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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

Happy weekend! Time for another check-in with the Dramabeans crew. Are fantasy romance dramas taking over your life too (and not just because of the ridiculous running times)? Or are your drama-watching feet firmly planted in reality? What’s it like there? Tell us how your week went, and what might become your next drama crush. –girlfriday

 

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Currently recapping: Legend of the Blue Sea, The Lonely Shining Goblin

Entourage: I’m SO MAD at Young-bin right now. This show raises my blood pressure, which is strange since I didn’t even think I cared enough to get this mad. But when I asked for more drama, this is NOT what I meant. Who would bro-dump Jo Jin-woong?! Who would do that?!

The Man Living in Our House: Here’s a thought: If you only have enough story for twelve episodes, end it at Episode 12. For the love of mandoo, get it together and make the final week count!

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: Thank goodness for you, Weightlifting Fairy. If I could watch six of you in a week, I would. It wouldn’t even be that hard to fill the time: We could add Noraebang Hour, Uncle/Coach Soju Hour, Bunk Bed Snuggles Hour, and Bok-ju Eats Her Weight in Fishcake Skewers While Joon-hyung Grovels Hour.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: Are TV doctors the worst disaster magnets in the history of ever, or what? I almost wish we had a full-scale natural disaster as the background instead of coming up with a new and violent traffic accident every week. But I love the characters and the intensity of the interactions, and I like that the show has found a way to make the younger doctors bumbling at life, but still skilled professionals you might actually entrust your life to. Maybe.

 

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The Lonely Shining Goblin: After getting over the length of the first two episodes (which was more like a movie), I’m cautiously optimistic that I’ll love the show. The first episode was compelling, but the second episode was the winner — breaking down the mythical image of Goblin and Reaper into petty humans with superpowers. The show’s premise is a recipe for a poignant melodrama and I’m captured by the world, but I admit that I’m in it for something greater: the bromance.

Legend of the Blue Sea: Chungie is my favorite! Her deep despair over food restriction had me laughing out loud; Joon-jae’s seemingly reluctant compliance to her demands had me rolling; and then the merman cameo this week… I was done for. It’s a simple story, but there’s something so enjoyable about rediscovering our world through fresh mermaid eyes.

 

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The Man Living in Our House: When you watch a drama but then realize once the episode’s ending that you really only paid attention for maybe five minutes, it’s a sign to part ways. This house will have one less guest to see it through until the end.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: It’s a little more medical and not quite as quirky as I was hoping (then again, I did have some ridiculously high Twin Peaks-esque expectations), but I’m still enjoying watching all the characters work and learn together. While I may have started watching for Han Seok-kyu, my heart now officially belongs to the formidable Nurse Oh — may she always be the wise, practical, and sardonic soul that keeps this eccentric hospital running.

Legend of the Blue Sea: This show has become the highlight of my week, but Jo Jung-seok’s cameo the past couple of episodes has become the highlight of my month. Possibly even year. I’m pretty sure I cried some happy pink-tinted pearls whenever he was onscreen.

The Lonely Shining Goblin: When is someone going to stage an intervention with tvN and let them know that no matter how great a drama it is, there’s no reason for an episode to be longer than an hour? Okay, maybe they do have a reason, since I’m pretty sure this is an expensive show to produce, what with the Big Name salaries and fancy CGI, and you gotta cram in as many of those PPLs as you can. But I don’t have the attention span to last longer than an hour, and if they want me to keep watching, they’d better seriously learn to edit. And give me more of the bickering Goblin and Reaper. And more of my beloved Lee El. And not to question my illogical desire for more scenes but fewer minutes.

 

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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Not gonna lie, all my hopes are pinned on this show continuing to capitalize on its fantasy premise. It’s pretty exciting to see both Gong Yoo and Lee Dong-wook together in the same show—it seems like that happens nowhere near enough in dramaland once actors reach lead status. I just love the wistful tone and magical realism of Goblin’s world, and the characters’ splashes of bright color against it. Kim Go-eun’s character might be the hardest to give dimension to, seeming intemperately, inadvisably, insouciantly candylicious… until the moment you realize it’s a thin veneer for the desperate girl inside. That’s good stuff. Also: bromance, bring me allll the bromance.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: So good. This show reminds me a lot of Pride and Prejudice, but with doctors instead of prosecutors. It’s just as exciting watching the layers of the game get peeled back, but always a step ahead of what I—and Dong-joo—think the game is. I love being taken for a ride, and getting turned inside-out is always its own reward. Yet Doctor retains an ability to really bring the emotional beats in a way that doesn’t feel rushed or manipulative, even as credulity is stretched to a breaking point with all the improbable happenstance. (Poor Dong-joo can’t seem to drive a mile without coming across a dire emergency, lols.) I feel like this week, our doctors all cracked a little, one way or another, and that makes me begin to genuinely like our jagged little pills. Seo-jung especially makes you realize that trauma isn’t something a doctor can run away from, ever. The stakes are literally do or die.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: Eeeeeeee! I love this show so much! The only dark spot in it is Shi-ho. Just as I feel sorry for her after all, she goes and does something miserably selfish and I’ve got better things to do than forgive her. Bok-ju calling her out on why Joon-hyung doesn’t like her was surgically on point. If the girl wants to drown in the river of her own self-pity, then so be it. Bok-ju, though, I adore her. The fight with her friends was so great (all her fights are so great), and I just LOVE how she tucks each one under her arm like her personal cuddle-blankets. Swaaag!

Legend of the Blue Sea: Jo Jung-seok cameo. The colliding universes of Legend and Jealousy Incarnate. The meta, oh my god, the meta. It all KILLED ME DEAD.

 

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Currently recapping: Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: This girl is oblivious. Completely oblivious! Neon pink signs couldn’t be clearer than the I-have-a-crush-on-you gestures that Joon-young sends Bok-ju. That scene on the bunk bed when he wouldn’t let her go because he wanted to keep her in his arms? So transparent. Nevertheless, I relish her complete obliviousness because it’s going to be that much more satisfying when she realizes the extent of Joon-young’s feelings. In addition, her relationship with Nan-hee and Sun-ok is one of the sweetest depictions of friendship that I’ve seen in Dramaland. I loved that they have issues with each other, and actually fight it out because that’s what real people do. I also loved that afterwards when they made up, they engaged in some crazy karaoke antics like true best friends.

Laurel Tree Tailors: Normally I love Lee Dong-gun, but to be honest, his character is a little flat in this show. He still has all this charisma, but I wish the writing would help showcase it. Cha In-pyo and Ra Mi-ran are hilarious as always. If there were another drama/anything where these two were the main couple, I would watch the bejeezus out of that show. Also, I’m enjoying the side romance between Hyo-won and Tae-yang, despite all the weird camera zooming, because I adore the trope of a persistent rich girl pursuing the shy poor guy.

The Lonely Shining Goblin: Maybe Gong Yoo should forget about his bride, and just live with Lee Dong-wook as his partner for all of eternity.

