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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

How was everyone’s week in dramaland? Did any shows get particularly exciting this week? I like to read what Beanies are saying in the What We’re Watching threads to know if a show I dropped suddenly got better and I’m missing out, or if I got out just in time to save myself some aggravation. It would just bug me if I never knew! FOMO is real, people. –girlfriday

 

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Currently recapping: Seven Day Queen

Bride of the Water God 2017: This show is so silly, but I was laughing out loud through the first two episodes, so I think they struck a good tone and made the right choice to go the comedic route. I don’t know that I would buy the straight, serious version of Nam Joo-hyuk as a mythical god anytime this century, but he’s pretty hilarious as a pompous, powerless, penniless god in human form. I’m not super invested on an emotional level, but the jokes are working for me, which makes it an enjoyable watch.

Suspicious Partner: Just… need… to get… through… the noble… idiocy… portion… of our regularly… scheduled… broadcast…

Fight My Way: I liked the families as they were, with everyone having a gruff, adorable parent or two to fight with, so I don’t think this show needed to add birth secrets. I suppose they could pull out some emotional reunions and make it worthwhile, but in the final week I’d rather focus on the foursome doing some soul-searching and growing up. And Joo-man needs to do some more groveling.

Duel: This drama became ten times more exciting when they had one clone impersonate the other. Whyyyyy didn’t we do this sooner? It was so suspenseful and nerve-wracking, thinking he’d slip up and blow his cover with every lie he had to tell. It finally felt like they were making good use of the double-clone storyline in the way that I wanted. Plus, I really got a kick out of it when he just casually unlocked his clone’s house using a retinal scan. That was just funny.

The Best Hit: Yoon Shi-yoon is being so swoony that even though I have no idea how they could possibly write a satisfying ending to everyone’s stories and make things make sense, I find myself not caring because I want him to get the girl. But I half expect that no one will get anyone and nothing will get resolved, and the show will just end… That won’t happen, right? Right?

 

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Woman of Dignity: I’m fully convinced that this drama can’t be a satire at all, and that the promos were a lie. But I’m also kind of worried that it’s supposed to be some sort of super intellectual satire, the kind where people will say, “Oh, you just didn’t get it.” It’s working okay as its own drama I guess, but man, it’s just not much fun to watch.

Forest of Secrets: I feel like Forest is the rare white elk of dramaland that ends up being more cinematic than the blockbuster dramas who shell out nothing but dolla dolla bills. Make no mistake, this show has money, but it uses it so effectively. The crowd shots are amazing, the directing so assured, the editing a pure science. Also, I have seen no Subway yet, which means that there’s still good in this world.

My Sassy Girl: Welp, I guess they’re together now. What I don’t understand, aside from most everything, is why they insist on keeping Lee Jung-shin away from any of the main action. He’s acting out his own side drama where nothing interesting ever happens, which is almost enough to rival the main drama, where nothing interesting ever happens (except for the arrival of Prince Dalhan). What I think upsets me most is that we had the perfect second lead, and that perfect second lead is meant to show us why the heroine still chooses the first lead. But in this case, the first lead sent the second away, and I’m not at all convinced that Gyun Woo was the better choice. Worse yet, I don’t buy him as the better choice. Why not utilize Joon-young as a potential romantic rival? Why are we hinging all our bets on an ineffectual villain and his ineffectual, severely dated harpy of a second lead female daughter? Oy, this show.

Ruler—Master of the Mask: It’s funny how we all started this drama thinking Yoon So-hee was going to be the worst thing about it. She’s by no means the best, and her deliveries oftentimes need work (a lot of it), but I can’t help but wish that they’d gotten rid of the second lead idea entirely and had Kim So-hyun play Hwa-goon’s role instead. That way, she would have gotten a meaningful and interactive part of the storyline, rather than being relegated to the damsel in distress that always needs saving.

 

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Fight My Way: Dear dramalord, thank you. Finally, Joo-man is realizing what an amazing girlfriend he had in Seol-hee, and that his attraction to the intern was largely based on his initial fluttering feelings for a younger Seol-hee. I wish he would get it through his thick skull that he hasn’t completely lost her yet, and try to fight for her again. But of course, these things take time, and I like that he’s going through some emotional hardship. Yay for drama karma kicking in, and delivering satisfying retribution! On the other hand, I’ve almost lost all interest in the main couple because there doesn’t seem to be an interesting conflict in their respective character growths. I guess things will change now that Dong-man has (maybe temporarily) lost his hearing, but this week was largely a stagnant period for them, I think.

 

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Currently recapping: My Sassy Girl

Forest of Secrets: I’m not thrilled about the recurring usage of eavesdropping to transmit important information between characters, but since everyone is a suspect, I suppose it’ll have to do. This is a show where you are watching everything closely and always monitoring for suspicious behavior and clues, but remain unsure about what exactly is transpiring just beneath the surface. It’s a good feeling because there is a sense that we are diligently working toward some explosive reveals. What I like most is that even if I do guess a twist beforehand, I never feel like it was done simply for the sake of surprising me. Instead, it feels like a carefully placed stone on this massive baduk board.

The Best Hit: When I am watching this show I enjoy it, but I need things to pick up the pace. I’m really surprised at how much focus the lovelines are getting, especially since the show is stronger as a comedy. At this point, I am ready for a Partridge Family-style band and some kind of musical showdown with Star Punch. Come on drama gods, make it happen.

Fight My Way: I still love this show, but I’m not dying to know what happens next anymore. I actually like the inverse relationship between the two couples, so I don’t think my cooling interest has to do with the increased attention on Seol-hee and Joo-man. I think it might be due to that fact that Dong-man and Ae-ra’s paths to success seemed a bit formulaic and fairytale-like for my taste. I understand that they both have great talent, and that’s why their dreams are immediately feasible despite their lackluster resumes, and I love the message that sometimes you just need to be brave enough to try, but simplifying the process of success against the odds is less satisfying. I don’t have the same problem with Joo-man and Seol-hee since their dreams were always so tied up with each other, but I sometimes worry that if they do get back together in the end, does that mean Ae-ra and Dong-man don’t make it?

 
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So sad that we're in to the last week of Fight for my Way ?? who's with me?

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I'm sad too. Saying goodbye to our Dong-man and Ae-ra will be hard. But I'm also excited for the upcoming drama, School 2017.

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Same! Gonna miss those two real bad!
I don't think I'll watch School just yet. I still need to catch up on my shows!
So many dramas...so little time. Waeee!? ?

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The pacing of FMW was really good to the point when I forgot that this drama would actually end. So sad it's coming to an ending.

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Im with you too! Don't know what to watch in exchange of fight my way. maybe I will be rewatching some scenes of Fight My Way first. hope it has a clean ending huhu

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Me! This has always been my favorite genre, but I was afraid I'd lost that loving feeling because it's been a long time since anything has interested me. It's rare that my interest hasn't waned at this point, but FMW has been a really special show for me.

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Right here, with you, dreading the inevitable end to what was so close to our hearts :'(

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I livestreamed Suspicious Partner this week and I got so sad when they started promoting Reunited Worlds. It means my crack drama's ending and I don't want it to! And then I flailed because YEO JIN GU. So. Here comes another possible crack drama. Hahaha!

I also just finished Ex-Girlfriend Club and that was a fun 10 hours. Also finally finished with Chief Kim, only to queue my favorite parts right back again.

I'm gonna binge Father is Strange this weekend and YAY! Been so excited to finally have time to do so.

I'm waiting for these crop of shows to end so I can binge them all. Sadly, I can only watch one current drama at a time.

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Ex-Grllfriend Club is a really fun show ! I'm saving Chief Kim for when I'm down. Enjoy your binge watching for FIS you won't be deceived :)

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It was! It was so funny when it was going for it. And I love how they really felt like friends.

Chief Kim, yes, that's a solid plan. I always smile whenever I watch it to the point that I've been taking so long to finish it just to prolong it.

I hope that I'll get to binge FIS ASAP so I can follow it every week during its final month or so.

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The best moments were when they were all together haha
I hope you will enjoy and will join FIS discussion too ;)

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I really loved ex girlfriends club! I watched it with my roomies. definitely one to laugh over with the girls.

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I wish I saw it with my girlfriends now! We'd have so much fun with all the antics. Hahaha!

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Ex-GF Club was the first drama where I truly don't care about the plot. As long as I can see the 4 ex-GF doing all kind of things together and being the best frenemies possible, I'm a happy camper.

