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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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Mr. Sunshine: There’s a lot going on and we’re still setting the pieces in place, but everything looks cinematic and grandiose in a way we don’t often get in dramaland, and that’s refreshing (even if I don’t think it quite hits Goblin levels of emotion or scale). The time period feels like we’re on the cusp of something significant, a feeling that carries over into the drama itself. I don’t know yet if I like the show, but it has me interested. I can’t help but wish we were centered around Yoo Yeon-seok’s antihero journey into redemption and self-acceptance, though, because I find his Dong-mae a helluva lot more electric than boring ol’ Eugene, and think his arc will be a lot more gripping.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: I feel like I’m meant to care more about the kidnapping backstory than I do, but I hope that now that the truth is out, we can move past the not-quite-mysterious foreshadowing and return to focusing on Young-joon and Mi-so’s relationship. Kidnapping has overstayed its welcome crashing on rom-com’s couch, and rom-com would like to reclaim its home, please.

Are You Human Too: I’m a week behind on this. Shinbot is still painfully adorable and I appreciate that our heroine is the only one who really sees him as something more than a machine or a program. You could argue that she’s too far gone on the other extreme, perhaps seeing him as more human than she ought, but maybe that’s not such a far-fetched concept when she’s actually starting to change Shinbot’s AI. I’m still not sure I’m going to be happy with the resolution for him, but in the meantime I’ll enjoy his sweet, guileless personality while I can.

 

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Mr. Sunshine: I know they were going for a splashy, epic premiere, but I honestly didn’t connect with the story at all until the second episode, when Kim Tae-ri’s character came to the forefront. I get that the hero’s lack of allegiance to his homeland is the whole point of his character arc; it’s just so much easier to connect with a character who feels very passionately about fighting for Joseon, especially when she’s defying social norms to become an active gunslinger for the resistance. So far I’m impressed with the women in this drama and encouraged by the fact that the pretty, delicate noblewoman is in fact a hotheaded rebel-in-training. Yes, please. More of that. And more of Yoo Yeon-seok. There is never enough Yoo Yeon-seok in life, ever.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: I was bored by all of the heavy focus on the kidnapping backstory and hyung drama this week, but hopefully that means we’re past it now? We’re past it, right? It’s nice to finally see Park Seo-joon’s side of things, and all the little ways in which he (secretly, stupidly) cared for Park Min-young over the years. Now that the dramatic stuff is over with, can we just stick to office coming out shenanigans and awkward bedroom seduction tactics? No one’s pretending that’s not what we signed up for.

 

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Investigation Couple: I’m happy that I stuck with this one through the major slowdown just to get to the final case. A new investigation reopens a decades old case and the pressure is on both the prosecution and forensic teams to solve it. They have learned to work well together and this investigation should highlight that fact. This drama has been a challenge to stick with, but something about Jung Jae-young’s Baek-beom kept me coming back. I’m hoping that there’s a possibility of real happiness waiting for the lonely medical examiner.

Your House Helper: This drama acknowledges how bogged down people can get when their personal spaces are cluttered. Ji-woon restores order to his clients’ homes and in the process, they see their lives more clearly. He’s an interesting cross between an organizational whiz and a psychologist. I’m eager to see how Da-young and her new roommates will be further influenced by Ji-woon’s advice going forward because clearly their lives have stalled for one reason or another.

 

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Handsome Guy and Jung-eum: This mediocre rom-com was the perfect thing to watch in the post-surgical haze after I got my wisdom teeth out this week, but I doubt it will leave any lasting impression on me—and not because I’ve been hopped up on painkillers. It’s a shame that it’s such a paint-by-numbers story, with a plot that would have worked fine in twelve hours but drags in sixteen. Especially so because I had such high hopes for this reunion between Hwang Jung-eum and Namgoong Min, who had their wires so heartbreakingly, beautifully crossed in Can You Hear My Heart. This cast certainly has the acting chops for a much more demanding script, but not only are the lead roles lackluster, the secondary roles are wasted on Choi Tae-joon and Oh Yoon-ah. I’ve put away my hopes for a cracktastic watch, and decided to simply enjoy the cuteness of the OTP, who are complete dorks in love by this point.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: This was a week of heavy reckonings with the past, for both Mi-so and Young-joon, and I really love how the show slowly unraveled the details of what happened that day, and what both of them have been dealing with in the years since. Young-joon’s long-overdue conversations with his family were hard to watch but they were also my favorite scenes this week, because we finally saw Young-joon release all that pent-up hurt and show his vulnerability to the people he’s been sacrificing his own happiness to protect all these years—people who are rightly guilt-stricken, because they should have been the ones protecting him. But it was also beautiful to see him take the first steps toward reconciliation and healing, despite the pain, and for Mi-so to be right there for him, just as he was with her the previous day when all her memories hit her full force. I adore these two together. As funny as their “semi-living-together” hijinks were, what truly moves me is how honest and rock-solid their relationship is in the tough times. And I will never understand how Young-joon manages to be totally overbearing and obnoxious and yet completely respectful of Mi-so’s wishes at the same time. Guess it’s that Park Seo-joon magic. (Now I just want her to drop her Secretary Mode when it’a just the two of them. Surely he’s earned an upgrade to permanent Oppa status by now, Mi-so?)

