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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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Radio Romance: I was patient through last week, but this week I yelled at my TV when Su-ho finally prevailed over all the machinations to come back to radio… and then was all, “I don’t like that time slot. I quit.” Until then I was sympathetic, but after that it just felt like he was kind of his own problem. I’m still in it for the romance angle, though, and hope we can make it to the end with the plot frustrations minimized.

That Man Oh-soo: I will keep trying these OCN Romances, so help me, even if most of the time I’m left underwhelmed. I just like cheesy modern romances (and have a high tolerance for corny, which is essential), even if half of the hijinks make me cringe, so I’m hoping the chemistry between Kim So-eun and Jonghyun will be enough to carry me through.

 

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Mystery Queen 2: I was disappointed when Wan-seung moved away at the start of the new season, but when his apartment went up in flames and he had to shack up with Ajumma, all was right again. Their romantic status or lack thereof confuses me (honestly it was the buying of the ring that threw me off), but at least now we’re seeing the relationship unfold rather than guessing what happened offscreen. I wish more of the side characters had carried over into the second season though, because the new supporting characters aren’t gelling for me in the same way, and I miss the Scooby gang. But the detective duo is still aces.

Radio Romance: I feel like it took a really long time to get the heroine aboard her own OTP ship, but I like things much better now that she’s actively reciprocating. And initiating! That was a nice change of pace.

Woohoo Waikiki: Dong-gu’s stupidity at discovering his feelings was entirely expected, but it still made me laugh. It was worth all of the denial to see his big AHA moment though. Finally! Of course you love her, you dumb moose!

 

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Misty: I’m caught up through Episode 10 and so far, Episode 9 is my favorite. Ji Jin-hee blew me away with his anguished performance as he grappled with the black box chip evidence from Hye-ran’s car. Actually, every performance in Misty has been strong but I’m also impressed with every aspect of this production. Misty has become my new standard for dramas, it’s that good. What started out as a murder mystery has grown into a discussion of the media—does it serve the political and legal elite or the people? To be honest, I just want Hye-ran and Tae-wook to find their way back to each other and continue to look spectacular in the process. There’s no doubt that Kim Nam-joo has an impressive wardrobe of pantsuits, but her coats are just as amazing.

That Man Oh-soo: I didn’t care for Kim So-eun’s character in Our Gab-soon and decided to see how she fared in That Man Oh-soo. It turned out to be the perfect antidote to the intensity of Misty and I enjoyed Kim So-eun and the drama very much. I liked the hint of magic introduced by the special tree that is connected to Oh-soo and I anticipate hijinks as the story unfolds. It looks like a light romance and that’s exactly what I want.

 

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I’m Not a Robot: I binged the first half of this show this week and loved every minute of it. Yoo Seung-ho’s puppy-ness, cute dating lessons, an amazing second lead lady who isn’t horrible—all so good. I thought there was no way that I would hit a slump, but now here I am stuck on Episode 22 without the desire to keep going. I want the heartbreak that I know is lurking in the next set of episodes, but then once that’s over with, I don’t want to deal with the company bureaucracy machinations that the recaps have promised I have to endure. Just give me the cute and heartbreaking moments supercut please!

 
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Hey, everyone! I’ve been watching SO MUCH this week because it’s my spring break. Be prepared.

Mother this week. Omg! So good. My whole family ended up watching episode 14, it was so riveting! My love for this show is so big even though it breaks my heart on such a regular basis. I’ll be so sad to see it go next week. Also, it was nice to see both KAIST and Dr. Ko from Prison Playbook this week!

Woohoo Waikiki gets better and better each week, I swear. I started it solely for the funny and now I’m so invested in all of the characters. Doo-shik, Seo-jin, and Joon-ki are my favorites but I honestly like all of the characters. They’re making Soo-ah much more likable than I originally thought they would and I love it. Also, Lee Yi-kyung is after my heart. He is so hilarious! I’m really looking forward to see what this while cast does after this show, but especially him. I was so glad that Dong-gu finally confessed his feelings to Yoon-ah. When I saw her in the car with the chef I was so afraid that the chef would beat Dong-gu to it and everything would be dragged out even further. So happy that did not happen! Also, Dong-gu’s Matrix baby video was weirdly awesome.

Out of sheer curiosity I started I Really, Really Like You. I had no plans to watch this but some comments on a recent Name That Drama that promised a cute scene piqued my interest and I finally sat down to watch it... ya’ll. I can’t do it. I can’t take it seriously at all. I never thought I’d say this, but I can’t stand Lee Min-ki in this. I want to throw rotten fruit at his character. He is no Nam Se-hee or Kang Tae-bong. I’ve heard he gets better after the first several episodes but I’m on 10 now (I’ve been fast-forwarding) and still kind of want to gouge his beautiful eyes out. There are some moments where he seems redeemable and stops being entirely selfish but then he says something that makes me groan again. Apparently I’m fine with him playing a serial killer in Monster but can’t deal with this guy. I don’t know what that says about me. He’s surprisingly green in this, which is weird because I never once thought that while watching Dal-ja’s Spring, which was just a year later.

Speaking of which, I’ve been rewatching large chunks of Dal-ja’s Spring both as post-IRRLY therapy and because I’m in the process of writing a submission for this month’s theme about the wonderful friendships in that drama and how they facilitated Dal-ja’s amazing growth. What a great show. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet then put it on your list. It’s always in the background of this site, what with it being Javabeans’ icon and featured in some of the Open Thread headers. I’m hoping if my submission gets published then I can convince people to give this show a shot even though it’s older. Fashion and hairstyles aside, it doesn’t feel dated at all. And I love it and appreciate it even more the second time around! So much good stuff on being a woman in the...

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So much good stuff on being a woman in the working world. Such fantastic characters, conversations, and relationships. I’m crushing on Tae-bong even more now for some reason. He’s so lovely and charming. Also, I love all those coats he wears in this show. He looks so good in them. Those shoulders! And I am still kicking myself for not writing something about Dal-ja and Tae-bong’s great relationship for last month’s theme! Definitely one of my top OTPs!

I’m also making my way through Rescue Me and I’m really enjoying it. Im Sang-mi is quickly turning into one of my favorite characters ever and I’m looking forward to seeing where Seo Ye-ji’s career goes from here. I desperately hope that her electrifying performance in this isn’t a fluke and that she can continue to channel that same subtle energy in future projects. She’s gorgeous and so compelling here and I am becoming a fan! Love her voice. Also, Woo Do-hwan. I totally get it now. I might check out The Great Seducer just for him.

Finally, I finished Prison Playbook! I kept up with it while it was airing but decided to binge the last 4 at a later time when it went up on US Netflix. What a heartwarming end to a heartwarming show. I knew what to expect for the end of Han-yang’s story arc but that scene still made me see red. I wanted to scream. So sad. This production team will forever own a part of my heart and I can’t wait for the next Answer Me, or Prison Playbook, or something new entirely!

Okay, I think that’s all for this week. I might be missing something. I’ve been staring at my TV screen all week. 😂

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Isn't it awesome you got your whole family watching Mother?

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Yes! It’s the first time that has ever happened. I wasn’t even annoyed by having to pause often to answer their questions because I was so pleased that my whole family was watching a drama!

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Just to remind Javabeans and Girlfriday that we are patiently waiting for the long overdue, 2-hour podcast #40.

