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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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Currently recapping: Hwayugi

Woohoo Waikiki: I’m catching up on some premieres, and this one stands out for being quick-paced with its comedy, which occasionally makes me die inside of secondhand mortification but which I find fresh and laugh-out-loud. I love how the show has made these characters SO loserly and yet eminently likable, even if half the time you have to groan that they’re the authors of their own pathetic lives. Still, some people are late bloomers and I still have hope that they’ll figure things out… eventually… with a ton of comic stumbles on the way there.

Radio Romance: I was expecting this show to be more rom-commy, but I like that it has a bit more of a straight romance line, with a light melo touch. Nothing about the setup or the characters’ personalities is wildly new, but I find myself easing comfortably into the show and feeling that emotional tug for the leads.

Black Knight: By the time I got to the finale it sort of felt like eating three-day-old leftovers just to get it off my plate, and I found the wrap-up a bit anticlimactic despite the fact that, on paper, there were fairly big dramatic events that took us toward the resolution. Maybe it’s the show’s purposely slow and meditative pacing, or maybe it’s that by the end, I couldn’t really care about our main couple enough to feel the bittersweetness of their ending. What a strange show this was.

 

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Currently recapping: Hwayugi

Radio Romance: So far the jealousy has been my main drive in rooting for this romance, because Yoon Doo-joon is doing a nice job of wearing his petty jealous feelings on his face while trying to keep his cool in front of everyone else. It’s cute and he’s definitely growing on me as a character because of it. I wonder if getting the full backstory for the couple first would’ve gotten me more invested in their reunion as adults, but by the end of Episode 6, I liked how the buildup piqued my curiosity, and I finally feel like I’m anxious to watch the next episode.

Woohoo Waikiki: Chewbacca cracks me UP. They all do, really, which is the appeal of this ragtag gang of losers. Every time I think something will be the funniest gag in an episode, something new comes along to embarrass me even more. Yoon-ah wanting to become a rapper was the highlight of the week.

 

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Currently recapping: Radio Romance, Woohoo Waikiki

Father Is Strange: I finally finished this wonderful show a few days ago, and I miss it already. The characters, the story, and especially Lee Joon’s performance as Joong-hee made this my favorite weekend drama I’ve seen so far. There wasn’t any storyline that bored me, and I felt that the character growth of the family members was natural and believable (and I want to be Hye-young when I grow up). I’m going to be thinking about this wonderful family for a long, long time.

 

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Misty: Does Go Hye-ran love her husband or not? This question keeps me up some nights. I think she loves him, but she’s too proud to admit it. Or she does love him, but not as much as her dream to reach the top, so he always gets thrown to the curb when her career is at stake? The thing is, Go Hye-ran is excellent at her job, has the right reasons for doing her job, AND she looks fabulous in her job. I can’t help but think that a guy with similar specs would’ve already zoomed past her on the career ladder, and he wouldn’t have had to make the same difficult decisions as her. One of those hard decisions being: How not to give up everything and run away with my husband when my husband is Ji Jin-hee making sad, moony eyes at me like that.

God’s Gift–14 Days: I’ve been waiting to forget the details of this show so I can watch it and be surprised even after foolishly reading all the recaps four years ago. Good news: Four years is a long enough time to forget a lot of things. Bad news: It’s not enough to erase that ending. But my thirst for more Jo Seung-woo after Forest of Secrets forced me to start watching anyway.

Saet-byul is more adorable onscreen, her death more heartbreaking. And I’m there with Fearless Ajumma and Captain Awesome every time they throw their lives on the line to save this precious girl, because I don’t want to go through that again. After Episode 5, I’m telling myself it will be 11 hours of our leads bringing bad people to justice and telling each other how great they are, not 11 hours of a girl giving everyone so much love and then dying repeatedly.

Woohoo Waikiki: I feel bad for nitpicking at a small show trying to have fun, but sometimes I wish they’d trade in some of the laughs for a teeeeeeensy bit more depth. You can do it, Show! You already have nuggets of wisdom popping up in between the jokes. You just have to make it so the humor punctuates the life lessons, not the other way around. (Sol is still adorable though, you can’t change that.)

 

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Woohoo Waikiki: I was highly anticipating this one, because come on—Kim Jung-hyun and a baby! The premise made it sound like a less angsty version of Hogu’s Love, which was such a beautiful little drama. But I had to drop this after one episode. I can deal with the three dudes at the center of the story being clueless losers, because I love a good growing-up story. But the problem is that the show just isn’t funny, and the writing is shallow and terrible. Apart from a comical interlude involving Park Sung-woong’s cameo as himself, most of the humor involves the residents of the guest house being completely unprepared for a baby, which is funny at first, but after an hour the dead horse’s corpse is beginning to fall apart. I was rolling my eyes after the first twenty minutes of the guys’ traumatized reactions to the idea of breastfeeding and/or breast pumps, as though they’re thirteen years old. It’s a shame because with this cast and this premise, the show had the potential to be a great comedy that also tackled serious issues in a lighthearted way. It might still do that, but I’m not going to stick around to find out. I’ll just go watch some School 2017 clips to comfort myself instead.

 

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Radio Romance: That snippet of a scene with Jason sent a shiver down my spine and suddenly, Su-ho’s backstory became even more mysterious. Somehow, Geu-rim is a significant part of Su-ho’s past and this week’s cliffhanger highlighted that in the sweetest way. Until now, it’s been humorous to watch him jealousy insert himself more and more into her life only to learn why he’s desperate for her to remember him. But the more time that he spends with Geu-rim, the closer Su-ho gets to the people around her, especially PD Lee and now, her mom. There’s a method to PD Lee’s madness that intrigues me and for now, his budding bromance with Su-ho interests me more than the romantic angle. And how cute was Geu-rim’s mom when she tricked Su-ho into joining her for a meal? Just because she’s blind doesn’t mean that she can’t “see,” and her warm and caring nature is sure to have a positive effect on the emotionally abandoned Su-ho.

Misty: I decided to check out Misty because of Ji Jin-hee, who portrays intense characters really well. After four episodes, Misty’s riveting tale of ambition, betrayal, revenge, and murder, featuring deeply flawed characters, has me hooked. I’ve never seen any of Kim Nam-joo’s previous work and was impressed with her nuanced performance as the frighteningly ambitious Go Hye-ran. Ji Jin-hee is perfect as her principled husband who discovered too late that he can’t stomach her thirst for success. Hye-ran isn’t likable, but there’s something about her unapologetic drive that commands respect and I find myself applauding her as she fights to hold onto what she’s achieved. If anyone is in the mood for a gritty drama, Misty may just be the ticket.

 
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Hey friends im currrently watching:

My golden life: basic drama to watch when all else is slow

Goblin: anyone else hella comfortable with the age gap?! I cant seem to get passed it..... she acts like a child which makes things worse.

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Uncomfortable***

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One last thing. If you guys watch episode 13 makeout kiss closely its not even him its a diff actor!!! Has anyone looked into that?

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https://youtu.be/T0cIXRzV88Y

When he comes back he is shorter and little bit smaller in frame. Close up shows smoother face..then cgi changes to his face.

Perhaps he was uncomfortable with age gap too lmao

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I'd answer that question but I suspect you'd get an essay full of expletives. The Goblin OTP is possibly my second most-hated OTP ever (my most-hated being Mischievous/ Playful Kiss).

She's 19, orphaned, penniless and utterly dependent on her wealthy older "husband". Add in the school uniform and the aegyo and it's practically kiddy porn.