 

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Mr. Sunshine: I like it. I think. Which I’m slightly disappointed about, since I wanted to love it as much as I loved Goblin’s opening week. I mean, the show is absolutely gorgeous and the plot covers quite a lot of ground in the first two episodes, so I’m trying to put a finger on why it hasn’t sucked me in quite yet. I’m hoping it’s just a side effect of having a story that’s so sprawling with a large ensemble cast, that the show has yet to build momentum, and is still in its introductory phase. I think Goblin definitely benefited from the comparatively simple plot: Find the goblin bride and finally die. Here, there’s a whole bunch of characters that sort of act like they’re the leads of their own dramas, and it feels like narrative whiplash when we jump from one to another. That might be why I found the most compelling scenes to be the ones featuring Jin Gu and Kim Ji-won’s cameo: They had a clear objective, and they had a single villain. I’m hoping that all the threads start converging soon, because I’m really enjoying the unique backdrop of this story’s time period, both visually and narratively. I want to love you, Show, just let me love you!

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: I’m so glad that we got some explanation as to why every single member of Park Seo-joon’s family reacted in the weirdest way to the childhood kidnapping. It’s still not satisfying, to be perfectly frank — like, what the hell, Mom and Dad, why did you let one son take the blame for something he didn’t do and let the other wallow in misplaced, self-righteous anger? — but I’m just happy to have moved on from that subplot. I mean, I was really over the older brother being generally obnoxious when we knew as the audience that he wasn’t the victim. This show is at its best when our main leads are being cute and I’m looking forward to four more episodes of more cotton candy fluff, even if I’m scratching my head at whether this story even has enough filler to occupy four more hours. Oh well, I could watch Park Seo-joon in three-piece suits flirt all day, so I’m not complaining.

To Jenny: This is adorable. I always take promotional material with a grain of salt, so I’m quite surprised by how true to its premise To Jenny has turned out to be, at least in the first episode. It’s a sweet story about first loves, taking risks, and above all, the music that permeates each characters’ lives and dreams. And as I had hoped, the soundtrack itself acts as another character in the show, with a mix of well-known pop/indie hits and quirky original songs that are reminiscent of the classic band Song Gol Mae or the more recent Kiha & the Faces. I started watching this show for Kim Sung-chul, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the whole cast, from the sassy younger sister, to the lead’s friends. Also, who else needed to do some Internet searching after seeing the soldier asshat from Smart Prison Living being all dorky and musical here?

 
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(Fan Wall Spazzing) Your House Helper (Episodes 5-8):
WOW. Just 4 episodes in, and this show is fighting hard with Mars for the title of most anticipated drama of the week. I’m not liking everything in this drama: the female lead’s writing + acting is rather weak in comparison to the rest of the main characters and her workplace arc seems to be rather cliche (as well as being used to force the two leads together), but I really love the rest of the show, particularly the messages that it sends through the male lead’s narration + dialogue on cleaning and the bumbling lawyer who is just so CUTE. Lee Ji Hoon really plays him well.

(Watching) What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (Episodes 11-12):
Now that all the truths are out, I’ve no idea what the show intends to survive on in terms of plot for the next 4 episodes (maybe some family drama with female lead’s father?). The more I think about it, the more I feel that the show should have abandoned the whole kidnapping + brother arc (although that would give a middle finger to the webtoon viewers) and focused on the different romances (so much development to explore such as CEO having closure on his failed marriage and One Suit Guy having confidence in his real image). I’m so mad the show abandoned 3 side characters!

(Watching) Are You Human Too (Episodes 17-20):
YES, the Secretary has finally placed his foot on Robot’s ship! He may be loyal to human Nam Shin till the bitter end, but I love that he’s acknowledging Robot as his own entity. There were some DUMB moments this week like the mother leaving her handphone around to be conveniently hacked and female lead leaving around the blackbox for her reporter friend to steal but I just roll my eyes and ignore them. Human Nam Shin is coming next week, so I’m hoping the show finally tells us why the 2nd female lead is so obsessed with him and how he garnered Secretary’s deep loyalty.

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(Fast-Forwarded) Handsome Guy and Jung-Eum (Episodes 25-28):
I thought that this week would be filled with angst regarding the family feud, but it was refreshing seeing the male lead’s father coming unannounced to female lead’s house and duking it out with female lead’s father. For once, the fighting occurs within the generation that actually has bad history and not the next generation who isn’t involved in the mess. I will give the show lots of credit for that cliffhanger, because I was genuinely surprised by the appearance of the initial boyfriend as well as the fact that something actually went down between him and male lead at the airport.

(Fast-Forwarded) About Time (Episodes 15-16):
RANTS COMING THROUGH: Musical friend just died like that like an extra walking by. 2nd female lead magically learns to let go. Musical’s financial problem magically resolved. 2nd male lead suddenly realises he has feelings for female lead. Female lead committing noble idiocy yet again. ZERO explanation on the clocks. Random truck of doom. Evil chaebol family gets personality transplants. Life clocks suddenly become non-existent. The past is revealed in a flashback montage without any followup. Love is the magic solver of all problems. WTF was that ending show?

I’m afraid I didn’t have time to watch Come Here and Hug Me this week unfortunately! I guess I’ll be posting a separate post on the fan wall for it maybe tomorrow or the day after. Also, I’ll be watching Let’s Eat 3 next week for certain, though whether I’ll be talking about it on my fan wall will depend on the show’s quality in its premier week.

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I’ve no idea what the show intends to survive on in terms of plot for the next 4 episodes.

