wallowing in victimhood) really rubbed me the wrong way.

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Wait, so she can't take action OR feel sorry for herself? LOL. That's a ridiculous way of thinking!

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There was a resolution to that incident , that I think worked for all parties afterall. Give it a try again.

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Taking action is exactly what she needed to do, but much earlier. Instead of remaining in an abusive situation, she should have said adios to the family and gone her own way before. Crying and whining wasn't going to help her cause. It just made her look more weak and pathetic to her family and easier to abuse. When you're in a toxic relationship, you get the hell out.

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OHYA is pretty good. Full stop. I didn't know both the 4 leads going in. I grew to love them in fact the whole cast ( I am iffy with OHY2 ) because of the excellent writing, directing, acting, insane chemistry and beautiful soundtrack. Plus actually included the sound effects too.

Have to say though after a dry Drama period there seems to be a few watchable dramas on concurrently at present.

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Gong Shim suing that vicious woman wouldn't put her family on the street. It would just disadvantage her sister at that company. And actually, they canned her anyway a few episodes later for completely different reasons. That was all just filler material while they introduced everyone.

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Oppaa...❤ Hae Young-Ah....❤ Oppaaa....❤ Hae Young-ah ❤ these two will kill me with their sweet moments :D i can't wait for monday to come !

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Yes! Someone else is watching Five Kids. I'm with tinybeanie on losing interest in the main couple (they are great but thats all they are ever). I love the golf couple and as usual the male characters all have more depth but I'm not complaining. I can't wait to see what happens when they find out who's dating who!

What is with the wishy washyness on Eric? I know he's not Oscar worthy but I thought he was doing well.

Page Turner is soooo good. I hope more people give him (guy playing the dork) a chance.

Where do I find subbed 1N2D? I keep havign to wait for dramafever to do the subbing. It takes forever.

Also has anyone watched the premiere of the OCN Police Squad drama with Seo-in Guk? I LOVED it. The slick feel works well.

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Re: Police Squad 38

I want to watch it SO MUCH but sadly it'll be a few days delayed on DramaFever (first episode is up on Monday) and it looks like Viki isn't doing it yet. :( I know a few days isn't that long to wait, maybe I've been spoiled lately with the sites putting all the shows I watch up the day of, but still... I need my SIG and Sooyoung... *cries(

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Thanks, but when something is available legally I like to watch it legally to support legal streaming :)

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Is there any other website other than dramafever tho, that you would recommend?

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I personally have been boycotting it for a while because of how they stole the subs from so many other fansubbers to get big, and then sued those same fansubbers and shut them down to monopolize everything. It was a long time ago, but I still can't forget, even if everyone else did.

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Me too! I just think it's better that way, I subscribe to both DF & Viki because I want my $$ to bring more programming over.

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I saw it and I have to say it is a little slow, they are taking too long for the basic setup, as in bringing SIG on board. He does make a sexy glib conman and its fun to see how he cons people.

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I thought so at first as well. However the execution in this way feels necessary. I'm scared of it a bit but it looks like they are going for something mildy deep.

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Yes agree with you! I am waiting for the Team to be setup. The whole episode I just felt that they had to make sure that we knew Ma Dong Seok's character and team was as pitiful as possible... I'm more than ready for them to kick some spoilt rich tax evaders' ass!

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Agree... With first episode didn't lift off till SIG entry...

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First episode is a bit slow. 2nd episode is FANTASTIC.

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I'm waiting for the 2nd episode to be subbed.

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YES the second episode was amazing. Personally i liked how the introduction and set up was slow, i didn't find it boring even though SIG didn't even show up until half way. the hype for his character to appear was so real though. anyways maybe its because i was feeling patient when i watched it but i liked the slow build up. MDS's character was so awesome to watch and the rest of his team so i wasn't on the edge of my seat for them to get to the point. I think next week the set up will be established and we'll get to the heart of the conning. I'm so excited!

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1N2D? For the earlier episodes (season 3, ep 1-75) you can find it hardsubbed on kbsworld youtube channel. For the next eps, 76-the most recent, it's better for you to download the raw on smallencode(dot)com and the soft sub separately on subscene. Usually the sub will be available on the next day after it aired (VIU version). Happy watching! ~~

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Re: Police Unit 38/38 Task Force

I watched! I saw it last night and I loved it too! I was about to write a comment asking if anyone saw it yet. Seo In Guk is like the perfect casting choice for this kind of character. but Ma Dong Seok is great too, like SIG didnt appear until 30+ mins in and I was already hooked before he even showed up haha. and Sooyoung is totally fine, nothing is screaming IDOL ACTOR about her thankfully. (i know she's been in other dramas but i never saw any of them so idk what to expect)

I dont normally watch much OCN shows cuz its kinda sausage fest over there haha. but this is prob the strongest first ep i've of a drama i've seen in quite some time. I am xcite for when the rest of the motley crew of tax chasers is formed. (also omg the evil rich dude was so evil that it was almost comical/mustache twirling. but i managed to hate him instead of laugh so the actor is doing smth right haha. im alrdy counting down the seconds until SIG's chara stomps him)

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Yeah the bad guy/good guys are definitely mustache twirly. I was expecting it though because it has a Leverage vibe.

