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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

Life has been a bit chaotic lately, and that means I’ve not only fallen behind on shows I’m watching, but also haven’t been able to pick up as many new shows as I’d otherwise like to. But there are some promising new titles in this bunch, and I’m determined to get a taste of everything on my plate… soon… someday… –javabeans

 

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Currently recapping: Seven Day Queen

Father Is Strange: Oh, thank goodness for a reprieve in Joong-hee’s angst! He’ll have some image cleanup on his hands with the latest kerfuffle, but at least his inner anguish gets a break, especially knowing that the attraction is mutual! I don’t envy any of the Byuns for when the truth finally comes out, but if it had to be anyone, I’m glad it’s levelheaded Unni who’s putting the pieces together, whom I can trust to be responsible with her discoveries.

Criminal Minds: It seems this is poised to become a big hit, and I liked what I saw and found it compelling once the case really got going, but I did have a few mitigating thoughts: First, that it actually didn’t look as sleek and fancily produced as I expected it to, coming from this director and tvN; second, that it was so straightforwardly procedural that I found it a bit dry and actually wished for more K-drama melo excitement (I know!); and third, that if it weren’t for Lee Jun-ki and Sohn Hyun-joo (Moon Chae-won to a lesser extent), I wouldn’t be nearly as into it. The Lee Jun-ki magic really makes up for a lot, though; whenever he’s onscreen I feel particularly sucked in, and then the magnetism sort of dissipates once he’s offscreen again. At least there’s a simple solution to that, though! ALL LEE JUN-KI, ALL THE TIME.

Reunited Worlds: Watching this drama sort of feels like how you might feel after you’ve had your heart broken, recovered from it, and then find yourself potentially falling again. By which I mean: I’m a little scared to fall in love because I have the sinking feeling Yeo Jin-gu might not be alive at the end of it, and I feel like I’m going to be a blubbery mess if this drama resolves the way I think it may. And yet, I can’t help myself from feeling drawn in anyway. I suddenly feel a lot of sympathy for those stupid moths and their flames.

Bride of the Water God 2017: I like the small character interactions and introspective moments, but I feel like the mythology is trying to be pretty ambitious and it’s not quite coming through. Don’t get me wrong, I like that the mythos seems complex and deep—I just think it’s being conveyed in choppy bursts of information, enough to make me wonder if I accidentally skipped a scene where they explained everything. If they were just a little less cryptic, I think it would do them a world of good.

 

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Currently recapping: Seven Day Queen

School 2017: Ugh, I love the rebel bad boy. Why do I always love the rebel bad boy? I’m so onboard with all of the developments this week—the heartbreaking backstory of the bus crash and the broken bromance, the budding friendship between our heroine and each of the boys, the blatant adorable flirting, Teacher’s lonely one-man demonstration against the stupid system. The first week was breezy, but now I’m super invested.

Falsify: That was a slick premiere episode. The corruption plot is like the 700th one this year alone, but I really like the journalism angle on this one. It beats lawyers and cops, at least in terms of freshness, and it has a great David and Goliath setup between the respectable (but totally corrupt) national newspaper and the trashy (but actually legit) tabloid run out of a storage container.

The Best Hit: The time travel made no sense on this show. But I was so smitten with Da-bong that my brain just sort of glossed over the big holes and smoothed out the jagged edges, leaving me with warm fuzzy feelings about the drama as a whole. For whatever reason, I was especially attached to this show and its goofy characters, and I found myself looking forward to it every week, so I’m particularly sad to see it end. Maybe I’ll have to go back and start watching 1 Night 2 Days to ease the loss.

Duel: You know, I was legitimately surprised that the finale was so satisfying. I guess I expected it to fail me in some way, but it was poignant and thoughtful and thrilling, and it wrapped up the clones’ stories with so much heart. What a breakout for Yang Se-jong, who just ran away with the show, especially as the tortured, broken Evil Clone. That character deserves a prequel.

 

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Forest of Secrets: That twist! My heart! Shi-mok! It’s so rare for a show to hinge on one mystery and be able to carry that through to the end without giving it away, but Forest trusts its audience and knows we’re along for the ride. What gets me about this drama every single week is that it’s so singular in its vision, and everything—everything—that happens on screen is in service to the story being told, and it’s a damn compelling story indeed. What a week for this show. What a show!

Falsify: I don’t know if it’s corruption fatigue, but this show feels a bit phoned-in, at least plotwise. I feel like I’ve seen this show before, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I don’t feel compelled by what’s happening on screen. It’s a classic revenge/takedown scheme with a good actor at its core, but I’m waiting to see what else it has to offer.

The King Loves: Ho-hum politicking, extreme third wheeling.

Reunited Worlds: Maybe my disconnect with this show is that I just can’t buy the lack of gravitas whenever Hae-sung reunites with someone who thought he was dead, and life just resumes as normal afterward. It feels so out of step with how you’d think that reunion should go—not that there should be wailing and gnashing of teeth, but if you saw someone who died back and in the flesh, would you just be like, “Cool, stay at my house, eat my food, let’s not question how any of this is happening?” I find the fantasy elements interesting, but I feel like the show is deliberately pulling its emotional punches, which seems like a missed opportunity. Then again, maybe that’s not what this show is about, and I’m focusing on the wrong thing.

Criminal Minds: I like it so far. I don’t love it yet, and I’m a little over the hotheaded detective type , but the directing is slick and the mood is dark enough to appeal to my dark soul.

 

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New Journey to the West: Life has been extra busy for me the past month, which means I’ve fallen veeerrry far behind on all the dramas I’d previously been watching. When face with the choice to pick-up one of the many dramas that have already ended or start fresh with one of the many dramas that have recently premiered, I fled to the comforting arms of variety which demands nothing from me except to enjoy some celebrities playing goofy games in pretty scenery. Kyuhyun has become my favorite member, so I’m pleased that Na PD managed to film another season with him before Kyuhyun enlisted. I’m also thrilled that the boys have managed to outsmart the production crew this season, first by Mino perfectly selecting the expensive sport cars in the spin-for-a-prize, and then by Kyuhyun actually winning the soju game (Na PD’s reaction to both of those incidents is priceless!). I celebrated along with the guys when they finally obtained all seven dragon balls, and I hope there’s actually going to be a Winner Youth Over Flowers!