The good news is, it gets better. The bad news is, they then throw that out the window in favour of more kiddy porn.

I'll stop now. I'll nearly wrote a third OTP blogpost about exactly this.

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I dont even feel any sort of attachment the story line is alright but my goodness. Shiro!

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I'm with you. I could write whole essays on her childishness and how ultimately she wasn't even necessary for the plot.

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The childish way she behaved was the most annoying thing in the show. I wouldn't have minded the age gap as much if she had at least acted as a mature adult. As it was, I hated her as part of a romance angle from the first toothy 'saranghae' at the end of the first episode. -.-

Also, considering how hard her life had been, with her mother passing away at an early age, being abused by her aunt and cousins and having to deal with ghosts on a daily basis, I cannot think of one single reason why her character was portrayed so childishly.

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Agreed

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Totally agree! Playful kiss is definitely on the top list of the most demeaning dramas to women. The age gap in Goblin is uncomfortable but at least they give Eun Chang a spunky strong character unlike Playful kiss. That's what compensated it a bit for me (~a bit~)

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I dropped Goblin though mainly, it was because the story didn't move forward enough for me (those 90 minute episodes killed me), part was I never bought into the relationship.

The age thing generally doesn't bother me and, in the story, because he's so old it shouldn't matter. And in real life, the actress dated someone around Gong Yoo's age so there's that. I just never felt the chemistry at least by episode 9 when I stopped. Why the writer wrote her to act "like a child" I'll never understand though I thought it was her facade to deal with her life. It just didn't work for me.

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I dont get why the writer did that either... why do some dramas have such extreme age gaps

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Who do you think has a higher possibility of fantasizing about the drama romance? teenager? early 20s? mature late 20s..

know your audience.. and cater to that!

Who do you think forms the base of the crazy fanbase for any actor? why do you think actors are better off than actresses?

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Without a doubt, the greatest thing about Goblin was and is the superb OST. I still love it - even after a year.

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Same here.

But I thought I wouldnt mind the age gap...until she started speaking in aegyo, jumping around like bunnies, etc. Then I thought, it would be nicer if the actor who played as the Goblin is the actor who played as his nephew. Much younger, and someone who can switch from being childish to a god in a sec, like lightswitch.

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In Goblin the heroine was so young that they held off on the 'chemistry' on purpose. She was a comic foil and a plot device. 'Chemistry' (a.k.a. sexual attraction) didn't kick in until she hit her late 20s.

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Waaw.......i haven't seen so manyGoblin hates in one place before lol
I thought everyone Loved Goblin
Apparently not lol

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I enjoyed the Goblin recaps waaay more than the actual show. LOL.

I did like it, but the way they made Euntak did make the age difference too apparent. She’s happily jumping around like a kid who just got her ice cream and cotton candy, while her extremely wealthy, immortal (crazy old) husband stands expressionless. Then the bag, money, hotel suite.

I like all other characters though. I still watch the highlight clips sometimes.

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U should see my face when watching its literally eye brow raise and i feel guilty like... this seems so wrongggg. I googled her real age and it calmed me down a bit

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I was okay with the actors’ age difference. Kim Go-eun did more crazy things in her 2012 film ‘Muse’.

But the show itself reminds me of how how crazy rich, dirty old men treat their young girlfriends. A helpless little girl in high school at that. I could feel some bugs crawling under my skin. Lol.

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You can come from any cultural background and will still found the pairing is wrong, because it is wrong!
I still don't get it why the writer and pd decided to make the story started from HS student go eun tak. They could start from an adult eun tak and the story would still be compelling.
I suspect greed was the main drive. They just want to make the story relatable for wider demograhic.

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Because it was funny and awkward? Remember, this is the show that had the Grim Reaper character played in full 'Buster Keaton' deadpan. The bouncy high school girl bit was funny!

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I felt really uncomfortable too! I only halfheartedly finished the show because a lot of people kept talking about how great it is. I mean, Gong Yoo's character wasn't just an ahjussi but a 900(?) year old immortal dude. And she was was what? A teenager in high school! The romance was too unbelievable for me and I definitely won't be watching the Lee Byung Hun/Kim Tae Ri debacle

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And the fact she kept calling him ahjussi ... i was like wth is this?!?

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I remember somebody saying they lasted until she started lisping "saranghe ahjussi" and then they were OUT.

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So true! I basically screamed at the writers: "Stop making her call him Ajushhi!"

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Yes on Goblin, I couldn't get very far in that drama because of the lead female, and I really didn't like the age gap. Too bad because two male leads are good actors.

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Oh, so I wasn’t the only one. I dropped Goblin after ep 1 because it bothered me.

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I didn't even want to start it. Kim Go Eun was okay in action movie, but for rom-com or melodrama? I can't watch a drama that the actors look more beautiful than the actress. PERIOD!

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Kim Go-eun is one of the few actresses who refused to go under the knife to meet whatever beauty standard this industry seems to expect from actors.
I think that's commendable that she is comfortable in her own skin. She may not be your kind of beautiful but she is to some.

If you are a movie fan you'd understand why she's being hailed by the film critics as one of the most talented young actors in Chungmuro.

Her character in "Goblin" may not have showcased her talents and she is partly responsible for it but she has done more right than wrong in her past projects.

She is only 26. Her idol Jeon Do-yeon didn't become the best actress in Chungmuro and Cannes (2006) overnight. She had to work her way there.

I'm glad she is going back to do films with one of the best filmmakers in the film industry (Lee Jun-ik). Hopefully she'd stay there and continue to work with some the best writers and directors in the industry.

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I don't mind age gap because I did see it real life, albeit it's 15 years but when I watch Goblin, they just don't match,

she is super high schooler-ish and he babysits her, I mean there must be something she can offer besides her Birth Fate right? but no and somehow she needs to be a high schooler? why not make her older? at least older enough to not act like kid or kid who is mature enough to shoulder the burden of romance with older people [like the old story of the queen in ancient era ]

More than the refusal of making her older [which can make her more stable in actions], her acting make it worse, keeps calling him ahjussi with high pitch tone and the fact that he gives her anything + everything without her earning it just scream like fantasy overload to me.

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The age gap wasn't too uncomfortable because of the actress's age and I also grew up reading japanese shoujo manga...but those moments when she acted younger than her 19 years really threw me off, especially when she only seems to show that side of her in front of Shin. I get that she was probably never able to act like a kid because of her circumstances and Shin was able to free that side of her... but I still found it weird, since I've worked with 19 year olds before and while they're young in some ways, they don't act that young.

I was pretty upset that, in the end, her reincarnation met Shin again while she was also in high school. :(

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oh my god!! i love beanies. I told my friends hundreds times about this thing but they still find it was cute for a high school girl that acts like a child and called her boyfriend ahjussi

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So glad to see at least two people are watching Misty. I'm only four episodes in and I've already fallen for this drama. I'm really enjoying how layered the characters are and that no one feels one-note. I have to disagree with the statement that Go Hye Ran isn't likable. I think that's based on what you bring in your perspective of her character.

In addition to respecting her talent and ambitions, I genuinely like her. Is she cut-throat and does she do morally questionable things? Absolutely, but what I like about her despite all that is she's never played at being anything other than what she is. From the flashbacks, we see that she was always truthful with Tae Wook about her goals and the type of woman that she is.

