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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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Because This Life Is Our First: There’s no way to describe this drama to someone in a way that does it justice. It sounds familiar and expected on paper, but with these odd ducks together, and these lovely nuanced actors, and these endearing side characters, the finished product turns into something a little magical. I love watching these two bond in these tiny, mundane ways that somehow feel really important, more important than the fact that they’re already married and living together. It’s the little things that matter!

Go Back Spouses: The secondhand embarrassment is strong with this one, but I suppose that’s a good thing if you like wacky comedic situations. I was surprisingly moved when Jang Nara went back to the past and was so amazed and relieved to see her mother again (who has died in the future/present) that she chased her around like an adoring puppy… and then I laughed out loud when the sudden outpouring of affection creeped Mom out. The show hasn’t yet won me over into thinking this is a couple who should get back together in this second-chance life, but I’m willing to see where they go with it.

20th Century Boy and Girl: I had previously been surprised when it seemed this show wasn’t catching on, because I found it sweet and poignant, with a nostalgic touch. But this week I found myself getting antsy, because it felt like there’s all this great setup with the character histories and having the heroine variety-show-paired-up with her idol supercrush from her teenage years (and Lee Sang-woo is playing this washed-up former star with a nicely dignified, sad air)… but then the show kind of dithers around the point for a while. I want things to happen! I feel like we’re watching too much setup and preparation and taking too long to get to the main thrust of things. If it would just speed things up…

Witch’s Court: This show is nothing like the mind-numbing experience that was Criminal Minds… but why am I so reminded of Criminal Minds when I watch it? It’s just that even though the characters are way better and the writing much sharper here, whenever we turn to our sexually predatory villain of the week, who’s sneeringly unrepentant while our good guys struggle to take him down, my mind just glazes over. That’s a real downside of having all the cases focus on one type—sexual crimes—which means that an already familiar procedural setup feels even more repetitive. Staying in it for the characters, though, and hoping they keep me invested.

Revolutionary Love: Yeah… no. I will keep watching this show as light filler, but don’t have the patience to recap it—not when the show hasn’t met the baseline criteria for making people behave in reasonable, logical, or likable ways. Siwon’s character is too dumb, Kang So-ra is too angry, and Gong Myung too judgmental and seething and defeatist about it all. I would like for this show to get a clue and turn this ship around before it’s too late, but I would not hold my breath about it.

 

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Currently recapping: While You Were Sleeping

Because This Life Is Our First: Who knew that a purely business contractual wedding would have me bawling like a baby? I was preparing for wry jokes about the ritual of weddings, but then Mom had to go and be all real and gruff and loving, and I was done for. This drama feels like it’s written by someone who’s lived the heroine’s life—maybe without the contract marriage, but the experiences and the emotions feel so lived in.

Temperature of Love: I still don’t understand Kim Jae-wook’s character. He provides tension for the romance on a plot level, but there’s just nothing appealing about a man who sees that you’re in a relationship with another man, and interprets that as a challenge to court you harder.

Mad Dog: I just want the Mad Dog team to adopt the little stray puppy Woo Do-hwan and make him a part of the family. I know he’s feral, but if you gave him shots and a bath… and maybe put him on a leash… he could be domesticated!

Revolutionary Love: I really need this hero to show some signs of maturity, stat. I thought when he turned himself in it was going to be the start of a growth arc, but he just went right back to being petulant and entitled while other people lost their jobs because of him! I was so ready to forgive him, too. I like the setup and the heroine, but if he throws money at a problem one more time, it’s over.

 

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Currently recapping: Temperature of Love

Rescue Me: Yes, I know I’m way behind, but I have to be in a certain headspace to watch shows like this. I’m only 6 episodes in, but I love the gritty darkness of the show, and how everyone, even the cult members in a way, seem to be stuck with no way to alter their circumstances. The characters are so incredibly complex, particularly Sang-mi – I love that as alone and frightened and trapped as she is, she never loses her inner strength or her determination to get free and save herself.

While You Were Sleeping: I’m behind on this one too, but so far the first 12 episodes have felt like a breeze to watch, with the interesting cinematography and the quirky, endearing characters. Lee Jong-seok has never been so adorably dorkalicious, and Suzy is actually GOOD, which just affirms my belief that she’s not a bad actress (and I say that having recapped Uncontrollably Fond ~shudder~), just one that needs a certain type of character and directing style to show off her strengths.

Revolutionary Love: So cuuuuute, I can’t stand it! There’s nothing new here, but I love that the show hearkens back to traditional rom-coms while still feeling fresh and interesting. Only Siwon could make such a whiny, annoyingly spoiled chaebol still feel sympathetic and endearing. Siwon and Kang So-ra are great together as I knew they would be, and I’m enjoying seeing Gong Myung play a character with so much bitterness and anger. We knew he could do cute and bouncy and childlike, and this is just the right time in his career for him to show us the other side of his acting ability. So far, so good.

Because This Life Is Our First: This show… what can I say? It’s amazing. I was expecting zany and silly, but what I got was sweet and contemplative, with realistic characters and thoughtful episodes that bring to light just how difficult it is to be a young person in today’s world. I like that Se-hee and Ji-ho aren’t having an easy time of this contract marriage, because that sort of situation would be difficult, and their awkward, tentative friendship feels just perfect for this stage in their relationship.

 

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Currently recapping: Black

Mad Dog: I know I’m supposed to eventually root for Min-joon, but I don’t care how tragic his childhood has been — I just want to punch him in his smirky know-it-all face. I’m also disappointed that there’s so much focus on the airplane crash backstory and not as many of the Leverage style cons like we saw in the first couple of episodes. As much as I love Yoo Ji-tae, there’s very little here to keep my interest, so unfortunately this drama is destined for the “drop” pile.

The Package: The beautiful way the show integrated Bok-ja’s session with the psychiatrist was heartbreaking and painfully relatable, and episode 3 had me in tears at the end as we saw that her husband actually knew about her condition after all. But then episode 4 had me cackling over the chastity belt incident (I’m still giggling just thinking about it). Even though it feels like it shouldn’t work as well as it does, this show has been able to wonderfully balance the comedy and the sincerity, the tears and the laughter, all wrapped up in a thoughtful and gradual exploration of the characters as they relate to their tourist surroundings. I love it so much.

 

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Currently recapping: Go Back Spouses

While You Were Sleeping: While I’m still loving the show, something keeps bothering me. I think the pacing is just off by a hair. I keep expecting certain things and they either happen too soon or too late. For instance, these dream rescue missions don’t really occur that often, and when they do happen, they seem to drag more than I’d like them to. And when I think about it, not much actually happens in each episode (or every two episodes, however you look at it). Perhaps it would feel too cluttered if our heroes had too many missions on their plates, but at the same time, it would give the show the extra thrill that it needs. Still, I can appreciate that the show wants to take its time with things, the romance included. The OTP is sweet together, and their screen time always brings a smile to my face. This isn’t Lee Jong-seok’s most interesting character–Yoo-bum and Woo-tak pique the most interest–but it’s definitely one of the most likeable. And my gawd, he’s such a good kisser. That’s… not exactly an important character trait, but, hell, it’s important to me.

 
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"Because This is My First Life" is the one and only drama i'm watching and enjoying very much ❤

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I'm only watching this one drama as well simply because i will end up comparing them to this gem. And they will not win in that game.

What I do find fascinating is the nature of analysis and discussion on every recap, especially this week's episodes. Very detailed and full of things I never thought of when I watched the episodes. Fascinating read, albeit some long ones.

Still, I'm cautious of this drama. I want to know if they can maintain this throughout. I'm hoping for the best. I badly need a drama of the year.

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The community and insightful comments really add to my enjoyment of the drama and I think it really rings true for many beanies too.

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My friends and I have can't watch any other dramas (particularly romcoms) because this just completely makes up happy and satisfied. It fills the void of the other great dramas we have finish watching.

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This is me too. I can't for now watch any running drama. I feel so completed just by watching this drama alone. My mood boost every Tuesday and Wednesday when I can watch the new episodes. Then the routine starts again once Wednesday finishes.