 

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Forest of Secrets: Episode 14 was one of the finest hours of television I’ve ever seen and that final airport chase scene? Wow, it was the airport chase scene to end all airport chase scenes. I just sat in my room, in awe, and applauded after the episode ended — who does that?! We all knew you-know-who would get caught, but it was such a thrilling moment watching him run for his life and then waver with his clenched fist held up high, unable to strike Yeo-jin as if the finality of the whole situation struck him in that precise moment. And that sweater scene where memories of Eun-soo suddenly flooded Shi-mok’s mind was so beautifully simple and devastating. I bow at the altar of writer Lee Soo-yeon’s brilliance. Can you believe this is her first drama series? Anticipation is at peak level for the final two episodes even though I’m nowhere near ready to bid the show farewell!

 

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Currently recapping: Falsify

The King Loves: Meh. I tried it out. As expected, very pretty at times, but nothing special (plot-wise or performance-wise) so far. Maybe I’ll watch one more week to see if anything interesting happens.

 

 

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Currently recapping: Forest of Secrets

Father Is Strange: Finally, Mi-young knows the truth, and we can have adorable couple moments without the ickyness and guilt! I can understand why Joong-hee feels so reluctant to take decisive action and reveal Mom and Dad’s crimes, but I’m also tired of all the secrets, so I’m glad Hye-young is on the case. If anyone can help untangle this mess and hopefully figure out a way to minimize the damage for all involved, it will be her. I just hope Joong-hee’s confrontation with the sleazy director doesn’t blow up in his face in a really bad way—the poor guy has enough to deal with already. Also, Ra-young’s low-key war with Chul-soo’s dad is hilarious. I agree with Young-hee—he should just give up and accept her as his future daughter-in-law (and put her on track for a sales manager).

Sassy Go Go: Friends have been recommending this to me for years, and I finally found time to watch it. I loved everything about this one. It perfectly exemplifies what I love most about high school dramas: the intense emotional relationships, whether romantic or platonic; the feeling of powerless in the face of an unjust adult world; the all-in, fearless way teenagers can have of going after their dreams and believing in their friends, regardless of what tomorrow may hold. I already loved Jung Eun-ji and Ji Soo, but now I love them even moooooore, and I’m adding Lee Won-geun to my collection of puppies! ♥

 
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just happy to see new journey to the west here ^^

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NOBUTA WO PRODUCE - Episode 09 and 10 Today. This show has strong story and your lonely japanese characters. A bit slow and Direction literally gives eye strain and headache sometimes. Those fast-motion slow-motion scenes. 8/10
Only a japanese drama can move my heart.

STRANGER - Episode 09-11 were a bit slow and episode 14 has 1 good escape-catch action scene. And episode was emotional for characters, not for me. 8/10. From 8.5 to 8

School 2017 - I will always criticize this show. I have developed this habit of watching bad Media content. Especially bad Korean media. Scriptwriter needs to be fired. What kind of mess this is? There are handful scenes you appreciate and enjoy. Rest of it enrages you and you want throw rotten tomatoes at the creators. Then there atrocious efforts to copy content from earlier School-Shows.
Eun Hoo alone and Eun-Ho with Tae-Woon is saving this Ridiculous show. 6/10

Falsify - messed up 1st week. Nam goong min character trying to be goofy in a tensed atmosphere. Chief kim style contrived scenarios and heroics. Too much happening. Same cliche He/She/They/ and everyone being corrupt and competent prosecution and police force. 6/10

Criminal Minds - Too talkative characters. Gary Stu profilers. Flashy team with little results. At times i was like Shut up and do the job. Music is cool. Hero is good looking and looks interested in his role. Rest of it is MEH. 6/10

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Me too! This season was really the funniest, and it was awesome to discover Song Mino's aptitude for variety and how all the members just meshed together, including the staff ❤ I want Kyuhyun's wish for 2019 to happen too! Lol. My absolute fave of Na PD ever was that absolutely epic fail of a game with Song-karak and the Porsche! Plus he had to kneel and apologize! Lol. And yes to WINNER Youth Over Flowers too!

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Na PD was so cute at that time, (actually, he's consistently cute); he was like a helpless innocent child begging his hyungs to let him off the hook just once ^^

and i definitely agree, their strong bond is really a beautiful thing and the show is just full of laughter and warmth; yep! i've grown to love it ^^

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Na PD and cast needs to kidnap Kyuhyun when he discharges and wisk him off on their next trip.

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Seven Day Queen: Where do I begin? I can’t believe or should I say I don’t want to believe that this masterpiece is about to end. I really love this show and I know even without watching the finale yet that it will definitely be on my top 5 list of all-time. I’m well aware that I sign up for a great heartbreak when I decided to watch this show but I never thought that it’ll be this worth it. Everything is good about this drama. EVERY LITTLE THING! I guess it will take time for me to finally let it go once it ended but at least I can re-watch it all I want. Episode 18 left me empty. So empty! This is the very first time that I feel this way when the hero finally takes the throne (mostly in Sageuk is what I’m referring), it’s a poison for the Prince now a King and CK’s relationship. I’m not hoping for a happy ending anymore because I don’t want to hurt myself more but please give us at least a smooth one.

The King Loves: The CP’s smile is more than enough to get me watching this show; I guess I just really love him. HAHA! Well, so far I like San’s character as a strong heroine and I hope it’ll not change. I hate to admit it but the thing with the father(king) and son(prince) angst gets really tiring or maybe I’ve seen too many dramas with the same story that’s why but I hope the king will get to fully trust his son soon enough before it gets really unacceptable anymore. I still don’t feel the chemistry between the leads but it may be too early for that so I’ll still check what’s going to happen.

Bride of the Water God: This show is still very entertaining so far but I think So Ah starting to fall for Ha Baek will make expected turns, she’ll have a fight with herself and try to avoid our gorgeous water god and him on the other side will be confused what’s happening to her and eventually fall for her as well then one day one of them will confess first. End. Lol! Not that I’m expecting something different for a rom-com fantasy right? I just hope it’ll still be a wonderful ride anyway. I’m more interested with the story about the gods and the stones than the love story in this show.

Reunited Worlds: The main question I have on mind so far is why HS have some kind of superpowers? I want a good explanation for it. The reunion of the squad, aww. I cried! Their friendship is real goals and honestly I want more scenes of them than JW and HS, I just don’t feel the need to be in their ship just yet and I like young Jung Woon and YJG’s chemistry more that’s why I’m loving the flashbacks and all.