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Speaking of the rich dude...how busy is that actor? This is the third show I've seen him in this year and he continues playing despicable roles, talk about being typecast. lol XD

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I came for seo in guk but i got attach to characters before Seo in guk show up. I was already feeling character pain for dong seok. That rich guy piss me off.

It was good first ep. I can't wait to see the next one.

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LMAO at sausage fest

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True though in my heart of hearts I wish there was a bit more slash for me to work with

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Loved the first two episodes, too. Glad my girl Sooyoung delivered as well.

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Regarding Eric, well he is okay for me. Sometimes there are moments when he really shines but other times it feels flat. Maybe bcs i keep comparing him with the more nuanced performance of Seo Hyun Jin?

On 1n2d, dramafever usually provides subbed ep on sunday so i think it's crazy fast, especially bcs kbs will only release the sub 2 weeks later.

Squad 38: LOVE LOVE!! For 1st ep everyone delivers. I am surprised at how immersed Sooyoung in this, she seems to leave her snsd persona behind for this char. Anyone thought the car con isn't that convincing, or maybe Baek Sung Il is just that desperate? But the previous con sequence is sooooo slick me like it. Wish this will be recapped *fingercross*

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*i mean sub is released on Monday ugh

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I'm not sure its going to be recapped. It's fun as hell but not much depth to it.

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I felt like he knew deep down but since he was desperate to get the car. He ignored all the warning signs.

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I loved the first ep of Squad 38 or whatever it's called (I've seen so many names!). There was a kinda schmaltzy 70s caper vibe to it with the music and the hairstyles and the big dorky glasses that tickled me pink. SIG on the phones switching voices and phones and conning people while ordering a coffee was so fantastic.

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You may want to hop over to viu.com. they provide subtitles for most k drama and variety shows by the next day. it's legal dont worry! but i'm not sure if it's available to all regions though.

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I find it funny that you wait for dramafever. I personally avoid that place like the plague because I don't like their business practices.

Viu actually releases the subs the very next day after the episode is released (or about 16-17 hrs).

I know that it's region restricted to Hong Kong and Singapore but in this age of VPNs... eh, that ain't gonna stop anyone...

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Viki is always my first choice but if they don't have a show and DramaFever does then I will of course go to DF. :) Viki has a much better player and runs more smoothly for me so I like it more, but I don't mind DramaFever. I like watching dramas legally if I can (so if they are on Viki, DF, Netflix) in order to show the Asian companies that international fans DO WATCH (legally). Still waiting for the day more J-Dramas get licensed on Viki or DF. The selection on both sites is so pitiful so I always download my J-Dramas in HD (because most illegal streaming quality is crap) but if I could I would totally watch more legally.

I can't be bothered to get past region restrictions tbh... Too much of a hassle lol. Maybe if DF wasn't subbing at ALL then I would consider trying to get into Viu. I hate region restrictions though!!!

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OHY's has way more going for it than just Eric, but Eric isn't bad at all. He definetly maganifies the chemistry.

I don't have a bias for or against him because this is the only role I've ever seen him in and I think he's doing a good job.

OHY is definetly worth the watch for soooo many reasons, and plus the discussion afterward is part of the fun.

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Well... it converted me into a legit Eric fan. I used to dislike him a lot... thought he looks like a bear but now... I have to watch something of his before I go to bed so I can dream of my yummy shinhwa prince. Thank goodness he’s been in the business forever... I never run out of shows to watch. Kekeke

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They just don't want to admit it. They watch the series because of Eric Mun's hotness. But they just deny it. Some disappointed with the last two episodes for simply reason, no brutal/deep kisses provided and story becoming more dark.

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Funny how you mentioned dramafire for squad 38 but missed 1N2D

here you go
dramafire.com/category/korean-dramas/1-night-2-days/

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For me who dont care about Eric before is now a fan.he did justice to his character PDK.i know some people said that he kinda hold back on his character unlike SHJ but that's just what PDK is as a character.he's holding back because although he wanna be with OHY,still there is the guilt and also his death is hanging on his head.
SIG is love.i'm watching squad 38 for him.

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@tineybeanie, thanks for the Happy Home shout out

I feel the same about both guys, they came out okay for her as individual,
It really gives me different light when I saw Lee Pil Mo's character breakdown of guilt and realize that he still really loves her. Whenever he remember his son and when he visit his memorial in midnight, I feel for him.
But the one things I can't shake up is that he didn't tell her about the vasectomy and let her suffer in 5 years when that info may make them let go of Seo-jin faster.
He also cheating for years and live in a hotel for a long time while at that time she tries so hard to be affectionate and try to make the child happen.
She did get out of it and try it but you are late to realize and cherish it,

Then Seo Ji Gon/Lee Sang Woo is warm of light she needs but to finally know that Seo Jin surgery impact his marriage and he hasn't told Hae ryung about this make me feel impatient, please told her, you both can work it out. You loved her.

And with the recent illness and Seo Ji-Geon accident, I suspect one of them will die but please just make a Happy Home, a real happy home, not that restaurant cause Idc about it anymore.

