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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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Miracle That We Met: I was pleasantly surprised at how satisfied I was with the ending. My mind was tangled trying to imagine how Hyun-cheol’s dilemma over his two families could be happily resolved, so when he finally met Kai, I was prepared for what happened next. The key to this narrative was always the warmhearted and thoughtful chef Hyun-cheol and it was his wish that gave all of the characters the chance to be happy. I’d forgotten just how goofy chef Hyun-cheol was in his original body and was reminded how cute he was with his family. I suppose the miracle was that banker Hyun-cheol saw himself through the chef’s eyes and finally appreciated what was precious to him. Considering what a tyrant he was in the beginning, that’s no small miracle.

About Time: The life clock angle of this romance offers a layer of mystery that makes About Time such an unconventional love story. I like it! What’s grabbed my attention is the performance of Im Se-mi as Lee Sang-yoon’s almost fiancée, who hides her anger behind a pleasant smile. She’d been toying with him but now that he’s distracted, she’s turned into a tiger and I imagine we’ll see her claws soon enough. I can’t figure out why Lee Sung-kyung’s life clock reverses when she’s around her boss because I’m pretty sure the fiancée wants to kill her.

 

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Sketch: After the first two episodes I’m digging this show a lot. There’s a lot of great cinematography throughout, especially the camerawork during the big action sequences (the boat fight with the gorgeous bridge backdrop is just fantastic). Perhaps more importantly, though, the setup for the actual premise of the show really dug its hooks into me. I love that there are two teams able to see the future and that they each have very different ideas of how to handle this power. And while Jang Tae-joon and Do-jin’s way of doing things is maybe a bit more morally objectionable, it still seems, for now, to come from a desire to save innocent people, so I’m hesitant to classify their partnership as strictly evil at the moment. And while it’s fair to say that what they’re doing is wrong, I always love when a show makes me sympathize with the bad guys enough to kind of understand why they might think their methods are justifiable. If only they didn’t also kill the innocent people who might try to stop them.

 
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Sketch: Had high hopes... then it quickly became clear that it was run by someone who thought long unrealistic fights are entertaining. Sigh. Got better later, but some of it was too dark. Literally. It was hard to see what was going on.

Come and Hug Me: This show has everything -- that we've seen before. Pushy obnoxious reporter, vindictive public demonizing relatives of the demon, childhood first love -> adults apparently fated to be together, serial killer, pretty aspiring actress..... The only original/rare thing is the non-evil stepmom. But I like if more than I think I should. Can it be that all those things are common for a reason?!?

Investigation Couple: Still fun. They seem to be poking fun at common k-tropes, like having the female lead joke that her family went broke when (at least) 2 other current shows had the female lead's family go broke and Daddy in jail -- it's About Time the Greasy Melo father cleared his name...

Lawless Lawyer: Was dropping, but so many other people seem to like it. So I'll try to find time... (Later) Still overdramatic, but I have time and I'd rather watch Seo Ye-ji than watch paint dry.

Mistress: I don't think I'll ever have THAT much spare time. Dropped.

Handsome Guy / Undateables: So make up your mind. Handsome or undateable? If I had to drop another one, this woulds be it.

Greasy Melo: Even if it sucked, I would still have to watch one of the shows that's being recapped.

Miss Hammurabi: Go Ara is nailing it. A good script doesn't hurt either. #notblack #nothwarang

About Time: Among other flaws, the guy seems to be falling for the girl too quickly and without a good reason. Seems forced. Do yourself a favor and go watch Master's Sun again.

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A more comprehensive summary/ recap and more reflective of what I'm watching than DB seems able to provide these days - thanks!

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I agree. I think this site is truly great and I am really appreciative of all the work that goes into the recaps and news but I do miss the more noticeable input from girlfriday and javabeans. I used to really enjoy catching up on what they were watching, their recaps and I seriously loved the drinking podcasts of which there have been none for ages. Sad times. I guess maybe busy lives.

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Yeah... I miss the old dramabeans. Not as much fun reading the updates nowadays as compared to how it used to be.

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While I agree it's not the same DB of days gone by, the podcasts are ongoing on YouTube and you can actually see Java and GF visually.

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The live drunken podcasts I was referring to in my comment are exactly the same as on YouTube, I just checked YT, there has been nothing for 5 months.

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Yes! I am also grateful to JB & GF for creating Dramabeans and for the years of always insightful, funny, poignant and culturally informative recaps. Although I respect their choice to step back, I miss their voices that used to permeate this site.. Ladies, come back - you created a great community here! :)

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Yes, I thought it was just me, but I def noticed a significant decrease of jb and gf presence on this site. What's going on?

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me, personally, I can understand (and forgive) the bosses being busy or delegating to staff, but their lack of presence doesn't explain why they're are so few recaps and so little casting news & news of upcoming dramas. I used to not be able to keep up if I came here 3 times a week (for news. I came everyday for recaps). Now I can go 3 weeks away and catch up in 15 minutes.

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I wasn't saying I didn't understand. Just that I missed their input.

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@Lynn, I don't know what in my comment made you feel I was attacking you or saying that you didn't understand. *sigh* Sorry if that's how you took it.

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@Lynne. So glad. :)

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Guys, are there other websites that offers
kdrama recaps and reviews? Pls recommend alternate sites.

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Thanks, Eileen! Will check this out.

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Wow really, Go Ara is doing a good job? What about L? Both are people I like when they’re not acting but have a hard time with in dramas. It would be so great if they’ve upped-skill for this one!

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I was neutral if not downright skeptical of L before show started. Well, I think he's actually good in this drama. Go Ara's style may not suit all types of characters but she does this role well.

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Go Ara is doing okay although her character frustrates me everytime she being impulsive. I love L character in here. I think his character as aloof kind of guy suits him.

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I think MH is much more about the good writing than good acting. For me it just proves that writing comes first, it's better to have barely decent acting with a real good script than the other way around.

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That's what i always say - good characters make good actors. Still, MH's scripting is just above average.

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Really? I find MH's scriptwriting to be exceptional, far surpassing all the hit dramas in the past few years.

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Can't agree with you more. I think Miss Hammurabi is an exemplary of what a TV drama with quality contents should be. You do not need a stellar cast to make up the shortcomings of the writing. The majority of Kdramas have to depend on star power to attract the audience while the writing is often mediocre at best. This drama, to the contrary, garners attention for all the nuanced, true-to-life depictions of social reality that resonate intimately with its local Korean audience. I actually think that the scriptwriter made an excellent choice in casting Go Ara and L because they play rookie judges. He wants the focus of the drama to stay on the social issues, not the tangential concerns such as acting and the looks.

What really stands out is not any singular actor or actress, but the synergy effect of an entire acting ensemble, including those who only appear briefly in the court trial scene. Such an emphasis on the "collective" also corresponds to the main theme of the drama. The law should be rooted in "people," not exclusively only to the privileged ones who wield power over people.

