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Premiere Watch: About Time, Miss Hammurabi, Sketch

We’ve got a fresh onslaught of cable dramas on the way, two of them with a touch of fantasy. I wasn’t really expecting three new shows this week, but they always seem to sneak up on me.

 

About Time

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Fantasy romance
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: This is the new fantasy romance from PD Kim Hyung-shik of the adorable, feel-good rom-com Twenty Again, so this is the premiere I’m most looking forward to. Lee Sung-kyung stars as a young woman who has the ability to see people’s “life clocks,” showing the remainder of their lifespan like a digital timer. One day she glimpses her own remaining time like a death sentence, but the moment she meets Lee Sang-yoon, her time starts flowing differently and she knows she needs to be around him in order to live. It’s as good a reason to force two people together as any, and they seem adorable together already just from the teasers alone, so I have good hopes for an easygoing romance full of heart.

 

Miss Hammurabi

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: JTBC
Genre: Legal drama
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: Miss Hammurabi is a novel adaptation that’s being penned for the small screen by the original author, and it’s also a bit of a departure for PD Kwak Jung-hwan, who’s famous for his action-heavy thrillers like The K2, Chuno, and Runaway Plan B. It seems like your standard underdog legal drama about doing the right thing and using the law to help those in need, but taken from the perspective of courtroom judges this time. I guess that makes it close to Nothing to Lose, though I think this one will veer less comical and more earnest. Go Ara and L headline as the two young judges, mentored by veteran Sung Dong-il. I can’t say I have high expectations for this cast (mostly I’m still really worried about L carrying a lead), but I will be on the lookout for clips of Sung Dong-il and Go Ara’s Answer Me father-daughter reunion. One inside joke and I’ll be happy.

 

Sketch

Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Broadcaster: JTBC
Genre: Action thriller
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: I don’t know if you can call this thriller a fantasy, but Sketch does have a supernatural element in its premise. It’s about a detective who can draw a crime scene before it happens, and the investigation team that uses her prophetic sketches in order to stop the crimes from happening. Lee Sun-bin is the seer/sketcher, Rain and Lee Dong-gun are rival investigators out in the field, and at the helm is PD Im Tae-woo of the quirky ensemble comedy Yoo-na’s Street. I think this drama won’t just be a procedural, which is promising—it’ll focus on the butterfly effect of stopping these crimes before they’re meant to happen, which we all know from watching Signal can lead to even worse consequences. Other reasons to watch: Rain running around being a badass. Should I have led with that?

 
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Well its About Time we watch Miss Hammurabi and put it on Sketch. 🤔

*hoped you laugh. Haha

Looking forward to these tho! 🙌🏻

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I'm waiting for the crossover episode where a sketch shows a person and the life clock.

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Summer season is action season. hmm

Ms. Hammurabi is the one i'm interested in.

Lawless Lawyer is quite good. Try it.

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I wonder is Miss Hammurabi will feature Subway Sandwiches in every episode just like The K2?

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If so, we might start calling it Miss Ham-n-cheese, or perhaps Miss Ham-n-kohlrabi.

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Subway attack happens pretty often in successful tvn dramas. Last time I saw it in Live.

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Was The K2 successful? IMHO it was a train wreck! A total waste of talent. Skynet Korea had me ROFLMAO! I think that in one scene a Subway Sandwich revived someone who was near death.

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Nah it wasn't , I didn't even watch more than 4 episodes. I couldn't stand Yoona character.
From my expierience subway show up in 2 cases: drama is popular :Signal, Live and etc. etc.
and second cases when drama has hot or famous actors: K2, Good witch (although it was pretty popular show) etc.

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i don't like Yoona's character... I like the stepmother's though...

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Based on the thousands of Subway Sandwiches that I have seen in K-Dramas, Subway do not seem to serve the meatball sandwich in Korea. Would someone please confirm my suspicion, it keeps me up at night. Thank you in advance.

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In my country (in Europe) they don't sell this sandwich as well.

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Thank you for the information! I will sleep better tonight...

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To help you a bit with sleeping: they do serve meatball sandwich here in Malaysia. I just had them last week.

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You are AWESOME! Thanks for the link to the menu. Now, I can sleep like a baby.

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I have heard that Subway Meatball Sandwiches are the ONLY cure for baldness for hairless chihuahua! They are a miracle...

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Korea has such a wider range. It is so unfair.
On the other hand, they serve meatballs in Europe (UK is still in Europe. As of yet)
http://www.subway.com/en-gb/menunutrition/menu/all

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Sketch and Miss Hammurabi for me!

Thriller is my favourite genre.
Sung Dong-Il is my favourite appa.

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I like your thinking

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Watched a few teasers of About Time and got interested. Might watch the first few episodes.

