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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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Temperature of Love: This show had such a great start—pure chemistry and fluttery romance—but in the end, the best thing about it was the beginning. I wish there had been a point to the unnecessary angst in the latter episodes, or that they’d dragged out the beautiful courtship for longer instead. Once they got together, the breaking up and making up seemed fickle, so I began to wonder why we were rooting for them so hard. I did like the nature of their frank, contemporary romance; it just wasn’t 20 hours’ worth of drama, that’s for sure.

Smart Prison Living: Broooooomance! This show is slow to start, but it’s actually a dark comedy as promised (yay), and it is awesomely bromantic right away from the first episode. There’s also a hilarious similarity to the Answer Me franchise in its depiction of fandom—baseball instead of idols this time, but it’s just as rabid and geeky, and it’s a really strange thing to watch an entire jail turn upside-down because of one sports star.

Nothing to Lose: It’s corny but cute—you can see everything coming a mile away and it’s not very clever, but the leads are good so you just go with the obvious setups. Park Eun-bin is adorable in this, as always, and she’s the primary reason I’ll keep watching. I already love Dongha too. I mean, if you start a show with the second lead having nursed a one-sided crush on the heroine for years, I end up catnipped onto the wrong ship from the very start!

Mad Dog: This was the emotional payoff I’ve been waiting for, and I feel rewarded for having stuck with these characters, because now that they’re really acting like a family and being openly mushy with each other (in their gruff, roundabout way, of course), I just feel content.

 

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Witch’s Court: I’m loving it. Especially that scene where Yi-deum had fallen to her lowest of lows and was carting around cleaning supplies while Jo Gap-soo was surrounded by his yes-men—that could and would have turned into a self-pity party in any other drama. But Yi-deum totally turned the tables on him, making him flinch in fear as she charged right at him with her dirty mop, and it was a refreshingly awesome moment. I do wish her mom had stayed dead though; it seems a little too late to bring her back into the story when the entire reason for Yi-deum’s life for the past twenty years has been to avenge/find her mother.

Mad Dog: There’s nothing of this to watch except the cute I-like-you-not moments between Min-joon and Ha-ri, and the adorably tsundere interactions that Min-joon has with the rest of the team as they show their acceptance of him.

 
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My Golden Life continues to be my current crack. I wish I could binge the rest of the episodes. Shin Hye-sun is fantastic. My first 50 episode drama, but it's been a very easy watch so far. Pacing is good, most of the characters are entertaining enough, and most of the focus remains on the lead.

Also watched all 14 episodes of Because This Life Is Our First. Solid and entertaining drama. Looking forward to the finish.

20th Century Boy and Girl continues to be an easy watch too. I was expecting it to finish this week, but looks like only two episodes were aired.

Now to wait for Black and Witch's Court to finish, and I can marathon those eventually.

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My Golden Life started to be good after episode 12. I agreed SHS acting is amazing! I know this drama supposed to be sad, but I usually laugh the whole show because of the makjang elements (because I don't usually like makjang drama) :) :) :). But the strange thing is, I'm looking forward to it.

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Hi I am not usually watching more than 20 episodes but this one is not boring, and the hour don't feel this long :)

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I think this is the shortest one of these I've ever seen...

BTLIOF - loving it but dreading the end. My hopes are so high that I'm scared I'm going to be disappointed. I really am a pessimist/realist, but this show makes me optimistic which in turn makes me worried.
The Package - can't quite bring myself to watch the last episode. I rolled my eyes at the female lead in episode 11 but all the side characters are really interesting. I also like Yong-hwa in this a lot. He does the niave, idealistic character really well (as seen in Three Musketeers as well).

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Mad Dog- Ep 14 was better than ep 13. More Min joon and Ha ri interactions. I mean, isn't that why most of us are watching for anyway? Lol! Now aside from that ship, I want my bromance too. Can Min Joon call Kang Woo 'hyung' already? And hugs. I wants lots of hugs in the finale.

Because This Life is My First- Words were spoken. Honest words. But as See hee realised, his words were too slow. I'm glad that he finally found where his heart is. I've got faith that our writer won't waste time on angst. I just wish the pace would pick up a little. Just a tiny bit. Also, I love Jung Min and Su ji. That punch was hectic.

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Watched Midnight Runners yesterday. The movie with Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha-neul. The bromance was AMAZING. And it was hilarious! These two were just an awesome duo. They had such perfect comedic timing that everything they did was funny.

It depicts the friendship and the struggles of these two very different people (Park Seo Joon's character is the 'act first, think later' type and Kang Ha-neul is the bookworm- intelligent but also innocent is many ways) who accidentally encounter a kidnapping and are forced to act as police officers to solve the case. Nothing better that learning "on the field" right?

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Park Seo Joon was starting to doubt his reasons for being a cop. Then the kidnapping happens and it helps the both of them realize that they truly do want to be cops so they can help civilians. Really glad I watched it!