Having said that, I actually find Go Ara's acting on point in this drama. She might be a limited actress, but this particular role is a great fit for her. Some readers of the original novel already pictured her play this role (due to her role in Sharp). I applaud for her courage, because this role is not meant to be likable and can be highly controversial, especially considering the hostility against anything verging on feminism in SK (the entire debacle surrounding Suzy for instance) L's acting also improves significantly. But it is Sung Dong-il whose understated and yet indispensable presence that holds the entire cast together. The chemistry between Sung Dong-il and Go Ara is also unmistakable, harking back the beautify memory of Reply 1994. And Ryu Deok-hwan provides a much-needed comic relief for a drama that deals with hefty subjects. His comic timing is simply impeccable.

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What is the Suzy debate? I love Sung Dong-il, he is so great. The secondary characters are very good too. I'm liking L and Go Ara, I think they could be better but it is fine. It is just good to be watching a show for the script and not because we can't, because we like this or that actor or actress so much.

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You can check netizenbuzz and Asian Junkie regarding the Suzy incident. It's a hot mess, but she did the right thing, IMO.
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Disagreed. The acting is always an important part of any show, period. It can make a decent script look Gold.

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The only currently airing drama I'm watching is investigation couple, I was abit unsure about starting it but the first 2 eps were cool, they made everyone think the bad guy murdered his wife but it wasn't him? that got me hooked and I definitely like how they are trying to not go to those super cliched type of cases u see in dramaland, and it doesn't hurt that there's forensics involved (which is a topic i do kinda like) and i just love stephanie lee's character here she's so sassy and smart and pretty

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Love what you said about Sketch. Those fight scenes are Fo-re-ver. I just don't get it. They will make a long fight scene even longer by having a breather in-between. I am also not really feeling the clues and the evil guys are so icky. Still sticking with it though.

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Seigi no Se - 7.5/10
Asahinagu - 7/10. Rated and talked about it lask week.

Wok of Love - Nonsense and more nonsense. Jang Hyuk is the one keeping it interesting. 6/10
Lawless Lawyer - Forget any logic or reasoning. 6/10, terrible show but a good timepass.

Marry me Now? - The Ex Sister-in-law is the typical hateful character and whoever the actor is, she doing a good job. She will cause typical problems which will bring hero-heroine closer. Moon Shik is the best character of the show but i don't think writer is capable enough to handle the story or characters.

Sketch - Meh 6.5/10. Worth time pass for now. I'm surely gonna drop it.

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Miss Hammurabi - 6/10. This show and its writer's agenda surely gives you a big headache. Raising issues is one thing but completely obliterating the all concerned fictional and real life parties is just foolish. This is why feminism and SJW aren't taken positively these days.
Writer certainly need to relook at whatever crap he/she has spouted so far.
Seriously, even Lawless Lawyer's writer looks innocent compared to this one.
If he/she is so much concerned, then he/she would have taken notice of the industry she belongs too.

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Here is the thing: there are A LOT OF things getting lost in translation. For instance, the local Korean audience knows the literal meaning of the title character ("brimming with emotion", "can't hold back with impulses"), they know that she is not to be taken as a character mirroring any person in real life. The two lead characters are meant to provide antipodal forces of idealism and realism, passion and reason, and etc.

I actually find the writer of MH brilliant and courageous. (He is a high-profile judge in SK). He inserts an unrealistic character and asks the audience, "Why do you, the audience, find her unrealistic? Why do you accept the reality as it is, especially when the reality has suffocated you for so long? Why can't the judge and our judicial system show a humane side? Are we "socialized" to the degree that we submit, surrender ourselves to accept the reality as it is at the expense of fairness and truth--just like what the school teacher scolds Ba-Reun for lacking "sociality" ? Is socialization meant to kill our passion, pursuit for truth and humanism simply for the purpose of maintaining the status quo?

This drama is well-received in SK precisely because its unabashed portrayal of social reality in the name of honoring, respecting the seniors and the status quo. The writer clearly knows the limit of the legal system and the fictional drama. The ending of episode 3 is the best instance. In a fictional/ideal scenario, the judge and the judicial system can punish sexual offenses IN COURT (and in drama), but in reality and outside drama, sexual crimes ALL THE TIME. The ending is highly applauded by feminist communities in SK, for its courage to portray everyday living struggle a woman has to confront with in SK.

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I love Moon Shik! Just was disappointed when the writer suggested some evil path ahead 😕

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I am sure that he will be fine in the end. He's a great character. And Kim Kwan is doing a great job in the role...!

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Moon Shik can be all - anti-hero, hero, short term villain.
I've no trust in the writer. He/she can't even properly write a single scene. It feels like 4-5 writers each are concentrating on 1 character-couple and director is somehow aligning all of it together.

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Plus Lee Sang Woo can't act... and yet I'm here watching and enjoying this weekender 😀

Some positives: I like that the heroine is not actually a doormat (as one would think from the first episodes)... there is Kim Mi Kyung... and there is Moon Shik 😉 🙂)

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I can't fathom most of actor's acting in this show. The actress playing eldest daughter is doing some work but rest of them are just pronouncing dialogues.
Hyo Seob and Mi Yeon are holding up 1 part of the show but younger cast has clearly exposed the weakness of the writer and director.
Heroine acted too dumb in 1st few weeks but that can be explained by the environment she was in. Now in the company of her family she has gained back her identity and self-confidence.
Moon Shik is versatile character but i don't think writer has the ability to explore the various layers of this character.

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I really do think he will turn out okay. He might try to be evil, but ultimately he loves his (step) mom. *fingers crossed*

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I hope the writer won't ruin Moon Shik... and I'm waiting for the reluctant bromance with his "Hyung" 😁😁

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That is a slow burning fire!

Someone said a week or so ago that the tension between them was almost bl level!!
I tried to find the comment again so that I could up vote it and agree, but it was lost in the wall labyrinth... 🤣

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frenemies BroMance between him and the son.

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I feel like Jang Hyuk is ALWAYS keeping it interesting, no matter the drama. What did we do to deserve him?

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wow this site is dying. i hope behind the scenes everyone is ok.

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I wonder if they’re trying to change direction? I guess recaps don’t make a whole lot of money - those big ads make me feel like I’m being funnelled to BeautyTap before I can even scroll down to DB content. I feel a lot of loyalty to this place even though I’m not hugely active, so I’m a bit sad and curious, but I support our fearless leaders if support is what they need. Has there been any official word on why things have changed?

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Running the beauty business must take a lot of resources.

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No one's addressed it head on or feel that they owe the readers any explanation. It hasn't just been lately, it's been close to 6 months since things became stagnant. Mary has attempted to explain some things but it's only making the vague even more vague.

Asking us to have faith and hang in there when no one else is stepping forward with a word after half a year has gone by.

I can feel like the team members are having differences of opinions on which direction they should go. I think some wanted to continue the old format of recapping, news as it has been their passion and the reason they started the site in the first place, while some feel that it is taking up way too much of their lives and they are not getting compensated enough for it after having sacrificed so many years of their life, they feel they are due. So some opted to go the more commercial route.

