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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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I’m Not a Robot: Oh my god, Yoo Seung-ho killed my heart this week. I love this show and how it warms my heart and makes me laugh out loud. When he realized his “robot” was his cure, I was giddy at the twist of how he’d HAVE to keep Jia around even after he discovers her deception. This show is really rocking the forced proximity trope, and I’m eating it up.

Mysterious Il-seung: I’m losing interest, although I feel like there’s just enough Yoon Kyun-sang to keep me hanging on… although after they offed Ddakji (nooooooo!) it was a blow. Now, if they just ramp up the partnership between Yoon Kyun-sang and Jung Hye-sung, I think it could keep me invested… but it’s a close call as it is.

Black Knight: Okay, I feel like I finally understand the mythology, and I don’t know why it came out in such a piecemeal and undefined fashion, because that made me so impatient and antsy. But here it is, for those of you wondering what the deal is: Shin Se-kyung and Kim Rae-won are normal human people, reincarnated from a tragic Joseon-era love when he was a young master and she was a young slave (owned by a jealous aristocratic young lady). They grew up in the present not remembering their past lives, but did have a teenage acquaintance. Seo Ji-hye and Jang Mi-hee have been living hundreds of years as penance, probably for being terrible people in the past (Seo Ji-hye was the awful jealous aristocrat). But while Jang Mi-hee hopes for the lovers to be happy in this life so they can break their immortal curse, Seo Ji-hye’s jealousy and possessiveness comes back. Man, I would have been happier knowing that a lot sooner.

 

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I’m Not a Robot: Yoo Seung-ho and Chae Soo-bin really sell this connection, and I love that it starts from a place of genuine friendship. I buy the emotions, because he’s made me believe that this is a boy who truly loves his robot vacuum as a friend, and when he started to share those heart-fluttering moments with Jia this week, I totally swooned.

Jugglers: Aw, Daniel Choi is actually starting to seem more invested in this boss-secretary relationship than Baek Jin-hee, which I was not expecting. He’s just so adorably awkward and geeky, and when he quoted a comic book hero to defend her honor, I just wanted to hug him.

Two Cops: This love triangle is starting to get confusing, with body and soul in direct competition for the heroine’s affections. I’m on the cop’s side all the way, but I hope it doesn’t become like Oh My Ghostess, where you actually start to question which soul the love interest truly fell for. I just want my hijinks and my happy ending, okay?

 

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Smart Prison Living: I love how this show continually challenges our expectations of who people really are. Even though it still takes me awhile to get through each episode, I relish the quiet, slow way we’re getting to know everyone. I know most of the prisoners must be there for perfectly valid reasons, but it’s easy for me to forget that they’re “criminals” as I focus on their day-to-day adventures. I’m also enjoying figuring out all the various prison guards, too. Who knew Officer Paeng would suddenly be one of my favorite characters? I’d also forgotten how much I enjoy watching Jung Kyung-ho, since his last few projects hadn’t interested me. But now I’m reminded that he’s the king of bromance, since Jun-ho’s rekindled friendship with Je-hyuk makes me almost happy that Je-hyuk’s life has been ruined, if only because they get to spend so much time together again.

Just Between Lovers: What an absolutely gorgeous show. I love everything about it — the direction, cinematography, script, music, and cast (Won Jin-ah is a delightful discovery!). I especially love the muted way it deals with some very painful issues. There’s a restraint that keeps everything just at the edge of the melodramatic cliff without falling off it, largely thanks to a realistic look at how truly difficult it is to live with PTSD and survivor’s guilt. Which sounds depressing, but there’s a beautiful melancholy that feels so perfect for a midwinter drama, where I want nothing more but to lose myself in the quiet contemplation of our broken-yet-heroic, weak-yet-strong characters who are just trying to make it through each day the best they can.

 

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The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World: Oof. One can always count on screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung to deliver an emotional wallop that will wring your tear ducts dry, which is precisely what Goodbye did to me. May her words always be directed by PD Hong Jong-chan because the two together always results in a beautifully crafted, heartfelt story. The cast was pretty pitch perfect, with especially memorable turns from Won Mi-kyung and Kim Young-ok (who reprised the role she originated in 1996!). I’ll always think of the persimmon-tossing scene whenever I see the orange fruit at the supermarket, but will refrain from flinging! Don’t forget to grab a wad of tissues before viewing, and make sure your phone is near so you can call your elderly relatives and and see how they’re doing.

 

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I’m Not a Robot: It’s so cute. I can’t even. I’ve fallen in love with Yoo Seung-ho again. Rainbows and puppies can’t compare to the cuteness of Yoo Seung-ho caring for his Pretty Squad.

Mysterious Il-seung: Nooo. I wanted this to be so much better than it is now. Il-seung/Jong-sam has been intelligent by thinking up plans and backup plans and even more backup plans to his backup plans when his enemies catch on to him. I can’t understand how he had this naive side when it came to Ddakji. Of course they were going to kill him! Poor Eun-bi!! I have a feeling that now Jin-young will be the next Ddakji… but I’m done with all the former president’s intrigue business. It’s boring, and I feel like they’ve left so many loose ends untied that there’s too much evidence for them to not get caught already. I’m disappointed in the one dimensional villains.

 

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Go Back Spouses: BEANIES, I GET IT NOW. The second lead syndrome is strong in this one. Every time he shows up, I think “Oh so this is why the fan walls were flooded with Nam-gil and Ma Jin-joo screenshots” and “That’s why javabeans and girlfriday giggle in the vlog when they talk about Go Back Spouses.” Or at least, that’s what I’d think if I can think at all. Because I just sit there emitting a high-pitched squeal every time he’s on screen. I’m sure there were a handful of confused bats in my neighborhood this week. Surprisingly, I don’t hate the lead guy at all (so far). I just think their marriage is unfortunate and they both hurt each other in their familiarity. I’m hoping that by the time I finish this, the feeling is more like Best Love or Answer Me 1994, where you’re giving away a gal friend to a guy she loves and will love her back, even while you’re totally swooning for the guy she let go; and not like Who Are You–School 2015 where no amount of mental gymnastics can make you understand why it ended that way.

 
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Jugglers I love this drama 😻❤❤❤ I'm enjoying both - boss & secretary and landlord & tenant relationship. Now with Strawberry Milk boy is Yoon-yi's dongsaeng, and Chi-won is his sunbae for military service, looking forward to see more hijinks between these three. Romance can take place, I don't mind although I'm dying to see them kiss already LOL 😆

Black Knight Now we got to see more of what happened in Joseon, things got more interesting. Sharon and Baek-hee still remain as the best part in this drama. Maybe this writer should've give Soo-ho any power so he isn't that boring. While I'm enjoying this drama, I don't know what made Kim Rae-won took this drama, when he can choose a better script and role.

Money Flower This drama is soo good and addicting. Someone needs to be sacrificed for others to see the consequence of their revenge, ambition and greediness, Sadly, it had to be Moo-hyun's father. Part of me want him to survive, part of me don't.

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Wise Prison Life Epi 1 was OK. I'm planning to skip epi 2 and jump to epi 3. I don't know if I'll keep watching until the end, but for now will continue.

Just Between Lovers Epi 1 was OK, enough reason for me to watch next epi. It's almost a flawless drama, and also another drama with more than 1 hour. I hope it was just first epi though. Won Jin-ah is very good for a rookie, thank God after several rookie actors we have this year,we got one rookie actress who is really good and might even better than those rookie actors.

I'm Not A Robot I watched epi 1-4 out of curiousity. It's cute and has a refreshing concept with a robot theme. If you're in the mood for something cute, this is for you.I don't think I have enough time to keep watching this drama, but I might tune in for cuteness if other drama I'm watching are full of angst.

