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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: I just… wanted one more episode. Not only because of Ji-won and Sung-min (argh, why so stingy with their storyline?), but because I felt like the big emotional story came to a close and then we had to cram in resolutions for each character, when I would have liked just a little more of a wind-down with everyone. I felt like I loved everything the show gave me, so it’s not like I have beef with anything it did—I just think they ended 5 percent too early.

Because This Life Is Our First: Refreshing and sweet, was my first impression. I really like these two characters, and how they both feel realistic and relatable but also very distinct—you can see how, despite their differences and quirks, they unexpectedly get along so well together (I just love that he sees her as the perfect mathematically calculated roommate and is reluctant to let that go). It seems like we’re going to go into full-fledged contract romance now, so I’m gonna sit back and get comfortable because I eat that stuff up.

20th Century Boy and Girl: I was expecting this to be cute, but I didn’t expect it to be poignant as well. And while I could have expected a bubbly kind of chemistry between this couple, I was surprised to get sweet and innocent instead, and how well it works within the context. The friendships are sweet and the tone is contemplative—not what I thought it would be, but welcome.

Witch’s Court: Jung Ryeo-won can play some badass characters when she’s given the chance, and I’m looking forward to how she brings life to this confident, super-capable, nearly brash role here. I’m a little leery of it going heavy on the legal cases, but as long as it keeps the focus on the characters and their interplay—the contrast between the ambitious and pragmatic Jung Ryeo-won and the principled Yoon Hyun-min should make for a lot of clashing—I’ll be satisfied.

 

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Currently recapping: While You Were Sleeping

Age of Youth 2: I’m annoyed. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy every minute of the second season, because I did. I just thought we were going to be rewarded with the one romance I had been waiting for for two whole seasons. It’s a small comfort knowing that the Song/Sung-min ship takes off in the future, but it seems purposely withholding and a little perverse not to give it to us onscreen. It’s not a mystery that this is the one fan-favorite loveline! And then to further blow our minds, we’re left with that haunting epilogue?! *cries*

Witch’s Court: This show surprised me. I was afraid it would be really dark, but the characters are refreshingly odd and outspoken (namely the spunky heroine), and the leads’ partnership has that classic workplace bickering chemistry that makes it breezy to watch. I had the lowest expectations for this one out of the gate, but I found myself reaching for the second episode eagerly to see how Yoon Hyun-min would drive Jung Ryeo-won batty with his indefatigable earnestness.

Because This Life Is Our First: This drama has great cliffhangers, which is not a thing I would’ve expected of a low-key, slice-of-life romantic comedy. But at the end of every hour I’m pleasantly shocked and dying to know what happens next. This is definitely an odd couple, but that’s the point, and I rather enjoy the heaps of awkwardness and secondhand embarrassment, probably because I relate to both characters a good deal.

Mad Dog: Yoo Ji-tae’s tragic backstory was so engrossing that I wondered why the show didn’t open on it, but in hindsight I get the appeal of opening on slick, capery hijinks instead, even though it then takes two full hours to get a complete picture of the story. When the team is on a mission, the show feels very much like Lookout or Police Unit 38 with the added advantage of Yoo Ji-tae’s gravitas, and I’m eager to see how Woo Do-hwan’s presence will affect the tight-knit team.

Temperature of Love: So far, every time I think the second leads will get meddlesome or the story will take an annoying turn, it doesn’t. I’m impressed with how the drama feels like a conventional melodrama but doesn’t play out like one at all, and I’m always left satisfied that the leads act like real human beings dating in the real world, who talk to each other honestly about their feelings. What a strangely refreshing concept.

 

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Woman of Dignity: I haven’t liked this writer’s previous works so I was actually anticipating that I’d kind of hate this drama even before I started watching. I only began the show because I wanted some background noise and because I will watch Kim Sun-ah in literally anything. To my surprise, I got totally sucked into the saga about the “Desperate Housewives of Gangnam.” The gothic-esque murder-mystery underpinning everything made it easy for me gobble up episode after episode, and suddenly it was a couple of days later and I’d somehow finished watching all 20 episodes. In contrast to my earlier expectations, this has actually become one of my favorite drama-watching experiences of the year, if only to serve as a reminder that dramaland’s addictive power is still as strong as ever.

Temperature of Love: Despite being Kim Jae-wook’s No. 1 fan, I just can’t find any traction on this show, and I don’t think it’s worth making space for in my limited drama-watching time (especially with so many new shows premiering!). Sometimes you just need to know when to admit defeat—and beg someone to make a supercut of all of Handsome Oppa’s scenes. Pretty, pretty please? For the pretty? Please?

Mad Dog: I would watch Yoo Ji-tae be tall’n’sexy no matter what, but I enjoy it even more when he gets to be a vigilante bringer of insurance justice in a black leather jacket. The plot so far seems fairly predictable and similar to other dramas that have gone before, but it’s still an enjoyable romp with a great cast. A drama that doesn’t require anything from me but to go along for the ride is sometimes just what I need.

 

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20th Century Boy and Girl: Lol. I can’t say it’s super addicting, but I like it for now. The steady relationships that Jin-jin has with both her girlfriends and her family were heartwarming to see. I’ve loved Kim Ji-suk when he’s been in roles where he’s shown to be a bit petty or villainous (Rebel and Oh Hae-young Again), so I’m not too blown away by his bland-seeming normal K-drama hero character. But I’m hoping we’ll be able to see some cute bickering and interesting flaws soon.

Witch’s Court: I didn’t think I’d tune in to this one because I’ve been exhausted from all the legal-ish thrillers I’ve seen this year in dramaland (Falsify, Suspicious Partners, etc), but I actually really like this one at least from the first two episodes. I think the heroine’s story is so relatable, and even though her actions may be completely off-putting, I can understand where she’s coming from and her drive to succeed, especially because we also get to see that she does have a conscience and that she feels conflicted all the time. It’s just that she does sacrifice those morals in order to gain what she wants. Also, the background has been set up so that I can almost feel the pangs of heartbreak when she finds out what happened to her mother. It’s going to hurt doubly hard when she realizes that she’s been perpetrating and complying with a corrupt patriarchy that has elevated the very people who did harm to her mother.

 
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Age of Youth 2 : Bye Belle Epoque girls ! Ye Eun's arc was satisfying. I didn't think I would like it as much as I do now. SsongSung Couple... we know they will be together so I'm happy (let's not think about what happens 8 years later).

Hospital Ship : On hold. Sorry Ha Jiwon but new dramas are too appealing. I still love you.

KBS Drama Special 2017 : If We Were A Season : I expected a cute high school story and then they give the feels ! It was well directed too. Really liked it. Chae Soo Bin was great as always and Jand Do Young as a slacky student was nice. Will Jinyoung ever get the girl ?

Let Us Meet : I might be a bit biased because I have a soft spot for Jo Bo Ah but I find her lovely in this role. Some parts at the end didn't make sense, however it's a feel good drama so I won't complain.

You're Closer Than I Think : I was frustrated with everyone besides the photographer friend. A few lines were great as well, I'm satisfied that it's only a drama special.

Dancing Waltz Alone : I LOVE the scene where they dance together to represent all the years they have been dating. Yeo Huiyeoung (did I write his name correctly ?) caught my attention. The couple was bound to break up at one point, I just hope they will be able to stay in touch.

Lingerie Girl's Generation : Watched 2 episodes. I'm in love with this show's retro vibe ! The historical setting, the girls friendship and poor nerdy Dong Man hit all the right points !

Temperature of Love : Hyun Soo finally told Jung Sun she loves him. I'm so happy for them but I fear Jung Woo's reaction. Kyung is the best wingwoman !

Witch's Courtroom : Jung Ryeo Won is absolutely marvelous ! Her satisfied face in front of reporters is so good. She's unapologetic and awesome. Yoon Hyun Min being the good guy balances the dynamic. The way the cases were handled in the premiere was satisfying so I hope it's going to stay like this.

