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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: The main romance is really the highlight of the show (and of dramaland at the moment), but I do think this show has done a really lovely job balancing it out with the concurrent relationships going on with the two friends, giving everyone depth and fully lived lives that make the situations feel genuine. In a lot of dramas my interest flicks off when we move away from the main couple, but here I find myself invested in all the stories and pulling for everyone. It’s so oddball to see a married couple in the very beginning stages of dating, but I like how that weird juxtaposition forces introspection and action—these two never just fall into things easily and naturally, do they? It’s part of their quirky charm.

Go Back Spouses: I can see my second-lead ship sailing away, but that doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy the petty squabbling between the two boys as they fight over Jin-joo’s affections. I feel like things are both bleak for our main couple and yet also starting to see glimmers of hope, mostly because they’re just barely starting to actually communicate. They were so bitter in the original timeline that it seemed healthier for them to get new starts, but if they can actually correct some of their source issues—paradoxically, back in the “past” before they would have occurred in this reset timeline—I feel like it’s the best thing to a do-over that they can get.

20th Century Boy and Girl: There’s so little angst here that when the show tries to drum some up, it feels weirdly overblown, because the actual source of the conflict is so simple. I cannot imagine how there are four episodes’ worth of material still left—and with the crazy quadruple-header coming next week, I wonder if the drama knows how it’s filling all that time, either. This show is so good-natured and sweet that it’s a shame that it’s also boring.

Witch’s Court: I love that Yi-deum is still her irrepressible self, and she is remarkably likable for someone whose ethics are always toeing that line, veering on the edge of going too far. I actually prefer this setup, out of the prosecutor’s office and going at it from the other side, where her experience as a former prosecutor gives her a hefty advantage. Mostly, I’m waiting to see how the romance finally shakes out, since they’re still at philosophical odds, though the sharp edges have worn down now. Can we get some movement on that, please?

 

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Currently recapping: While You Were Sleeping

Go Back Spouses: This is adorable. I’m only four episodes in, but I love Jang Nara in this role, and the show is like rom-com comfort food. Usually time-warp dramas are unbalanced because only one character is going back in time, but it’s so great to see both leads back in their youth and living it up, determined to do things right this time. And I’m already falling for the second lead! I’m doomed.

Temperature of Love: It was a depressing week for Temperature of Love. My wants for this show are very simple: I watch this drama to see two people in love. If they’re falling out of love, what the hell am I watching for?

Mad Dog: Woo Do-hwan being a part of the Mad Dog family is so delightful. It’s everything I wanted and more. I can’t believe it took so long for them to get here, but I love how squishy he is with the boys, and he’s starting to get really swoony with Ryu Hwa-young. I always knew you were a marshmallow!

Because This Life Is Our First: This drama is just the right amount of thoughtful, while still maintaining its light, funny, breezy tone. I feel happy and a little bit wistful when I watch it, and I wish I could bottle that feeling.

 

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Because This Life Is Our First: I chose a great week to catch up on this show because this week was so darn cute. After thinking that Se-hee was an emotionless robot for so long, this week really caught me by surprise in the best way possible. I loved the poignant poetry that narrated Se-hee and Ji-ho’s courage to shift their platonic relationship to a more romantic one, with the emotional weight unexpectedly carried by Se-hee. All the cuteness was topped with ajumma-dressed kimjang Se-hee and horny Ji-ho—both had me rolling in laughter.

Witch’s Court: I’m taking my time with this one because it’s not the most riveting show. Even though we’re mostly guaranteed justice for the victims, the cases are always so icky to watch and sometimes timed too perfectly as plot devices for Yi-deum’s storyline. I like Yi-deum as a character, with her sharp tongue and stubborn nature, and I really like Jung Ryeo-won in the role because she embraces the unlikeable aspects of the character very well. But I am in no rush to catch up. When I run out of things to watch, I’ll get back to this show.

While You Were Sleeping: I forgot that this week was the finale, mostly because this show had been pretty stagnant for the past few weeks. I’m sure the storyline would have felt fresher if we didn’t have the dreams spoiling some critical moments, making the show pretty anticlimactic. But this finale surprised me with Chief Choi. His tragic storyline was arguably the most powerful and quite a tearjerker, especially with Lee Jong-seok crying his sad tears. But overall, the sweet romance, friendships, and Mom with the random English exclamations truly made this a pleasant watch.

Mad Dog: Insurance fraud isn’t the most gripping topic, but Yoo Ji-tae’s intense resolve somehow convinces me that they’re very important. I’m mainly watching for the undercover missions and the chemistry between Woo Do-hwan and Ryu Hwa-young.

 

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20th Century Boy and Girl: Hmmm, maybe it’s a good thing that this show is ending early. There’s not enough conflict for me to keep interest for an entire hour. Although, I’m really digging that side romance between the flight attendant friend and the cutie-turned-ugly doctor. For some reason, it reminds me of My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. A lot.

Witch’s Court: After the climax of last week, this week was a bit of a snoozefest, but I’m glad Yi-deum is on her way to getting her mojo back.

Mad Dog: Woo Doo-hwan, I’m in it for you. Please have an epic epilogue where you and Ha-ri have a soccer team’s worth of cheeky and sneaky Olympic medalist children.

 

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Revolutionary Love: I’ve been sick so I was late starting this one, despite it being my most anticipated out of the current batch of shows. I was hoping for something like Siwon’s character from She Was Pretty, this time as the lead of a crackling rom-com, but alas, this drama does not live up to its potential. It’s not a complete loss—it has likable leads, a cute premise and a talented cast, but the writing falls short just enough that we’re left with mediocrity. I’m still watching, because every week gives us a couple of really good scenes, and I love the camaraderie of the underdog cleaning crew; I’m also enjoying Siwon’s performance as Hyuk, who is open-hearted and generous almost to the point of imbecility. I need that kind of optimism in my life right now. But I am sad at the loss of the wacky, heartwarming rom-com I was hoping so much for.

Because This Life Is Our First: 2017 has given us some great dramas, even some unexpected near-masterpieces like Forest of Secrets and Live Up to Your Name, but this is the one I needed, and the one I’ve been waiting for all year. When it first started I watched up to Episode 4 and stopped, because it was so perfect and I was so excited for the rest that I wanted to make it last, in the ridiculous way I do sometimes. This week I watched five episodes in two days, gobbling them up almost uninterrupted. If this show continues this way to the end, it’ll earn its place on my personal top ten. I think what I love most about it is that the writer doesn’t hold back on the story for the sake of furthering the plot or creating conflict; the characters have the conversations they need to have, and act in the ways that feel authentic to them, exactly when it makes sense and not a moment later. And that makes them feel so alive and real.

My Ugly Duckling: Who knew that a show about four old ladies watching their unmarried celebrity sons fool around on camera would be the perfect thing to watch while convalescing in bed? These moms tell it like they see it, and it’s hilarious to see them at once sighing over their “old” bachelor sons’ immature antics and in the same breath defending them against the MCs’ teasing. Former basketball star Seo Jang-hoon is my new favorite variety personality, and I’ll never listen to a Kim Gun-mo song the same way again.