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I love Rom Coms so I watch all the fluff but Radio Romance is a bit of a bore for me, I just watch it while browsin on some other stuff.
And I can't seem to focus on Queen of Mystery 2, the same reason why I didn't finish the first Season,too. I don't know, maybe later.
Return is getting incredulous so Misty is still the better one for me.

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I finished Prison this week as well!
Well, some times I had difficulties to suspend my disbelief... but it was a touching story and I can see the Answer Me team behind...

As for Heroin... I was so sad... and couldn't understand why the family / lover didn't come to pick him up. This is such a basic!!!

But I liked the ending of the main character, at the end Je Hyuk was finally able to share his lows with Jiho.

Though... my favourite character probably was officer Paeng. And I liked the hint that captain Na was on the spectrum 😁

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Yes, it did require some suspension of belief at times. I’m sure Korean prisons are better than American ones but I wonder how much of it was accurate to reality. Probably not much. It’s TV, after all.

Paeng was my favorite by the end, too! I loved him. 😊

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Well of course Lee Min ki is redeemed by the end. Actually, not so much redeemed as he just grows up and becomes a more responsible adult. I really liked it. But he was obviously rather immature at first. Is this what you call a "coming of age" drama?

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I love a good coming-of-age story but he’s just too immature for me to handle right now. It’s a bit abrasive. And I adore LMK! But like I said, I liked the glimmers of growth and maturity I saw in episode 9. I’ll stick with it for a few more episodes and see how things start to pan out. I laughed when Eugene’s character sang a song at him that went something like, “Grow up, grow up, 28 years is long enough. He grew old but he didn’t grow up!”. I love all her singing, to be honest. 😂 I was shocked that the character was as old as 28!

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Okay, I’m in the middle of episode 10 and just got to the part where he’s comforting her as she cries in the bathroom because she misses her grandmother and after that I’m way more on board than I was one episode ago. Dang. That was good. And the way he was looking at her? Yep, that’s the LMK I love.

If this trajectory continues then I’m definitely going to stick with it.

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To be honest I ff thru most of the secondary characters stories. But I put it back on my watchlist so I can actually watch the whole drama. Yes, he has quite a nice arc but a bumpy ride.

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Wow, this is so awesome. I actually have recently began rewatching it, it's been like 7 years since I have seen it. And it has been in mind to rewatch, to see what is that attracted me in the first place. And honestly right now, I totally understand why later in the show, I was so happy to see all the happened to Lee Min Ki;s character, and then to finally grow up. Personally, even though he can be a real pain in the butt, his character is played so hilarious, like he doesn't know how to handle serious situations, especially with Eugene's character. And when he suffers something, because of what he has said, or words/actions coming back to bite him back, makes it so worth it. I'm right now on episode 13, and am watching it, when I have some free time, and already watched my shows. It definitely has its flaws, but somehow it is so endearing. And her character talks back so much, but still remains oblivious to other things, that I find it hilarious! I didn't remember, he was supposed to be 28!
Love to see how other beanies are watching this show too!

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That’s so funny! I’m surprised by how many people have seen it because I hadn’t even heard of it until a few months ago when some people mentioned it while BTLIOF was airing.

I only just finished episode 10 but I’ll update on how I’m feeling about it when I’ve watched more. 😊

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Me too. I thought this drama wasn't very watched until I discovered this site, and saw that other beanies have also seen it. Definitely doesn't make you feel alone in the K-drama watching experience. :)
Awesome, I am also rewatching it right now, so it will be fun talking about it with others!

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Oh, yeah, I tried Dal ja's Spring after watching I Really Really Like You but it was so old and dated and been-there-done-that with newer dramas, I just couldn't get into it.

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That’s too bad. It’s one of my favorites. There are many things I love about it but Dal-ja’s very satisfying character development is probably my favorite part. She’s insecure and quick to judge others in the beginning and I think the show does a great job at showing her slowly becoming comfortable in her own skin and not worrying about how others perceive her or her relationships. It takes a while, but she gets there in the end.

It’s also my favorite noona romance, largely because it stays true to many of the gender role reversals all the way through the end. :)

It just had lots of elements that really worked for me. I never really thought it seemed dated.

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That explain it then. I was only watching for Lee Min ki and didn't care about Dal ja...so admittedly ff a bit.
I didn't notice LMK being stiff in IRRLY, hmm, must re watch soon.

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Ahhh, I can see why you didn’t care for it then! She’s really the heart and soul of the show so you have to be invested in her character to enjoy it. I love Tae-bong as a character but he’s pretty static until the very end when he has to wrestle with his career choice and his relationship with Dal-ja. But he’s so charming and swoony from the get-go that I didn’t mind that he didn’t change much. 😉 And Dal-ja’s growth more than made up for it for me.

He is a bit unnatural in IRRLY, I think. He’s better than many other actors are that early in their career (he was only 21) but he wasn’t a prodigy or anything. He has a natural charisma that definitely helps, but it’s clear to me that he achieved his current level of excellence through lots of hard work. He has said he intentionally chooses very different roles because he thinks it’s the best way for him to improve and I think that really worked for him. He completely loses himself in his characters and I can’t get over how versatile he is.

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@mindy One of the things that makes IRRLY difficult is not so much that he is so green as an actor, but that this role is so chauvinistic in a way that none of his other characters are. Even in Monster, despite his little character flaw of murdering everyone, he still manages to exude a level of respect for Bok Soon. Which is, now that I think of it, something he does in every drama or movie except IRRLY. But he also seems a bit uncomfortable in IRRLY, admittedly something that could be written off as because he is so young and new to the game. However, since then he hasn't played a character in that way again.

For it's time Dal-Ja's Spring, and Tae-bong was very atypical, and that he has continued to play men that are not only both swoony and charming, but also just plain respectful (except for the whole murdery thing--but it works for the film, so whaddya do?) make him, as an actor and person, that much more attractive.

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@egads Yes, that’s exactly what I thought when I started watching IRRLY! I was a bit taken aback because none of his characters since then have been like that. You’re right that the respect his characters have for the heroine contributes to his attractiveness. Even in Monster, in a weird way, haha. That movie was fun because she was just as crazy as he was and you didn’t know who was the predator and who was the prey. Instead of a cat-and-mouse game it was more of a cat-and-cat game.

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I wasn't able to finish Monster, it was too scary, which means he did a great job. But now I'm thinking to go back and finish it.
Have to agree with the beginning of IRRLY, hmm, since I'm going to re watch it anyway I'll keep your chauvinistic thoughts in mind. I thought he was just being a typical young alpha male. I do remember one scene when he was drunk that I really really didn't like! Now I'm wondering if I remember correctly that he really does change and mature into a nicer person by the end...

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Oh, yeah, did you watch Very Ordinary Couple? He was a horrible person to begin with in the movie. Way worse than IRRLY. Really bad anger issues.

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Wow, mindi!! You had sooooc much time this week!!! Lol!😂

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And i also liked to see Kaist again. In prison playbook I felt betrayed they didn't show his "last conditions", before ending the show. I wanted to see him one more time.

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I had too much time on my hands. 😂 I could have spent more of it studying, but... you know...

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I looove Dal-ja's Spring, it's definitely in my all-time favourite list. And I remember reading the recaps on dramabeans at that time.<3. And the OST 기적 같은 사랑 really suit the tone of the show, like it's totally Dal-ja's.