20th Century Boy and Girl : This is such a cute and heartwarming show ! I love every character, the friendship is great and totally fell head over heels for Sa Jin Jin (Han Ye Seul <3 ).

Because It's The First Time : Jung So Mi's breakdown at the tunnel totally sealed the deal for me ! I just love Ji Ho and seeing her struggling with life like anyone without being overdramatic is refreshing. Nam Se Hee is one of a kind. I started to worry about my expenses, debts and basically living costs this year so I understand his struggle. I want to see how their weird duo will work out. Also the best character ? Cat of course <3

While You Were Sleeping : Batman is my favorite superhero so no wonder Woo Tak is my favorite character <3 Please, tell me he's not dead. He's part of the Three Flying Dragons ! In this drama, Yoo Beom is the antagonist imo. He won't get a redemption arc or if he does, it will be in the last few episodes.

Mad Dog : ...

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Mad Dog : Can Woo Do Hwan going undercover as a dork become a thing ? I swear this boy keeps creeping into my heart. The only complaint I have is the CGI. It looks quite tacky and it stopped me from feeling as touched by the catastrophe as I should be.

Go Back Spouses : Jang Nara is a vampire we already know it ! I didn't expect our couple to get divorced. It explains now their attempts to go back to their campus love interest.

The Package : I liked the first episode. Let's see if it will be interesting.

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I envy you for having that much time to watch all these. I was only stuck with Mad Dog first episode and three Chuseok varieties [Dragon Club (non-pilot) 1% Friendship, and Line Up]. I've been meaning to watch KBS special dramas, but I feel like they all have the same theme.

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I sacrifice sleep, something a normal person shouldn't do he.

I wanted to watch new varietie shows but that's too much even for me.

KBS Drama Special have diverse dramas with interesting thematics that catch you off guard. It can be sad, sweet, thought provoking etc.

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Liked the Package too, besides the other new shows. Every shot of France is so beautiful, and I expect many more to come! This is one show which I won't care about the story and will stand all the bickerings, grumblings of the tourist group..

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I like the shots too ! It's great that they went with a tourist grop since we're discovering Paris like them. I'm French but only spent 2 or 3 days there.

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mad respect @mango for watching this much...see you around DB!

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I don't deserve respect for being a crazy drama addict. And It's not the end. I'm waiting for Black and Revolutionary Love to air.

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but you endure the waiting week after week, that totally deserve respect..plus real life ;)

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Lol at Hospital Ship~~! That is so me, I'm putting it on-hold as well because the pull of new kdrama lineup is so strong

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Yeah and from other Beanies comments the plot is going crazy. Not sure if I will pick it up soon after this drama circle.

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I plan to return to Hospital Ship once the craziness tones down a bit, if it does. Am keeping an eye on comment threads on various sites.

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Wow! I envy you for being able to watch so many dramas at a time haha. There was a time I did this too but I have my cross stitch now, so my attention is divided, sadly D:

On your list, I only watch Because this life is our first. I was so addicted with this drama by the end of episode 2 I regret not binge-watching it. Waiting each week is a torture~ D:

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Because this life is our first took me surprise. I didn't think it would have such a low-key humor and slice-of-life atmosphere.

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Me too. Watching the trailer, I don't think that it would be that good or that real. I truly watch it because I'm bored and need a companion while doing my cross stitch. Love love love the drama :D

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Whoa, Mango, you are my new hero! How were you able to watch all these premieres in this week? It's something I really want to do but just haven't found the time!

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The good side is that you can binge watch and not die every week waiting for the episodes to come out.

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Which site are you watching Go Back Spouses on please?

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the first episode of the package is freakin good and hillaious, Nothing is fluffy yet, We are just get a glimpse of their personality and they show each other their past enough make me wanting more. It seems nothing is what it's seems we think they are. Oh My, I love the package Already! It's the most solid first episode I've watched this week. Ok maybe I'm bias, but I didn't expect the writing to be this solid so far. Can they maintain this kind of pace? I'm sure their past and background will make the show more interesting.

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I think the directing of the drama is quite new. The way they tell the story and flashback, discover each person secret. I dont recall many drama do that. The experience of the tour guide is real. I think/hope it wont be a cheesy drama

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I hope so. I think this drama won't be relying the main love story between our lead as a part of the fun but rather than the whole group. Though our lead story difinitely become the main focus. I already tear up watching some glimpse of their past. I can't wait already to find out.

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I think there is only 1 more idiot who is watching that many shows. Mango wanna make Podcasts with me?

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Agree with @xhuizini Stopped watching hospital ship as well completed age of youth 2 (WHICH ONLY MADE ME WANT EVEN MORE😂) Currently watching temperature of love and while u were sleeping in tempted to watch mad dogs based on what im seeing about it!!

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I want AoY 3 to happen please !

Mad Dog seems good and not just because I find Yoo Ji Tae sexy. No. Really.

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i just watched if we were a season today, it was really good but too short, enjoyed it nevertheless, can’t wait to see more from chae soo bin!

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Chae Soo Bin is on a roll this year !

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You're Closer Than I Think - after liking this PD's drama's last year, Home Sweet Home, I can say I'm quite disappointed about this drama. All characters are frustrating and stupid. I can't really say I like the photographer friend but I think only Dong-ha's character made sense in the whole drama, LOL. I do like the lines from the books used in this drama, but frustrating characters made me turned off..It could be a good and refreshing love story. What a waste of good actors like Lee Sang-yeob & Kim So-eun. I was looking forward to this drama the most. I'm saving the others for later when I'm in a drama slump or want to watch something short.

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Lingerie Girls' Generation is so good. It hits all the right spot for me and unexpectedly thoughtful about many important social issues. Besides, characters speaking in satoori is my catnip.

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I feel the same about Jiwon & Sungmin in Age of youth2..that they would gravitate together and im choosing to ignore the damn epilogue. That said since writer and actress disclose so much it kinda mean season 3 is not possible unless new diff characters. N sungmin and jiwon cameos as a couple?

For the KBS drama special its gonna be 4 episodes? I hadnt love a drama special since Page Turner.

And talking about Page Turner, in While you were sleeping, Kim So Hyun's cameo is sorely missed. Truthfully i am glad the writer reunited them n gav a more positive future with the current character. Batman with his Robin followed by Jae Ah and Hong joo's mum are my favorites.

Would you recommend Go Back Spouses? How was the pace and chemistry? I miss Jang Na Ra and shes one thats forever young and sweet looking.

I finally watch Because it's the first time/life. It was one that i was certain i would want to watch when first announced. I actually really like the 'nonsense' neocortex speech and the funfact of that relating to cats. Perhaps cohabitation is my catnip. Im definetely tuning in to next week's episode.

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i like go back spouses. it has an interesting story. it has sad moments and laugh out loud moments. try it out, hopefully you'll like it too :)

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All of the drama special @mango talked about is only 1 eps long.

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Really enjoyed the first epis of Because This life is Our First and Witch's Courtroom, so will try to keep them up. I'd like to try Revenge Club but that's seems to be this blocks of dramas Argon, sadly.

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I really want to watch Argon and Revenge Club too. Are they in the same case as Night Light ?

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Night Light/White Nights was on Netflix, so there must be subs somewhere (it was even on Netflix UK!).

I remember Forest of Secrets initially seemed to have delays because somewhere like Dramafever had rights? I wondered if it might be the same problem for these but the raws seem readily available.