1 Night 2 Days Season 3: No celebrity death has ever hit me this hard before, so I was both dreading and anticipating the in memoriam episode they did for Kim Joo-hyuk. It was lovely and sensitively done, and even more devastating than I expected. (Especially those video messages from the other members at the end… God.) Maybe it’s because of the nature of the kind of program 1N2D is, but his time on it made me love him so much more than his acting projects. The show wasn’t the same without him, and this world won’t be the same either, without our lovely, generous-hearted, beautiful Gutaeng Hyung. Rest in peace. ♥

 
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Oh wow, so fast today!!
currently watching:
Go Back Spouses and While You Were Sleeping
Just started WYWS but because GBS is too good, WYWS hasn't really drawn my attention yet. I'll give it a few more episodes because Lee Jong Suk ❤

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Wow, this is the first time I'm posting early. Usually I don't see this until the next day. Anyway quite a few of my shows are wrapping up and I'm dreading the next crop of shows. Nothing is really catching my eye, so I'll likely be in a drama slump for the rest of the year. I want to bid a sad farewell to the following:

1. While You Were Sleeping
2. Buam-dong Revenge Club (I still can't believe DB didn't recap this.)
3. Go Back Couple (I think it's ending this week. I'm confused.)

And I warily watch the nearing end of the following:

1. 20th Century Boy and Girl
2. Witch's Court

I've been blessed with the current crop, so according the Drama gods, now I'm cursed with a slump.

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"I am a robot" sounds like it could be fun.

The JJS drama (two cops?) sounds a bit like "Oh My Ghostess" with a gender switch (and both have JJS). But with cops rather than chefs... it could be a mess if they made it to crime heavy and interject unnatural comedic lines. Hoping for a tonally light hearted drama but will give it a shot.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll wait and see what the reception is on the new upcoming shows. (I'll follow DB's recaps and check out folks' comments in the What We're Watching threads for any shows not picked up by DB -- I've gotten some good suggestions from you guys, my fellow commenters.) Anyway the worse case scenario is that I catch up on my backlog (Mad Dog, The Package, and so on).

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Why a slump? Join us in BTLIOF before it is too late...

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lol

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I completely agree with you!
"Jooooin us!"
(at the risk of sounding like Pennywise the Clown in IT)
LOL

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I also love Buamdong Revenge Club! Sad that DB didn't recap this, but with so many dramas on their plates, it's totally understandable. 😘

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There are so many good things to say about alot of this year's dramas. I agree with @Laica that Forest of Secrets and Because It's Our First Life really raised the bar for the ones that come after. Unless something hideous happens which I'm confident it won't BIOFL is already earmarked for the top spot in my personal list. I can't get over how excited I am every week for it to come on and every week it exceeds my expectations.

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Unless they go completely off the rails for the ending, BTIOFL is going to take over Coffee Prince for my top romantic k-drama ever.

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BTIOFL is about to enter my Top 10 Kdramas

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Same here! And if I may add, Live Up to Your Name was also all kinds of awesome, though the finale could've been more solid.

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While You Were Sleeping: I’m sad that it ended and I don’t have anymore of our 3 cuties to look at on a weekly basis, but it ended on a nice, satisfying note, so I really couldn’t ask for more. (But I’m greedy, I want more.)

Go Back Spouses: Slowly catching up on this, and every time mum appears I want to cry.

BTLIOF: YAY KISS YAY PROGRESS YAY SLEEPING TOGETHER it better not be lying next to each other/someone on the floor in the same room, just saying.

Buamdong Social Club: 2 more episodes! I’m waiting for subs but I’ve already watched the raw version and this show just gets me in the feels with the strong girl power and friendship. Aww.

I need a new show to replace the empty hole WYWS left!!

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The package : abit underwhelming on episode 8-9, episode 10 really making me hope again episode 11 and 12 will deliver.

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Is anyone watching Package? I find this drama so enduring and thoughtful in its execution. I'm fully vested in the back stories of all the group travelers in Paris, Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel. (I want to book a flight to France now! ASAP!) There's genuine emotions at play and I am drawn in completely when I'm watching. I'm looking forward to the last episode. I want all the characters to have their own happy endings and closures.

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And I really have to start Because It's Our First Life...

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Of course you do! I promise you won't regret it, more so if you like The Package!!!

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I know... Because It's Our First Life has my name written all over it!!

I'm waiting for the right moment to start... or maybe to save it for a future marathon watch on a cold wintery weekend!

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Save it for when you’re in a slump.

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Or when you need to put a smile on your face.

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I've just started watching The Package. I thought the first episode was slow, the second was fine, and then I was totally gripped by episode 3. I'm just ignoring the few bits that annoy me, like certain characters' terrible French, and watch it for the travellers' stories.

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Oh, and I started watching it, as I had nothing else to watch - waiting for the next episodes of Go Back Spouses and BIOFL

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everything little back story is really good, just excluding the main couple love story haha

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Agree! No chemistry in main couple. But, I like all the lines in this drama, full of philosophy. A warm drama.

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I'm saving Package for later, when I'm finished with my current dramas. You make it sound great!

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Go back spouse might be one of Jang Na Ra best performances I've watched. Never seen her showing this much fire in her previous role. I liked her performances in fated to love you in the first half of FTLY. But love her here more. Might be due to material is meatier and more well written

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A little more than a month ago we had 9 dramas premiering. I felt like I participated in a speed dating event, and in a couple weeks my soulmate had emerged. BTLIOF makes me giggle and giddy but also challenges me intellectually. Because This Life Is Our First makes me, for the first time in my life, feeling that drama monogamy is possible.

I do still keep one other company on the weekend. At last Miss Jang is too charming for me not to indulge in wallowing in her pathos.
With GBS’s impending departure, I will always think of her fondly and appreciate the time we have spent together, and who knows? Maybe in the future I will even visit for old time’s sake.

BTLIOF, I am devoted to every part of you. The images of you linger on my mind, the turns of your phrases are to be savored, and the sound of you has permeated in my air. I am in awe by the creation and the existence of you. I look forward to every passing hour because it brings me closer to knowing you a little deeper (past), experiencing all of your delights (present), and learning new parts of you that again and again exceed my expectation (future). Someone like you who has come is indeed a tremendous thing. Thank you.

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You need to write this on pink stationary with a sparkly gel pen, spray it with some perfume, and send it to the production of BTLIOF. Or better yet, pass it to me first so I can sign my name to it, too.

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😆 Instead of signing, we should just pucker up our lips Se-hee style (as in Ji-ho’s fantasy) and kiss the letter with pink lip gloss as ink.

For your eyes only, BTLIOF.

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SWAK! (Sealed With A Kiss)

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I think it will be better if @kimbapnoona starts a Thank You and We Love You Note for BTLIOF Production team so Beanies can start signing our names before the finale week

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That is a great idea! This drama is just so good even my mom is into it! As in she watches ahead of me just to annoy me with spoilers! Lol.

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Okay, I think it's been awhile since the last time I post comment at WWW section. I'm down to 3 dramas now: Go Back Spouses, WWYS and Buamdong Revenge Club. All of the dramas end this week which is sad, but a good thing as well because then I can focus on the other dramas that I have put on hold: BTLIOF, Witch's Court, Mad Dog and Black.

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BTIOFL... of course!

WYWS... it was easy to finish. and I was glad it finished.