Somehow, all characters are well-built, even the villains, like there's a heart in each character.

Anyway, last time I watched I Really Really Like You is in 07/08, can't remember the details but I do remember Lee Minki is soooo stiff, lol, I didn't stay to watch it till the end, but my roommates totally loved it. He seems to loosen up a bit in Dalja's Spring, still stiff but adorably stiff, lol.

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Totally agree about the characterizations in Dal-ja’s Spring! And I liked that all the characters were so clearly drawn. When they had concersations, they seemed like real things that people would disagree over.

I’d say he was very “fresh” in Dal-ja’s Spring, lol! His youth showed, but that totally worked for his character and he didn’t seem immature. Watching it right after Because This Life is Our First aired was fun because I could see how he improved by leaps and bounds over those ten years. Even the growth between Dal-ja and Spellbound and Shut Up: Flower Boy Band was impressive. He’s always been charming and magnetic on-screen but his acting has so much more depth now. He said in an interview for BTLIOF that he sometimes thinks his acting has gotten worse over the years and that actually made me laugh because of how untrue it is! 😂

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Yeah, he improved a lot, like a lot in SUFBB, which surprised me the most. He's such a scene stealer in that drama, so intense and like you said, so magnetic.

Whatt, where did he get the idea that his acting is getting worse, he's so much better now. I guess once you are more experienced, the more you are critical to your talent and ability.

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Mother - my poor heart is aching and hurting too much. Still cannot let go of this show despite many other romance comedic choices. Lee Bo Young and the rest of the women in this show are all incredible. Best female ensemble cast. I am sad that the show is ending by next week but at same time I am happy because my heart cannot take it anymore. As always, LBY in episode 14 delivers a gut wrenching speech that I was sobbing my heart out by the end of it. The last time I was this emotional was with Signal.

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Lee Bo-young is doing such a fantastic job, as is the rest of the cast. I’m such a fan now. This director is great as well. I usually don’t pay much attention to directors, but after this and Chicago Typewriter I will definitely be looking out for his future works. He knows how to make his shows cinematic without overdoing it—something that the Goblin director doesn’t quite get.

I spent all of Thursday night watching BTS clips to heal my heart. This show will stay with me for a long time.

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Thank you for that great tidbit of info. I didn't know the same PD also directed Chicago Typewriter. I also loved that drama a lot. And I agree, Mother will stay with me for a long time. The subject matter is so difficult but it is the type of story that quietly digs into your heart. Such a rare cinematic experience. The many faces of women tackling their hard choices in the name of love and motherhood. Probably, this is my favorite Lee Bo Young performance. I hope she will work again with the same PD in her future projects because he brings out the very best in her. I haven't seen anyone so wounded and hurt but does not come across as makjang or overly expressive. The director accentuate her body language and subtle cautious nature. LBY executed the character with such perfection that it is so heartbreaking.

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That Man Oh-soo: surprisingly, for what I assumed would be a piece of fluff, quite good.
Mystery Queen 2: I was skeptical at first but it managed to bring me to tears in the 4th episode. Their chemistry is still there, and while I was expecting the writing to not be quite as good as the first season, I'm pleasantly surprised at the quality of the script and stories. They've managed to keep surprising me with a blend of humor and danger and suspense.
My Husband...not sold on it yet.
Other than that, just finished Nirvana in Fire 2, which I loved. The writing was excellent, the characters well developed. They spent quite a few episodes building the brothers relationship so when the older brother sacrificed himself for his younger brother it was very meaningful. The young brother's journey from carefree to a responsible and brilliant strategist who hated politics was very well done. Everyone says now to watch Nirvana in Fire the first one.

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Episode 3 and 4 of Mystery Queen were much stronger than the first two. Quite a large tonal shift between them though.

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Yes, you're right about the tonal shift. Like a 180 degree turnaround. Was there a reason for that, like, was it deliberate, did they change pds?

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Not as far as I'm aware. But I found the tonal shift in the back half of the first season a bit much as well. Because I binge watched it, it become really obvious that they pasted a standard kdrama plotline over the back half. So the variability of the show is not new.

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Interesting...
This explains a lot!
And I agree. I actually had trouble with the first couple of episodes of the first season, they seemed just as silly as the first two episodes of the 2nd season. I wonder if they'll follow the same formula. Be sure and let us know what you think when it's over!

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I found the first two episodes a bit too hectic and flashy... but I really liked episode 3, the good old feelings from season one were there, perhaps also because the new members of the team got more space...

And I'm actually enjoying the mystery of "what happened with the ring" :--) ... and I'm happy there is more of romance hints this time ;--)

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yes
watch Nirvana in Fire

*huehuhue

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Yes, now I'm going to watch NIF, but am also watching Love Lost in Times - first really nicely done Chinese fantasy as the cinematography is beautiful, the story is good and the chemistry between the leads is great.
Also discovered Elvis Han in WuXin Monster Killer, a web drama but it's really fun.

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I love wuxin Monster Killer,
I still listen to Lake Baikal, opening song in the Season 1

I haven't started Love Lost in Times, have a good time watching ^ ^

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Still on episode 15 of NIF2 but are you saying that PingZhang is going to die for his brother??? And if you liked NIF2 then you should definitely watch NIF. ^^

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I'm so glad I watched NIF2 first, because all my friends say oh, but NIF is so much better and NIF2 isn't very good. So watching NIF2 first I appreciated it for what it was (and absolutely loved it!) and couldn't compare it to NIF. And I'm extremely sorry for the spoiler - I thought everyone had seen it or at least read the synopsis that clearly states PingJing loses his family. I liked it so much I might watch it again...
Plus there are references to NIF so I'm hoping to catch those when I watch NIF.

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I must have missed it when I read the sypnosis, I thought PingZhang was just poisoned. I don’t mind the spoiler though, I was just surprised when I saw your comment. I must admit I am not that hooked yet and the only thing that keeps me from dropping the drama is the relationship between PengZhang & PingJing. High Priest (and his heavy foundation) annoys the hell out of me and I don’t know why he’s given too much screentime. NIF is good from start to finish.

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High Priest - no worries, he doesn't last long, and the way his story ended was quite surprising to me as I hadn't predicted it.
Actually, I liked PingJing's story arc and how the story slowly builds. I had to pay attention to every conversation and even would rewind when I missed something to get the nuances.
I like that he and the female doctor built their relationship very slowly and she was his best friend and only confidant.
Of course there's political intrigue and although I've been told it isn't as complicated or complex as NIF, I don't have to have complex to like something.

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I wasn't that impressed with the first episode of NIF but I'm looking forward to seeing Jing. Do you know whether or not PingJing was named after the Jing in NIF?

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@linda-palapala PingJing is probably not named after JingYan in the first NIF since the two Chinese characters are not the same.

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Eps 15-35ish are AWESOME. The last episodes drag and then it gets good again at the very end. Just saying, you're right on the edge of the really good stuff, keep at it!

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+1 to Nirvana in Fire 1👍👍👍👍👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thank you! I noticed while searching NIF on Wikipedia that there are many people with "Jing" so I was wondering what the word means. You mentioning the Chinese characters are different makes me so curious!

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Too bad my chinese isn't that good or else I could explain to you the characters. Maybe some other beanie can help? 😀

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JingYan in NIF is 景(Jing)琰(Yan), PingJing in NIF2 is 平(Ping)旌(Jing) --- not the same Chinese char, also different meaning.

