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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Age of Youth 2: Aw, I loved how the housemates banded together in the end, even after showing signs of discord and fighting. And while I feel like mathematically Sung-min and Ji-won are probably getting their fair share of screentime, they’re by far my favorite couple storyline and I’m just so greedy for more development; I cling so hard to those brief flashes of something under the surface, like every time he looks so hopeful that she might admit feelings for him. Do eeeet already!

Temperature of Love: A promising start. It’s romantic, breezy, and thoughtfully witty in a way that reminds me of Bubblegum. Maybe that’s not the best show to reference since hardly anybody saw it, but it has that interestingly wistful mood and really satisfyingly well-written dialogue that makes the banter a pleasure to watch.

Rescue Me: Aie, things are getting so tense as we near the end! I actually stopped Episode 14 about ten minutes before the end and have waited a full week for the next episode to come out before finishing it, because I was pretty sure whatever cliffhanger they threw in there would be too much for my nerves to handle.

My Golden Life: Three weeks in and we already have two birth secrets! I still wish the guys were cast differently, because Park Shi-hoo’s character is pretty funny but I feel like he’s just wrong for this part, and maybe ten years too old. (I can’t believe Jeon No-min is playing his father when they look like brothers. *facepalm*) Watching this for Shin Hye-sun’s transformation, though, and how well she handles being a brand-new chaebol.

Criminal Minds: This cast is so beautiful and talented, but the show spends all of its energy on the boring killers instead. *screams in frustration* Lee Jun-ki and Moon Chae-won had better do a heart-ripping romantic melodrama right away, together, because I swear they have more chemistry than is reasonable for the two seconds of personal interaction they have every episode.

 

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Temperature of Love: This is directed really well. It takes very mundane interactions and makes them feel all fluttery and romantic. I love the atmosphere, and the very natural way that these two characters fall in love. So far it feels more like real life and less like a drama, which is very refreshing.

Age of Youth 2: I’m already sad that we’re running out of episodes to spend with the girls. I wish the plot would move faster, but then it’s not like I would want to sacrifice the slice-of-life feel that makes this drama special. I just want more episodes, like 36 of them.

Rescue Me: It’s so nerve-wracking every time our good guys try to do anything in that cult compound that I keep chickening out and wishing that they’d collect evidence LATER, like after fleeing. On a positive note, it’s been very satisfying to watch the bad guys turn on each other one by one and show their true faces. I’m so amped for the finale. Let’s burn it down!

Three Meals a Day: Lee Jong-seok + Yoon Kyun-sang = my new favorite offscreen bromance.

 

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The King Loves: Oh man, dat bromance. I could almost hear my heart ripping apart as Won read Rin’s letter and realized he had almost killed his one true best friend and ally. But then, So-ra made me confused all over again. She confessed to Won that she liked him, but her actions indicate that she likes Rin now. *scratches head* Does that mean her love switched midway?

Rescue Me: Woo Doo-hwan! Woo Doo-hwan! Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know this guy existed two weeks ago because all I can think about in my spare time now are his beautiful expressive eyes…

Hospital Ship: I demand better dramas for Ha Ji-won. Something worth her diamond-quality caliber. Completely disinterested in Kang Min-hyuk’s entire story, and I don’t believe in the romance at all. While I agree that the idea of a roving clinic going around treating remote-access patients was initially captivating, the actual execution via the subplots, overarching themes, and dialogue have been so banal and boring that I’m jumping ship now.

 

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Currently recapping: Live Up to Your Name

Lingerie Girls’ Generation: I’m a week behind, but I was surprised by how much I like this one so far. It has something of an Answer Me vibe, but with an added undercurrent of tension due to the oppressive times the characters live in—no one directly references the fact that they’re living under a dictatorship, but it’s present in many aspects of their daily lives. I also like that unlike the Answer Me franchise, the heroine of Lingerie has a terrible family that is cruel to her in very realistic ways. And yet she and her girlfriends dance to ABBA and The Carpenters, and find ways to spy on their crushes, and bounce back from their mistakes and disappointments as only eighteen-year-olds can. I had low expectations of the cast, but they’ve all disappeared pretty well into their roles, and they’re all very charming. I especially love the reluctant friendship that formed between Jung-hee and Hye-joo in Episode 2, because the actresses have great chemistry, and I’m already digging their dynamic.

Temperature of Love: I’ve seen neither High Society nor Doctors from this writer but I really loved A Warm Word, so I had high hopes for this one. Seo Hyun-jin is A+ knocking it out of the park as usual, and my first time seeing Yang Se-jong, I’m already completely charmed. My favorite thing about this writer is her gift for making dialogue and characters feel rich and intelligent without feeling scripted, and this drama has that in spades. The conversations breathe and live as though we’re watching real people talk, and this extends to the supporting cast as well. I really like Jo Boa’s character and her friendship with the heroine, and Kim Jae-wook is as smooth and sharp as we can always rely on him to be. (Can we get a romance between these two? I am so not in the mood to see Kim Jae-wook as a sad-sack second lead that turns bitter and stalkerish in the third act of the show.) And Seo Hyun-jin’s family is hilarious; she bickers constantly with her awful sister, but they unite in cringing embarrassment at their lovey-dovey parents. Here’s hoping the drama continues to be this delightful—I’m badly in need of a good rom-com.

 
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◾◾ Dramas (just one week without them and they’re back and strong ㅋㅋㅋ)
◾ Falsify Ep29-32 END : Falsify was good but not very good at the beginning, then it got better but then it lost its appeal and remain a good drama but not enough to stand out. I’m glad that there were comic relief (NGM with glasses as comic/hot relief 😜), because if it was only for the corruption part, I might have dropped it. I sometimes had the feeling that this drama was trying too hard to be darker but failed at it😅.
◾ Temperature of love Ep1-4 : I wasn’t considering beginning an airing drama (until Revolutionary love 😁), but Beanies wall posts got me 😂. I’m trying to keep my expectations low but our two leads and their chemistry are killing me 😍. It’s nice to see Seo Hyun Jin since Oh Hae Young Again (maybe we’ll get another too hot kiss 🙈). It’s my first drama with the male lead Yang Se Jong, so far 👏👏👏😍. To describe Jung-sun asking for Hyun-soo’s number 😚, I slightly changed the lyrics from “Call me maybe”: Hey I just met you and this is crazy, please give me your number and I’ll call you maybe 😂. Drama script 2.0 after poor people with the latest Samsung Galaxy, we’ve got a rich guy without a cellphone : Heol ㅋㅋㅋ
◾ Strongest Deliveryman Ep11-14 : I have fun watching this drama, it’s good but that’s all, nothing more 😕. I enjoy seeing the 2nd couple more than the main couple. The master with his comments always got me 😂, it’s just the type of humor I like 😂.
◾ Rebel Thief Ep 5-6 : Time to pick again this drama, and what a surprise Kim Jung Hyun appeared within 10 min in ep5 😏…but he’s a bad guy 🙁. I’ll wait until he changed and I’ll be able to fully enjoy my Mori fever 😜. I have a weak heart so torture scenes in sageuk are always hard for me to watch, Ah Mo Gae he did too many things, so it was only a question of time before karma struck back 😢. Gil Dong regained his strength but amnesia is also here , aigoo 😅. I hope that the 3 siblings will be reunited, I have to wait many eps for that. In ep1 the “if you want your girl back” was referring to Gil Dong’s sister I think 🤔.
◾ Potato star 2013 Ep70-74 : This sitcom is 30-min long per ep and well like other sitcoms it’s little stories for each ep with the main story unfold throughout the eps. It wasn’t difficult to pick up, and it’s perfect as a filler and also as a comic relief after watching Rebel Thief, sageuk can be dark sometimes 😅. Also having Ko Gyung Pyo and Yeo Jin Gu in one drama is such a nice treat 😜.

