290

Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

Did you make it through the pre-emptions this week? With the election looming, will you be able to make it through even more of them next week? I’m choosing to think positively and take this time to catch up to things that had been put on hold; maybe I’ll even pick up something entirely old, or entirely new. Nothing blue, though, since I’ve been gravitating toward dramas that pick up my mood and make me happy. There’ll always be time to cry later! –javabeans

 

javabeans

Chicago Typewriter: I feel like this show took a little while to get to the point, but I do now find the story intriguing—and even better, unpredictable in an enjoyable way; I have no idea where it’s going or what kind of ending to expect, but I don’t mind going along for the ride. I don’t feel emotionally connected to most of the characters, which is a slight disappointment (though I do feel sympathy for Go Kyung-pyo—there’s always something so sweet, pathetic, and wistful about a ghost who wants more than his noncorporeal form can provide), but the plot is compelling enough to keep my interest.

Man to Man: This show is fluffier than I was expecting, but I in no way find this to be a detriment; most spy-action dramas have a tendency to take themselves too seriously, and often turn unintentionally cheesy. Man to Man has its cheesy tendencies too, but the difference is that it’s entirely intentional, and the humor, while a little broader than I’d prefer, is definitely its best asset. That and Park Hae-jin’s deadpan acting, though I’d argue that that’s just another facet of the humor, where his character is entirely humorless but the actor is working that entirely for comedic effect. The plot is kinda B-list and the story pretexts somewhat flimsy, but the show has a feel-good, silly-funny vibe that I’m enjoying.

Father, I’ll Take Care of You: As we head into the final week, I’m expecting some hastily tied ends, and while I’m not sure I’ll be completely content with the way things wrap up, I’m hoping for some satisfying resolutions. I do really appreciate that the story once again is closing around the concept that family is as much (if not more) about nurture than nature, and that pure blood ties don’t always win out over emotional bonds. It’s refreshing that Hyun-woo is acknowledging now that there’s value to the time his blood brother spent with his non-blood family, which is mirrored in Dong-hee wanting to stay with the dirt-poor grandma who raised her with love rather than the uber-rich grandma she never knew. This idea that family is something you make, not just something you’re born into, isn’t necessarily revolutionary, but it is a stance that we don’t often explore in dramas, which are often much more about the power of the blood kinship.

Father Is Strange: Badass Unni is badass! I both want Hye-young to be my sister, and me to be Hye-young when I grow up. I’m so glad that Jung So-min got her chance to stand up for herself and demand that apology, and I’m glad that she did it on her own terms (even though Unni had a hand in ensuring that it happened). I also loved when Lee Joon took her side in the family debate, totally unprompted, just because he understood her position when the rest of her family didn’t. I can’t wait for these two to bond more.

The Liar and His Lover: There’s something special about this drama in the way these characters feel real to me—it’s not the acting, which is fine but not phenomenal, and it’s not the story itself. It’s more that the show as a whole, on a big-picture scale, feels tight and cohesive, and thus the story enables a kind of full immersion into this world. I feel like Lee Hyun-woo is a musical genius with father issues, and that he really did write all these songs on the show. I’m keeping an eye on this rookie writer, because I’m pleased and amazed that we’ve made it 14 episodes and I’ve never once gotten bored or lost interest, or felt that the plot was running out of steam. Even if it’s a remake, it takes skill to plan, pace, and build a story so that it’s always developing and avoids that near-inevitable late-game dip in energy. Storywise, I was moved by the way each character wanted to take responsibility for everyone else, and how it felt actually noble without being idiotic. But since they’re young and unskilled, they can only attempt to fix their problem with insufficient methods, and it’s poignant because they try anyway, driven by their loyalty and care for each other.

 

girlfriday

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: What a week to pre-empt the second episode!! The show sure did take its time getting here, but man, when everything came together in just the right way, I was on the edge of my seat and giving up all of my tears. Chae Soo-bin’s emotional roller coaster ride over the course of one episode was stunning, and I can’t believe she made me cry with a blindfold over her eyes. And don’t even get me started on the downtrodden people bursting into song to rally their hero and fight for their freedom. *whimper*

Whisper: I can’t help but think that if the heroine had been returned to her rightful place as a police detective about half a series ago, I could’ve been made to care more. I’m not even positive that it would’ve been the perfect fix, but I’m constantly watching this show and trying to figure out why it doesn’t grip my insides and twist them into knots the way this writer’s previous works did.

Mystery Queen: I was surprisingly moved by the case this week, which I credit to the actress who played the young single woman who’d just moved to the big city and hadn’t even gone on her first date. She was so warm and sweet, and despite being such a minor character, she’d managed to touch all of the characters’ lives in some way, making her death especially sad.

Man to Man: I really enjoy this current setup where Park Hae-jin is the smooth operator who needs to fool Kim Min-jung into thinking that he’s in love with her. It’s like a one-sided contract romance, but with guns! I appreciate that the plot moves so quickly in this show, because I think the writer is fully aware that it’s all just a delivery device for more Park Hae-jin hijinks, and I’m fully onboard with that. Plus, Oppa-as-Cupid is an unexpected but adorable turn.

The Liar and His Lover: I ran out of shows to watch this week because of all the pre-emptions, so I figured it was a good time to pick up The Liar and His Lover, since it seems to be a favorite among Beanies at the moment. I’m just a few episodes in, but it’s a nice breath of fresh air among all the darker shows I’m currently watching. The music is actually used to tell the story, and the hero is a likable prickly geeeenius, which is a rare species in dramaland. I’m less interested in Crude Play, but the heroine’s journey seems lovely and worth getting invested in.

 

HeadsNo2

Perfect Wife: Crazy lady wants heroine’s worthless husband. Worthless husband has no personality, wants, or desires. Crazy lady gets away with way too much over the course of one series. There, I’ve summarized the entire show.

 

odilettante

Currently recapping: Whisper

Super Family 2017: I’m loving the spring fever and blossoming romances (Gwi-nam and Ms. Ahn! Mom and the cranky upstairs neighbor! Ik-hee and her complete unawareness that there’s a messy love quadrilateral brewing with her boyfriend, friend, and neighbor!). But I also deeply appreciate how comfortable and satisfying the relationship is between Chun-il and Ra-yeon.

Radiant Office: I may be a few episodes behind but I’m still sad that the show has ended. I’d like to say it’s just because of how much these characters have wormed their way into my heart and soul — I would do anything to make sure the Suicide Squad got their well-deserved happy ending. Buuuuuuuuut there’s also a little part of me that’s crying because now I will only get two episodes of my beloved Hoya a week instead of four. I’ve been spoiled for too long!

Chicago Typewriter: I was getting all set to drop this but now I’m here for the contract bromance and finding out more about what happened in the past (why can’t most of each episode be set in the ’30s?). I am also, once again, suffering from second-lead syndrome for a ghost. Yeah. No one ever warned me that dramaland would be filled with so many attractive and charming ghosts.

Tunnel: I’m finally caught up through Episode 10, and even though I love Yoon Hyun-min and am curious about how Kwang-ho will return to the past and make everything right again (or at least live happily ever after with his wife and daughter), I’m struggling to care about the main mystery. It’s not really drawing me in, especially since the viewers already know so much and it’s a matter of waiting until the characters finally figure it out. It’s not that I don’t dislike the drama, but I feel like Jae-yi — disassociated from the pain of our characters and only invested to see if it will end like the way I deduce that it will.

 

chickachunga

Radiant Office: I still haven’t seen the last two episodes, but that may be because the finality of the series hasn’t hit me yet, and I’m not ready to say goodbye! This isn’t a splashy show by any means, but that’s why it’s so great; the characters are real and relatable and their struggles are, too. Go Ah-sung and Lee Dong-hwi shine in their respective roles as underdogs in this underrated, small yet heartfelt show that always brings a smile to my face.

