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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

We’ve got more premieres on our plates, with more on the horizon! I’m still feeling a lingering sluggishness regarding my drama-watching habits, but I think there might be a show or two that’ll pull me back in… Are you hooked on the current batch, or still waiting for that show to grab your attention? I don’t mind taking a small breather, though I do hope I won’t be waiting too long… –javabeans

 

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Father, I’ll Take Care of You: I love that the two sisters-in-law are finally bonding, and over a shared mothering instinct, at that. I’m sure it won’t be smooth sailing, but it’s rewarding to see them come together for the sake of the kid. Meanwhile, I continue to find Lee Tae-hwan super cute and want more of him and Park Eun-bin (come onnnnn, show, throw me a bone here), but can’t help wishing he were more experienced and less stiff in his delivery, because I do have to kind of watch his acting with one eye closed. He’s improving, but you can see how green he is the more screentime he gets. Also, I laughed out loud when I realized they’re hinting at Park Eun-bin being a secret heiress, because it wasn’t enough to have one-half of the couple caught up in a birth secret, you had to double down on the hidden identity? But hey, if it makes for a satisfying comeuppance later on, I’m all for it.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People Ah, okay, now that’s the stuff. I feel like this drama snuck in the best of both worlds by giving us a super-condensed taste of epic drama and battle and emotion in the first episode, and then slowed down to really work on that touching backstory. We’ve barely scratched the surface of the present-day story, but I have a feeling this one could get heartwarming and heartbreaking. I can’t wait for things to really kick into motion.

 

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Solomon’s Perjury: I wanted the mystery to be just a hair twistier in that last hour. But I loved that the drama felt like it was told from the students’ perspective at all times, and that it had a very thoughtful message to tell about choosing to live even when things seem so bleak. Coming from these kids, who had been through so much pain, it didn’t feel trite. I hope someone makes a highlight reel of the romance in this drama so I can watch it whenever I need a pick-me-up. It’ll probably only add up to 15 minutes, but I could probably watch it a hundred times.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: Woohoo! I was crossing all my fingers and toes for this one to be an epic heroic journey, and we’re off to a great start. It’s polished and gripping from the first hour, and I’m so invested in Mom and Dad right now that I’m enjoying the childhood portion more than I expected to. Doesn’t mean I’m not chomping at the bit for Yoon Kyun-sang to show up though!

Defendant: I really love that this show is being ambiguous about whether Ji Sung really committed the murders. I mean, WE trust that he didn’t, but I absolutely love that HE doesn’t know if he’s guilty or innocent, and that we see what-if scenarios play out where he could be the culprit. Watching him piece this puzzle together from prison is some great drama. And now I don’t trust anyone on the outside, because shady prosecutor just shot to the top of the suspect list.

Hwarang: I was starting to lose interest in this whole quest that the Hwarang were sent on (and when Go Ara got herself captured I wanted to flip a table), but then things got really interesting at the very end with Park Seo-joon declaring himself king. I hope it doesn’t get magically fixed next week, because this is one sticky situation I want them to get all mucked up in.

 

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Currently recapping: Hwarang, Missing 9

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People New twists on old stories are one of my very favorite things, so I was really looking forward to this fresh re-imagining of the tried and true Robin Hood tale. Even though we haven’t seen much of Yoon Kyun-sang yet (ask me how excited I am to see him in his first leading role — SO EXCITED), I’m thrilled so far with the way the hero’s origins are being so lovingly laid out for us. The show is getting off on the right foot in every way, which makes me incredibly fired-up to see more. I have a feeling we’re in for a hell of a ride.

Can You Hear My Heart I started watching this show because I was in the mood for a good old-fashioned love story, and the recent Why You Should Watch recommendation made it seem like just the ticket. I’m about a third of the way into the show, and I’m loving every bit of it. The family relationships are wonderful and interesting (I adore Woo-ri and her childlike adoptive father Young-kyu so much), the central conflict of a family looking for their long-lost son is compelling without being too complicated, and the bromance between Dong-joo and Joon-ha/Ma-ru is just the thing dreams are made of. Luckily for the audience, the subplot with the evil stepfather and his hostile takeover of Dong-joo’s family company doesn’t get more airtime than it needs to further the plot, which gives us that much more time to focus on what this show does best — create lovely characters that you just want to put in your pocket and carry with you everywhere.

 

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Currently recapping: Introverted Boss

Solomon’s Perjury: My first drama favorite of 2017, and I feel like it’s an underrated one! Thanks to this series, I have a slew of talented, fresh faced actors to keep an eye out for. Solomon was a satisfying and smart, slow burn mystery that was consistently paced from start to finish. I think it’s a pretty incredible feat to have saved the truth about So-woo’s death for the finale without running out of ideas in the lead up to the reveal. It certainly helped that all the characters and subplots were so compelling. I teared up at the ending and loved how Ji-hoon gained a family of close friends, along with the realization that he chooses to live even though his raison d’être isn’t yet readily apparent.

 

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Currently recapping: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Empress of China: Before the premiere of Rebel, I was in a bit of a K-drama slump, and initially, I toyed with the idea of watching Six Flying Dragons for my Giant Baby (aka Yoon Kyun-sang), but ultimately, I decided I wanted something else. Almost right away, this drama drew me in with its beautiful scenery, rich historic storytelling, and Fan Bing Bing’s gorgeous almond eyes. If you know me, you know that I’m a huge fan of strong capable women. So I love how despite the emperor’s seemingly omnipotent control of his government, it’s actually his harem concubines who were the key movers-and-shakers. They manipulate all the important events that occur, so that the men seem more like pawns in a chess mindgame with only power-hungry female players. Sure, most of the plot is centered around the concept of “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” but it’s being spectacularly executed so far. Note: The CGI boob coverings (mandated by the Chinese government’s Office of Censorship) are extremely distracting — I keep on wanting to tear them off just because the slightly off coloring ruins the elegance of the original costumes.

 
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I find it kind of funny that this week I was debating if I should watch The Empress of China after I saw a YouTube video that explained her history and who she was. I thought her story was interesting but I admit the number of episodes kind of scares me.

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Honestly unless you find the taiwanese version the stories missing a lot. The drama faced airing issues and it originally had 82 eps but the Hong Kong version which is usually whats floating around online only has 75. They cut so much out and trust me you notice. The story focuses so much on the harem drama that the actual story dedicated to her being the Empress of china and ruling China is so minimum. Also the way she is depicted in history is as a very smart and shrewd woman but in the drama they play out to be almost ignorant and outright dumb at the beginning. She talks back and refuses bow or observe the rules of etiquette which makes no sense since she was raised in an aristocratic family. For the sake of plot they continue her ignorance in not noticing painfully obvious harem plots. The men in this drama are truly useless, the women do everything which is strange to watch since it makes the kings look more like puppets then powerful and thoughtful rulers.

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Looks like I'm going to start watching Rebel. Thanks!

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you won't regret it!