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◾◾ K-shows
◾ 2nd week w/o Infinite challenge & I live alone, special unaired scenes for 1n2d. Fighting to strike members 💪, hope things will change !
◾ 1n2d Ep193: What a nice surprise 🤗😃, I thought there wouldn’t be 1n2d this week 😭 but they compiled unaired footages. It was funny 😁, thank you 1n2d 😘! Will it be too much if I’m waiting for another great special ep next week 🙄 ?
◾ HyoRi’s homestay ep13: Penultimate episode, time flies the show is going to end next week 😭. As usual, I loved the ep, my fav’ moments : Sang Soon singing with Hyori after her nap 🤗…and IU enjoying the song outside of the studio 😃. HyoRi, IU and Sang Soon collab song, Sang Soon didn’t sing but he made all the arrangement and played the instruments 😊. The lyrics were very well written 🤗. For their last night together Lee Sang Soon, Hyori and IU talked about many things and how comfortable IU is with them now 🙂 (opening the door with eyes still focused on her phone just like she would do at home 😂).
◾ 3 Meals a day S4 ep4-6: Lee Je Hoon as a guest (ep4-5) 🤗😍, my favorite LJH moments :
1) Within 10 min after he arrived, Lee Je Hoon became an outcast hamster peeling peanuts , aigoo aigoo 😂. 2) he didn’t get it when Lee Seo Jin asked him to turn the meat 😂 3) Lee Je Hoon trying to make fried rice was funny 😂, then he was hilarious when confused by Na PD suggestion about adding eggs 🤣. Answer always seek Eric Chef advice ㅋㅋㅋ 4) Lee Je Hoon cute reaction when he finally drank the milkshake with goat milk he wanted
Yoon Kyun Sang : I didn’t know that Lee Je Hoon was his role model, he’s lucky to meet him on 3MaD, they were both cute 😊 + more dimples 🤗
I was amazed by Lee Seo Jin’s bread with red bean paste and Eric’s pizza : visually stunning 👍.
Side note : How to get close to the trio : Tough challenge just 4 grown-up men sitting on a unicorn tube 😂.

◾ Night goblin ep8 : The show hits its highest ratings with ep8 : proud and happy for them. This show is still trying to find its shape, but with the unnoticed mission and combining several missions to be the 1st one in one ep they’ve got some good material 😊. I started this show for Lee Su Geun & Jung Hyung Don duo 🤗, and they’re starting to have great synergy together 😄 : I loved their Goblin parody with lettuce for an upset stomach and driver service called 😂. I laughed a lot thanks to Lee Su Geun obvious disguise which led to an obvious unnoticed mission failure and then Lee Su Geun drinking bitter espresso for the 1st time : waking up immediately 😲😂 and feeling the bitterness 🤣.

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Watching 3MAD. Lee Jehoon! 😍😍😍 I forgot that he is older than Kyunsang.

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Copy + paste my own comment in the finale epi recap

" Falsify is kind of drama that you can enjoy it while watching but not emotionally invested with characters and plot. An ambitious and greedy plot but in the hand of lack of skilled writer, it just lacks in almost everything. If someone asked me what I love about Falsify, I don't think I can say any name or anything that I love. But at the same time I can't say this is bad drama and I hate it. It is just a fun ride for once, nothing memorable and pretty forgettable."

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I read your post few days ago, now that reminds me I haven't post for the final ep recap 😅 (time to copy/paste ;) ). I agree with you Sunbae , it wasn't bad neither great, "It is just a fun ride for once, nothing memorable and pretty forgettable." . I forgot to mention : rare fact in dramaland there is only one song for the OST and I love love love this song 😍.

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Oh yes, one OST which was used so effectively, and I think there might be one BGM too. Some other shows have so many OSTs such as Ruler Master of The Mask. I think they have around 20 osts if I'm not mistaken lol😆 But I only love very few -such as Hwang Chi-yeul's.

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I was referring to OST with lyrics , the instrumental BGM with the violin was well used too but I don't recall if there was only one instrumental BGM or several inst. BGM ^^' . I didn't watch Ruler Master so I trust you for the OST with many songs ;) , but many dramas have at least 10 OST songs. It's hard to love all OST equally ...one day maybe : quality over quantity ;) hahaha

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Oh, God. Steer clear of Potato Star. Trust me, when you get to the end you'll have wanted to heed my words. Sure, Go Kyung-pyo and Yeo Jin-gu are awesome but DON'T TRUST THAT IT'LL END WELL!

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From the beginning I've read comments talking about how the end was disappointing, but I still started it, I enjoy having a sitcom to watch with familiar faces & a humor I like. I'm not waiting for anything regarding the end. If it ends well that'll be a bonus , but I've got time to prepare myself to be disappointed by the end ^^'

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Three Meals a Day S4: Finally, all caught up to the latest eps. I love how the guests gave a different flavor to each eps. From Han Ji-min, the only guest who has Seo-jin wrapped around her pinky; the adorable, clueless, puppy-like Lee Je-hoon; to Seol-hyun who unexpectedly blend in well with the cast despite the enormous age gap. Though the highlight of this season is still Seo-jin ajusshi baking red bean bread with his usual cool, suave manner.

It's feel good to finally watching drama again. I marathoned Lingerie Girls' Generation this week, and I think I'm in love with this drama. It's a great youth-and-throwback-era drama that used its ensemble cast well. I love the way they depict the friendships, rivalry, romance, family, and all the complicated relationship in teenager life. It's also surprisingly thoughtful about issues like prejudice and predetermined role of certain gender.

And for once, we got a smart character who didn't have helicopter parents or financial problem, who actually enjoys sharing her knowledge and looks uncomfortable when the adults' praise alienated her further. I feel for Hae-joo so strongly it astonished me. I really want Jung-hee to reach out to her this time and offer her friendship because their closeness and care for each other just made my day.

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Currently watching "hospitalship" and "age of youth2" .dropped "criminal minds".
Hospitalship: im personally so in love with this drama..the story is so warm and touching and the relationship between actors and their family made interesting drama for me..acting is in good level and the fact that the drama's focous is not on only medical made it more enjoyable for me.love this drama so far
Age of youth 2: i loved season one more than this season..when waiting for eng sub of this drama is so annoying, there is lack of something that stole the charm of season 1 for me.
Criminal mind...dropped it..even actors couldnt save this drama for me

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I really enjoy The Hospital Ship too, along with My Golden Life. I don't know, maybe because I am old, I find both are easy to follow and its stories about parents starting to grow in me.

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Oh me too..i m at late tweenty and i usually dont like teenage dramas and those fantasy & childish romance . And im enjoying this drama very much.the best current drama for me.but i never guessed its because im old to be kdrama fan :D

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OMG, im 27 years too but i never thought im enjoying this drama because im too old ..kkkkk
Same here, i cant tolarate teenage dramas like school serious or those childish drama with their chessy romance. High five ... i love warm and meaningfull deep story like this drama more. High five

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I don't think you enjoy watching it jist because you're 'old', maybe because the story simply interesting enough to keep you for wanting more. I'm in the early 20 and I too enjoyed both shows. I'm so glad I gave Hospital Ship a chance, I was hesitant at first because DB doesn't recap Hospital Ship..

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Yayy for more hospital shippers! Too few of them on the fan walls!

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I love the fan name it goes perfectly with the show. Now i think we should have names for fans of every show 😄. Shall AoY fans be called Youthfuls?

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Starved Shippers?

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Definitely starving we are!! 😄

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Haha super starved shippers 😉

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"But then, So-ra made me confused all over again. She confessed to Won that she liked him, but her actions indicate that she likes Rin now. *scratches head" OH MY GOD MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY! i thought i was the only one scratching my head at her so called feelings for Rin

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She did like Won, as a friend.

I don't see it as a confession, it's a gratitude speech that even if I can't love you back, I didn't hate you, I like you.

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If you just zoom in on the word "like", it can be confusing. I have heard the Korean word "joha" said in drama confessions so I can't say for sure one must use the word saranghae to differentiate between love and like.

That said, So Ah(not So-ra!!!) made it clear that she liked Won as a friend. You can see Won's palpable disappointment. He had known this already for some time but in this conversation, she just made herself clear for the last time before she leaves.