 

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The Lonely Shining Goblin: I lowered my expectations so hard for this, and I fell for it just as hard in the first hour. Can it be, is the version of Kim Eun-sook I used to love actually back? Time will only tell if my hopes will be crushed mercilessly. For now, I’m in love with everything about this show: Gong Yoo swinging his sword like Aragorn and rocking his long coats of immortal angst; Kim Go-eun as an old soul who still tries hard to find hope in whatever crumbs life offers her; Lee Dong-wook’s granny caps and his petty future bromance with our leading man. The writing is wonderful so far, and I’m impressed with the world-building, which feels complete in a way that’s believable but still leaves us with lots of mysteries to unravel. This director’s flair for epic drama works so much better in a story as big as this than it did in Descended From the Sun, which had these sweeping directorial flourishes for relatively minor moments. I also find the balance between humor and pathos to be pitch perfect here. You gotta love a hero who can pull off swoonworthy badassery, while being completely undone by a song about his manly goblin undies. Moar please!

Signal: I finished it. My heart is lying shattered on the floor, and I wish I could watch it all over again for the first time. Someone please tell me those rumors of a season two are real.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: This show has utterly charmed me: I watched all eight episodes in the last couple of days. For all the cuteness and joy this drama overflows with, I wouldn’t call it fluff; it has such thoughtfully realized, almost painfully lifelike characters that it brings me right back to those growing pains we all know so well. We don’t get enough of these friends-to-lovers stories, and I’m so glad that in this case our OTP is made up of such a delightful, awesome pair. In a drama landscape where we so often get shouty, aggressive male leads that bulldoze their way into a heroine’s affections, Joon-hyung’s admiration and affection for Bok-ju, just the way she is, is such a breath of fresh air. If their progression from frenemies to real friends was this satisfying, how will I contain my squeeing once they actually fall in love?

 
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Goblin is surprisingly good (love the cast, but the writer not so much). The bromance is a big part of why I love it, but I also like our desperate young woman. Kim Go Eun is quite wonderful, though for now the show belongs to Goblin and Reaper.

Weightlifting Fairy: I love the weightlifting girlfriends so much. They remind me of my ahjumma friends! I feel like I can see them together in twenty years. :-)

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Goblin's been the highlight of my week too! Each scene with the Goblin and the Reaper (add Deok-hwa) is really hilarious. I don't even mind if the episodes are that long and some scenes may feel unimportant.

Weightlifting fairy: I'm usually a fan of bromances, but this sisterhood, I root for. They are so true to themselves that if the have issues, they fight head on.

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Plain fact of my life - kdramas are like food, water and air. It's how I've survived so far and so much a part of my life.

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Preach.

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@Laica: there is no containing the squee.

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Truth! ;)

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i'm only here to say that i'm so happy everyone watches weightlifting fairy hehehe.

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I'm so glad beanies turned me onto weightlifting fairy!!! What a great show!! So much heart and cuteness. I hope it stays consistent to the end!! Fighting Bok Joo!!!

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i'm also happy that a lot of beanies appreciate WFKBJ. This and Signal will be my favorite this year.

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Yay! Great to learn how everyone seems to be enjoying Weightlifting Fairy as much as I do. Definitely my drama crush! Swaag!

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Just done watching Night Light Epi 4-6 with Indonesian sub ( I cannot understand it 100% but still I'm grateful). This show is interesting, it is not that as dark as expected. Next week the love triangle will begin, but I'm still rooting for the first love win ?

Since Eng sub is taking some time due to the exclusive right to Netflix( lot of thanks to the subber who did the sub voluntarily so far), I'm taking some effort to do text tranlastion from Indonesian language to English. But due to time constraint and some limitation of understanding Indonesian language, I cannot translate each word. For now I'm done with Epi 4 and I have put it at dramacool site (if anyone interested can see comment under my name "Sera". If anyone requests it here, I'll try to put it here :)

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Woah Sera! Thanks a lot. I am really thankful to all people who put a lot of effort in subbing or recapping shows.

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Welcome ;)

That was just a raw translation, will try to do better version for next episodes. Sometimes it is encouraging to do it more knowing many people watching it as well.

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Omg, are you Indonesian or someone who is learning Indonesian?

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No, I'm not both ? haha, I'm from neighbouring country who can understand Indonesian because back to years ago I spent almost everyday watching sinetron lol ;)

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wow I can't believe there's actually non-indonesian people who willingly watched sinetron. ???

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Sinetron were not that bad back then. They were as good as old korean dramas (if not better) and broadcasted once episode a week, later then broadcasted during weekdays. Some of them were remake of foreign dramas (HK, Singapore, Taiwan or Chinese drama).
I don't know what had invaded them, but since early 2000s they turned into disaster. Can't even bear watching them more than 5 minutes. *sad*

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Don't be surprised! There was once upon a time, I had a love-hate relationship with sinetrons. The no. 1 must watch sinetron that I had to watch everyday back then was that particular sinetron with onion & garlic in its title ?

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@asmi: and now the famous garlic had made herself into a real life cinderella candy and married to a real life chaebol hair... speaking about filthy fate...

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@Lisa Maybe better you put it that I didn't have so much choices back then. So I just watched it because nothing else to watch.??

@Makoto agreed with you. I cannot even bring myself to watch any sinetron nowadays. Too awful. Lol

@asml I know that drama! Lol too much nonsense yet we still keep watching it! Lmao. Those days

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In late 90's Indonesian drama is quite good actually, it was aired once a week and total eps also not many.
I was grade schooler back then and no internet but I have more variation in drama watching compare to now; from Japanese, Hongkong, Indian, Mexican telenovela, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, American, Taiwan, Korean; and on my list Indonesian drama ranked no. 3 in quality of story back then (1st is jdorama).
But I know that it's regressing to worst now. Same as Indian, which also aired almost everyday with similar plot and never ending story. The thing is if it keep airing means that there's someone who actually watch it right?

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I am surprised there is anyone that a kdrama regular could afford to watch any sinetron at all..
Me as Indonesian native wouldn't even stand a minute without shuddering or got a headache. Much much respect for you Sera. You are strong.

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Hahaha i cannot remember how much I cursed while watching. I watched not because I love it, but during those time I didn't get so much internet access, and TV was the main source for entertainment. And on top of that, my mother watched it too. So it was good spending time together. Plus during those time almost all stations aired Indonesia drama so I was like no choice? Lol

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It was bearable in the past, indeed... with no other options and everything. As long you don't go back to that dark time lol. I mean, what's the point of watching Tukang Bubur Naik Haji if the tukang bubur himself is disappear from the screen forever? It's awful beyond repair...

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Wow, you're so nice. Some translation in the Indonesian sub is a bit off actually as in it seems like it was directly translated from Eng sub (I understand Indonesian, just like you I watch sinetron long time ago since my mom watch it).
Night Light start off strong, but after 3rd eps I'm thinking to wait until it after it over, I'm affraid that it's not like what I expect. I wish it will not go to the usual kdrama route and focus on two women showdown a la Ghost Writer (jdorama) or Deokman-Mishil in QSD. Let's see how it progress, if it turn to circle around in love triangle I may not bother to watch it at all. After all it's air in big 3, not cable.

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I started Goblin last night and it's just wow. I initially thought the length was off putting but when I dived in I didn't realise it was long.

Almost finished Unexpected You. It's really a wonderful family drama and I highly recommend it.

Watching Geum Bi and Legend and enjoying them both. Geum Bi, what an adorable child. Her eyes pull me right in.

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My list, in the order I would watch them if all of the current episodes released at the same time.

1. Goblin, please stay this good for the entire run. Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook for couple of the year.

