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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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My Husband Oh Jak-doo: I know it’s not possible, but can’t we have twenty-four episodes of the main couple being awkward on the mountain or just dating around Seoul? And when this Oh Hyuk thing is over, Jak-doo and Seung-joo should steal her brother’s baby and raise it in their love mountain. We don’t want the kid growing up into a horrible person like its parents and grandma.

My Ajusshi: This show is so intense! I’m glad I waited a bit to catch up. It’s like the Hans Christian Andersen version of a Candy K-drama where a bunch of part time jobs isn’t enough to pay back your debt, the loan shark beats you up for real instead of just breaking your kimchi jar, and you found your Prince but you’re plotting to destroy his life (also, he already has a Princess). I’m not surprised Ji-an is willing to do anything to survive when life keeps kicking her down and kicking her some more. You go kick life back in the nuts, Ji-an!

You Who Forgot Poetry: Ye Jae-wook should never play poker when he’s in love.

 

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Miracle That We Met: The romantic triangle in this drama is really fascinating. Hye-jin (Kim Hyun-joo) and Yeon-hwa (Ra Mi-ran) are so different, yet appealing in their own ways, and I honestly can’t decide who I want chef-Hyun-cheol to end up with in the end. At this point, I feel as if the drama is dragging, even though Yeon-hwa has finally put the pieces together about her not-so-late husband’s fate. What keeps me invested is curiosity over how Hyun-cheol’s situation will ultimately be resolved. I have imagined so many potential scenarios and none of them seem to work, so I can’t wait to see how the writer wraps this one up.

You Who Forgot Poetry: This drama defies categorization and that’s probably what keeps me coming back week after week. Lee Yubi has been a real surprise in this drama, portraying a character who tugs at the heart in spite of finding herself in one embarrassing situation after another. That’s part of the charm of You Who Forgot Poetry, in spite of the ridiculous gossip and the misunderstandings, the characters grow on each other and form a loose family with the flawed but charming Bo-young (Lee Yubi) at the center.

My Husband Oh Jak-doo: The romantic tug-of-war between Seung-joo and Jak-doo is wearing me out; I just want to see them together again. As Seung-joo’s evil boss moves to destroy Jak-doo, perhaps it will present the opportunity for Seung-joo and Jak-doo to find themselves on the same side. While I have enjoyed Eric’s antics, I can’t stand Eun-jo and I just want her to go away.

Suits: I never watched the drama that Suits is based on, so I have no preconceived expectations. After watching the first two episodes, Park Hyung-shik seems perfect as the desperate Yeon-woo who literally stumbles into a job with a top law firm as Jang Dong-gun’s assistant. These men are both so intelligent, making it fun to watch them match wits with each case that they encounter. These men have intriguing backgrounds that are sure to figure further in the story, but for now, I just enjoy watching them strategize together.

 

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You Who Forgot Poetry: Though the cast and premise put this on my to-watch list immediately, the show’s writing has baffled me from the start. On one hand we have this wonderful, slice of life human drama, a relatable and noble heroine surrounded by people who are terrible in ordinary ways, which is so well illustrated by aptly chosen poetry. On the other hand we have the same gags over and over, with characters repeating their worn-out, corny catchphrases nearly every time we see them in a scene. I just have such a hard time reconciling the former, which I love, with the latter, which sets my teeth on edge. But all things are forgiven because of Lee Yubi and Lee Jun-hyuk together, especially this week as we get to see Bo-young finally have her affections returned by a man who appreciates her worth, and we discover that Dr. Ye is even more of a dork in love than some of us had secretly hoped. I was rolling with laughter at his “poker face” at work. THESE TWO ARE JUST TOO CUTE FOR WORDS.

 
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You Who Forgot Poetry: /drowning sounds/

The Great Seducer: No matter how horrible they became, I never stopped loving the trio. Tae Hee grew on me by the end of the show, and I cheered when she confronted and told them off. How come we didn't know Se Joo's hyung was a psychopath earlier?

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food: Eek, is Jung Hae In's controversy going to affect his skyrocketing popularity and/or this drama? Director Jung is my favorite character. It's like she walked out of Misaeng.

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Oh what happened with Jung Hae in??

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He stand in the centre of front role in baeksang award photo when hes only win popularity award while best actor stand in the second row.

The agency is handling this terribly, its been 2 days and there is no apologize but blaming on everything else.

It wont affect him much but he will have long way to prove that hes worthy of an IT boy. His next drama wont be lucky to have an amazing partner like this. And if he doesnt have a next hit drama/movie, people will move on to the next hot boy. His place is quite unstable.

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I'm pretty frustrated by how horrible the agency is handling this too. If they would just make an apology and admit it was an honest mistake (and he'll reflect), the thing would have been buried by other news by now.

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Rule #1 in K-entertainment: "Always apologize even if you don't know what you did wrong."

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But honestly his agency doesn't exactly have the best track record of handling these kind of situations well i mean look at yong hwa's kind of recent controversy

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yes, Jung Hae In agency never doing a good job to defend their celebrity. remind me of some controversy by their idol

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@elhondom's comment just about sums up FNC.

Like why can't FNC just apologize? Just say "Oh he wasn't paying attention. Too nervous, blah, blah, blah." So simple and fast. Instead they media-play with ridiculousness. "He is too popular. It's the staff's fault. How was he to know he wasn't supposed to be in the center? (Common sense?) etc." All these useless excuses just to avoid the simple and fast thing. "I'm sorry" Done! This could have blown over in an instant. Instead, FNC makes him look like an asshole.