Exactly. My wife said this show should have ended already. Dropped at Ep. 12. Even my love of PMY couldn’t keep me interested. Want a do over by a different writer, do away with kidnap story, limit it to 10 episodes max.

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I agree that Bona so far looks like she is the weakest link among the casts in Your House Helper, I found her quite bland sometimes. She was good in Girls' Generation 1979 but personally in my opinion it was the PD who managed to bring the best out of everyone in that drama. And even her storyline isn't as interesting as others so far. Only good acting can save plain and ordinary storyline, hopefully she will get better next episodes. So far storyline is intriguing enough and just like you, this drama and Life on Mars are two most anticipated shows of the week for me.

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I’m not liking everything in this drama: the female lead’s writing + acting is rather weak in comparison to the rest of the main characters and her workplace arc seems to be rather cliche (as well as being used to force the two leads together), but I really love the rest of the show, particularly the messages that it sends through the male lead’s narration + dialogue on cleaning and the bumbling lawyer who is just so CUTE.

This. Sometimes I really wished kdramas dared to make a drama omitting the love lines. The stories tend to be great, but at times the main actor/ actress can't deliver. Case in here Bona. Don't get me wrong she is cute and was great on lingerie girls generation, but here it just shows how green she is, which sucks because half of the show circles around her [and would be about her and the main romance plot in future]. I wished the remaining cast and their arc had more time onscreen. Watching the first episode I had more 'age of youth' vibe and none of the girlfriends seem any less prominent than Bona.

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I watched first two episodes of the new Grandpas (Berlin, Prague, Vienna...) and the Berlin visit had quite some serious undercurrents... one divided country visiting a formerly divided city / country.... I think the most touching moment for me was when they visited the Holocaust memorial... and when they commented that Korea still waits for an apology and hopes to get one one day...

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The lack of a Life on Mars episode this week had me trying to do all sorts of drama-watching that I could do this week (also probably due to the fact that finals week is coming and I want to escape real life so bad).

Are You Human Too: I was delightfully surprised by yet another plot twist made possible by grandpa's sort-of twisted mind. This week's episodes made me want to pull the hair out of Ro-ra and had me rooting for David when he told her that she's "a bad mom." (I'm still unsure if he's a good character or not but I'm liking him so far!) So-bong and RoboShin's friendship (really?) as well as RoboShin and Young-hoon's growing closeness is so cute. I am still unsure how the plot will start moving once Nam Shin wakes up but please show, I just want these puppies to be happy in the end.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim: With our leads finally becoming honest with each other, the past is uncovered and secrets are out in the open now. Mi-so and Young-joon's chemistry is still off-charts and their personalities gave out the funniest outcome you could ever expect in a relationship. But the real winner this week would be Bong Se-ra and Secretary Yang: the coke confession is just too cute for words!

Miss Hammurabi: This drama had always been heavy and I still love it for showing us how judges deal with social issues. Ignoring the noblest noble idiocy in Dramaland, I've had to say triple hooray for the progress of the romance part of the drama! Pretty girl and Dimples guy definitely has a really great chemistry.

Prison Playbook: The lack of Life on Mars had me binge-watching this show (I am not the type to binge-watch series as I have a short attention span). I love the show and its good characters. This show is new, fresh, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Truly a gem in Dramaland.

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Grandpa from AYHT is like Aizen from Bleach - he simply REFUSES to lose! Like a roach that survived nuclear annihilation! :D

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Here's hoping Gramps decides to be on RoboShin's side and (for once) do something good! (of course he needs to benefit from this but isn't RoboShin worth it? :) )

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Not in the way grandpa judges worth. If even for a second he believes the RoboShin is gonna be a failed product, he's gonna can it - and what will we do THEN? t___t

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😂 😂😂😂 You are just right. People like them always have something up their sleeve. Here's to hoping there is an Urahara and Ichigo who would get him to use his last trump card.

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I just wanted to say woohoo to a Bleach reference! We are watching that right now with our boys. (Skipping all filler of course)

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Cheers to you to having a blast then. I actually liked most filler arcs except for the princess one. Her sense of entitlement was not for me. Now that I think about it Ye Na shares some of her characteristics...in a way🤔

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Seconded! Urgh, I can't believe there are so many mean people in this drama. I mean, the level of makjang is OFF the charts!

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Naah. Don't insult Mighty Aizen comparing with a mortal half-senile old thug.

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never thought I'm gonna see Aizen or Bleach here..
any thought about upcoming Bleach live action movie? XD hahaha

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Yes to everything you said about Miss Hammurabi.

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Binge watch Prison Playbook ? I’d like to see a season 2, perhaps in a woman’s prison .

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that was kinda already done in Secret Love - with Hwang Jung Eum and Ji Sung (i just rewatched it) - had her prison cellmates' stories and their bonding as a sideline... but not done as well as PP, of course...

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Doh!, You’re right it did have the prison arc of the story. One of her better roles.

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Interesting! I haven't watched Secret Love, but now it's on my list of potential watches if I'm ever in a slump with currently airing dramas.

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It’s definitely worth watching.

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I would like PP season 2 too. Maybe a continuation of yoon's retrial and some new inmates. I would like to see the prison staff again though. Officer paeng is such a softie behind his tough manners hahaha. And i need more jung kyung ho. Life of mars has made me wanting to see more of his acting. He's so good! Hopefully one day he'll get the recognition he deserves via awards hohoho

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Officer paeng... awesome role for Jung Woong-In. I loved the cast for Prison Playbook and would expect the coresponding female cast to be great too.