I am sad to find that people are genuinely confused by San's feelings at this point despite Yoona's marvelous performance. It wasn't easy but to me, she really made it different the way her character looks or behaves towards Rin and towards Won. It was tricky especially because San loves Won as a friend so much.

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I feel sad too when I see people still questioning whom San loves romantically and platonically (she loves both, but differently!)... Because tbh the writing, directing, and acting already made it so clear to me.

And she actually kept on rejecting Won advances too (she even said she likes another man lol) but it's as if no one takes her constant rejections seriously because she still likes him a lot as a friend.

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I echo you two! So so much. It's frustrating really. And I wouldn't even chalk it up to Yoona's performance because she made it clear as day.

I chalk it up to people not getting the point that you can love a friend as deeply as you love a lover. It's like, watching for a run-of-the-mill love triangle when you get this thesis on an all-encompassing love.

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Thank you for this because I was genuinely confused 😁

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Temperature of Love ❤❤❤❤❤ -I feel like I'm watching some romantic movies and I love it.

Girls' Generation 1979 ❤❤❤❤❤ -I'm in doubt if 8 epi would be sufficient to cover all stories.

Age of Youth ❤❤❤❤❤ -jTBC should consider to do another drama just for Ji-won & Sung-min.

Strongest Deliveryman ❤❤❤ -all thanks to second leads and Soon-Ae & Chef Jo.

Drama Special "You're Closer Than I Think" - watched it a raw. Great casts & acting and beautifully done, but the plot is not intriguing. Expected to get some thriller because the genre is 'mystery' but none. For one epi with one hour drama, should've just focus with both main leads' stories instead of inserted so many characters. Ambitious plot, the execution is not bad but nothing great either.

Time to catch up with The King's Woman this week's epi. I've put Live Up For Your Name on hold, maybe I'll binge watch it later.

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Loving all the hearts! <3 I'm with you on Girl's Generation 1979 and Age of Youth 2. I wish they would announce a third and fourth season already.

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GG 1979 - Surprisingly I love this drama. The OSTs are great too. With 4 more epi, I hope we can get a good storyline until the end. The reason I started this drama mainly because it is just 8 epi, and the premise sounds interesting but now I think I don't mind if we get another two epi extension.

Just like you stated on your post, I also confused if we will get the killer storyline. But I think Hye-joo's storyline might be enough? I just hope her father is safe. Her father is not actually some communist,right?

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Hae-Joo's storyline is definitely enough. It's also too late to introduce a killer now - I think that the promos must have been deliberately misleading (all speculation though - I didn't watch them).

I think her father is a communist. And he is hiding other communists. I was so touched at the quiet trust between Hae Joo and Young Choon. It sprang up so quickly, and seemingly out of nowhere. I wish there were more episodes to build to the present state of trust they have.

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The quiet trust between Hye-joo and Young-choon is so beautifully done, these two characters connected well because of their mutual understanding and also they are probably the most matured ones compared to other characters. I want to know more of Young-choon, all we know about him is he was a gangster in the past.

The one he is hiding seems to be the communist, but I do slightly hope her father is not. Maybe he is their relative or anything, because Hye-joo called him 'oppa'- means they are close enough.

I just hope we get a proper closure. There seems many things going on - what with Jung-hee's father & the one she call as 'Aunt'.

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@seralovestteobokki - this is actually a point I misinterpreted. Does 'oppa' necessarily imply a close relationship?

I assumed it was similar to the Hindi 'bhaiya' (meaning older brother) which is used to address older brothers, but also taxi drivers, shop keepers, the waiter, etc [and never one's boyfriend].

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'oppa' usually used as either he is actual brother, family (cousins for eg), or someone older who you're close and comfortable enough with.

As for the term "bhaiya", in Korean context could be like ahjusshi too - just like how she call Yoo-choon as ahjusshi instead oppa😅 She clearly knows that he is not that old to call him ahjusshi but she also isn't comfortable yet to call him oppa.

I think there's no clear distinction on how they used these terms, but this is based on my observation after watching kdrama for years.

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Makes sense, Sera! I'll revise my understanding of the all important term - Oppa! :D

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I actually like the quiet trust between Hae-joo and Young-choon. It might look like it comes from nowhere, but they are the only outsider in that town. That would make them feels some sort of a kinship. It also helps that she has experienced his kindness before everyone told their suspicion about him. I hope everything will get better for those two, because their secret are pretty damning in that era.

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@gadis - right you are. Most of their interactions can be attributed to what you said.

I thought Young Choon's "I'm here for you." when she was worried her father wouldn't return was taking it a step too far. That's a HUGE responsibility - this in particular seemed to be crazy. But he did run around all over the place looking for her dad so, maybe not?

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The usage of "oppa" also changes with time. Back in the 1970s, it certainly wasn't used as much as it is now to refer to an idol oppa or even one's husband.

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Wait whaaatt?!! I seriously have no idea that GG1979 only have 8 eps, ughh I want more of Dong Moon

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I don't know a lot of Korean history during this time, but it was during a dictatorship. I'm thinking that anyone who said anything negative about President Park Chung-hee was labeled as a communist, similar to the US's Red Scare during the 1940s-50s. Her father could just be against the dictatorship without actually being a communist, but the President and his people had the power to form the people's opinions about rebels and dissenters in executing/imprisoning them as "communists."

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"I'm thinking that anyone who said anything negative about President Park Chung-hee was labeled as a communist"

True, but there also were a lot of communists or rather, Kim Il Seong worshippers back then (and even now). The current Korean president has a similar background and his chief of staff is a convicted, certified communist who cannot even get a US visa to accompany him whenever the prez has to travel to the US. They advocate a "peaceful reunification" by North Korea so that all Koreans may enjoy the paradise on earth maintained by Kim Jeong Eun in North Korea.

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GG 1979 is okay but the kinds of props they use and the Daegu satoori they use are all wrong. It's details that makes a drama great and this is not at the level of the Reply series.

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That's why ignorance is bliss sometimes. lol

That is a bummer to hear though, but I figured it wouldn't be at that level of detail. I just don't know enough to be able to point all that out, so luckily it doesn't bother me.

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Finished re-watching King's Daughter Su Baek-hyang and all I can say I still love it just like the first time I watched it. I prefer this drama over Rebel which also from the same writer, but Rebel is my next fav sageuk after Six Flying Dragons, so basically I love Rebel as well. No more sageuk for this year, so maybe next month I'll choose another sageuk to re-watch, but it will be after I finish re-watching Pasta. Yet to start it, maybe next week. I kinda miss Jang-hyuk in sageuk, so maybe I'll re-watch Chuno. But still not decided yet, as there are other sageuks in my list too.

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I am out of your orbit.

Can I return to earth? Ottoke!

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Yes, you can. When there's a will, there's always a way. 😜

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So that's the problem?

*looks at wall* for answer. 💋💋💋

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I wish I can hack your wall and change it to someone else's pic. 😜😜😜

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😱😱😱

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You must watch live up to your name. It's gem. Great cast, beautifully directed and the chemistry so sizzling.

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I know, I did watch first few epi but the story wasn't compelling enough at first. I heard many good things so that's why I put in on hold and will just binge watch it later. I'm also no longer have the ability to watch so many currently airing shows now, that I have to put some shows on hold. Same goes to Save Me.

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Temperature of love got movie vibes with the cinematography :) .
For Girls Generation & Age of youth S2 they are on my to watch list, I'll binge watch them later :) .
Strongest Deliveryman : for me too 2nd lead couple for the win haha :) .
Drama Special "You're Closer Than I Think" I'll watch it when subs are out, one hour ep can always fit my schedule hahaha !

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The good thing of Strongest Deliveryman - the discovery of Kim Seon-ho & Go Won-hee, although tbh this is not the first drama I watched them both. 😆 And also Lee Mi-young who is playing Soon-Ae, can we get her more in mini series or weekend drama, instead of just stuck to dailies. She is very pretty and has some good acting skill too. I thought she is still in 30s, but she is already in 40s.

