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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

Another week, and the drama list just grows! We’ve got finales to put behind us and fresh premieres just around the corner, so let’s weigh in. Tell us what shows you’ve been cozying up with lately, and what made you go back to hit that rewind button, or grab that screenshot, or rant to the nearest friend on the internet. Sometimes it’s amazing what reading a comment you agree with can do, isn’t it? –girlfriday

 

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo: I like the time skips in theory, but in execution it drives me nuts because all this time goes by and it doesn’t feel like the characters have lived through years’ worth of changes—it’s like they froze in time emotionally until the drama caught up to them. Mostly, they’ve just gotten new hairstyles, and not always for the better.

Drinking Solo: Aw, I love it when happy couples are giddy and in the first flush of love. But it was the three gosiwon friends being depressed together that warmed my heart as they bumbled through their heartaches in their silly, heartfelt way.

Shopping King Louis: This show is a happy pill. I just really don’t want anything about the missing brother to ruin the adorable, cheerful comic touch—things are going so well now that I really don’t want the mood to cloud. I’m hoping that that angst on the horizon will be temporary and swift, and we’ll be back to cutely sweet in no time.

1% of Anything: I’m really enjoying this shorter running time. You know how most rom-coms feel like 20 to 40 percent filler, and you sit through it just to get to the good coupley parts? Well, this drama skips the filler, so that despite having a paper-thin plot and being light on content, it flows by quickly and enjoyably with all of its focus on the couple and their developing relationship.

Fantastic: Last weekend’s episodes felt like the slowest thus far, and while they were necessary movements, I found it hard to sit through watching So-hye turn away from people she loved out of fear rather than finding comfort in them. But Park Shi-yeon’s storyline continues to supply welcome satisfaction, and I cheered when she decided to sue for divorce instead of negotiating with that family of vipers.

The K2: I do enjoy this show with its given setup, but once I’d heard of the suggestion to make Anna a child instead, I couldn’t help thinking I would have truly loved the show if: present-day Anna were the little girl in the flashbacks, longing for her father; if Song Yoon-ah’s character Yoo-jin were just a bit younger—mid-to-late thirties, to narrow the 14-year age gap between her and Ji Chang-wook, and to make her feel more like a hateful, powerful stepmother; if the main loveline were an angsty, thwarted attraction between Yoo-jin and K2; if K2 were driven to free little Anna from her prison and to make Yoo-jin see that she could have a better life if she chose happiness instead of ambition; and if, in the end, they decided they couldn’t compromise where they were headed and parted ways, with K2 walking off into the sunset and Yoo-jin choosing her throne of power and loneliness.

Damn, now I want to watch that show.

 

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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: My heart wants to be happier about this ending, but there’s this annoying little monkey dancing around in my brain that’s doing the dance of historical inaccuracy (which I didn’t even know I had, but it must’ve been passed down from generations of fathers who like their sageuk dry and factual), and I can’t help but be dissatisfied in the end. Damn monkey. Maybe my expectations were too high, or maybe my love had just waned a good deal in recent weeks. Did anybody else skim through the special broadcast after the finale and think, “Oh, you were so good when you were good… but that seems like a long time ago…” The finale just made me want to rewatch Splish Splash Love, so I did that, and it made me happy.

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo: I can’t believe they bothered to separate the lovers and have them do this big reunion… only to direct it like that. Where was the buildup to the kiss? The tension? The subtext? If it was going to go down like that, what was even the point of keeping them apart? And for crying out loud, how come Lee Jun-ki can have his shirt off in his sickbed, but not in the bed scene?? I want my money back.

Drinking Solo: Aw, there was so much heartbreak in Noryangjin this week, but Drinking Solo always manages to make loneliness and heartache relatable and funny, and enjoyable to watch. The three best friends nursing each other’s wounds was especially endearing, and it made puppy Gong Myung’s hurt a little easier to take.

Jealousy Incarnate: This is the most entertaining part of my drama-watching week right now, watching Jo Jung-seok flail wildly and inappropriately and pitifully for Gong Hyo-jin’s love. I’m such a fan of this denial stage where the heroine is going down the list and rationally putting all the pros in one guy’s column and all the cons in the other, while all her actions squarely contradict her logic at every turn.

On the Way to the Airport: You know, I thought I had a hard time understanding Kim Haneul’s character (I get her affair, I just don’t get her wanting to stay married in her suffocating life), but THEN, Choi Yeo-jin went and got mad at Kim Haneul for having an affair! When she’s having one herself! I KNOW. WTF indeed.

Shopping King Louis: Is it bad that I don’t want the hero to get his memory back? I just love amnesiac Louis’s devoted puppy antics, and I know that his love won’t change, but one of my favorite things is that Bok-shil is his entire world, and I don’t want him to lose that. I would want any other drama character to grow up, but Louis’s appeal is that he’s Peter Pan, and I find myself hoping that he’ll never change.

Society Game: I’m a huge fan of strategy game variety shows like The Genius and Crime Scene, and there’s a new show by the producers of The Genius called Society Game, and it just premiered this past week on tvN. It’s like The Genius-meets-Survivor, where they lock a group of people in a remote location for two weeks and make them play strategy games for their survival. Mostly it’s like a messed up social experiment, and after one episode I’m already addicted.

 

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Currently recapping: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

The K2: How is Anna’s secret still considered a secret when literally everyone knows? People are even taking pictures with her outside her home. How long do the people keeping her locked up think it’ll take before netizens put two and two together? Why do we keep focusing on characters who aren’t compelling? Does Anna have a story? Is Je-ha going to solely be defined by Heroic Backstory #37b, Dead Girlfriend Edition? The plot is thin beer here, so here’s hoping things improve.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Happy ending! But history! But happiness! But… history! But… Park Bo-gum! So conflicted, but otherwise pleased.

1% of Anything: Still a fun and funny way to pass the time. I’m all for dramas with shorter episode runtimes.

 

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Shopping King Louis: Squeeeeeeeeeee! That. Red Carpet. Scene. Is. Everything!!! Gotta enjoy the beyond adorable romance between Louis and Bok-shil as much as I can before pain, heartbreak, and separation turn up next week…boo.

 

 

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo: Did anyone else totally get a King and the Clown deja vu moment when Lee Jun-ki started making shadow puppets with IU or was that just me? Also, I completely agree with HeadsNo2’s sentiments about the mad = bad kings trope being overused in this show. Perhaps if they had made the series longer, like the original Bu Bu Jing Xin, they would have had time to explore subtleties more?

1% of Anything: This is a weirdly nostalgic drama. By recent 2016 standards, using a critical objective eye, I’d say it’s nothing really out of the ordinary. But because it is a remake of a drama that I watched in my formative drama-loving years, I like the old school feel and its faithfulness to the original story. I wish they had incorporated Dada’s family’s strict conservative rules though; in the original, that made for a more heartfelt drama with greater potential for comedy.

 

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Currently recapping: 1% of Anything

Woman with a Suitcase: I was late to start this so I’m a little behind, but I’m loving the chemistry between the leads and Choi Ji-woo’s adorable, hilarious character. I like that she’s a strong and not necessarily saintly woman who’s met her match in Hamburger. And of course Lee Joon is just the most adorable earnest puppy in this. My only gripe is the treatment of the rape case, which was extremely problematic. I’m willing to suspend disbelief on the legal aspects because I love the character interactions so much, Show, but you need to stay away from any cases dealing with sexual assault, because you obviously can’t handle them.

