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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

It’s just the beginning of all the new drama premieres in the new year, and already I’m wondering how I’ll keep up with watching all of them. I think I may need a chart. Tell us what new shows you’ve picked up and what’s worth a watch right this second, and what you’ve got on hold until mermaids and goblins free up some of your time. –girlfriday

 

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Currently recapping: The Lonely Shining Goblin

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: That was some cameo. They certainly got a lot of mileage out Kim Hye-soo playing Teacher Kim’s first love, but when you have two actors who can make us all believe that there’s a whole drama’s worth of backstory in one ardent look, a short appearance can pack a big punch. It was a strange thing to get a finale and then an extended epilogue of sorts, but I kind of enjoyed the way the bonus episode felt less connected to the central plot and got to meander on backstories and relationships. My one complaint was that I wanted more development for Seo Hyun-jin’s character, but overall I was really impressed with how Romantic Doctor churned out such exciting episodes each week, which is normally not how I think of medical dramas.

Legend of the Blue Sea: I was so happy about Nam-doo hyung not being evil! At first I thought we were spending way too much time on Stepmom (we’ve got a romance that needs to conquer Fate over here!), but when Nam-doo became a double agent and they pulled the sting operation on the baddies like old times, that was fun. Here’s my question: Why can’t Joon-jae just buy a house on the beach and they split their time between ocean dates and land dates? Why’s it always gotta be all or nothing, huh?

Hwarang: My emotional investment in this show is pretty low, but I’m often pleasantly surprised when I watch it, because it never wallows too long in angst, and characters are refreshingly open with each other about things that I thought would stay secret for many more episodes. I’m rooting for the main couple, but Park Hyung-shik makes for a pretty compelling second lead, and his bromance with his ajusshi bodyguard only makes me like him more.

Solomon’s Perjury: Ooh, things are getting good. That pre-emption didn’t do the show any favors and I got behind for a while, but with the trial bringing everyone’s secrets to light, I’m totally hooked. Also, Seo Ji-hoon’s crush on Kim Hyun-soo makes me disproportionately happy—it’s like the tiniest sub-plot ever, but I love it so.

Missing 9: Maybe we just haven’t gotten to the grueling part yet, but doesn’t it seem like basic survival on this island is coming a little too easy for these castaways? I like the setup of having one survivor tell the tale in flashback and I’m certainly intrigued by the mystery, but it feels like things are happening way too fast, like we zoomed by the most interesting parts without lingering long enough to let the conflict play out. I wasn’t expecting Castaway levels of human drama, but a little more difficulty starting a fire and hunting for food would’ve been nice. But there’s a sinister touch that I like about this show, so I’m interested enough to keep watching for now.

Introverted Boss: It was a frenetic start, and I spent a good part of the first episode wondering what in the hell was going on. It was just very dramatic about everything. But then as Yeon Woo-jin came into focus, I stopped wondering why everyone was so weird and just started to enjoy his character and his very big battles with seemingly trivial things. When he slaved over that home-cooked meal for his secretary and then couldn’t muster the nerve to invite her inside to eat it, it pinched my heart, and I knew this would be a great character. I remember feeling a lot of empathy for the heroine in Flower Boy Next Door, and this hero makes me feel the same, like I want to help him come out into the world one baby step at a time.

 

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Three Meals a Day Season 3: I only started watching this season not too long ago, when a terrible cold knocked me off my feet for several days on end. As it turned out, this kind of laid-back variety show was exactly what the doctor ordered because my brain couldn’t process any high-end spectacles in the current drama cycle. Catching a sight of Eric in variety is as rare as a white elk, and his cooking skills are seriously impressive. He even learned how to make his own kimchi (and aww, gave away some practice batches to his fellow Shinhwa members)! Seo-jinnie’s boat license turned out to be super handy for the trio’s many fishing adventures, and I loved watching Kyun-sang grow from a helper staring at the various clay jars filled with soy sauces completely perplexed to an oyster shucking master. His two fluffy cats always brought a smile to my face, if only because they will accept love when my own cat does not.

New Journey to the West Season 3: I continued to ride the variety train by adding this season to my watchlist. We’re only two episodes in, but I’m already learning a great deal about one of the newest additions: Kyuhyun. Not only does he share an adorable bromance with Ahn Jae-hyun, but the ballad singer can also rap. I often feel bad for Song Min-ho because I can feel his image-conscious wariness toward variety on this side of the screen. Still, he’s slowly but surely opening up in front of his hyungs, who do a good job to make sure the maknae feels involved in taking down Na PD together.

 

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Currently recapping: Voice

Night Light: I had no idea kidnapping was such a commonly used bartering tool in the big business world. At any rate, Yi-kyung (my queen!) and Se-jin are obviously meant to be and no dramatic shenanigans will convince me otherwise. Also, I would like a Tak of my very own, please.

Solomon’s Perjury: When I first started watching, I thought the plot would be predominately centered on figuring out who the murderer is, but I actually really love that it’s more of an exploration into the quiet-yet-tumultuous depths of people’s lives. Everyone has their troubles and burdens — they just deal with them in different (and varyingly destructive) ways. Of all the things I love about this drama, perhaps my favorite so far is Seo-yeon’s mother. She’s currently in the running for Best Dramaland Mom Ever.

Naked Fireman: I went into this four-episode drama special with very few expectations other than my shallow desire to see Lee Jun-hyuk (aka my favorite thing about City Hunter) in the titular role. Yet, somehow, I still ended up disappointed, and not just because after the first episode there was a woeful lack of abs (hey, I said I was shallow!). Mostly I was baffled by the whiplash-inducing tonal changes between totally serious melodramatic revenge and goofy comedy — sometimes even in the same scene!). At least for the first three episodes, it seemed like Lee Jun-hyuk’s character was in a totally different drama from the rest of the cast and utterly clueless that were was some srs bzns drama going on around him. While I’m the last person to advocate for longer shows, this one feels like it could have benefitted from a sixteen-episode run because, with more time to expand, character motivations and sudden changes of heart would perhaps be more comprehensible.