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I think I am over with OHY,
I feel like I already saw that side of the character before and it's not doing it for me anymore
Instead, it grows backward to me,

it still enjoyable but I just feel like it lost the steam, it's normal for Kdrama to becomes a bit slow but Idk if they got anymore problem left.
Also the feeling that love solves it all never bugged me more, so you just need to found love?

Then the fact that I consider OHY is the person I didn't agree now, she is narrator that make the story line move to favor her but if I saw it from outside, there's nothing really wrong,
she holds the grudge too much because she is unhappy

and poor the other people who just be a lone villain for the story when they could do better,
the imbalance of the story looked so real despite how pretty it's filmed. It's kind of story I hate to read but when I enjoy when I watch (because of the performance)

TL;DR, AOHY still look pretty and enjoyable but it's actually old predictable kdrama with very brilliant actress, she makes the nuisance and make you care,
eric is not doing anything for me,

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Yes completely agree - OHY lost me and lost the magic from the beginning...I'm in mourning but can't respect a heroine who assaults another person based on the fact that she had the same name and is pretty (neither of which are in her control). If I was her parent, I'd have told her to stop whining and feeling sorry for herself, go back to work (can't believe she wasn't fired) and forget about all men until you've become a better human being.

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It kind of lost it too.. This week for whole kidnapping event ... I just felt sorry for the office sunbae & parents..(they better apologize properly).. I did feel like Eric was disconnected for the whole starting lovey-dovey scenes but came back after.. It seems like they are heading for death spiral.. If he doesn't die.. There is no vision.. If there is no vision.. Things don't change kind of thing..

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I was not happy with this weeks episodes and have to say the extension really took away from the tight writing. Even the ratings dropped below 9%

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Yep, so I left that show awhile go.

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I agree with you. I loved OHY before. I found it refreshing that she spoke her mind when needed. But when she started to repeatedly assault the other OHY I lost all sympathy for her. I am all for being true to yourself and speak your mind but come on, it's not the fault of the other OHY that they have the same name and that she is supposedly prettier than her. It's her lack of confidence and self love that create all her problems.

I hope she later gets some character development and that she learns to love herself no matter what and don't scramble just because somebody have the same name as her, is supposedly prettier than her or because a man doesn't love her. If she would just love herself just a tiny bit she would see how beautiful she really is and then people will see how beautiful she is and be drawn to her. I don't even know if she is aware of all the people who already love her such as her parents, her friends, her coworkers...

Now each time I see OHY she gets on my nerves. I am not enjoying the show anymore. I think I will drop it for now and see if I can maybe finish it later.

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OMG... I thought I am the only one who thing this way!!! You speak my mind perfectly...
I too do not enjoy this show anymore..l i kinda lost it when both DK and OHY treat Tae Jin badly.. Come on, the guy did not deserve it at all.. If TJ were the main lead in other drama, people will appreciate his sacrifice more. Now I only hope TJ will get his happy ending and away fro OHY ASAP!!

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Glad to hear from chickachunga and tiny beanie this week.

"The performances are so strong, and I’m either tearing up because my heart is heavy or because my heart is full from all the life truths."

This line from chickachunga about Dear my Friends is probably the reason why I dropped watching the show. it was so real that I got so emotional and for dramaland I do not really prefer very emotional stuff. Though, kudos to Noh Hee Kyung for making this real characters and inducing emotions within us without for forcing them.

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I'm like that too, I stay away from depressing shows because it makes me get depressed in real life, but I thought from the teasers that it would be a fun, light show about senior romance. Then after I started watching, I can't stop. Same thing happened for Marriage Contract. It helps that I watch DMF and then follow it up with an ep of Gong Shim, which brings my mood back up.

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KBS world youtube uploads 1N2D with english subs, but the uploads come two weeks after it has been aired.
I hope this helps.

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Thanks. I knew about KBS youtube but 2 weeks is so long to wait.

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I always watch 1D2N at dramanice or kshowonline. Then I rewatched at kbs world utube.

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Ooooh that's good to know!

I'm curious about 1N2D and I'm late in watching shows anyway, at least I can watch it with official subs. Thanks~

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Yay! Thanks for sharing your thoughts recappers^^

I have a love-hate feels for this new feature. I've always wanted to know the writer's take on dramas they're not recapping but currently watching so I always look forward to this. But then I got curious about these new dramas you guys are gushing over so I ended up watching them! Gone are my drama rules of : 2 dramas MAX/week ; thou shall pledge allegiance to 2 oppas at a time.
Now I have 4 on my plate including my very first sageuk, Mirror of the Witch (SO AWESOME!!)
Thank God for Ramadan office timings I have enough time for all these dramas....for now!^^

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I think I'll watch 1N2D again...I marathoned 6 episodes of Lucky Romance and boy... I realized that I like RYJ so much that I managed to do that. How can someone looks sexy while talking too fast?

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Glad so many are still watching Hae Young. I still love it, but I figured out what's bothering me about it. In earlier episodes, it was about all aspects of our characters - love lives, family, work, friends, etc. Now, its only about their love lives (especially the main couple), so it doesn't feel as rich and nuanced. Its still a gorgeous show and funny, but we need to get back to exploring the characters as people instead of just their feelings for each other.