2. Weightlifting Fairy - it is funny how this show is a veeeery close second in my list. This show and Goblin couldn't be more different in every way, yet I have come to love and adore WFKBJ so much. Like the recappers above said, I cannot wait for the OTP to realize that they are in love - how wonderfully awkward is that moment going to be? (although I will miss JH's immature teasing and pigtail-pulling-because-I-actually-like-you antics.)

3. Legend of the Blue Sea - How awesome was Jo Jung-Seok's cameo. I busted out laughing when he mentioned jealousy incarnate and had to pause the show until I got myself back under control. And what is it with Korean drama characters hanging plastic bags from their ears, whether for barfing or catching pearl tears. It is both ingenious (from a cleaning standpoint) and frightening at the same time (because I worry the drunk characters will suffocate in the bag... ? ).

4. Man Living In Our House - Girlfriday has it right - this would have been a perfect 12 episode drama. I'm with it until the end, because I love the lead couple. But it didn't stay as good as it started and I hate feeling like Lee Soo-hyuk has been wasted here - he just seems to wander around pining for Na-ri for no reason whatsoever.

5. Oh My Geum-Bi - being last on my list isn't due to lack of quality but my lack of desire to be sad and ugly crying. I like the story and the characters but may wait to watch this after it is done. Or not. I can't decide.

Other shows:
I started King 2 Hearts last week but I just cannot sem to get into it. Everyone speaks so hihly of it and I love the actors in it but for some reason it has not grabbed me. Which has me bummed. I haven't given up on it yet...we'll see what happens...

I am also watching old episodes of Running Man here and there - these guys never fail to crack me up. Even when it seems so obviously scripted, I still enjoy the cast members so much.

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Kings2Heart is a bit of a weird drama because it actually gets A LOT better after episode 4 instead of the usual good start then goes downhill. All the good stuff happens when they get back to S. Korea after that joint training thing.

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Yes, the show actually starts when they come back to S.Korea. You'd be hooked by episode 7.

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Can you find the Indonesian translation group. I swear there is a whole website of them. Back when I was active on viki- they asked me for the English srt subs from viki- before the South American rips. And before the old aja aja rippers stopped ripping from viki and stuck to DF subs. Now VIU as well. There is a strong Indo subbing group around.

There are some determined drama fans out there.

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That was for Sera in #5.

But since I am here- K2H gets better once the male lead matures. On the other hand the reason why I am rabid over it is because of JJS. I started watching all his dramas after that drama. It has quite a touching story- understatement- and bittersweet. Ha Jiwon kicked ass though.

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King2Hearts is a drama I'm in love with. I've watched twice over the years - start to finish - and after finishing writing this I'll probably go watch it to get over my craving for JJS! I totally agree with you. His cameo was gold.

I first started watching King2Hearts because of Lee Seung Gi. It does start of great in the beginning but somewhere down the line I got so hooked. I cried a bucket full of tears! I hope you stay with it, DramaMama

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Lee Soo Hyuk must be cursed. He really needs a meatier role. I keep starting dramas for him, but never been able to complete any of them... Unless someone can recommend something? White Christmas is still on my list, need to watch it when in the mood for a heavier/mystery drama.

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His only drama I finished is High School King of Savvy - it's a well written dark comedy with solid casts, plus LSH is always in suits (no turtlenecks!) and there is Seo In Guk!

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Write Christmas is my favorite LSH even after all these years.

I'd also recommend What's Up?
Not as much LSH but he was gorgeous and had a fandom within drama

Plus Im Joo Hwan, Im Joo Eun, Jo Jung Suk, Kim Ji Won, Oh Man Seok, Kim Chang Wan, Kim Mi Kyung, Yang Hee Kyung, Song Ok Suk, Kim Sung Ryung

OK. Did not realize how much I loved 95% of the cast until now. So yeah, not much LSH but he's there and it's a great watch & the OST is lit

I mean the beautiful face and voice of Daesang is also present so how could it not be?

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If you love JJS I definitely recommend you to continue.. It gets better.....
I started watching it for my love for LSG, but ended up loving JJS more..

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I'm the same way re: King 2 Hearts and everyone always says the same thing....it gets better. I still need to get back to it someday.

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I don't know why but I got so hooked on King 2 Hearts. It's one of the very few dramas I remember consistently refreshing dramabeans several times each week for the new recaps to come out. It got really addicting towards the last few episodes. I usually end up not wanting to watch an episodes as much anymore when I've thoroughly read through the recap, but with TK2H, I would still be equally as excited to watch the episodes. Sometimes I'd even watch them raw when the subs aren't out yet. LOL. Good times, good times.

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I still need Goblin to cut its airing time. 60 minutes are enough, tvN! The bromance is still what I love the most about this drama. And the cinematography!! Even if *God forbids* the story goes downhill, I'll probably still watch it just for the cinematography AND Gong Yoo. I can't believe I never realized how charming this ajushi is before. Better late than never.

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I told myself the same thing about DOTS which is bt the same pd but I was wrong. When the story doesn't interest me anymore, I could not stay alone for the visuals. I hope firstly it doesn't go downhill and secondly if it does then may that work out for you.

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I keep telling myself that I can watch my bias in anything. Sometimes I stuck it out till the end but most of the time I bailed before the halfway mark.

I was so sure I'd finish DotS for Song Joong-ki but couldn't get pass the 4th eps.
Watching Goblin for Kim Go-eun and I hope I'll make it to the end. Gong Yoo is kind of growing on me. SO much easier if this was a movie.

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I finished DOTS but I'll never ever watch it again.

Goblin... I may be in a minority who don't enjoying it like others. I am still enjoying the characters, but don't find this drama something addictive especially after epi 3. The only drama that I really love right now are Teacher Kim and Weightlifting Fairy.

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No, I'm the same way about Goblin. I like it but it is not drama crack for me which is odd because I love this genre and usually find KES dramas cracktastic even if they are a cheesy mess. Still early days though.

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I don't know what magic that KES has. I (don't believe it) even finished The Heirs...and I still don't know why.

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I love Doctor Kim and Goblin is also hitting the spot with its' fantasy elements.
It's cold, I want something heart warming and Kim Go-eun and Gong Yoo are doing it for me.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one bot having been able to finish DotS. After the rave abt it, I decided to watch it. Maybe because my expectations were so high, I was quickly disappointed at the pace and the story.
For some reason, I have not been able to finish the 1st episode of Goblin, Idk why. I will try again after this post
Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim: The stories are getting repetitive and I am starting to get angsty: I really dont want this to be a flop.
I dropped Stranger in the house: the plot got too boring for me to continue to follow. I'll read the recaps.
Right now, I truly enjoy LOtBS and Fairy. Also (finally!) watching High School King of Savvy: it seemed to be a lot of beanies' favorite so I'm giving it a try. Am not yet hookep but I think the story will become more engaging soon.

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Who knows it was just song joong ki in DOTS.. goblin has gong yoo & lee dong wook...may this time their blue flame of hotness can burn the plot & make us watch..

(I just can't forget the scene of GY getting out of that car..he was looking awesome ?.. )

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I've watched a couple of his movies and I can't say I'm a fan yet but I find him handsome and manly.
I think he rocks the 3 piece suit like no other. He just knows how wear it, the suit looks better on him and not the other way around.