20th century boy and girl... I've tried to reimagine the cast as 20 year olds. It helps because that's pretty much what their mental age seems to be stuck at. Who would imagine a celebrity with 17+ years experience, apparently, being completely and absolutely naive about PR issues and the quandaries of public/private life?

Last Minute Romance... not sure why. In between commenting on DB perhaps. lightweight. Given the premise, it didn't really go where I thought it would, dramatically. For 2 hours of time, it was pretty good.

BRC - waiting for subs to finish. then go for the rest. I am not as captivated as many other Beanies so far but it is fun.

Meloholic - Stay away unless you can ignore some pretty morally objectionable behaviour. And it isn't the skinship I'm referring to either. Other than that (!!!) it could be a fun watch. not for me.

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"I’m mainly watching for the undercover missions and the chemistry between Woo Do-hwan and Ryu Hwa-young." - dramallama [I mean, at this point, who isn't only watching for that]

"Please have an epic epilogue where you and Ha-ri have a soccer team’s worth of cheeky and sneaky Olympic medalist children." - tineybeanie [*claps* my only wish for this show now]

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yes! I know at least both of us are so into this Ha-ri x Min-joon's cheeky,smart, cutie pies future offspring

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Gutaeng Hyung. Remember, each member, forever.

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While You Were Sleeping : I'm sad this drama has ended. It's not a perfect drama but for me it's a great drama because it managed to make me emotionally invested in the little universe this drama has. I love and care about not only the lead characters, but people around them too (except the baddies). I cried and laughed with them. I really like the family relationships, romance and friendship in this drama, so much warmth.
Despite my sadness about losing Chief Choi, I really like the finale episode. It leaves me smiling, believing that the characters continue their life journey after the drama end. I'm satisfied.

I haven't watched any other dramas this week.
I'm waiting subtitles for last 2 episodes of Buamdong Revenge Club.
Because This Life Is Our First, I don't feel the urge to watch this week episodes.
Meloholic, a bit lost interest after seeing comments about male lead's behavior that violates women's privacy. I'm late on realising that.

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Totally agree with you. It's one of the shows I've ever enjoyed this year

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#1 BTIOFL: obsessed just like everyone else
#2 Go back spouses: loving the second lead
# Father is Strange: Jung So Min is so cute

and just for fun, Lee Min Ki films: A very Ordinary Couple and For the Emperor. Wow, his characters are so different, but I love his acting. (I loved Spellbound and Moster)

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I loved Spellbound too. I found the confetti magic scene to be one of my most memorable kmovie scenes.

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Watching BTIOFL, obviously. Could not drum up enough interest to watch the last episodes of While You Were Sleeping. I feel like I am getting in another drama slump as nothing else seem to interest me. I don't want to fall in slump again. :-(

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Because This Life is Our First: I don't know how this drama managed to reduce me into a squealing and squeeing mess. Maybe it's the magic of being honest and upfront about your feeling. Or maybe it's simply the magic of watching Se-hee and Ji-ho being adorably in love.

Go Back Spouses: Uuuff... The revelation about what actuallu happened when Mom passed away hurt so much. Now there's no way I wouldn't root for our OTP to work out their issues together and finally get their happy ending.

While You Were Sleeping: This is definitely the weakest out of all Park Hye-ryun's dramas. What's with the simple and straightforward plot, and the stark black-and-white villain and hero. But I forgive a lot of its flaw because it has one of the best mentor-mentee relationship I've watched in kdrama. Chief Choi is such a great character, and I dig all his interaction with Jae-chan. This drama also, hands down, has the best resolution for the triangle love between our 3 dragons. I hope many drama writers take note of this, because friends can continue being friend despite liking the same person, you know.

Three Meals a Day S4: Ep 12. Finale eps 😭😭 I'm feeling blue already remembering that I wouldn't have another eps to look forward to from this relaxing var show.

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Because This Life is Our First: I don't know how this drama managed to reduce me into a squealing and squeeing mess. Maybe it's the magic of being honest and upfront about your feeling. Or maybe it's simply the magic of watching Se-hee and Ji-ho being adorably in love.

this show is bAE

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“ I watch this drama to see two people in love. If they’re falling out of love, what the hell am I watching for?”-GF

😆😆 exactly what I’m saying

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I was so much intent on watching Lee Yeon Hee on screen that I was tricked into watching The Package. But seriously, I don't know what the show is really about and to my surprise, I'm still watching it.

Oh, how I'll miss Jae Chan and Hong Joo.

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It's funny how that happens sometimes. ;-)

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I know right?

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What I’m watching:

Drama:
While you were sleeping: aww. 😍 what a nice way to end the show. Though Chief Choi 😭
Because Its our First Life: do I even have to explain?

Variety:
Winner Over Flowers: because it WINNER
Mixnine: is this variety? But I love this though. YG is so savage. Ha.
1n2d: I still cant bring myself to watch Kim joo Hyuk’s special. 😭

Just a few shows, life’s too busy this days. Prayung for a less hectic one soon!
Have a great day everyone!! ❤️💕

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Because Its our First Life: do I even have to explain?
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Lol...

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Currently:
Ugly crying with go back spouses
Swooning over our first life
Wishing that the ajummas of avengers club were my unnies

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I also wish the ahjummas of avengers were my unnies! One would feed me with all kinds of seafood, another would randomly buy me some expensive stuff, and the other would teach me flower arrangement. Lol!

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I would just like to point that Javabeans has dropped Revolutionary Love from the list of shows she's watching in spite of how we were all excited about her being pulled out of the slump by Siwon.

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LOL I know right. 😆

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At least Siwon is doing his job right, judging from those 4 shows JB is simultaniously watching this cycle. 🤣

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Siwon, that man who taught you to love again, but quickly fell behind because he wasn't the knight in shining armor you thought he would be. Don't be like a Siwon. Be like a Se-hee. 😂😂😂 K, bye. (scurries away)

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lol "be like a Se-Hee!"
too funny!

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I am watching MBC's "Money Flower" now. The story is much more interesting that what I expected from the synopsis initially. And Jang Hyuk really nails the character !! Looking forward to ep 3 tonight.

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Currently Watching:
Buamdong Revenge Club: I cannot describe the depths of my love for this show and its characters. I literally whooped when Mi-sook slapped her husband. I am on the edge of my seat every episode. I love the relationship between all the women and Soo-gyum. I wish subtitles were faster but I’m glad that we’re getting them at all. Thanks subbers.
Because This Life Is Our First: My interest has rekindled after this week’s episodes. I was a little worried it was waning because of the misconception of Bok-nam being a stalker, but I totally love it again. I’m very invested in Su-ji and Sang-goo’s story mostly because I relate to Su-ji on a very soulful level. I’m so glad Won-seok and Ho-rang broke up, that relationship wasn’t going anywhere for Ho-rang. I’m a little wary about this introduction of Lee Chung-ah’s character.
20th Century Boy and Girl: Love this show to bits, the relationships, the general feel of this show is really laid back and it calms me down when I watch it. I feel like, in general, this is a good quarter for female characters and friendships in dramaland.
Revolutionary Love: I think I’m about to drop this show.
Andante: The acting in this drama is atrocious on all fronts but I’m still watching because I already started and I might as well finish it. Also, even though Kai and Kim Jin-kyung’s acting is terrible, their characters are so adorable I can’t help but root for them.