So some are showing their dissatisfaction by throwing in the towel and not bothering to write or contribute anymore after an ugly power struggle gone bad. And everyone is told to do whatever they like right now. i.e. if you feel like contributing/recapping then go ahead. If you don't feel like you want to do it, then just don't. Lollypip has been the only one doing most of the recaps, so I guess she is one of the people who's passion is still there like it has been from the beginning.

This of course is my own theory. Feel free to add in your own because no one will clarify anyway, so the truth is what we believe it is or make it out to be.

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but they don't get paid for doing this blogging though. It's a free service, right? Why do they owe us any explanation?

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No they don't. It's just nice if they do explain for us to know. Some of us are worried and we could offer help or suggestions if they need.

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well, they have created a tightly-knit community over the years that cares and worries about the site and its creators and they should have a sense of responsibility for people's feelings imo. there are other recap sites out there, there's a reason why beanies choose to remain here. for now.

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I actually don't think this is the case... There are other sites/forums doing recaps, besides, a lot of unofficial streaming sites - something more important to Taken care of, if it's the matter.

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The beautytap ads are annoying but I think something else is up. End of last year looked like JB and GF had all these new ideas with the regular vlogging and stuff, the tenth anniversary, the merch...

I hope I’m not being melodramatic but I worry a bit, because there’s been no update from JB and GF and they’ve always given us that.

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ahh...Same here. I feel terrible that I don't visit as much as I used to, but it's mostly related to my current interest in dramas—which comes and goes. I'm guessing it comes with getting older.

Dramabeans has been a part of my life for years. It even got me through some tough times so I would love to be able to do whatever I can to support it so that it can be around for many more years. But I also do understand that running any kind of business takes a considerable amount of energy, so my main hope is that they are all healthy and that they're not in any kind of trouble. I also hope they know that there are a lot of us who really do appreciate them for everything they've done.

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Is BeautyTap the old DramaBeans store? I've been wondering what's going on with this site -- it just seems odd lately. Although blogging about K-Dramas is probably a pretty hard way to make a living. More power to them if they wanted to start a new business!

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Beautytap has been its own entity before DB got involved in it. I don’t think DB owns any of it, they just advertise for it and it was the site that interfaced with th DB shop. I’ve ordered from Beautytap since the DB store went offline and I’ve been very pleased. They do have similar websites though. But they are totally different.

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I believe both Beauty Tap and Dramabeans are owned by the same guy/company however that works. Also, have ordered from Beauty Tap and liked it. Lots of samples.

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You may be right about that, actually. I remember that a couple guys bought DB and we were all confused about it because there was a media release about it and everyone thought that javabeans started it. I think that when it got big, these entrepreneurs who own other web-based business bought them. DB hasn't really addressed this, have they? How did you come across this?

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@ally-le Woah! When did that happen? I wasn’t aware!

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@mindy-- Here's the scoop about this. W2beauty is what Beautytap was called prior to the renaming of it. Dramabeans is mentioned in passing, but it says he started it, which was probably a fact-check error. https://www.racked.com/2017/8/10/16094904/w2beauty-james-sun-apprentice-kbeauty

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Honestly, this whole BeautyTap thing is starting to feel like a hostage takeover, with those intrusive giant ads colonizing the front page, the James Sun going everywhere telling the press he "founded" Dramabeans (LMAO).

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According to Wikipedia:

"James Sun (Hangul: 선우신; is an entrepreneur, television host, and public speaker. He is the owner of Dramabeans.com, Beautytap.com, and AppZocial."

Shaking my head. I'd assumed Javabeans & GF still retained ownership share, or are they being edged out?

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@ally-le OMG why is this alarming to me? Just read the article you linked and spent the last several minutes googling it. I feel like I will be googling this all day long.

After Googling "James Sun Dramabeans" every article that pops up says that he is the owner of it. I wonder if he is a part owner or a full owner? Maybe he owns 51% which would make him a majority owner?

I wonder if Dramabeans got too big for DB and GF so they hired an outside company to run all the behind the scenes (technical non-drama related) issues so that they could continue to recap and interact with Beanies? If that is the case then they would take a salary. I have read this happening with some big food bloggers. They would sell their site but the original creator would stay on and just write about food instead of handling every single issue that the site has.

But then, why are they so scarce on the site?

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I have not learned to @ someone to reply to them without the reply button...so answering here. :)
I ordered a couple times from Beauty Tap and got a reply from the CEO James Sun . Just a copy paste letter. Anyway, I'm always a bit suspicious when they want a reply and so googled. He was also on The Apprentice, lol.

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I just linked the article above!

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Hmmm, one more reason for a DB representative to tell us what's going on right now, else readers will continue to speculate more theories.

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Now more than ever I'm convinced his has to do with Beauty Tap. The beginning of the end seemed to coincide with the mysterious, silent disappearance of the DramaBeans store. Perhaps corporate is pulling resources from DramaBeans to concentrate on the make up business. This makes me sad.

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Good thing, i'm not the only one who noticed.

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The thing is: if you have an audience, you must provide a response, even if its not a good one. Period. The community is the heart of the site. If there is none, the site will be dead, with their consent or not.

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That actually cuts two ways. If the community is the heart of the site, then the community can keep it alive as long it is online. Like we did by making our own place to comment on JBL. It does hurt a little to see that the same stories are leading day after day, but I also get the feeling that the staff is trying really hard with limited means. And yes, this is a business. Javabeans had that in her old profile, that she never imagined she could make a living doing what she loved. The money comes from ads.

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It's a bummer but I kind of feel like what @mary said is still true. She basically said they are working through a lot of issues behind the scenes. I am assuming that those issues require a lot of time and money so all hands are probably on deck. Honestly, I think money is the biggest issue. They might be spending more than they initially thought on the new site and other related things.

DB gets money from ads and affiliate links so the best way to help is to turn off your ad blocker on this site and/or consider purchasing something through Beauty Tap.

It might also help if Dramabeans changed their layout to be more of a community based comment format with the Beanies section front and center.

I wish everyone behind the scenes good luck. DB is a wonderful community, I love everyone here :-)

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It's got to be corporate/legal because there appears to be a gag order in place. DB is owned by some guy, not JB etc. Our bloggers might be the heart and soul of the site, but they're not the site. They get paid, they're employees. I creep in once every few weeks now, not every day like I used to. A bit torn because don't know whether it's more loyal to our bloggers to not visit and let the site die so they can go on to do what they want to do, or whether to still check in once in a while.

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I agree with you about the gag order, @barbrey. No way would they willingly say nothing. Also, if things don't go their way I will follow where our girls go.

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This is honestly the shock of the day for me. I just read the article @ally-le linked above. I had no clue that JB and GF sold Dramabeans way back around August 2017 or even before that. James Sun seems to love mentioning that he owns Dramabeans "The largest Korean Entertainment site", but he gives no credit to the founders.

Ah, it just rubs me the wrong way. I hope things are great behind the scenes for the founders and that they are just taking a much needed long vacation after 10+ years of working like drama dogs to get this site as big as it is.