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Yesss, I like all three actor/actresses you mentioned! I wouldn't have known about them if it wasn't for SD. LMY is gorgeous and so awesome. Love her sassy character.

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"Age of Youth ❤❤❤❤❤ -jTBC should consider to do another drama just for Ji-won & Sung-min."

-where do I sign up for the petition for this?

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And Sera, please share your comments about this week's The King's Woman,the previews kinda discouraged,disheartened me.

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I haven't watched latest epi yet,but I think things will get better next week (I already saw the preview for next week lol!)

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oh ok..now I'm off to check next week's previews

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i just realized that GG 1979 has only 4 episodes left 😂😭 i really really love it
definitely agree about sungmin and jiwon ,,,i want a drama with only two of them 😇🙏

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The King Love : I am satisfied and now realised that no saeguk left to watch [well live up to your name is a half saeguk], I need to resume LUTYN.

My Golden's Life : this is everything a weekend drama done well. You have birth secret [double secret], living together hijink, big family, high school sweetheart, bad 1st meeting, determined female lead and it's really well done.

Man who set up the table : Despite the bad editing and infuriating character, bad shot angle and the exaggeration expression, I really like the hero of this drama, he acknowledged his mistake, fun, honesty, kind so please stays the same. It's a drama that really makes you angry but also makes you wait for what gonna happen. Come on, the crack of the weekend drama is the payback!!! Please bring the A game for the payback!

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Man Who Sets the Table: It's my second 50-epi attempt (the first is Da Jang Geum - so a bit different!), and I am not sure why I am watching it.
Wait... I know! On Joo-wan's smile is something!!! And, I quite like the ditzy character played by Seo Hyo-rim. And, the older couple that should really break up already - the man is so toxic (both the actors are fantastic)..

But, the storylines and some of the characters are just...! - does this count as makjang because that evil mom is total cray-cray.

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hahaha, I can write long pages complaint about the character in Man who set the table. A lot of things are wrong but since I started it, I want to see how it ends.

I kinda hope that some younger men adore Ruri's mum and show to the dad that there's someone better than him out there and appreciated her.
Kinda disappointed that the mum feel left down by on joo wan but I guess, his family background is suspicious.

also, I am calling it rn, he is the food president long-lost son, he said it himself, if you don't know your birth father, you are a chaebol.

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I agree about On Joo-wan's smile. It's so.... gaaaahhh

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I keep wanting to stop but those cliff hangers! !! Which I guess shows that I already care about the characters

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I really hate all the characters except Taeyang, Ruri, and Taeyang's family, so I'm waiting til I have more episodes to FF through.

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FF has up and downs,
I am thinking that watching it daily can make me forget what happen easily, if I binge-watching it, Idk if I can hahaha

there is a lot of wrong with them and I think the drama show that too.

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Every time Ru Ri's dad or Taeyang's mom open their mouths, I rage. LOL. Yeah, binge-watching is not good. I binge-watched the first five eps, and I was just raging the whole time haha

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This week :
Girls Generation 1979 - I like heroine a bit more, but her story can't hold a candle on Hye-Joo's one that is very much interesting.
And I don't care about the bully girl, no matter how much they try to School 2013 her situation.

Manhole - Thank God it's ending. I hope JaeJoong chooses a better drama next time 😯

Age of youth 2- I like it, and I had missed them a lot.
Save Me - Please just don't do anything to my DC , and spare SM if you can.

Tunnel - I just finished it, it was very good. My only complaint is that I felt like I couldn't connect much to Professor Shin since Kwang So was a scene stealer every single time 😂😁😁

Now watching God's Quiz - I love the hero, cause he opens his mouth and says everything I want to say.
As far as directing goes, it is a bit wonky, and I can see that the writer is new, but I trust it will become better by the next seasons. After all this is the writer of Chief Kim, so I just know that the story can go there (even if it was 7 years ago) 😅

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I agree about your GG 1979 comment, for moments like that I realize how important recaps are. I am trying really hard to understand why I don't care about the bully, because normally I do.
And lol at how different Hye-Joo's and Jung-Hee's stories are. I don't know how we got here but on the last episode it was so evident. I mean, we have Hye-Joo's communist father/not so trustful love interest/blood in the house storyline and then there is Jeong-Hee with her high school love story.

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I think both stories really encapsulate the times, and I really like how they interact with each other. I have a feeling that Hye-joo is there to help Jung-hee along in her maturity. Like you said, there is the emotional gravitas to Hye-joo and all that is surrounding her, but I don't think that it is presented in a way that is belittling Jung-hee's experience as a love-struck teen in the middle of a turbulent time. I think it just shows how as teenagers, and even as adults, we can often be stuck in our own world where a small heartbreak is the end of the world, while we never realize someone out there is suffering a worse fate or even the political turmoil that surrounds us. I think Hye-joo is there to pull Jung-hee out of her selfish thoughts. Hye-joo is all about taking action. She's unafraid of standing up to the teacher, the bully, Jin, while Jung-hee has been subversive but has always just accepted her punishment for that subversiveness because for her that's just how it is. She hates her world and she stands up for herself when she can, but she also doesn't really believe that anything can ever change. I think the story is more about Jung-hee learning to be more active, more aware of others and the political turmoil because of the influence of Hye-joo.

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As I am currently a 'Job-seeker' and not actually employed, I've found myself picking up the a number of dramas post a slump.

Girl's Generation 1979 - Gosh. I don't know what I was expecting but certainly nothing this good. Bona and Lee Jong Hyun are a surprise, but so is the riveting plot. My only question is - what was all the hype about a killer on the loose, promised in the pre-drama promos for? Doesn't seem like any women have been killed so far. Or have I missed something?

Hospital Ship - After I got over the ridiculous medical bit, I quickly fell in love with the characters and particularly the perfect Kwak Hyun. Let's face it - no such person exists in reality. I'd be an alcoholic by now if I was living his life.

Temperature of Love - Introductory episodes were definitely good and its the promise of Yang Se Jong and Seo Hyun Jin that drew me in. I'm not committed to this yet - everything is right, but yet, there's something lacking. Am I the only one who feels this way?

Age of Youth 2 - Kudos to the writer for Jo Eun's amazing character - who knew I'd be okay without Kang Yi Na? And for that amazing scene in front of Goo Do Young's apartment. Hilarious! I'm so glad K-drama exists.

Angry Mom - Just picking up this one - episode 2 at the moment. I love Kim Hee Sun.

Next week: Andante and While you were sleeping. Part-time Job-Seeker, Part-time K-Drama Addict. That's me. ^^

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good luck !!!! 😇😇

you're not alone,,,i do feel something lacking too,,,i love seo hyun jin and yang se jong on screen together and their scene are like real one,,,but i don't know why ,,,maybe because of everything is right ?
i feel it too for Strongest deliveryman,,

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Thanks! :D I definitely need it.

Haha that may indeed be the case - everything fits together so neatly that it doesn't seem real. I feel like I can tell that they are acting, now that you mention it. And it's not because they aren't good.

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Angry Mom was awesome! I loved almost all the characters & it combined comedy and mystery soooo well

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Temperature of Love Strong performance from the two main leads, and Yang SeJong is just so swoony. Really hoping this drama keeps up cuz I'm in need of a good rom-com.

Reunited Worlds I am so glad it finally ended. Only continued watching it because I had nothing else to watch and because I do like the side characters and side stories. Wasnt sold on the main romance, which seemed more like they were good friends, as LollyPip pointed out.

Strongest Deliveryman My current drama crack. Ep 15 was incredibly heartbreaking. Now that CEO Jung has finally stooped low rather than being a good businesswoman, I feel like we can now hate her. Was a bit disappointed that Kang Soo gave up but lets see how ep 16 turns out. This is one drama I'm really sad to let go. JinGyu and Jiyoon's scenes are so cute and lovely. Loved the scene when he assured her that he doesnt hate her because she's her mother's daughter.

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re: Reunited Worlds: You seem to be happy that it's done and your misery has ended. 🙃 Can't decided if I should pick it back up just to finish it. I stopped at episode 10.