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Indeed, I watched him from Euntak's first love to became Noona's love and this incident is so poorly handled by FNC. His success at Something in the rain wasn't as big as Dots as DotS which made SJK as an-A list so I agreed that he could be replaceable eps after this incident and he didn't make apologize at all

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Fame is a double edged sword.
He got a lot of love since the beginning of the show and now he's getting a lot of hate.

Who is he supposed to be apologizing to? The seniors weren't complaining about him.

Sometimes I think these celebrities are giving these internet bullies more power by apologizing for everything they complain about.

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He is supposed to be apologizing to the public like every celebrity does. These "internet bullies" have a legitimate complaint, though. It's not as if he didn't do anything wrong. Of course the seniors won't complain; they're professionals.

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I was wondering about this too. If he doesn't apologize and the powers that be keep hiring him and viewers keep watching would it change the power balance?
A few years ago Kate Moss was in a photo that showed what looked like she was doing drugs. If I remember she lost some work but never commented or apologized and was back on the catwalks and in ads within a year.
If course two different cultures and expectations.
And sometimes the internet can help change for good such as with Times Up.

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I read the article about the centre controversy, it's pretty messed up and reminds me how scary k-netz can be..

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Nah - I know it can be big deal, but also, its not. How many actors and actresses have been accused of being too arrogant? And people get away with much worse. I don't think it'll particularly affect Jung Hae In. *could be wrong, but I hope I'm not*

Also, I continue to dislike the anonymous "K-netz" as always. Don't these people have anything better to do? :/

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Seniority is a big deal in Korea though and this happened at a prestigious event in the entertainment industry, not just a random incident like Lee Jong Suk's airport scandal. He'll always be remembered as the center spot stealer at the Baeksang Awards show.

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It's just crazy this controversy happened right as he was getting popular. His drama is literally still on the air.

Also, we're "anonymous" here too. 🤷

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Ah, thanks for the GREAT SEDUCER reminder. Lawyer Lee Ki-young went completely off the rails, thanks to his own father's brutality. As for Se-joo's psycho-hyung, their father had had him administer the same kind of beating at home earlier. Remind me to never play golf with anyone from that family. And whatever happened to the poor bartender? He looked like a goner.

I agree that it was great to see Tae-hee tell off the brats. Then, after a magical five-year time jump, all is forgiven, and everyone ends up where they should have been after all. Except for the poor tortoise. ;-)

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The poor bartender Joo Hwan, I was raging at no one attempting to save him. "Why tf are you all letting him bleed to death in her lap???!!!" But I assume he made it as he was still conscious unlike comatose Shi Hyun.

I forgot to say I loved Tae Hee's father. He should win Parent of the Show award.

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@panshel,

Hye-jung looked like a total loser as she dithered around while her boyfriend was bleeding all over the place. And then she and her even more idiotic loser of a brother just left him on the street. It was criminal. Now that I think about it, she was likely in shock.

I couldn't abide her social-climbing mother, the obnoxious battleaxe.

Thanks for reminding me of Tae-hee's dad. He was the only sane and decent parent in the whole sorry lot.

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Whats up with this 'time jumps' in k dramas? Ugh!

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@coffeprince4eva RenOlshi,

By any chance might you be rather new to Kdrama? ;-)

Ye Olde Time Jump is a plot device to simulate resolution of a story that logically requires more than the final 10 minutes of a drama that has wasted too much time chasing its tail in the middle 10 episodes.

Often used in combination with the equally frustrating Mandatory OTP Separation Prior to Reuniting and/or Reconciling.

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Haha! Yes I am aware of it :D Damn thing frustrates me to my wits end!

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JHI greediness [allegedly] is leaking,
seriously, it makes a bad impression

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It might have been an unintentional mistake from his part..to us all over the world, I don't even consider that a mistake at all. But for Koreans who value respect a great deal, I can see why it might be an issue..but again, those scary k-netizens are making a big deal out of this. Sigh..😕

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Just speak for yourself. In my part of the world, stealing the spotlight from others, intentional or not, is a mistake and frowned upon.

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This is not a Korean culture issue -- this is a common sense issue. It's common sense for the Daesang winners to stand in the center, as it's common sense for the bride and groom and gold medalists and Miss Korea to stand in the center.

Why was Jung Hae In even anywhere near the center? Look at cutie Kim Soo Hyun.

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Even if staffs asked him to be at the centre or his seniors didn't mind about it, he should have been more alert, and just followed where Suzy was standing. It might be because he was nervous and things were quite chaos at that time. Anyway, he is living in the country where the older ones, even just by a year are treated with respect so I can understand the fuss, I'm not fully agree with Knetz, but I'm also living in the society where this kind of thing is taken into consideration. I don't think this incident will hugely affect him as long as him and his agency just keep quiet about it. He isn't the only top and talented rising actor at the moment, he has many competitions. If he wants to benefit from his popularity at the moment for a long time, he should also need to know to how to please his fans and Koreans in general. Take example from other top actors/ stars. If he doesn't want to do so, he can choose to be under radar after this, and netizens will slowly shifting the attention from him to other actor.

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All I can think of is that JHI got so swept away by the moment that he forgot all decorum.

I don't think this is confined to Korea or to do with respect for seniority. I believe this pecking order applies to most societies. Just recently in my country, people speculated who the next prime minister will be just by looking at where he stood in a cabinet photo.

I find it hard to think that JHI did it out of arrogance. He can't be ignorant either. So it must be a case of nerves and like you said, the chaos.

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"You see that empty spot next to Suzy? That's where you're supposed to stand." I don't understand why he didn't stand next to his costars from Prison Playbook (Park Ho San) and While You Were Sleeping (Suzy).