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I thought Handsome Guy and Jung Eum is also going to be on aired this week? Anyway, I’m excited for About Time and Sketch!

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It's supposed to air on 23rd so I'm not sure why it wasn't mentioned.

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I noticed that there's no press conference when it's going to premier in 2 days.

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I'm most excited about Ms Hammurabi because I feel like its premise will be executed well and may be more heart-warming than legal jargon.
About Time has a fascinating premise but it'll remain on hold because I'm hoping it doesn't fall flat midway. I'm living to see LSK on my screen once again after the fantastic WFKBJ. It's giving me milder, more rom-comy, less horrory vibes than Master's Sun.

Sketch seems interesting too but maybe I'll try it out after initial reactions. Waiting to see how far the time-travel, future- seeing events will be incorporated.

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So what's gonna air in the time slot that was previously occupied by Mother and My Ajusshi? Talk about tough shoes/slippers to follow!

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I think its: why secretary kim? But it starts from june 6

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Okay, thanks!

(And I meant "tough shoes/slippers to fill".)

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So, time to re-watch "My Ahjusshi". :) Still hard to move on from that drama #sigh.

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Most legitimate reason to stalk a guy -"I cannot live without you"

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Dang, 3 new dramas! Not even caught up on the past ones yet.
I wanna check out Sketch sometime though.
Love me a good thriller too so I hope it delivers.

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Me too

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I am going to checkout:

About Time: I really hope that my first impressions from the teasers are wrong (since I don't see any romantic chemistry between the H/h), and hopefully they will have chemistry in the drama.

Sketch: This sounds interesting, even though pure thrillers are not my thing (I always like there to be some romance thrown in with my thrillers), the premise is promising. I just hope it is not too violent, because then I will have to drop it.

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YES! I came here only to see if anyone felt the 'zero chemistry' between the leads in About Time. I saw the first two episode and their is NO chemistry! Zero! Nada!

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I like them together... Don't be so negative...

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I don’t think that qualifies to be ‘negetive’ 😊

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I really felt the chemistry between them in episode 3, especially his confession to her in the end of ep 3. I am really enjoying this show, so far... it seems to be getting better with every ep.

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Actually there are five dramas premiering this week, those mentioned above and Handsome guy and Eum jung on Wednesday and at the weekend an MBC drama, Goodbye to goodbye

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Yes! Namgoong Min!

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I have been waiting for About Time. I really like Lee Sang Yoon especially after watching him in Master in the house. The leads in Miss Hammurabi are beautiful but Go Ara turned me off in Hwarang with her crying and whining all the time which isn't her fault I guess and more the pathetic writing of her character. L is also very good looking and he has improved his acting but his acting still feels like ...acting. Not very natural. The way some actors completely let go and become that character.
As for Sketch I will probably pass that. I like Lee Sun Bin but don't care about the male leads much.

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See my comments on MISS H. below.

I have the same reservations about the leads that you have, after persevering through MASK and BLACK (in which Song Seung-heon was absolutely terrific in dual roles as a dorky detective and THE badass Grim Reaper). I am excited out of my shoes to see Ryu Deok-hwan back on TV. Welcome back, King Gongmin!

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Oops! Not MASK!

RULER: MASTER OF THE MASK. L was good in it, given how his character was written. Anyone in a production with Yoo Seung-ho runs the risk of coming off as inexpressive in comparison.

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I couldn't finish ruler but it was also the lacking plot that mad me lose interest. And never watched black.

I watched the first episode their acting wasn't so bad and I enjoyed the first episode. I just hope Go Ara cries less in this drama.

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Ryu Deok-hwan!! :) and I am curious since this is written by the real judge.

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@ fan

I didn't realize an actual judge wrote / is writing this story. Cool!

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(From the news article) Miss Hammurabi became the talk of town after the first broadcast on 21st. The reason is because the writer is currently serving judge Moon Yoo-suk. He is chief judge and became famous by writing a column "to chief judges in the country" He wrote something like "Don't have get-together", "Don't say "We are not strangers because we ARE strangers". Judge Moon graduated Seoul university and Harvard Law school and have served as judge since 1997.

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fan May 21, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Thank you so much for translating that article. Very interesting. Now it makes me really curious to see a real-life judge's depiction of the profession. ;-)

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I didn't intend to watch it since I don't get korean legal dramas (is the writing just wrong or what?), but this sounds quite intriguing, thank you.

