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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…

 

javabeans

Currently recapping: Hwayugi

Radio Romance: I know the plot seems to be going around in circles (will he do radio or not?), but there’s something comfort-food-y about this drama for me. Making Su-ho a damaged person rather than one who’s simply haughty was probably where it got me invested, and I get a sense of satisfaction in watching him finally working past his arrested development and starting to grow. Plus I just find the couple sweet together (and could just watch the petty jealousy go on for days); their romantic growth gives me the warm and fuzzies.

Woohoo Waikiki: I’m still watching this, but it’s slow going because the cringe factor is so high, and my secondhand-embarrassment tolerance is so low. I do actually find the comedic gags really fresh and funny, but I just can’t bear to watch that much mortification in one sitting. Small bites.

 

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Currently recapping: Hwayugi

Mystery Queen 2: I missed this hilarious crime-fighting duo. I’m not a fan of the time-jump between seasons though, despite knowing it was necessary to give the heroine time to move on from her last relationship. I just feel like important stuff happened offscreen, and I resent not being present for every single moment of development for our couple, especially when it comes to romance! But I’m glad that the heroine didn’t become a true cop, and is essentially still an ajumma with a nose for crime—that’s the way I like her, and I’m happy that we didn’t depart from that like I thought we would.

Radio Romance: This show only seems to have one go-to conflict in its bag o’ trick, and it’s whether the big star will or won’t do radio, no matter how many times he says he wants to do it, really, really. It’s too bad since the romance is cute, but nobody cares about the showbiz plotline, so I don’t know why we keep going back there.

Woohoo Waikiki: I’m behind on this show, but I’m loving the loose vignettes of this gang’s string of failures in life. Maybe there’s comfort in knowing that by comparison, my life can’t ever be THAT bad? Does that make me a bad person? The faux wedding was priceless and I was hoping it would continue into a faux honeymoon and faux marriage for the next decade. Or five.

 

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Mystery Queen 2: Waaah~ it’s here and it didn’t disappoint! I laughed out loud a couple of times during this week’s episodes and smiled a lot to see this squad again. Though I wish everyone from the first season were here, the new characters aren’t too shabby either. (Shout out to Kim Won-hae as the station chief that traps his subordinates into helping him with his literary contest entries.) But more importantly, our main gang didn’t get personality transplants. Ajumma is still smart and adorable and nosing around crime scenes. Wan-seung is still grumpy about being a step too late in the thinking department, though there is a bit of sweetness mixed with the harrumph-ing now. And Inspector Woo is still here and petty about every single thing. I just wish we can have all the episodes now. Why does the wait for next week feel longer than the whole year we waited for Season 2?

Woohoo Waikiki: It’s sad that the fake marriage arc didn’t last long, but Dong-gu and Yoon-ah still live in the same house and he’s still making bumbling excuses when attacked by the pretty. Who needs a marriage contract at this point? Joon-ki is still my favorite housemate though. Even if he causes a lot of trouble with his grand lies (or maybe because of it?), he’s the only one among our housemates so far we see working hard to reach his dream. It’s a wacky show, so I like the reminder that our characters are working towards a goal. Plus, his audition scenes are so over-the-top, you can’t help but root for someone who puts 101 percent effort into everything. Even in telling outrageous lies.

 

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Misty: The immense amount of praise I’d heard about this drama meant that I went into it with both high expectations and none at all—since the only thing I knew about Misty when I started watching was that Kim Nam-joo wears killer pantsuits. (She does. I especially lust after that red one.) Three episodes in and I am completely enamored with this moody, tightly written, unusual drama about an antiheroine who is so fascinating to watch, I don’t even hate her. But I do wish she would stop breaking her poor husband’s heart; the man is a marshmallow and it wouldn’t take much to melt him if she really tried. (But does she even want to? What are her true intentions? I don’t knooooow! It’s so great!)

I’m Not a Robot: I know, I’m so late to this train. I’ve only watched enough to say that the leads are adorable, separately and together, and I am completely onboard.

Mystery Queen 2: I only had time to watch the premiere, but I cannot express in words HOW GLAD I am to be back with these two goofs and their adorable Scooby Gang (although I miss that young puppy). Inspector Woo! Earnest Cop! Young-mi and Captain Bae, officially baes! I’m a little miffed that Wan-seung is planning to move away before we’ve even got a proper chance to enjoy him being Seol-ok’s neighbor, but I can live with it since they’re joined at the hip and not-so-secretly pining for each other. Which is such a validation of the time I’ve waited for them to come back, shipping them in absentia. I’m not super excited about the return of Wan-seung’s Epic First Love, and I definitely miss last season’s director—this first episode leans a bit too hard on the comedic beats, and lacks the moody atmosphere I loved so much in Season One. But I have faith that this writer will stay true to the characters we love so much, while also finally having Sherlock and her Watson actually get together. ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

 

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Radio Romance: I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I’m not feeling the romance in Radio Romance and find myself more interested in Su-ho’s battle to carve out a life of his own. His “mother” is an absolute vulture and I fantasize about her having it out with Su-ho in the radio booth with a live microphone. It would serve her right to unintentionally reveal to the world what a fake she’s been all along. That would give Su-ho a chance to branch out on his own, but that head pain that he experienced has me worried. At this point in the drama, I’m losing interest fast and I may end up hitting pause on this one.

Misty: I’m through Episode 7 and had to take a (temporary) break from the intensity. This drama is just so good, but the tension is constant (how does this drama manage to do that week after week?) and I realized that I would probably enjoy it more in mini-binges. Kim Nam-joo and Ji Jin-hee are terrific as a couple who can’t live with each other but can’t seem to live without each other either. Kevin Lee’s murder case has forced them from their limbo and it’s fascinating to watch them struggle with how they really feel about each other. I’m confident that they’ll find their way back to each other but I feel for Tae-wook, who’s convinced more and more that his love is one-sided. At this point in the story, I’m most interested to know what part Eun-jo played in Hye-ran’s past and what a reunion with Myung-woo will look like. Eun-jo is vindictive, especially towards Hye-ran, and her reasons must have their beginnings in their youth. The importance of that case grows with each episode and I can’t wait to learn what exactly happened 20 years ago.

 
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Apparently, I'm in the mood of watching something fun and a bit 'nerdy', so I slowly went through the earlier eps of Problematic Men this week.

Woohoo Waikiki: Still hilarious and still fun to watch. Watching Dong-gu flailing around after each of Yoon-ah's aegyo attack is just so satisfying. How the table has turned now. I just kinda miss Seol and her expressive reaction this week. But I guess the baby has to rest well.

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Are you watching Problematic Me n Raw? I want to watch it so bad but I cannot find subs (except for a select few episodes) and my Korean isn't good enough to keep up with them :(

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Yep, had to watch it raw. It seems like some of the eps with a really popular guest get subbed by their respective fans and usually it's available on dailymotion. But for most of the eps, it's raw.

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Hwayugi ends this weekend TT_TT. But besides that only watching Radio Romance, which really needs to have a bit of a push in storyline soon, because these circles are making me dizzy.

I can not wait for all the new dramas coming soon one after another with a whole bunch of baes!!

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My cold last week allowed me to rewatch parts of ❤Hwayugi❤, few japanese romantic movies (my first and I stay corrected, why did I expect them to be all dark?) and chinese Far Away Love.

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Radio Romance: My only weekly show at the moment although I'm hoping to join the M-train soon. (That's Misty, Mother and Mystery Queen). I agree with both @girlfriday and @javabeans. Every now and then this show is very very good but most of the time it's just there in a kind of comforting, mid-week way.

My Dear Boy - This great Taiwanese drama is on hold because it's taking so long to sub. I'll check back in a few weeks to see if they caught up. It's a shame because this show is possibly the best Taiwanese drama I've ever seen.