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Sunny: Thank you! Do you know the meaning?

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I just googled pingjing's 'Jing' and it seems to mean 1) a banner 2) flag 3) honor. For banner and flag I think it means it is something that can but put up and shown off to others (with honor and commenderation). I think this word fits PingJing's personality and his father's expectations for him perfectly, to be some one who is honorable. *sidenote* PingZhang's 'Zhang' is the same character for honor as the definition for PingJing's 'Jing'

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@Mel: Thank you - that is very meaningful.

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As for NIF 1 JingYan景(Jing)琰(Yan)'s '景(Jing),' it is the same 'Jing' for all his brothers so that's not very personal to him. It means 1) Bright 2) Scenery. But what is more meaningful is his title for prince 靖 (Jing) 王(Wang which means King). This 'Jing' (靖) has the meaning of 1) Peace 2) to Pacify, which is pretty interesting because, although the chinese characters are different but in NIF2 the names of XiaoTingSheng (萧庭生)'s sons, (PingZhang and PingJing), their first character Ping (平) has the meaning of peace too!

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Again, thanks - this is so interesting! I'm printing it out and it makes me wish I knew Chinese characters and their meanings, but wow, that would be an impossible project!

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That's why google is useful, hehehehe

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I don't know why everyone is saying NiF is SO much better than NiF2, or even that they are comparing them so much. I liked them both and they are different types of stories. I loved how in NiF2 they went a different route and showed a slow decline rather than a build up. The twists in the story were fantastic and I would never have guessed they would take it there. They weren't trying to rehash the original, they did what a good sequel does--they looked at the real consequences of the original and tried to tell a new story.

And I was also so touched by PingJing's story arc and that in the end he didn't become some great politician or general for life--the one silver lining to all the loss he faced was that he got to stay true to his carefree spirit. It was a different type of hero story than what we usually see.

NiF took me a good 4 episodes before I even wanted to keep watching, so stick with it!

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Thank you -this is exactly what I needed to hear! I loved what they did with Pingjing's story arc too and agree with you 100%. "What a sequel does-look at the real consequences and tell a new story" - well said!
And thanks for the tip for NIF because I'm having trouble with the 2nd episode. But I'm also obsessing over Love Lost in Times just now and realize NIF needs total attention to enjoy it so I might save it for later.

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For me, NIF is good and memorable. After I finished watching, I couldn't help but thinking how good it is. I searched on youtube the BTSs, OSTs and watched the interviews. And I still remember the OST too. NIF 2 is also good, but not memorable. After I finished watching, I continued watching other drama, nothing from NIF 2 remained in my memory except how handsome Liu Haoran is..lol. I don't like that lady doctor..she's always frawn and serious. It took me 20 eps to like and understand NIF, but it took me right away to understand NIF 2. NIF 2 is easier to follow..or maybe I watched NIF first so I think it's easier for me to understand the 2nd one.

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I understand how you feel - but NIF2 is memorable for me (enough to watch it again) as I loved the characters and how well they were written and nothing will take away from that. Your sentiments make me more glad I watched NIF2 first.
I liked the lady doctor because she was serious and calm, a good match for Pingjing. He could open up to her and say his deepest feelings and thoughts without being judged.
I'm thinking because I've watched NIF2 that I'll be able to understand NIF easier.

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Welcome to @abirdword? New DB staff?

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She has actually recapped some shows like Rescue Me and Go Back Spouses. But it's so nice to see more of the staff in the What We're Watching post!

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I'm trying new drama this week, oh my drama slumps 😭
Radio Romance, if the story focus on radio it will be nice and not bumping to "I do or do not" radio. I like the cast, but the writing is just. Hmm... We will se how the next 4 episodes will be done.

Grand Prince: YSY, just YSY, for YSY. I like how complex his character and 2 episodes in the start is good. I think that the plot similar to SDQ

Cross: I want to watch, but it's to heavy, I stuck in ep 11 😞

Runningman: it's been a long time for me not watching RM, and I start again this week, for Lee Sang Yeob.

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I’m watching Grand Prince for him as well, and have been surprised by how much I like the plot so far. 🤗

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Me too. I like the plot and waiting for this weekend

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I was actually wondering why there is no mention of Cross on the fan walls. Apart from being too heavy, how is it really?

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Personally, I've really found the drama to be intense and interesting. I look forward to it each week. I know that might not be a popular opinion, but I suppose I tend to be fascinated with some of the more "artsy" dramas rather than the more popular. The plot surrounds an illegal organ transplant operation that spans over a decade and includes hospital administration and wealthy patients. What I find to be the particularly compelling is the passion of some of the actors. The "bad guy" is particularly nasty. The lead actor, who I sometimes (in other dramas) find to be really attractive, is not so in this drama. Here, his emotions and the revenge that drive him make this normally attractive man into someone on the verge of outright ugliness. (hats off to Ko Gyung-Pyo for the acting!) The setting for the kdrama seems dark and ominous. Probably the only "light" is in the two female leads and some of the lesser characters who come and go throughout the episodes. Ko Gyung Pyo's character seems to be a tragic character and as we get closer to the end of the drama, though he is much softer than at the beginning, he seems far too broken to be able to be repaired. The only hope seems to be in his determination to fight to save others outweighing his lust for revenge.
So, if you like shows like this that don't really have a romance, and that are more "character driven," then you might enjoy this one. But if you are all about that hot guy and the kiss scenes, and love the big city soap opera, rich man-poor girl shows, you might not find anything here for you. True, this show isn't perfect, but to me it is way more worth my time than the Waikiki drama which I could not even force myself to watch after the first episode.

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Omo! Thanks for the great clear and detailed explaination!

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Awwww... thanks, I will check "Cross." This is a kind of drama I like, but I haven't had time to check it since of my busy work schedule. I'll check it when it's finished.

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I made it to about episode 6, no 7. It's really really bad. I love, love Go Kyung Po and I hate to say it but he's miscast. The plot is cliched and derivative and very silly but it has a super-serious dark tone, which just further highlights how silly everything is.

It's basically Doctor Stranger with illegal organ trade instead of North Korean spies and no LJS or PHJ to carry it.

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Thank you 😁

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I like it so far. i said that it's heavy just for ep 11 & 12, I must finished my thesis this week so I can't watch ep 11&12.
beside Jo Jae Hyun and his scandal, I like this show, Go Gyung Pyo always great in anything. I just need a time when my mind is clear to continue this show. it's worth to watch.

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I wanted to at least try it for at least several epi but Go Kyung-pyo as the the male lead was kinda turn me off. I liked him in some roles especially in romcom, but I feel like he doesn't has the intensity and charisma for such role in this drama. On the other hand, if they have casted someone like Jung Kyung-ho, Janghyuk, Lee Junki,or Yoo Ah in for example, then I might be interested to watch it. Jo Jae-hyun was the main reason if I ever want to watch this drama, but things happened, so I guess I might not even check this drama. It's a pity because I also love the second leads -Kim Jihan & Yang Jin Sung but too bad they have to be second leads to the weaker actors than them.

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At first I thought it was similar to SDQ in plot, but the more the episodes develop the less similarities I see. I really am liking this and glad others are watching!

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I agree that GRAND PRINCE might only sound like SEVEN DAY QUEEN on paper. So far, so good.

