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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

It’s been a sluggish season for me, so now that we’re heading into spring I’m hoping a few of our new and upcoming arrivals will liven up the joint. It’s all about waiting for that one to spark with you, whether it’s because of an actor or a fresh plot or an interesting tone. I guess when you watch dramas all day every day, it’s hard to find something to surprise you! Not that I’ll ever stop trying. –javabeans

 

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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Of all the shows I’m watching, this is the one I feel the most urge to watch immediately. I love the couple’s bickery chemistry, the Park Hyung-shik-versus-Ji-soo rivalry, the comic misunderstandings, and even the goofball gangsters. My favorite moments are Park Hyung-shik’s incredulous reactions anytime Park Bo-young pretends to be weak in front of Ji-soo, like she can barely open a jar of jam when he’d just seen her move a car with her bare hands. This drama is not the reality we know and live in, but I’m happy to park myself in this fantasyland every week and laugh my head off.

Father, I’ll Take Care of You: Everyone’s kind of pissing me off in this show right now, but at this point I’m in it to see how things play out. Most of the Han family is so willfully blind and aggravating that now I want Hyun-woo to go scorched earth in his revenge (at this point the idiots are digging their own graves), and for Sung-joon to be freed from their clutches, even though I was pretty peeved that he just went AWOL and left Dong-hee to weather that shitstorm on her own. I cheered when Dong-hee moved out, and am perversely looking forward to him finding out she was kicked out while he was off brooding. Groveling time ahead!

You’re Too Much: I think I’ll put this on hold for now, at least until/unless I hear that it gets really good. If I do keep watching, it’s more because I want to know what the heck it’s trying to do with its story than because I find it entertaining; I’m still wondering where it’s heading and what its main point will be. At first it seemed the show might be refreshing and uplifting, but it’s way more melodramatic than I was anticipating, without enough lightness or humor to buoy its dolorous spirits. Gu Hye-sun is a sympathetic character but prone to martyrdom, which gets old, and Uhm Jung-hwa… is really too much. I get the title now. It’s literal.

Father Is Strange: Now here’s a weekend family show that’s jolly fun, with likable characters and situational comedy and conflict that arises out of normal life, rather than getting overblown with the dramatics. The characters are flawed in relatable ways, which goes a long way to making this show enjoyable (rather than the kind where everybody makes you grit your teeth and want to go a-slappin’). Lee Yuri is a blast, and her chemistry with Ryu Soo-young is pretty off the charts. Also, I’m a sucker for actors playing bad actors, and I’m finding Lee Joon’s misplaced bravado as the idol-turned-foot-actor amusing (even though every time he goes stony-faced and gets called emotionless, I keep expecting him to kill someone).

Introverted Boss: It went out with a whimper, which may be better than going down in flames in that nobody’s mad at the show, but may be worse in that nobody really cares about it, either. The finale did everything I expected of it, so it wasn’t a surprise, though it was still a disappointment: Awful characters had offscreen epiphanies that changed them into nicer people, the hero got his girl despite an uncomfortable lack of chemistry, and we got the rest of the story about the dead sister, about ten episodes too late to make any difference. It’s amazing how much this drama felt like Oh Hae-young Again, stylistically, while being nowhere in the ballpark of quality.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: I like this show, I do. But there’s something in its pacing and its very episodic storytelling structure that makes it difficult for me to get hooked, despite liking it very much. The pacing feels slow and steady, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but is probably why I’m consistently one and a half weeks behind on episodes, because it’s a show I can’t binge-watch.

Three Color Fantasy: Queen of the Ring: I appreciate what it’s attempting with its short format and quick stories, but I’m not sure this Three Color Fantasy series is pulling it off successfully. I keep having problems with this storyline about physical beauty and attraction and deception, so I can’t enjoy any of the cute couple beats or the heroine’s angst about tricking him into thinking she looks like someone else. This concept feels like it was misbuttoned from the top button down—it almost fits, but not quite right.

 

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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: I adore this weird little show. Every week I’m frustrated that there are only two hours of it and a couple of behind-the-scenes clips to tide me over till the following weekend. I just can’t get enough of Park Bo-young and Park Hyung-shik together! Can they be in all of the things, all of the time?

Tomorrow With You: The mystery is finally going somewhere, but everything with this show comes later than I wanted it. Still, it’s rewarding to see So-joon get his head out of his ass and be present in his marriage. Was that so hard?!

Introverted Boss: I stuck it through to the end, but I realized I didn’t much care one way or the other how the characters ended up, which isn’t really how you want your audience to feel. I did appreciate that the couple discovered that they weren’t such a perfect match made in heaven when it came to the everyday parts of their relationship—an interesting facet of their opposites-attract dynamic that would’ve been nice to explore six to eight episodes ago. Eh, you can’t win ‘em all.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: This week’s episodes were really touching. I knew what we were in for, but this show is so well-directed moment by moment that of course I got swept up in the whole father-son passing of the torch and the sentimental send-offs. It felt like the proper closing of a chapter, wistful and bittersweet—something this show does really, really well.

Defendant: I was disappointed that Ji Sung didn’t stay on the lam longer, because I wanted some Two Weeks-style fugitive action up in here. And I was even madder when they sacrificed Kim Min-seok’s character. That didn’t need to happen! I didn’t like that the return to Prosecutor Ji Sung seemed so easy, but then again, I’m not about to complain when he’s FINALLY gaining some ground on the villain. Is it payback time at last?

Radiant Office: This drama feels very familiar, but it has a really likable underdog heroine with two cute sad-sack sidekicks, and their funny friendship is what kept me watching. That and Go Ah-sung, with extra points for the whimsical fantasy sequences that are always playing in her head. You just can’t help but root for this girl.