The First Half of my Life - A Chinese drama I promised a friend I'd watch. This is too slow for me and I couldn't face the thought of 40 episodes. Dropped after ep 6.

My binge watch this weekend was going to be what a certain Beanie wittingly called "Because This Lobotomy is My First" but instead I decided to binge Mystery Queen so I can start watching season 2 week-to-week.

Very enjoyable show with a pretty-good lead, although I'm finding some of the Korean-specific cultural aspects of the show a bit difficult to empathise with. I have heard some mutterings about the ending but since there's a season 2 that won't matter so much.

I'm only up to episode 9, but I admit I am shipping her madly with Officer Hong. And I know that's very very wrong but it's going to take a bit of work to get me to disembark Ship Second Male Lead (Third Male Lead??). He's just such a little cupcake of a person. I love him. I want to eat him with a glass of wholesome milk.

Outside the world of drama, I saw two fantastic films. And while we don't usually discuss Hollywood cinema, I have to recommend The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. These are extraordinary films.

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My Dear Boy seems interesting. Maybe I'll pick it up when it's done subbing and airing. That's the hard part of watching TW drama these days, the wait for subs. In the last year or two, I've dropped a few TW dramas because I lost interest while waiting for subs.

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I generally find Taiwanese dramas to be all over the place but this is really coherent. The female lead is great and the male lead is just a giant puddle of adorable. It could still go off the rails like a lot of other T-drama but for now it's really good.

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Yeah
I keep checking my dear boy every day and I get soooo frustrated to find no subs yet
I started should we kiss first to fill the time and it's a gem am sooo happy I started it

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I felt like The First Half of my Life dragged at the beginning, too. But, I had read the book first, so I knew where the story was headed. If you could watch a few more episodes (to ep. 10), I think you will love the change in the female lead, for the story is about her empowerment and self-awareness in her late 30's, which is a rare storyline in any drama. She does get assistance from a man in her career, but she puts in the hard work herself.

Btw, I rarely comment, but I agreed with all your other opinion in this post, so I thought you might have a similar viewing preference to mine, and I ended up enjoying this c-drama very much.

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That’s almost exactly what my friend said when they recommended it so I will try a few more eps. Thanks for commenting.

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As my work life cranks up its intensity, my drama life takes an unexpected detour. Despite growing up in Taiwan, I could never get into Taiwanese dramas until very recently…maybe something about the drama environ feeling too familiar to act as the setting for my escapist fantasy?

I am slowly making my way through the fluffy Lion Pride and am irrationally drawn to My Dear Boy. Both dramas are great when my brain needs to be zombified. But it is through a recent Beanie recommendation that I found Love Storm which really resonates with me on an emotional level. The tightly plotted show has a refreshing take on love with various sexual dynamics and I adore the two younger sibling’s stories to pieces. It is a well-written family drama with just an 8-episode commitment. It is available on Netflix too!

Mystery Queen 2: I am so happy that ahjumma is not only back, she is back with all those gorgeously quirky wardrobes. Show, please don’t make her a uniform cop. It would be a crime to underutilize this stylist!
And also seriously, how can I look at Profiler Woo and not want CEO Ma back?

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve watched a Taiwanese drama and I’ve been meaning to pick one up. I’ve never heard of it before but Love Storm sounds totally up my alley! It has gone in my Netflix queue.

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I definitely recommend giving it a try! Love Storm (2016) is centered on a middle class family and each central character is drawn with depth grappling with his/her own particular struggles. I love the tomboyish daughter who is intelligent and self-assured and the youngest teenager son who is fascinated with extraterrestrials. The mom even has a crush on a Korean flower boy who looks likes a drama lead. Sometimes it is nice to take a little break from all the typical drama tropes!

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Love storm added into my watchlist.
Are you watching Iron Ladies?

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I am not watching Iron Ladies, CatoCat. Would you recommend it seeing that you are giving it 6/10?

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I give a lot of shows 6. I prefer it over Radio Waikiki. It has its own share of fluff.

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Thanks! I will check it out!

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You liked it! That makes me ridicilously happy.
*Does a little dance whilst eating breakfast*

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Thank you so much @cloggie for the recommendation! What a wonderfully wacky and heartfelt gem! I wonder if any other Qseries are worth checking out.....

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I watched 2 more:
A Boy Named Flora A - I really liked that one as well. Well-worth a look. It's a really quirky drama about a guy who rushes to his grandmother's death bed - only to find that, although she's in a coma, she refuses to pass over. The family are convinced that there's a reason why she's clinging to life and try to make amends for what they might have done wrong ...

And then I watched All About Love which I liked for 6 episodes and then hated it. Yes, I get bitter when the ending goes ridiculously crazy and half the plot lines do not get resolved. And there's ghosts. And they're pointless.

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Thank you @cloggie! I love your taste in dramas and I will add these onto my list!

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Thanks @kimbapnoona !

But I'm worried that you said 'these'. Don't watch All About Love - it's like a weird mixture of Just Between Lovers and Black. And not the good bits.

Or maybe you'll meant some other of the qseries? In that case let me know if any of the ones I haven't seen yet are any good. Life Plan A or B sounds interesting, like a Taiwanese version of Sliding Doors (the UK movie)

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@cloggie I think I will move Life Plan A & B to the top of the list. I like the conception of the Q Series which is supported by the Ministry of Culture to create more innovative content. The writer Mag Hsu also wrote In Time with You and Meteor Garden so she is definitely popular and prolific (although I have never seen either drama.)

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I saw few taiwanese dramas. They have good beginnings and and then get too complicated and melodramatic sometimes. Lion Pride is sweet (watched till ep.10). Thanks for recommending Love Storm.

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Love Storm is also available on Dramafever under the title "Love of Sandstorm"
https://www.dramafever.com/drama/4969/Love_of_Sandstorm_-_%25E6%2588%2580%25E6%2584%259B%25E6%25B2%2599%25E5%25A1%25B5%25E6%259A%25B4/
And I totally agree with you that the 2 younger siblings stories are great.

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The drama drought is still as dry as ever. The only airing drama that I'm watching is Radio Romance. The storyline is sweet and the acting is great, however, that's about it. I'm still ever so slightly disturbed about the age gap between our pairing in the drama. I mean they're great actors and all but I still find myself cringing at every kiss and whatnot. Age gap or not, I still find myself drawn to Radio Romance. Blame it on the drought, I guess.

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If you are not only into rom-coms you should definitely check Misty. I do highly recommend it as the best drama of this crop. I am almost, almost up to saying that it is the best drama of this year up to date.
It seems to be the first drama that this writer has ever penned, but it is wonderfully written, with a gripping tight story, with a good mystery and with not so many plotholes (I never saw any drama that has no plot holes at all, so kudos for keeping them to a minimum). I am also surprised by the director, too. I think this drama surpasses everything else he has ever directed *cough*Dream High 2*cough* - as I said, I am really surprised. The cinematography is really beautiful. Kim Nam-Joo is breathtaking and her wardrobe is goals. Ji Jin-Hee reminds me more of Dae Jang Geum rather than Blood. The whole cast is really good. And the political element is there because it makes sense in the drama economy, not as a filler.
Just one thing about it. I am watching the older episodes again and I convinced my significant other to watch it together (our second drama ever - I cannot believe it!!!! - so imagine how much I must believe in a drama to share it like that, without risking a forever alienation from dramaland), but even I, the more experienced one between the two of us, cannot binge it. Even if I know what happens next I still find it too tense to be able to watch more than one episode at a time. I cannot but wonder what will be the next drama written by this writer, Je In, and hope this isn't just a fortunate accident.