Kim Mi-kyung was great in episode 3.

I tuned in to Chosun TV's website for the live stream so they'll know they have international viewers. I watch it raw, and this time I didn't have to wait. I've posted the link and time on my fan wall.

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YSY drag me here. I like the 4 episodes of Grand Prince and I can say that I'm looking forward for the story in every episode. glad that the are other people who watch this. I want to start Live if I have time next week.

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Misty: I finally got around to joining the "fun" and have made it to episode 8. I have to admit, apart from the OST which I think is fantastic, I wasn't seeing what everyone was seeing. I found Gye Ran too enigmatic for me to empathise with and felt certain events were too ambiguous or had unreliable narrators. Which I know is the point but stopped me from really getting into it. I have to say it clicked for me in episode 8. So now I'm officially onboard train Misty.

Mystery Queen: Last weekend I watched the original Mystery Queen and have now seen the first episodes of season 2. I was unimpressed with how slapstick the first two were. I also really hate when shows spend a lot of time filling you in on what happened between seasons in Offscreenville and then promptly throw all that out the window. But episode 3 and 4 were really good and while I miss my Cupcake Cop a lot I'm still enjoying the show.

Radio Romance: It still exists. I still watch it. It's a good midweek show. It's pleasant enough and the acting is certainly good but it's nothing special.

Fight For My Way: My bingewatch this weekend. It wasn't perfect but overall I didn't mind because it's one of the few kdramas that ended really well and had a strong final episode. Awesome OTP and quite an interesting use of music. I really want to watch Baek Hee now, which is the writer's only other drama.

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I’m a fan of Fight My Way, not perfect, not really complex, but I felt it had such a good heart to it. I skimmed Baek hee Returns after, and it has a similar feel but isn’t as well made, but I enjoyed it as well. 😊

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FMY clicked around episode 7 for me but by episode 14 I was getting bored with the second couple. Also, if you binge watch it you start to notice the disappearing characters, dropped plotlines and changes in direction. But the show gets a lot of credit for me because (a) the OTP is really good and (b) this is almost the only kdrama I've ever watched where the final episode was well-written and thematically on-point. The writer had a story to tell and told it. So overall it was really good.

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Ah, I live watched it so I didn't notice ~ but now that you point it out I have a vague memory of that happening, regarding the changes in plot and characters as things continued ~ I know for example that Choi Woo Shik's cameo wasn't originally planned to last as long as it did. Everyone commenting in the recaps was also annoyed that they dragged out the second couple...
I'm glad you enjoyed it! ^_^

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The first 3 episodes of Mystery Queen 2 left me scratching my head. Was this the same drama? But I liked episode 4. I have hope now.

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"certain events were too ambiguous or had unreliable narrators"

That is exactly why it is often hard for me to watch mystery dramas.

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I've dropped Radio Romance for now. I get the feeling the best episodes are behind us, and I'm not invested enough to watch it play out as I'm pretty sure I can predict what will happen in the remaining episodes. Also, for my sweet romance drama slot, That Man Oh Soo has me more intrigued, even though the production value and acting are worse than in RR. I will watch that for now and then check back at the end of RR to see how it all shook out and to see if I should finish it out.

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That Man Oh Soo: @javabeans you took the words right out of my mouth. I did enjoy the first two episodes though and love Kim So Eun.

Misty: This show is just AMAZING!!! Loving it so much.

My husband Oh Jak Doo: I'm in it for Uee. Will have to wait and see how I feel about it.

Eulachacha Waikiki: still on episode 5. It's a funny show but felt at some point it didn't really have a plot. Anyway I will keep watching just for the laughs.

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I’m surprised nobody has mentioned “My Husband Oh Jak-doo” with Uee and Kim Kang-Woo!m. Uee and Kim Kang-woo already share great chemistry and the plot involves contract marriage hijinks!!

I didn’t think I would like the plot just based on the synopsis since it seemed to be another drama enforcing the perception that women need to be married in order to have a better standard of leaving in South Korea’s patriarchal society (or at least that’s what I got from it). But the first two episodes really won me over and Kim Kang-woo really sells it as a naive mountain man who wants to marry a woman he truly loves. Uee’s character, on the other hand, is a modern city woman focused solely on her career who initially looks down on Kim Kang-woo’s character for being a country bumpkin. She doesn’t believe in relationships and initially scoughs at Kim Kang-Woo when he shares his dream of falling in love and getting married. I’m already excited for when KKW’s earnestness and sincerity melt Uee’s cold front and heals her of her trauma

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I like the first two episodes too in a bit but I just don't like the fact it is portraying single women like it did in those episodes, I mean are all single women that pathetic? I done think so......

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Yah I agree they were pretty heavy handed about how everyone around Uee was shoving down her throat that she needed to get married to be safe and happy. And it also irked me that the reason why she decides to succumb to marriage is to feel safe but the rest of the drama really worked with the chemistry and characters so I’m hoping they subvert the notions about women and marriage! I hope there’s some kinda lesson about how Uee can still be strong and individualistic while choosing to fall in love and marriage becomes a tool for her to get to know herself better without tying her down to gender roles

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Hmmm, interesting take on the drama. I loved Kim Kang Woo in the rom-com Haeundae Lovers so having him in another rom-com interested me, but I was hesitant because of the plot (which I enjoy in historical romances, but feel blah about in modern ones). Now I'm leaning towards checking it out.

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KAKEGURUI - 8.5 . Awesome entertainment. Hanami Yanabe's Yumeko forces me to shout Fighting.

Tori Girl - 8.5 I was waiting for the translation. Trailers were accurate as movie is pretty good. A bit fast paced in timeline as week and months pass in 1 minute. Time transition and editing could have been better. Overall, a decent movie to watch.

Teiichi's CountryKAKEGURUI - 8 Manga to Live-Adaptation. A bit crazy. Trailers made it sound like total crazy stuff but movie deals with serious issue of corruption in politics.

The Negotiator - 6/10 It was crap to begin with but it has fallen so hard that now even earlier inaccurate description of show has more appeal than actual story going on.

IRON LADIES - Good Episode 6. If you ignore the nonsense then this shsow easily beats even most ongoing kdramas.

That Man Oh Soo aka Evergreen - Crap . c grade low quality porn

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i heard kakeguri live adaptation is not upto the mark primarily because women are over acting.. not considering the change in medium (from manga/anime to tv)

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This complain is coming from those who can't adapt to Japanese standard of play. I'm the one who leave no opportunity to point out shortcomings and i'm perfectly fine with whatever is going on in the show. Director clearly told the actors what to do and Actors have utilized the fact its manga adaptation to their advantage.

Either you act or you don't. There is nothing like bad acting in this human world.

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tagging those who watch anime and read or watched Koi wa Ameagari no you ni @sancheezy @alasecond @noobita @frabbycrabsis
A new trailer is out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9fZkPKGC6M

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Thank you. Uff, this looks promising! Fingers crossed it will be as good as the anime. But Komatsu Nana's eyes spot on like Akira's, even the body built; tall, slender.

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I like the teaser and Komatsu Nana really look like how I imagined Tachibana Akira in real life.

I don't have any experiences with Yo Oizumi in movies so I don't know if he is good, my inner mind still thinks that Hidetoshi Nishijima looks like Tenchou [even when his acting is usually passable/okay]

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The sound of your heart - i finally finished watching this on Netflix and it was a blast! Super funny and awkward moments captured perfectly. I just love the small family and all of the drama meta references. And all the cameos!