 

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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: I feel like I’m watching this one in a vacuum, so I occasionally want to see what The Internet thinks about a show I’m really loving right now. I admit to being confused about the editing complaints—maybe it’s just one of those things I haven’t noticed, but that’s even stranger, since I usually make it a point to notice production values. Am I just being clouded by how much I’m enjoying it? Sure, the plot’s not going a hundred miles a minute, but the characters are so lovable and everything looks so fun. The manic energy is infectious, and maybe it’s just the horror fanatic in me, but I love the darker subplot going on. Not for the subject matter, but because the show seems to be setting up the ultimate super villain for our superwoman, and I’m excited to see them face off.

Introverted Boss: Le sigh. When will dramaland learn that restructuring a show while it’s airing never works? I don’t know if it would’ve been worse or better had it continued on the course it first set out on, but really, that opening suicide just doomed it from the start. And how did we just pass over Yi-soo and her horrifying self-harming capabilities? When did Woo-il become a good person? Why do Ro-woon and Hwan-ki like each other? Why anything?

Chief Kim: This is weirdly one of those shows that could go on for an indefinite period of time, and I kind of find myself wishing that it were a bit longer (I know, the horror). The characters are just so fun and relatable, and the story seems like it has no endpoint—which isn’t really a bad thing at present, though I do wonder what this is all building up to. A takedown of TQ? A win over corruption? Whatever the case, I always thought it was a really interesting character quirk for Yul to be so obsessed with food—what at first seemed like an opportunity to plug Subway turned into a constant choice that defined the character, and that level of depth, though seemingly shallow, isn’t there just for kicks. The fact that he mentioned that he eats so fast because he’s afraid someone will steal his food instantly spoke volumes about his life, and the more I see of Yul, the more I want to see him in every scene. Come back from the dark side, Yul! The food is better here!

Radiant Office: I’m loving the central premise of the show, and the main trio of suicidal jobseekers. While I’m not quite sure how to feel about the terminal illness story line going on, I am feeling a bit fatigued by Ha Suk-jin reprising his role as Ha Suk-jin. He’s good at it still, but can’t we give him a character quirk that makes him just a little bit different? A love for funny ties? A puppy? Anything?

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: Noooooooo, Amogae!

 

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Super Family 2017: Park Hyuk-kwon is fabulous because of course he is, but I’m here for the whole family, so having two back-to-back episodes that focused primarily on his inability to choose meant these weren’t my favorite episodes thus far. But I still enjoyed a few laughs and felt refreshed afterwards, which sounds weird, but I swear this show is the best mood enhancing pick-me-up.

New Journey to the West: Since the dynamic of the cast is what drew me back into this in the first place, I enjoyed seeing a little more of their interactions that weren’t shown previously, but watching anyone play “Mafia” stresses me out because it reminds me of all those times friendships were nearly ruined forever until my friends and I finally had to officially ban playing it ever again. I’m excited that there will be another season (yay!) and curious where the guys will be going since apparently it won’t be China (and even more curious if my fave Kyuhyun will be able to squeeze in one more trip before his enlistment).

Radiant Office: Past experience has taught me that it’s unwise to fall head-over-heels for a drama within the first few minutes of a premiere, but I’m a hopeless goner who doesn’t care that I’m headed down a potentially doomed path of disappointment. Go Ah-sung is a delight and her character is so relatable it hurts. I love how the show manages to balance both outlandish humor (the fantasy sequences are so perfect!) and the poignancy of just trying to make it through life when you’re doing your best yet everything seems against you. I was immediately smitten with the “suicide squad” and need this trio to work together forever, please, because no one is going to tragically die, lalalala, I can’t hear you. *sticks fingers in ears*

 

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Currently recapping: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Introverted Boss: Everything petered out toward the end. The plot felt like it was left unresolved with loose strings and odd tangles hanging all over the place. At its conclusion, I feel gypped because I went into the show with so many expectations: The Oh Hae-young Again team, their reunion with Yeon Woo-jin, and even even the plot about a shy introvert learning to bloom seemed new and interesting. Now, how do I know who and what to trust in dramaland?

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: What is this, Ji-soo? What happened to all your adorableness? And your awesome dorky rebellious charm? Who made you this angry, loud stick-in-the-mud? Noona will beat them up for you.

 

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Currently recapping: Defendant

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: I’m not 100% sure how I feel about Strong Woman Do Bong-soon—there are things I love about it, but then we have the weird tone that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, and the jarring editing and at times questionable humor. I feel like the show is more successful with humor than genuine emotion though, because so far the only sincere moments we’ve gotten have been due more to the actors’ talents than the writing or directing. Still, those actors are knocking it out of the park, and I am so on board with the new developments we got between Bong-soo and Min-hyuk this week. She needs someone to help her figure out how to use her powers for good (and reform her ways, because honestly she can be a bit of a bully), and who better than a man who literally treats life like a video game? I’m also glad she’s finally starting to stand up to Gook-doo; hopefully she’ll soon realize how much of herself she has to hide around him, and run right into the arms of our weird, smart, totally-right-for-her hero.

Introverted Boss: Sigh. This drama was ultimately unwilling to commit to the darkness required by its own premise, and sacrificed the character development of every important character at the altar of fluff and convenience. No amount of kisses can distract from the fact that nobody got the comeuppance they deserved in this unearned happy ending.