Moorim School: This show doesn’t disappoint me yet. I’m on episode 9 and I still like how it’s going. Too bad I can feel and I know that the bromance will not last that long with Ariel around and I can also that there’s something about their family that will lead them to be apart. I hope I’m not right but I have a strong feeling about it. I like the school feels with a taste of mystery and fantasy, I want to binge-watch it and see how this drama...

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I want to learn more about the "superpowers" and why aren't people asking more questions ? Even Hae Sung just goes along with it. And yes to more scenes with all the friends. The reunion was so good so other scenes will be as interesting.

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Exactly!!! Or maybe this is not yet the time to answer that question that's why, nothing to do but wait for it patiently I guess.
Oh yes! More scenes with that wonderful friendship please.

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Moorim School. How i miss Lee Hyun Woo. I want him back in a drama asap.

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Currently Watching:

FIS - looking forward how we'll all move forward with JH's birth secret.

School 2017 - Mori aka Tae Swoon locked me in. Sejong has caught my interest since last year for some reason. But please drama, no more new plots.

Criminal Minds - enjoyed it but I'd like to re-echo what Javabeans said, let's keep LJG on screen all the time!

NJTTW S4 - love love this show as always.

Duel - Sejong has totally captured me.

FoS - I'm so torn if I wanted to prolong it more. So good!

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NJTTW S4?

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New journey To the West- variety show. 'Tis a laugh riot!

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The only three words that matter this week: Forest of Secrets.

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I can't watch another drama until FoS final episode

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Ikr? This drama set the bar so darn high. I tried to pick up new dramas like Falsify and Criminal Minds, but my mind couldn't stop comparing it with FOS so I decided to just stick with rom-com and coming-of-age drama for a while.

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Same here! I watched first episode of Criminal Minds but can't help but compare every SINGLE SCENE to FoS, yeah you'd understand which one is the winner.

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no no no you can't compare them. lol.

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Why compare? They are different genres. I like CM but even the US show is standard police procedural stuff.

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Hah! FoS sucked all the drama juices out of me, I have none to spare for any other show.

Seriously, can't start any new ones and pausing all others that I've started. In a way, kinda glad it'll be over in another 48 hours and my life goes back to normal.

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Yesterday i shared the same opinion. Falsify and Criminal minds both are your run of the mill dramas. Stranger looks similar in concept but is pretty different in execution. You can see how Direction and writer worked as a team.

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I watch my k-dramas on Viki or Dramafever, but both are not showing Criminal Minds. Where can I stream it?

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You can where they kiss Asians :-)

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Same here...FoS hang it so high that neither Falsify nor Criminal Minds can reach it!

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I can't even try rom-com, only School 2017 that I'm following lately.. And occassionally Knowing Bros + NJtTW. I have to finish it ASAP to be able to catch up with other dramas but on the other hand I'm not ready to part with it yet ??

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same here! I'm watching the last episode of "Forest of Secrets", will finish "Tunnel" (which is good, but not AS good as FoS) and then dive straight into rom-com, because NOTHING can possibly compare to how well-written and well-acted-out FoS is.

I've never wished for a season 2 on kdramas... but now... pleeeeaaaaase !!
(ah! and another season of Vampire Prosecutor too! LOL)

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Yess! I feel the same.
I can't watch anything else at the moment, bc NOTHING compares.
I've held off checking out Criminal Minds and Falsify, bc FOS has forever set a new standard for Crime/Mystery-thrillers. Pure excellence through and through.

I'm so ready for the finale, but sad to let it go.

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I'm with you on that one. So sad it's ending this weekend. I knew it was excellent, but after watching some outtakes of the actor who plays Shi Mok laugh and talk I realized what a truly great actor he is when I see him on screen and he is so frozen emotionally. I thought maybe he was that way all the time. WOW
Now I need to see him in something else. Any suggestions?

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you could try God's Gift 14 days :)

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I am a fan of too eventhough this is the first time I watch his acting. I heard his great in God's Gift but hesitant to start after hearing the bad ending. Is it really that 'bad'?

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I was not a big fan of God's Gift, but he was the best thing about that show.

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God's Gift is one of my favorite shows. It didn't end quite the way I wanted it to end, but that didn't ruin the show for me. I still watched it again from the beginning (and I'm thinking about another pass). Lee Bo Young is also really good in that.

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Cho Seung-woo's indeed an amazing actor. I loved him since his first movie, "Chunhyang" and follow his projects since then. He certainly never dissapointed. He can be anyone. But mostly he's doing movies, so for his different characters you I reccomend you The Classic or Lovepobhia (charming yet romantic), Tazza the high rollers (gambler), Marathon (autistic boy), Go Go 70s (band singer)

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Always a sign of the best shows! I find I can't watch anything else, usually because I'm so immersed into the world they've created.

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Yes. I'm only watching FoS ang Game of thrones at the moment.

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This show is getting so much praise. I tried watching Forest of Secrets once and thought it was too intense with some slick camera work. I have always been bad at watching thrilers/procedurals and I cannot bring myself to watch them. But all this praise is lurking me into it.

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I recommend you give it a try. I was hesitant at first and worried it was just an over hyped show but it truly is good! It has a coherent plot and isn't "case of the day" like most procedurals. The acting is top notch and the characters are compelling.

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"It has a coherent plot and isn't "case of the day" like most procedurals. "
This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I avoid crime,thriller and even medical & courtroom dramas for this reason. I will give it a try now, I thought originally it had each episode new case setup.

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Lol maybe you shouldn't try...otherwise you'll turn into a mess like the rest of us.

How am I going to recover?! I'm going to be a lost soul without FOS!!

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i started the show on monday, 24th - was sorely in need of a distraction after a major bawling session post 7DQ and The Best Hit (yeah, i'm wired that way) - and as of 2pm today are up to date and READY for whatever writer-nim is throwing.

i'm a romcom/fantasy saeguk kind of girl, i guess marathon works when you're trying/attempting a drama of different genre. i don't have any favourite among the cast, they are familiar faces but not having any allergy to any of them is a huge plus. shitty hunter prosecutor does make me wanna punch and/or strangle him in majority of his scenes tho

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It's refreshing (and a little surprising) that so many people seem to love it so much. I was worried its subtle charms would not appeal to everyone or that people would dislike Bae Doo Na and Jo Seung Woo for some inexplicable reason. (How could you dislike them?! How?!) At the risk of seeming like I hate different opinions, which I don't, it is kind of fun to read so many comments I wholeheartedly agree with.

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I can't start Criminal Mind precisely for this reason. Ugh, so.damn.good. ALL the time.