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I'm utterly shocked as well, V.
It rubs me the wrong way, too, and the timing clicks with gummimochi and headsno2 disappearance from DB as well so everything kind of makes sense now.
Aw, I feel sad now!

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Well, it was time for someone to adress the elephant in the Blog... I too miss my old DB :(

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Greasy Melo - whimsy, wit, bromance and sparkle with cute animal cameos and amazing looking food. What’s not to love?

Lawless Lawyer - cheesy action thrills with razor sharp cheekbones. If they were going for an ‘anime come to life’ feel they really nailed it.

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I'm trying to not fall into a slump. Current strategy: turn to the Vault of Dramas Past and webdramas.
Lawless Lawyer ep. 6: Dropped. The writer may think it's every sexy guy's dream to protect a girl and have her sleep with him without wasting time, instead of talking about love or starting an official relationship first. I think a girl is worth more than that.
Rich Man ep. 6: The only current drama I'm following. Cringey acting but the story is getting interesting because of Enigma Girl. Is she his mother, friend or first-love?
Full House 2 ep. 6: Accidentally stumbled upon it looking for images of idols in shopping cart (yes, you read right). Nothing to do with the original, and I love this one way more. Park Ki Woong is a lovable baby chick. No Min Woo looks gooood, even the awful hairstyle works for me. Finally, for the first time in my life I like Hwang Jung-Eum (she's loud but not screechy, and not overacting). 🎉
Webdramas: I watched LOVE FOR A THOUSAND YEARS and really liked it (Jang Ky Yong!), and the sweet little FALLING FOR DO JEON (Xiumin and Kim So Eun).

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You have no idea how thrilled I am seeing someone else loving Full House 2 more than the original 😄😄😄 Hi5!!

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Hi, @pastmidnite! ❤️

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Helloooow @giegie0384!!! 🤗🤗

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Oh I do too. And it was my first HJE drama, so it's easier for me to forgive her screechiness other places because of FHT2

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Hi @pastmidnite! Long time no see. Hugs!!

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Hi @growingbeautifully!!! *Hugs back

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The modern hanboks were so beautiful in Thousand Years!

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Glad you still watch Rich Man!!!!
It is getting more interesting... in storyline. Especially with impending doom for Yoo Chan (if they follow the J-drama storyline).
I am trying to analize Suho's acting.. So after I watch all EXO's behind the stage interviews, EXO's next door drama and EXO's Dear Happiness, EXO's reallity show (I have been doing this for more than 3 weeks... They are so addictive, I think I am starting to lose my mind.. I keep questioning my sanity over this k-pop boyband)... Anw, I came to conclusion that Yoo Chan weird expression is Suho's default face. I don't think he is suitable playing arrogant-smug-jerk character... On the contrary, he is more decent in melo, sad scene like the one when he cried while caressing his ex-gf painting in the dark (RM ep 8).
Anw... Is Falling For DoJeon good? I really like Xiumin. I think he is the most secretive person in EXO and I wonder if he can also act. He is good in reallity show atm..

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Suho's default face LOL. I agree. He doesn't have another face! I still haven't watched ep. 7-8.

Falling For Dojeon is really sweet and the character suits Xiumin: he plays a shy guy who works as a clown, and when he is in disguise he becomes more extrovert.

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Sketch: Woah! What a twist. I love that there are two different takes of how to save the lives of innocent. Is it better to kill someone who will commit a crime in the future? Or is it better to catch them in the act and arrest them(with the risk of the victim dying)? Strangely, I find the "evil" side more intriguing than our good guys *cough cough* who failed to save the lives of both women

Investigation Couple: The interactions between the main leads are the selling point of this show tbh. I wish the second male lead would just go away...forever. Lee Yi Kyung is criminally underused in this show :((

Lawless Lawyer: The bad guys are so interesting. It's amazing to see the men act tough one moment then bow down(literally) to Judge Cha. Can we get a backstory on how she rose to power and chose this path becaue SHE LITERALLY RUNS A CITY WITHOUT HAVING TO LIFT A FINGER. I'm still scratching my head at what happened last week between Sang Pil and Jae Yi. On one hand Jae Yi was in a vulnerable state and Sang Pil has been in love with her for years (its a tad bit creepy that he has been stalking her for years). But at the same time it just seemed so sudden.

Suits: I don't really have any motivation to watch this anymore. I enjoy the show when it's on, otherwise it's an afterthought

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Judge Cha is the only reason I might marathon Lawless Lawyer after all the episodes are out. She owns the city and the screen.

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About Lawless Lawyer... yes, I found their progress sudden too. Wasn't she sort of not approving of him just half an episode ago, and full of doubts too? And all that melted away once Woo Hyung Man confessed. Still too fast. 😄

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Date : I'm liking this show more than last week. Still waiting for more revelations though... On episode 6 for now.
Miss Hammurabi : I like this way more after episode 3-4.
Don't know where it's going to land, but I'm feeling everything with Judge Im, while Go Hara's character still seems too much to me sometimes (fault of the script that gives his Pov more than hers)

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Lawless Lawyer This show is like on steroids and not in a good way. Judge Cha has a list of crimes which would make any Italian Mafia boss look like a wimp.
There has been a lot of brouhaha over the sex scene. I don’t care for the romance, so it didn’t matter to me. Some said Sang Pil and Jae Yi needed to forge a strong bond to team up against their common enemy. Why does sex = strong bond? The whole thing just seems gratuitous to me. I’d rather accept that it’s a good opportunity to admire LJK’s bicep.

Come and Hug Me There are times when the melo meter shot up through the roof. What I like best is the exploration of themes like survivor guilt, the aftermath of a crime(s) and the impact on the criminal’s family. The latter is well done through showing the devastating effects it has on Do Jin and Mom’s lives, years after the heinous crimes.

Do Jin cannot see himself of being worthy of love. Worse, he thinks he played a part in bring disaster to Jae Yi’s parents by acquainting himself with her. This dastardly thought appeared to have been planted by Reporter Park but I think Do Jin blamed himself for the longest time. This is why Jae Yi’s treating him like a human seems too good and wonderful to be true. I don’t think he even dares to ask for forgiveness.

Miss Hammurabi This is totally my type of show. It is so relatable. The issues touched on and the questions raised are universal. On top of it, it has me cracking with laughter every single episode. L is a delight to watch. When did he become this good? Or maybe this role suits him to a tee?

The sexual harassment episode was very good except for the unnecessary accusation levied at the plaintiff’s lawyer. He was already despicable enough. Thankfully the closing scene was daebak. It reminds us that we may celebrate small victories in our fight against sexual harassment, but it is far from finished.