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You take the word out of my mind,
Completely agree about the focus on the love stories that just too much

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I'm not worried about Do-kyung dying. I think there's a good chance we're going to get an open ending, but if we do see his death, I think he'll be an old, happy man. Remember when Inappropriate Psychiatrist asked him how he felt when he saw his visions? DK said that he felt like he was at the end of a long, lonely life, about to die. So I think there's a (slim) chance that they'll show us the opposite-- though I think it's more likely to just be implied since they've already shown us that he's reversing his fate by what he's learning about how to really live.

It's possible that all the talk about "someone dies" refers to a part of DK (the bottled-up, guilt-ridden, afraid-to-be-vulnerable self) that needs to "die" in order for DK to be able to open his heart and be happy. Btw, I'm curious if there's an equivalent expression in Korean to "bottled-up" (to refer to unexpressed emotions)-- if so, that gives a whole new meaning to Hoon's script's title, "Passionate Bottle Opener".

I found what I think is the mother of all OHYA Easter eggs which points to a major twist (but like everything else in this drama, is open to interpretation). I've thought long and hard about whether I should reveal it, but I've decided to wait a little longer out of respect for people who might not want to know yet. Show keeps dropping bigger and bigger hints though-- I'll probably discuss it next week if it hasn't already been revealed. In the meantime, it's driving me NUTS not being able to talk about it.

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Did it work??

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Sorry, did what work?

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I was trying to brainwave you into spilling the beans but i failed with the formatting! DAMN YOU INTWEBZ!

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Hahaha! Nice try-- better luck next time.?
Btw, I really enjoy your comments, Oshi.

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Thanks. I'm always afraid no one reading because there is no like button.

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oh my gosh, risa - I SO bet you're onto something with the "Passionate Bottle Opener" which would also help make more sense of why Hoon is even there (which has been bugging me like crazyyyyy).

Thank you for sitting on the egg a bit longer. I for one promise to double-cackle with credit for you when you or Show do reveal it ?

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1) Entertainer was satisfying.
2) mirror of the witch - loving it!
3) OHYA - It started go down few ep ego. ?
4) Squad 38 - Slick conman (SIG) going to help tax collectors = daebak ? Watched 1ep yesterday and I was hooked.

Alas, not into LR, dropped MDF. Hoping that Beautiful Mind, Doctors and W will keep me interested.

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Yup! Entertainer was surprisingly satisfying..
I also think OHY slow down a bit..
Luck romance is a show where dorks rule the world and I'm in for it..
Jackpot ended in an unexplainably uninteresting way.. Why did I even watch that ( JGS & CMS? )
Squad 38 on episode 1 was an average basic setup..
Gong shim.. Episode 11 ending was not my favorite... I hope they get back by 12..

I caught up with good morning call Japanese drama... I also felt it as a mix of many dramas but it has its charm...

MOTW I dropped after episode 2.. I was impressed by those but I was not brave enough to pick it up again..

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While reading JB's comments I realized that Eric is not doing anything for me either and same with Hwang Jung-eum in Lucky romance, while the other two are holding all my interest.
I would love to see Seo Hyun-jin and Ryu Jun-yeol paired up together someday, that would one amazing matchup.

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weekend dramas are usually a casual skim-watch for me—it's rare that anything comes along that i feel the need to sit down and absorb every minute of it. i've been doing this with five kids and beautiful gong-shim, and maybe being a bit more attentive with yes, that's how it is (though i find the dialogue isn't quite as sparkling as some of writer kim's previous works).

but even with my casual skimming of beautiful gong-shim, i can't shake the feeling that the plot feels like it popped out of the early-to-mid oughties era. maybe it reminds me of a couple of shows from that era in particular, but some of the elements definitely feel dated. two sisters in the mix (one pretty and perfect and devious, the other an awkward duckling), and two men (unrevealed half cousins), one with a birth secret and both interested in one of the sisters.

i know these elements aren't strange to kdramas these days either, but for some reason this show feels like it would have aired back in the early oughties. i felt that way from day one and i still can't seem to shake it. it's an entertaining enough watch (though i'm not quite in love with minah's acting/voice) but it does feel pretty obvious how the rest of the story will pan out.

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I feel like the idea with Gong Shim is to take a lot of these tired elements and remix them with a screwball comedy sensibility. Namgoong Min is just flat out GOOFY half the time and when he's not he's in dead serious mode. There's so much bromance and really it's mostly frothy. Then they do nutso things you'd never expect like the mom FLIPPING the CEO's Wife for having insulted Gong Shim! It's not a parody of makjang weekend dramas but maybe a partial deconstruction of them?

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I started watching 1N2D because of Yoon Shi-yoon and I didn't think I could love this guy any more than I already do, but I DO!

He's well read and has tons of books in his house! I haven't even gotten to his quirks yet. Now I'm curious what they are.

