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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

Another week, another Team Dramabeans check-in!

I’m feeling the lull now that this crop of shows has started to wind down, and even shows I’d enjoyed thoroughly are staring to lose their luster. Or maybe it’s just that I’m sick of being stuck in bed with nothing to do other than watch dramas. That probably doesn’t sound like much of a problem, but drama fatigue is real! On the upside, this makes me look forward to the upcoming crop of shows even more. The premieres can’t come soon enough! –javabeans

 

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Age of Youth: The show has really picked up, and has now found a nice balance between its light and dark sides. This is a case where the characters are better together than they are individually, and the maknae couple in particular is a highlight — they’re so cute and awkward and silly in their romance.

Cinderella and the Four Knights: It’s a cute, light show, and just the type of easy rom-com that usually flies by for me. But either I’m not quite in the mood or it’s not quite as sharp as I’d wanted; it’s just a titch more immature than I’d expected. Though in a surprise twist, I actually like Ahn Jae-hyun in this — more than (gasp!) Jung Il-woo, which is something I never thought I’d say. But it’s early and there’s plenty of time for twists and reversals…

After the Show Ends: Ah! Is So-hee going to give up on Suk-jin? I don’t blame her, because he’s so frustratingly opaque and never gives her much to go on, and while I don’t think he’s doing it to jerk her around intentionally, that’s the effect. I want him to watch the broadcasts and kick himself in retrospect. (And maybe feel spurred to actually put himself out there.) I did enjoy how Bo-hyun sort of pressed Yura for some sort of a straight answer, and more than any declaration or denial, her stammering and flustered reaction seemed pretty telling.

Doctors: I’m so close to the end, but I feel like I just… can’t… get there. I’ve never made it to the last week of a drama and given up without seeing the ending… but somehow I don’t feel like this is a drama whose ending will change much.

W–Two Worlds: The show initially blew me over with its inventive story and what seemed like airtight mythology. Now we’re well into the show and have been thrown twist after twist, and I’m starting to see glimmers of cracks and I’m questioning the plot more — but even so, my liking for the show hasn’t diminished, because the characters have me invested. I’m just rooting for this couple to break through time and space to be able to exist in the same dimension together. Surely this can’t be an impossible request, no? (Don’t answer that.)

Uncontrollably Fond: The writer rewarded terrible Haru by making Jik like her back — this show is dead to me now. Worse yet, I don’t understand the main character’s angst. I could understand the first time he struggled with his feelings and had to push away the girl he loved, and even the second time. Now, though? It’s like he has amnesia and is reliving the same conflict over and over. Slowly. Painfully. He’s just going to suffer and then die, isn’t he?

Wanted: This drama has single-handedly justified all those jokes we’ve made over the years about the killer humidifiers running rampant in dramaland. It’s too bad the show couldn’t capitalize on its interesting premise, and the more we learned of the mystery and the villain, the less compelling it got. It didn’t help that Kim Ah-joong’s acting was so frustrating that it blocked me from caring.

 

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Currently recapping: W–Two Worlds

Doctors: Still watching. Still bored.

Bring It On, Ghost: This show was an easy watch when things were light and fun, but I definitely felt the slowdown when the angst kicked up. I’m kind of sad that the drama isn’t as irreverent as the webtoon, but I’m hoping for a strong finish.

The Good Wife: I let myself get really behind on this one and finally had some time to marathon a bunch of episodes this week, and let me tell you—I picked a REALLY good week to get caught up. That was some payoff right there.

Age of Youth: Things got really fun when when the maknae roommate finally got a loveline with that adorable sunbae of hers. They’re so dorky and bumbling and bad at romance in the most endearing way; their love story makes my day.

Cinderella and the Four Knights: Why does this drama feel so dated? It’s an easy, frothy watch with a classic setup—plucky Candy meets haughty F3—but it feels like a drama that should’ve been (or already was) made ten years ago. Is it retro, or is it just old?

 

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After the Show Ends: This series is an unexpected addition to my current overflowing watchlist, but I’m hooked (thanks for the rec, javabeans!). I hone in on the fleeting moments of probable genuine emotions mixed in the one-sided crushes, like how Min-hyuk just wants So-hee to look at him when she’s busy flirting with Suk-jin. And really, who could blame her when Oppa is courteous but also teases her about the smallest things? Not only that, Suk-jin claims that he doesn’t know a thing about fashion, and yet he wears a simple cashmere sweater with effortless ease and confidence. Man maketh hotness.

Wanted: I keep wondering to myself whether this show could’ve been better if the writing had held on to the big reveal for two more episodes rather than show its hand earlier than they were prepared for. What could’ve been a wonderfully complex conspiracy fizzles out by the finale with an oversimplified case that cost the lives of characters no one ever should’ve risked.

The Good Wife: I’ve barely scratched the surface with Episode 1, but I do like what I’ve seen so far. I’ll check back in at a future time to report (or rave) about Yoon Kye-sang.

W–Two Worlds: This show makes me question everything I know about my own reality — or rather, what I don’t yet know. Just like every other previous week, this week’s episodes were crazier than the last. I would say more, but I’m not sure if saying something will alter everything I’ve believed to be real. Oh, and stay strong, Su-bong — we love you.

 

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Five Kids: Meh. It’s gotten draggy. Why do family and makjang dramas run longer than they have to? I’d be perfectly content with a tighter and shorter run if the main plotline’s conflict were sufficiently resolved. It seems like after the lead characters’ story arc is over, these types of dramas just go into rehashing not-so-important tangents just to fill up the remainder of their episodes.

W–Two Worlds: Hmmm… I’m really confused. I don’t think I’m smart enough for this show. So which universe controls which? How do the portals work? So if everything was a dream, does Han Hyo-joo go back in time as well in her world? Why aren’t there people looking for her when she’s missing in her world because she’s with Kang Chul in the manhwaverse? Rawr. I’m just so confuzzled. Someone help me — preferably Kang Chul’s real-world alter ego, Lee Jong-seok.

The Producers: With IU and Gong Hyo-jin both coming back to dramaland soon (Fighting Scarlet Heart! Fighting Jealousy Incarnate!), I thought that I would marathon this again. I loved it the first time, and it gave me even more feels the second time. Dear drama gods, please make more mockumentary style shows! At some point, they’re bound to catch on with the Korean audience.