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Haha! Same here. I tried out Criminal Minds and Falsify but unfortunately Criminal Minds fell short but Falsify has hope. But still...nothing beats Forest at this point. It is as good as Signal. Being personally bias towards this genre, I am having galore of time here!!!

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As good as Signal? That's high praise indeed. Now I'm thinking I absolutely must watch Forest of Secrets.

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Better than Signal imo, and this is coming from someone who loves Signal (still does).

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This show is just pure wow. It is so satisfying in everything that i have nothing but praise. It just too good to be true but it is. From the 1st 20 mins till now the latest episode, i cannot stop paying attention. It is too crucial to miss anything.. it is ghis good.

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The end of FOS is like the end of a relationship with your soulmate; you'll continually compare the next guy to him and the possibility that someone can surpass him is as unlikely as discovering a new habitable planet in this enormous universe.

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I think I'm in a drama slump!!!

I'm not watching any new dramas and I don't feel like watching the ones I'm actually watching! Every new drama looks good and with great casts but I just don't feel like picking up any! So yeah, I guess now I know what a drama-slump is! Does anyone know how to get over this?

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Not really. I usually just wait it out instead of forcing myself to watch them. It might take a few hours, days or weeks lol. Just keep yourself busy with other stuff and you'll be drawn back eventually. Just be active on DB ok? Cuz I need my laughs?

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Maybe I need to wait it out too, let's see how long it would take! I was actually thinking to take a break from DB too just not starting today! Yeah, the laughs ?

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Ah ok!
Yea I'll be taking a break from DB too! And also dramas:(
I've got uni so I'll be busy with my practicum.
So gotta enjoy all the dramas while I can!

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Yes, enjoy them while you're actually able to enjoy them, LOL!

Good luck with your studies!

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I know right? HAHA! I'm planning to:D

Thank you!

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There's no sure fire way to cure it. Try other stuff or try k-varieties.

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I think I need to go back to books, finish a few then try dramas again! Thank you ?

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Yes! Read some books! If you like short stories, I would recommend "what it means when a man falls from the sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah. I also finished "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman recently. It's pretty strange, dark and thrilling but quite a captivating read. Go on some real world adventures. Explore a new part of town. Maybe try a new to you Korean restaurant ?I was on a serious slump after weightlifting fairy but realized after a while I should use the time to check in with my life and reclaim my time. It made me mindful of how much time I spent watching shows. The cool thing about my slump is that I FINALLY read the Harry Potter series (I know! I'm super late to the party). All this to say a drama slump is what you make of it. Do some fun, new real world stuff. Dramaland will always be there

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I love almost all kind of books, I'll check the ones you mentioned, I'm okay with dark just not too dark! I would love to try Korean restaurants but we don't have any around (yeah, I know!) Oh, how you liked it? Are you a Potterhead now? Maybe I should go re-read it! I guess I just need a break and do some "Real Life" stuff! Thank you ?

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Sorry to interrupt. Which country are you in @azzo1 that there's no Korean resto? Just asking. :)

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@ahjbundpc Oman, just googled Korean restaurants around me, it says there is one and only 20 minutes drive from home, should've done that sooner! LOL!

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@azzo1 Yeyy good for you! We don't have much here as well. Great that you have one near your place! ;)

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Great idea. I still keep my reading habits though it's a bit different now. Past 3 years I finish 4-6 books annually, prior to that I read up almost 12 annually. As much as I love my k entertainment, having activities outside of that is energizing. At the same time, it made me appreciate kdramas, k-shows all the more. Just in moderation.

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Yes, the same, 12 books a year was my thing and I did a lot of writing too! I stopped writing and stopped reading as much now! Yes, in moderation, I need to learn to do that, once I'm into one thing then I spend all my time on it, I'll make a schedule and try to fit more things in my day rather than just dramas!

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Hi @azzo1 I was on a slump from books which is almost unheard of and dramas have been filling the gap for me. I hope you enjoy the break and come back refreshed. Don't forget to tell us about your trip to Italy. :)

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I don't think there's really any cure for it. The last time I experienced it (after Jealousy Incarnate ended), I just turned to another form of entertainment. Watching variety shows or reading novels. Eventually it ended and I started picking up new, shiny dramas again.

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This is my 1st time experiencing it, I'm surprised with myself like how?! I'm going to turn to books, I got into dramas because of books so I'll go back to my 1st love, LOL! Thank you ??

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yeah! switching to other stuff works. when i experienced it, it was cos i was really tired and i just couldnt process even the fluffy dramas. but after a while, i watched kvariety. and then i eventually went back to kdrama. sometimes, i get fatigued with a certain genre and im like ok no more romcoms for a while. hahahaha. hope this phase passes soon! enjoy dem books! :)

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Exactly, I can't seem to process anything, feel overwhelmed with so many dramas around, yeah, I need some time off, hope so too! Thank you ?

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Yeah, enjoy those books. ? I also started reading more now that I'm down to only 2 dramas a week.

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How can you be in a drama slump when there's Forest of Secrets?!

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I'm not watching it, heard a lot of good things about it, but I just don't feel like watching anything, maybe I'll try it later, someday!

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That's a good idea; when you watch it someday, you can just marathon it. I don't know how some beanies started this show from the beginning because it would've been torturous waiting week after week for the next episode.

I was in a drama slump myself and just the thought of watching a legal drama didn't appeal to me at all (even though having both Cho Seung-Woo and Bae Doo-Na in one drama is a miracle), so I didn't watch FOS until it already aired more than half of its episodes. Thank goodness I waited! I only had to suffer 2 weeks waiting for 13-16.

And now I'm afraid of being in another drama slump after FOS ends O.O

After every great drama, comes the fear that nothing else can replace it.

It's hard being a drama addict.

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I'm also in drama slump after Fight My Way and Best Hit ended. Actually this has been my few times this year, but I guess we just need to wait for new drama with our favorite oppa to come out to make us entertained again. Or like others said, sometimes it's just the timing, like after following a (or several) good shows, you don't want to part with them yet and we just have to wait it out.

I am currently rewatching FMW because the marathon experience differs from watching week by week, but I'm watching it casually while doing other things so I think when this second run ends, I am ready to say goodbye to Ae Ra and Dong Man to pick up a new crack of drama.

I have also downloaded 2 episodes of Forest of Secret, which I am sure would be great, and planning to watch and be captivated it next week.

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I think Circle did this to me! I marathoned it last week while pausing my other dramas and when I finished it, I just couldn't go back to my dramas, I forced myself to finish The Best Hit!