Go Ara reminds me a little of myself when I was younger. Although I was not as bold or fearless as she is, I did do things like question my superiors, asked questions people wouldn’t during office meetings and I even started a petition for some silly thing which I can’t exactly recall. My boss had to tell me that it wasn’t necessary and not the way to achieve what I want. He was right. In the latest episode, I am glad that Ba Reun came up with a better way of addressing the problem after agonizing about what to do. Both he and Oh Reum cares deeply for others, they just show it differently

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You always express CAHM so well. 💕

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The way Ba Reun decides to team up with Oh Reum at episode 4 is thoughtfully written. He recalls how he is forced to accept, being indoctrinated into, social principles for trying to correct the wrong of the teacher. Even though we know that he's totally head over heels over Oh Reum, I appreciate how the narrator does not fall into a narrative cliche by making him take action simply for the sake of love. He decides to collaborate with Oh Reum for the moral principle he upholds, and thus lives up to his name Ba Reum (correctness).
Another reason why he chooses to get involved is also out of pragmatic concern. He knows that rumors have been circulating about Oh Reum, who is in a disadvantageous position to make a petition. The fact that Oh Reum being a woman does not help either, given that the court is governed by domineering and unforgiving patriarchs.

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Thank you! I was trying to articulate what Ba Reun did but found it hard to do so. If you can recap this drama, I would totally read it.

Another thing I love about Miss Hammurabi is that the show doesn't shove romance in our faces. We know that Ba Reun like Oh Reum for a long time, he had a crush on her in school. While she exasperates him and he finds her strange at time, there's no doubt he cares deeply for her and has quietly gone out of his way to do things for her. She's not totally blind to it either, she knows he cares for her and appreciates it. She just doesn't know his infatuation. Still, their differences in opinions and how they handle things are what the drama focuses on. Thank goodness for that.

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I am loving their opposite views. One is a realist, and one is an idealist. The realist in Ba Reun is quite cynical and the idealist Oh Reum is quite impulsive. Despite their differences in view, they really complement each other, and I found it fascinating because as a viewer, they make us see an issue from both sides. Also, a compliment to L and Go Ara, they both certainly nail their characters.

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I was ambivalent about some of the love scenes in episode 1 and 2 , which weren't there in the original novel, and they felt a bit contrived and cliched. However, I LOVE how the writer steps up his game by inserting conflict as the most effective way of underlying the fundamental differences between the two, while pulling them closer. Isn't it nice to have an onscreen couple who communicate with each other like adults, and even their fights are geared towards a common good cause?

My favorite "couple" scene up to now is when Ba Reun yells at Oh Reum and asks her to "survive" first before she is in position to change the system. This scene has important implications: first, Ba Reun cares about Oh Reum so much to the extent that he loses his composure (yay!). At the same time, while he expresses a commonsensical wisdom, his idea of "survival" is by an large defined by his upbringing and family background. He can't afford to risk his job, like an average citizen.
Ironically, like Ba Reun, Judge Hong simply wants to survive, but she is pushed to the brink of collapse. Let's not forget that without the intervention of Oh Reum, Judge Hong almost jumped to death. Luckily she survived-- at the cost of losing her child. (The Korean fans have strong reactions to this incident--they say, in reality, many people committed suicide because they live in a "Hell Joseon" without a figure like Oh Reum. The female suicide rate in South Korea is the highest among OECD countries.
The writer gives a pointed critique (which I find bold and unprecedented in TV shows): when others see Oh Reum as an impulsive troublemaker, silence and conformity in the name of survival and social rule end up being complicit in perpetuating a system that makes survival impossible. Just like the world portrayed in Orwell's 1984, one barely survives, with psychological damage beyond repair.

PS: I don't use my personal blog anymore--also I appreciate how dramabeans at least provides a platform for discussion. :D

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Thank you once again for your wonderful insights.

I agree with what you said about silence and conformity. It's found in every society but more apparent in some than others. This brings to mind the Sewol tragedy. There was discussion whether the culture of obedience aggravated the disaster.

As a Chinese, I find it interesting that the Koreans seem to keep the Confucian values more than the Chinese. Of course there are counter arguments that Confucius did not advocate blind obedience or conformity. However, it cannot be denied that societies who are influenced by Confucian values exhibit these traits more than others.

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Suits - 2 episodes behind. I'm less engaged, but I'll watch until the end...

Marry Me Now? - This show has hit its groove. Wonderful!!

Wok of Love - I love this show. after reading @leetennant's wall and her comments on the OT, I think I have to re-watch from the beginning to 'get' everything. I expect I'll love it even more.

Lawless Lawyer - Wow. Talk about fast pacing. This show moves so fast that I am constantly surprised. This is no longer like bveing in a racecar. Now we're on a reckless motorcycle. I just hope we have helmets.

Handsome Guy and Jung-eum - Predictable while being weird and wacky. This is an easy watch.

MoonShine and Valentine - Great Fun. Fantasy elements and very playful. I think some heartache is coming, but I'm hooked.

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Hi Rukia, I'm two episodes behind on Suits, too. I feel less engaged as well but when start an episode, I can't help but love it. Funny how dramas do this to me or us?

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I'm exactly the same. I get behind and then when I am watching I wonder, 'why?'.

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Drama slump is real for me.

After My Ajusshi, I could not bring myself to watch other dramas and not feel like they are nonsensical.

Wok of Love : I really don't know what this show is selling. And all those oddball characters are seriously not funny.

Lawless Lawyer : As much as I like Lee Jun Ki and Seo Yea Ji but this is one sloppy show. And it is moving too fast too furious. And cliche plot too. I still hope it is a success all for LJK's sake.

Come and Hug Me : Can I say that I am watching this show only to oogle on Jang Ki Young? I don't understand who the hell thought that it is good idea to elevate Jin Ki Joo to a female lead because she is seriously not up for it. She killed the feel of the show.

About Time : Cringey horrible acting by both leads. I am surprised that Lee Sang Yoon allowed himself to be dragged to Lee Sung Kyung's below par acting level.

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About time feels like Secret Garden. I keep imagining Do Ha played by Hyun Bin instead of Lee Sang-yoon. Hyun bin got the edge, Lee Sang-yoon just play the manchild act just half way there. Hyun Bin irritated me so much with his character's antics (a spoiled chaebol with daddy issue, full of himself and anxiety problem), in good way, and I can't hate him or peel my eyes from him.

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I got the Secret Garden feels as well!!! 😀 But I like Lee Sang Yoon as well here... 😄

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I just was comparing it to Secret Garden too, but it is definitely not a flattering comparison. I think Lee Sang Yoon is completely unmemorable and bland, just like he was in Liar Game. And the show's writing just has him fall in love and accept that fact way too quickly. I'm just not buying his feelings.

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Agree with you about Jin Ki Joo in Come and Hug Me. She is extremely limit, and one of the reason I'm not so into her character. I hope she is not an important part of the narrative. I'm bad, I know.

About Time script has already underwhelming. At times, actors just don't want to commit to their character when the material are not worth it. It's always the case I encounter.

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I like Jin Ki Joo in Misty but not as much in CAHM.

She's cute and likeable when she's bubbly. It's in scenes where she's required to show her PTSD and vulnerability that her shortcomings become more apparent. I don't know if it's fair for me to say this, I actually enjoyed the child actress more. This said, Jin Ki Joo is new so I'll cut her some slack. It's not an easy role to play.