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Well its partly because it has to end for While You Were Sleeping to start. If it was another drama I'm not looking forward to then I wouldnt be so happy haha. Episode 10 as in 5 1 hour episodes? hmm i dont know. I kept going partly because of the mystery surrounding Hae Sung's death too

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Oh, yeah, sry. Ep 20.

Don't really feel one way or the other about While You Were Sleeping.

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ohh thats like halfway through, a bit tricky. I suppose you can watch it if you run out of dramas to watch? If not, I dont think you're missing much.

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I was really happy for the SD team of course, but still felt bad for CEO Jung at the beginning of the ep. Well, that didn't last long! I get no one wants their business to fail, but using those kind of tactics, idk how people like that even sleep at night.

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The King Loves *sobs* farewell to WonRinSan and my beautiful beautiful Rin.

Hong Jong Hyun 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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I swear I had to pause the drama every few moments when he's on screen. He's so hot it's dazzling and befuddling and short circuit inducing to my brain. I can't believe I won't be seeing his face anymore 😭😭

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The King Loves makes me obsessed with everything about this drama. I think I will be in deep slumber until I find another drama that can excite me like TKL.... Now that I know my Rin is alive, I will rewatching this drama again and try to pick that small hidden clues through out the episodes. Ow, and I just realize how beautiful the cinematography is... And how great Siwan, Yoona and HJH (my boy) are.. 😊😊

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Diamond quality calibre! Now that's too much praise for HJW!! She is talnted but not terrific

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After Forest of secrets, nothing interested me. I was in the worst slump. Then I caught the flu and was couch-bound and desperate. Age of Youth had been in my queue for a year and I marathoned it. I love the Belle Epoque girls! Now I'm in a slump waiting for DF or viki to pick up the 2nd season. :-(

I may try Temperature of Love, based on Beanie comments, but I don't know if it's what I'm in the mood for.

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I marathoned Age Of Youth this week too! I followed last year through the recaps, but wow does nothing beat the actual experience. It's the type of drama where there's so many things I can say about it except I don't really want to, I just try to savour every moment, it's that good. I think it's the first drama wherein I cried in almost every episode too. 😂 So now I'm kinda terrified to start watching season 2 because season 1 was so perfect. If you ever need a marathoning buddy though when the subs finally come, haha...

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I wasn't invested in AOY2 until the end of episode 4, so while I like it a lot, I like AOY1 a little bit more.

It's hard to describe the exact difference, but I'll just put it this way: I feel like I'm watching AOY2, but I felt like I was in AOY1, living and breathing their lives with them.

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That will be perfect! My coworker, who introduced me to Kdrama, isn't interested in it, so it'll be nice to have an AoY2 buddy. :-)

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Yay, okay! Haha just ring me up when the subs come, I'm too anxious to watch it on my own 😅

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I had literally the same experience! Got super sick so I started Age of Youth and loved it. Definitely still in an overall drama slump though, hope something good comes along

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Still in the top list, Live Up To Your Name, oh god why there's just 16 episode anyway, i need more. It takes 12 episode to make Heo im and Yeon kyung confirmed their feeling each other. Why just 4 episode left? *my poor heart*
Next, My Golden Life. Yes, i agree with @javabeans. Why park shi hoo family so awkward with each other. I feel it, definitely! Don't know why this show always pulling me every week to watch it.
And the newest Temperature of Love, well I must admit Yang sejong and Seo hyunjin chemistry so good. But Kim jaewook always comes first for me. It's just like I don't want him to compete with the lead actor to win the heroine love. And i just have enough of it from Kim jaewook. Just hope the writer don't make him typical loser 2nd lead. Or I will drop this one.
And last I'm doing Woman Of Dignity marathon. Well, for beginning 11 episode I don't really sure Kim Sunah motive. But then I have the feeling and that's it. This show just leave it's message that you don't have to envy other because you really don't know what other struggle must face in their place. And by the way, Lee Kiwoo character so loveable. I'm hardly remember him in a drama because his character just so so.

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".. But Kim jaewook always comes first for me. It's just like I don't want him to compete with the lead actor to win the heroine love. And i just have enough of it from Kim jaewook. Just hope the writer don't make him typical loser 2nd lead..."

can he just have a love line with Jo Bo-ah.I wouldn't mind another Chaebol Couple as long as Kim Jaewook doesn't end up a loser 2nd lead.

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"I just want more episodes, like 36 of them." and a few more seasons please @ jtbc. honestly i only just got hooked on age of youth this past week, but i've binged the whole first season and subs for the second are quite slow so i'm still rereading all the season 1 recaps. i am so in love with the housemates it is torturous waiting for the subs but really, please continue the show jtbc!!

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Movie :
Batttlefield !!
This movie is spectacular! I was scared the story will turns agonising too watch, but i was wrong. Is not patriotic centric hero, but it speaks its volume through the humanity battle their life out of earth hell. Heroic So Ji Sub is trembling my heart so bad and Song Joong Ki kills it like nobody's business.

And, I declared myself totally in love with HJM ahjussi all over again. Everytime he acts, the snow falls, the flower blossoms, the rain pours, the sun shines. He brings all flavours, dang. The movie turns to be glorious & funny at the same time.

And special mention : Techno Queen Lee Jung Hyun. Is she that good actress before? Super blown away. Instant fan girling how badass when she fire a gun for the sake of her people & her beloved So Ji Sub. Kyaa..

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Drama :
Still none. ~~ ugh
I paused The King Loves ep 3 & want to watch Live Up by Ur Name. Is it good? I need something light before starting TKL.

Variety :
Please Take Care of My Refrigrtor :
I never watched this show bfore. And only watch GD & Yongbae guest in. GD has caviar , truffle, and what else? I only know riches who throw money for fashion, cars, hobby & houses, now there is GD who buys caviar for his chips sake without snobbing it in front of people.. Damn..

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"Lee Jun-ki and Moon Chae-won had better do a heart-ripping romantic melodrama right away, together, because I swear they have more chemistry than is reasonable for the two seconds of personal interaction they have every episode."

At least, I feel relief that whatever happened to Criminal Minds has nothing to do with the casts but the boring writing and slack in directing.
And yes 10000x, Moon Chae Won and Lee Jun Ki should immediately do another drama together *please make it a romance sageuk*. Even with those short clips compiled together, I could definitely feel their chemistry.

And why is "Live Up To Your Name" not receiving much love and attention here? Such an underrated gem of a show.

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It's even more unfair that their characters are compatible in the drama lolol. I feel like after this, they should do an epic dark love story. Both of them night vigilantes maybe? Set in the Three Kingdoms era, oh yeah. That, or she can do a Mishil-like role, idk. I'd watch them for sure though 😝😝

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I know! The drama is wasting their compatability. It would have been less of a disappointment if Hyun Joon was playing by Lee Jin Wook and Sunwoo was played by IU, but to pair MCW and LJK together and not give them something to do - WHY, show, why??!!

I get the feeling LJK will pick a sageuk next and MCW, after 2 mediocre dramas and a successful one where she wasn't really the focus, she may be looking towards a sageuk too. Yes for a Three Kingdoms one featuring MCW and LJK!

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re: Live Up to Your Name: Yeah, but at least there are a few of us who champion the show and love this awesome gem.

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Hospital Ship: Doctor Song is so adorably clueless in her first time falling in love. Now that Jae Geol's decided he likes her too, this love triangle may be the very first one where I honestly like both guys. Hyun's most probably gonna get the girl so Jae Geol can come to me!

Man Who Sets The Table: On Joo Won is so handsome and his character is the only one I like in this drama. That usually means I should drop it but I like his character sooooo much.

Lovers in Bloom: realised why daily dramas are to be avoided. It started off well but now it seems to be nose diving. Hard. If only Hwarang didn't make me fall in love with Do Ji Han! Stupid flowerboy Sageuk!

Good Morning Call: a Japanese highschool drama. Why is it that every guy that likes Nao is just so much better for her than the main dude? Like seriously, the guy drags her for the whole episode and kisses her at the end and it's all okay? Daichi and Issei were far better choices.