Whisper: Following the death of Young-joo’s dad, I thought I detected a switch flipped in Dong-joon, and I expected to see a bolder, more aggressive, and brazen lawyer… but Dong-joon is still the same ol’ Dong-joon. I get that he has a corporate job and therefore has to stay at the office for most of the day, but it’d be nice to see him venture out more and join Young-joo on her baddie butt-kicking adventures. Anyway, I’m loving the tiny glimmers of intimacy between the two leads. Dong-joon snagging some of Young-joo’s salad was super cute. But what could possibly be in a Subway salad that was worth taking? Hopefully, they’ll transition to fancier fare than foot-longs and leaves.

 

tineybeanie

Currently recapping: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Man to Man: I’ve only watched Park Sung-woong in serious roles, so I was completely unprepared for this version of him, but he’s comedy gold. He plays his character so well—finely treading the line where we can see the juxtaposition between the diva man-child, and the deeper inner Yeo Woon-kwang that we catch glimpses of when he’s contemplating his first love. Speaking of which, Chae Jung-ahn is fierce, although I may have liked her empty-headed bubble-brain act in Yong-pal a smidge better; she’s a similar character here except more grown-up. I’m half-expecting the kid to be Woon-kwang’s because we’re in dramaland, and that’s what tends to happens when “good” secondary characters get stuck in bad situations: They marry the villain. And I love me some makjang, so I won’t mind if the story ends up going in that direction. As for the main couple, honestly, I’m meh at this point, but hopefully things will pick up soon.

 

SailorJumun

Currently recapping: The Liar and His Lover

Persevere, Gu Hae-ra: I had a lot of fun watching this, though I will admit that I was strictly in it for the sick music covers and not so much the characters. While I liked Team Persevere as a group, individually, they were hard to get attached to. And to make matters worse, the show tried to get me attached to a love triangle that I just wasn’t having. It lost its emotional pull far too soon (I’m still not over that terrible loss in Episode 2). At least the actors moved on to better projects after this? #brightside

Hwarang: I’d dropped this when it was still airing but figured I’d gotten too far not to finish it. I really loved the first half, but at a certain point, the story seemed to be spinning its wheels. The romance I liked wasn’t going anywhere and the bromance I loved wasn’t going anywhere, so there was almost nothing to look forward to except the charming side stories. Our main storylines did come back together for the finale, but instead of feeling satisfied, I just felt angry over the wasted potential. I’m crossing my fingers that Fight My Way is good, because my thirst for Park Seo-joon still demands to be quenched.

 

Laica

Currently recapping: Mystery Queen

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: I got behind on this show, but I watched the last four episodes last week, more to complete it than because I wanted to find out what happened. This drama gave us some incredibly squee-inducing moments, but now that it’s over, my primary emotion about it is regret for its wasted potential. This could have been an amazing story about female empowerment and fighting for those who get left behind by the justice system—and all the elements were there in the beginning—but the awful writing took us on strange and unfunny tangents, with a lack of development in almost every plot and character storyline. Ahn Min-hyuk was the only truly fleshed out person in this story, which is a shame because this was supposed to be Bong-soon’s story, and that makes me sad despite how tooth-achingly sweet they were as a couple. In the last few episodes, the only emotional beat that worked for me was surprisingly Ji-soo’s conversation with Bong-soon about their missed timing, and his manly tears in the car afterwards (I definitely cried). Maybe one day this cast will be reunited in a better show, but for now I can’t forgive the excitement this one made me feel with its posters, and I just want them to move on to better things.

Father Is Strange: Lee Joon is simultaneously so pathetically adorable and so oblivious, I don’t know whether he deserves to be smacked or given a bear hug. I am loving him with the Byuns, in every combination. I’m also really glad Lee Yuri found out the truth and confronted both her sister and the bully with her knowledge. I wish Jung So-min had decided to tell her family the truth, but I am glad that she’s growing a spine and learning to stand up for herself. I only wish she and Lee Joon could go back to being buds—that was so cute!

Radiant Office: What will I do next week without this beautiful show? I can’t even express all the things I love about it, but I’ll list a few: the totally heartwarming, squad goals friendship between our suicide squad; the completely perfect friends-to-lovers romance between our OTP (Has Ha Suk-jin ever been this perfect? No. No he has not.); the life-affirming messages of the show that are uplifting without being sappy or unrealistic. I think what I loved most about this show was that it acknowledged that life is hard, sometimes brutally, desperately so, but there will still be good days along with the bad, and all we can do is hope for spring to last longer than winter, even if it’s a fool’s hope. I’ve thrown my lot in with these lovable fools.

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

290

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Has anyone watched "What Happens to My Family"? I started watching it yesterday and I don't know if it's worth the effort or not!

And btw, this week is like "calm before the storm" because this coming week my k-drama schedule is messed up again. Haha

Mon-Tue: the Liar & his Lover
Wed-Thurs: Suspicious Partner
Fri-Sat: Chicago Typewriter

I mean, what's life? Haha

8
19
reply

Required fields are marked *

What can I say... I shipped Park Hyung Sik with Nam Ji hyun so hard that their "Some" duet in an awards night kept playing all night!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Re: What Happens to My Family
If you like family drama and don't mind the long episodes, it's definitely worth it. It has lovely and hearwarming relationships, likeable characters, and cute lovelines. And definitely nothing like the usual makjang weekender.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, it's true. I watched it last year and i enjoyed it

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I started it straight after Do Bong Soon and been racing through it. First time I've watched such a long kdrama, but it's well worth it imo. Prepare tissues for the second half.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah, I watched What Happens to My Family recently - only 'cause I wanted to see if Park Hyung--sik was any good in it even if it was a secondary role. It was a feel good story for me.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I loved What Happens to My Family, it was such a heart-warming drama, it made me a fan of Yoo Dong-guen Ahjussi (or should I call him Halbae!)

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not a fan of family dramas but Yoo Dong-geun is the reason why I watched it when it was airing.
He is one of the most charismatic sageuk actor that I've had the pleasure of following on television.

It's too bad that conventional sageuks is pretty much dead or we'd see more of him.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like the head of the family. He is so cool! Haha. I love how he keeps the different siblings together.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's one of the best family drama I think. All the couples in that drama (except for the second child and his wife, I still don't understand them) are so adorable. Please do take your time in watching What Happens to My Family because it's quite long

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

What Happens With My Family is one of the best family drama for me. This drama make me cry and I always want to call my family right after watch this drama. I re-watch this drama everytime I miss my parents.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@What Happens to My Family Watch it!! It will make you cry, laugh and want to appreciate your family even more. The cast is absolutely amazing!! It's where I first got interested in Park Hyung Shik, and Nam Ji Hyun

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

"What Happens to My Family" was the last weekend drama I've watched, and was a pretty good one if you like slow paced but heartwarming kind of family drama. I'd recommend you to keep watching.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It depends on your preference.
I watched it when it was still running back then and dropped it. I didn't find any likeable character. They all sounded so noisy and annoying for my taste.
But if you really like Park Hyungshik I think you may like the drama.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What Happens to My Family is one of my favorite weekend dramas! I like that it's different from the other weekend dramas. It's funny, it's heart warming, there aren't unreasonable mother in laws (except an annoying Aunt) and I loved the pairings. Interactions between the eldest sis and her boss is hilarious. Loved every bit of the drama.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

If you can withstand the slower pace of family dramas, I say go for it! For me the main draw was the older sister's story but there's a lot of heartwarming moments and emotions. There is definitely some stuff I was frustrated with, but I wouldn't say it killed my enjoyment of the show. I give it a B+

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have never seen a family drama before, I started watching it strictly for PHS but overtime all the characters grew on me! It takes time, but I feel its worth sitting through.

Make sure you have tissues by second half!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched this mainly for Kim Hyun Joo's storyline but it's a pretty good family drama overall. There were a few annoying characters and moments in between but nothing unbearable.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Long-term it was a very good show. I know early on you're probably "What's up with this show?!?!" The ratings were high, it got a small extension on top of that, and got a LOT of awards at the end of the season. Definitely a good choice if you are ready for the about 50 episode commitment. If you want something more immediately cute and likeable, Five Kids is another winner.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm currently watching this show because of Park Hyungsik but I've come to love the story and their father. The show is so much feels for me on a personal level because I missed their father reminds me of mine. I hope you'll like it. :)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeay! GF joining the TLAHL party and So Rim as the cover!