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@ allphryne 🌊is gonna see the ocean🌊
May 25, 2018 at 5:26 AM

I've watched the first week's episodes, and like MISS HAMMURABI, although I found the title character a bit high-handed and oblivious at times. Some of her ideas of social justice go over like lead balloons because of unintended consequences that are pointed out by more experienced judges. There are nice didactic interludes that are not pedantic. It really reminds me quite a bit of LIVE in the sense that we see the everyday work of judges and the support staff who work with them. The first case the new judges hear is a good one. I liked how it was handled. So far, there is good food for thought in the show. It looks promising, and seems to be getting off to a good start.

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Hi, @pakalanapikake, thank you, that sounds promissing. Thoughts of social justice should be handled carefully. If taken lightly they sound idiotic, not revolutionary. *fingers crossed*

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To add to fan's comment, I wrote up some background information in Soompi. The drama is based on a novel (with the same name) by Judge Moon. The novel consists of "real" cases Moon has encountered. The eponymous heroine is more like a narrative device propelling the investigation process and opening up different perspectives. The names of both leads have important connotations. Park Cha Oh Reum, is a word play on "correctness" (Ba Reum) and "brimming with emotion" (벅차오름 , Park Cha Oh Reum). The female lead represents an archetypal force as a contrast to Ba Reun (the homonym of "righteousness"). The trio of department 44 is meant to embody the tension between passion (Oh Reum), principle ( Ba Reun) and worldly wisdom (Judge Han), which each judge needs to confront with in trial.

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@Ennui Young June 2, 2018 at 5:58 AM

Thank you for answering the question in the back of my mind regarding the associate judges' names. I had a feeling that there was something significant (aside from 4-syllable Korean names being unusual). That entire layer of subtext had been missing in action.

Now that I can see how she also functions as a plot device, I better understand what makes Oh-reum tick. She is indeed a force to be reckoned with. On another level, force that is unfettered and left undirected (i.e., not controlled, tempered, and constructively channeled for productive purposes) leads to chaos, the exact opposite of law and order.

The fact that Oh-reum is female adds an interesting twist when one considers that the wisdom, intelligence, passion, and creativity of half of humanity has been systematically subverted for millennia all over the planet. Then consider how that has also been the case for the vast majority of humans of humble birth, social status, political influence, and financial standing, regardless of sex. A colossal waste of human potential.

The trio of department 44 is meant to embody the tension between passion (Oh Reum), principle ( Ba Reun) and worldly wisdom (Judge Han), which each judge needs to confront with in trial.

Thanks for putting it in such an elegant nutshell. Now instead of being irritated by Oh-reum's starry-eyed idealism, I can appreciate how her energy upsets the equilibrium in the system in a such manner that the spirit of the law can be better realized in practice. The current case of the female judge who has a miscarriage because of inhumane job pressure and working hours makes her a canary in the coal mine -- as well as a poster child for all Korean workers.

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Agreed about Lee Sang Yoon on Master in the House! I'm really glad he joined the show; it shows a different side of him and he was such a noob in the first few episodes with the first master (whether this image is contrived or not, who knows) and I'm happy to see him loosen up in the subsequent episodes.

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I saw the teaser or trailer on Twitter, didnt know what it was, I am curious about this. it is not "art" but spontanious drawing as something that comes from "another dimension", I wonder if they will try to draw parallels with the dark sources of inspiration and ideas.... because it is always said artistic self-expression has roots in madness... maybe I am putting too much hope into it.

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Oops Sketch I mean

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That's an interesting thought about SKETCH, @redfox! Bleed-through from a parallel universe, or from the depths of the collective unconscious? Is it intuition, the sixth sight, revelation? A blessing or a curse?

Now I'm getting flashbacks to Goethe's Alder King in VOICE. Yikes. ;-)

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Reminds me of the American tv series, Heroes. There was a guy who could paint the future

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Excellent catch, @ Flightey Gazelles! I'd forgotten about the prognosticating cartoonist. ;-)

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YES for SKETCH Rain is a badass in doing Action Drama can't wait to watch it...
I'm also looking forward for LEe Sang Yoon and Lee Seung Kyung About time drama..

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I'm planning to start all 3, but it's unlikely I'll stick with all of them. Hammurabi sounds like the weakest link...

And tomorrow will be busy, what with starting About Time and Miss Hammurabi, and continuing with Investigation Couple and Greasy Melo. Not much chance that I'll stick with all 4. Hammurabi is getting on thinner and thinner ice before it even starts.

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From the synopsis, About Time reminds me to Tomorrow With You and I really love fantasy drama ♡

Will tune in for About Time and Handsome Guy and Jung Eum..

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If time travel is done well, it can be wonderful. (QUEEN IN-HYUN'S MAN is one of my faves in the genre.) For me, the time jumps all over the place in TOMORROW WITH YOU ended up being too much to follow. Granted, I was live-watching a bunch of shows at that time. Which implies I'd better watch ABOUT TIME when there's less on my plate.