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Lol it's quite the reverse for me, I squeed when I found out ep 3 had 1 hour and 21 min run time. Isn't it a good thing that we get to watch goblin on friday? Make me wish I had a goblin for myself on a cold day :S.

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Wanted to add deok hwa is such a fun addition to the duo of goblin-reaper. He can keep up to these ageless creatures without no fear or hesitation. Bravo, kid.

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I don't like going to the movies on Friday because it's too crowded so I'm glad to have something to watch every Friday night.

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Episode 4 is an hour long and it seems like many wants it to be longer though....

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i wish it had been longer! it felt too short.

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I'm loving the visuals too! I worry that with the episode lengths, the perils of live shooting will kick in and we end up with puppets in a cardboard box surrounded by Subway sandwiches.

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Originally I was going to skip Weightlifting Fairy, but out of boredom I decided to watch it.. I thought I'd skim through the episodes but ended up falling in love with it.
It's exactly what I want from my midweek dramas. Lighthearted, cute and super sweet.

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Me too. Despite reading positive comments, I had very low expectations of this drama (partly because of its unappealing title) without even watching it first. Then one time I ran out of my favorite drama episodes to watch, so I decided to start Weightlifting Fairy. How wrong I was to judge! Now I watch this in the morning before I go to work for good vibes throughout the day.

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Totally agree! I have to admit I watched it initially for 2 reasons: 1) Had to see MLSH Prince #13 again. I just thought he was adorable in ML... 2) To check out LSK and how she looked and acted as a weightlifter, knowing how she is normally super pretty and a model. I give her a lot of credit for gaining weight to try to make her seem like a more realistic character (even though you don't notice it a lot cuz she's always in sweats) and chopping off her hair. She's really trying here and I think she's doing a great job. Love the friendships (wouldn't we all LOVE to have BFFs like hers!) and can't wait until she realizes how much JH really likes her... and how she's starting to like him, even though she doesn't know it yet... I really look forward to Wednesdays and Thursdays just for this show!

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With all the fantasy creatures at the verge of extinction going on something like WF is necessary .. light, bright with puppy eye.. (NJH I love his eyes) is like hydrating after buckets of crying..

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Kim bok-joo and her drama are swaaag!!!???

This segment of DB is swaaag too! Thanks to everyones comments on 1% of Something, I began to watch it and I got hooked!

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1% is love. And for all the praises weightlifting fairy is getting, I'm gonna start watching. My wed n thurs slot is empty after JI ended.

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Great to see some other people enjoying BOTH Goblin and LOTBS for what they are without putting one down to elevate another.

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agreed! i am definitely enjoying both very much.

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Totally agree with Laica's description of WF and with odilettante on goblin.

WF is totally not fluff ( that's sth I'll say about LOBS instead) it's fun and cute But real.

How I wish the authorities/pd at tvn notice that the long lenth is destroying goblin. Episode 3 had some sort of filler scenes. But who would care when you get the numbers.

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I did my drama-watching update yesterday in OT but since then I have watched this week's episodes of Legend of the Blue Sea and really enjoyed them! They gave this show the emotional weight it needed. It's still zippy and fun and cute, but it has me in the heart now as well. Also, I LOVE our main couple. Their cute scenes have me giggling like an idiot and actually kicking my feet in the air while I watch it on my bed, lol.

I'm loving the music in it, too. I downloaded the scores that have been released (I love when dramas release the scores early, not just the OSTs!) and they're just so beautiful. I want to give this music director an award. The pieces are very well placed. <3

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so happy to see weightlifting fairy kim bok joo getting all this love. i hope the ratings steadily keep rising too!

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I just finished watching goblin episode 4 - and its back to one hour format beanies ....... all the pesky teeny-tiny problems that happened in episode 3 disappeared because with one hour it was more tightly edited and presented ... .... everything about it was just love love love .

.... i have exams coming up, i can't be this obsessed about a show now! Gah!!!!

Lobster i wasn't emotionally invested in Till the cameo-of-the -year happened .... i cried when he died... oh! they should have just signed him on for the entire series - he was that freaking awesome!

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Oh noo. I was getting so used to it. :(

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100% If you're going to get a JJS cameo then just sign him on for longer! He was gold, pure goblin gold!!

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I am watching ep 4 and just about cackling with laughter uncontrollably when the Supernatural Weirdos do ANYTHING. hysterical. and then I must say Yook Sung-Jae has some excellent reaction speed in comic scenes to other actors. almost too fast to register. Grandpa has some pretty hilarious moments too

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Whenever the three of them are together in one scene you can do nothing but laugh! and out loud!!
seriously, that scene with them at the restaurant was the best!!! I like their chemistry... and LOVE how the younger actor reacts to his weirdo's uncles!

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I've only watched Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo so far. This week has Dota 2 Boston Major, I watch it with my man and natually I haven't been able to catch up with other dramas yet.

Been falling behind with LotBS; I haven't watched last week's episodes. There's a promise of it getting better and therefore pulling me in, but whenever I tried watching it I just felt vaguely frustrated and wondered why I had to try that hard for entertainment. Maybe I will pick it up still.

Boston Major final is tonight so after that I will watch Goblin.

Watched Hoshi no Koe.

Oh yeah, and about Weightlifting Fairy, Shi-ho needs help, the girl is drowning. Bok-joo's cry makes me want to hug her every single time. Bok-joo is so adorable and Lee Sung-kyung is wonderful in this role. Other characters are lovable, too. Sunshine, sunshine all over ~

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I just feel happy reading all the good things written about Weightlifting Fairy, I love this show so so much, I can't stop re-watching the episodes.

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I'm only following WKBJ and Goblin this time around. I was pretty sad after 1% of Anything ended. I am so happy that WKBJ is delivering that straight up, no frills sweet storytelling similar to 1% that I really enjoyed. I am so in love with Bok Joo and the gang. LDW is my first Kdrama Oppa so I will watch anything with him in it. I will probably catch LOTBS once all episodes have aired.

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I watched Goblin 1 and 2 and I really agree with this part of Saya's view on Kim Go Eun's character

"seeming intemperately, inadvisably, insouciantly candylicious… until the moment you realize it’s a thin veneer for the desperate girl inside.

There are other dramas this year (at least one other that I watched and followed recap) that tried to have this kind of heroine but in the other dramas case it failed. I'm grateful that Kim Go Eun has the skill to make the character at least convincing. She did well, she doesn't deserve to be getting hate while people forgive crappy idol actresses who have been acting longer than her and still remain crappy with "maybe this time the writer can get her to act".

But the best thing in the drama isn't the romance, it's the chemistry between Gong Yoo-Lee Dong Wook and Kim Go Eun-Yoo Inna. Best friends/bromance chemistry ♡♡

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100% agreed about KGE getting unfair hate. Frankly, actresses have to deal with it all the time. It's sad. I know that people are harsh on bad male actors as well but I notice that so many mediocre men don't get nearly as much hate as women who are really, really good like Kim Go-eun.

It's one thing if you have a problem with her character (although I adore her and think she is gonna have a great character arc) or think she isn't performing up to par with her previous roles (which I would also disagree with but can understand where those people are coming from) but comparing her to bad idol-actors or other bad actresses is just insulting.

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Oh, and I am also loving the friendships! I hope we see more Eun-tak/Sunny interactions. We're getting lots of great Shin/Grims banter but I want more of the ladies!