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Exactly. He came in because he was too poor to do anything else. So glad this experience made him realise just how talented and suited he is to be a cop. So proud of him. ❤

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Liked my Sabu posts 😀 but can't comment because I'm not watching the same shows 😅

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Hahaha not again...😛
Na it's fine hehe. I liked your comment but don't follow variety 😂..so we're even! 😉

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Posting about the fact that I can't comment might become a habit 😉😅

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Watched it twice! The first one in the cinema, then the second one with my besties while in our pajamas. For both times, I was distracted by Seo-joon's abs, LoL.

I love their friendship. They never even ever fought between one another, like in most movies when friends fight with each other.

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Distracted is an understatement. LOL

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Lucky! I would've loved to watch it in the cinemas.

They never fought...but did you see that ending? Lol! It looked like a love triangle starting to blossom hahaha

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Their characters really have no game. In a way, they are so lame. But I love them!

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I must find Smart Prison Living subs !!

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I must find it too! It's hard to resist the temptation of watching it raw. I don't wanna spoil myself! 😔

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I ended up speed watching it raw yesterday, and it looks so good. I can understand why it has longer duration (1,5 hours) because they have sooo many characters. Someone please sub this.

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Must...resist...temptation...

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I pray this is correct! Hope Netflix picks up the good dramas that Viki doesn't have license on. After Go Back, Couple I have nothing to watch on DF. Their selection of current dramas is dismal.

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The temperature of love was hot at the start and pretty chilly by the end haha

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It feels empty now that go back spouses has ended~ huhu

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Buamdong Revenge and Go Back Spouses both ended and Because This Life is Our First is ending next week. For a month and a half it was a perfect drama season for me, but all good things must come to an end, I guess. 😢

Maybe I'll start Nothing to Lose? Anybody else besides girlfriday watching it?

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I'm watching it right now. My honest opinion (although I love Yeon Woo Jin with all my heart 💔), maybe because the scriptwriter is new, the plot kind of messy in the first 4 episodes and the female character sometimes overreacted. But I hope the plot will improve 🙏

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Watching it on Viki and enjoying the humor. The over-the-top lead actress is surprisingly balanced by Yeon Woo Jin. And good to see Ji Seung Hyun as a semi-normal person after he played such a nitwit in Laurel Street Tailors.

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I started Nothing to Lose and liked it. Looks like there are two parallel stories with a love triangle/square(?). Enjoying the quirky humor and keeping my mind open. In addition to the child molester antagonists, I'm creeped out by how Sa Ui-Hyun seems to have really dry lips. Like really dry. He's constantly applying lip balm. That's my cliffhanger—why are his lips so dry?!

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*antagonist; there's only one child molester

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Lol @ dry lips comment - I know, right? It caught my eye and then I just kept noticing. Is it supposed to be a character quirk? Or will he end up with some dreaded lip disease that will bring sudden and unnecessary angst later in the show? Because it happens so often...

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Since I have started watching Kdramas for the past year, I have no one physically around me to shares the highs and lows of rising dramas together until my younger cousin who is a Kdrama novice came to visit. I recommended two wonderful but different dramas to watch together -my recent oh-it-hurts-so-good Seven Day Queen and my current everything Because This Life Is Our First. Much to my delight (although not to my surprise) my evil plan of roping her into my drama obsession worked beautifully.....she loves the Queen and is delirious by the First swoonfest.

But I wonder if I have ruined her forever by setting unrealistic expectations and impossible standards for all future viewings? Have I made her fall in love and then too coward to tell her that love like that rarely come along?

Gah, what kind of monster am I? This may be the cruelest thing I have ever done to family.

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I blame the gravy on my fingers for all the typos and the gravy in my brain for all the grammatical errors. Gravy, I tell ya, it’s the worst.

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You have same taste with me. I've watched tons of this year's drama and my top 2 remains Queen for Seven Days and Because This Is My First Life.. Both dramas are so wonderful, good storyline and make me hook from the start till the end.

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"Have I made her fall in love and then too coward to tell her that love like that rarely come along?" Filled with gravy or not, your brain still produce some excellent sentences, my friend!

I do find it interesting that we can love both dramas almost equally (at least in my case) even though they're so different from each other, from the settings to the types of characters that fill up the landscapes. But in hindsight, I think there are similarities to be found too. Both have strong female leads who may not necessarily "kick ass" but are defenders in their own rights and are so lovable that you can't help but root for them every step of the way. Both dramas contemplate the concept of marriage as an institution, how it is viewed in society, how they utilized it to further their "ends", what it means for them as a pair, as individuals, and how that affects their respective families. The mutual respect and open communication between the couples in both dramas are also lovely to watch. The way the couples dealt with conflicts that came their way left me in awe.