Oh Hae-young Again: I sometimes do this weird thing in the middle of a currently airing show that I’m really enjoying—I stop watching when the show is at its highest point, often right after the OTP gets together and before the inevitable angst hits. I think it’s a subconscious bid to avoid being disappointed, as I have so many times before, by a lackluster second half and/or an ending that betrays the whole show. I absolutely loved the first half of this show, so this past week I made myself go back and finish it up. It’s as wonderful as I remembered, and although the pacing suffered a little from the extension, all the characters remained flawed and hilarious and lovable to the end, with satisfying arcs and a resolution that left me with the warm fuzzies. (And how cute were Noona and Jin-sang? I may even love them more than our main couple.) The biggest strength of this show was always that its characters felt so real and their emotions so immediate that I understood them even when I shook my head at their bad decisions, and it left me with a feeling that this wonderful warm group of family and friends are still out there, living their lives, dancing and laughing on.

Three Meals a Day Season 3: Speaking of Oppa: I’m generally pretty low-key with my fangirling, and you won’t really catch me swooning over actors, although I can appreciate them just fine—except for Eric. That man’s charming, talented, beautiful self just kills me dead. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m watching this show for Oppa, but everyone is so great in it. I’d forgotten how deft and biting Na PD’s directorial touch is, and how hilarious his interplay with Seojinnie. I’m only on the first episode, but I’m enjoying the heck out of this one.

Kpop Star Season 5: I love this audition program to an unreasonable degree. I’ve watched every season, and even though I know there is emotional manipulation and purposeful editing going on, it never fails to bring me to tears and laughter anyway. I love seeing a new side to the judges, who normally come across as these inscrutable industry powerhouses, but here are just musical producers trying to encourage and advise new artists. I also enjoy the hilarious interplay between the three men; I will never get tired of Yoo Hee-yeol mocking JYP for his moaning and head-bobbing. I started this season when it was airing last winter but got busy, and I’ve been catching up and enjoying it immensely. Lots of talented young dreamers as always, but I’m rooting for Ahn Ye-eun, who is a unique and immensely talented singer-songwriter, and win or lose, should have an incredible career in front of her.

 
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Still obsessed with Moon Lovers.
I think I'm about ready to come back to reality though. All this angst can't be good for my heart.

Still loving Fantastic. It's melo without being meo, if that makes sense.

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*melo

I've also gone on a semi-huge J-dorama kick.
I've rewatched some of the oldies but goodies like Gokusen and Love Generation whilst watching some newer ones like Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru and Konkatsu Deka and Koe Koi

Anyone have some good Pakistani or Vietnamese drama to recommend? I make it a point to re-watch my favorite Humsafar/Soulmate every couple of months

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Faito....oh!!

that mark my Japanese learning ability.. Yankumi is such a character,

just question, is seisei aruhodo different than other affair related theme??

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Seiseu was uniquely frustrating. I just didn't get it -in the end, I.had no idea why the main characters were in love, and if they were (as they frequently asserted ) WHY it took them so fraking long to just BE together. No, his reasons were NOT good enough.

Developed a major case of second lead syndrom (and I NEVER have 2nd lead syndrome) - ended up deciding the main girl.did not deserve 2nd lead, though, so I was glad they didn't end up.together. I want to watch HIS drama.

I hated the drama, if you can't tell. Only kept watching cause of awesome 2nd lead

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Did you watch Zindagi Gulzar Hain (Pakistani)!! Its a must watch.

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Thanks for the this. I'm loving what I'm reading of it so far :)

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I really want to watch Humsafar. Any where I can with English subtitles?

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I watched it on Viki. Here's the link: https://www.viki.com/tv/6080

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i've seen some of humsafar and i keep meaning to find it somewhere and watch the whole thing. it's like autumn's concerto meets kdrama, sadly without kissing but still seemed lovely. i've also seen some of sheher e zaat, also with beautiful mahira khan, and what i saw of it was stunning.

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OMG mahira is wonderful, and yeah humsafar is a lot similar to kdramas with marriage contract tropes, and i'm also planning to watch sheher e zaat, and bin roye has just began airing, I haven't watched it yet but heard from others that it's good

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I recentally finished Dil laggi a Pakistani drama, and I loved it. The chemistry between the leads is amazing.

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Thanks for the rec. I'm off to look it up. I hope I love it as much as you appear to :)

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Try "Manjali". That's my favourite Pakistani drama till date. But if you need subtitles then you'll not understand half the charm that lies in the dialogues. Nevertheless it's still unique and amazing. Also "pyaray afzal" by the same writer. Recently "udaari" was a big hit too.

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Thanks for the rec. I'll look them up :)

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Oh my god. I am on a similar j-drama kick, the current line up of k-dramas is not making me feel much feels.
I've been keeping up with the new releases and Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu (Rom-com) is incredibly good and a bit different from your usual jdrama. Its about a type of marriage of convenience, its hilarious.
There is also Jimi ni sugoi with a very strong and straightforward female lead.
This j-drama season is definitely one of the better ones out there.

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yeah I'm in this huge knot of apprehension about what lies ahead in Moon Lovers, and I kind of want my life back but I don't even know what it'll look like when this is over and I can sleep on Mondays again.

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I know how you feel,my Mondays consist me of being a giant ball of anxiety waiting to find out if Moonlovers get cancelled or not. This show has me unhealthily obsessed in a way I don't understand. I know it's majorly because of Lee Jun Ki 's flawless acting.

I'll take whatever kind of shirtless Lee Jun Ki I'll get to be honest.

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This drama alone has us seeing more of LJK than all of his other works *combined*. Well-acted male characters boil my potatoes; LJK boils my peanuts. Have you tried boiling peanuts? It takes HOURS.

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Obsessed with ML too and LJK , i so love the angst!!

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Me too. And the most recent episode finally gave me my longstanding wish. I'd been waiting to see him without any lip (color) makeup. It finally happened in the scene where he was sick. And omo. Seeing him that way made it hard to concentrate on anything but how utterly kissable he looked. *fans self*

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Add me to LJK and ML obsession club! This is my first time in my 37 years life that I'm fan-girling for something...I'm watching each version of each episod 3-times!!! My obsession made me to hate baseball and any other shows airing at the same time slot! I think I need to see a therapist after ML ends!
On another note JI is a GOLD.
With my ML obsession I have no time to watch anything else.

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Currently still watching :

(1) Shopping King Louie
(2) Jealousy Incarnate
(3) and my most fav as SIG's earlier work High School King of Savvy !! 😍😍

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Same here. Watched SIG's Reply97 for 2nd time (7ep in a single sitting). 😛 I do admit that HighSchool is similar vibe (innocence) just like ShoppingKing.

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My third time watching High School King of Savvy !! I love it a lots !!

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Yay for High School King of Savvy!! Can't help but cheer whenever I hear the name of that drama.. My all time favourite!

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FantastiC is love ;) I disagree last week's episode was slow, because it was full with emotions. FantastiC made second male lead not only likable, but how he influenced in our main leads' life is very great to watch. This is the right second male lead who deserved Second Male Syndrome in kdrama ;) I am glad this writer gave our second male lead his own episodes as well, because he deserved it.

Just watched the final episode raw, and I think I can smile with ending ;)

Agree with whatever JB said about K2, I want that show too. if that's really happen, I feel Jae Ha's character will have the chance to grow more, because protecting a child & protecting a grown up lady is different. If Anna is a child, a loveline can be avoid which can make drama more interesting since it won't goes in a cliche way.

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1% of Anything also enjoyable to watch, and I love it is short one, so it will not unnecessarily dragging here and there.