 

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Age of Youth: There’s something beautiful about a cucumber-worshiping perverted single lady teaching me to not judge people without knowing their circumstances in life.

Pinocchio: I started it to fill the Lee Jong-suk-shaped hole in my heart (thanks, Olympics). The fact that it’s such a great show is a pleasant bonus. Then again, it’s from the writer of Dream High, I Hear Your Voice, and Page Turner so I shouldn’t have been surprised that it’s populated with flawed but lovable heroines, and villains you understand, and “fake” families that are more family-ish than biological k-drama families. (I’m only on Episode 6 so please avoid spoilers in comments. Thanks!)

W–Two Worlds: I feel one with Crazy Dog when he celebrated the return of the thriller part of the manhwa. Even if I like romance in my shows and flailed at the cute in Episodes 7-8, it’s hard to concentrate on being happy when there’s a killer lurking out there. (Besides, I am tired of being teased that Chul likes #4 when he doesn’t deliver anyway. *pouts*)

 

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Currently recapping: Age of Youth

The Good Wife: I was making sounds that only dogs could hear by the end of Episode 12. Everything about that final sequence was masterfully done, from the decidedly undramatic way Hye-kyung found out about Joong-won’s second voicemail, to the elevator scene (a nice callback, by the way, to elevator stalling scenes earlier in the series.) It’s so satisfying to see Hye-kyung stand up for herself and grab what she wants. Team Joong-won, forever and ever!

W–Two Worlds: I can’t get over how horrifying this no-name no-face villain is. Just when I thought he can’t get any scarier, he’s in Yeon-joo’s world with the ability to freaking teleport wherever he wants in search of his target? I’m so confused about the rules of the game, but the story’s still gripping and like nothing else I’ve seen.

 

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Currently recapping: Age of Youth

W–Two Worlds: With this show, I see no flaws, I hear no flaws — I’m too immersed in sheer k-drama bliss. I actually have to restrain myself from spilling all my love for it into a 50-page essay. And I know very well that 90 percent of that essay would consist of Lee Jong-seok and his goddamn forehead kisses.

Five Kids: I can’t believe this show is already coming to an end. It feels like it was only yesterday when Mi-jung was manically cackling over Sang-tae holding her hand for the first time. Maybe we could get just a few more episodes of them and their adorable family? No? Okay…

Doctors: I think I can live with this one ending. Sorry, Doctor Hye-jung, but I’m ready to escape this hospital.

 
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I am so thrilled that Doctors is ending. I have never wanted a drama to end this badly before. I feel terrible b/c Kim Rae Won is a favorite but this drama was such a huge step backwards from Punch.

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Seriously -- Doctors, never in the history of Kdramas has a drama been so unecessarily long with so painfully little story to tell.

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Lyrics that remind me of this damn show!

It's over, isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it over?
It's over, isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it over?
You won, and she chose you, and she loved you, and she's done.
It's over, isn't it? Why can't I move on?

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It was over for me when they stopped showing ji soo I mean why would they do that? why? *sigh* impatiently waiting for his next drama

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Oooh someone's a Steven Universe fan eh? ;)

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I want to be a Crystal Gem so bad...

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Omg, I just woke up with this song in my head yesterday! Had a Steven Universe marathon now that it's summer. Ahhhh!

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Doctors is like Heirs without the really bad English dialogue.

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I doubt if the cast or the TV station could care less, 20% rating they could care less what anyone thinks of their drama..money in the bank! And yet another mega hit drama for miss money maker..we going to get to see more of the same from her..joy....sobs

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True. I keep hoping that eventually the idol fans will get tired of empty dramas made for eye candy, but so far I don't see much hope for that.

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look's like korean fans only admire at eye candy,flower idol,minus twist story,but full mellow romance.sense of Story is number .......on the bottom,first thing is,does the star is an idol?,super duper beauty?and full of romance cliche scene

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I raved about the first few episodes of Doctors and loved seeing PSH as a teenage gangster/delinquent. Imagine if this show had stayed with Hye Jung after she lost her grandma, and showed in depth the process of how she dealt with her grief, how she picked herself up and gradually overcame her struggles. That would have been a good show. Instead, it skipped over all that and became a bland version of Grey's Anatomy.

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We could have gotten more Ji Soo if this was the plot. My heart is now grieving for the what-could-have-been of this drama *Sigh*

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Same here, The other day I was talking with my sister and we can't quite wrap our head around what exactly is the plot. Such a strong cast and so little to do and so many wasted opportunity at coherent character growth and plot progression that is possible withing the given setup realistically. Ha Myung Hee is terrible, HS to this the writing hasn't improved.

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Seemed to me like Doctors was not much more than an idol/Pretty People showcase drama without enough story to get interested in.

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yes lea,me too, and want UF to end too,faster. Especially after I watch woo bin on white christmas...he has got sooo much potential as a totally bad a$$ character...that now I can't see him as a dying heroic joon young anymore. Also I wish my dream of seeing woo bin- shin hye together come true. Someday please, dear drama gods.

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That's the problem w/ romance-centered, night time "soap" dramas (and even the romance part tends to be cheesy/tacky).

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i had to go watch Woo Bin in the Technicians and Twenty (which I watched for Kang Ha Neul too WB always.
I dont care for crime or gangster type stories but if u dont hate it, then u shoulc check out Friend 2. Its p much just 90 min of WB being a bad bad man lol. (er anti hero? idk)

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GAH MY COMMENT GOT CUT OFF. lool it looks like gibberish now. w/e i wont re write what i wrote. the relevant bits remained. altho it was SJK *greater than sign* WB always. which was in relation to my comments about Nice Guy v UF.
i sure wish we could edit comments on this site man.

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I didn't care for Twenty, but I think I may have watched that scene where he salsas like 100 times. Didn't like his character, but that scene was mesmerizing.

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ditto to everything... such a waste

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I agree with you, they all started out good, but few episodes towards the end, I just want it to end period. Same with uncontrollably Fond, my fondness for the show is waning fast and just decide to watch the ep 19 and 20. I felt frustrated watching the drama, I like woo bin and Suzy, but it's just aagghhh!!