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Me too 😪

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I can't explain how much I love this show. The main characters feel so real as do their problems and it's interesting how this is a romcom with a familiar setup but the stages of their relationship feel realistic that you can't wait to see how they fall for each other despite their circumstances

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this is strange right ? because, even though not all of them, i did read or find some people that have to drop other drama (including me) because they can not settle less than BTIOFL. I mean BTIMFL, i am sorry, Se Hee. No more 'our'. Got it.
now my weekends only filled in by lurking dramabeans and like crazy person looking for a chance to mention about BTIMFL just like i am doing right now. i am totally helpless. show, what have you done..

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me too

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Hi Beanies 😀, for the What we're watching I'll add how I watched it : 1st week at work😧, to keep up with my schedule I watched some drama & k-show during my commute time by train 😎, but a whole week w/o posting or going to the fanwall on DB is hard 😨😱 ( spoilers to avoid 😅). I'll post on my wall later 😉
**Dramas
*Temperarure of love E19-21 (train): Sunbae we wished for it, it happened : Sommelier likes Won Joon 🎉 😃. The two mothers encounter 😂 : it was hard not laughing in the train 😅.
*Witch court E5-6 (home): my fav' drama right now 😀 , I watched it at home , too emotional for watching in public transport 😅. Like Chief Kim she became a hero + The fake husband scene 😂
*Revolutionary love E3-4 (both): I didn't have high expectations for the plot : watching it for comic relief and of course Siwon 😘

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**K-shows
*Law of the jungle E287 (home) : last ep of Fiji trip , I watched it for Roy Kim and I laughed a lot, hoping maybe seeing again him and Dindin bickering 😂
*1n2d e196 (home): 10 year special : watching it after coming back home from work , it's so enjoyable 😁. Dong Gu title not being the funny one 😅, Cha Tae Hyun title omo omo 😂
*Dragon club E3 (train) : moral from Jang Hyuk , he's sticking with actor career not to steal his friends 'job in entertainment industry 😂
*Night goblin E12(home) : good ep but not the funniest so far, glad Hongki is back 😊
*Master key E2 (home): if it wasn't for the strike taking away my 2 week-end shows from Mbc (I live alone & infinite challenge ), I wouldn't have kept watching it , it's a schedule filler , good To see some guests
*Super Junior returns E21-30(home , short videos Perfect for my breakfast time 😛😂): don't leave like the rain 😘 oh 😁

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Don't leave like the rain aka One more chance is the only one I enjoy from the ones they have showed til now.
But then I am the one who enjoyed most Island/Evanesce/Don't leave me from Mamacita, so I can't give a good opinion until the full album is out 😁

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LOL I need to catch up with latest epi of TOL soon!

By the way, hope you had fun for your first week of work!

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Thank you Sunbae :) , 1st week of work was a bit strange, I posted about it on my wall...
TOL isn't as good as before but I keep watching it (weekly Jung Swoon dose hahaha)

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How are you able to watch it on the train?? Do you download the episodes? Or does the train have wifi?

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1st option ;)

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Ah I also started working not so long ago! It seems to have impacted my drama watching more than yours, as I cannot watch dramas while I drive to work haha.
I'm glad you're still able to juggle all these shows. I've been wanting to watch Witch court but I'm getting a bit tired off all these legal-profession-related dramas, as I'm already watching While You Were Sleeping and it just all reminds me too much of work where I spend more than 50 hours a week. Such a pity though!

Good luck with your new job!

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Thank you :) , I will stop watching Law of the jungle (I only watch some ep for Roy Kim) and Master key (I had too high expectations). If your work is similar to legal-profession I understand that you don't want to see it again in dramas ;) . Good luck with your job too , but 50 hours that's a lot O_o

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2 slice-of-life The Package and Because This Is My First Life save me life.

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Because This Life Is Our First
I didn't think I'd like this as much, because it seems a much more toned-down and understated show... but I like how it's so... quietly heart-wrenching. It's not overly exciting but I find myself hanging onto every little moment between our main couple, and even rooting for side characters like Ma Sang-gu. I like! Very much!

While You Were Sleeping
Maybe I'm comparing BTLIOF to WYWS when I say that the latter is more quiet and toned-down... but I can't seem to spend a single episode without worrying about SOMEBODY. I really enjoy the pace of this, I think our two boys are adorable, and I'm still watching it raw every week.

Buamdong Revenge Club
Omg, I LOVE this. I love the petty revenge, I love the unexpected twist of Soo-gyum... I love our 3 leading ladies and how they're all so uniquely charming. I wish this were subbed faster!

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Agree on Life and Revenge Club. Characters are rich and Ma Sanggu is quickly finding a way to my heart...

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If you are able, you could help.
They are asking for more volunteers here :
https://avengerssubbingclub.wordpress.com/

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I think you hit the nail on the head, why didn't I think of it? It's petty revenge! Not the elaborate, melodramatic sort. I kinda of knew that our Avengers would be healed through the journey of friendship and self-discovery and not the ultimate goal of revenge. However, I was still surprised somewhat at their progress. I probably shouldn't be because this is actually more realistic.

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I don't normally like extremely melo makjangs, but I decided to try it out and I love how their revenge (so far, I'm only at E3) is the pettiest because it's hilarious. But you're also very right, they are being healed more through their friendship. It's very precious to watch.

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I couldn't wait and watch with Chinese subs so I have caught up to ep 6.

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Ahhh! I'm soo jealous that u can catch up with Chinese subs! I reallly am enjoying avenger's club too and the wait is horrible!

Gah.. kdrama watching really makes me realise that i wasted 5 years being in SG w/o picking up either Mandarin or Korean.. and I was so determine to learn Mandarin when I first came here.. i did try too but the tones were so hard to pick up.. just couldnt differentiate them :(

perhaps i need to go back to learning them but from a proper instructor course rather than self-learning material.

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I struggle with Chinese since kindergarten and it's still terrible. I think the best is to be immersed in an environment whereby it's the only language you can use. And you won't find that in Singapore. Seldom will you hear a full sentence in Mandarin, it's probably a mix of English, Mandarin and Malay.

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just dropped by to say that you're watching exactly the same shows as I am! 👋👋

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Hello hello! What a coincidence! I've been slowly trying to pull myself out of my drama rut and I'm so glad to have these 3 dramas to watch.

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“... but I can't seem to spend a single episode without worrying about SOMEBODY.”

Oh my goodness, we’re the same. I’m enjoying WYWS, *but* am always worrying what will happen to anyone of them, Woo Bin/Robin included!

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I second.. Third(?) this feeling. I'm always on my toes - I'm especially worried about Mom and WooTak since they both pretty much escaped death due to the dreams/visions.

They better not touch Robindog!

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1. Uri Couple
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2. ‎Uri Step Son
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3. ‎Uri Friend and Oppa
4. ‎Uri Omma

Still following Uri Policeman and Uri Chef.
Uri Chaebol on hold...

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No hope for turning off the waterworks for Dramaland mothers this week:

Baum-dong Revenge Club: Every scene Ra Mi-ran with her bullied but sweetest son *snivels*
Because This Life Is Our First: Ji-ho’s mom’s letter *sobs*
Go Back Couple: Jin-joo mourning the loss of her baby boy by making a small foot print in the condensation of the bus window *bawls*
The hint of Jin-joo’s mother’s possibly tragic death *wails*

And Jin-joo’s mom seriously messed with my mind by reincarnating as Jin-jin’s devoted and caring mom in 20th Century Boy and Girl.
Jin-jin and Min-ho, do the dishes and get your own bowl of rice for breakfast so you don’t need to time-travel to redeem yourselves by being nicer to your mom.
Healer Ahjumma, how can you kill us softly not in just one but two airing shows?

What an emotional blubbering mess I have been, a gloriously histrionic, but satisfying mess. Also, gotta call mom. Now.

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It was indeed Mother's Week. Moms always know how to break our heart T__T

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Hehe, my mom knows how to slice and dice my heart, but then she will make something delicious out of it!