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I know, she is newbie so I won't harsh too much on her. But I just wish they cast better acctress, It will make the angst between our OTP more believable and more feels. I do admit it take me out off the scene when her angst become the centre of the plot.

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You made a comparison between this show and JBL, just curious on how would you rate the acting of the leads.

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@outofthisworld:
I'm not expert to rate acting bcause at times it's subjective when the diference is small.

But for me
Jang ki Yong > Jun Ho
Wo Jin Ah > Jin Ki Joo

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I agree, it's a matter of preference.

I did like JBL but I didn't love it the way Beanies did. I like that it was less melodramatic but acting wise, I agree with you.

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Goodbye to Goodbye: I like the whole premise about women healing each other. If this show is anything close to a female version of My Ahjussi (yup, still haven't moved on from that drama yet boohoo), I'll be more than grateful. So far, the first 4 episodes' pacing was great, although I found almost all of the male characters in this drama just downright evil...

Come and Hug Me: Jang Ki Yong is just spectacular in this. HIS EYES do all the talking.. I'm calling it now, he's going to become the next it boy in South Korea soon. Glad that the ratings keep on rising.

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I was curious about Goodbye to Goodbye so thank you for your thoughts.

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Miss hammurabi - Like how none of the characters are black and white. Everyone's POV seems reasonable. But, I hope they dial down OR's character a bit. She's way too impulsive and self righteous. I totally cheered when she tackled the perv on the train- A judge's duty should not be restricted to court. I disagree with the CJ when he said that she was dishing out her own brand of justice. She was doing what everyone should do but don't- usually because it doesn't concern them. But her overzealous nature can also cause lot of collateral damage.
L is the best part of the show- He's calm, reserved, has a sensible head on his shoulders and his heart in the right place. OR should follow his advice- on when to let it go and when to fight back.
Also the underlying theme of this week was good- Whether to side with your organisation regardless of their wrongdoing or go against them to do the right thing. Looking forward to next week.

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Investigation couple- This week's episodes were better. I wasn't annoyed by the FL. Loving the secondary loveline between our detective and toxicologist.
The undateables- Shower scene- check
Princess carry- check
So many tropes that I don't know the name of -check
But who cares? I'm in it for NGM anyway
lawless lawyer- I found the development of the loveline a bit too sudden. But as long as it progresses well, I don't have a problem.
secret mother- lowkey shipping SJR and SYA.
mistress- The buildup to the finale was amazing. Let's hope it ends with a bang.
Come and hug me- I want daddy dearest to come out for just one day and kill the reporter. Does that make me a psychopath?
Also in anticipation of SIG's new drama, I'm watching the original hundred millions stars from the sky- It's weird. The plot stagnates for quite a bit before picking up speed. will be interesting to see how they adapt it into a kdrama. But I'm confident that SIG can pull it off.

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Re: CHAHM: You & me both! I want killer daddy to kill lady reporter using his hammer.

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*peaceful nature slips away for a second as I nod slowly*

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We are just human after all. :D*

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@giegie0384 And the reporter is just as much of a serial killer psychopath as daddy dearest..

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@bammsie Exactly! I am like: “These two psychpaths suit each other, can dad just marry her?!” every time they’re together. Lol. And I extra hate her when she smirks.

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@superwhopotterlock,

Come and hug me- I want daddy dearest to come out for just one day and kill the reporter. Does that make me a psychopath?

You'll have at least one Beanie keeping you company in the Home for Criminally Insane Drama fans [the dramas are criminally insane, not the fans]. That would be me. As I watched reporter Park Hee-young's persecution of the killer's kin, it occurred to me that, underneath it all, she has the hots for Psycho Killer Dad. Watching her in action made my skin crawl. Kudos to actress Kim Seo-hyung for making me loathe the character. She's doing a great job. She also did well as the physician mother of the spoiled brat princess member of the trio in GREAT SEDUCER.

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Oh yes I remember her ! Although I couldn't finish TGS, she was definitely one of the contenders of the worst parent in the show.

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I do not know if it's Kim Seo Hyung's own interpretation or required by script/PD. I noticed that Reporter Park has a unique style in her hairdo and choice of clothes.

Anyway, Kim Seo Hyung was one of the first kdrama villains I hated when I got introduced to kdramas years ago. Still remember her in the makjang Temptation of Wife. She was awesome.

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Picked up a new drama this week, hence these are on my list (sorted according to how much I look forward for it)

Suits
This was number 2, but it became number one because 1. I like the dynamics it brings after CEO Ham is back in the game, 2. I get to see Gyeon Woo in better hair and outfit, 3. Office romance is cute, but I also watch this because of Ji Na's skirts and dresses.

Wok of Love / Greasy Melo
Number two which was number one. I actually wanted to put it in number 3 because I hate the fact that the writer seem to choose grumpy chef over saint-like gangster to be with miss shrimp. But I love the cinematography and I am looking forward for more stories to unravel. Btw, Jang Hyung fighting those punks alone in his office? Maaannn...the guy can stich AND kick.

Miss Hammurabi
I am very happy with L's act in this. He works hard, and perhaps another thing is that the part suits him, and Go Ara looks better here than she was in Hwarang. Another favorite part is that engineer judge from dept 43 who keeps popping into their office. He is like a commercial: refreshing, crazy, funny, and lingers in your mind right after, that makes you wonder if his visit means something more profound than it was: a visit.

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@bunny,

I agree. L is doing a good job. Ditto for Go Ara, especially now the I'm aware that she's actually a walking plot device, per @ennui-young's insightful comments on the show and the significance of the characters' names http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/05/premiere-watch-about-time-miss-hammurabi-sketch/#comment-3248502.

Another favorite part is that engineer judge from dept 43 who keeps popping into their office. He is like a commercial: refreshing, crazy, funny, and lingers in your mind

Initially, my main reason for watching was Ryu Deok-hwan (Judge Gadfly of Dept. 43). He first caught my eye in FAITH in the role of King Gongmin. He was fantastic in the movie LIKE A VIRGIN.

I also have to add Sung Dong-il (presiding judge) as a compelling reason after his recent turn as the precinct chief in LIVE. He was terrific in that role.

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Lol. To be honest, I hope that my hypothesis is terribly wrong, because I am so enthralled at the mystery surrounding our heroine. So far, the audience only get to know Oh Reum from Ba Reun's point of view, and therefore Ba Reun's feels like a "real" character we can identify and sympathize with. We understand his position, his motives and his concerns. In a way, the script and especially the monologue part helps L's acting tremendously. The novel does not shed much light on his interior life, so luckily the scriptwriter adds nice touches to his character.
Ba Reun is completely different though. So far this "character" stays true to the novel's original characterization (all the fans of the book think Go Ara is a great fit). Since the novel is based on different cases with debates from three different judges, with exaggerated characters for dramatization, I am curious how the drama version will do to the character development. I am a bit uneasy since her family life seems to be traumatic.