Despite the contrasting settings (one a sageuk, the other modern), there's just something about each drama that makes it super compelling to watch, and caused me to tear up quite a bit almost every week. Because they, the characters, at the end of the day, are just youngsters trying to make their way through life, no matter how hard it gets on some days (because of some a**hole director, a mentally unstable brother, or scheming mothers). They just want to find some purpose to keep carrying on, a safe pace for them to breathe in, to house their hearts. Along the way, they learn that sometimes love isn’t enough on its own, isn’t enough to start or sustain a marriage, and in some cases, might end the relationship itself. It’s a hard lesson to swallow, but a lesson all the same. But they tread on anyway, because they must, because that’s how life goes. We humans just live and live and live, praying that by the time we reach the end, we can think to ourselves that it was a worthwhile one, that we got somewhere, did something, loved someone, and along the way, became a better person somehow.

So maybe you have set up your cousin with false illusions, or maybe you have only shown her what real life is, so she learns to appreciate the good stuff when it happens, and how to handle the bad when it does come along. “Just because you lived yesterday doesn’t mean you know everything about today.” Maybe the good memories from these two dramas will remind her to keep watching more kdramas, in the hopes that something as good if not better will be there when she least expects it ;)

(don’t ask me how this essay happened, it’s just you mentioned my top 2 dramas of this year and I…)

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Thank you @haru207 for your beautiful comparisons between these two gems. Strong female leads, open communication, mutual respect -these should become the most popular catnips!

I particularly love how you interpret my master plan -yes, it is for the sake of reminding my cousin to be grateful for all the good surrounding us even if the people closest to her might have ulterior motives for what they do.😂

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Haha...
Maaaybe, but I also thought I set myself up for unrealistic expectation since my "addiction" gate was I Hear Your Voice. But dramaland always gave me much better dramas every year since, so let's just hope that 2018 will give you cousin something awesome to love.

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Pray to Dramagods that we will reap abundance next year!

My addiction indoctrination is almost the opposite of yours, @gadis! Last summer I happened upon Sung Hoon’s Noble, My Love on Netflix. No unrealistic quality expectations set there for future viewings of kdramas, except maybe the expectation of the level of gorgeousness of Oppas.

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lol, i think you did ruin it. both dramas have broken any streotypical in kdrama. SDQ, even with the low rating, got praise by critics , hardly to see any flaws in terms of writing, acting, or directing.

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Yey for that photo!

Only time for 2 this week

OurFirstLife - show just needs to end good so it can officially join Reply 1997 as my Top 1 Kdrama

Mad Dog - good thing we bounced back on Ep 14. Plus Prod Team still needs to give us a goor MJ❤HR end. (hint ship needs to sail)

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Buamdong Revenge Club: It's a fun watch.

Because This Life Is Our First: It's okay. I'm invested in main romance but not in the other two.

Meloholic: up to episode 4. It's a bit boring. I think it would be better if it's 2 hour movie that only focused on the leads.

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You know of any legal sites that stream through Roku that have this? I'm in US.

BTW, Viki drives me nuts with their totally different titles! Have to sleuth around until I can find what I'm looking for. Looks like this week should be fun...if we can get the subs going at a decent pace!

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Roku has Viki, but you have to pay (not much). You'll find BTLIOF and Meloholic there. I haven't found Buamdong Revenge Club anywhere that isn't full of virus pitfalls.

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Witch's Court, Because This Life Is Our First & Mad Dog are gonna be by next week and I'm not ready yet *sigh*

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I mean 'gonna be END'... I need edit option lol

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I put on hold most on-aired drama since two weeks ago. I want to watch it in one go next weekend. I only watch Mad Dog, I need hari-minjoon's cuteness in my life.
I tried to watch vintage drama this week and landed on Delightful Girl Choon-yang. To my surprise this drama is really delightful to watch. The premise and many tropes in the drama won't work today, but it's still watchable.

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Delightful Girl Choon yang is really good. I watched it a few years ago and enjoying it immensely.

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*enjoyed*

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I will wait for for the last two episodes of Mad Dog and watch all of them once it is finished. I am very sad that Because of My Life and Witch’s Court is done next week. This month has been really good drama. So far, 2017 has been a good drama and somewhat good Chinese drama. 👍🏼☺️

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Witch Court : Ma Yi Deum..love her but I can't bring myself to see hee seduce anyone buy Yeo Geom. Would have been hilarious to watch Yeo saw her attempt. I want him to show a tiny bit of jealousy!

BITLF: ep10..need to catch up.

Dropped TOL for good but might continue 20th later. At least 20th have better side character story. I hate WonJoon for going back to Hong Ah.

Nothing to Lose : Ssong!!! I love her but him? Not so much. What's with the lip touching? It's so distracting...did I miss something? DongHa character........let me be wrong!!!! Never knew I would miss Kim Hae Sook! Miss my FIS cast.