Yes, I'm waiting (im)patiently for my Oppa to come back on my screen, there's Four Men and Cheese in the Trap-the movie, so I'll just wait!

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I know! I know! If a new drama of your Oppa appears. Lol

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Oppa beats the slump, Oppa beats everything! LOL!

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Oppa can always save you! Like in... everything! :D

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Reunited Worlds- ❤
Forest of Secrets- ?
Bride of the Water God- ?
School 2017- ?
Criminal Minds- ?
Suspicious Partner- ?

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This is such a cute and concise way to sum up your thoughts! :)

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Hehe thank you!
Sometimes less is more. ?

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Agreed! Love your rating. Particularly amused by your assessment of suspicious partner. Also, your avatar is my favorite Park Bo Gum

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Thank you! ?
Hahha he's my current favourite Oppa too?

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Why the face for SP? Did the noble idiocy do you in? I enjoyed it while it was airing, but looking back the NI kind of sucked the life out of it. I do still miss the behind the scenes. NJH+JCW ????

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I intrude a bit...personally I was enjoying SP until just before the noble idiocy started; I put it aside temporarily because I was too involved with Fight My Way to watch other dramas...and now I can't bring myself to pick it up again!! ? ? Having read the recaps I feel like it's not worth watching it! ?
But I feel a bit bad for all the actors, because I was enjoying their performances (and chemistry)!

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This is my thoughts exactly!^
I was enjoying it, but I had to put it on pause for a few weeks and I can't bring myself to pick it up!
I've tried watching it again and I felt the pace to be slow and I don't know if it's just me. I'm currently up to the part where Ji wook finds out that Bong Hee's dad may be involved in his dad's death. I've read this eps recap and it's heading straight to Bong Hee's noble idiocy, and I don't know if I can survive it.

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Haha, the noble idiocy hasn't happened yet..but I know I'm heading in that territory and I don't know if I can go through that.
I've had it on pause for a while and it's hard to pick it back up. I've only got 5 eps to go (15-20) so I'm planning on finishing it.

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what? FoS is the first writer's drama series??
Whoever she is, she should win award as the best writer of this year

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I've got her The Uninvited, but while I like it I'd never have thought she could turn out something like FoS from that. But based on this I've already pre-ordered Bluebeard.

So my 2 favourite shows this year seem to be debut drama writers - this and Radiant Office.

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Falsify : The premiere was good. Let's see what will happen.

Criminal Mind : I'm not on board yet but I will keep watching for now.

The King Loves : I don't know if it's because I had no expectation but I really like it ! The trio's friendship is really and I want to spend more time with them. Actually I'm hurting for Wang Rin he's always two steps behind.

Reunited Worlds : This show hurts so much that it feels so good ! Ooops that sounded weird.

Duel : It was such a good ride ! Yang Se Jong is amazing *-*

Forest of Secrets : I finally caught up to ep 14 ! Love it <3

School 2017 : There are more sub plots than I thought. Still bad boy Mori and Guitarist are stealing my heart.

The Best Hit : I binge watched just on time for the finale. It wasn't what I expected but it was entertaining.

Bride of the Water God : Still my laid back watch of the week.

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Forest of Secrets The only Korean show I'm watching with full committment. So much love for this. Debating whether to marathon the last two episodes together or not.
Falsify Tried it, but kept getting distracted within the first 15 min... I might be a good show, but it didn't hook me.
Reunited Worlds Am a week behind, because I am visiting family this week.
Criminal Minds Been hesitant to start this, especially after the perfection of Forest of Secrets. I've read the comments on the recap, reactions seem to be mixed – seems people are only loving Lee Junki in it and beyond that there's nothing particulary good, new or all too worthwhile? LJK isn't enough for me too watch, I like him as an actor but somehow have ended up dropping his most of his dramas half way through. And same with MCW – I know she's supposed to be a decent actress, but I have never really connected to her characters?
School 2017 Dropped.
Overprotected Kahoku (J) Interesting first episode. Some characters (the parents, esp. the mother) are hard to believe, but since I'm pretty sure the drama will be about character growth – not just the lead couple's but everyone's – I'll bear with that for now.
I'm Sorry I Love You (J version) Waiting for subs. Quite like this so far, though I'm not sure I'm prepared for the sad ending (that I hear is in store).

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You are so strong to try and hold of on FoS. Its the show that fills my brain the whole week after its finished. I have decided to savor it as it is delivered hot, unknown and totally unspoiled.

I wish everyone was watching this show (to give the networks the rational to do this level of work again and again and again. On the other hand I am so jealous of those who have not seen it yet. Imagine being able to gun this gem with new eyes later....

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I might not end up being strong... But then again I might, because I'm at my family's and there are a lot of interruptions. And this is a show savour (like very delicious chocolate that you let melt on your tongue), so I don't want ot be interrupted while watching the last two episodes.

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"Been hesitant to start this, especially after the perfection of Forest of Secrets."
lol me too, sometimes I wish it aired before FoS because it seems like hard for me to be convinced. LJK ain't enough for me too and unlike others, I'm more expecting for LeeSunBin.

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yaas! marathon it if u have time! :) the last ep is 90 mins but considering how the show has been, i dont think we'd even realise time is passing.

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This week is a bit busy week for me, so I thank God that I don't have any weekends drama to catch up as I'm done with The Best Hit and Duel.

School 2017: The broken bromance revelation is kinda surprised me and I'm completely sold with this drama. It is easy and fluffy drama, just what I need from a drama though the whole school system is just doesn't make sense, but whatever.

Seven Day Queen: OMG, if there's a weekly award for which drama has the best episodes for the week, SDQ would win for sure. I'm still not fully recovered by episode 18. This drama makes me put high expectation on other saeguk dramas. It's beautifully written and all the actors are so great beyond words.

Criminal Minds: Watched the first two episodes, I would say it's quite interesting, but I'm not loving it yet. The profiling seems a bit bland to me, and the explanations that the show gives don't really convince me. I don't feel connected to any of the characters, but I'm still gonna give it a try for another few episodes.

Duel: Yes girlfriday, yes! I agree for Duel's evil clone prequel. I'd love to see Sung Hoon as the main character of his own life. Yang Se-jong is the best and I can't wait for Temperature of Love just to see him as a chef.

The King Loves: Love the trio, but can't help that I love Rin more! My heart is still safe at the moment, but I'm slowly preparing myself for heart break as I know that they won't be happy and carefree for a long time. The bad guy team is already making a scheme, so I need to prepare myself.

