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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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What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: I love the rapid-fire dialogue and the smart, witty way these characters speak. It’s a bright rom-com with a fantastic premise and a funny, modern take on the classic chaebol-secretary relationship, and the pairing is delightful. I especially love Park Min-young in this—she’s the aspirational career woman and relatable everygirl rolled into one, and I find myself rooting for her personal happiness from minute one. I’ve only seen one episode but I’m already addicted.

 

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My Ajusshi: This show did such a good job of showing us that Ji-an and Dong-hoon prop each other up in their dreary lives that when they did the requisite separation+timejump thing, it felt like my heart and lungs were taken out and replaced with lead. I used to laugh at shows that end with a reunion and a measly handshake, but in My Ajusshi it was enough. I don’t need to know details about divorce or their financial status or anything. It was enough to know that they are okay, and even if they’re not, they’ll have a friend to comfort them when things get tough.

Secret Mother: I’m a bit behind on this so I still don’t know why it’s called Secret Mother when there’s no mom hidden in any of the basements (though I won’t be surprised if one of the households in this street does have a secret mom). I can’t wait for Yoon-jin and Lisa Kim to band together even if they have different reasons for searching for Lisa’s sister, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the other crazy families. It’s funny how they all sneak around thinking Lisa is out to get them when our girl just wants to find her sister and wouldn’t bat an eye at their secrets even if they whispered them in her ear using a megaphone.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: Park Min-young isn’t my bias but I swear she always chooses shows that I end up liking. Or maybe it’s her energy that I like? Park Seo-joon isn’t a lightweight in the make-this-show-enjoyable department either. I keep giggling at all his posturings especially since we all know he’ll get his comeuppance soon. I’m just here with pompoms cheering him to think more and more highly of himself, because that ensuing fall is going to be sooo glorious to watch.

Are You Human Too: This show is surprisingly… not terrible. Which is what we were all secretly dreading after it lounged in the no-timeslot purgatory for a year. Speaking of dread, I know we’re all predicting that Nam Shin-III will disappear by the end and Show will push for the real Nam Shin by making him less of a horrible human being, but come on, Drama Gods! The robot makes a good person! He cooks breakfast for mom and adorably cockblocks the guy who wants to date her. Not all dramaland sons are capable of that.

 

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Investigation Couple: It’s probably because I once worked in a research lab that I’m a sucker for forensic dramas, so I just had to check out Investigation Couple. The combination of Jung Jae-young as the cranky medical examiner and Jung Yumi as an inexperienced prosecutor really works for me, plus it gives the forensic staff the perfect excuse to explain what exactly they’re doing and why. My background makes it difficult to ignore the serious breaches in lab protocol, but I’m doing my best. Stella Hwang’s perfectly shiny manicure? Not likely in a lab that handles poisons and toxins; those hands should be gloved. Don’t even get me started on her coffee brewing.

About Time: Just as expected, Soo-bong promises to leave no stone unturned in her attempt to thwart the blooming romance between Do-ha and Mi-ka. I don’t think anything would change if Soo-bong knew about Mi-ka’s time clock because I’m convinced that she’s that cold hearted. While Soo-bong does battle with Mi-ka and Do-ha, the side characters are busy keeping the story from getting too heavy. I just love Kim Hae-sook’s cute romance with Jang Gwang and things suddenly got complicated between Mi-ka’s younger brother and her best friend. Kang Ki-doong is pretty hilarious as Do-ha’s nagging lawyer/personal assistant, who never fails to lighten the mood. No matter what Do-ha and Mi-ka may be faced with, this ever-present lawyer is sure to be in the background with a mocking expression.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: I’ve only managed to finish the first episode but so far, I like what I’ve seen. Park Seo-joon thinks that he’s perfect but his secretary, played by Park Min-young, looks as if she’s the perfect one. Her resignation triggers a crisis for her egotistical boss, who is a clueless dunce when it comes to personal relationships. Watching Vice President Lee flail in front of Secretary Kim is more fun than I could have imagined. I was so happy to see Kang Ki-young as Park Seo-joon’s business partner, in what looks like a comic role. I’ve loved him since High School King of Savvy and getting the chance to catch his crazy laugh every week makes me want to tune in to this drama even more.

 

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About Time: It’s really too bad that this drama is turning out to be mediocre. The production had an awesome concept, pretty good chemistry between the leads, and a compelling female heroine. I just wish the male protagonist character weren’t the stereotypical second-generation chaebol so that we wouldn’t have to deal with the oh-so-typical political machinations of his fiancee and family. I’m sure I’ll continue to tune in though, if only for Lee Sung-kyung who is absolutely adorkable in this role. She brings out the hidden theater kid in me. ❤

 
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Liking the two show that just premiered this week - are you human too and secretary kim.

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Sketch: Getting better. They actually went one whole ep without any long, overdramatic fights -- at least until the preview of the next ep. Plot seems better than average.

Lawless Lawyer: The way one or two good guys can beat up lots of baddies is unrealistic even by my standards. The big hero has just got to be a big hero - with a macho muscle car. For variety they toss in death secrets instead of birth secrets, and instead of a cliff-hanger they put in a building-hanger. But there are other shows I'd drop first...

Investigation Couple: This week seemed contrived and overdramatic, and they stretch the cases out too long. If you are behind and thinking of dropping, now would be a good time. But with Stephanie Lee there, why would you let yourself fall behind?

Miss Hammurabi: I thought they stretched out Monday's cases a bit too long, and the rousing speach at the end wasn't all that great. Monday was the weakest ep so far, but still not all that bad compared to many other shows. Tuesday they were back in form.

Are You Human Too: I went into this with low expections on the believability front -- it's a lot harder to believe in a robot successfully pretending to be human than a human pretending to be a robot. After all, we see humans pretending to be robots in every robot show ever even if the title says Not A Robot. And actual robot/human romance sounds pervy -- I mean the episode-37 stuff, not the innocent kdrama love I expect to see thru ep 36. But I wasn't expecting so much melo that it was a struggle to get thru the first 15 minutes. Then it got better, which is actually bad because I'm watching too many shows and I need excuses to drop a few.

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim: The first few minutes... let's just say the awesome, perfect, handsome, rich young genius is not my cup of tea. Almost as bad as the bad-boy-on-motocycle infestation we had a while back. It's sooo much better now that he's a clueless idiot.

Come and Hug Me: Still good. Just not so special this week.

About Time: and
Greasy Melo: and
Handsome Guy / Undateables: Watched a little, but way behind. That might be the noncomittal, indecisive way of dropping them, I guess. Maybe.

Life on Mars: The original show was so good -- don't blow it *coughCriminalMindscough*

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Whyyyyyyy why would you put Shriminal Minds in the same sentence as Life on Mars? The jinx fairies are watching.

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That's the only thing I like about Sketch - the well choreographed fights. And Lee Dong Gun has stolen the show for me, I have far more sympathy for him than Rain. But I fear he's a dead man walking.

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@linda-palapala,

And Lee Dong Gun has stolen the show for me, I have far more sympathy for him than Rain.