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Ha! My God, you speak the truth, @kimbap!

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I beginning to suspect that kimbap noona maybe an all-knowing being !

PS - we seem to have a very similar taste in dramas!

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WYWS
GBC
BTLIOF

I realized I've spread them out like only one show one ep a day (or two every two days), huh. I didn't realize that.

I dropped Hospital Ship when time WYWS started. LOL. That took me a while.

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Same! but I have Temperature of Love too. It's a great setup though, having something to watch every day.

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Hahahaha! Same here w/ Hospital Ship.. never quite understood how I kept watching it for so long..! Psst - i skimmed through the comments to see whats happening now on it.. so apparently they have had ex-gf faking terminal illness; general surgeon doing OBGY surgeiers cuz life-death yall; ship-hijacking & kidnapping doctors to save mafia boss trope; fake medical malpractice lawsuits to earn money trope and are now moving onto evil-conglomerate-wants to take over remote medical access and tries to shut down free services like hospital ship trope..!

Wonder how many more medical tropes they plan to stuff into that show!

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We Are Peaceful Brothers : It's a mini drama uploaded on youtube and the adaptation of a webtoon. Basically we're following the life of two brothers living together and they're eye candies :p

The Big Boss 2 : On ep 3. Liao Danyi is showing more emotions and Yu Wexi is even more petty (that was possible) ! I love the cohabitation hijinks but I miss the committee. Hope to see more of them soon.

My Mr.mermaid : It's a Chinese drama about a swimmer coming back to competitions after 3 years and an intern reporter. I've only watched four episodes but it's cute and the acting is great. I like the OTP too. They're adorable. The swimming team members are funny and my favorite is the narcissistic guy LOL

Lingerie Girl's Generation : I don't want to catch up to this drama. I'm not ready to say goodbye to the cast.

KBS Drama Special 2017 : Kang Deoksun's Love History : I love stories set during Japanese Occupation and even more with awesome female characters. As a mini-series it would be interesting !

Temperature of Love : Won Joon deserves happiness with a good woman !

Witch's Court : Ma Yi Deum's antics this week were gold ! Jin Wook is already falling for her, stop denying !

20th Century Boy and Girl : They're so cute ! Everyone is so cute ! I totally understand Jin Jin's reaction seeing her Oppa.

Because This Life is Our First : Love. This. Show.

While You Were Sleeping : Loved this week's episodes ! Our weird Hong Joo is finally back.

Black : I like it more than expected and the plot begins to be intriguing.

Mad Dog : I hope we will get more background stories about other team members.

Go Back Spouses : I want our couple to go back in the present and make up but I also want them to enjoy their youth and to fill their regrets.

Avengers Social Club : I absolutely love our ahjummas <3

Revolutionary Love : I don't know if I'm going to keep watching. I must have had too high expectations.

The Package : It's an easy watch so I still keep it.

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Every "what we are watching thread' i reach ur post and am left stunned and amazed at ur amazing capacity to fill in all dramas. and full of doubts if ur a real human or a bot... ! :-P

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I'm actually... a fruit :p

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I love the Big Boss!!! The actress is really funny, she has these facial expression...I cnt help but laugh. I also find Liao Danyi cute, especially his reason for always sticking to her. Too cute. And I love Xinyi, she seems primed for second female lead status, but she is just so into him.I already knew/suspected XiaoDong was into Ye Muxi but his confession :'( But my ultimate fav is the twins.

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Eleanor Lee (I think that's her name) has such a "flexible" face haha. I like and feel bad for Xinyi with her romantic fantasies that are like expectation vs reality. I got all giddy at Xiaodong's confession boy is getting his heart slowly broken. The twins are just their happy selves in whatever situations I love them :D

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Go back spouses is my current crack! I like it so much.

Currently watching: go back spouses, because this is the first time, black, 20th century girl&boy

On hold: witchs court

Dropped for now: revolutionary love

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Go Back Couple is my current crack too!

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My top drama at the moment : ❤❤

Buamdong Revenge Club & Go Back Couple . Happy that BRC maintained 5% above rating this week, hopefully it can reach 6% soon. GBC's rating increased more than 5%, hopefully will increase more. Not only for the drama itself, but a little hope that with the decent rating,KBS won't cancel this timeslot. I just started this drama yesterday, so I'm now at epi 3. Probably going to watch epi 4-5 tonight!

I haven't dropped Witch's Court although I just watched up to epi 3 so far. I love Ma Yi-deum but somehow not feeling to watch any sex crime drama at the moment, as I'm assisting my colleague preparing for several sex crime cases, so kdrama should be my escape from these things. 😅Still loving Temperature of Love but haven't watched latest epi yet.

I want to con't watching 20th Century,maybe a bit later. I love it but I don't have that much enthusiasm to watch more than 2/3 drama at one time these days, especially now both Buamdong and Go Back Couple have won me over. Unfortunately (or maybe a good thing for me), I didn't find Because This Life is Our First that interesting, unlike popular opinions here. Maybe next next time in the future, I would randomly pick this drama to watch, who knows. But not now.

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In agreement about the two best shows. About First Life, I'm watching and enjoying it, but I'm not crazy about it either. If I could watch only two or three shows a week, ie was working, it isn't the show I'd reach for in my limited time. Nonetheless, it'd fun to see the recap page explode.😄

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It's been a while not seeing recap page exploded lol. I never visit recap threads as I've dropped it but seems like majority of Beanies are enjoying it.

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Current favourites (in order):
1. Buamdong Revenge Club
2. Go Back Spouses
3. While You Were Sleeping
4. Because This Life is Our First

Watching solely for the OTP - Witch's Court

On hold & to be picked up later:
Mad Dog, Black & Andante

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Lol, right when I was going to drop Witch's Court, the OTP hooked me. But, yeah, I'm definitely just watching for them now. Subject matter is hard for me so I need the handling to be better if I'm going to stomach it.

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Because This Life is Our First: I love this drama. This week, it deftly explored the expectation topic. How hard it was to meet it, and however ridiculously, how we ourself sometimes didn't understand our own expectation.

20th Century Boys and Girls: This show is still cute and breezy, but I got a feeling that it refused to dig deeper into the character's relationship and potential conflict. I hope it's just because they still witholding information, not that we'll never get there because I want more than just scratching the surface.

While You Were Sleeping: Still fun. Hilarious at times, and also heartfelt.

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Yay! Javabeans has picked up go back spouses! I started to think that maybe sailorjumun and abirdword are the only ones watching it among the db staff. Because this life is my first and go back spouses are my current favourites.

I have no problem rooting for the OTP (and ji ho, su ji and ho rang individually) in because this life is my first (and eagerly anticipating se hee's reaction (or lack of reaction, lol) to the second lead) whereas in go back spouses, I find it really hard. Not because they are always bickering at each other, because after being married for so many years, i think that is bound to happen. I just wish they would show us what made them fall for each other in the first place. I think that would help.

Also watching while you were sleeping, but like sailorjumun, i feel like something is missing. I like it when i watch it, but i just feel like it is less compelling compared to I hear your voice.

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Since I got obsessed with Daesung (it's all his fault) I am watching Family Outing now, and loving all of the cast ☺☺
Avengers Social club - Don't know why nobody watches this, it's great. And the guys at soompi are doing a great job woth subs.
20th century b&g - This is a slow story, but ideal for those who want their romance to be in little details and not big gestures.
Btimfl - I knew she would scare him with "feelings" and I felt a little sorry for him since he told her more than once that he couldn't 😥

Dropped - Wyws- Sorry, but I really, really don't feel the need to watch it.
Thinking about starting/waiting for more episodes :
RL - I have watched worse MCs (the she was pretty heroine 😧😧), but I'm waiting until at least episode 8 to start this.
The package/black - Online opinions are good for these, if they continue like this I'll start them.
Mad Dog - Not in the mood for this now. Might watch all the episodes when the mood strikes.