Misty - i cannot remember the last time I was this invested waiting for new episodes each week. I had to literally force myself to do something else with my life or else all that I do all day is to search and read on Misty-related things.

Should We Kiss First - I watched this to fill time while waiting for Misty and I was hooked. A lovely story of coincidences and fate between 2 anguished souls. Kam woo sung is soooo delicious😘. Even at that age. He has dimples! And I am a sucker for dimples. 😋

Mystery Queen 2 - a delight as it should be. Still waiting for the explanation regarding the ring. It seems like Wan seung was convinced that ahjumma accepted his ring but chose to ignore it while it seems like ahjumma never accepted it in the first place. My bet is he gave it to the cake lady while he was drunk.

Eulachacha waikiki - I'm slightly behind, now on the 8th episode but this drama is my laughter machine. I will binge watch this soon.

New misty tonight!

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The Sound of Your Heart is really great. At first I didn't want to watch it because I thought it is over the top but it is actually super funny just as you wrote

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It is Waikiki family / adult version 😂

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That is so true, I thought (at first) the humor would be a little too much for me, but I got so many recommendations from friends- who barely watch k-dramas, to give it a shot. And I watched one episode, and then watched the whole thing twice. In two days. Still amazing, I just loved the ending, and how despite the humor, there is still those sweet moments. So when I heard the same writer of Sound of your heart, made Go Back Couple, I had to watch it. Haven't regretted watching either. ;)
Just love the crazy endings from this writer, it doesn't even make me angry, like I might with others! :D

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Some Beanies have been hanging out here to discuss SHOULD WE KISS FIRST:

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

I believe that you can watch the show on SBS @2200 KST on Mon. & Tues. (0900 EDT in NYC). The site uses Adobe Flash.

Kam Woo-sung was my reason for tuning in -- along with Kim Sun-ah. They are terrific individually and collectively.

Someone please truss up Screechy Daughter and Homewrecker Wife in straitjackets so they can't hit anyone else, please. Sheesh.

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I only have 1 drama on my plate at the moment.

Woohoo Waikiki: You know how usually in a sitcom there is 1 couple who will follow romcom pattern so closely (like Donggu-Yoonah), but then there is also another couple who is totally hilarious and odd, but also sweet and kinda swoony at the same time? That's exactly how Jun-ki and Seo-jin are. And just as usual, I'm more drawn to their love story because it perfectly mirrored the wacky tone of the drama itself. Give me more of their LOLarious and unexpected love journey, please. And thank you.

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Been in a bad slump for the past month, and didn't watch anything apart from some variety shows. Then life decided to put me through an emotional rollercoaster this week, and I need a diversion and a pick-me-up so bad so I re-continue Woohoo Waikiki after dropping it at episode 4. Surprisingly it really did pick up few episodes later. Less gross moments, more cringe-worthy but laugh-out-loud kinda moments. Not emotionally attached to me like some others, but I'm purely in it for Lee Yi Kyung I think. I probably would continue this one till the end.

Now I feel like I'm in the mood for romcoms that would give me some good cries (I know, weird combo). But if you guys could give suggestions, I'd gladly listen.

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I LOVE romcoms that give me good cries. Koreans do this especially well!

Some suggestions from my favorites list,
Go Back Couple
Accidental Couple
Miss Korea
Deserving of the Name
What's Up
Falling for Innocence

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Just Between Lovers is my suggestion.

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Evergreen (I'm going to keep using this title instead of That Man Oh-soo as I liked it more) took over my attention this week. It's quite fluffy which usually not my stuff, but perfect for me at this moment. I think 45 mind each epi is just perfect, hopefully no unnecessary fillers. Besides both Kim So-eun & Jonghyun look great together too. Hopefully this is also a starter for her to keep doing mini series. This drama is better than what I thought it would be, so far.

My Husband Oh Jak-doo - First two epi were pretty good. No feeling to commit with this drama yet, but I'll definitely check the next two epi to decide.

Purposely saved Waikiki and Should We Kiss First for this weekend. Maybe to catch up on Misty and Mother too which I am several epi behind.

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So-eun deserves better. This is kind of an idol level drama.*sigh*

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She is. I liked what I saw, but she definitely deserves better. This is kind of drama that she should do back to 5 years ago, not now. I'm not sure why she always took idol level drama - like several webdramas she did. She needs to be more selective in her projects and branch out, or she might stuck on the same level forever. I understand that she might not have a lot of choices too so she just has to do whatever offers she got.

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I feel like I like Evergreen more than the sum of its parts. So-eun is great, I'm a sucker for fantasy romcoms, and the lead male has this strange cuteness of personality despite his sometimes stilted acting. I dunno, I can't totally explain it, but I'm gonna keep with it.

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Finally finished the last episode of Healer. It took me awhile because I didn't want to say goodbye. Plus, I kept re watching scenes other episodes. I am definitely going to have to look up the two leads other works.
I loved the way Jung-hoo kept looking at Min-ja when they finally met.
Definitely one of my favorite things this year.

I randomly will select episodes of Running Man to watch and today it was Grasshopper Hunting. I will have to go back and watch the amusement park episode.

I am taking a break from Hwayugi, but am still into Radio Romance. You know the lead really does have a nice voice for radio.

A couple weeks ago I had a long weekend in bed sick and watched A Love So Beautiful.

On ep 5 of My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox. Seriously cute leads. Am thinking of starting Full House when done with it.

Still have the first ep of Evergreen to try.
Looking forward to trying My Ahjussi, Switch, The Great Reducer when they premier and if available on DF or Viki.

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If you want more of Chang Wook, watch Suspicious Partner! Love it!

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Suspicious partner was OK-ish for me: it is Empress Ki that's unmissable; cutie Paeha led me to Healer :-)

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Haven't heard of that one. I'll look it up, thanks.

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It is 52 episodes, but don't be daunted; it is so addictive you'll barely notice. (although if you skip the last two episodes you will be much happier). Ji Chang-wook was adorable <3

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But it is pretty easy: the drama begins with a flash-forward to her coronation; when the story gets to that point, imagine the closing credits and leave it there. I don't know why the writers thought that they had to make a point about happy endings. About the addictiveness, I can't help :-p .

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Personaly, I prefer Ji Chank Wook in Suspicious Partner. In EK, he was so childish... His character was not really interesting for me. I prefered the character of Tal Tal played by Jin Yi Han. But Ha Ji Won was incredible in this drama.

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Tal Tal was a sexier character, but to me the emperor was actually more complex. There was a tragic side to his childishness, in that he had been forced to be weak in order to survive.

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Park Min Young's amaaazing in Seven Day Queen so you might want to check that one out! :)

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Besides Suspicious Minds I am thinking i am getting rec'd some heartbreakers.
Did see all the buzz around here for it and the pictures look gorgeous.