Loving Drinking Solo & Shopping King Louie too. Louie & Bok Sil are my official OTP right now :P

Also watching : Woman with a Suitcase ( I usually like Jeon Hye Bin, but I don't know if I dislike her character or her acting more in this drama. She looks a little lost), Our Gabsoon (nothing to comment but still watching, waiting to marathon Kim So Eun's webdrama later), Laurel Tree Tailors (nothing looks better than seeing Cha In Pyo making suits and wearing suits at the same time)

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I agree, fantastic may seem slow but I think its warranted. You need to feel the emotions the characters are going through otherwise It may feel Like touch and go and you can't deal with someone dying that way. I am yet to watch this week's episodes because I am reluctant to say goodbye to these amazing characters.

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Same, I'm waiting until subs are out for the final to watch both episodes at once.
At least we're getting a very promising successor next week. 😊

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I am officially jTBC girl this year. Keep giving us good shows and we will stay loyal to you jTBC :D

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Have you watched Yoona's Stree? I'm stuck at episode 25. Another JTBC Show.

I respect JTBC more than TVN. JTBC has the guts to show mature and controversial content whereas TVN is all about ratings.

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Yes, i am glad they handled the emotional scenes very well. Aaaa. I just have so many things to say about this drama. :D
Reluctant to say goodbye to these amazing characters as well!

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I watched FantastiC episode 15 a few hours ago. As expected episode 15 is fantastic.

I don't find the show slow at all. I don't even notice when time passes watching the episodes.

I don't think Joon Ki should be compete as 2nd male lead. In my views Joon Ki gives even Main male leads of any drama or any story Stiff competition. As a Character Joon Ki is a major force.

Maybe Joon Ki type characters are rare in kdramaworld that's why he appears so appealing.

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Making Anna into a child would destroy the whole the sheep becoming the wolf thing though. Isn't that one of the main palot points of this show? To show us how victims become perpetrators like in Yoo jin's case? Anna should be like how Yoo jin used to be and then the show will tell us if she at least will be able to come out of this mess with her innocence intact or if we will succumb to her own hate and turn into a "monster" like Yoo jin.

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well, that depends of your understanding of the "wolf an sheep thing" :) in the javabeans' example it could mean that you have a twisted relationship between two people with conflicting modus operandi and world views that know they are on the opposite moral positions. But at some point one of them is tempted to understand/join the other side, gets burned or likes it or is tempted to stray just a bit in order to get their ways. and in the end you may have started with one side being the wolf and the other the sheep but the positions change at the end, or they both start at wolves and one of them turns into a sheep, or they both stay wolves and get what they want but at such an enormous cost that they are left to wonder was it all worth it. The wolf -sheep thing can be shown in many ways.

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Kids can turn from sheep to murderous revengey wolves too. *eyeing 6FD*

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Me, I'm totally happy with Moonlight's ending, though I do also have faith that had they chosen historical accuracy, they could have done so in a way that would still have satisfied me. But having the story deviate from history reminds me of Yeong's approach to "The Little Mermaid" -- I don't like such a sad ending, so I'm going to change it and be happy no matter what fate or anyone else says -- which works for me in this case, because it's so true to his character.

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Also, whoa. Thanks, Javabeans. Now I also really want to watch that version of K2 instead.

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Right?? What could have been will haunt me forever now... or you know, at least until the shiny new dramas show up to distract me

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Lol, I read the comment JB was referring to & was already struggling with it. And then JB's post just made it worse! I'll probably never stop wondering about how much better it could have been.

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At least we can all sigh about what could have been together, I suppose.

So true about being distracted by the next shiny thing, though, Kreyon! Looking forward to the next round of premiers.

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Me too! I'm all for historical accuracy as well, but in this case, I don't mind if we don't anymore, because we've been through Yeong's whole journey together with him, it'd be pitiable not to see how much of a great king he'd become, plus I feel like a proud mother when he achieved all he set out to do, reform the country, make the nation a better place for his people, and let his woman live peacefully as a woman. I like that he too, achieved his wish to turn the mermaid story around, so he can Ra-on didn't have to end on a tragic note.

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Yes, exactly! I think even a happily-ever-after running way with Ra-on could have felt a little tragic if it meant he had to turn his back on the throne and give up his dream of creating a better world. It still would have been a powerful story, I'm sure, but not quite as happy or bursting with hope.

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ugh...I'm so behind on all my shows, I can't read most of these in fear of being spoiled. I'm tempted to though because I love reading you all's opinions and I always hope that my shows are doing well. Sadly, every time I start an episode, I can't shake the feeling that I should be doing something else...

I can't wait for next week though. I'm looking forward to This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair. I think I'm gonna have to find a shorter way to refer to this show. I don't really like TWMWWHA though. 😂

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LOL agree, the title is way too long :P

Maybe something shorter like My Wife's Affair?

I even shortened

Woman with A Suitcase - "Suitcase"

On the Way To Airport - "Airport"

I don't really like to shorten the title like WWAS because it is very hard for me sometimes to pick up which drama :P

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That is so true. When other people shorten a title like that, I usually have to try to google around to figure out what the show is. My Wife's Affair could work. I guess as long as other people know what you're talking about.

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Yes as long as people know and understand it.

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I like that you do that Sera. I'v been guilty of acronyms in the past and then been annoyed when I don't get others. I'm going to abbreviate now, no more acronyms for me!

TYFCTTBOTBG

(thank you for your contributions towards the betterment of the beanut gallery)

(obviously)

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LOL!

But yes, sometimes acronyms work for me, sometimes not. I even need to think long when people use MDBC to refer to Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. I guess I am not acronym person :P

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I want to second wishing people would stop abbreviating titles like that. I feel left out of the conversation :(

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TWMWWHA - 이번 주, 아내가 바람을 핍니다
Ibun Joo, Anaega Barameul Pibnida

hmm just like Moonlight Drawn by Clouds can be shortened to Gurumi/Moonlight

probably This Week, My Wife, Anaega probably worked...

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Or just shortened it to Affair, since the other two is referred as Suitcase and Airport

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If you read the disclaimer at the start of each MDBC episode, it's very clear that it's not based on history but on the Webtoon that was inspired by a historical figure.

Feel like recording this disclaimer and putting it on replay mode.

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Yup there is a disclaimer all the time. And the director said before that it is a fusion drama. It has historical and novel references but it won't follow those exactly since they want to tell a different story. A 'what if' story so they didn't follow the history and novel endings exactly.

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They kept saying that yet almost all of the characters existed in history.
Changes are expected but they went too far in the opposite direction imo. Makes me wonder why link it to history at all if they are just going to "misrepresent" it.

I do agree with what JB said....
"I’m certainly fine with fantasy sageuks taking liberties with trufax, and don’t expect—or even want—them to be completely accurate. But one of the huge draws of watching sageuks is understanding the broad strokes of history and knowing that there are certain constraints we have to work with.."

This is not a what if story. This is Joseon. The king doesn't make changes on his own.

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Better off creating a fictional royal family and characters which will make more sense. I guess they are taking the term "creative license to history" too far. And all this while I thought Koreans are sensitive should their history being portrayed differently than it actually is.

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That would have worked. No one would be bitching about the history.

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Talking about characters, i think among the 5 main characters only two were based on history. It's the CP and Hayeon. The other 3 are all fictional characters , Ra on, YS, KB . Before i started watching this drama i was hesitant at first knowing the tragic story of CP based on history. But then i saw the description of this drama which clearly says it's just an adaptation of the webtoon ( romance-fusion sageuk ) which i googled that it didn't follow history either, i changed my mind. If they gave me a description that this drama is based upon the life story of CP Heomyeong, then i woudn't have started this. So before i jump onboard, i knew this drama will have a happy ending. And as i started, the disclaimer before each episode gave away so much hint to confirm that thought. With regards to historical accuracy, in my own opinion, i would rather watch a Joseon documentary on tv rather than a drama if i don't wanna be dissappointed in the end.