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Ms.Hammurabi Loving this because it has exceeded by expectations so far, both in terms of acting and the characterizations. I guess it all leads to the great script that was penned by an actual Judge. L and Go Ara do a great job and meshing in with the the 2 polar judges but they also bring it life with inner monologues that are relatable, actually make sense and is relevant, never veering into being overly dramatic/philosophical. *eyes most kdrama nonsensical monologues*. It's very humanistic, very heart-warming with just the right humour and is the current legal show I look forward to. You may not agree with the decisions some make (Oh Reum in particular) but you'll understand the idealism and heart behind it. After all, it's a growth journey. I hope they change the disney-esque closing songs though, because at times the effective message gets diluted by the seemingly "preachiness" and emotional water-works. Other than that small quibble, loving MH! 💖

Mistress It's delivering the mystery and suspense in bucket loads, as expected by OCN. With only 2 eps left, everything's connected but answers have yet to be shed. I love how they're going back in time to unravel things piece by piece because the drama's fantastic at non-linear timelines. I want to know what's happening in the present though, because my adrenaline rushes whilst watching are insane. If there was one thing I'd change it'd be Han Ga In though. Her face can't emote. I'm sorry, but I don't feel anything even when she's at the center of it all.

ON HOLD:
Suits I think I'll stick with the recaps because whilst I was super engaged initially, the effect has worn out. The plot and story are still stellar, but I've watched the original, and whilst aspects like Yeon Woo and Kang Seok are riveting (YW in particular), the other characters like GS (Louis), Gina (Rachel) and Hayeon (Jessica) pale in comparison. In order to avoid letting the comparisons get the better of me and throw a bucket at my enjoyment, this will be paused. Sorry Hyungsik!

<lawless Lawyer It seems like I only watch this show with friends because then we can hype together. It's got the over dramatic-ness and cool escapades, the grin worthy "above the law" shenanigans and the funny hi-jinks perfectly well. What it lacks however, is substance. It's weird because it's really good but also not something that I'm really invested in. So it's shelved for sleep overs for now because group watching makes everything better.

FINISHED

Dear My Friends A drama that punches you heart, pats your back, wipes your tears and then proceeds to kick you in your gut (in a good way). A melodramatic, realistic, slice-of-life, heart-warming (so many tags,I know) drama that doesn't sugar coat family, old friends and relationships. I finally got around to completing it (2 years later) and was bawling while smiling at the end. Growing old means nothing to these friends...

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Love your write-up of MH. One thing though is that we actually don't know the interior life of Oh Reum (Go Ara's character). All the monologues we've heard up to now are from Ba-Reun, who represents the ordinary folk like the majority of the audience: every one just wants to survive the system and makes a living. In contrast, Oh Reum is all about "action" while Ba- Reun is often held back by his reasoning and pragmatism. That's why I am still convinced that Oh Reum is more like a narrative device, almost like a mythical force (aka Miss Hammurabi) to disrupt, challenge the established social, gender mores. I am super curious to know her interior life though. (But I certainly don't want the story to veer off course to stupid makjang family drama.

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Aww thanks I loved the way you've phrased Ba Reun's actions. I think Oh Reum will be revealed bit by bit eg. we now got to know what happened during her piano lessons. So I think it's the writers way of making us understand OR at the same rate Ba Reun does. It's only when he stops to listen and asks questions about her past, that she answers and it's then do we get to know what happened. We still have yet to know whether she was rich in the past and what happened to her and her mother. I like that the drama didn't dump the info all at once but is relishing in peeling back the layers so we understand Oh Reum more (who at this point is more mythical as you pointed out- being a vibrant unconstrained energetic force).

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Yes! For instance, in the novel, both Oh Reum and Ba Reun recognizes each other's name immediately ( before the subway encounter) when each receives the official assignment. So I wonder if the drama will flash back to Oh Reum's memory of Ba Reun.
Putting aside all the philosophical metaphors embodied in the character of Oh Reum, Oh Reum in the drama represents, first and foremost, an individual who will "stand on the side of an egg" that tries to break against the wall. What Oh Reum says in episode 2 is a quote from Murakami Haruki award speech in Jerusalem:

"If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg. Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/feb/16/haruki-murakami-jerusalem-prize

In other words, Oh Reum's ideal of what an individual can do to shake up the system challenges the self-preserving "individualism" of Ba Reun. (The writer's most famous book happens to be "Manifesto of An Individualist" (개인주의자 선언). Interestingly, on the rooftop when recalling the incident about the exam, he is listening to Bolero by Ravel, and Bolero at its premier in 1928 allegedly follows a storyline, "Inside a tavern in Spain, people dance beneath the brass lamp hung from the ceiling. [In response] to the cheers to join in, the female dancer has leapt onto the long table and her steps become more and more animated." The composition develops from singular movement, isolated instrument to symphony. It seems to signify Ba Reun's and Oh Reum's move to unite the "individuals" for collective action.

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All I can say is WOW. How did you manage to link all those things together? My mind's swirling from being enlightened.

I haven't read the novel but the book you mentioned "Manifesto of An Individualist" appeared in the drama. Ba Reun was reading it in ep 1 in the subway and it stuck with me because it reflected his character so much.

Loved reading the comparison of an egg to a wall and it does really encompass Oh Ruem in her determination to do what's right regardless of the consequences.

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Wok of love : 1. I just find out Sae woo means prawn in korea. Now i know why sae woo brain is kind of a mess and absurd. But i love her prawn head.
2. Im on poong ship, but now im not sure. Chil seung not less loveable and sweet. I wish both of them happy in the end even when 1 of them wont get sae woo.

Come and hug me: jang ki young perfomance so good. His character so broken, handsome and strong. But, the writer kind of messed it this week by keep making him and jae yi met in front of a bunch of reporter. And when they met at the hospital how could that bunch of reporter didnt recognize him as the son of serial killer? And believed him when they playing actress-fan role? Nonsense. I hope the witer redeem it with next week episode. Dont ruin this please writer nim.

Mis hammurabi : this one unexpctedly so good. I was pessimistic because of L and Go Ara and watch it for sung dong il, but they improve their acting and the story was so good and now im hooked. Good job team!

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Because people have a short memory span, out of sight out of mind, i believe there was a six year leap. Thats enough to forget his face and most of the first hand reporters are young people they weren't even reporter when it was airing. He wasnt even a celebrity. Though his dad has that status.

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But he showed his face just few years ago before saying all in his father's book are lies. And he got famous again because in his graduation the victims families harassed him. There is no way they could forget him. he was bleeding with stab wound when met jae yi at hospital. If im a reporter, i would do some digging about him and it wont hard to find out about his past.

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About them meeting in front of reporters. I can be wrong, but I think it is writer way of saying how the world is judging their relationship. how can they love each other when his dad killed her family. but they are saying why can´t they be in love? it is dad wrongdoing not his. they reject the thought that your family define the person you become. Maybe I am thinking to deep about it :P but had some brain storming in my head about this.