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Yes, @gadis! In fact, I was not too flaily about the romance (they really felt like friends so it was not a sparks-filled romance for me but more on familiarity and all that) but all the hijinks brought about by the ex-GFs were the highlights of the drama for me.

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Hi Beanies !

Circle : That was such a fun and intense ride ! May other incredible dramas like this be on our screen more often.

Bride of the Water God : I will consider it as a loosely based adaptation with the same character but with Habaek going to the human world. I'm waiting for more episodes to judge.

Woman of Dignity : LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW !

Ruler - Master of the Mask : Show... Please just end.. I don't even know why I'm still watching this.

Lookout : On ep 17 ! Lee Shi Young has a great chemistry with other female characters ! Her and Bomi and her (ex) policewoman colleague <3

I still have more dramas to pick up again but I don't have enough time !

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Ruler - Master of the Mask : Show... Please just end.. I don't even know why I'm still watching this.

Don't worry, one more week to go! I'm so ready to see my ahjusshi back to dramaland after this drama, so I'm going to think if I have endured the pain, I'll be rewarded handsomely. Choi Min Soo ajjusshi & Shin Sung Rok, I'm ready to welcome both of you! Pls be good show!

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I'm ready to move on !

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I'm happy to pretend the drama never happened in the first place but Yoo Seung Ho & Kim So Hyun just look so pretty in hanboks! *sigh*

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i have to drop Woman of Dignity - it makes me so angry for no reason.

i heart Kim Hee Sun from wayyyy back then. so just let me know how it ends, thank you.

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I like to get angry I don't know why haha Well it might change later.

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ruler-master of the mask has been a huge disappointment. what a waste of talents. you should be given some prize for even continuing to watch this drama.

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Watching Duel, Fight My Way, and Best Hit. This week, Yang Se-jong totally win my heart for his amazing portrayals of 3 (or is it 4?) different characters.

Marathoning Secret Forest this week and I love every second. We actually get 3 smart female characters here, which is something worth celebrated.

Saying goodbye to the super enjoyable sitcom this year Super Family. So many heart, so many laughter, so many lessons, and so many lovable characters. I will miss you dearly, show.

-Crime Scene 3: Eps 10. I almost suspected the detective this week because everyone have double identity. This is giving me whiplash. I always like it though whenever Jin-ho get a loveline. That guy is just so good at playing couple. Haha.. And only Ji-hoon can play a super weird pianist who always talks to his stuff toy perfectly and make it look somewhat normal.

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Super Family was my Fav, could identify with so many of the scenarios. Sad this show is over.

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Pianist Ki~~~m is the best! I love his attempt on ventriloquist. I already love the bird lol

Pianist Kim and Jinho's jeojang are the highlight of the episode. I love how absurd Jinho and Eunji's loveline. They have the potential to be Honey Hoppang 2nd generation haha

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Jinho playing an idol member is hilarious. He is lucky though that no one demand him to sing or dance. Haha... (Suddenly I have Jazz Park flashback)

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i am also marathoning secret forest, an intelligent drama with superb acting all around. thoroughly enjoying this show.

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Loving Forest of Secret--totally agree with HeadsNo2- its feels more like a movie than a drams. Bae Do Naa and Jo Seung Woo are both fantastic.
The Best Hot-- Love Love Love YSY and I am watching this mainly for him. While I like the love story, i wilsh they would go back to the slapstick comedy and the mystery. All the actors here are great but the screen writers seems to be concentrating a lil too much on the love story.
7 Day Queen-- this show gets me in the heart--i am smiling one second and in tears the next.
Father is strange-- watching this solely for Lee Yuri who is such a delight to watch as Unni.
Still watching
Suspicious Partner-- the noble idiocy was unnecessary.
Fight my way- think the family secret was not required.
Women of dignity-- Kim Su Na and her multiple expressions are so good. this is a weird lil show but i cant stop watching it for some reason!

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Lee Yuri in FIS is what I'm inspiring to be while I'm more like Mi Yeong.

Kim Su Na kills it in Women of Dignity ! I can't 100 % hate her because she has those vulnerable moments and her narration !

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Umm, The Best "Hot"? I would say the best "hottie" since most of us are watching primarily for YSY. I still enjoy the drama, but I don't care where it goes as long as YSY is there.

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Couldn't agree with you more. Ican no longer make heads or tails of the show but I keep watching for Yoon Si Yoon. Thank gosh I still have 2D1N when the drama ends.
And also, even though Ji Hoon getting the girl would make more sense storyline-wise but I just want my Hyun Jae to be happy so I ship Woo Seung with him (sorry Ji Hoon!)

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seriously how "hot" is YSY!! I did a 1n2d marathon just for him!

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I started High Kick Through The Roof for him (and the writer of Best Hit) - it's an enjoyable sitcom so far with funny and sympathetic characters. And it's so fun to watch old drama and you get to see all the then-newbies who are now stars. I went into this without knowing who are starring in them so it's a nice surprise whenever familiar faces appear. They have Hwang Jung Eum (her way of acting really never changes), Lee Kwang Soo, Yoo In Nah, Daniel Choi, Shin Se Kyung, Lee Ki Kwang.

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Hick Kick 2 is my favorite sitcom. So fun and full of heart. And to think that Yoon Shi-yoon acted as Daniel Choi's nephew there. I really thought they're years apart then.

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It's strange how different dramas turn me into a different kind of viewer:

My Sassy Girl: Joo Won looks bored. The romance is cute but I.don't.feel.anything about this show.
Me critical = story needs to rev up. And take Gyun Hee far away.

The Best Hit: Hyun Jae channeled his inner Enrique this week, which is no bad thing. I could use a bit more music-making, but am happy to sit back and relax (as much as any time-travelling drama will allow me that is...)
Me non-critical = I can't find fault with this drama now that every character is taking steps forward (Ji Hoon finally!). I'm also blinded by YSY's beautiful face, which makes me much more lenient.

Seven Day Queen: It's like dark chocolate. I need to sit down calmly and enjoy it to the fullest.
Me nerdy viewer = analysing every character's political agenda and trying to predict when things will go wrong. Also, I love trying to follow the wheels turning in Yeonsangun's paranoid but brilliant mind. One word with Myung Hye and he made her spill crucial information. Loved it.

My Only Love Song: Marathoning it. Boong Boong is the most temperamental time-travelling van ever.
Me indulging my love for wacky = The humour was a bit much for me in the beginning, but I've even warmed up to the narcissistic villain now. Like what?

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I've even warmed up to the narcissistic villain now.

Hahaha! I'm so done with him!

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He's the kind of ridiculous pompous villain that I find hilarious when he's not being bloodthirsty (a la Princess Bride). The flower-shaped scar on his forehead is just LOL.

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I totally enjoyed MOLS

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That MOLS villain' narcissism is just fun. You cant help but love to hate him .

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Update on what keeps me going :

Fight My Way :
I am so invested who landlady choi is !! And also how Dong Man 's injury will affect him as a person ( Be it in terms of his relationship w Aera and also how he feels towards the person he injured )

Suspicious Partner :
This is really keeping me entertained !! Makes me scared what the DA will do the Hyun Soo ( will he kill him or let him go ?? ) and also how Ji Wook and Bong Hee and gonna progress after knowing the truth & also also cute little squishy ball Eunhyuk !!!

Ruler :
Wow i must say these two weeks really got me heavily invested into the show ( how hwa goon basically sacrificed for Sun which IMO is the best moment of the show up until now ). I am also looking forward to see how the show will wrap up the topic on who is king.

The Best Hit :
Show please dont tell me both father and son will love the same woman and the worse part is not knowing who the female lead is leaning towards scares me a little and noooo grandpa you cant forget malsook and the rest this really breaks my heart hopefully the show does a crazy twist where Grandpa sees HyunJae and will have a miracle recovery !!

Father Is Strange :
BEST SHOW EVER !! I hope the conflict between LeeJoon and his fake dad gets settled soon because i really need some fluffy fluff from Lee Joon and Miyoung !! Also , Hopefully hyeyoung vs mother in law ends their fight soon because hyeyoung + husband fluff also gets me through the week. Junyoung & wife hopefully also do not fight because aint nobody need more angst ( and also anyone feels me when they show rayoung and chael soo i am literally melting hehe )

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Agree about the best hit. I love love love you but this father son love triangle really icks me out. At this point if WS have to choose a loveliness, I almost wish MJ will win just so there won't be any father son rift. Plus Cha Eunwoo is so good looking!!

