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Open Thread #510

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Early this year, I wasn't concerned with the Oppas going to military. There were only a few names I like are enlisting. But now, that's has changed. It seems all my favorites and the ones we see a lot in TV are going. That's no fair. South Korea, why are you doing this to us.

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The actors in my favorite dramas are enlisting or have enlisted.

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Misaeng
Secret Love Affair/Six Flying Dragons
Healer

Not my favorites, but still a force to reckoned with
Boys Over Flowers
W - Two Worlds
Gaksital (haven't watched)

The sad thing is not a lot of new actors are filling in to replace them.

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Tbh, I'm excited to see new faces, not necessary the new actors but also the rising actors and underrated ones which are talented. About time to see someone like Yeon Woo Jin who is under radar before to shine because he has always been good. Ji Hyun Woo, Kim Ji Hoon, Yoon Hyun Min and some more actors in 30s deserve to headline weekdays' drama instead of weekend drama. At least for me, that won't be a big loss. We also have some actors who came back from military.

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We also have some actors who came back /will come back soon from military.

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Lee Seung Gi!

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I do have dramas that i like with some new faces, and I do look forward to seeing them. But their dramas are not in my top 10. Partly because I categorize them as youth dramas.

The Liar and his Lover came close to being in top 10. And I see potential from the new actors there.

I also liked Solomon's Perjury, and there are lots of of new faces there that I want to see again.

Sassy Go Go and Page Turner are another one. They are not rookies anymore, but the main actors there are who I look forward to the most.

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Oh yes maybe I am not huge fan of most of actors in 20s that I don't really feel with their leaving. It will be great to see more of these new actors in the future. I didn't watch some of your lists but have heard many good things about them.

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I'm glad that some of my top favorites have already finished their duty X)

I hope dramagods will give you the strength to be able to wait for your Oppas ;)

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Yep, it's everyone I know. And some of them are not getting a lot of warning, either! (Lee Jong Suk, for one.) It seems they really want to crack down and shoo everyone out at once.

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And Kang Ha Neul - where did that come from! I swear I thought he's in his early or mid twenties.

I am hoping Seo In Guk would come back sooner (2018?) but I'd hate to see him getting a lashback from knetz.

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Hello. So I started painting watercolor again after a very long dry spell. I'm practicing eyes and I realize I either forgot how to paint, or I was never good at painting eyes to begin with, lol. Which is sad because I've always loved making art but I'm very lazy at learning and improving.

Oh and I watch Habaek while painting. It's actually more fun than I thought. Habaek has said quite a few things that got me thinking. Especially the part when he said how good it is to have someone you can trust completely. Except my mom I don't really have anyone like that, hmmmm.

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Did you take your inspiration from the poor artist in ep 1 who was trying to paint Habaek but couldn't finish up the eyes?

The beautiful visuals from that series must help get your creative juices flowing.

I'd love to have time to paint (oil painting for me)!

Fantasy landscapes are my favourites.

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Ironically I forgot about the portrait artist in Habaek! I did try to find a clear, nicely angled screencap of Habaek in his blue hair glory to use as reference though. Heee.

Yes the visuals make me drool. XD I'd love the paint the one in the teaser/first episode's last scene but my skill isn't there yet ~

And heol oil painting! That one's even harder to master :-O

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Lol, I was going to say the same thing. Eyes? Who needs to paint the eyes? :)

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Hi Beanies !

Today is my 20th birthday :D Let my twenties begin !

Father is Strange : Ep 41 was emotionally heavy for Mi Young. Her scene with Yu Ju is my favorite. MY had to wait a longtime and finally got a sincere apologize. I'm pleased with how far Yu Ju's character came. Since both Actor Ahn and MY are aware that they're not siblings, I hope their relationship will get better. Mom has been given hints about the big reveal and its consequences. I don't know how they will resolve this without destroying the family's truth. HY playing detective is interesting and it's entertaining to see JH jealous.
I knew it ! I knew Aunt was pregnant ! With twins to take care of, they don't have enough to send cutie Min Ha to science high school after all. I laughed when Chairman was flustered by Ra Young's no marriage plans HA !

Woman of Dignity : Why did Bok Ja introduce herself as Park Ji Young ? It must be someone 's name that was important in her life. I never had so much fun seeing people fighting, slapping and pulling hair haha.

Happy Friday :D

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Happy birthdayyy! Your twenties will fly fast, be warned. XD

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I usually don't come in OT but saw this comment in the Beanies section and came to wish you-
Happy Birthday! Hope you have awesome 20s :)

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Happy birthday :)

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Thanks :)

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Happy birthday and happy fri-yeay! ?

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Thank you :D

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Happy 20th Birthday! To many more decades of drama watching! ❤️

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Thanks and yes to more drama watching :3

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Happy Birthday!

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Thanks :D

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Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

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Happy birthday :) , did you have your seaweed soup ;) ?

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or mango cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory. YUM....