 

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Introverted Boss: I only watched the (very long) premiere, but I like this show a lot, although it’s not what I was expecting. It’s both a lot weirder and darker than I thought it would be, and while there’s lots of humor, toilet and otherwise, as we’d expect from the Marriage Not Dating team, there’s a surprising amount of heart and pathos. There were some rough moments there with how much I was cringing with frustration and secondhand embarrassment (I was literally rolling around on my bed during the lunch misunderstanding, you guys), but that just goes to show how engaged I am with these characters already. I want to both shake our hero and give him the biggest, squishiest hug ever. I’m not thrilled about the previous connection between our leads because it’s leading toward more angst than I tend to enjoy in rom-coms, but the characters are all interesting, and this writer always reaches obvious conclusions in unexpected ways, so I’m going to have faith for now. Also, damn, is it just me or does our heroine have some intense chemistry with the second lead?

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: This was a near-perfect show with a perfect ending, and how often do we get to say that? I’ll miss these characters so much. In my mind they’re still living their lives somewhere, filling the world with cuteness, joy, and SWAG.

 
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Nam-doo hyung! Yay!!! Still so excited about that plot twist. I was so sad to think we might see him go evil :( Please let us have a happy ending without long gaps without seeing each other or something. I'm afraid it's going to be incredibly similar to My Love From the Star or something. Granted, that wasn't a terrible way to resolve the issue, but I'm hoping for a different resolution with this drama, haha.

I still haven't been able to start Missing 9, but I might have some time over the weekend to start and I'm rather excited!

Hwarang is growing on me slowly. Especially now that the awkward brother/sister issue isn't an issue anymore! I'm excited to see what this week holds for us.

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Re Missing 9, I think the flashbacks we've seen so far take place over just a few days so it makes sense that everyone's okay so far. It seems like, except for Bong Hee, they've mostly been wandering around and waiting for rescue so they haven't expended too much energy and their hunger isn't at the point where it'd cause problems.

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Not forgetting that the lead gal has great survival skills and she catches fishes and clams for their meals. If the lead gal is not there with them on the island I think they would die faster :P

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whats your opinion of lee jong seok oppa and kim woo bin oppa in hanbok.i mean we've seen min ho oppa and soo hyun oppa in one and they look over handsome

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None of them are my oppas, but Lee Jong Suk wore hanbok in The Face Reader.

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*sigh* so that´s how it is, huh?
well, I´ll still watch. at least it´s only 4 episodes.
he better be the next James Bond to make it up.

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Naked Fireman ???? ..... this reminds me of the "torrid" harlequins titles we used to smuggle and read as teenagers ...

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Watching

Goblin - ah! this is the show that made me discover gong yoo and i don't think i'll ever be the same again!! GY come back soon. don't take another 4 years to return please.

Big - i know i know. but i can't help it. I'm on a GY trip. On episode 8 and everything is ok till now except the heroine who is just too stupid to live. But i can watch GY be a dork all day long

LOTBS - i have no idea why i still watch this show. maybe bec i have some free time. or maybe because i like both the actors individually. but i don't think i have ever been this detached about a show ever before.

Missing 9 - ooooo! i like where this is going. i'm like the only person on the planet who has not seen "Lost". so i'm pretty excited about this

Hwarang - Dropped. its just wayyyy to silly. PSJ i love you. Just not in this. doesn't help that he has literally no chemistry with any of the girls

Introvert boss - ummm. i don't think we will be friends

Behind your smile - the girl is just so annoying. why is everyone in love with her again

looking forward to - if tomorrow comes, defendant

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Don't worry, I'm another one who haven't watch Lost or any other similar survival skills show. I like Missing 9 so far too !!

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I've seen LOST and I like Missing 9. After about three seasons, LOST went crazy. Missing 9 may actually turn out to be better by the time it ends.

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if you need more gong yoo, might i suggest Coffee Prince, Biscuit teachee star candy, or Train to Busan, if you havent seen them?? its just that Big was just a ...big mess lol. Honestly one of the most disappointing dramas ive ever seen.

ps. the 3 gong yoo projects i suggested are all on kissasian.com! (not 100% about the train to busan)

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Also, A Man and A Woman ( KissAsian) Sad ending but hot damn can that man kiss!

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I also watched Harvest Villa recently, and thought that maybe the show's brand of quirkiness is really not for me. Because I couldn't enjoy it fully. At times, it was fun and surprisingly sweet, but most of the times I just felt so detached from what the characters feel.

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I was once watching shows like you as well. I've missed deadlines and not submitted assignments - it was a problem.
I had to make a conscious effort to limit my drama viewing >_< and in my case, life is much better for it.

Currently watching:

Missing 9 - the first two episodes were great. I'm in.

Misaeng - I know, I finally got round to watching it, and it's wonderful! Episode 5, at the moment.

Solomon's Perjury - Episode 4. I'm a lawyer and the students' attempt to hold a trail is both interesting and naive - enough to keep me watching.

In keeping with conscious effort above, I stop watching a show if I find it not be of a certain quality:

Hwarang - have seen all episodes so far, but I won't be catching the next. Despite Park So Joon.

Voice - saw the first two episodes after a beanie encouraged me to give it a chance. But I don't think I'll continue - it's too intense.

Introverted Boss - after episode 1, dropped.

LOBTS - dropped, at least three weeks ago.

RDTK - dropped around episode 10. It didn't resonate with me the way it did with Korea and fellow beanies.

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And,

Goblin - Now that the Reaper's past has been disclosed and more or less resolved, I'm following this via recaps. I watch a scenes if they appeal to me on recap.

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Well I beg to differ. It must be personal preference, but Harvest Villa is my personal fav. Kim Eun-Hee's drama. It's more ambiguous than her any other other previous drama. And geniunely laugh out funny without the need to switch genre.

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I haven't seen Lost either.

I've read Lord of the Flies, though (and remained traumatised for life). Which is why I probably won't watch Missing 9 for now. I don't do well with extreme survival stories.

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Did you need to read Lord of the Flies for literature class too? I thought it was an awful book and just quit halfway.. Ended up just reading a summary and the ending.

Kids are not allowed to be so creepy and cruel... Though it is quite true, also in real-life they have the potential. As do we all. Humans...

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Like you I struggled to get into Harvest Villa but I'd recommend you stick with it...It just gets better and better with each episode :) it's one of my fave kdramas.

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Apparently there are more of us out there who have not seen "Lost" than you imagined. I gave up on American TV quite a while ago and have been using my computer instead while the TV gathers dust. Okay by me though because if I want to see something badly enough, sooner or later Netflix will probably have it. Right now my go to places are Dramafever, Viki, and always and forever, Dramabeans!