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I start watching Mother and Wohoo Waikiki this weekend.
Mother: OK, now I understand why many beanies worry about the child actor well-being. I'm at episode 3 now and each episode become more painful to watch. I'm considering to drop it.
Wohoo Waikiki: in episode 3 they changed the baby didn't they? baby sol didn't look like baby sol.

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Don't drop Mother, it's a great drama. Actors are fantastic, and the little girl's acting especially is so good. Wow! You'll enjoy it if you stick with it.

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I was in the mood for saguek so I picked up Seven Day Queen this week. I'm not sorry to have missed live watching it. I'm so glad I don't have to wait a week before the next episode because I couldn't possibly handle it.

It's just the kind of saguek I enjoy. The tension is high, the actors have amazing chemistry, and the constant threat of court politics tearing our leads apart is so deliciously heart-wrenching to watch. I'm sure this will only make them want to be together even more! I miss the child actors from the first four episodes but the adult actors are just as convincing in their love for each other and their equal stubborness to save one another every single time.

Also watching Waikiki and Radio Romance. Waikiki is so ridiculous to watch yet why is it so funny? I'm loving the comedy but I love how everything is dramatic for these characters. Dong Gu being reduced to a cute puddle of goo after seeing Yoon ah's aegyo is probably the best thing ever. Followed by Seo jin's attempt at fashion. Dressing as a homeless person must be the new trend! Lol.

Radio Romance = love for Su ho. That adorable fist pump when Geu-rim agreed to date him was sooooo cute!! Just keep being cute Su ho~sshi! I can watch it all day!
Everything else is kinda bland in this show. None of the characters stand out (other than to whine and complain *cough* Tae ri *cough*). Not that I care about many of the characters other than Su ho and Geu-rim.

Also- excited for the new crop of dramas to premier! Fingers crossed that they're all good! *or is that asking too much?*

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Will you be watching Grand Prince live? I know that's on your list. 😜

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Yes I'm hoping to! I only want in for two reasons: Yoon Shi-yoon and saguek. Oh and also Joon Sang-wook. I really hope it's good.

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Are you going to watch it?

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I want to watch it for the same reasons you are! I ♥️ Yoon Shi-yoon and appreciate Jo San-wook's acting. I hope it's good!

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@jenmole,

I'll be tuning in to GRAND PRINCE, too. ;-)

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Mother: This week, especially episode 11, was very hard to watch, but I was very pleased with how the writer ended up telling Seol-ak’s backstory. He’s a psycho, but his character clicked into place and finally made sense to me this week and I’m grateful for that. Seeing the BTS clip with Seol-ak’s actor and Heo Yool after episode 12 was ADORABLE. It’s sad that the actor is apparently getting death threats on IG, but I suppose that’s a testament to how good he is.

Woohoo Waikiki: Still tons of fun, and I really appreciated the arc with Mal-geum this week. Yes, her Krav Maga move when Doo-shik grabbed her wrist was AWESOME (poor Doo-shik!), but that aside I just really liked that her character was treated with sensitivity. They didn’t use the fact that the show is a comedy to make her or her situation the butt of a joke and I appreciated that.

I picked up It’s Okay, That’s Love again—I watched the first few episodes last year and enjoyed it but just got too busy and forgot about it. Does that show have an awesome OST or what?

It’s my spring break and I keep telling myself I’ll watch ALL the dramas but I probably won’t. Considering starting Mystery Queen to join in on the season 2 fun! Also eyeing some other dramas to maybe binge watch. Ho-gu’s Love? Evasive Inquiry Agency? I haven’t decided quite yet. There’s a lot to choose from my 50-drama-long to-watch list.

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Hogu's Love is an excellent choice. I have so much love for that underrated gem.

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It’s been on the list since @hotcocoagirl’s excellent post about it! We’ll see what I’m in the mood for tomorrow. 😉

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😘😘

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Thanks Mindy and gadis for the Ho-Gu's Love recommendation. I am a fan of Choi Woo-shik and it is hard to believe he is still only 27. I enjoyed his work in Special Affairs Team TEN, TEN 2 and Pride and Prejudice. In P&P he along with Jung Hye-sung had to provide the occasional comic relief to an otherwise very heavy drama. Highly recommended.
(As an aside and o/t a bit. I would love to see TEN3. The leads from the series are still around. Joo Sang-wook's new series Grand Prince is just beginning.)

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Enjoy It's Okay, That's Love - it is one of the best Korean drama's I know and actually deals with difficult topics I never expected to enjoy watching. I don't know what I like that much about it, probably everything - the writing is tight, the actors are great on their own as well as together (and of course I love Gong Hyo-jin) and I love the ending.

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The writers just play with psychological terms and conditions too much. Otherwise great show. On-song and Hyo-jin have sizzling chemistry.

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It's OK, That's Love has one of the greatest OST's I've heard from a k-drama. I watched it more then a year ago and still have Ship and the Globe as my ringtone. Enjoy the drama, I hope it works for you this time.

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Should We Kiss First? Anybody? Crickets? So good so far and sweet and romantic. Totally seems like it would be a sad sack show and just melts my heart (and makes me laugh every time). It also manages to be very “You’ve got mail”-ish but also very dark st the same time. It’s a weird balance but I dig it.

Also watching Misty, Mother, Waikiki, Radio Romance, Mystery Queen 2 and, because of mystery queen 2, Chief Kim.

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Me, I'm watching it. It's sweet, it feel somewhat real and relatable (im 34). I admit the mood is sometimes mixed like you mentioned it, but like you, I kinda like it. Their night at that themed love hotel is funny, but at the same time, gives me feels.
On a shallow note, Kam Woo Sung is husbandgoals.

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I was a bit late to the party because the teaser was giving melodrama vibes and after Mother and Misty, I didn’t think my heart could handle another melo. But here I am, laughing and crying and rooting for our two grouchy leads.

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I also found "We Should Kiss First" is relatable. I'm in my late 30, and sometimes I feel like Soo-jin doing things out of characters, and it's so much fun, LoL.

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Yep, watching SHOULD WE KISS FIRST. There was some discussion of it on this week's Open Thread in case you missed it. It reminds me of ALONE IN LOVE, another great drama with Kam Woo-sung, but with a lot more humor. The Netflix original film OUR SOULS AT NIGHT dovetails nicely with episode 8.

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I’ll check out the open thread!

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I`m there for Should We Kiss First? too. **

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i'm on the bandwagon! i like this drama very much -- it's funny and the ex-husband is so cute while being such a jerk... i'm expecting this to continue to give us laffs, but will also tug at our hearts in the end...
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Am soooooooooo loving it
And you just got it right it gives me the nostalgic vibes of you have got mail

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I love, love Should We Kiss First. The feel! Waiting for the next episode is a torture.

Also started Misty to ease the pain of waiting SWKF.

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@marciaann, @thequiet1, @marina, @spazmo, @mjfan4life,

FYI: Starting on 02/20/18, I've been posting background music and other material related to SHOULD WE KISS FIRST on my fanwall. It starts with episode 4. I don't recall whether music in earlier episodes failed to catch my ear, or it was too difficult to hear and identify the BGM. Enjoy! ;-)

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Thank you. I`ll check them out ^^

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And if it isn`t too much trouble, can you plz mention me in that Open Thread where I can read about SWKF.. ?

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@marina,

Gladly. ;-)

thread #2 @PYC March 2, 2018 at 6:43 AM got the ball rolling here:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/03/open-thread-541/#comment-3203878

See also:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/02/ocean-strolls-for-romance-melodrama-should-we-kiss-first/#comment-3203419

cc: @marciaann, @thequiet1, @marina, @spazmo, @mjfan4life

IMHO, the above thread is a logical place to continue to discuss SWKF. How about it, Beanies? I'll put a pointer to this thread over there to leave a trail of breadcrumbs. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake great ideas and thanks, in time for discussion of the new episodes!