Can we chalk that up to the "Yeonsangun Effect"?! ;-)

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@pakalanapikake: I dunno, cuz I don't know what "Yeonsangun Effect" is. I'm sure you'll enlighten me.

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Ha, I checked out Sketch based on the "well choreographed fights" comment, and I like it so far! All the twists/turns are really interesting.

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I understand that cough. *cough*

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Sketch is really too dark for me, but the plot is so good that I keep watching.

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I have read somewhr about Life on Mars, is it Jung Kyung Ho's? where did you watch it?

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Yes, it's him. For more info.
http://asianwiki.com/Life_on_Mars_(Korean_Drama)

I don't see it on the official sites for my area. I'll bet most of the unofficial sites will have it (?)

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Dramagalaxy

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Wok of Love - Our love triangle is firmly in place and Kitty made another guest appearance. Yay!!
Sae-woo's conversation with herself while walking home was especially wonderful. I've fallen in love with all 3 of them - what to do??

Why Secretary Kim - I think I fell in love! A chaebol CEO who is so self-absorbed, yet unable to express what he really feels. His long-suffering secretary who wants to be herself after always living for others...
The ambiguity and counterbalance that means they are at cross purposes unless there is some serious change in the future, I am thoroughly enjoying all of it.
Park & Park are simply amazing.

Lawless Lawyer - Now I'm just heartbroken. Why Samchon? Why? Why did you go there alone???
Also, we still don't know who sent Sang-pil the notebook...

Marry Me Now? - Still the most interesting character, jealous Moon-sik is moving. Will he ever work through his insecurity? Park Se-wan (Pi from INAR!!) as Da-yeon is love. Finally! Eun-tae can't help but admit how he feels about Yoo-ha.

MoonShine and Valentine - 4 episodes came out this week! I'll be enjoying these very soon!!!

Are You Human Too - The first 2 episodes were action packed. Nam Shin III is the sweetest non-human possible. I'm not sure that I genuinely like anyone else though.
I'll probably keep watching it, However it depends on how much time will be available for drama watching... *snif*

Handsome Guy and Jung-eum - Standby. This is not hitting me in my happy spot. Even though I like these actors (a LOT!), I'm stopping here.
This might be okay to binge watch. Maybe.

Suits - on standby. The 3 new dramas this week were toooo tempting!!

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Kitty is back !? That will teach me to fall behind.

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We also caught a glimpse of Buster. ;-)

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I didn't notice Pi and Da Yeon were played by the same actress O.O

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She's doing a great job!

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Haha! The kitty needs to be a regular! ASAP!!!

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Definitely.

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Yes, kitty and Junho are the perfect OTP.

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Of course, kitty might hang around more if Poong would feed him. I'll bet he wouldn't turn down a shrimp that wasn't good enough to serve the human customers.

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I keep wondering how such a wee little thing like kitty got on top of the wall.
I think that this must be fate. Poong has met kitty twice now. Three's a charm. 💞

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Miss Hammurabi is a perfect slice of life in a legal setting. It reminds me a lot of how APAD did it in the medical setting.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim did everything right so far. PSY and PMY are flawless.

Patiently waiting for Life on Mars. I hope it gets subbed.

Planning to rewatch King2Hearts or finish Lingerie Girls Generation 1979 tomorrow.

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Re: LIFE ON MARS (OCN) and subs. We can only hope.
I just checked my go to *alternate* site and as expected it is available raw. OK it is less than 12 hours since it aired in Korea and I am pushing it but I have a feeling it is going to go the place where CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (OCN) wound up. Maybe kdrama purgatory, I don't know. On the other hand BAD GUYS: CITY OF EVIL (OCN) eventually after a hiatus wound up on Netflix.

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After reading a few more comments like this, I'm tempted to maybe - maybe - pick up Miss Hammurabi .

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I have to figure out what to drop first.

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Hi all! I got introduced to K-dramas around 2010 through recaps and lurked for years, started binge watching some old dramas last year, started live watching this year with APAD, and now starting my first comment on WWAW!

WSK:
LOVE this drama right now (2nd drama this year after APAD to capture my heart + cause of delurking). It has that nice slice-of-office feel (is that a thing?) + interesting main leads and supports. I particularly liked LYJ and his friend’s meetings as well as how KMS keeps bringing narcissistic LYJ back down to earth. I am a little wary of that whole childhood-trauma-to-lovers setup though, but we’ll see. I spazzed about this drama on my fan wall and hope they twist KMS’s oppa to be LYJ’s brother though, because who said that first loves are last loves? #APAD

AYHT:
The story seems a little too common: corporate takeover and family drama. Still, the bromance between JYH and NSIII is interesting, and I’m curious to find out more about the 2nd female lead as well as the relationship between JYH and the real NS in the upcoming episodes. The rest of the characters bore me to death: screaming bodyguard, villainous FIL, mentally insane father and over-acting aunt. This drama has its second leads to thank for keeping me interested. I’ve always seen SKJ as the pretty-but-only-decent actor but surprisingly GSY is the one being carried.

Undateables:
Prior to this week’s episodes, I liked how Yoon Nam / Jung Eum worked together to help that couple find each other and how Yook Ryong seemed to be sorry to Coach after Jung Eum lambasted him for going after all the women. The story was full of cliches and I was fine with it, but then we get THAT STUPID BET + THAT STUPID CHEATER plot lines. The way the show showed the aftermath of the kiss was okay, and I was hoping for some progress in the two couples, but nope, we have to drag this conflict out and create some jerkiness in the males. I’m just so annoyed.

CAHM:
I like JKY’s and JKJ’s acting in this, and the episodes this week were good … if they were shown 2 weeks before. I don’t mind the constant flashback to the past because each time we flashback we appear to be learning something new, but the current timeline’s story development seems to have halted over the past 2 weeks and I’ve lost significant interest in watching. The cancellation isn’t helping and I’m probably going to give it one last shot next week. Show, I want some answers and they better be good. Also, no more staring at each other, I’ve seen that since week one!

About Time:
I watched this for LSY and I don’t know why I spent 6 episodes to see the writer pull out a love square. The side couple of CM’s Best Friend and her brother seems forced and sudden to me, the genius director is just hanging around waiting to be a love-interest for 2 episodes in the future when a conflict is needed and the 2nd female lead + male lead family are totally original characters we have never seen before. I liked the male...

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I liked the male lead’s sister-in-law and the unacknowledged son of the family but it seems like they are just supporting characters. Dropping this.

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Things we do willingly for our favorite actors... I was watching about time for LSY as well. Although I like his try at the cranky chaebol character but I guess I'll put a stop for now. Too much meh moments in 1 hour long episodes -_-

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I was attempting to wait to watch Greasy Melo until all the eps were up and I could binge...and I have failed spectacularly. I started it a few days ago and am basically binging now. Trying to let myself be distracted by About Time (which I really enjoy, despite some too-common-tropes--LSK is soooo adorkable, as tineybeanie sais <3), Handsome Guy / Undateables (loving this, too; the screeching has decreased and NGM is gold as always), and Marry Me Now?. I watch the first episode of What's Wrong with Secretary Kim? and fell in love so hard that I'm saving the second for tiny tasty bites---savoring it as best as I can. I'd love to say I'll hold off on that until there is enough to binge, but I'm not sure I can resist. PMY killing it as always. I wasn't sure if I thought PSJ was the best casting choice for this role (and tbh does it sometimes feels like he's trying to be Ah Min-hyuk...but he doesn't have the same cheekiness to me), but so far I think it's going ok. As said, fell for this one pretty hard.