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I saw that avenger social club is partially subbed from the chinese sub in subscene, perhaps it will pick up later

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"Quick" post for the what we're watching from a Japanese restaurant 😁, see you later Beanies 😉
** Temperature of love E13-16 : Yang Se Jong ♡♡♡ . I'm glad for our main couple but I fear next week with Hong Ah and Jung Woo , what will they do 😨 ?
** K-shows
* 1n2d E196 : trot festival , red wigs and Mr. Sly trying not to work : it was funny sometimes but the editing w/o the staff argh 😤
* Law of the jungle E 285 : I watched it for Roy Kim and he doesn't disappoint : trying to show his abs was so funny 😂.
* Dragon club ep1 : I loved it , friends arguing about who was Astro boy's father , Jang Hyuk singing Pororo & Cha Tae Hyun ringtone from Princess Pring 😂
* Night goblin E10 Lee Su Geun ♡♡♡
* Wanna city E1 : Park Woo Jin Cleopatra game was so funny 😂

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I fwar Jung Won the most. He has a lot of influence on the couple's career and since he always gets what he wants his reaction wi be terrible imo.

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*friends arguing about who was Astro boy's father , Jang Hyuk singing Pororo & Cha Tae Hyun ringtone from Princess Pring* --- okay, I've got to watch this now. :)

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I just love Jang Hyuk in variety. lol. From someone who always control what he eat who can expect Kim Jong Kook eat a lot. I'll expect more kids story and song for the upcoming episode. hahaha.

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Oooh Dragon Club sounds good. I wanna see Jang Hyuk in a variety show. :D

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Beanies are slowly converting to wannable. Jae Hwan x Woo Jin are always fun.

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@odilettante I was surprised to know that this writer did Woman of Dignity. As a Desperate Housewives fan, I found this show addicting and Kim Sun Ah was wonderful as Park Bok Ja ! One of my 2017 crack drama.

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Which show this writer write actually? Me too, i didn't know first that this show will be that much addicting. I'm downloaded and watching this just because it's rating wise. But turned out to be sooo good.

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She wrote Strong Woman Do Bong Soon which I didn't like it was a silly show but i kept watching for PBY and the laughs.
I didn't think i will be addicted to WOD that much when I started watching it was already 10 episodes out, I marathoned the 10th episodes I didn't get bored at all, this show was entertaining, both kims acting was great I couldn't hate Kim Sun Ah character at all I pitted her.

I wish there is subs for Avengers Social Club it seems it's doing well the 2nd episode recored 5% if i am bot mistaken and i love LYW.

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So I was hunting around and when I searched Avengers Social Club Eng Sub as I have been doing nonstop these past few days I found that episode one has been subbed by two websites. They are not legal websites so beware of ads and pop-ups. But at least the subs are there even if they are late unlike Argon. :( does anyone know if Argon will ever be subbed?

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She also wrote My Beloved Eundong. A melodrama that started well but didn't live up to the expectations.

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Oh, she did SWDBS and My Beloved Eundong? But i'm not a fan of do bongsoon so it kind of i don't know it.
But, My Love Eundong, i like it. Although not my favorite.

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WOD is a really good show. It has high ratings but not much buzz. I hope she can write another one like this. Even DBS is not great but it has good ratings as well

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Age of Youth 2 - goodbye my Belles. And I will hold you to it,JTBC!

After breeze watching the premiers & current shows this week,I had to rewatch them again to finalize my drama plate to this

Witch's Court - must watch Mon-Tue
Mad Dog - must watch Wed-Thu

Fri Night,still undecided which one to live watch and which to binge watch later:
20th Century Boy & Girl
Because it's My First Life

Waiting for Which One will be the
Weekend Must Watch
Revolutionary Love
The Package
Go Back Couple

Dropping
Temperature of Love - love the leads,but the drama can't keep my interest,no motivation to press that "PLAY" button

Here's to hoping I can keep my drama schedule and limit of only live watching 3-4 dramas

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I couldn't believe I find someone here who don't watch Temperature of Love :D
I watch episode 1 while pressing my fast forward button so I think to myself that that's the end of this drama for me

I think that it's better to binge-watching Because This Life is Our First. I watched it live and I regret it soooo much. The cliffhanger is killing me D:

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Losing interest in Temperature of Love too. But I will probably tune in for the next episode to see our second lead's reaction to the revelation. Still, the new drama are so great - how can they do this to us, I need to sleep sometime. Agree with the cliffhanger :-)

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I couldn't get past episode 1 so I just decided to drop it haha. Maybe romance is just not my taste, or I'm just not into the mood of watching the drama right now haha

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I was anticipating so much for it since casting for the 4 leads was confirmed since I like/love each one of them as actors/actresses. And I usually decide if I'm keeping a drama by the 4th or 6th episode. Sadly, it just couldn't keep me interested,even without the new shows this week to compare to.I just had to drop it.

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I decide to watch a drama or not when I started to press the fast forward button and I'm not even interested what will happen to the characters. Glad that I found someone who thinks the same as me :D

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Because This life is Our First is my new favorite drama ❤ ❤
Finally a super fun and refreshing plot that i can watch on Mondays/Tuesdays. It's amazing how this new drama totally won my heart with only 2 episodes ❤

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Let's eat 2 - Enjoying this drama. Although the hero is an over-inflated balloon and the heroine lived in fantasyland.

Mon-Tue
20th century boy &girl - I'm in for the friendships and for the lines of the 2 bffs since the main line is something I see in every drama.
Because this is my first life - Yes, I totally enjoy it. The hero is siso flipping relatable to me since I have a hard time connecting to ppeople too.

Wed-Thu
Mad Dog - Waiting until next week to watch the first 4 in a row.
Wyws - I just noticed this week that there is no real goal for me in watching this. At this point I care more about the "slimy" lawyer who yelled at the hero for being incapable of stopping him.
Avengers Social Club - If subs don't get out in the 3rd week I'm watching this raw, cause it's totally the drama I like.

Weekend - Revolutionary Love - Fine.Whatever. I will try this drama 😤😤

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English subtitle for the episode 01 is out! :D

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Watch it raw! Looking at the amount of kdramas youre watching (or have watched perhaps) you'll do fine!

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Currently watching...

Witch's Court - my most anticipated drama of this line-up because of my queen Jung Ryeo-won, first episode in and I already have my idol and otp!~

Mad Dog - came for Woo Do-hwan, staying for the Mad Dog team

Go Back Spouses - Doing a good job making me convinced that I don't want to ever, ever get married. That and the fact that even tho first half is stock full of sad reality, the time travel thing in the second half provided just the respite I need before I start sobbing here on my couch.

Really want to watch Buamdong but still no subs...

Also waiting for Revolutionary Love because... Siwon what else right?

And my beloved WYWS because there is never too much Lee Jong Seok for me :)

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Jung Ryeo Won is love 💓

I like the line "Marriage doesn't mean a happy ending" in Go Back Spouses. That's what I say to people who ask if I wa to get married.

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I can relate~!

Every family outing is like a talk show on why I'm not married yet.

but now that my sister's married, her one advise is to "never get married" LOL

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I'm still too young to get married so I get ask about dating. Then eventually my family talks about me getting married in the future (whuut ?).

LOL at your sister's advice ! True piece of wisdom.

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good for you then. You don't get this weird, questioning looks of 'what have you been doing with your life' yet.

it's nearing christmas again and the dreaded family dinners will roll around along with the unnecessary questions *sigh*

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Since I'm abroad I won't get to spend Christmas with my family. Yes for being exempted !

Prepare yourself !

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+1 right here..other people are more "excited" for me to get a new boyfriend and get married than my immediate family.. argh! And they keep dragging my kdrama + kpop fangirling as to why I can't "get" a new love life.

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haha lol, they think we need to be "cured" of it so that we can look at reality.

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About Go Back Spouses, I haven't seen it, but I've reading a lot of comments about how realistic the depiction of married life is. Yikes!