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This week has been a bit of blur. RL has taken a toll on me. Workwise I put in my two weeks notice, since I got an offer for a normal hour job. *I was working 6 days a week 3-11pm shift* SO, hopefully I will have more time for myself and catch a bit more dramas.
HWAYUGI finally ended, and man, that last episode was such a big disappointment. Only watched it partially subbed because I really could not wait to see how it ended, and never watched it fully subbed. Just read the recap.
WAIKIKI- was really sweet this week, I enjoyed watching Seo-jin and Joon-ki starting to have feelings for each other. I know Don-gu and Yoon-ah the OTP but I still don't like Yoon-ah and hope that the Pastry Chef gets her.
THAT MAN OH-SOO- First two episodes were ok. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I really like Kim So-eun, but I feel her acting depends on her costar. I don't know that Lee Jong-hyun has what it takes to make her shine. But we will see the story progresses. This will be my first OCN rom-com too.

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Mother: episode 13. Oh how I cried at the end. This show! I cannot even call it a show, it is a diamond, a piece of real life coming to me and stricking me very hard, knowing that every piece belongs to real people out there, and someone miraculously put it together like an orchestra, in order to play it for us.
It sounds crazy but these must be accurate in the quantum physics: overlapping layers of different realities from different dimensions could get together, and there you have it. In one dimension Hye na would have died, but in another she didn't. In one dimension all of them would have died, but then again, they didn't. In one dimension Soo jin would have taken his daughter to Island, happy end for them, a new beginning, but they didn't.
We are heartbreakingly flipping from one dimension to another and their crafting is genius, to keep us pounding, jumping and crying, but never leaving.
And I still have episode 14 to encounter today!

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The ending of episode 13 was heartbreaking. That scene was too much and both the actresses gave such a realistic performance that you would think they were a real mom-daughter duo and not just playing their parts in a drama. Mother is one show I look forward to every week.

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I already watch the episode 14, and the end is even more heartbreaking. I cried so much and whenever I think about it I choke a little bit every time, because this quiet and very intimate love between them just makes me feel so touched I can't bear it. In a good way, it breaks me and remakes me again time after time. It may be because I didn't have a mother myself. I am still hurt I wish I could have had such love.

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Sorry to hear about the absence of your mom in your life. That's sad. I watched episode 14 and the phone conversation between the two was so touching, especially the little one's wish and how her mom could not comply.

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I dropped waikiki, and only read the recaps because I couldn't stand last week's direction of the show, I mean where it was heading. I hated Dok shik's sort of love line with sherry and the revolving around porn, I hated from the beginning that he was fool enough to fall into writing for such types of "movies". I hated the "Seo jin jokes" having her dress like a hobo, and joon ki and dok shik gambling. Last week was a disaster for me, so... I quit. Last week it didn't even make laugh at all.
Now for the recaps this week, it seems some parts are still funny, but I don't know if I will watch. I don't have much time.
I wanted to watch misty, but I haven't managed to have time.

On a positive note, I keep watching just between lovers for the 2nd time. Very slow, but loving it like the first time. 😍😍😍

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Mother, Waikiki, Mystery Queen , Radio Romance.

Mother is early favorite for show of the year. Ep 14 was the best yet.

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Waikiki ep 9 was one of the best ever. Baby Sol back with cuteness overload and all the shenanigans of the trio!

Should We Kiss First I love it when actors commit themselves to comedy like the guys in Waikiki and I love it even more when veteran actors do it. Kim Sun Ah can be so off her rockers in this show and at the same time makes you cry at the drop of a hat. Kam Woo Sung is good too and I even like Oh Ji Ho more than I expected.

Mother I took out the poms poms when Ja Young got her just deserts. I was also nodding furiously to everything especially when Mom said - you don't become a mother just because you gave birth.
Hye Na rarely cries but this week, her wails have been so heartbreaking.

Misty I have not watched last night's episode. I'll once I am done with this post.

I tried Evergreen/That Man Oh Soo ep 1. Kim So Eun is cute but I am having problems with Lee Jong Hyun. Does he get better? I guess it is too early to tell.

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On Lee Jonghyun, I think he was a little too cautious with his acting in epi 1, but he did better in epi 2. He was at his best in comedic roles like in My Only Love Song, so I hope they will give him some comedic reliefs in upcoming epi, which he had in epi 2 LOL.

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I agree about SWKF. This drama makes me cry and laugh like crazy, veteran actors like KSA are in another level both in comedy and dramatic scenes, I'm liking this mature drama so much.
And Misty oh Misty! Love it so much! Ep 11 had lot's of new things revealed! The name of episode was confession so everyone confessed!! Can't wait to watch ep 12 💙

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Grand Prince. A very pleasant surprise asI loved the first two episodes. It's been a while to watch a well-done sageuk like this but I should have known I can trust The Princess' Man's PD.

I completely adore the OTP already. I just want them to be happy! Yoon Shi Yoon and Jin Se Yeon have beautiful chemistry together and their loveline hasn't even started in earnest yet. I absolutely love the heroine here she is so spirited, bright and refreshing :) YSY's hotness in this drama is also revelation to me. I had no idea he could look this handsome ^_^

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**Dramas
*Waikiki ep9-10 : as usual I love it 🤗🤩😎 😍🤣💃, it’s great to have more screentime for Sol 😊
*Mother ep13-14 : I love the fact they show us the consequences and what follow after the chase and not end the drama with them being caught, I can’t wait to see how they’ll end this drama, both end ep was heartbreaking 😭

**K-shows
*I live alone E234 : love, laugh and cringe aigoo I laughed so much, wishing the best for the new couple 😊
*Hyori Homestay S2E5 : Disco ball and yurt , let’s party people🤣💃, I’ll just say it every week : I just love this show 🤗, aju manhi 😘
*1n2d E205: good ep , it’s nice to have them do a team mission 😊, also please make JJY PD ep please~

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You are right about Mother. It's great that the show didn't end with the capture or death of Seok Ak. The focus now is right on the heart of the matter.

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Hehe, seconding the JJY PD episode, I'm curious how will JJY make Jongmin cry, lol. But Jongmin is a soft-hearted guy, so I think perhaps it's easy to make him feel touched.

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Another k-variety junkie !! I watch all the ones you mentioned and then some 😉👌🏻 I really loved IU as the “housekeeper” last season and Yoon Ah this season, I think they really add to the charm of Hyori’s B&B. *Off to watch Infinite Challenge!

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Hi, everyone, happy weekend!

1. Shoutout to @kimbapnoona for mentioning Love Storm/Love of Sandstorm last week and seems like it's through @cloggie's recommendation, so thanks to both of you! I love it, guhh! I love all the characters stories. Somehow, My Dear Boy's about the hero's parents reminds me of the parents' arc in this show. I appreciate the show takes on the parents' POV, especially the mom, it's so heartbreaking, because I live in patriarchy country, so I know her struggle really well, sigh. But her story is more of her family doesn't appreciate her. Gotta admit, I struggled to stay throughout 1st episode, too much uhhh wild for me, since I'm more into safe light shows, lol. But yeah, this show is a gem.

Anyway, I love the sister's story, urghh, what's wrong with me, I usually not into playboy/ jerk character, but the guy is such an eye-candy, not to mention he's quite responsible too, a really refreshing adorable cool playboy guy. Can't believe I typed that, slap me XD.

Also, the OST, One OK Rock- Wherever You Are, somehow gives me feels, it's so good. I always avoid those I-promise-you sappy slow love song, but damn, this song is <3.