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Thanks for your Premiere Watch, GirlFriday!

My main reason to watch MISS HAMMURABI is Ryu Deok-hwan in his return from military service. And after his wonderful turn as Hongil police chief Han-sol in LIVE, the prospect of seeing Sung Dong-il in a position to do something about the criminals his cops apprehended makes me happy as a clam. What a wonderful actor. Between him and RDW, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that their acting chops will osmote into the greener members of the cast and entice solid performances from them as well. Please, not another BLACK, or I will throw the book at Her Honor.

SKETCH and ABOUT TIME both sound interesting, but my dance card is already full. May take a gander after they've aired.

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My card is already full too, but that doesn't stop me :) I am going to check all the new dramas. (sleep? what sleep?) I can do this! -fist pump

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Ah, yes. Sleep deprivation is our friend. ;-)

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It's official, fan... I've fallen off the Live-Watching Cliff of Doom. If SKETCH draws my attention, I'll be following 9 shows, which I've done before. ;-)

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Same! Tho im not particularly excited about the main leads, will check out Miss H just because Ryu deokhwan is in it. I miss him 😭

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I've been enjoying the first week's episodes of MISS HAMMURABI. At times I've wanted to throttle her for her lack of consideration for others, but this is all part of the learning curve. It's kind of fun to see it in tandem with SUITS and LAWLESS ATTORNEY.

I definitely get the feeling that this show is doing for judges what LIVE did for law enforcement officers. I like the vibe a lot. It's a bit didactic, but it's not pedantic. And it shows that common sense is just as important as book learning. Maybe more so.

Ryu Deok-hwan's character seems to be a gadfly who stirs the pot. I'm not quite sure what he's up to. I don't have a sense that he's a baddie like Judge Godmother Theresa of Gisung in LAWLESS ATTORNEY. ;-)

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I'm not really a fan of Go Ara... I don't like the way she talks and her face expressions... I like Lee Sung Kyung's acting skills... Her face expressions really good wether comedy or not...

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Is this why we still haven't seen any hint of God's Quiz 5?

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I don't know the answer to your question. GOD'S QUIZ 4 aired during the summer of 2014, and was Ryu Deok-hwan's most recent drama prior to enlisting. How were the ratings? He was in 3 movies that were released in 2015-2016, which must have kept him too busy to film a drama, too. Was there talk of a fifth season of GOD'S QUIZ? I've only seen a couple of season 1 episodes.

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GQ 4 ended on a cliff hanger so I think most of us were expecting at least one more season. Don't know about the ratings sorry.

But it was really a rhetorical question. ;)

Anyway, the entire series is now on Netflix.

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I thought Sung Dong-il and Go Ara already had a reunion in Hwarang. But it would be really funny to have an inside joke for them. I may be in the minority but I thought L seemed to have improved in his acting. I actually liked him in Ruler.

On a side note, let's just hope these shows get subbed. Some shows that I was looking forward to aren't getting subbed or the subs are taking forever. I'm looking at you Lawless Lawyer; your subs take forever!

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I almost passed on LAWLESS ATTORNEY (the title used on DB), but will give it a go.

FYI, here's a spot where some of us will be gathering to discuss LAWLESS LAWYER / ATTORNEY while waiting to see if it will be recapped or wee-capped:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/02/lee-jun-ki-offered-tvn-legal-action-drama-lawless-attorney/comment-page-2/#comment-3243376.

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My spider sense told me to skip HWARANG. I watched the first episode, but had too many other shows on my plate. As things turned out, it was a good call.

I thought L did a good job with the character he was given in RULER.

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It's unfair just how naturally beautiful Lee Sung Kyung unni is T.T

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His boyfriend in WLFKBJ said it best, each part of her facial features are not special at all, but together they create very cute and attractive face.

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*her boyfriend

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LSK does not naturally look like this... lol...

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I've not seen or heard reports of her being plastic (but I have of other actresses), so I'm just going to keep thinking that she is, and leave it at that... I'm not going to go into details or any debates about this, or about any other actresses about this matter, with anyone

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She seems like a very nice person. I've seen her in a KBS variety show “Now Playing in Theaters: Childish Bromance”. She was with Song Dong Il, Go Chang Seok and Lee Joon Hyuk. She was so cool. She got a long with the ahjussis really well. What impressed me the most was when she went to a Sunday church service. Check it out in youtube. It was just 5 episodes I think but really worth it.

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I’ll definitely check it out, thank you for the recommendation 😊
It’s very good of her to be so open and strong about her faith, as it doesn’t seem that many Korean celebrities are too open about that aspect of their lives, but with a name like “Sung Kyung” (which means ‘bible’ in Korean) she has no reason to hide her faith 😏😏😊😊

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She got a double lid surgery but other than that, she is natural.