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Bokja Club is love. <3

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Because This is Our First Life:

Because this is probably one of those dramas in kdramaland that comes unexpectedly, slowly creeps to your heart and stays there for a very long time. It’s been a while since a drama graced my heart this much. After the bad slump that clouds over dramaland this year, it would feel even better to have this drama ends 2017 on a high note. You can do it BTIOFL!

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It's weird reading you guys' thoughts about Go Back Spouses, because most of us watching are further in the show and have already switched allegiance to Ban-do lol.

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Spoiler warning:
I'm team Ban do from tge starr. I just can see why Jin Joo fall for him in tge first place, but she forget all his proaitive image he showed. I actually love Ban Doo-Seo Yeoung dynamic alot more than Jinjoo and Nam Gil I almost ship them, it showing Ban Doo sweet side which might be Jin Joo has already forget. but Jang Na Ra performances is hard to ignore it make me invested in Jin Joo's journey.

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Get well soon, Laica! *sending you virtual hugs and well wishes* Hopefully, when you get back, you will get to recap another awesome show like 'Forest of Secrets'.

Can't believe go back spouses is ending this week! And there is only 4 more episodes of because this life is our first! These two shows are the ones I am living on and I don't want them to end!

I liked the finale of while you were sleeping. But, I guess I became more jaded this year than before because it felt so much like an ideal world where so many characters made selfless decisions that it felt slightly unreal. That seemed like the theme of the show, if you do good, good will find you. But, it instilled a little bit of hope in me, so far doing that, the show was definitely worth a watch.

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I also felt the same way regarding WYWS. Those characters did feel a tad too perfect and selfless. But at the same time, it also gave us hope that maybe, even in this jaded world, we'll still reap according to what we sow.

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Yeah, just like Lee Yu Bum. He ended up killing the one person he ever seemed to care for.

Wait, am I missing the point here?

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✖️Temperature of Love >> such a waste. I really love Seo Hyun Jin and what a discovery Yang Se Jong is for me here but sorry I can’t stand your story and your second leads. 😱
✖️ While You Were Sleeping >> Stopped watching at Ep 12 (half hour format) and wanted to check how things will end before deciding to pick it back up or drop it. Decided to drop, I don’t think I’ll survive another SLS heartbreak. 💔
☑️ 20th Century Boy and Girl >> not sure how else the drama will fill the next 4 hours. Maybe more of mom shipping the OTP. 😂
☑️ Because This Life Is Our First >> Been squaling so hard my throat hurts. 😘
❓ The Package >> Maybe will still watch this when I don’t have anything else to watch anymore.
❓Revolutionary Love >> I love Siwon. And might still pick this back up.
☑️ Go Back Couple >> Episode 11 got me all 😭😭😭. Not yet ready to say goodbye to this beautiful show.
☑️ Witch’s Court >> I miss the romance. Can we get back there sooner please? And uhm I am still hoping against hope that Baek Sang Ho is alive somewhere out there.
☑️ Buamdong Revenge Social Club >> What a lovely show! This should be 50 episodes long.

Legend:
✖️ = Dropped
❓ = On Hold? Behind on episodes. Not sure. Might get dropped soon?
☑️ = Currently watching

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Hard to say goodbye to my fav shows this week - Buamdong Revenge Club and Go Back Couple 😭

Money Flower - Since it is just 24 epi, I hope it stays good. MBC also decided to cut Man Who Sets The Table to 36 epi, their reason because the story will be fast paced that way, but my guess is it is due to the low rating. If the rating is good, they will just maintain the epi like usual. But it's good decision anyway, and I'm glad they finally took into consideration what viewers want.

Meloholic - Kyung Su-jin is good in this. It's pretty disappointed that she also dropped out from Four Men because of some changes on the storyline and her character, but I guess it could be a good decision. She and Jo Hyun-jae can headline in another drama together and I also don't think KSJ is lacking in anything to be a second fiddle to Nana. Now I wonder what were that changes on Four Men, or maybe what I truly wonder if Four Men will actually happen.

Anyway looking forward to see the new batch of drama next week. I don't know what drama I'm actually excited to watch but it could be a good thing.

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@Sera The Ms Temper,

I'm hoping that MONEY FLOWER eventually gets recapped, but hasn't been yet because the DB staff is already up to their eyeballs in impending finales. Keeping fingers crossed, and thanking our valiant recappers for all their fine work. I know they already have a lot on their plates! ;-)

Sera, maybe you could help me understand what happened to Kang Pil-joo (birth name Jang Eun -). It looks as if his father, husband of Jung Mal-ran, had two sons, and died when they were small. Is Jang Boo-Cheon his elder brother? It looked as if Mom allowed them to be sent across the river in the storm and both were tossed overboard to literally see who would sink or swim. Their nanny dove in after them and drowned, it seems.

Pil-joo was sent to an orphanage, and was later adopted, hence his name "- In-ho" inscribed on the fore-edge of the charred book that Na Mo-hyun still apparently treasures? (In eps. 3/4, Evil Grandpa's ruthless practice of selecting his corporate successors by survival of the fittest is disclosed. It would have been less hassle to toss them to the lions in the comfort and privacy of his home dungeon.)

Later, In-ho's path crosses with his erstwhile brother's. He is framed for the manslaughter committed by Boo-Cheon, and is sent to jail. When he is released, his own mother fails to recognize him, and recruits him as a companion to ride herd on Boo-cheon. He is promised an education and employment in the family business. He is now biding his time to exact revenge upon the entire family.

As for Na Mo-hyun, In-ho met her after he was adopted by his junk-dealer father, who seems to have been a good man. (Alas, he died while In-ho was in jail.) He never knew her name, and she only knows him as "In-ho." When he attempted to drown himself while scattering his father's ashes in the river, Mo-hyun was nearby and rescued him. The chain of the locket from his mother breaks, and it falls among the rocks on shore, where Mo-hyun picks it up. She keeps it with the charred book.

In the present, Pil-joo has been ordered to get womanizer Boo-cheon married off to the daughter of a rising politician. He devises a strategy to ensure that they meet under optimal conditions and his watchful eye. He impresses upon his brother to treat her with sincerity. When he finally happens to meet her with Boo-cheon, Pil-joo faces his first love.

That's my understanding so far. (Along with hints at an Oedipal clause in his job description. Eew.) What a set-up. I hope he has a Chief Kim to help him steal the company.

MONEY FLOWER reminds me a bit of LOOKOUT in the sense that the protagonist hides his identity in order get close to the targets of his vengeance. Evil Grandpa comes off as an utter bastard, but perhaps not an outright sociopath like Chief Prosecutor Yoon and his get. I'm not sure what to make of Mom. She's managed to survive among the sharks of her late husband's family, but at the cost of sacrificing her son...