Everyone, please also note bah & doo is re-capping Should We Kiss First immediately after it's aired, see:
https://www.bah-doo.com/kiss-first-recap-episode-78/

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And B&D also shares the information about the book and movie of Our Souls At Night

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@epyc2010 March 3, 2018 at 9:35 PM

Many thanks to the pointer to bah & doo recaps. Now I have a chance to not miss too much in translation. ;-)

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Only watching Waikiki rn coz I dropped Hwayugi. Donggu's love arc is realy cute and funny but I'm most invested in Junki. Like what will this guy do next? Hahahha. I hope his ending would be satisfactory and that he'll get to star in his own drama or movie. The guy deserves it!

I started rewatching Bokjoo yesterday and omg it's still as heart fluttering as the first time! There's something wafm and genuine about that show that makes me love it so much.

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WWJD - What Would Jun-ki Do

I agree, he's the most hilarious out of the three, of all the Waikiki episodes I've watched so far, which is only up to episode 4, seriously behind now.

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Hahahaha. Enjoy! He exceeds expectations every episode. Good thing I didn't mention what he did this week. Lol. It's pretty shocking.

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oooh, you made me wanna watch it now then XD

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I am behind in everything except Prison PlayBook, which I have startet maybe Monday this week?😮 And I am loving every minute of it. How come a drama set in a prison can make me so happy? I hate prisons! But you know better because many of you already watched it. Awesome! It is really really good, long and all but really good, so I am happy.
Let's see if I can catch up with waikiki and mother tomorrow Sunday. Today Saturday I have to work, and then I have my religious gathering (or meeting). I need my faith so that I can survive in the real life.
Happy weekend for all of you, beanies! ☺☺☺

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I watched Prison Playbook twice. The second time I convinced my better half to watch it with me. It is the first drama we watched together (this is how much I loved this drama). Now we both love Officer Paeng, Han-Yang and the whole gang. I loved it because it gives us time to know and to fall in love with every character and it shows us that you should never judge a book by its cover, a lesson many need these days.

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Been so busy this week that I only watch Misty this week. It's one drama that I must find time to watch it regardless. It's so good that I'm craving for more of Go Hye Ran!

Other than Misty, I'm still trying to catch up with Hwayugi, haven't watched ep 17-18 yet and Eulachacha Waikiki, haven't watched ep 5-8.

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Radio Romance - I started off really hating everything about this show especially Ji Suho and his strawberry red hair. Somewhere along episode 4 I started to warm to this show. I don't know what it is - but I think it has a lot to do with KSY and her subtle acting. She can go OTT especially when she pep talks herself in episodes 1 & 2. But when she tones it down, everythings starts to settle into a comforting rhythm. I know I wasn't onboard with the romance in the begining, but it's really starting to grow on me and now I do look forward to each new episode. I do love petty Suho. The side characters (Geurim's sunbae writer etc. are still a pain to watch). Also Suho's hair is now dark color. Someone out there heard my screams.

Mystery Queen 2: I really loved season 1 (more than I expected to) and the announcement that there was going to be a S2 really excited me. But it has been underwhelming thus far. I know ahjumma and detective are still there with personality intact. But the feel of the show is different. I love the old noir feel of the first season. This one feels so comedic, cartoonish even. Especially with the addition of so many big names such as Kim Won Hae and Min Sungwook for comedic relief, which I find unnecessary. And I would rather the show focus on WanSeung, as there is enough material to mine from without additional characters (like the Oh, Minsuk) because right now it feels all over the place.

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Agree about season 2 of Mystery Queen. Almost immediately I miss the original direction and soundtrack. Season 1 felt like a good Sherlock episode, with excellent wit and comedy in between. Camera work was stable and exciting. 1st episode season 2 tried too hard with comedy. (yet to watch episode 2).Im glad our duo is back, but KBS should have lured the original PD with lotsa money.

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his one feels so comedic, cartoonish even. Especially with the addition of so many big names such as Kim Won Hae and Min Sungwook for comedic relief, which I find unnecessary. And I would rather the show focus on WanSeung,
Exactly! It's like they don't understand what made the first season so great was their bickering yet caring relationship. They've missed the point so far.

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Is anyone else watching Should We Kiss First? It's insanely hilarious yet serious and I don't know what to make of it but I just can't stop watching haaaaaaaaaalp meh.

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You summed up what i feel about Should We Kiss First. hilarious but also serious.

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Long time kdrama watcher and on/off lurker of dramabeans here who's finally decided to post because she's tired of talking to no one about her drama obsessions! Honestly though, I go through phases of watching and not-watching, and I'm eternally grateful for the recaps and discussions I've seen on this site when I'm in one of these watching phases. I currently have started a new watching phase because of Misty...

Misty: I almost never livewatch a series, and I am sad that I started this because waiting weekly for new episodes is killing me! Kim Nam Joo is such a BAMF in this (awesome wardrobe and all), and I can't not be rooting for her despite some of her questionable tactics and obvious flaws. I am rooting for a satisfying ending for our antiheroine...give her the career she deserves and the husband to go along with it!

Dear My Friends: I binged this this week, and it might now be my favorite kdrama of all time (or at least it's up there). Thank you to whoever submitted this in a "Name That Drama" post from earlier this year, and thank you @odilettante for linking that MV as an answer.

I have so much to say about this brilliant little slice-of-life drama that maybe I'll try to write a post for it for the "Theme of the Month: Best Friends Forever" (or at least I hope someone else does it). All I can say is FRIENDSHIP GOALS! TT.TT

Beyond the beautiful and realistic depiction of friendship and aging, I was also moved by the often fraught mother/daughter relationship and the "not even the main storyline" OTP. Seriously?!?!...Go Hyun Jung and Jo In Sung just oozed natural chemistry, and I don't think I've ever rooted for a couple to make it more than Wan and Yeon Ha, and they probably had 5 minutes an episode together. Their love felt lived-in; I cared about them and believed their history together despite minimal screentime and knowing actually little about them. Writers, actors, that's how you do an OTP justice!

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I enjoyed Dear My Friends and had actually thought it would be a good post for this month's theme.

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Dear My Friends is up there in my list of excellent Kdramas. Wonderful writing and acting. I never cried so much watching a kdrama.

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Oh, no! I had forgotten about Dear My Friends. Had to add it to the ever expanding Watchlist. Should we limit how many dramas we add to our Watchlist? It's getting out of control.

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Without a doubt, Misty and Mother are so good, but my mood is up for something fun + awkward + romance for now, so have to put them on hold for a while. Will definitely pick them again. Promise 😅

What I'm watching - Shall We Kiss First (at epi 5) and Waikiki. (I can't be the only one who keep replaying scenes from Waikiki 😆 )

Will also watch new batch of drama which start this weekend and next week.

Good Witch - Lee Da-hae is back ❤ I hope this is a real romcom because that's what Lee Da-hae is best at.

My Husband - Kim Kang-woo looks weird and different this time, the main reason to watch. Sadly Uee still looks dangerously skinny during press conference, I don't know if she will be able to eat properly since the filing schedule is tight. This is genuinely a concern, because normally I am not a type to pick on someone's physical.

Children of A Lesser God - Need a good thriller with great female characters from OCN, besides there is Kim Ok-bin too ❤ Hopefully it is good.

That Man Oh-soo - Lee Jong-hyun & Kim So-eun are cute + awkward together in real life so it might transform well into their characters.