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I only had chocolate cake because my mother doesn't know how to make it :')

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I don't know how to cook it, so I cheat with the instant one ;)

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Happy Birthday! Enjoy your Twenty's ?

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Happy Birthday!

20! So young! Have fun ?

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You and I are almost exactly 20 years apart as my 40th birthday is in 2 days! So, I'm not quite 20 years older than you--which makes me feel a little younger! Happy Birthday! Be sure to blow out some candles and wish for Gong Yoo to appear! (That's what I'll probably be doing!)

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Omg do share the result of your quest to summon Gong Yoo. Hehe! Advance happy birthday and happy 20th @mango

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Here's wishing you a very happy birthday in advance lest I forget wishing on the actual date!!?let me know if Gong Yoo appears, will try that for my birthday too!?

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Saengil Chukahamnida! ????

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Happy Birthday! Congrats!

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Happy birthday mango, wish you a long, happy & health life! :-)

Wow, 20 huh..? Once upon a time....I too was 20 ?? now I feel so old when 30 is looming closer... ?

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Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day!

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Happy bday!!! enjoy your twenties, (i am turning 30 next year and somehow dreading it lol ), have lots of fun, laughter and adventure :) take a risk once in a while and cross the boundaries when necessary! 20s are precious cause you will grow up much faster in a way and yet be a kid somehow (i am 29 and i sometimes still behave like a 5-year old when i'm excited about something, don't lose that, it makes life so much easier)

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Happy birthday!!! I wish that you have a blessed life!! Keep smiling!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIEND! From one remote ish island dweller to another more remote island dweller! Hope you have a wonderful day :D :D

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Happy birthday! I think she did it as a fresh start in her new role as... is she a VP of the company, now? If someone looks her up with the name "Ji Young", he's not likely to trace it back to her days of misery and shadiness. At least that's how I understood it. I really love that show for so many reasons, they way it explores friendships and romantic relationships, the facts that all the characters are mature (in age, I mean. Behavior-wise it might be another story, lol). It's not often that I've seen the main characters in a drama be two lead actresses. Love it! And I'm a fan of Kim Su Nah.

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Happy birthday !

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Happy Birthday! Let the twenties journey begin!

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Them enlisting will slowly give more new actors the chance to appear. Just wait and see :D

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Looking forward to see what they can bring to the industry.

I was just hoping SK will not take them all at once. Christmas is coming, and SK is taking all my presents away.

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1) Dear Woman of Dignity,

I'm sorry for doubting you before. I started it yesterday and I'm hooked. I'm at epi 4 now but I can't wait to see more. Makjang is not a bad thing if it is written right and here is probably of good makjang drama.

Sincerely,
me.

2) Forest of Secrets - the end is approaching. I'm not ready but I'm also curious what will be the ending.

3) School 2017 - Why do I keep repeating some scenes and also the BTS? LOL..Especially Mori's scenes.

4) I keep re-watching Manhole's teaser and it's still entertaining. I hope this drama delivers because I just need something hilarious.

5) Flasify was OK for premiere week, not really exciting yet, I going to try at least until the second week.

6) Criminal Mind - I tried first epi, but stopped in the middle because couldn't get into it. I think I'll try it again next week probably after FOS ended.

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Except for no.1 which I haven't watched , some comments :
2) FoS : +1, I want to know the truth but it'll also mean the end of this amazing drama T_T , if the finale really has 30mins added it will ease the pain, maybe ?
3) I 've been honest with myself I have a crush on Kim Jung Hyun <3 , I liked him in Jealousy Incarnate but his character didn't have that much screen time, so I plan to start Rebel next week , seeing all the Mori comments by beanies make me have high expectations ^^'
4) The teaser is hilarious but I'll wait some weeks before starting this one, drama schedule is full now
5) ep1-2 was so so, but ep3-4 grabbed my interest, even if it's a little Chief Kim-like , I love the bickering relationship with his boss
6) 1st ep it didn't deliver compare to the original, ep2 was better but it still lacks something :/

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Yes pls watch Rebel so we can have Mori's fever together ?

I hope Falsify will be better next week! I think it is intriguing, but quite straighforward for now. With these casts, I want to see more complicated characters. Maybe after watching FOS made me too greedy as well.

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Btw I read finale epi FOS will be 90 mins. ?

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More ShiMok , yes :) !

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I think I'll spam my wall with Mori's pic ? when I watch Rebel.
FoS surely set standards high both for plot and acting !

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Oh pls spam us with Mori's pics! And after Rebel, the next on the list is Binggoo.

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2) FOS - how can we be ready? I want to watch the finale so much but it would also mean the inevitable. Now, I am already wondering how long would it take before we get to watch another drama of such quality?

3) School - Mori is sooo HOTTTT!!!

4) I never thought of watching this because of the inane title but the teasers are so fun.

5) Haven't watch Falsify...no urge too unless I see great reviews and there don't seem to be any.

6) Criminal Minds - you found it hard to get into too? I can't even pin point why because it wasn't bad. It just didn't hook.