Chief Kim: This show just keeps getting better. It successfully uses comedic hijinks to draw laughs and satirize very real problems, without making a mockery of its characters or their struggles. That’s a hard tone to pull off, and one I salute the show for. Myung-suk has become the heart-tugging emotional center of this show for me, and his love-hate bromance with his new hyung Sung-ryong is rapidly becoming one of my favorites ever (though Sung-ryong and Director Choo are adorable too). Myung-suk is such a hilarious character, and yet his growth since the first episode has been gradual enough to be realistic yet incredibly gratifying. His shock at finding out how much minimum wage is, and his growing shame at his father’s unjust dealings, are so moving to see. And I love how the Business Operations team has adopted him like a beloved but irritating younger sibling. If anyone can defeat a man so evil he has people killed for embarrassing him, it’s this small but fierce family.

Guesthouse Daughters: This is such a weird show. It’s often awkward and boring, but then there are times when the actresses have such candid conversations or natural, silly antics that it’s super enjoyable to watch. I wish they would abandon the concept of doing potential male boarder auditions, which inevitably become Which actress is your ideal type sessions, and just let these awesome ladies eat ramyun and talk about life together.

 
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I hope its Radiant Office this time. C'mon kdrama.. I've been faithful but I you have to reciprocate it!

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Im only watching SWDBS right now.All 2017 drama i dropped either in half way or second episode.i dont know why but this year kdrama have fresh idea but somehow it does not excell my expectation.

Soo..At first i agree that SWDBS Have a weird tone,jarring editing,and slow plot but In Episode 7 Gosh Finally plot moving and editing seems a lot better compare previous episode am not complaining though.what i love from SWDBS That all the actor is like the character and i care about them. this is the first time that i dont mind if the plot sink or what.i can watch them having an activities or doing something ridiculous for 16 hours.

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me twoooo!!! i also only watch swdbs this season. i also willing to invest my time just watching minhyuk and bongsoon go here and there bickering and playing games. they are so cute that my tooth ache. sigh...

now im gonna give radiant office a chance and watch it. since im bored. being jobless is nice but boring at the same time.

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I don't know but i like YouAreTooMuch lol

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Me too. Gu Hye Sun is no Martyr, atleast not anymore. I was about to suggest Javabeans to stick around till five as claws are out and the stage is almost set. And Kang Tae Ho's very well meaning blind gentleman is boring as hell a character although the interactions with Gu Hye Sun is cute. What has my interest is Jung Gyu Woon's Hyun Joon, his interactions with Hae Dang are funny and they have chemistry. I am looking forward to seeing more of that mostly.

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My ear Candy: just because of Lee Joon gi :)

My Lovable Girl: it is easy to watch which is good for my busy days with physics research.

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My Ear Candy: Lee Joon Gi is so adorable... this is the only show I'm watching right now ❤

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r the subs available anywhere?

and who is his lady?

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Park Min Young

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I am interested in Your're too much, but can't find it ye on Viki, Dramafever, Hulu, or Netflix!

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you'll find it on dramacool or hdfree

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Defendant - So far I think the extension has been handled well. The loss of Kim Min-seok’s character was sad, but storyline-wise, I thought it made sense. Hoping for a good ending.

Tomorrow with You - I was kind of meh on this last week, but the last two episodes were so good. Exactly what I've waiting for.

Radiant Office - Go Ah-sung is awesome. I love the trio. Hopefully, that will be enough to keep me watching despite the terminal illness plot and Ha Suk-jin.

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Completely agreen on you re Tomorrow With You. It may not be cracky but it takes a piece of my heart with it.

Re SWDBS - I think the problem with the villain is that the actor playing mafia boss isn't too good with delivering comedy, like in the new episode (7) where he confronts AMH in his office, his line could be delivered in a lot funnier way but he just makes it awkward with his bulging eyes and dramatic hand movements. I watched him in Romantic Kim and I feel the same way. But then the show itself is like comic book and this villain can fit as he becomes a caricature of one so it's not too much of a biggie. I continue watching SWDBS for the main actors and the laugh out loud moments. After marathoning Voice last week, the serial killer here doesn't scare me anymore.

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I agree with you on TWY.
Everytime I'll watch a new ep I'll take a deep breath because I really dont know what to expect in every ep. It's so good my heart just aches for SJ and MR.
Oh well, it may not be everyone's cup of tea but I love it. hehehe

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I find the Chinese dramas comedic scenes cringy, specially the leading lady most of the dramas I've watched the leading lady is stupid, silly and act like a kid that's what makes me drop many. I am watching one right now called I Love My President Though He's a psycho, it's cring worthy the acting is bad but there's something addicting and i am still watching i even laugh at myself for watching this lousy drama.

I don't know about Taiwanies since Behind Your Smile is my first but I found the comidec scenes tolerable some were fun specially with Yi Ting, Le Xinyu was stupid and naive at first but that's because she was raised without knowing anything about the outside world, she became strong later I loved that, she even didn't fell for YT ex-finance begging to save her father, and didn't give in easily to YT, the girl learned a lot from her experience.

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LOL see I told you about I Love My Psycho President (I am going to shorten the title) - everything is cringe worthy but there is something made you stay.

Maybe because we want to know did they actually slept together 3 years back and where the talk of this pregnancy came from? By the way have the sub for epi 4 out? The hero is not someone I can easily root for, and he is obsess with the heroine, but I can see why the heroine will fall for him. I think he will do something on second male lead's business later.

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Hahaha, I don't think the subs are out yet, I root for him, I don't like the childhood friend, he lied to her to make her leave that guy (forgot the nemes), at least the lead guy didn't lie to her and supporting her. I like when he says "it must be you"

i really don't know why i am watching this drama maybe because it's old school cliche which I can't resist, Remember Cinderella and 4 knights we watched it despite the cring worthy plot lol. Its funny that we still like those cliche... can't stop laughing.