47
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

When I saw Joy on the display, I was so happy. And then DB surprises me yet again with @girlfriday picking up TLAHL! Glad that we will have more inputs from her on how this Show is. The CP guys will grow on her too, I'm sure.
@javabeans's inputs about this Show is spot on. The acting definitely aint phenomenal, but the writing is so tight and organic and each and every character so relatable that it has become one of my all time favourite musical drama. I'm sad that the next week is the finale week. !

33
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

Some of the acting is great though (especially this week).
I had a feeling girlfriday would watch TLAHL when she mentioned having free time from CT pre-emption

32
reply

Required fields are marked *

???? ( emoticon best describes what I'm feeling about this show ending )

25
reply

Required fields are marked *

@headsno2's Perfect Wife summary helped me decide whether or not I'll pick this drama ? Thank you!
And I agree with @dramaninja! I was also so happy when I saw Joy on the display, looking forward to @girlfriday's thoughts on TLAHL (and hoping she'll love it too), and @javabeans put into words in a very perfect way why I love this drama so much (and why the Beanies are crazy about it, I mean, 400+ comments per recap? ?). I even forgot that it's a remake, it's sooo good! I'm pretty sure nobody's ready for the last two episodes! I ain't ready for this parting~ ?

26
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Isn't 400 not that high though? Like Healer, Moon lovers, goblin, W-two worlds, Moonlight and a lot more have many more comments.

And me too, I'm not readyyyyy. I don't want it to end at all. It's been so good so far, I'm not sure what to replace it with.

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

No drama can beat Healer's 11,152 comments. ?

14

I haven't watch any of these dramas. I try Goblin but only watched the first half of the first episode.

2

Whoopsies! I only found out about dramabeans sometime last year ? and I wasn't actively checking out recaps then so I only have a comparison with the recent ones I see. And so far, TLAHL gets 400+ in less than 24hrs of posting ? man, I wish I was part of that Healer conversation! I love that drama so much! 11,152 comments ??????

5

Han Gyul was the header in What we’re watching #48 and So Rim today. Two The Liar and His Lover in three weeks. ✌

17
reply

Required fields are marked *

@headsno2 LOL at your Perfect Wife summary!

What I'm watching this week though:

TLAHL, mystery queen, tunnel

Greatest Love- where have you been when I needed to laugh so hard? This one is super hilarious I just cant. new oppa crush with Cha Seung Won ?

10
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Cha Seung-won is my long-time oppa crush already :-) Glad you are enjoying Greatest Love; they had me from the very first scene at the movie theatre :-)) .

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hot ahjussi alert! Cant believe this guy is in his forties. He kind of reminds me of Jang Hyuk though

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love both, but I think Cha Seung-won takes himself a little less seriously; he can go much further for comedy. I just wished I liked Jang Hyuk's projects more; nothing has been the same after Chuno... :-(

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same! I liked him best in Chuno, too! Though he was okay in Voice as well. I hadn't picked up Beautiful Mind yet, although I heard he was also great on it.

0

@klurker I guess he scared me off after Fated to Love you and Shine or go Crazy; haven't checked those yet. I did watch the first episode of Beautiful Mind, but didn't continue...

1

Greatest Love is one of my favourite dramas EVER and the only Hong Sisters drama I didn't watch with fast forward. I always watch it when I need a good, long laugh and Cha Seung-won is super in this role.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Man to Man is so unexpectedly deadpan funny - just loving it!

7
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love the man-child diva actor! I have heard that he usually does serious roles, but he is nailing this comedic role very well, and yet does the angst beautifully too.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha, the first time I saw him was as the rebellion leader in Gaksital - he made such an impression as a stoic-faced, strategic leader that I was legit struggling to laugh at him in M2M

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree, I wasn't expecting this drama to make me laugh that much.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Right?! I think I didn't expect this kind of humor that's why when presented with it in every episode, I find it so enjoyable. I laugh at the thought of PHJ rolling his eyes and his epic deadpans.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Please support the liar and his lover ?

31
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am also keeping an eye on the rookie writer of TLAHL, JB! Ahhh, my current favorite airing drama right now.

45
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm surprised the writer never wrote any drama. I never felt any urge to ff any scene except for sometimes where I would skip CEO Yoon scenes with Han Gyul's dad because I can never understand both of them lol.

33
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

And like javabeans said, even at episode 14, there is no lull or dull, which is a feat it itself

32
reply

Required fields are marked *

-Tunnel: All secrets finally laid bare and the emotional punch left me reeling and ugly-crying. What a great eps with nail-biting cliffhanger. A perfect way to torture us in the face of pre-emption.

-Chicago Typewriter: I'm excited that those 3 leads finally connecting with each other in present time. And the '30 scenes continue to be a pure delight.

-Super Family 2017: I love the natural progression of Hoya and Park Hee-bon's relationship. And his hilarious antics during blind date might be the higlight of my week. I still can't stop laughing remembering that.

-Crime Scene 3: 1st eps is great. Like what @girlfriday said last week, the cast are a tad too calm for murder suspects. But I think it fits the political setup perfectly. So far, great acting, chemistry, and deduction.

1
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just want to comments on Crime Scene for finally get to watch this after being loyal viewer from season 1. I feel so sad there's no Hong Jinho and Jang Dongmin in this season because somehow it feels dry without their clever twist of comedy. And both of them are actually genius too.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feel like this. I'm sad too because both Jinho and Jang Dongmin couldn't join for the new season. They were great!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I miss them too. They can be very funny while still being smart, and I miss their frenemy antics. (And also Jin-ho's bad prononciation and constant flailing whenever people started to suspect him) Let's hope they come as a guest in the upcoming eps.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is super family good? I've been wanting to see it but I'm not familiar with the sitcom setup in Korea drama so I hesitated a lot

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

For me, it's really good. I love all the characters, and their conflicts felt much more real than what happened in the usual drama. Sitcom in Korea usually feels a lot like a mashup of family, school, and workplace drama in small portion. Try the first 4 eps or so to see if you like it.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm happy someone finally said revealing the secrets in Tunnel was not bad. In fact if you look at it the right way, you there are more to come.
Impatiently waiting for next episodes... Tunnel crew... Fighting.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I bet my money that in coming weeks, GF is going to regret for saying she's less interested in Crude Play. XD

TLAHL is the only drama I'm following now. Since I wasn't able to keep my mind off the drama, I figured it isn't fair towards other drama when I'm pitting them against Liar. Here's to hoping I'll pick up at least 2 new dramas next week after TLAHL ended.

44
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

She is gonna be into CP soon.
Me too. Ruler: Master of the mask and Circle are the ones i am about to start when The liar and his lover ends.

35
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm interested in Master of the Mask and Circle too! I'm also considering of picking up MXM.

30
reply

Required fields are marked *

How come the DB team is not watching "My Secret Romance"? It's great! Predictable storyline but the romantic moments and great chemistry between the two characters Yoo Mi (Secret's Song Ji Eun) and Jin Wook (Sung Hoon - Oh My Venus) makes it a wonderful viewing experience - well, at least for me. Hehe!

3
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah, I enjoyed watching it! Sometimes I just need to watch these predictable romcom as a way to destress.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha.. it is really a predictable romance. I love how JW keeps complaining how cute the lunches are and taking photos of them.

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol...I agree with you. While watching it, I was thinking if the hero is so 'experienced' with woman and rich, what is there in heroine to attract him? She doesn't have a strong personality and keeps blaming her mother (and I think to myself sexual freedom - your mom can do whatever she wants). Why does her best friend love her? Again, she doesn't treat him or her own family very nice. Hero is no piece of cake either: arrogant, has obviously no friends, and broods to much instead of doing his job. I can't help but compare it with the director's other work '1% of anything', which had quite similar premise, but much more stronger characters. However, it's old style format bring some good memories of kdramas when they were just straightforward romances. I would watch it anyways (I fast forward usually) just to find out what will happen.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hmmm... I think what makes the hero attracted with the heroine is because she is the only one who dare to leave him after the one night stand (obviously he thinks that he is the one who should do the 'leaving' part in any kind of relationship?? And also so far the only woman who doesn't want him.. I think at first she hurts his ego but then change to something else. The heroine's best friend might also falls in love with her because she has these images as pure, sweet and innocent girl.
Well these are my observations based on many years reading romance shoujo mangas and manhwas... LOL.