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For once I am watching the same shows as javabeans, woohoo! lol
Agree that the two sister in laws found a common ground is great because having the two of them bickering for so long can be frustrating.
Hope Lee Tae Hwan continues to improve. At least there's Park Eun Bin shining through ;D
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People - the kid version is soooo cute! I want to pinch his puffy cheeks! Also his funny expressions when attempting to break that piece of wood are hilarious in an adorable way ^.^

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I've got some catching up to do with Father I'll take care of you - I think I'm about 4 eps behind. After marathoning Jealousy Incarnate, and then Oh My Ghostess (for my newly found love of Jo Jung-suk), I was left utterly drained, lol.

Will need to take a breather and focus on real life before jumping back in (so she says), but I'm looking forward to starting on Rebel, which sounds promising so far.

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Changsoo is quickly becoming my favorite character in Father, I'll Take Care of You. In today's ep, the way he kept saying "classic" totally reminded me of Ha Seok Jin's use of "quality" in Drinking Solo. This kid totally cracks me up.

Re: LTH, when I first started the drama and looked up how old he was, I was blown away that he was only 21. But the strange thing is, the more I watch the show, the younger looking he becomes. Is it just me??

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I am similar with Javabeans on Lee Tae Hwan - he is so cute and good looking but at the same time so stiffff. Luckily there is Park Eun Bin around. I think LTH should seriously pushing himself to improve -this is not his first drama. He has done few drama already.

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I started Rebel, watched around 20 minutes but didnt have time and put it on hold for now.

also, seriously trying to fit in Dear My Friends, I am still on ep 4 with this.

but re-watching Reply 1988 gives me new insight into the parents´ stories. especially the dads. I guess we all skipped a little of that, but really, if you take it slow, they are a bunch of very curious human beings. sorry I skipped you, guys.

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I am watching Reply 1988 for the first time and I am loving loving it.

I'm invested in every side character, everyone on the street actually! One big extended family. And they all tug at my heart strings so.

Hyeri's acting still is somewhat of a distraction (so... dramatic it feels unnatural at times), but the boys are killing it and alternate with making me coo and want to cuddle them and ripping out my heart. It's awesome. ?

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Just finished Goblin which was just OK for me and I'm sad cos I loved the premise, and Gong Yoo! I've read a lot of comments praising it and the writer, but I don't seem to get it. And I really really wanted to love the drama :(

The only thing extra-ordinary were the 4 actors. I found the editing choppy so before I could immerse into the scene it had already moved on to something else. And I felt that the characters weren't fleshed out. They were just there to move along as the plots went on: to laugh, to cry or be silly as needed. The writer could have done much better with the characterisation. The last ep seemed rushed through and the whole plot in general wasn't developed well. I mean there has to be a story tangent to follow from beginning to end, right? However, the main plot of the sword had to wait until ep 11 or something and was over in 3 eps. And there were so many answers to the whys that were solved by inserting a dialogue or 2 instead of using them as plot movement when they could have filled whole episodes with them (like the King's adviser actually being a big deal, or why the Goblin came back or why the Reaper and Sunny couldn't be in that lifetime.. ) Maybe it was just me.

At least, I have Weightlifting to make up for it. Finally started watching and am squeeing so much! So cute and so full of heart! I'm loving LSK and looking at NJH differently now as I watch. The role seems perfect for him. Definitely a gem and since the reviews have been great am excited it wont let me down til the end :)

Then am gonna start This Week My Wife right after. I'm contemplating on whether to live-watch Tomorrow With You or wait to marathon it.

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Exactly. That was my problem with Goblin, too. No matter how much I tried the characters never seemed to spark any kind of interest in me. It was hard to identify with any of them, especially the OTP. Luckily Weightlifting Fairy didn't fall into that pit. It was such an easy watch, I effortlessly felt acquainted with all the characters. Definitely worth the watch, it has become one of my top favorite k-dramas. The OTP's arc progressed in a very convincing way.

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True! It was that kind of organic, progressive character/relationship I was hoping would be in Goblin but sadly wasn't. Some parts were quite painful to watch actually, cos I was just seeing Gong Yoo act, but never really become THE Goblin which I def think wasn't a lapse in his acting but rather the way it was written and edited.

I'm really really loving WFKBJ! Give me well-written characters over plot and I'll be happy <3

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Interesting what you said about seeing Gong Yoo act but not seeing the Goblin himself. It just makes me think of Lee Seon-kyun in This Week My Wife and the way he plays his character. It's not so much that he disappears into the role, it's more that he LSK himself is experiencing what his character is going through, elevating the realism to a whole new level for me.

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I love it when the drama has a great combination of good acting plus good character writing where the actor just becomes the character - like he could be a real person. Goblin just proved to me that you can have a great actor but the writing can be detrimental.

With what you've said about LSK, I can't wait to start watching This Week!

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WFKBJ having a much 'lighter' story to tell,plot-wise was technically much better.
Goblin,despite the beautiful cinematography and excellent acting had too many plotholes and I couldn't get into the funny parts thinking that a supposedly sad character should't at times behave so immaturely and childishly ie.Train to Busan scene.For me 13th episode was the final.

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''I couldn’t get into the funny parts thinking that a supposedly sad character shouldn’t at times behave so immaturely and childishly''

Exactly!

I couldn't even enjoy the supposedly funny moments between the Reaper and the Goblin in the early episodes because, in my eyes, they acted completely out of character. As for Goblin's interactions with his bride, the level of immaturity was unbearable.

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This! I am baffled on why the Grim Reaper is such a dummy-in-life, I get they are playing this for comedy but I just cannot connect. I never watched Lee Dong Wok in anything so I am not sure if he's just not good at comedies or is this what the PD / writer want.

I am still stuck on episode 4 and thinking to rewatch Coffee Prince instead. Oh Gong Yoo, how is he so fine.

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Exactly! This was how I felt when watching the silly parts. It would have worked, but the writer/director should have made his character progressive ie, support the change in character arc with the story, like how the serious Goblin mellowed out to act silly enough - not just edit the scenes to be for the character to be hot and cold in an instant. It was just weak writing.

They did this slightly better (not great) for the Reaper - I think his character was written much better with progressive character developments. So most of the silly acts worked well with him cos he was presented to be this innocent, naive man whereas the Goblin was this alpha hero, strong and serious - then suddenly making faces and bickering with the Reaper. Like where did that come from?

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The writing was incredibly lazy with almost no plot development in episode after episode except the last 10 minutes. With the overlong episodes, it really showed. People loved this drama, and I'm happy for them but I feel cheated out of what could have been a solid fantasy drama.

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The problem with waiting to marathon is if the overall impression is not mostly positive then I lose the will the watch it completely. This Week My Wife is Having an Affair is so good. Please tell us how you like it.

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This holds true for me as well. An example, I was almost gonna watch W while it was going on, only to change my mind after the change in impressions in the 2nd half. I guess its the knowing that I'm spending my time in what I think will be a worthwhile drama although I have watched a few that weren't. That is why I have much appreciation for those who watch dramas and are kind enough to share their opinion so people like me can decide what to avoid..hehe

I will share my thoughts on This Week in next week's post which like AOY and WFKBJ, I also decided to watch after the great reviews :)

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Yeah, I agree with you about Goblin... I too don't get it and till this day I'm still trying to figure out what i watched.
But yay for WFKBJ! I just finished watching it for the second time and I am still in love with it as I was the first time around. Such great execution of a simple plot, and of course characters I can get behind every single time I watch it. I hope you continue to love the drama. It's definitely a gem.