Nothing To Lose I don't remember the last epi I watched it, but in my opinion compared to other legal drama at the moment, this one is better, although it is not that good either.. I might catching up during this holiday.

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Sera, this is a lot of dramas. ^^ How are you managing? (though I do see you are behind in quite a few)

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To be honest I just started Prison, Just Between Lovers and INAR yesterday so I'm way behind. I only have 3 dramas that I'm really following for now -Jugglers, BN and MF. You can say I am only utilizing this holiday to watch & catch up other drama. 😅

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I need Chi-won to leave Yoon-yi's dongsaeng strawberry milk like he did with the yogurt drink for Yoon-yi. As matter of fact, I think I might forever call the actor Hong Kyung "SMB" affectionally forever. Gimme the CUTE!!!

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Yes, same with me. He will always be our Cutie SMB 😆

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I don't know why I have such soft spots for some tertiary characters, Sera! Now I want SMB to have a noona romance with Kyung-rye. Heck, I just want some plot with Kyung-rye. Correction, any plot with Kyung-rye except her getting a girly makeover.

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Noona romance between SMB and Kyung-rye will be the best thing! LOL we all just want more of awesome Kyung-rye. And yes I forbid anyone from making any girly makeover on her! Let her stay awesome as she is now.

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MONEY FLOWER!!!!! My god I'm on the edge of my seat each week. These people need to be revenged on because they are all that damn bad.

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Money flower! Doesn't want to spoil anything but this week will be surprise us even more.

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Money Flower is so so good, the only drama I am watching currently. Plot moving forward in a lightning speed and so unpredictable. Jang Hyuk is bringing his A game to KPJ's character. Ep 12 definitely threw all previous assumptions out of the window but then - at the half way mark of this drama - it may be a painful but welcoming turnaround for KPJ to re-assess and hopefully re-deem.

Can't wait to see the two eps just aired tonight.

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Want to see black night and I'm not robot. Next year may be....

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Mysterious Il-seung: Sorry, Show, you're entertaining enough but there are far better shows I could be focusing my attention on...

Just Between Lovers: Like this! I've fallen HARD for this show. There's a lot here I've seen before, but the execution feels so different and I'm genuinuely curious about how all the little pieces of their shared past link together. Also, Won Jin-ah is awesome - can she please just star in everything ever?

I'm Not a Robot: I wasn't happy with that kiss - Jia probably wasn't thinking too hard about it, but that's definitely going to confuse Min-gyu a lot. Also, why hasn't he figured out she's human yet? What about her breathing? Shouldn't that kiss prove it to him?

Smart Prison Living: Since I'm watching over netflix, I'm a week behind, but God do I love this show. I'm so glad Law Man has come back, because the cute little things he does for his Hyung make me so happy.

Caution, Hazardous Wife: Ah, it's still good. Yuri's husband pissed me off this week though, because I feel like the writer made him take one step forward to get some audience interest in him, only to take him two steps back so he could suffocate Yuri further.

Itazura na Kiss 2: Almost done. I swear, this must be the ultimate guilty pleasure drama because I hate it so much but I can't stop watching.

Good Morning Call 2: How did this show get a season 2? HOW?!

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OH! Itazura na Kiss 2. I have to say it - I have terrible memories of this one. I read all of the manga and I hated it. But I couldn't put it down - I just had to put myself through that pain. Then Itazura na Kiss happened, and once again, I put myself through the pain. It's like I lost my soul for a couple of days.

Anyway, I put my foot down quite firmly at season 2. I can't even bring myself to like the super cute Furukawa Yuki because of that role (his breakthrough role, I know).

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Like, I don't know why I finished it - I think Furukawa Yuki is just too charming, even when playing an asshole.
To make it worse, Good Morning Call is totally trying to become it's twin, and it doesn't even crack the formula. It's just another show with a female lead that's insulting to women kind.

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Eeks. Don't do it. Be strong @frabbycrasis - stop watching them. You know your life will be much better if you do.

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The worst part is I'm probably going to finish Good Morning Call anyway. Boredom is a fiend. -_-

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Why do you even read shoujo crap? I usually heavily criticize shoujo mangaka and its audience but with time i have also started to pity them.
I always find it astonishing how female audience easily take all the sexual harassment as part of charm of hero and being romantic acts.
Atlast i always end up saying "female lead deserve it".
Thankfully I left the shoujo crap train long ago.

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I don't anymore. I was younger when I read this nonsense. Even then, despite not being able to put it down, I knew it was rubbish. Nowadays I drop stuff pretty easily - no time to waste on stuff I don't like.

But "female lead deserved it" is bit too much? :( Even in all the garbage that is shoujo, its best not to adopt that view, I think.

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@greenfields I am naturally inclined towards female leads. I support them as much a fan can do but as you said if they clearly toil with insulting-womenhood line then go-to-hell is the most appropriate line used on them. Its just genuine frustration of a viewer/reader.

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In that case @catocat, I'll agree with you. Go to hell, is what I think, because crossing such manga/shows off my life. Good riddance.

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To be honest, I still try out every shoujo manga I find because I'm looking for my next gem. Sometimes the male lead isn't horrible, and sometimes the female lead has a character trait other than 'lovesick'.

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I like shoujo manga, please don't call it crap. Like most other types of manga, there are good shoujo mangas, bad ones and average ones, neither good nor bad. It has its own style, an innocence, optimism and joy of life that is harder to find in other genres and I'm glad it doesn't resemble shounen or seinen. I like this diversity of choices. Some people would disparage you for listening to pop music or even watching TV series -kdramas included - ("you should only listen to classical music and watch scientific documentaries!"). What you are posting here is no different from what they are saying.

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@frabbycrabsis and @Dara - True. I think the conversation is about crappy shoujo & not shoujo in general? The kind you hate-read/watch, and that which puts women down, like Boys over Flowers. BOF is so popular but lets face it, it's horribly misogynistic. In English language literature, it is akin to the Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey series. That's what I call nonsense.

To be fair to catocat, I think Josei is rather kinder to women. A large, large part of shoujo is not so.

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So playbook, Juglers are going good but Just Between Lovers has made a special place in heart of visitors commenting here.
Just Between Lovers is the ace that depend more on team work than his own perfect skills to get a strikeout.
Just Between Lovers invested good in Editors. Every 2nd kdrama show has a few good OSTs and good cinemotography but how it builds the world of characters is better drawn out in Just Between Lovers.

Lion Pride - Taiwanese b grade drama. Story directly inspired from various shows. Drinking Solo romance scenario is being played.
Smart Living - Kyung Ho. Ready to start it.
Hazardous wife - Tried but still stuck at 1st episode
Loser Husband - is a bit better show than this one.

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Just Between Lovers is sooo GOOD! It's like a slow burn..it gets better and better. Compelling story and characters.

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I agree with what you said about JBL <3
As Odilettante said "Just Between Lovers: What an absolutely gorgeous show".
I love it so damn much and I wish there was a post dedicated to this drama because it deserves to be talked about more and I would love to read other`s opinions about it. Everything is absolutely adorable but I`m worried about the end. They all suffered a lot in life, I will be crushed if they don`t get a happy ending and by happy, I mean getting to the point of not having anymore nightmares and having more smiles. #pleaseeee
I love Mondays. First it was BTIMFL and now Just between lovers and Jugglers^.^

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To fill the enormous emotional appetite Because This Life Is Our First expanded, I somehow have found 2 dramas which together perfectly blend and balance for what BTLIOF had gifted me. Just Between Lovers is contemplative sustenance, with wonderful and well-rounded characters, and The Jugglers gives me the silly fluff with tsundere and swoony male lead and relatable and sometimes petty female lead. Even though it takes me twice as long to feel satiated, I am grateful to be able to come down from the BTLIOF high gently and perhaps gracefully.

