Beans of Wisdom: I’m sorry, I love you (drama!)
by DB Staff
This week in Beans of Wisdom…
Peppa writes a worrisome scenario in comment #5 of “Shin Sung-rok cast as Kim Haneul’s husband in On the Way to the Airport”:
Shin Sung rok to passengers:
“Good day passengers! This is your pilot SSR. Today , our destination is death. Please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the flight” .
Flightey Gazelles adds:
SSR to passengers
“good day everyone! Please sit back and enjoy a safe trip. As you all know,your saftey andcomfort is our utmost concern,you know we like you right? How’s your health these days? Please take care of your health. Enjoy!”
Refreshments will be poisoned champagne with a hint of paralysis.
In “Beautiful Mind: Episode 6,” doctordrama says in comment #26:
“Because you are not a monster like me, are you capable of feeling the depth of pain that is not yours but someone else’s?”–LYO
I love that interrogation scene and have seen it too many times. On one level, it’s bringing into question how our own prejudices and “normative” ideas limit and even cut off our ability to empathize and truly understand others. Just how the interrogator expects LYO to behave like a monster because of his medical condition. LYO exposes the hypocrisy of the interrogator.
But on another level, the line “are you capable of feeling the depth of pain that is not yours but someone else’s?” makes me think about the following questions: Can anyone really feel someone’s pain? Isn’t it presumptuous for any of us to assume we really know what another person is going through and know exactly how he or she feels? Each one of us is a unique individual, facing specific circumstances, and reacting to them differently.
And I just love Jin Sung’s answer to his question: “I’m moved to at least do something.” That it is about how one responds to someone’s pain, not necessarily about fully understanding it. It is really about what would you do knowing that someone is in pain even if you cannot understand it. And that’s a beautiful and powerful statement right there.
YY wrote a song in “Kim So-eun to reunite with Song Jae-rim in SBS family drama” comment #16:
The Applebutt Song
(Sung to the tune of Mary had a Little Lamb)
Oppa had an applebutt
Oppa had an applebutt
It felt real soft and glowed
And everywhere that oppa went
Oppa went, oppa went
Everywhere that oppa went,
His butt was sure to go
Oppa loves his applebutt
Oppa loves his applebutt
And talks to it all day
Someimtes he just sits and stares
Sits and stares, sits and stares
Sometimes he just sits and stares
At his applebutt all day
Psst! There are more songs in the rest of the post.
vongole writes in comment #10 of “Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 17”:
I wish the show hadn’t made Jun Su’s father into a serial adulterer (which, if we think about it now, was just a plot device to get Gong Shim to be his secretary). We don’t hear about it anymore…
He would then have been my favourite-st side character ‘cos he is just adorable! His terrible jokes, the ‘important meetings’ in the children’s park and the doggie-care, and now the budding bromance with GM’s father is super fun. And, he seems to be a pretty reasonable guy otherwise too. Not the usual eeeevil chaebol daddy of K-dramas.
It would be funny if he really hadn’t been having affairs but was doing the things we’re seeing like sneaking off to play with dogs and go to the park and such and he just used a more adult excuse. Possibly to kind of shake up his wife from being complacent. I mean imagine a line like, “You went to see that bitch Judy again!” “Yes I did she’s a good girl!”
Lord Cobol has a question in “The Good Wife: Episode 1” comment #6:
Haven’t seen it (yet), but what is the magic attraction of murder weapons that makes the first person on the scene always pick them up?
It’s called rule of dramatic revegenence! You pick it up to protect yourself/gain revenge. My name for it and yes the exclaimation point is necessary.
Alex takes out the rule book:
That’s right, it is Drama Law – just like the Law governing that Secret Confessions Are Always Overheard by Various Third Parties, wearing glasses instantly makes a beautiful woman ugly (also known as Clark Kent’s Rule), and that fleeing people will always run into a Dramatic Cart Spilling Stuff Everywhere.
(Also the law that if anyone has been stabbed, someone will always go against every medical advice to pull out the knife as soon as possible, and then stare aghast as – surprise! – a lot of blood happens. Who’d have thought!)