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I finished WFKB days ago and have been re-watching it since then. I can't get enough of it. I love the characters so much. They were fleshed out well and the development of the love story between OTP was handled so well. It progressed in a very convincing and heartfelt way. LSK and NJH did so well, especially NJH who's a revelation in this drama. He truly improved. Swag OTP is now my no. 1 drama OTP. :)

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JadeRJY, concerning Goblin, I just finished the series also and feel the same as you. The editing was weird and the characters did not drive the plot. They were used to further it along, even though it made them act out of character.

The show had an interesting start and one or two strong episodes in the later half, but that's all. The rest of it dragged and looked pretty without having any substance. I wanted to see more of what the pilot promised - betrayal, tragedy, loyalty, etc. - and the show gave me childish behaviour, product placement and no plot for more than a half of its run. Disappointing.

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Although I liked Goblin, and thought it was good and entertaining-it wasn't a great drama, I had to agree with everything you said and all of the points you mention.

This Week My Wife Will Have An Affair was my surprise favorite last year and Weightlifting Fairy is something I could watch over and over again whenever I need a small pick me up.

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This Week My Wife is the best among the three you mentioned. Goblin and WLKBJ are both enjoyable to watch, Goblin has amazing casts but the problem with the plot. WLKBJ is overrated in this site imo, I enjoyed when I watched it but it is something forgettable.

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And I thought I was the only one who felt like that with Goblin.No matter how much I want to be immersed, there's something lacking that I couldn't point out.

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How can you compare a story about coming out of age and a story centered around myths, religion amongst other things ? Of course it's easier to flesh the character in a story like WFKBJ the plot evolves around her becoming an adult.

Goblin is more like W in terms of story telling, who says religion, philosophy and myths are easily grasped? You can't name one TV show be it American, European or Asian in the same genre that didn't have plot holes in their story telling...

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THIS. I AGREE.

I'm frowning as I read all these unnecessary comparisons between Goblin and WFKBJ which *in case people didn't noticed* were in two different genres. I am a fan of both dramas here.

Personally, I'm kinda glad Goblin left some few things loose with no concrete conclusion. This just explains life in general. A touch of realism. There isn't always answers flatly displayed out for us. Plus, this is some myth fantasy stuff going around in this story. It's not supposed to be logical.

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I get what you are saying. For me, I compared it to Arang to the point that I actually went back to watch Arang again because I was so unsatisfied with Goblin. That's when I realized KES was being totally lazy in not building the characters and the mythology throughout the whole drama. Arang is not as romance centered and it is not perfect, but every single character in that drama is fully developed. I do think Goblin PD did a great job setting a mood in the way he filmed, and I'm glad people liked it but I guess it just is what it is for those that were left unsatisfied.

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Good point. Now Arang was where the mythology was done right cos they built it out and expanded it. However fantastical a drama's story is, it still has to be built out with a solid foundation so we can buy into the fantasy itself, otherwise, it just seems like a plot on paper only. And in Arang it was built out every episode so we learned more about it as we went along, not just in the last episodes of the drama. And the characters were written well enough to mesh with the story.

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I agree that no show is perfect but one can overlook the plot holes if they don't interfere with the narratives. WFKBJ could have easily become another romcom with little substance had it been at the hand of other writers. So while the story is simple, it did what it set out to do and to me, the story and the characters were well thought out from the beginning til the end.

I also agree that comparing shows like W and Goblin is like comparing apples and oranges. But viewers like me had certain expectations that were not fulfilled. This does not mean that the shows were entirely bad. It's just that some viewers didn't find it as engaging as others did.

If the slapstick comedy was toned down, and the focus shifted to the conflicts between the non-human characters or the non-romance aspects , Goblin certainly would have been a great(er) and more engaging show to viewers like me.

Anyway, that's just my humble and very poorly-worded opinion.

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Actually no, I wasn't comparing Goblin's story with WFKBJ at all because obviously they are a different genre.

I was merely comparing the quality of writing for the characters in the drama. The way the character arcs were written and developed in dramas where the characters were great (I compared it to WF because it's what I' watching at the moment but I can name others like Jealousy, AOY etc) was what I was hoping to see in Goblin. Goblin had a GREAT premise to start with, I just felt that I couldn't personally connect with it due to the reasons I mentioned, which was mostly due to the characters. But if others did, that's great for them.

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I definitely agree with you all. I love Gong Yoo and LDW. Coffee Prince and My Girl were the first few kdrama I watched when I got into the drama world. When I found out that he's doing the drama with the writer/writers of Heirs and DOTS, I wasn't excited at all. I knew it'd be popular for sure, but at the same time I didn't think it would have a solid plot.

I watched Goblin every weekend and for the most part enjoyed it. I was passively watching it. After each episode, I didn't really bother looking for bts clips or reviews unlike with WFKBJ. I enjoyed watching the actors, but there's just too much disconnect for me. I sometimes find the Goblin very inconsistent, almost like a teenager. Happy and all mushy one day, then very temperamental the next. Gong Yoo and LDW's faces definitely carried this drama a lot.

I'm excited for you to watch This Week My Wife... That and WFKBJ are top drama of all time. I agree that watching LSK will make you believe he was actually going through everything rather than just acting the part out.

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I've been in a drama slump myself, but Rebel and Tomorrow with You are pulling me out of it finally! I'll still be tuning in to Introverted Boss for Yeon Woo-jin, but these are the ones making me feel giddy and excited right from the start! Now, if Park Bo Young's drama meets my expectations, I think I'll begin to feel like a very spoiled drama-watcher again.

I actually ship the Mom and Dad in Rebel harder than I have most leading couples of 2017 so far. I was surprised I allowed myself to get so invested in their happiness, but they were so sweet and so earnestly worked for a better life for their family that it hurt a lot more than I expected when the tragedy hit.

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i know! ive been in such a slump after weighlifting, romantic, legend and goblin and tomorrow with you and park bo young's new drama are my only hopes lol

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Is Tomorrow With You good?

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Just watched first episode, nothing really make me interested yet. But i love the main casts, so i will let see how it goes first.

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I personally really enjoyed the first two episodes. Love the directing, just like I did in OMG and HSKoS. I also felt like I may have heard Seo In Guk's voice for the ost at the end of episode 2!

I could see some people finding it to be a slow start honestly. First episode could have been a bit better paced maybe, but I love the feel of the show and the mysteries surrounding the fates of the characters. And I like the banter between the pairing. I'm excited to see how their relationship unfolds.

I enjoyed the 2nd episode much more than the first. More than anything, it feels like the show is going to be a lot more interesting starting next week.

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@chandler and @mygirl2016

I forgot that this is by the same PD, I LOVE this PD! Will give it a try then.

And you had me at Seo In Guk.

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And you had me at Seo In Guk

My thoughts exactly.
Nothing makes me stop in my tracks and delurk other than the name Seo In Guk! I heard yesterday that he sang a song for this show and now I can't wait to watch the 2 episodes! Though the song apparently officially release on 10th Feb midnight.

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@ObsessedMuch

Offtopic but how do you do the quote thing?