Smile, You: watching my all time favorite family drama again. Love it this time as much as I did the first time. Hyun Soo and Jung In's chemistry is out of this world!

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re: Good Morning Call,

I feel that they want to show that Uehara at the end is the better choice for her, well Issei is definitely better, yeah Issei is definitely better.
I find it refreshing that GMC is a reverse harem in a high school setting.

Man who set the table : he is such a nice guy. He is accepting, honest, confident, positive and totally all around guy. Where do they find this character? Why people even oppose to him?

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'Lovers in Bloom' is my first daily as well, and I loved it till about episode 45 and then it just sank. I pretty much just follow comments on various subbing sites now to keep up with whats happening.

I thought I'd want to watch it again once Soo Hyuk and Bo Ra get back together but they seem have pulled the super duper makjang card with Tae Jin and Gong Hwa.

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Haha I have a few recommendations from a beanie about dailies I could try, but Lovers in Bloom confirmed my worst fears. I don't know if I'll ever tread into these waters again. >_<

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i liked still loving you. it aired before lovers in bloom. its on youtube as well. there is melo and makjang but considerably less and more family life.

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I just looked it up - and I do like the premise. Hopefully it focuses on the relationship between the two leading ladies?

I'm wary of dailies now, but I'm adding this one on my list of dailies to try some day. Thanks for bringing it on my radar. :)

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yes the focus is very much on their relationship. also there is noona romance. just warning you if you dont like it. some people skipped it bcoz of noona romance but i liked it

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@po - you've just hit my catnip. There's not much I won't watch for a noona romance. ^^; Am presently loving Hospital Ship and Temperature of Love for the noona romance.

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Smile You is ❤❤❤!

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The King Loves: The ending is so warm and bittersweet. Love it! WonRinSan, best trio ever! ❤️❤️❤️

Temperature of Love: Yang Se-jong's smile 😍😍😍

Age of Youth 2: Love the girls, still. 💜💜💜

Strongest Deliveryman: Can't believe it's over soon! I need my weekly happy pill of dimples. 😆 And the kissssssss ❤️❤️❤️

Rescue Me: Can't wait for finale! I want to see Baek, Kang, Jo and Sang Mi's dad rot in prison for a lifetime! And Sang Hwan's dad too!

Gosh, I'm down to 5 dramas this week! Still haven't gotten time to watch GG1979 and LUTYN.

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The only Kdrama I've been keeping up with is Live Up to Your Name. Kim Nam-gil is so doofishly charming, and he and Kim Ah-joong have such good chemistry together. I wouldn't say it's the best show ever, but it's definitely entertaining enough for me!

As for other Asian dramas, I'm also watching a Jdrama called Kahogo no Kahoko, which is just SO CUTE. The two leads are just so precious, and the narrator dad makes me laugh. Then there's a Cdrama called Dear Prince, which I randomly hunted down after I kept seeing people mention it in the comments on various streaming sites. It's an absurd body-possessing romantic comedy and I love it so very very much.

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Right here's the link for the 1st episode for kahogo no kahoko -- http://newasiantv.me/watch/overprotectivenesss-kahoko-episode-1-engsub.2862.62376.html

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OMG! I watched Kahogo no Kahoko's 1st episode, and it was SO cute and funny! It's been a while since I watched a good japanese drama, one with family stuff and romance on the side. Will also check out "dear prince." Thanks for mentioning them.

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**Age of Youth : I'm watching this show raw these days, surprised that I picked more than I thought.

**Lingerie Girls Generation : This show made me care about handshake greater than any fight scene in Kingsman 2. As I watched the movie, I kept thinking I care more about this drama and I just want to stop watching the movie.

**Temperature of Love : Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong had a brilliant chemistry. I love it.

**Hyori's Bed and Breakfast : I love Hyori and IU.
Hyori and Lee Sang Soon's marriage is the modern fairytale wedding I'd like to have. He seemed completely fascinated by Hyori and still not losing himself in the tornado.

While me, I am so charmed by IU. I kept listening to her music. I also starting to realize that perhaps this entire time I associated IU as her character in Dream High. Not anymore.

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Waiting for temperation of love to get more solid, the first 4 episodes were too childish and the actress even though I like her a lot, she always has so much alcohol drinking in her dramas which I find extremely unfitting

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I'm a happy girl this week- two noona romances which employ what I love the most-conversations!
Hospital ship- EJ and KH, their relationship is just so comfortable, easy and charged up at just the right moments. While KH's just right for EJ, I'm developing a tiny crush on JG- he's insecure and hurting for attention but he's also very observant and straightforward. I wish he finds someone he can call his own, he deserves it.
ToL- This really had me squealing, that initial attraction and banter were shown so well. I'm cautiously optimistic for the show- not feeling too good about that makjang mother.
Rescue me- I'm pumped! Give me an amazing ending show and keep dong chul alive!

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Temperature of Love
- low expectations but I'm very interested. only 💕💕💕💕 for our leads especially Kim Jae Wok

Strongest Deliveryman
- can believe it's ending this weekend, I feel we still have a lot to cover..plus I want more Chaebol couple or maybe a spin-off of Dimples & Ji-monster (borrowed from a Beanie,sorry forgot which among you lovely people called them that)

The King's Woman
-binge watched until Ep 30 last weekend,now planning to skip this week's 6 eps after seeing the previews. Can I please have Raba & Vin Zhang in modern romance WITH A HAPPY ENDING! the chemistry is just 💕

Age of Youth 2
- still holding off until it's done so I can watch from beginning to end but loving all the spoilers from the Beanie wall

My week is too lonely..no time for other dramas or k-variety shows.

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Age of Youth 2: This season is just pitch perfect. My obsession over Sung-min and Ji-won had led me scouring Youtube for all the fans' compilations, but all the fake movie trailers only made me upset over the fact that there is no actual SongSung rom-com movie coming soon to theaters near us. And yes, my obsession also led me to make up cringy monikers like SongSung for uli SM and JW. Must come up for air after the season is over.

Temperature of Love: I know this is one heroine I can relate to when on her way home Seo Hyun-jin whipped out of her purse a giant half-eaten bag of sweet potato chips on the bus. My admiration for our heroine was overflowing when she did it again on the bus in front of Yang Se-jong on their first date, AND then she made a haute-cuisine chef eat processed food. A win for snackers all over the world.

Playful Kiss: I wanted to watch more Jung So-min after Father is Strange was over, and in the show only her innate endearing quality enabled me to gulp down the large chunk of the stupid and tolerate her fixation of the insufferable robot boy. Cannot wait for Jung’s cuteness to return with Lee Min-ki in the upcoming This is Our First.

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Most importantly, what elevates Playful Kiss from a bearable to an enjoyable watch is Javabeans and Girlfriday's recaps. I am so happy for Dramabeans' growth and success and appreciate all the new and wonderful recap hoobaes, but I miss your writings dearly and immensely! You gals are one of the kind!! ❤️❤️❤️

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umm.. robot boy was still alright given the character he was portraying.. but she was insufferable. .the reason i don't watch father is strange is because of her.. or any other drama.. but still for the main hero i watch his scenes in father is strange.. so i can say she has improved for sure.. but man! she was bad..

she was probably a 5 on my top 5 list of worst actresses.. and she is off the chart now..

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Well .. robot boy was atleast in the periphery of what was desired off him.. unlike someone else whose presence needs to be justified by her "parents" by not addressing her strengths or flaws but pulling others down..

i guess that's the new mature

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**** hospital ship: im enjoying this drama...love the way the story goes and love the past history of each character
*** tempreature of love : too childish for the first 4 ep.i hope it gets better in future

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Criminal Minds: Episode 10 made me cry like a fool.

Age of Youth 2: Aww~~~ I just love everything in this drama. Song Sunbae, I'm a fan! LMAO.