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I've finally decided to pick up my arse and get myself out of the funk I was in after "Marriage Contract" ended-- even though my heart still aches and longs for the show and I still go back to watch snippets of it-- and started another drama (binge, really) and decided that it would be "Oh Hae Young Again", and I am happy to say that I like the show =) I don't love it (I don't think I will love another 2016 drama like I do "Marriage Contract") and it has its flaws, but I like the malancholy feel of it, liking how it's so beautifully shot, and love Seo Hyun Jin in this role =) I feel like this is the first role of her's that she's really taken ownership of and I love her interpretation of our Hae Young and making her so relatable and memorable, yet, so spunky and loveable.... Most of all, I love that our Hae Young has a backbone of her own

I'm still not all caught up yet-- only on Episode 8-- but I have a feeling that it won't take me very long until I will be all caught up ;)

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I couldn't watch Monster after they sent 30 year olds as newbies to summer camp and then asked them to solve bet-the-company level patent litigation with zero legal training for a major multinational corporation. Nope, sorry.

Squad 38 looks to be fun. I enjoy Ma Dong Seok (sp?) and SIG was charming in this first ep with some slick moves on the con job.

MOTW: I do wish the actress was a bit older here. KSR is about 3-5 years too young for this role even if she's really good on her own. It's just the rest of the cast is so much older and more mature that there's a palpable mismatch.

OHYA: I saw earlier that Lucky Romance is getting a movie? I think there's a hilarious rom com in Sookyung and Jinsang's side plot that would be great to explore as a standalone movie.

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I'm surprised that no one, I mean no one including the commenters mentioned Master-God of Noodle?!??! Come one guys, I mean I'm not expecting much since drama watchers in general watch rom-coms but really??? At least, I expected that a blogger from this popular website is going to mention it... I was even more surprised that even though there are so many members now, not even one is recapping this show. Seriously, I was thinking of recapping this show because no one does (only if i wasn't so lazy...). I want to read comments and analyzation of this show but I can't find that here, especially from people who are fluent in Korean (which I'm not).

Oh well, I'll do the pleasure to mention it though. The reason why I am so adamant for this show to be recognized is because it's the best show for this season - plot, dialogue, directing, cast, and cinematography are all well-done in this show. Really, I was having withdrawal symptoms from Signal before this drama came and at least, it help filling a portion of the void... *talks through a walkie-talkie* Lee Jae Han hyongsa-nim!! Park Hae Young!!! Cha Soo Hyun!!! Can you hear me!?!??

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Edit: *talks through a walkie-talkie* Lee Jae Han hyongsa-nim!! Park Hae Young oppa!!! Cha Soo Hyun-sshi!!! Can you hear me!?!??

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Best show of the season.... eh.... we could end up debating on that...

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Oh I think we can, my friend... I think we can...because I saw your blog and you are recapping it XD. I bet it's Oh Hae Young for you. If that's the case, then we will really have to debate on that because I'm watching both and Baek Hee has Returned, Dear My Friends, Squad 38, and Entertainer (struggling to continue). Haha.

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...much better) doesn't mean that that show is all flowers and roses for me.

Noodles, I admit, is a great show overall but it's not fantastic or worthy of all the lamenting about it being slept upon I see around. Maybe it's just me though...

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I just caught up with it!

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Great! Another Noodles fan in here so I'm not alone. Weeee... Lol. So how is it?

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THIS! I don't know why so many people sleep on god of noodle, i mean, if you love signal, i'm quite sure you'll love god of noodle (although god of noodle is more intense, imo). and the rating makes me really sad...

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Exactly! Really? I didn't know that the ratings are that low. I thought the Korean audience likes it.

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Wondering the same thing tbh. If i remember correctly, someone watching Noodles tho (is it Saya?).

I watched 2 first ep and found it great. Currently put it off bcs my brain is already fried after marathoning Signal & Daredevil. The overall tone is grim and intense while i became so depressed already after watching Daredevil so...? Plan to watch it later tho.

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Daredevil? Never heard of that one before. Is it Korean? 'Cause I really need action, slice-of-life, or psychological type of dramas right now.

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It's American actually. A netflix series about superhero named Daredevil. But it's more character-driven than other superhero flick i guess, and waaay darker and more intense than i used to.

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The Daredevil tv series was better than Ben Afflec's Daredevil lol. That movie was terrible. Daredevil's nemesis were well done too. The anti-hero Punisher being my favorite.
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Yesss!!! Oh God... Whyyy???
Noodle is good!! The intrique, manipulation.. I am rooting for Mumyeong to get his revenge..
Anw... I think I know why people are not too fond with this drama... It is not a cute, lovey-dovey or funny drama.. Revenge-theme dramas might not what people want to see now..

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I have been watching MGoN and impressed with slick cinematography and all, but I think they made it too complicated. I wish they made it like 4 friends working together going against the villain. In the show we have more like his wife, his daughter, his opponents, all going at him and it is too much (to me at least). I wish they put more focus on the lead/Moo Myung rather than spending time on all these extra characters.

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IN2D - S3 is daebak! I've been a fan since the start of S3 and was one of the many that were heartbroken when Gutaeng hyung left but Dong Gu is definitely a welcome addition not only for the eye candy but also for his boundless energy and optimism. And yes, for a second there I also thought I was watching RM when Dong Gu was doing his mission, he kept running around the campus like a madman, that his VJ and PD had to keep asking him to slow down. LOL.

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I love love love love DongGu's addition to the team so much that I recapped it, lol.