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Hey @TaeBi I hope I am not too late in replying and that you actually see this. Do u know how to do bold or italics? It's similar to that. Use the symbols and with blockquote written within them. I will use different symbols so that u get an idea:
[blockquote] copy whatever u want to quote [/blockquote]

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boomboompow, I kind of answered the same question to someone else below, but do try it and tell us what you think of it so far.

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Ahh so many shows I want to watch but school is standing in the way :(

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Hwarang: I'm disappointed with the characters this week. Sun Woo didn't think before acting in that last scene. The king still hasn't fully gained his confidence. And Ban Ryu chose to deliver that letter. At least the Princess learned to stand her ground.

Defendant: I'm not sure if there's ever been this many law/thrillers/crime shows out at once but I feel like I'm in heaven. I'm taking a much needed break from romance. Uhm Ki Joon is just SLAYYYYYING THIS ROLE and I'm so blown away

Missing Nine: Tae Ho mades my blood boil. I felt for him when he was crying but his personality flipped so fast. Seeing him a*i*e after everything makes me angry. I'd give anything to punch that smirk off his fave

Voice: So far its okay, expected a bit more. I have yet to see this weeks episode

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I just finished watching episode 12 of Behind Your Smile and truly this episode was good and that kiss was so good but the stupid puzzle on the bed ruined the atmosphere. I wish YT would be more honest with LX and tell her everything she's ready to listen, it might happen the next episode.

I felt sad for LX's friend in this episode.

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So what do you guys think of Hwarang? Should I watch it.

I like Park Seo Joon and Go Ara well enough, but I'm hesitant due to some of the descriptions of it. It seems like something of an ensemble piece, at least by the descriptions.

I despise ensembles (I know, weird.). I try to watch them and I just find myself infuriated and yelling at the screen for them to pick a character or two and FOCUS lol..

And based on the description it seems like this is about a whole group or something (hwarang?) going around adventuring or something.

So what do you all think?

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Sadly, I wouldn't recommend it though I quite enjoyed the first few episodes. Rather than an ensemble piece, the story focused too much on a love triangle that wasn't going anywhere, to the detriment of developing other characters. I would actually have liked a more whole group adventure, but it hasn't happened. The heavy-handed use of flashbacks is the worst I've seen in a while.

My criteria for good dramas are plot, characters and dialogue. Hwarang has a plot that could benefit from a few important reveals, some characters are fleshed out and sympathetic but others not so much, and there's just hardly any dialogue.

My critical tone is probably due to disappointment, but I know other people continue to enjoy it. Maybe try it?

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agree 100% extremely disappointed in it

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I'm really enjoying it and I'm loving Park Seo Joon ALOT in it!! I'm loving the romance and bromance!! :D

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I love Park Seo Joon and watching some parts. Heard many bad reviews, Honestly, cannot stand Go Ara.
Looks like love triangle is become so important and i really hate that. What I saw the most are viewers shipping Park Hyun Sik and Go Ara. Ok go ahead, let these two be together. I think i better see Park Seo Joon with the Princess.

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I finally gave up on Hwarang...the love triangle creeped me out due to the quasi/fake incest thing as well as I like the king better. And right, everything else seems ignored.

Watched 1st episode of Saimdang, looks promising, and of course, Rebel has me on board. Then our two crime dramas, Defendant and Voice both have me hooked. Makes a lot of great viewing!

Laurel Tree Tailors looks to go into Noble Idiocy so I saved an episode from last week to watch this week when hopefully that crazy will be done. Been there once on this show already.

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I dropped it at episode 10 because i was fed up with the stupid love triangle, I shipped her with PHS when this ship sinked after the kiss in this episode I stopped watching, also I don't like GAR's acting.

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It's ok, not great. And it is pretty ensemble-y, so perhaps not your thing.

I personally prefer (so far) Rebel, Missing 9, Chief Kim, Tomorrow With You, and Voice.

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Hwarang is one of those dramas that is easily subjectively enjoyable but objectively mediocre. I love it to pieces, but goodness is it too flawed to recommend, so you may have to check it out yourself.

As for whether it is an ensemble piece, it sort of half heartedly tries to be. It ultimately tilts more towards the main three characters, but there are too many characters and character groupings and motivations that it may annoy someone who doesn't like ensembles and wants more focus.

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Wow, Ar- thanks for writing that for me, it's just what I would have said! (If I were a better writer.) I love that description, "one of those dramas that is easily subjectively enjoyable but objectively mediocre", I didn't know it but I've been searching for that phrase for years! Like many dramas I've watched, I love Hwarang and can't recommend it without feeling pretty lacking in reasons except for cute boys ?

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Dropped at episode 10, and I can't even be bothered to follow the story via recap.

The modernised sageuk style put me off from the very beginning (or at least, from episode 3 - the first two episodes were quite promising). And the writing and acting is pretty mediocre.

Despite not particularly liking his character, I think Park Hyung Sik was the only one holding up this mess, and driving the story forward. Watch it if you're a PHS fan and want to see him shine.

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Base on the reply here, it seems like more people watched this drama then others becoz of the effort to reply to this posting. Well for me, if you want a light hearted drama with a little twist this is the drama that you should watched. But don't invested yourself too much on just a certain supporting character coz you might be disappointed. Leave the detail of the production, writings and characters development to the professionals then you will enjoy watching the rest of this drama. This is just my 2 cents.

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@(EVERYONE)

Whoa! So many replies! I was not expecting such a response. I guess I did ask didn't I?

Anyway, thanks for all the feedback.

Many comments were critical and indicated it's sort of ensemble-y.

Ultimately I think I'll hold off and save it for when I'm in need of material. Perhaps a desperate day where I'm in one of those so-called "show-holes" as Amazon puts it.

Again, thank you all for the comments. It's always a pleasure to read all your thoughts on things. DB saves the day once again!

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Maybe you could try watch 2Day 1Night (2D1N) 'Hwarang' episode (2episodes). They were really hilarious. The 2D1N really loved Seo-Joon, they even invited him to be regular member of 2D1N (if you get what I mean). Min-Ho is Min-Ho the idol and the fiercest competitor of all. Hyung-Shik plays fair and square. I had a very good laugh...

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I just finished Bring It On, Ghost. Normally, supernatural shows are my favorite, but this show was just so PAUSABLE for me. I did love the fight at the end of episode 15 though. The monk was legit, and I may like him more here than I did in City Hunter.

I have three episodes left on Goblin, and my need to finish a show and desire to not cry all my tears are currently fighting for victory. I just don't know if I can handle all the heartache that's in store for me if I finish it.

Introverted Boss was going to be my new must-watch, but that hasn't really panned out the way I'd hoped.

Tomorrow With You's second episode should be out later today, so I'm waiting patiently until I can mini-binge on this show - I've been looking forward to it!

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Hwarang: I feel like we are just going in circles these past two weeks. I still love you, show, but some progress please.

Solomon's Perjury: It was such a hopeful and satisfying ending. The last shot of those two boys standing together gave me a pang of sadness and made me imagining all the what-if scenario. I need Seo Young-joo to act in another drama soon. And definitely not in a flashback sequence.

Missing Nine: I really love the first 3 eps, but now I felt like losing interest. The drama is getting intense, but I just couldn't feel it. I think I'll just read recaps to find out what actually happened in that island and who'll survive till the end.

Tomorrow with You: A bit melancholic with sprinkle of humour and suspense. I think I'll like it.