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Ms.Hammurabi Loving this because it has exceeded by expectations so far, both in terms of acting and the characterizations. I guess it all leads to the great script that was penned by an actual Judge. L and Go Ara do a great job and meshing in with the the 2 polar judges but they also bring it life with inner monologues that are relatable, actually make sense and is relevant, never veering into being overly dramatic/philosophical. *eyes most kdrama nonsensical monologues*. It's very humanistic, very heart-warming with just the right humour and is the current legal show I look forward to. You may not agree with the decisions some make (Oh Reum in particular) but you'll understand the idealism and heart behind it. After all, it's a growth journey. I hope they change the disney-esque closing songs though, because at times the effective message gets diluted by the seemingly "preachiness" and emotional water-works. Other than that small quibble, loving MH! 💖

Mistress It's delivering the mystery and suspense in bucket loads, as expected by OCN. With only 2 eps left, everything's connected but answers have yet to be shed. I love how they're going back in time to unravel things piece by piece because the drama's fantastic at non-linear timelines. I want to know what's happening in the present though, because my adrenaline rushes whilst watching are insane. If there was one thing I'd change it'd be Han Ga In though. Her face can't emote. I'm sorry, but I don't feel anything even when she's at the center of it all.

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Suits I think I'll stick with the recaps because whilst I was super engaged initially, the effect has worn out. The plot and story are still stellar, but I've watched the original, and whilst aspects like Yeon Woo and Kang Seok are riveting (YW in particular), the other characters like GS (Louis), Gina (Rachel) and Hayeon (Jessica) pale in comparison. In order to avoid letting the comparisons get the better of me and throw a bucket at my enjoyment, this will be paused. Sorry Hyungsik!

Lawless Lawyer It seems like I only watch this show with friends because then we can hype together. It's got the over dramatic-ness and cool escapades, the grin worthy "above the law" shenanigans and the funny hi-jinks perfectly well. What it lacks however, is substance. It's weird because it's really good but also not something that I'm really invested in. So it's shelved for sleep overs for now because group watching makes everything better.

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Dear My Friends A drama that punches you heart, pats your back, wipes your tears and then proceeds to kick you in your gut (in a good way). A melodramatic, realistic, slice-of-life, heart-warming (so many tags,I know) drama that doesn't sugar coat family, old friends and relationships. I finally got around to completing it (2 years later) and was bawling while smiling at the end. Growing old means nothing to these...

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Beautiful Mind The first 4 eps were a mess, then the next 4 a sizzling, exciting, amazing exploration of a really complex sociopath doctor. The last 7 were great but could've been better, given the engaging narrative going on. Characters were sidelined (the over enthusiastic police cop FL all but disappeared from her policing duties despite being the only one who popped up in the beginning) but the plot really is superb during the middle, along with the psychological issues navigated. You'll definitely need a group of friends to get over the boring parts though before the good stuff is delivered!

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I love Beautiful Mind, Jang Hyuk was awesome in it.

Totally agree about the first 4 eps, I think that really did the drama ratings no favor. I almost dropped the show but inexplicably I hung on. Usually, I'd have dropped such a show like a hot potato. Glad I did because I grew to love the show and even the wi-fi couple!

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Yes the first 4 eps were so confusing. It was a whole lot of ??? 😂 The wifi couple was so cute because Jang Hyuk being super confused about his feelings eg. wanting to hold her hand was so precious!

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Im loving dear my friends, it on my top 5 favorites drama all the time. I didnt know i could l crying so hard but learn as much as my tears from one drama. My mom definitely shocked when i went downstairs because my puffy eyes. She asked me what just happened and all i could say was i watching a very sad and very good drama.

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😂 My mom would've been very shocked at my puffy eyes and red nose too. The drama is so raw and real but also heart warming. The friendship between Hye Ja and Jung Ah was incredible and the bonds between the oldies were amazing. A great drama to watch with family because you appreciate them more for all their love and effort.

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Wok of Love/Greasy Melo -- Crazy. Hilarious. Talented actors having a blast. Love it!

About Time -- Watching this only because there's nothing else to watch after Wok of Love. Lee Sung-kyung is beautiful, but there's no tension in the story, because we all know how it's going to end. There's something a little disturbing about the relationship when she's trying to get close to him because she needs him, while he's decided to work out his obsession with a fling. And whatever their ages, he just comes across as too old for her.

Come and Hug Me -- Apologies to Beanies who really love this show, but it also seems so predictable. The characters seem one-dimensional, and that's not the actors' fault; it's as though the writer described each of them in a few words and never went beyond that. The serial killer is truly chilling, and the story can't end without another confrontation between him and the OTP.

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I watch Come and Hug Me for seeing Jang Ki-yong crying. Tears run down on such beautiful face is an art in it self. 😃

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@CAHM no apologies required! Feel free to join our discussion below but I believe really that the actors are doing their job very well and the writer is really a master of his/her art, hopefully they will not become sloppy later.
Maybe I will say a few words on why I feel it is justified for the writer to give such a small description: Because there is such a big event that happened in their life and they never healed or got over it but then it happens again when the killer publishes his autobio that the old wounds very reopened. This is the main thing that governs their life now and it will keep on governing it till they learn to get over it.
This is like zooming in to the Jung Hee's life in My Ahjussi.

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Since Dramafever saw fit to suddenly upload all of Pretty Noona (under another name) I've been working my way through the series as time permits. I'm not in love with anything currently running, though. After Misty and My Ajusshi this year the bar's been set pretty high for dramas.

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Wok of Love: I love it. It's wacky and weird. There are gangsters, a talking horse and a very cute love story. The food porn doesn't hurt.

Cheese in the Trap: I started this a couple of weeks ago, got to ep 14 and now I am stuck. I know the last episodes made a lot of people angry so I am hesitant to finish it. Mostly I am looking for a light rom-com and I know this show won't give me that. At the same time, I want to finish it (the tab is still open on my computer). To watch? To not watch? To watch? To not watch?#APAD

Since I put Cheese in the Trap (momentarily on pause), I tried picking up A love so beautiful. It's ok. I am on ep 5 or 6 and while I love the heroine's female friend (she is so badass), I have mixed feelings about the heroine. On the one hand, she does something silly which makes me love her then she turns around and follow the hero and it makes me want to smack her upside the head. The clips of them in love together look cute though so I am going to hold on.

I think none of the shows can hold my attention because in reality, I am waiting for What's wrong with Secretary Kim. I want to time-travel to June 6th.

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Miss Hammurabi - I surprisingly enjoyed the first week and Episodes 3 and 4 sealed the deal. I like how the show is dealing with social issues, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the characters grow.

Come and Hug Me - I like the leads and am glad that they will finally get a chance to interact as adults, but it's the relationship between the hero and his stepmom that really warms my heart.

Greasy Melo - I suppose it's silly to want less romance from a rom-com, but I'm having a hard time caring about romance and love triangles and OTP's when none of the characters feel properly developed.

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Same for me about Do Jin and Mom. I h