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Haven't seen it either! American series are (in my opinion) in general very over-the-top and also very sexualized.. Not all ofcourse, I am sure there are many different shows, but the general stuff we get on tv here is from America and falls in that category. Bye tv, Long Live Computers!

Also, it is refreshing to venture out into other countries' music and film industry. So many new things to explore ^^

One I enjoyed from America (and available on Netflix too) Is Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Complete nuts, it is super awesome. Don't look it up, just watch.. (in ep 3 stuff gets more clear, patience is a virtue ;P)

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@bips99,

As a fellow GOBLIN fan, I heartily suggest watching COFFEE PRINCE, the drama that made me a Gong Yoo devotee. I started out watching sageuks, and if I recall correctly, COFFEE PRINCE may have been one of my first rom-coms. It is one of my all-time favorite Kdramas, with memorable characters, a solid cast of reliable veteran actors, and epic bromance. Gong Yoo's performance as Choi Han-gyul is a tour de force. Ditto Yoon Eun-hye's turn as the hardworking head of household, Ko Eun-chan. The depth of feeling they both convey is epic. And the OST and background music are utterly fantastic.

In mid-July I watched ONE FINE DAY (2006, MBC) while live-watching BEAUTIFUL MIND. (There are parallels between the latter's Dr. Lee Young-oh, Park Do-kyung from OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN, and Namgung Min's aquarium director Kang Dong-ha in this show.) I enjoyed the drama, which opened with a thrilling car chase, and ended with protagonist Seo Gun (Gong Yoo) returning from several years in Australia.

Based on the DB ratings, ONE FINE DAY was better than I anticipated. Namgung Min was adorkable as aquarium team leader Kang Dong-Ha, who seems to be a bit Aspergerish, but is a genuinely nice, decent guy, and also very rational. Gong Yoo as Seo Gun was his usual gorgeously charming self. Sung Yu-Ri as his adopted sister, aquarist Seo Ha-Neul (who is named after Gun; their names both mean Sky). I'd have to call this series a character study. Ha-Neul's adoptive mom, Gun's adopted family, and assorted other characters whined, bitched, and carried on in ways that made me want to scream. Even so, I enjoyed the drama a lot.

I watched Gong Yoo's first action film, THE SUSPECT (2013) about 2 months ago, and loved it. It's a far cry from his earlier rom-coms, that's for sure. If I recall correctly, he did get into fisticuffs in ONE FINE DAY, but this was a lot darker. His years in the military paid off with a droolworthy physique reminiscent of Song Il-Kook in A MAN CALLED GOD, but not as extreme. There was plenty of automotive mayhem, and some inspired plot twists.

BIG has been on my to-watch list for a while. Thanks for your comments on it. More incentive to watch. ;-)

Enjoy!

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THREE MEALS A DAY, FISHING VILLAGE, S03 E01

I watched the first episode in late October on KShowOnline, but didn't get back to later episodes until after the new year owing to my live-watching schedule.

I never thought I'd watch a "reality" show, but I thoroughly enjoyed THREE MEALS A DAY. It's like AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN goes camping, with a big helping of Zen as the cast turns to to "chop wood, carry water." This is no GALLOPING GOURMET. It is low-key and great fun to watch, and educational, too. I learned some useful tips about crabs that I'll never use because I don't eat them -- but I appeciated them for the sake of learning something new. The guys get along well, even sunbae Seo-Jin, who has apparently mellowed out since earlier seasons. As this is the introductory episode, I can only imagine the bromance that could unfold.

The show had me at Eric's reply "Michael" when, upon arriving at the house on the island, someone noticed the holding tank with a single lonely abalone gliding across the glass and asked what it was. They decided that Michael would be their pet/mascot, and would not be eaten.

Seo-Jin set about building two temporary fireplaces out of the bricks hauled over by Kyun-Sang while Eric scoped out the ingredients at hand for lunch and proceeded to cook a lovely 2- or 3-course repast of potato miso stew with dumplings, savory egg custard, with rice and side dishes courtesy of Seo-Jin).

But before that, the fire had to be built, and Kyung-Sang was having a hard time getting it to catch. Eric took a look, split another piece of firewood into smaller kindling, and had Seo-Jin make knots out of newspaper just the way a friend showed me how to do in her fireplace. With the smaller bits of wood and hot-burning paper, the larger hunks of firewood finally caught.

Not only is Eric a fisherman (mainly freshwater), but he's been getting into sea fishing, so they will likely not starve. It also turns out he is a darned good cook, with a lot of experience and knowledge, plus the ability to calmly and methodically plan, think on his feet, and coordinate the
processes for preparing multiple dishes. I could see the wheels turning as he went about his business. His voice is likewise soothing, one of the reasons I fell for him in OH HAE YOUNG AGAIN.

It's interesting to observe how Eric goes about meditatively organizing himself and his tasks, then delegating some of them to Kyun-Sang and instructing him and showing him the ropes. He doesn't rush, and appears to me to be calmly focused as he works. Part of that is due to the fact that he's never cooked for 3 people before, and has to mentally scale up the quantities of ingredients.

It's fascinating to see how all three of them pitch in to get themselves fed. Reminds me a lot of ssireum, traditional Korean wrestling, in the sense that it involves cooperation and finding balance between people as well as with gravity.

The two cats are seriously cute.

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I'm so behind on everything lately. The pre-emption for Solomon's Perjury also made get behind on the show, I'm actually still catching up^^;;

I'm starting Missing 9 and Voice today so I'm pretty excited about that. Hope they don't disappoint!

About NJTTW3: I'm really enjoying it so far and I might be biased since I'm a fan of WINNER but I actually think Song Minho is doing pretty well (the grapefruit scene last week was just hilarious). Technically this is not his first variety, WINNER as a group has done WINNER TV and Half Moon Friends (which I highly recommend btw) and he always did quite well on both as he is naturally funny without trying too hard IMO. However, since he is the maknae in this setting and he's not as familiar with the cast, it's probably a little awkward for him. But his humor is naturally a little awkward so maybe that's why I don't notice it as much LOL.

I'm enjoying Kyuhyun on this show too, he's definitely a natural and him singing Mino's Fear was definitely one of the highlights last week. Anyway, can't for the new episode tomorrow!