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Kim Byeong-yeon was a well known historical figure. His nick name was Kim Satgat and that's where the (gat -bamboo hat) reference came from.
The rest of the characters that made up this show from the king to his first queen, consort Park, Yeong's siblings, minister Kim, teacher Yak-yong, Ra-on's father and his rebellion etc etc.

We would not have a sageuk genre if this was a documentary. Fictionalizing to capture the essential truths of a historical event like the Hong Gyeong-nae rebellion was ok. They did explained why. Bringing him back from the dead was going too far into rewriting history. There was no need. He died for an honorable cause already.

I don't want to be too harsh on this show because it was presented as a dress-up sageuk anyway.
On the hand I hope this is not the future of sageuks in this industry.
Korea has a rich and fascinating history. These are stories of real people. Joseon's history is well documented. When it's done right it's a real treat for the viewers. Entertainment doesn't have to be mindless all the time.

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"The rest of the characters that made up this show from the king to his first queen, consort Park, Yeong’s siblings, minister Kim, teacher Yak-yong, Ra-on’s father and his rebellion etc etc."

I meant to say that they all existed in history.

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That's why this is a fusion-sageuk, it allows creativity, and alter history. The fusion-sageuk genre makes the political stuffs lighter, and it is just another fantasy genre.

If one prefer to watch drama for proper history, then they would seek out traditional sageuk. There are plenty of traditional sageuk, I think each broadcast station do 1 proper traditional sageuk every 2 years or so.

Moonlight the novel was like a fanfiction using historical figure, and the drama is inspired by history and novel, so it also somewhat fanfiction-like too, which I think the historical inaccuracy is acceptable. And Yeong becoming is actually staying true to his developed personality in the drama. It is a 'what if' the CP survived the poisoning and how he become a good king

And PD already addressed this issue in interview way before the finale, so I don't think Korean viewers were upset much, they knew what they're in for.

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No one was watching this for proper history. Some of us were just disappointed that they went too far with distorting several events and important historical figures.

If you were ok with it then good for you. A few expressed disappointment but not enough to ruin the whole show for them.
As for me, I'm always on team history because it's the reason why I love sageuks.

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still on the way with withdraw syndrome moonlight...can't get over it...oh noo...otokee beanies...help me...i'm obsessed with park bo gum...still can't watch any other drama...

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Watch his previous dramas? Watch his CFs on youtube? Look at his pictorial? Watch fan videos of him and Yoo-jung on youtube? Stalk his twitter? Find pictures of him on instagram?

Tons of things to do! So little time!

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I am loving Drinking solo and Jealousy Incarnate...both dramas stole my heart ♥

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Regarding what you said about the k2, I want to watch that show too, javabeans. Right now, I have no idea where the show is going, till episode 7 I was able to overlook the logical errors and its general inconsistencies and enjoy it but episode 8 and 9 feels like the story is going off track and i find it hard to get invested because i am unable to feel the seriousness of the situation at all. But I ll probably still watch it, oh, the things I do for you, ji chang wook.

Also, I watched splish splash love for the first time after learning about It in MDBC recap and I loved it! Thanks for your recap on that, girlfriday. Because the subs didn't do it justice at all and I got a clearer picture after reading your recap.

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Now everyone want that version of K2, who to blame? LOL :D But yes, I am officially no more invested with the show. Only watching to know how it will ends.

Splash Splash Love is short, cute and sweet. Many of us love it too. Kim Seul Gi deserves better chances to shine more in drama. Hope to see more of her in the future.

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JB always puts those ideas in our heads. Remember the Moon Lovers video with Seo Hyun-jin? Yeah... but it's ok, we still love you JB. 😘

Ngl, I have too much fun ranting about K2. *hides from fans*

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Sigh. We cannot unsee that video and now we want this version of K2.. Long sigh.....

For JH-Anna shipper probably will be the happiest this week because the ship is sailing. I don't mind with that, I just want the story does not lost its focus (hmm is this drama actually has any plot to focus from the beginning?)

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After the recent episodes... I'm not too sure about that as well. It's like YJ always reminding JH of his revenge plans because he's also losing focus. Lol

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Ha ha.. Looking forward to your twists in tomorrow's recap thread, sera. ;)

Yeah, I loved the OTP in it! With only two episodes, it achieved to make me feel so many things that even full length dramas fail to do sometimes.

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I'd totally watch the alternate version of The K2... oh so many possibilities of what could have been.. You could have been great, Show, but instead you choose the least interesting version to present to us!

The show is getting more frustrating each episode...
I don't even look forward to the story and just look forward to Jeha-Anna and Jeha-YooJin scenes...
Analysing this drama will makes me going bald it seems.. haha

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Splash splash love is always gonna be my no 1 romcom - Moonlight come close because the first half gave similar feels (both have solid directing, music, and acting).

I am still waiting for the time Kim Seul Gi get to be first lead. She is the only actress that doesn't become wallflower of second/third character and she always manage to make me like her a little (or a lot, depending on the drama) than the first lead.

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Can I just say this feature has become the one I look forward to the most each week? Thanks Team DB!!
Laica, I totally do the same thing- my "on hold" list of dramas is getting out of control. Oh Hae Young is on that list. Arang and the Magistrate is on that list (I know, I know).

You know what- Winter Break 2016, "On Hold" dramas I'm coming for you! #NewYearsResolution #WhoNeedsExerciseAndHealthyEating #methatswho #butOppaPriorities

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I do it big time too. It's not even conscious a lot of the time. I'll watch episodes of a show the minute they become available for a good 8-10 episodes, but then right before the angst hits I'll find myself dragging my feet or suddenly more in the mood to rewatch an old drama or more interested in a new one. (Excuses all) And then a week goes by... and I don't watch that week's either... and then it snowballs. If the show doesn't drive off a cliff by the finale, I'll usually go back and charge through the angsty episodes on fast forward until everyone's happy again. Marathons are good for angst episodes. Like tearing off a band aid really quick.

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Hmmm I like the idea of fast forwarding the angst- I've never been able to make to it work with the video players I use but I'm going to try and figure it out. Rip off that bandaid!!

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What I'm watching: three versions of Moon Lovers (SBS, dramafever subbed, and now Youku). I'm a fool for this drama, may the gods help me.

I get all the complaints, I've made more than a few of them myself, and honestly I'd predicted this would go pear-shaped since the day it was announced (that 20-episode length is nowhere near enough to fully flesh out everyone and everything). And I agree that the time skips are rushed and really should have been executed better (though at least the seasons-changing one was pretty). But despite everything, I actually like watching this couple together and somehow the drama has allowed IU to retain a little emotional gravitas in the latter half, which lends itself to surprisingly good chemistry with Lee Jun-ki.

(also I'm fine with him keeping his clothes on in the bed scene, he's spoken about not being super comfortable with taking his shirt off and I respect that - oppa does not need to take off clothing to slay me. Though this drama has gone further than any other Lee Jun-ki drama when it comes to clothing removal - I mean, he was shirtless in the bath in episode 2 already)

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That said, I can't remember the last time, if ever, a drama so obviously flawed, and widely acknowledged as flawed, has driven such an enthusiastic response from beanies.

I mean, we either fall into total rapture because something is awesome, or unleash floods of rants when something that could have been great takes the left turn into crazy. I've never seen us complain so much about a drama almost from Day 1 but keep hoping it'll get right and still watching and commenting on it to these levels anyway (and I include myself in that).

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Lee Jun Ki. The one reason to rule them all, lol.
Even taking into account the competent and pretty that is Kang Haneul, I would have given up on this mess a long time ago if it wasn't for one of the best acting performances I've seen in a long time. He's getting a little tired in the stretch, and so the energy isn't quite what it was (although this makes him match better with the much-less-talented IU) but he is still enthralling.