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Oh thank goodness - other viewers who dislike Doctors as much as I do - and have from the start. At first, it was the simply AWFUL forced music and comedy that had me cursing at my computer, then it just devolved into pure and simple...meh. This drama has actually made me dislike Park Shin Hye for the very first time. Even though she's obviously adorable in real life and is loved by all, I just have NEVER gotten whatever the supposed magic is about PSH. Now I feel guilty every time for inwardly complaining about her crumpling chin - about which she can do nothing! I never criticize someone for their looks, but Doctors has made me care so little that I feel like tearing everything apart. The redeeming value for me is wanting to see more Kim Rae Won and admiring JiSoo for his awesome head shaving scene (or did he copy that from the 1000% better scene in Marriage Contract? See...yikes....Doctors makes me find fault, not love. So sad.

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What do you mean by "crumpling chin"? Do you mean it as a kind of physical flaw or does her chin crumple when she cries? It's natural to look that way if it is the latter.

I have never gotten into PSH's magic as well but I tried very hard to keep as objective as I can, evaluating her on each project. After Doctors, I accept that she will never be my fave unless she change her acting style. It is not that she's bad but I just don't enjoy watching her. I didn't realize how negative I felt until I discovered Hwa Young in AOY. She is PSH's doppelganger but her acting is way more natural. At least it is to me.

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Hwayoung is like a combination of Park Shin Hye + Suzy in term of looks ( I don't want to discuss who is prettier than whom because it is irrelevant since they are all goddess) but one true fact, Hwa Young even she is still new is far better than the other two, in term of acting.

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Was there ever a drama where Park Shin Hye wasn't asked to cry a gallon of tears??

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@lunatic4kd It wasn't JiSoo who shaved his head. In fact, JiSoo hasn't been shown in this show since like ep5 or something. I think the actor who shaved his head is Kim Min Suk, who plays the role of Choi Kang Soo.

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oops, ObsesedMuch, just scrolled down to this one...I doubled up on this comment

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That's actually good! Because you explained how good the actor is, whereas I just gave his name!

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This is really good to know. I nearly stayed with Doctors to see Ji Soo, and then dropped it as soon as I found out he's in another drama soon, with promises I'd go back to Doctors and FF to his scenes.

Maybe instead, I'll just rewatch page turner.

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Page Turner was goood! Not as awesome as I expected, but a fun short watch nevertheless. And JiSoo was gold in it!

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JiSoo head shaving??? no...that didn't happen. That incredibly heart breaking and beautifully acted scene was done by Kim Min Suk who plays the sweet Kang Soo in this show and the sweet Gi Bum in Descendants. That young man has some serious acting chops. He pulls out all the stops and gives some gut wrenching performances. WHY is he further down the list in the stars of this show. He is the only one in it giving any real passion to his performance.

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@lunatic4kd.can we have,high five.same with you.Doctors make me praise,that I would never see PSH paired with my favorite actor again (doctor is the first drama,that I see PSH acting).

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So true..

I stopped watching it by ep 8 or 9..
And just like that.. missed it one day and that's it..never felt like going back to it..

and i usually can sit through all nonsense dramas

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same here. it keeps getting boring and boring. I watch every episode less than 3 minutes. nothing interest me in that drama. the romance is meh... the should just make it short drama like 6 episode is enough. 1st episode in I though its going to be different but its not.

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I would read that 50-page essay on W, SailorJumun...

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...especially if much of it is about LJS and forehead kisses (and let's not forget #4).

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W two words is my life lately so i would totally read 5O pages too ;)

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Would be interested in reading that too. I'm totally into "W" these days. Couldn't get enough of LJS and his winks, plus the #4 which he's threatening to do...but when?

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Me too.

The other day I made a joke with friends that the reviews I wrote on W are better than the writing I did for my GRE, either vocabulary wise or logic wise.

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Read a 50-page essay? If you've been reading the comments after the recaps, you'll be there soon. Just lots of co-authors.

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I went there yesterday and it was 564 comments long. I wanted to read the theories but ended up totally swamped. And I echo Cipher's comments. Some of the posts there presented way more coherent arguments then I've seen in critical analysis essays.

One major reason why I read W's recaps comments. The viewers actually discussed the plot lines. I must have missed the swooning over the lovelines. There were way more theories about how the story is probable.

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Because the twists are so twisty so we all band together and try to make sense of it all.

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lol same. im still gradually making my way thru the 500+ comments for episode 9.

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C'mon guys, we'd read anything about W. Heh.

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This is apparently a good crop of dramas, but I'm not watching any right now. I was enjoying both Age of Youth and Good Wife but I dropped them both and now I just don't have the urge to continue watching. At least not Good Wife. I really like Nana's character, and I want to see Lee Won-geun more but that's about it. I'm just not invested in the Tae-joon - Hye-kyung - Joong-won triangle. Jeon Do-yeon's new hairstyle doesn't help too. LOL.

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It's uncanny, but I also stopped watching after the episode of the haircut! I loved her old look. It was austere, as befitting a superstar like her. At first I thought her hairstyle made her look like she was all forehead, but it grew on me. I also love her clothes.

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Totally get what you mean about all the forehead lol but it really made her look sophisticated and professional. The new fringe just kinda makes her look frumpy. Though I guess its something when she ties her hair up.

I've dropped it for now but will pick it up once the series is finished most likely.

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I guess it bothered quite a few people.

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yeah, I mean no offence to the good wife's fans but this drama make me bored. at first because of everyone keep telling its good so i start to watch it but then I keep ffwrd it, their trial is the worst. just hate to see tae joon. glad its over next week..hope new drama will be more interesting.

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I've come to the conclusion that when a show is too good, I'm just going to be a ball of stress waiting for it each week, so I will decide to wait until it's about two-thirds into its run to pick it up again. W has become this kind of show for me. Ironically since I stopped watching it, I'm catching glimpses of comments like the ones above that make me think I have done the right thing. W sounds like it's headed into Inception territory. My sanity is thanking me for proceeding with caution!

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I was doing exactly the same thing... waiting for a couple of week to pick it up again, but ugh sometimes the wait can be unbeareable, so i'm suffering from W withdrawal symptoms so either way my sanity is being ruined - or at least what's left of it XD- by W two worlds. This drama give me headaches hehhe but in an awesome way, like the time i was watching the movie "Primer", such a brilliant film that you need to watch more that 4 times hehhe to be able to fully understand what actually happened (it's about time travel). I think is the same with W, you need to watch each ep more than once... btw I'm still thinking about the meaning of the corpse from han river that was wearing a ring... I'm wishing writer-nim will give us all the answers we want before the final episode.