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Are you recapping Father I'll Take Care of You, javabeans? The only time my attention is drawn to this drama is when I see it under your "what we're watching" section. I might check it out but I don't like soap operas. I know most kdramas can be considered soaps too, but the great thing about them is they END, the pacing is generally faster and there's an adventure element to them missing in soaps. Is Father I'll Take Care of You like a soap opera since it is so long?

The two shows I'm enjoying the most are

Saimdang: Light's Diary (it really took off the last two episodes) and

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, which is off to a good start.

I have decided to avoid reading recaps or discussion of Introverted Boss. The heroine-bashing is extreme and taking away my enjoyment of the series, which I've found quite clever to this point. I was looking forward to seeing how these two extreme cases of extroversion and introversion were going to change and meet in the middle, but now that the writing is changing I fear I won't get to see that story premise fulfilled. There is something to be said for "viewer beware" if it gets to the point when the drama isn't ruining itself for you, the comments on the drama are ruining it for you.

Hwarang -mediocre. Poor pacing. Drags and then you get a blip of excitement that doesn't last. Someone said it should have been made into a musical and I couldn't agree more. But I still like it enough to watch to the end.

Rakuen - this is a 6 part Japanese drama that's just had the 3rd episode subbed, and I am hooked! No romance, not even a male lead, it's all about the main female lead, who is a fine actress. Hint of the supernatural, chilling, and good accompanying score as she investigates a girl's murder by her parents and her corpse under the floor of their house for sixteen years.

Voice and Missing 9 - I like them both but somehow I'm not invested. I don't look forward to seeing the show the following week but when it's subbed, it's like oh yeah, I should check in. Voice did have me on the edge of my seat during one episode so it still has promise if it develops some of its characters and their relationship. Missing 9, I've been guessing right as to what is happening and why so far, so it's just becoming a little too predictable. But with so much left in Missing 9, perhaps there are actual surprises to come.

Tomorrow With You is off to a good start for me.

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Rakuen sounds good! Thanks. I'm going to take this as a recommendation.

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From the current shows I'm enjoying the most "Chief Kim". I like that nearly every character is interesting... or is it quirky/funny? :--) It is definitely not only Namgoong Min's show.

I'm also still watching "Golden Pouch".

And I checked the first episode of "Totsuzen desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu" (It's Sudden, But Tomorrow We're Getting Married) and liked it. The attraction between the leads is palable and I'm curious how they are going to overcome their opposite opinions...

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Hwarang: Fell out of love with this one. I have been waiting to know Sun Woo's origins for the last 10 episodes. If I don't get breadcrumbs I will starve, show, and look elsewhere for food.

Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People: Ah yes, this is the kind of historical drama I like. It looks beautiful, nice music, casting is spot on until now, and I got invested in the struggles of the poor slaves trying to buy their freedom.

Chief Kim: I came for Namgoong Min and the wackiness, and though I'm really rooting for this anti-hero, Jun Ho is giving the more compelling performance for me. When these two are together on screen sparks fly.

The Legend: Taking a cue from the 'top writers list', I checked this out since I loved Faith and Healer (by Song Ji Na). Now I know where the writer got her propensity for ridiculous villains with supernatural powers in Faith, and the pace is good if slightly meandering as in Healer. Little Yoo Seung Ho was so cute! And still is.

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I absolutely LUFF Fan Bing Bing but honestly The Empress of China was such a drag. I mean I'm all up for dramatic reinterpretations, but Wu Ze Tian in the drama was a complete spineless candy who was supposedly "forced" to become ambitious and manipulative because of people who betrayed her. (What irritates me the most is how often she reiterates that she would rather have a simple life blahblahblah...I'm sorry drama writers but what's so wrong with portraying a woman who just wants to rule because idk, she's capable and she knows it???!!!) A drama that's ostensibly about female power and resilience, and mind bending court machinations ultimately boiled down to petty jealousy cat fights and inexplicable romances. I don't know if it's just me who feels this way, but by depicting Wu Ze Tian as this sweet-natured naive heroine who eventually transformed into a "ruthless" ruler due to circumstances (against her innermost wishes, as the writers never fail to remind the audience) just undermines women's capabilities and their professional aspirations. God I don't know. I just feel like the whole drama could be so much better but it really just became this endless parade of boobs (before censorship wiped them out because they "distract" impressionable young minds what tf does that even mean) and high fashion fabulous wigs and couture period gowns. It was a very self indulgent venture for Bing Bing, is all I can say. --end of rant-- still love you Bing Bing, maybe next time lol.

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I saw bits of the drama and was cringing throughout. Wu Zetian is not that sort of woman or she wouldn't have ruled as she did.

A better drama without boob controversy would be Legend of Zhen Huan. Different dynasty and high episode count, but generally a solid watch.

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Yeah Zhen Huan was great! On Netflix too although I did watch it on YouTube back in the day lol.

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Zhen Huan Zhuan is definitely better writing, imo! Just more solid, and the main female character knows what she's doing and her character arc is well developed.

If you didn't like Empress of China, Zhen Huan Zhuan is like a wayyyy better version of it

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Omg Myrika you have the exact same name/internet handle as one of my favorite early 2000s Fictionpress writer!! Used to follow her stories ardently but she quit after rampant plagiarism issues (her stories were plagiarized many times). Anyway it just felt really good seeing the name again haha. (So random,)

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Hwarang is the only drama I'm watching right now!! I can't wait to see what will happen now that Sun Woo stepped in taking the King's role to save the day!! I'm so excited and terrified at the same time!!

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FINALLY! Finally I watched WFKB and I absolutely fell head over heels in love with this little gem. It snuck up on me and stole my heart. Bokjoo and Joonhyung made me love them as individuals and as a pair. I love how their journey from friendship to love unfolded in such a wonderful way. I'm glad I was there during their ups and downs and moments of growth.

This drama is near perfect in my book. Writing, acting, directing, and even the low-key OST ("WHAT?!" is now my phone ringtone! Hehe) are all spot-on. The story is simple, but there's so much beauty in its simplicity and in the way the story was told. For me, a drama does not have to be relatable in order to like it. However, if a drama has all the makings of a good watch and on top of those is truly relatable to the point that I will feel like I'm watching the story of my young self, then it becomes a truly special drama. That's what WFKB is for me.

I need to highlight the wonderful job that LSK and NJH did in their respective roles. They're okay actors in my book, but here they've shown a much wider range of acting skills and emotions. They showed nuanced acting that I found myself feeling for their characters and what they went through. More than the wonderful dialogues, I felt their emotions through their eyes and little actions. Now I cannot wait to see their next projects.

And just like that Swag OTP took over the no. 1 spot in my heart as my favorite OTP out of all the drama pairs I have seen. Now I get all the rave and love for this drama and this pair. I cried when episode 16 ended. It's my first time to actually scream "give me moreee episodes stat!!!" I do not mind watching Swag OTP for another 30 or so episodes. LOL

That being said, I was left with this warm and fuzzy feeling when the final ending credits rolled in. It's been a long time since I watched a drama wherein I truly felt satisfied with the ending. No what ifs, what could have beens, and whys. Just perfect ending for a perfect drama.