The best part of this drama is the comedy and the ragtag family. Make a band!!!

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I hope she choses MJ!! Because it'all get weird when Ji Hoon finds out that that's his father

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Hye Young and Jung Hwan are so shameless I love Nut & Cracker <3

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LOL they're so cheesy ?

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:) I love how they're the older couple and Jung Hwan is the oldest of that generation in the drama, and yet they're the cheesiest. And the cheese is so not what you'd expect from an intimidating, composed lawyer who can spit out laws like a gun spits out bullets.

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Love sure does wonder haha

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Ruler-Master of the Mask: I just want to see how this show is going to end, was not expecting that Hwa-gun will die and now I'm scared for Lee Sun! I still do enjoy this show though, does that make me weird?

The Best Hit: I really wish there was no love triangle, I love all the characters and I love Woo-sueng with both Hyun-jae and Ji-hoon but I don't see it working with either one of them! Hyun-jae will have to go to the past right? and I don't want Woo-sueng's friendship ruined with Ji-hoon because of his feelings! Can't we just have them all be friends?

Bride of the Water God: I enjoyed the first two episodes for the same reasons girlfriday mentioned, I think Nam Joo-hyuk is doing a good job here, and it's a good thing that I have no knowledge of the manhwa so I don't have anything to compare it with, just enjoy it as it is!

Pride and Prejudice Kdrama: I started watching this because I missed Choi Jin-hyuk (still not over Tunnel) at episode 10, I remember some beanies saying this show was boring and dry but I like it so far, so will keep watching it!

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I watched Pride and Prejudice 2 years ago because I liked Lee Taehwan in High School King of Savvy! I actually stuck with the show although it's darker than most dramas I pick, and I very much admired the directing and the acting, especially Choi Minsoo and Son Changmin's performance.

The story can get quite confusing but the episode breakdowns I read on this site helped me a lot: http://www.koreandrama.today/tag/pride-and-prejudice/page/5/

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I started it for Choi Jin-hyuk but I love the whole cast, everyone is great! I like dark dramas so I'm enjoying it!

Thank you for the link, I'll check it out!

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My pea-sized brain couldn't follow the complicated storyline, but I gave up trying to figure it out and watched it for the pure man-candy trio of Choi Min Soo, Choi Jin Hyuk and Lee Tae Hwan. Watching three hotties run around for an hour at a time kinda-sorta trying to solve a crime was entertainment enough for me! :)

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"..especially Choi Minsoo and Son Changmin's performance."

This is kind of rare so it's exciting when I find someone who admires the same actors as I do.
I'd love to see them both in a sageuk again. Son has been been wasted in his last few sageuks but it's still good to see him on screen.

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I thought there wouldn't be a love triangle either, up until that jjajangmeon scene and i was like noooo. I like both HJ and JH way too much. I thought I would be onboard the JH ship all the way and I'm ashamed to say that I may have swapped. I'm convinced now though that HJ isn't JH's dad. Otherwise that would be a really weird love triangle

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I didn't watch episodes 21 and 22 yet, will watch them later today, but if Hyun-jae isn't Ji-hoon's father then who is? I refuse to think of Young-jae!!!

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Don't worry, I like Pride and Prejudice too. It's kinda dry, but the overall tone of this drama just suits my style. Not to mention the excellent acting we got. It's a pity that the second half got too convoluted and confusing from all the criss-crossed agendas.

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Yes, mine too! I'm just getting into the second half so I'm not yet sure what are those criss-cross agendas you're talking about, should I prepare myself for the confusion?!

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You know, it's just the usual confusion whenever too many corrupt officials trying to cover up murder cases. Keeping track of who wants what, and who is on whose side would probably help.

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So what sort of comedy Bride of Water God is? Is it hilarious like Best Hit?

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Ewwww... Were that scenes supposed to be funny? >> that was my reaction watching their comedies.. It's too cheesy, ridiculous & weird for my taste, sadly.. I cringed most of the time. It's 180° opposite way from The best hit's, which comedies I love to bits & never fails to crack me up

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I think @girlfriday described it well. I find the pompous, powerless god who acts like he is god's gift to mankind absolutely hilarious when all he gets are humans who think he belongs to the mental institution.

Don't take my word for it and definitely not those people who are trashing it. Watch the first one or two eps and decide for yourself. This is the kind of drama which you'd find extreme views on both ends. I didn't realize but I am amazed by the number of people who like NJH(in other forums) and the equally huge number of people who dislike him. This guy is famous or infamous for some reason.

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FIS - lol Lee Yuri posted the collection of her faces in this drama in her IG LOL ? It's hilarious. I might skipped some epi if she is not acting in this drama though. I never thought she can do comedic role this good, as I thought she's more on melodrama type and I really love her in such roles. But then I remember she was also funny in Superdaddy Yeol. While I loved her in all her daily drama, esp the revenge ones, I hope she will not go back to such drama again.

I am going to start on Super Family again, after I finish binge watching Medalist Lawyer Heir (c-drama).

Anyway,

Friday -Satuday - Ddabong's days!
Saturday - Sunday -Shimok's day!
I am a happy fan!

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LYR is killing me haha !

Are you me ? Going to watch Medalist Lawyer Heir before picking up Super Family again ! But I have to pick up Ode to Joy 2... Too many dramas ><

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LYR is killing me too. Not only her character, her fashion style in this drama is also jjang!

LOL ? Ode to Joy 2 is also in my list, but it is later, after I finish Super Family. Thank God subs for Medalist finally completed. I paused it earlier becase the sub is so late.

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LYR is everything goal !

I saw the subs were completed too. But since I already began OtJ2 I will place it first in my list.

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LYR for the win! I started watching FIS for Lee Joon and my curiosity how LYR would portray Unnie. Gosh I love her, reaction faces & fashion included.

Now I want her in more romcoms rather than melos,revenge plot dramas

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She is versatile actress, I loved her in revenge mode to the extent I wanted to join her lol, but I love her much more in comedic role ?

She said she wants to do sageuk in the future, now I'm ready to see her in hanbok! I hope her next project will be a good sageuk, kinda like Lee Hanui's character in Shine or Go Grazy or in Rebel. Or any femme fatale.

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I love LYR's portrayal of Hyeyoung! Hye-young is one of those characters that you feel you'll never come across again. There will be similar characters, but Byun Hye-young is Byun Hye-young The writing, direction, and costuming are wonderful, and I think LYR really adds something to do it to make Hye-young as awesome, as funny, and as memorable as she is.

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Lee Yu Ri's portrayal of Byun Hye Young is legendary. I love her character - from her smart and witty comebacks, fashion, hair, makeup and cheesiness with hubby. I still can't believe this is my first time watching her. I hope she does shorter dramas in the future.

Can we finally get through all the angst in FIS? I just want to get to happier times for AJH and MY....inner peace.

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Super Family is such an enjoyable sitcom and full of hearts. It made me burst out laughing as often as it made me burst into tears.

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Hi, Sera. What are your initial thoughts re: Medalist Lawyer Heir? Was considering it because it's in Jiang Xin's filmography but I paused OTJ2 in favor of currently airing Woman of Dignity and Secret Forest.

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Hi @michyeosseo. I think it is not bad. It is like a makjang kdrama with a very complicated family relationship - but not that dramatic if you know what I mean lol. The plot is moving, but sometimes it is quite repetitive. If you can watch a legal drama, with inheritance case as the main plot, then it is for you. On the romance part, it is quite nice. I don't really love romance Her, but I love the friendship between the casts. This drama is not a making a complicated love triangle. I still have around 10 epi left. ?

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Currently watching: Suspicious Partner, Fight My Way, Seven Day Queen, The Best Hit, Bride of the Water God (is it even possible to not be behind on all these shows)

I've just started my summer holidays thinking that I'll have way more time to watch these, now that I don't have any exams. How could I be so wrong lol

I'm trying my best to keep up with the recaps but everyone is just on fire ? So I'm happy just lurking and reading everyone's comments (and liking them ofc)

My favourites by far are Seven Day Queen and The Best Hit.

It's my fourth sageuk and I'm actually surprised by how much I've liked it. I usually avoid them, having no interest in palace politics but this one has really roped me in, hook, line and sinker. Everything from the OST, costumes, relationships, even the angst (which I normally hate) is so compelling and I just love it all. Fingers crossed it keeps up the quality even with such poor ratings?

The best hit seems like a normal drama tbh compared to what it was advertised as but it's still so good. I've not watched this week's episode yet but I find it so my kind of humour. YSY is slaying at pulling my heartstrings in this drama and I want him to get the girl too girlfriday!!