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Hello, Beanies. I'll be appearing in the above dramas, as well:

as LIFE CLOCK in ABOVE TIME:
Or more precisely, as TICKING LIFE CLOCK. I told them to drop the digital life clock character, and replace it with a ticking life clock, which is so RICH, and so much more LAYERED, and they agreed with me. Isn't that great? So yeah, as LIFE CLOCK, I'm going to deliver the performance of my cameod life. I have lines, too! Oh, gosh, I'm so excited, I'm going to share with you my soul-stirring, earth-shattering lines right now...are you ready? Take a deep breath, here goes:

I intone TICK and TOCK in quick succession at random but IMPORTANT moments, and in really dramatic, climactic moments, I go TICKTOCKTICKTOCK! I'm getting goosebumps just listening to myself saying that aloud, imagine the effect it's going to have on you!

MISS HAMMURABI: I requested the character of HAM, but was informed that THERE WAS NO SUCH CHARACTER 😐. I wasn't very happy, I can tell you that, but such is my star power they immediately offered me the role of PAPER CUP. It was a choice between L or Go Ara, and I opted for L, of course. On hindsight, it's a good thing I wasn't HAM, I doubt I would have lasted beyond five seconds on screen; as L'S PAPER CUP I can almost guarantee I can last the entire 16 episodes safe and sound, though I can't promise I'll stay looking as fine as I do right now, and it's weird, but I have a strange heavy feeling of doom when I think about the progress of my narrative. A true artiste has a sensitive soul, so it could just be my soul communicating with me, haha. Dramaland is filled with risks, and I will face all challenges head on! Fighting!

Check out what I look like in the poster above. L has really nice, soft, warm hands. Just sayin'.

SKETCH: I had to turn down the role of SKETCH, regretfully. I did it for Rain, because this heart of mine, that is Overflowing With Humanity, worried that I would eclipse him. Rain must have heaved a huge sigh of relief when he heard about my magnanimous decision. Good luck, Rain.

That's it, guys, for now. Wish me luck, and watch out for my power-charged cameos! 😁

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"I'm getting goosebumps just listening to myself saying that aloud, imagine the effect it's going to have on you!"

Lmao!!!!!

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Hi, Flightey! We artistes live to please 😁.

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@yyishere YY,

ROFLMAO over your analogue performance in ABOUT TIME!

Watching your second hand sweep across your face as time inexorably marches on will be a gazillion times more stressful and thrilling than seeing boring old digital numerals flip over. You truly know how to amp-up the tension.

To add to you temporal impact (as well as wangle additional character extensions and acting credits) see if you can persuade Writer-nim and PD-nim that you are up to the task of playing the egg timer in the breakfast interlude in the kitchen in scene #6 in episode 3. The conversation that unfolds as the eggs poach is pivotal.

One of the time jumps overshoots to the distant past. See if you can bag the role of hour glass, okay? It's even more old-school than an analogue clock, and could open up additional exciting possibilities in sagueks. Maybe you can land a role in HUNDRED DAY HUSBAND. I missed seeing your smiling face in GRAND PRINCE. Hwaiting!

If I'm not mistaken, there's also a scene in a formal garden in ABOUT TIME, episode 7. You could easily play the sundial -- blindfolded with your hands tied behind your back. It would be a walk in the park for someone with your acting chops. Be sure to stop and smell the roses. Aja!

As for MISS HAMMURABI, sweetie, you have another possible paper cup to portray: Ryu Deok-hwan's! He may not be one of the leads, but you would be in genuinely capable hands. His finesse is truly stunning. One of my very favorite actors, particularly when it comes to nuanced portrayals of internal states via the eyes. You night not have as many scenes with him as with either of the leads, but they would be intense, moving, and memorable. Playing opposite such an accomplished actor is a sure-fire way to take your acting to the next level. Go for it, kiddo. ;-)

You are a True Artiste, YY! Your compassion for your fellow actors is so humble and considerate. Although I'm sorry to learn that you have selflessly taken yourself out of consideration for the title role in SKETCH, it is a wonderful way of giving back. It's also a great way to sidestep a problematic role popping out of the woodwork. Now you don't have to concern yourself with suddenly morphing into a picture of Dorian Gray or something equally insidious.

*sniffs into tissue*

Your grace is immeasurable!

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Hi, Pakalana! Thank you for your timely advice on the wonderfully diverse and challenging clockery roles, which will definitely push my craft to new heights!

EGG BEATER is at the top of my list. Whoa, did I just type EGG BEATER???? I meant to type EGG TIMER. Let me state for the record, I do not condone violence in any form. Even if they offer me a million bucks, I would never, ever, ever, beat an egg.