Mad Dog : am I the only one fangirling over Noori? He is an oppa but he looked younger than me.. I feel like hugging him so much more this week. So sad when he cried.

Go back : Kim Mi Kyung is always a fave mom. Oh btw, did you guys know SeoJinie is a girl?! Saw it on insta, her wearing a dress.

The package : didn't care for the main couple but the rest of the stories are so sweet. I especially like the older couple. Oh best young couple is Soso's brother and wife. So cool couple!

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Variety

Master Key : no sugeun...wanted to skip but I am excited for KB cast..will watch it later.

YOF Winner : still at episode 1, I find it fascinating to see how relaxed they were..I mean I would have gone full on panic. Haha I just like to have a little plan before travelling.

W1 zero base : love the rooms concept. I love Daniel (dogs instead), woo Jin and Jae hwan room!

KB : Dong IL is so much fun. Hope to see him again.

NGoblin : BoA is so relaxed that it seems like she has done this since the beginning. Jung myung had less screen time.. I live for HongKi cranky self. He is perfect for the show

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Noo Ri is precious and must be protected (literally, enough stabbing already honestly). He's also frakking hilarious.

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Agreed! I want to sent his father to mental hospital instead. Nobody hurts our Noori!

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I think many of us don't want anything to happen to Noo-ri!

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Wait... so the couple in "Go Back Couple" had a baby girl not a baby boy?!

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They had a boy (seojin), its just the character was acted by a baby actress (ahrin).

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Ah, thanks for clarifying

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They had a baby boy but it was played by a girl :)

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Whoops, didn't refresh my page. Katakwasabi beanie is right :)

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The same way that the heroic collie Lassie was played by Pal and his descendants! ;-)

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Tunnel!!! Trying to finish the good crime thriller kdramas for this year. Forest of Secret done :)
Waiting for Prison Life's sub

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I always read this section but boy was it short this week!

Is no one else watching Black except odilletante? You might be wise to skip it for now but if it really pays off by the end, which i'm anticipating, you all should watch it. Confusing as hell but so fun to guess at what's going on and funny and interesting throughout. Anyway, people should stay tuned (but not spoiled) to hear if the ending ties up all the lose ends and if so, definitely watch it.

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I'm watching Black. In retrospect, it's probably a better show to binge but I'll continue live until it ends.

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Me too it's a real mystery and it made me feel like I'm a detective trying to put the clues together to find out what happened 20 years ago just like the characters in the show. It's really cleverly written, but I would also advise to wait until it's finished because it is testing my patience with every cliff hanger leaving me hanging for another week.

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I would love to watch Black, but no sites streaming thru Roku have it. Maybe Viki or DF will pick up later (sarcasm on...)

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Temperature of Love - I wish this is a movie instead and it would probably remain as my favourite romance movie. Without Seo Hyun-jin in this, I would've never bother to check the last 4 epi after stopped watching in the middle.

Meloholic -This show is worth-checking just to see Han Ye-ri become embarrased because of what Han Ju-ri did. Han Ju-ri is one crazy girl - she is doing all kind of stuffs that no one would think Han Ye-ri will do. Just imagine Eun ho sleeps with Han Ye-ri at night, but tomorrow morning the one who wake up besides him is Han Ju-ri LOL. Entertaining drama.

Buamdong Revenge Club - Great show. I would miss our Avengers Club a lot, and will re-watch it definitely. Hope there will be a season 2,3,4 and so on.

Nothing To Lose - Show, what you want to show us actually? I found cases weren't developed well so far but I think I can ignore it for now. But a judge who is supposed to control her own courtroom is unable to control her own temper and to the extent open her own robe? This isn't make sense at all, that a judge failed to obeserve courtroom etiquette which is clearly very basic. They can make use her temper in different situation though. I love Park Eun-bin and Yeon Woo-jin in this, and their chemistry are great. Dong-ha is fine too. I hope it will improve. But the decrease on rating for epi 3-4 might be not be a very good sign? Especially I'm Not A Robot is going to start next week. It's funny how Yoo Seung-ho and Park Eun-bin are competing with each other, since they were partners in several drama before.

Money Flower : I haven't watched last week's epi yet. Plan to catch up this weekend.

Looking forward to watch Wise PrIson Life with Eng Sub! Untoucheable 's rating was quite good for first epi compared to The Package -hope can have time to watch it.

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I'm so behind for temperature of love , don't know if I can motivate myself To finish it 😅

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LOL just watch the last epi. I also have no motivation to all uninteresting drama in the middle 😆 It's a waste, but I expected it from this writer.

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How long do we have to wait for Smart Prison Living? 😭😭
This is the first time I'm waiting for a drama to be subbed:(
I didn't watch the other dramas that were subbed late because I wasn't interested. Now I finally know how agonising the wait is. 🤧😔

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It's my third time this year waiting for drama that was subbed very slowly. Now I'm just kind of "Eh? The sub isn't out yet?" then immediately pick another thing to watch or do. Haha...