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I think I need some break after FOS before start any other legal thriller drama.. But I've started Falsify, like @kudoran said, epi 3-4 were better. For Falsify and Criminal Mind, I don't want to give up without any fight, for the sake of the casts.

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@seralovestteobokki I'm glad you enjoy Woman of Dignity :) I have never loved a makjang drama this much before.

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I was afraid it will be like The Perfect Wife while I enjoyed it, I don't want to see another similar drama again for this year. Luckily it isn't. Bok ja is creepy but she is badass. I love Ah Jin too, everytime she preparing shake for her husband before his 'morning exercise', I am so angry! Even Ji Hoo can sense what her father is up to! This drama succesfully made me have love-hate relationship with all characters and I'm simply can't take anyone's side.

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I enjoyed Perfect Wife but yeah it's good that it's different. It's only the beginning. Characters will do things that will make you angrier. Bok Ja is a badass nobody can't refute that !

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this makes 3 of us who love this drama...
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i think it's hilarious, the situations are so over-the-top! can't wait to see how it plays out in the end...

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2. I take another route. I have dates n gatherings this wkend and luckily, next wk is a busy week for me. So lets pretend FOS is not ending...just yet ???? I am in my kdrama slump since last year and watch FOS because Bae Doona. It is been ages she is in a drama and I like legal drama, so why not, I said to myself. FOS definitely kills my slump with style~ But now we approaching its ending, ..... I rewatch Defendant the other day cause a friend just started watching and asking about certain plot. I regretted so much cause now I like it less. After getting movie-quality FOS, kdrama seems....lacking? ??? And we probably need to wait for some time until we get something like FOS again. Well, I have few jodoramas to watch anyways ???

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For those North American beanies concerned about losing access to new kdramas because of DF and Viki not getting licensing:

I saw yesterday that Kocowa does have an app available.

I downloaded it off of iTunes yesterday onto my iPad. Haven't had a chance to test it yet though. Anyone else?

I'm also not paying for a subscription yet. I don't mind ads. But will they make new content exclusive only to paid subscribers? Stay tuned....

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I am going to be checking in on any news about Kocowa but am not subscribing yet. I have a "watch" list of k-dramas a mile long, 10 or so dramas on my "try again" list and 5 or so dramas on my "why did I never finish that" list. Add in the C-dramas, a few J-dramas and T-dramas, and I'll be busy for a while.

I am actually surprised on how much my viewing taste skews to the cable dramas, but I know that one big drama will come that I have to see so maybe I can save the free trial and binge that whenever it happens.

Like you, I don't have an issue with ads but I do not want another subscription service since I already have DF, Viki and also Netflix.

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Oh dear. this is not good news to read on a Friday - or any day for that matter. I too subscribe to DF, NF and Viki.
However, I do watch the latest dramas on Dramafire and they get them subbed and up fast, sometimes before DF! I wonder it that will continue when the other two stop showing the dramas. :-(
The other site I've used is Kissasian, but that site is getting more annoying ads all the time. ugh. I know I know, it's free, but when some web site starts playing in a window that I didn't open I get a little cranky.
Does anyone know when this is supposed to happen?
Oh I'm so bummed!!!!!! But I'm glad to find out about the other site.
Are there other sites that the rest of you watch other than DF and Viki?
Thanks Beanies!!!

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I have no trouble watching on a desktop or tablet, have not tried laptop, as the tablet is 10x lighter.

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Wait, DF and Viki aren't getting licensing?! WTH?! I am so out of the loop.

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Check out last week's Open Thread #509, beginning at comment 24 for some details.

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Kocowa is supposedly North & South America. The have exclusive rights for the big 3 broadcast networks; nothing else should be affected.

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I've signed up for their free "member" status.

This gives access (with ads) to stuff at least 3 weeks old but not more than a year old. So no re-watching really old favorites, and no watching new stuff in time to reply to DB recaps :( This is also supposed to be available to people who haven't signed up.

"Membership" also supposedly gives access to really new stuff in the first 24 hours after broadcast in Korea, but that part of the site often says "We couldn't find any results" even when there should have been stuff broadcast within the last 24 hours :(

See http://help.kocowa.com/4365

So far they have had precisely zero shows available for free when I wanted to watch them. I've watched a bit of some other shows just to test and it was a reasonably good experience. No many pauses, good picture quality, etc. But it doesn't help much to offer episode 5 of a series on "blink and you'll miss it" basis if I missed 1 - 4 and want to watch in proper sequence.

Membership required giving them an email address. I set up a special new one - so far no spam on it.

Overall not happy. May eventually summon the ambition to post some big rants on my fan wall.

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Huh. I hadn't realized the 3 weeks - 1 year deal for the free shows. I guess I just didn't check any in the right time frame. I just knew that I wasn't able to watch anything over 24 hours old. Which means that I was watching Reunited Worlds on the day it airs, come hell or high water or need to sleep.

And yeah, I'm with all of you. Grumpy about yet another service to sign up for, and frustrated that they launched without working through all the bugs. So free membership for now. I probably will shell out later, once they get their ducks in a row and I'm less pissed.