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I'm honestly not sensing a drop in energy in his performance in any way, the simpler explanation is that IU has stepped up. It's not that hard to see.

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@pogo Agree that IU has stepped up (finally!). The consequence though of developing Hae Soo's character is that now 8th prince has kind of faded into the background, doing what he does best: waiting (nothing? are maybe we just don't know what he's up to?).

I'm hope we'll see Wang Wook and Yeon Hwa more active in the final episodes; they are bound to be involved in the climax, angst, and death of us all if a 4th version appears.

What is this? Choose your own Moon Lovers Adventure? If General Park asks Wang So to throw someone away, turn to page 30. If Wang So goes directly to Hae Soo, turn to page 25.

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@pogo I love your comments, in general, and certainly in relation to this show. Overall, a big +1...total agreement.

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The 20 episodes setting is what messing up this drama. Unlike the C-version, our 4th has to pass 2 kings before ascending the throne. This is where a good screenwriter is needed to move the pace in which this writer is slacking since she wasted too much time during the first half and compressed all the throne saga in less than 10 episodes. For a weak writer like her, they should settle for either 24 or 30 episodes enough for the characters and motives to develop. Lee Jun Ki gave away the most phenemonal performance ever, seriously the best I have seen him so far. From that Gwanjong's deathly stare to the angst turn to manic laugh, he pulled off so beautifully. And aside from the powerhouse acting, he is so incredibly beautiful in Moon Lovers that gratify us to continue watching no matter how flawed the drama is. I bet his mane of glory works some magic on us. I have never been that invested on any performances by any actors for years since Jang Keun Suk's Hwang Tae Kyung in YAB.

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HAHAHA pogo no one as passionate as you when it comes to Moon Lovers. ;)

I left this show long time before because I just could not afford to watch something so messy despite i love the main casts. A bit regret could not join the other passionate fans and seeing the recap thread just made me wow with the huge number of comments.

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@Sera- I don't blame you for quitting, if it wasn't for Lee Jun-ki I'd have quit pretty early on myself. But for what it's worth, the second half of the drama isn't as all over the place as the first, even if it has its editing/pacing issues.

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Maybe I will watch the second half later,after it ends. I miss some sageuk in my watching drama routine, so probably will watch this later. ;)

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I think Moon Lovers give a better feeling if watched in marathon,
even if many things happen, I find it too short for weekly watch since the character feels the same (ofc imo) but in marathon, we can watch 4 episode at once so the character can stay longer,

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Yes true! Sometimes I found it is more tolerable to watch a drama by marathoning it, instead of following it weekly.

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It's making me very very grumpy but I'll stick around for Jun-ki. *sigh* wae, wae this oppa?

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yeah, it frustrated me plenty but it's never bored me. Which is why I haven't done what I did with Joseon Gunman and dropped it with 6 episodes to go (watched the rest much later)

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I dropped Joseon Gunman and never looked back. I have low tolerance for bad/boring acting in sageuks. It was hard to avoid her because she was always with him lol.

I love this Goryeo timeline so I can always find something in it to keep me occupied.

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Because you are loyal and loving him so much that you cannot bring yourself to give up this show! And because it is at least not as boring as Joseon Gunman, right?

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Fangirl extraordinaire. One of these days I'll come back to reality.

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What you say is so true! Though there is much to pound the table about in frustration when it comes to this show, I just can't walk away because Lee Joon Gi's performance as this character is so addicting. And for some reason I am loving IU and Lee Joon Gi together. I love their scenes. I wish her character was a bit more fiery, stirring, something, though. So blah sometimes!

I can't even recommend Scarlet Heart to my friends cause I think most would simply get frustrated or laugh at how terrible it is, haha, but the hope is they'll get hooked cause of Lee Joon Gi. I want them to love him as much as I do, but what if the weaknesses of the show overshadows his amazingness?! #fangirlproblems

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I do enjoy this show with its given setup, but once I’d heard of the suggestion to make Anna a child instead, I couldn’t help thinking I would have truly loved the show if: present-day Anna were the little girl in the flashbacks, longing for her father; if Song Yoon-ah’s character Yoo-jin were just a bit younger—mid-to-late thirties, to narrow the 14-year age gap between her and Ji Chang-wook, and to make her feel more like a hateful, powerful stepmother; if the main loveline were an angsty, thwarted attraction between Yoo-jin and K2; if K2 were driven to free little Anna from her prison and to make Yoo-jin see that she could have a better life if she chose happiness instead of ambition; and if, in the end, they decided they couldn’t compromise where they were headed and parted ways, with K2 walking off into the sunset and Yoo-jin choosing her throne of power and loneliness.
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OMG I seriously want that show now. This sounds almost perfect! And not to say I have been skipping the drama since last week, damn how stupid it is to feel sad over the possibility of a potential pair lol.

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Having Moonlight withdrawals.
Loving Shopping King Louie, SIG is so good in this puppy role.
Watching OTWTTA, I'm starting to *not* understand the choices and actions of the characters, but it's still a beautiful drama I intend to continue.
Watching Laurel Tree Tailors, I'm totally invested in the Tae Yang storyline right now.
Dropped K2, with no regrets judging from beanies comments.

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b>MDBC: Imo the ending felt a little bit rushed, we had so much angst for 4 episodes and then suddenly everything was crammed into the final episode. Also not too happy how they handled YS's ending and I wanted more RO-CP cuteness. *pouts*. But overall the show was a satisfying watch and I had the exact same reaction as GF during the special episode.

Scarlet Heart: I didn't cry when the deaths occurred...until General Park was holding his daughter in his arms, damn you Song Dong-il! And Yo is a sensitive and guilt ridden individual...pffft since when? Well whatever floats your boat writer-nim. 🙄

Drinking Solo: Pwahaha, this week had the best impersonations, probably the best use of stockings and a baseball cap ever! How is it possible to get better week after week? I could watch this forever but it's already the finale next week? Huhu. 😭😭

1% of Anything: Uuh, this is getting good. Never expected to like it so much. It's old school but in a good way and our leads are just too cute. And I'm thankful Drinking Solo was already over the halfway mark before this came around otherwise I'd maybe have problems liking Ha-na when you have such a spunky heroine here who isn't afraid to take HSJ to task.

Jealousy Incarnate: Lol were they inspired by JJS glasses in YoF Iceland for incorporating glasses now (these look a lot like his real ones)? And Na-ri...serves you right. 😛
You know what I realized a couple episodes ago, this show has scenes (mainly of HS-NR) that in all objectively go on way too long but you just don't feel it and could watch them forever and I attribute this to the awesomeness that are GHJ and JJS.

Shopping King Louis: Oh My Gahhh, they're soooooo sweet, I can't stand it. This has to be dramaland's most precious, innocent, natural and healthy love story. Boy likes girl, girl likes boy, no fuss, no drama (except for external factors), just endless love, honesty, trust and sincerity. 💕💕 And after the angst I'll be waiting for Louis to say "Bok-shil ah, what should I do? Let me stay for some ramyun" (once he learns the meaning of that, kkrrhhh). 🙈

On The Way To The Airport: Do-woo, here's a broom and Su-ah, here's a dustpan and brush, now go and have a good emotional house cleaning. And Hye-won can actually use said broom afterwards to fly back into the woods where she came from, win - win.

Fantastic: If CARPE DIEM isn't this show's motto I don't know what is. The send off was beautifully done (now this is how you properly give closure to a second lead).