Even as he repeatedly asked her to marry him she warned him that a.) she doesn't love him (at the time she didn't, now that's up for debate) and b.) she'll end up only hurting him. Tae Wook went into their marriage thinking that he could stomach the type of ambition she has and that he could 'change' her into someone who loves him the way he loves her. Because of that, I can't feel completely sorry for him (EVEN WITH THOSE EYES MY GOODNESS). You should never enter any relationship thinking you can change someone into a version of themselves that you want.

A part of me really can't fault Hye Ran for her tactics even though some of them are extreme. The ageism that exists in her career is so frustrating as a viewer so I can't even imagine how she must feel as a woman in that environment. Being explicitly and subtly told that her time is up because a younger, pretty, 'fresh-faced' reporter is around is insulting. Especially, because she's so good at her job.

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I'm obsessed with Misty, it's one of two dramas I am watching. I ADORE it. I also love Hye Ran even when I don't agree with her choices, she is still a boss to me.

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She is my goals as a career woman even though I hope to never have to go to the lengths that she's gone. I just love her self-confidence and the unshakeable belief she has in herself and her talent.

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I came into this post to read comments on Misty!!

I agree with everything you said. I disliked her in the beginning but as we get to know her more and more we get to understand how she grew up, what she gave up, and how much she tried and succeeded (partially) to fight the ageism and sexism and daughter-in-law-ism(?) all those years to get to where she's at. She is incredible at the very least even with her flaws and mistakes. Although she doesn't show it, I also think she partially did mean what she said when she knelt in front of her mother-in-law too.

Misty is such a riveting tale, I just want more and more!!!

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Same!

I think she partially meant what she said in front of her mother-in-law as well! While I don't fully believe she'd change her decision if she went back (because at her core I believe Hye Ran is a woman who fully believes in her ability to change the world using her skills and success is her tool to do that) I do believe that she'd alter how she went about doing it. Perhaps she would sit down and speak with Tae Wook first about the decision and why she feels she has to make it. Even though, at the end of the day, it will still be her decision to make.

I don't know whether Tae Wook would have agreed with the decision of course but I felt like a huge chunk of his inability to move past it is how blind-sided he felt by the whole thing. And how coldly she delivered the news without any regard to how he might feel (since he was so excited about a child) regarding the situation.

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I went into Misty not knowing what to expect, but it might be the best decision I've made this year... drama-wise.

My Goodness, Hye-ran! She's such a boss, I love her with all her flaws. Even when her actions are morally questionable. That's what I really like about this drama... She's allowed to be such a morally ambiguous character as a main character AND as a woman.

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Hye Ran literally embodies the type of lead female character I love to root for. She's morally grey and makes questionable decisions but she's LAYERED, she's MULTI-FACETED. It allows me to be fully invested in her story because of how real and flawed she feels. She's a self-assured woman navigating societies expectations of her while refusing to compromise on her skills and what she knows she can bring to the table.

A boss in every sense. The scene at the end of episode 4 when she's in her boss's office and her genuine smile of happiness as he's telling her what he told the Blue House officials. That despite being stubborn and rude and impossible she's the best to ever do it. Ugh, my heart <333

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I started watching Misty because of the number of beanies that kept recommending it, and I'm glad I did. I love that there are glaring faults in all the characters! Each episode is so gripping and keeps me hooked, waiting for more.

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Yes to flawed characters!! I really love how they started off by ending each episode with the current case taking place. It upped the anticipation for when future and present collide.

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Totally here with you, @Meriso - Misty has 100% reeled me in and I had NO idea what to expect. It's superb, and it's helping me feel that 2018 is off to a pretty good start between this, Radio Romance and Just Between Lovers. Now - bring on a great Sageuk!

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Yesssss! Honestly, watching Misty is making me reminiscent of how excited I felt for each episode of Forest of Secrets when it was airing. I'm definitely not comparing the two in terms of writing but that feeling of excitement I'm getting is almost the same.

So I definitely agree that 2018 is off to a great start drama wise. I already got in my well-executed rom-com from I Am Not A Robot; Misty is turning out to be a great dark, mystery drama. Now all I need is a great sageuk as well!

I'll be on the lookout for that one :))

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I’m hooked with Misty! I kept replaying athe scenes where she walked out and gave the young reporter the anchor seat since she liked it so much. Such power! Went in after I saw all those screencaps in the beanie wall and now I can’t wait for the next episode!

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That scene was so powerful, especially when she threw the papers in Ji Won's face. All her points were valid too. You don't just come up with a story and give it to people without offering possible solutions or resources for help. All that does is create panic for the sake of a story. She highlighted so well why Ji Won just isn't suited for taking on the lead anchor position. She's cute and she delivers the news well but she doesn't think ahead beyond just delivering the headline. And that's a disservice to the viewers who will be looking to her.

It's funny that the PD (Dae Woong) and Ji Won really thought they could get away with a move like that. It really goes to show Hye Ran's reach and influence that she could walk out of the newsroom like that and send everyone in a panic. Amazing.

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I like and respect Hye-Ran's drive and transparency. She really is The Boss! It's hard to fault her when so many people are attacking her and eagerly waiting to see her fail. Thankfully, she puts them in their places AND takes responsibility for her decisions and actions. Sure, she's cunning and opportunistic, but her hard decisions have been made in reaction/defense to others' malicious intent, not the other way around. Even when she tells white lies, they're intentional and calculated to either protect the people she cares about or avoid misunderstanding, which can further exacerbate the problems. Interestingly, I find that her decisions/actions outwardly may seem questionable, but they come from a place that's truthful to her (i.e. scenes: kneeling in front of her mother-in-law, abortion, face-off with Han Ji-Won about infidelity/career/purpose, helping her husband with his case, etc., which are all in line with her transparent character).

So, to answer mary's question, I do think she loves her husband (seriously, who wouldn't?!). I also don't think she's too proud to admit it or her ambition/career are more important than Tae-Wook. I don't think the decisions she's made have ever been about what's more/most important to her emotionally; they were made objectively to survive under the most dire circumstances when timing was not on her side.

I really can't wait for Hye-Ran and Tae-Wook to fall in love all over again! Everything he loved about her is what's keeping them apart, and from episode 5, he's starting to see what her world is like.

Lastly, isn't Ji Jin-Hee is so handsome?! The only other drama I've seen him in was Jewel in the Palace, but his character must've been forgettable because I can't remember him in it (even though he was the lead male character).

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"Everything he loved about her is what's keeping them apart" SCREAMS BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH AN ACCURATE STATEMENT OMG.

It's also one of the reasons why I felt the flashback scenes of their early relationship is so important because it adds a level to both characters complexity that helps to round them off. The current day Tae Wook is finding it hard to stomach the very same traits he told Hye Ran that he'd be able to handle when they first got together. She warned him and he was overly confident in thinking that he knew her entirely (at that point) and therefore could weather the fullness of her. But now he's finding it a lot harder than what he'd expected.

I also do agree that she loves Tae Wook in her own way but she also loves her career and herself. It's interesting because I feel like in Hye-Ran's mind those two things aren't mutually exclusive, she doesn't really weigh one over the other. But to other people (such as Tae Wook) when they look at the decisions she makes and the things she does to them it does appear that she favors her career more. It' an interesting game of perspectives.

And I also agree that a lot of the decisions she makes are reactionary to the situations she finds herself in. They aren't offensive decisions.