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And you wonder why the best actors are at Chungmuro. Drama land prefers their pretty popular actors with their mediocre to crappy acting.

I'm ready to root for the girls but they hardly have any scenes together. So unfair.

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KGE is actually doing a good job at being a high schooler,, its her character of a high school girl that isn't letting the chemistry build up when she does seem like a 19 year old. Her acting is this believable. But GY still looks his age so it seems to me that I'm watching a couple with leads who have a big age gap, that is why I think there should be a time jump.

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I was all for time jump after the 2nd episode. I do enjoy their scenes together but it's getting a bit repetitive especially when the episodes are longer than the usual.

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for goodness sakes people, would any time jump really make it better when the difference is 900 years? it feels a bit naive to think if we go from 18 to 21 there is any less gap.

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It does for her character growth and my sanity. I don't want to see a high school kid with school uniform for 16 eps. I want more.

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It's not the 900+ years age gab, but that she's comes across as a kid (versus him as an adult). I've watched multiple series with vampires/human romances, where age gabs are the norm and it never bothered me.

Most of the time the girls are even (suposed to be) minors, like in The Vampire Diaries (Elena was 17 for a good part of the show, Caroline turned as a 17 year old; and she was only a couple of months a vampire when she met Klaus (1000+) and he started romancing her), etc. But they did not behave as kids/teens, so it didn't feel like I was watching a minor falling for a 100+ or 1000 year old vampire and vice versa.

So I don't think it's the numbers that are bothering some of the viewers, but the actors. If an actress that had a more mature vibe played a 16 year old, I probably would have bought the attraction.

I do see an attraction between them now, but there's an icky factor to it, due to me seeing her as a kid instead of an adult. I can't look past her childlike behaviour nor his uncle/fatherlike behaviour. A time jump might help, if it causes her to lose the childlike behaviour. If she doesn't lose that behaviour (because it's a character trait or something) than a time jump is rather pointless.

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Right now I guess everyone who has the issue with the age gap isn't seeing goblin as 939 but someone who is 38/39 years old whereas the bride does seem like a kid who is 18/19. At least this is what comes to my mind when I see them. So 20 years right there when the bride seems so young and is childish.

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I love KGE here, she portrays a 19 year-old girl with a wisdom of 30 something. There's loneliness and reserved-ness that captivate me about her character, and KGE do that very well. With all her hardships and all, she must remain optimistic, although her bubbly facade do crumbles sometimes too.

She's a very good actress and pretty popular too. She has quite many CFs under her belt. Fighting, Go Eun-ssi!

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New show is coming...

-Miss Korea: One more episode to go!!
My all-time favorite scenes were Madame Ma's training session. It was always fun with the right amount of jealousy and competitiveness. It's great seeing girls become rival NOT because of boys. The only disappointing thing in this drama was Yoon. I really wish they make him more than just the usual jilted second lead.

-Goblin: Cinematography and acting-wise, it's undoubtedly good. But story-wise, I'll hold my judgment until the main story kick in. The first two eps showed great potentials, so for now, I'm cautiously hopeful...

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I've been enjoying a delightful marathon of Weightlifting Fairy! Seeing these comments has me even more excited to catch up for next week.

Haha, I'm so happy to see the overwhelming love for Jo Jung-seok and his cameo. His appearance really elevated everything so, while I'm beginning to enjoy the show in its own right, I'm glad he's getting recognition for the awesomeness of his role.

Oh My Geumbi is a bit too hard for me to watch right now, but I'm hoping to pick it up again one day. It's really such a lovely show.

Despite some gripes here and there, I'm enjoying Goblin much like everyone else.

I guess no recapper in this week's post has final thoughts for TWMWWHA. That's too bad. I loved this show, especially the last 4 episodes. I hope we can have more short 12-episode series like this that pack a punch.

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Strange, where is javabeans' post. She was watching TWMWWHA and I would have loved to hear her thoughts on the finale, especially the adorable 2Young couple.

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Can someone says I don't love Goblin?!! I had the funnest time of my drama life just after watching the first episode! Oh god, I love this show!!! I love the cast, I love the director, the writer, the story and I love tvN! Btw, now that I said I love TvN, can we have Signal season2?!! :D

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"Maybe Gong Yoo should forget about his bride, and just live with Lee Dong-wook as his partner for all of eternity."

This comment is so accurate it deserves a second mention in Beans of Wisdom. Is that allowed?

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it is not even wisdom though, it is just an elementary fact, that is as clear as day. a la "When you go to the toilet, you need to lift the lid before sitting down" or "alcohol might make you drunk".

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Frankly, I'm pretty meh on the romance side of Goblin. She's a high schooler and I hate it when dramas of high schoolers being all heroic and be-all-end-all, love-conquers-all kind of romances. I'd rather they keep high school romances light, fluffy and hopeful in a slice-of-life style romance. In Goblin, this is especially the case because we haven't been shown a reason WHY she needs to be a high schooler except so they can make her circumstancers crappier by being more easy for her family to exploit and teachers/students to bully.

But the bromance trio are seriously adorable and I love seeing how they explore the connection between their past and present.

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Also, I’m enjoying the side romance between Hyo-won and Tae-yang, despite all the weird camera zooming, because I adore the trope of a persistent rich girl pursuing the shy poor guy.

I love those two SO. MUCH. It's really weird because they were actually the dynamic I was least invested in at first --I liked both as individuals but was really exasperated at Hyo Won's one-sided misunderstandings and scoldings-- but after she actually confessed to him and they were both on an even playing field, I FELL AND FELL HARD.

Like, the way Tae Yang is so 1000% (or at least so he thinks mwuaahhaha) honest about his feelings to her, the way he so casually and candidly drops lines like how she's probably the purest person he's ever met. But also how he keeps lying by omission about her brother likely because he doesn't want to hurt her feelings. And how he's trying really hard not to lead her on but honey. Oh, honey. You're leading yourself on, TY. Down a path called 'Denial'.

And then the way HW has seemed to gain so much confidence in herself after loving and confessing to TY. It's like, after she confessed to him, she just stopped trying to hide how she felt about anything, be it the company or her brother or her mother, and it's so refreshing how honest and comfortable with herself she is around him. Like that scene when she confessed how he put her at ease and she knew she could be herself around him and he'd accept her even if she acted stupid??? ARROW. IN. MY HEART.

My biggest weakness, though, is how HW just randomly pulls out something really couple-y to do and TY just finds himself going along with it without realising the implications. Like holding her hand when he's convincing her or something, or letting her feed him, or just giving up when she calls him yeobo. It's just so adorable because there's clearly a part of him that likes doing couple-y things with her and it's just like...dude.

Du-ude. Duuuuuuude. I can't believe you were shaking your head at the main couple, YOU ARE DENSER THAN BOTH OF THEM COMBINED.

I'm just really weak to male characters who fall for someone all while adamantly insisting they aren't, okay.

Like, remember waaaaaaaay back after her confession, when HW bluntly told TY that if he really wanted her to get over her feelings then he should stop being nice to her?? And instead of stepping back and giving her space like he would've at the beginning, TY insists she just forget about it instead. I.e I'm gonna keep being nice to you anyway. Remember that moment???