Temperature of Love: The cast Actor, YAY! The script NAY! Just personal opinion please don't kill me XD

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What!?!?!? How could you not like Temperature of Love's script! It's god's gift to drama watchers! 😂

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How could I don't like ToL scripts? Hm, maybe because I'm a big fan of "Oh Haeyoung Again" XD

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I won't kill you heh. I thought Temperature of Love looked great, but I found myself cringing at the dialogue and didn't feel the chemistry. I wasn't expecting much from it, but since it's actually being subbed by Dramafever, I gave it a try.

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ha ji won's character in hospital ship reminds me of mizutani in tonari no kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster) manga. female leads like her are rare. characters like her are usually paired up with alpha males so maybe that's why tineybeanie doesnt like her paring with kang min hyuk whose character is kind of a beta male in the drama. i like it though as i feel he completely understands her and can look past the defensive wall she puts up in front of others. i also like the parent-
child relationship in the drama as i can relate to all of them.
certainly this drama is not for everyone. it is slow paced and focuses more on relationships and dialogue than events. but i like the slow pace. if you are not into these types of dramas and dont feel the main otp, probably you wont feel the connection to this drama that the fans of this drama have.

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amen. 👏🏻👍🏻

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Hospital Ship is 💜💜💙. I'm invested in Kang Min Hyuk's story of his father's Alzheimer's disease and how he copes. And I think Kang MinHyuk's portrayal of his struggles are very realistically done.

We so often see Medical dramas portrayed as always fraught with tension and always dealing with emergencies. But I like that Hospital Ship not only deals with emergencies, but mundane everyday out patient care. It's fascinating to me that it deals with the struggles of elderly parental care in a realistic manner. Bringing up questions that are difficult to deal with.

How do you care for an aged parent with a long or short term terminal disease? What's the effect on the family? How does the caregiver cope? I'm in the time of my life, where this question comes up a lot with my friends, colleagues and I. So I can relate a lot to and with the characters' struggles.

The King Loves ended on a beautifully sad note. Remind me never to fall in love with kdramas - they have the power to break my heart! But yes, I will not be getting over that drama any time soon.

There are two types of Weekend dramas - the realistic, heartwarming family dramas that are classy and done very well such as Five Children, and Father Is Strange; and the Makjang, which encompasses a great many weekend dramas. Unfortunately My Golden Life falls into the latter category. The lead actress is doing a phenomenal job with the material she's given, but the story, ugh! This could be spared with a second DNA test. No spoilers intended. I don't think I'll stick with this. Makjang elements done badly have the tendency to bore me.

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I can definitely understand your take on Hospital Ship. If a drama is not that good but I can relate to it, I tend to be able to forgive it's issues and enjoy it for what it is, especially the elements I can relate too.

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True about MyGoldenLife.. Shin Hye-sun was doing such a great job that I was really hoping that it would pick up.. but last night's episode was soo terrible that I think I'm gonna drop it too.. waaay too much makjang being taken too seriously in it's makjang glory! Gahh.. just when I was thinking that finally we are getting some shows which use makjang elements but to their benefit!

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Agree wholeheartedly with your comment about weekend dramas.I'm not much into them really (I've so far watched only 3) and just loved two of those like you but My Golden Life is pure unbearably makjang. I love Shin Hye Sun but can't watch anymore.

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Sorry,should have been 'too unbearably makjang'.

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I catched up with Live up to your name this week and while I didn't know what to think of it first I have to say that it is now on my list of favorite dramas this year. The chemistry between the actors is sizzling I actually ship them in real life lol.
Save me- The final week is here and all I want is a happy ending, please writer nim.
Temperature of love- I was weary at first because of the writer's track record but I actually ended up liking the firat to episodes, the cinematography is ughh the colors pop and its so pretty to look at, i hope it stays like that throughout the show.
Girls generation- I am also a week behind but so far from what i have seen i like it. I love the music choices and that they are continuos throughout the episodes there is hardly any moment without music.

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Yup, I would nominate Live Up to Your Name for drama of the year as well, but it's up against very stiff competition.

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Yay, more love for Live Up to Your Name. The leads are such a delight here!

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More Live Up to Your Name fans is always a good thing. Welcome to the club!

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I can go for another 50 episodes of Age of Youth. Or maybe a spinoff entirely for Sung-min and Ji-won, please?

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Age of Youth should have be a 50-episode family drama. The Belle Epoque family has so much story to tell with the 5 siblings (6 with Kang unni.) If we only get 2 seasons with 24 (or is it 26?) episode trajectory, then Write-nim really needs to let our Sung-min/Ji-won OTP's romance to take off very very soon, and by soon, I mean this week!

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Watching this for Shin Hye-sun’s transformation, though, and how well she handles being a brand-new chaebol.
Agreed with you, javabeans!
I'm watching Lingerie Girl's Generation (which totally exceeded my expectations <3), LUTYN which is so fun (Kim Nam Gil making every path a runway wherever he walks), and My Golden Life (Shin Hye Sun my love!)
Also watching one dorama, Kahogo no Kahoko which will end in a week (its subs, anyway hahaha)

Time to catch up with everything after a busy week! :)

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I guess Hospital Ship could have worked best as a movie, maybe? What interested me the most was the female lead and her story, but since that is mostly resolved and left just a love triangle behind, I lost most interest. If they had a 90-minutes movie or two-hours, we could easily storm through the ship's crew's introductions and had the female lead end up on the ship, save lives, truly remember how it felt to belong somewhere and help people, and stay on the ship even when she could return to the big hospital. And if it does well enough, we could have sequels. But I think the story is enough for just a movie.

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Woman of Dignity, 2nd viewing. First time since Dae Jang-geum I've gone back & watched a drama again right away, mainly to see the two actresses play off against each other. Tremendous pathos comes out of the Kim Sun-ah character. The first time around I was surprised how affected I was. I can usually take the ginned-up emotion in K-drama with a shrug but this lingered a while. Under all the cynical humor there's a lot of "there" there. I think WoD will be the most memorable 2017 drama for me.

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I am only following current airing drama Live up to your name and it is a lovely drama with no idols. Adults Joseon and present time act to their age and profession.

Also started ep1 of Criminal Mind Korean remake.So far it is engaging enough and Son Hyun Joo ajusshi can pierce through my screen.

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Thank goodness for cable channels. I'm only watching "Age of Youth" when the subs is available but it has "Rescue Me" and "Live up to your Name" that I kind of want to try when I have the time.

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Thank goodness for cable channels.

Amen.

I mightn't watch Rescue Me and another remotely heavy drama like Live Up To Your Name together. The latter might be a much easier watch I would say.

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I'm officially dropping Manhole! I just watch the first 2 eps of Temperature of Love, I liked it but not really, I sometimes feel like the dialogues are too cheesy for my taste and the part where the guy asks the girl out when they just meet 5 hours ago is quite straightforward that I felt uncomfortable (some people may think that this scene is so swoon worthy but that's not the case for me), guess I'll have to stick around to see what's gonna happen next!

SUNG MIN-JI WON CAN YOU GUYS GET TOGETHER ALREADY?!! Sung Min seems to notice his feelings for Ji Won, he can be seen sometimes dissapointed when Ji Won just think of him as friend. When Ji Won asked whether Sung Min gonna date the junior, he even asked back 'do you want me to date her?'. Or when Ji Won asked Sung Min to be careful, his eyes seriously went soft like he is so happy Ji Won cares for him, when she said that it is because she needs a ride home, the softness in his eyes poof gone and he just scoffed (adorably)! STOP BEING IN DENIAL YOU GUYSSS, YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH EPISODE LEFT

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lol.whats the point in droppign manhole.. when you have already withered the storm for 14 hours of your life

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I stopped watching at episode 8, but I downloaded all the episodes after that just in case I want to finish it later. I watch some of the clips on instagram and still uninterested. That's when I decide to delete all downloaded eps

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While it may not be Manhole, I've done that with The K2 and Moorim School both shows were just so bad I couldn't will myself anymore to watch them. I mean, I had to will myself to get to ep 14 in the first place. I will eventually finish them though, eventually.