P.s what are the rules on changing ships during a drama haha, does it make me a traitor?!??

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I'm watching
.Suspicious Partner-I am only really watching for the funny parts really, if you ask me about the rest of the show I have absolutely no idea but I have to say the acting from the guy playing is amazing. I do love the team of lawyers, our leads and the child was a sweet and touching addition but I do not think I will suffer any withdrawal syndrome after this.

.7 day queen-it is my absolute crack drama right now, every episode leaves me in awe and wanting to learn more about the history behind it. It is pretty much a complete package and I am glad that I ignored my doubts for it. Its depth of writing, the cinematography, the acting particularly from the King, a once in a lifetime kind of performance there are just brilliant. It is sad that its viewership rates are going down but I think like a lot of us, many viewers are scared of the ending and the show is getting a lot darker.

Father is strange-I have been missing family dramas and this one has filled the hole in my heart. It feels original, absolutely hilarious (I lost it in laughter so many times) but also heartwarming and sweet. Its depiction of siblings and family and friends is lovely and I feel connected almost all the characters and their journeys. It has been able to mix laughs (some of the best comedic scenes for me are in here) and drama (the main plot line feels riveting and not typical at all).

Arang and the magristate-I am enjoying this a lot. I am not that far through, only 2nd episode but the world building, directing, characters are really clever. I love Arang, she is so my kind of heroine and the back story sounds really interesting. The interactions between her and the magristate are really funny as well. So going well.

Bride of the Water god-I have to admit I gave up. I was not concentrating at all. Hopefully my editor does not remember that I said I would cover this. I am going to do seven day queen instead when it finishes.

Looking forward now to School 2017, Reunited worlds, the strongest delivery man and Descendants of the sun (I have to watch it now), I have clearly broken by my own rule now with more than 2 shows, but with all this spare time I have and so many dramas to choose from...

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You expressed exactly why I like FIS ! I hope more upcoming family dramas will have that much heart.

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Watch Forest of secrets, girlfriday! It's amazing! Yeo Jin and Shi mok are adorable and badass.

Suspicious partner has become like comfort food for me. The characters and the world feels familiar, so even though it's no longer crack, I still feel warm towards that show. Only watched one episode of fight my way and I am happy Joo man's realising how precious sul hee is. As for the main couple, I like that their kisses don't feel passionate but affectionate. If that even makes sense, lol.

Regarding seven day queen, I find it ironic that the one person who made yeok to not turn a blind eye to the evil happening around him was chae Kyung. But, that ends up being the thing now that keeps them from being able to live like a regular married couple. Sigh. This couple hurts my heart. It just hurts even more that their conflict is understandable.

I am also curious about how the king loves is going to be. It has a similar premise but in a goryeo setting. This is the one drama that I have decided to check out along with bride of the water god (which I have decided to keep watching but not completely sold on) and have decided to wait for the reviews for the other dramas.

In the mean time, going to check out either Solomon's perjury or circle.

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I agree with you. Suspicious Partner has been my crack drama for so long but my interest and addiction waned and now while I still love it, I don't feel like dying when I don't livestream it. Still love it though!

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- FOREST OF SECRETS is terrific! That is probably a given by now, but I feel the need to repeat it every week. Each week, a layer gets added to the story and our characters and the mystery intensifies. It is exactly what I signed up for, if not MORE.
-FIGHT MY WAY: I can't believe my crack drama is approaching its end. This was a really well done friends-to-lovers story; cute, funny and heartwarming. I will miss this
-SUSPICIOUS PARTNER: This week's episodes were a little better than last week's... but I'm still rolling my eyes at how very cliche and predictable this has become. At least it ends soon

I'm a little behind on THE BEST HIT, I feel like I might drop this show soon. I don't hate it, but my interest is waning. The jokes are good, but the little investment I had in our characters' story is almost non-existent now. What say you Beanies, is it still worth it?

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Wow, we are now on the second half of the year. The first half passed by quickly. My favorites of the year so far are Tomorrow With You and The Liar and His Lover. Will the following be on the list six months from now?

The Best Hit -- Still remains the highlight of my week. It's simply not complicated to watch. I just enjoy whatever antics they throw at us. No angsty moments yet and definitely not too dramatic. Just right amount of it. Last week's grandpa and child storyline was solid. It was heartwarming to watch. Yesterday's Hyun-Jae and Woo-seung trope-filled romance worked very well. The only thing missing was backhug. And Woo-seung, girl, can you share some of those magic potion. Three boys want to have you. Don't be greedy. Sharing is caring.

Seven Day Queen -- I'm watching it every week. I'm current with the episodes. The performances are legit. I don't see plot holes in the drama. Yet, I still don't feel anything. The characters don't grab me I don't feel scared for them or feel sad about what will happen to them. It's odd. Maybe because I'm watching an American drama where the stakes are truly life or death.

GoT7 -- No, not the Kpop group, GOT7, with members Jinyoung, Jackson, JB, Mark, and three others. I mean, I'm getting ready for Game of Thrones season 7 by rewatching the first four and catching up with 5 and 6. The mother of all dramas. You win or you die.

I'm following these other two dramas, but not itching to watch them right away: Suspicious Partner and Fight My Way. SP turned angsty few episodes back, I decided to put it on hold. FMW is handling the relationships way better than SP. This is also more realistic. But I already know they will have a happy ending, so no need to watch it. Give me something dark and tragic, I'll watch that. Give me someone I can root for, and I'll give you 16 hours of my life.

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Currently watching The Best Hit and Bride of the Water God, and super happy about it, I'm loving these two little shows...and essentially I agree with Girlfriday in everything she said. Yoon Shi Yoon is using all his charms and I can't resist, so I'm a DaBong girl ?now and will cheer for him to succeed and be happy, preferably with WS, because seriously, after the festival of unconcious displays of affection this week, I will flip tables if these two cannot be happy in the end and keep seeing each other ...the show keeps being fun and entertaining, and I'm waiting for major development next week, they have to solve the mystery already.
And about Bride of the Water God...I have to confess that I watched the episodes twice, ...and the second time I liked it much more when I adapted to its slightly cheesy style. I love Nam Joo Hyuk's portrayal, he is being surprisingly funny, and after all the negative comments, I am paying more attention to his expressions and how he moves in front of the camera...and now I'm liking him even more, haha!! Well, the previews with Krystal and Gong Myun were exciting, and I dare to say there is a sweet chemistry between NJH and SSK, so I look forward to the next episode. Is it Monday already?! ?

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at the start of most of these current drama batch, i was almost up to my eyeballs with dramas. keeping up with 7-8 live dramas + my go-to variety shows

Current with all Episodes:
Fight My Way & Father is Strange
(+NJTTWS4 & 1N2D)

Trying to Watch Current Episodes:
SP & TBH

Just Started:
FoS

Reading Recaps:
Ruler & Duel

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Still watching:
Fight my Way - enjoying it so far despite too many side things going on. I'm starting to enjoy the secondary couple Jong Man and Seul Hee more now. You better work really hard to get Seol Hee back, Jong Man!!

The Best Hit: The romance cliches are too much for me to digest. i wish the show would take different route and focus more on the deadpan humors and the time travel mystery. Yoon Shi Yoon though, looks really hot in this.

Father is Strange - The angst is coming!! I hope it will be resolved quickly coz I want my ship to sail faster.

Picking up:
New Journey to the West - binging this like crazy and finally caught up with Season 4 yeay! Their chemistry are awesome and I'm loving them so much right now. Na PD, I bow to you!

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I just caught a funny clip of New Journey To The West on insta and now I want to watch this - should I start from season 1? Which season is the best? There are 3 full seasons with new season that is still airing right?

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I started from season 3 and 4 but now I backtract myself to season 2.5. Then backpedalled to season 1-2 LOL. But then it got really confusing because I need to continue from season 4 which is now ongoing. Hell confusing (and then I rewatch from s1 - s4 again so I could keep track again. Oh well, I'm complicated like that.?

So if you don't want to make your life complicated like mine, you can start from the beginning. Or from 2.5 where its like the prequel for season 3 (where kyuhyun and minho join the team - and where the sparks were really exploding imho)

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*mino not minho ?

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NJTTW season 1 is completely different from NJTTW that is currently ongoing because it all started out as a web variety that only has 5-10 mins per episode. I think most people would enjoy season 3 because there are now more members and the show is planned better than its predecessors. Season 1 only began because Seunggi wanted to have some reunion with 1n2d s1 members for a trip and PD Na thought why not shoot it while they're at it, then they finally decided to make a show out of it.