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Agreed. Watched the video. He firmly planted himself there. No bows either. He knew exactly what he was doing. Not a mistake at all. Just being cocky and trying too hard.

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He was also quite the jerk to crash in on Son Ye Jin's photo time on the red carpet. It was HER time yet he came out of nowhere and grabbed her hand for couple pictures. I don't believe it for a second he didn't know what was going on during the winner's group photo. He didn't look confused at all in the videos and firmly stood in that spot from the beginning even though everyone around him was shifting around. It now makes sense why he only got an opportunity to lead a drama now because many actors his age are away doing their military service. His five seconds of fame will soon be over if he doesn't learn to be more humble and respectful.

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I'm with K-netz on this one. Seeing the photo, it's just not right seeing Kim Nam-joo, Jo Seung-wo and Kim Yoon-seok on the side. They're the winners of the (actual) acting awards.

I don't believe the staff actually directed him to stand at the center as per FNC excuse, but even so he should have declined. A little humility would go far.

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Fans are defending him by saying he was confused at where to stand. What is there to be confused about? Ask yourself, "Did I win a Daesang?" If the answer is no, you move your ass to the back.

If the staff had directed him to stand at the center as FNC claims, then the staff just screwed him over. The staff had to have known there would be backlash at Jung Hae In standing in-between Jo Seung Woo and Kim Yong Hwa with Kim Yoon Seok standing in the second row.

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More like his agency is screwing him over with that lame excuse. Why would the staff ask him to stand in the center when he just won a small award and break Baeksang tradition and social protocol for him? And why has this photo time never confused anyone else in the past 50 plus years?

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Nor has it ever confused anyone who has attended a birthday party in their lifetime. The birthday boy or girl always stands in the center.

I died at people comparing this to Produce 101.

Does Jung Hae In think he's Kang Daniel?

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I'm with K-netz too for this one. I don't know why but I'm uncomfortable looking at this photo. And this is change my mind when I'm looking at Pretty Noona again. At first I don't mind about the controversy but after I read the article and saw some of video, even the fancam ones, I think I know why many people bash him. It's important to apologize for JHI if he want to save his popularity.

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@crescent
This is what you were asking about JHI.

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K-Drama
My Husband Mr. Oh The main couple still save the drama. ITA with you, I just want to see them together on the mountain. Taking her brother's child could be a nice plot.

Suits It's still a kdrama through and through. I love it 🤗

My Ahjussi I just took paracetamol after devoured eight episodes in a day. I don't have the stamina for binge-watching but My Ahjussi is really really amazing that I feel like to fly to Korea and kiss the writer and the PD. Who would've thought a story about average middle age men who are not Don Drapper or Jack Bauer could blow my mind??

US Series
Manhunt: Unabomber Based on true story of finding the perpetrator of the Unabomb through linguistics forensic. It's interesting but I didn't feel anything about it. Well at least now I know there's a method called linguistics forensic.

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Taking her brother's child could be a nice plot.

I can also see Se-mi raising the baby. She and Yong-min want to be parents more than anything.

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Oh, that would be awesome too. If only Yong-min can be a liiiiiittle bit less materialistic.

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I'm forgiving Yong-min his mateialism (and quite honestly anything else) for making the idiot brother actually go out and work a job.

He deserves a baby! Let's give him the baby!

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Hmm now that you say it, I guess he's okay after all. :D His materialism is what pushed him to ignore in-law niceties and force the brother to be more responsible.

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I think, Yong-min is Okay. I glad that he act like that to Seungjo brother and mom, they need someone like that to change. Still, she is number first mom that I hate and number two is Jian mom in pretty sister.

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This is off topic but... my brain keeps singing your username like that havana song. :D

(And yes, Seung-joo's mom is up there in the top most hateful moms.)

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I asee that there will be a period where the baby raise by senmi.

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If you liked Manhunt you have to check Mindhunter . It's infinitely superior and tells the story of how the FBI began to use profiling to track down serial killers, all thanks to a nerdy agent that began interviewing psycho killers already in prison and ask them why they did what they did.

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I already watched mindhunter early this year. I agree with you, it's more superior than Manhunt, plus I could see Anna Torv again after Fringe ended five years ago!

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A Poem A Day ep 11 : not so excited to watch episode 12 since my ship is about to sink 💔💔
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds : @bammsie , I'm still in ep 1 and I love it already , Kim Yoo Jung is amazing !! Can't believe it's only my first time seeing her , But don't know how to feel about PBG's character .
Suits : I'll watch this only for PHS

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Have faith! There are still 4 episode left!

And don’t worry about a thing about PBG’s character, he becomes a very sweet, thoughtful person, if a bit impetuous. :) And Kim Yoo Jung is so cute and amazing, I’m glad you like her!

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Ok , alright , ok I do have faith !!!
Thank you for recommending it , and I'm going to check KYJ's other dramas right now , I wanna see her in something not historical , and MDBC is my first historical drama !! I like the vibe of it , I might start watching more historical dramas after I finish this one ! :)

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MDBC was my first historical, too! I recommend Seven Day Queen and Splash Splash Love if you like them!

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These two have been on my endless plan-to-watch list for ages , I guess it's finally time to pick them up !!
Thanks for the recommendations :)

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@aliaa Yay!! And my pleasure! :)

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Seven Days Queen is the best saguek drama ever to me, highly recommended..And I do enjoy watching MDBC, Six Flying Dragon and Hong Gil Dong.

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What I meant for Hong Gil Dong is Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People..Idk why I put the name of main character instead of the title earlier 😂😂😂

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Watch Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People! It doesn't have big stars or a romance focus but it's incredible, best sageuk of 2017 imo.