2. And because of the recommendation talk, reminds me of The Good Place which makes me go "Oh wait, how come I know about this show." And my brain keeps nagging at me, I can't even focused on my work. Somehow I have a feeling it's through the talk in dramabeans, so i scrolled through my old comments and surprise! So, shoutout to @tsutsuloo and @ally-le, i had a good time watching that show, thanks a lot! XD And sorry for the long overdue thanks* deep bow

3. I tried to watch Lion Pride, not totally feeling it, too much fluff I guess but I love Amanda,since Love at Seventeen, hee. And her Dorothy's dialogues, lol. I wonder if the subs translate literally what she said on her radio show, because I legit LOL-ed like the hero, I find her Dorothy's talk so amusing. And sorry, any Taiwanese here? So the language is Hokkien, right? Correct me if I'm wrong. So yeah, I'll just stick to watch it for her.

4. Start watching Quartet, what a wacky mysterious fun drama! And I love the music.

5. I start to lose my focus on Radio Romance which is sad, because I spent so much energy trying to find hidden values of this drama, there are, but I think I'm not supposed to feel this exhausted to convince myself. A good drama will effortlessly make viewers appreciate it instead of struggling . So I'll just stay for LollyPip recaps.

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Whoop whoop! Someone else watched it - I'm no longer the only person on the entire planet who watched & loved this drama. Now there's three of us!

I totally got behind the playboy kid when he took responsiblity in a very supportive (not overpowering) way. Even that other woman said: oh that's so manly (I loved her character). That it was actually unnecessary was even better.

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That wacky woman in that old traditional clinic is so hilarious, I love that when the sister was fighting with the playboy in front of the clinic's entrance, that lady with a bored-look casually said, "Youngsters nowadays really make things complicated." XD

Yeah, that moment when he decided to be responsible, I was like awwww.

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Hurray to love for Love Storm!! I love the daughter's love arc so much. Everything about it is so cute and makes me squeeee. Even when I she had a brief bout of noble idiocy in the end, it was not for HIS good, but actually for the sake of her friendship with her BFF. I just love this trope subversion (although I do think her BFF is her Brazilian jiu-jitsu partner....I love that she is an athletic tomboy who doesn't care how others see her too!!)

I really love the playboy character too. You can see that given the opportunity he always chooses to do the right thing, and when his realization about the need to change his playboy attitude surfaces it just feels so satisfying. His penance confession feels really organic and it hits all kinds of right emotional resonance with me. And yes, this guys is haaaawwwttttt and the show styles him just right. How cute it is that he is a little vain and got made fun of by our girl for wearing BB cream! 😂 They are just sooooo adorable.

The writer really did a great job with all the characters overall. I do wish that the story spend a little less time on the crazy girlfriend and the Japanese neighbor so we get to see a little more mom, daughter and little brother but that's just because I love these three characters so much so I am speaking out of my bias.

What I also appreciate about this TW-drama is a freer attitude toward treatment of sex and intimacy. Even though the show's humor sometimes is a little broad but overall its wackiness sets the right tone for the story. What the little brother has to go through is painful but real life. I appreciate that he is the sane one in the family and he is the kind of friend I wish I have more of in high school. I love that he is obsessed with extraterrestrials and doesn't mind being a loner. I wish I had more friends like him when I was growing up!

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Her partner in Brazillian jiujitsu is so funny, he always got random calls from his girlfriend for ridiculous reason. LOL XD. Agree, compared to her BFF, this guy is the one that always listening and aware of her health.

Oh god, the playboy is hawwwt indeed, like fuh, really really hot. I can't believe I grin like a lovestruck doofus every time he's on screen and this coming from me who always side-eyes playboy/ jerk character. Hee. And I can't believe he got Nars blusher(?) in his bag XD. Also, what a chemistry! Those two make me feel young again, giddy at the thought of falling in love. Ahaha.

Yes, 1st episode sort of very in-your-face about the sex problems, which I'm taken aback very much, but then their dilemma and struggle is real that's why I can accept it.

Little brother is really unique, always in his own world. Yep, he's very precious, he's so mature and rational for his young age.

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Thanks for the shout out! THE GOOD PLACE is so freakin’ clever. I really need to see this past season in its entirety. I just have no motivation to watch any American TV right now. I’m also waiting for the second season of LEGION to start. Have you seen that? It has Dan Stevens, who I just adore. Maybe I’ll get back into US TV when that comes out on FX in April.

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I think I watched 1st episode of S1 of Legion but I couldn't finish it, it's too confusing because I remembered there're so many scenes between reality and alternate reality/ imaginary(?) and need me to be very focused. Plus I'm really not into superhero and superpower XD but I love Stranger Things. Does it get better though after that episode? Yeah, I also struggle to watch US series, but it's because most of them are too heavy and too violent now. But I love deep dark story like Black Mirror series.

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What makes LEGION good is the complexities between what is real and what isn’t. I love that about it, but it does require a fair bit of active watching.

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What makes LEGION good is the complexities between what is real and what isn’t.

Guhh, I think I need to prepare my brain to be super focused if I decided to give it a try again XD. Kudos to you Ally!

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I love stranger things, can't wait for season 3..yeah..2019 :( . Is black mirror as good as ST?

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Yeah, I can't wait for s3 too!

For ST, I can binge-watch in one go, but as for BM, it's more heavy and dark. After I finished each episode I did stare at my screen for a long time, unable to do anything and start to think about life. It's unsettling and disturbing but in a uhh meaningful way, I guess?
And oh, BM is 1 story 1 episode format, so you can just pick any episode to watch.

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4. Start watching Quartet, what a wacky mysterious fun drama! And I love the music.

I just finished "Woman: My Life for My Children" and cries my eyes out. Just when I thought nothing would equal "Mother" Sakamoto proves that he understand women and their struggles etc.
I just started "Quartet" with Hikari Mitsushima again and I'm enjoying it so far (only at eps 2).

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I've yet to watch Woman: My Life for My Children because my friend who is a tough girl bawled her eyes out while watching it, so I'm scared XD

I adore Hikari Mitsushima, ever since I watched her in Soredemo, Ikite Yuku <3

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I've added Love of Sandstorm to my March watch list. Thank you!

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Me, too. Added Love of Sandstorm. But I think I must stop reading these posts because I'm adding too many things to watch!

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I watched Should We Kiss First, which I love. I do wish they would tone done the casual violence. This week saw the Homewrecker (their term not mine) hit her husband until he bled, then punch him in the face and gave him a black eye and then hit Soon-Jin in a later scene. It seemed unnecessary.

Talking about violence, I also watched the first episode of Bad Guys 2 (because @jenmole and @umbrellaman asked me to. lol) and that was entirely about violence. I don't think I've ever seen so many people get hit by baseball bats! I've got a high tolerance for these kind of scenes, so it didn't put me off, but I did think that they could have cut 15mins of fights and had a better, tighter, faster episode. That said, I enjoyed the story and the set up - about a guy who witnessed a murder and has to decide to finally stand up or be running away forever - so I'll keep going with it.

I'm behind with Mother (up to ep 10) and might catch up on that over the weekend now that everybody is saying how good this week's episode is.

Then I started Fight My Way which I oddly missed out on when it aired. I thought it might be totally my thing, so I watched one episode and ... guess what?... loved it. Now that I think about it, it's also got fighting but it's okay to kick other people as long as it's a sport.

Fighting seems to be my Theme of the Week...

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I finished the first season of bad guys this week and had been deciding whether to watch the 2nd season. It's nice to hear someone else giving season 2 a try. 😁

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