0

I am kicking myself for enjoying it! It's terrible but so full of fluff, flutter and kisses.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Aww.... Finally!!! I thought i'm the only one who like my secret romance!! The plot is predictable but cute... It's warm and fluffy just like 1% of anything. The show makes me happy!! LOL

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched all 6 eps so far in one go yesterday and it was a fun, light watch. I enjoy watching these predictable dramas from time to time to de-stress.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm so sad that radiant office has finished too. Looking back I'm not sure how I feel about the ending because I think it would have been better with 20 episodes to be honest. I do agree with the open ending because I think this show has always tried to show a more realistic view of the world which was why I loved it so much, but it would have been nice to see a little more of how things happened if that makes any sense at all lol.

I've also not finished Hwarang, I'm trying to finish my unfinished series this week and it's so hard lol. I debate with myself which ones to finish first and I'm delaying this one till the end, even though I've got like 3 episodes left to go. (I finished the legend of the blue sea and tomorrow with you so far)

I'm thinking of starting man to man after hearing such positive reviews and all those adorable screenshots. I've not actually watched anything with PHJ as the main lead so this may be the one to start with (couldn't bring myself to watch CITT haha)

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Currently watching: Tunnel, Whisper, Rebel, Liar and his Lover, Chicago Typewriter and Man to Man. That's a lot on my plate lol.

Why Tunnel, why?? T_T

8
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I keep asking the same question. How can we wait for another week? I need the next episode, like, now!

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I know right! This waiting is torture, seriously.

Guess I'll finally catch up with Whisper's latest episodes lol. Since all the best dramas are making us wait:(

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ok. The Liar and his lover is the only one i am following all week long. Episodes, recaps, forums, official facebook page, songs, actors and actresses.
Hogu's love. I watched this gem just yesterday and marathoned. I loved it. Who can be stay still not loving Hogu? i mean. he is a sweetheart.

41
17
reply

Required fields are marked *

Who's hogu?

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hogu's love. a drama.

10
reply

Required fields are marked *

So glad you find Hogu's Love. It's a sweet and mature story, right? I just love Hogu so much and root for him to get the love of his life.

29
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

yes, he is totally normal guy and his lover is haughty princess. And they love each other. what a sweet story. Loved this song too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvTp3fyGSwA

11
reply

Required fields are marked *

About Hogu's..

Choi Woosik did a web drama with Kiyong (Inho from Crude Play) with a cameo from Joy (Sorim).

Here's the official episode with eng captions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWHD9Xz8l8g

You can find the entire series on the channel. It's so funny.

39
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

Isn't that Jang Ki Yong in the web drama?? Wow, he looks a little different from when he was in IU's MV! He still looks so good though!

22
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, same guy. He was so hot in IU's MV.

7
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Johansen L. May 6, 2017 at 5:01 AM,

Thanks so much for posting that link to BOY NEXT DOOR. ROFLMAO. I needed a good laugh, and this delivered in spades. Am looking forward to watching the whole thing. ;-)

SAIMDANG just finished, and REBEL has had me on tenterhooks since long before the preemptions started. Between BOY NEXT DOOR, MY SECRET ROMANCE, and MAN TO MAN, I'm able to disengage my brain for a spell.

@13 urnaa May 6, 2017 at 3:37 AM:

Thanks for the reminder about HOGU'S LOVE. It's been on my to-watch list for a while now. This is a good time to view it. ;-)

I marathoned FIVE CHILDREN a while back just to have a light and heartwarming alternative to the darkness of VOICE, the angst of the sageuks (including MOON LOVERS and GOBLIN), and the wacky timelines in TOMORROW WITH YOU.

I'm 2/3 of the way through Taiwanese drama LOVE AT SEVENTEEN, and am enjoying it immensely. It was recommended in the recaps for OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN (Thanks, Kim Yoonmi!), and I can see why. There are more than a few parallels with Park Do-kyung's hesitation to reciprocate Plain Hae-Young's attraction.

Which reminds me: I'm thrilled out of my shoes over Seo Hyun-jin's Baeksang for Best Actress in OHYA. Her acting grabbed my attention in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG and turned me into a Kdrama fan.

27
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just watched BOY NEXT DOOR because of your comment, and I watched the following episode (episode 8) after I finished the one posted and it was even funnier.

19
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Ezekiel May 6, 2017 at 8:10 AM:

Thanks for the quality control report. ;-)

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it, and look forward to watching after I wrap up LOVE AT SEVENTEEN.

Hmmm. I wonder what comes after "rolling on the floor LMAO" -- "rolling on the ceiling LMAO"?!

12

@Ezekiel May 6, 2017 at 8:10 AM,

This show is totally insane, and I love it. I started with episode 1 and will keep going.

In ep. 8 I roared as soon as I heard the opening chords of "Me to You, You to Me" from THE CLASSIC -- one of my favorite movies.

Here's a killer live version of the song. The harmony vocals are terrific.

아름다운 콘서트 - Scenery of Riding Bicycle - I to You, You to Me 자전거 탄 풍경
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZSvkAyMZCg

In ep. 7, Kyutae's take on Joy's "Russian Roulette" dance moves reminded me of Ryu Deok-hwan's Madonna impersonation in LIKE A VIRGIN -- especially when he was giving one of the other ssireum wrestlers a crash course in Kpop dancing. The pair of them in perfect synchronization was amazing.

Thanks again for the pointer to THE BOY NEXT DOOR. It's just what the doctor ordered. ;-)

8

I just finished watching Taiwanese drama LOVE AT SEVENTEEN. Definitely a good watch. As with OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN, some of the characters may drive you nuts. But if you can deal with flawed and very human characters who screw up when young and then go to great lengths to redeem themselves, you're in for a treat. In some ways the show also reminds me of DISCOVERY OF ROMANCE and ALONE IN LOVE, both of which are among my favorite Kdramas. The vibe is different from, and somehow more relaxed than, Kdramas, but I cannot put my finger on exactly how. Despite the plot twists, it isn't makjang, or even all that melodramatic.

The music is great. I especially love the outro (below). The intro is another earworm. And there are some lovely piano instrumentals.

林芯儀 Shennio Lin 《以後以後》 我和我的十七歲(片尾曲)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bloYQwsi0Q0

A major theme is timing, and whether missed timing in life can ever be done over. The leading lady becomes cold and distrustful after being abandoned by her friends in high school. Thirteen years later, her path crosses with several classmates, including the guy who was smitten with her, but couldn't admit it to her back then. I like how the plot unfolds, and in particular how He Hao Yi finally tells Ai Li Si how he feels about her. He says what he did not have the courage to confess at 17 -- and then gives her lots of elbow room to respond on her own terms and in her own time. She is conflicted in part because she has post-operative amnesia. She has forgotten why she had a falling out with her erstwhile best gal pals from high school.

There is a conversation on the nature of friendship in episode 10 that is worth the price of admission. He Hao Yi listens to a recording of Ai Li Si as he eats breakfast alone [KissAsian subs]:

Ai Li Si: He Hao Yi, it seems we always have misunderstandings between us. This time, I think I misunderstood you again... I'm sorry. I misunderstood you as my best friend.

He Hao Yi: I don't want to be just your best friend.