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I've watched the 4 episodes of Naked Fireman n I like it.
Missing 9 and Voice are great so far too!

Finale of Goblin are so so to me only. Spoilers : His life still remains immortal n lonely actually for most of his time....

I've dropped Hwarang n My Shy Boss (the lead gal in the latter show irks me so much)!!

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Yeah I agree with the point of Jun-jae's building a house near the ocean so he and Shim Chung can compromise. But then K-dramas have a thing for making things more complicated. XD

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Kdramas know no middle it's all or nothing,they are way to melodramatic...Like a very important person in dramaland will say,aka Kim Tan..."There is no middle for Me"

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They are inflexible in that sense I think. Haha.

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I'm pretty sure I'll be sucked in to the world of introverted boss because I have similar social phobia but it's a double edged sword because at the end of the day I'm not sure the handling of the situation will be satisfactory ..

But that's one of the dramas I'm looking forward to, including Nam Gong Min and Park Bo Young's

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Hwarang: I'm loving this drama and Park Seo Joon/Sun Woo so much!! ^__^ I really thought that I'll wait too long before Sun Woo and Ah Ro confesses their feelings to each other especially Sun Woo who I can see him living for the rest of his life protecting and loving Ah Ro from afar in pain without confessing his true feelings to her especially after Abeoji's words wishing for him to live as real Sun Woo and Ah Ro's brother!! the look in his eyes broke my heart to peices!! her confession was my only hope that he may confess in return or at least his brotherly wall he attempts to keep will start cracking but I felt that that will take more time with Ah Ro showering him with her anger!! my heart broke for him when she wished him all kind of harm, as if he wasn't in enough pain, but he didn't take too long before hearing her confessing her true feelings and WE HAD A KISS!! YAAAAAAY I can feel things aren't solved yet (he still need to let go of his guilt over Mak Moon's death and being alive instead of him and let himself live and be happy not only live to avenge his friend and protect Ah Ro) but I'm happy with what I have and I can wait while repeating the confessing and kiss over and over and over again!! ^__^ loved the showdown between Maek Jong and his mother that was awesome!! loved Ban Ryu and Soo Yeon adorabelness and this girl is love!! she's all "I'll protect my man" but poor Soo Ho he'll end up with concussion this way LOL loved the new blossoming bromance between Sun Woo and Dan Se!! they were hillarious LOL and sure thing loved cutie Han Sung saying that he see Sun Woo as the coolest Hwarang!! awwww cutie!! ^__^
Goblin: 16 episodes of laughing out loud and crying my eyes and heart out!! I really almost had a breakdown, actually had a short one, watching Eun Tak dying then Grim Reaper and Sunny following leaving Kim Shin ALL ALONE!! I was laughing and crying an ocean at the same time, like really, my laptop drawned in my tears!! thankfully they gave me and him some happiness with our dead main leads getting reincarnated and finding the love of their lives again!! I still need to watch the episode with subs (I'm delaying it a little bit because my heart really need some reast) but even if I won't get a logical reason of how they got reincarnated in their same appearance in less than half of a century when Kim Shin said that that happens once every 200 years but I'm totally fine with it!! I saw happiness on their faces, they'd get to be with the one they loved the most and longed for many decades/lifes so I won't ask for more!! I would have asked for more/longer happy times for them before tearing them apart like they did but they'll have a lifetime to have that and that's good enough!!

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Aww... Finally a fellow beanie who also love hwarang as much as I do!!! Thank youuu... ❤️❤️❤️

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I love Hwarang so much too. And Park Hyung Sik is my main reason for tuning in. Sam Maek Jong is love.

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Sammaekjong is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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+10000
Hwarang to me is Park Hyung Sik ??? and Sam Maek Jong is ❤❤❤ .

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"I am not Sammaekjong, I am Ji Heun. The king of this nation."

Hyung Sik-shii.....you are the king of my heart. Sammaekjong is super ?????

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Voice: I like this type of show and am happy thus far with how they've written the female lead. If the end of every episode is going to be a cliffhanger, I recommend binge watching....too late for me though.

Naked Fireman: Quick, easy watch. Nothing too amazing.

Boss & Me: Finished up. Definitely one of the better contemporary C-Dramas. Love the lead gal.

General & I: Story has improved now that they are over the rushed beginning. I'm totally invested in the OTP, and AngelaBaby has stepped up to the plate. While I have been critical of the instalove at the beginning of the show, the drama did a good job laying the foundation regarding the various kingdoms and it shows with how satisfied I am in all the politics/strategy etc.

I didn't get to Goblin or Father, I'll Take Care of you this week because I started Cruel Romance....if I'm watching AngelaBaby, I might as well watch her husband. So far, it's pretty good.

Of the dramas out that I don't have time for, I'm most looking forward to Missing 9. Will keep an eye on what everyone thinks and maybe start when it is about done with its run.

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??I am loving Legend of the Blue sea. It has given me all the feelings. Nam Do being a good friend was such a pleasant surprise. ☺☺☺ Hoe Jun Jae is surely a charming character. Lee Min Ho is doing an awesome job. He is shining in Legend of the Blue Sea!! ?????????⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Excuse me for asking - your name's just a typo, right? Right?

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Right?!

Heo Joon Jae belongs to ONE girl/mermaid

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???? Yes of course Hoe Jun Jae only belongs to chungie ?????

I changed it :))

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Oohh the first screencap caught my eye. I almost didn't recognize it, but then I noticed Lee Joon Hyuk so it's gotta be from Naked Fireman. This 4 episode drama is on my watch list! It's a short commitment and I wanted to see LJH back on my screen so I thought I would give it a shot. ^^

I'm watching so many shows lately. xD
Weekend time = drama catch-up time.
Going to finish Goblin asap. Then move on to Voice. I'm more excited for Voice. Too bad none of the recappers have mentioned it yet.

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About "Voice": Odilettante is recapping the show and doing a great job. Put Voice in the search bar and you'll find the recaps. And the series is more than awesome: think Signal on steroids...I so recommend this show!!!

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Oh yeah, I'm already a fan. ^^
I was just excited to watch today's episode. Heh :)

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hahahaha...Signal on steroids! So on point. I lost my breath while watching the detectives running around building and cramped alleys.

I hope Voice stays intense and dark, I covered my eyes a lot actually, but I'm glued on my screen, it's pretty addictive.