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Haha. Good plan. I still need to will myself to play the play button of Bad Guys hahaha

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Do it already!

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@jenmole bwahahaha
Enjoying my afternoon coffee right now.
Will play it soon...ish....any time now.....😂

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We have learnt our lesson! LOL.

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Welcome to the club! I had Age of Youth 2 and Buamdong Revenge Club which were subbed late so giu can say, I had enough experiences LOL! Have to forever grateful to these volunteer subbers. I read that Wise Prison Life is picked by Netflix (Netflix's title Prison Playbook) so maybe we will have the eng sub soon!

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giu : you

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Ooh netflix? That would be awesome!

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I really want to watch nothing to lose. But the first episode really put me off. In general, I often feel disappointed by how female character written in kdrama. Nothing to lose is one of the recent example. You can't be a judge if can't control your temper.

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Definitely. I dislike how some kdrama write female characters. Ms Temper Ok Da-jung needs to teach all these writers how to write hot tempered female characters without making them overacting and become annoying characters.

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More than half of female lead in dramaland has been written into overacting character in recent years. That's why someone like Jiho became a breath of fresh air though she's actually not interesting at all. (well, at least imo. I prefer suji any day)
I want more Kim bok joo or choi yaen-kyung in dramaland.

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Suji will br my main reason if I ever re-pick up on this drama :)

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Mad Dog is good. Oh so good! They keep teasing us with push-pull flirty scenes of Ha ri and Min Joon but nothing more serious than that. Way to keep us hooked! Loving the bromance, but also loving the villains. Can I say that Joo Hyun ki plays one of the most interesting and layered villain I have seen in dramas, this year?

Because It’s My First Life is still golden, an understated gem.

I’m going to miss Go Back Spouses now that it’s over. It was such a heartwarming drama!

Judge vs. Judge - The writing was over the top in many parts. (Maybe an attempt at humor, to even out the dark subject matter?) I almost dropped it, but for my love of the excellent cast. However, some parts of it were introspective and showed promise.

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No dramas, only K-Shows 💙 watched during previous we and this week :
*I live alone e221 : they're back !! Park Na Rae date part 2 was so funny, Choong Jae was shy and Kian84 worst wingman indeed hahaha 😂. Lee Si Un so funny with his Busan friends, can't wait To watch his drama . And the fashion battle that nobody cares about 😂
*1n2d E202 : an old ep, I surprised myself , seeing the trees and the alley I knew it was the special with Yoo Ji Tae 😅. Very funny just like the 1st time, the quiz relay with emotions is still hilarious 😂
*Master key e4-6 : it's getting so much better with the angel/demon keys : Kang Daniel angel and Ong Seong Woo demon won : ah Seong Woo after loosing all games in one ep he fooled them all 😎
*Wanna one go e3 : homemade food 💙, 11 guys always funny To watch 😃
*Youth over flowers - winner e3 : the pants incident/misunderstanding : communication solves it 😀. Stars buying children hats because it's cheaper but rent a small SUV 😂

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Random hi to Hagsaeng.😁👋

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Hi Sabu 😆

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Revenge club - love. Haven't watched the finale bec then it would end!!!

Mad dog- fun ride. Kiss already pls. Kiss. Kiss

Judge vs judge - cringe fest. But i have SLS already

Btliof- unpopular opinion but what pretentious nonsense! Instead of show we have a lot of tell with long inner monologs with soft lighting . Dropped

Money flower- this is going to be a full makjang! But jang hyuk, so i stay

Let's get the new shows already...

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Oh.. And watching healer on a loop for some inexplicable reason...

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I agree about BTLIOF. I know lots of beanies are enamored with all the long soliloquies but I guess I would rather people say things out loud. I admire forthrightness, like Su-ji has. This is probably main reason poetry is my least favourite genre of literature. I quickly tire of people trying to sound deep all the time instead of just saying what they mean.

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"I quickly tire of people trying to sound deep all the time instead of just saying what they mean."

THIS.... Thank you!!!!

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I know lots of beanies are enamored with all the long soliloquies but I guess I would rather people say things out loud.

Heh. I've only felt this way in the last two episodes. The long ... pauses ... between ... thoughts is ripe for parody now that both See-hee and Ji-ho are going full-on soliloquy.

The fact that the characters used to be more upfront was what made the show so refreshing. I still love BTLIOF and will be happy to see it end well next week.

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Su Ji and Sang Goo are the only reason I am still watching BTLIOF. Thank God Ho Rang and Won Seok broke up. Their relationship was supremely annoying for the better part of the show with their blatant inability to see from the other's perspective. And as for Se Hee and Ji Ho, I feel like they are the most boring part of the show.