For NJTTW s1, 2 of the members were returning from low points of their career. Sugeun from his gambling scandal and Hodong's shows post-1n2d s1 haven't been going too well. So you will actually see how worried they were about filming NJTTW and their self-esteems weren't the best... then slowly every season they return back to their old ways and their confidence slowly going back per season. It's really amazing to see them recover.

Most fans started watching from season 3... the captions are hilarious as always. Sugeun is so amazing and sooo witty. A real genius when it comes to punchlines. The chemistry between the members are getting better each time. So you can start with that I guess. I'm sad season 4 is gonna be Kyuhyun's last season in 2 years (I'm really enjoying his moments T_T), but I also can't wait for Seunggi to come back. Chemistry wise, I still honestly long for the brotherhood from 1n2d season 1. The members from that show can read one another so well and are always in a perfect sync. But NJTTW is still a fun show and this is probably the closest to 1n2d s1 reunion I can get. T_T

You can check out recaps of NJTTW season 1 here in dramabeans if you're interested. I remember javabeans and girlfriday recapping them but I also remember them not enjoying the web variety format. LOL

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These late Spring/early Summer's crop of dramas have really been interesting. It's rare that I love most of the currently airing shows, but that's exactly where I find myself right now.

I'm going to miss Lookout, Fight My Way and Suspicious Partner when they end next week. In the meantime I'm still loving Bride of the Water God, Duel, 7 Day Queen, Forest of Secrets and the family drama, Father Is Strange.

I wonder how the new crop of dramas will fare in comparison to these ones and I'm also wondering if we'll get a mind numbing drama like W this Summer. Anyway, Bring It On, is all I'll say. The more dramas the merrier I am! lol.

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I've been busy watching Mirror of the Witch and Answer me 1988.

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Father Is Strange asked for Duel and The Best Hit is obviously Forest of Secrets.

Those are my kinda thingy^^

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Yay for my 4-day weekend!

Best Hit: ‭What is going to happen to grandpa and Malsook?! :( I've been in love with this drama, and I'm really worried that about it recently leaning on rom-com tropes (which slows down the pace considerably) instead of cleverly subverting them like I expected them do.

Lookout: No last quarter slump! There wasn't a lot of physical action this week and there is a lot of sitting, talking, and watching, but goodness, did all those scenes leave my heart pounding and short of breath!

Suspicious Partner: A BH+JH friend-ship! Hyun-soo is back! Sadly, the daddy angst really did a number on my enjoyment of the drama and OTP. I also feel like the drama has been sidelining BH in recent weeks; I'm relieved that BH got something more to do on Thursday's episodes even it meant being cold to JW.

Fight My Way: DM, don't lose your hearing!!! Why does your dream involve fighting? Can you still make money with that at age 50?! Why can't it be baking?! I somewhat agree with tineybeanie and murasakimi on their current assessment of the drama.

Father is Strange: We're near the end, so AJH is finding out the truth. I'm on such tenterhooks about Papa Byun's stolen identity this week that I'm finding the mother-in-law scenes almost a reprieve. I feel bad for Jung-Hwan for having the most embarrassing set of parents.

Bride of the Water God: Not really feeling it yet, yet though it going with the fish out of water comedy route makes it easier to enjoy. Like Sassy Girl, I wish they didn't bill it as an adaptation since it really is a distraction from the drama.

Forest of Secrets: Just started it and the praise is well-deserved. I'm not exactly sure what is going on. That's okay since the characters don't seem to know either, and I'm enjoying peeling back the layers with them. The Yeo-jin and Shi-mok interactions are also so low-key cute.

Attack on Titan Season 2: On episode 7 now. Never thought I'd be so into this. It's so bleak, but it hurts so good. Story, character design, action sequences, music, voice acting, and direction - all so beautifully orchestrated to bring maximum feels.

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You are watching A LOT of dramas. Haha! I love Bong-hee and Ji-hae's newfound friendship too. But I'd like it to be Eun-hyuk and Ji-hae though.

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I just this week realized that the mother-in-law in FIS was the badass boss in Squad 38. ?

This drama might be moving too fast for itself. It's only ep. 37 and Joonghee already knows! What's going to happen for the rest of the drama?

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Lately I prefer to binge watch instead. Just because I dropped a lot of dramas this year?. My current update:
?Tenno no Ryoriban ✔
?Tunnel ✔
?Joseon X-Files ( Ep 2 )
?Circle (Waiting list)
?Boku unmei no hito desu (Waiting list)

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What im watching, is the one and only Suspicious Partner. After a little bit dissapointed in ep 33-34, finally the next 35-36 brought me back to the track. I mean the whole ep 33-34 is left me hanging, with so much unsolved issues, then ta-daa its all solved in ep 35th.
Its kinda sad this show comes to an end, but i think i can get my life back, after couple months ago my life was focused on this show, waiting new episodes, behind-the-scenes, reading recaps/ comments, and scrolling random videos in internet. I have no life ?

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Uhm, @kaeka, you just described my life these past months. *fistbump of solidarity*

I ended up unlurking and making gif and just being a fangirl. This has been my crack drama until all the drama (I am really not good with angst) but I'm glad it's picking up again! Made me realize how much I loved Hyun-soo and his electric presence. So excited for the last week and yet not wanting it to happen too. Huhu

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Yassss. Fistbump.
Me too, i end up editing some videos and uploaded to Youtube. These otp has so much thing to explore. Never been so active in the internet before, even when i was watching goblin (which is still on my top drama list) but this drama has so many element.

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And their BTS clips are amazing too! Oh, maybe I've seen one of your videos then since I keep on watching anything SP-related. Haha!

I love how they're so mature! THAT KISS WAS HOT TOO, there's that. I know the noble idiocy sucks but I understand why. Even though I don't like it, I get it. So I'm not irritated with it.

Do you have any drama in mind to "replace" SP with, @kaeka? For now, nothing's reaching SP levels so I think SP will be unrivaled for so long in my obsession list. Haha!

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well, i've been allover the internet lately, and this is the first time i attached to one drama, even make some clip out of it. thank you for notice me :)

Yes, nothing is perfect even in k-dramaland.

At the moment i don't have any idea what drama to replace SP. I'm currently watching Father is strange, but kinda missing for a few weeks episode, because of too focus on SP. And now too lazy to catch up.
Have you watch Goblin, Shopping King Louis? I watched that shows before SP.

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@kaeka, I've seen Gobling but not Shopping King Louis yet. Planning to though now more than ever after I loved NJH in SP. Before, the only draw was SIG. Hee

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Well. Tell me if you done watching Shopping King Louis ?

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I watched fewer dramas this drama cycle.. and now my favs are coming to an end :(
Fight my way: I'll miss Ae ra and Dong man the most, they made me laugh and gave me hope that you can still get you dream if you refuse to settle; it'll just be a liitle later than you'd planned.
Suspicious partner: I don't know when and why exactly but i've stopped being moved by the lead pair. Kinda sad when that happens..but I suspect it was to do with the daddy issues but also that our serial killer is far more complex and compelling.
I remember you: Finally made time to watch this one. The struggle to avoid spoilers was ridiculously hard; especially with all the crime related dramas we've had recently! I must say, all the praise is well deserved from the writing, acting and the music, everything! Bo Gummy made it near impossible not to hope for a happy ending :'(
He had me questioning my moral compass on several occasions! Definitely going to re watch this now that I can pay greater attention to all the finer details.
The best hit: Why am I on the wrong ship? Is this drama intentionally trolling all rom-com tropes? Hyun jae and Woo seung have shared almost every 'fall-in-love' situation there is.. toy machine, swoop in to save the damsel, nurse 'em back to health.. everything and more, while her and Ji hoon have the long time friend/ first love thing going among others.. What the hell! plus there's MJ, the fact that I can't entirely write him off is I guess in the dramas favor(?). And what even is going on with the time-slip-missing money aspect? With so many things driving me crazy, this must be my crack drama right now.. Ah the sweet agony of drama watching..
Bride of the water God: Too soon to say much except that I'm loving the comedy and I hope they continue in a lighter tone. Not really sold on the couple but I like that I heroine is not exactly the saccharine sweet, can do no wrong kind, she's got issues and I want to know more about them.