Reunited Worlds: I'm just glad that I could still watch the teenage version of Jung Won with Hae Sung. I love all of their moments and keep on wishing that if only I could watch this drama with the 2005 timeline instead.

I still haven't gotten a chance to start Falsify yet, and haven't watched BotWG ep 7-8. Habaek-nim, mianhae. I also haven't picked up those dramas that I've been put onhold (FOS, Lookout and My Only Love Song). This week has been a busy week for me and I'm still figuring out to juggle up my life schedule with kdrama schedule.

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"Reunited Worlds: I'm just glad that I could still watch the teenage version of Jung Won with Hae Sung. I love all of their moments and keep on wishing that if only I could watch this drama with the 2005 timeline instead. "
100% agree with you. The flashbacks are the best part of the show for me.

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Whenever their high school years are shown, I get excited. You can clearly see the strong chemistry and attraction they have towards each other. ? And the way they smile at each other *sighs* I too can see a whole show with just their high school years.

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Saying goodbye to both Duel and The Best Hit. Those two aren't the best show out there and I wish they paced the story better, but it was still a good watching experience. And I'm content with how they wrapped things up.

Forest of Secrets blew my mind and heart this week and I don't know if I ever recover. Her death and his betrayal hurt like no other.

Enjoying School 2017. It was a bright rays of sun amidst all the darker shows I watch.

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Bride of The Water God: It's like the writer has all the puzzle pieces but can't quite get them together the right way. I enjoy it and find it an easy watch but still, in the back of my mind, know it could be better. Oh and thanks to the beanies who responded to my "why does she have this profession?" What was said makes total sense.

Criminal Minds: Episode 2 is stronger than episode 1. I like procedurals and I find it fun to recognize certain aspects of the stories but never remember the twists and turns. (I have heard about one of the PDs quitting due to creative differences so I'm immediately lowering expectations for editing etc.)

School 2017: I was ready to drop mid-way through episode 3 when stuff finally started to happen.

Forest of Secrets: So if I didn't have experience with dramas going to crap in the last 2 episodes (heck, the last 20 minutes), I would feel a lot more comfortable. Could end up being one of the top 5 or so k-dramas I've watched but it ain't over til it's over.

The Best Hit: I feel like this show was a victim of the live shoot. It went to romance in a big way and while the couple were fine, it stopped being funny.....and it was so so funny. Still I have warm feelings for everyone and was content. Then I read someone's rant about all the issues with the plot, things not addressed or closed off or didn't make sense. All valid.

The King Loves: I'm behind but am charmed so far.

Suspicious Partner: I am finally back into this one. It should have been 16 episodes, not twenty. I had to do some skipping for about 4 episodes through all the unnecessary angst.

The Eternal Love (C-drama): Low budget, cliched story with some of the worst actors in co-starring roles and I actually can hear cars honking in the background when this is a historical. Don't care; I love the leads together and they bring the smexy. The episodes are only around a half hour so just fun and easy with no one taking this too seriously.

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@girlfriday I feel you about the rebel bad boy. He's totally taking my heart. I am all heart for School 2017. However, there is a looming cloud over my head. I'm going to ignore it for now.

Also, 1 Night 2 Days Season 3 is so much fun. I didn't watch Season 2, maybe only several episode of it. But I'm all caught up with Season 3. Come on, there is only 185 episode of it!

I am so glad someone watch New West.. I can't even watch the shows on the train, I kept laughing crazily.

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Watching NJTTW, I was in awed by Na PD (he truly has the golden hand).

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Criminal Mind: Like JB, the more Lee Jun Ki the better. Since this is a procedural crime drama, I am going in not to expect much of emotional connection but just for the excitement on solving cases and profiling and yes, LJK and his magic.

The King Loves: I want to like this show but I couldn't. I want to care yet I still can't. The plot and writing is consistent but something about the actors' performance where none of them are captivating enough to make me care. There is just a void on the emotional side.

7 Days Queen: This show is too much to handle and it's going to break my heart even more next week since I know Yeonsangun is to meet his time. Lee Dong Gun (and the writing) really gave magic to this character and it's so rare that I'm rooting for the famous tyrant in Korean history and has no care at all about Yeok or even Chae Kyung.

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It's getting harder and harder to not see spoilers for Forest of Secrets. I am trying to avoid while looking at what everyone is wwatching. Not doing well in that area. ...I'm Ep 10. This one is good. No doubt about it. The next six episodes will determine if this will be my drama of the year (unless Age of Youth decides to make it two in a row).

I'm loving Reunited Worlds. I'm in it for the heart. Family and friends is what I'm after. I don't question how it works. Or how he came to have superpowers. It will be revealed at the end anyway. But if this is supposed to heal me. Then I'm here to be healed. Heal me!!!

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Thanks to my habit of fast-forwarding, I get to watch a lot more dramas than the Dramabeans staff. Or should I say "skim through"? In any case, this Monday I've watched "The King Loves", "Bride of the Water God" and "School 2017". I don't really care for any of them, but they make for an entertaining hour or so.... I only watch enough to understand what's going on and stop for my favourite characters' scenes. On Wednesday, I considered myself lucky for understanding Korean well enough to continue watching Choi Min Soo in "Man who dies to live" despite the Muslim boycott. "Criminal minds"... Well, I watched worse shows for far less charismatic actors, so I'll watch this one as well. Fast-forwarding like crazy though... And finally, glorious weekend with "Woman of dignity" and "Forest of secrets"! No fast-forwarding there.

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Where did you find "Man who dies to live?" It seems to have been removed from Dramafire and I can't find it anywhere else to watch. I know about all the boycott stuff, but it's so campy and I just love Choi Min Soo. Also I wanted to see if they changed anything in the story as a result of all the negative feedback. Thanks!

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The whole downvote drama and aggressive comments made me quit this website ( yeah they removed the downvotes, but it was already too late as far as I'm concerned, the hurt was done). I'm just lurking now but I no longer feel it's a friendly community when you get aggressive comments even when you've got a neutral position. Still, it's good to get information about dramas so here's why I still visit in spite of myself.

But I did download the 3rd episode in the hope of having subtitles ( it's not my type of show but I was curious). They posted a comment explaining they didn't intend to insult or belittle anybody and it was for the sake of humor BUT that they had removed all controversial scenes and that you could no longer see them.

So here goes. If you got the earliest episode illegally, then, you'll get the controversial scenes but they're no longer available through legal platforms.