I even got my hubby to watch it with me, so it's a brownie point for Voice from me. He keeps asking when the new episode would be available.

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Hwarang: Love the new dynamic and (re)introduction of several certain characters that will totally shake Hwarang House.

Solomon's Perjury: Every revelation made my mind jumped from one possibility to another. I thought I already got a hang on all those characters, only to be contradicted by the next second. Augh, my brain hurts.

Missing Nine: Strong premise + interesting characters with suspicious backstory. Can't wait for more.

Goblin: Surprisingly, I like this time jump resolution so much. And also the new Euntak-class prez-Sunny friendship.

Potato Star: Finished it this week. And while I totally love the other resolutions, I couldn't understand why they choose such a depressing, WTF ending for that important storyline. I tried to come up with some explanation, anything, but... Mind! Doesn't! Compute!

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I'm still stuck at ep 25 of Potato Star. I have read many comments talking about the ambiguous things you are talking about.

Solomon's Perjury with Missing 9 is a good Combi. Gonna start it next week.

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I've been forewarned about the very ambiguous ending before started watching it, so I already set my expectation bar pretty low. But I have to say that it was even more horrible than High Kick Through The Roof's ending. That fake hope thay give us (and the lead girl) at the end, ugh... I want to throw something.

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I loved Potato Star too, I'm still sad about the ending. It just makes you want to ask whyyyyyyyyyyyy to the writer. Why after 120 episodes could you not throw us a bone. :-(

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Ikr? Or they can just let it be a clean break and make Jin-ah accept the other love. Let him just become a long midsummer dream for that family, instead of giving us that wishy-washy ending.

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Is there another Korean drama with title Potato Star? When I read Potato Star on online forum like this, I thought it was Potato Star the sitcom with Yeo Jin Goo, Go Kyung Po, Ha Yeon Soo and Seo Ye Ji.

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Yes, that sitcom is the one I talked about.

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So I just watched the last episode of The Lonely and Shining Goblin and well... I shouldn't felt surprised with the way they wrapped it up. After all, the title already stated it very clearly.

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Alas, I still cannot keep up with live shows so I'm back to my marathoning ways. Which means my to-watch list keeps growing bigger ?

Finished Age of Youth - awesome until the end. I loved the character growths esp Kang Yi Na's and though the stories did get a bit dramatic towards the end, the girls' friendship remained the best thing out of it. That and the girls' boys. I laughed in despair at Ji Won missing the chance to finally catch her sunbae ? Overall, a very memorable drama that I've added to my fave shows list. ❤

Picked up 1% of Anything and am halfway through already (which I didn't realize cos it moved briskly) and man I loooove it! Just the type of romcom drama to make you giddy and squeal A LOT. Now I can see why DB's comments always said that the 2 were so realistic it's like they're dating in real life! I love how the characters' reactions are so natural, esp Ha Suk Jin's cos it always looks spontaneous which makes it more believable. And although the basic plot is well-worn, what makes this stand out from contract relationships is that the relationship is REAL, there's just a time limit; the dates, holding hands, and OMG so many kisses! And they're pretty hot too. It's a different take on how the characters develop feelings for each other without the usual fake dates. I'm much more interested in Ha Suk Jin now after this. And if the drama remains consistent til the end, its going to that fave list too.

I did watch the 1st episodes of Goblin and LotBS when it just started, to check it out. Now that they're both ending soon, I've decided to go with Goblin as next on deck cos its much more appealing for me. Along with Weightlifting cos of all the good comments. Plus "You like Messi" was top trending in my country on social media last week or so. Lol

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lol do you like messi pick up lines :))

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I'm getting back into japanese media and feeling and Watched most of the 2017 movies trailers.

Daily Watch - Puberty Medley. Several scenes.

Missing 9 - I'm enjoying the all timelines from yesterday to today to future to back to present. I'm considering island story as future which exactly is a past played out in present. sigh. This doesn't make much sense.

Real survival game will start from next week.

Goblin - watched ep 16 few minutes ago. I liked 14, 15 and even 16 episode. These 3 episodes were predictable and again stretched but still were better than previous several episodes. Bromance made a comeback and Eun Tak looked better as 29 years old.

7.5 out of 10.

Introverted Boss - Next 2 episodes gonna decide whether to stick with it or drop it.

Blue Sea - still stuck at 15.

In love with - Flower Boy Next Door

Enjoying - Father I'll Take Care of You

Started from midway - Yoona's Street.

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Oh, FBND. I'm glad you're watching it. And loving it!!!

It has such a great ensemble cast.

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Hey..so why did you start Yoona's Street in the middle? Any particular reason? Is the beginning bad/boring?

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I wanna know too! I personally liked the first 20ish eps.

But I think CatoCat has a really unusual taste in kdramas? Please enlighten us, CatoCat! :D

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The lunch misunderstanding was so frustrating. I was screaming, "Invite her in!" Kyo Ri may have felt uncomfortable eating with him at first, but it certainly would've made her see him in a new light. The secretary is so cute that at this point, I prefer Kyo Ri with Hwan Ki than the heroine.

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I'm finding lately that some of the shows I like the best, like Goblin, Blue Sea, Hwarang, for example, are losing character and plot continuity---the overall flavor for me, by me watching them from week to week. So I'm giving myself permission to find good shows and then (Arghhh) wait for them to finish so I can watch them in toto at my own speed and leisure. Having said that (and I will follow this when it fits):if I don't get a new Voice fix ASAP, I may have a bloody fit! *grumbles, damned cliffhangers!!!!

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LOTBS: I think this writer's greatness is in her comedic writing and the ability to create wonderfully absurd situations in which to explore that writing. So I honestly found myself bored or rolling my eyes a bit with the events of episode 18 - where the writer is not as strong - particularly the super obvious and telegraphed plot to trap the stepmom. I have generally found this show to be breezily entertaining throughout its run, but I'm not sure yet if it's a show I will rewatch.

Goblin: I found episodes 14-16 to be such a mess honestly. They really should have just ended this show with Ep 13. I feel like there were so many plot holes, inconsistencies, questions raised by that ending but I'm not sure I care enough at this point to try to unpack them. This show has been struggling with narrative and pacing since episode 5 or 6 at least, on top of other issues it has (poor writing for the female lead, an otp that didn't connect with me). I think mostly I am just glad this show is over and I can move on to something else.