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wow, I thought I am weird to think that Btliof is an enough show like in ep 10
it's a show when the problem will fix when they speak because it was never a problem, they already a match and they just need to piece their share of work without changing or having a character development,

unpopular opinion I guess for the character development, I read some time ago that a commenter that said it's the ultimate fairy tale, like jiho is relatable but never in real trouble and she actually just need to go with the flow after ep 1

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nope they had a baby boy but the child playing seojin is actually a girl in real life. :)

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Because This Life is Our First: I simply love every dialogue and narration in this drama. They're all very eye-opening lines that were delivered in an understated way, which somehow still manages to worm into my heart and stay there for a long time.

Go Back Spouses: A warm-hearted and moving drama with a very satisfying ending that left me with my heart full. It makes me cry almost every eps, but the good kind of cry that I didn't regret at all. I'll definitely watch out for this duo writer-director's next project.

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We're watching the same stuff. It's Friday and no more GBS. What an empty void!

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*echoes* *empty...empty...empty*
Feels so empty without GBS.

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Because This Life Is Our First.
Oh my! This drama is ruining my life, but on the other hand, it is so good, it's making me coming back to life. For me, that is literature. Not so long ago I wrote a novel, and even when it is not do god, I cried writing some parts. Now because of this beautiful masterpiece, I am eager to come back to writing even though I have two jobs and other problems to take care of.
Thank you: Lee minki and jung Somin, for making me laugh, cry and fall in love with poetry and beauty again.
I may ever search for translations of Korean poetry now. I will let you know,, beanies.
Keep fighting!!!!

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Yes, this show, it doesn't happen very often that a drama/show can be proudly said to be as good as a (good) book. I mean I love TV shows and Kdramas but only sometimes it happens that a drama is so well-written that it makes me reflect so much on your own life and relationships in such a lasting and insightful way. Such a gem! I'm late to the party but I have watched 14 episodes in the last 2 weekends and I could not stop thinking about it. I am totally in its fictitious world and I really do not looking forward to saying goodbye to it.

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The last season spoiled me: Because This is My First Life, Go Back Couple, and While You Were Sleeping. I'm going to compare everything to BTIMFL, which means I will probably return to my drama slump period.

I'm still watching Witch's Court and Mad Dog, but only for the couples bickering out of love. I dropped Temperature of Love at midpoint; read some of the recaps but never got the motivation to pick it back up. Nothing to Lose makes me feel like flipping tables despite having Yeon Woo Jin and beloved Dong Ha on screen. Money Flower and Untouchable's premise didn't make me interested at all. I haven't seen Smart Prison Living, but if the bromance is that good then I will have to try.

Or maybe I should just hibernate and wake up when Hwayugi is ready to air.

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I dropped btimfl, it feels enough and I kinda feel that they cheat with the revelation, no character development, just character revelation but still nothing hold me to stay, they already good, no story left and it takes lilke 12+ ep for jiho to continue working, sehee problem just addressed things that is inside the relationship and it feels flat.

finished buamdong revenge : it's a fresh take and I think the last ep is a bit draggy but the punishment they did is satisfying. It feels fair and fun, which a little bit weird tension [I think that is more credit for the actor rather than the plot]

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BTIOFL is ending next week. *cries

I started watching Smart Prison Living because I need something to watch after BTIOFL ends. I almost dropped it after half an episode, but I ended up finishing the episode. Not bad, I'll watch the second episode to see how it goes.

As for revolutionary love, how are they still not together? Also, can they stop making Gong Myung's character more miserable that it already is?

I'm also watching this jdrama called Rikuoh. It's so good! Too bad it only airs one episode a week. Sunday, please come quicker! (Although that also means thanksgiving break is over..)

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I'm holding off on watching any dramas until winter break. :( But if there are subs out for Smart Prison Life (or whatever it's called), then I just might be tempted...

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BTLIOF - Though I trust the writers I wish there was more time. I felt the main couple had too little screen time this week, to give room for the other couples to develop. All stories are interesting but I need more of Se Hee and Ji Ho :-) Hope we won't have to wait too long until he finally finds the courage to confess. I want to see what happens afterwards.

Black: Still liking this drama very much and I'm glad it's not ending yet.

Nothing to lose: I'm giving it a try because of Yeon Woo-Jin, but I need a week more to decide if I'll watch it. I skipped many parts.

Smart prision living: Waiting for a kind soul to sub this one!!

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ToL : I really didn't like the end. But I love the main couple.

BITFL : The story is really great. All the characters are interesting.

Witch's Court : It's not bad but I think the couple was the main reason I watch it so now it's more about the cases, it's a little more boring.

Mad Dog : I like how the writer kept the balance between the villains and Mad Dogs. The couple is so cute, I love how all the team is involved and tease them :p

Judge vs Judge : I think they start with a lot of humour before that the story becomes more dark. I'm really curious about the fact that her brother seems innocent and if the culprit is the son of the judge (who judged her brother knowing the truth ?) and the politician. For now PEB and YWJ have a great chemistry.