Waiting for, and tvn better give the subs rights or I will kill them : Wise Prison Life. Come on, start this already. I even like Kang SeungYoon now (his duet with Daesung Ugly was one of the best ever) 😂😂😂😁😁

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I really, really hope Wise Prison Life is going to be subbed in the usual less-than-a-day pace. The waiting for recent tvn shows is killing me.

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I'm really looking forward to Wise Prison Life. The premise sounds interesting, and prison is a relatively unexplored place in dramaland.

Also, shallow much but - Jung Hae In also known as the Glorious Abs (@isthatacorner will agree) 😍 is part of the cast.

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Daesung is so cool - he's insanely talented, but also seems very approachable and like someone you could joke around with easily (if you could speak Korean, that is :D). Here's a link to that duet, in case anyone else wants to see it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6tUkQERwGk.

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Because This Is My First Life....agree with all the good adjectives to describe this show. Hopefully it keeps the quality till the end. Wait, better not mention the end now.

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What a difference a week makes!

Last week in this section, I wrote "I see a lot of raving Because This Life Is Our First, let's see if I can get into it."

Well, I more than got into Because This Life Is Our First! Now, I just can't wait to watch the next episode. I want the show to air every day if possible. I think I can just watch Ji Ho and Se-Hee do mundane things in a daily sitcom and of course the shenanigans of their friends.

I didn't comment in recap for ep 6 because when I went to bed, recap wasn't up yet. When I woke up, I saw the recap had over 300 comments and I had thought it was ep 5! It took me half a day to realize it was actually ep 6.

Witch Court I didn't want to continue after ep 5. I was bored. The cases and villains bore me. I decided to give ep 6 a try and skipped over the closure of the evil stepfather case. Thankfully, ep 6 was mostly about the crazy antics of Ma Yi Deum and an exasperated Jin Wook.

Buam Dong Revenge Club The Avengers are taking very small steps. I don't know how are they going to achieve their goal but I guess I can just watch them drink coffee and talk about revenge.

Go Back Couple I am not very interested in Nam Gil with Jin Joo and even less so, Seo Young with Ban Do. I can watch the school hijinks, all the goofiness and of course Mom and Seo Jin.

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of BTIMFL : ikr. it doesn't seem a drama-to-look-for (unlike WWYS), although i've been patiently waiting for this drama since i read the plot in dramabeans back in august. now they got around 490 comments on epi 6 alone.

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I watch East of Eden these weeks as filler while waiting for new episodes of Because this is my first life, Mad Dog & Temperature of love. I found something quite entertaining from this one.
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Park Haejin, Yeon Jung hoon & Park Sung woong. I watched them three earlier in Man to Man. (so M2M was kind of reunion for them)
YJH's character were close with Lee Dahae's character, then came PSW's character who, too, in love with her. (Same fate they underwent in M2M, they love same woman).
In East of Eden, Park Haejin was the evil one while the two were the good guys, in contrary with M2M.
I found Jeon Somin and the cousin guy in 1% of Anything. I haven't finished the drama yet but I think they were involved in some kind of relationship. She was once adored him when she was little.

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East of Eden - good old days. I barely remember many things about that drama except the casts, and almost all other casts were good except two of the leads. LOL..😆 And yes Lee Da-hae, I still don't forget what happened to her character in this drama.

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Buamdong Revenge Club is at the top of my list right now. I love the friendships between our three ahjummas. Also liking that they are opting for petty strategies for revenge because usually when the topic is revenge, it's either overly tragic or melo. I'm curious though as to how they'll find solutions for the harder issues (like the domestic violence and stuff). Anyway, I'm loving what I'm seeing so sticking around for sure.😁😘😎

Just catching up with Mad Dog and WYWS as BMC has taken up all my attention 😅😆

Also finally got to watch Warriors of the Dawn and I'm so missing Yeo Jin-goo, that I might just watch reunited world's for him 😚😘

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I love the avenger's club too.. stories about finding family among strangers are my catnip! <3

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JAPANESE deserve 1st place

Ashi Girl - This can work. Yeah. A bit boring but can work. 7/10
Detective Yugami - Manga is always better. But young handsome guy paired with this Weird old fellow is goods one 6.5/10

Saki ni Umareta Dake no Boku aka My High School Business - This show is Good. 7.5/10 Decent content.

Waiting for - Code Blue 3 - Ep 10 subs, Blankat Cats subs, and a few more japanese shows.
Interested in - Okusama wa, Otana Koukou, Kounodori 2

KOREAN

Argon - 7/10 I was pretty interested in Argon but after watching 1st 2 episodes aka 1st week My enthusiasm come down. Argon tries to act like ambitious but stuck in the same Kdrama world.

Dropped - Go Back Couple, 20th, Court, revolu, Man the Table, Golden,
Planning to watch - somehow 18, The Package, Borg Mom, Last Minute Romance

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Hey @catocat - you're harsher on the shows than most of us. Which is not a bad thing - I'm NOT complaining. Just curious, which shows would you rate as 10/10?

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No show deserves a 10/10. If entertainment is the only criteria then you can reach 9 or 9+ ratings but never ever a show was perfect or will be perfect. I have given 8- score to many of the shows i liked or loved.
Even in real life i don't praise or flatter people. The best i can give is a "Good".

Objectively -
Story/Characters/plot,
Music(songs+Backgroud+SFX), Direction+Editing+Cinematography
ACTING + Actors
Not Counted elements - Recommendation,re-watch value,Top 25 list.

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Good to hear your thoughts. :)
Thanks for the reply.

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Haha! So which are your top 10 or the closest to 9 rating shows ?!

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ASHITA NO YAKUSOKU Inoue Mao is back and i'm excited about this show.

While - 7/10. Romance is good and all but Young Boy is more appealing than Lee Jong Seok. Pretty Faces, Lack of substance.

Temperature of Love - Should i drop it? 7/10 The show has become repetitive and dragging things. Still better than most other shows of 2017.
Mad Dog 7/10 - Don't expect Logic or sense from this show. Entertaining. Yes. Good. A Big no. Only the Cold Hearted Hero uses brain and even he has lost a bit of his mind after joining the company of Mad Team.

This Life is our 1st - 6.5/10 Literally kdrama soap opera. All the cliches being played right off the bat. Any newcomer can guess that this is a KDRAMA. I feel it unfair when someone tries to compare this BGrade content with NigeHaji This show again is better than most other Kdramas of 2017 and directly competing against Temperature in Rom-Com-Drama department.

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BTMFL is really KDrama in the way the character lives and the setting but the direction and the sound effect is JDrama,
it's a weird mix and I want to rewatch Nigehaji to compare both, it feels like there are more similarities that what I remember.

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Oh man, that sucks to hear about Argon :( I guess I'll still give it a try for Cheon Woo-hee. Is the writing bad?

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Right now i'm watching 4th episode. I like the female lead but the story isn't doing much for me. 2nd week is better than 1st(ep 3-4). Writing is your standard kdrama one. That's why i felt a bit disappointed. characters do have encouraging traits but so far show is average for me.

General

ANDANTE - I love the young sister. 1st both siblings looked like spoiled brats but now i clearly vote for young sister.

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That is disappointing. I had hoped for more from it as well. I'm not the biggest fan of Lee Yoon-jung, but she's still better than like 90% of PDs, and I thought maybe the short length plus Cheon Woo-hee's involvement might mean she was trying to raise her sights a little.

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I think sometimes PDs can't do much with the material given. For Argon, I think I like the directing, but the script are just ok.
Anyway, Jeon Young-Shin, Joo Won-Kyu, Shin Ha-Eun, are listed as Argon's writers. Are you familiar with them? Because I can't find anything about their past work.

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-/sigh/ I feel so angry with the writing with the fact that I will have to quit this drama. It just so ridiculous. I love both actors and tried to force myself to give another chance but after ep 4 I just can't anymore. This look like another 'Big'. The writer should know that she ruin this drama herself.

Oh and I heard people kind of boycotting the drama because of Si won scandal but really though. If people quitting it's because of the writing/ drama itself not because of Siwon.

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Because This is Our First Life
- somewhat predictable but that itself makes it so much more realistic and relatable for me.