School 2013: From DH to this, apparently I'm stuck watching old high school dramas. 😜 But they couldn't be more different, while the former is a vanilla milkshake the latter is more like I dunno...soju? Raw and heavy. I'm up to ep.8 now and people weren't joking about the bromance, woah the intensity 😳

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ooooh School 2013! I'm almost jealous of anyone who gets to watch that for the first time, I still remember when it first aired and being so sure it would play out with regular love lines and all...... but instead, they went for the bromance and what we ended up with was kdrama legend.

Sung Dong-il as a father of daughters always manages to tear me up. And Soon-deok's name actually sounded a bit close to 1988's Deok-sun, that did not help. That entire death scene hurt to watch.

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Oh noes, my first coding got messed up.

Anyway...now about the show I love to rant about the most (yes even more than ML lol)

The K2: Omo, at first I wanted to ask if it's too late to have Park Kyung-soo take over the script but now I want JB's version of this drama. Meh...What a waste of the premise and the cast. I think I need to go rewatch Healer to remind myself that there are dramas that know how to combine romance and action. Or maybe finally watch City Hunter (though I'm meh about LMH, hmm)?
But on a positive note, I think they used up all of Yoona's tears in the first half of the show and now in ep.9 she's a new person (nope, still not an angel *pouts* 😜). Well I hope she gets a good paycheck considering how many eye treatments she needs for all the crying she had to do. Girl is even giving PSH a run for her money.
Anyway I think I need some treatments as well since I continue to either roll my eyes (anything about JSS; everyone on Team Anna assuming now they're being protected...Really people? What's that big squishy thing in your head, just useless tissue?) or boring me to death, i.e. the romance and I'm usually someone who's quite easy to please and swoon at everything but it's just 💤

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Your k2 description made me laugh, angeiya! The squishy thing, lol. :D I am also such a sucker for romance, but between anna and je ha, I just don't feel it. But, my only consolation is that in those scenes I get to see ji chang wook being cute with all those expressions. :P

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I have to admit I start to zone out in their supposedly romantic scenes...last week I read the WWW comments during the rooftop scene. Yesterday I was also checking recap comments during the beach and safe house scenes.

I adored JCW as Bongsookie (well who didn't hehe) but here I cringe whenever he's acting cute...it's strange.

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I share your love of Drinking Solo (why ending so soon? :'( ) and absolutely loved School 2013 You won't be disappointed there I think!

My week:

Moon Lovers Because there is a captivating story, despite all it's editorial problems. LJK looks beautiful as always, and IU has improved. Now into the homestretch, I wouldn't give it up except for ....

Drinking Solo Sorry Moon Lovers, but I didn't mind not seeing you last Monday and instead watched the most hilarious fight scene and Joseon impression I've ever seen. I usually like to marathon dramas, but this is the first one that I'm content to just sit back and enjoy every week (making sure I have something to eat and drink, otherwise it's pure suffering seeing JS stuff his face).

School 2015 Who are You I needed a drama to marathon, and remembering how amazing School 2013 tried this one out. Found it disappointing, even though the lead actress was incredible and it was a very girl-centered story for once. Bad writing I guess.

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With JB's version,- I want to see young Anna raising kittens with Jae Ha. They can have a bond like an older brother- little sister.

LOL I am sorry to say this, but I think I can buy ramen scenes more if it was young Anna.

See I am now started with the never-happen-imagination . sigh. long sigh......

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LOL. Your reviews are hilarious.

The thing abou K2 is I don't know what they want me to care about anymore. I'm at the point that I'd like to see that whole family implode in spectacular fashion. K2 needs some alone-time to figure out why he falls head over heels with any damsel in distress that crosses his path. And Anna... Well I don't know since the show hasn't told us much about her.

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School 2013 is a gem among the school franchise...i came back occasionally to watch them when i'm bored... they are still the best!!

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OMG angeiya, I died at your comments for OTWTTA!! LMAO!!

I didn't realize this, but I actually look forward to drama commentaries on the WWW(What were watching) threads! They're a riot!

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Oops, meant "I actually look forward to your drama commentaries".

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Aww, thanks. ☺️

Since I try to not spoil too much here or want to keep longer comments for the recap itself or simply just don't want to be negative all the time in some comment sections and WWW posts are neutral territory lol, my snarky side often takes over (and it's already a watered-down version 😜).

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haha "take the broom and fly back into the woods where she came from" xD that's billiant

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And after the angst I’ll be waiting for Louis to say “Bok-shil ah, what should I do? Let me stay for some ramyun” (once he learns the meaning of that, kkrrhhh)

he he... Naughty Louie!

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angieya -

*laughing*

Loving your Airport comment!

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wait...wait...I am busy imagining Javabeans' version of K2...so much more interesting.

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Someone please make a fic!

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I can believe myself that now I'm just watching Three Meals A Day. What the??? Well, since three good looking man from three different generation with all of them had hits drama this year, I could not handle myself.

I'm a big fan of Lee Seo Jin and I follow this variety show from very beginning. But something has changed from this ahjussi. He's not THAT DEMANDING anymore. In opposite from the grumpy ahjussi, in this 2 episode, he's such a tsundere towards his juniors, Eric and Yoon Kyun Sang.

I was surprise of Eric's smartness about cooking and fishing. He's like someone that really understand how to deal with nature a lot that makes me think he's such an old fashioned guy but in modern-look. And I can't believe he's still hot as ever even without any make up and just wearing casual outfit.

And how can I forget how cute the giant maknae Yoon Kyun Sang like everytime asking his hyungs to give him some works and not to mention he really loves animals. He has the two cute cats (as cute as him XD). And he has the best luck of them in fishing though he always ask how to set up his fishing stuff to Eric :)

I love this season a lot. The trio is so sweet towards each other. Eric really takes care of Kyun Sang and Seo Jin really takes care of Eric. Such a sweet brotherhood. I can't believe Mr. Grumpy can change to be a sweet and warm guy.

Hope to see more their bromance next episodes.

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3 Meals is such a plesure to watch. It won't give us big laugh but we always smile while watching. A good show for family. They must be so tiring. And from this season, my focus totally on Eric because man.... he' s the real gorgeous hunk. Love the cats too^^

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It's because Eric can cook and KyunSang can fish. SeoJin is from New York University and so is obviously smart enough to know that he needs both for his survival. No fish, no food, SeoJinnie sad.

HAHAHAHA, just kidding. I bet you he's being nice of course because of the good food but also because he doesn't have as much history with them as he had with Taec and KwangKyu. And you only bully the ones you love~

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Well, this is just my opinion but the way Lee Seo Jin treats Eric-Kyun Sang is quiet different with they way he treated Taec-Kwang Kyu. I felt that didn't bully Taec-Kwang Kyu but being meany. Sometimes I felt bad for them. This is just me but I think Lee Seo Jin see Eric and Kyun Sang in the same 'level' as him. Well, Eric has strong fanbase as actor or idol and Kyun Sang is one of the very promising young actor. Both are extremely popular (even more popular than him now). Sometimes I think Lee Seo Jin is kinda picky guy. He's warm and sweet (we see how he treats his niece). So, I guess he will show his affection towards the one he likes. And I just see this (beside his niece) when he's with Lee Seung Gi and Eric.

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I think it's because he feels comfortable enough with Taecyeon and Kwang Kyu to boss them around, it's not the same for Eric, whom he just met, and only 10 years (?) apart, so it's adjusting time for the time being.

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@maryxiah--

I pretty sure that LSJ and Eric worked before together, on "Phoenix" (?), so they aren't meeting for the first time here.

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Lee Seo Jin and Eric is close from 10 years ago. He loves Eric a lot. Lee Seo Jin once said in the press conference that Eric once asked him to hit Han Ji Min's head when they had filming Yi San. Lee Seo Jin always hugging him whenever they met. I think Seo Jin really treats him like the most loved dongsaeng.