And what if I want desert? I Am Not a Robot is the adorable cupcake with pretty icing, and when it is too cloyingly sweet, I have the black and bitter Money Flower steamy hot coffee to wash it all down.

I am not quite sure why I am watching Black Knight (a little behind on episode 4). Is it to witness how many ways a director can ruin a moment with weird camera work or abrupt editing? Is it to be entertained by how dialogues can feel be so comically lacking in continuity? Are the tonal whiplashes giving me some sort of cheap thrills? Have I becoming a hate-watcher? I honestly do not think so, because even when turning my nose at the sight of the stinky cheese I am still smacking it all down.

Ah, I know, I just have a drama eating disorder. Glad I am part of a drama support group to unburden it all.

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Can I just say - your comment made my day. ^^ The analogy of dramas to meals IS SO TRUE. Plus, an entire eating disorder brought on by Black Night. *slow claps* I have faith that you'll be able to overcome it.

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Eat strong, Watch strong. Oppa strong.
Thank you, @greenfields.

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I am also not sure why I am still watching Black Knight. It feels like it's trying to be comical with certain "funny" scenes but they just feel contrived and cheesy and I cringe watching it. It doesn't seem like the kind of genre or plot for comedy, but hey, what do I know? I just wish it would stick to one thing, because when it's all over the place it just seems like a mess. Is it just me? BUT I STILL CAN'T STOP WATCHING!

Maybe that explains the high ratings... we all cringe but can't stop watching.

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LOL. I'm not watching it, but I watched a glimpse of Black Night on Youtube, and it makes me laugh so hard. I just think the drama itself never means to take the situation seriously... Just look at Seo Ji Hye playing her character.. Haha

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It's so weird because she's supposed to be this bitter, jaded lady who's lived 200 years because of the curse that the dying Boon-yi made, but at times she's just... ridiculously bimbotic and odd, like it's meant to be comedy instead of a fantasy-based genre? But the comedy doesn't seem appropriate. I don't know if I'm explaining what I mean properly though, LOL.

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Word of the day!

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Oh Lezah, i know you can make it better,I know you can!! Girl power. Simply say no and go to read a book meanwhile 😂😂😂😂

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Lol, one has to return to a normal diet after eating a 16-tier cake! ;)

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Hahaha, no wonder in the end it tasted comparatively bland. The candle wax dripped all over the final 2 tiers!

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Hwayugi. I know, its yet to begin. But I'm watching it. It's on my list. It counts. It better be awesome. Hwayugi.

Just Between Lovers. Agree with Odilettante's views. It is a gorgeous, contemplative, mid-winter show. And I find myself waiting for the OST - 'I sing a song, you sing along' - every episode. But somehow, I'm just barely hanging on - it's a great show but perhaps a little too painful for where I am in life? Which is to say - I'm struggling with job/direction in life and earning next to nothing, but overall in a better place than I used to be. Also, possible drama slump?

Bangtan Run and Bangtan Gayo. Usually catch an episode before I fall asleep. Yay! I love you Bangtan.

Running Man. Enjoyed last week's villians episode. Unlike most others, I prefer the episodes with guests I am familiar with, and some physical activity (spies and betrayals even better - like the one with Kim Woo Bin). This one qualifies. ^^

Master Key. Giving up. The first few episodes were great, but after that - a bit meh? I'll wait for Bangtan members to guest, if ever.

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hwayugi better be good. Lee Seung Gi + Cha Seung Won = GOLD.

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Abso-bloody-lutely. For me, I love these old tales, plus Lee Seung Gi comeback. *crazy eyes*

I was upset by news earlier this week, and didn't follow through on my promise, but its subway for dinner tonight! A sandwich sacrifice at the altar of the Dramagods.

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This post is truly groundbreaking! Unlike most of us mortals who are watching only present and past shows, you have included the future one as well. Would this be called "wishful watching"? 😆

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*Greenfields wishes Kimbap a Deabak Holiday too* ^^

Hahahahaha you could call it that. It's tonight after all. I'm not watching it yet, and depending on when the subs come out, I may not end up watching it for a while. But I'm SO EXCITED for Lee Seung Gi - I think I had an Ultimate Oppa without realising it. Plus, I love these old Eastern tales of monks, martial arts and travels. They got me into Chinese/Korean/Japanese literature and traditional/folk music; and now, dramas in the first place.

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Only thing that is better than "Ultimate Oppa" is "Subconscious Ultimate Oppa." 🤣

LSG just seems so perfectly casted for the Monkey King. I am crossing my fingers that the script won't let the awesome cast down. I am hoping for EPIC!

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Hwayugi better be watcheable at the very least....

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YUP yup. Because it will be heartbreaking to give up on this, what should be a classic.

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Sorry to hear that you can't fully enjoy Just Between Lovers at the moment, but I hope things get better for you soon. "Hwaiting" as they say. Have you seen the latest episode of Run? It was gold, especially because J-Hope was running after everyone and scaring them.

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Black Knight - trying to watch this for Kim Rae Won. Ditched Doctors previously. Still at episode 3 and praying for that crack factors to kick in although as of now, Kim Rae Won is the only factor that keeps me going.

Wise Prison - oh why is all episodes so freaking long? Only watched till episode 3 and I am so fervently wishing that I will pick this up again soon enough. I have to watch this for the director.

Hogu's Love - a 2015 drama but I watch this for the writer. The same one in BTIMFL. Love the visual gag and Choi Woo Shik. Such a fitting actor to play the adorable Ho gu. I hope this drama reels me in as much as BTIMFL.

Law of The Jungle - oh god, most of my time was spent on LOTJ. Watching seasons after seasons of the series. Never knew watching a pack of celebrities in the wild trying to survive can be so much fun and addicting! Kim Byung Man is such a gem. He can basically survive anything. Watching all their hunting/swimming/diving scenes remind me that I need to get a diving license too. Stat. Watching the currently airing Cook's Island season and the Sumatra one.

I am a Robot - seems like everyone is raving about this. Need to check this out!

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Ho Gu's Love - In terms of "societal issues" content, I'd say it exceeds BTIOFL but it probably tried to insert a few too many into the drama which hurt the execution. But there are stylistic writing elements from HGL that carried into BTIOFL.

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True. The writing is good. Thoughtful and insightful in each episode. Still warming up to UEE's character though. Ho goo and his circle of family and friends won me over in the first episode.

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I think this drama sold me that UEE is a pretty good actress (even before Contract Marriage). Her story is the backbone of this drama.

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Smart Prison Living: I can't seem to praise this drama enough. It carefully explored each character's stories and let us see them from many different pov. And I love too see how being in prison change them in many ways: to be wiser, to learn to 'negotiate' better, to trust again, or to be less naive. May they all become a better person after this experience.

Just Between Lovers: This drama just got me in the heart. It's riveting to see two people who suffered through similar problem (i.e. survivor guilt) dealt with it in a very different way. She blocked it from her mind, while he is paralyzed with fear and guilt the moment he felt content and happy with his life. I'm eager to see them learning to forgive themselves and finally truly heal.

Jugglers: Cute and sweet and adorable in all the right way.

Two Cops: I'm getting frustrated with the characters' choices this week and also by the amount of time spent on the love triangle plot.

Buamdong Revenge Club: Finished this one. Such a satisfying and adorable revenge story that ended up with our dear ahjummas and their children becoming a sweet makeshift family. I wholeheartedly agree with our bokja club member that the ultimate revenge is for them to live happily, doing what they truly want to do. And in that sense, they are already more than successful with their big revenge.
Is there any way we can get season 2? Or maybe a spinoff a la Buamdong Revenge Club: School 2018??