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My feelings exactly - on both shows. I stopped watching LOBTS a few weeks ago and gave been following it via recap. As for Goblin, well, I watch some scenes (again gleaned from recaps) but am largely disappointed. Both shows had so much potential, particularly Goblin, but in the end failed to make me care about the lead characters (I love the Reaper and Deok Hwa from Goblin).

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Goblin 7 LOTBS: the kind of shows I always like.

Naked Fireman: not great, but a lesson for other scriptwriters in how to get things done without dragging on forever. It actually had a person who was curious about something JUST ASK. And someone who saw something suspicious TOLD SOMEONE about it ! :)

Missing 9: probably a keeper. Even if they can't count.

Voice: good during the emergency calls. Too much stale same-old the rest of the time. I find myself actually looking forward to it more than Goblin & LOTBS, but that's mostly because it is new - I don't expect the shine to last.

Romantic Doctor: extensions done right.

Hwarang & Introverted Boss: Iffy. If I run short of time these are the ones that get dropped.

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Lol-ed at your Missing 9 comment. I too, also wonder why is it only 9 ? Obviously there are MORE THAN 9 ppl on-board that ill-fated plane. Maybe the number 9 has the same meaning likewise in Goblin ;)

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I was happy for new shows starting since I've been in such a K-drama rut.

Voice: Strong start. I'm in.

Missing 9: Intriguing. I want to find out more about the characters so that's a good sign.

Introverted Boss: Show I was looking forward to the most, but it was just weird. I like the hero though so it gets two more episodes.

I'm excited for Defendant. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint.

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While waiting for Goblin to be subbed, I finally caught up with the shows which premiered this week.

Hwarang - Enjoying everyone else except the main couple. I am loving the princess and her fierce attitude.

LOTBS - I was so excited when LMH conned his way out of the hospital (kind of wishing there was more conning scenes for this show). I do agree that the show's strength is in its comedic aspects.

Introverted Boss - Yeon Woo Jin back on mh screen (I can't be any happier). Plus I trust the Marriage Not Dating Team. Although, the show is more serious than I thought it would be.

Missing 9 - I am also one of those people who didn't watch Lost. I also didn't follow the shows teasers/releases and didn't expect this show to be quite dark (I should have known though, considering this was a survival show).

Voice - I love love love our intelligent heroine.

Nirvana in Fire - finally finished it this week. Do most c-dramas have to have a tragic ending? I stopped watching Weiyoung specifically because of that. I guess it couldn't be avoided.

I feel like I have too many shows on my plate and most have a serious theme to it (I need more variety shows in my life). Nonetheless, I'm hoping to watch Solomon's Perjury and General and I, and looking forward to watching Tomorrow with You and Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

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I was first drawn to korean dramas because of their sense of humour, but most shows do seem to be serious or dark now. Maybe I'll stay away from Missing 9 and Voice for now. Also looking forward to Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

Btw, did you think Nirvana in Fire ended tragically? I actually liked the ending. Bittersweet but very fitting.

I think historical dramas tend to have more tragic endings. Still, the ending of Princess Wei Young wasn't too bad.

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I don't know. Maybe I just felt bad for Prince/Emperor Jin Yang and the Princess. Or maybe I'm just so used to kdramas having happy ending (for the main leads at least). Same with all the books I read. Nirvana in Fire is like my 2nd c-drama (Weiyoung being the first), maybe I just need some getting used to.

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I actually didn't mind the ending of Princess WeiYoung. I mean we were kind of forewarned at least those of us who didn't skip the beginning and ending songs with all the spoilers. It's better than a lot of other historical C-Dramas.

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Maybe that's why. I tended to skip the opening and closing sequence (having marathoned the first 27 episodes). Although I do agree, it is a good drama that I thoroughly enjoyed watching (at least for the eps I watched).

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Nobody watching OCN's Voice? You got to watch it, it's really good !!

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I thought many beanies here plus myself did said that we are watching Voice and most of us like it.

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Plus..
If you've watched Liar Game, Signal, and Missing Noir M,
You'll regret that you missed this one ^_^

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Gap Dong was also good !! (it was based on real unsolved serial murders)....I like dark, mystery n thriller kind of dramas !!

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Watching

HWARANG: This week's episodes were pretty slow in the momentum but the confrontation scene between Sam Maek Jong and the Queen Regent is epic. He looks so powerful and regal that I could not wait for him to take his rightful place as the King. To me, Park Hyung Sik is the driving force of this drama and totally overshadowing Park Seo Joon.

LOTBS : It's weird to drop a drama when you have invested 15 hours on it. I was late in catching up last week but then I realized, I don't bother anymore. This drama is a total dissapointment.

GOBLIN : With all the hype over the last 3 episodes, I am trying my best to catch up where I left off at episode 5. But the show is BORRRRINGGG and draggy. Idk how to pull through since my fingers itching to press the skip button.

SOLOMON'S PERJURY: I like the dark and mystery theme. Not yet emotionally hooked but I am already in for the long ride.

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I totally agree with the PSH driving force. For real. O_o

I've never had SLS before because what's predetermined should stay that way no matter how mismatched the OTP may be. I've always been an advocate of that.

I'm just seriously having SLS now in a non-romantic way. Does that make sense? I want his character to be the lead: story wise, it would be much more solid if we have PSH with his King's journey & lording over his Hwarangs (with the bro-mance) and PSJ-GAR couple is just a side story. More of Romantic Doctor HSK-PSH & YYS/SHJ-PSJ/GAR role analogy..

And if javabeans have My Girl OST feels, I'm having Fated To Love You (Ailee's song) feels with Hyorin's track~

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Call me greedy but I want him to have them all- the throne and the girl.

PHS gave his character so much dynamic. (I apologized) PSJ's character is rather bland and it's not his fault that his character is less interesting but PHS just made Sam Maek Jong so loveable, you just want to root for him. Maybe I came to watch with low expectation since he is an acting idol but he really blew me away. Comparing with those princes in Moon Lovers (aside from Lee Joon Gi and Kang Ha Neul), PHS proven he is an outstanding actor. That scene where he had a face-off with his mom....I would never seen that coming from an actor of his background. It was the best scene in the entire drama so far. I agree with @Alexa, he eclipsed PSJ unfortunately.