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I'm hoping for something like Orange is the New Black and seeing Kaist and Crony's penpal if ever the second season centers around in a woman's prison!

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Prison Playbook is one of my favourites this year and definitely one of my favourite K dramas of all time. It's wonderful television from start to finish. Such a clever show on so many levels.

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Annyeong beanies, real life has gotten in my way of spending whatever free time I have hanging out (more like lurking) at DB fanwall and also Rabbit (I miss everyone in Traumabeans!) but I did manage to sneak in a few minutes here and there at the fanwall and the beanies’ absolute love for Are You Human Too? persuaded me to download it and watch it on the go. And despite how busy I am, I regret nothing and now I want to join some fellowship to protect our RoboShin / Shinnamon - he is so precious, beanies!

I am still keeping up with What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? but now that the “big” mystery has been revealed, does it have enough materials to last 4 more episodes? But I love Park&Park so watch I shall.

Bummer that Life On Mars was postponed last weekend but hey I’m all for quality content and our actors having sufficient rest so looking forward to this week’s installment. Did I mention I love this show? And to-date I still manage to exercise self-control and not spoilt myself with the UK version. Perhaps being crazy busy has something to do with my new-found restraint.

Have a great week ahead, beanies! May your drama-watching be awesome!

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I don't know what the writers are planning for the remaining four episodes of WWWSK, but I think there could be enough material. For instance, the reveal of their relationship to coworkers, coworkers' romances, President Park possibly reuniting with his ex-wife, YJ meeting MS' dad, possible engagement and wedding, MS deciding what to do career-wise.

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I think they've built enough interesting side characters that there will be enough material. And you're right that there is still figuring out what MS wants to do for her career. We haven't finishing with the whole MS resigning yet. They haven't addressed it in like 6 episodes. Maybe despite loving YJ and finding a life partner in him, MS will still want to leave and that could cause some conflict.

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I thought she pretty much decided that she is staying as his secretary. She even got mad that at him for not letting her do the “personal stuff”, that she once complained about. She’s not ambitious or she would have took his promotion offer when she asked to resign. For all see, he’d let her take Director Park’s job if she just asked.😅

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I don't know how I would feel if she decided to remain as his secretary AND married him. That would be really weird. :/

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We miss you on TraumaBeans, too! Lots of chat about AYHT there!

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Soon...one day soon, I will join in with the spazzing...oh how I miss you beanies... that one perfect evening where I had so much fun chatting

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Right now, To.Jenny, Sassy ShinBot (aka ShinnaBot, as dubed by Beanies), WWWSK, Miss Hammurabi & Life on Mars have taken over my life. :D

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we also call him our dear Shinnamon roll :)

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Awie, i swear he's too precious for this world.

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I'm currently watching Are You Human Too? and I honestly didn't think I would love it so much. Although the show makes me question a lot of things like what it means to be human. I'm also very confused about Shin3's "emotions". Sometimes I completely forget that he's a robot. Can soo bong love him? Is it even okay or ethical for her to love him?

I haven't seen WWWSK but heck, it feels like a poor, nice girl falling in love with a narcissistic chaebol is the Korean dream. I've been watching kdramas for 10 years and this basic plot is still being recycled every time in every possible way. No offence to both actors, I'm sure they're working really hard

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Are you human : definitely have same question like you. The love story seems out of reach. Her falling in love with him is weird, but him falling in love to her is ridiculuous.

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I'm taking his "falling in love" is the robot is evolving. He says he has no emotions but he hasn't recognized his anger, jealousy, happiness and other emotions humans feel. What is human anyway? The ability to pack logic and emotion in a tiny package we call our brain. His "brain" takes up a whole huge room. Interesting to see where the writers take this concept.

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But robot has no emotion, so that huge room filled with logic. And i think we human dont pack all our emotion in our brain, some of our emotion are deep in our soul and brain cant take it or explain it. Why a robot have that feeling and emotion must be explained scifitically by the writer (which is lack of scifi explanation so far).

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Emotions stem from chemical reactions in our body and brains that are governed by DNA code. We have emotions because they are used to push our priorities in order to survive and reproduce, the ultimate goal is to preserve our DNA over time. We have our own algorithms going on inside us, so not that different from the robot in my view. It's just that we are amazingly complex, in a way that robotics cannot achieve yet. But in the future, with technology sufficiently advanced, it will be possible to reproduce our thought processes and things equivalent to emotions in AI. So I'm sure that it will be possible for them to develop attachment to humans too.
Anyway, not sure what will happen with the romance, I'm just curious to see the story unfold and wish for a happy ending for these cuties. :)

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@Coral it would be good if the show took some of these ideas and tried to explain how Shin3 can have what seems like emotions. Like this theory of emotions as a byproduct of our dna. If I got that right. I mean, a robot would not feel the need to get closer to humans to create another robots, he could just make a new robot. But perhaps as form of making sure we humans didn't threat their existence?
Anyway, I'm sure they will just keep using the argument he just evolved. But I like AYHT very much, I almost feel we are asking too much from a drama that just wants to be amusing.