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Heck ya for the spinoff! If we get Baumdong Revenge Club: School 2018, it would be the first School series that I will be saying to myself that I want more mom scenes!

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gonna start Smart Living Today.

Just Between lovers - Its as mention and it was shown Our Cute Cute female had suffered head injury too.
2nd I don't talk about a show in open thread and someone was discussing the reveal.
The scene where Hero lowers his head to clearly look into the eyes of heroine. i was like another typical asian drama hero act. But later it became clear he might be sensing something familiar with her. All the unfair talk.
I took it in 2 ways - He remembers the atrocity and it is a deep scar for him and he is traumatised whereas his companion of few minutes lost has no memory of it and living peacefully.
2nd - She was taken and he was left and yet she is living happily. No remorse or anything. But later writer again added another element and we have him showing survivor's guilt and remorse over his action. Overall i'm heartily satisfied with the 1st 2 weeks.
Someone said story isn't something special - I have completely different view. Tropes are there, cliches activated. Plot points might be sore grapes for few. But Story is still far better.
All the new or original content is already explored. So You will always find similarities between basic storyline of various media.

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Completely agree. I have to say, usually you like even fewer dramas than I do, so I am glad you are finding Just Between Lovers good. Fingers crossed it stays good!

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I agree with everything you said. I especially liked how the hero's survivor's guilt and remorse was revealed.

I don't expect any k-drama to not have tropes and clichés. There have been a few times while watching Just Between Lovers where I as K-drama veteran said "Oh, this or that is so going to happen down the line." I don't care as long as the story is good and all the other elements come together to keep me engaged, and so far Just Between Lovers is doing that.

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That moment when he looked into her eyes really sold me on the drama.

Before then, I thought that they would end up together and then he would recognise her and then there would be angst galore. But no, he had already recognised her and there was angst up-front and he could have a conversation with the illegal-drug pushing granny about it. That the one who cried hardest is not (necessarily) the one who suffered most.

I really love it when I get the feeling that the drama writer knows exactly what we expect is going to happen and then goes the other way.

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Argh! All of the dramas seem great but it's so hard to find time for them. What annoys me the most is that the dramas that I'm enjoying the most are in the Wednesday-Thursday category.
Black Knight is finally picking up and with the flashbacks to the past, everything is becoming more interesting!
I'm not a Robot is like Black knight as well. At first it was just something that was easy to watch but I feel like these next few episodes are exciting.
I ship Lee JungJoo with Judge Sah so much more than with the prosecutor but I'm really hoping that the ending won't turn out like how their parents are. The scenes with the two judges are so cute and funny but interesting at the same time if that's even possible!
Smart Living Prison is on my list too but I'm just finding it hard to find somewhere that posts the subs up because they usually aren't posted until a week after the episodes aired.

Anyway, if anyone has a drama that really stands out to them, I might swap that one out for Smart Ling Prison so I can possibly binge watch that later on.

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I love to watch Judges Sah and Lee together ! They're so cute. I like how he can't help himself to be involved with her :)

The Mon-Tues, there is Just Between Lovers that is great. It's the same director who did The Package.

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I'm catching up with Lovers and Prison. Slowly. Like both so far and hope there will be no tragic ending.

As a consequence I paused and probably dropped Two Cops and Judges...

Hwayugi starts today!!!

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Oh, and I finally realised why Won Jin-ah (Just Between Lovers) feels so familiar to me... she reminds me of Soo-Ae, especially her voice.

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Yes, everything about Won Jin Ah reminds me of Soo Ae. I just think of her as the younger version but a very good actress in her own right.

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Jugglers - I'm slowly loving this show. Every episode draws me further in 😀😀
Oh Il-Seung - I was barely keeping interest on this one, and they killed it along with a character. I hate when that happens.
Dropped 😢😢
Prison Playbook - Is it actually possible to want to be in a drama along with all the characters ? I love them all, even the bad ones give me a better feeling because everything is perfect here 😅😅😅
I'm not a robot - This show is killing me with the cute feels. I love the hero and he is the sweetest thing ever to exist. Love it 😀😀😀😀😀😀

Almost ready to start -
Untouchable - I have to put some drama in my watchlist too 😆
Just Between Lovers - I want to watch this one. But it does not have enough episodes, so I'll watch the 6 first next week 😇😇

Knowing Brothers - I wanted more of SechsKies , however at least JaiJin delivered 😉😂😂😂
Kang's Kitchen - watched episode 1 with the fan-subs, will watch episode 2 now that it was subbed.
I really love the guys, however like always JiWon wins me over 😁😁
I just watched the episode of intimate note with g.O.D. members (3/4 were eng subbed) and I absolutely loved it. The pettiness was extreme and Son HoYoung was the most loved member.
P.S. Now I know who invented evil maknaes 😂😂😂😂😂😂
Watched also a 2007 episode of UfoTown with Bigbang. And while the episode was an extreme mess (even the MC looked like he got invited there 5 min before it started) , I enjoyed a lot how they haven't changed one bit since then (except SeungRi who finally can diss back instead of taking it) and GD defending Daesung's looks and saying that in 15 years (it was a 2007 show so now 5 years left), he would be a married man and have SeungRi as a neighbor 😂😂😂

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Tell me, @chickachunga, where can I watch "The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World" with English subtitles???

I watched this week the wonderful thriller "I remember you"... I started casually, because I didn't want only to read the IANAR recaps and do nothing else, since I am not watching anything else on air, but IRY started to crawl inside my skin and I couldn't let it go. It got me all scared for most of the time and it didn't make me laugh not even once, not even when it was supposed to be funny.
But I had a warm spot in my heart for Seo In Guk and who doesn't love Jang Nara? I had to watch it. Park Bo Gum made as well an outstanding work and I fell for his character.
The whole story was melancholic, sad, stressful and disturbing, but I couldn't help finding out.
I am glad it was a thriller worth watching, because I think it will be my first and only. I am not fond of these type of stories, and I hate the portrait of violence.

In regard to IANAR, this week was fun. I enjoyed the kissing classes, and I wonder how the story will now develop... will she confess she is not a robot? I don't think it can be discovered so easily, but how will he believe he really kissed a robot??
Even for an amateur kisser, he has to recognize true lips of a woman...

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I am curious too as to how the story would evolve. I'd prefer for Jia to tell Minkyu though instead him of discovering that she's not really Aji3.

The drama continues to be both cute and heartwarming. I can watch YSH and CSB all day and not care about the side characters, except maybe for the Santa Maria team.

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https://mobile.twitter.com/eArgonsubs/status/942801360667287552
First episode of the most beautiful Goodbye English subs here

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Thank you sooo much... I will try later. I need to clean the melancholic air IRY left me

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Thank you @kabsy! I have watched the first episode and your provided link and have sobbed a million tears already. It is such a good show, I hope the subbers get to sub the entire of it no matter how long it requires.They are doing an excellent job translating it from Chinese subs. It cannot be seen in a single sitting even if there are only 4 episodes.

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Even I wanted to watch the most beautiful goodbye because I had watched Dear my friends only this year and totally loved it. But, it is not subbed anywhere yet. :(

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Jugglers is the show I look forward to the most each week - it's so charming and funny and I ship Chi-won and Yoon-yi like crazy. Chi-won is totally in love with her already, and I can't wait until they win the BBA next week and takedown her scummy ex-boss together. I love old school rom coms like this.

I've decided INAR is not really my thing (it's a bit too ridiculous for my tastes lol) but I still love YSH and CSB's chemistry. I loved that Jia kissed him first! I actually squealed out loud when Min-kyu marvelled at the genius of the umbrella design because it made her so happy. That was super sweet.

Money Flower keeps killing it with insane twists that I don't see coming. I wish more people were watching it on db, but I would actually recommend it for a binge watch when it's done because it's so addictive.