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I wish I had waited longer to watch the second episode of Secretary Kim, now I'm just sadly out of episodes, waiting for the next week...

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Same..but then i'd have to avoid beanie wall and IG. wish i had the patience to wait til it's over, but that's not happening with this one. i have to join in on the squealss!

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I'm holding off on Secretary Kim until I have the first four. These are two of my favourite actors and everybody loved it so I know that two won't be enough.

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Same here.

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i should slow down and do this too.

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wish I did the same too huhuhu. Now the waiting is killing me

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Are You Human Too: I have only watched the first two episodes and have not had the time to watch the third and fourth, but so far I really like Nam Shin III. I really hope it is good considering how long I've been waiting for this.

About Time: I love Lee Sang Yoon. I want to see him smile whenever he appears! Han Seung Yeon is also adorable.

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I like the premiering shows.
Robot was a surprise. I love the tech things and the Asimov feeling...
Just please, don't teach the sweet innocent Nam Shin-III to be a bad guy!

Secretary has a great manga feeling (even though I haven't read the original source). And episode 2 showed some deeper layers. Watched it already twice, a rare thing for me.

Today Life on Mars... will it be good as well? I hope so!

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Forgot to mention, it seems I'm dropping Suits and Handsome Namgoong Min... the first one frustrates me with its strange partnership / laws interpretations... the second I even forgot it aired this week 😄 Or should I give them a second chance?

Still enjoying Wok. And still curious about About Time.

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Handsome Guy is the weakest of the (too-many) shows I've been watching. No need to give it many extra chances.

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And I'm not finding fully subbed episodes of Handsome Guy either. It's just so so anyway.

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If you're dropping Undateables, I wouldn't start About Time. They're about equally mediocre and similar in terms of their flaws. Not stopping me from watching them...yet. But if they don't improve soon, their time is running out faster than Choi Mika's arm clock.

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Yep. Though I am enjoying Undateables more than About Time now.

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Hi @dorotka. Please stay with SUITS. I don't know how far along you are but the final 2 episodes are next week.
I am 2 episodes behind so hopefully I will be caught up by tomorrow. That is all I can say.

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Life on Mars is excellent! Great editing/transitions. I want to wait and marathon it, but I'm already hooked. I may have to check out the original.

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I was busy with real life issues and catching upto Japanese Content so didn't watch much but i did watch 1st 2 episodes of a new terrible drama. I'm feeling a bit too happy today. There is a good reason for it but as soon as i started to think about below mentioned shows, Good positive energy came down to "Just happy" level.

Seigi no Se - 7/10. I still find it far better than ongoing kdramas.

Ms. Hammurabi - 2 weeks of efforts and i found just 1 line on Hammurabi in Sociology. Better spend time on google. B- grade show. The judge needs to watch less kdramas and concentrate more on his/her work.

Ms. Kim - C grade show. Who gives these kind of writers any job or even an opportunity? I would throw these wannabe scriptwriters and their scripts out of my office.

Lawless Lawyer - C grade show. This is a year of terrible shows. This one easily competing against the above mentioned two.
The only think the hero lacks is underwear over pants.

Marry Me Now? - Another below average B- Grade show. Moon Shik character could have been the star of 2018 but in the hands of another terrible writer comes off as typical character. Rest of them are just their to read the script. Still good time pass.

Hanadan - waiting for translation

Life on Mars - 1st episode aired today. Waiting for subs.

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I’m just here to say that the image I suggested actually got used as the header image and I have never been a happier Beanie. I finally contributed something of value to this website.

I will return later when I have time to actually share what I’m watching!

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Looking forward to your thoughts - we seem to think alike sometimes! Congrats on the image being used!

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Aw, thank you! I have noticed the same thing! And I think we like a lot of the same actors!

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Hehe, I thought it was you! I was going to tag you while I was scouring your fanwall for the post. xD

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Awww, thanks for thinking of me! Hehe. My fan wall can be a bit of a disaster... I post too much.

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Lol, not at all! I enjoy seeing your posts. ^^

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You have contributed much of value to this website,
I MEAN IT!! *hugs*

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I swear I blushed bright red reading this. Thank you, Rukia 💖 *hugs back*

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Hehe, my first thought when I saw this article come up was that the overlords saw your comment and responded! You contribute so much Mindy, you're one of the regulars at this drama cafe of a site hehe

... Now I'm picturing DB as a bar from one of those American sitcoms where the characters all gather everyday. There are the everyday fixtures (like you hehe), the seasonal crowds (those who show up to fangirl when there's a specific show going on), the bartenders ( @mary @lollypip @saya & co), and just the normal crowd who show up a couple times through out the week for a drink after work. Or when we're particularly "thirsty" ;)

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ok i LOVE this analogy!! im a seasonal, i know, but im always so happy when i get a chance to drop in here -- love to see the familiar faces and hear new voices! <3 <3

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I think I spend waaaay too much time here! Haha. The other day I kept refreshing the fan wall over and over even though no new posts were popping up. It’s like a compulsion...

So yes, I do indeed contribute a lot, but whether or not most of it is “of value”... well. I think I do an embarrassing amount of pure fangirling, hehe.

That’s a brilliant analogy! I immediately pictured us all in a How I Met Your Mother-esque bar, hehe. I’ll never get that image out of my head now!

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Haha I’m there with you ~ I especially feel how much time I spend here when I come back to the fan wall multiple times without new content...

Hehe, I was thinking of How I Met Your Mother when I made the analogy! Question, am I here enough to be a regular? I think I’m somewhere between seasonal and regular, but I think that question is best answered by a regular like you 🧐😉😜

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Oh, I think you’re a regular! And I’m grateful for that because I love seeing you around. 😊

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Hehe, @mindy you’re too sweet! It’s wonderful “seeing” you around too! 😊

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Lol. I can only see Cheers.
I thought you were implying that she was a Norm.
Man, these references make me feel old.

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Okay, okay, let’s see...

Miss Hammurabi is awesome as usual. I feel like I don’t have much more to day about it that hasn’t already been said, but one thing that I haven’t talked about much yet is how much I’m enjoying the romantic development. It’s very slow and subtle but just seems so sincere. That is also exactly how I would describe Ba-reun’s confession. I understand Oh-reum’s reasons for rejecting him, but it still hurt to watch. I’m really looking forward to seeing these characters and their relationship develop!

Sadly, Lawless Lawyer has been dropped. I kind of did it without meaning to. Last weekend I had no desire to watch the new episodes and just... didn’t. I suppose there is just too much interesting stuff airing for me to stick to something where the only word I use to describe it is “fun”. I’m sorry, Seo Ye-ji! I’ll definitely catch your next project.