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Well, Mi so is not exactly poor, even as children with her sisters. Her parents had a house and a car..they were not poor, just regular people. I would say in between the last stage of poverty and the beginning of middle class.
And I am afraid he fell for her first, which is understandable because she is very capable and pretty.

But I get what you say, and yes... It is still very clichè. She works for him! There is always this boss-employee relationship that ends in romance!
Even my Ajusshi!!! He hired her, he used to be kind of her supervisor, but they fell for each other. Even 23 years age gap but they fell for each other!
Love is always in the korean air 😊😀😅😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Lawless Lawyer: A drama definitely elevated by the outstanding cast with a stronger first half and somewhat anti-climatic ending. Don't care. It was a fun popcorn drama all the way through for me and I will credit the writer for writing three strong female characters with the actresses hitting it out of the park. Having said that Choi Min Soo was something else; loved him in this. Happy for all involved for the solid ratings especially LJG who gets more hallyu love at times.

What's Wrong with Sec Kim: This is another drama elevated by its cast. I love the leads. I know some find it cliche and boring, but I find it fun and refreshing. In one scene early in the drama, the older sister relays her concerns about dating this guy and MiSo replies: I get what you're saying but it's my life and I'll make my own decisions. WHAT! The fact that this seems "refreshing" maybe says more about k-drama than this particular drama. I can totally see myself with a re-watch on this one.

About Time: Drama was middle of the road in the first half and went off the rails in the second. You know how in the first two dramas I said the actors elevated the dramas....well I'm not dissing the cast because actors can't fix the second half of this drama and the end is almost Black bad. My favorite relationship was Choi Mika and the older lady who met and maintained their equal status friendship throughout.

Are You Human Too: I went into this with zero expectations so I'm pretty happy with it. The pacing and surprises are working for me.

Sketch: On Hold. I try just about anything with a paranormal aspect like the clocks in About Time and am constantly disappointed. I stalled at episode 4 because I thought it was all going to be about a big bad guy and dumb cops always being a step behind (Voice got old for me). Anyone have any insight on this one?

I need a historical drama and want to wait a bit on Mr. Sunshine. Anyone finish Grand Prince? I'm not super duper picky but is it a solid enough watch? I don't have issues with the actress; I know what I'm getting.

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I still haven't seen last 2 eps of Time, couldn't gather the energy, even with ff button on stand by... so it is not worth it to finish it?

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It's just incomprehensible. They gave up on making any sense of the clocks. You can skip through it if you wish but it's a muddle so you wouldn't be missing much to skip it.

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Oh no, that was the only thing keeping me watching, the clock mystery... oh well, other two hours of my life saved I guess. (And the beginning and Huyng's story were so promising...)

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I'd like to know if you think the same as I did, that the ending to About Time was one of the dumbest things I've ever seen.

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There needed to be a mythology around the clocks to make it work and time needed to be spent on building that instead of soooo many characters. They had so many actors on this show with storylines that went nowhere. I honestly think they were pulling every trope out of their hats trying to garner ratings. After what happened with the brother, things just got really bad.

I think the ending was ridiculous, but I'm not bitter because by that point it was pretty much expected. They wrote themselves into a corner and couldn't get out. I would have made it so the clocks stopped when they were even and they could have been happy with that but there still needed to be some explanation. The clocks were a gimmick so just too bad.

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There are so many things to complain about this show. I thought like you a better ending would be the clocks stopped when they were even. Maybe the writers thought that was too obvious (like everything else wasn't obvious?) Since I only watched the ending, I'm not sure if his heart actually stopped and then they restarted it so that he actually did die but came back to life. That would make sense. I'm not going back and re watching just to figure that out.

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Truck of Doom's cameo is pretty good though. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.

They completely muddled the rules of the clock, threw up their hands, and just put some random words together hoping the audience wouldn't notice they neither held to already established rules and that the ending made no sense what-so-ever.

I've asked before, but does anyone know what the heck was wrong with the older lady that she was always in the hospital. Or was it a case of the actress just wanting to wear comfortable hospital pajamas for most of her scenes? If that was the case, I salute her.

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It was never really clear why she was in the hospital on and off.

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... the end is almost Black bad

So funny! "Black bad" encapsulates the whole range of WTFery engendered by horrible endings.

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The only reason I'm not bitter about Black is it already aired before I jumped in so I knew viewers thought the ending was ridiculous. I remember just shaking my head and laughing. I could not get over the wig they gave Go Ara. I remember thinking that they stole Vicki Lawrence's wig from an old set of Mama's Family. (y'all can google if need be.) I have never been able to move past the wig...

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Vicki Lawrence's wig

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Black is my new Big.

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I haven't watch Black but when you compared it with Big, I knew right away to steer clear. Big was a total disappointment with such a ridiculous ending. Thinking back, I could not even remember what the ending was! All I remember was the big gaping 'what the heck is this ending' feeling. HAHA.

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Historical: I need someone to watch FuYao and validate my opinion that it's mocking Chinese fantasy. And in a good way. It's fun once you realize it's tongue in cheek.

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I have been taking a break from c-dramas, but I'm intrigued about what you say. I was planning on jumping in eventually so I'm going to give it a go.

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I thought it was silly at first until I realized what was going on. As usual with most (some?) dramas, it gets better. Which is better than a drama starting out good and getting worse.
Ethan Ruan's character at first is pretending to be crown prince of a region, but he's actually Wujin, crown prince of another region, who's under orders to prevent the bad guy from usurping the throne. And of course Yang Mi as Fuyao isn't really a slave but the daughter of a prince (king?) We haven't learned that yet (ep 31-32) but Wikipedia has already spoiled it.