I need to catch up on JBL today but after the first two episodes I like it so much - the atmosphere, the directing, how it captures the visceral pain these characters are in. Won Jin-ah is so impressive, she's so well cast. She has a bright future ahead of her.

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Just marathoned Strongest Deliveryman - because it turned up on Netflix - and really enjoyed it.
Also watching Just Between Lovers - because some other beanies recommended it - and I've fallen in love. Hard. Head over heels.
'Broken-yet-heroic, weak-yet-strong characters who are just trying to make it through each day the best they can', as @odilettante said so eloquently, are clearly totally my thing. Not because it seems so true to life. Nope. Not at all.

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Strongest deliveryman made me smile and cry all the time. Mostly smile. I liked it 90% of the time and I really enjoyed Kang soo and Dan Ah.

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Such an apt description of Just between lovers odilettante! That show is melo but not the kind of melo that makes you sob every time but one that makes you feel the pain of the characters. Beautifully shot, smartly written and naturally acted. I honestly, have not seen a really good melo from South Korea, this might be the first.

I am not a Robot is becoming the usual rom com for me. Its story seems a little lackluster. Black Knight is almost dropped.

Smart Prison Living is another gem. What a good story arc was that even though people think KJH is a great player and has acheived all that he has due to his hardwork, it eventually turns out to be that he was selected over something which was more of a factor of him being lucky rather than hardworking.
I love how true to life SPL and JBL is right now.

Plus, where can we find The most beautiful Good bye with eng subs?

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I also never see a good melodrama. Just Between Lovers might change my mind.

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I can't recommend it enough. The cinematography is the best I have seen in years. It's so movie-like. Characters are complex. Acting is top notch. Pacing is leisurely, movie-like but tight. OST is achingly beautiful too. And on top of all this, this show makes me think and reflect on characters, life, and life's choices. Utterly sold.

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On Wise Prison Life: Episode 10 was so good, I laughed, cried, giggled giddily, laughed and cried again. Dramas should make you feel emotions and care for the characters as if they're actual living, breathing human beings, and WPL is doing all that perfectly. The pairings worth mentioning this week: Looney x Captain Yoo forever. I don't care that Looney has a boyfriend *Lalala I can't hear you*, Min-chul and Jean Valjean: I'm so glad that two broken souls found their lost family in each other, and Joon-ho and Je-hee: so much cuteness in the pojangmacha and the bus! Joon-ho's such an oppa. Send me your wedding invitations already! And I haven't forgotten about Dr. Ko: what a touching send-off for a kind, just, and thoughtful character. Lieutenant Paeng is the literal meaning of being Tsundere and I love that the little things he did for the inmates mean so much to make their life in prison just a bit more bearable. Not happy, Jan, about Baldy joining my Avengers in their room though. He's going to stir things up and it won't be pretty. Someone please protect Je-hyuk! I can't take it if more misfortunes befall him again.

On Just Between Lovers: The tone-deaf singing made me laugh considering Junho is an idol. I must commend his and Won Jin-ah's performances, they're both doing really well here, with strong screen presence and chemistry. Cinematography is picture perfect and Nam Hye-seung has worked her magic again in the music department so I have no complaint so far.

On Two Cops: What happened this week? I can't remember what I watched, so it must be selective amnesia. What a waste of JJS and KSH.

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I watch dramas sometimes so I can have selective amnesia for my own life, if only temporarily. But of course it makes sense that it would work both ways! Me having selective amnesia over the thing that enables me to have selective amnesia over real life.....wait, what now?

Stop justifying Kimbap, go watch drama.

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I'm almost, almost shipping Looney and Captain Yoo together. Their bickering is just too adorable, and I love how it takes Min-cheol's comment to remind Captain Yoo that he now has stoop into Looney's level of pettiness.

Re: Two Cops
I'm tempted to drop it, but it has Oppa. Uggh, I'm torn. Let's see whether next week eps will fare better.

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Oh, is Nam Hye Seung the music producer of JBL? I am ignorant of the names of people making OSTs, but it's high time I knew so I can find songs more easily!

Impatiently waiting for 'You sing a song... I sing along'. :D

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Yes she is the music director of Just Between Lovers. Her recent credits are Chicago Typewriter, Goblin, and Jealousy Incarnate. Plus a few that I didn't watch: Black, Suspicious Partners, and Bride of The Water God.

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Thanks, that is an impressive list. I loved the music of Chicago Typewriter and Goblin. It looks like JTBC made a real effort to get a solid team behind Just Between Lovers. I didn't have expectations before but now I do. Yay!

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Nam Hye Seung? That's an awsome combination. Nam Hye Sung - Kim Jin Won pairing = GOLD.
Just like Kim Chul Kyu - Nam Hye Sung pairing..

Writer nim, you are blessed! LOL

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INAR: The main team is finally getting to know each other better. The comedic and romantic beats are well done. It is staying true to its premise and genre and keeping it fresh.

Jugglers: I've been a bit negative on this one. Enough said in other commentaries. YY needs to grow a backbone and stop being a floor carpet for people to step on and hide their dirt under.

Black Knight: Somehow, the story, motivation and actions of the two immortals have been much more intriguing. The main couple is fated to meet and fall in love and perhaps/perhaps not suffer some tortured outcome - somehow it feels like they're playing bit parts in their own romance. Still worth following and I am hoping that the secret of the curse is tied to something the main leads have to do.

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... stop being a floor carpet for people to step on and hide their dirt under

Oofdah! A metaphor with punch!

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That's why I couldn't bring myself to continue Jugglers. The idea of a romance between a boss and his secretary also doesn't sit well with me.

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Just Between Lovers - It took just half an hour of watching and I knew I'd be in all the way for this show. I agree with everything Odilettante says. Such a quiet, coming together of 2 scarred persons who become friends in a very organic way. A gentle romance verging on the melo but never teetering over, and full of wistfulness somehow, suggested by the OSTs. I'm totally invested in this couple and want them to have happiness together, like yesterday!!!

I'm Not a Robot - Balancing out the melancholy feels of JBL, is this show and Jugglers. The latest episode had one of the most beautiful, pituresque scenes - the kissing lesson - in recent shows with an unexpected comedic twist. The scene of Min Kyu and Ji A dressed in black-grey-white juxtaposed on the broad expanse of gorgeously colourful flowers and colourful (literally) friend, Sun Hye, in the garden, was breathtaking. I laughed out loud at the sight of Hoktal and Ssanip sitting out there with popcorn to watch the kissing lesson. Can't blame them, I'd have joined them too!

Jugglers - I'm glad to be all caught up with this show and to find the tsundere Chi Won perfectly likable without having to close an eye, and Yoon Yi giving as good as she gets. It looks like the competition (surely Chi Won is not going to avoid it next episode!!!) is going to be more than just managers besting each other, with the added objective of regaining honour and restoring reputation at stake as well. I'm impatient to see lousy bosses getting knocked out of the game, and preferably apologising for their malice and deceit.

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I also loved that scene of Minkyu's seeing Ja/Aji3 amidst the bubbles while suffering from and then miraculously being cured from an allergy attack. It was just beautifully shot. (Even my jaw dropped at how lovely CSB looked in that scene.) Great acting from both YSH and CSB who just match up so well on screen.

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Wise Prison Life: I LOVE YOU. The only thing I would want is the show to cut the dragging hoursss. Why can’t they do it in just 1 hour instead of 1.5? I love the characters, the plot and everything about it, but I can totally see how it could turn people off with its long hours. At least I’m glad I’m taking it slow.

I’m Not a Robot: Yoo Seung Ho should do more romcoms! This show is so adorable (and so binge-worthy), I’m swooning right with Jia and would totally make that heart-shooting eyes at Min Gyu too. The show IS ridiculous and cheesy and weird at times, but totally up in my alley right now LOL.