That honesty on her side + that contradiction in his behaviour = giant neon sign in my face all, HELLO, SHIP OF MY HEART! And all their interactions since just seem to get BETTER AND BETTER for me, with the neon sign appearing again and again, bigger and brighter each time.

In short: Hyo Won and Tae Yang are my babies and the only con is the odd camera choices, but...

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...but even that is something I can live with, for these two precious children. And I apparently went over the word limit in my gushing about these two, yikes. X'D

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Aaaaaah so happy that finally someone really shares my favorite couple in this drama! I love HW and TY couple and mostly watch the drama because of this lovely couple- yeah, I often skip the episodes only to watch these two lovebirds :)

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AHHH, SAAMEEE!! Like in the beginning I started watching mostly for the main couple and family shenanigans, but now TY and HW are my faves. Just. My precious darlings. I swear they could make an extra drama entirely about them and I would be 100% on board. (WHY do they always make the cutest couples in family dramas the side-couples? WHY?!)

Like I literally just finished watching the latest episode (no spoilers dw) and the whole time I was like 'okay, my otp isn't here yet so i'll just fast-forward bit by bit until they are'. Like, I do still care about the main story and do watch it, but usually while fast forwarding some bits X'D and then when it comes to the otp scenes oh man, SO MANY REWINDS AND REPLAYS.

Honestly, they're just so adorable. He's such a sucker for her pouting face. She's so unapologetically in love with him. And they're just so good for each other too like??????? I love it when a ship effects two people so much for the better okay and I just- my emotions about these babies ;-;

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What drama are you talking about? I even googled the names, can't find the answer. Lol...

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It's the weekend drama that's airing rn haha. It's known under two names 'The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop' (asianwiki and asiantv.se) and 'Laurel Tree Tailors' (viki). We're squeeing over one of the side couple's, Min Hyo-Won and Kang Tae-Yang. I def recommend you check it out~!

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Ohh..ok! It's on my watch list. I just have to wait till it's done airing and do marathon.

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Lol, that's exactly what I like to do with dramas too! Honestly I wish I could've waited before I started this drama as well, so I wouldn't have to wait between eps for my otp's cuteness (THE TORTURE) but what can I say- I didn't think I'd be so addicted to it, lol. I hope you enjoy watching it when it's over! :D

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This week I watched shows that had different episode lengths, which is interesting. These were my reactions:

Mini dramas (or extended commercials):
Thumping Spike 2. Because I'm shallow. 20 episodes of 15 minutes each just to watch Lee Won Geun smile. No substance at all.
Seven First Kisses : Because I'm really shallow and all I want for Christmas is Lee Jun Ki, or Ji Chang Wook, or Lee Min Ho (can't make up my mind). 10 minute-episodes.
In both these cases the short episode works because the story is either non-existent or very simple.

Chinese dramas:
Princes WeiYoung: I'm on episode 40 (out of 54). This show has been consistently excellent. Episodes are 40 minutes long.
When a Snail falls in Love : Marathoned over two days. It's really not my kind of show (crime! help!) but the balance of mystery and romance was so well done that I couldn't stop watching. Episodes were 30 minutes.
Conclusion: My ideal format seems to be 30-40 minute episodes, especially for binge-watching.

Korean dramas:
Legend of the Blue Sea : I watched episode 7 and 8 on the same day. 60 minute episodes. The show feels like being on a ship cruising along the coast, where I'm enjoying the journey even though I am not sure what the destination is.
Goblin: I grab my hot chocolate and settle in for what literally feels like a movie night (if only I had a large screen! not my teeny tiny laptop). I'm cautiously optimistic about the story, but I could watch Goblin and Reaper bicker, apologise and go shopping together for 90 minutes or more.

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I wanna watch PW, but I'm gonna wait till it ends. I'm gonna check the ending first, I feel like most Cdramas have tragic ending. Heckkk..I'm not gonna spend hours of my time and get a crappy ending.

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Don't want to give any spoiler on the ending, but the ending is not very tragic. Already out, you can check it.

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Hi, Sera! How Was PW? Is it Nirvana in Fire levels and very much recommended? Worth all those hours watching? Thinking of checking it out over the holidays :)

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NIF is on another level but PW

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IMO, NIF was (and still ) at another level. But overall PWY is a good drama to watch, it gives some vibe from Empress Ki but the story is much better written.

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Ooh, interesting! Thanks so much!! :)

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Currently watching Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo! (and planning to drop The Village: Achiara's Secret because I was dozing off after every single episode).

1. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim:
RDTK is like a baby that I have taken care of ever since it's born and now it's growing up in such a beautiful manner that I can cry proud mama tears. The little OTP moments that we are given weekly. It's already episode 10 and the most romantic gesture after the steamy kiss in episode 1 was holding hands. Who knows holding hands can be so endearing? I'm still waiting for Seo Jung to initiate affection. Dong Joo will be so surprised and I can't wait to see his reaction. (That's how emotionally invested I am in the drama, I am really treating the characters as individuals that I have met in my life).

2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. :) I even tried to promote this drama to my Facebook friends by sharing a video of it and I have never done something like this before. I'm glad that I have friends who further shared the video and spreading the love for our Bok Joo.

I just love how Joon Hyung loves Bok Joo for who she is instead of her appearance. He just wants Bok Joo to be happy. Look at him feeding Bok Joo with all the food. Bok Joo does not care about how she is like to Joon Hyung because she is still treating Joon Hyung as a friend. And I appreciated that. Instead of falling heads over heels for Joon Hyung and changes herself to be a socially acceptable female, she is at ease of being herself with Joon Hyung. When she finally realises that she's in love with Joon Hyung, she will still be herself, and this is important.

Over the years, I have heard comments about my weight (I'm overweight, not even obese). "OMG, you must be able to eat a lot." "Don't worry, she can finish all the food!" "These are very high in calories, I'm not eating them, can you help me to eat them?" These comments have caused me to stress over ordering and eating food when I am with acquaintances (not even romantic crushes). If I go for buffet, I will only go for one serving (which defies the purpose of a buffet!). I will not finish my food too. I will not order anything fried. I will try to finish my food very slowly. I know I should not be caring about the societal standards but it's impossible for me to ignore. Therefore, I want to meet someone whom I can order and eat food comfortably. And this explains why I am so jealous that Bok Joo can eat whatever she wants with Joon Hyung.

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Just wanted to say that I totally empathise with the whole weight issue. It's something that's terribly difficult to ignore in our society, but everyone has their own insecurities and I think you should live to eat and enjoy food you like as long as it is a conscious choice. I believe in moderation and taking baby steps to making better choices. Don't be too hard on yourself because I feel like stress leads to worse eating habits /emotional eating.

Also, food is love, food is life. So just enjoy (adding in nutritious options) and try to find an exercise you enjoy to balance it out. But yes, I know, easier said than done.

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I have a question.. Will the recappers be posting their year-end personal picks?

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I miss those days when the other bloggers and some of the WITH S2 joined in on the year review. thunderbolt, Dahee_Fanel, Sevenses etc. They were awesome.

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Can I just say that I loved that Odilettante refered to Lee El as her beloved? I love her too and want to say her in more thinks!

"intemperately, inadvisably, insouciantly candylicious" heh, Saya and her grammer, loved it!