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Forgot to add
My father is strange: Picked this up after @javabeans post on changing tastes and also the favorable comments on dramabeans. This is my first ever family drama so kinda pysched but so far (ep7) i'm loving it. But gotta confess, I am skipping a lot of the storyline with the oldest brother and uncle.

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STRANGER aka Forest of Secrets - 8.5 out of 10. 4 stars. A Grade. I don't watch episodes consecutively but here i watched 8 episodes in 2 days. Yeo Jin is the rarest awesome Kdrama female lead i have seen. This drama is laid-back action. Here everything goes in your mind. AT 1st glance it looks like another police-and-thief drama but when you start to take notice, you start to see the real Stranger. Awesome drama.

JAPANESE - many - Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba - i've seen the manga.

OKJA - You not need to say anything anymore. Kdramas can't comete again korean cinema. But then Kcinema produces lot of mediocre content as well.

I have learned by now that Kdrama romances are the worst romances. Substandard content. No substance at all.

Taiwan - The Perfect Match and Love, Timeless hae slowed down. I was so enmoured by Stranger that i didn't watch these 2 shows latest episodes.

Kdrama - Fight for My Way - meh. lost all interest.
The only good thing about this show is its NAME. Put it into B- Grade And 1 more thing Seol Hee isn't an angel. It takes 2 hands to clap.

Chief Kim - From B- grade to B grade. now i feel this show deserves more respect. The best i can give is B grade.
The Best Hit - what a way to provide info about Mal Sook. Show lacks some drama. some spices need to be added. Let's ad the annoying cliche of brain disease. And extra screen time to Romance. 2 -ve points.

Operation Love - Chinese terrible drama. Though it does have good background music and few good scenes in last few episodes. Tears welled in my eyes. escaped nose run. Heart felt satisfied.

Interested - Love Till the end of Summer. I need Romance 3, Medalist lawyer, Healing Master.

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I don't want this to sound antagonistic but just curious what kdramas you would rate over 8.5? I think many of us would posit FOS as about as good as it can get. Writing, directing, acting; not sure what could be improved (as it stands thru 8 eps.) It could hold it's own against many highly rated Korean films as well...

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I never give 10 to any media content. The best i could have given was 9 but i agree with recapper that there are a bit too many evasdropping scenes. Info flow is intentionally channalised this way to make the game sound big than it is. Yeah the show is competing against cinema. That's why i specifically mentioned kcinema. I've only given Misaeng and Age of Youth the score of 8.5 till present.

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I'm very glad they got Bae Doona to play Yeo-jin's role. She is natural and grounded just like you see her in her movies.
Film actors are used to being told to stop acting and that less is more. Subtle instead of exaggerating and it's working perfectly with her character. She is my favorite in the whole show!

I'm not saying that tv acting is less desirable. It's just that some characters needs that kind of acting.

Bong Joon-ho is a brilliant filmmaker so I feel like it's unfair to compare his work to anything on tv. He is so good, I'd say that no single actor in Korea wouldn't want to work with him.
His films are always going to be top notch. He has the best in the industry at his disposal, from the camera crew to music directors and actors etc.
I love him for standing his ground even if it leads to controversies. The more I learn about him and what's behind the inspirations for his films is the more I understand and appreciate his work.

I'm looking forward to his next film with you might guess ...........Song Kang-ho for the 4th times and maybe just maybe Bae Doona for the 3rd times.

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I always show more interest in characters because i believe characters make actors. I want more screen time for Yeo jin as the corrupt kingdom has started to crumble. I like the director. Okja is another good dish served by Mr. Joon ho. I always think those who overexaggerate their facial expressions understand least of the character they play. Either you sre an actor or not. There is nothing like bad actor exist

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I really like Korean movies, Age of Youth, Misaeng, and Forest of Secrets, too. I love Bae Doona. I thought Okja was interesting. I enjoyed the chase through Seoul, the little girl, and her pig. Jake Gyllenhaal was terrible, though, and Tilda Swinton was better in Snowpiercer.

Bong Joon Ho is a fantastically entertaining director, but I find aspects of his films a bit shallow. I was disappointed in Memories of Murder and Mother, perhaps because I expected to be blown away. I have only seen half of The Host. Snowpiercer was a bit like a video game where the goal is to get to the front of the train and each car offers a violent new spectacle. I love his style and inventiveness, but I feel his characters are either fantastic or terrible. I'll still rush to watch the next Bong Joon Ho film, though.

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Bong Joon-ho is way more than just an entertaining director imo. I don't find his movies entertaining but thought provoking.

"Memories of Murder" is hailed by critics and movie geeks as a masterpiece! Mother is pretty much up there too.

"Memories of Murder" is carefully crafted and detailed based on a horrific real life event that stunned the nation and went unsolved to this day.
At first I viewed it as just another crime thriller but I felt like I was missing something so I read as many I could find of Bong's interviews on the film and I think I finally got it from his point of view.
(I wish my English was better. Bong Joon-ho deserves better than what I just said).

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Yes, Bong Joon Ho is more than entertaining. He is a skilled director, and I didn't mean to suggest Memories of Murder or Mother were poor films. I would probably give each a rating of 7 out of 10, and I tend to rate harshly. My disappointment partly resulted from high expectations. I was aware of the hype. I am a fan of Bong Joon-ho's style and inventiveness, as I already mentioned, but neither Memories of Murder nor Mother appealed to me on an intellectual level. In fact, the characters repelled me with their facile irrationality. The performances and cinematography were brilliant, the concepts were interesting, but I just thought both films lacked plot and substance, despite some memorable moments. I read rave reviews from film critics I admired. They plundered the films' depths, and I wasn't trying to dispute the high praise. I'm just not convinced that the same themes couldn't have been conveyed in a shorter format given the limited character development. Or maybe I'm just responding to a personal feeling. Apart from a few lingering images, the films didn't resonate with me. I've seen smaller Korean films that unexpectedly delighted me (e.g., Castaway on the Moon), stunned me (e.g., Coin Locker Girl), or entertained me (e.g., Assassination). I wouldn't argue such films are superior to Bong Joon-ho's work, which did leave an impression (when I see Tunnel or Signal, I know who the directors are imitating). It's just think he has the potential to completely blow me away. He has a fantastic eye for cinema, and he approaches characters in a unique way. Someday, he'll produce a film I absolutely adore, and everyone else will say he lost his touch! Ha ha!

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Thank you for the detailed and clear explanation!
I think I understand where you are coming from.

I've never liked Jake Gyllenhaal in anything even in popcorn roles.
I play video games and Prince of Persia was my favorite game but I didn't like the movie. He is not a bad actor I just don't connect with him lol.

"Someday, he'll produce a film I absolutely adore, and everyone else will say he lost his touch! Ha ha!"

Lol doesn't sound like "Parasites" is going to be that one movie but you never know.

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Seven Day Queen: This show never disappoints. It has a lot to offer and you can never refuse regardless if you will be hurt and all. I love the twist with the late king’s will and Chae Kyung’s involvement with it because it gives more sense with the prophecy. I’m so sad about that heart wrenching wedding of them which they didn’t deserve but nothing to do. Now that Chae Kyung already knows what the prince is up to, I wonder what’s gonna happen next and all I can do is to desperately wait for the next episode which what this show is doing to me every week since it started. Kudos to this very beautiful drama!

Fight My Way: The skinship of the main leads is major fan service. I can’t help but to squeee! Thank you so much for those beautiful scenes! But aside from that, after waiting for Tak Su and Dong Man’s fight ever since the start of the drama, I never expected such a thing to happen. Oh please, don’t do this to us! 2 more episodes and I think there’s still a lot of unresolved issue e.g the landlady’s story and all. I hope they can end it smoothly and just.

The Best Hit: More on HJ & WS and I kinda like it (sorry JH) but who can\t fall for HJ’s action lately? Ugh. One more episode today so let’s see what’s gonna happen next?

My Sassy Girl: I’m happy and sad at the same time for Prince Dalhan, happy because he didn’t disappoint us and still did what is right, he’s so adorable. Sad because even though he like the princess he gave up on her, a noble idiot in that case. Lmao. And the leads are so adorbs as well but the plot is going just so-so. I hope it’ll be better in the next episode.

Bride of the Water God: First, I love NJH! He’s so hot!!! So regardless of oh-so many side comments about this drama I will still love to watch it and for the first week I really like how the story goes and who can complain about a first kiss in the first episode? Lol. Hoping for the story to run smooth and prove those negative comments wrong. HAHA!