Just Between Lovers: Binge-watch 4 episodes. I regret that so much now. This is a show that you need to watch on its own episode, and savour each one deliciously. So totally regret binge-watching instead of taking it one episode at a time. Not fully invested in the show yet (or maybe I’m not yet ready to go deep into melancholic mood) but I’m not dropping this yet. Not when I just rediscover Jun Ho.

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WRT Just Between Lovers, I'm re-watching the episodes slowly. I wanted to savour all the feels besides the melancholic ones. 😉

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Sometimes I wish the episodes of Wise Prison Life were 2 hours long. It's soooo good

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I’d rather have the drama for 24 eps of 1 hour each instead of 16 eps of 1.5 hour each. It’s really good, but i guess my attention span is limited.

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I agree. I haven't started WPL yet (soon!?), but each time I want to start it, I'm like I need to block out ~2 hours for it because I tend to rewind scenes or miss subtitles. Savor some moments. And I like to be undisturbed. I barely have an hour at night to relax and watch dramas. >w<

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Six Flying Dragons - I'm at about Ep 15 and I'm keeping up with the history (with some help from @headsno2) Hong In-bang is sooo bad.

Evasive Inquiry Agency - It's the Scooby Gang and they even have a minibus. Love it! I realised the writer also wrote my favourites White Christmas and Age of Youth 1 and 2.
Just Between Lovers - I love the muted tones, the music, the photography and the acting.
I'm Not a Robot - Prof. was a bit more interesting this week, I thought. And I liked the umbrella connection.
Jugglers - I started this during the week. So has he moved back into the same house with the fire from his childhood? It looked like the same ginkgo tree and the building shape seemed similar.
I Remember You - just as gripping the second time around but I noticed more details!
Voice - three episodes to go.....

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You have been also watching IRY? 😨...
I marathoned it, but maybe I should have not... Too much gloomy for me. I've ended up with SPT... 😞😢

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It's certainly tough but it's hard to put down once you start. I watched it last year so maybe it was easier for to watch it the second time. @redfox is the expert! I think it must have been harder to watch it live and wait a week for the next episodes.

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Not gloomy for me at all! Partly heartbreaking but in general witty and cheeky. I mean, those lines with double meaning and deliberately poking the psychos - for me that was so much fun But I already have a darker personality.

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HeHey... I also like clever double meaning lines and interesting character, even if they are evil ones. I mean, yes, it was really interesting and worth watching, but maybe not in the winter. Also, not if one feels already sad, it doesn't help my mood.
But it is ok. I am not saying it was bad. It just left me... I don't know, gloomy. Even with Hyun and Ji an together...

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*Six Flying Dragons : awesome drama , I wasn't bored a second in 50ep that's how good it is. One of my top10 dramas.
*Evasive Inquiry Agency: well you already know I love that drama, it's also one of my top10
*I've watched I remember you last year, very good drama but I was a bit disappointed by the end

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There are so many good actors in Six Flying Dragons, aren't there? I've just watched the gunpowder speech! So good that I just needed to pause and savour what I've watched so far.
Evasive Inquiry Agency is quirky so I love it just for that. I imagine it has a cult following. The gangsters are interesting. It seems like the group at the hotel are trying to go straight, the hip hop duo are funny and I'm interested to know more about the main gangster. He's just been a sort of noble idiot I think. I'm still wondering who the missing brother is. The gangster or maybe the policeman? Only one way to find out!
IRY ending? Is it supposed to be open-ended, do you think? Korean dramas often seem to want to have a happy ending.

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I usually don't like open ending, IRY wasn't an exception (whereas for example Signal and Forest of secrets were ! two of my fav' dramas !)

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Black Knight: I love it from the start. I love Shin Se Kyung despite all the hate she received, FYI, that's how she is in real life if you watched her in reality show. A little bit awkward and gloomy. It's not like she's faking it, she is just as she is in drama. Nevertheless, I still love SSK and to my surprise, I've watched all her drama. Even Fashion King (of course I stuck around because of Lee Je Hoon) and Blade man (uprolling of the eyeball). And of course I love Kim Rae Won even more. Well, yes. CHeezy. Of course it is. It wouldn't be titled Black Knight 'The man who guard me', would it? Sharon and Bak Hee sonsengnim are definitely the cutest immortal in Kdrama.

Jugglers is adorkable.

Just between lovers - Junho is superb. And Won Jin-A is so pretty. I just love this OTP.

I am not a Robot - puppy eye met doll eye. Who can resist watching these two on the screen?

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I love your analogy puppy eye met doll eye. that's why we all watching it of course.

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I am trying out City Hunter and loving it 🤗. But with live dramas, I still just sticking to Just Between Lovers, everyone has said already what I wanted to say about it really. I am just loving it a lot. Prison Playbook will have to stay on the to watch list-just too long for me right now. Oh I am still watching Live up to your name and need to get back on track with City Hall. I will try out A Korean Odyssey but I have no real expectations.

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City Hunter! I hope you enjoy it immensely because that's probably the last time you'll have fun watching LMH on screen. I mean, I like LMH but his roles after this show... sigh.

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One of my coworkers kept going on and on about how good Money Flower is. I usually marathon dramas but she wanted me to watch it now so she could discuss it with me. I watched all 12 episodes with a smile on my face. As of right now this is the drama for me. I thought Jang Hyuk's character was going to be like the Midas character boy was l wrong. Kang Pil Joo doesn't straddle the line he crosses it and still makes you side with him. The cover pic could not be truer.

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Yes, this is a drama that has to be discussed to enhance the viewing pleasure.

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**K-shows (no drama this week)
*Kang’s Kitchen ep1-2: it’s so good to see NJTTW team back , it’s so funny that Kang Ho Dong is always talking about not being angry neither fight (oh that editing from Na PD and Zion.T Yanghwa Bridge hahaha) but he’s often the one involved 😅. The portion of tonkatsu is unbelievable or funny for the Lee Su Geun’s version 😂. Hwaiting Kang’s kitchen 😊
*Dragon club e7-the END : cool ahjussis being themselves with friends : laughing, crying, talking about life, teasing their friends, it was a nice show but I like even more the fact that it was really a vacation for them and not just another show.
*I live alone e225 : Members doing a shooting like models but dressed like comedians 😂, poor Lee Si Un he only got 10min of screen time 😅
*Master key e10: the new concept of looking for the Master Key and driving around is nice. I’m glad that Lee Su Geun was the spy, he tricked everyone : funny and well done 😂
*Wanna One go zero base ep6 : Christmas version , it’s always funny to watch them joking around, the try not to laugh part was funny and the MV quite good considering the fact it’s in one take !
*Night Goblin e19-20 : ep19 was funny and beautiful with all the snow but ep20 with bread specialities made me so hungry 😅. The preview for ep21 with JongHyun is hard to watch, they took the right decision to not air it right now. It’s even sadder that he’s smiling a lot.
*Infinite challenge e549 : the ep with comedy league for Park MyungSoo and Jung Jun Ha trying to make trendy skits : some laugh but quite boring ep

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Black Knight. The story finally solidifies and makes great headway as of episode 5. If you’re on the fence about it, keep watching to episode 5-6 and and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The 2 witches are really nailing their roles!

I’m also enjoying I’m Not a Robot. I’m curious to find out exactly what the professor did/said to make Ji Ah leave him.

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I am not a robot - I fall for Yoo Seung Ho over and over again in every episode and Chae Soo Bin is such a beautiful girl. Other than that drama gets little boring on plot departments and i stopped caring for enemies, brother and his family, a friend of Jia and robot making team.
Black - i watched it on netflix and fast forwarding some. Story and Black are quite on point and for me it is way better than Goblin. But female lead sucks on romance department and getting into everything is kinda annoying. Also kiss was so lame even it was black's first kiss. They could have second better kiss u know.