Not watching dramas these days though I got back to PUNCH. I forgot how deliciously tense and fist-pumpy this drama could make me. So happy to be back. I just had a thought, can you imagine if Punch's writer had written Jackpot and Yongpal?

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Lee El is the BOMB. I fell for her hard in Liar Game. In both that drama and in Oblin, she has this fierce confidence without seeming like she's TRYING to be badass. It just comes naturally to her.

She has amazing screen presence!

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Hello it's been a while :). In terms of dramas I am really just currently watching two, goblin and scarlet. I also started watching Mother the Japanese drama before the remake and I have to say that I like it so far but some scenes are hard to watch, especially the scenes with the boyfriend and the little girl. I wish I could go inside the computer and rescue the little girl. I will patiently wait for the kdrama remake and the fact that Lee Bo young will be in it is a bonus, I have missed her in my screen.
In reality lately I have been watching and catching up with anime films. I saw Castle in the sky for the first time. Also the tale of Princess Kaguya, which in my opinion was robbed of the Oscar. I also watched Your Name and I love it I kind of hope they make a live action version whether in drama or movie, I really don't care. I also watched The boy and the beast and Wolf Children both great movies by the same production company.

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I usually HATE spoilers, but for once, I was super grateful for one: someone had posted that JJS's character was gonna kick the bucket in the next ep., so I wasn't quite as devasted as I would've been otherwise. My heart is pretty fragile these days-- I had to stop watching Geum Bi even though I like it a lot-- so I'm thankful I had time to prepare for the loss of our merman.

Grimlin may deserve the Best OTB (One True Bromance) in a Drama award, but for me, nothing can top the bromance in Youths Over Flowers: Iceland. My heart swells everytime I think of them.

Bok-joo is ?.

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Hi Javabeans and Girlfriday,

My life is very full and happy these days. Along with excellent dramas, my daughter got engaged two days ago to her longtime love - and happiness overfloweth!!!!

It's hard to choose my favorite crack drama these days because they are all so different. Romantic Doctor Kim has held first place in my heart until the second episode of Shining Goblin kinda hijacked my attention. Wow - is it ever glorious! My only complaint about Goblin is when Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook are on the same screen at the same time and I can't look at both at the same time. Yay for online rewind! Love love love the cinematography and deeply layered story. Please show, pleasepleaseplease do not devolve into the mess that was DoTS. This drama has the potential to break records but I'm not sure I will EVER take that #1 title away from Signal.
Oh - am loving Weightlifting Fairy so much too. What a stunning actress she is. I went from disliking her intensely in Doctors and Cheese in the Trap to loving her immensely here. It just shows what a brilliant talent she has.
Oh yeah....Legend of the Blue Sea has finally become interesting in this last episode. Hoping for more to come.

Best news of all this week for me (besides my daughter's engagement) is that I have dragged a close friend into watching Healer with me - and she's in love!!! I started her on City Hunter last month and she loved it enough to ask for more - so I roped her into Healer. SCORE!!!!! We have another k-drama addict among us. YAY!

Happy drama-watching week to all of you. I'm loving the cozy rain here in Sacramento. Perfect day for snuggling up with dramas.

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Congrats on both your daughter's engagement and your success in drawing attracting another K-drama viewer!

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Watching Legend of the Blue Sea:

It was all fun and games, enjoyable and hilarious, lightweight and easy going, with no strings attach... Until this past week! I've officially become obsessed! I can't decide whether Heo Joon Jae and Sim Chung are reincarnations of Kim Dam Ryung and Se Hwa, or the two stories are rolling in time together and KDR can change his fate. I figure I might as well just play dead for the rest of the week, turn off my brain, and wait for the next episodes to tell me rather than trying to write it myself.

I'm not watching any other dramas, but I'm keeping up with recaps on Goblin and waiting for more episodes before beginning.

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Off korean regions, I finished watching japanese drama 'kazoku game', and can't rave enough about it. Seriously, this may be my favorite drama of all time, of all season, no doubt. Even if new dramas come up, and memories of watching this one fade, but the feelings would always be there, which this drama made me have. I think may be everyone should watch this, and maybe yes, end doesn't justify the means, but still what a ride it has been! I just feel like an oddball here watching this three years after the original run lol. But damn, now I wish there were more.

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Oh, Kazoku game is brilliant! One of my favorite dramas. The ending was perfect.

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I'm currently watching WFKBJ- over and over again. I watch it subbed, I watch it unsubbed, I watch the little one minute clips on Instagram. It's just too cute. And just my cup of tea. I mean, it's not the best drama out there- sometimes I feel like the characterizations are not quite just right, and the editing is a bit disjointed, but I still love it. My sweet, scruffy underdog puppy. Bok Joo is so oblivious, it's awesome.

Last night I decided that I couldn't shouldn't watch WFKBJ again, so I started RDTK- what a strange name for this drama. I wasn't going to watch it, because the name was a total turn off for me. But I guess, don't judge a book by its cover, and don't judge a drama by its title. This drama totally sucked me in. I mean, the OTP kisses in the first episode, the female lead tries to off herself in the second. What's not to love? And Yoon Yeon-Seok has awesome hands.

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Wow what high standards our re-cappers have for Goblin. I cannot fault any second of this show and I am in it 30847473992%. its beautiful, thoughtful, HILARIOUS, and doing an incredible great job of marrying the supernatural with realism. Two thumbs way up!!!

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Love the Lonely Goblin. But I do think some of the takes linger too long. What is that all about? Apart from that, I am totally enjoying this drama. It is intriguing and the pairing of Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook is fantabulous. Won't be surprised if they win best couple leaving Kim Go Eun in the dust.

Weightlifting Fairy is the best rom-com this season. All characters have tingly to electric chemistry. A joy to anticipate each week. It is just the pick me up for cold winter evenings.

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goblin: gong yoo and lee dong wook together in one screen is all i could ever ask for! theyre so friggin cute. I just finished watching ep 4 and ugh untill a hour ago i was complaining about the length of the drama and now I'm crying about the fact that ep 4 was only 1 hour long. that ending. that preview ughhhhhhhh. A week is a long long time.

Legend of the blue sea: loved everything about this week's episodes. JJS and his money making methods lol

Signal: finally got around to watching it and as expected from the recommendations from all the beanies here, it didn't disappoint. Finally another awesome time(travelling?) after NINE.

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Romantic doctor kim: this week's episode had me pulling my hair.it infuriates me when i think about all the innocents lives that are lost every day because of careless drivers. argh this drama is always keeping me emotionally engaged.

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Legend of the Blue Sea: The highlight this week was definitely JJS's cameo!! Love all the meta and Chung is so adorable in her devotion to JJ. JJ is also cute in the inexplicable way that he always concedes to her.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo: JH-BJ are the cutest ever and I hope she realizes how he feels soon. The trio of besties is friendship goals. Glad they fought it out and made up, just like best friends would do in real life. Their bond will only deepen as they get past these conflicts. I hope the therapy sessions are helpful to JH and he will overcome his trauma. SH is just a sad character and I hope she will tough it out and understand that she doesn't need to cling to anyone to be better.

7 First Kisses: This web drama is just a breezy watch with lots of eye candy. LOL Lee Joon Gi church oppa!! *squeals* ??

Love Through A Millennium II (aka Shuttle Love Millennium) C-drama: I continue to enjoy this show mostly because of the lead actor and Fei Fei. I do hope the plot will keep moving along to uncover the mystery of the jade pendant and the time-travelling. Plus, I really want Ziyi to know that's it's Qilong who's been encouraging her acting and helping her, not Zhigang.