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Thanks for the suggestions. :) I was looking for TW dramas to watch after Behind Your Smile but since i am new to TW it's not easy to find them.

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Considering that you're watching I Love My Pres blablabla, I totally get why you think Chinese dramas have cringey comedic scenes. You probably have a knack for picking really... crap Chinese dramas to watch. Well, at least you find it entertaining. But seriously, sometimes the title really says a lot about the quality of a drama.

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"This drama might not make me want to watch the episode as soon as it becomes available, but once I watch the episode I get completely sucked into the story once again."

Same goes to me. Whenever I watch TWY, I will make sure no one bother me. Not hard to understand the plot, but I need to be extra focus so that I can immerse myself with the OTP. They can do the simplest thing but it looks so sincere and sweet in my eyes.

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currently minhyuk and bongsoon occupy a big space in my heart/mind real estate, so theres little space left for anybody else lol.. the lack of dramas to watch do make the weekly wait quite painful /sigh

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The chemistry right? They bring butterflies in my heart lol <33

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I just live everything they do together, from bickering to serious to swoony moments. I may need to replace my replay button after this drama ended.

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is the only drama I am watching right now. I watched the drama in the first place because of Park Hyung Sik after being blown away by him in "Hwarang" and I am so happy that his performance was widely lauded and how he turned Ahn Min Hyuk into one of the most unique and adorable characters in K-drama this year.

As much as I enjoy SWDBS, I still never came to the point of feeling addicted. I could wait a couple of episodes to actually have the mood to watch unlike how I was dying for Monday to catch the new episode of Hwarang.

This is when I realized, I miss "Sammaekjong" so so much. I like PHS as Ahn Min Hyuk but I worship him as SMJ. Now I am dying for PHS to do a sageuk as soon as possible. So, I am off to rewatching the first 10 episodes of Hwarang.

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I think the sad thing about Hwarang was that I was so excited about both Seojoon and Hyungsik but I came out of it feeling nothing for Seojoon and that Hyungsik had been wasted. I dropped Hwarang at E13 because I couldn't go on with it anymore, haha!

I like PHS as SMJ but somehow I like him as AMH more! I think it might be because it just reminds me of Changsoo in High Society but ahhh I don't know how I'm supposed to last 7 days until the next episode of SWDBS. I am very sadly addicted. T_T

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I didn't get why people were all crazy over SMJ in Hwarang. He basically annoyed me with running after Ah Ro who clearing didn't have feelings for him, he also just sat around whining to his mother and he didn't even do anything in the story. Everyone is gushing over PHS but I don't get it, he is kinda cute but that's about it for me. He has potential as an actor but he has a long way to go before I heap any sort of praise on him.

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Let me just say this I watched Hwarang for Park Seo Joon and I stayed for him only. The only thing I felt towards SMJ was annoyance and I just wanted him to stop whining and get over himself.

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Oh, I remember you. You bombarded Moon Lovers episode thread and blasted it all out episode after episode.

Let me just say, different people has different preference. I am sorry you don't love SMJ and I feel so bad that you tortured yourself watching Hwarang till the end and felt annoyed just like how I was annoyed by Sun Woo. But well, those are silly things we do for our bias.

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+100000 with your comment..was about to say the same but you beat me to it :) just like how he/she was annoyed with SMJ and we are annoyed with with Sun Woo lol.

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I need him to pick a good sageuk project after this. Preferably from a certain era that let him show off his mane of glory. Long hair suits him well.

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Same here. He needs to do a good pre-Joseon sageuk. I love and miss his sageuk speech.

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I squeed at the top picture :D

That's what I am watching right now! Just took a break, refreshed DB and there it is.

I started Super Family 2017 on Sera's recommendation on OT and I'm already at ep 6. It's super funny, very relatable and each ep just flies by. I've loved Park Hyuk Kwon since Six Flying Dragons. I mean he's always been good but somehow it was Gil Tae Mi who got me. He's just adorbs in this show. He really should do more comedies.

Like odilettante, I can't help but fall for Radiant Office. Go Ah Sung does not disappoint, she's totally awesome as Ho Won. I love how her day dream runs wilds and her imaginary minis are a hoot.

I love Rebel which was again superb this week. Amogae's passing just hit the right note of sadness without being overly makjang. I have no issue with the pacing, I'm just enjoying how the story unfolds and amazed at how the writer manages to weave everything together. The picture is slowly forming in front of my eyes and I'm sure it's gonna be marvelous.

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Aaarghh....will an edit button be in the works?

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Completely with you on Rebel. It's an amazing, amazing show.
I have to ask though - how on earth do you get the bold font in here? Is it my phone or is it just me that can't figure it out?? I've seen italics as well.

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oh dear....how did I do it the last time...

let me try to describe - you know those 'pointy' brackets? Or in equations, they are also the Less Than and More Than symbols.

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I got it!

Thanks ET! :) Goodness, how complicated.

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You did it! :D

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Haha it is kind of complicated and I am just too lazy to try it. lol.

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Let me give it a shot. hello

thank you

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"I squeed at the top picture ?"

Yeayyy me too. Hehehe. I need to encourage more ppl to watch Super Family 2017! ???

I hope there are some flashbacks on Amogae in later episodes. I mean I accepted his death but not willing to let go Kim Sang Joong from my screen yet sobs sobs.

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Thank you Sera for your recommendation. The show isn't just funny, it touches on current issues too.