I caught the premiere of Are You Human, Too?, which I have been looking forward to for my girl Gong Seung-yeon, but I was sad to see how much she was overacting throughout most of episode 2. Maybe she will improve, but I was hoping for a performance more like Circle and what we’ve gotten so far is My Only Love Song. Seo Kang-joon, on the other hand, I am REALLY enjoying! I LOVE Nam Shin III. He is by far my favorite part of the show so far. I’m not sure about the drama overall quite yet, but my feelings towards the show are generally positive at the moment. I’m hoping next week will be even better!

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? is delightful so far! I was fully expecting to like this one, what with it having Park Min-young, Park Seo-joon, and PD Park Yoon-hwa of my beloved BTLIOF, and I definitely think week 1 met my expectations! The directing here can be a liiiiitle over-the-top but it totally works with the show’s webtoon-come-to-life feel. I’m digging it and Park Min-young especially is giving me so much life in this role. I forgot how much I adore her. I already love Mi-so, and I can’t wait for next week’s episodes!

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What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?: I watched the first episode and really enjoyed it! Yeong Joon is hilariously self-absorbed (so much so that boi cannot recognise he’s low-key in love with Mi So!!) and Mi So is really a super-woman. Wrangling some one like Yeong Joon is no joke but she does it and still looks fabulous. I really appreciated seeing how both of them are so aware of the impact in each other’s lives and how it’s changed their lives, for better or worse. I cannot wait to see where this drama takes us. Also, I love the production values. They look absolutely amazing!

Come And Hug Me: Both the leads just can’t seem to catch a great break, poor things. I loved how even now Nak Won takes pains to assure Na Moo that his guilt is misplaced. I suppose things will have to get worse (as if they aren’t already bad) before they get better but I am looking forward to these two coming out on top.

Secret Mother: I shall continue to enjoy this drama while I can. I’m loving that everyone has an agenda that they would take drastic measures to protect. I’m also living for all the Yoon Jin/Jung Hwan scenes, even if they are only scraps. The only person I would rescue from this tangled web of deception is poor Min Joon. Despite receiving the best of care and facilities, what he really needs is his parents to acknowledges his feelings and reassure them. I love his scenes with Lisa. He’s so bright and cheerful when he’s with her. (The little actor dude is doing such a great job!!!)

Are You Human Too: I am yet to check it out and my fingers are crossed. From the gifsets I’ve seen, things are looking good so far!

Life On Mars: This begins this week and I’m gonna be watching one way or the other!!! It’s got a bunch of my faves (which is a thing that happens as frequently as the most favourable alignment of planets) and one of my favourite tropes: time travel. I am excite!!!!!!!!!!

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I'm curious if Life on Mars will use vintage music or covers of vintage music or new original songs.

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I'm hoping for a mix of vintage music and original background instrumentals. Nothing sets the mood quite like the songs of the time! :D

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I want Mi So's earrings. Those long dangly ones. I've seen the trend around and been mostly unimpressed, but on Mi So they worked and now I'm sold.

Whoever is styling Mi So is incredibly good. They've chosen clothes that are character-perfect but not flashy, and which completely telegraph her preciseness and ability to read any situation. A normal woman could not wear most of her wardrobe since it requires a rail-thin body and never sitting down, there is never a crease. Her body underneath has to be FLAWLESS to carry off some of those fabrics. And the topper of her perfectly-styled, bumped and wrapped ponytail with the curl at the end? MY GOD.

Sometimes costumers confuse me with their choices, by putting characters in clothes that are either obviously ugly, obviously out of their budget or inexplicably made out of circus tent castoffs and selvage denim (Lucky Romance). But the clothes here tell Mi So's story so utterly perfectly that you get volumes in just one glance: she's stylish, she dedicates a lot of overtime to her job, she's paid well, she's attentive, she knows exactly how NOT to stand out while being the most low-key beautiful thing in the room. Incredible.

...and I'm pissed Come Here and Hug Me got bumped by SOCCER. Come on! The episodes are structured for a two-a-week airing schedule, we weren't meant to be left on that cliffhanger! Hideous decision, may they all be hunted down by sociopathic journalists.

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Obviously-out-of-budget-style. That is a good one! I remember wondering how the poor mainlead in secret garden could afford so many different winter coats. Designer clothes on poor working class candies is problably a Subway related problem.

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I too am envying Mi So's jewelry! I suggest you go ahead and get similar slender, dangly ones. They might not look like much, but they do instantly elevate a look without making it feel like 'TOO MUCH'. How do I know, because I purchased a few pairs and they are great for work and don't look flashy!

My sentiments exactly! The stylists are doing a great job. Everything about her just screams competent and self-assured. When it comes to her clothes, I have a serious case of wardrobe envy!

I feel you on the circus tent cast-offs. Clothes can convey so much about characters. It feels like a missed opportunity when stylists don't dress actors according to what their characters do and live like. So many times, the disconnect between their clothes and the lifestyles they lead can be so jarring that it takes you out of the drama. Plus, some of these clothes, no matter how hot off the runway they are, are just plain ugly!

Ugh, I completely agree!! The episode ended on such a cliffhanger and now we have to wait for so long just to know what happened next!

may they all be hunted down by sociopathic journalists

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Greasy Melo: What's better than bromance and romance? An adorable friendship between the 3 leads. They are just so precious. And I'm continue to be in love with Poong and Sae-woo's delightfully odd and frank conversations.

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim: I have to admit I was afraid I'll loathe Young-joon as a character and want Mi-so to get as far away from him as possible. But Park Seo-joon played him with just enough amount of vulnerability and genuine moments that made him adorable in his own way. And Mi-so is the kind of heroine that's easy to root for. Hopefully the drama will continue to be this good.

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Still watching Rich man... But my patience is running thin. Like come on!!! Ep 10 and no obvious romantic moment for Yoo Chan and Bora?? I want more than just a hug!!! 😤😤
Thanks to @wishfultoki I watched Falling for Challenge (or Falling for Do Jeon??) and God... Xiumin is so cute and adorable!! Just notice how beautiful his eyes are... I really envy his forever young and youth skin (he really drink that youth fountain in exo dorm, isn't he). Unfortunately the story was too short (only 6 ep and 15 minutes each?) and imo lack in character development. I don't think the story and the romance were also that convincing...
What is wrong with secretary Kim... Finally!!!!! Park Min Young, my ultimate girl crush, never disapointed me!!! I hope Kim Miso makes his narcissist boss miserable longer... Don't make her fall for him too soon, please!!! But... I do feel she actually like him too tho... Who what woman wouldn't fall with handsome, sexy and rich man like YJ (in superficial note)??? But she knows he is out of her league and his personality is not that charming, so i guess a smart woman like Miso probably tamped down her feeling after working for him for so long... Anw, really enjoy the show.. And hopefully the story will stay interesting till the end..

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Episode 10 really picked up the tension in Rich Man. I feel next week will give you the romantic “moment”. Too Chan was still grieving for Boon Hong so it was right I think for Bo Ra to give him some space.
Next week we’ll also see decisions from the second leads and whether they will go the evil jealous route or not. I’m actually excited now, and wishfully thinking that maybe Bo Ra will do even a tiny bit of work. She might as well be his secretary because she’s an IT failure.