And the acting and background music are so amazing. I still feel like singing along when I hear "If Spring Comes" by Ahn Ye Eun.

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A Poem A Day : Watch episode 12 for Alligator-Puppy! 🐊 Nam Woo finally gets a backstory. Plus even though our ship sank (or did it?), there were still a lot of Puppy-Puppy scenes. 🐶 At least watch it to be up-to-date before episode 13 airs.

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"not so excited to watch episode 12 since my ship is about to sink 💔"

Sorry! But LOL 😂😂😂😂😂

I would have said the same. Nevertheless, we all agree, important is that Bi young is happy 😇

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1. Suits - fast-paced, beautifully shot. Park Hyung Shik and his photographic memory is so sexxxyy. His mind, I mean. 😙

2. A poem a day - omg, i squealed so much!! Dr Ye and his infatuation is so swoony..and I love it when the rest of the staff noticed that he's 'dating', they just don't know who the partner is. Haha. 🙆🙆

3. Live - contender for best overall drama for me this year, alongside My Ahjussi. I like it that they don't prolong the inevitable break up. If there's no one who wants Officer Choi's partner (I still don't register his name), ship him off to me. Those dimples!!😘

4. My ahjussi - no episodes this week, but I kept myself entertained with the bts. It is always a delight to see those villains are actually guys full of cutesy acts and finger hearts. Byong byong😄

5. Drinking solo - now on ep 6, so far I'm liking it. Kibum is definitely my favourite character..the satoori!

6. 1n2d - i watched this every week, of course, but I just want to highlight that this week was a laughter-filled episode all the way through. The way they were bored with Kim Young Chul's incessant chatter was gold. Haha

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@mrsdimple,

That would be Officer Han-pyo you're paging from LIVE. ;-)

I agree: LIVE is terrific, and is my top non-sageuk so far this year.

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That's his name, yes! I was loving it when they confronted that sleazy guy who wanted Officer Min Seok to pay for an assault he didn't even commit. Police force, fighting!

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Yay for Live. More please !

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Kim Ki Bum is my favourite character in Drinking Solo"Tirori!" Also a chronic procrastinator, I identity with him at a visceral level.

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I really wish someone would make an edit of just the three students. I read the recaps and didn't care for the main couple but I really want to see all the student scenes. They seemed so relatable and hilarious.

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I wasn't the only one thinking the main couple was not interesting enough apparently, or maybe I'm not feeling it just yet. Yes, they totally should edit the scenes of the 3 guys together and made a fanmade episode or something..Gold. those guys..

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I hope Live can win something for their spectacular writing, directing and acting.

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@diniyuukie,

You and me both. The only reservation I have is that it's still early in the year, and by the time awards season rolls around, viewers and the powers who be will have forgotten just how great LIVE is.

That was what I feared for REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE last year, and for the exact same reason. It was a wonderful show with a fantastic ensemble cast and powerhouse performances. SEVEN DAY QUEEN dealt with the same tyrant, and was also terrific. Methinks they were of differing lengths, so were technically in different categories. I was really torn. They were both epic shows. But as far as heart goes, I'd have to give the edge to REBEL. In fact, the myriad side characters with significant contributions were forerunners of LIVE's large cast.

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Seven Day Queen was ignored because of the low ratings and I'm still angry. The ratings for Live are decent and Noh Hee-kyung's Dear My Friends won best drama at Baeksang before so I'm hoping for the best.

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@diniyuukie

I hear you! I thought that SEVEN DAY QUEEN was a remarkable drama, and Lee Dong-gun was fabulous as Yeonsangun. I'd have to give him the edge over Kim Ji-suk in REBEL, but I enjoyed both portrayals immensely. Park Min-young and Yeon Woo-jin were just plain dandy opposite LDG.

As for 7DQ, the three leads and their uncannily-similar younger counterparts were terrific. And there were many beloved sageuk veterans in the supporting cast.

Going into the show, I knew from history how it was going to end. It was the getting there that interested me. It was an intense and moving character study of Lady Shin Chae-kyung and Grand Prince Lee Yeok as well as his brother. It ripped my heart out, which had already been trampled by REBEL, and Yang Se-jong in DUEL. (His quadruple role as a pair of clones, their donor, and one clone impersonating the other was an amazing and tragic tour de force that was far better than the rest of the drama.) IIRC, the finale of LOOKOUT had already killed me dead. So by the time 7DQ aired, I was already emotionally wrung out. Geez, I sound like a masochist. That's a Kdrama fan with a taste for sageuks for you. ;-)

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@diniyuukie,

I watched the first two episodes of DEAR MY FRIENDS, but that was at the start of my live-watching career, and I was already tuned in to OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN for fave actress Seo Hyun-jin. I couldn't handle both shows at once, especially given DMF's subject matter, which hit too close to home after my Mom died. But I liked what I saw. Now that I've been through the wringer with a couple of other shows with dying elders, I could probably handle it.

In those first two episodes, Lee Kwang-soo caught my eye in DMF, despite the presence of Daniel Henney and Zo In-sung. I liked him in the ice hockey drama special PUCK!. He's been terrific in LIVE. (I've also been watching HIGH KICK! 2, one of his early shows with Yoon Si-yoon and Yang-chon's dad, Lee Soon-jae. YSY just finished his second sageuk, GRAND PRINCE, another winner.)

I just looked up DMF's cast and am floored to see Sung Dong-il, Jang Hyun-sung, and Baek Seung-do. It sure feels as if Writer-nim wrote those roles with the actors in mind.