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«And that makes them feel so alive and real.». Thank You, Laica, so much for these words, because they describe exactly what I feel for BTLIOF! It is making me remember how I felt when I used to read great literature... totally alive and dignified to live it through books. Of course, that could also imply that my own life is boring and lacking emotions.... :/ don't want to talk about it! LOL!! It is not totally like that, I may be a very demanding person. I always need more. And this show is simply giving it to me exactly in the way I like it. (Smile) 😍😍😍

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Go back spouses is ending today. So sad to bid farewell to this drama. I think its the best out of all 2017 dramas i watched. It has heart and the message the drama is trying to convey can easily be understood by all generations. Its not dramatic, its more slice of life with a fantasy time-slip element. But other than the time-slip everything is actually quite true to life. Huhu

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It should be a short list for me this week, however ...
I'm watching Because This Is My First Life. 💓 A show with amazing thought-provoking comments about marriage, dating, family expectations, societal pressures/sexual harrassment, the inequality of the sexes, communication, love ... Show poses the question more than once... are love and marriage different things?
- Re-watching Because This Is My First Life, Ep 11 -12. 💓
Because it's one of those shows that I have to try to squeeze every drop of goodness out of.
- Re-watching Because This Is My First Life, Ep 1-5. 💓 Because I felt I missed a whole bunch of clues about Se Hee. Laughed all over again at the irony of Won Seok and Sang Gu (self-professed master of dating?) getting the completely wrong conclusions about Ho Rang.
- While You Were Sleeping. 💙 Looked and sounded good, great acting, nice premise but show could have been far better. I'm a bit sad it did not hit it's potential. 😔
- Re-watching Because This Is My First Life, Ep 6-10. 💓 Because I can't get enough of the cute. 😘
- 20th C Boy and Girl. 💜 Just eps 21 and 22 which were cute and all but I stopped there. Why? Because I want to re-watch BTLIMF! 😋
- Re-watching Because This Is My First Life, Ep 1-5 again. 💓 Just because!!! And I'll continue til Ep12 because it isn't Monday (or Tuesday with subs) yet!!! ❤

You get the picture. 😉 😆

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Also watching, Avengers Social Club - This is a really enjoyable watch. All the character interactions, the fantastic teamwork, all the comeuppances that came or are coming up *heh*, so much to look foward to!

The Package - This continues on the theme of people not being quite what they appear to be from the outside, and the relationships too being other than what one might expect from insufficient data. A quiet, beautiful watch and great for passing the time.

Go Back Couple - I'll possibly continue just to see how the family reunites in 1999, expecting of course that they will get back on a better understanding and therefore a better footing than when they first lived in 2017.

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I just watched the finale of Avengers Social Club and I have to say that it was the MOST satisfying watch ... so good, to the very last drop (or very last second). Not something to be sniffed at when we consider how many shows we want to change the endings of. But this one, I firmly believe, will not fall into that category. 😆

The conflict was just right, the misdeeds were sufficiently weighty and the ideas for the getting of revenge were just so appropriate and so in character with the ones planning them, and either so funny or cute or crazy, that they were fun!

It's pace was good, the characters were wonderful and everyone was utilised well, even the ones I thought were side characters or one-note characters... even the demented grandma in hospital and the snobbish step-sister and the money-grabbing mistress. Best of all, the futures of all were assured and true to life, and we got to see enough of their futures to say farewell to all club members with a smile.

Thanks to all the production team for a show that was very well done. And truly, that was one of the best endings ever ... yes I can imagine our intrepid Club members sitting around in the sauna and continuing to plan revenge for all victims who ask for their help.

Bok Ja Club, Fighting!!!

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@growingbeautifully,

I'm really not into revenge, despite live-watching MONEY FLOWER for Jang Hyuk, LOL! Your description of AVENGERS SOCIAL CLUB intrigues me. I've already had too many shows on my plate, but now I think I'll have to check this one out, especially if it has comic and lighthearted moments. Thank you for writing a summary after the finale that discloses that it did not go to the dogs in the last episode. That makes it even more appealing. ;-)

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Hi @PakalanaPikake, I hope you can find the time to watch this show. I believe you will not regret it.

I too was hesitant at first because if the revenge theme, but it has turned out neither too fluffy nor too weighty. It was just the right blend with warmth and seriously rounded characters that grew so wonderfully throughout the show. At the end it was not all sweetness and light but real and still good. I still don't 'agree' with revenge per se, but seeing how the 'sort-of-bad' guys get their just deserts made my day!!! :D

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I'll add it to my Watch-Soon list !

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I had quite a bad drama slump before Go Back Couple started, but the scenes between Nam-gil and Jin-joo brought me to life! Their scenes in the first 6 episodes was magic haha, I still watch it and i understand Ban-do more now. Since they were married and had a child, i knew what i signed up for. Sigh, but still...Nam-gil's gazes...If i'm going to take something from this drama, i will be that i want to find my own Nam-gil. Someone who looks at you like that. But i look forward to the last episode, Ban-do have rediscovered his love for Jin-joo and i think he will make her happy from now on. I hope he treats her with the respect she deserves in the future :)

Also finished Avengers club! Loved it :)

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Because This Life is Our First! The best, balanced drama so far with the right elements and enough spices and laughter. Adorable Se Hee! Horny Ji Ho, lol..and yes, the other stories are all interesting too!

Go Back Spouses in the other hand, with its family and spouse's center conflict, captivating with its own tearjerking moments. Very glad with this two!

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Because This Life is Our First: Cute. Funny. I don't know.

Witch's Court: Can we just stay here? Solving cases from week to week, always with a satisfying payout? I gets tedious, but I liked it far more this week than I did last week and I'm willing to take what I can get!

20th Century Boy and Girl: I'm an episode behind. I hope that when Ji-jin's scandal breaks out, the public aren't ridiculous about it. It's not like anyone believes that We Got Married is fiction, so why does everyone in this show take it so seriously?

Buam-dong Revenge Club: Episode five. Soo-gyum is the best, and I love how he's really trying to form a bond with Jung-hye.

While You Were Sleeping: Ever so slowly catching up, no-one spoil me! I've discovered that the writing is occasionally not inventive enough, and I don't feel a lot of pull from the romance, but it's occasionally Lee Jong-suk and the way he drives the legal cases that make me love this show so much!

Plus Nine Boys: I've been meaning to start this for a while now, and I finally got round to it! No surprise, the biggest pull is to the Jin-gu/Se-young couple, and I really want to see how he brings her around.

About to watch The Package and Go Back Couple - these shows are literally the best part of my week.

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About We Got Married, believe it or not but people are super delusional about it. I watched that show since the first season and I've been a big fan, but there are people who cannot distinguish what is true from what is false. I would love to say it's just the teenage audience, but shipper threads in Soompi forums proves me otherwise. When Lee Joon and Oh Yeon-seo were on WGM, the news of her dating one of her co-stars from a previous show broke and she got kicked off the show. When Song Jae-rim and Kim So-eun were on WGM, a rumor started going around that she was dating Sohn Ho-joon and she almost got kicked off the show but since the producers knew that their show would basically tank, they kept her on. She ended up getting so much hate because of it and people said she lied to the public and what not. Some crazy Song Jae-rim fans came for her and called her names all over the internet. It was ridiculous.

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I saw an almost identical comment to this on a Kissasian thread...

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To my comment? Or someone wondering why people in this show were worried about WGM?

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Yeah and it's not even just We Got Married. There was that scandal earlier in the year about some actor (sorry forget who it was) whose relationship was outed in the middle of the romance-driven "Candy in my ear" variety show. Even though the show is obviously all just for entertainment, tons of people commented online calling him a liar, partly because he went on that show while being in a relationship.