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I can't keep watching Rich Man. Yoo Chan seeming to discover user-centered design for the first time made me howl with professional pain, but that was really just the last straw - Suho is not a good actor. In this show it's not the worst thing in the world because there are no really GOOD actors in the whole thing, but yikes. Even actors who I've seen in other dramas appear to be phoning it in this time.

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Yeah... I agree with what u said. LOL... I, for example, watch richman bcos os suho, despite his not-so-good acting. Somehow I feel like yoo chan is suho acting to be yoo chan. Not yoo chan himself.. Yoo chan is the genius but arrogant-jerk-asshole ceo, and suho is far from that.

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I definitely don't think he's a bad actor. I've followed his works (Star of the universe, Rich man) and he sure has the talent even went to an acting uni.
The problem with Rich man, I think, is that Suho is trying too hard to portray an overly egotistical CEO. His acting is okay but in some scenes, it looks like he's trying too hard. Poor direction maybe?

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Admittedly I've never seen him in anything else, so... maybe he's better elsewhere? Here he's kind of coming off as a manhwa come to life: he strikes really weird poses and none of it seems organic at all. It's almost like a sequenced formula: haughty look > smug look > eyebrow pop > rueful laugh > nod > SCENE.

But as I said, almost everyone is pretty godawful in this drama, so maybe it is the directing.

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Seriously am I the only one who thinks min tera is better for lee yoo chan? She's a really good person and she cares about him a lot. And she's loved him for a LONG time, I can NOT understand how kim bo ra developed feelings for him especially with his ill treatment.

Anyway, since we all know how the story will go, I'll just wait for tera and yoo chan's inevitable breakup

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Well... I think Bora herself said that whatever or anything bonhong likes, she will like them as well. Same goes with yoo-chan?
I guess the heart wants what it wants... Min tera is perfect and has all the package (pretty, rich, independent, smart and love him for a very long time), but somehow she doesn't match yoo chan. I guess that scene where she forced yoo chan to see an expert to cure his face agnosia, just so he could recognize her face - give me that vibe..

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That scene was actually the turning point for me. I started liking tae ra after that lol. I found it comforting that she'd try to help him with something so important even when he doesn't want to help himself. His face agnosia is a serious issue that is affecting his ENTIRE life. He makes light of it when he really shouldn't.

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Are You Human Too - The special effects are good but the story is predictable. So far I like SKJ in this but GSY was disappointing. I'll give it another week.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim - I might have to renew my Viki subsription because the first week was a lot of fun. I hope it stays fun even if they go down the childhood trauma route.

Still watching Greasy Melo, Come and Hug Me and Miss Hammurabi.

1N2D - PD Jung Special! Yes!

Sense8 - Series finale I'm glad we got closure. Not perfect but it delivered the moments that made the show so special. Can Bae Doona and the actor that played her love interest star in a k-drama together, please.

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I am on my toes waiting for that Jung PD special. Been waiting for this to happen for ages.

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Wait, has the Sense8 finale dropped on Netflix?

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I'm watching so many that I'll be brief:
Just watched LIFE ON MARS - sort of. I subscribe to OCN on YouTube and even though they've put up 3 minute segments of LOM, raw, out of order, it's still really good! (apparently not available to me in the U.S. otherwise).
SKETCH: About to drop it. Except, Lee Dong Gun is stealing the show. He has such a commanding presence. But every time I decide to drop it, he and Rain have an excellently choreographed fight scene.
ABOUT TIME: Meh, might drop it too. Full of tropes going toward cliches. But I love her singing voice.
FAVORITES:
WOK OF LOVE: what can I say...just adorable in every way.
COME AND HUG ME: There's just something about it that pulls my emotional strings.
LAWLESS LAWYER: Tropy, but hey, it Lee Joon Gi.
MISS HAMMURABI: Every time I start to get bored, there's a sweet scene.
ARE YOU HUMAN: Has it's faults, but why do I like it so much?? The robot, of course. He's more than human - or will he ever learn emotions?

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Can anyone recommend another Lee Dong Gun drama/movie that's really good?

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I'm currently watching him in Queen for 7 Days and he is SO good. I'm not even half way so far but it got amazing reviews here and elsewhere.

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I concur with @myheartisomg.

SEVEN DAY QUEEN is the only other show I've seen with Lee Dong-gun, and he was so good as Yeonsangun that I had to tune in to SKETCH. It is a powerhouse performance, with Park Min-young in the title role and Yeon Woo-jin as Lee Yeok, the tyrant's younger brother and successor. (SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY also dealt tangentially with Lee Yeok's former wife.) The child actors are terrific. This sageuk follows historical events, so you know from the start that it's going to end tragically. It's how it gets to that end point that is engrossing. It has one of the most beautifully moving finales I've ever seen. It left me wrung out like a wet dishrag.

Lee Dong-gun's portrayal of Yeonsangun is sympathetic, but in a different way from Kim Ji-suk's in REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE. I thought they were both excellent. But if I had to pick one over the other, I'd have to give the edge to LDG because his character was front and center for so much of the drama.

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@pakalanapikake: Oh, I get it now. I read this comment last.

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Front and center?? Ooh-kay, I'm in. For once, I'm not expecting to cry at the tragic ending (since I don't really care that much for the two leads...).

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Yes 7DQ is one of a kind. This drama brought out the best in Lee Dong Gun.

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I liked LDG in Mirae’s Choice BUT don’t watch this drama. You will be so pissed at the ending. I also really liked him in Lovers in Paris, an old classic.

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Re: Lawless Lawyer tropes: Yes, I was impatiently waiting for the "I'm in prison so I'm gonna get stabbed by some sharp object". And there we are. But - it's Lee Joon Gi, so I'm all in.

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I'm torn about Life on Mars because the original British version (and its sequel) is one of my favourite TV shows ever. Should I watch? I might wait to see how people feel about it and then binge it at the end.

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I know, the original Brit version was so good. The American ending was stupid. (as per usual when "Hollywood" tries to remake a good show. They usually don't even get the point of the show). I can't imagine a kdrama can come up with something as good as the ending of the British one, but hope against hope, we'll get to see it to find out. I just luv luv Jung Kyung ho!

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I refused to watch the American version because I didn't see why they would remake something almost perfect just because the people had funny accents - this is hands down my least favourite thing in the world actually.

And after I found out about the ending, I realised I'd made the right decision.

I'm kind of curious as to what they come up with though. I might just wait.

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Episode 1 is GREAT and Jung Kyung-ho is perfect in this role! I haven't seen the British version, so I can't compare, but I like the Korean version so far.

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How great that you're getting to watch it! I'm so jealous.

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Oh no! Why can't you watch it? I would like to hear your opinion since you watched the original British version.

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I just watched the first episode of Life on Mars. Absolutely loved it. Perfect cast, excellent writing and ambience. They let you know right away what's going on with him, which is smart because most of us already knew from the original what was going on with him (did he really go back or was he in a coma?) Now I think I could logically predict the endgame, so I'm wondering how the kdrama will handle it. But so far, well done, OCN!

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I am shocked. I just checked my go to *alternate* site and see that the first 2 episodes of LIFE ON MARS are available subbed. I am glad you loved what you have seen.
Like SUITS I never watched the original versions of LOM so the characters and story are totally new to me.
As a huge Jung Kyung-po fan I can't wait.
I am starting tonight.
I concur. Thank you and well done OCN!