Ai Li Si: I know you truly treat me as a friend. But as for the part of being good friends, it's my fault. After I lost my memory, you're the only friend accompanying me. Although I can't remember everything about you, I treat you just like [female friends] Lei Lei and Xiao Feng [his sister], as the most important friends of my life. But I found out that I was wrong. Because no matter how close we are, it can't be like them. Because you're a guy. The way that guys make friends is fundamentally different from girls. Girls stick together while doing anything. But after I lost my memory, I have been hanging on and sticking to you... Guys won't casually share their meals with friends. When guys make friends, they won't be like girls and hold each other's hands when they are close... I think of you as just as important as Xiao Fen and Lei Lei, so I naturally treated you the same as I would treat them. But I forgot that I'm the only one who got stuck...

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@pakalanapikake i love love Jung Yoo Mi from Discovery of romance. I rooted for second lead though. i want to recommend I need Romance 2 with Jung Yoo Mi and Kim Ji Suk too. Again i rooted for second lead. I am a first lead type of girl yet i loved Jung Yoo Mi with second leads. More i see Jung Yoo Mi, more i love her.

3

continued

Ai Li Si: ... But I forgot that I'm the only one who got stuck as a seventeen-year-old. Which 30-year-old man would want a seventeen-year-old girl clinging to him? I did all those things to you and made you feel uncomfortable, right? But don't worry. I know what to do now.

He Hao Yi: What do you mean?

Ai Li Si: From now on, I won't cling to you. I won't need you to go to work with me or borrow comic books with me. Even more so, I won't make you share your hamburger with me. I also won't casually hold onto your hand. If you want me to leave, then I'll say, "Then, I'm leaving. Bye." I will treat you as the most special friend. I'll respect you and won't bring you trouble because I don't want you to think that I'm bothersome.

He Hao Yi: Ai Li Si.

Ai Li Si (voice over): He Hao Yi, can you promise me, if I stop giving you trouble, will you stop ignoring me? Okay?

He Hao Yi (voice over monologue): Ai Li Si, from the first time I saw you, I have been chasing after you, whether it was thirteen years ago or thirteen years later. I chased after you for so long, but how come I'm not moving now? ... People at a certain time will reach a fork in the road. At the time, I thought that we can only go on the path that is right in front of our eyes. I thought I should let the 30-year-old you make the decision. In reality, this is my excuse for not taking the other path. Ai Li Si, this time, I don't care what the outcome will be. I only know that I can't miss this opportunity again.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

looooooooooooool

All of you need to heed @Ezekiel's advice and watch the next episode was well. Just watch at least episode 7 and 8, it's only 7 minutes. looool Episode 8 concludes what started in episode 7, and I laughed so much at the misunderstanding.

17
reply

Required fields are marked *

I made an account just to "like" your comment, the series is hilarious!

14
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Welcome!! And haha, your comment got me curious enough to watch this so it was worth it for you to make your account, you added at least one viewer. You're right, that series is hilarious.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

@girlfriday You're less interested in Crude Play, huh? Good luck with that. ??. And I mean this in a good way.

The Liar and His Lover is what I'm currently watching. This drama takes my whole week, from watching to waiting, to stalking other forums, reading recaps here on Thursday and Friday, commenting, reading comments again, refreshing for more comments. Next thing I know, it's Monday and Tuesday already.

I will be going on a trip to South Korea on the 17th, so I'm not sure if I'll get to watch the new dramas next week. They will probably have to wait when I come back. Same with Chicago Typewriter, since there are some good reviews now.

44
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

@girlfriday just watch few episode of TLAHL @drawde2000 give her time to digest and we'll see.

34
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha, agree! I bet it's only a matter of time before she'll be wishing for more Crude Play (unless she's farther along than I'm thinking). All I know is, about halfway through, I suddenly realized just how much I loved and needed more of them on my screen. And, well, after these recent episodes, they have my heart drowning in feels. Just reading about their self-sacrificing loyalty to each other from JB gets me worked up all over again. My heart just breaks for these boys.

33
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

If she's still praising Sorim and focusing on her, she's probably in the earlier episodes. JB too used to post about how Sorim is a delight or something, and Heads2No did the same in the beginning. It's funny how the comments for all 3 of them started out similarly. Great minds think alike? hahaha.

19
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Not that So-rim is any less awesome now ;) She is definitely the focal point of the beginning of the series because she has such an inspiring effect on people. It's just that every character now has a personal struggle that has become equally engaging to me. Not to mention, they each get their chance to shine :)

19
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, oppa as Cupid in Man to Man is just too adorable for words.

The fact that it's such a silly, feel good watch as javabeans puts it, makes me feel so happy and fluffy when I watch it. I'm not one for hardcore action/spy plots, so this is perfect for me because I get to admire how cool the action scenes are and also laugh and how cute everyone in the show is.

It's a pity The Liar and His Lover is ending already, I've had such a good time discussing it here on Dramabeans. Shows with good writing are so hard to come by!

I'm currently also hooked onto My Secret Romance which continues to be 100% cliche and yet 100% fun to watch. I'll be looking out for Suspicious Partner and catching it when it starts airing!

40
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

i will watch My Secret Romance once it finishes.

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I can't with the wrist grabs in MSR. Why does the male lead grab her such that she bumps into his chest all the time? Haha.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That standard cliche that's so overused but forgiven all the time just because the male lead is hot, hah! I don't know, the cliches just make me cringe (not in a bad way) and clench my fists all the time, but I still wait impatiently for new episodes every week. It's just such an easy, brainless watch!

7
reply

Required fields are marked *

my secret romance is giving me such old skool kdrama vibes, like something out of the 90's-2k era, with all the wrist grabs, alpha male macho posturing, candy girl and nonsensical story lol.. somehow makes me happy that a lot of kdramas nowadays have moved on from those cliches

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Liar is not just good writing in the technical sense tho, as in it doesn't only make sense, it has something a bit more special where the writing can also connect to the viewer on a personal level with loads of characters.

13
reply

Required fields are marked *

Radiant Office ended ??? This show had been my life for the past 2 months. My other dramas were great too but it's just that Radiant Office was the one which occupied a special place in my heart. I nodded my head, sighed, giggled, laughed and cried along with spunky Ho Won, the magnificent Trio and colleagues at Hauline.

@laica said it best when she wrote that the show was uplifting without being sappy or unrealistic.

I also agree wholeheartedly that Ha Suk Jin has never been this perfect. Woo Jin is a much better written character than Premium Trash in Drinking Solo. Although Woo Jin didn't have much skinship and hot kisses with Ho Won as Jae In did with Dada in 1% of Anything, he's a great colleague, boss, friend, boyfriend and person.

Ha Suk Jin may be an expert in playing cold, arrogant, short tempered characters but he's also amazingly good in making redeeming them and making them lovable.

This show is not just about the leads(GAS is awesome as always), it made me cared about the other characters. I never taken note of Lee Dong Hwi before but I can't forget him now.

I like how @lollypip said the open ending left her with the impression that life doesn't stop just because the show has ended. I found myself wishing that Radiant Office has a spin off into a series like Super Family 2017. I could watch both the married life of Ho Won-Woo Jin, Ji Na-Ki Taek and their office life at Hauline.

5
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I want Woo-jin as my boss! Ha Suk-jin was great throughout and I love him as Woo-jin. I'm just so glad he had good hair and wasn't stuck in weird suits. Wouldn't mind a spin-off or season 2 either. I really liked Woo-jin's picnic date with Ho-won, was squeeing a bit when he took her for a bike ride!

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I want Ha Suk Jin to take rest and let viewers to forget his previous love lines and take different role or something. I loved him in 1 percent of Everything thought. But his roles are repeated and drama after drama, i dont take his love lines serious.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Team Radiant Office UNITE!!! ????

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Chicago Typewriter: Yoo Ah In's acting is good, Ko Gyung Pyo is cute and Lim Soo Jung's so pretty.

Man to Man: Park Hae Jin and Park Sung Woong's chemistry is seriously cute. It's a heart fluttering and fun drama.