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Sadly, i downloaded the app, and at this point, it looks like subscription only. There are only a few shows available at this time, and you cannot watch any without paying. Perhaps that will change once they build up their list of dramas, but......

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The app should have the same restrictions as their site says. Try something that broadcast at least 21 days ago but less than a year.

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I see about 200 shows or so, including some of the older ones I missed. But their UI kind of sucks, very little in the way of sorting and filters - you kind of have to know what you are looking for and search for it. And some show names are changed.

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I hate the name changes!

Also, there are no skip forward or rewind buttons. If you missed the subs on a line, tough cookies.

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I live in an area where streaming means eternal buffering and need either an Apple TV box or Roku. Kocowa says it will not have a Roku app until 2018 (WHEN in 2018??); II don't want to have to buy the Apple TV box when I already own a Roku box. Not exactly great planning on Kocowa's part. VERY UNHAPPY about loss of dramas on DF and Viki (I have subscriptions to both).

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Yeah, I've seen a bunch of articles on them that literally say the same thing but the take away was they will have smart tv apps out later this year. Which I took to mean sometime next year. As I said in last weeks OT, this isn't going to go the way Kocowa thought it was.

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I'm doing their free month trial, but completely not impressed with their tech. Videos won't play on two of my desktops, they only play on the iOS phone app. No way really to troubleshoot or contact them (I emailed them, but didn't hear back, and am not expecting to). Also no fast-forward or rewind buttons like on Viki or DF, and if I try to use the slider, it doesn't work. I probably won't continue after the free trial. Oh well.

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Hmm.... plays ok on my desktop (Windows
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You can skip back with control + arrow key.

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Ended up playing OK on Chrome. Which is weird, because I usually use Brave, which is built the same as Chrome.

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On my laptop it lagged quite a bit. Kept buffering.

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That happened to me last night. Also went low res.

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Ugh another streaming service I will need to eventually get. I use PS4 and Amazon Fire Stick to stream dramas so if it doesn't have an app that works on those I will need to wait until it does. I also saw some really low reviews about the streaming service so I will hold off until they get their shit together. Or maybe I'll subscribe long enough to watch Reunited Worlds and then cancel.

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I have the free trial month membership. I've been able to watch on my desktop and on the app. They don't have the 10 sec rewind or fast forward button. The picture is okay. It's really lonely though. There are no reviews and comments like DF or Viki even Netflix. There isn't enough shows either. I don't think they were ready for this roll-out at all.
One thing I do like is how quickly the subs and episodes come out (it really is almost simultaneous) but I wouldn't trade that for everything else.

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10 days away from dramaland and I have tons of shows piled up. 4 to catch up with and 4 new shows to start with. Phew! I ended up dropping a few shows obviously and have only left SDQ and FIS on my list. Waiting to get some time to watch Reunited Worlds, The king loves and Criminal Minds. Need reviews for these please.

Moreover for me this time in this year has plenty of dramas but 1) hardly any of them is crack level-atleast for me except SDQ. 2) Even if there are good shows, there are not so good osts. The last osts I liked were in Chicago Typewriter. Maybe its because that i have checked most ahows but contibued with some and osts keep coming throughout the show airs. Let me know if there are any good osts. Also when Nam Hye Seung attaches to a dramas ost.

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I really loved both Reunited Worlds and The King Loves. Haven't tried Criminal Minds yet.

7 Day Queen was the first saeguk I found myself fully invested in. I kept trying saeguks, but never really connected with them like I did with contemporary dramas. I tried The King Loves on the strength of Song Ji-na, and have found another sauguk I connect with. Maybe I have turned a corner. Yay!

Reunited Worlds is doing everything I wanted and didn't get from The Best Hit. We've got this beautiful boy trying to reconnect with the people who he left behind, seeing the hole he left when he died, and trying to make things right. It's lovely.

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I have the same situation like you when it comes to sageuk. SDQ is the first one I could actually invest into after trying a few sageuks here and there. Plus the only thing that interested me in the King loves was SJN, so if you say that its good then it might be, I will give it a try.

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As an avid viewer of Criminal Minds, as the fan girl of Spencer Reid... I have to say that I don't know how to give reactions of the Korean Version. My heart breaks... My Poor Spence! Ottohke~

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Please elaborate. I've been trying to find reviews of this show. I love the American show and Spencer is my favorite character. Of this season's batch of shows CM and Falsify are the only ones that I'm interested in. It's a shame DB seems to not be recapping them.

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I think they will recap both shows, or at least Criminal Minds because it has one of Beanies' most fav oppa ? I believe it will be out after few days.

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The first episode is solid but the second episode is better. This has always been a plot driven procedural tv show (as I'm sure you know) and it is in the k-drama as well with cases straight from the US tv show. We start to see more of the personalities of the team in the second episode specifically some humor.