Black : I think I'm missing all the clues in the drama. And it's exhausting to watch Haram, I would like a heroin who seems to think before acting.

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Because This is Our First Life: The soundtrack is so awesome and jazzy.

Witch's Court: I'm behind with this week's episodes, and whether I'll catch up or not is unclear.

20th Century Boy and Girl: I need more Young-shil, she's my favourite! And please, less Ah-reum, show. Sure, I like her a little more now that she's lovesick, but I still find her unbearably childish.

While You Were Sleeping: I finally deciding to start catching up, and I'm glad I did. I have two episodes left. I don't think this show ever did thriller as well as I Hear Your Voice (or even Pinocchio), but Park Hye-ryun was definitely in her element with heartwarming and hilarious character interactions. I wish I could have seen more mother-daughter, because I know how well she does that, but you can't have everything.

Buam-dong Revenge Club: I've got to episode nine. Out of what I'm currently watching, this is definitely my clear favourite. I'm appreciating more insight into Mi-sook Unnie's character, because she's clearly very sweet and her joining the club made less sense to me. The show really needed to delve deeper than her good nature, and they did.

Plus Nine Boys: Cute.

The Package: I'm genuinely very, very sad that so many of you missed out on this gem. There was a character for everyone, and even if you hated them all, the setting would have blown you away.

Go Back Couple: Now that these two are done, my weekends are looking seriously bleak.

Anyone watched Nothing to Lose yet? Thoughts?

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I've noticed it's always the same recappers commenting on What We're Watching. Where is Heads, or Gummi maybe?

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Agree about The Package. It's a gem.

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Yup, The Package is definitely a gem.

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Because This Life Is Our First — can't wait to catch the final episodes, given that I have a habit of not finishing dramas (even the ones I was really invested in the beginning and followed up till 10 episodes or more, e.g. Go Back Spouses).
Smart Prison Living — my new crack (heh!) now that BTLIOF is ending. I've only watched Answer Me 1997 so I didn't figure out it's the same PD, but I'm very happy to be following this deadpan, black comedy infused drama. Pleasantly surprised to find R&B hip-hop BGM in some scenes. Bromance is the cherry on top.
My Golden Life — I check it every 2-3 weeks. Watching it mostly for Shin Hye-sun, so lots of fast-forwarding and skipping scenes.
Wish it was Monday already!

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Was waiting for this to see which of the new ones to try. I'm really not sure about Nothing to Lose because making them judges just seems, well, like teenagers dressing up? Smart Prison Living goes on the list though. Especially as Package and Avengers Social Club (liked them both a lot) have now finished leaving me with not a lot to watch.

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GF's comments on Smart Prison Living just makes me wanna watch it more :(

Subbing gods, please save us.

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I actually feel like BTIFOL didn't quite deliver this week. The monologues felt longer, but then again it was Se Hee's monologues so I don't complain. Secondly, the writer's game of withholding key information doesn't fool us into making wild theories anymore. We just sit back and wait for revelations, which can be a bit much for the impatient viewer. More seriously, I needed more closure with Se Hee's first love Jung Min. She didn't even get a 'sorry'. This is the first time I am taking an ex-girlfriend's side like this.

I am in the middle of binge-watching Buamdong Revenge Club and it is just the breezy kind of show I needed to complement the deep contemplative watch that is BTIOFL.

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Because this life is our first is still the one and only drama that i watch and love very much ❤💖 i am not ready to part with this drama next week 😣😢

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I will just say the truck of doom hit again but this time with 2 xD

Witch Court: I tried 3 times watched it until 8 ep can't anymore,so dropped

BTLIOF : I enjoy the show, it's so akward but in a good way :)

Mad dog: It's okay not feeling very hype about it still continu.

Golden Life: Strangely i enjoy the ride lol

Nothing to lose: quite fun, see what up next week :). And mother and Son from Marriage not dating, hihi not in the same role but that is funny.

i have to catch up with Money Flower, i don't know what to think about this one, maybe will be drop

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Hello! I hope you're all having a great weekend.

I'm currently watching Because This Life is Our First and I can't believe that we're down to our last 2 episodes in a few days! What a gem, honestly.

Wise Prison Life - I'm actually enjoying this. I hope it will be better than expected. Cheers!

I've dropped Temperature of Love a long time ago. It just wasn't worth my 20 hours. It would have been better if it were only 16 hours.

Still catching up on Witch's Court, Black & 20th Century Boy & Girl. Let's see.

Anybody watching Untouchable? How's it going so far?

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Because This Life is Our First: I love the dialogue. I love the characters. I love the use of literature. I don't know what I'm going to do with my Mondays and Tuesdays after it ends.

Nothing to Lose: I realize that a realistic portrayal of judges would be boring, but legal dramas almost always lose me with how illogical they are and Park Eun Bin's character had me reaching for the off button.