I'm with you on Kim Sang Joong. Man, I am having all these ahjussi loves everywhere, LOL!

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You are right. The centre plot of this drama is how to communicate between parents and the teen daughter. I also love how his officemates influencing some of his way of thinking. heee.

I like his brother as well, i wish he will come back on later episode. I initially thought he will be a freeloader but no, he is a sweet guy. I love his relationship with his SIL.

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After shows on office backstabbing(the worst being Defendant) and politicking(Chief Kim and Radiant Office), it's a change to see office dynamics here different from others. I just finished the episode on sexual harassment in the workplace. If I can infer from the drama, Korea is taking steps to improve the workplace for women. Even if they are baby steps, at least one can start by acknowledging it's a problem. I remember being so angry when I watched Misaeng.

I got curious on the actress who's playing Miss Ahn. I didn't recognize her but she's Eun Tak's mother in Goblin! Wow, she looks totally different.

I like Bro-in-law too. Like you, at first, I thought I knew where all these were going but they surprised me. Sis and bro-in-law got along infamously well and I didn't quite believe they actually had him going back without getting a job!

Oh, I like Kim Hye Ok too! I love how Ra Yeon is a daughter as much as she's a mother.

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I still feel bad, that SBS doesn't air this drama during weekend.

Anyway, it must be true that regardless how old are you, you are still a kid in your parents' eyes.

Ik Hee is adorable too, she can be quite rude sometimes but yes anyone at her age will want to rebel. I think next episode, she will have some issue with her father as regard to her boyfriend lol.

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@Sera and ET,

I just finished the first episode of Strong Family based off your conversation here. It was truly good. I wasn't sold at first, but then the farting scene in the elevator happened... and I knew I would like the show.

30 min episodes makes it even better. The recommendation is much appreciated!

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I liked the uncle as well. I was hoping that he'd get a job at the end but that ending where he finally decided to go back to his hometown was bittersweet.
I hope he'll come back as well in latter episodes where he finally lands a job!

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Kim Sang Joong was my gateway to Korean dramas. City Hunter was the first Kdrama I watched, and it was for the action, awesome music and Kim Sang Joong (certainly not Lee Min Ho who didn't win me over until the very end).

I'm bowled over every time I watch Kim Sang Joong. Every single time.

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You are so rightt. I still think Lee Min Ho's role in City Hunter is his best role so far, but it was Kim Sang Joong made me stay until the end. Also, I am still mourning that Mr Prosecutor died in City Hunter. ?

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Lee Joon Hyuk!

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Oh yes, for me City Hunter was made memorable by Kim Sang Joon. And...Prosecutor!! I will never get over his death. :'(

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I cannot imagine how my life will be if Han Suk Kyu + Kim Sang Joong + Choi Min Soo in the same dramaa. Cannot TvN or jTBC produce a drama about friendship between the ahjusshi? sighhh.

I want to say more names but yes I know, I cannot dream too big lol.

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Radiant Office is good too so far, although I am not totally invested with it yet. I have problem with Sunghwa's character as the ex-gf. sighh. Maybe because lately, all drama I am watching have great female characters that I just don't want to ruin my good mood with some bitchy female character.

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Don't let Ji Na spoil the show for you. You should flick off this annoyance as you would a bug.

I like all the office characters although Manager Park and Asst Manager Lee are the worst type of boss and colleague. Actors Kwon Hae-Hyo and Oh Dae-Hwan are just perfect in their respective roles.

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Haha I promise I won't. But looking at preview next episode made me want to skip her scenes though. lol. But girl like her existed in everywhere.

I do like the secretary girl, forgot her name. She is kinda cute, hopefully she and Ho Won will also form any friendship. hee.

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I'm only watching Rebel and Super Family at the moment. Both which I enjoyed so much.
Rebel for its wonderfully woven plot and richly-developed characters and Super Family for its relatable slice-of-life vignettes. Btw, I just noticed that Na Ik-hee is a pun for Nike. I don't know if that's deliberate or not.

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Na Ik-hee = Nike?

Just do it!

Well considering how she was conceived, you could be right! :D

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Hahahahahaha.

Remember when he tried to explain about the sperms etc to Ik Hee. lol. He also mentioned about how important to have early sex education.

I remember something about he sang the Happy Menstruous Day during Ik Hee's birthday but if i am not mistaken, the show didn't show the flashback yet, right?

I feel this drama kind of black comedg sometimes, I could be wrong, I didnt so used to this genre, the only kdrama with black comedy genre I watched was Heard It Through The Grapevine.

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I cringed a lot every time he's trying to converse and get close with Ik Hee. The sperms conversation was cringey but I bursted out laughing when Ik Hee was calling for her mom and saying that her dad is saying "weird" things.
The happy menstruation party though. That was on another level. LMAO.

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hy beanies.it's new long.I'm not watching any drama cos I don't have access to tv and laptop.I got admitted to study taxation.so bye for now

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*Nods in deep sympathy* Taxation is the worst. (at least, tax law is about as interesting as the daily life of a rock) (my apologies to any tax lawyers reading this).

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Former tax attorney here. I hated the one accounting class I took in college and I loathed my tax classes in law school but I sort of fell into practicing corporate tax law (something that I swore that I would never do) and I loved it. I'm not sure if it's the same for a personal income tax practice.

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Hmm.. Can't disagree with you on that. The actual practice and application of law is far more interesting than the mere study of it.

I only did tax law in law school. My specialism is environmental law, another subject I found quite boring in school, but has been great fun in practice.