Mad Dog
- please adopt the puppy Min Joon

Witch's Court
- really liking and staying for our main characters

Avenger's Social Club
- ❤

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Kim Jae-wook's condescending character can jump off a cliff now and I wouldn't blink. UGH. Now I get it why the actor doesn't like to play (not sure if this is true, internet) lead roles, because Jung Woo is your typical, seemingly perfect, but highly infuriating lead guy. Thankful for Jung-SWOON and Hyun-SWEET reacting to him appropriately by ignoring his patronising ass.

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It is such a shame since brooding Kim Jae-wook is my favorite kind of Kim Jae-wook, but Jung-woo brooding without logic is just plain frustrating.

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Because This is My First Life: I just love this show. On paper there's really nothing that should stand out about it, but somehow it manages to transcend all the other contract marriage dramas already out there and capture my attention. I'm all about characters when it comes to dramas and this is one of these shows where I've warmed to all the main characters, even when they're being petty or stupid. I really want to find out more about what Sehee's thinking, so maybe now Jiho's being stand-offish we'll get to see that a little more.

20th Century Boy and Girl: The We Got Married situation is frustrating me because I want there to be more of a spark. The scenes between Anthony and Jinjin are just so awkward it makes me uncomfortable. (I can totally understand why, it would difficult to be around your idol crush/super fan who's become more successful than you and act normally. I suppose I wouldn't want Jiwon to have a real rival in his older brother, but there needs to be some real tension in a drama. Then again I could probably just happily watch Kim Jiseok being charming and adorable for another 20 episodes. Normally I'd find a character like Woosung incredibly annoying but pairing him up with Ahreum and making him suffer with the woman who's the opposite of what he thinks he wants is so entertaining.

Andante: It's such a cute quirky show. I'm surprised that I'm finding myself going back to it happily every week because I thought I'd get bored of it easily. Absolutely love that despite the siblings always being at each other's throats they really are there for each other.

Go Back Couple: I was worried about this show when they had the 5 by 5 dating setup with all the fat/ugly jokes and humour stemming from hitting people (having SWDBS flashbacks). The last couple of eps have reassured me that it's worth continuing. I'm expected some serious character development though!! Especially for Go Dokjae! Am also looking forward to what happened to Seol. Can't really see our main couple together yet, they're being so cute with their other love interests. Bando actually seems nice when he's with Seoyoung.

Revolutionary Love: It's so stupid, but it's a fun breezy watch. Hopefully it continues being so and doesn't spin its wheels too much.

Mad Dog: I went into this show wanting 38 Task Force / Leverage style antics so uhhh I hope the focus more on that soon or otherwise I'm going to have to drop it.

Temperature of Love: I'm not quite up to date and am mostly worried about how the show's going to sustain another 20 episodes. Jungwoo is frustratingly delusional. Our main couple are adorable, but I have an overwhelming sense of dread that something horrible's going to happen any moment.

Argon: This came up on Netflix so I decided to start it (even though I find Netflix subs incredibly frustrating). I'm 2 eps in. In some ways it reminds me a little too much of The Newsroom, but I suppose any show set in a...

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Subs are pretty good in this case.

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Because This is Our 1st Life - difficult to believe this looking at the previous work, but the writing is just so good (and perfs)

The Package - I'm enjoying in particular the very melancholy story of the older couple

Argon - since it's finally turned up subbed on UK Netflix.

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Because This Life Is Our First might be Writer Yoon's best work yet, but Ho-gu's Love is still one of my all-time favorite dramas. It has the same awesome mix of hilarity and poignancy, and Choi Woo-sik made it into my "puppy4ever" list.

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Ho Gu’s Love is also one of my all-time fave so I’m excited to know Because This Life is Our First is also from the same writer!

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The rain keeps me feeling like a bear being late to hibernate when I should have. I keep delaying watching dramas too, not because they are not interesting, but because my brain seem to work slower on lower temperature.
But no, I dont watch Temperature of Love. I dropped it since episode 2, and I'm afraid I have to drop Revolutionary Love as well. The moment they mentioned Ondal, my gut tells me to leave it asap. I know it supposed to show The Fool being a fool first before he becomes a decent person, but...but....I...just...cant...stand...watching...poor Siwon keep going backward when I thought he was going to make a step forward. I want to slap the writer so bad for keep making him doing that. A character must show development, right? The three main characters? Not so much. Even with all the thing that are happening, they pretty much still stay in place, to my surprise and regret.

Now the jolly jolly good dramas I do enjoy and watch:

Because it's the first time

This drama made me cry, and it's not even the final episode. I wonder if any mermaid is watching this, because if they do, they would have ended up with lots of pink colored pearls of joy, which is grrrreat.

I am super looking forward for the next episode. I wonder if Se Hee is going to be jealous.

While You Were Sleeping

My favorite scene this week is when Yeo Beom is in investigation room as witness. Dont you just llllove it when the ultimate evil in suit is being cornered like that by your breakfast buddy (who looks hot in uniform, btw) and your former junior?
But I do worry a little about Woo Tak's secret though.

Buam Dong Avengers Club

I wonder if they will add more and more people in their prank club. It's so much fun! However, domestic violence is something i cant imagine tackling just by pranks. That husband needs to be stopped, and preferably by keeping him behind bars.

Black

Still confused, but will still be watching this week's episode because of the grim reaper accomplice duo and Song Seung Hoon's grim reaper antics.

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I say if it is raining outside, let it be raining oppas and puppies inside!

note to self: possible Dramabeans t-shirt idea

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Avengers Social Club is the only show I am watching at the moment and I love it. The only problem is it being subbed like one week after the release of the episode.

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Drunk JungHye is gold. :D

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Because This is My First Life
Buam-dong Revenge Club
20th Century Boy and Girl
Mad Dog
Witch's Court
..and two Japanese dramas.

I decided to drop Revolutionary Love. Sigh..

Anyway.. Could you please recap Buam-dong Revenge Club? Please.. Please.. Please..

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I finally finished Misaeng!! I know I am SUPER late to this party, but when it was airing, I was looking for a job and it was kind of hard to watch at the time. I truly loved this show. It’s one of the most complete and relatable shows out there. As someone who works in corporate, the challenges and triumphs the characters faced hit so close to home. Watching Misaeng become a sort of healing experience. I feel encouraged to keep going after my dreams.
Still enjoying Avengers club. I wish these women were my unnies 😩.
Go back couple is so good! It’s interesting how they are doing the same things differently. I’m so curious about how the future will turn out. And Seo Jin!!! Who’s baby is this?? Is it even legal for a child to be so cute??? The moments when they think about him just get me in the heart 😭
Other shows I like are because this is my first life and the package.
I think I’ve dropped while you were sleeping and witch’s court. by Some strange power, I am still tuning into revolutionary love

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Misaeng ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

A true gem of a drama, it's in my top 5 dramas in any language, not just kdramas.

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I've picked it up and dropped it multiple times over the past... year? I thought when it came up on netflix I'd finally finish it but I'm still stuck halfway.
It has nothing to do with the drama - which is a true gem, but indeed how it hits close to home. I've been wanting to watch it since I picked up my new job, as I relate now to Jang Gurae more than ever, and I might do so now! Now I just need some time...

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"Mad Dog: I just want the Mad Dog team to adopt the little stray puppy Woo Do-hwan and make him a part of the family. I know he’s feral, but if you gave him shots and a bath… and maybe put him on a leash… he could be domesticated!" YES, YES, YES, PLEASE!!