Barbrey writes in comment #29 of “Uncontrollably Fond: Episode 3”:
Korean dramas are a guilty pleasure for me anyways so if I can overlook the cliche plots in order to enjoy the romance and emotion I don’t tend to get in North American dramas, then I can overlook the pacing and editing flaws in this drama because on the whole I am REALLY enjoying it. Along with Bring it On, Ghost and Beautiful Mind, I’m very happy with what’s on right now after a bit of a drought for me.
This is pretty much me. I need my fix of romance, sometimes the gushier the better. Sometimes lol
Japan doesn’t tend to have as much romance but it has feel-good stuff. I tend to watch Japanese dramas for that, Korean dramas for romance or family dramas, and North American shows just for fun or weekly stories with characters that continue on for (hopefully) years.
Me too, I watch thousands of American show (a lot more than I should to have a healthy social life), but American show today are so worried about writing good scripts and twist that are forgetting the human relationship, and that why I love about kdrama, I don’t remember such a beautiful scene like the Joon-young and mother in an American show in a good time.
So, yeah, in the end of the day, I Always forget the cheesy lines, the plot holes, the stupid tropes use over and over again, everything, as long Kdrama make me feel something.
milky has some medical advice in comment a bit further down at #67:
Joon Young should visit Gukil medical, and met either Prof Hong or Dr. Yoo, or maybe even Dr, Jung. They’re the best neurosurgeons in town. Lol.
chai biscuit has a tip for the second lead in “Uncontrollably Fond: Episode 4” comment #5.2:
honestly, this is terrible. but ji tae should just sit tight and not be evil so he can get the girl after the main guy dies. lmaooo
In “Doctors: Episode 8,” Taeki’s horse-riding Teacher announces in comment #23:
GD, Jay Park, Eric… step aside and make way for the new rapper in town, Jang Hyun-Sung Ahjussi!!!!
kdramaluvshassey reminds us:
You forgot So Ji Sub
Don’t worry, kdramaluvshassey. Some of us didn’t…
The other Kiara has this to say in comment #13 of “Waiting and waiting for Winter Sonata 2”:
What’s left to tell that could top what has already been told?
But Kiara, they can just tell the same exact story over again, now with PPL and a different set of pretty people!
YY has more ideas in comment #28:
Remakes we can expect:
In the freezing cold of a winter snowstorm, with roads and rails down, our leads fight their desperate craving for turkey breast and roast beef…
Subway to Heaven
The heroine forgets her love for Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki after she develops amnesia due to a car accident…
Autumn in my Sub
The heroine is forced to settle for cold salads after running into dire straits…
My Lovely Sub Soon
A pastry chef falls for a spicy Italian sandwich after taking on a new job …
Sub Happened in Bali
Two men fight over a delicious tuna sandwich in idyllic Bali, leading to tragedy
Nissa asks in comment #5 of “Character info revealed for Park Hae-jin’s “ghost agent” in Man to Man”:
So, who’s the hallyu star?
At this point I’m thinking PHJ plays both roles.
Now I would actually love to see that! I can imagine it in my head already and it would be hilarious! Even better, Park Haejin plays ALL OF THE CHARACTERS down to random customer #2 at Subway.
I mean, there must be a reason why he’s the only one who’s been cast for months and there’s no sign that they are trying to cast anyone else.
That’s the best idea ever – he could play the love interest too, he’s so pretty he’d totally nail the role.
In “The prince shakes his stuff for Moonlight Drawn By Clouds teaser,” Idhere525 asks in comment #6:
I am the only one who screamed “you threw off the emperor’s groove!” at the end?
You mean like this?
Romany88 started an empowering discussion on our drama choices in “Beautiful Mind: Episode 7” comment #9.1.1:
After the rave reviews, I wanted to join in the fun, and then felt completely stupid and like a dumb brick for not being able to “get it.” It must be because dramabeans is the elite of recap sites and the audience here is high-level, and I’m more of a low-level fluff person, but I simply don’t. get. it. I was feeling stupid and lonely, and kept trying to watch it. I respect the recappers of dramabeans tremendously, and didn’t want to disappoint (Yes, they couldn’t care less about what I watch, but I’m silly like that).