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Gah. Don't do it!!! I made that mistake with Six Flying Dragons. Now I'm getting absolutely no sleep, since I can't...stop...watching.

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Hahaha I bet that would be me when I get around to watching that.

That's the thing about watching completed shows. Hard to resist watching one episode after the other.

I'm liking W a lot, but I'm ok with watching other shows to pass the time. ^^

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Omg, you will totally lose sleep if you marathon W. It's so addictive. Part of the joy for the unbearable wait is reading recaps on things i overlooked, reading comments from other readers to rehash and reason our theories together. Or swoon over LJS :p

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The ball of stress doesn't even begin to describe the mental strain one gets when watching W.

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I actually want to watch W in marathon mode when it's out. I'm following it now week to week, but it's a total different viewing experience when you binge something because you can follow threads through that you never saw before. I suspect it will either collapse entirely under its own logic weight on binge watch or really shine. We'll see.

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Make sure to have some redbull and tylenol on hand.

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This is what I do for all dramas. I wait until they are done or almost done airing before I start watching them. Then I don't have to wait when an episode stops on a bad cliff-hanger or I can binge watch if the drama is really good. Only problem with this is I can't discuss things because people have usually moved on to new things by the time I get to watching shows. I also need to stay away from possible spoilers.

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Age of Youth is still my favorite these days but this show has got to stop giving the audience such a good cliffhanger then starting the next episode with a totally unrelated scene.

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Yes! This is so true. Sometimes I start the episode and I'm like ??! what happened to the life threatening situation we left off at? I mean I'm HAPPY that everyone survived but it's a bit confusing and it takes the wind out of the cliffhangers when they sort of become anti climatic each time.

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Rightly Said. Then the previous episodes scenes aren't even properly solved. Episode end and the event related to the scene gone too. Where is all the happening. I just ignored it and thought of it as a work of art from the director like happens in 1st 5 minutes of the show when Discovery channels starts to play.

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I also think it's probably to maintain the show's lighthearted air, each episode has got to start with the mundane daily life of the girls. The director probably wants to avoid any association with makjang.

But then, since there's no better explanation, I'm gonna assume the Truck of Doom ran out of gas and Yina fell into a rabbit hole and got transported all the way to Belle Epoque.

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The truck of doom froze and Yina became aware it's just a kdrama so she was able to run away to safety.

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The truck of doom forgot that it was on the wrong show. It *poofed* away and made its way back to W.

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Can we please talk about this week's episodes of Age of Youth? Arguably the best one-two punch of the series, gosh I laughed with joy, cried sorrowfully, squeed in delight, swelled with pride and all sorts of other emotions I can't list.

The performance, oh the acting powerhouse that is Han Ye-ri. This is why she's my absolute beloved actress. I love her even more than Jeon Do-yeon in The Good Wife (and that's saying something). She made me sob uncontrollable ugly tears even when she's smiling and trying her damnedest to hide her own tears. WHY IS THAT???

And Ji-won and Sung-min...they're so CUTE together I sit up whenever they're on screen, enjoying every little interaction they have. Someone here coined the term "Exasperatedly Fond" couple before and it's so apt.

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I love her acting and particularly her voice!

This may seem very shallow but I'm also mesmerized by how pretty Han Yeri is as Yoon Jinmyung. She doesn't have the glamorous or cute look but her cheekbones, full lips, and steely gaze are to die for.

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I just stopped at your comment and had to agree with you. I just love watching Ji-won and Sung-min. I didn't expect I would crave for their interactions, at first I didn't really care about them, but Ji-won grew on me little by little (so did Sung-min consequently. I like the actor in this kind of role).
She's an interesting character, surprisingly wise. We actually don't know much about her, has she no secret? We've seen a lot of her roommates stories, but not much about her. Makes you wonder if there's more than meets the eye.
It's sad they don't exactly have many scenes together. That's why it seems they will develop at a very slow pace, if they ever become a couple of course.

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Currently watching W and Age of Youth. I'm not comparing them because their feeding two different monsters within me. I love both dramas with flaws and claws.

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I'm also enjoying W and Age of Youth, also for totally different reasons. I love W's deconstruction of dramatic structure and drama tropes - it's as much a show about the writing process as it is a thriller or a romance. It may or may not wrap things up coherently, but it's great fun. In Age of Youth, I love the relationship dynamics between the housemates, the fact that the women are always front and center, and the off-beat quirkiness that brings back memories of Mixed Up Investigation Agency. It's very grounded in the real world but it's not quite realism.

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...as much about the writing process as it is a thriller...

So true! It's a lot like You From Another Star, in that way. A masters course in storytelling.

Loving how the storytelling is also breaking the fourth wall. How the writer is using the narrative within the story, to speak directly to the audience.

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I totally agree. The meta is a blast, as is the detailed examination of the interplay between creators, creations and consumers. Given that the idea of who "owns" a work is such a hot topic these days, its fascinating to see those debates played out literally.

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W gives me a good headache while Age of Youth gives me a warm heartache.

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Lets hope (fingers crossed on one hand, running rosery beads on other, rubbing rabbit foot from big toe) that next batch of kdramas will be better. 2016 is letting me down! ?

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I do not know what you like or don't like, but 2016 has been generous for me. Mostly cable dramas.

Signal, Cheese in the Trap (despite its ending), Six Flying Dragons started my 2016 with a bang.

Mirror of the Witch's production value is worth watching. Dear My Friends and the current Age of Youth are filling up my slice of life drama requirements.

Page Turner is a lovely short drama. W - Two Worlds is cracktastic.

I still have to finish Task Force 38 and Master: God of Noodles; both are satisfying even if I do not get to see their ending.

So I had a pretty good 2016 so far.

If those were not your dramas, I'm surprised DoTS or Lucky Romance did not satisfy you. Or Bring it On Ghost.

I wish you the best for the rest of the year. Wish us luck that Moon Lovers, Moonlight, and Jealousy are worth our next three months.