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Miss hammurabi- This week's episodes were filler, but we finally got to know OR's story. The confession surprised me- I didn't expect he would so soon, but I'm happy that he did. Also totally understand OR's reason for saying no.
Investigation couple- Too much drama this week( although it is a drama)- on the verge of dropping this
The undateables -Again predictable with the childhood connections and the generous use of tropes. But the last 5 minutes annoyed me. Hopefully show won't go that way.
What's wrong with secretary kim- The 1st ep was good, but it didn't draw me in like BTIOFL. I'll definitely pick this up if the reviews are good. PSJ's character is unlikable on paper, but he makes it such an adorable doofus.
Lawless lawyer- Now that JY's mother is back, please survive and help your children.
Secret mother- I think the mystery is already unravelled. What are they going to show now? Oh yeah, who pushed her.
mistress- Satisfying finale. Although there were some farfetched moments, the show was enjoyable.
come and hug me- Saw the cliffhanger. decided to catch up next week.
Hoping life on mars gets subbed.

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I finished Date (jdorama) and it was great.
I finished 5 to 9 (jdorama) and it was so fricking boring and meh..

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim - I love them both. This might be the first kdrama I finish since Waikiki.
Miss Hamurabi - I like this, although GO Hara's character still jumps the gun a lot...
Princess Jellyfish - I just saw the first episode and I'm impressed. It's like an anime.

Waiting for Knowing Brother subs, this week it's Go Hara and L.
Will probably watch episodes 21-22 on Family Outing with Rain.

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After checking out almost all the airing shows, I am watching:

Come and Hug Me (my favorite airing show, so far)
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (my other favorite airing show, so far)
Are You Human Too (will give this two more eps, and then decide whether I will stick to it or not)
Wok of Love (I guess I will stick to this for now, even though I find it meandering and boring at times, because something about it is just mellow and entertaining in a relaxing way)

As for "About Time" I am dropping it, and same for "Miss Hammurabi" and "Sketch" (these shows are not for me).

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I agree with the shows you are dropping. Miss H still has some sweet scenes so I haven't decided yet. And Come and Hug Me is my favorite too.

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I checked out CAHM because I like both leads and was surprised at how good the beginning was. I really liked it up to episode 7 or 8 and may not continue, but I'm glad I checked it out.

Life on Mars and Jung Kyoung-Ho have stolen my time :-D

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The two show which have good ensemble cast and good PD. Come and Huge Me and Lawless Lawyer. Make the show is still worth watching despite lacking in other aspect. That's the power of good PD I guess. PD come and HugE me is suprising me. It's the opposite with Hold Me Tight lol... Oh if only if only ..

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- Completed -

A Poem A Day: Already knowing who will end up with Bo Young helped me focus on other characters and aspects of this drama. My favorite “couple” is Tae Bong and Joo Young because I can see sides of myself in both of them and I like their friendship even if Nam Woo and Alligator came close to being my favorite OTP. Also, Bo Young is definitely one of my favorite female characters in dramaland.

Miracle That We Met: *deep breath* I didn't know how the problem with Son Hyun Chul would be resolved and I think the writer didn't know either. Yeah I still don't understand the ending but the daughter is a scene stealer ! She's the little girl in The Wailing, no wonder she looked familiar.

Mistress: Were they hinting at a second season with the last scene ? I liked the drama and I don't want to see the girls go through hardships again. But if there is one, count me in !

My Husband Oh Jak Doo: Okay I got my happy ending for OTP and Eric always stayed precious and wonderful. I don't care about anything else.

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food: I just feel exhausted after 16 episodes. At one point, I wanted to go in the drama and just shake everybody and mostly our main couple to tell them to communicate. Maybe Son Ye Jin should really stick to movies.

The Boy Next Door: I already liked the webtoon so watching the webdrama was a blast ! The playback in ep 14 is my favorite moment HAHA

- Currently watching -

Hana Nochi Hare: HanaDan Next Season: ep 6. I can't be happy for Oto x Tenma when Haruto is hurting. But if it were the other way around, I would feel the same *sighs* Megurin is a sweet girl but I can't think of her as anything more than a plot device.

Koe Girl: ep 8. Loyalty to the agency for this week !

Ms. Hammurabi: ep 1. I'm currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird what a coincidence ! I really like the female lead's personality. I wish I could find the courage to take as much initiatives as her. The male lead feels like a real person – well I'm not a people person neither.

Shall We Live Together: ep 24. I appreciate Da Yeon's development. Her standing up to the highschool bullies made me clap for her.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim: ep 2. Vice Chairman Lee is so full of himself. What a hilarious narcissist ! I admire Secretary Kim for working for him for 9 years.

Wok of Love: ep 20. Mr. Light's heart is officially broken just when the bromance is blossoming. I'm pretty secure with Sae Woo's honesty. She knows what she wants, tells her true feelings and she's not letting Poong going the noble idot way.

- On hold -

My Ahjusshi and Oh My General

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Who do you think that woman in the ending was? I was surprised that they left it open ended because I don't think OCN ever had multiple series.

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It was Lee Hana. I have no idea who her character could be. A few comments speculated that ocn was just teasing Voice 2. It might be just that ?

ocn already did 2 seasons or more with the same cast for God's Quiz, Vampire Prosecutor, a drama about a ghost and a detective and TEN I think. Voice 2 might not have the same cast but it's still a second season.

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I need to save Boy Next door in YT. I guess my lonesome nights in dorm won't be so pathetic anymore XD And did they really have to use the Urbana Zakapa track like that! Gosh my somach~~~

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Do watch My Ahjusshi soon. It’s the best I’ve seen.

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I picked it up this weekend. So far it's really good and Ji An-Dong Hoon relationship is gray and interesting.

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PS : Currently watching
Hana Nochi Hare
Crisis : Kouan Kidou Sousatai Oguri Shun fullstop.

Omona u watched Hana Nochi Hare !!
I have stopped watched Jdorama for so long, n forget how awesome it was. This show sucks me back. Where do you watched it with sub? I feel the update is so slow n stuck at ep 6 for quiet some time .

I have never been so torn in SLS like here, usually Tenma x Oto story is set for Tenma as main lead, engaged by parents with Oto as second female lead. Oto is stick to the ties while Tenma will slowly fall for main female lead, the poor one usually haha. And their relationship won't be as sweet & natural as Tenma x Oto where their heart did speaks.

This drama switched everything. N how can in any sense Oto will choose Haruto over Tenma? Obs Haruto is contender, but Tenma? Ur first love, caring, loving, unselfish, sweet but tough , reliable to the max, good career, own up his own future (life & career as well), his maturity is beyond, and so loyal !

I couldn't bear watch Tenma's broken heart :(

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I didn't know Oguri Shun was in a new drama !
I watched it on d****3s.to but they are also stuck in ep 6. I haven't watched a Jdrama in a while and HanaNochi is bringing back all of the nostalgic feels.