SUNDIAL sounds majestic and radiant, but since I am doing my own stunts, being blindfolded with my hands tied behind my back, sprawled out flat in the sun all day could be dangerous, I could get heatstroke and collapse from dehydration, and ruin my chances of clinching BEST INANIMATE OBJECT at the awards next year.

I wouldn't mind taking on the role of THE GARDEN, though; I must admit it appeals to the foliage in me.

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Oh! So happy to hear this. I look forward to watching you in 'About Time' & 'Sketch' - the two dramas I'll be checking out!

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Thank you for your support, dear greenfields. I shall reserve a seat for you in the front row the day I get my award for Best Inanimate Acting In A Drama. I shall mention you, too, in my list of who to thank when I climb that stage in the near future.

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So kind! *fans away tears* I'll be cheering you on!

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Pssst! @yyishere! Pssst!

*lowers voice to a whisper*

I just saw in ep. 4 of LAWLESS ATTORNEY that Cliff of Non-Doom's cousin, Suicide Leap, has a cameo as a seaside body dump & lovers' leap. It sounds like it has your name written all over it. Is this a late-breaking gig you managed to land? I hope so. You bring such gravitas to your geological inanimate roles. Break a leg!

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The only one I’ll be picking up is About Time this time around, because it’s about time I saw a drama with Lee Sang-yoon after finding him on Master in the House and loving him in it. And wasn’t he a physics major? Isn’t there something about the space-time continuum and bending time in that? Relativity sounds like a perfect drama for him! So excited about this one!

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And the trailer reminds me of the OTP in Master’s Sun, where she’s desperate to be near him, but he wants nothing to do with her. I think I’ll like it!

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Yes it definitely has the Masters Sun vibes. GHJ is a pro at playing needy desperate characters, LSK on the other hand plays her role very subtly, which I liked. However there is ZERO chemistry between the leads :( I dont know if I will continue watching. And whats with these huge age gaps in drama nowadays? An Ahjusshi and an Agasshi (did the use it right?) playing house? Ugh.

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@ally-le,

You're right about the space-time continuum! LOL!

I was surprised to read that Lee Sang-yoon got a degree in physics, and launched his acting career with a beer commercial. How cool is that?

He was terrific as the diving instructor #2 son in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. I also enjoyed his turn in ANGEL EYES. He was in THE DUO, which I have yet to see. I'm curious to see him in his sageuk roles.

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I’m really loving him in Master in the House. He’s such a no-pain-feeling-robot-gem. I’ve seen him in quite a few of his projects but I loved him the most in ‘On the way to the Airport!’ And he was also good in Whisper. I’m really looking forward to it because it reminds me of one of my favorite flawed gems, Master’s Sun.

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Oh and he was great in Liar Game but Liar Game, itself was really good though I never finished it.

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I'm in a serious drama slump that I couldn't bring myself to watch anything aside from Wok Of Melo (but if it's not because of Janghyuk, maybe I'm not even watching it) LOL. But I'm a simple girl, I saw Lee Sangyoon and his dimples, now I know what I want to re-watch - it's my all time feel good drama Twenty Again.

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But Nothing to Loose was not really comical... If you pass the first episodes, the story starts to be more serious. I think it's sad that they made the character of Park Eun Bin reacted like that in the first episode because it made people to stop the drama thinking it was a mess. I'm not sure about Miss Hammurabi because the cast is not so great when Park Eun Bin, Yoo Wu Jin and Dong Ha were really great.

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I’m definitely checking out ‘About time’ but I’m on the fence about the other two.
Miss H - I love, love Song Dong il Ahjussi but I’m worried he and the supporting cast would have to carry the weight of the show themselves. I’ve seen Go Ara in quite a few things and my favorite of them was ‘You’re all surrounded’ but Cha Seung Won and Seung gi we’re in it, so. I find her just okay, I guess. My real problem is with L. I’ve also seen him in some things and while I admit his acting has gotten better, I didn’t enjoy him in Mask one bit but the drama had its own problems.
Sketch: I don’t doubt Rain’s acting, I just don’t have much trust in his projects. I might check it out but I’m on the fence.

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I'm looking forward to About Time. Fingers crossed it's good. I'm intrigued by Sketch so I'll check out out. Happy that is on Dramafever.

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I am sure these will be pretty good, but I seem to lean towards romantic comedies so I will probably look at About Time first. I'm the most intrigued with that one.

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I will check About Time for my girl LSK, but not feeling the pairing or the story so far based on the teasers. It would be nice to be wrong, because I miss a good romance drama.
Also, I will check Hwang Jung Eum's drama, since I like her and Nam Goong Min a lot. I think they have potential to be very funny as a couple, and they look great together. :)

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I've been looking forward to About Time.