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I still think about the historical inaccuracy in Moonlight is like what happen in Marriage Contract.
The show never said Yeong will live or died but implied by the prophecy that he probably long-lived,
but then Yeong is still almost 20 and the real prince Hyeomyoeng died at 21 years old,

it's like MC when you know the history cause the drama itself doesn't enter the dying territory of the story,
I think MDBC doesn't let me down that much cause it never the big saeguk imo, I never saw it as a very complicated one and it predictable so I don't mind it,
I think they make it simple also because the short-lived of the real Lee Young, his greatest achievement on record is cultural related and he is said to be very handsome like King SeJong the great so yeah...
(*This feeling make me feel as a very good audience)

Moon Lovers l SHR : less action and more reaction,
something happen but we don't see it all but we see all the reaction from them, I have no idea why the character did something and it feels such a waste for a very rich setting, rich original source and rich story of the real Wang So.
I get that the story has all the shock value but watching it make it less,

1% of anything : super good atm,
when the feeling kick in, everything become different
SKL : Damn, this hits the theme about people will give you the present before dying harder than OTWTTA cause it's not said and they are cute

the word of the week ; OPPA,
Louis 25 and Jae In both want the title Oppa,

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Mom's Diary – My Ugly Duckling
Celebrities’ mums observe their sons and record precious moments in “Mom’s Diary.”
It so realistic at some moment,
the mums is so protective and I just think that it needed on some extend but also over protective for 30+ son and their marriage.
The son also different in their own way and we saw how different they are with other people and how their mum saw the attitude,
completely loved this show atm,
my favourite is Heo Ji Wong and his mum, but the funniest moment for me is when the mums talking to each other, they are funny

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I would like to watch some J-drama or Tdrama. Just finished Moonlight and Love 020. Any recommendation anyone? Got to go. Be back later tonight to check. Thank you!

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on going
- Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu

Completed
- Good Morning Call (JP)
- Love That Makes You Cry (JP)
- From Five To Nine (JP)
- Date - Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira Tenno no Ryoriban (JP)
- down with love(TW)
- In A good way (TW)
- Miss Rose (TW)
- Autumn Concerto (TW)
- Murphy Law of Love (TW)

* recommendation based on Moonlight and Love20 and the recent drama I can remember

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my fave jdramas:
N no Tame Ni
Keizoku 2: Spec
Saikou no Rikon
Soratobu Kouhoushitsu

others that I really enjoyed:
Love that Makes You Cry
Juhan Shuttai!
Tantei no Tantei
Mother Game
Hirugao
Dear Sister
Zenkai Girl
Pride
Nobunaga Concerto
Rich Man, Poor Woman

for twdramas, I really loved In Time With You and The Pursuit of Happiness (by the same producers).

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Sorry I'm still learning where all reply goes to and whom. @Sancheezy and @yuju Wow what a list. I've also seen Pride and Rich man, Poor Woman. Thank you both for the recommendations. I need to create a list lol.

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How are you likingNigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu [We Married as Job]?

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1st, I still don't get the documentary type of shoot on some scene, I guess it's like a parody of other show like in Drinking Solo, I can guess some NHK show but it's weird when you don't get the reference,

but holy bread...!
the drama has a good logic on de facto marriage (lol) and very well thought explanation how they both come to the agreement.
The core idea of a wife getting a payment to do the housework is actually true IMHO, in my house, my dad paid all the house necessity even if they both work, what makes difference is how well fitted , well thought and consideration our spouse than other people when they did the same job.

It's really down to earth portrayal of a marriage contract, there's no usual life and death trope, the sudden money in needs or some shocking incident/misunderstanding, they just did it because they both need it and it is an equal, mutual choice. It doesn't use the shocking reason or over the top decision-making to make us shocked but the character development is what really becomes the highlight, especially when he comes to meet the family in front of the house, love the way it plays.
The choice of actors also really unique, the male lead that looks smaller than the heroine give a whole different feeling when for their relationship since we have another attractive male lead there, their friends, their job, the medium apartment and their chemistry looks so endearing. All the setting make us insecure about their future because it showed, even if it's not said out loud.

I think some people can find it boring, people who used to the roommate/living together idea will find the motivation hard to accept but when we put what the character necessity and the social setting, it fits perfectly,
IMO it's good in it's on way, I am digging the style and the dance at the closing . Watched it till episode 2 and I can't find the manga anywhere T.T ,
Thank you for introducing me to the show o(_ _)o

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I also found the pseudo-documentary scenes very strange, but effective. Their purpose seemed to be to speed character development. Within the first couple minutes of the drama we were able to learn a lot about Mikuri. My guess is the same is true of the second episode. We will have to wait until it is subtitled to confirm that.

I also like the premise of the marriage contract. I like how the drama details the hard work involved in maintaining a household. The scene where Hiramasa calculates Mikuri's wages is priceless. It educates in an entertaining way. It promises to be a quirky, light drama with a valuable lesson to teach.

I think the choice of actors is spot-on. Hiramasa is moderately handsome, intellectual and quite. Mikuri has a wholesome beauty, is energetic, brutally honest and very naive. Both actors made me believe the storyline. According to their bios the male lead is 1 cm taller than the female lead. I suspect she seems taller because women's shoes tend to have higher heels than mens.

I like that Hiramasa is a nice guy. I like that he has a healthy respect for women. He has flaws, but they are the type that can be fixed. Mikuri is also an excellent person, though she can be her own worst enemy. She is sometimes too honest, with very bad timing. What she needs most is someone who believes in her. Someone who values who she is. I believe their relationship will follow the respect -> like -> love progression, with a bunch of comic moments in between.

I am also convinced the Mikuri's aunt will find love with one of Hiramasa's co-workers. There are two likely, very different possibilities. Which leaves two questions. Is my hunch correct? Which co-worker will find love?

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I've seen From Five to Nine and thought it was good. Also have seen Down with Love long ago and liked that. I need to make a list.....I like the sound of Love That Makes You Cry so I will start on that. Thank you!

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OMG, is there a jdorama/tw drama bug going around? my love for them along with thai movies has been recently been reawakened and I have been watching/rewatching dramas/movies left and right. Mind you my drama list includes shows from 10 or so years ago [I've been at this a long time, it's really unhealthy] so just to add on their recommendations...

Japanese:
Hana Yori Dango 1, 2 & Final
Koizora [tv series & movie]
Zettai Kareshi
Kimi Ni Todoke [tv series & movie]
Tatta Hitotsu no Koi
Bloody Monday
Love Shuffle
Long Vacation
Please Love the Useless Me
Solomon's Perjury 1 & 2
Bitter Blood
The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami
Beck [movie]
Assassination Classroom & Assassination Classroom: Graduation [movie]
Orange [movie]
Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai 1 & 2 [movie]
Terraformars [movie]

Taiwanese:
My MVP Valentine [hahaha, don't judge me, i was very young back then]
At Dolphin Bay
ToGetHer
It Started With A Kiss
Fated To Love You
Autumn's Concerto
One Smile Is Very Alluring [movie version]

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Oops, posted without adding that for Korean stuff I am currently watching:

Moon Lovers: My love for LJG is everlasting, as long as he's onscreen I can deal with anything

3 Meals A Day, Fishing Village 3: The cast are just adorable specially Kyunsangie and his cat Koong's love line with Seo-genie is cute, haha...

Still waiting for:
Entourage: Jo Jin-woong, Lee Kwang-soo and Seo Kang Joon? even if it sucks [which I hope it doesn't] I'm still gonna watch it because I like these three too much

This Week My Wife Will Have An Affair: please, can someone come up with an official shortened version of the title, I cannot with this long a** title

Tomorrow With You: I want to time travel to 2017 already...