Whisper: The drama development speed is so fast and... furious, hahaha

Mystery Queen: Choi Kang-hee is married, so no love-lines with Kwon Sang Woo, right? But... But the chemistry is surprisingly good and they're so fun together... I'm in dilemma~

Radiant Office: Honey's falling from Ha Seo Jin's eyes when he's looking at Ko Ah Sung's face meanwhile honey's falling from my eyes when I saw Kim Dong Wook's smile LMAO

Tunnel: This drama is just like a movie. Thumb's up for the rookie writer. You did a great job! I'm a fan~~~

My Secret Romance: It's simple, it's cute.. And, Sung Hoon has the monster shoulder which will distract your focusing lololol

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

- Crime Scene (Chinese ver) : started with low expectation, but it turned out to be so good. I fall for He Jiong instantly (>///<), and his pairing with Sa Bei Ning is off the chart. He Jiong being a criminal was a nightmare for the detective and Sa's analysis was really sharp. HA, now I know why Gui-Gui was called dog's detective xD

-Strong Woman Do Bong Soon : I know I'm late. But it's better than never :p I've just watched 2 episode and I enjoyed it so far. Park Bo Young being a mini Hercules is cute, and Park Hyung Sik is so so so handsome.

Waiting list:
-Tunnel
-Whisper
-Crime Scene season 3

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You have to move Tunnel from your waiting list to your watching list, it's that good!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

HSJ is my current oppa! That statement let me laugh at myself. Hehe..Too bad he was not yet my oppa when he came to UAE last year... I'll pick up Liar this week and maybe finish Romantic Dr. Kim

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Surprisingly the humor in Man to Man isn't getting me at all. I am the brink of dropping it. Wish I hadn't expected this much from it. Chicago Typewriter's preemption made me think if it was because they hadn't completed shooting. I mean we didn't even get a preview for the next episode in the last one.
Moreover I have been thinking if Shin Dong Wook is still attached to Lookout? He is nowhere in the teasers or character descriptions.
Finished General and I, my first C drama. I hope I get to see better Cdramas that keep me hooked in their entire long run. Any recommendations?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@21 wapz May 6, 2017 at 3:49 AM:

Moreover I have been thinking if Shin Dong Wook is still attached to Lookout? He is nowhere in the teasers or character descriptions.

I just took a look at AsianWiki, and Shin Dong-wook is listed in the cast as Lee Gwan-Woo. He's not playing a main character, so I suspect that's why he was not in the recent trailer. Which is fine by me. I'm just thrilled that he's able to return to acting. Much as I will miss REBEL when it concludes, I'll be consoled to see my favorite Soul Mate. ;-)

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel like I sometimes don't understand what is good or bad writing. For example there are shows like DOTS which when I was watching had me so invested in it but then JB and GF pointed out a few things and I could see what they were saying ..but then there are shows that are supposedly brilliantly​ written but don't interest me at all..they lack a emotional connect ..and lastly there are shows like strong women which have polarized reviews some absolutely love it and some find everything wrong with it.. initially there were a few things that bugged me too like bong soon saying things like " how could that kidnapper do this to a woman" or something similar and i was like . .that kidnapper shouldn't be doing this to anyone girl or guy .... when a girl says that she wants equality but really means that treat me specially I don't like it ..so that bugs me but as the series progressed i realized a few things ...that even though it was fiction they can't put character s in good or bad boxs, bong soon was awesome but she was not the most nicest person ever...and gok Doo was obliviously chauvinistic....that doesn't make him bad .. it's just his honest thought process.. besides we don't watch dramas to see a utopian world ..... it's not equality as long as someone​ insists on being Superior .....

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

happens all the time. I actually sucker for The Heirs and Paradise ranch. Both are the dramas people say writing is worst and acting is meh for Paradise ranch. But i love them dearly and emotionally connected with them. But then there are Goblin and Do Bong Soon both went to good start to something strange and i was disconnected from them.

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

In the previous iteration of the dramabeans website, I think javabeans and girlfriday's drama ratings page was formatted with separate ratings for what they would rate it objectively and how much they enjoyed it. I think it is also perfectly normal to love a drama and still think the writing is meh/completely bonkers just as it's normal to see what is likely a well-written drama and go "nah. not for me". Isn't it the same for books? There are some classic literary masterpieces that I'm just not into or don't feel an inclination to pick up. And that's totally fine. I've read my fair share of classics and also my fair share of romance novels with the embarrassing covers.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

For me, I don't care how good anyone says the writing is for any show or book, if I don't get emotionally vested in the story and characters, then it is not a show or book I will remember. So like what you like, and don't take what other people say seriously, after all dramas and movies are for entertainment first and foremost.

7
reply

Required fields are marked *

@tineybeanie I'm glad someone else thinks the kid is Woonkwang's.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

If the story later suggests that the kids his then they did a great job finding the child actor. In the latest episode when they take a picture together, they look so similar.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well, at the moment my schedule is :
Perfect Wife (finally finished it)
Whisper (on hold since I like to binge-watch)
Upcoming : Lookout (need a MBC drama in my life)
Sassy Girl aka Joseon Sassy Love Story (Wish they'd kept the second title)

Wed-Thu
Probably will check out Suspicious Partner after it has 5-6 episodes.

Weekend :
Man To Man - I really need some fluffy but normally balanced drama.

On Hold :
Chicago Typewriter
My Secret Romance
I Love My President even though he is a psycho
These ones I will binge-watch later on :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was happy the first time javabeans mentioned about watching and liking TLAHL. Now it's girlfriday's turn to love it ☺️ I'm sure she'll learn to care for our crude play boys in no time.

38
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

"I both want Hye-young to be my sister, and me to be Hye-young when I grow up."
Ha! Yesssss, I thought the exact same thing when I was watching the show last week. Loving Father is strange.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes! Hye Young is badass! Love how she stood up for her sister!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I do agree with @javabeans that strangely I'm really emotionally connected with the characters in CT except from the ghost. But because of the tone and the cinematography, together with so many other things I found beautiful, I'm still on board of this show.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

*I'm not really

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Man to Man: I'm loving it so much and that's not only because of my love for Park Hae-jin (it does play the biggest part) but the drama is so, so fun! I can't get enough of Oppa's expressions!

Tunnel: trying to hang in there and wait (im)patiently for episode 13! Got my sister into watching it so I'm rewatching it with her!

Chicago Typewriter: fell behind again! Still haven't watched episodes 7&8 but I'll watch them before the new episodes come up, promise!

My Secret Romance: So cliche but I'm enjoying it a lot!

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Currently watching:
Saimdang (almost done with the whole series) - I really like watching this. There are weeks that I don't feel like watching, but when I set time aside and watch, I just want to keep watching the next episode. I really feel sad for the couple - Saimdang and Lee Gyeom, but felt I understood her about her choosing to be a mother instead.

My Secret Romance - just binge watched all 6 episodes. Very cute and fluffy. Some parts though, I feel the boss is veering on sexual harassment especially if he is uglier and older, but he is getting away in the show simply because he is young and hot.

Whisper - Haven't finished all the episodes, but it was ok, though I think they are just ok. Not riveting, but watchable.

Man to Man - Just started watching 2 episodes. I hope this does not go the way of those shows that put all their budget in the first episodes to have action-packed scenes. I heard about people complaining about the 'ugly, annoying' female lead, but I think she just fits the role - crazed, obsessive fan who happens to be good at managing her idol. Will see how she is in the next episodes.

Chicago Typewriter - Caught up with it. Very invested in the storyline. Yoo Ah In is really good.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love the boss as an actor, but his character is just... terrible. Still on episode 3, but he's so jackass about everything I wonder how the girl stand to work for that kind of boss

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Glad to see all the love for TLAHL spill over here. This is such a great Show and has kept me occupied from watching any other drama. I'm infinitely glad that DB chose to recap this and @festerfaster and @sailorjumun did us the honours. How I would have survived without the recaps and active discussions here, for the entire week is beyond me.