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I think she very much loves Tae Wook, even though she doesn't show it. I thought the flashback of her hiding and waiting for him on their first date was telling. Not to mention that she told Kevin that she did love him but with Tae Wook she needs him. I thought that was a good comment, because initially you think she means she needs Tae Wook's reputation, family, background and connections, but I think she means something entirely else. I think her love for him transcends just love to the point which she needs his love. Not sure if can explain it, but she loved Kevin, but she is completely and fully in loved with her husband. Lastly, her husband's flashbacks where she tells him that she is incapable of loving him, that she's ambitious, etc., I get the sense that she was trying to protect herself. It wasn't her merely warning him of her traits and lowering his expectations, but a self-defense mechanism on her part. Given his family's reception of her, I don't blame her.

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I totally agree, but I also think she was protecting Tae-Wook. She paused a long time before answering and carefully chose her words. When she said she "needed" her husband, Kevin was clearly relieved because he mistakenly interpreted that as her not "loving" TW.

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OMG, I loved the twist when we found out SHE waited for him!

In all fairness, he was young and naive when he declared the battle of love was won, lol. How can he unconditionally love and protect her if he doesn't even know she enters a battlefield the moment she steps out the door? It's no wonder she has to be The Boss, which (not surprisingly) still awes him in the present.

I bet he'll cry an ocean when he finds out how much she loves him ;-)

I'm also thinking it's more than just loving her career that drives her; it's her life purpose to realize a just society (as she said to HJW), a goal that's clearly larger than herself (which I'm very interested to know more about, so I hope we get to see the backstory of why she is who she is). Lol..uh, when someone is that single-minded and unwaveringly committed to achieve such a grand vision, it's best to join them or step out of their way!

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I agree with all the Misty comments. Even ones I disagree with. I just love this show so much! I can't wait until this couple finds each other again ;_____; (and kicks the butts of everyone who gets in their way)

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I both agree and disagree! I agree that it's about more than just loving her career and that it's about her life purpose while at the same time disagreeing because I don't think that her career and life purpose are two separate things. I think they are very much intertwined. We've seen from the very beginning how much she absolutely loves journalism and how passionate she is about it and chasing the truth. Journalism allows her to allows her to pursue that larger than life goal of a just society.

Ahhhh I wish there was a section on here for this show that we could all go to, to disect it more. I feel like we could all just go on and on dissecting these characters.

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I never said her career and life purpose were two different things though. I just think she's driven by something much deeper than just "love" for her career, so I'm waiting for the big reveal that'll explain why.

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Me too. This is my first time seeing Ji Jin-Hee in anything and his quiet character is making a big impact at pulling my heart strings. I really hope Hye Ran shows some love to Tae Wook. He makes me feel so sad for him but his flashbacks keep telling me that he asked for it. On a side not, whoever styled him for this show is on point. I keep thinking he'd make a great Harvey for the K remake of Suits because like Mary said, "One of those hard decisions being: How not to give up everything and run away with my husband when my husband is Ji Jin-hee making sad, moony eyes at me like that." Imagine if Ji Jin-Hee can play hardball like Harvey and still make you feel like that.
And Hye Ran...so hard headed but I get it. She has to be formidable to survive in her business. Just don't take so much of that home though. It's like she's portrays this hard persona at home for so long, it's difficult for her to switch to a softer side in front of hubby.
It's sad to see father-in-law did not recognize her after the wedding. What has she done other than not have the status that he wanted for his son? Then if after she gains her status, mother/father-in-law expect her to pop out a kid and give all that up? (I know she doesn't have to give it up but reality is, it will make it difficult to pursue her career goals.) What a conundrum!

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I'm not sure if I've rooted for a female lead as much as I've rooted for Go Hye Ran. I agree with the young detective in that she's "daebak". I'm not even sure if that one word is enough to fully describe how awesome she is.

I also think she's in love with Tae Wook (how can she not with those perfect jaw of his and eyes?) but is just too proud to admit and express it. Kevin Lee is sexy but I'd drop him for Tae Wook.

I'm also curious to know who that ex-con is as he seems to have been a big part of Hye Ran's early life. I'm guessing that he could be a first love.

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I'm also curious about the ex-con from her past. I also think he's a first love from her younger days. What's interesting also is that he doesn't seem to hold any bad feelings towards Hye Ran. Which I'm really happy about because she already has so much against her.

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I love Hye Ran too... she might made a lot of unethical decisions in her life, but the way people treat her as a super tallented woman and those ageism, sexism, etc made me
completely understand her... JJH eyes though 😯

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Currently watching Hwayugi and finishing Just Between Lovers.

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Very slowly going through Smile, You.
On ep two of My girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Guhmino.
Want to start Healer this weekend.
Look forward to Radio Romance every week with anticipation. I like a heroine I root for and enjoy on her own. Though I love a romance, especially when the hero looks at the heroine like that.
Hwayugi is a lot of fun. I love a found family type of story.

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You are watching both the puppy-cute Seunggi versus puppy-hot Seunggi. LOL.

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Lol.
And with our age difference, either way, he is a puppy.
The first thing I saw him in was an old ep of Running Man not long ago. Completely charming.

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Just finished My Girlfriend is a Gumiho not too long ago and planning to start Healer this weekend too.

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It is nice to have all these gems to dive into.
And since I have one of those head/chest viruses that have been making the rounds I am not going to feel to guilty on a small marathon.

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Hi Ainos. Healer was my first kdrama so I have a special fondness for it. Enjoy.

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Currently watching Mother, I miss seeing Lee Bo-young in a drama, and my god, I love, love, love the premise of the story.

Also thank god for Wohoo Waikiki, its a bit of funny drama in between watching sad ones. Even though some of the jokes are a hit or miss for me, one thing I can tell for sure is that the cringe is high with Yoon-ah's rap. I was removing one of my earbuds whenever that came on lol.

Might rewatch Radio romance again, since it seems all recappers here think its worth a watch, even if its a rehash of old cliches.

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Yeah....get it!

I just burst out laughing at her.

Mother is indeed so good. Characters, acting, directing, writing, story flow, just impeccable! 👌

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Mary, thanks for recommending God’s Gift–14 Days. It looks interesting and I have a free weekend so binge-watching it is

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God's Gift is great despite the controversial ending. The acting is superb (as expected if Jo Seung-woo and Lee Bo-young) and the never ending twists makes for a suspenseful and interesting watch.

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You're going to need a weekend from the weekend of binging. If I had binged this, I can't imagine resting halfway!

I'm still angry at the controversial ending, but it's undeniable that the first 15.75 hours is a breathtaking watch and a beautiful alignment of writing, directing, acting, and chemistry.

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Yay~ see you in What We're Watching next week, we can shake our fists at the drama gods together!

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I should probably felt the drought in kdrama land this cycle, but I was too busy watching everything Lee Kyu-hyung and Prison Playbook related to notice that. (Yep, I still refuse to move on.) I'm just glad that Shin PD managed to do his magic again, sending these great actors to mainstream popularity, because they really deserved it. I'm so happy watching them appearing on more TV and radio shows, and listening to how they received so much love for their respective roles.

As for drama, I only have Woohoo Waikiki on my watch list. It's a fun pastime with enough unsubtle yet heartwarming messages to make me enjoy it. Though I do think I need to find other shows to watch before the slump hit again.

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Hi gadis. I completely agree with you about Prison Playbook.
A+ for cast, direction, you name it. I am embarrassed to admit that it was probably three quarters of the way through the run of the series before I realized that Lee Kyu-hyung was the actor who played Prosecutor Yoon Se-won in Forest of Secrets. He had a great 2017 as did Jung Hae-in (PP-Captain Yoo) and (WYWS-Batman Cop). Great series.