I was never a super fan of the US show; it was more in okay territory to me so I don't have too much of an emotional attachment for any of the characters. I will say even though I liked Tunnel and Voice, I do like to see a cop show without the time travel and the super duper hearing. The team is relying on their skills alone, unrealistic though we all know they may be,, but I find that refreshing. That's just my take.

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Matthew Gray Gubler is a wall. I don't think any Korean Actor enable to portrait a perfect role of Spencer Reid. But at least they cast the right actor.

I think DB will recap Criminal Minds. However this drama start with a good ratings.

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They should've cast a better actor for Reid (my favorite) if they were going to copy paste his lines from the "Extreme Aggressor" episode.
This kid can't act. He was just reading the script ?.

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Except for Entourage, I generally don't compare Korean remakes/adaptations of American shows but this is 1 thing I'm disappointed with CM. I wish they didn't copy Reid's famous lines.

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I enjoyed "The Good Wife" remake. I thought they did a good job making it a Korean show.

I'm kind of disappointed so far but I'll stick around. Son Hyun-joo's character is probably my favorite right now. He's got Gideon and Hotch combined and does it well. It's what I would expect from an actor of his caliber.

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I enjoyed The Good Wife. I wasn't planning to watch it at first but glad I tried it.

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Mind explaining to me who has never seen the US Criminal Minds, who is Spencer? As in, who is he supposed to be in the kdrama? Is it the high IQ double doctorate but low EQ quirky guy?

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Yes, Spencer Reid was the young genius of the team.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-eD_lxYG-A&list=PLE7FA3C65E09EB616&index=56&t=91s
That first scene was lifted straight from the pilot episode of the original.
He is supposed to be that young guy with the high IQ in the Korean version.

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I totally agree with you. No offence toward the Actor but he accepted a role of Dr. Spencer Reid "An eccentric genius, with hints of schizophrenia and minor autism, Asperger’s Syndrome." How he will deal it? Lol

I just wonder if even PD knows about this facts lol

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But, Lee Junki never fail to deliver! When it comes to action scenes, he's flawless. He's the reason why I continue to watch Criminal Minds XD

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Same. I'm now a fan! He was so awesome. So so good in all his scenes, action or no action!

I'm sticking to CM because of him!

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Me too. I'm really hoping to enjoy this one and not just because of LJG. I have endured a lot for LJG in his last drama.

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@innasalvatore I read some mixed review about CM especially on Korean version Reid. I totally love Reid and watch S12 because of him tbh. I watched some of the cuts and ...... yeah..... Hopefully he gets better in coming episodes. But since I'm all about FOS right now, I waiting for recap before watching.

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OT week #25! I've been contributing my own take on Kdramas for half a year now! I'm fiercely competitive, even with myself, so I can't very well stop this run, right?

Lots of stuff going on this weekend. Mother will be in town, another freethekimchi.com meeting tomorrow, last golf tournament for the kids (who are playing for 1st place in our league!) and just hanging out with friends. I'm glad I only have one drama on the docket and have DRAMABEANS to fill me in on the rest!

And that drama is "The King Loves.." I LOVE the "The King Loves." It's gorgeous! From the costuming, the settings, the cinematography, and the actors, my eyes are consumed with the pretty. I've always thought Yoona was a very natural actress since I saw her in "Love Rain" and I think she is perfect here. My mother also likes Yoona, so guess what I'm doing while she's here--rewatching the first 4 (or 8) episodes! Yay, mother/daughter bonding is always a good thing, especially over Kdramas!

I'm also "holding down the fort" this week in clinic while my partners are both on vacay, and on call lastnight, I had to manage a patient who has idiopathic anaphylaxis--that's right, we don't have any idea why he tries to die every other day from an allergic reaction. It's so bad that I finally told the ER I would manage him from his home so that he wouldn't keep coming in there and getting >$1000.00 bill every time. And guess what? He called last night. So as I was managing him (thank God for self-injectible epinephrine) and telling him to call me every 30 minutes over the course of the middle of the night, I got to watch a web drama with Kim Young Kwang called "KARA: Secret Love" where he has a small 2 episode story with (I guess) a girl from that group. I didn't get her name, but she was also very good. And the cinematography was good here too. But what made it give me the feels was KYK in UNIFORM. OMG, it was like I was looking at my husband, with hair. Because when I met my husband we were both in the military and he had his head shaved and was NOT very attractive. Now, my husband only resembles KYK in his height *6ft 2in* which it totally swoon-worthy next to *5ft 4in* me (or for those of you inclined to think in centimeters: 188 cm vs 163 cm) and that actress in the web drama was tiny and so adorable. (I have a screen shot on my wall if you're interested.) It was just what I needed after seeing a tragic KYK in "Lookout." And also confirmed that I WILL write a screen-play or book someday about how I met my husband and our love story because I love it and him and KYK could play him any day of the week!

So, a quick conversation between him and I about what he and the kids did on my son's birthday (as I had to work a 12 hour day that day).

Hubby: The kids really enjoyed going to the arcade for a couple hours today, playing all the video games that they could play.