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How is everyone following so many dramas during this cycle. I went on vacation for 2weeks and came back, wrong timing as all the new cycle dramas premiered during this time. And being on holiday I am somehow behind, although did manage to catch up on Age of Youth 2016. Will continue with Age of Youth 2 soon enough and I can't help but feel weirded out by the change in actress for Eun Jae. Especially, having just literally finished with season 1.
Also, following Witch’s Courtup to ep4 and am liking it so far, with the crimes, but can see it becoming too procedural and I like my procedurals mixed with romance if it is on the Big 3 networks plus TVN. Unless, it is on OCN I would not expect romance.
Also, am on ep5 of Criminal Mind Korea, and I really do hope am able to pick up the pace for this one.
Next, also stuck on the last 4 episodes of Reunited Worlds, I made it somehow begrudgingly this far, and want to go all the way. I am a completist.
Only show up to date with is While You Were Sleeping as my cable channel airs it same time as Korea and this week came back from work to immediately catch it. I am still not trusting Woo Tak enough, there cannot be all 3 people with such capability to only do good. But after few episodes they keeping him good. But what is his secret that the almost criminal of the week talked about.

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Noooo does this mean we'll stop getting recaps for Revolutionary Love? and I have to watch it myself??

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If nobody else picks it up, could they just put up an empty post:
"Revolutionary Love: Episode 5 - Post your rants here"

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Ha!
Or hang virtual punching bags for us to release building up tension. ONE MORE ep. *raises fist*

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Because This is My First Life : I'm officially and obsessively in love with this show. The feelings are raw and real, and you simply can't help but being defensive for the characters that when they are arguing, and I realised some of us are willing to go the distance to protect them from being hurt. This show is not afraid to go extra length in portraying the ugly side of the characters, but I love them so much. Regardless how ridiculous the set up might sound on paper, it gives me the feels that I'm willing to believe that this is real, the contract marriage is seriously real business and their daily lives are very important - and I'm really, seriously, obsessively excited about them.

And it's the only show I watch now because I keep on thinking about the show even when I tried watching others.

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Currently Watching too many, but I’ll give my thoughts on my current favorites.
+ Witch’s Court (2017) (6/16) ~ Airing.
Ma Yi Deum is such an amazing lead. Over and over again, she takes me by surprise by her charisma and bolden actions. I particularly like how the drama reenforces that people normally do not change. This was again brought up by the re-enactment of the stabbing scene ... hilarious! I am also really enjoying Yeo Jin Wook as her foil.
+ Mad Dog (2017) (6/16) ~ Airing.
This week, episode 5 was a little slower, a little more political that my liking, but then episode 6 ramped up beyond my expectations. I really am enjoying Kim Min Joon, since I just can’t seem to quite figure him out thus far. Looking forward to next week!!
+ While You Were Sleeping (2017) (20/32) ~ Airing.
Man, that kiss was something wasn’t it? That’s the kind of scene I needed to restoke the fire. The artistic take on cinematography is such a joy in this drama. For the kiss, I love how they chose to capture how Nam Hong Joo’s dream blended with reality. Unfortunately, I’ve been very underwhelmed with the chemistry between Lee Jong Suk and Suzy. They are adorable, but something seems off. It’s very surprising to me since Lee Jong Suk has typically had amazing chemistry with costars ...
Also watching: Because This is my First Life, Black, Temperature of Love, 20th Century Boy and Girl.

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While You Were Sleeping: still my current crack drama, this week my ❤️❤️❤️ is bursting with happiness when Jae Chan realized who Chestnut is (I'm such an easy person to please 😁) And kudos to Jae Chan and Hong Joo for having the moral courage to do the right thing instead of choosing an easy way out. And omo, that double kiss **fan self**

Because This Life is Our First: currently co-sharing my heart with While You Were Sleeping. Se Hee's actions and words at the wedding lulled me and Ji Ho into a false sense of security (and hope) so I totally get her pettiness, and her self-preservation act at the end of Ep 6 😢

Witch's Court: this week's Ep 5 was a difficult watch due to the subject matter. But Ma Yi Deum is totally badass but incorrigible, self-serving, shameless at times and I totally love her 😍

Temperature of Love: Kyung is so adorable - every kdrama female lead should have a close friend like Kyung in their lives - make theirs and viewers' lives so much better. Jung Woo, that's not how you treat the male person you like the most...or maybe you do.. what's that saying..you always hurt the ones you love the most? And I bet nobody is surprised that the moms don't like each other.

Mad Dog: I love the first two episodes and then my interest started to wane and i couldn't really figure out what/why because this is the kind of drama that I like until I had an epiphany at the end of Ep 5. I was trying my darnest to like and understand Kim Min Joo because duh, Woo Do Hwan and my brain is telling my heart he is one of the good guys but I came to the realization that I don't like his character (for now at least) and once I am ok with that, I'm back to enjoying the show. Although at the end of Ep 6, my heart is thawing a bit.

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What I've been watching:
I managed to cram in 10 shows into the week somehow. I didn't want to say much about each until I'd watched more than just 2 episodes. For most of the shows, I was surprised by what I thought I'd like or wouldn't like (but I tried watching anyway) and discovered that I was wrong. So I can probably think of the shows as high surprise and low surprise shows, and for fun, I've stated my surprise level at my 'emotional' response to those shows.

The Package - The first 2 episodes did not impress me. I thought I would become more sympathetic towards the characters by then, but found that I did not really care too about them. However I gave the 3rd ep a proper chance, and I found myself looking at the characters in a different light. And that, I think, is the point of the show. Strangers and first impressions they make on us, which belie what is really going on in each character.

The angry, the flippant, the earnest exteriors give way when strangers have to spend time waiting things out together, and individuals finally let more of themselves be known to the group. It took 4 episodes, but I'm glad we're moving towards hopefully a close knit group of acquaintances who'll take care of each other, when it comes to the crunch. Surprise level: 9 out of 10 (ie very surprised that I did not drop this show at Ep 3 and that I like it enough to prefer watching it to 20th Century Couple.)

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Black - This show was one I was not seriously thinking I'd pick up, not wanting anything too dark and the very title couldn't get darker!! Heh. If I couldn't find the time, this would have been the show I'd not start or would consider dropping soon. I thought by Ep 4 there would be a clear story arc, but we seem to have multiple stories going on simultaneously and while some characters think that their separate, individual needs can be met by the same person, I'm wondering if that's enough of a connection to get us all on board the same arc. It's an ambitious project of the writer to introduce so many plot points. I guess we need to keep watching to see if they all come together with our leads and get resolved somewhat. Curiosity is the pull to continuing with the show. Surprise level: 5 out of 10 (ie ambivalent rather than surprised)

Revolutionary Love - I'm with JB on this one. I really understand if she stops recapping this. I expected a happier show and more likable characters. It's more a character driven show therefore it's so much more important that the characters are not annoying. I'm not convinced that Hyuk's character which is intelligent, can be quite as immature as he's made out to be. And as he's the main protagonist, it's really an issue that I lose respect for him.

I also see that instead of just light-hearted breeziness, we are getting heavier stuff like dilemmas: money vs self-respect, being innocent/dumb vs being responsible, taking the time to find out the truth vs accepting the majority perception. I thought I'd be able to watch this show to the end without any issue, but now I'm not so sure. Surprise level: 8 out of 10 (ie surprised that I'm probably dropping the show)

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Mad Dog - I thought this would be a 'Mission Impossible' style show with investigators conning the scammers, which I'd like very much. As I am not in the mood for too heavy a show, the first episodes of raw emotion, plus the fact that 'Mission Impossible stunts' were not as impressive as I'd hoped, already began to put ideas of dropping it into my mind. But I was intrigued by what the deal was. The motives of all the non-Mad Dog characters began to get to me. Curiosity again comes into play. Will Min Joon become part of the team, who's the victim and who's the perpetrator, what are the many scams about and which are the ones that are linked, who is gaining what by the scams?

At the same time, I'm disappointed that there's no more Mission Impossible stuff going on. Just good guys investigating and bad guys plotting and getting people killedSurprise level: 6 out of 10 (ie a little surprised that I'm still watching). Curiosity level 9/10.

Because This Life is Our First - What did surprise me in Ep 6 is that Ji Ho can be so rude and vengeful/spiteful when she's angry. So different from those sweet female characters who try to take misunderstandings in their stride and ultimately, without trying, just win the guys over with their 'niceness'. I'd like to see if both of the OTP do put in effort to maintain their landlord-tenant relationship, only to find that this backfires, because they've been deluding themselves. Wonderful character portrayal, though.