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I'm in a drama slump. I was watching Return but I stopped after Go Hyun-Jung left. She was the main reason I started watching it and week after week I kept waiting for her screen time to increase. I thought maybe the plan was to bring her character to the foreground in the second half after spending time exploring the lives and past of the suspects. Now that I know that her role was being sidelined deliberately in favor of others, I am disinclined to continue watching it. The storyline was getting pretty wonky, but I held on for her --- for the little screen time she had, she really did have screen presence.

Anyway I'm only following two shows: (1) Misty and (2) Hyori's Bed and Breakfast - Season 2.

I'm on the fence about continuing with Hwayugi. I really can't stand Sun-mi. And I'm not impressed with the actress playing her. Ugh. I really wanted to enjoy this show.

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My problem with Hwayugi is I just can't connect emotionally with this drama. It's hard to find the will to pick up the next episode. I really want to like it, though...

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It started off promisingly, but it's not one of the Hong Sisters' tightly written shows. For example, I found the presence of Johnathan unnecessary. I get what his purpose is plot-wise but I just found his presence to be superfluous. And they keep adding more characters such as the Sea Prince (Octopus) who provide very little beyond a few comedic moments.

Frankly, I don't think the Hong Sisters spent enough time plotting this show. The storyline was cool and interesting but it's sloppily written. Also, it doesn't help that the main character (Sun-mi) is the least interesting one. I find her portrayal to be flat, although the actress's acting has improved somewhat (which isn't saying much). And it annoys me that she frequently and conveniently forgets what power she has over Son Oh-Gong because of the magic bracelet. Therefore when she's in danger, she's surprised he nearly kills himself to save her; when she commands him to stop punishing/hurting criminals, she's shocked to see him bleeding because the bracelet physically stops him from disobeying her. It's one thing to develop feelings and then to wishfully hope (or self-delude oneself) that what you feel is true and mutual and not the product of artificial means. But she conveniently forgets that damn bracelet too often. She comes across as pretty dim at times.

And lately I've been thinking about how messed up the love enchantment device really is. If the genders were reversed, I think more people would be creeped out about the storyline in which a man uses unnatural means to force a woman to love him. Anyway the ickiness has made it harder for me to watch.

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You just summed up everything I hate about the Hong Sisters so I am glad I chose to give this a miss. It's tempting because it's on Netflix and every time I log on it's there with a shiny New Episodes flag on it. But I'm happy now with my decision to not watch.

Flabby, poorly-characterised and a mildly-disturbing OTP? Yep. That's the Hong Sisters for you.

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The funny thing is they could have avoided or at least minimized the creep factor if they had written the show somewhat differently. From Hyun-mi's perspective, she could notice that Son Oh-Gong is doing things that seem out of character of him or that goes beyond what the magic bracelet would make him do. In turn those small, yet significant, gestures makes her gradually fall for him. And for Son Oh-Gong's, he starts doing those small things without ulterior motives and begins thinking about other people's feelings, all of which he initially attributes to (and blames on) the magic bracelet if and when he notices himself making these gestures.

You're right, what we have here is a creepy tale of a desperately lonely woman who has magically trapped a demigod, using a magic bracelet. The bracelet forces the demigod to love and defend her, and she desperately wonders if what they have is real. Yikes!

I agree some of the Hong Sisters' stories are borderline disturbing, esp. in retrospect. On the other hand I know that the creepy OTP trope is par for the course in both Korean and non-Korean dramas, so I can't say what they're doing is any different. I guess I just expect better from them.

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Can't stand Sun Mi. She is just too naive or dumb for me but I can't let go because I love Oh Gong and, up until recently, BuJa

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Running out of dramas after New Year reminded me that all of my past favorite shows were filmed in fall-through-winter (the actors always look soooo coooold!), which means my next favorite show is probably wrapping up filming about now.

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Woohoo Waikiki has me going between dying of secondhand embarrassment and dying of laughter 😄 The characters are so lovable and I'm enjoying the humor but I also like that there are some sweet and thoughtful moments amongst all the laughs.

I also started Go Back Couple. Just 2 eps in but I love it already! I went in not knowing anything except the basic premise so I wasn't expecting to cry in the first episodes. Jin-joo clinging to her mom is so adorable, funny, and sad all at once.

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Get ready for more tear shedding. Go Back Couple just gets you on all the feels. But the good kind.

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Good to know! Bring it on, GBC 😎

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@teriyaki I'm glad you discovered Kim Nam-joo! :) I've liked her in 3 out of 3 shows I've seen in the past, but they were all light roles. Seeing her take on such a 180-degree role in Misty wows me even more.

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It's my first time seeing her in such a serious role but man, she really has a strong screen presence.
I absolutely respect Hye-ran for knowing exactly what she wants, and stands her ground firmly. And, she doesn't use her body to get what she wants, is the greatest reason why I love her.

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True. At first, I loved her for her ruthlessness and deviousness in dealing with her enemies. I'm really tired of main characters who always play nice while their enemies break every rule ever. But in week 2, when she revealed why she wanted to succeed, I was even more impressed! We see that she sticks to her very weird sense of justice despite it all. I totally understand why Tae-wook is crazy in love with her and can't hate her despite wanting very much to do so.

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I initially thought in the earlier episodes that she's very Machiavellian in how she goes about her career, how she goes after what she wants and how she roots out her enemies. However, like you, I was also impressed by the reason for her wanting to succeed, which is to realize a "just society" and how she still keeps a lot of her morals in check. I was also literally giving her a standing ovation when she went out of the police station and gave a very winning impromptu presscon. As everyone has mentioned already, she is really The Boss.

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.____. I haven't seen eps 5-6 yet. Looks like I gotta go watch the eps as soon as subs are ready! But I'm glad to see lots of discussion around the show.

Hye-ran is a very polarizing main character. There are a hundred different ways to read her and I'm always giving in to temptation and reading beanies' comments right away hahaha

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The only one time (that we are aware of) when she uses her sex appeal will bite her real hard and I think will haunt her until the very end of the drama.
I am so completely in love with Misty and I am happy it is a Friday-Saturday one, otherwise the lack of sleep waiting for the subs would mess my Mondays badly.

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I think like a reply I saw over at Misty's Soompi thread, if I guess correctly which scene you're referring to, she does it to appease Kevin Lee. But even so I don't think she resorted to sex to get what she wants. And that totally separates her and Ji Won, and probably also why she doesn't think Ji Won is worthy.

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Re. Ji Won, I'm not sure if it's the writing or the actress but she looks quite lacking opposite Go Hye Ran/Kim Nam Joo. I'm leaning towards the actress. Imagine if it was Honey Lee? We'd get ourselves a very appealing catfight.

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Perhaps that's why they casted this actress as Ji Won. IMO her only selling point is her youth, and I think it's repeatedly hinted at by supporting characters as well.

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Black Knight: I have 4 episodes left. This could have been a moody, quirky 16 episode drama but oh well - 20 it is. I will finish it but I find myself wishing that Sharon ended up moving on via a romance with the personal trainer. The last scene would be her finding a gray hair and being happy about it.

My Golden Life: I am about 6 episodes back and I think the plot is going to start moving again...I hope.

Radio Romance: I normally am not a fan of the what I'll call the kid connection but it oddly is working in this one. This is just an easy watch.