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Choosing About time! Maybe comedy hijinks will ensue! I am all in for something on the comedy side... have had my share of melo and procedural cop shows!

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Wasn't expecting Miss Hammurabi to be so adorable! I loved it from the first minute.
Haven't started About Time yet as I want to be alone with no interruptions.

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About Time: Musical numbers! Thank you, I love it.

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I watched about time and miss hammu and I enjoyed both. Cinematography wise and acting wise About time is better. However I found the writing of Miss hammu more interesting. I will watch both for now as they both have my interest.

Also Lee Sung Kyun's really sings well assuming it was her voice during the performance in ep 1. Also she's very very pretty.

Finally I'm watching more k-dramas than C-dramas again.
My k-list now has :
Mistress (y subs so slow TT)
Lawless attorney (badass leads)
Come and hug me (my favourite plz stay good)
About time (Lee Sang Yoon dimples and pretty LSK)
Miss Hammurabi (beautiful L and less whiny Go Ara - Hwarang horrible flashbacks will haunt me forever)
Will give Nam goong min's new drama a try though I'm a bit weary of screechy hwan jeung eum in rom coms.
Also secretary Kim and the robot one I'm looking forward to it. So overall May has been a good month for k-dramas.

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Oh and Greasy Melo. I like the wacky characters but 20 eps make me fear a draggy plot in the second half so I hope it stays good.

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So far, Miss Hammurabi is really fun! I tried About Time but didn't really feel anything for it. I'll probably try again later.

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Oh, wow. I love love About Time. It's About Time we had more musical numbers in dramas! And I really really like Miss Hammurabi.

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ABOUT TIME should work 😎
Lee Sang-yoon has worked with OTPs close to his age and he always comes out as a charming, sensitive romantic lead. Think Lee Bo-young (Whisper & My Daughter Seoyoung); Choi Ji-woo in Twenty Again; Kim Ha-neul in On the Way to the Airport.😀
Lee Sung-kyung has earned her stripes both as 2nd lead (Doctors, Cheese in the Trap) and as lead actor. She was great with Nam Joo-hyuk in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo. And she sings well.😀
Above all, I see this paring --LEE SANG-YOON & LEE SUNG-KYUNG working wonderfully. 😎😎😎
LSY was totally convincing as OTP to the younger Goo Hye-sun in Angel Eyes, one of the most memorable love stories I've ever seen.

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I see this pairing --LSY and LSK --working despite the age gap between them 😀

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Loved the first 2 episodes of Miss Hammurabi. Also the songs were pretty great. Can anyone please tell me the name of the English song that plays throughout the episodes?

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I watched 1st episode of About Time last night. I thought it was interesting but then I lost my enthusiasm and dropped it. I love LSY but I'm not feeling his acting. Miss Hammurabi surprised me! I loved the characters. I've been looking for drama to replace My Ahjussi and I think I found my new kdrama weekly fix :)

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Miss Hammurabi- I saw first two episode... I didn't really like it because it forces you to greatly suspend your belief of the Korean judicial process...

About Time- I don't know how to feel about this... I didn't like it but I didn't hate it either..

Sketch- I haven't seen this yet, hopefully it will be good. I love good thrillers.

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Recap pls for About Time... I really love reading your recaps...

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I tried out Miss Hammurabi for Myung and wasn't impressed with the first episode because I got a little frustrated with Oh-reum and her idealism but boy was I blown away by the second ep <3 I'm totally sold. so they started showing a different side of Oh-reum right off the bat, she obviously changed from the privileged rich kid that Ba-reun remembered and that explains a lot about her because of how she grew up, the community she's been living with. it kinda explains why she has so many soft spots too but that aside it got SO CUTE when his "one-sided" crush got revealed to go both ways gahhhh im kinda happy there's no second lead to complicate the relationship so that there'll be more progress + more time to focus on the cases and the judges themselves. honestly appreciated how her overzealousness and somewhat irresponsibility led to real negative consequences and ended up burdening her colleagues, this got pretty realistic and props to the show for not over-glorifying this naiveness and idealism, really hate it when sometimes just a change in attitude/some sincerity brings results, effort needs to be put in first to understand the system and understand why it's in place before trying to go around/beat it, seems to me what a real life judge would have to undergo. will keep watching!

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Ok, for a hilarious moment, your "go both ways" had a completely different meaning for me and I madly trying to ship our female lead an sexy secretary and THEN I understood.
YES to everything you nicely said about her naiveness being problematic and shown as such, instead of glorified like most shows do, it was my favorite part of an awesome second episode.

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I hope dramabeans will recap Miss Hammurabi. I've seen episode 1 for now and am really interested in the show. However, since I come from another country, I am not familiar with Korea's judicial system. How come very young lawyers get to be judges? Hope I get an answer. Thanks.