Splish Splash Love: I wonder why I missed out such a very good drama (THOUGH VERY SHORT) and extremely one of my favorite kinds of story all this time. Its Moon Lovers plus Love in the Moonlight in one drama which is both listed on my favs. Definitely worth it!

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Though very short, SSL is still one of my favorite Kdrama of all time.

I don't normally enjoy 2-hours-lengths Kmovie (for some reason I just cannot connect with the characters, chemistry, and pace of most romcoms movie J watched, maybe because I am more used to slower pace of Kdramas) but Splish Splash Love is just perfect. The acting, writing, directing, soundtrack, romance, humour, everything is well thought off and perfectly balanced.

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I couldn't agree more!!! At first I didn't know that it's just a couple of episodes drama and when I learned about it, I doubt how they can squeeze everything in such a short time but they did it smoothly. I'm so happy that I've watched it. Really a good one!

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My crack dramas:
Fight My Way - Been loving this drama. Gonna be sad when it ends. I really hope they wrap up the show satisfactorily.
Forest of Secrets - SO AWESOME. Clever writing and questionable characters. I love the unexpected twists and I’m not sure who I can trust is a good guy. Doesn't have a ton of violence/action, but it is still very gripping. The dialogue is good and not too convoluted.
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Duel - Been catching up on this steadily after binge-watching FoS (Hehe). Finally, EP 1O brought back the spark & suspense. It was great seeing one clone imitating the other one. Intense!

Still need to watch this week's The Best Hit ♥♥♥ and start Seven Day Queen. *o*

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So happy that another beanies is watching Duel. ?? Last weeks eps is intense, and I can't wait for more potential bromance between our clones.

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I've put watching on hold and just following recaps because real life is being extra needy right now. LOL

Suspicious Partners have become less appealing since the dad angst kicked in. Not really a fan of this conflict-inducing situation. More often than not it feels absolutely contrived. Now I cannot get my feet back in the show.

Ruler, on the other hand, picked up in the latter episodes, but the earlier ones drained me so much that I have no energy to check out the recent ones even though they're better. I think I will marathon the final 6 or so episodes.

I planned to pick up Circle but I have not done so because timeeeee. I need focus in watching this one.

I did check out Bride of the Water God. It was funny. I am moderately hooked, but not feeling attached to anyone or to the drama itself. I am interested in the fantasy elements that I'm itching for Habaek to move beyond being fish out of water. I know a lot enjoyed it and I did too, but I'm just hoping to see more of the gods and the conflicts...

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Watching Fight My Way, Seven Day Queen and Forest of Secrets.

FMW: I just want to know what Landlady Hwang is hiding. Also don't want SulHee to give JM a chance so soon. Make him beg some more. As for DM, may it be a temporary hearing loss. I dont want his future to be derailed by a underhanded means of TakSu. Hopefully, there is also no permanent damage to TakSu. Since that brat and his manager may just find something to pin on DM.

7DQ: My heart melts whenever Yeok and ChaeKyung is together. Its easy to forget what is at stake when they are in their own happy bubble. Part of me wanted them to just runaway in Geochang and live simple lives. But a part of me knows that Yeok would've hated it since there are a lot of people banking on him to take the throne. Also there is no assurance that the King will leave them alone.

FOS: i just love the camaraderie of ShiMok and Lt Han. Also you just do not know who to trust. Everyone has their own agenda. Its difficult to sort them all out and get out of that vipers den. Hopefully our trusty prosecutor and his loyal sidekick will be able to figure it all out.

BoTWG: Just read recaps of this show and likes it so far. Since I am now caught up on FOS, I will have time to catch up on the first two episodes and see it for myself.

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New drama this week Bride of The Water God I echo what girlfriday said about it. I enjoyed it thoroughly for the laughs. I don't get the complaints and criticisms about Nam Joo Hyuk, he is doing fine for now and actually contributing to the hilarity. As to whether he will deliver when the drama takes a more serious tone, it remains to be seen.

Ruler This show continues to outdo itself in absurdity. It's make worse by the horrible PD who overly dramatize each scene. I don't know about the stars but the production team and station must be having the last laugh because it might just be MBC's top drama this year. I have no love lost for Hwa Goon but I felt the show killed off the best character. Her death was meaningless because she died for a man who's not worthy of her love.

Forest of SecretsThis show continues to be so awesome that I am afraid of how good it is. I don't know if I make any sense. Bae Doo Na is my new girl crush and can dramaland give us more female characters like Yeo Jin?

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Bae Doo Na is also my new girl crush. I hear Sense 8 is great so I'm to check it out just for her.

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yes,, i agree hwa gun deserves better ?,,,i don't continue it,,

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I'm no longer sure what to think about what I'm watching. I'm probably doing too many things to pay enough attention to what I think about what I watched, if that makes sense. I mostly know I go away from a show either feeling satisfied or not. Anyway, puttin it in writing helps!

For the heck of it, although I had not intention to do so, I watched Bride of the Water God - I really made a supreme effort to not compare it to Goblin, with mixed success, and found that although it did not in anyway wow me, at least by the end of the 2nd episode I had laughed a bit. It was meant to be funny, wasn't it? Yeah, so it was not a total fail and I'll keep watching it a bit more and measure it by the laughs. ?

Suspicious Partner - It still carries enough to make it an engaging watch, keeps up a consistency in characters and motives and continues to make even the small characters interesting. No mean feat in the last few episodes of a 20-40 episode show.

Fight My Way - I'm following it in bits with the recap more than by watching. It remains somewhat engaging but not compelling and I'll be happy to keep bit-watching and recap reading to discover it's ending.

The Best Hit - Still fun but was not as funny as before. I think I've reached the stage where I'm starting to want some movement for an overall arc like solving the mystery of the missing money and how Hyun Jae is going to get back to his time.

Finding Mr Destiny - I unexpectedly decided to watch this movie after reading Michykdrama's review of it and did not regret it at all. It was full of wonderful Gong Yoo expressions, GY being alarmist, GY being a dork, GY being masterful and always so earnest. And Im Yoo Jung: a great foil to all that earnestness because she refused to let go and move on. Story had a proper arc and a sound resolution and was very satisfying.

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I'm so envy like, many user here can watch like 4-5 drama in a week? I mean. i already have a hard time following just one drama.

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It's challenging. This is the first time I have juggled 4-6 dramas, not sure how much longer it will last, I'll probably go back to 1-2 dramas once work picks up. But definitely, enjoying this round of dramas.

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I'm very busy on my job right now it's killing me. I sick countless time because of that and makes me less and less desire to watch drama. huhuhu... the day when i have alot of time to watch drama, i miss it

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My current obsession is Seven Day Queen to the point that when i tried to watch other dramas (SP, FMW, ruler) i felt dull. Thus to keep me entertain.. i marathon from 1-12 episodes before another wednesday. It gave similar vibe as Healer for me since it was directed by the same director. I don't think this pd will make sad ending for us. I bet it will be a bittersweet ending. 3 main leads able to potray their characters very well to the point that I hope it is 30-50 episodes. I bet i will cry when this drama end and cannot move on (same as Healer)

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Currently watching...

Best Hit, still loving and obsessed with this show, at this point I'm just watching for the comedy and of course YSY.
Fight My Way, I'm over Joo Man and waiting to find out what is going on with Dog Man after his fight.
Forest of Secrets, I love all of the characters especially Yeo Jin.
Suspicious Parters, I'm over the noble idiocracy, let's move on.
7 Day Queen, normally I don't like the villains but I'm really enjoying Lee Dog Gu as the King.

I'm going to try Father is strange and Lookout this weekend.

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I'm only watching Lookout and reading recaps for Fight My Way and Woman of Dignity. I think because I stopped watching Fight My Way due to some earlier frustrations and read recaps instead, I haven't felt the need to actually watch it, but keeping up with the story through recaps. I tried to watch the first episode of Woman of Dignity as I really wanted to watch KSA and KHS, but I just couldn't get into it so decided to read the recaps...and I don't think it's a show I could watch but since I started reading recaps I am still following it.

So yes I am down to just watching Lookout and loving it! KYK is amazing there and love all our Lookout team members! It is THE show that I look forward to every week! I guess I just enjoy tormented heroes and it just has enough action/thriller elements that I can handle. I am a scaredy cat so was worried it would be too dark, but Lookout has so much more human elements it's been more heart wrenching to watch but that's what's makes it so special! Also such a good soundtrack, always makes a show so much more engaging for me! I will miss our Lookout team!