Hwayugi: I binge watched the first 8 to 10 episodes and now need to catch up. I did notice the stalling out of the romantic element for a bit but didn't really care because the Hong Sisters got their groove back.

Jugglers: Finished and found it a very satisfying rom/com which didn't get angsty. Probably one of the better rom/coms I've seen in the last year or so. I laughed in every single episode. Also like that they didn't try to force some noona romance on the other couple. Very sweet and satisfying watch.

Waikiki (can't remember the name): Watched first 2 episodes but gonna have to be in the mood. I can see having this one when I'm cooking dinner.

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I think Black Night could have been extraordinary. In the 80s-90s. From the music and cinematography to... everything this drama felt outdated. It was not necessarily a bad thing. I like being nostalgic now and again.

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Um, maybe you don't want to watch Waikiki ep 4 while cooking dinner. And for some people ep 3. A couple parts are not dinner-friendly. The rest is delightful.

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After some long in-depth conversations with my fellow Beanies, this weekend I'm watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. I'm enjoying it, especially its discussion of body image and how you reconcile athletic aspirations with a desire for a normal life.

There are times when the main character really annoys me but I appreciate that she's supposed to. If I'm honest, I was a bit like her when I was at that age. That's probably why she's annoying me. Mirrors can be unforgiving.

I also like that all the characters feel very real and are normal human beings. Watching the second female lead self-destruct is hard but provides a much better rationale for her behaviour than "crazy", which is what a lot of shows opt for.

I especially like that the male lead has basically been in love with her since he was a child but is so emotionally immature that he doesn't know. Combine that with KBJ's insecurity and these crazy kids may never get together. That alone makes me like the OTP, despite the standard kdrama pacing.

Other than that, I'm not watching anything. I have Radio Romance, Misty, Mother and Return all sitting on my hard drive waiting for me to start them.

I did start Cross because I thought this would be a good weekday mind-in-neutral show but it's actually quite poorly written. I dropped it after 4 episodes.

A lot of people like Woohoo Waikiki so I watched the first two episodes of that. But the plot is all over the place and it's really not my style of humour so I won't be continuing with that either.

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Hallo, @ChinguMode. I am sorry I didn't answer this message when I read it first over the weekend, but I didn't have much internet. Hey! I am sooooooo happy you are watching (maybe you already finished) FWKBJ. I wish I didn't watch it before, so that I would watch it again and enjoying again but for the first time, LOL. For me it is one of the best shows I have ever watched, because all the reasons everybody has said before, and I relate so much with many of the characters even until now. My "motto" in life is in harmony with this show: never to surrender.
Whenever I have time again, I want to watch it over.
Greetings for you! 😃

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I enjoyed it. It was very good. I would have liked them to cast a woman who actually looked like a weightlifter in the lead role. She was obviously skinny and beautiful despite the baggy clothes and good acting.

I particularly liked the strong characterisation, especially around the second female lead.

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Yes! Shi on was aewsome. And in regard to Kim Bok joo being skinny, I also felt it not that accurate, but I went to research about it and there are, indeed, some women weightlifter with her shape. Of course, most of them are ugly, LOL... 😂😂😂 but not all of them fat. Plus, they are still Koreans, Koreans are skinny by nature. I accepted she fitted in her role, and being a little bit awkward in her mannerisms... well, I have known a couple of people like that too. Once you are usted to, it is fun. This is a drama to watch over and over again. Gives you so much good feelings! 😍

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I loved Weightlifting Kim Bok Joo! The funny moments had me laughing up a storm. The sad moments made my tears well up. The quirky moments are the mirror moments that I can relate to. Enjoy it. Start up Mother and Misty. They are very well made so far.

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I haven’t enjoyed many Korean shows lately. I’ve been wanting to start Misty as I heard a lot of good reviews about it but maybe sometime later when the drama has ended airing. The only Korean shows I’ve greatly enjoyed lately is Wise Prison Life huhu.

Ok this is out of topic for a while. Bear with me folks. No offense to Korean dramas, I’m just simply wondering... when will DB team appreciate and talk about Chinese dramas here so we can discuss about them together. T-T I really would like to hear you guys’ opinion on Chinese dramas.

No not mainstream stuff like Love O2O or A Love So Beautiful, but actual quality contents like Nirvana In Fire 1 and 2. NIF series is one of the most well-written and well-executed Chinese dramas, or possibly of all country drama I have ever watched. It holds a very special place in my heart and I just thought it’s quite a pity and upsetting that not many people have watched it. NIF series are indeed well-known in China but it is still underrated among international fans.

I would like to recommend to you guys these two great dramas, give them a chance for at least 10 episodes. And even though they have many episodes, they are worth every minute. The storyline is convincing and there’s literally no dragging plot or useless filler scenes that I found a lot in Korean dramas. Funnily enough, I actually find it easier to finish these around-50-episodes Chinese dramas than most of 16-episodes Korean drama. Plus Chinese drama episodes are consistently around 40-45 minutes unlike some Korean drama who can be up to 90 minutes. Not trying to make a comparison and generalise all.. there are still Korean dramas who are much better than Chinese dramas especially Dear My Friends, Reply series, Signal etc if we compare them with mainstream stuff like Love O2O.

For beginners who have never watched Chinese dramas let alone Chinese period dramas, I think it might be better to start with Nirvana In Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin first cause it’s more easy watch and more focused with family dynamic which can give you a rollercoaster of emotions that makes you immerse with the plot.

Both seasons have completely different storyline focus and casts, so you can start whichever you want, though beginners might find season 1 storyline bit complicated. If this doesn’t convince you enough, then I can say Season 2 got a handsome puppy with brilliant acting skill (especially the acting in the latter half) as one of the leads and hope that somehow can be an inspiration to get you guys start and become hooked to the drama lol.

I know I shouldn’t be talking about Chinese dramas here but I can’t help. I just want more people have at least ever heard about these 2 great dramas and check them out for once. I have doubt to start any historical Chinese dramas before because it isn’t my type but Nirvana In Fire series proves me wrong. They’re now have become the dramas of my life. And they might become the drama of your life too...

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Ah, I'm one of the many Beanies who love Chinese dramas and I'm quite happy to mention them in the "what we're watching" post. Nirvana in Fire 1 is on my watchlist because of Jin Dong, even though he's dubbed and it's a small role.

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Funny, I just finished bingeing Nirvana in Fire 2 and couldn't help myself but rewatch Nirvana in Fire 1!! These two were really awesome and left me wanting for more. But now I really don't know what to watch anymore, cause I don't think any other Chinese Dramas will ever be able to match them but would love to hear some recommendations :)

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Hey Mel! :D

Have you ever heard of Ode To Joy series? It’s the second best Chinese drama for me after Nirvana In Fire series! It’s an inspiring and empowering women-centered drama that focus about career, friendship, family, love and high living cost in Shanghai.

It’s really a good series and have taught me many life lessons that are useful to be pondered and applied in real life and I think you might like it. There are Wangkai and Liu Tao in it and both of them are amazing like always. :)

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Seconded Ode to Joy! I love how the characters are all flawed but we still love them.

It’s really a good series and have taught me many life lessons that are useful to be pondered and applied in real life and I think you might like it
That's what I feel about this drama too. :)

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I'm not sure if DB has spoken about this issue but I guess this blog is dedicated to Korean dramas only. Beanies do occasionally talk about C, J and other dramas in places like this thread, Open Thread and fan walls.