I am also eagerly waiting for him to take the throne and becomes a formidable Hwarang. Whatever his one-sided love, I know it's going to crush my heart since I shipped him with Aro (PSH and Go Ara has sizzling chemistry that exudes so much sensuality) but I hope he will just mend his broken heart with his priority which is to become a great king that he is destined to be.

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Voice, I like the two main leads, especially the female lead.
Looking forward to seeing Missing 9 and Solomon's Perjury. Couldn't get pass episode one of Goblin even though I like the four leads.

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I'm really enjoying Scene Stealer (the new improv variety show). It is so fun to see what they'll do to each other every week and how they use drama troupes to make things really hilarious! Dramabeans needs to do a recap of an episode or two ?

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Well, personally this was a tough week and lots of tears were shed in dramaland too, which didn't quite help:

Hwarang: I'm interested in Sun Woo's origins, but mainly, I need more bro-bonding and comic moments.

Lobster: Nam-Doo was the highlight this week. The mermaid is depressed and sick at heart, which also depresses me. Still holding out for a happy ending.

Goblin: I won't spoil the ending, but this drama brought amnesia to epic levels. The final episode took an emotional strain on me, which surprised me because for most of the show I didn't really care too much about the OTP. For a show that indulged itself with a dragging pace, the finale felt like it took us to heaven and hell, and past and future all in one episode. I'm still reeling from the ride.

I tried Introverted Boss because I needed something light and funny...and first scene was a suicide. Great. I kept watching but found myself checking how much was left around minute 40 (TvN, is there no way of making you produce shorter episodes?). Dropped.

Amidst all this angst, I made the decision to marathon <Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. I'm so glad I did. I hadn't seen it as it aired but beanie comments were so positive that I gave it a go. SWAG :)

Now I'm just waiting for Namgoong Min and his office antics.

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Yeah, I tried Introverted Boss also because I wanted something light and funny. I couldn't even get to the parts which irritated most viewers. Often I read recaps to get over parts which would have otherwise stalled me. However, the comments weren't encouraging so I never went back.

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Last week was terrible. I just couldn't find shows to fill up my schedule after WFKBJ and RDTK ended.

I watch Solomon's Perjuryalmost as quickly as subs are out. As hard as I tried, I couldn't resist starting on Voice. This is the kind of show I prefer to watch when the series is complete because the cliffhangers are just too much. I watched two episodes of Voice in no time and was left with no show. That led me to start on Missing 9 which again is something I wanted to wait but didn't.

I tried Naked Fireman with this image of a really nekid fireman holding his hose. Sadly despite my love for Lee Joon Hyuk, I could barely get past 1st ep. Not sure if things pick up.

I just started Battle Of Changsha last night after I ran out of shows to try. Reviews were good, has anyone watch this?

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Seems we're in a similar situation. The shows you mentioned are too dark for me, and everything I was watching turned quite serious, even those billed as rom coms (Lobster went a bit chaebol makjang and Goblin is insisting we all cry that it is ending). There is nothing that warms the heart like WFKBJ on offer.

So, I think I'll go back to my list of things to watch while I wait for new shows to gain some momentum.

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If I had stuck with LOTBS and Goblin, my plate would have been full. Alas, I dropped both quite early.

I'd watch Goblin if someone does some magical editing. I think the show would have been so much more interesting and watchable if they paced it right. I like all the leads so it's just sad it didn't work out for me.

LOTBS was the show which I wanted to see if I can ever get over LMH's terribleness in Heirs. Well, I think I am a lot more positive about him now. While I couldn't get into LOTBS, I managed to erase enough Kim Tan to feel neutral towards LMH.

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I think one could easily watch Goblin 1-4 and 12-16 for the story, and then watch fan videos of Goblin and Reaper moments in between.

Haha, LMH is doing a pretty decent job in Lobster. I have a special fondness for LMH thanks to General Choi Young, so I managed to easily forget the flop that his character was in Heirs.

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Thank you for this. I've stalled on Goblin at episode 9. This is a case of me wanting to like it, but I just can't. I'm happy for everyone involved and it is beautifully filmed, but they cheated me out of a good fantasy story and I'm a little bitter.

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I watched Battle of Changsha a while back. It is a solid, well thought of C-Drama. I liked but did not love it. If you are a Wallace fan though it is a must. I'm kind of so so on him, but I think this is one of his better dramas. If you are not a fan of history or military battles, it could get a bit long. I think they actually use black and white footage of the battles.

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I'm not a fan of Wallace. I am actually now more intrigued by the character Brother In Law than anyone else in ep 1.

I don't like war dramas, too brutal and depressing but I'll still watch if it's good. If you haven't watched the movie City of Life and Death please do. It's one of the best I've seen.

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Thanks...I'll have to check out the movie. I'm always looking for something good to watch.

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CURRENYLY WATCHING :
Hwarang - i love PSJ & Go Ara, but I can't seem to get invested in their characters, individually and as a pair. Loving PSH & brewing bromance between SH & BR and of course BanRyu& Sooyoon's romance. Hansung still the king of cuteness and being totally adorable.

JUST FINISHED:
Love O2O - with the regular rave comments of Beanies about this, I finally watched my first CDrama. I enjoyed it, I ended up finishing it in about 2 days. Can't seem to stop looking at Yang Yang.

Boss & Me - out of curiousity I ended up watching this one too. I love Shan Shan.

ABOUT TO START:
Goblin - specifically restrained myself from watching until it's finished so I can marathon it in 1 weekend.

ON HIATUS:
Father I'll Take Care of You - will pick up again by Ep 30

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Introverted Boss: Yeon Woo Jin you can do no wrong in my eyes ^-^. He's nailing this character and I could honestly watch this all day. Not sure how I feel about the female lead yet, especially after causing the secretary to lose her job. His best friend seems like a snake and the type of friend who claims to want you to succeed but is waiting for your demise.

Hwarang: Please please please pick up the pace. And give more time to Ban Ryu & Seo-yeon!!! And all the supporting characters. Right now they're more interesting than the mess that is the love triangle

Legend of the Blue Sea: I shall be in tears next week. I didn't expect to like this show as much as I did but one episode left and my heart isn't ready. On a side note can they please clear up the confusion about her heart becoming weak. Joon jae loves her so whats the problem??