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if your schedule today involves suffering, I highly suggest it.

just kidding, it also has its share of cute and touching moments

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In an effort to contain drama-viewing over the week, I've managed to get by with the following dramas:
1. Andante
2. Witch's Court
3. 20th Century Boy & Girl
4. Because this life is my first
5. While you were sleeping
6. Mad Dog
7. Black (upcoming)

Dropping: Temperature of Love. I really can't do such a large number of dramas in each week.
Haven't picked up Go Back Spouses either for the same reason.
And for the same reason, I may actually be happy Buamdong Revenge Club has not been subbed. [dare I say this? my sanity is important to me]

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haha, so Buamdong not being subbed is a blessing in disguise.

and I really have to finish off the premieres that I'm anticipating to watch, I gotta squeeze in Andante

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Oh you said this on the OT as well!! Yay.. let me know what you think of Andante? :)

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I wish they sub the Revenge Club soon, I can't wait to wash an all female show, am afraid it will end up like Argon. *cries*

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True. I hope the subbing is more 'Age of Youth 2' than 'Argon'. There's still a couple days? Have hope!!

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LOL. We all thought you gonna sub BRC 🙊🙊🙊

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Andante! It's so fitting for a Sunday morning show, right? 😂😍 Although the theme circles around death, it still gets funny most of the time.

Was about to try Temp of Love but okay, seems like everyone's dropping it now :(

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Age Of Youth : wE want moreeee... wE want moree... i'll try my best to wait for Song/Sung couple next year..
Because This Life is Our First : i always love Jung So Min, i love her act since her first globally hit but unfortunaly locally unsuccesful drama, mischievous kiss. And Lee min ki was undoubtfully a veteran. I like his blank expressionless face.
Go Back Couple : Well, I adore Jang Nara-shii soooo much. And i'll watch this serial definitely.

Witch courtroom : yes for a badass slightly annoying heroine. There must be a reason for her cunning behaviour.

Welocome back drama months....

Is Girls generation 1979 come to an end?

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Temperature of Love: Still sizzling hot over here.

Because This Life is Our First: It hardly breaks the mould, but it's cute and hilarious and the fresh characters are exactly what I need right now.

20th Century Boy and Girl: So vibrant. It's gorgeous to look at. I can't wait until Kim Ji-suk inevitably blow my brains out.

Witch's Court: So good. But it's hurts. But it's so good.

While You Were Sleeping: Kang Ki-young Oppa, now that you've proved you can be more than just a comedic sidekick, surely Dramaland will cast you in some meatier roles, right? Seriously though, all of my love went to him this week.

Age of Youth 2: I didn't expect it to be completely wrapped up, because their lives go on, but seriously, couldn't we have concluded Ji-won's court case? It's not a lot to ask!

The Package: Lee Yeon-hee felt so flat in Reunited Worlds, which was a shock after seeing how much she put into her role in Miss Korea. I hope she can impress me again here.

Go Back Couple: The first scene was just the best. The stark contrast between their interactions in the past and the present made me feel so sad for them.

Overprotected Kahoko: The second-to-last episode made me an emotional mess, which I certainly did not expect from this show, but I found the conclusion satisifying overall and frankly wish I was Hajime's best friend.

Miss Korea: After, like, four months I've finally finished - not because it was torturous, but because I didn't want to let it go. I'll miss you, comfort food of dramas.

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Oh, and I also got to watch the first two drama specials.

If We Were a Season: It broke my heart, but damn, did I enjoy it. I'll definitely watch this again.

Let Us Meet, Joo-oh: Weird. Like, what did I just watch? It was cute, I guess, but it was all a bit too much for one hour.

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Let Us Meet : I agree. It was weird and it seemed the writer didn't know how to wrap up this drama special. There was too much content just for one hour.

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It gave me tonal whiplash with the cuts between the hard and heavy political context, the bubbly romance, and the family melodrama.

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I want to be Hajime's best friend too! He's so good to Kahoko, always saying everything in the cruelest way, but still take care of her nonetheless

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kahoko and hajime make a perfect partner, they talk, get hurts and get back for each other,
they want the best for each other, keep learning and supporting each other,

their interaction to each other is just gold

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I just watched this life is our first on a whim and absolutely enjoyed it! The fact that our couple has this compatibility instead of having either love or hate at first sight is so refreshing for me. Also watched one episode of 20th century boy and girl, but it felt a tad slow for me, so not sure if I ll continue watching.

Also, watching while you were sleeping, didn't really appreciate that grand entrance at the end that much, especially after showing our endearing woo tak bleeding and lying unconscious. Also, i hope jae chan has called some backup because brandishing an arrest warrant at a psychopathic killer isn't going to help anyone. Also found yoo Beom's blaming the prosecution for acquitting the killer interesting. maybe, there is a back story to his evilness after all. But, despite that ending, it is still a fun, addictive show and each hour passes by quickly. Will probably check out witch's court because of the positive reviews. Also planning on watching the premieres of go back spouses and revolutionary love! Hopefully will find the time to continue with all of these!

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It does make you wonder if Yoo Beoms character can be redeemed? Maybe a little?but then I remember he was a slime ball back in the day when he left Jae-chan to take the blame for his actions, and moments after promising to take care of his girlfriend's mom he cold bloodedly set up the girlfriend to take the blame for killing someone. He may be able to redeem the way he handles his cases as a lawyer but he defaults to cowardice when its his ass on the line. And that would be a lot harder to fix

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Age of Youth 2: Season 3, please. Can't get enough of those girls.

Because This is Our First Life: Was not really on my radar, but I was convinced with the blue-eyed cat. Now, I love it so much! Cohabitation hijinks and now marriage in talk? Love it! ❤️

Temperature of Love: Still love the vibe and the leads and the visual in this drama. ❤️

While You Were Sleeping: Hong Joo and Jae Chan are so perfect for each other! I love their craziness! And Woo Tak is just 😍

Mad Dog: watched ep 1, I don't really like Woo Do Hwan's character, but Yoo Ji Tae is one hot ahjussi! 😍

Go Back Couple: love the premiere episode! Seriously, Jang Na Ra doesn't age at all. She looks exactly the same 15 years ago.

The Package: Can't wait to see all the travelers learn about each other's lives and bond throughout the trip. Yonghwa's character is cute! I already love San Maru's cheekiness.

Planning to watch:
Revolutionary Love and Black. Can't wait to watch the premiere episode! 😄

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While You Were Sleeping: I expected a lot from this drama but I think this drama just don't deliver or I've just lost interest in the drama altogether. I stopped watching since episode 4 and I don't think I'll watch it again

School 2017: Love Dae-hwi, but I'm still stuck at episode 10. I'll pick it up again if I truly have nothing to do

Secret Forest: Still on episode 8 for about, like, 3 months already. I guess it's time to give up on this show to make space for another show that might interest me

Because This Life is Our First: I actually expected nothing, absolutely nothing, from this drama. I watched the first episode because I was bored and wanted to listen to something while I'm doing my cross stitch but my cross stitch ended up forgotten and I focused on the drama instead. It was refreshing, cute, and so so so real. I really couldn't wait to see what will happen next. After a long time I feel like my drama slump had ended and that I finally found a drama that I'm looking forward to watch. And thanks to the Beanies, I watched the "supposedly" original Jdrama version!

Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu: I thought I was so over on Jdrama, but I guess this one was just the perfect excuse to go back. At first I thought that the male lead is so annoyingly plain and ugly, but boy, I was wrong. By the end of episode 1 I thought that he's the cutest man ever and I begin to rethink about my own life and my own perspective of marriage because of him. I've watched this drama for the fourth time already and I know I'll keep on replaying it more

Kahogo no Kahoko: It was another great Jdrama that I found and it's strangely addictive. The girl is so overprotected that she couldn't even choose her own clothes. I was so happy when she finally break out of her own shell, trying new things, falling in love (which was the cutest thing about the drama!), and standing up to her mother. The ending was also so cute and great

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I'm watching Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu too thanks to the Beanies' recommendation. I'm currently at eps 7, it's such an easy watch and like you said, Hiramasa is cute especially when he smiles. Side note: it's nice seeing Ryohei Kotani in a non-sageuk drama for once.