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Yes compared to 2014 & 2015, this year's dramas have been much much better in general.

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i agree, 2016 has been a pretty good year for dramas. especially considering how i think the last fewyears have been fairly lackluster. was it 2014 or 2013? one of those years was particularly bad, so bad i remember writing a comment about it in one of the year-end reviews—because there were so few dramas i wanted to pick for my top 5! 2015 was an improved year, but 2016 is definitely better. loads better.

there's been a fairly steady stream of high profile projects. not all of them have delivered (like cheese in the trap), but a lot of them were good fun for a good chunk of their runs. and jeon ji-hyun's drama comeback is still coming up!

but of course, all of this is completely subjective :)

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2016 is actually the first year since 2012 to really satisfy me, though there have been some draggy sections.

Age of Youth, W, PU38, OHYA, Signal, Six-flying Dragons -- it's been a while since I've had this many personal favorites.

The Good Wife, Dear My Friends (haven't finished this yet), Mirror of the Witch, Bring it on, Ghost, Ms. Temper & Nam Jung-ki, Beautiful Gong-shim, Beautiful Mind & a few others are also pretty satisfying watches, some being more flawed than others.

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You're not alone :( Signal was okay, but Age of Youth is the only show I've really liked so far this year. I don't have anything I'm particularly looking forward to, either.

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@gelai @chandler @juniper I am very picky. Lol. All the dramas, I watch for few ep and see if it's worth my time. Finished only handful. Some dramas start out so strong and they fizzle out (CIIT, OHYG, PU38, MIOW). I think writers run out of ideas. Signal was the best thru and thru. Can't count SFY as it was more in 2015 but finished entire 50 eps.

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Pinocchio <3 I lived for Dad's inner monologue, so hilarious.

- Still stuck on Doctors ep 03, didn't feel like picking it up again.
- W is insane but so addicting. Kim Eui Sung is such a great actor.
- Finally started Six Flying Dragons out of curiousity, and ended up binge watched 16 episodes in 3 days. Yoo Ah In & Kim Myung Min are amaaazing.

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I love the Dad! I LOL every time his words come back to haunt him "My daughter is the most beautiful and precious thing in the world" *cue Park Shin-hye in ratty old jacket, munching snacks stuffed in the hood*

Also the faces he makes, you see his internal struggle calling Dal-po "Hyung" XD

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ohh I have watched 6 and half episodes of Pinocchio and i'm stuck there with Let's Eat 2 with 15 and half episodes.

Father imagining that bred-eating scene is top fun.

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I was so hard laughing at those scene. And everytime i remember those scene makes me smile ears to ears.... miss inha father so much. He is funny. Especially whn he found woman hair at dalpo place. LOL!!?

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Inha's dad secretly lives for the drama xD.

Proof: he exposed corruption at work then went out with a bang, divorced successful wife to live in the countryside, got an "older" brother that is a kiddo, then let his imagination run wild where his his kid and his "hyung" are all lovey dovey.

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Pinocchio's was great..but it had too much drama..like a gallon of tears...

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Pinocchio's storyline*

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Strangely I didn't really mind the drama. Although I have to admit, once hyung's storyline is finished the intensity level went down a little. But overall I enjoyed it very much.

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Last month I went home for two weeks and it was my first time off from work in 1.5 years. I ended up binge watching SFD and my family got exasperated with me lol.

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IKR! Sleep is for the weak when binge watching SFD.
I'm on ep 20 now and I didn't do much of anything this weekend except showering and SFD watching. I even eat in front of my laptop. My husband is this close to hiding my laptop away lol.

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Dad is awesome! And so is Gramps! I love the Choi family. Well I love everyone in Pinocchio basically lol

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Pinocchio is a favorite of mine! I'm still 3/4 through but I am already sure it's one of my top 10 dramas of all time. I watched it for PSH and it introduced me to the guy and now I'm watching W because of the guy in Pinocchio and now I'm addicted. SOML

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*peeks through both hands to avoid W spoilers.*

I honestly wanted to watch but I couldn't pull away from Giant. It will be more fun catching up to W when I end my Giant marathon though. :D

Reading about Doctors makes me happy I didn't bother trying. The plot didn't sound spectacular at the onset and right now I'm in the mood for spectacular and not the run of the mill romcom. I miss Squad 38 by the way. I think about it every once in a while. :(

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Hmmm. Maybe I'm the minority but I've been really happy with the 2016 dramas so far. (Except for Doctors which is the first drama I've dropped after reaching more than half way ?.) That being said I'm relatively new to drama watching so maybe my standards aren't very high so it all feels fresh to me.

I am watching kdramas W, AoY, Cinderella and enjoying them very much and very very excited for Moonlight on Monday! And I guess if I'm ever bored I have School 2013 which I'm slowly savouring.

Hope the other Beanies will find shows that they like soon!

And get well soon Javabeans! I'm concerned that you are still in bed and hope you are recovering well. Physiotherapy is great for the back so if you haven't found a good therapist do give it a try! (I have back problems and when I found the right therapist (some specialise in spine/back) she helped me get about without so much daily pain) Take care! ❤️

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I've been watching dramas for 6 or 7 years now and I'm actually quite happy with this year's crop so far. Six Flying Dragons was extraordinary, and other shows like Age of Youth, Pied Piper, Memory, W, and Signal have been or are strong as well, even if I've personally loved some more than others. I usually don't watch many currently airing shows but there have been a lot of interesting ones to choose from so far.

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Friend's can I ask something different from this forum?.Did anyone in here have watch Hong Kong drama?.actually,before become fans of k-drama.I am fans of HK drama especially tvb HK.but this time,tvb drama quality is so so so down.just a few,can make me want to watch it.that why I turn away,to see k-drama.

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I've been quite happy with this year's dramas as well. Signal, Mirror of the Witch, Bring it on Ghost, and W are my top picks, but I've also enjoyed DotS (before the sheen wore off near the end), Dear My Friends, and Ms Temper and NJK. I'll dive into Six Flying Dragons as soon as I work up the courage to try a 50-episode drama, but I've heard only good things about it.

2016 has its fair share of disappointments, but I've also finished more dramas than I've had in a while. Dramaland must be doing something right.