Nice observation about Oto ! Oto had the second female lead background story in the beginning of the story and she became the main female lead as she became poor and struggled to live with her mother (her father is not with them in Japan).

I expected Tenma to be a jerk behind his nice appearance but like you described, he is every girl's dream guy. Hhe and Oto have a long story with deep emotions and they both love each other for a long time. So SLS is perfectly understandable.

I think HanaNochi will show us how Oto will move on from her first love Tenma and go to Haruto. Like how Tomoe went to Tsukasa when she liked Rui at first. Your first love can be perfect and have every quality but it doesn't mean that you will stay with that person.

Anyway, my heart is hurting for both Tenma and Haruto.

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ARE YOU HUMAN TOO:

What I like: The cast for one thing; I don’t know that I’ve seen anyone in anything before (with the exception of Kim Won-Hae and I’m looking forwards to seeing what he’ll do as the female lead’s father), but I’m very impressed, especially Seo Kang-Joon in his double role. It really didn’t feel like the same person was playing two parts. I like the stylized opening credits and the look and feel of the series as a whole. Also I love their house in Czech Repuplic. I love robots stories like this because they allow exploration into questions like what it means to be human and the nature of abstract concepts like the soul and love.

What I’m worried about: On the flip side, because I love stories like this with robots, I find myself worrying about whether they’ll be able to do the concepts justice. I already adore Nam Shin III as a character, and I pray to the dramaland gods that he doesn’t end up as just a tool to help human characters live happily ever after (a la Absolute Boyfriend). I might throw something if he isn’t deemed worthy of a happy ending because he’s perceived as just a stand-in for the real thing.

What I’m hoping for: I’m hoping for many things – I’m hoping for a Pinocchio storyline for Nam Shin III (original Pinocchio story, not the K-Dram of the same name lol), where he gets to be considered a “real boy” by the people in his life and not a knock-off. But I’m hoping that that doesn’t have to be achieved by making despite the upbringing flesh and blood Nam Shim an evil double trope; I know our first impression of him wasn’t great, but he did decide to cut and head back to Korea rather than risk leading his tail to his mother, so I hope he doesn’t become a permanent antagonist eventually. I know it’s unlikely, but I’d love if he and Nam Shin III could end up like brothers (wouldn’t that be a nice subversion of expectations?).

WHAT’S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM: This isn’t going to be long because it only took a few minutes into the first episode for me to become enamored by every aspect of this show, and I’m desperately determining if I can justify taking out another subscription so I can watch every episode as soon as it airs.

Catching up/Rewatching:

I AM NOT A ROBOT: Just finished showing this to my Mom, and I was more than happy for the excuse to rewatch it. I love that it’s sort of a Beauty and the Beast story (my favorite fairytale). Ji Ah is one of my favorite dramaland heroine thanks to a combo of her easily triggered imaginative swearing rants, quick wits, whimsical inventing dreams, and the fact that she is frankly TERRIBLE at pretending to be a robot, and that it is only Min Kyu’s gullibility that saves her. I love this drama’s combo of humor, whimsy, and unexpected sweetness. It even has the only fart joke I’ve ever found funny.

GREASY MELO: I’m not so obsessed with it that I’ve buckled and subscribed to Viki, but I’m...

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SECRETARY KIM: Fun, slick, and magnetic leads. Will keep watching, I have high expectations.

THE UNDATEABLES: Fun, campy, wacky. Namgoong Min is the reason I'm still here.

ARE YOU HUMAN TOO: Nam Shin III is a lil cinnamon roll that I want to protect from the cruel cruel world. <3

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It's a week of upended expectations for me:

- I was so ready for PSJ as a typical jerk chaebol in Secretary Kim, but he turned out to be hilariously vain in a cute way - who knew this could be a thing??

- I was fearful of a clunky, robotic (ahem) performance from Seo Kang Joon thanks to that release delay, but he's really bringing the warmth and nuance.

- It was time for Noble Idiocy to come into play in Greasy Melo, but all the sting was taken out of the triangle when you see how much they all love each other.

- I was loving Lawless Lawyer's zippiness, but then they had to go and do Samchoon dirty with a completely unrealistic demise. Cliches are only tolerable when they make sense in the scheme of things.

So yeah, (mostly) thanks dramaland, for keeping things interesting!

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Wok of love: not the best drama i've seen, but somehow i like it and waiting impatiently for this one. Many people hate the way poong keep yelling at sae woo but i understand why he did that. His anger toward her definitely not because he hates her but mainly because he hates himself for liking her. At forst because he had his ex wife, and now because of chil seong. Feeling frustate with his own feeling, he showed it through anger and try to hate and push sae woo away.

Miss hammurabi : 9/10. Unexpected perfomance by go ara and L. And honestly i bit skeptical by a new writer, but this writer drama definitely know what is her work and doing very well about it. Good job.

Come and hug me: cliffhanger should never exist in drama world. Someone please banned it.

Are you human too : she going to fall in love with a robot? Right? I cant chew on this kind of romance. But the directing is good.

WWWSC : i have to watch 2 more episode of this show to decide if i like it or not. I dont know if it just me, but the more i watch this, the more i find dong man and ae ra is a ultimate pairing. Maybe because park min young' acting isnt my style or maybe i just love fight my way too much.

Goodbye to goodbye: the issue is heavy, but somehow a lot of scenes were gimmick and unimportant. But i quite like this one. I want to know if she keep the baby ol abandoned it at the end.

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Are you Human too?- production quality is A+, the amount of money spent is fairly obvious. The drama itself is okay, I think mostly because I don't know how they will resolve it. I think there were easier ways to get to the point they are, but hey, we shall see.

Greasy Melo- still entertaining.

Lawless lawyer- still entertaining

What's wrong with Secretary Kim?- my favorite for the week. One of the best pilot episodes ever. Hopefully the trend continues.

Come and Hug Me- I want to hug the two leads, how utterly utterly sad is this drama, my goodness, please add some happiness drama writers

Secret Mother- I'm behind.

Investigation Couple - the last couple episodes was incredibly melodramatic, I rolled my eyes a lot. But I'm still watching.

About Time- so strange, this show, so strange. I'm not even sure why I'm watching. Lol

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Really loving the buzz What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is bringing to DB and the Beanie wall. So glad to see full recaps too. ^^

Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young are awesome. Excited to see more of their dynamics as the show goes on. First episode was a decent intro, 2nd episode was better. Show has some funny, quirky moments. There are a lot of sound effects.

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I feel like everybody watches the same dramas :). I'm looking for different ones, korean or non korean dramas.

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whatcha in the mood for? i bet someone here has a recommendation that will suit you! some of my favorite underrated winners have come from beanies suggestions <3

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I just watched My Husband, Oh Jak Doo. I'm in the mood for watching any asian drama that has a very gentleman lead like him, super loyal and very patient too.. Romance, thriller, fantasy (my fave is ten miles of peach blossoms has an awesome male lead), mystery, slice of life are acceptable but not a healing drama (this genre drives me nuts). Also, the female lead is a strong character, not a softie one.

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Have you watched the Guardians? The female lead in that show was strong

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No, I've never heard it. From what country?

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@bellamafia South Korea. It aired last year

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Also called Lookout.