Until I looked I had no idea that I had already seen Bae Jong-ok in THE LAST BLOSSOM, the touching 2011 film version of No Hee-kyung's story "The Most Beautiful Goodbye," and in the segment "The 33rd Man" in FIVE SENSES OF EROS. (She played a totally wicked [in all senses of the word] bombshell actress, a far cry from run-ragged Jang-mi.) I didn't recognize her at all. What a chameleon!

Well now I know that although Writer-nim can twist my heart into a pretzel, she'll let me live. My prospects for surviving DEAR MY FRIENDS have gone up significantly. ;-)

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I think Live is a masterpiece because I feel it changes the way that viewers look at police officers going forward. That they are normal human beings trying to do their job to the best they can, not the superheroes of certain dramas or the idiots of other dramas.

I couldn't believe that police officers aren't more protected in Korea in terms of their personal (financial) liability when something happens. To be so vulnerable when someone tries to take advantage, is of a higher rank, or just more powerful in society, was actually really shocking to me.

(my father is a retired cop, so I care about this stuff)

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EP. 15 & 16 SPOILER WARNING!!!

Dear @cloggie,

First, my hat is off to your father, who managed to "serve and protect"
until he could retire. It is such a dangerous and physically demanding profession that surviving in it for 20-30 or more years is a feat in itself. God bless him, and his family who supported him in his work.

No one in my family is in law enforcement. Nevertheless, I am appalled by this horrid situation of being personally vulnerable to civil suits when performing in the line of duty. It is so screwed up. That being the case, no one in their right mind would go into law enforcement unless they had no other way to make a liv-- oh, er, right. That's the whole point of the show. That despite enormous inequities inflicted on members of the profession, people enter it anyway, and not just because they have no other options. They're not out to become filthy-rich civil servants, either.

The corruption and cronyism among the higher-ups is nauseating. It looks like something right out of a sageuk. (Which is not to say that we don't have such stuff going on in America. We do. Some locales are infamous for their deeply institutionalized corruption that goes back for generations.) Some things never change, especially human nature. So much for equality before the law.

It was especially frustrating to see that the crooked detective who got Yang-chon busted down from captain, and whom he helped catch running a prostitution ring, was let off with a slap on the wrist for merely gambling. I was ready to scream.

Meanwhile, the news gives short shrift to an officer, nearing retirement and still on the job despite serious illness, who was gunned down in cold blood by a paranoid alcoholic. At first I thought the guy was strung out on PCP. The alleged assailant had first attacked three civilians. Most likely he will not be prosecuted for any of his actions. But I bet that Infernal Affairs will throw the book at the officers who shot and tased him to prevent him from harming anyone else. I can just hear the cries of "police brutality!" now.

All the bad apples spoil the reputation of the thousands of honest law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day. And the high-and-mighty public, preoccupied with its own more important matters, couldn't care less. The public and faceless netizens are the new corrupt yangban trampling a new class of slaves.

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*A poem a day e11-12 : 🛵😒

**K-shows
*Hyori Homestay S2E13 : Sang Soon buying flowers to both but with different meanings eternal love VS impossible love, he asked Yoonah to give up 😆, Sang Soon Jjang hahaha, as usual 🤗😌😊💝
*1n2d E213: festival special , funny how the teams got formed exactly how they were divided since the beginning 😆

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Yes!! It's like they planned it. 1 team with outrageous outfits while the other normal one. Hahah. I laughed so much. Can't wait for the rest of the special!

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Hi Beanies! I'm melting with this little heat wave we are having. It was so cold and rainy three days ago, but that's the weather for you! Hope you all have a great weekend😀.
This is what I watched this week:
*A Poem A Day: My Ye-ttle heart is so happy!😄
*My Ajusshi: T.T I’ve liked you since the beginning, but I was getting really emotionally invested and then you left. I'll wait patiently or at least try! Come back already!
*My Husband Mr Oh: It’s angsty, but I'm still enjoying it in huge part to woori Jak-doo just pulling my heartstrings.
*Prison Playbook: This show is looong, but soooo good. I'm at episode 7 right now. It's so interesting how you can feel for people that are incarcerated for doing something wrong. If only we could see the backstories to people in our own lives in order to understand them better. Justice for Yoo!
*Pure Love: Kim So-hyun and Do Kyung-soo were very good in this movie about a middle-aged man and his friends reminiscing about the last summer vacation they had together. As always, bittersweet. The friendships were lovely.
*Busted: I saw the first episode and I liked it. Maybe because I've always wanted to go to one of those escape rooms! It's definitely different and at the same time the same. Kvariety shows always have the graphics and they were present, but not as much and it was all in English. Some of the comedy bits were funny, but of course it was from the veterans. I will keep watching. I love mysteries and whodunnit premises! Also, I think it will be fun to spot the cameos.

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Out the last batch of dramas, Prison Playbook was the one that captured my heart the most. So good. Happy watching! 🤗

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@pbnjelly513 prison playbook literaly consumed my life when I was watching it. I watched it after it ended it's run, and was glad for it because i don't think i can handle waiting for a week for new episodes..

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Prison playbook is one of my favorite shows ever..I want to watch it again. Absolutely, all long.
Dry humor, but sometimes so touching that it made me cry. Incredibly, I loved crystal in this show, I totally believed her. And captain Yoo broke my heart.
Looney
Kaist
All of them... It was just amazing how a show with so many men made me happy (I am not fond of men in general)... But it was amazing.
You will love it to the end.

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I'm a week behind from the latest episodes of My Husband Oh Jak Doo and My Ajusshi because I couldn't stop marathoning Secret Forest ! 😆

Now that I've finished FoS, next destination : A Poem a Day, I decided to watch it for Lee Joon Hyuk so I'm pretty sure I'll choose Ye Jae Wook&Bo Young couple 😃

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Lee joon-hyuk 😍😍😍

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Weasel is the best!