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I watched Queen of Mystery S2 first epi, and during the first few minutes, I felt somewhat familiar with the directing. Upon checking, the PD was a second PD in Chief Kim, so that's explain the familiar feeling I had. I don't have any attachment to first season as I never finished it. I don't know if I will continue to watch or not, but I might at least watch to epi 2. It's quite funny how I am finally OK with Kwon Sang-woo as an actor considering how long he has been acting.

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you're post reminded me that I really, really am looking forward to children of a lesser god.

*sigh* maybe I'm in a slump, I wanna watch something but after 15 minutes, I turn it off immediately and just switch to reading.

Well except for Mother. Mother will always be an exception :)

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I was in such a slump I tried for the first time, a Chinese fantasy Lost Love in Times, and Nirvana in Fire 2. Loved them both. But they're quite different from kdramas. Much slower paced but just what I needed.

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you're not the only who keep replaying scenes from Waikiki ;) 😆

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KAKEGURUI - 9.5 out of 10. Waiting for latest 2 episodes subs.

Tokyo Bandwagon - 8 out of 10. Decent family show. Strong female characters. I wanted more interaction between Hero-heroine. Overall, Good family romance.

Mr. Nietzsche in the convenience store - Usually, I not like manga to short Live-Adaptations but now i've acknowledged them and so started Mr. Niet. I know its manga and show has its own style of humour. Just 24 minutes.

Radio Romance Waikiki - dropped. No interest in c grade content.

Iron Ladies and Lion Pride - 6/10
Iron Ladies does better to deal with relationship issues. Lion Pride is nonsense fluff.

The Negotiator - on 18. almost dropped . 6/10. frustrating and annoying. same poor-rich games and plotting by side characters seeking attention from audience.

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CODE BLUE 3 - Episode 10 - 8/10 Waiting for the movie. Never expect anything between Kosaku and Megumi. Give fans some hope Writer.

Mystery Queen - 6/10. Crappy start. 1st week nonsense. dropped.

AGAIN PROMOTING BOKUTACHI GA YARIMASHITA

A must watch show. It had everything except Drug angle. if i were writer i would have added Drugs usage too. I would have spiced it up more. but even without drugs plot it is heavy content. 2 Avoided rapes are enough to make you go ohhh.

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@sancheezy i'm watching these japanese shows + few put on hold.
Started Bloody Monday too.
Must watch is BOKUTACHI GA YARIMASHITA.
Also started watching 3 GATSU NO LION Anime and Saiki kusuo no pai nan

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wow, that list is a lot to catch,
I still want to find the means to watch Kakegurui, I still face the same trouble since I also didn't feel the anime.

I've heard good things about Code Blue and even to their 3rd season but I haven't checked the drama. TT.TT

I've watched Bloody Monday a long time ago and I thought it was good, although I can't give any reason for that claim, I've forgotten what happened in the drama. I remember that Hiroki Narimiya is there with a wig.

There is a lot of KDrama premier this weekend, from the grand prince, children of the lesser god, the good witch, oh jak doo is my husband and mystery queen.

I tried Radio Romance yesterday but still can't pick it up.

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oh I watched A good Wife [taiwanese drama[ again and it still feels sad and melancholic.

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@sancheezy I watched A Good Wife on Netflix a few months ago!

It makes it on the quite short list of dramas where I loved the final episode. So satisfying because the ending managed to be sad and happy, melancholic and hopeful all at the same time.

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@cloggie what do you think about the overall story?
do you think they did justice to the affair story?
I find the show delivered their message really well about the main lead marriage, it isn't one sided and I also like how it ended, no bad blood and they continue their life well

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@sancheezy - I liked it overall (otherwise I wouldn't have made it to the final episode lol), including the affair.

There were two things that I found incredibly satisfying: first the wife's journey to find her love of architecture again. Maybe that was the real love story, even more than the affair?
And secondly that the husband realised the role that his family and their attitudes had played in destroying his marriage.

When it turned out that she was pregnant, I was disappointed at first because I thought we were headed towards a boring conservative ending but I was wrong. Instead it was very poignant and the husband really redeemed himself in my eyes.

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I've been looking forward to Mystery Queen 2.... ep 1 was ok but 2 just seemed off. The cackling masked maniac was overdone, and -- speaking as someone who can accept a Robot and a Strong Woman -- I just can't believe the exam results.
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Mother +++++
Hwayugi +
Radio Romance - well, I haven't dropped it.

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I totally forgot about the masked maniac LOL but the cases never were the main draw of Mystery Queen for me. Maybe that's why I'm so happy with S2 because my favorite characters are still there.

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Go Hye-Ran needs to put Kang Tae-Wook out of his misery! Just tell him you love him already!

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YES! OMG! But maybe she's not sure if she loves him 100% either. So she refuses to say anything that's not 100% fact. *blatantly ignores that she conveniently spouts half-truths when it helps her achieve her goals*

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I don't think there is any more room to love this show more, however every episode proves me wrong.

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I was slightly mad for TW listening to EJ at the end of the ep 10 - I mean, c'mon, he knew she is full of venom and she made him miserable once, why (except for the continuation of the drama) would he stay in her hospital room to listen to her, I thought he was smarter than this- it kind of drove me nuts.

The preview for ep 11 puts all of us out of our misery. I am so exhausted of waiting for the next episodes for a whole week.

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mary, based on the preview, thankfully we'll get the answer next weekend! I simply can't handle the hearts in TW's eyes. It's killing me.

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I'm starting watching cross, beside the scandal over Jo Ja Hyun, I still watch this show. I watch Radio Romance just for YDJ. this drama is the last before his enlistment right? I still don't hear that he will take the lead of Let's eat. Hwayugi is end tomorrow, hmm....

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Watching up to episode 10 of mother, seriously the serial killer boyfriend is scaring me but every time I'm watching this I'm praying that Soo-jin and Hye-na won't be caught.

Also I hate Soo-jin's older sister, she is so insecure of Soo-jin, she is trying everything to make her look bad.

Smart Prison Living is still on my list once I get hold of the last episode that I watch, same goes for Misty, Hwayugi and Radio Romance.

Check out some Mystery Queen because I've been missing Lee Won-Geun's smile and damn if he isn't the cutest substation chief.
Love the bickering of the the duo, ajhumma and detective though it takes getting used to the way they handle the police/investigative thing, like they got all the time in the world. Also isn't Seol-ok's friend just the bestest friend ever? Hoping I'll see her again the season 2.

Check some c-dramas?/t-dramas? for a change, watch bromance as I saw it was recommended on the thread and I have fallen in love with Megan Lai's character and appearance. I really do have a thing for tall girls with androgynous features!!! the otp is cute but the amount of cheesy lines is just ugh but the same time its so fucking hilarious, makes me remember one of the c-dramas I've watched before, devil beside me. I have a love-hate relationship with that show. XD

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I am taking a breather from watching Misty ep 9 right now to type this post before I lose all my fingers. Yet with all the tension, one thought keeps circling in my mind - "Hye Ran is a robot" More than 40 hours in detention, not a strand of hair out of place, her make up fully intact and her wit not an iota blunted.

Other dramas -
Mother Things are even more interesting now that baddie is gone. Can law be upheld and yet protect?

Shall We Kiss First Wasn't expecting to like this but honestly I just can't help watching Kim Sun Ah. The leads are just great together.

Waikiki My happy pill! Recently, beanies expressed concern over overworking cutie baby Sol. Coincidentally, she didn't appear in last week's episodes except for mere couple of seconds. The script had to work around Sol's disappearance. Baby is the boss on the set. She will decide when she wants to work. So don' worry 😜

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YESSSS about Misty! All I could think at the end was how flawless and composed HR was when she was leaving! Another thing I loved was how her sass was still intact esp when she was talking to Ahn Nae-Sang where she went - 'Don't tell me how you feel. Just bring facts'!! Ahhhh all hail Queen Hye-Ran!