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My week is occupied:

Monday-Tuesday (well, Tuesday-Wednesday morning/evening for me) - Rebel: Thief who Stole the people

Wed-Thurs (Thurs-Friday) - Chief Kim

Weekend: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

And I have Defendant on hold from somewhere mid of Episode 5.

But I'm really excited about upcoming dramas: ''Tunnel', 'Whisper' and even 'Mystery Queen'. How will I fit them in??? >_<

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Most of my week is like yours:

Monday-Tuesday Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People. I always try to wait until subs are out on Wednesday to watch both episodes, but to no avail. Unlike javabaneans, I have no problems with the pacing of the show. There is enough happening for me to feel we make progress without mindlessly creating plot holes.

Wednesday-Thursday Chief Kim: I cannot say how much I loved this week's episodes. Hugs to Heads and Laica for highlighting my two favourite things about this show: Yul and his ongoing food romance, and Myung Suk.

Weekends: I'm rewatching favourite dramas. I am currently halfway through Faith. Love the soundtrack. Random note, I just noticed that Lee Min Ho has a really gentle voice.

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Oo completely with you on the pacing of Rebel. I'd binge watch it, if all episodes were out.

Faith is one of my favourites as well. The sound track is marvellous. I read somewhere that the production had a difficult time paying all the extras and staff, and many went unpaid - which puts quite a sad tinge to my enjoyment of this show.

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I was a huge fan of Faith, too! It was a little weird for me since as I watched the episodes, I kept thinking about how the sets, camera directing, and script wasn't the best, yet I was so invested in everything, haha.

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I want to love Strong Woman. I really enjoy the interactions between the two leads, but Ji Soo's character is such a buzzkill and I reaaaallllyyy hate the tone of and over abundance of the gay jokes. It's really off-putting the way Do Bong Soon is so grossed out by the thought of him being gay and then the mom's comments are so awful. Ugh. I wish they'd get past that, because it's seriously made me not want to watch the show.

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Agreed. The toxic masculinity in this show is really sucking the enjoyment out for me. As a part of the LGBTQ community the "gay as a joke" thing makes me sad. I really enjoy the main couple (especially Hyun Sik's character - what a refreshing hero!) but... it's kind of a painful watch sometimes.

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I think the toxic masculinity is a message that it's horrifying, not equal and woman has their own force,

the show literally show us how minhyuk is better than gook doo but bongsoon can't see it, gook do character is abundant as hero in another drama and this drama literally make us not root for him,
that's the commentary imo

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Agreed, and those are the parts that I like about the show. Homophobia also falls under the umbrella of toxic masculinity tho. The fact that the drama handles one part of toxic masculinity so well makes this gross mishandling of another part of it that much more painful.

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This has been a drab season for me too in kdramaland. Apart from tomorrow with you, and do bong soon I am not watching anything else. I watched some episodes of chief kim, but then put it on held, and now 'you're too much' isn't doing much for me except gu hye sun is acting good surprisingly, than the other woman. So in that sense jdramaworld is coming up with better shows at this moment, like tokyo tarareba musume is kind of great. This is a friendship drama where dialogues can't get more real than what it shows, so I love the camaraderie of the three girls and the sub-romance plot too. Kentaro sakaguchi is almost a doppelganger of seo kang joon, but may be acts better? Jimi Ni Sugoi is kinda great too, though the subs are still in progress. All in all, I don't see any favorite actors of mine doing any kdramas in the coming months, so the only one that has my attention is may be age of youth's second season. Darn I need some great kdrama casting news soon DB girls, please do your magic dramagods.

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"Father is strange" is great, Lee Yuri is fantastic!!! And the chemistry...oooooh....

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Agreee. I always love Lee Yuri, but this time she is really fantastic - from her character to her clothes! I want everything in her wardrobe. Her confidence level is super high too.

I am so done with her and her ex bf, they are really Tom and Jerry. lmao. I dont want them to be in a serious relationship yet, I want to enjoy their bickering a bit more.

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Agree! So glad to have found a weekend drama I like. Actually I think the last one I saw was Jang Bori, which also had Lee Yuri.

Also liking Lee Joon a lot in this.

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Hee I read someone changed 'Jang Bo Ri is Here' to 'Lee Yu Ri is Here' just because how famous her villain character in this drama and she literally outshone Oh Yeon Seo as well.

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Love, love this DB segment. I always look forward to reading what the dB leaders are reading.

Currently, I am not watching anything yet, but based on the leader's reviews, I do plan to watch Strong Woman think weekend.

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Watched a lot this week due to the snowstorm:

Chief Kim: My midweek dose of the fun, humor, heart, and positivity. And this week, just when I thought the bad guys were finally going to pull one over on Team Chief Kim...but our scooby gang, including Myung Seok, pulled some awesome reversals.

Tomorrow With You: The drama that makes me cry and makes my chest feel tight with emotion. I love it so much, but I'm starting to feel a little desperate like So Joon. And Doo Shik really needs to reveal something soon. Come on, man!

Strong Do Bong Soon: Still trying to figure out if I will continue it. The drama has a good premise and I like the comic book style, but wish it was handled by a better writer.

Radiant Office: I'm in love with it. Maybe I'm just in an office drama mood. Anyways, the sad sacks are tugging at my heart strings and I'm totally invested in them.

Perfect Wife: The ending of episode 6, which had me going "wtf is going on?!" in a good *mind blown* sort of way. I know come Monday, I will be watching it the moment I find out the subs are out. Jae Bok is so refreshingly straightforward (while being respectful).

You are too much: Seemed to improve a little after Jae Hee's character met the truck of doom (sorry, Jae Hee!). I will probably watch a few more episodes and then drop it as the drama is a little too overwrought for me and the only characters I like so far are HaeDang and cute blind guy.