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Watching :
1. Father is Strange. It's mixed all the emotions from funny, full of love, great chemistry.
2. Three Meals A Day season 4: I love Eric and Yoon Kyun Sang bromance. Their brotherhood seems more natural and getting closer.
3. Age of Youth 2: Reminds me my campus life. I think this is the best drama that airing now.
4. Temperature of Love: good chemistry from the main leads but I definitely could say they're acting. Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Sejong romance scenes seem too directed. Like the cinematography but still not feeling the story.

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Didn't realize that there's a ton of dramas ending this week and next. Too bad I dropped some of them: Falsify, Reunited Worlds, and Save Me. Intend to pick back up Save Me at some point.

FINISHED

Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light: Ok, so the first episode of this J-drama had me laughing my ass off because of the use of a simple but major plot device--the use of avatars to communicate in an online world. I watched this right after I surprised some beanies, so I found that plot device more funny than it actually was.

Having said that, this drama resonated with me because I spent most of my formative years playing video games online. The 'family' you build online can in some ways be just as strong as the ones you have offline. You spend many hours of your life playing and communicating with them after all. I also loved that the show placed emphasis on the main character's offline life--work can be a pain, clueless in love, and issues with family. While I don't want to give to much away, the show also illustrated how we sometimes rely on technological buffers to communicate instead of doing so in person.

The drama itself is not the best, but if you look past it's flaws and focus on the intention behind the story, it's actually quite enjoyable. Yudai Chiba is likeable here, although his shocked expressions are kind of hit or miss--he has really beautiful eyes though. I absolutely loved Mako Ishino in this. She brought a natural life to her character. It's a short series, and I would recommend it.

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Live Up To Your Name: This show is really really good. I feel it's a sleeper. Each week they manage to wrench at your heart and emotions to keep you invested but not too much to turn you off. I love this OTP.

Strongest Deliveryman: I don't really feel compelled to watch this show when new episodes come out but I really like this show when I manage to watch it. I'm on episode 12 atm, and will try to watch it out today.

This is my second Go Kyung-pyo drama and I'm loving him in it. He's a really good actor. The one issue I'm having with this drama at the moment though is that I have no idea what to make of Dan-a's character. One moment she strong, the next moment she's submissive. Sure there is give and take in a relationship, but it's just jarring here.

Together with Me: Ah, this Thai drama is so bad it's good; at least that's why I'm trying to tell myself.

STARTED

Temperature of Love: Trying desperately to keep my expectations low but failing miserably. Fell in love with this drama well before the end of the first episode. It has the illusive drama trifecta of ridiculously good actors, fantastic script, beautifully executed direction and production. This helps you believe that the world they have created is real and relatable and not a fictional drama world. It's one of those dramas that you notice and enjoy...

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...the little things. Gosh, I sure hope that this drama does not rip my heart out in a bad way. So hard to keep expectations low.

DROPPED

Hospital Ship: Ok, I'm done. For real, I'm done.

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I think it's finally safe to say my drama slump is over between Age of Youth 2 and Live Up To Your Name! Both these shows have me addicted and thinking about the characters all week. And both are going to end soon, leaving me devastated. Hopefully the new shows coming won't disappoint!

I was ready to obsess over Age of Youth before it even started, but it's been such a surprise to fall so hard for LUTYN. After ep 13, I am now certain the OTP is one of the most adorable in this universe. I literally can't get enough of them. I just feel their love in every moment, even the most seemingly trivial.

I praised Kim Nam-gil a lot, but Kim Ah-joong was wonderful this episode. What I love the most is that she's so surprisingly mischievous and forward with him, likely because she fears their time together could end at any moment. I really really admire her for not running away from the pain this could cause and instead embracing the happiness while it's there to experience.

I'm also looking forward to the last episodes of the other weekend shows I've been enjoying, Rescue Me and Strongest Deliveryman! Except, I'm not ready to let Kim Sun-ho go. Lol, unlike Woo Do-hwan and Seo Yeji, I just need them to get out of that nightmare for my peace of mind. I admit, I wish Rescue Me was shorter because I almost couldn't handle it going on that long.

I'm really hoping to have more during the week to watch. Temperature of Love was promising, but I'm not completely hooked yet, oddly enough.

I'd only been watching The King Loves before that. While there are a few frustrations I have with it, many wonderful beanies on the recap pinpoint exactly why it was such a satisfying and worthwhile watch. Overall, the stuff I really cared about was executed in a thoughtful, affecting way. I expected Won to let Rin and San go from the start, but that still didn't prepare me for him forever avoiding any signs of their existence because he can never even go to them. Ugh, that just...I miss RinWonSan together most of all and that is the true tragedy of this story.

I'm also planning on marathoning Lingerie Girls soon! It seems promising.

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Age of Youth: My love for this drama grows with each episode. I hate how Ye-Eun's being terrorized, but I do like how this brought about so many great moments - some tearful, some hilarious. I watched the scene of the Jang Hoon, Eun, Ji Won, and Sungmin meet up at Gu Dae Young's apt like 10 times already.

Criminal Minds (up to ep16): I'm starting to feel a little fatigued with thinking about all the ways this drama can be improved upon and with feeling upset for Moon Chae Won who still doesn't get much to go. I hope she does a sageuk next!

Temperature of Love: I can't figure out how I really feel about this drama. Directing, cinematopgraphy, acting, and writing are good, but I can't feel any investment in it. I'll give it another week.

Ditto javabeans's comment about Park Shi Hoo and Jeon No Min. I only watched a few scenes of Golden Life in passing, but was struck by how Jeon No Min looks only between 5-10 years older than Park Shi Hoo - definitely not old-looking enough to be the dad. It also doesn't help that Jeon No Min is looking handsomer than usual in the drama and Park Shi Hoo is look a little puffy.

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I concur that we need more meet-ups for the cast of AoY2. It is time for a big party for all of our Belle Epoque boys and girls, and I won't mind a little more display of the Sung-min/Jan-hoon posturing to protect their fragile masculinity in front of non-too-impressed girls.

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My Golden Life - This is the first time I am squealing at the ahjusshis than the lead actor. Jeon No Min *squeeee so handsome! And why is Park Shi Hoo so puffy?! I kept hoping the swelling would go down.

Live up to your name - I love Kim Nam Gil as always but I am just not feeling Kim Ah Joong or the plot. But my other half is loving it and can't get enough.

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I have been stuck in a drama rut since Forest of secrets ended. And have been left with My Golden Life. Which hasn't captivated me enough that I have just watched ep 3-7 raw. it usually means there's nothing worth watching subbed for. I hope it picks up since I have rewatched a couple of the writer's previous works repeatedly.

I just- because I had nothing to do- picked up Hospital Ship tonight. I will take the viewers words for it that it has relationships as it's main point. However I would just like to point out I stopped it 15 min into episode 1. Because I was laughing my head off. The strong waves and storm scenes in the beginning were so badly done- the ship wasn't tossing enough. Then HJW running down the ship hallway- and I could see badly stuck vinyl flooring- since ship floors are routinely metal. Then the car which overturned multiple times and she was showering with blood running down the shower floors. Plus the- what was she doing again?- with the needle she just threw away? I hesitate to name the procedure cos' it doesn't tally with the mechanisms of injury I just saw. But here's saying I heard that the medical people on DB said it is accurate and medically correct. Ok... if you say so. I only know of cardiac tamponade but I thought the reason he would have cardiac arrested would be an aortic dissection or massive head injury instead. But then I left the scene where the spleen was removed? I presume it is the scene. And the pitch black theatre. Hahahaha...

NSM is 51 and PSH is 39. I cannot believe I just watched them both tonight in 2 dramas. And yes they look the same age. Since I just rewatched Family's Honor a couple of weeks ago. And PSH looked way better then. NSM looks the same.

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I love what you said about the ship, it's interesting.

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Strongest Deliveryman is such a sweet show <3 The second leads are the best and I love how much Dan-ah's outlook on life has changed. I'm sad it's almost over, it's been fun to watch. Also checked out Temperature of Love and think it's off to a good start!

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