I think I subconsciously wanted to force myself so that I could become “intellectual” but after reading these comments, I think I might just found the courage to give up. :/
Maybe my problem is that I’m not intelligent enough. Which explain why I’ve been having problem connecting with all those smart doctors in the drama. To be honest, I can’t connect much with park so dam either, but that’s because she’s too perfect in her goodness, and I’m crap at human relationships like that. lol XD
I don’t care much for the outcome of the drama, because the murders are of people I don’t care much for. And the fate of the living are predictable? The only living people whose fate I care about are Suk Joo and Jang Hyuk. Suk joo’s storyline seems uneventful. Villains will get their comeuppance, Jang Hyuk will still be a great doctor, and get resolution with his father somehow, and the rest seems unimportant, and probably unchanged?
Anw, thanks guys for this thread. It saved me a bit from stubborn self-inflicted misery. I know, i was stupid, but everybody seemed to love this drama.
ahjumma loves drama replies:
Oh honey. You made me chuckle. Poor thing. You sound quite intelligent, don’t put yourself down like that!!
I’m having a difficult time connecting too, but I will just blame it on personal taste, not my intelligence. Don’t let others reduce your self-esteem like that. I confess to enjoying my guilty pleasure romance movies more, but I can also enjoy the occasional Oscar awarded movie. But if I get bored, I get bored. Don’t overthink this! I’ve seen plenty of kids get intimidated by the elites -as you call them- sneering down on them, and I always tell them that true elites are humble, and that those other kids are not worth their attention.
You shouldn’t feel like you have to watch a drama just because others may like it. I have quite a few dramas which I like but aren’t particularly popular or great (my guilty pleasure dramas!)
awiieeeee. Romany88 darling. From your list of recommended dramas, you have excellent taste. EXQUISITE really. Totally my type. So don’t be down about this. I was like you too, always feeling awful for not liking something deemed “intelligent.” But I realized that the people sneering at me for my taste were the true bullies, and that I shouldn’t be bullied into feeling bad for myself for not reaching up to their standards or matching my taste. Pat pat.
This is just a drama and dramas are supposed to speak to you. If one can’t it’s not because you’re stupid or dumb. It’s just because it’s not speaking your language. It’s all about tastes and tastes differ. It’s okay.
cookiemonster asked something similar in “Police Unit 38: Episode 5” comment #17:
Everyone is having about this show but I don’t really get it. I watched this show up to episode 3 before I dropped it because it bored me so much. I loved SIG and wanted to watch for him but I just don’t find the first 3 episode exciting at all… anyone felt the same as me? Did the first 3 episodes more you too but it got better? I’d like to give this another chance. My favourite drama is I Remember You and I lived it from the start. I also loved Bad Guys….just this one seemed a little dull by comparison.
When did this drama got better for you?
Don’t force yourself to like something, life’s too short for it!! If the drama seem dull to you, there’s no reason to continue it, not even SIG should be worth you wasting your time.
And to answer your question, loved it from ep 1. So there you go, it’s all a matter of taste. Don’t feel bad for not liking something. ^^
constance doctors & 38 adds:
Great comment! I also second comm38 and meri. There’s not a single show on earth that will be able to satisfy everyone. The most popular shows are also the shows with the most people disliking them. So if a show is not for your taste, don’t dwell on it. It’s one thing to be unsure whether or not you’re missing out on something great and keep trying, but if you’re already sure you find it boring, no need to continue.
Like meri said, it’s about how you like your dramas. I like, or actually am crazy in love, with squad 38 because I love the squad, and the intricate plot points, and I keep wanting to know more about the past, and how it’s going to be resolved. But if you want something else out of the drama, or you find it not enough exciting, then that’s ok too. ^^
Why waste time on kdramas you don’t like when you can read the Dramabeans Commenting Policy instead?
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