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He issss

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just board the ship.. APAD first. and then what ever yoi choose. but full entertainment is guaranteed.

Lee Jun Hyuk.. is LOVE..😍😍😍😍

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LOL, someone has fallen in love. HARD 😀

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VERY BADLY...last one day without any LJH and Dr. Ye spazzing was so hard.

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FoS was so excellent I didn't watch anything else for a week.

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Same here. It's amazing how they constructed the story centered around 1 murder case only. Tightly written and a thoroughly well done drama.

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Which is why Forest of Secrets keeps winning Daesangs. 🙌

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If LJH is in FoS I will have to watch that show. I know it was a big hit in its time, but I didn't feel like it then.
Maybe after all my does are over.... for I am not interested in the recent premieres or the next shows.
So... maybe, because I also like LJH very much. 😍♥😍

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i am also planning to watch FoS for LJH but once Poem finishes.
have you watched Naked Firemen.. it also has LJH as lead, one short 4 episode drama. i am abt to start it next week. you can give it a try as well.

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I have not watch it, but maybe after FoS, I will think about it. Am I going to be a fair crazy LJH's fan????? 😊😅😘

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i've seen it 4 times and each time it's still as incredible as the first.

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Japanese Movies.

March Comes in Like a Lion - 8.5/10

March Comes out Like a Lamb - 9/10

I'll write about this SPECTECULAR Manga in more detail than i usually do for others.
Manga > Anime > Live Action Movies.
1st of all it is a highly valued and appreciated manga in japan. Not much so in foreign lands. Each and every volume of manga sold 500k+ copies in its 1st month itself. One reason why it wasn't popular among foreign audience was LACK of Translation. 2nd The type of story this manga carries isn't for your day to day viewers or readers. Story and characters have human traits and are complex.
Ofcourse, there is some drama but that drama is real part of life which makes the characters and their life appeal more to the audience.
People like me were always asking when this Manga gonna get its recognition aka Anime and bang Someone sensible listened the pleas of real fans and 1st an Album and then Anime was announced and not only 1 but we got 2 seasons and if it wasn't enough we got 2 Live-Action Movies. YES YES YES
Tv media captures the attention of most of audience so it was inevitable that 3-Gatsu no Lion will get its well deserved recognition and it has achieved the fruit of all of its hardwork.

I think director was clear what he wanted from 1st movie as 1st movie spend most of its time on Rei Kiriyama and other characters are more of introduced and their nature shown and the basis of their relationships with Rei is portrayed. That's why this movie gets lessor score than 2nd movie.

2nd movie is when everything comes at forefront and our other main characters taken steps ahead in their life and Rei atleast understand how much he needs those people and how he isn't alone at all. Fight your mind and heart and bask in the smiles of your loved ones.

Highly recommended Manga and Live-Action to everyone.

As you all know, I don't easily praise anything or anyone. I'm highly critical of the type of media i read or watch. There is much more to say about the movie but i will stop my long comment here.

Hyouka - 7.5/10 light novel > anime and manga > live action. Well done movie. Not for casual fans who drool over underwear over pants suerheros and yay yay on cgi driven action to acting.
In just 2 hours you can't go throw huge content and as usual movie lacks character depth but overall it is written well.
It might bore many as nothing spectacular happens bu that's what life is and main part of the story is pretty interesting.
Lot more could have been done but overall its worth watch movie.

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@sancheezy
@frabbycrabis I always get your name wrong.

Trailers

Sensei Kunshu - Hamabe Minami cute.
Over Drive - Mackenyu is in the character

Love Rerun - I expected more from it. 7/10

HanaDan - 6.5/10 The guy needs some acting lessons. Show needs more emotional elements. Money is good spent on CGI and locations.

Marry me now - The romance of old people is most satisfying here and small antics of Mi Yeon are fun to watch. Pretty lack lustre story and characters. Mediocre writing as well as direction. Music and Editing lacks impact.

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Did you finish Old Boy? I was waiting to see what you had to say about it before committing to a 45h Chinese drama again.

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I'm still stuck at episode 36.
I have this problem of putting shows in pending order for indefinite period without officially dropping them.
Don't binge watch it. This type of content is best savoured slowly. Its the 1st Chinese drama i liked and showed some respect so i recommend it to those who like down to earth, slice of life drama.

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One of my favorite couples in a show were in the older age bracket. Not something I usually gravitated towards, especially then in my 20s, but I adored them. It was Jean and Lionel in As Time Goes By. Of course they were played by Judi Dench and Geoffry Palmer with charm and chemistry to spare.

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Brilliant show. My husband and I still use "Copper Kettle" has code for when we can't remember the name of a favorite place we both love.

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That was a great ep. My library has the dvds and I think I re watch all or most of it probably once a year, or at least on in the background. It is kind of a comfort watch.

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Hirano Sho is terrible at acting in Hana Nochi Hare, it shows up even more because Sugisaki Hana is good.

Who looked at this guy's acting and thought 'yeah, this is the guy who should succeed Matsujun'?

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Pretty Noona. Paused. I can't with Jin Ah's mother.

Poetry. LOVE. ^^

Ajusshi is mine. Contender for all time favorites. Results will be announced after the Show.

Suits. Ep 1, 15 mins or Live? Which one should I start, is the question.