But anyways, I really hope that he deosn't get beaten down by the other hyungs. (He seems to be getting sneakier though, muahahahhahaaaa!)

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I am so glad that 2D1N is actually being watch by so many here! its one thing that I look forward to every monday seriously! It has been consistent since ep1 (of season 3) and i love it so much to a point that it's my go to series to accompany me with my breakfast (and dinner!)

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Honestly idk how to feel about this. I love how much love 2D1 N us getting but i rlly rlly truly want to keep dongu to me self lol. Im so selfish.

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i am LOVING Beautiful Gong Shim right now! It's really cute and i really want to see gong shim's character develop and gain more confidence in the next coming episodes. Also, Namgoong min is ripped af so a nice angsty shower scene would be nice

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Another Oh Hae-young : I thought Eric's face is too relaxed when he said "I'm sorry" to Mama Oh (Papa Oh wrist-grab scene), turns out he's not sorry at all anyway for ruining Hae-young's wedding. So I thought 'Ah..that's why he's not showing any remorse on his face'. It's only my interpretation though.

Five Children : I still like the first couple the most, because their chemistry is the strongest. I'm looking forward to the kids' reaction of them dating. Of course, the Yeon-tae Sang-min couple is the most popular, even amongst knetizens but I feel like they lack in chemistry. Idk whether it's because Yeon-tae is a stiff person or it's both actors' limitation. The fight between the brothers though. I love it! Sang-min is just so unpredictable. Lastly, Sun-young looks pretty in her wedding dress :)

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Oh, although I have not yet watched Squad 38, recently I found that Ma Dong-Seok speaks a bit of English - he lived in the USA - and I thought he sounds sexy. Here: https://youtu.be/VRebIk5q8RU

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The interview was hilarious and Ma Dong-seok's English is pretty decent. He also seems like a fun guy to hang out with.

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Ma Dong-seok is pretty hilarious in interviews. He seems like a guy that a girl would be comfortable hanging out with because he'll make you laugh.

South Korea and their charming ajusshi(s). What's a flower boy again?

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Ok now I like him even more...

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Thanks for the intro to Dave btw. Interesting guy. I subbed him.

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The pleasure's all mine :)

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Lol his English is better than mine.

It's so freaking hard to pass up Squad 38 with Ma in it. Luckily, I have nothing to watch right now.

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I was a bit apprehensive when I decided to watch Dramaworld but it really turned out to be fun! My brother who watched it with me enjoyed it as well. I think it's really about trying to over look the details and every little thing to actually enjoy it as a show in its self. My brother and I were confused when the mother said her and her husband were together for 60 years! But when I listened again, it was mistranslated. I heard 50 in Korean. All that drama watching these 6 years really improved my Korean. Lol!

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*Oops! "Mirror of the itch" lol! It is definitely an addicting itch to my drama watching these days. Haha!

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I dream of the day when most kdramas are 12-14 episodes and even less than that when necessary.

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I agree! I was just discussing to over dinner tonight. I need dramas to be about 12 episodes or so. Or even more of these 3-5 hour ones, like Page Turner. Please.

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I can take 16 episode like good old days. Way too many episodes dragging forever.

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Watching only Mirro of the Witch. Trying to decide if I watch Jackpot or not.

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Lol, Jackpot.

If you're trying to decide, why not take a peek at the recaps?

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I might. Thanks for the suggestion. I liked the first episode, but then I only watched the first five minutes of the second episode.

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I have a love/hate relationship with Jackpot. Choi Min Soo and Yeo Jin Goo might make you stick around. If you are a history fan, Jackpot has something for you.

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Is it just me or is Mirror of the Witch intriguing and surprising for all the wrong reasons?
I like the show for the production values, the fantasy elements, and the cast, even the plot in general is very interesting. However, where this drama confuses me is the day-to-day business. SPOILER is Hyunseo dumb, because why would he repeatedly put Yeonhee in dangerous situations to test out his theories, with NO backup plans whatsoever in case things go wrong? (burning the talisman to see if Heo Jun really is the human talisman, separating Heo Jun from Yeonhee so Pyongyeon can see Yeonhee's curse, etc.) Also why did the Queen change her mind all of a sudden? I mean, where's the thought process, or maybe she didn't think it through and just flip-flopped for audience's surprise? SPOILER END
The specific of the curse or its logic is never discussed (why would it affect the country? why was Hyunseo kept alive? I can think of 1000 ways that the evil shamen that Yeom Jung Ah plays can achieve her goal 10 episodes ago, and yet she hasn't done it. Also where did Yeonhee's power come from? And I thought the editing where scenes cut away before a character is about to do something, only to make it mysterious, looks so awkward. We don't visit the thread of action until much later, making the mystery at once underwhelming and surprising, but not in good way. It almost feels like the show is hiding things because it can (I can think of a few ways that mysteries are built: we only see things from the perspective of the protagonist; or the narrator is unreliable; etc. Literally showing the viewer a scene halfway and then hiding it is NOT a mystery!)
As you can see, I am unable to talk intelligently about this show without vomiting questions. I am also severely confused because no one has brought up these problems, making me question my intelligence as a viewer. Help?