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Went in with low expectations but every week it continued to get better with the cute. Joon hyung and Bok Joo have got their flaws but they still seem like they've got the perfect relationship to me. Ahhhh I just want to re-watch it all over again. WFKBG's OST by Standing Egg is on repeat right now for me too, it's so good <3

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I never expected WFKB to grab me so much and steal my heart. It feels so good. hehe! I am happily re-watching it as I am in a drama slump these days. I'm not really complaining since I have this little gem to always go back to.

I'm a huge fan of Standing Egg and I just love their song here. In fact, I like all the OST (songs and instrumentals) because they fit the youthful feel of the drama. The instrumentals get me right in the heart.

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Awww! Would've been nice if you had joined the thread when the show was airing @Celine

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I know. I waited for it to end to marathon it. There were plus and minus points to that, but a definite minus was I missed the discussions. I'm re-reading the recaps and the comments now though. Lots of interesting and fun conversations.

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Her performance reminds me a bit to Goo Ara's Najung in Reply 1994 and I just love how she doesn't care about her model image and went all in as Bok Joo.

Nam Joo Hyuk moved me in episode 15 (gah so many tears in that one hour) but because I went to watch School 2015 after WFKBJ, let's just say my fondness of him fizzles.

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The funny thing is, Lee Sung-kyung actually feels like a more natural actress than Go Ara even tho the latter has been acting for 13 years to LSK's 3.

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Can You Hear My Heart is one of my favorite dramas! Some of the characters there are really unforgettable. From Jeong Bo Seok who gave such a moving performance as a mentally handicapped father, to the tormented Maru played by Nam Goong Min...it was such a great drama. You're making me want to rewatch again

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Jeong Bo Seok is amazing. He is still my favorite good guy (Shin Don - before his wife died) plus favorite villain (Giant) in dramaland.

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In order, most liked first:

Voice: thank goodness we get some this week.

Chief Kim & Missing 9: liking quite a bit

Rebel & Tomorrow With You: both promising

Hwarang: since I've gotten this far, I'll stick with it

Introverted Boss: reboot better be good, or else.

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Same for me with Hwarang. We don't have many sageuks based on the 3 kingdom era so I might as well finish it. Love the history behind it.

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lol I like the brevity of your thoughts @Lord Cobol

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among the currently airing dramas I only watch hwarang. the others can't make me intrigued to watch, though i still read some of the drama recaps.

are there any dramas that give you similar feeling
with I Hear Your Voice? it's my favorite because it gave the right doze of everything (romance, comedy, sadness, and suspense) and most satisfying ending for me. if there's a show similar to IHYV, I would like to watch it.

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look for other Park Herryun drama like Pinocchio and Dream High (the first, not the second) if you're looking for the similar feeling.
I too recommend Queen Inhyun's Man because I think this drama has the same balance you're looking for.

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I think Healer and Pinocchio are quite similar in tone with IHYV. Pinocchio might be not as suspenseful, but it's written by the same writer.

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@Minni & @gadis
Thankyou for your recommendation, but i have watched Pinocchio & Dream High. Queen Inhyun's Man... I have read it's recaps but its ending is a bit dissatisfying for me so i think i won't watch it anytime soon, maybe someday...
Anyway Thanks :)

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General and I: Still enjoying though it is spinning its wheels a bit. The reason for what is going on this past week is much better fleshed out in the book. I wonder why drama writers (specifically ones dealing with historicals) have their female characters do things that make the often largely female audience go crazy. Whether it is HaeSoo's ridiculous reaction to the maid scenario in SH:R or Ping Ting's ridiculous decision making process in G & I, I just don't understand it. In the book, both lead characters in G & I had insecurities and some trust issues....was that too hard to do in the drama? It's friggin 62 episodes long. At least in SH:R, I knew the drama writer was, "OMG, I need 8 episodes and I have 3 to finish this up". SIXTY TWO episodes... Okay, I'll stop here.

Oh, and I am still basically enjoying the drama though perhaps from my rant, you wouldn't know it ;)

No Voice this week. Am checking out T-Drama Behind Your Smile. Why do they always have to make these dramas too long for the story they want to tell? Do like the OTP but kind of wish they'd done something with the roommate character.

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On the contrary, I think it's because G&I has way too many episodes. The book is relatively short and should finish in <40. That's why a lot of crap was added in. The drama is horrible imo.

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Just finished watching the second Goblin Special. I think I can finally get over it now... maybe. The specials were definitely a treat, though. So many goodies!

I'm currently only actively watching Signal, but there are so many dramas I started, but haven't picked back up again... I'm definitely in a slump and I always see you guys raving about Weightlifting Fairy on here, so I should really pick it back up again. There's so many shows to watch, but idk why it's so hard for me to focus on watching dramas now...

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I love goblin special episode!
Lee dong wook and gong yoo is soo funny...
Love them...

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Tomorrow with you, anybody?

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It seems good. I didn't expect the suspense or the humour in the show, I thought it would be full melo, so it's a welcome. For now, I'm cautiously optimistic.

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I've watched the first episode, and I enjoyed it, i loved LJH in this drama more than Signal. his interactions with SMA are enjoyable.

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Just finished watching the first episode and thought it was a great start. Really liking the overall tone; it struck a good balance by infusing it with some humor. I never watched Signal, but I'm really liking LJH and SMA here so far. I'm thinking (hoping, rather) that this is going to be my next crack drama.

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Wow. I don't know how this happened but I'm so dumb I accidentally watched the 2nd episode thinking it was the first. That being said, the 2nd episode was a great start to the drama. I don't know what that says about me, or this drama if I thought it started that way. LOL. Gonna watch the real 1st ep now.

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It started en media res so there's so many questions in my head right now but so far, its good.

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the dramascape is in a bit of a lull right now for me, after a particularly steady string of attractive offerings last year, esp in the last half. aka, VERY strong year for dramas. easily the best in years. makes me curious what 2017 will be like, though this time last year we already had signal and DOTS shaping up to be huge hits. but i shouldn't be comparing!

defendant, father i'll take care of you, and saimdang are on my roster.

saimdang- the actor playing the hoobae is so good. first time i'm seeing him and i'm so impressed. i'd be very surprised if he didn't become more prolific after this drama is over. too bad saimdang took over six months to find an airdate, though i guess it could've been worse. if i remember rightly, what's up took a year or two to air. i really think kim ji-won and im joo-eun would both be bigger right now if that drama had aired on time, on a public broadcast channel. grr.

defendant- i think the show is tossing out a lot of red herrings, like shows of this type tend to do. i want to believe that the prosecutor is ultimately out to protect jung-woo the best he can with what he knows. it'll be interesting to see how clever the show will be ultimately, whether it'll manage to surprise us.

father i'll take care of you- for a show that keeps churning out a number of classic makjang elements, it still manages to stay warm, sweet and comfortable. i admit, the hints at park eun-bin's birth secret does keep me interested. yet at the same time i wish the show had just stopped with the cousins' swapped-at-birth debacle and focused the story on lee jae-won and his revenge and him finding his brother.

lee tae-hwan—always liked him, but yes, his acting has always been on the stiff side. it's a bit more pronounced in this drama. but i hope that ultimately being in a long-running weekend drama will help him become more comfortable. the stiffness worked to his advantage in come back mister (where i BOLTED upright and took notice of him, hehe).

out of all his roles, i liked him best in pride and prejudice. great drama where he had good material to work with, a significant story arc and plenty of scenes. plus, his chemistry with the little child actor there was way too cute to handle. i nearly died every time (the many times) they were onscreen together. it was the same cutie who played honey lee's son in come back mister. i totally died all over again seeing them reunited.

i do hope his acting improves. because honestly, he reminds me a bit of lee ki-woo. both extremely handsome, outstandingly tall—but somewhat weak, somewhat ineffective actors. i always kept waiting for lee ki-woo to get really big as a leading man, but his acting growth remained stagnant and he just never advanced beyond supporting roles, if he even gets those now. he's older now, and i doubt he'll ever have his breakout moment. he'll keep working if he tries hard enough, because he's handsome. but i don't want lee tae-hwan...