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I’ve just sat through ep6 of Pretty Noona, and I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to throttle a character so much before. The mother is seriously repulsive. 😒

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She gets worse. :/ I've paused it at ep 10.
Kudos to the actress - she's doing a spectacular job. A little too good. I have remind myself that Jin Ah's mom is NOT a real person but a fictional character and these negative feelings are unnecessary.

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What if she's based off a real person with 90% accuracy? 😂

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Pretty Noona: Paused here too. Can't stand the angst. But I will definitely binge watch the remaining episodes once the drama ends.

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I paused too. I think I need to know how it ends before continuing so my anger over the mother won't spill into real life.

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Yup. I wanted to watch it with @hades and everyone, but I can't deal.

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Come on @greenfields. That is what the alcohol was for! 😂 How about this, if she get's put in her place, can I tell you about it next week so you and rejoin the otherwise awesomeness that is this drama?

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@hades - count me in! ^^

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My Ahjussi is honestly a contender for my all time faves too. SOO compelling. Definitely missed it this week.

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Yup - In fact the absence of My Ahjusshi eps gave me time to catch up on other shows, but I really missed it.

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I dropped Pretty noona. Ep 11 gets worse. That woman! I read the live recaps at bah-doo beacuse that workplace sexual harassment plot is interesting.

My recommendation is go for Live. Its dark and amazing but not so dark as my ahjussi (literally, its not shot in dark). The characters are so good and they are written so well that even if you hate them for a moment, you just love them the next.

Suits, I dropped after 10 min, I had watched one season of american version (this was my last american TV show) and I could not shake it off, but then they have some amazing cinematography.

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YIKES! Definitely staying away from Pretty Noona for now in that case. :/ As for Suits, I generally don't like legal shows and I disliked the American original, so Live it is! I'm hearing very good things from Beanies I trust on recommendations. Thank you! :D

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Watch "Suits" first, because you might be find "Suits" kind of mainstream if you watch "Live" first. Because "Live" is shining gold, other drama looks like brass comparef to it.

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You're not making a very convincing case for "suits" ^^

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Haha, well, if you a fan of PHS and/or just want to enjoy watch both dramas, it is better to watch Suits first.

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Start on Live! It's ending this week and you don't have to wait for subs anymore!

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Oh! Our resident reporter-nim. :) Thanks, I'm pretty certain I need to watching Live, by this point.

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Doing my job so everyone doesn't miss it lol. Make sure to share when you're watching it!

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I found live heavier than suits. The latter has a darker start, but has lightened up. That said, I am not convinced by suits' writing just yet. Korean Harvey Specters solutions make no sense to me half the time while I had an easier time following in the American version (but to be fair I barely remember season 1). Park Hyung Shik is adorable though and I am enjoying the show for now. But it's definitely not crack level.

As for Live, I am only 4 episodes in, but the show is just a bit bleak for me, as I am already watching Ahjussi.

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Thanks. I would only check out Suits for Park Hyung Sik. Am not keen on legal dramas generally.

I'm also watching My Ahjusshi, and I'm convinced I need to be watching Live, so perhaps I should wait till My Ahjusshi ends; is what I've decided from your response. :) But Live it is!

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Suits korea i think more slow paced than US, maybe that is what make it not so crack. But perfomance from JDG as harvey specters i must admit pretty good, he got the feel but still have his own signature as an actor. I think ep 4 still on introduction, so ill watch 2 more to decide to follow or drop it.

For live, i think my ahjussi is much bleaker than this show. My ahjussi is comlpletely a dark drama even the humor was dark too. Live definitely lighter.

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You Who Forgot Poetry I am not sure if it's because I was super busy. Again. I just wasn't reacting much to Ye Liner charging full steam ahead with Minho ship sputtering in the dark. Maybe it's Because Bo Young Is My First Love. She's just so cute, I want to squish her cheeks. And like what I posted on APAD thread, is it really - "uri Alligator?"

My Ajusshi Man, do I miss you!

Miracle That We Met I caught up on this because no Ajusshi. Kim Myung Min is really killing it. He's got Go Chang Seok's mannerisms pat down. I love any scenes of him with Mi Ran and Kim Hyun Joo. Absolutely annoyed with CEO Joseph Lee's story and his all too obvious courtship of Hye Jin. I fast forward all their scenes. He knows she is married. Just no.

My Husband Oh Jak Doo So Mom and Son are having their mini hell? Shall we turn up the fire even more? How they end will determine my grading of this show. They are so horrible that I found myself agreeing with Seung Joo's noble idiocy.

On other things - Baeksang Awards. As usual, it's never only about the winners. That's too mundane. I still can't figure why Park Bo Gum wore a wig. It's creeped me out. And then there's the Jung Hae In's controversy. It's a drama awards after all.

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I know people are supposed to like the Mall CEO in MTWM but I find him so grating like ughh. She shows no interest in him and he's so blatant even though he doesn't know anything about her or her story. I hope they at least flesh his character more if I'm supposed to root for him and fake wife to be together cause we all know she won't end up with chef Hyun Chul who'll probably end up with his real wife most likely (or die- hopefully not).

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He's so cheesy/greasy, ugh I can't stand it. I hate that he keeps throwing random English phrases as if it'll make him look more sophisticated. I don't remember ever hating Daniel Henney this much in My Name is Kim Sam-soon so it's definitely the actor. Plus the writing doesn't help either. I mean, why are you hitting on a married woman, dude?

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You know, I'd take Eric Cho's Konglish anytime!

The writing definitely doesn't help. Why can't they have a CEO who is professional and just admires Hye Jin's work? Jerk Hyun Chul may be the worst husband but I don't think Mall CEO even knows or cares about that.