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That was Lee Jun-ki. Delusional shippers are next level crazy. When IU and her boyfriend broke up, Moon Lovers shippers were rejoicing and saying now she and Lee Jun-ki can date. I mean I loved them in Moon Lovers too, but I was like "are you people even serious? Someone's relationship just ended!" And they were like we're only saying our mind. I was so disturbed. Then his dating Jeon Hye-bin news came out and people started attacking Jeon Hye-bin on her instagram that she's coming between IU and Lee Jun-ki.

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Ah, yes Lee Jun-ki, right!
Oh gosh... People be weird...

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Witch's court- interesting cases- work harassment, sexual video, rape etc
Money flower- interesting storyline about revenge

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I started watching 2D1N just before Joo Won left the show. Later when they brought in 4 new members, I followed diligently and I loved Kim Joo-hyuk so much. Never knew him before and didn't realise he's a great actor. After he left the show I stopped watching 2D1N and was really glad to see him in Reply 1988, be it only snippets. Can't imagine Argon is the last show I can see him. When my sister broke the news about his accident, I was devastated, and still am..

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I first saw Kim Joo-hyuk in GU AM HEO JOON, and have liked him ever since. Same historical figure portrayed by Yoon Si-yoon in MIRROR OF THE WITCH.

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BTIOFL: Nam Se Hee, it's good to know your kissing skills are smoother than your kimchi-making ones. Although, the ajhumma pants were really dashing on you. This week Jiho finally got some points against Kitty!

Mad Dog: So much more enjoyable to watch now that Min Joon has been accepted into the MD family. I also love that Cheetah is such a wingman even though Min Joon has no idea that he needs Cheetah's help sometimes to appease Hari.

I dropped Witch's Court bc even Yi Deum can't save the awful writing for me.

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my week in drama land was rather uneventful, with real life messing my me time

Our First Life and Mad Dog
Kitties happily kissing in one show making me swoon while the Puppies had me on a roller coaster, but still made me swoon too.

Need to catch up this weekend:
Witch at Court
Buamdong Revenge Club (why is this ending so soon?
Running Man with Super Junior
Winner Over Flowers
Weekly Idol with Super Junior

Happy Weekend,Beanies!

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Go Back Spouses : Kim Mi Kyung is a treasure. Kim Byung Ok too, working double Dad duties in this and BTIOFL. Veteran character actors that bring the magic.

BTIOFL: Happy for Jung So Min and crew.

C Drama: A Love So Beautiful. Really sweet love story that follows the OTP for 19 years starting in High School. Like it so far. Not overly angsty or too silly. Shen Yue is adorable as Chen Xiao Xi .

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Kim Byung Ok is one of my favorite ahjussis, too. He was great as the scheming Yon Dolsol in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG, my second Kdrama. I had no idea he could do comedy as well as sageuk. I was tickled to hear his trademark "Hrmph!" again.

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He’s good , no matter what the role. I liked him in Rebel and in Cruel City as a drug dealer. I need to watch King’s Daughter, Su Baek Hyang. My wife really enjoyed it.

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Witch's Court: Ma Yi Deum’s Mother is ALIVE! I'm sooo happy!!! And now I'm looking forward love-lines between Yi Deum & Jin-wook LOL

Because This Life Is Our First: I seriously wish Se-Hee & Ji-Ho throw away their Marriage contract LOL just be marriage couple for real coz they're so cute together

Mad Dog: Kim Min-Joon, do you like Jang Ha-Ri that much? Okay, just date LMAO

While You Were Sleeping: Choi Dam-Dong is my hero! Kim Won-Hae deserved an award.. Lee Jong-Suk's crying scenes torn my heart.. I watched the finale twice and still cry like a fool..

Buam-dong Revenge Club: My favorite Ahjummas... Always!

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Lesson learned from watching Go Back Spouses: Should never root for the girl to end up with second lead. Drama will butcher your heart. Should only watch show purely for second lead gorgeousness and wish him to end up with ME. Maybe Go Back Spouses is turning out to be the one drama this year I watch till the end but end up with an aftertaste like cheap fake chocolate. Love the family stories though.

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Episode 11-12 is usually when I start losing interest in a drama because it becomes too romantic (yep, I'm weird). Besides, in any other drama I would say the hero fell in love too quickly just because rom-com laws dictate it, since we're only 4 episodes away from finishing. But in BTIOFL the clues were always there, so I'm not shocked or turned off by the more romantic turn of the show. Especially since it manages to keep that contemplative mood and balance it with laugh-out-loud comedy and the best sound effects in dramaland.

That's all. I got tired of The Package at episode 9. Too much like a French movie LOL.

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So nobody is watching Black, huh? #sigh
I guess I`m the only one who is drowned in Song Seung-heon`s charm *.*

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Nope, you've got plenty of company! The recap threads may not be as long as those for BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST, but the discussion is avid for those of us tuning in.

This is a terrific role for Song Seung-heon. He really shines in both iterations of Moo-gang and Moo-gang animated by 444. ;-)

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oh, I`m so glad to see other Black fans HERE cuz I somehow felt bad to see no one is even mentioning it despite the fact that this drama deserves more.

Yes, I always read the recaps and the comments and enjoy a lot to see how everyone writes their ideas about the mysteries behind each episode.

God! SSH is a scene stealer ^___^

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Oh, I'm watching Black and I agree that SSH's charm is a big part of the show's attraction. @marina, do you like the show overall?

The show is kind of driving me crazy with its secret births, sadistic hell-bound villains and overly-complicated conspiracy. But ... the black comedy is refreshing and some of the characters are pretty compelling.

What are your thoughts on Go Ara? Song Seung-heon seems well cast here. I categorize him among the wooden-but-sexy set (like Gregory Peck, Keanu Reeves and James Caviezel).

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Hahaha, yeah it drives me crazy too but I think that is the beauty of this drama. It is not the kinda show that you can lie down and eat popcorn while watching it because it needs you to be 100 percent focused.

Go Ara? the first thing that comes to my mind is her beautifulllllll eyes *_* and yes, I love her acting as well.
You made me laugh because you just mentioned my fav actors ever and you are absolutely right. They seem to be made of ice.. Especially Keanu who always manages to keep a poker face but he melts my heart as well as the others .. #blushed :))

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I'm watching Black! It's easy to feel lost in the first few episodes, but you really need to watch them to follow and appreciate the drama, so I can see why there aren't a lot of viewers. I hear it's doing pretty well on the ratings front for OCN.

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I think the trick to Black is to only focus on the moment in front of you. Just add the clues as they come along...don't try and understand everything all at once. This is not that type of show.

Most of the time, there is enough to enjoy the show at face value and then just enjoy the ride. Its a much of a mystery for the viewer as it is for the characters. We tag along hoping we can solve the mystery with them.

SSH is fantastic, He is playing it on a whole other level to everyone else. Its like what I image a cat sees when watching people. He's centre of attention and everyone is reacting to him...but he is totally aloof to the human world unless he wants something....

Yes. Thats just like a cat.

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Yes, it is not a drama for those who don`t like complicated stories and aren`t patient enough to let the writer show what every mystery is about.
well, it was doing fine but the rating has dropped this weekend. #sigh

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Interestingly, this week’s drop in the Black’s ratings parallels the week the story stopped being as complicated.