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My life become so bland without Live Up To Your Name T,T so barely watching Temperature Of Love which every episode just skip watch mostly Jung Woo's part. I don't know anymoreeee~~ watching Jung woo watch our lovey dovey lead couple just so pitiful. He's in love with a girl for 5 years, alone. And my biased heart can't take it. And suddenly my evil though came and wish Jungwoo just goes dark and show how can he make his second lead shinning brightly no matter what!!
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I think the baton swinging from Kim Nam Gil to Kim Jae Wook, but i made a mistake Because This Life Is Our First hero Lee Min Ki actually take the baton!! Oh, i'm head over heels with this show. It is like marriage contract drama with different approach. Lee Min Ki as Nam Sehee just adorable human turned robot. His world just his home, his cat and himself. But, it breaks as Jung Somin as Yoon Ji Hoo enter. I can't help but giggling if i remember their scene together. But hey, proposed at the end of episode? Now give me my monday tuesday, i'm waiting?!!!
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My golden life, now Jian knows that she isn't eunsook anymore. Will she stayed and pretended to be eunsook or confronted her mom because she's the root for this mess. But i'll be much more like it, if Jian became selfish and just pretended being eunsook, because I just don't like hapless heroine in dramaland. I like it if heroine not candy type and slightly nasty. It just seems more humane to me. And Jian deserved it as she is the one who sacrificed.
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This week I'm picking up Age Of Youth 2, wow!! Well this show just doing well, but i'm just thirsty on Song Jiwon's arc. At earlier episode i'm keen wacthing it, but then skip watch just for Ssongseungmin!! I'm in love with these two, one of many my favourite OTP. How can the writer just give ssome my favourite OTP?? But then I realize that this season to solve Jiwon mystery around her. Not about her love story. And I understand it. But i'll forgive the writer if they do season 3 for Jiwon love story!! Despite the dark mystery epilogue ending. *ssongsungmin all the waayyy~~*
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And now i must catching up Save Me in order to watching Mad Dog. I just don't want to know Woo Dohwan from other show because they said that Woo Dohwan performance is stellar in Save Me.

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My Golden Life is so good right out from the gate. I feel empathy for each of their plight. At first I don't like the chaebol element, but now I see how it can be used effectively. This is one drama that I look forward to watching every week.

The plot also moves along very fast so I wonder what else they can do to sustain it for 50 episodes? I mean, I didn't even expect Jian to find out she is not Eunseok by episode 12! In a normal drama that usually happens after episode 30.

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Yes. I'm agree. What will they do about the remaining episode if jian know this secret soo earliar. But my guts tell me that jian will stayed as eunsook and achieve what she can as much as she can hold. And maybe from there, the loveline with her oppa (not really her oppa right?! Since she herself know) can start. But, the later will be to much too handle i think.

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I only managed to watch Individualist Ms. Ji Young. But hey, atleast that was better than zero drama-watching for the few weeks before (and being miserable about it). Back to IMJY, I was looking forward to the main leads interactions but I'd to wait after 3/4 into the 1st ep (understandable since they just ended their previous relationship). But, the 2nd ep is great. Aside from being giddy, I also cried and it felt good to cry because of a drama after a long time. 😇😇 Also thanks to this little gem, I found Gong Myung! 😍😍 Yeay!! 🎉🎉🎉 Oh.. why I never cross path with him before? Now, I'm getting more excited to watch Revolutionary Love. Can I see puppy-faced GM in RL? 🐶🐶🐶 Beanies, any rec for GM's past project that you enjoy?

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Gong Myung defines puppydom in its noona-crush glory in Drinking Solo. It comes from the same writer as Let's Eat series with lots of slice-of-life humor and moments of touching poignancy. Definitely worth checking out!

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Gong-myung was cute in Drinking Solo, and if you want to watch him (and his groupmate) in something weird and hilarious, watch After School. He was in Entertainer too, but I dropped this drama.

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Gong myung absolutely cute in drinking solo. If he's not there i'd already dropped that show. Same goes for entertainer. I'm stayed just because it's gong myung in there.

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@kimbapnoona, @seralovestteobokki, @shiraishidinda
I added Drinking Solo to my never-ending watch-list thanks to your rec 😁. But, the pile on my drama-plate is too high already😅. I'll watch RL first and DS after that. After School is for when I don't get enough of him in RL/DS. 😄😄

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While You Were Sleeping: I've been all over the recaps for this, so no surprise here that I'm quite in love with this show. There are obviously loopholes, but eh, I'll focus on the things that make me happy, like Woo-Tak's infection sunshine grin, and the nutty pair that is Hong-joo and Jae-chan.

Because This is My First Life: I like watching emotionless people fall, so I'm really hoping that this will be good for me. So far, I like our main character, and I like how Se-hee is emotionless but not unkind or mean. I like that they get along well.

What else should I try, people? I may well be on my way out of my drama rut! Someone throw me a rope! I'm thinking either 20th Century Boy & Girl or Buamdong Revenge Club.

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I'm glad they didn't make Se Hee an emotionless jerk. The duo's dynamic is much more interesting that way.

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Age of Youth S2: Saying goodbye to our resident Belle Epoque's ladies and their respective men. I still want a season 3. I'm not ready to let them go yet. 😭 But even if we don't get that, at least we know we left them happy, healthy, and ready to tackle a new day.

This Life is Our First: It's funnier than what I expected, but still has a lot of heart. I especially like how frank they are while tackling adult relationship issues.

20th Century Boys and Girls: On the other hand, this one felt more wistful with a slower pace. But by the end of eps 2, I was already in love with all different kind of relationships depicted inside. And the promise of reunited teenage lovebird is enticing.

While You Were Sleeping: Still fun and cute, even though I'm not emotionally invested in it.

Three Meals a Day S4: Ep 9. That sausage bread completely stole my attention from adorably clingy Jongseok-ie. It looks delicious.

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This Life is Our First : It's more down-to-earth than expected.

20th Century Boys and Girls : Relationships are so precious in this drama. I hope it stay like this.

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Did you hear the comment that Park Eun Bin said about the ending of season 2? It was heartbreaking when she actually confirmed it. When the drama ended, I was so sad because Eun-jae is not given a new boy. I really wished that she would be over Jung-yeol by the end of the drama, but it would be unrealistic and go against the nature of this drama. I hope that Eun-jae would be able to take on another step toward relationship positively T.T

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I've read all those interviews about AOY2 ending and "haunting" epilogue. And while I'm sad that Ssong only live for 8 more years, I'm purposefully focusing my mind only on the happy part. Like how she'll get together with her bestfriend (which is also one of the best male character I've encountered in dramaland), get married, and have a precious daughter.

I'm kind of happy though that they didn't include a new love interest for Eun-jae by the end of the drama. It would feel too soon for her since she fall in love deeply with him. She needs to properly let go of her first love (which I guess will need quite some time) before starting a new, healthier, and happier relationship.

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I was devastated too when Park Eun Bin confirmed that her character is the one who died early. The reason is also quite absurd to me and I'm not sure I could let go of Park Eun Bin yet. Or they could just make a spin off where all the daughters of the Belle Epoque girls live at the same place where their mothers had resided and continue their mother's love story, of course with the same actresses hahaha

Actually, my friend (who knows how to talk in Korean) is leaving a message on JTBC page asking about season 3 of Age of Youth to give the final romance for the girls, especially for Ssong couple and seems that a lot of people want that as well. So cross fingers, hope that we would get season 3!

At first I was sad that Eun jae didn't get a new love, but by the end I think that it would be the best. It's not a fleeting feelings for Eun jae and she needs to get herself up first before she could think about having another romance, so I agree with you~

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I'm surprised nobody watch While You Were Sleeping, other than @girlfriday (who is recapping). But all is good.

@odilettante darling, thank you for watching Woman of Dignity. I think it's good (and addictive!). It has good message and good closure as well. I enjoyed it very much while it was on air.

I was in a drama void for a while. I tried to watch Temperature of Love because of both leading stars, but I got bored after episode 2 (ok, a quarter of episode 2).