There are quite a number of NIF fans here including myself. We raved about it and promote it to other beanies so you are not alone. I call NIF a masterpiece and the best drama ever! Not many kdramas come near to it but then there are many C dramas which are lacking in quality just as there are many mediocre kdramas. I've been impressed by a few exceptional kdramas this past year - Forest of Secrets, Wise Prison Life and now Mother and Misty.

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Wow I really approved of your drama taste. I also love Secret Forest and Wise Prison Life. And I have watched Mother Japanese version and I really love it. I might start the Korean version after all eps are out. I prefer to binge watch than waiting week by week cause it makes me more appreciative of the drama as a whole. I tend to forget the storyline value while while waiting for new eps lol.

I’ve always been wanting to start Misty, but your comment encourage me even more. I trust your judgment for exceptional drama haha. ;)

I’m always so happy whenever I meet people who watch and love Nirvana In Fire series. It kinda gives me a hope(?) that there are still a lot of people out there who knows how to appreciate masterpiece and quality contents like over mainstream mediocre stuff. =D

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I hope you will like Mother and Misty.

As for Nirvana in Fire, I had the impression that the drama was very popular with Mandarin speaking viewers. There are international viewers who love it but maybe C dramas' popularity is still not as widespread as K dramas. Maybe that will change in time to come but China has a huge domestic market so I think the need to export their entertainment is not very apparent.

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I believe there were more International viewers back then when Mysoju, Dramacrazy and WITHS2 were around than the current.
There were more dramas on Mysoju alone than viki and DF combine.
We didn't only get all kinds of Asian dramas but movies too. There were no fee at all but some of us did donate to WITHS2 since they had the most quality subs.

IIR C-dramas were popular back then too.
My first historical was "Romance of the 3 Kingdoms." A mainland production which was hugely popular in China and abroad.

Here is a list of popular C-dramas overseas. Some goes back to the 1990s.
http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2014-04/07/content_32005194.htm

I'm really glad I started watching Asian dramas when I was just a teenager or I would've missed out on a lot of great dramas.

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Are you familiar with AvenueX (no spacing b/w words)? She adores Nirvana in Fire I and II has posted diverse analyses of these dramas on YouTube. Simply type "AvenueX Nirvana in Fire" in the search engine. I really enjoy her keen insights and concise critiques.

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Oh my god thank you so much for telling me about this! ❤️

I have checked the channel out and straightly watched her end review of Nirvana In Fire 2 and read most of the comments down below and this makes me *SO HAPPY!!*. It’s like I found my long lost family and my people LOL like omg all this time I’ve been fangirling about this drama alone and I was like... “WHERE are all people loving NIF series at??! This exceptional drama deserves much more love and appreciation!!”

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Delighted you enjoy her channel! AvenueX is a gem.

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@Vicky, you may want to check out the ladies at TPOTU.

That is The Problematic of the Unproblematic.
https://dr-myri-blog.blogspot.com.ng/

You may recognize some posters from DB there. They cover C and K dramas as well as other shows . They do some recaps as well as fan fics. There is plenty of squeeing going on there. Lots of fun.

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Thank you thank you for sharing this. Wow where have I been at LOL there were so many active people commenting on their post and I can’t believe I have never heard about this blog before! But sadly they haven’t recapped the recent Nirvana In Fire 2 yet. I feel like it’s because people are afraid to be disappointed as first season is very exceptional but for me, the second season is still great and charming in its own way. I love the family and brotherhood aspect that NIF 1 didn’t focus at. And while first season is great, I think I’m bit more fond of NIF 2 in my heart as I am such a sucker for family plot! T_T

It’s like first season is 98% and second season is 95%. First may be better but both are still A+ dramas. NIF series easily become the best and most well-written Chinese drama ever for me. =D

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If you want to recap NIF2 there and spread love for it, just contact them! They let people recap what they want, in any format, as long as it's coherent haha

It would help if you're a bit of a regular face in their comments though. So just hang out there and get to know them.

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So I realize my previous comment sounded rude. But the "just contact them!" was actually excitement. We used to recap Song Jae-rim's crazy shows over there (Nail Shop Paris and Surplus Princess). And the ladies enabled welcomed my weirdness. :D

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I've been wondering whether I should watch Nirvana in Fire looking at the number of beanies who have such good things to say about it. But so far I've been holding back thinking it would just open another can of addiction-worms to Chinese dramas, having never really watched one before.

But reading your post makes me feel like I really should get to this one.

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Hi Vicky. For me the biggest stumbling block for jumping into the Chinese drama world is the episode count. The idea of 50+ episodes is a deal killer for me. I did watch and enjoy Candle in the Tomb with Jin Dong and the terrific When a Snail Falls in Love with Wang Kai. They were both 21 episode series.
After recently plodding through two 20/40 episode kdramas I am more careful about beginning one.

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I'm currently trying to watch a Chinese drama called The First Half of My Life because a friend loved it and wants me to. But it's 40 episodes and the pacing is very slow. I have to say, the writing and acting is top notch but I'm struggling to connect with it. I'm still trying to make it through episode 3.

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JB is Korean American and she started this site because she loves to write and to share her views on dramas that are based on her Korean heritage that she is familiar with.
I think it's hard enough to keep that up for over 10 yrs now.
I'm a bit worried that she is burnt out and this site might not be around much longer if she is.

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I saw many people recommend NIF 2, it seems like I should watch it huh.. I watched NIF 1, then a few mths later I watched ten miles of peach blossoms. I forgot how much I was obsessed with NIF 1, TMOPB replaced it. I haven't watched any historical c drama after that one. I'm afraid I'll forget TMOPB too like I forgot NIF 1 if I find something better...lols.

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*whispers

They’re back! 😭

If you know what I mean. 😝

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I remain cautiously optimistic but won't breathe a sigh of relief yet until I see the news section come back alive with more frequent updates on upcoming shows.

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Been on a short hiatus so I have only started watching :

Waikiki : Ep 2
It's a fun and light watch 😊 I came for Sohn Seung Won but Lee Yi Kyung stole the show. Maybe because SSW's character hasn't get much scenes yet. Kim Jung Hyun is good. I do like the "AoY boys version" vibe that come from our trio, and the ladies are doing fine (I like to see the Circle girl/Nam Da Reum's sister here ☺)

Radio Romance : Ep 1
I didn't find the click factor with this one as I was struggling to focus to watch their first episode. Sorry Yoon Doo Joon and Kim So Hyun, I might have to pass on this one..

Mother : Ep 2
From the very first episode, no matter how dark or disturbing the scenes were, I know I'll continue watching it. The cinematography is great ! Lee Bo Young character is so charismatic, I want to be like her when I become a responsible adult (minus the traumatic past of course..)

Hwayugi : still trying to catch up to their latest episode, currently on Ep 6. I still want to continue it for zombie girl arc story..

I checked old dramas on my hard disk too, and choosing Missing Noir M is the best option ! I went into the drama almost expecting nothing and really surprised to see Kang Ha Neul as one of the cast. He's the giddiest serial killer that I have ever seen 😆

That's all for now.. Have a happy weekend Beanies ! 😃

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Kang Ha-neul in Missing Noir M is such a delightful surprise. Because of that role I want to see him playing many more morally grey characters in the future.

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As I've done in previous times, a mention of Missing Noir M deserves a thumb up and a reply. An underrated gem.