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I believe that many people realized these, but nobody has problems with it because :
- flaws are oftenly happen in drama world
- the plot twists, revelations, and the unpredictability are a lot more interesting than the flaws.

In my own opinion, here is what I think about the questions :
- burning the talisman to see if Heo Jun really is the human talisman => yup, this one is weird
- separating Heo Jun from Yeonhee so Pyongyeon can see Yeonhee’s curse => because, he had never thought that SG was evil. And, he only separated YH-Heo Jun for a short time (Heo Jun was still in the area), so he believed that it should be save.
- why did the Queen change her mind all of a sudden? => after experiencing tragedies like the death of her son, having a twins from black magic, etc2, I think it's natural if she realized the mistakes that she had made. She spent years thinking about the baby girl that she had dumped, so the regrets must have been there for quite some times.
- The specific of the curse or its logic is never discussed (why would it affect the country? why was Hyunseo kept alive? =>it was mentioned once that, if the Princess was murdered by her twin, then the curse will be spread within the royal family. SPOILER : in episode 12, it is explained that the curse is for YH to watch people she loves die. So, if the curse is spread within to Royal family, they will experience hallucination and eventually die. Imagine the chaos that will happen.
And, HS was kept alive because Hong Joo has feelings for him.
- where did Yeonhee’s power come from? => from studying the magic book, of course (forgot the book's name)

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thanks for answering my questions! I'm glad I wasn't the only one questioning some of the characters' actions. The effect of the curse (when it makes Yeonhee fly up in pain, when it doesn't) is not consistent either. Sometimes she can use her powers when the curse activates, sometimes she can't? I don't think the power is from reading the book, though it is possible that she can just make a medicine for herself that gives her telekinesis. As for your explanation for the Queen, I think that's totally logical as well, I just wish we were shown some of her struggles so that we weren't like "eh?" when she did something. Maybe this is the main problem with this drama - not enough is shown! I appreciate it when dramas don't hit viewers on the head with metaphors or plot points, but sometimes we do really just need more :|
And I do agree with you that a lot about this drama is interesting, and the flaws can be forgiven (I mean, I'm still watching it) but I'm used to dramabeans bloggers and readers to point out things that netizens elsewhere missed, so I was confused when I came here and no one really talked about these issues. But, as expected, someone did think about these issues - so thank you! :)

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Where did Seori's power come from? ---> to answer this question, her powers were inherited from her biological mother, Hae Ra. Go back and watch episode 1 again, Hae Ra was one powerful soul for a lowly shaman. At the beginning you see her looking at the sky and her eye glasses purple before it rains I think and then later we saw her telekinesis powers when HJ killed her. Even HJ had a flashback to Hae Ra strangling her when YH strangled her in Ep 11's finale.

Hope that helps! YH and the prince's real biological mother is Hae Ra not Queen Shim. Queen Shim only had the embryo transferred to her womb via black magic!

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Her eyes ***flashes purple

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You're welcome!

Yeah, I want to add this too. Her power also comes from her birth mother, the shamaness

Anyway, regarding your questions :
- The effect of the curse (when it makes Yeonhee fly up in pain, when it doesn’t) is not consistent either. Sometimes she can use her powers when the curse activates, sometimes she can’t? => she can always use her power when the curse activates, but she just doesn't always use it (because she is naturally not a well-trained fighter). But I'm also not too clear about when she flies up in pain.

- Maybe this is the main problem with this drama – not enough is shown!=> the plot is quick, so we move from 1 event to another quickly. Then again, it still invests more time on something, if necessary, such as the romance development, Heo Joon looking for clues on MW's murder (and meeting jokes). It will also give the answer to mysteries later on, so we have time to be excited on them and guess, before having the explanation later. For me, I like it because I like fast-paced story while still enjoying the mystery and the touching moments/romance. Perhaps it's just a matter of taste.

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Heo Joon looking for clues on MW’s murder (and meeting jokes). => sorry, should be 'meeting ghosts')

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Dear Ms. Javabeans, how are you?. Hope better than last week.

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I was wondering about and hoping for the same.

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I just wish javabeans would recap Baek Hee Has Return..I have watched it n love it so much..please,please,please javabeans *puppy dog eyes*

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+1000. Kim Sung-Oh! The intensity he brought - those scenes could have been in any top gangster or revenge movie. How can one of person be so very hilarious and so very intense?

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No, Dramabeans you are not alone in wanting only 12 episodes. Our first love is Japanese dramas where it is usually 12 episodes. We were happily enjoying Japanese dramas when Korean dramas appeared n to be honest were a bit resentful of them taking up so much airtime. Of course now we have the luxury of enjoying both especially with your insightful recaps, which we always read before watching the episode. They really explain things n add to our enjoyment.
If only you can find time to recap Japanese dramas we would be overwhelmed with happiness. Well, hope springs eternal in the human breast, right? Many thanks for your wonderful work.
Happy a great day ?