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This year so far is better than last two years. Not all show managed to catch my eyes, but there are plenty of options to watch. This year also we had a comeback of top stars like SOng Hye kYo & Song Jong Ki (DOTS), Park Shin Hye (Doctors), Jeon Do Yeon (The Good Wife) and we will have Jeon Ji Hyun & Lee Min Ho too. Not to mention about the comeback of Lee Young Ae at the end of the year (or early next week), so I think we do have plenty of choices this year.
So far my fave of the year are Signal,Beautiful Mind and Age of Youth (maybe W too).

School 2013 was so good, love the bromance.

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Forgot to add, Ms Temper and Nam Jung Ki also in my fav list.

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Awww, I think I share SailorJumun's devotion for Lee Jong Seok forehead kisses, haha!! It is difficult to imagine that they could have chosen someone more appropriated to impersonate a webtoon hero. He's so sweet and charming that I get lost in his allure while watching W. Maybe this is why I am not that stressed trying to catch the meaning of all the twists and surprises, I just go with the flow while enjoying LJS smile ? and the supercute pairing that he makes with HHY. Well, hope it keeps being as entertaining and engaging, even if it does not make sense at all :D

And I see I am not the only one a bit disappointed with Cinderella...anyway it is not that bad as a light entertainment and I agree with Javabeans that Ahn Jae-hyun is more compelling so far than Il-woo. I found myself rooting for him to get the girl in the end. That would make a nice twist. Or even better, the secretary could get the girl, so far he is the one who is treating her the best and I loved how he cooked for her :D

Apart from W, there are not many things to catch my attention these days. I am waiting for Park Bo Gum to come back and grace our screens again, and also the lovely IU...too bad that Kang Ha Neul is not the main lead for Scarlet Heart, I really think they would make an awesome pairing; he is getting hotter by the minute lately, not to mention his good acting skills, I need to see him as main lead soon. *-*

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Somehow i am enjoying Cinderella and the four knights, although the plot is so chlisé and nothing new. I keep wondering why i watch this until i knew I've finished whole episodes.
It's like eating popcorn or potato chip or MSGed snack in my country. Familiar taste, not really good for body but i eat it anyway.

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Same here. I was just in the mood of watching some Cinderella story, so I'm totally satisfied.

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definitely my feeling too,
I hope it won't turn melo,
there's enough melodrama in Ji won and hye jin

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Oh me too,
Ive been thinking to dropping it but still i saw it until the end.
And then i saw ep 3 and 4, and omg i fall in love with hyun min and hae won.
Their chemistry is no joke!

Just like Javabeans said i have no idea i could love Ahn jae hyun more then Jung il woo...

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i second javabeans,ahn jae hyun is really performing this time, I am trying hard to attend to JIW's character,but he's acting like a drama queen most of the time, :S. Also if anyone has noticed this,the background music is too princess-y,and hae won has this tendency of falling into the arms of the guys around her all the time..And four knights,for the love of God lol. Could not they come up with any other way to torture us? I almost felt like I'm in the middle of watching 'Twilight' with two edward and two jacob and a bella-esque hae won. With a horror, it's now coming to my mind that kdrama has forgot the very thing they used to excel at,traditional fluffy rom-coms.

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Honestly? I just want a strong ending for the dramas in their finale week. I heard that Cheese in the Trap and God's Gift had especially terrible endings, and judging from the recappers' comments I'm afraid Wanted might be heading in that direction.

And a quick question - is Heirs that bad? I thought it was popular for some reason, but the only thing I'm seeing is a lot of negative reviews on it, some from my friends. I haven't watched it, but if it is terrible I'm just hoping Doctors doesn't fall into the same fate.

Definitely going to watch Age of Youth once college starts - it will most likely help me through trying times.

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Quick thing I forgot to mention - Ah Jae Hyun's character wasn't the main lead??? After seeing the first two episodes I totally thought he was who Ha Won would end up with! Shoot, I don't want to fall into Second Lead Syndrome... And I pray that Hye Ji doesn't form an ugly rivalry with Ha Won too, but that's probably unlikely.

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There are quite a few of us (me included) who are dangerously close to second lead syndrome. Lol. But I haven't watched episode 3-4 so maybe it's gotten better ?

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I'm already shipping them..so what the hell..

*raises hand*

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I seriously cannot stand another minute of Hye Ji! The walkout queen has overstayed her welcome. But it looks like she and Hyun Min are destined to find themselves back into each others arms. I'd rather he be single, honestly.

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Heirs? Good for the eyes, bad for the brain.

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"Good for the eyes" is subjective :D

Remember Kim Tan's Sweaters?

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And Rachel's weird bangs?

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Love is the moment.......

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Goodbye to ears?

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LOL . I really like guys. This is really funny XD

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Heirs wasn't just bad, Heirs was an insult. And to this day I have no idea how I endured those 20 very long and wasted hours. If anyone plans to watch it, I'd suggest to watch it with some friends because you'll need someone to rant to and to play drinking games with (of course only if you're of age ?), like have a soju shot at every starring scene, when "love is the moment" is played, every time PSH cries etc. ?

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I think most people who watched Heirs (and hated it) like to pretend it didn't happen lol.

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I think you should try Heirs. Who knows? You might like it :) Many did, it's just that majority of people here didn't.

For me, it was so bad that it was entertaining. Try a few episodes and if things don't make sense, go read dr myri blog. They are insanely funny in Heirs recap, there are even bonus posts on Kim Tan's Fashion Crimes.

I am not sure if Doctors is any danger of falling into the same category as Heirs. I think fans of Doctors will argue that their show has more substance. Heirs forever ruin LMH for me and it happened again with Kim Rae Won. I'll find it hard to watch their subsequent dramas. That was perhaps the most negative thing about watching those two shows.

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I think Dots and secret garden are better than heirs, if it's any help. But if you do make it till the end, i remember someone did a very interesting fanfic screen caps story of heirs, school 2013, Pinocchio mashed up together, super hilarious, lol :p

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I agree with you guys on Cinderella. The show might have even been a big hit if it had aired 7 to 8 years ago. This just isn't the time for such shows. People have moved on. However, it's not even that bad if you need popcorn tv/entertainment. Plus yeah AJH is acing it surprisingly. His chemistry with PSD is the best and JIW is somewhat uncomfortable and so is his role.