Father is Weird: The main mom and dad in this drama are adorable and so loving. Lee Yuri, Ryu Soo Young, and Lee Joon are a hoot. And Jung So Min really tugs at my heartstrings.

Introverted Boss: It's finally over. I felt a sense of injustice by the end and I can't help but wonder what would have been the ending if there had been no rewrite.

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And i need to find out how to watch this Super Family drama that everyone else is talking about!

And it looks like I should just revisit Father, I'll take care of you once it reaches the end.

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"And i need to find out how to watch this Super Family drama that everyone else is talking about!"

Yesss please do so! Hehehe ?

Perfect Wife - a lot of questions in my mind but I will let the drama answers it next week.

Father I'll Take Care of You - I lost my patience for every character. Now I just continue watching for the duo DIL. Soooo MBC makjang drama style. lol. But still watching it. I don't lose my patience completely, unlike Blow Breeze which totally ruined it for me and every characters were so naive and dumb that I wished I can cameo in that drama and knock some sense to everyone.

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um, perhaps Defendant could have gained some more momentum if they had spent a bit more with planning and maybe failing to escape

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I honestly expected that part to go longer, but IIRC, the prison break stuff was filmed or mostly filmed when the extension was announced, so I understand why more time wasn't spent on it. I think they've done a fairly good job with the pacing post extension, in any case.

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Radiant Office: Also recommend Lee Dong Hwi in MBC Drama special Red Teacher. Also stars Jung So Min.

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-Tomorrow with You: That dumpling scene was heartbreaking. And it seems like we'll permanently move into thriller territory this week.

-Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Like many other beanies said, this is my happy pill right now. The one that make me squealed, swooned, laughed, and smiled all weekend.

-What's with this family (40/53): This drama is like a personal reminder about how I always take my family for granted. That most of the time, I forgot that my words and actions could also hurt them, because I always expected them to love, accept, and forgive me no matter what. It reminded me about how often I put them off my priority of the day because I was too busy living my life, thinking that I would always have next time for them. I forgot that ultimately, our time is limited, and that I should make the most of it instead of regretting it later, when it's already too late for us.

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Mon-Tue: Honey Lee.
Wed-Thu: Go Ah Sung.
Fri-Sat: Park Bo Young.

They are all pretty, attractive and their characters are strong.

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New DBS rating is 9.6%. Way to go PBY ^^

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It still amazed me how many people loving this show. But looking at S.K.'s current climate, I think people need few hours to escape to fantasyland and laugh their heads off.
Anyway, congratz to SWDBS team!!

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Haha, it may sound like cheap humour but those pathetic gangsters do me in everytime ???

I heaved with laughter when they literally peed themselves upon seeing DBS

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I miss that time when W-Two Worlds, Uncontrollably Fond, Love in the Moonlight, Age of Youth, CTFK, Doctors were ongoing with uploading schedules so close to each other (even though some were frustrating to watch but addicting none the less) I swear I had something to watch every day of the week because of that group. Still in a drama slump after Weightlifting Fairy ended but SWDBS is getting me out of it slowly.

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Yeah, i miss that time too. Even though i only watched W-Two World and Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, i still followed the rest dramas you mention by read their recap till the end (except C4K, i dropped somewhere in the middle). Sadly this time i only watch Strong Woman Do Bongsoon and read recap of Chief Kim.

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Follow the Perfect Wife recap too. That show is so weird and unexpected.

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I actually had tried to follow some other dramas recap.
I followed Introverted Boss recap but dropped when mystery of jihye's death revealed and Hwanki's sister know who Rowoon is.
I had read Perfect wife recap ep 1, yes it's weird but i wasn't intrigued, maybe because of affair and cheating theme that i don't like.
The other drama recap i tried to follow is Tomorrow with You but dropped it too.
I will try to follow Radiant Office recap because its reviews here are seem good to me.

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whahh those time, when uncontrollably fond was airing along with age of youth..... I will never forget...

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Do Bong Soon is a comedy drama that break my heart in a good way because some if its are true,
especially about woman get so many abusive treatment and getting the end of stick just because they looked weak,
the love also portray fairly equal for me.
Talks 1st and resolve the problem without using the violence!

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This year has been really disappointed for me in the dramas that I had wanted to see. I dropped all of the ones I planned on watching.
Voice, Tomorrow with You, etc, only managed to finish Missing 9.
I begin to watch shows in Spanish instead. Watching Juana Ines on Netflix and Pulsaciones(Lifeline) on cable.
Hopefully later this year I might find the next kdrama that interest me.

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SWDBS is boring & childish, i cant deal with the women who has nonsense power.. Voice drama more better.

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I personally don't get why people think this show is the best thing since slice bread. The special effects are awful, the tone of show is very jarring, the writer is trying to write for 5 different plots/stories when he or she can barely write for one, and there is no character development going on especially with Ji Soo's character who comes off as being a one note annoyance in this when in other shows Ji Soo has the ability to break your heart as second lead in.

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no one say this is the best show ever,
since the 1st ep, people call put the childish joke and the editing,
people call it crack drama,
the drama that gives them happiness,
no one ever close to call this matserpiece

you get more of that comment on other drama
at least get your fact straight

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The fact that their viewers are more childish than ever.

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Hmmmmn, Na wah o.

In a thread that has different opinions about the show with many voicing their problems with it, some saying their not hooked and others calling it fluff and low quality along side its lovers, I wonder where you got that opinion.