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@m3lon4 The random switch between English and Korean throws me off because he only ever does it around fake wife. So I feel like maybe it's his way to get closer to her but like ughh you don't know her backstory! Don't just assume that because she doesn't wear her wedding ring that their marriage is seriously bad. So far she doesn't even seem interested and is content doing her job which is an escape to her.

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I just hope he's gone in a flash.

I wonder what's the purpose of this character. If show wants to say that Hye Jin is capable and attractive, that there's a handsome man like Mall CEO who can appreciate her, they are so wrong. In fact, they are doing her character a disfavor. Why can't she be capable without being an object of interest? I especially dislike it when he uses his CEO position to get close to her. Urrrrghhhh...

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@outofthisworld Exactly! I don't see the point of his character. I'd much rather have her esteem healed by chef Hyun Chul because she's been trodden on so much by her jerk husband and then once she's mentally stronger it would've been better for her to be independent and then maybe fall in love. Right now Mall CEO is being obnoxious be trying to get closer to her through work/meetings when she's indifferent (wants to focus on doing her job better) and at times uncomfortable (when she saw the painting of her face). Like I wouldn't mind if he approached her naturally but he's just appearing everywhere when they're at work and making comments about her ring/husband/his life.

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A Poem a Day: Waiting for what could happen in the next 4 eps.

My Husband Oh Jak-doo: Frankly, I don't care much about this new antagonist in the story, nor I care about Seung-joo's family's newest adventure with that annoying hoobae by this point. I just love how Seung-joo and Jak-doo back to being honest about their feeling and decided to work together, because they are awesome as a unit. Also, I'm thrilled by this odd friendship that unexpectedly sprouted between our 2 leads and Eric. Sigh, if only Eun-jo could be just as interesting...

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LIVE continues to be an intense ride with compelling characters. After finally seeing the subtitles for eps. 15 & 16, I don't know what to expect as the finale unfolds this weekend. I've donned my riot gear just in case. On the interpersonal front, I've got an inkling about a certain cop couple.

GRAND PRINCE continues to zig and zag towards the finale. After watching ep. 19 raw this morning, I'm still not sure how it will end, other than in tears for some parties. The baddies are a persistent bunch. But so are the white hats. Queen Dowager doesn't need a sword. Her words cut better than any honed blade.

SUITS has begun revealing some of the hot shot lawyer's back story. Hip (hop) Lord Goldfish continues to pull rank. Meanwhile, rookie "fake lawyer" is caught up in their pissing match. It's all very entertaining.

I'm looking forward to WOK OF LOVE / GREASY MELO's premiere on Monday.

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I’m looking forward to marathoning Live! I hear nothing but praise for it. It better be good, lol.

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I just finished watching this week's episodes and I'm T_T

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@mrsdimple,

That's what I love about LIVE. Even as it punches me in the gut and gets me right between the eyes. The cops take care of their own -- because they know only too well that no one else will.

Their own brass treat the whole lot of them like wangttas. It's disgusting. Internal Affairs is less concerned with revealing the truth and more about spin control to placate the baying, know-nothing public. Heaven forbid IA would ever educate the public as to the true nature, dangers, or flawed procedures of police work.

Recall how Senior Officer Choi was shunned by most of the rest of the precinct at the beginning? He knew the score, and saw to it that their colleague who screwed up would not be permanently harmed. He knew it was better for him to bite the bullet and delay the transfer to his hometown than to slip into corruption by trying to cover it up. That vengeful congressman would never get off his case, and it would only be a matter of time.

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Yes, and Captain An's case too. Glad she was able to say something to coward higher-ups.

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Hip (hop) Lord Goldfish continues to pull rank.

Love this. Geun-shik is my favorite bad-guy at present. I love his strut, his ambition, his mournful self-reflections.

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Lord Goldfish - love it! He really does add to the show with his over the top riduculousness and childish antics/tempertantrums/poetrywhining.
He is definitely a fun part of the show and the name Lord Goldfish fits.

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@stpauligurl,

Glad you like it. You instantly knew exactly who I meant. My grandpa had a gift for nicknaming people. I seem to have inherited it. ;-)

In some respects, Geun-shik, His Excellency Lord Goldfish, is akin to Denny Crane in BOSTON LEGAL. He's quite a character, but with a mean streak. I think. Or is it just false bravado? He may actually feel inadequate on the inside, and overcompensates by picking on peons.

LOL at "poetrywhining"! I was beginning to wonder if he were half-heartedly rapping.

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He reminds of Michael Keaton's character in the movie Night Shift. Where Henry Winkler worked in a morgue and MK was his sidekick who was constantly recording all his ideas into a recorder.
I think Lord Goldfish will be fun in this show. He is such an awful man in Bad Guys Vile City (watching on Netflix now)

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It’s finals week so the only show I caught was You Who Forgot Poetry. I’ve said most of my thoughts already but in a nutshell: 🐊💖🐊💖🐊💖

1. Shin Jae-ha is love and I want to rewatch Page Turner. Give him and 🐊 a happy ending, show! And dramaland, give this boy a lead role!
2. Lee Yoo-bi is love and I want Bo-young to end the show sexy, free, and single. Dr. Ye doesn’t excite me and Min-ho missed his chance. Once she has become a full-time employee and has matured further, she and Nam-woo should get together.

Nam-woo is the best part of this show now.

And I actually like the recurring gags. It’s very sitcom-y.

I miss My Ajusshi! Come back to me, show! And I’m so excited for Monday! Greasy Melo!

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YES it is! Junho! Food! A match made in heaven that never disappoints!

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Eeeep! Didn't know it was so close. Jang Hyuk + Jung Ryeo Won + Junho + jajangmyun = lack of sleep and weight gain.

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