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Yes! That prosecutor too! With all their smugness and swag, they ended up looking utterly foolish and incapable in front of Hye Ran.

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Fated to Love You (TW drama): Completed. I liked it more than the Korean version ! I liked characters quirkiness, especially the female lead's grotesque but loving family. It was nice to have a bit of information about characters lives during the ending credits. It felt like they kept leading their life after the drama ended.

I'm Sorry, I Love You: Completed. I never particularly liked So Ji Sub but now I understand why people love his sad eyes and intense gaze. They can pierce your heart anytime (something I didn't feel in What Happened in Bali). I didn't know Jung Kyung Ho was in it. What a baby he was haha ! Some parts didn't make sense for me and seeing Australia being depicted like if it was a country that dangerous made me laugh.

King is Not Easy: Completed. I was not into this drama at the beginning mainly because of both leads' personalities. They grew on me like they did on each other and their life in the present deserves to have a season 2. However I didn't like the last few episodes which went crazy and had a totally different tone. It was so unexpected that it took me a lot of effort to finish it.

Beyond Light Years: ep 2. It's produced by the same company which did Love O2O if I'm not wrong. So far the plots are similar but the male lead is not a perfect human being. So I'm immediately more interested.

Flower Ever After: I think the 7 year old couple will break up because they have different views on their careers. Since the girl got accepted for the internship in the US, they might not be able to keep a long distance relationship.

Hwayugi: ep 18. I loved Ma Wang and Secretary Ma scenes, even if they did it for nothing ha. OG finally took off GGG and it still bothers than he didn't tell JSM. I truly think they could come up with a solution if they communicated.

Iron Ladies: ep 6. Ok I kind of understand why she wanted things to work out since they have a long-term relationship but they're both workaholics. If cheating didn't break their relationship, that may be the definite cause. I didn't expect her married friend to acknowledge her husband's mistress. That's really depressing going to that extent because she can't get pregnant.

Misty: ep 8. Cliff-hangeeer. Chief Jang being connected to the evil CEOs deceives me. Also, last week episodes made me like Han Ji Min. That's one less obstacle, so yeah ! They had to spoil the farewell party to arrest her ! Now she must prove her innocence and I hope Tae Wook will help her. Even after all that happened, he still loves her and will trust her again. It will be hard but I trust his love for her. Eun Joo is getting her revenge and believes stealing TW from HR. It seems more like jealousy than "just" betrayal feelings. At least we know how Jail Guy and HR are connected.

Mother: ep 12. It feels like the creepy boyfriend was a way to lessen the responsibilities of both Hye Ra and Yoon...

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Mother: ep 12. It feels like the creepy boyfriend was a way to lessen the responsibilities of both Hye Ra and Yoon Bok's moms. Hye Ran's mom wanted someone by her side who will not abandon her and her boyfriend provided what she needed. We already know how hard it was for her to be a single mother and she didn't want him to leave her, so it explains why she let him mistreat HY. It doesn't make her actions disappear but can still attract some viewers sympathy. In YB's mom case, she saved her not once but twice from the boyfriend. It makes it harder for the detective to arrest her because she's still a kidnapper, even if she's perceived more like a rescuer and a legit mom.

Oh My General: ep 10. It's a silly, easy-watch C-drama. I really like Ma Sandra as the manly female general. Her behavior, speech and personality are on point and made me fall for her. I really like the couple's interactions and how people reverse their gender role. My biggest complain is the palet color being too vibrant for my taste, is it because it is a webdrama ?

Radio Romance: ep 6. Baby Nam Da Reun got his first kiss on screen awww. Ji Su Ih became softer but Maknae still hasn't realized his feelings for her.

Return: ep 16. I know I shouldn't but I laughed at how the evil duo tried to kill their friend AGAIN.

Love Returns: ep 72. Kim Haengja is back to give Dr. Jeong a lesson.

See You in Time: ep 10. So the ending was sweet but they had to make cliffhanger grrrr.

Small Town Cinema - Overgrown Bromance: No episode this week on KBS World :/

Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms: ep 15. Finally began watching it ! So about the "introduction" arc: I think it did a good job in world building. Maybe it's for the sake of the plot but seeing how fast characters developed feelings for each other was strange for me. Is it because they're immortals ? Now on the second "arc" : I don't understand how people don't know what the goddess looks like. Did I miss something ?

Woohoo Waikiki: ep 8. I like Soo Ah living with the gang. All misunderstandings were so funny and I see why she and Donggu dated. She's so weird haha. And how cute was Donggu after seeing Yoon Ah's aegyo. Can we have a spin-off about Joon Ki ? His life is so... entertaining.

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Wow you are watching lots! I loved Ten Miles of Peach Blossom! But I did fast forward the some of the secondary character's story. My main focus was the OTP! Hope you enjoy the rest of the show!

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I'm fast forwarding the niece and the white hair divinity's scenes. I hope OTP will be great !

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The exact scenes I fast forwarded as well. I found a site that was doing short recaps on it, so I would go there to read their scenes. OTP was ♥️

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Me three! By the second world I had enough of the niece's crush and reacquainted myself with the FF button. The OTP is electrifying all the way, especially when they get to the third world.

One of the best things I found (thanks to @mary) is the blog "The Problematic of the Unproblematic" which contributors include current and former Beanies. Their Ten Miles recaps are written with such food-spewing air-gasping hilarity, with such on-point snark. I wished I had known about the site when the show was airing!

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@kimbapnoona That's the site I went to when I watched it live. I anxiously waited for their recaps! They were so funny!

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How do they develop feeling so fast? Well.. she's alone in the mountain, he's a block of ice who got melted since she loves to cuddle with him, thinking he's a snake. So thing happens so fast..lol. It's not because they're immortal. YH knows for sure su su is mortal (which is she is). BQ is a goddess (above immortal level), but su su is mortal (she's human), she can die. You'll understand later on why BQ becomes su su. Human won't know how god/goddess look like. They're in disguise like regular human being. They are not supposed to use their power, only sometimes they do it in secret. Also, somebody mentioned on Oh My General, the costumes were designed by japanese designers, they're not regular chinese historical drama color palette. I guess more like japanese color style.

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Hmm I'm curious to see what's coming since a lot of things are confusing hahs.

Thanks for the explanation for the color palette in Oh My General. It's an interesting choice.

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re : Fated to Love You (TW drama)

IIRC, I think the redemption part did really well here, he really earned and changes to really become better. I also remember the part when the 2nd lead busted her scheme because of recording and I was so happy when it happens.

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Recording to reveal a scheme is a classic and a satisfying one.

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Fated to Love You(TW) and My Queen(TW) were the two dramas which I love much more than the Korean remakes. It's got nothing to do with liking the original more. Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara should be perfect but there was something amiss in that show. I enjoyed Witch Romance even less, Park Seo Joon didn't have the charisma that Ethan Ruan had.

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I liked FTLY Korean version but the TW one has something... Maybe more heartfelt and genuine? You can feel it in the Korean version but not as much.

Witch's Romance is my favorite PSJ's work, so if you liked the original more I will have to check it out !

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I forgot to mention I'm kind of indifferent to PSJ's charms. But Witch's Romance was my first time watching him so I had no bias whatsoever.

As for the TW dramas, I don't find Ethan Ruan good looking but he's someone I'd watch on screen. If you decide to watch soon, tag me on OT or something. I suddenly have an urge to rewatch the drama.

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said TW has something more heartfelt and genuine. It's how I feel about some of their dramas. I also love their OSTs more. It isn't I understand the lyrics. I just think the TW have really good music.