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sorry if the commenter above is blunt but when you resort to call the commenter instead of the comment,
it means you can't refute the comments,

if you visit the comment section of dbs, people know it flaws but it's enjoyable

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I think I'm the only one who enjoy Tomorrow with you so much. The overall quality in acting might be not what I wanted, several important role can't bring out sincerity emotion. which makes me less enjoying the drama. Yess... Acting is important to make me invest on character. At least to make their character action believable and make me suspend my disbelief of unrealistic event. But thanks to Lee Je Hoon, Jo Han Chul and Kim Ye Won (which is unexpectedly on fire in the last episode). And the script is not as complex as I wanted to, and more over is not as tight as I wanted to, there is alot of filler to fill air time and PPL. But is still compelling. But Overall I like it and hope the ending is not dissapointing me because the execution in the last 2 episode will be crucial to the overall message the show is want to convey

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Rebel continues to weave its tale in that manner that epic sageuks usually go. A bit slow, but I don't really mind the pace with all the character development we're getting. With Amogae's passing, I wonder if the tone will somehow change as we move into the second half of the show. Honey Lee has but a few minutes of screen time per episode but she has such a strong and compelling screen presence. Love her!

Watching Perfect Wife makes my head hurt a bit with all the mystery and creepy Eun-hee. Yet here I am, still wanting to get to the bottom of it all. Haha! Jae-bok is my main draw in this. She is unexpectedly and refreshingly straightforward, to the point of being blunt even. But neither is she cruel nor mean-spirited. I love that she clarifies and tells things as they are. I hope her character won't do a 180 or 360 turn as the drama progresses. We need more tough cookies in kdramas.

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Father I'll take care of you
This show is dragging on for me at this point. I need me some real actions. Somebody calls the police, tell the truth, give Jeong Hwa a mirror before she opens her mouth, whatever, I don't care as long as Seong Joong and Dong Hee get back together quickly.

Father is Strange
I started watching this due to Jung So Min as i really liked her as an actor. Right now enjoying Lee Joon, Lee Yuri and her ex in the show whose name escapes me.

Note to self: No more dramas longer than 16 episodes. It's driven me to eat too much chocolate!

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So true, Odilettante! The Mafia, Werewolf, or "Catching The Culprit" game in particular also makes me and my friends hate each other after playing it ??

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I binge watched Hwarang this week (because, Park Hyung Sik). I wasn't sold on the romance, but the friendships are great! It's so beautiful to watch. I decided to finish this for the characters' growth and happiness. Especially Dan Sae's - Han Sung's older brother. I love his love for his brother. THEN EPISODE 18 HAPPENED. WHYYYYYYY, why drama, why?????? I have not recovered. I don't think I ever will. The relationship I was most invested in was the only relationship this drama shattered. I can't deal.

It's hard to root for characters, especially the supporting "I-got-your-back-main-lead" ones. You'll never know what will happen to them until it's too late to take your heart back in pristine condition.

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Btwn SWDBS and TWY - TWY is the better written show, but SWDBS is a lot of fun (not that TWY doesn't have its moments of humor, but diff. from the slapstick that's in SWDBS - a more reality based humor).

In form, entertainment value and chemistry btwn the leads - SWDBS is reminiscent of "Bring It On Ghost."

Ultimately, the non-romance story-line isn't the draw - it's seeing the leads bicker and banter with each other.

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"Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: I like this show, I do. But there’s something in its pacing and its very episodic storytelling structure that makes it difficult for me to get hooked, despite liking it very much. The pacing feels slow and steady, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but is probably why I’m consistently one and a half weeks behind on episodes, because it’s a show I can’t binge-watch."

I agree with this so much. I love how the story unfolds on Rebel and like Kiara's said, the writer definitely did his/her homework.

However, there is something that making me not 100% hooked with the show, could be it be the pacing? Acting?

I have to admit I still feel disconnected with Gil Dong which is strange because I LOVE YKS in Pinocchio, even more than LJS's character.

But I'm still tune in every week at least for the recap and the golden commentary. Hopefully the rating soars after Defendant closes its curtain.

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I like YKS in sageuk more than modern drama, but sometimes I cannot help to think how about this certain actor playing Gildong? For eg Byun Yo Han.

The ones made me stay so far was Kim Sang Joong, and Honey Lee. I do like Rebel but I feel no obligation to watch it immediately after it is out.

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Slowly catching up on my dramas. Been watching so much intense shows lately.

SWDBS is my must-watch each week. Even though it has a few creepy scenes, it's the only show I'm watching that makes me laugh.

2 episodes behind on Defendant. This show makes me nervous like I can't relax while I'm watching it lol. I do like the show, but maybe binge-watching it would be better. On the other hand, I'm nearly caught up anyway. xP

I stopped watching TWY after episode 2, mostly due to other drama distractions. I want to continue watching it soon. Also super behind on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju. :( Don't want to forget it if I leave it for too long.

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Laica, I totally agree with you about Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and Guesthouse Daughters.
For the first one, it's indeed so refreshing to see Bong Soon stand up against Gook Du, and basically his weird conception of being in a friendship or a relationship with a woman. I want to see how she will understand that being with someone who accepts you the way you are vs being with someone who tries to trap you in their own little narcissistic fantasies is priceless.
For the second one, I'm very bored with this show so I'm giving up on it. The best parts are definitely when the actresses are just chilling and being themselves, I don't understand why the gagmen are there.... Too bad, it was a nice idea.

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I was hoping to see ANYONE that is watching Saimdang?

I've binge watched the first 14 episodes last week basically, mostly because of Lee Young Ah - for DaeJangGeum. Got hocked up, but can't help but to have a love-hate feeling for Saimdang.

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