Then came Because This Life Is Our First (honestly I think the title is too long, and not easy for me to remember, since I got it mixed up with other lengthy-titled drama somehow, such as The Time We Were Not In Love, Time Between Dog and Wolf -and they are all time-related).

Albeit its lengthy, forgettable (at least for me) title, it has saved me from drama slump. Finally, an interesting, engaging -but not over the top- drama! I really like how endearing it is, how nicely the story is built, and how simple things are, without being boring. How did they do that? The characters are interesting, and the setting is just right. It feels like drinking a cup of tea with enough warmth, acidity and sweetness. Well done.

The second drama that made me back is While You Were Sleeping. Strange enough, this drama feels like the reverse of Because This Life Is Our First. It has great music, and make use of music skillfully, and instead of highlighting the mundane aspect of life (rent, life cost, finding place to stay, patriarchal family, friends, recycling, feeding cat, etc) like Because This Life Is Our First, this one plays with supernatural power (to see the future through dreams, and this ability is also...transferable!). It was interesting how the two dramas are so different, AND YET so adorably good.

I am looking forward for the next ep of these two! And while I wait, I will watch Witch's Court and see if I can find 3 dramas to watch instead of just 2 in a week. Having no dramas to watch when you have finished all your (work, study, laundry, cooking, cleaning, socializing, and) 1-2 dramas is so frustrating.

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I'm watching While You Were Sleeping (AND LOVING IT) ^___^ There are lots of minions but we're not required to drop by What We're Watching every week. :)

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I just want you to know, @mary , how happy you make me feel!

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These two are also my favorites right now. WYWS has LJS, come on, and BTLIOF has jung so min. I will stay here for long long time...

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Temperature of Love: not bad, though I'm wondering whether it is a little too much of Seo Hyun-jin for me this year. Her characters seem similar to me.

Age of Youth 2: Love it, miss it. Wish there is a spin off drama for jiwon sung min couple.

While you were sleeping: I love Lee Jong Suk! Interesting concept. Just don't understand how people can mistake girls for boys, especially when Suzy is so feminine looking now. The young girl playing her looks like a girl too. Suzy looks refreshing with short hair.

Because this is my first life: reminds me of Nigeru wa Haji daga Yaku ni Tatsu when they ventured into contract marriage after being housemates. Quite enjoyable so far since the pace is fast. The head writer is the same actress in Temperature of Love in a similar role with similar character.

Looks like I have too many fluffy rom com on my plate. Need something more different to balance it off, especially when they are not completed.

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Temperature of Love : I like the main couple, the second leads are
cliché...

Because it's my first time : In the japanese drama (I don't remember
the name... but the story is similar), I didn't
like the fact she gives up her her job and
becomes a housewife because it was
easier... So in this drama, I hope they help
each other and she won't become his
maid...

20th Century B and G : it's hard to judge for now... But it was cute.

Hospital Ship : Except the part with the ex that is useless and boring, I
love all the family's stories and the friendship between
the crew. The island people are touching too.

WYWS : I don't like the romance part but I'm interested by the fantasy
part.

The Package : I love France ! And I have been in Paris and Mont Saint-
Michel, so I'm really curious to see it in the drama !

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Hospital Ship the gangster taking over the ship was funny, this writer throw every cliche she can think of in this drama like the ex. story wich doesn add anything to the storyline or development of the characters. But I am still watching

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as I remember, in the Jdrama, she was laid off by the company,
that's why she picked up the cleaning job and met the male lead,
so she didn't quit the job for the cleaning job/housewife,
she was off the job market, then find the cleaning job and therefore use the housewife title and live there so she can still find work in the city as her family move to the countryside and sold the house.

It kinda the same, she was homeless with no job and no house as the main reason of why she proposed the marriage as her job to him. He likes her job and needs her for the mortgage so he accepted it.

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Age of Youth 2 Has it only been a week since AOY2 ended? It feels like such a long time ago. I never expected to love season 2 so much. I mean sequels typically disappoint. I still remember how this one had more than its fair share of not so good news and controversies before it even started. Thankfully, it was turned out more than good. I want Season 3 but if it can't come soon, can we have Ssong spin-off? A sweet romance/comedy/melo - I will prepare my heart.

Beloved/Dear You 2012 melodrama about first loves, marriage and relationships. I watched because of my current obsession - Hong Jong Hyun but show had me from the 1st episode when the bride asked for sex before she agree to walk down the aisle. The scene was funny but it turned out she had a more serious issue than it looked. It's a very Asian sort of psyche.

Style Log, Law Of The Jungle for obvious reasons.
In Style Log, Lee Soo Hyuk and HJH were too funny. LSH is born to be a model, I can't help gawking at his features and that voice!
HJH seemed to be better in reality shows when he's the maknae. He was like an earnest puppy and very child-like.

Witch Court I love Jung Ryeo Won. Her character is very flawed but what a breath of fresh air. I was sorry that I didn't like Seo Hyun Jin as much in TOL and missing the girls in AOY2. So JRW is just what I need.

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Many good drama, but I think there's possibility Witch's Court to be my next crack drama.

Still watching Temperature of Love, and loving the OTP and Kyung. It gives me feels like Tomorrow With You.

The rest like 20th Century and Mad Dog were good for premiere week and for now I'll continue watching.

Thinking to save Go Back Couple and Revolutionary Love for later.

Watched a bit spoiler of Buamdong Revenge Club raw, it looks funny. Hopefully there will be Eng sub, even it is late.

Weekend drama - My Golden Life: the lead girl will know the truth much sooner than I thought. So what she will do next? This drama somehow feels better even without any main romance. (I have my side romance already, that's the only romance I want to root for!). Both male leads are awkward as character and acting, I don't mind at all if they drop out and being replaced, just saying.. I loved Lee Tae-hwan in Father I'll Take Care of You but part of it due to my love for Park Eun-bin and he was also acted as a nice and hot guy who was swoonworthy. Moms in this drama are terrible too. No one and nothing you want to really love in this drama except the "twins" and this drama is not even very entertaining.

Man Who Sets The Table - Not a smart drama but entertaining. At least no one is awkward here, chemistry between all pairs are great and many characters you can love and hate. Plot is repetitive for standard family makjang drama but like I said entertaining.

But...no sageuk at all until the end of this year. Since tvN is producing something like KBS Drama Specials as well, I hope they can include one or two sageuk among those 10 drama.

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Table has better 2nd old couple+DIL. The writer just traverse around the issues and slightly nudge them to make some waves.

My Golden Life's charm is clearly reflected by its ratings.

Table the unrealistic show has more realistic themes than Golden Life

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hahaha I agree, table has a lot of flaws and aggravating people but it kind of relatable and entertaining.
I wish they just make it all about ruri's finding her courage.

My golden life is in the middle, it's really a standard weekend drama with good production but the story is out of reach. It just a story that can be done in dramaland.

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I wish they just make it all about ruri's finding her courage

She would find her true courage much much later, since this is long drama. lol. But since other characters are entertaning to watch, I think I'll be fine. Sometimes we just need drama that we can curse characters freely without overthinking about the plot lol. Because at the end of the day, everything will be solved and everyone will forgive each other 😆

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you are right, I like watching the in law and the father just for the sake of criticising and laugh.

Besides of the forgiving each other, I hope they give a big repercussion for the father, that man needs another wake-up call.

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My Golden Life has got its hooks in me. I don't know what it is. The story isn't anything special, but it's an easy and breezy watch. Don't know how long it'll remain entertaining but for the moment I wish I could just marathon it all.

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Maybe because I have watched too many weekend drama that I don't find I'm hooked. Still watching for pure entertainment purpose.

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This is my first weekend drama since Brilliant Legacy. I usually never touch anything above 20 episodes, and even 20 episodes give me pause since I find a lot of them tend to drag.

I am watching mainly for the Seo Ji An storyline. Not that interested in the rest of the happenings. The older brother - Ji Tae- bores me especially.

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BTLIOF : Yay, I’m glad to watch Jung So Min . Her bus stop kiss 😳
Also watched A Taxi Driver.