At the watch level, I thought I would like a contract marriage setup, so continuing to watch it is no surprise, however the degree of liking it did surprise me. Surprise level: 9 out of 10 (ie very surprised that I like it so much).

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20th C Boy and Girl - I was ambivalent about starting this show, and found that I liked it. However I thought that I'd like it more and more, but I'm going back to being ambivalent again after Ep 11 and 12. The characters are good to watch and generate interest, but perhaps the romance is a tad slow. Surprise level: 7 out of 10 (ie somewhat surprised that I'm a little indifferent towards the show).

Buam Dong Revenge Club/Avengers Social Club - I had no intentiono f watching this show at all. I actually did not bother to watch the first Ep, and just started at Ep 2. No I'm very surprised that the characters have grown on me. And what a weird and wonderful twist that the step-son wants revenge too!!! And perhaps he wants to have a good parent figure or a friend to depend on as well ... So glad that his step-mum finally let him in. I want them to be an odd happy family, uniting people from all walks of life. The Ep 3 with their imagination on how to take revenge on the Principal was great and Ep 4 when the Avengers became family was the best. Surprise level: 10 out of 10 (ie totally surprised that I like this show about as much as I like Because This Life is Our First).

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Go Back Couple - Originally I was happy to have a couple time travel rather than just one person going back. It's still fun to watch and the characters are engaging, but maybe it's show-fatigue or something, because something seems to be missing. A sizzle between the leads, maybe. We are not getting enough of them together in 1999, so as to be invested in them of 2017, and that's what I want to see. I want to compare them as they were and not only as what they'd like their past to have been, or there's no way to tell what should be. Surprise level: 8 out of 10 (ie surprised that although I like the characters, I'm impatient with the show).

While You Were Sleeping - Still good for me. I can't understand that one and only lawyer in the whole of that part of Seoul, but other than him, everyone else is understandable and everything falls in place. No plotholes and just the mystery of Woo Tak's past. No surprises that I still like this show. Surprise level: 0 out of 10

Temperature of Love - I'm surprised that personable characters with so much potential for growth have become stagnant. In just the way Hyun Soo's script has been changed for the worse by a new team of writers, I'm wondering if someone else started this show and another team is continuing it. Surprise level: 10 out of 10 (ie surprised that I no longer care about the characters that I started off liking so much).

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Thank you for the explanations and rating all the current dramas. I am only watching BTLIOF but was considering others (to pass the time you know). WYWS sounds solid as expected but it does seem like it offers no surprises? I really need a fresh take on time-travel if I am to start Go Back Spouses. Which one would you recommend?

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Hi WishfulToki,
At this stage, Go Back Spouses appears to be a bit more predictable than While You Were Sleeping. However the former is a 'real' time-travel' show and the latter is more a show with a fantasy element. I guess, I'd put them on par for entertainment value if it's a matter of passing the time. However to have less 'stress' while you watch, I find that Go Back Spouses when they are back in 1999 has more mindless, funny scenes compared to heart-tugging emotional ones (although there are some).

To divert... I'd actually recommend The Package for the kind of show that you could take or leave depending on your mood. If it's just to pass the time, it's more relaxing to just take the tour of the people and the places, and the views of France are nice. 😌

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Thanks @growingbeautifully! I did have The Package on my watch list initially but have been too obsessed with BTLIOF. I'll keep an eye out for your reviews next week to see if it's still good. Fingers crossed. :)

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Sad that you guys are not recapping Avengers Social Club :(
But thank you still for recapping other dramas, especially Because This Is My First Life ;)

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Loving / 🌞
➜ Because This Life is Our First 💕
My new addiction; there are no words …
➜ While You Were Sleeping ❤
There's something magical here …

Watching / ⛅
➜ Revolutionary Love … Choi Siwon brought me here, but Kang So-ra kept me tuned
➜ My Golden Life … it's been off and on

Stopped watching / 💔
➜ Temperature of Love … this drama forgot the definition of "tension"
➜ The Package … but @hades' Fan Wall might bring me back

Curious about / ✨
➜ 20th Century Boy and Girl
➜ Witch's Court … because of the Fan Wall
➜ Buam Dong Revenge Club
➜ Bravo My Life
➜ Go Back Spouses … because of Jang Nara
➜ Mad Dog … because of its awesome OST

Help! / 🙏
I need serious help in passing the time from Friday to Sunday.
Mondays & Tuesdays can't come soon enough (thanks to Because This Life is …)!
Hint: I have rewatched Healer five times

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Aw shucks. I wish I could do the same for Temperature of Love 🙃

I'm really loving Buam-dong Revenge Club as well, so if you're interested you should check it out.

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For your weekend, while waiting for your Monday catnip try Witch's Court, preferably episodes 1 (for nice intro to our characters) and 6 (for nice romcom mood in some scenes)

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Buamdong Revenge Club and Because This Is My First Life are the best dramas on tv right now. <3

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Hi Giegie, same sentiment exactly! 😆

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Hello GB *hugs*
I am watching seven dramas but those two are my faves. ^^

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Hugs back to you, my dear!

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Witch's court: love the chemistry ep 6 was so funny how YD's plan failed / married couple / how she jumps to conclusions / passing out after the kiss / teasing JW awesome. Have to admit though that I'm skipping some of the abuse scenes it's hard enough to see thing like that happen in real life. Especially right now where women/girls and men/boys come out everyday finally able to name their abusers. But so many who still can't and having 2 daughters I'm always frightened that something might happen to them.

The Package: this is a really funny one. SM gets himself into some really embarrassing situations and I'm intrigued why he carries women's lingerie, is fascinated by wearing a chastity belt and he did imagine SoSo with a whip...haha no wonder she thought he is a perv.

WYWS: I was waiting for that one ever since it was announced but my excitement kind of cooled down, it did get better in the last ep, but i wished that they would make triangle with batman it was not necessary for the story.

Black: I didn't think I would like it and i was a bit confused after the first two ep's but it got better with ep 3 and Black is really funny I like his two sidekicks Joseon and HipHop how did they get the time to watch Joe Black don't they have to collect human souls too?

BTIOFL: Really like the characters even supporting ones. I kind of understand why she said she wants to hurt him she was way ahead with her assumptions and her pride was hurt. She is now starting a triangle misleading coffee shop guy which is really unfair on him and petty of her. I hate it when they start a triangle based on trying to make somebody jealous. I really hope I am seriously wrong here.

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Noone watching avenger club? I like that drama so much...

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I am, and it's surprisingly (to me) a great watch!!! Love the coming together of the odd characters from different walks of life and how they start to trust each other and become family. So good!

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I am watching it too and just like @gb I am enjoying it as much as BTIMFL. ^^

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Me too. The ahjummas and the kids are adorable. And I'm rooting for chaebol daughter to "adopt" the stepson and protect him against his toxic parents. Can't wait to see what happens next. :)

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Because This Life is Our First: I've have so much to say, and yet I lack the verbal capacity to describe what I'm feeling. Can I just say, Kim Min-suk is adorable?

Temperature of Love: Jung-sun is so respective of Hyun-soo. I'm ridiculously jealous.

Witch's Court: The little side-case about how the mother was influencing the child's perspective was really interesting, I wish we got to see more of that.

While You Were Sleeping: The heroic Sunbae scene still has me giggling.

The Package: Everything right is happening! How is this show so beautiful? Heck, how did they get permission to shoot the top of the tower? So many questions! (Plus, isn't it nice when Yoon Park doesn't play complete assholes?)

Go Back Couple: It's always a nice twist when you expect the second leads to be awful, but they're genuinely good people with personalities. Every scene with mum punches me in the heart.

Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned: This film... is just the best fantasy film I've ever seen. Period.

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Oh yeah, and:

Dancing the Waltz Alone: *whimpers* This special was so well directed - I expected a different person to have showed up at the interview, but what I actually saw was so much worse. Moon Ga-young has really grown as an actress; in that scene, you could tell that she was so far past fed-up.