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(continued) to end up like that.

i got cut off! :)

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I took note of Lee Tae-hwan for the first time in Pride and Prejudice. He was quite good there and he has cute bromance with Choi Jin-hyuk. I love his bashful expression everytime Baek Jin-hee near him.

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saimdang- the actor playing the hoobae is so good. first time i’m seeing him and i’m so impressed.

Yang Se-Jong played Dr. Do In-bum in ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM -- a reserved and rather prickly surgeon. The first time he actually smiled for all of 7 nanoseconds, the collective thudding of Beanies hitting the floor in dead faints was heard in the recap thread in one of the later episodes. ;-)

It's a treat to see him portray a dual role as an expressive Joseon artiste and present-day art historian in SAIMDANG.

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Love Yang Se Jong so much! I love him more in Saimdang. He does not look awkward acting beside Lee Young Ae despite of Saimdang is his first drama and that is good.

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Agreed. I definitely think Yang Se Jong is on the verge of making it big in Korea (and with international fans).

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hahaha maybe i should check out this drama then. i didn't realize he'd already made such a big impact! what episode was this??

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The first time he actually smiled for all of 7 nanoseconds, the collective thudding of Beanies hitting the floor in dead faints was heard in the recap thread in one of the later episodes.

Present, ma'am!!

I still remember your description of his smile ha ha.. Made me so happy.

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i'm not watching a lot of dramas right now because of school but planning on binge watching the others later on

REBEL: this one i was SO SO excited for, i was following through every news about this drama since the first teaser because i'm a sucker for epic historical dramas, and phew thank god it did not disappoint. i'm loving it so far and although i was initially excited for chae soo bin and yoon kyung sang, the childhood part is grabbing my heart. counting down the days till monday!

DEFENDANT: all i have for this is love, it's a great mystery drama that keeps making me change my theories to the point that i'm not sure who killed the wife anymore. the cliffhanger makes me excited

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Saimdang is getting better, the modern day portion of the show is a bit lackluster though.

Next week will be the transition to the adult actors for the historical portion.

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I thought Javabeans and Girlfriday were very into watching Tomorrow with you. I haven't started it yet. Is it not good? But Shi Min Ah and the guy from Signal are there! So sad!

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Watching
Chief Kim- although another office drama it is very enjoyable- ngm can do comedy well. Junho is very good as the villain.

Saimdang- a bit disappointing and slow moving- the actress who acted in age of youth acted as the younger lee young Ae, she seems too young to romance the hero.

Voice- jang hyuk is still an excellent actor plus we get to see him fight. Lots of action, very thrilling- reminds me of signal. The older actress matches him more than psd in BM

Ghost- storyline also interesting and so Ji sub is in it.

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you know what? Park Hye Soo aka young Saimdang is born in 1994 and Yang Se Jong aka young Lee Gyeom/Han Sang-hyun is born in 1992. She just have a young face and he just have a matured face.

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After Weightlifting Fairy and Solomon's Perjury, I was feeling lost - until I checked out Chief Kim. ^^ I suspect I've found my next Weekly-to-watch. Rebel appears promising as well, but can't say much till the story settles down with Yoon Kyung-san.

Other shows I catch if I have the time, in that order:
Defendant - first choice.
Tomorrow with you.
Missing 9.
Saimdang.

They're all new, and I absolutely do not have the time to follow so many. Within the next week, I'm going to have to drop a few.

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(posted without finishing my thought >_<)

Other than Chief Kim, Rebel and perhaps Defendant, I agree with javabeans about the lingering sluggishness regarding the new K-drama.

I feel as the the shows have failed to tell us WHY we should care about the characters.
In Defendant, I wouldn't care were it not for JI Sung and Uhm Ki Joon's amazing performance pulling me in.

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Currently watching Sound Of Your Heart with Lee Kwang Soo - it's hilarious and only 10 minutes per episode!

Also casually watching School 2015 but finally decided to drop it after episode 13 when I finally had enough of being in the sinking SSL ship. I continued to read the last 3 episodes' recaps and glad that I don't watch it to witness the plot went even weirder.

As a new fangirl of Yook Sung Jae, can anyone recommend me his other good dramas?

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Hmm... It's a tricky question since Yook Sung-jae only acted in 5 dramas so far.

1. A very tiny-portion cameo in Reply 1994
2. Plus 9 Boys might be his best work
3. He is quite good in Achiara, but tbh his character was the least interesting there
4. You might also want to check out Goblin. He is great there, but he only appeared like 1-2 minutes per eps.

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Thanks for the tip! I might give Plus Nine Boys a try, I tried Goblin but stuck at episode 4.

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The whole world is telling me to watch Rebel but I just don't feel like it for some reason. I might pick it up once it's done, when I'm completely sure it's worth the watch.

I currently have withdrawals because of Solomon's Perjury and this really bad snow is not helping at all. I feel like Sowoo is under every bunch of snow I see. Yikes! Treating my withdrawal by rewatching Dragons. I know, I'm Dragons trash. OTL

Defendant is a bit slow for my liking but it's interesting enough to keep me watching. Jisung and Eom Kijoon are just amazing and Yuri's quite good for the role. Still piling Voice episodes coz we all know how bad the cliffhangers are.

I'm surprised at how many shows I'm watching right now including variety shows (NJTW and Newlywed Diary). Thinking of checking Tomorrow With You and Manager Kim. To those who are watching the two dramas, how are they?

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I just finished watching the first two eps of "Tomorrow With You", and this show is off to a better than expected start. The story-line is very intriguing, so far. I would recommend you try this.

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Thank you! I'm glad it started well. I'm trying to look for a drama to watch with my mom since we just finished Legend of the Blue Sea. She likes Lee Jehoon when we watched Signal so I guess we'll do this then. Thanks again!

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Tomorrow with you is interesting enough so far. But I'm heavily biased towards that director-nim. He could film a rock for 16 hours and I'd still watch it. (Exaggeration, but you get the point :) ). Also I like the two leads. So ya, better to try out for yourself.

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Missing 9, I like the pacing of the show.
Voice, still deciding if I continue to watch it or not.

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After 3 months, I'm finally back in the kdrama saddle with Rebel, and I really, really hope it's as good as it's set itself up to be (and as it promises to be, based off ep 1 and 2). Kim Sang-joong broke my heart and I don't want his part to end, but I'm looking forward to seeing Yoon Kyun-sang too - I know everyone knows him as Moo-hyul and cat-owner but to me, he'll always be murderous, heartbroken hyung.