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I totally wasn't expecting silly from this drama and I think it would be fun if they were doing a bit of self-deprecating humor about wuxia.

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@sorrynotsorry: At least I hope it's self-deprecating humor on purpose and not inadvertent!

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@linda-palapala—I’m caught up with Legend of Fuyao and have found it both riveting and hilarious. The first few episodes were wobbly, thanks largely to cheesy CGI. But I agree with you that the show keeps getting better.

Is the show mocking wuxia? I call it "modernizing" the story form. It certainly has its campy moments! I laughed, clutching my guts during Ep. 17’s bathtub “fight/lovemaking” scene. The over-the-top action scenes and sexual foreplay are definitely exaggerated but the show is deadly serious when it comes to filial duty and political machinations.

Fuyao’s overt distaste for sexual double standards and the culture’s obsession with class is notable. (Of course, she critiques the culture while being gorgeous, virginal, secretly divine and royal.)

The breezy insouciance of Ethan Juan’s performance is wuxia gold—adding sparkle and lightness to something that can otherwise take itself too seriously. I was shocked by the wedding day decimation which only made sense when Wuji explained his black ops strategy to his Royal father. I’m all in Xuanyuan Min/Zhangsun Wuji/Yuan Zhaoxu as a spy, lover, warrior and strategist!

Also, the costumes make me happy beyond words. Wuxia fashion is a critical element for me to enjoy these fantasy dramas and designer Stanley Cheung—and his team of 1,000 artisans—deliver.

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Well said! "It doesn't take itself too seriously" which is what some dramas mistakenly try to do. "Breezy insouciance, adding sparkle and lightness". Yes, it's the sparkle in his eye!
One of my favorite scenes was when she was trying to make it to her wedding and jumped out of the carriage and said enough of this silliness!
And that's the word I've been looking for "campy".
I'm a relative newbie to wuxia and fantasy, so I've been wondering whether or not all royal fantasy characters have as much supernatural power, or is he also something more than Wuji?

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Yes! I loved the wedding scene. Fuyao has no time for pomp and circumstance!

I hope we'll learn more about Wuji's decade-long training with the Ancient Firmament. He seems to have more "magic" than most (beyond his dazzling smile, etc.) ;D

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Maybe you can remember this episode scene - Wuji is with the dr and something happens so that there's something (I couldn't see what) on the back of his hand that was dark-ish. Was it a tattoo? I read on Wiki. he has a tattoo of a lotus blossom on his hand but I'd never seen it.

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Oh, and the dr gave him a really funny look when he saw it.

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Yeah—I'm really curious about that smudge. I wonder if it's temporary 'cos I don't see it in later scenes we've glimpsed in the title credits or trailers. Is it linked to Fei Yan? Is that the lotus tattoo?

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@tsutsuloo: I went back and watched the scene. The Dr asks when he sees it if Fei Yan is back. I don't remember who Fei Yan is! She was born of a lotus blossom, he has a lotus blossom on his hand (according to wiki) so it's all interconnected.

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Historical: I finished Grand Prince. It's wasn't an amazing drama but it's ok. It got more interesting as it went on, particularly after episode 15. Joo Sang Wook's conflicted villain was great, but the OTP bored me (sorry Yoon Shi Yoon).

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Historical: These dramas aired a while ago and you've probably already watched them but I still can't get over Six Flying Dragons and Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People.

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Agree with Lawless Lawyer being a fun drama. I liked it a lot.

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It's not that I didn't see some of the flaws, especially toward the end, but sometimes I find I just can go with the flow and all the actors were just rocking it. It was a pass the popcorn, open a beverage and chill drama.

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Exactly. And people complain about its latter episodes being too anti-climatic, but I actually liked how they slowly clipped Judge Cha's feathers one by one leaving her no way out in the end.

I prefered this style to some drama grand finales were they swoop in big and throw all the baddies in prison. In those shows I'm sometimes dissatisfied because I know a villain that big surely has bigger ones behind him and will come out of the prison soon.

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I’m up to episode 13 of Sketch...and struggling. The cases get somewhat predictable and it is frustrating watching a team, who has apparently been solving cases from these sketches for a long time, be super confused with things they see.
I’m determined to finish because I’ve got 3 episodes left but it is hard.

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Okay, thanks. I might wait and see if viewers think the ending holds up. Probably should have been a 12 episode show.

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I'm still enjoying Sketch. It's taken some twists and turns that were surprising to me although it's a little slow for a thriller. If all else fails, at least you have Rain's voice to enjoy.

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I started it because of the sketch aspect and I do like all the actors involved...and always yes to more Rain.

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Hi @sorrynotsorry. I am gingerly bopping through this week's WWW. Of the 4 dramas I am live watching I am really behind on two, CAHM and WOK. The two I am current on are LOM and AYHT. I am enjoying all 4. LOM is in a category by itself it is so good. Back to your comment:
Paragrah 1. I concur with your assessment of LAWLESS LAWYER. Lee Joon-gi and Seo Ye-ji were terrific. This drama introduced two great kdrama villains: Judge Cha Moon-sook played by Lee Hye-young and Mayor Ahn Oh-joo played by Choi Min-soo. I think CMS stole every scene he was in; and
Paragraph 6. For a historical drama I can recommend GRAND PRINCE. I really enjoyed it. I have not gone very deep into sageuk so I am going to bring in my pal @pakalanapikake here who has gone deep into the genre. GP fans had a great time during its run commenting on a hijacked post here:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/yoon-shi-yoon-offered-historical-melodrama-grand-prince/

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Thanks re: Grand Prince. I'm going to give it a go.