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You're welcome. Stilul hope it'll be subbed. Comedy is really hard to enjoy when one has to look up words in the dictionary. But censorship is even harder to tolerate, so I'm not giving up.

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"If anyone can help untangle this mess and hopefully figure out a way to minimize the damage for all involved, it will be her."

That's our Eonnie and thank you for putting her pic at the top! I skipped most of the scenes until I saw that she finally started to figure out what happened. I just no longer have a patient with everyone else esp Omma, Appa , Jong Hee & Mi Young! I can't believe I had to to skip parts in Father is Strange considering how much I loved it before.

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Currently watching:

School 2017: Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours Show! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Bride of the Water God: Still skip-watching but almost losing the grip.

Father is Strange: It'a a relief that the angst is almost over. I said Almostttt.

Reunited World: Never learn my lesson about not wanting to see Yeo Jin Gu cries again. Sigh. But I'm kinda like Kwak Do Yeon in this.

New Journey to the West: Soooo happy when @Odilettante mentions Kyuhyun coz I totally love him here. Found myself digging everythink Kyuhyun-related LOL.

1N2D: Never miss the show like ever, but The Best Hit totally increased my drooling over YSY and I'm now even happier to see him every week.

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School 2017 is my first school drama but I'm really enjoying it for what it is, plus I really like Tae Woon

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Forest of Secrets: What happened to the only character i cared about made me lost totally my faith and my interest in the show. Maybe i'll catch up the final episodes later but for now i had enough of it.

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Father is Strange - the weekend can't come quickly enough :)

School 2017 - I was thinking of a young So Ji Sub when I watched Tae Woon. Must be the cheek bones, I am already a fan.

The Lonely, Shining Goblin. I was too busy with work to really enjoy it last time. Watching it again, I think it's so beatifully made, a feast for the eyes and ears, flaws and all. It's a drama I would probably watch time and again.

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I just started forest of secrets last week. I don't usually go for this type of drama, but after reading the rave reviews from the beanies I thought I'd give the first episode a try...and 14 episodes later I'm dying to watch it tomorrow! This show is completely slated in my mind to be one of the best ever, and I have total faith in the writer. I literally gasped when I just read that this is her first drama. I'm already committed to watching anything else she creates.

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I also said goodbye to The best hit (DaBong will be sorely missed), and now watching Bride of the Water God only. It has the ingredients to be a perfect summer entertainment: a gorgeous Nam Joo Hyuk (that godly eyeliner...*sigh*), some mystery and adventure but without too much angst, some comedy...I'm also growing attached to Shin Se Kyung's character, I like that she is not the typical drama heroine that is never discouraged by the difficulties: So Ah is depressed by her situation and is resentful towards her father for treating her badly...all that is making her much more human and easy to root for her happiness.
And now that Habaek and So Ah seem to be trying to control their feelings towards the other, I can't wait to see how they will fail at keeping the distance. It seems that next week will bring a lot of cute couple moments, and hopefully a kiss!! I can't wait. ?

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Duel:Finished..Thank You Duel Team For producing such a gem..i know in later episode there is plenty nonsense.lazy writing Kinda thing but it doesnt drop my excitement tho...And thank you Yang Se Jong for providing us such an AMAZING acting..new fans of him..Hope he can be succesfull in future....

Secret Forest:Stopped At episode 9 because i don't want to live watching this AMAZING drama.need right moment and feel to watch this drama..so live watching is not the best option for me.waiting it to finished then marathoning it till the end..i hope it doesnt dissapoint me(:

School 2017:?? fun underdog drama and crazy friendship drama and typical nonsense drama lol and lovely to look at and likeable actor and full of fluff and great background music and rootable female lead..New Crack Drama..it's unexpected good for something fluff lol.so subjectifly this drama is highly recomended for person who need colorful drama after duel and FOS xD

BOTWG:So Far So good.medium pace and pretty to look at.i hope HB have his power soon tho.....

Dropped:
-Suspicious Partner:this drama isnt excited anymore so i guees it's better for me to drop it

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The only one I'm really watching with full dedication is Reunited Worlds and that too because of Yeo Jin Goo. I like seeing him smile! And although, the mystery behind is reappearance is a little hazy, I'm digging the different kinds of relationships between friends and family. With respect to that, the show is REALLY charming. Raise your hand if you cried when all the school buds got together and camped out in Jung Won's living room!

Bad Guys - I started watching this after it suddenly appeared on Netflix and I like it well enough that I am looking forward to Bad Guys 2. There's something really satisfying about seeing vigilantes handing out some well deserved punches, even though it brings up all sorts of questions about taking up the law in your own hands. Yes, it's a covert operation that the Police Chief is a 100% behind but somebody is bound to notice at some point right? For the record, I'm on ep 5 right now so maybe that will be a plot point soon?

I'm contemplating checking out Falsify and Criminal Minds, considering the fact that I was interested in them before but eh, I just dont feel like now.

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You and I are watching the same shows at the moment! I'm about to finish Bad Guys, though. And we both feel the same way about Falsify and Criminal Minds.

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This is such a fun coincidence! ?

How are you liking Bad Guys so far?

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LOVED IT! I just finished it last night. Tae-soo is my favorite character but all of them did really well. Quite disappointed that we're not getting a second season with the same set of cast. Would suggest that you watch Police Unit 38 next, if you haven't already. It's from the same team that created Bad Guys. It's the white-collar version.

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Yay! I'm glad to hear that. Tae Soo is my fave so far as well (those cheekbones omg) but Woong Chul is a close second too!

I too am sad that the cast is not returning for the second season. It would have been so cool to see them again.

Funnily enough, Police Unit 38 is next on watch list. And now I have more incentive to watch it!

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Agree ? with @headsno2. Went I started Forest of Secrets, I'm a little bit worried on how will it sustain viewers' interest with one mystery. But how the writer expanded it into one big arc and intricately elaborated it turned the show into such a compelling watch and made me glued to the screen week in, week out.

Yeo-Jin (Bae Doo-Na) is so good. How can she be badass, adorable and goofy at the same time? I wish I had a colleague like her. We will be one happy bestie ??. Adding Shi Mok in (I bet both of us will have a lot of fun teasing him ?) we’ll be one happy trio. Now I want to find Doraemon’s Anywhere Door ? that will let me get into that dramaverse.