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What I'm watching this week
-Oh Hae Young Again, dont really get excited for next episode because I feel like im enough it's happy ending at ep 10 :"D
-Lucky Romance, it got better week by week, Suho is the main reason I'm looking forward for the next episode
-Beautiful Gongshim, this show is just light and I dont get excited while waiting for the next but just enjoying every episode
-Nodame Cantabille (Japan ver), finally catch up and now I know what Korean ver. Lack in, even I prefer anime ver bettter, but it's obviously thousands times better than the korean ver. And again, I fall for chiaki senpai :3

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My two pennies :

GS - still my top watch of the week, can't wait to see Gong Shim's transformation, and what's the girl to do with TWO charming chaebol princes after her.

OHY - gave this a try after all the hype, but gave up and just read recaps now, just to know what DK ominous visions mean. This is like a beautiful arthouse film, but too slow for drama length.

MOTW - gave this up and just going for recaps. It could have been great but it doesn't look like there is a solid plot development lately.

LR - currently catching up on this, still invested in the story, and LSH.

Signal - marathon got sidetracked by LR. I'm waiting for the right mood for heavy drama to restart marathon.

S88 - going to start this, like now, for SIG

Geez, didn't realize my drama list is so long, until i list this out.
Thank you for dramabeans recaps I can watch more selectively.

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I'm currently watching:

38 Task Force: Good so far! I'm actually watching the second episode as I type. Unsure how Seo In Guk and Ma Dong seok pair up together like how the summary of the drama is, but so far its legit.

Mirror of the Witch: I love this drama. When it was announced I kind of flipped over the age gap between Yoon Si Yoon and Kim Sae Ron, but their chemistry in the drama is really great. From what my Korean friend told me fantasy dramas aren't very popular in Korea, but it's one of the better fantasy dramas I've watched in a long time.

Lucky Romance: Beginning was a little rough and I couldn't see any chemistry between the 4 main characters, but its picking up speed! I'll be keeping up with this.

Another Miss oh: I caught up with all of the episodes that are out within 2 days. It was during finals week too which was kind of a bad idea. This pattern of break up/make up on/off again is kind of annoying, but the main couple is what keeps me watching. I'll be keeping up with this one too.

Master- God of Noodles: I watched the first few episodes of this drama since I love Chun Jung Myung, but it was super dramatic and serious I couldn't get through more than 4 episodes. I might pick this up again once it's finished.

Beautiful Gong Shim: I watched the first episode, but couldn't continue. Lots of people say it's really good and the cute clips on insta really make me want to start it again, but the whole "life is unfair" with her family against her is really tiring for me to watch. Might watch it once its finished.

1N2D: Yoon Si Yoon is such a great addition to 1N2D! He's so funny and competitive and not awkward with the rest of the guys.

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1n2D: Hit the nail on the head with YSY. That's exactly what it takes to be good on a show like this.

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Entertainer - disappointing (the promo for it w/ Ji Sung and Hyeri made it look so fun). Was going to be generous and say the writing was average (typical K-drama stuff) - but then it went totally saccharine and towards the end - which made it below avg.

OHYA - the writing here is avg (the side characters are silly or stupid caricatures - and their relationships even dumber) and can't say that the writing for the relationship btwn the 2 leads is particularly well done either, but Seo Hyun-jin's performance turns avg. material (her part; rest is subpar) into gold.

MotW - the quality of this kinda makes up for the other 2. Really good acting all around, but Kim Sae-ron stands out and even at her relatively tender age would embarrass many of her elders in the profession. Only real issue w/ MotW is that some things don't seem well thought out leading to the plot moving in a circular motion.

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+10000000
thank god I'm not alone ,totally agree with what you said
she goes on my nerve every time pity herself, and only thing she does is being drunk and clingy,we don't need to find someone to love us for being happy and confident ,love yourself then universe will love you,,indeed love is beautiful but not the way oh had young demands it

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No Girlfriday???

1N2D!!!! This show is my crack. But, the episodes are too short!!!

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i dont know what happen to me lately.i cant pass eps 10 from OHYA.Entertainer.CBM.Gongshim..Mask.MOTW.they are a good drama indeed but idk
the feel is like i wanna delete that drama and move on to another old drama ex:misaeng and gods gift):.However im still take my mood back to continue that drama eventhough i bored but you know just a little bit again its finish so i tried to continue it xD

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Why not watch an old drama? The current ones will still be there if you want to come back to them. :)

I'm also finishing Awl and Signal right now while following the current ones via recap.

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Sometimes you just need to take a k-drama break. I will do that from time to time.

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Last year was my driest Kdrama drought, and I was dropping shows left and right. Sometimes nothing interests you at the moment, and it takes the right time to pick up where you left off. A few dramas that I stopped watching at the time were Misaeng (!!) and Warm and Cozy, but picked it up again this year and really enjoyed them this time. Or a drama rewatch of your favorite shows may be in order too. Nothing right or wrong, to me it's all mood and timing.

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Baek Hee is Back was cute - and yes, i enjoyed kim sung oh's role... he's in everything at the same time, how does he do it???

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I am really loving this new feature! There are only so may dramas you can review, so it's great to hear your input on the others to help me choose what to look into further. Does anyone know what song they keep playing in Baek Hee Has Returned? It's the "Oooh Becky, ooh Becky" song. I would be so grateful if someone could tell me what song it is. I've been on an Uhm Jung Hwa kick after watching this mini-series since they played so many of her songs, but with this one I am at a loss :)

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