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I've watched Grand Prince. It's heavily flawed, but I found it an incredibly entertaining watch (the last episode was disappointing, though). Jin Se-yeon is probably the biggest problem with the drama, since she can't emote at all, but Yoon Shi-yoon and Joo Sang-wook make up for that in spades.

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Sadly, I concur on Jin Se-yeon. In addition, the way she spoke and made her voice fall at the end of each sentence (plus endless sighing) sucked the life out of all her scenes. The only times I really liked her were her few confrontations with Kang. Being fierce suited her better than being the sophisticated noblewoman.

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I agree. She could pull off that harsh determinism - but I wasn't happy when she was happy, and I wasn't moved when she cried. It's such a shame. They should have cast Chae Soo-bin or something, since I know that girl can emote better than anyone. Then again, she would have been wasted in the role...

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@frabbycrabsis @wishfultoki

I've never understood why Jin Se Yeon gets roles or leading lady parts. Somehow some people find that she can sell?

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I mean, she's very pretty, and she now has a reputation for sageuks (Gaksital, Flower in Prison...) but that's just not enough. Grand Prince tried so hard to sell its epic romance to me, and I just wasn't buying that she loved Yoon Shi-yoon anywhere near as much as he loved her.

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Finally I find company in likeminded folk who feel the same about Grand Prince. The GP thread in Soompi was heavily populated by JSY fan girls who threw stones at anyone who even remotely tried to critique her or say anything negative about her character JaHyun. Eventually only those who sang her praises were left. Grand Prince started so well...then the writer went off course for me...choosing to go with the whole OTP arc and it just seemed to get more ludicrous as it went on...YSY was constantly in tears..the most interesting character RuSiGae was sidelined for some reason unbeknownst to me. In fact suffice to say that if they made a spinoff with just her I would watch it. JSY was a blackhole...she sucked in the emotions of every scene and gave nothing back. I was constantly annoyed with her. And her character wasn't someone I could warm to either...she was selfish and entitled...I could honestly find little reason for YSY's character to fall in love with her at all...and as the story went on, the writer seemed to get increasingly desperate trying to redeem JSY's character somehow but it wasn't convincing. I kept comparing GP with 7DQ which didn't help. The characters lived for me in 7DQ...As a fan of YSY I couldn't even watch the final episode...I just read spoilers. Having said that, if you want something mindless and don't mind JSY's wooden acting, then it may be worth a try. This was my first and last time I will watch anything with her in it...she ruins the viewing experience for me. Rumour has it she has a rich sponsor behind her pulling strings and funding projects.

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I don't blame you for not finishing the last episode. Aside from SPOILER inevitably dying, little happened that wasn't frustrating.
It's funny you mentioning how Yoon Shi-yoon ended up crying very episode, because it was his magic tears that convinced me to watch it in the first place! 😂
Jin Se-yeon's acting is never horrendous, but it always feels like she's just doing the bare minimum to get through a scene.

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You took the words right out of my mouth regarding her acting...it's just really flat and uninspiring. I really pity her costars because they can't rely on her to provide any impetus to fuel their own acting energies. No wonder YSY leapt straight into Dear Judge without a break (totally out of character for him. He had already agreed to do it even before GP ended) - it was a forgettable experience for him I am sure. And from the interviews thus far with his new costar who has acting chops to match his, he is having the time of his life. 😊

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Hi @tilly. Thanks for your comments re: GRAND PRINCE. A few thoughts (sorry but this is my style):
1. It seems that you are taking out your frustrations with the GP thread at Soompi here at DramaBeans. Beanies who commented on GP on the DIY post I mentioned above, as I recall, were not shy in posting criticisms of acting, the plot etc;
2. I agree with you concerning Roo Shi-gae. Son Ji-hyun gave a wonderful performance as RSG;
3. I have not gone deep into sageuk so I don't have much to compare GP with;
4. GP was my first Yoon Shi-yoon and Jin Seo-yeon dramas;
5. I can understand some of your JSY comments but I was probably more frustrated with her character (for taking foolish chances) than for her acting; and
6. I really liked YSY's performance and like you I am looking forward to watching him in YOUR HONOR which the good news is that it should be available on Viki. If YH winds up with being recapped I hope to see you there.

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Point taken re frustration with Soompi thread. I shall desist from mentioning the other forum henceforth. O most certainly I will be making an appearance here if YH ends up being recapped here. I find Beanies a more congenial lot and more willing to deconstruct plot lines and the such and also open to differing opinions. I adore YSY which is probably why I persevered with GP - otherwise I would've stopped in Ep 9-10. I have high hopes for YH. Not long now. BTW is your namesake a tribute to Healer Park Bong Soo? That was one unforgettable drama. 😊

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Hi again @tilly. Good catch. HEALER was my first kdrama (I haven't been around kdrama world that long). Yes, I chose my username in homage to HEALER.