Missing 9: THE SHOW I DIDNT KNOW I NEEDED UNTIL IT CAME ALONG. Great everything!! I'm scared to know whether they all conspired to killer . But I shall be re-reading Lord of the flies since that's all i can think about while watching this show.

Solomon’s Perjury: Why you no get subs faster :( The show I look forward to the most. The acting is great, the storyline is phenomenal and watching everyone fall apart and show their true selves is enjoyabble to watch. But I really need for Ji-hoon to start finally telling the truth to everyone. I don't appreciate how the female lead got sidelined when this was supposed to be her show. This so reminds me of what happened in Beautiful Gong shim

Goblin: This was honestly my favorite show when it first started but for the past few weeks I don't even have to motivation to watch the show. I really did appreciate the cinematography and the story line between the grim reaper and Sunny. It's going to be a struggle to find the motivation to watch these next 3 episodes

Voice: I need for Jang Hyuk's character to stop yelling at her. She told you the truth and all you do is accuse her and yell. Didn't expect for the case to be moving so fast in just the 3rd episode

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Watching...

Goblin - I'm going to binge watch the last 4 episodes tonight. After 12 episodes, I'm still not sold with the Goblin and Eun Tak's loveline. I'm more interested in the reincarnation plot line and the Goblin and Reaper bromance. I haven't read the recaps for the last 4 episodes so I'm hoping to be surprised and satisfied with the ending.

Introverted Boss - I had high hopes for this drama because of Marriage Not Dating and Another Oh Hae Young. Sadly, I'm disappointed with the first two episodes. The story just seemed all over the place and Ro Woon's character is annoying. Hwan Ki is an interesting character and I'm curious with how he became the person he is right now. I'm hoping that it's not just daddy issues. I might check the next two weeks to see if it gets any better.

Father, I'll Take Care of You - Dropped it after 18 episodes. I got curious with Lee Tae Hwan and Park Eun Bin's chemistry after reading it here on DB. I ended up pushing the FF button everytime I don't see the two on screen. Their loveline is the saving grace of this drama. I wish I have patience to sit through another 32 episodes just to know how their story develops but sadly I don't.

General and I - I'm on episode 20. I'm enjoying the epic love story of Chu Bei Jie and Bai Ping Ting. I also love the action sequences, political/power struggle, the costumes and cinematography. Plus, all the actors and actresses in this drama are just so pretty even those with minor roles.

I'm excited to start Missing Nine since this drama comes from the writer of Bad Guys and 38 Task Force. And of course, I can't miss this because it stars Jung Kyung Ho.

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I watched the movie Missing today and cried a whole year's amount of tears. Gong Hyojin's characters in dramas never really appealed to me but she just captivated me in this one. Amazing movie. I totally recommend!

Watched 4 latest episodes of LOTBS with my mom and sister today. What a ride. A lot of emotional scenes but I only cried during Si Ah's past reveal. Oh my gosh, girl. It hurts! IT HURTS!

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Legend of the Blue Sea: Yay for ND hyung staying true to JJ. Sad to see CH's exit, but with parents like that, I can understand his choice. Hope JJ and Chung will figure out a solution to be together.

Hwarang: Finally, SW knows how AR feels and she knows he's not her real brother. I want to see them patch things up soon. Also want to learn more about SW's identity. So awesome when JD stands up to the Queen Regent and others to show them who's king.

Iljimae: Watched ep. 7-8 and good to see Yong finally starting to become Iljimae. Really nail-biting when he's still trying to get the hang of things and his actions directly create a life-or-death situation for his friend. Hope EC will be drawn to Yong and realize who he is.

Miss In Kiss T-drama: This series isn't fast-paced and I guess I'm mainly watching to see how the classic scenes will be done for this remake. ZS moving out was expected. I'm just waiting for the upcoming major scenes. Ah Jin forever cracks me up.

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Bite of China - Season 2: So, I never caught Season 1, and stumbled upon this documentary food series completely by accident, but...boy does it succeed in making me want to cook dumplings and other bread-y foods and noodles made with coarse, self-grown, self-milled grains; make a trip to China's most rural villages and outposts; eat with mismatched bowls and wooden chopsticks; and be a fisherman/farmer/mushroom-picker/honey-farmer, and so forth...

I've been so impressed by the way different close-knit families around China's remote villages care for each other in the simplest, yet most heart-warming of ways (e.g., uniting over food prepared lovingly, while preserving age-old traditions as best they can), that I can almost imagine their back-stories, their tear-inducing struggles to support their families, etc.. It's been more satisfying watching these episodes, as I've rather been stuck in a rut in drama-land's latest offerings...but these hold up on their own, and I highly recommend any of you picking these up--though I don't know if they're subbed/dubbed properly into English.

1% of Anything: This is the only drama I've finished in a while. All the reasons others have I liked it, I agree with. Short and sweet episodes, adorable and convincing couple, old-school feel, quick progression... I tend to like heavier-handed dramas, but this literally a breeze to watch, and I was done before I realized it.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Unfortunately, I dropped this around episode 7 or 8. It was sweet and fun and light all the way till where I stopped. But after they finally got together, I completely lost interest and wasn't compelled to watch any further.. Perhaps I spoiled it for myself, cos I read about the latter angst and decided I'd just hold my horses...or, rather, halt completely. Maybe I should pick it up, but I just can't seem to just yet.

This Week My Wife Will Have An Affair: I thought I would like this, especially after having read JB's year-end drama review.. I haven't watched Awl yet either, but it was also always on my list--again, due to JB's rating of it...but halfway through episode 1 of TWMWWHAA, I was finding it very slow... and the version I was watching wasn't translating the text messages, so I was missing all the stuff that was throwing the husband into turmoil.. A'way, I'm hoping I'll return to this some day, since I usually like JB's tastes.

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I really liked naked fireman. I find that k dramas tend to be way too long...Often...So I appreciated it's short length and that it got on with the story it wanted to tell. A cute epilogue between the main couple would have been nice. Otherwise it was very watchable :)

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I find it good too. Short n nice. I also don't have patience for long kdramas. My idea length is 16 episodes.

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Anyone knows which drama the main picture is from?
I'm so behind everything, but that scene intrigued me ?

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Looks like it's from Naked Fireman

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I'm thoroughly enjoying watching Saimdang, Light's Diary. Been waiting for over a year for this drama to start. Totally worth the wait. Anxiously waiting for next week.

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