Not saying causation, only correlation.

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I finally got around to watching a show live again. Currently only missing this week's eps of Mad Dog and I definitely like it, but don't love it. Woo Do Hwan is even more charming than I remember him from Dramaworld though, so I'm mostly just busy fangirling over his pretty eyes and cute smile :P I can't believe he's still a rookie, he does so well here, especially with his facial expressions and just the fact that he can hold his own against the presence that is Yoo Ji Tae lol.

Most likely gonna watch Buamdong Revenge Club when I'm caught up on MD. Also plan on trying out either Defendant, Falsify or Forest of Secrets, but not quite sure yet.

Also some dramas I've been waiting for premiering towards the end of the month, yay!

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Like but not love sounds about right.
And yeahp, we all love WDH haha.

(I wonder what those are ;) ;) )

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Hahaha I've noticed! His name has been popping up quite a bit lately ;)

(Yeah cuz there's no way you could guess at least one of them ;) )

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I blame Rescue Me for that initially, but now also Mad Dog.

(Absolutely impossible. I've no idea at all)

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Of the current autumn crop of dramas, REVOLUTIONARY LOVE is the only one that I quit live-watching (after ep. 5). I was really looking forward to it for Siwon's return, but it was too doofy for me, and wasn't up to snuff in comparison to the rest of my lineup.

Still watching, in this order:

TEMPERATURE OF LOVE -- When it was good, it was great. Its extended interludes of characters warped by dysfunctional family dynamics have been all too realistic. I can't say the same for those afflicted with Chaebol Delusion Syndrome, Terminal Jealousy, and/or Screenwriter's Fatigue. Yang Se-jong has turned in another impressive performance. Seo Hyun-jin's formerly feisty scriptwriter has lost her marbles and has been high-handedly contrarian towards Chef Jung-sun for much of the show, starting from day 1. Her performance has been fine, I just don't grok her high-maintenance character. Kim Jae-wook's character has been a cypher for much of the show, too, although I've been enjoying his quiet exasperation in the face of Hurricane Hong-ah. Jo Bo-ah deserves combat pay for her sterling depiction of the self-centered, green-eyed monster. Let's hear it for Sim Hee-Seop and Chae So-Young as sous chef and sommelier, and the rest of the bromantic kitchen crew at Good Soup. I love these guys. At this point, I ship Jung-sun and Won-joon, who actually communicate and respect each other in a way that seems to be impossible for Hyun-soo. Great OST and background music.

BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST initially was not even on my radar, but grabbed me in a big way and has not let go. It continues to deliver touching, nuanced performances by its entire cast, and character arcs that are realistic and satisfying. I smile from ear to ear at Lee Min-ki and Jung So-min and their journey of discovery. Great OST! This is what TEMPERATURE OF LOVE and 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL aimed for, but fell short of. Bravo!

20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL has lovely interludes with friends and family, close friendships that date back to early childhood, and a pair of loving step-brothers. The caring, loyalty, and belonging are heartwarming. Kim Ji-suk and Han ye-seul have sizzling chemistry in his long-awaited turn as a leading man. But like an embryonic star of insufficient mass to fully coalesce, the plot has frittered away much of the show, which could have been tightened up with fewer episodes if indeed it was meant to focus on the OTP. The reason for Lee Sang-woo's buttoned-down Anthony persona has at last been revealed, but it still feels as if he were wasted in this role. (I fell for him in a big way as Kyung-soo in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.) Insufficient attention has been paid to Young-shim, who seems destined for a solitary life as a lawyer. Beautiful OST!

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Of the current autumn crop of dramas, REVOLUTIONARY LOVE is the only one that I quit live-watching (after ep. 5). I was really looking forward to it for Siwon's return, but it was too doofy for me, and wasn't up to snuff in comparison to the rest of my lineup.

Still watching, in this order:

1. TEMPERATURE OF LOVE -- When it was good, it was great. Its extended interludes of characters warped by dysfunctional family dynamics have been all too realistic. I can't say the same for those afflicted with Chaebol Delusion Syndrome, Terminal Jealousy, and/or Screenwriter's Fatigue. Yang Se-jong has turned in another impressive performance. Seo Hyun-jin's formerly feisty scriptwriter has lost her marbles and has been high-handedly contrarian towards Chef Jung-sun for much of the show, starting from day 1. Her performance has been fine, I just don't grok her high-maintenance character. Kim Jae-wook's character has been a cypher for much of the show, too, although I've been enjoying his quiet exasperation in the face of Hurricane Hong-ah. Jo Bo-ah deserves combat pay for her sterling depiction of the self-centered, green-eyed monster. Let's hear it for Sim Hee-seop and Chae So-young as sous chef and sommelier, and the rest of the bromantic kitchen crew at Good Soup. I love these guys. At this point, I ship Jung-sun and Won-joon, who actually communicate and respect each other in a way that seems to be impossible for Hyun-soo. Great OST and background music.

2. BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST initially was not even on my radar, but grabbed me in a big way and has not let go. It continues to deliver touching, nuanced performances by its entire cast, and character arcs that are realistic and satisfying. I smile from ear to ear at Lee Min-ki and Jung So-min and their journey of discovery. Great OST! This is what TEMPERATURE OF LOVE and 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL aimed for, but fell short of. Bravo!

3. 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL has lovely interludes with friends and family, close friendships that date back to early childhood, and a pair of loving step-brothers. The caring, loyalty, and belonging are heartwarming. Kim Ji-suk and Han ye-seul have sizzling chemistry in his long-awaited turn as a leading man. But like an embryonic star of insufficient mass to fully coalesce, the plot has frittered away much of the show, which could have been tightened up with fewer episodes if indeed it was meant to focus on the OTP. The reason for Lee Sang-woo's buttoned-down Anthony persona has at last been revealed, but it still feels as if he were wasted in this role. (I fell for him in a big way as Kyung-soo in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.) Insufficient attention has been paid to Young-shim, who seems destined for a solitary life as a lawyer. Beautiful OST!

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4. MAD DOG -- Still loving this whodunit/howdunit. Woo Do-hwan caught my eye a year ago in SWEET STRANGER AND ME, and holds his own against Yoo Ji-tae and a passel of veteran actors – and assorted assassins. Watching Mad Dog & Co. unravel the conspiracies and intrigue of the political-industrial complex is a thrill a minute. The OST has only two tracks, but they are daebak!

5. GO BACK COUPLE was not initially on my radar, but has turned out to be a touching and engrossing tale of getting a second chance to love the ones you're with – including the one who is yet to be born. In the penultimate episode, recognition that “we are all bozos on this bus” finally dawns on Jin-joo and she reaches a turning point in understanding Ban-do and what he has been up against, and his grief over his mother-in-law. It is deeply moving to see them finally realize how they missed the boat the first time around, and how they immediately act to rectify those blunders during their return visit to college. Car of Doom's cameo has me shaking my head. I'm hoping it's only a device that signals a return to the future timeline.