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I have to catch up on all the latest shows. I am currently live-watching Goblin and LOTBS. Can't wait to see more of Grim Reaper & Sunny in Goblin. Also, someone should seriously cast Jun Hi Hyun in a sageuk- she is so beautiful in traditional clothes.

Currently on a Ha Ji Won TV series spree, because I love how badass she is!

Empress Ki- At Episode 36. Waiting for my poor heart to recover a bit before proceeding to further episodes. Love all the romance and plotting, the show has kept me riveted.

King2Hearts- The show started off slow but grew so much on me! Loved Seung Gi and HJW and her aegyo filled character. Plus Jo Jung Suk! :D

What happened in Bali- Baby Jo In Sung, Baby So Ji sub and Baby HJW. I mean, I couldn't recognise them with their adorable young-er faces. Slow and melodramatic, the plot is free of many machinations and just the weird and complex love-lines between 4 people.

If anyone has any melodramas to recommend, I'd be happy to watch. I'm looking at ones which make me ugly cry. :P

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Dramas that made me ugly cry... Empress Ki and K2H were two of them, so you're on the right track. I don't usually like very melodramatic dramas, but these had me ugly crying at some point: Rooftop Prince, Gu Family Book, Shut Up Flower Boy Band, School 2013, Fated to Love You, Chuno.

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Add Marriage Contract to your list of dramas to induce ugly crying

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Currently watching :
Legend of the Blue Sea - it's official, I fall in love with Jun Ji Hyun !

Oh My Geum Bi - still waiting for tge saddest part, I want to cry my heart out because of a drama

Goblin - Love !

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Legend of the blue sea...love joon jae and shim chung together..fall in love with lee min ho <3
Goblin..loveeee the bromance..romance not soo much
Enjoy both dramas..:)

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Weightlifting Fairy: Allllll sorts of cute. I wasn't into Ep 7, but Ep 8 redeemed itself with all the cutest OTP moments. I still miss seeing Bok Joo with her doctor crush though because she is so adorably smitten. I love Bok Joo, she is really a great representation of the youth who knows their strengths and is confident of who they are yet still unsure in certain areas of life. I love that they've not made her entirely one or the other. Can't say I empathise with Shi Hoo too much but I do think she's a good example of a layered and thought out second female lead (esp. in compared say, Hye Ji of Cinderella who was just frustratingly bland throughout).

Goblin: I love certain elements of this - the cinematography, the bromance, the acting. However, the romance is not doing it for me, it's lacking heart and substance... but seeing Gong Yoo falling for someone is always a treat. He's great romcom material because him being dorky is so contrast from his charismatic aura and manly looks.

Shopping King Louis: I finally finished this and even though I feel like the series did somewhat lose its steam in the final week, I was still happy with the ending because all I cared about was the character's happiness anyway. Also, I love Seo In Guk... I love how he's grown as an actor and I want more of him on my screen.

Wish to See You Again (TW Drama): I am heading to TW soon and because this drama was made by the TW Tourism Board to promote tourism, I wanted to watch this... not to mention, I love Vic as an actor. He really embodies the quirks of his characters and is a true actor imo. I love how this drama is a tourism drama yet there is substance and plot to it and I really identify with the themes of travelling, storytelling, friendship and being open to inspiration. Maybe I just really like dramas with characters who are lost and go on a journey to find their way. That being said, I can't imagine this sitting well with a purely K-drama crowd because it can feel dated and lacks an element of sophistication and polish that I think a lot of K-drama viewers have come to expect. Instead though, it draws me in with it's more realistic and simple (I don't want to say slice-of-life because in my mind, slice-of-life still has this very idealistic and romanticised lens). I've just started so am still waiting on a lot of the scenery but cannot wait to see how it becomes woven in the storyline.

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Skipped a lot of scenes but I finished Princess Weiyoung in a week. Just started to read the novel and omg she's wayyyyy more badass in it.

Kim Eunsook always make her characters so adorably petty. It failed spectacularly in Heirs but I love everyone's interactions in Goblin so much!!

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I have to admit that Goblin is the 2nd drama that i watch after signal, i prefer to enjoy their movie since its shorter, darker, and brave-r (?). Yeah my dramagrafi is not much but i comprehend it with reading recap or article. My mom is the one who watching many drama this year from oh my ghostess, oh hae young again, k2, 1% of anything, and now she is enjoying Goblin. My dad also started to enjoy kdrama since i introduce him to signal. But he far more selective so he only enjoy signal and k2 so far. But starting to watching goblin to. He prefer kmovie actually.

Actually goblin ep 3 is less woah than 2 previous ep before but that doesn't mean it degrading. It's fully just personal preference i think since i prefer thriller and mystery than romance. But i'll stay loyal for my love to goong yoo. Aaaand for the bromance of course. Sigh... LDW and GY are adorkable hehehehe

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I used to love subway sandwiches till it gets shoved down my throat visually.. LOL
I do love GOBLIN. I was really touched by the overworked dr scene. Tears in my eyes when he resigned his fate after knowing the patient was saved and then there was that lone shoe. And then SMACK into a Subway commercial . My eye balls rolled to the back of my head from the whiplash. LOL...

Weightlifting Fairy - Love you for bring me back to a purer and innocent times.. Such nostalgia...

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Only watching two shows at the moment (which is a lot because I couldn't watch dramas after SFD): LOTBS and Bokjoo. And oh, Bokjoo, I love you so much. This is the kind of drama that I need right now. Lots of cute and lots of heart.

I've been curious about Goblin since I haven't seen Gong Yoo after that drama that must not be named but the first episodes are long?! WHYYYYYYY I have super short attention span. That's why I couldn't finish Reply 88.

Anyway, that Jo Jungseok cameo just won't leave me alone so I decided to rewatch YOF Iceland. Still adorable.

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Beanie Fam! Help me! I think goblin is making me obsessed with Gong Yoo! (I'm sorry Kim Woo Bin's smiling face) I've loved him since I watched coffee prince for the second time! I feel like he is one of the more perfect Korean actors. He's super handsome, manly, sensitive, that face! Those eyes!! He's a great actor! Him coming back to drama land is one of the things that is keeping 2016 from being a complete wash lol.
Anyway, also loving weightlifting fairy. This drama is everything I need to make it through the week. It's honestly so nice to have a such a sweet and wholesome story.

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- I watch weightlifting, still dont understand why everyone crazy about it?

- KGE does a decent job but three actors are on different level, GY, LDW, YIA. They only need to appear on the screen, everything is memorable. I think my impression of KGE after 4 epis is a girl that running around. Im much more interested in the 2nd couple, hope they have more screen time.

- LOBS becomes quite plain compare to goblin, its nice but the story is old

- Oh My Geum Bi: <3

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Weightlifting is not the best drama but it tugs at the heartstrings because it appeals to most people who've had an embarassing first love or crushes, and for the real take on friendships and the pitfalls of being young, doing something stupid and living its consequences. Plus the slow burn of the OTP. Overall, maybe it's just not your cup of tea.

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A meek shout out for Our Gap Soon, which has been great recently. You're all weekend family drama-avoiding wimps.

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