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This has been a crazy week for everyone I'm sure. I've only been able to watch a third of the dramas that premiered this week. Will try to catch up today and tomorrow and see what I will keep and drop.

ONGOING

Temperature of Love: My simmer came back up to a boil this week with magic ep. 8's ending. I really do love these characters and it will be interesting to see how things play out.

PICKED UP

Because This Life Is Our First: Unless this show does something really stupid, this show is locked in for me. It has a much different vibe than I thought it was going to have. Lee Min-ki's character is awesome and he does a really good job of the whole stoic thing. It's even better when he shows emotion for things like football, so that makes it even more interesting to see how he will be when romance comes into the equation.

I also really like Jung So-min here. This is my first drama of hers and she and her character are convincing and relatable. Will definitely want to see where this drama goes.

20th Century Boy and Girl: I like this show, but I don't love this show. While I do love the premise, especially thick and thieves friends, the possible childhood sweethearts, actually seeing each of the "Four Bongo" lives, and the different angle of showing a celebrity's life, it's still feels somewhat low key. Maybe I'm looking for an excuse to drop this thing seeing how many shows there are this week. I'll definitely watch next week's episodes and go from there.

Witch's Court: Ok, I like this drama and I hate this drama. The latter is purely because of episode two, but I'm willing to give it a redemptive chance. There is no denying that Ma Yi-deum is "witch" along with many other possible adjectives. It was shown that she has some semblance of a conscience in episode 1 but I swear her sensitivity towards victims is shot. Sure, she is a prosecutor and not a lawyer, but damn. Sure this sets her up for change based on future cases, but damn. The other characters seem engaging as well. I'll watch next week's episodes and go from there.

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So i am in a very severe need to discuss Buamdong Revenge Club, and Junghye's wonderful range of outfits! Can somebody please enlighten me and show me the way? ><

Also, even if its raw, you wont regret watching it! Trust me on this ^^

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Off to watch now!

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Am watching it, even in raw!

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Age of Youth: it ended! Even when I want to throw few things on my screen, I have to admit I love this season as much as i love the first one, if not more. I do feel like the writer has this sadistic side of her to always leave us with some unresolved puzzles. Remember season 1 finale?

Because this life is our first: I’m freshly coming out from Japanese drama We Married as a Job so this drama came as a welcome surprise! and 2 eps in, I already love the quirkiness and the understated tone. I like that the Kdrama version (if it really is a loose adaptation), stands on its own - even though I wish they could keep the aunt in the Japanese version. She’s my fav! But on its own, BTLIOF is just the story I need right now: they have all the tropes I love, no prosecutors, no revenge, no birth secrets. no psychotic killers, no weird fantasy - just straight up rom com. With a cat. You just cant say no to that cat.

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I think the aunt resemblance is the Soo Ji girl, the friend that comes from America and has a high paying job.

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Dragon club was fun. Middle aged men talking about cartoons heh. Jang Hyuk was really talkative.

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I’m surprised that there are a TON of new dramas I’m liking this week. Eeek, how to keep up with them all… Older dramas are still on the back burner. I have yet to start AOY2. T_T I’m trying to avoid the spoilers so bad, but I still want to visit the Beanie wall. xD My only older drama is Temperature of Love. Still enjoying it a lot. Anticipating the fallout this coming week.

I’ve managed to watch the just first hour of these so far:

Because This Life Is Our First: I like it, but I’m not in love with it. The 2 leads were interesting. The drama feels somewhat contemplative.

20th Century Boy and Girl: Such a cute and likable heroine. I like the close friendship between the 3 ladies. Not much known about the hero, but omg he was so swoony already.

Witch’s Court: Jung Ryeo Won was perfectly cast in this role. She is nailing it. Excited to see her clash with Yoon Hyun Min’s character and then seeing them form a great team.

I still want to watch Mad Dog asap, but I’ve been watching each show in the order of the recap releases since I only got in one hour of drama watching most nights. 😂 I just want to snuggle up under a blanket and binge-watch for a few hours to catch up!!

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Age of Youth 2: Like most I am disappointed that we did not get to witness our SsongSung’s romance this season, but I can respect (although not understand) the Writer’s choice of an open ending. But I am furious that the writer wrote an epilogue that would try to play as cute, i.e. “guess who's the mother?” and then irresponsibly foreshadowed Ji-won’s imminent death without any explanation. What’s worse that that a couple days later all the fans had the confirmation of our beloved character’s death through an real-life interview.

Imagine if the last sentence of The Order of the Phoenix is
“By the way, Harry will be killed in 7 years” and then The Half-Blood Prince will mention nothing about the death, while Ms. Rowling has not publicly confirm whether or not to publish The Deathly Hallows to wrap up Harry’s journey.

I truly appreciate Writer-nim for creating such a wonderful Belle Epoque universe and let us immerse in it for the first 25 hours, but you really did drop a terrible bomb onto us fans and obliterated our hearts.

Temperature of Love: I love how this drama feels and looks. There is something so appealing about Jung-sung’s personality for me that I am just shamelessly enjoying the romance melodrama as my escapist fantasy for couple hours a week.

Yeah, I am into Jung-sung because of his personality. Yes, I am……..(cough)😏

Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu: Because how much I love the setup of Because This Is Our First Life, I decided to check out the original Japanese version upon Beanies recommendation. It is so cute and touching, and most importantly of all making me find faith in myself again that I can swoon over a male lead who may not be handsome in a traditional sense.

Yeah, I am into Tsusaki because of his personality. Yes, I am!! 😍

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OMG. Are you me? I'm so in love with Hiramasa too. He's just pure love <3

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I think on paper Hiramasa's character can be of the most frustrating kind, but with the stellar writing and excellent portrayal by the actor, we can really sympathize how his fear and self-doubt lead to his inaction and relate to his inner turmoil.

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I think you're right. Good writing and good acting from the actor make me feel for him. Looking at him being able to give a hug to someone else is just so fascinating. I fell in love with him because of that

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So first Life copied NigeHaji!!? I've lost all the enthusiasm now.

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Erm, i would like to call it a loose adaptation, depending on where it’s going. It has strong hints of Nige Haji, but in different context. The kdrama version really stands on its own ground, and with its own personality. I just finished Nige Haji before Life started (and LOVED it to pieces) and I still like the Korean version too. But again, thats just me, 2 eps in.

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I mean, not really? It does have similarities though.

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I understand when one loves a particular show so much that it would be difficult to watch a seemingly similar show, but I am really looking forward to the K-drama adaptation with Dramaland particular brand of charm with appealing leads, beautiful OST, and interesting side characters. In this case, the cat is the catnip for so many of us (somehow my brain cannot work around the analogy of the cat being the metaphorical catnip....)

I think it would be hard for me to not check out a drama because it shares similarities with another because after all, most of us are drawn to a drama (at least initially) because of our love for particular set of tropes.

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I really like the set up of Nigeru with the acting choice,
it just emphasised the messages that they just normal people with abnormal circumstances.

Idk how to explain it better but the contrast between hiramasa and the usual male lead, aragaki yui who is really beautiful but with the lack of job and how she dresses make me feel that even without all the glittery feeling of dramaland or the super unfortunate circumstances of weekend-dramaland, we can still have an engaging story of middle-class citizen who just trying their best,

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I think that's where Kdrama is lacking in my opinion. When they create a drama, it's truly dramatic. Even with little makjang element, it's still so dramatic. I always think to myself, why they couldn't just fall in love normally without all those dramatic elements? But I guess every country has its own knack and I've accepted it by now that it's Kdrama speciality though I won't say I love it

NigeHaji is very simple (and I actually saw people working for once!) but I connect to it more than I could with any Kdramas

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20th Century Boy and Girl: One way to describe this drama is like comfort food. I enjoy watching it so far, and the tone is very warm and pleasant. Most of all, I'm here for all the lovely relationships, be they between the 3 girls, Jin Jin and her CEO (i cried when he begged the director for the footage), Ji Won and Jin Jin, it's all so very heartwarming. I also like how the side story lines are taking off, with Ah Reum and her doctor and Young Shim and her lawyer. I hope this show maintains this sweet, cozy mood.