Kang Ha-neul loves to challenge himself as an actor, so I can see playing diverse roles. I'm grateful for that. People want him to play the lead, but I think he enjoys the complexity of the secondary leads more. And I'm here to admire them every change I get.

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NOOOOOOO! Don't give up on Radio Romance!! It deepens and sweetens and by the end of episode 6 it will stun and please you.

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Mother & Radio Romance. my enjoyment of both hasn't changed. Mother is still great and RR is still... eh.
I watched a few Knowing Bros episodes and I stumbled upon one from 2016 featuring RV's Irene and Jonghyun. Heechul (one of the hosts) made a joke about how Jjong had one year left (of his contract with the agency) and I actually winced from the heartache.
Unfairly hilarious episode btw. Amazing how you just know how good a singer he is from his speaking voice and diction.

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Yeah that episode was very funny then now it's very sad

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Laica, you should have kept to Waikiki, yes, first episode was that, but come on! it was only the first episode!

and you can´t claim something not funny when everyone else IS laughing. it´s just that, perhaps you don´t relate to it.
I wonder if the purpose of the show is also to make young koreans more baby-positive, necause I hear birth rate is declining.

I, on the other hand, can´t handle Radio Romance. It is too uneventful and repetative.

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Watching Hwayugi and Wohoo Waikiki, hoping to start Healer this weekend. I am enjoying Hwayugi more and more these past two weeks, when they have stepped up the angst and the LSG hottness level. As for Waikiki I loved the first two episodes. It was funny and light and their whole fish out of water lifestyle seemed cute, this week not so much. They seem to lack a lot of common sense. Yooh nah is really getting on my nerves. I can't believe she bore cute baby Sol with that much lack of common sense. My favorite character has to be Seo Jin. She seems to be the one with the most depth.

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Seojin does have the most depth among this odd bunch. Then this seemingly brain normal sister went to her job interview wearing something so out of the ordinary and spent the aftermath with a pantless ajusshi. LOL.

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I know right, but I have to forgive her because that sports bra did have good coverage that she didn't really notice until it was too late.

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Plus an iconic bulgogi slap. Lol. I’ve seen the kimchi slap and all slap variations, Seojin’s is coming down the history books.

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I spent one day to sleep-wake up- dramabeaning -sleep again yesterday, so I think today I have recharged my energy to catch up on many drama that I missed this week. Holiday is long but I have no plan except some small family gatherings.

Anyway, just finished Longing Heart, such a heartwarming and sweet story. Not a perfect show, but sometimes the feeling it gives is what more important. I especially love the subtle conflicts between the characters. The acting is pretty decent, sometimes when you put green actors together, the acting won't be so jarring.

Anyone who is in drama slump should try either Mother or Misty, the best two shows at the moment. Or if heavy drama is not for you, Waikiki can bring you all the laughs you want. If none of these three aren't working for you, maybe you should stare at your oppa's pics until you get out of drama slump, if you can....

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Happy holidays Sunbae :) , I was thinking of starting Mother waiting for enough free time : to watch and digest , I saw pic' on the fanwall it seems really heavy for me , don't know if I'll also start Misty maybe I'll keep it to binge watch later if reviews are still good.
For Waikiki well I'm already staring at 3 Oppas so need to stare at Oppa pic" hahahaha

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Ha! Your last advice. 👍🏼😂😂
Though that's exactly what I'm doing now. Falling down the YT hole searching for more Lee Kyu-hyung related videos. Maybe after I went through all of his works, I'll try harder to find old dramas to watch.

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Happy Lunar New Year!

All 3 you've mentioned are my current dramas. I had intended to watch Money Flower after reading so many good comments about it but I can't seem to get into the first episode. I didn't even make past half of it. If you are watching it, let me know whether there's a pivotal ep or something.

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KAKEGURUI - 8.5/10 should i increase the rating. Awesome Show. WHY?
Because the manga is so good. Yumeko and Hanabe has done it.

A GIRL and 3 SWEETHEARTS - I am on episode 8 now. Lot of people praise it but i won't. Average Show. 7/10 I watch it for KIRITANI MIREI.

My Brother Loves me too much - based on manga - live action show o live action movie. It works. 7/10

Korean
Waikiki - crap 6.5. out of 10 . Almost dropped it. Taegoon and Radio Heros reckless driving. I hope they are criticised for it.

Radio Romance : 6.5 out of 10. better than Radio. Jason fooling the audience with his foolish smile. Stalker hero.

The Negotiator - 7/10. Mediocre nonsense but it does have Beautiful Yang Mi.
Iron Ladies - 6.5/10. lot of nonsense but still better than Most airing Kdramas
Lion Pride - 6.5/10 Nonsensical romance. Fluff and more fluff.

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@tsu what was your name. The Negotiator's 12 episodes are english translated. Join me.
My heart demands it and that's why i'm watching Radio Romance and Negotiator. Both are pretty Mediocre shows but so far they have kept me interested.

9 innings and 2 outs - Heroine is so annoying but i can say the show has better view than most recent korean dramas. 4 episodes and almost dropped.

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Hiya—I've watched the first three episodes of Negotiator and can't quite engage. Huang Zitao is bit over-groomed for my taste—and he barely looks legal.

I agree with you regarding Yang Mi's loveliness though! I'll give it a one more episode.

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Now i won't forget your name. This show does have so many overbearing and annoying characters but i'm enjoying the sweet voice of Yang Mi. try till 10th episode. I'm also skipping few scenes of that brat cousin.

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I have problem with Tao acting in negotiator, can't pinpoint but it just doesn't work, yang mi also not enough to make me stay
I'll wait until it finished.

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While I can see problems with Tao's acting, I think it's ok for this drama which already has a ton or problems eg. the horrendous dub.

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You enjoy the Kakegurui drama? I've seen reviews of the anime, so I caught a glimpse and it looked a little strange.

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that's why its so good. I am analysing whether all of it is overacting or no-acting or good acting. 1st time in a while i've given any show 8.5.
Beautiful Girls going into action mode is always desirable among us guys. Enough of cute girls doing cute stuff.

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Ok, can we talk about Woohoo Waikiki for a minute? The last episode, the snot scene. Never before have I ever actually physically gagged before watching a tv show, but it happened. I kept trying to look away, over up my eyes, but I couldn’t help looking back at the tv thinking, they aren’t really going to so this are they? Yep, they did. And took there sweet time dragging it out. 🤢🤢🤢 Why do I keep watching (and enjoying) this show?

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The lengths this drama would go through with their disgusting humor. I had thrown up from first watching the snot. I was No! No! No! Please no! Do not show it. I looked away but imagination is active my friend. And I could just see it in my head. More vivid when I close my eyes.

Then I have read about it again yesterday right after I had a meal. So I had lurched all the food out and spent gagging in the sink with tears down my face.

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I saw the gif of that scene on the fanwal yesterday morning while I was having my breakfast and I’ve never cursed at a particular scene like I did at that snot scene yesterday. Gross!

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It actually took me 3 days and repeated tries to finish that episode. OMG, so excruciating!

Like you, I wonder: how and why do I keep enjoying this show despite the often gross and embarrassing humor? Gross is not my thing at all, and I am mentally suffering from the 2nd-embarrassment, but somehow this show makes me sympathize with and laugh at these lovable oddballs.

And how do any of those actors get through these scenes?! They deserve medals.

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I wanted to watch the scene so that I could say that I properly watched that episode, but I just couldn't. I had to look away. I had a strong feeling that the drama was going to commit to it. You're totally right about the sweet time they took dragging it out!