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Oh Lookout! I've heard that one. Ok.. I'll try it. Thank you.

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Did a scan of Viki and this would be my list. Asterisks for loyal guys/strong women:

Top go-tos: Try "Healer*" (no, it's not a healing drama). Chief Kim, I Remember You, Splash Splash Love*, On The Way To The Airport*, Twenty Again*, Let's Eat

Others: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo*, Just Between Lovers*, Coffee Prince*, Sassy Go Go, Shopping King Louie*, Bring It On Ghost, Reply 1997 and 1988, Chicago Typewriter, Marriage Contract, The King 2 Hearts, Witch's Romance, Because This is Our First Life

Maybe: Greatest Love*, Squad 38, , Sungkyunkwan Scandal*, Kill Me Heal Me (she does stop screeching eventually, stick with it), Dear Fair Lady Kong Shim*, Arang, Another Oh Hae Young, Goong

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Wow...long list! Thank you :) I already watched most of them as I have no life.. lol.. Healer is one of my faves.

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Try Five Enough. It's a 54 episode drama, but every episode was worthwhile. The lead in it is very caring and loving towards the woman he falls in love with. I was hooked by the 2nd episode, so if you try it and don't get hooked, you can drop it.

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I've seen it. My favorite story line was sung hoon and the girl. I couldn't remember how many times I replayed when sung hoon went to his brother's school to drop his school project. It was so cool and super hilarious. Thank you though for the recommendation :)

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LIVE—humanizing police drama; can be heavy and raw, but worth it for the characters.
Prison Playbook—humanizing prison drama; not heavy or raw, but also worth it for the quirky characters.
A Love so beautiful— Cdrama; perfect casting; predictable in the most delightful way: typical candy girl loves boy, boy doesn’t love girl until he does, and then has to work to get her back.
All these are on Netflix now.
And I saw LOOKOUT last year too and really enjoyed it as well! Good luck!

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I've seen PP and ALSB. PP has a cool male lead, and I love Looney. I watched it twice (the 2nd one just for Looney). I like ALSB.. a lot. I haven't seen Live though, I actually avoid any dramas that has her as a screenwriter. Her dramas just dont click with me. I know they are good, but it's not my cup of tea.

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What's wrong with Secretary Kim - Both Parks looks amazing and flawless, but I'm just no on board with the acting. I've always had a problem with Park Min Young's acting, her over cheerfulness, over reactions and overly big gestures (esp. the part when she was dining with her sisters). Her acting just seems like - acting. And I feel PSJ is miscasted here. His role is more suitable for someone more eccentric like Lee Dong Wok. Although I am sure he will thaw and I will warm up to him in this role soon enough because he makes every role works.

Are You Human - First time seeing Seo Kang Jun and I like the robot more than the chaebol. I also noticed his secretary was the Naked Fireman!! (Would love to see more of him, as he seems to be the most interesting character there). Overall a good premise and this show looks promising.

Marry Me Now: This was my top show but now I feel it's losing steam fast. There has been too much push and pull between Hyosep & Mi Yeon. I want to see the other love line between Moonshik and Hyouna but fear that they will pull a Golden Life on me where I was duped into thinking there would be a love line between the two youngest siblings after all that built up.

The Undateables & Wok of Love - My cracks. Love it.

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That secretary so handsome in ayht. Is naked fireman good?

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Naked Fireman was not bad. The leads were adorable. The storyline was predictable but still suspenseful enough. Watch it anyway if you like the handsome secretary. :)

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Thank you for your info :)

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You should check out You Who Forgot Poetry if you like Lee Joon-hyuk. 😍

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I did actually. And its a shame because im not interested about the story.

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I get what you mean with Park Min Young being a little extra in all her roles, but strangely it's never bothered me elsewhere and here it seems downright perfect. The way Mi So listens to her boss with a perfect blank attentiveness and then sunnily chirps back at him no matter what he says is fantastic - clearly she's honed her outer shell to the point that nothing he says can really touch her. It doesn't even penetrate, to the point that she can lace into him truly without emotional involvement.

I really, really like that her Secretary Barbie appearance is matched by a Secretary Barbie perfect personality and perfect professionalism, including the completely impersonal reactions.

It would've been a different show if the secretary role was more nuanced, and same if the boss role was more nuanced, but I think that their initial roboticness is what's selling it for me. There's a looooong way to go, but they've spent a decade getting into this mannered two-person groove and it's interesting to think of how his uninterrupted narcissism and her total perfection are accidental outcomes of that (she ignored his narcissism and it flourished, he criticized and she went over and above). Now that they both want to change their roles (her finding herself, him showing desperation and emotion towards her) that's a lot of distance to cover.

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Having nothing else to do other than to read books. Not that, is a bad thing. I love reading, but eventually I was craving to watch something historical. And since "Moonlight drawn by clouds" (I watched it till episode 3) left me feeling rather annoyed at the characters, the script and yes even the music .
I decided to watch "Queen for seven days" again, and this time I invited my dad to watch it with me. Lucky for both of us he is enjoying it too.

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You watched romance with your dad? If it is me it will be super awkward.

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Hi Wise!
Rarely do I and him watch romantic comedies. As, both I and he lean towards psychological and darker shows. And the romantic comedies I did watch with him was "Suspicious Partner" and "I Remember you". Though, I have to say that "I remember you" is more of a psychological thriller with little romance.
If you mean explicit stuff? Such as sex scenes? (Which is so rare in k-dramas) then, no we don't watch that.

I hope that I answered your question.
Bye.

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Let me tell you about the time I sat down with my Dad to watch this "great new show", True Blood that everybody was raving about...

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I read the summary and its american drama about vampire and a human falling in love right? I dont know how can you watch this with your dad, because everytime i watch romance in living room i have to use headset when my parents around because the sound of people bickering or saying sweet things to each other in that drama made me feel sudden cringe 😅

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Yes there's romance but there's also graphic sex scenes. Like... really graphic sex scenes.

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I didn't like Moonlight Drawn by Clouds either! I thought I was literally the only person alive.

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I didn't like it either. I only persevered until Episode 7 with some FF in between because of PBG. But I haven't really enjoyed anything he's been in since I Remember You.

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I ended up watching all of it because I find Park Bo-gum really compelling and because I desperately wanted the female lead to do something . I kept waiting for her to have a purpose in the text but she didn't. She was utterly useless.

It was beautiful though - the cinematography was gorgeous. But in terms of plot and characterisation it was super annoying.

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What’s wrong with Secretary Kim - I feel like Secretary Kim boosted up VP Lee’s narcissism over the years because she is perfect. She strives everyday to meet each and every of his expectation that his own expectation of perfect employees and perfect work etiquettes had raised the bar. Ep2’s flashback on their first work together overseas showed that he could definitely bend the rules for her.

I liked that she told him what a know it all, perfectionist he was and he retorted back that she would see more of this more often. This means even when they’re fighting, VP Lee never once thought of firing her right on the spot. He was implicating that this would be just one of the many first she would see working for him.

I feel like as they both worked together be more perfect with work, the more they loss the meaning of being together, and so far only Secretary Kim has realized that. She was too perfect at work that she even forgets her real name........

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