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@feignedreality omg I will not get any sleep. Well who needs it anyway. lol . I love Love Shuffle. Thank you also for including some movie. Now I just have to find it. Thank you!

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@ricenoodle welcome 😄 I still have more I just can't remember their titles, I need to look for my external hd .

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hehehe...I'm checking out some of the show. Nothing grab me yet.

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I second (and third and fourth) the Hana Yori Dango 1, 2 & Final recommendation of yours. I watched the manga/animated version, as well as the Taiwanese and Korean versions, but my favorite is still the Japanese version. The two leads actually got married!

Other non-Korean drama recommendations:

Be warned: I have a penchant for Takuya Kimura and Takenouchi Yutaka J-dramas, and older Taiwanese/Cantonese dramas!

Japanese:
- Long Vacation (JP)
- Over Time (JP)
- Sora Kara Furu Ichioku No Hoshi ("A Million Stars Falling from the Sky") (JP)
- Koori No Sekai ("World of Ice") (JP)
- Hoshi No Kinka ("Heaven's Coins") (JP) and it's sequel
- 1 Liter No Namida ("1 Liter of Tears") (JP)
- Pride (JP)
- Karei-Naru Ichizoku ("The Grand Family") (JP)

Taiwanese:
- Meteor Garden 1&2 (TW)
- My Queen (TW)
- In Time With You (TW)
- Say Yes Enterprise (TW)

Cantonese:
- War of Genders (HK)
- War and Beauty (HK)

Chinese:
- Nirvana in Fire (CN)

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Thanks Beanfan...omgosh I love 1 Liter No Namida and Pride. I read somewhere how great Nirvana in Fire is but have not able to get started on it yet.

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On the Way to the Airport: Still so achingly beautiful. The irrationality of the mind and the seemingly strange decisions made. It does and doesn't make sense at the same time. There were sequences in this week's episode that made the hurt from every party palpable and tinged with a sense of helplessness as they plunge headlong into the deep end.

Moonlight: Predictable plot, crowd pleasing ending with pastel hanboks, sunset and field of flowers bathed in the best soft, halo lighting ever. What's not to like? Oh, except for the historical inaccuracy. But who would dare do that to Crown Prince/Park Bo Gum? Don't touch him!

Jealousy Incarnate: The plot has this absurd and outrageous attribute to it and is acted out like a wordy stage play that forces you to listen to every conversation carefully. It's clear to the audience who Na Ri likes more and isn't that how it is sometimes? The observer can always see it clearer than the ones embroiled in the dilemma. Hwa Shin's torturous, self-punishing way of doing things has made me a masochist who keeps watching just to see him suffer. You just want to know when and how this crazy train ride will end.

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I totally agree with girlfriday because after seeing the Kim seul gi scene in Moonlight , I went to rewatch splash splash love too and it was oh so good !

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Splish Splash Love is officially my favourite crossdressing sageuk ever - they got literally everything right, and for once I'm not even mad that it's so short because it's just a concentrated dose of the good stuff (swoony OTP and their individual trajectories) and none of the usual conspiracy-plotting superfluity that usually bogs down full-length series.

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I miss Mary. Where did she go?

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Miss her too!

Maybe she is busy dating with Rim nowadays?

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mary has been seen in some old threads, khmm

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I think she must be busy. There are 10 dramas getting recapped here in dramabeans, that means 20 episodes. Also there is news about new dramas, ratings thread, WWW thread. Both the moon dramas this week have crossed 1000 comments and shopping king Louie, the k2, jealousy incarnate also garners considerable number of comments, moderating them aaaall is a hard job. I hope she gets enough sleep.

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The comments are manageable cos the recappers read them too, I just have some real life thing preventing me from spreading silliness in the comments. :(

But your perceptiveness re: the comment boom is amazing. Or maybe you bugged my house with cameras?

If a video of me dancing with ramen goes viral, I know who to blame.

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Yay! Glad to hear from you, mary! Hope whatever thing that is, gets cleared up soon. So, that we get to read your hilarious and witty comments.

Re: comment boom. Ha ha.. :D

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I miss all her witty comments. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one.

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Something weird happened to me this week. Previously, I was watching

MDBC
Moon Lovers
Fantastic
Drinking Solo
1% of Anything
K2

This week(save for MDBC because it's the FINALE!), I couldn't watch anything except Drinking Solo and 1% of Anything. I rewatched the episodes, replayed scenes and search for BTS.

I love tvN for giving me dramas like Age of Youthand Drinking Solo. I lost count the number of times I replayed JS-Ha Na's cute scenes and Noryangjin Trio's hilarious fight. These past weeks have been very stressful in real life and it's dramas like this which makes me grin from ear to ear.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds I lost some interest towards the end but still it's a beautiful drama and such an unexpected hit. I read some comments about wanting a sequel. For me, I want a spinoff on Byung Yeon. I was kind of sad that in the finale, he was looking at his beloved CP from afar. It looks like he will lead a lonely fugitive life. *Sigh* And don't get me started about poor Yoon Sung.

K2 I was reading snippets here and there on the latest episodes. I see a recurring pattern as to how the writer weaves romance into his stories. I think those who love JCW and Yoona's pairing are delighted with the direction the drama is heading. Not so much the others who don't.

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I rewatch 1% of anything a lot,
I really like when Dada shows up with the dress which is an amazing transformation, many dramas make it weird looking but she really becomes different with the hairstyle and the dress.

I like how she teased him and dress better when she wants it.
And the miss timing play out well, it's the perfect gap to them think about each other and why they reacted differently.
The time they spent on thinking about sending the text to other and gets interrupted kill the chance and it makes sense with today technologies cause in the OG, it's because of no mobile .

Jae In also starts thinking before touching her and the almost kiss is just lovely.

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Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one :D

I think I am obsessed. I'm sitting in front of my laptop grinning and squeeing like some teenage girl.

Maybe it's karma, LOL. I am more the type who don't care much about romance in dramas, dislike cheesy romance and avoid rom coms. If I had been given the synopsis of 1% before I started Drinking Solo, I would have put it aside. Never expected to enjoy it this much!

I'm at the stage whereby I will look at the time bar at the bottom of the video every now and then because I dread how fast the end of the episode draws near.

Anyway, I think this coming week, I am going to be a complete wreck. Finale of Drinking Solo T....T and totally sweet moments of our 1% OTP.

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I thought the more I watch Kdrama, I'll become less shocking at their trope and less impress by their predictable plot,
but then I realised that a well-executed drama will always good no matter how time/trend changes.

Sometimes we can predict the general plot by the 1st 6 episode but when it executed good, you'll always come back and even in re-watch, it makes you feel good like the 1st time you watch it.

The time when I realised Jae In wants the oppa's title still looks cute just like the time he asked for ramyun and the time she stomped her foot,
The time he pushed back his chair and the time when they talk about the meaning of emoticon still make me feel good like when he saw his eyes before kissing her and when she thought about him more than the chicken,

Finale of Drinking Solo T….T

I feel like I need a season 2 or special episode,
I want to know if the trio will pass the bar or what happen to them,

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True thing about execution.

Definitely a YES to season 2 of Drinking Solo. This is the first time I feel 16 eps isn't enough. I lost count of the number of dramas I've dropped 3/4 or sometimes even 2 eps shy of the finale. DS just gets better and better, I am awed. Please stay awesome for the last two eps!

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1% of Everything is in my watchlist because of Jung Seok. I also don't care much about romance related stuff because usually it is forcefully feed to the audience.

But FantastiC and Drinking Solo love looked realistic and i started to enjoy both.

This Friday to next Wednesday i will be in sleepless state too.

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