The only other show that I'm keeping up with is Money Flower. It's not often that I'm in the mood for something so makjang but so far this one is working for me.

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Black: Even with the God's Gift writer writing it, I'd never thought I'd be so into it. What an amazing fantasy-thriller-mystery and I like how romance is really like only 3% of the drama. Episode 12 left me genuinely afraid for our heroine.

Witch's Court: Same old. Same old. Whenever she makes one of her awesome entrances, I sit straight up and lean in to watch what she's going to say or do next.

Buamdong Revenge Club: 10 out of 10 stuck the landing! I'm so proud of our ladies and Soo-gyum. It was a drama that left me with a happy, goofy smile on my face, especially when Jung Hye really did get a sauna installed in one of her properties.

Because This Life is Our First: Devastated by the HR and WS breakup, even though it was for the best. I love how it is Se-Hee's ex, Jung-Min, that serves as the catalyst for Ji Ho getting back into writing again.

Let Us Meet, Joo Oh - KBS special: This is a pretty cute drama special with Son Jo Jun and Jo Bo Ah. He's a matchmaker and she's a country bumpkin seeking a city boy to marry. Takes place in 1930s Seoul/Gyeongseong though the costuming is jarringly modern (some dresses too short, heels way too high, heroine's hair too brown).

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I loved that KBS drama special! I'm almost tempted to watch Go Back Spouses after this. Have you seen any other specials that you'd recommend? I tried but they were kind of meh.

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Just started Witch's Court and finished episode 4.

It hurts so good.

On a side note, does anyone think that Dramabean's Shop Sale banner remind us of Subway? Does it do PPL even in here? hahahaha

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Now that ToL ended that a big relief, It was a tough journey for all beanies who sticked to that show. Somehow it paid off at the last 2 hours so it seems okay. ^_^

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Temperature of Love... No surprise about the way the drama spiraled downwards. It was always pretty weak... Or just pretty. No substance, and no one to really root for. A true waste of an interesting cast. Can't believe a drama about a drama writer can be so off. And with a handsome chef and enigmatic CEO to boot!! (dropped it at the engagement dinner episode. Regretted bothering with it that long).

What I'm watching... Black... One of the coolest dramas I've seen this year. Really has my heart skipping even though I haven't a clue what the heck is going on heh-heh. I thought I was smart but this drama makes me feel really lacking in IQ because I know no answers! I don't even know the question. That's what's so fun. (Song Seung Heon's nice booty in those pants helps too.)

Revolutionary Love : looked in for Choi Siwon but it's the supporting cast that keeps me rooting for the drama. Still better than half of the stuff that's come out this year.

Because It's our First: it's ok or whatever. Again it's the supporting cast I really love. Started watching bc of all the hype, and it passes the time I guess.

Looking forward to starting Smart Prison Living and Two Cops.

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I love Siwon's Byun Hyuk but it is Gong Myung's Jehoon who ran away with my heart after ep 14. That I've loved you for so long so I know a lot of things about but I just can't tell you of my real feelings just gets me every time.

Too bad that DB dropped recapping this after the early episodes as the latter ones have been very good.

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I agree with you about the recapping... What a missed opportunity. I think DB gave up on RL too soon. It does have a message, and the cast is awesome. It definitely has really good highs and a few middling lows. It's a drama I watch when I feel like being breezy and cheered up. That reminds me, I need to catch up the latest 2 episodes (I need my Monday pick-me-up) lol

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I am watching:

“Because this is my first life”: I know I might get some slack for this, but I too (as a previous poster said) am finding this drama a bit pretentious (specifically the main couple), and I keep spacing out while watching it. It does have a level of realism, but it also has a level of pretentiousness. Suji and CEO Ma are my favorite. Ho Rang and Won Suk annoy me, because I don’t like Won Suk. I will stick with this till the end though, but I can safely say that this drama is an “almost drama” for me.

I have recently started naming dramas that had a good chance of making the cut to get on my like/favorite drama list but failed, as “almost dramas” (reasons include execution/feeling and/or casting). Other “almost dramas” of 2017 include “tomorrow with you”, “suspicious partner”, “Age of Youth 2”, “20th century boy and girl”, “Mystery Queen”, and “fight my way”

Speaking of “almost dramas”, I am catching up on “The Package”. I am enjoying this show, and am at ep 6 now. I have a feeling that this one will be an “almost drama” for me as well, because I continue to find the male lead/actor lacking despite the solid writing and beautiful atmosphere/setting. I am however liking the supporting cast.

“Nothing to Lose”: I don’t know what to make of this drama yet, but so far, I find it makjang and all over the place. However the cast is good, and I already see some chemistry between the H/h, so I will give this show a few more eps before making any final judgements.

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Eeck! correction of typo: It should be "get some flak" not "slack" lol

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You are closer than I think with Lee Sangyeob and Kim Soeun is pretty good.

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