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WR was my first exposure to PSJ too and I completely agree with what you said.

I may watch My Queen soon, so I won't forget to tag you :)
Some TW dramas just get to your heart like no other dramas. Autumn's Concerto is one of my favorite drama ever and I'm still fond of the cast and the OST.

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I've been trying to watch Hwayugi because my friends have been telling me to check it out, but after 6 episodes I still can't really get into it. I keep dozing off mid-episode and I wake up not remembering what happened because it seems like nothing concrete really happens. I guess it's just not my cup of tea. I'll maybe go back to it if I ever feel like it.

I decided to check out Misty instead as I've seen many rave reviews here. Boy am I glad I did because I'm hooked! Now THIS is a good drama! Hye Ran is a badass on so many levels and I can't even hate her despite everything she does. I just wish she'll put her poor husband out of his misery and love him back the same way. I'm still on ep.5 but I know I'll run out of episodes to watch very soon. Noooo, the waiting game's going to kill me!

Also plan to continue watching Mother. Another very good drama, but I had to put it on pause so I'll have enough episodes to binge watch. Sounds like Should We Kiss First and Children of a Lesser God are also up my alley. I'll have to watch these next.

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I simply don't like magic. Couldn't get into Hwayugi at all also because the characters couldn't get me invested in them emotionally. I didn't buy into it.

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Arang was a special case though! Have to admit I'm watching a couple of Chinese fantasies that I really like too. Someone said that the gods are dispassionate and I thought this drama fit that description.

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I'm watching the first season of Mystery Queen and am really enjoying it. Our crime-fighting duo are really great and I'm so interested in her family life.

Then I'm still watching Mother and am gripped by the story. It looks gorgeous and I so want a happy and safe ending for the little girl but I can only watch it by 30 mins at a time, so I'm making it into my own 4 episodes a week.

But it's Should We Kiss First that I'm looking forward to watching most. It's about two damaged people who find eachother, sure, but it's seeing them throw caution to the wind (up to a point) and do the things they haven't done before (like get matching tattoos) that just made me fall for this show.

I love that there are melo moments that get totally undercut by a comic beat the next instant. He will say some very deep & meaningful stuff over breakfast and then you hear her think 'what is he saying? is that a green light?' It's as if the show is having a little laugh at itself at moments like that and I'm loving it.

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I wasn't going to watch Should We Kiss First, but I saw a clip of Kim Sun-ah dealing with a spoiled brat in the most gratifying way, and now I have to.

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Who are you shipping her with? Just out of curiosity.

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Are you talking about Mystery Queen @ChinguMode?

Unlike you, I'm not shipping her with the second/third male lead Inspector Hong (too much of a puppy crush), I'm shipping her with the third/fourth lead profiler Inspector Woo. Which is obviously an even more doomed ship than yours lol

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LOL. Yes, it is. And it's why I asked. I've never seen a show with four male leads before. But I was curious how many people are shipping her with the "main" male lead because I'm not. I actually have Stranger-esque friends and partners vibe from them. I'll be kind of disappointed when they inevitably "go there" because I think they make awesome buddy cops.

As for Puppy Crush - I'm not really shipping them. Like I said, I know it's very very wrong because he's such a baby. But her husband is so cold and indifferent I think it might be nice for her to have a man who adores her, especially since he adores her for her mind and skills. Of course, that adoration is exactly why they should never get together IRL. But that's why they all it a fantasy!

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I agree about the buddy cops!

I could actually imagine a slightly different version of the show in which I would ship her with her husband & see some sort of falling-in-love-again story, now that she's rediscovering herself through her investigation work. But that's not where it's going to go, I know that from the very unsubtle 'bachelor behaviour' description which hint that's hubby's up to no good.

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Yes I could see that too.
I don't know where you're up to but I've just finished it. It feels uncharitable to criticise something that's just supposed to be fun, but binge-watching it really makes it obvious when plot lines are dropped or they resort to tropes.

When it comes to the husband, I was hoping he just took her for granted but instead they took a more-cliched path. I also would have liked him to come to a greater appreciation of her as she pursued her dreams but that's not where it went.

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**Dramas
*Waikiki ep7-8 : Dong Gu trying to resist to Yoon Ah aegyo, Jun Ki eating bones, Seo Jin and her Muharmusi fashion , as usual stupid things I need it, I love it 🤗🤩😎 😍🤣💃, and more screentime for Sol please~
*Mother ep11-12 : I was so scared for Yoon Bok, it’s a relief they managed to escape, I can’t help thinking why don’t they stop all of this and go to the police, easier said than done but next week preview it seems the chase will come to an end
*Age of youth S2 E5-14 : just nearly 5 minutes in an entire season to see Yoon Sunbae with Chef-nim 😒, overall review this season was meh compared to the first one, I had some good laughs but that’s it
*Because this is our first life E1-16 : I think I would have loved it much more if I had watched it while airing, good drama but like many other ones I laughed a lot in the first half and then lost interest in the 2nd half , 7/10
**K-shows
*Hyori Homestay S2E4 : Goblin Sang Soon 😎 , I just love this show 🤗, aju manhi 😘
*1n2d E204: Dong Gu 🤗🤩😎😍 the only one who can save the F4…aka Fail 4 🤣

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as usual stupid things I need it

We all do, I just didn't know that.

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Waiting to check out the first episode of Mystery Queen and Grand Prince !

Currently watching :
Mother - loving it ! 💕
Waikiki - still on ep 3, I'm focusing myself to catch up to Mother's latest episode, and also can't stop marathoning Missing Noir M (which is so good !) on my way back home from work

I have never watched a weekend family drama before, but because of Missing Noir, I'm considering myself to check Kim Kang Woo's upcoming drama My Husband Oh Jak Doo 😁 is there anyone planning to watch that drama too?

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Yes! I'm planning on watching My Husband...Kim Kang woo is one of my favorite actors. Have you seen him in Heartless City? He was so good in that drama. I've never been able to get into Missing Noir M. I was going to try it again but it's only available on my tablet, which just died...

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Kim Kang Woo was in Heartless City? I was probably spending too much time looking (staring) at Jung Kyung-Ho to remember him in that.

I loved KKW in Story of a Man. He was mesmerising in that.

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Oopsy - no, he wasn't! He was in Story of a Man, which I watched at the same time as Heartless City. Aargh - should have thought a bit more before my fingers typed that. Sorry! But at least you watched Story of a Man. It's hard for me to watch that now that I know the lead actor committed suicide. Such a sad story.

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Ah okay. I wondered if he'd had one of those super impactful cameos that I'd missed... now that would be worth rewatching Heartless City for.

Like you, I couldn't watch Story of a Man now.

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Currently watching:
HWAYUGI
RADIO ROMANCE
SHOULD WE KISS FIRST
DISCOVERY OF LOVE (rewatch)

Finished – dramas:
GOD'S QUIZ season 1
BECAUSE IT'S THE FIRST TIME

Films:
SPELLBOUND
WARRIORS OF THE DAWN / DAERIB FORCES
THE THRONE
THE BROS / BROTHER
OUR SOULS AT NIGHT (referenced in SHOULD WE KISS FIRST?)
SUNNY (2008)

Eagerly awaiting:
GRAND PRINCE (for Yoon Si-yoon, starts 3/04)
LIVE (for Shin Dong-wook, starts 3/10)

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You must like Discovery of Love if you're re-watching it, right?
I was turned off right from the beginning. What do you like about it? Also, I haven't finished Our Souls at Night but it's pretty touching so far.

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Yes, for me, the show has some redeeming values:

Eric and his soothing voice!

And Kim Seul-gi, Yoon Hyun-min, and Sung Joon, too.