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seems like my world evolves in kdramas, come to think of it, my whole week is full of it!
Mon-Tuesday: fight my way, my sassy girl and the bride of Habaek! So far I'm lukewarm with my sassy girl, I find it funny in the first few episodes, but now I don't know where the plot is going, I think I just stop thinking. NJH and SSK is cute, but I'm still testing it, will stay for few more episodes to see.

We'd-Thurs: My drama crack is Seven Day Queen!! I love everything about it, however this weeks episode made me so nervous that I fear for all of them! Watching Ruler for what's left of it, I felt that I didn't missed much since I dropped it early on, and just picked up this week.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday:
The Best Hit!! Da Bbong!! YSY is such a gorgeous man!! I can't stop looking at his face!
Forest of Secret!! Shi-mok!! And it's secret, drives me insane as I don't know where it would lead me, but I just keep enjoying the ride.

Well that's about it, plus all my fave varieties like running man, 2days 1 night, fantastic duo, masked singer, ask us anything, lee hyoris B&B and new journey to the west!! Guess I need to get a life!

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Fight for My Way- Still can't believe that this drama will end soon. ? I don't mind watching Ae Ra and Dong Man for another few more episodes! The cliffhanger ending on episode 14 was so heartbreaking, I hope everything works well for DM.

The Best Hit- I love all the moments between Woo Seung x Hyun Jae! ❤️

Bride of the Water God- I didn't put a high expectation when I first started watching this drama. I watched it mainly to support my bias, NJH. But this drama is kinda funny to me and I enjoy watching the first 2 eps.

Suspicious Partner- The only moment that I like is the frenemies scene, other than that, the whole "your father caused my father's death" is kinda bland to me. If this drama were to be aired 2-3 years ago, that plot might had worked.

Ruler: Master of Mask- Now that they've successfully killed my favorite character, I just want this drama to end. I've lost my interest, but I just wanna finish it and move on.

Duel- Gosh, I love Duel. Last week's episodes were the best! Yang Se Jong is really really really talented actor. As for now, I just want Sung Hoon & Sung Joon to be happy. Please repair the brothers relationship. Chaebal~

Lookout- I've only watched until ep 16, I'm still trying to catch up as next week is the finale.

Forest of Secret-I started watching this quite late, so I'm still at ep 2. I wish I've more time to catch up with this drama!

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Seven Day Queen- Gosh, how could I forget about this drama??! I guess I'm watching too much dramas at the same time. 7DQ is my favorite now for Wed-Thurs slot! I'm having a girl crush at PMY. She's so good at playing Chae Gyung. I'm happy when she's happy and I'm crying when she's crying. Other leads are great as well!! Love this drama so much!

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Since I am somewhat finally caught up on things and things are going to end next week:

- Seven Day Queen - My current addiction show. It hurts so good. I know this may be an unpopular view, but I hope they come up with some loophole where CK and YK can have their happily ever after.

- Fight My Way - this is the show I have kept up with now for the sole reason that I needed a emotional break after watching SDQ. Sometimes I have too much feeling after watching an episode I need something lighter where I don't have to think and I watch an episode of this. If not for this reason, I may not have kept this up with this cause I can prob be ok with watching clips and reading recaps. Also, I would miss Dong Man's Aegyo.

- Suspicious Partner - I was soooo behind on this. I finally just put it on in the background on the TV and half watched to catch up yesterday night. Thank goodness it is finishing next week. I feel like this show would have benefitted being 16 ep instead of 20 and the thought that it is actually listed at 40 makes me even more incredulous. One thing though, anyone else curious what happened to Chan Ho? I have been waiting for what feels like forever?!

- Bride of Water God - I agree the humor is where it's at. I totally had this show as background noise as well but I don't think I laughed as hard as watching Nam Joo Hyuk fret and get angry over a drumstick. I even told the story to my cousin I enjoyed that scene so much.

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Oh! I forgot

- Ruler - I dropped it after ep 2 when I got busy and never came back when reading recaps just made me angry with the trajectory of the storyline. I am a fan of Kim So Hyun and Infinite L is my bias in the group, but I don't have time to watch something just to get aggravated.

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Not watching any currently airing dramas right now. I have "Forest of Secrets" and "Circle" on my watchlist. I'm so busy. I've been focusing on mostly movies instead.

Finally got around to finishing "Whisper" earlier this week. I had put it on hold because I got way too busy when it aired. I thought Whisper was pretty solid for the most part as expected of Park Kyung Soo. However, compared to his other works, I felt the script wasn't as tight, probably because it started out as a medical drama at first. I thought the acting was a bit uneven as well, but not to the point of harming the entire drama. Even with its flaws, "Whisper" was worth a watch for me.

I'm also watching "Golden Apple," very slowly though. Kim Woon Kyung (Yoona's Street writer) wrote this one back in 2005. It's about a girl who is left to take care of her younger siblings after their father is framed for murder as she works to clear his name. I'm still in the childhood sections. It has Kim Ji Hoon and Ji Hyun Woo as the younger brothers in one of their earlier roles and I like them enough as actors. I hear that their new reunion drama, "Bad Thief, Good Thief" isn't good. Too bad. Anyways, the drama is pretty good so far if a bit frustrating.

Looking forward to watching "Okja" sometime soon. Bong Joon Ho hasn't made a bad film yet and from what I hear, it's another good film from him.

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I can't agree more to what HeadsNo2 said about My Sassy Girl. I started the drama with low expectations for Jungshin's character, but I saw potential after the 1st few episodes! Yet now he's just in the background, away from the main plot. I'm so upset that he's so underutilized. ?

I will love to see him fight for the princess' affections but now it's too late to enter the game. & oh, I really don't like Yoon Hye's second female lead character. Can we just cut her off or something? ? I rmb hoping she will get a better role before the drama started its broadcast but sighs.. I'm really just watching this drama for Joo Won & I'm SO gonna rewatch his other dramas after this ends. ?‍♀️

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I catched up with most of the shows at the end, because i didnt have time last week and last weekend... let me tell you: all of them are ok. (FMW, TBH, SP and i started to watch the water God' bride as well)... but none of them felt indispensable.
I hope you guys dont kill me.... i may also be down... i am looking for job, and even though it is summer, this is Germany, and here most people are indifferent, etc.... but anyway... my point is: none is my crack drama, but i keep on watching. Next week when FMW and SP end, i am glad to stay with less to watch, because i want to focus in more outdoors activities and job haunting. Wish me succsess!!!!

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You got this!! Javinnie fighting!

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I'm only watching Bride of Habaek right now. Its pretty enjoyable so far and it looks like with the introduction of Gong Myung and Krystal's characters next week it will be even more interesting!

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1. Fight my way: All the way for me!!
2. Ruler of the mask: Dropped it after the first few episodes. I think around episode 6 I said ok this is now going downhill, so bye bye.
3. Suspicious partner: Started of fun, had a weird turn with the psychic :S, then on the noble idiocy route. Decided to still stick to it because despite the many flaws, the show has great actors and sliver of bright character moments. EBH is the best when she is being upbeat and quirky, NJW is best when he is a flailing, bumbling fool in love and the rest of the ensemble is awesome!
4. Bride of the water god: I started watching them, but not quite invested yet. I am sure if I will continue watching the rest of the episodes, I will try to sit through the next 2...will decide for sure then.

5. Excited for strongest deliveryman!

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Seven Day Queen still keep stabbing my heart and yet I'm still here waiting for more pain.

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Marathoned The Princess's Man and after it ripped my heart to shreds I was happy to turn to The Best Hit for giggles and swoons. MC Drill I love you forever. Enjoyed Bride of the Water God , still hoping for a shot of our water god waking up sailing down the river in his floaty castle. Then having to solve the dilemma of getting back to shore without ruining his precious chicken. C'mon write-nim, it kinda writes itself...

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watching *Best Hit* , *Fight My Way* and *Forest Of Secrets*

*Best Hit*: didn't expect they focus so much on the love-line. i miss all the laugh. thank you MC Drill everytime he's on screen, me & sis definitely had good laugh. Me: i hate it they make it like this, people will be split into #TeamHyunjae and #TeamJihoon, my sis: ..but i'm on #TeamMJ LOL sis!

*Fight My Way*: i think it's too much unresolved issue considering it will end soon. where did they waste precious hours before this?

*Forest Of Secrets*: I'm behind on this, just finished episode 4. This drama is almost like a daily life, no over-dramatic reaction, jump right to fact, and yes "Trust No One". i can't binge-watch this drama because it used up my -weak- brain power too much on 1 episode, in a good way. soooooo good!

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