Plus: lately there are no good dramas. Dramas that glued me to the screen every minute of their run was The liar and his lover & Go back couples and Dear my friends this year.

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Annoyingly UK Netflix is going to run Journey to the West a week in arrears. Still, at least it will be easy to access.

Still watching Smart Prison Living.

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Hello beanies, I finally caught up on dramas. I am currently watching black knight: which I am so fond of now, jugglers: really good, I am not a robot: sooo sweet, my golden life: never knew a weekend drama that I could like more than My daughter so young, Father I'll take care of you and Father is strange, Just between lovers: started it just for fun but I am all so in now and lastly I even added a daily drama love returns a.k.a. hate to love you: I have no idea why I always watch it I just can't help myself. I rewatched an old drama Masters sun and I still cried and laughed all through...

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I only have time to follow one drama at a time these days, and after four episodes, Just Between Lovers have really solidified its place. It's unfortunate that the show is aired at 11pm on weekdays, because it really deserves more viewership, it's so well done. Everything about this drama, from the cast to the writing and cinematography keeps getting better with each episode. It's not really telling us anything new, but the execution is so subtle and beautiful, and so respectful to the issue it's trying to shed light on. I've never been a fan of melodrama, but JBL doesn't feel like a typical melo, and rather than resorting to shock value or sensational plotlines, the show makes full use of its cast to tell a tale of quiet suffering and perseverance.

Both leads are so broken, yet so strong in their own ways, and we don't hesitate to root for both of them to find their happiness. On paper Gangdoo is just your typical bad boy with a heart of gold, but Junho plays him in a way where he's all heart, even through the rough and tough filter (His relationships with the women around him, particularly with Na Munhee's character, are especially poignant) . And Moonsoo is so well-rounded as a character, it's honestly a breath of fresh air to find such a well-written (and acted) heroine. JBL also has a way of subverting typical drama tropes. They're used in spades, but never in a way that has me rolling my eyes. Like other comments have mentioned, the material is heavy but we don't really feel bogged down by the drama and there's a certain hope hanging in the air when these two interact with each other.

Of course, until we hit the halfway mark, things could still fall through in the middle, but for now it just makes me happy to see these characters slowly opening up to each other. Hoping the dramagods don't let me down with this one.

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Ok, I am totally going to check out, Just between lovers, all the beanies' and odiletantte's comments had made me extremely curious. I am watching I am not a robot and chae soo bin and yoo seung ho are the most adorable-est pair ever! This week I even started to like our mad scientist and I am totally shipping him with pi. Also, mary, enjoy go back spouses!

I am also watching a cdrama, The king's woman, I was so awestruck for the first few episodes with the beautiful cinematography, the music, the sword fights, the costumes etc. I have seen 13 episodes, I am not sure which male lead I like. Ying zheng, at times, makes me feel sad and at other times, so so mad. Jing ke was fine and sweet at first but after his mope-fest and totally foolish attempt to bring back Li, I am not sure whether I like him. If Li gets to live happily with her kid then I am fine. But, there is still so many episodes to watch, let's see if I this drama keeps me hooked enough to complete it.

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Jugglers: give me more of the secondary pairing!!!

I'm Not A Robot: I talked my friend into watching this show even though she never watches things as they air. she loves it now and hates me because she cannot wait for new episodes😈

Smart Prison Living: This has the potential to be my favorite show of the year. I don't remember the last time I laughed this much and cried about characters who had been wronged. Everyone in this show is more than meets the eye and I'm so glad we're being given the change to explore that. I watched all the episodes in one sitting and I never felt bored or uninterested. Also I lowkey ship Joon Ho and Je Hee

Just Between Lovers: Can I just wrap Jun Ho up and tell him it's going to be okay??

Because This is My First Life: This is a show that shouldn't be binge watched and I learned that the hard way. 5 episodes in and I'm already reflecting about my life and my stance on marriage. It's best to watch this show slowly and savory it. The letter her mother wrote to Se Hee had me in tears for hours 😭😭

Come Back Mister: 👏👏👏 Everyone in this show is killing it!!!!!

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I must say, you beanies makes me want to watch all shows you listed here! I feel so ashamed that I currently only watching one enthusiastically (Smart Prison Living), one delightfully (Jugglers) and another one just because it is there by the time I take my break (Black Knight). You know guys, I had always thought that I was romantic and poetic, but this list had made me wonder if my taste had changed at all. Hahahaha

But boy oh boy, that Smart Prison Living really made me wonder if the world, perhaps, made criminals. Because when these so called criminals were crammed in one place (such as prison in this drama), they slowly become more...normal.

I cant help but replaying "Shawshank Redemption" in my head though. Set in prison? Checked. They all claimed innocense? Checked. Good people going to jail because of some asshat? Checked. Being productive while in prison? Checked. Being harassed while in workshop? Checked. Being friendly with the prison officers? Checked.

Now as about Jugglers...I am so happy with the development. Mr Nam is such a cutie, dont you think? That quote from One Piece is so adorable! And btw, I want that panther slippers!

Now, Dear Black Knight Creator, I wish you told us about the myth sooner, perhaps we wont have the boredom to tell the rest of dramabeans world how cheesy you make us feel for keep watching you. My stance about Haera is still the same though. She is rude, and being starred by ShinSeKyung doesnt help it getting better. It only comes out as rude, ignorant, or the like. What I dont get is also: WHY Haera always comes to Sharon's place every single time she wants to run from something?

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Lol, I'm only watching two. It looks like you have a balanced choice of dramas here. Don't give in to beanie peer pressure unless you have the time for more dramas hehe.

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Just Between Lovers ep. 4 : Yay! @odilettante is watching this and loving it too! 😍 This show is all I need at the moment. It was advertised as melo but it works more like a magical healing potion for me. Beautiful in every way. The drama uses classic kdrama tropes which make it feel old school, but played out very differently in a way that I find very fresh and human - odilettante summed it up: heroic restraint.

While You Were Sleeping ep. 10 : I picked this up because it was my sister’s gateway drama, and wanted to know why she liked it so much. I can see why. It is fast paced and has life or death thrills. It has two very good-looking guys. Suzy is adorable and the weird character suits her. I don't love it, but it’s a fun watch with mom, and LJS in petty diva mode makes me laugh.

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Smart Prison Living: This drama is killing me slowly with those amusing characters and bromance lol. PD-nim and the writer deserve awards!

Jugglers: I love Choi Daniel! And, thank God they cast Baek Jin-Hee for the role. They have cute chemistry..

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The only drama I’m watching/marathoning is Mad Dogs. I’ve really been enjoying it! It’s entertaining and compelling. I like seeing the relationship growth between Min Joon and the Mad Dog team. The villains are not caricatures. I’m on EP 9 and so far, it hasn’t been frustrating or draggy.

I want to start other dramas soon during the holiday break, but I also have family visiting and been busy hanging out with them.

I want to read up on Journey to the West before the Hwayugi premiere too, but we’ll see…. I feel like the recap will be out fast.

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Now that you mention it...it's true. Mad Dog never got draggy and frustrating.

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Just Between Lovers: Odilettante said it all.

I Am Not A Robot: Ridiculous but Yoo Seung-ho and Chae Soo-bin are so cute together, and it's a fun, easy watch.

Money Flower: Addictive. Lots of twists and turns and awesome cliffhangers.

Black Knight: I disliked the first two episodes and dropped it. I have Viki Pass and Black Knight is always subbed within the 24 hours so I wound up watching Ep. 5-6 out of boredom. The Joseon-era story was more interesting than any of the present stuff; with both past and present, however, I keep thinking it's a shame that Sharon is obsessed with those two duds.