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BTLIMF is SO GOOD, it's nice to see it getting so much love. I hope it gets good rating too (4-5 percent in future eps).

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BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS MY FIRST : I enjoy jiho's inner monologue. and Lee minki's cute eyes OK enough said.

WYWS : wootak's adorable smile keeps drawing back to this show everyweek.

Avengers social club : watching a bunch of ajummas trynna get revenge without having a clue how to do it is fun. and I love ra Miran.

Go back spouses: I'm rooting for the OTP.

WITCH AT COURT: Is it just me or is jin-wook getting cuter with each episode !

MAD DOG: I want minjoon and the mad dog team to work together and get the baddies(taeyang insurance)

MY GOLDEN LIFE: I feel so sad for jian's Dad. he's the only character I really like for now.

ANDANTE : I'm enjoying the sibling bickering.

LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA: cos I miss my oppa .

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You're spot on with Avengers Social Club/Buam-dong Revenge Club.

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Because This Life is Our First: I agree with javabeans that there isn't a way to describe this drama that does it justice. What an emotional set of episodes this week. I love how I can view this drama from not only a rom-com perspective, but as commentary on the millenial generation and societal expectations

Witch's Court: The court/legal stuff really strains credibility. While sexual assault cases aren't my cup of tea, I like how this drama is trying to talk about them. The drama is really buoyed by Yi Deum's sass and the OTP's amazing chemistry. I replayed all the Yi Deum and Jin wook scenes like 10 times.

Black: Black started off resembling a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle all scrambled. Now that the pieces are coming together, I'm totally on board. I can't wait to see Haram and Black really team up.

Mad Dog (only eps 4-6): Woo Do Hwan is killing it in this drama and I like all the characters. I do feel like the pace slows considerably when Woo Do Hwan and the rest of the team aren't working together.

BuamDong Revenge Club: I'm loving it now. Not a crack drama, but it gives me the same relaxed feeling as sipping a mug of hot green tea. I love the friendhip between the ladies and seeing Jung Hye and Soo Gyum grow closer. The prank on the principal was hilarious.

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Because This Is Our First:
Loving this ... I like the understated tone of this drama, very reminiscent of J drama, quiet yet emotional.
Witch Court:
Another crack drama for me, I can't wait for OTP to fall in love despite of their differences
WYWS:
Really liked this drama, especially up to ep. 4, but things have gone downhill. Considering to switch to reading recaps now.
Revolutionary Love:
On the fence on this, still giving this a chance for SiWon, but here is hoping the plot picks up later
Revenge Club:
Just picked this up from all the Beanies good words, I'm a fan of La Mi Ran anyway
Lingerie's Girls:
Watching this slowly, similar vibes as Reply 1988, which I love

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I am only watching one drama with my whole heart and soul:
Because This is My First Life ❤️️❤️️❤️️💔💔💔😿
The recap section is daebak - everyone is coming out very strongly with their opinions and I love it. I rewatch the episodes with new insights from other beanies.

But since I'm human and Mondays are too far away I also watch:
Hospital Ship: 🙈😣😴 this one is about to sink from my watching list. I can't seem to get past episode 32. If I don't finish it in one go next week I won't finish it at all.

Chicago Typewriter: 👻👻👻🙀 This is weird. I don't like ghosts. I don't like reincarnation stories. But I stuck with this until episode 8, and as promised by other beanies, this might just be an amazing ride.

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*OUR first life 😭😭

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Chicago Typewriter IS going to be an amazing ride. I still miss CT recap, had a blast there. Enjoy the show!

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Yeay for another Beanie who is watching Chicago Typewriter. This show got my 10/10 points this year alongside Forest of Secrets ❤

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ONGOING

Temperature of Love: Every week this show never fails to have me super emotional within the first 10 minutes or so. Sure we have some crazy stupid stuff going on like Jung-woo and his stupid logic, but we gaining more side couples in the process and I like them very much. They really need to put a little more fire under those guys as we are now going past the halfway point of the series. While the side couples are nice and all, our OTP is one of the major reasons why this is a much watch show for me. I loved that Hyun-soo tried really hard to reassure Jung-sun of her feelings. I loved Jung-sun's slight faltering even after he came up with a game plan for the haters. I love that this show never fails to deliver on the feels.

Because This Life Is Our First: This drama went from really good to ridiculously good.

This drama feels like it’s written by someone who’s lived the heroine’s life—maybe without the contract marriage, but the experiences and the emotions feel so lived in.

Agreed. Other than the OTP, I love that the side characters have depth to them and they are also dealing with real life issues. I feel like many shows this year have tried to portray the "Hell Joseon" theme, but this seems to be the most endearing and convincing.

Buam-dong Revenge Club: This show manages to find ways to make our band of revenge seekers pitiable and slightly inept whilst not losing me in the process. I was worried how the would be able to sustain the show for 12 eps., but I think these first few episodes as setup will pay dividends in the end. I absolutely love the budding stepmom stepson relationship.

I continue to be surprised by the level of acting in this show. Sure our three female leads are all kinds of awesome, but Jun (Soo-gyum) and Choi Kyu-jin (Hee-soo) have me totally invested in their characters.

The Package: Gab-Soo pisses me off so much. I really wished people would tell him to shut up instead of enabling him. The only reason why I could think of that he was written that way was to show the cultural differences between East and West, especially given the other ways the show highlights how tourists can stand out and not totally embrace the culture they are visiting. Did anybody notice the bartenders being shocked at the irreverent wine bomb?

I guess I should have started off in saying that the show is actually really quite enjoyable. I love that we get to explore the different lives of the group. I felt badly for Gyung-Jae. The poor guy loves his girl, but things aren't working out for him. I really hope he can get her in the end or finds some kind of happiness.

Lastly, the show really needs to explain that brother-sister relationship, stat.

I'm trying hard not to drop 20th Century Boy and Girl and Go Back Spouses but neither of them have been compelling enough to make me want to keep up with them...

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Witch's Court: I think I've pretty much dropped this show. I've not been able to get back into it for the past two weeks now and the comments are making me feel like I made the right decision.

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I absolutely lovee Avenger's club too ! The finding of family and comfort with strangers.. any show with that much heart and I'm won over!

TOL is on my on-hold list currently cuz Avenger's, UriFirstLife & WYWS is take up all kdrama allotted time.. I considered dropping it from some beanie posts.. but ur posts give me hope for the drama to watch later.. I'm still rooting for this drama cuz i really enjoyed the slow discovery of each-other and the general feel of the show.. it was like stepping into this dreamy fog where things move slowly in love's haze but beautifully

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My love for ToL goes beyond the romance. I'm a foodie and this show has a lot of food porn. This show has made me a fan of both Yang Se-jong and Seo Hyun-jin, so that really helps in making me come back every week.

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*The Package - feels like i'm travelling every weekend, touching and funny ^^
*Avengers Club - love their friendship with each other and the kids
*Go Back Couple - That damn Nam-gil stole my heart haha, he is adorable ❤

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My current favorites are Black and Revenge Club. Both are funny to watch and Revenge Club has a sweet side with the growing bond between the ahjummas, even better now that they are going to take the stepson under their wings. I'm looking forward to see them become a family themselves so they will not need revenges anymore.
I'm also following Because this is my first life, and liking it a lot. But it is less of a happy pill than the others, more true to life, and the leads are getting on my nerves sometimes (from Mom to Ji Hoo and Se Hee)...

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Avengers Social Club - I wait for subs with baited breath because every episode is a delight. I know revenge was the objective but I'd happily watch them become a found family who finally gave someone to lean on. I cannot wait for them to end Mi Sook's horrible husband. And who knew Jung Hye and Soo Gyum would have something in common? Their slow bonding is so cute! Bokja Club Hwaiting!

The Sound of Your Heart - I binged this on Netflix and just about peed myself laughing. Lee Kwang Soo is a hoot!

20th century boy and girl - this is my leisure watch and I love the pace. I'm so sad it's getting the short shrift because of the strike. 😑

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The Reply series parody in Sound of the Heart just about killed me.

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