40
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Still in my drama slump, so I'm still watching variety shows now

Crime Scene season 3
The case is still thrilling, and the story behind the murder is still good, but I feel that lack of chemistry between the cast members. Or maybe I just don't think Eun-ji and Yang Se-hyung actually fits the detective/suspect role. Especially this week, when Se-hyung becomes the detective and I seriously doubt he even tried to deduct something. But maybe that's just me and I'm just being biased with cast of season 1 and 2 (bring me back Kong Jin ho and Jang Dong min! Oh, also Hani! T.T). Someone told me that season 2 start off very shaky too, so I hold onto hope that it will get better

Abnormal Summit (17 of 147)
I love love love the casts! All of them! And my favorite is Zhang Yuan because he's so adorable. Love that he's opening his heart to the other members now and he looks so comfortable. Too bad he is seated beside Julian now lol I think you will need to use that handkerchief often~

The Genius (currently in season 2, episode 6)
After the horrible 'death' of Lee Doo-hee, I'm not sure why I keep watching it. Even Jinho didn't look very comfortable being in there. Hope that it will get better. If Jinho gets eliminated, I'm going to go mad

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Let's give some more time to Crime Scene 3 to find its chemistry. Season 2 also started off very shaky, but it turned out to be really good. Though I do think I'm spoiled by Dong-min being both very funny and intelligent.

The genius season 2 was controversial, to say the least. It's a pity since, personally, I think that season has the best game. You can always skip it, though, and watch the next season.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Still remember Dong Min as the first mate. Gosh, he's so funny there! It helps that Park Ji-yoon keeps getting the weird character ever since Park Kangnam incident, and Jinho keeps on getting a scandal in every case lol
Yeah I think I need to give it some more time to adapt to the new casts. I'm still loving the case so I really hope that it will get better later on

I heard a lot of negative comments about season 2 as well before watching it but I watch it with a positive mind. The first 4eps are good actually, but episode 6 is just... Well, to be fair Do-hee is also not a saint either. Agree that the games in season 2 are very good and that's one of the reason why I keep on watching it

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Perfect Wife: Such an unusual drama. It feels a lot like a novel with the heroine moving to large mansion owned by an enigmatic, mysterious rich person, whose psychological state kept everyone on tenterhooks. Jae Bok is still one of the best heroines I've ever encountered. I love her crew of supporters. I'm even going to miss Eun Hee (and her beautiful clothes).

Radiant Office: Another drama with several great female characters that has ended! I loved the themes covered in this drama, but I think it veering off into Hyun's corporate takeover weakened the story and lead to an ending that was rushed. Ki Taek is still on my mind. I hope the writer will let us know if he will be cured.

Mystery Queen: I'm still enjoying the heck out of this series and it's my mid-week energy boost. I'm a little ambivalent about the latest murder. After watching TEN a few years ago, I feel like I'm over the "murderer wraps victim's head in duct tape" crime. But I do like how we got to know the victim. I like the pacing of the drama, but it is really off for a 16 episode drama, and I'm afraid the ending will be rushed and there will be a lot of loose ends.

Chicago Typewriter: Can Yoo Ah In just stay in his Hwiyoung persona forever? HY's loose-limbed aura is so attractive! I am glad we got Se Joo back to writing last weekend. Even though Se Joo doesn't write romance, he's so good at delivering those heart-thumping lines that only writers can come up with. While I'm invested in the story, I'm sort of curious as to what story really is.

Father is Strange: Laica nailed the description of Joong hee! lol! He's so adorable! I love the way he just seems to follow Mi Young around now. I also love how Mi Young took care of Yoo Joo in her own way. And Hyeyoung is the best big sister ever. She is just so cool!

Man to Man: Continued it since the genre is interesting, but something is not meshing for me. I know people have their favorites in Seol Woo, Do Ha, and Woon-Kwang, but I love Dong-Hyun.

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with MQ. Even though the victim didn't appear in the show for long, we managed to get some background on her to sympathize with her untimely demise. This is one character that is written so right.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah, I was affected more by the young girl's short appearance than by any of the main characters. I feel like I know more about her than any of the main characters.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Laica "This drama gave us some incredibly squee-inducing moments, but now that it’s over, my primary emotion about it is regret for its wasted potential. This could have been an amazing story about female empowerment and fighting for those who get left behind by the justice system—and all the elements were there in the beginning—but the awful writing took us on strange and unfunny tangents, with a lack of development in almost every plot and character storyline." While watching it in prime time I just went with the writing and enjoyed it. Then there was nothing to watch so I rewatched it and was wondering why the kdrama writers dont do the entire script before they start shooting and while shooting make it even better together with hard work of all the bunch of the actors. It seems everybody had fun on set while filming and the writers didn't sleep for 2 months so they'd maybe forgotten whare they wanted to go with the story. They have to write episode after episode on a run, don't have time to make some revision, so pity! SWDBS had a beautiful potential but it got lost in a half way in cutiness. Nevermind it left a huge impression on me and sometimes I'll get back to it :-D

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

So I'm watching Tunnel and Mystery Queen and im wondering why they use the same creepy music that was used before anyone got attacked in Gap Dong. It was creepy when i first heard it in Gap Dong but it's become too cliched now.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

The music for Mystery Queen was just... WTF??

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Watching... nothing at all this week; after I finished Do Bong-soon, I am having a hard time picking my next drama. These are busy weeks, so I need it to be good for de-stressing, and truly addictive, rather than just filler. Not asking much :-p .

So, I need advice. Out of the batch that are advanced enough for binging, or recently finished, which should I go for next?

- Tunnel
- Whisper
- Chicago Typewriter
- Man to Man
- Rebel
- The Liar and His Lover
- My Secret Romance
- Perfect Wife

I know The Liar and His Lover is a favourite, but I am doubtful about musical dramas (though I did like Entertainer, flaws and all), and I am worried that it will go into sappy-sentimental territory; I need fun rather than feels these days. (That may rule out Rebel, come to think of it...) So, any recommendations, pretty please?

0
16
reply

Required fields are marked *

CT is a slow burn. If you like your dramas a bit quirky and offbeat, then I'd say you can try, but it's heavier than say, Liar which is really just a breezy enjoyable watch. Have friends who really enjoy Tunnel, though it starts off slow, so again, may not be great if you want something immediately addictive.
Can't comment on the rest though, did not watch, sorry!

31
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well, I don't mean that I need it to be instantly addictive; I am used to giving dramas a five-episode leeway. But I'd like to know that it is going to be worth it... CT looked nice, and Yoo Ah-in is a reason all by himself, but perhaps heaviness isn't my current mood. I'll keep Tunnel in mind then, thanks! :-)

21
reply

Required fields are marked *

Funny, I just posted earlier about Liar being special for being light and breezy to watch, but also unexpectedly touching. It gives you the emotions, without tiring you with them. It's why you shouldn't ff when you watch it, because you'll miss all the small moments that slowly build up the emotions. Since it's light to watch, it doesn't give it to you in one punch, but bit by bit until before you realize it, it's a full mountain of emotions. Besides, there are no filler scenes to speak of. They all have a purpose you'll find out sooner or later.

10
reply

Required fields are marked *

I personally enjoy Liar and Lover a lot, but if you're scared about it... have you thought of Chief Kim? That's the most funny recent dramas and it's good until the end.

34
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sadly, I have already watched Chief Kim; it would have been a good option, sigh :-) . Also Beautiful Gong-shim, so I can't even fall back on that...

32
reply

Required fields are marked *

The ones I will vouch for:

Liar and His Lover
Chicago Typewriter
Tunnel

The other ones are also enjoyable, but might require some suspension of disbelief, or require be too emotionally heavy (like rebel)

32
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

So there's a consensus; I'll add all three to the list then; looks like it's going to be Tunnel - Liar - Chicago Typewriter, in sequence or simultaneously, while I wait for Lookout to get to bingeable size. Thanks! :-)

28
reply

Required fields are marked *

Tunnel - not the greatest, but great great well done criminal drama
Whisper - thrilling, but with irrational behaviors
Chicago Typewriter - I'm biased, so all I'll say is - YES
Man to Man - unexpectedly funny, bromance, a bit wonky in execution
Rebel - great, stirring, also can be a bit off in pace or emotional connection, but when it's great, it's great
LAHL - starts cute and fresh, a bit musical-ish, evolves into a deep drama about friendships and loyalty that hit you at the feels
My secret romance - I cringed a bit, but it's very enjoyable in a "turn off your brain appreciate the hot fluff"
n/a Perfect wife

29
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks julane :-) . I am equally biased about Chicago Typewriter, so it seems a definite yes :-) . Man to Man is on Netflix here, so I feel less pressure; I can pick it up casually any time. The rest require work...