It's an encouraging sign that the production values look so good despite the leads being rookies, MBC really does seem to believe in this one.

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I finally have started to watch a drama I've been meaning to watch since forever: Hwang Ji-ni.

I remember watching this show in one of tv channel in my country, yet I could only watch about 5-7 episodes randomly since high school life kept me busy at that time. But oh... Ha Ji-won's portrayal of Hwang Ji-ni really left a deep impression in my mind, left me wanting to see more of her.

Hwang Jini was one of the rare case in K-Dramaland where female characters were so well written, yet the male characters were just meh. I haven't found any single male character in this show that makes me care about him. The lead male seems so pale compared to Ji-ni. It also didn't help that the actor was lack of presence. The second lead male was like our kdrama usual second female lead, scheming and bitchy. Not that It mattered, since Ji-ni didn't need a man and would choose art over them anyway. Puwahahaa.

One of my favorite scene so far is when Ji-ni asked the second lead male to spend a night with her (and oh... he's so over the moon when the Goddess asked him to sleep with her herself), but then she said she'd be the one who paid for his accompany instead of him paying her. She's like "here 100 nyang for your hat, another 100 to take off your outer robe," and so on until she said "Oops, I run out of money. Why? Don't tell me, you'll give yourself up for a mere 400 nyang, Naeri."... His expression was so priceless! It's so satisfying to see that snob nobleman's pride being crushed to pieces just like that. The next day he bragged to the male lead that he had an amazing night, only to order his servant the next minute to find out whether Ji-ni spread any word about what actually happened that night. Lol.

I love this show so far and hasn't regret my decision to drop the ongoing show I was watching for a while to catch up with this one.

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Oh, how I loved "Can You Hear My Heart?". It's been years but I still hold fond memories of that drama. It was ao refreshing to have the OTP confident and unyielding in their commitment towards each other. Perhaps my memory is rusty but I do not recall any noble idiocy or unnecessary relationship angst between the 2. Also, Kim Jae Won's million dollar smile!

For all those who feel betrayed by the promise of a strong OTP in other dramas, you must watch this drama! It's like Weightlifting Fairy with makjang elements.

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{Chief Kim} This week's episodes toned down the funny and emphasizes more on the scary. I found Junho both scary when he's threatening Namgoong Min and cute when he tries to talk to Nam Sangmi whom he's smitten with at the first sight, ha! One of the more interesting kdrama villain for me. I hope Namgoong Min can escape from Junho's claws fast though cuz poor boy just want to go to Denmark. (I want to add that everyone is doing a great job so far, no acting holes yet)

{Saimdang, Light's Diary} I wasn't going to watch this at first, because of the bad reviews by knetz. However, my love for Lee YoungAe got the best of me and I started it with clenched teeth. I am so happy that I found the first 4 episodes enjoyable. Yes, the young Saimdang is still green and her sageuk speech needs more practice, but other than that, I find myself invested in the story, both the sageuk part and the modern part. The guy who played young Lee Gyeom blew me away. He is excellent in the sageuk part and somehow I am starting to ship him with Lee YoungAe in the modern part of the story? Please, someone tell me that there will be no noona romance in this, because I am about to ride this ship real fast!

{Voice} I can't help but compare this to Signal. Clearly, Signal trumps this show in many ways. However, I am still enjoying this until Lee Hana said with confidence that she knows that the criminal is back in town. I went ???? at once. I can forgive plotholes but this is kinda a major one in my eyes so I am not looking forward as much to this drama anymore. I am still watching, but this show is not a priority anymore.

{Rebel, The Thief Who Stole The People} I have yet to see Kim Jisuk as a villain so I am kinda worried for him. I like him so I hope he can carry this role. I love everything about the first 2 episodes. Kim Sangjoong has all my respect and I hope he'll stay until the end of the drama. The lady playing his wife is still gorgeous after all these time (I last saw her in Misaeng) and she has crystal clear skin (so jealous!). I am heartbroken when she died in episode 2. I cried in the last 1/4 part of the first episode and in the last half of the second episode. I am looking forward to the adults part of the drama as well, hopefully soon!

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I'm not sure if you've seen her as Dalbi in The Legend but I do agree Shin Eunjung is still gorgeous after all these tears. I meant years. Tears do apply, too, after being endeared to cutie Gildong's loving family and getting crushed with losing her. I was hoping the hero's story won't involved fridging his mom this time but at least from my pov, it was written where she isn't robbed of nuance whether as a wife, a mother or simply herself.

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I haven't started any new shows yet, still recovering from completing the last lot.

Currently I only watch "Father, I will take care of you" and it is getting better and better but let's face it, Lee Tae-hwan is the only reason I watch this drama. Take LTH away, I will go read a book. Never knew I would be this shallow but there you go.

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with the end of Goblin feels like the dramaland is left dry...

i am only catching up with 'father i'll take care of you' and Lee Tae-hwan is one of the huge reason behind it. But let's face it Park Eun-bin is the vessel for this couple. i felt like they had much more chemistry first few episodes but lately all they do bicker in the rooftop, street or office... which is cute but doesn't feel enough. i need some action. i need more ok.

also, i loved Lee Soo-kyung in let's eat, but she is so overacting here i can't stand her.

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Q Series: Life Plan A & B (TW): 3/6 episodes. It's a solid watch, but despite the short length the story paces itself rather slowly, so I've been progressing through the episodes about as slowly, too. (Since I normally stick to c-dramas, the 1.5 hr episode lengths aren't doing it for me, so I end up stopping whenever I feel like it mid-episode and picking up from there.) I enjoy the contemplative tone, realistic characterization, as well as the twist and turns throughout the two different lives. I can't call this a favorite or anything, but would definitely be happy to revisit a drama exploring a similar concept.

Candle In The Tomb (2/21): So far so good! Everything is on point. I love Jane Zhang's ending theme, how short each ep is, Hu Bayi and Pangzi are likable characters so far, and overall far better than The Lost Tomb, despite my love for Yang Yang which couldn't salvage that mess. It's definitely something to get me hooked into the grave-robbing genre.

The Glory of Tang Dynasty (8/60): This show! (It's the reason why I'm behind on the other shows I'm perusing.) Yes, it's chock-full of your typical romance and period palace tropes, but I LOVE palace dramas like LZH so I'm definitely hooked. So far I'm actually really loving the political developments too -- the history is fascinating (but so angstyyyy). And the OTP! Both Jing Tian and Allen Ren actually fairly impressed me, though Li Chu's action/fight scenes are really on the cringy side, and maybe some drama could have been avoided if Zhen Zhu actually bothered to communicate (esp. regarding her family's massacre)?! There are flaws to nitpick on but I'm too fond of this show to care.

(Despite my liking for Wallace Chung, it wasn't enough to keep me watching General And I, and The Glory of Tang was basically the perfect excuse for me to drop that show.)

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I'm currently watching:
Mon-Tues : Hwarang, Introverted Boss & Defendant
Wed-Thurs: Saimdang Light's Diary, Missing Nine & Chief Kim
Fri-Sat: Tomorrow With You
Sat-Sun: Father, I'll Take Care of You & Voice

I'm thinking of watching Rebel. Is it really worth it?

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