6. BLACK continues to hold my attention with its Reaperverse beginning to make some sense at long last. There's plenty of skullduggery that is gradually being explained. Some of it is graphically violent and/or bloody, so if you have a delicate stomach like Detective Moo-gang, don't watch it. Song Seung-heon is in his element in the dual role of Moo-gang and Moo-gang animated by Reaper 444. Go Ara is great as the daughter of a Reaper who looked into the eyes of a woman in love, and paid the price. I love Moo-gang's fellow coppers portrayed by a great cast of veteran actors, in particular his partner, Na Kwang-kyun (Kim Won-hae), aka Mad Dog, and long-suffering team chief Bong Man-Sik (Jung Suk-Yong). The Mujin Time-Mart mall collapse continues to throw long shadows, with yet another body suddenly discovered 20 years later. Hip Hop's arc in this episode is deeply moving. As for Reaper 007, aka Joseon, his number may be a clue that he is a special 00 agent like James Bond. Does that make it a license to live instead of to kill?!

7. MONEY FLOWER -- I watched the premiere last weekend for Jang Hyuk. I'm not a fan of melodrama, revenge, or chaebol heirs getting away with murder, but I'm looking forward to whatever he dishes out as long as the writing makes sense. Not only is our protagonist's grandfather the somewhat lovable scamp from HIGH KICK! 2, his mom is Chef Jung-sun's mom in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. (Jang Hyuk, Yang Se-jong, and Yoon Si-yoon are brothers in Kdrama Six Degrees of Separation?!)

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8. JOSEON GUNMAN -- Slowly working my way through the only sageuk on my plate at the moment. Just saw episode 8. Have needed a good shot of Lee Joon-gi. CRIMINAL MINDS was so depressing I bailed in the first 3 weeks. As always, his martial arts mayhem is the bee's knees. But it's weird to see him without a sword now.

9. HIGH KICK! 2 (THROUGH THE ROOF) -- I got whiplash when watching this in tandem with THE KING LOVES, and continue the whiplash during MAD DOG thanks to Jung Bo-suk's roles in all three shows. Considering how awful Chairman Cha of Taeyang Insurance is, I think I need an infusion of his inept alter-ego from HIGH KICK! 2 (with a side of Yoon Si-yoon). Egads, Grandpa plays an even worse tycoon in MONEY FLOWER. Yikes!

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Someone (I think here) listed Joseon Gunman as one of the most disappointing dramas, but I really liked it. In fact, enough to go look up the history of the period which was quite interesting. Or maybe the reviewer just didn't like his hair at the end, IDK.

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Finally watched the first episode of Girls' Generation 1979. I definitely loved the first 15-20 minutes. There was some some nice commentary on patriarchy, plus I really enjoyed the absurd place the military has in their lives/schooling. I confess I don't have a lot of patience for kdrama's idea of puppy love (stalking, foolishness, toolishness, etc), so that made the second half of the episode pretty painful to watch. The directing is super charming, however, and I think things will get better now that Kim Ok-bin's little sister has arrived. (I hope she has some of her talent, along with looking/sounding exactly like her!) All in all, feeling optimistic about it.

In terms of western TV, I started I, Claudius. The production is a little bit hokey, but considering it was produced for television in 1976, it looks very good, and the acting/script/historical content is all fantastic. I've never had a lot of interest in/education about ancient history, so I'm learning a lot about Rome and the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Well, really, I'm just waiting for Patrick Stewart to show up so I can see what Captain Picard looks like with hair haha.

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@juniper,

*waves*

Long time no see.

The OST and background music in LINGERIE GIRLS' GENERATION is terrific. I loved it so much I posted on my fan wall links to the OST and as many of the background pieces as I could identify. They're titled by episode for easy reference. ;-)

Hmmn. You're watching a Western sageuk this time. ;-)

I well recall my folks avidly watching I, CLAUDIUS and POLDARK, among other productions on PBS's MASTERPIECE THEATRE back in the day. I had no idea Patrick Stewart was in it. At the time, I was in college and too darned busy to tune in with them.

Speaking of PBS presentations, if you like Shakespeare, be sure to track down the epic 1970s Joseph Papp / New York Shakespeare Festival production of KING LEAR with James Earl Jones in the title role and Raul Julia as the scintillatingly evil Edmund. Perfection! DEEP SPACE NINE alumnus René Auberjonois (Odo) is in it, too.

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The OST is awesome so far! I also really appreciate how the director has been relatively low-key about the retro world he's building. The last couple of Answer Me's have been so in-your-face about nostalgia that it's nice to see something more subtle.

I love Shakespeare! I have to admit I've never seen/read King Lear (I know :P), so I will have to find this adaptation! I also love Masterpiece Theatre. I just wish PBS had better funding so that in addition to enjoying all of the BBC's awesome productions, America could produce literary adaptations and historical epics of its own.

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Yes, indeed, the nostalgic details are there in LINGERIED GIRLS' GENERATION, but in a matter-of-fact way. For me, the music was the key to the time machine. ;-)

I was pleased to see this production of KING LEAR still available at Amazon. It was staged in 1973, but I didn't see it on TV until a couple of years later, IIRC. If you're a fan of The Bard, you owe it to yourself to watch it. Maybe it's even available at the library. Raul Julia absolutely drips venom -- in addition to being hunktastic. Have mercy!

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I found LINGERIE GIRLS' GENERATION and BTIOFL eerily parallel.

Both shows focus on gender dynamics. One at the end of the 'authoritarian' 4th Republic, the other in the current 6th republic (with Ji-Ho born with the republic). Even though there is almost 40 years between the 2 shows, the struggles for both women and men are all too similar.

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Well then, have you seen Tom Hiddleston in Shakespeare's Henry IV, V? whichever. Very good.

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I,Claudis has a wonderful cast. The story and acting are superb. Sian Phillips’ role as Livia, what a wicked person! If you’re a drama lover, this is a must see drama, you won’t be disappointed.
The quality of audio/video may seem archaic compared to present day HD productions, lol.

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All dramas of 2017 felt lacking to me, some started really well but lost their charm and Ive dropped almost everything except for Forest of Secrets and Fight my way ( the last one had very dissappointing last 4 episodes though).

BTLIOF has brought back the excitement of watching pure gold, I sit back and enjoy, which hasnt happened in a while :)

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Between BTIOFL and Go Back Couple, my heart feels full and content. I haven't felt this good about drama watching alll year... I think both shows are going to end in my Top 10. Both shows have phenomenal, thought-provoking writing, and are executed so well! I thought 2017 was kinda bleh with the drama options, but with Chicago Typewriter, Live Up to Your Name, 7 Day Queen, BTIOFL, and Go Back Couple... it wasn't as bad as I thought!

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REBEL was also terrific. ;-)

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Ah, I haven't gotten around to watching it!

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My best kdramas of this year (in no order)

Because This Life Is Our First
Strongest Deliveryman
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Fight My Way
Buamdong Revenge Club

Best Western dramas

1. Stranger Things
2. Big Little Lies

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Oooh, we're getting towards the end of year reviews!! I'm interested to see which dramas emerge as the most popular ones...it's a chance for underdogs definitely. Circle?
I thought I'd have no top dramas this year, but I have at least three (rated by how consistently addicting they were from start to end):
- Chief Kim
- The King Loves
- Chicago Typewriter

I'm being cautious about adding Because This Life is Our First because it hasn't ended yet ;)

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So far, I'm placing my bet on Circle as Best Drama. Definitely think it will be #1 on Javabeans' list!

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