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When Black became available on Netflix, I put other dramas on hold (stocking up!). Really enjoyed Black, ending was a bit off but didn't ruin it for me. Now back to Money Flower, Two Cops, Mysterious Il Sung, Judge v Judge, Just Between Lovers (!), Untouchable and Man Who Sets The Table. Try to only watch 2 hours a day but have to add a little to catch up. Wrapping Xmas presents in between episodes, ha!

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Hi @mary, always better late than never. 😂 GBS is one of this year’s gems. I’m sure you’ll love how it ends.

Just got back from a 3-week hiatus (which felt like forever) and Jugglers and I’m Not A Robot are my new crack! Too delighted to see Choi Daniel on my screen again. ❤️😍 And Yoo Seung Ho + Chae Soo Bin! 😍😍😍

But coming from a very tight and hectic drama-watching schedule with the previous bunch, it suddenly feels too slow watching just 2 dramas at the same time. I guess it’s time to pick up some of the shows on my to-watch list. 😊😊😊

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I knew I could leave it up to you to say something about GBS! Oh how I miss Nam-gil!

The only show I'm caught up on is Jugglers. Daniel Choi is doing great!

Still have to finish watching the last 30 minutes of INAR. I think there's only much fluff I can take for this show. Or maybe the holidays is making me grumpy. Lol

I started Wise Prison Life, but still stuck on episode 2. Takes awhile to finish an episode. I have to watch it in parts.

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I am loving Jugglers! I love how they are together during the day and even when they get home at night!

I am actually loving the fluff of INAR. Maybe because it’s the holidays that’s why i am loving the fluff. 😂

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I watched the last half of the episode while wrapping Xmas gifts. Trying to multitask!

I look forward to more Jugglers. Their interactions are funny. And I find myself laughing at a lot of the scenes.

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I am not a Robot: cute and funny. I watched up to episode 6 and it do like it but I hope it is not just a lot of funny scenes between the master and his robot.

Just between lovers: I absolutely adore it. Finally a show that deals with difficult issues without making it feel depressingly heavy. I love how real the characters come across.

Black Knight: it does have its moments but sometimes it is just plain weird. The backstory has finally be revealed but it would have been better to have the info earlier (I absolutely agree on this). Hope the body swap will happen just once and not all the time. Was a bit annoyed about it.

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Dragon Brothers - Still behind the episode. Need to finish it. watching JH being adorkable is precious comparing to his reel persona in Money Flower. I keep to remind, that was the same person. lol
Two Cops - I love JJS to boots, but still doesn't have the heart to pick up this drama.
Money Flower - What a surprise. Usually I'll be busy to watch the episode until Friday but it's worth it coz tomorrow the new episode will aired. Drama always deliver every weeks with new surprise. And agreed with Beanies here, this one need all the love.

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EEHEE I read Mary's recap with a silly grin. Yay, more love for Go Back Spouses!

The only current one I'm watching now is I'm Not a Robot, but the more I watch it, tbh the more embarrassed I feel to be watching it. I keep thinking, "If only I were 14! I'd be eating this up!" But I keep watching because the two leads are so adorable. And then I feel more embarrassed. And then I watch some more. I'm glad there are other beanies (including JB and GF) who are watching so I don't feel so silly!

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I am watching Just between lovers and Smart Prison Living. These shows are just great and I am really sorry they are not being recapped here. Subs are late, especially for SPL.... :(

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I'm only watching Smart Prison Living right now, and let me tell you, if it can maintain its quality till the very end it's going to be favorite drama ever. I'm seriously in love with so many characters and hate none. I don't mind the episodes being long at all and wouldn't even mind if they were even longer. Never knew a drama about life in a prison would make me love it so much. Sad that it won't air next week but if it means the crew can take a break and come back with amazing quality then I'm all for it.

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Hwayugi:- Just watched the first episode RAW and *squeal*
IANAR:- All fluff and cute but no substance. Only watching it for YSH or I would have dropped it already. Do they really have to turn KMK into such an unobservant idiot who cannot pick up the most obvious things? Wish YSH had picked a better romcom.
Black Knight:- Finally the story is clear and its picking up the pace. It's not that great but its not as bad as IANAR. At least Black Knight has a plot.
Jugglers: Yay, so cute! Loving the OTP and their interactions.

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Jugglers: I feel more invested than previous episodes, probably because Chi Won is starting to feel warmer. I loved the scene in the elevator when he was berating himself, so funny.

IANAR: I love the humor and was really happy to see the Santa Maria team get involved with Min Kyu. I did think that as long as the show made me laugh the rest wouldn't matter much, however I didn't like Jia kissing Min Kyu under such false pretences at all and I really hope it turns out it was just in her mind.

Avengers Social Club: I loved the friendships and characters in this. However after they started their revenge I feel like all episodes end on a cliffhanger where I'm left wondering if they'll get caught and it was making me a nervous wreck. I don't know why it would when more tense/serious situations usually don't bother me... Anyway I decided to drop it.

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Just lots of mixed feelings...

Two Cops: I liked how they handled the domestic assault case this week with everyone working together, but overall, my enjoyment is starting to wane as the drama seems to be killing time until the evitable Soo-chang+Dong-tak team-up.

Jugglers: I have mixed feelings about this drama. So far, I've enjoyed half the episodes and didn't like half the episodes. Sometimes, I find it fun and sweet. Other times, irritating. I feel like it's trying to mix conventional with quirky with a touch of commentary and things don't gel too well at times.

I Am Not a Robot: It's incredibly enjoyable as a fluffy fairy tale featuring a charismatic male lead and good chemistry between the OTP. It's excelling in those aspects. However, the plot is sort of thin, and the characters are pretty dumb (though adorkable!).

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"Who Are You–School 2015 where no amount of mental gymnastics can make you understand why it ended that way" no greater truth was ever spoken. Thank you, @mary for articulating just how stupid that ending was.

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Jugglers: Development is kinda fast but I am up for moments like Chi Won seeing Yoon Yi threw away his yoghurt drink and being so appalled he closes his office blinds to avoid seeing her. As ridiculous as it was, I kind of love that he quoted from One Piece because that was a childhood favourite of mine. I really hope Yoon Yi doesn't sell out his personal information and things, because after all the steps he's taken towards her, because of her insistence, that would be majorly disappointing.

Just Between Lovers: I was hesitant to start this because of the melo genre but I found myself enjoying the pain, since the show is executing it well so far. I think watching new faces play the leads also makes the show refreshing. I like their dynamic, I like them individually, I like everything. Which is scary, because it's only four episodes in... Anyway, grandma is also a highlight for me. It's funny to watch her because she's unconventionally tough and gruff. If something happens to her, I think I might cry.

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Just Between Lovers - Love Junho and the cinematography
Jugglers - Love Daniel Choi
Smart Prison Playbook
I'm not a Robot
20th Century Boy and Girl

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This has been an emotionally traumatic week for me... my heart hurts...

That being said, I found a welcome distraction in my favorite dramas:

Just Between Lovers is such a gem, such a breath of fresh air, it’s a shame no one is recapping it here. It seems to have fallen off the radar of most DB recappers. It’s the only drama I watch on Mon & Tues now. I had to give up Jugglers as I could no longer follow it without proper subs, the subs at Viki aren’t completed before the “First Look” expires. I’ll pick it up after the three-week lag period. All the other Mon/Tues dramas are quite frankly, very boring.

Weds/Thurs dramas are all lovely. I like & love all of them: Judge vs. Judge, Black Knight and I’m Not A Robot. They’re all delightful in their own ways.

For the weekend I’m currently relying on Andante and hoping that Hwayugi proves interesting.

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