I did want to watch rebel after Six Flying Dragons, but I am chickening out a little now; sageuks are intense, and they like to kill everyone at the end; perhaps I'll read the ending first and decide :-p .

And Liar looks interesting; really don't know what to do :-))

22
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I find Rebel has a lot of light and funny moments, as well as uplifting ones, to offset some of the more intense ones. It's not a historical - Hong Gil Dong was not a real person - so it can play around with its characters in ways SFD and other sageuks couldn't. I just love it. It did dip down for me for a few episodes but just to an average level, not a below average level. For me, Rebel and Jealousy Incarnate have been the gold standard this year in terms of quality writing, production and all in all good tv.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

If you are placing Rebel up there with Jealousy Incarnate, that's hitting my weak spot :-)) . I am just scared of all the gory scenes and people falling like flies against the background of sad-epic music, that sageuk has taught me to expect...

3

My Secret Romance is brainless fluff that still manages to be fun to watch.

16
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Having Sung Hoon as eye candy helps!

10
reply

Required fields are marked *

Perfect Wife is a lot of fun if a bit makjang. Very strong female characters and I found it a lot of fun. I like but don't love Tunnel. I'm more invested in the characters than the mystery. My Secret Romance would be only if you like every trope known to the k-drama romance genre.

12
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks @sorrynotsorry :-) I have been recommended perfect wife, although the problem with waiting for it to end, is you get spoiled along the way. I probably will watch it; I love the actor who plays the husband. As for My Secret Romance, I don't mind cliches if the rest of the story is good; I think we need to live with them at this stage... :-)

11
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

There a few cliche which can bother me, but if the drama does it like My Secret Romance, with no apology or pretense that it isn't what it is, then I don't mind too much.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

After reading @laica's entry, it hit me - what will I do next week without Radiant Office? I'm not yet ready to let goooooo ?

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I wonder way there's no talk about My Secret Romance, i'm enjoying it a lot!!!!!?

3
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same here!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

There is one fan here who watches it too! Haha, I like the plot. It's simple to follow and nice to watch when you want to relax.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm really curious as to what you viewers of MSR think of Song Ji-eun's acting. I really wanted to like the drama since I've heard rave reviews about it here on DB but I really couldn't get into her acting. It's honestly a pity because it looks like a fun drama even with all the K-drama tropes and I like Song Ji-eun as a singer.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

"There’s something special about this drama in the way these characters feel real to me....
I’m keeping an eye on this rookie writer, because I’m pleased and amazed that we’ve made it 14 episodes and I’ve never once gotten bored or lost interest, or felt that the plot was running out of steam."

THIS!

Now I know I'm biased because I'm really enjoying Liar and his Lover, but Javabean's write up on it was gosh darn as near perfect as can be. She said everything I wanted to, and more, better than I ever could. If writing could be swoon worthy... I'd marry her writing if I could!

Anyway, just happy that even though Liar isn't getting love in the ratings, at least it is here in Dramabeans. Which is the centre of the drama-recapping universe, no? ?

40
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Receiving validation from Heads, Javabeans, SailorJumun and festerfaster and (maybe even girlfriday in the future?) these past few weeks is such a blessing. Otherwise, had I just considered the other comments, I would have thought myself crazy for liking this drama. But thanks to their comments, I know I haven't been brainwashed since I trust they came into the drama fairly unbiased.

13
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yea, hate it when people just accuse you of liking Liar just because you're a "Joy fan" or worse, a tween fangirl. What kind of prejudice is that? I'm pretty JB or SailorJumun or festerfaster is a "Joy fan" or teens. I want to be able to show them to those people, but I don't know if they know what dramabeans is. *in a bind*

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

*I'm pretty sure

not "I'm pretty jB"
Haha.
Though that's not a bad saying either.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is it strange that I'm actually enjoying weekend family shows a lot more than most of the week day shows out there? I say most, because there are a few exceptions. I absolutely adore The Liar and His Lover. It feels so real and normal, like they are everyday people that I might've known, and Tunnel still remains my absolute favorite drama of this period. The writing feels organic, although common tropes like serial killings and time travel are used; we also have seasoned actors who are playing their parts to perfection.

36
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Taiwan

Love, Timeless - Anyone watching it? Typical romance but im falling in love with it more and more. I wanted to punch both the main male characters and even though how come these 2 good female leads fell for these 2 idiots. But now 2007 is changing the whole situation and i hope i won't use foul language against both male characters in future.
The Perfect Match - That kiss. No kdrama can compete. Drama is about to start now.

Korean

My Secret Romance - Easy timepass.
Mystery Queen - I felt so bad for that Girl. Minor role had such impact on main characters as well as the audience. Show has better emotional impact than Chief Kim.
Super Family 2017- on episode 15.
Liar - Bogus show. Highly overrated with bad writing. Its like they all live in a small village an have IQ of 80.

Indian - Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai 2nd season Trailer is out

JAPAN - Boku Unmei no hito Desu - A grade show
Quaret and Tokyo Tarareba Girls - stuck at episode 9 of both
Reverse - This is going a bit off
My Brother Loves me too much - cute
Frankenstein's Love - Writer use some logic. Dropped

Chinese

Master Devil do no kiss me - complete nonsense. Incoherent. C grade.
Medalist Lawyer heir - dropped. gonna start it later
Surgeons - want to watch it.

1
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

lol.. similar opinion on most shows.. except one.. sarabhai vs sarabhai

a) its a rip off dharma and greg.. in terms of setup
b) season 1 itself is over rated

Unfortunately, indian set up has not produced good comedies after the golden era of dekh bhai dekh, zabaan sambhal ke and shriman shrimati

And the reason beats me... why slice of life kind of shows do not have the same punch.. be it the friends remake they did or many of the later shows (including the one remake of everyone loves raymond)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I enjoyed Sarabhai a lot. I heard it had average ratings. It is only a sensation among younger generation or Tech-savvy generation. And the major reason of it being praised is its content which is feels refreshing when compared to those c grade soap operas.
Which one is Friends remake?
Sumit Sambhal lega is Everyone loves raymonds indian version
Smile, You korean has indian version too.

Also, You are watching the same shows i'm watching including TW and JP?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Bogus Show ? Really?
Overrated? where?
Village? Which?
IQ 80? ?
Are you sure you have watched all the 14 episodes? If yes ? Why would you?
If no? Then how?

6
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

How dare i wrote anything about Liar.
Should i apologize to the whole Internet community?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not watching it, so I can't have a say on either view about the show. But I don't think that person was focused on the fact that you wrote anything about Liar, but how you wrote it. You have a strong way with words.
I also don't think they're asking for an apology but an elaboration?

8
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0

"I'm less interested in Crude Play"

Cute.

pssss. Nobody tell girlfriday what is about to hit her. hehe. Let her experience the full impact. :D Next, she'll say she doesn't care for jinwoo too. Hee.

28
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm currently watching The Liar and His Lover and Chicago Typewriter -- unfortunately, I dropped Whisper which I just could not bring myself to watch anymore, regardless of how much I love Lee Bo Young and how I usually devour legal dramas. The plot, the actions, the characters just make my blood boil! Ugh! I'll try to follow the recaps and see if I can get back into it but as it is, its too frustrating for me to make an effort to watch.

P.S. I'm so happy to see JB still enjoying TLAHL. So sad about its ratings (at least its steady and not dropping drastically) but I'm happy its been getting a lot of love in DB and it looks like it will be aired in Japan this June too! So I guess that means the drama isn't a total loss especially since I spotted several PPLs written into scenes? And GF, welcome to the TLAHL club! So glad you gave it a chance! Enjoy!!!

35
2
reply