Me: Did you play too?

Hubby: Of course! But...

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...the daughter beat her brother and me on a racing game 15 out of 22 times.

Me: What??? How did that happen?

Hubby: I think she was punking us. She would be in last place, then 5 second before the end of the race, she'd run into us, slamming us against the wall and then win by a nose! I would be ahead for 99% of the game and think I had this, and then BOOM, she comes out of nowhere!

Me: *laughing hysterically* *That's MY girl.* Be sweet and unassuming. Let the boys think they have you, then pull a rabbit out of your hat.

Hubby: She's just like you, and some Kdrama heroines too. You just can't tell under that sweet face what she can do!

Me: Hahahahahahaha!

Moral of the Story: Raise your girls strong and you won't have to worry about them standing up for themselves.

2nd moral: I might be raising a female gamer. LOL. But I had to sit her down to explain birthday etiquette--probably should have let your brother win a little more on his birthday, honey...;-)

3rd moral: Six months on the OT and loving every second! Thanks for a wonderful community, Beanies!

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I support the way you are raising your girl! Haha. I'm a Woman Hear Me Roar! ?

Plus the little titbit of advice at the end- need to let the boys win sometimes on their birthday and not show them up all the time. Allow them to think they are better some of the time, in order to keep the peace. Good advice- will serve her well, even after she gets married! Hahaha! ?

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I always read your story because your week count coincides exactly with my pregnancy week (I'm on week 24 / entering the 6th month).

My baby is also a girl (first one) - so ladies if you have any tips on how to raise a strong daughter, please do share them ?

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Congrats on expecting! Wish you good health!

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Oh, congratulations! Well-wishes for a healthy baby girl! So my advice would be, have a sweet daddy around who does housework or cooks because she sees that the woman doesn't have to stay in that role and she is welcome to pursue other endeavors. Also, get her involved in sports (my daughter does Tae Kwon Do and golf) and she's physically pretty strong too. And always tell her she's an amazing person (of course) but let her fail and get back up again, showing her that just because to fall, you don't quit or die, even if the boys tell you you can't do it. Luckily, my daughter hasn't had too much of that--she's the only girl in this golf league and she's been paired with some wonderful kids and it's been wonderful to see them interact with her. (I'm secretly setting her up with a blonde-headed kid who is SO, SO sweet to her and to everyone else too--lol!)

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Congratulations!!

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Congratulations!!! Wishing you a smooth pregnancy and delivery and a healthy baby girl! ❤️

Just be the best mom that you can be, don't get too stressed, because it's tough, especially at the start (or at least it was to me). And don't be afraid to look for support should you need it in times where you want to tear your hair out. And just do what you feel is right- there are 10000000000 ways to parent, and there is very little black and white, just lots and lots of grey, so don't worry about doing what everyone else is telling you.
That's what I wish I was told before I started. Haha!
But it's an awesome journey. Crazy and exhausting and frustrating at times, but the love is indescribable. Congrats again! ❤️

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Thank you for the kind wishes and amazing tips, you are all so sweet ? @dramalava @Ally @swtaznangel530eetsammy @michykdrama

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I love your OT stories. Although I don't think I've read all of them, they always make me smile when I do!
Also- are you into screenplay and writing or do you just want to write on of that particular thing because you can?

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No, I'm totally NOT a writer, but I love a good story and I think I can tell my own pretty well! It's something I would like to do when I retire in a few years--hoping by 55. Some of the beanies here are great writers, though, and watching all these kdramas are inspiring!

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Gosh sorry for my typo up there^ dunno what ma brain was doing.
Ah that's really cool though! If your OT posts are anything to go by I think it'd be an awfully fun read haha
Kdramas are certainly inspiring, that's for sure!

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Finished watching C-drama The Disguiser, it was an amazing series, almost as good as Nirvana in fire.

Also checking out Drop Dead Diva, the American version since there's going to be a Korean remake, and I'm surprisingly enjoying it quite a bit! It's a light watch and has a lot of heart.

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This Week My Wife Will Have An Affair -terribly long but not worst lol.

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Sorry I edited my comment- didn't want people to think I was being rude about the names of dramas. Just find the name unintentionally hilariously bad, and therefore very funny. (A bit paranoid now with what I post!) no disrespect meant.

My comment is now down below ?

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Auw it's OK ?

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You're among friends (for the most part). And Romantic Teacher Doctor Kim was a terrible name for how good it was. I can't even recommend it because the name is so bad :(

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Haha. That's so true. That name had no bearing on the show at all. In fact you are right, it's a hurdle that needed to be overcome for recommendations. I had to explain once how it totally wasn't about doctors romancing one another in hospital.

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Although I think I was explaining more to justify why I was watching it- that it wasn't just "another fluffy kdrama" to my non kdrama watching colleagues and cynical husband ?

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Applying my limited knowledge of Asian languages and a little experience with bad translations, I think they should have called it "Idealistic" instead of "Romantic".

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Master: God of Noodles

Maybe not the "worst" title but always made me cringe-giggle.