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I like Bae Doo Na so much that I get a bit apprehensive when I start watching some new project of hers I haven't seen. Could this be the performance that makes me like her a little less? The minute her character started handing out her goofy drawings as gifts, I breathed a sigh of relief. Nope, I still like her.

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Forest of Secrets is Bae Doo Na first drama that I had watched but I'm confidence I'll enjoy her performance in any other project. Her approach in acting reminds me a lot of Gong Hyo Jin. Effortlessly natural ❤️.

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THAT's why I love both!

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Dramas watched this week:

7DQ: no words since whatever I wanted to say have been said in superlative manners by other beanies. Well, ok, it's a masterpiece, that's what it is.

The Best Hit: totally agree on how nonsensical the time travel part is but you know what, binge-watching the Best Hit is just what I needed after the heart wrenching show that is 7DQ. And Da Bong is ?. YSY has a new fan in me.

Criminal Minds: caught the premiere. Although I found the editing choppy in some parts, I like it enough to continue. And of course there is Lee Jun Ki - enough said.

Forest of Secret: started binge-watching this excellent show. Now only up to Ep 4 - so gripping. Love the cinematography. Trying to avoid spoilers but knowing my true nature, I will seek them out sooner or later (oh who am I kidding, definitely sooner).

Fallen behind on this week's Reunited World & School 2017. But will definitely catch up soon. Who can resist Yeo Jin-Goo and Mori? ?

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Yoon Shi Yoon just keep stealing hearts left and right ❤

(And it feels 'safe' to fall for him now because unlike many of our favorites, he has finished army and won't be leaving us soon!)

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Forest of Secrets is life and I'll definitely feel a hole in my heart once this awesome drama ends.

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Not what I'm watching but I want to share my personal victory in 1. Convincing my friend and her husband to start watching Forest of Secrets and 2. convincing her husband to watch Signal instead on his own to prevent him from binge-watching FoS by himself without her haha.

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I can't watch many dramas at any given time. I would be too tired at night that if I try to watch a drama, I would fall asleep midway. I catch up with everything on the weekend.

So, my weekend currently is filled to the brim with Oh Hae-young Again, School 2017, Father Is Strange, New Journey To The West 4 and SMTM 6. I like them all. Actually I started watching Goblin as well, but it kinda get left behind.....

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The Best Hit was mostly warm, fuzzy, and adorable. Yoon Shi Yoon needs another drama fast!

Forest of Secrets is life right now. I have many ideas about how this will end: I suspect they're all wrong. When it does end, it'll stay with me for a long time, and I'll follow this writer forever! :-)

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TEAM SAEGUK!!! Currently watching only saeguks...

*Seven Day Queen* - My love, my life...... Anyone else feeling numb by this week's episodes? I literally can feel the emptiness that CK and Prince felt after they won the battle. Because they have lost so much, and they are about to lose more.
How can you be so cruel show??
More importantly, how am I supposed to send you off next week...?

*The King Loves* - Sad that not many watch this one. I thought it was fun! Love Won-Rin friendship, adore the market/bridge scene between Won-San and I dig the way Won is presented, all those subtle hints of his tendency to be dark and twisted (like his comments on bird-caging San).
But agree with Heads that the politicking is a bit meh as of now. Hope they can step up their game next week!

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I think i will feel the emptiness next week (7DQ). How can I send this gem off?? I don't know.

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The King Loves: pretty but nothing new. You can watch it or dont watch it, you dont really miss anything.

Bridge of Water God: I dont really follow the story anymore.

School: its ok but it feels off. i like kim se jung and the boys but not enough attachment or curiosity to follow the story.

falsify: maybe there are too many sageuk and legal drama this year so the drama feel like something been there done that.

7DQ: next week is the last. the show is still wonderful to watch but i dont cry as the beginning of the show

MWDTL: it was funny at the beginning, now is ok. the story is predictable but the acting is good

reunited world: i love the younger version scene and any yeo jin goo scene but really could skip the rest

criminal mind: why dont they blur the blood scene like Voice? im not into it so i could skip this one.

so i guess the shows i truly watching right now is: 7DQ, Forest and Woman of dignity. the rest i check them out, there is more miss than hit

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Seven Day Queen has already become my all time favourite korean drama after healer. It's really good to the point that i take that as banchmark to watch any other saeguk n romance k-drama. Want to start criminal minds bcoz i love ljg due to my ears candy2 but something feel off. Mybe after 7DQ finishes its run i 'll watch it.

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Thanks to Circle and 7DQ I've been dragged back into K-drama land. It's been a while since I've followed so many K-dramas at once, let alone managed to keep watching after 2 episodes haha.

Seven Day Queen - before this drama it seemed like no sageuk could hold a candle to The Princess' Man in my heart. 2 episodes left and no matter what happens, it's in my top 5 fav K-dramas (and also only the 2nd sageuk I've ever finished).

Criminal Minds - first 2 episodes were alright, nothing special yet that differentiates it from the usual crime/procedural dramas. I want to keep watching to see how it compares to the original and because of LJK and MCW.

Reunited Worlds - heartwarming and pleasant with some melodrama and mystery thrown in the mix. It does feel like a "healing" drama as promoted.

The King Loves - luckily I have not decided on a ship yet, so I am totally ok with either Won-San OR Rin-San and Won-Dan being the end game. I've seen too many fight for the throne dramas so hopefully they'll make it more compelling this time.

Signal - too high expectations from the reviews and have ended up dropping it...I couldn't connect with the characters, found the plot too convoluted and just couldn't keep focused when watching.

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Duel, Seven Day Queen and Forest of Secrets just about broke my heart this week. How can shows be sooo good? And create angst and pathos so well?

My ultimate comfort food crush remains Father Is Strange. Part of me wishes that Hye Young unni would hurry and finish with her investigation and break the secrets wide open so Mi Young and Joong Hee can finally act on their feelings for each other.

I'm enjoying Bride of the Water God much more than the earlier episodes, but haven't developed any true fondness for The King Loves and School 2017.

I'm also seriously considering canceling my subscriptions to Deamafever and Viki due to a dearth of new dramas. Nor am I planning to sign on to a newer more expensive site that doesn't offer Roku services. Maybe this means that my kdrama loving days are coming to a close? Still waiting to see if there'll be any major changes in the next few weeks.

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The only reason right now that I have not been thinking seriously about dropping DF and Viki is because of the OCN/Tvn dramas. They are getting a lot of new Chinese dramas, but to be honest - most Chinese dramas kind of suck. Taiwanese are slightly better, but not much. Neither have the "oomph" of k-dramas.

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