Buamdong Revengers (is this the right name?_) - I'm going to be checking this out during the weekend. Ladies getting together to extract revenge, SIGN ME UP.

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AVENGERS SOCIAL CLUB. This show is great.

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Wow.. this is a whole new bunch of dramas which might interest me.. and the list goes like this:

- While you were sleeping
I normally think that the male lead looks like a duck (sorry fans.. will I be forgiven to think of him as a cute duck? hehe) but I think this one has potential to make me like it. I think Suzy is really cute here. However, I stopped watching it since episode 4 I guess.. will binge-watch it after I finish Queen for Seven Days
- 2oth Century Boy and Girl - for the love of the male lead and my hunch feeling that this will be an easy-breezy watch
- WItch's Court - just my feeling before the show even premiered that this is going to be good. Good to know that other beanies kinda feel the same way.
- The Package - my love for Yonghwa oppa and France

It's so nice that during this time of the year there are a lot of good stuff coming out. I think the last few months we kinda lacked good dramas that was why many Beanies including Beanie staff were in drama slump.

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"I normally think that the male lead looks like a duck (sorry fans.. will I be forgiven to think of him as a cute duck? hehe)"

Hahaha. This is so funny. All is forgiven just because you said that he's a cute duck. Will it make you feel better that we call him ddochi since he said he looks like one.

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Five - Annoying. Yeah this Jdorama is annoying.

Temperature of Love - One of best Korean Romance. Don't get surprised. I don't have good opinion of Korean Romance dramas. 7/10. Ignore the predictable and forcefully convenient moves of characters. This is how you write a manufactured story. Everything fits rightly into space.

While You Were Sleeping - What kind of show this is? Another set of youtube videos? 7/10. Su Ji is one charming heroine but this kind of story can't be saved.

Doctor Stranger - 6.5/10. This show is one crazy ride. I like this soap opera.
Hospital Ship - 6/10. Please someone sink this ship. Why even am i watching this? And someone said i have good taste. How?

20TH Century - Boring. Boring. Boring. 6.5/10

Mad Dog - 2nd emotional episode good one. That Young Guy fits here better than Saving others. Typical,cliche and predictable. Lite version of Bad Guys or 38 Task Force. 7.5/10

The Package, Go Back Couple, Detective Yugami, Avengers Social Club - Watching Now.

Witch's Courtroom - Meh. Heroine's face looked like she hadn't have slept while shooting. Looked tired. Predicable and frustrating. 6/10

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Because This Is My First Life -

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'Because this life is out first'- took me by surprise with how enjoyable I find it. Both are a bit weird but relatable. Like the revers al they did on the typical k-drama first kiss with Lee Min-ki's character doing the frozen wide eyes reaction to it.
Also watching While you were sleeping, I hear your voice and The Package ( for the beautifull backdrop)

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I'm watching already aired to old shows as background while I do other things. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Rebel, Thief Who Stole the People, Ms. Temper and Nam Jun GI and the long running British show Midsomer Murders. The contrast between episodes from 1990's England and recent kdrama could give you whiplash.

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@catbook,

MIDSOMER MURDERS! I loved it, especially the earlier seasons with John Nettles and Daniel Casey as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and his steadfast partner, Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy. The quirky tone of the show set in the homicide-beset environs of Causton made it a lot easier on my nerves than many of the too-realistic US crime shows. John Nettles is one of my all-time favorite British actors. ;-)

I, too, have been watching quite a few older Kdramas and Kfilms since this spring, while catching up on a few from 2016-2017. I even took the plunge and started watching family dramas (FIVE ENOUGH; LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL; OJAKGYO BROTHERS), plus a bunch of Yoon Si-yoon's earlier works (BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS; FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR; HIGH KICK 2) after seeing him for the first time in MIRROR OF THE WITCH last year. I've also watched quite a few older KBS Drama Specials. REBELLION / REBELLIOUS with Kang Ha-neul and Seo-Hyun-jin is a very good one to watch when you're done with REBEL. IIRC, I put a pointer to it on my fan wall.

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From the premiering shows, "This Life is Our First" is number one for me so far.

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With Witches Court Tineybeanie brought up what was uppermost in my mind throughout the second episode which is going to be her reaction when her mother's story is revealed, and I'm scared that it will come after she ( hopefully not) aligns herself with the very person who brought about all the misery she's suffered. He seems to be curious about her and drawn to her unprincipled but effective way of winning. He would , wouldn't he the nasty #@/!!& little bugger

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Am I the only one that didn't really care about the song/sungmin couple? I mean I like them, but I wasn't really invested in their relationship.

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Temperature of Love: I think starting from next week, I'd probably put on hold. I can't watch Jung woo be bad even if Jae Wook portrayal is good.

Hospital Ship : I love Kwak Sung and Kwak Ji story. I'm close with my dad so I get emotional seeing the father daughter moment.

WYWS : manage to convince my bro to watch because I need someone to discuss with me. I like the cases but the humor is so not my type.

BIMFT: i still see Seo Jang Hoon...T.T why is Kim Min Seok so cutee? If I drop TOL, I might watch this again, for now on hold.

Planning to catch up with other preimeres.

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Virtual Oppas are not new to me, the urge for a virtual pet is. Because This Is Our First Life makes me a very happy drama watcher. Itshood in a way that feels effortless because Lee min-ki and Jung so-mins connection feels so real, and very,very sweet.

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Its good

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Still really missing Age of Youth 2 and Live Up to Your Name. Whenever I have trouble finding subs on the other newer shows, I just start watching these again, lol. I was kind of glad we only got a few glimpses of Kim Min-seok on the first eps of Because This Life is My First. I'm not ready to move on!

Because This is My First Life and Witch's Court are my new favorites on Mon-Tues, but I also got pulled into 20th Century Boy and Girl, despite some initial misgivings.

I loved the first episode of Go Back Couple! I knew it was the director from Sound of Your Heart, but I only just realized it's the writer too. I feel like we're in good hands with this one. I adore Jang Nara here once again! She makes me cry with her every single time. Haha, in fact, the show was really good at giving scenes to laugh and cry at simultaneously. The moments between Jang Nara and mama Kim Mi-kyung were my favorite!

This show may have a chance of properly executing what Mi-rae's Choice couldn't and I'm getting cautiously optimistic. I like that both of them are sent back together for this. And that they're actually exploring the implications of what it means to go back and decide not to be with each other. Wanting a second chance at life without each other means giving up their child too and I'm glad the show isn't losing focus on that just for sake of the hijinks.

Also pleasantly surprised by The Package, though I'm still feeling it out. Hoping the characters of the tour group will become more likable once they peel back some more layers. I like the inter-cutting of scenes from their lives back in Korea.

Looks like the waiting for Buamdong Revenge Club may be over, so I'm off to look for subs of that now. Also still need to catch up with Mad Dog, since the subs are slow-going on viki. Excited to check out Revolutionary Love and Black too, but I'm not sure I'll be able to stick with everything.

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I feel conflicted about seeing Kim Min-seok in Because This Is Our First Life. I love his swooned smile in E1 by not ready to see him romancing another so soon!

Cannot wait to check out Go Back Couple after reading your positive review! Would you recommend picking up Sound of Your Heart?

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Totally! It's pretty ridiculously funny! Also really short and refreshing. Netflix has the best version of it.

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Same here. I ended up rewatching Live Up to Your Name from the first episode, too, as I couldn't bring myself to start a new drama yet. Oh boy..

I read the recaps of Witch's Court and 20th Century Boy and Girl though and both seem like good stand-ins for LUTYN. I find myself being more keen on Witch's Court. Although 20th Century is quite a cute and warm show.

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