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Do these titles, eg Master God of Noodles and Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, less cringe-giggle in their original language?
as we know, if we translated sth to another language directly, we could lost the real meaning or intention

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That drama had such potential but unfortunately went off the rails..,

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Happy Friday Beanies!

It's a good Friday because I've ended my kdrama drought by starting Criminal Minds. It started off slow but the best part of it by far is Lee Junki- he captivates in every scene he is in. I'm now a fan. Oppa!
My full thoughts are here:
https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/criminal-minds-episode-1-2/

Anyone else watching and enjoying?

Also, I've gone mad and placed an order for the vizbig version of the entire Rurouni Kenshin manga off Amazon. ? Amazon is amazing! My wallet hates it, but I'm ignoring my rational sensible side for now. Haha. Kenshin was such a part of my childhood anime experience I couldn't resist. Anyone else love the manga as much as me?

Is Falsify good? Has anyone watched? It's next on my watch list. Also, waiting for the premiere of Manhole: Feel so good.

Talking about Manhole: Feel so good- it's such a terrible/hilarious name! Lol. I'm wondering if this is one of the worst kdrama titles ever. So can everyone think of the worst/most hilarious title you've come across before? Let's have a list! I want a good laugh. ?

Have a good weekend all!

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Sorry for the confusion! You all are too fast! ?

And yes Master: God of Noodles certainly counts! ?

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Falsify 1st episode was confusing. Too much was happening and one character after another was introduced. 1st week and hero is still living the life of chief kim. same stuff corruption and killing innocent citizens and especially target the girls. Kdrama writers love to create victim out of Females. 7/10
Same cliche villains and same cliche killer having a some speicific habit or traits.

Criminal Minds - The guy is handsome but every other was annoying. Too talkative team and everyone acting like gary stu. It lacked urgency. Overall 7/10

Both shows can't compete against Stranger at all.

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Yeah I'm hooked to CM thanks to Lee Junki but I agree the others were generally lacking. I am hoping that bit gets better next week. Or at least Moon Chae Won's character.

I shall wait for Stranger to end and marathon it. I've only heard amazing things about it.

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I liked it overall. It's just not a character driven show, even the original. I'm a little sad about that because there are some really good actors here and i just don't know if the constraints of the genre are going to allow for much.

I liked Garcia and Reid and the gang in the original version but it did take a while to really flesh everyone out.

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Not the worst, but I think the title of the upcoming kdrama While You Were Sleeping is kind of creepy.

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There's a movie with Sandra Bullock that has that name

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Hahaha yes, drama title Manhole is so awkward, but I've heard another awkward drama title: How Are You Bread. It's one of upcoming webdramas.

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lol seriously? How are you Bread?

I'm gonna google and see what it's about. Haha. Cuz as much as I love bread and baking, I wonder if it's literally about that, or something totally different.

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Hello All! I hope everyone had a good week. This has been a long one for me. I got back from vacay where I watched my young nephews and I am exhausted. I had a frustrating week at work so I am definitely ready to chill this weekend.

In dramaland, I finished SUSPICIOUS PARTNER which was good. I think it was a few episodes too long, but I enjoyed it. It made me want to check out Ji Chang Wook in other dramas so there is a plus. I am going to finish LIAR GAME this weekend and I am super excited about it. It is so good. I will also continue COFFEE PRINCE. I am really liking that drama and am sort of kicking myself that I didn't start it sooner

There are a couple of other dramas I am thinking of starting but have yet to decide. Any suggestions are appreciated. :) Has anyone heard anything about the Chinese drama LOVE ME IF YOU DARE from a couple of years ago. I saw a random thing about it and may check it out.

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I have watched Love Me If You Dare. Not terribly impressed but it was quite interesting at some point. It was quite a favorite with viewers though.

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Agree. It was ok, Wallace Huo is very handsome but I couldn't really get into it. Also, it really lost steam towards the end in my opinion and I didn't end up finishing it. But it was very popular while it was airing for some reason.

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Yeah, I didn't finish it too with just two episodes to go. I started it because I wanted to watch another C drama after getting high on Nirvana In Fire and LMIYD was one of the most recommended C dramas at that time.

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I really liked Love Me If You Dare - in the beginning episodes. Everything goes haywire halfway through, and is a downright shambles by the end. Also, the white actors they used were abysmal

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@ Shek - LMIYD started off really good but ended meh. It was 24 episodes but should have ended at 18. Try When a Snail falls in Love

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I really enjoyed Love Me if You Dare - it got me into a Wallace Huo phase cause he was so charming in it (albeit definitely really quirky). I recommend checking it out!

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Thank you. I didn't notice teen days already ended. I'll enjoy my twenties more :)

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That's sweet of you thank you :D

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I'm not spaming I just can't reply properly to some people :(

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Anyone know where I can watch Reunited Worlds with subs? I can't find it on either Viki or DF.

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If you're in North or South America, apparently you'll only be able to see it with the new site Kocowa.