Jung Yu-mi's character rubs me completely the wrong way. By the time I finally found out what made her the way she was, I'd already torn my hair out and run away screaming. Even so, I enjoy enough of it to rewatch it. This is my third time watching.

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I dropped Discovery of Love because of JYM's character too...."oh no, why do you lie again? I seriously force myself to root for you, gurl!"
The show really is a disappointment because I want to like it so much. Maybe I will give it a second try.

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Now that I think about it, I plowed through the first few episodes of DISCOVERY OF LOVE and found that the show grew on me, despite my dislike for the heroine. (Her screenwriter mother was no prize, either. What is it with all these wack-o Kdrama writers?! TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST, and RADIO ROMANCE all have headcases as writers.)

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The best friend in JBL was the best writer character I'd seen in a long time: crying because nobody was reading her stuff and really able to keep going because she had another source of income lol

Just one of the many things I loved about that show.

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For some reason that brings to mind an old joke:

Q: How do you make a small fortune?

A: Start with a large one.

I liked the writer friend in JUST BETWEEN LOVERS, too. She was a badass motorcycle mama.

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SHUT UP FLOWER BOY BAND

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Good grief. Since I can only bingewatch to thoroughly enjoy a drama/film there's no way I could watch so many at the same time! Bingewatching now: a silly Chinese fantasy that reminds me of the production values of Power Rangers. It's the Power Rangers w/o the morphin' powers. But it's quite interesting as the story and what happens to the characters is a tad different from what I'm used to (and it stars William Chan who is my latest obsession). Re watching Nirvana in Fire 2 (the first time was for the lead Liu Hau ran and the 2nd time for the story). I love the build of the brothers' relationship thru the 1st 25 episodes. Going back and starting from the beginning of Lost Love in Times because I skipped around so much I finally got too confused.
But I am looking forward to many kdramas that will start soon with some of my favorite actors: Kim Kang woo, Kang Ji hwan, Lee Sang yoon, Jung kyung ho, Yoon Sand hoon...

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The dramas and films I listed above were watched over the span of 7-9 days.

At one point in the last year I was live-watching 9 dramas simultaneously, and usually serial binge-watching older ones and a few films while waiting for new episodes to air. Sometimes I marathon shows in shorter bursts spread over weeks or even months. Yeah, I was kind of bonkers in 2017, but it was fun while it lasted. That was one of the reasons why it took me a spell to get to MAWANG and JUST BETWEEN LOVERS. But when I finally got into the groove with them, I loved both shows. -- Thanks for turning me on to them. ;-)

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woww Mystery Queen is being loved by DB team too... its so entertaining that while watching that one hour passes by in a blink... and yes that wait for next week is hard very hard.
I am also watching Cdrama Across The Ocean To See You and loving it very much. its just the role reversal of typical kdrama where female lead does all the task for male lead. its funny and reak at the very same time.

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Eurachacha Waikiki: I'm not sure why I watch this. Well, maybe it's Jun-ki, but I don't have a lot of affection for the rest of the cast yet.

Mystery Queen 2: Hm, I'm not enchanted with this yet. It took me a while to really get into the first season too, so I'm not too worried. Episode 1 was great, but Episode 2 left me confused in the wrong way. As in, I wasn't sure how much of this case had been unraveled, and I don't get why Wan-seung decided to move, or when it had been established that Kyung-mi took part in the police exam too. I think Mystery Queen wants its viewers to complete a puzzle, but always gives them too many pieces.

Hwayugi: I'm a little bit sick of everyone now, I just want to the end. I hate that no-one is capable of thinking except Oh-gong, that no one communicates with him or each other when spooky stiff happens. Asanyeo is still around to remind me that Buja probably won't be coming back. Also, this show keeps trying to play the sympathy card with her, and I won't have it.

Princess Jellyfish: Watching these guys jump into the business world so quickly makes me worried - we've established multiple times after all that Mayaya and Banba aren't bothered at all about being there, so the team is more fragile than it lets on. I'm still not quite sure what Tsukimi feels for Kuranosuke, but hey, it's fun to guess.

Unnatural: I LOVE THIS SHOW. I don't want this show to ever end! Episode 6 lacked the originality and gravitas that a lot of the other cases had, and then Episode 7 came in and blew me away. I'm still so moved by the horrifying portrayal of bullying and planned suicide. Ishihara Satomi never fails me.

Anone: I'm an episode back, which is a little difficult to get through since it lacks the emotional weight of the last few, but the characters are worth it.

To be honest, I've gotten back into anime lately, which is nice since the episode lengths are far more digestible. Plus Kyoto Ani makes things that are soooooo pretty to look at.

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Love Unnatural too. Am watching more J dramas, and only watching Hwayugi lately. Just picked up the last two ep. of Waikiki and I fell in love again with Kim Jong-hyun (Dong Gu) who's swoony as ever. I also love Go Won-hee (Seo Jin), who's playing the exact opposite to her role (the pretty and feminine rich 2nd lead) in Strongest Deliveryman. Didn't recognise her until I read it here. Will watch Mystery Queen 2 closely since I love S.1 too. Though, I feel bad for Wan-seung who'll be having a hard time with no supportive partners/superiors in the new precinct.

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I'm so glad that at least a few are watching Unnatural, because it's so wonderful.

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Watching quality content - 3 gatsu no lion
I rarely watch anime but this manga deserves all the praise so am watching it.

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I desperately need to get around to Sangatsu no Lion.

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I am quite relieved that somebody else feels the same about Hwayugi. I dropped it and I stick to only reading the recaps. My time is quite precious. I cannot even say that Hong sisters really disappointed me. Big, Warm and Snoozy taught me better. Plus there are so many good shows to watch that I hardly feel that I am missing on anything.

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There's so much that they did right this time, but they've completely lost the knack for creating fun sassy heroines like they used to. Sun-mi really frustrated me. Although, I do think Lee Seung-gi turned Oh-gong into an amazing hero.

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With how bored my life is at the moment I tend to keep up with almost all the airing dramas.

Radio Romance - I don't know why I am still watching. This year I planned on watching only exceptional dramas and somehow I ended up with this. Still thinking If I should stick around or not. Well..

Should We Kiss First - I am so in love with this drama.

Cross - This is the first medical drama where I don't have to worry about romance or breakups or whatever. Just straight to the plotliens and my Oppa is doing just great in his role

Woohoo Waikiki - My crack drama... I can't wait to see the romance and the kiss scene next week.

Return - After all the drama in this drama I can't wait to see all it has to unveil. Next week episodes will be hawt

Mother - I can't bring myself to watch... After watching the preview for episode 11 I am so scared. Will resume today though.

My Golden Life 49-50 - All I can say is please can you end now. I think this will be the last 50+ drama for me.. Till the next couple of months maybe

Misty - I am so dying to watch this week episode. All the thrills. Kudos to the writer and cast.

Hwayugi - I can't wait to finally watch the final episodes. I only wish subs will come out early enough.

Secret Affair - After reading reviews I decide to try this drama and right now Words can't describe how much I loved this drama. Yoo ah in was so perfect. Marathoned in two days.

Many more dramas to add to my list. still contemplating watching Mystery queen as I dropped the first season midway. I will be reading recaps from beanies here before deciding. Have a great weekend beanies

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Secret Love Affair is so underrated. It's a work of art.

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Absolutely so! Like an art house movie...

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Yoo Ah-in was terrific in SECRET LOVE AFFAIR. I just watched THE THRONE, and he was dynamite in that as well.

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I should put the Throne on my list because I just watched Antique Bakery and he was so good in that as well. I've never seen him put in a bad performance but I've also never seen him put in a stylised performance as well. He always brings something interesting and different to the role. There's such a subtlety and gravitas to his acting that I'm surprised he's not on the stage.

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