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hahaha. now I get it why I got wierd feeling watching cinderella. if it was me 7 years ago watching this probably make me go swoon but now make me cringe. but I like ahn jae's in here. he's the one make me enjoy it instead of ill woo and I wonder why?

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I stopped watching Doctor's about six episodes in, it felt lukewarm despite all the hype put into it, and the childish second lead seemed to detract from the story rather than adding to it. It was less a development in character and more a distraction in whole. I raise a teenager, I have little patience for that sort of thing!

Now W.. I see a lot of people get confused about the supposed rules to how the villain works and the way the world intervene. I may see their point but I can't get over just how much I'm in love with it despite the roller coaster it has me on. The cruelty of falling in love with Kang Chul and continuously being exposed to his attempts to out himself, let's count.. two suicide attempts, one when she was in college and again when he became self aware. Oh, and the rooftop, let's not forget that. Plus having to stand there and accept what he told her, that all of those problems wouldn't have existed if he hadn't met her. Oomph, no wonder she was so quick to agree with his plan, even if it did come off as kind of selfish and one-sided on his end.

Yet I understand why he thought what he did, I was just not expecting him to execute it so quickly and leave her to deal with the emotional fall out on her own. Han Hyo-Joo conveys that sort of emotion very well, from when she stood there and accepted his words on the roof top, to when she was continually barraged with glimpses of him after wards. They remarked that it was an endearing look, and it really looked like she put her heart and soul into those stares, as someone continually tortured by a tantalizing apple that keeps bending just out of reach. Rather than sympathize with Kang Chul, who did what he thought best to keep everyone safe, I rather root for Yeon-Joo to figure out how far her influence in the manwha world extends and to take the 'story' by the reins -- for real this time -- and show up everyone who doubted her capabilities as the main lead.

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I feel really conflicted about W that deep in my heart, the most logical way to have a good ending in W is to have them in separate places, just run like it before,
make nothing happen,
the universe in both world seems to dislike the idea of them being together,
but I believe they'll have their own way to overcame that, still, the normal thing is to live as it before

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I'm with you 100% on W.

I, too, think that Han Hyo-joo portrayed her vulnerable heartbreak well. I am not quite understanding where all the comments on her lack of emotion are coming from, especially in the crying scenes. When I cry (and I've done this aplenty), it's because of private grief which I can no longer keep under control. I doubt anyone watching me at that moment would be moved to sympathise with me, it would be more along the lines of 'what a great big noise she's making'.

And, yes - 'I rather root for Yeon-joo to figure out how far her influence in the manwha world extends and to take the 'story' by the reins - for real this time - and show up everyone who doubted her capabilities as the main lead' - yes, yes, yes! Or, to modify slightly - I want them BOTH to work together to resolve the situation, in true partnership.

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I was teary eyed watching Ep 9 of W especially the scenes when HHL stared so longingly at LJS. You can see the pain and heartbreak in her eyes.

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Oof, Kang Chul's choice was one-sided and selfish? When he sacrificed the free will, autonomy, self-awareness, and chance at true love and happiness he worked so hard to assert the past seven episodes, just so that Yeon Joo and his friends would stay safe and whole? I wouldn't call that selfish.

There's a reason Writer Song had him kill himself to kickstart the time rewind: because, symbolically, what he was sacrificing for her safety amounted to committing suicide for her. He's back in the hamster wheel now, willingly becoming her dad's puppet again. (Or he was, until our Evil Plot Device started acting out. :) )

That's not to say I'm not also totally feeling for Yeon Joo. HHJ is killing it, and I completely feel her pain. (Those sobs after he hands the ring back! I cried with her :( ) But I have to disagree that KC's sacrifice was selfish, when he gave up so much to keep her alive.

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PU38: Even the special episode was better made than those I've seen from other shows, narrated by our most hated villain Commissioner Ahn who was quite adorable here. *gasp* ? If you've watched the drama, don't miss this.

The Good Wife: Oh.My.Gawd my ship is sailing, haven't watched this week's episodes yet, let me stay in delulu land a little longer.
And I'm so glad it's not a one woman show anymore. I enjoyed the focus on HK but we have way too good supporting characters (and actors for that) to have them just standing around in the background.

Age of Youth: This show is everything, it makes you laugh like a loony, cheer as if it's your own success, so angry you want to punch something and cry as if you're going through the pain yourself. And you're experiencing all of this within one hour...in.every.freaking.single.episode!
And not gonna spoil but ep. 9...Oof, that was some powerful stuff. And I feel like a very proud unnie. How can this end next week? ?

Cinderella: Here's some cheese, on top of more cheese with a side of...what else, cheese of course. ??? The BGM would probably make Park Do-kyung want to puncture his eardrums, it's sooo in your face it cracks me up.
I'm team secretary btw, who cares about spoiled or moody chaebols if you can have a decent guy with those cooking skills. ?

Second To Last Love: This is the third drama where I've heard that Bombastic song, what's going on? ? And I see the trend of A-line skirts with a row of buttons has also taken over SK now.

Five Kids: up to ep.14, I didn't know So Yoo-jin and Ahn Jae-wook before this and I really like them in here, theirs and the Sung Hoon - Shin Hye-sun pairing are all I care for.

Doctors: Ok dramaland, I've had enough of self hair cutting scenes this year. ? Did you hear me?
Anyway I love the cast but have to admit it's about time for it to finish. Hardly any drama can justify a run of 20 episodes (unless your name is Misaeng).

Bring it on, Ghost: HJ ah, how can you say BP's not your style? ?
Ok, now even Kim Hee-won had his cameo, next week's SHJ, where's YDJ, goddammit.

W: Well thanks a bunch, show. I just got over the hand out of screen thingy, now you give me faceless dad. You just don't want me to get a good night's sleep, don't you?
I wonder if all kdrama characters who have served their purpose and are about to be written off also go through what So-hee experienced? Now I feel bad for them. (And I was just asking about a character's purpose in this week's BIOG recap ?)

Uncontrollably Fond: Uncontrollably Appalled
How dare they make him like her?! Somebody start a petition right now! #savenohshik
Noh Eul, you better take your brother and BFF and run as far as you can.

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Oh, how could I forget this...
YoF Iceland Ep.7. Definitely my fav season of the YoF series (only haven't seen the Peru one) and the only one where I loved all of the guys. There's never a boring moment with these 4. Now I pray for a Ha-neul and Jung Woo cameo in Jealousy Incarnate. ?