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Lol db has become an advertisement place for Korean makeup products. There’s no more detailed info or news about casting or big events that have shaken up the Korean entertainment industry like the #metoo cases or even deaths. They make recaps only about the most popular dramas and dramas where the staff’s fave actors are going to be in. After the update, dramabeans has become difficult to use and a very boring website.

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Yes, everybody should be talking more about this. The amount of ads we now have versus the very small content has become ridiculous. This is almost a forum, it should have all the qualities of a real forum.

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We all know this is happening, but I think most of us are trying to be patient. Something is obviously happening behind-the-scenes. @mary has opened up a little bit about the issues they're facing, but I do wish they'd be more transparent with us. I think they bit off more than they could chew with the site update and all of the additions, and they're struggling with how to deal with everything. I don't know much more than that.

We all miss having more recaps, something they have been slacking on since December or so, and more news. Back in November we had 8 shows being recapped--full recaps, not just Open Threads. Now that My Ajusshi has ended, we only have one show being fully recapped. I also noticed that LollyPip is the only one doing full recaps now and that has me worried and confused. Even if JB and GF are too busy with other things to recap, what happened to all of the other minions?

I still love this site and spend way too much time here, but it's the Beanie community that keeps me coming back rather than the content. I'm really hoping things will start to improve soon. Again, I'm trying to be patient and understanding... but it's been a while now since these problems began.

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If they don't want to talk about it I think it's their choice, I wish they would because people are curious about it, but it's fine if they don't explain. I just think making money from that many ads when it's a place most people only come back because of the free posts from beanies, is exploiting this community. Sorry, if I'm saying something silly, anyone please contradict me, but otherwise, just being honest.

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It would honestly be so much better if they went back to the old dramabeans, the one we still had in 2016. It was easier to use and most important, this site used to have interesting content, something to really discuss about. I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, and since they decided to go through this renewal of this website, I respect that. However, it’s making me less and less motivated to come back. DB used to be my primary source of drama info and recaps. I used to read the opinions and insights too because they always had a different perspective. Now I’m seeing that even some beanies have stopped visiting because of these precise issues.

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Omg I made a comment about this (an maldita too) and we were having the same thoughts! I certainly find it odd and I really wish as a long time lurker/reader that they would tell us readers what’s going on. Why the lack of K-entertainment updates, casting news and recaps? This used to be the most versatile K-drama oriented website but now there aren’t many other blogs like this, except maybe koalasplayground but there are no recaps, just K-ent and C-ent and occasionally J-ent news.

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I m not Korean, so my knowledge about the system mostly come from googleing (it may incluede incorrect information; so feel free to correct it)
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Up until 2017, it is possible to become a judge around late-20 in SK
There were 2 ways to practice law in SK between 2009 - 2017

The old system ( up to 2017)
Get undergad degree (be it in law or whatever subject one wants) and take Korean Bar Association's National Judicial Examination.
After passing the examination (which has a pass rate of less than 5%) must study for an additional two-year training course at Korea’s Judicial Research and Training Institute and pass a final exam before they are admitted to practise.
The top 1% of those who pass the final exam after 2 years training would be appointed as judges (with opt out option to become prosecutors or lawyers). Top 3% would be prosecutors (with opt-out to be lawyers). The rest would become lawyers.

The new system (since 2009)
Get undergrad degree, then JD. After that one need to take Lawyer Admission Test (which is distinct from the Korean Bar Examination); once they pass this exam, they are eligible to practise law in Korea.
After at least 3 years practicing law, a lawyer can apply for Korean Bar Examination to become prosecutors or judges.

From the drama, Oh Reum and Ba Reun follow the old system.
In BR’s case, 4 years LLB (+ 2 military duty )+ 2 year training, he can become a judge at 26 or 28.
In OR’s case, she is major in music, learns about the Bar exam by herself. She may pass the Bar 1 year after BR, so he is her senior although they are the same age.

By the way, more than 50% of SK civil cases do not have lawyers. SK judges in civil cases act more like magistrates to settle dispute between 2 parties than give verdicts like US system.

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Watch the first episode of all three of them, I'm gonna stick with About Time. It's a typical cheesy romance drama, but it's not trying too hard for being deep or meaningful, so I know what I'm getting.
Miss Hammurabi, I can't take it seriously since the judges are too young for being judges.
Sketch, dropped because it killed off character that I like in the second episode. I also don't want to see potential romance happen between rain and the sketch girl.

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I really hope that there will be recaps for About Time. I seriously like the premise and the cast. Well, drama gods should help us. Thanks in advance for whoever will recap.

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ABOUT TIME....love this drama and its actors

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