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Try Kocowa. They have it exclusively in my part of the world.

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I'm in North America and I can still see it at KissAsian: http://kissasian.com/Drama/Reunited-Worlds
Anyone know why DF and Viki are no longer getting licensing rights to popular first-run dramas?

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Kocowa has taken over the official licensing here. Unofficial sites like aren't affected because they don't license anyway.

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k***asian, but i use Chrome with AdBlock and am on a mac.

the site is acting weird, sometimes a new window pops up (even with my AdBlock) but i just click it away...

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Watch out! Some of those new windows/tabs are really nasty. If your reflexes are fast enough, close them before they finish loading.

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I am watching on viewasian.com and it is working quite well. Am also on a Mac with Chrome and Adbloc.

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So last week I wrote on the downvote button and they are gone now ?

I appreciate that Dramabeans hear beanie's laments on this issue and decided it's better to do without.

I have nothing against the downvote button once I got used to getting downvoted. However, it upset some people more and of late, certain threads attracted a lot of downvoting. It just doesn't seem to serve its purpose anymore or rather the ills outweigh the benefits.

This week I am behind in all my dramas except for FOS. It's a drama which I'll sorely miss when it's over. I am also scared that it has set a bar so high that I will find it harder to watch other dramas. The immediate casualty is those of similar genre. I watched Criminal Minds and find it so meh for the lack of a better word. It's not just the FOS effect but I've watched quite a number of crime/thriller dramas by now and expect more. It doesn't help that I find none of the characters interesting. They are all very cool and definitely have their backstory and baggage but I am not piqued. Usually a drama would start with one of their 'best' cases so as to wow and hook viewers from the start. I hope this is not true for CM because the first case really isn't impressive.

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Oh I didn't realise it's gone, good move DB!

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Yes, thank you DB staff <3. I'd say I did deserve some of it though lol.

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i noticed the other day and i like that this site is one of the few that remains respectful toward differing opinions!

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The reason I loved forest of secrets, (and the same reason for not getting into criminal minds), is that FOS shows, that the powerplay in the society can be taken care of at an intellectual level. FOS is more of a mind game, while CM is too much action, even the mysteries are solved by more running and physical movement, which isn't the case for FOS. I almost feel like reading a book while watching FOS, and needless to say, the camera work, cinematography, the acting everything is in sync, so there is just no way to feel disinterested. From day 1, it grabbed my 100% attention, and there was no going back. Compared to that CM is too much on the face and I felt not interested enough to get into the process, to know what's actually happening. Maybe it's more to do with the fact that it's a remake, I don't know, maybe the original 'is' actually interesting and nothing like the Korean version, American dramas are way too realistic, and has a tendency of omitting emotions in their shows, so that could be another reason why CM wasn't appealing to me.

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I am afraid that Forest has totally spoiled me for many of the upcoming new shows. So far not seeing a single one that I can really get into.

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Pak PM bye-bye. This for many Indian-subcontinent people here. Panama leaks and a Font came in handy.

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The Villainess - 악녀 english-sub is up.
Gonna watch it right now.

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Gotta love that font-gate story.

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​Hi all:

Let me just say that when it comes to Kdramas, I have to repeat that the only thing I have to fear is fear itself. If only I could believe all that. I already stopped watching 7-Day Queen, a drama I really liked, because I told myself I couldn't deal with the inevitable break-up of the OTP. Curse you, unchangeable historical incident! You're always a spoiler for my dramas!

And now I'm pondering wanting to drop Lovers in Bloom, my daily on KBS World TV on youtube because of all that stress. I swear! If it weren't for lies, extreme secrecy, and folks simply not speaking up, there wouldn't be much tension in some of these dailies. All those secrets make stories simultaneously boring and predictable. After all, we all "know" a character isn't going to speak up..and aaargh!

Currently loving: The Eternal Love (not Peach Blossoms, which also share that title, but the one with the gorgeous Xing Zhao Lin) OMG, what a great drama! Jump in now, guys! It's a cros sbetween oh my ghostess and the time travel body swap drama featuring first prince, 8th prince, and 14th prince. If you llike Chinese dramas, I highly recommend it.

Also loving: Stranger (Secret Forest) This drama is utter perfection. I can say nothing against it. And for once, the kdrama cops are seriously intelligent.

Duel: Well, I had to cast all need for sensible writing out of the window and just sit back for the ride for this one. It is pretty much paint by numbers action and doesn't have the soul that Stranger has because it is so intent on hitting the high action parts that it forgets that it rushes from action set piece to action set piece. But eh, cute villain. What to do!

Father is Strange: Love it! Lee Joon...so good! so handsome! he has seriously grown as an actor.

Liking "The King Loves" -- been a while since I've seen one of those noble royal friendships. I've never really liked the actor who plays the friend but am really liking him in this. And of course Im Si Wan is adorable and holding his own. Love the friendship between those two and the open-ness. Not too many secrets between these two

Awaiting the beginning of the new crop of dramas.

​Have a great weekend, all!​

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