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I liked YOF Iceland the best of the YOF series also (I have seen the Peru one). Yes loved those 4.

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@fan, where did you watch the Peru YoF? I only saw 2 episodes, I think.

And yes for the YoF Iceland those dorks are the cutest!

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I watched YoF Iceland last week, haven't watched Peru nor Africa, and tried to watch Laos, but I don't know if I will go on past the second episode. I think that's mostly because of what you already said, Iceland is funny and cute every minute of every episode. They were so lovely that watching it became such a nice experience and I will probably watch it again. That's why, getting to know the 4 stones before watching YoF Laos made everything look and feel dull. Sigh, I just adore the 4 stones.

I agree with everything you said about Age of Youth, it was a surprise for me. Though in many episodes I couldn't help feeling down (this drama is at some points extremely sour) I am really happy for giving it a chance.

Cinderella...as many others said, it feels like an old drama, has a cliché plot, but also is okay to pass the time. I watch it and probably will till the end, but sometimes I can't help but find it boring. I'm not aware of every drama that tvn has aired throughout the years, but just thinking about the Reply series, Misaeng, Dear My Friend, and others, I'm surprised they chose this kind of story. But maybe that's just me.

I watched the japanese version of Second to Last Love, so I'm still not sure about this one, but it's okay so far.

I realized Doctors was not my cup of tea, and dropped it after watching 3/4 of the first episode. Misaeng ❤️ My favourite drama ever. 20 episodes that touched my soul.

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I dislike behind the scenes but 38 task force's extra episode is quite good.

Sung Hee had to play -ve role initially but later writer changed the story. I was like wow.
Secretary aka the butler is the best character and guy there for now. We don't what kind of human he is. He is just everyone's Hyung. He should live upto this title and i hope he never tries to harm your cousins.

Haru and Noh Jik is a filler - Time waste. Better spend some time on Gook Young and his sister.

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Ha-won can have the chaebols.. I'm keeping Yoon Sung (secretary) to myself..

And the truck of doom failed me this week! It should've ran over Hye-ji. It had one job!!!

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It's not truck's fault, he was honking like a madman but didn't even try to slow down a bit, Ji-woon ruined it and had to play savior. ?

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That's my point! The truck of doom never makes its presence known. Never. It should just appear randomly gaining a speed of at least 140kph before impact. Seriously, how could the truck of doom forget that?

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The secretary is the only one I actually find attractive. I adored AJH's character in the later part of MLFTS and there are times where I find him somewhat attractive, but he doesn't really do much for me... And the other two do absolutely nothing. And the secretary is the sweetest guy, I'm kinda sad we all know they won't end up together...

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I think Kang Seung Woo is not bad choice either,
he has a job, nice and he will not always follow
"the chairman's order"
hahaha

but tbvh, dating Kang Hyung Min is the best, when you break up, you can ask for some money, start your business and he'll not even have a hard feeling for you if you do that, he may occasionally visit,

then marry someone you like

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Good point. So: date Hyunmin, marry Secretary.

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Now that's the perfect plan. As soon as I saw the secretary cooking, I thought, he's the real keeper.

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There's a special for PU38?!?! EODI?? WHERE??? *runs around like a headless chicken trying to find it*

*calms down a bit* Ahem.. Pardon me. Could anyone please direct me towards the location of said drama special?

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The usual streaming sites like dramafire, dramacool etc. have it. ?

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YES - DramaCool has it! Watching it right now.

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Thank you both! For some reason I didn't know of the existence of dramacool O:

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There's also a recap of the PU38 Special Ep (courtesy of @owl and her lovely blog): https://cimiart.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/38-task-force-episode-17-recap-special!

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PU38: hahaha, LOVED the fact that Commissioner Ahn narrated this, with his little comments and jokes. And Seo In Guk and Ma Dong Seok behind the scenes? The Bromance Is Real.

Age of Youth: I was gonna say: "This show is life!" It is, it's what I live for, it's slice of life, it's suspense/romcom/action/insurance fraud all rolled up into 5 winsome girls and one epic drama!

Cinderella: I'm on whatever ship Secretary Lee is on!

Bring it on, Ghost: Excited about the upcoming SHJ cameo. Oh, my OHYA feels!

Uncontrollably Fond: Noh Eul should've run off to the US ages ago, and taken Jik with her!

W: I am watching it. I am very much watching it! But if I start raving/ranting here, I might not be able to stop myself.

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The special episode for PU38 was so funny! that play fight scene at the playground between MDS and SIG was super adlibbed (like we guessed)! I'm never one to watch specials, but this is worth watching just for all the funny BTS material :-)

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I will heart javabeans forever for what she said about Haru and Jik.

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Drama of the Week - Age of Youth. I consider Age of Youth best drama for the 2nd half of the year.

Cinderella and the Four Knights - Highly illogical. Sometimes funny and witty but can't be taken seriously. bad characters setup. Forced skinship and forced romance. I like Sky House and its architecture.

Truck started to beat the horn 50 meters from Hye Ji but driver can't pull the break. TRUCK-Kun the famous hero of Japanese and Korean media.

UF - i'm neither a masochist not a sadist but this show makes me both S and M. I want to punish each and every character. Want to see them cry tears of blood but at the same time i want punch all of them and put some sense into their inactive brain.

Though Music is good + Joon Young's house is damn good + PORORO is back.

W - Two Worlds is superhero action with the same music. Exciting + wtf moments+ logical but lacks heart. You just don't feel any kind of attachment towards any character at all.

Let's Fight Ghost - sweet pass time and Kim so Hyun + ost 5

Second to Last Love - average pass time.

Pinocchio Made me emotional and i started to like Park Shin Hye and then watched 3 episodes of Doctors. Thankfully i left the ride of Doctors Porn at the right time.

I don't know why people call Cheese's ending bad when that ending was good one. If show is bad then all 16 episodes are bad.

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Yes! The external architecture Sky House and the grounds around it are awesome!

Can't say the interior does much for me, but I guess they have to make it look like a chaebol playground.

Can't wait for someone to find out Ha Won's sleeping under the desk, and go get her a kids circus tent or something to sleep in.

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