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@sorrynotsorry
You were asking about insights on Sketch... I don't know if you'll consider this insight but the Big Bad is a mystery and the cops are not dumb but up against a whole lot of Big-Bad-induced corruption. It is purposely simplified as if there's only 1 enemy out there pulling on lots of strings, but it works.

The paranormal aspect gives us suspense because the good guys have to figure out what each drawing is prophesying will happen... they have to figure out where or who and try to get there in time to change what is prophesied.

On top of the 'case' for the week, which is linked to the main story, there is always the overall arc of the good guys slowly finding out more, why there's someone else besides themselves who is interfering in the prophesies.

The audience is not kept in the dark for too long and the characters act according to their 'character' and are mostly baddass. There is always a sense of unpredictability and further along a surprising twist or more to keep us hooked.

I find it a good watch, past the 'violence' which was not too bad. Now on to the last episode!!!

I think I managed that without giving too much away? 😋

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Nicely done with no spoilers. Thanks.

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And just to add, the ending was decent, in no way was it Black bad. I was really satisfied with the entire series and ranked it up there as one of my top 5 thrillers due to the solid acting, pacing, story and cinematography.

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Cool. Thanks, and it actually helps the ending wasn't a train wreck. I've had enough of those recently.

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Hey, Beanies! This week felt so... empty. Like something was missing (besides the obvious lack of Life on Mars. I don’t know what it is. Weird.

Are You Human Too? was definitely the highlight of my week. Grandpa just continues to surprise, doesn’t he? I love the interactions between ShinnaBong more and more every week, and I’m SO looking forward to seeing how the writer handles So-bong’s crisis of growing feelings for a robot. This kind of thing is really what makes this premise interesting, and I have no clue how they will resolve it. Hopefully they do it well, because my girl So-bong deserves it. I love her.

To. Jenny is a simple delight so far, and the leads are charming with very cute chemistry. And some of the songs are just so funny! It’s the perfect little two-episode drama so far, and I look forward to seeing more. Chaeyeon is so pretty it almost hurts!

I just watched the first episode of Ho-gu’s Love! Is one lead saying something comforting in the very first episode to the other lead without realizing just how much of an impact their words made on the person a trope? Because if so, it’s a trope I like. It’s too early for me to say much of anything, but I’m really looking forward to learning more about Uee’s character. I did NOT see that ending coming! Also, Choi Woo-shik is adorable.

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Yay, you finally got started on Hogu's Love! Without revealing too much, the story is delightful in how it gradually peels back the layers for each of the leads, and you see a bit more of how their past informs their present interactions.

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That sounds exactly like the type of drama I like! 💖 I’m eager to watch more!

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I'm still loving Robot and Secretary and missed Mars dearly.

Also, forced cohabitation in Marry Me, especially between the new brothers is gold 😂

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K-dramas have spoiled me. The Taiwanese series The Ex Man is just dropping one episode a week and its soooo painful waiting!

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Currently watching: 1) Wok of Love (Greasy Melo) I like that Sae Woo openly shows her love for Poong. The side characters are also fun to watch. 2) Miss Hammurabi - though it now has become office politics vs actual judging of cases. 3) Marry Me Now - the elders' loveline is so different with all the responsibilities they have to face together. 4) Are You Human, Too - Shinbot is just adorable. 5) House Helper - still checking whether I would like it with 8 episodes in.

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Forgot to mention I'm also enjoying Handsome Helper and wise little sis in Jenny.
No time for epic Sunshine... yet... and I think this evening another epic battle will get priority 😉 (🏐).

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Ok, I just realized I remembered the time wrong and the soccer has finished!! 😂😂
Well, more time for kdrama this evening 😉😁

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Sparse this week: I've dropped everything but:
MISS HAMMURABI: Ends next week and I'm sad. It wasn't the drama I was expecting as I usually don't like dry courtroom/lawyer dramas, but it's so full of heart, emotion and humanness. Ep 15 she "kisses" him. What kind of kiss was that? It was just lip touching.
RU HUMAN TOO: Wow, that last episode. I don't see how Shin 3 can ever have independence from that huge machine room that's his brain. So curious how the writers will resolve this. In my mind the real baddy is his mom and the only way he can continue is if human Shin dies.
WOK: Frankly, as much of a Junho fan as I am, I'm getting a bit bored. I do like how the writers have kept things not too serious (so far).
LEGEND OF FUYAO: I finally figured it out. This show is so "tongue-in-cheek" that it's mocking the Chinese fantasy wuxia. And I love it.
RE WATCH: LOST LOVE IN TIMES: Okay, I admit it. I'm skipping thru the politics and watching the romantic scenes.

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Life on Mars, To.Jenny, Sunshine, wok
Dropped WWWSK. What’s wrong is the crap that passes for a plot.

Started two J dramas, Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi and Genkai Danchi

Wife has started watching C dramas FuYao again, Cage of Love and is finishing K drama Secret Mother.

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WWWSK; think, think....haven't had a 2nd cupa, so what is WWWSK??
Tell Wife I think FuYao is tongue in cheek, mocking this genre. And I like it.

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Oh, never mind, I just figured it out...duh.

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Flowers are in full bloom and are beset by a busy bunch of pollinators. Bumblebees of various sizes and markings, a myriad of wasps of every description, as well as a host of bees and/or flies that defy one to call it one or the other.

The garden is a perfect place for the bees and other bugs to meet, date and mate.

Japanese Beetles, (Popillia japonica), those guys go for a Deep Sleep Swim Call, (a bowl of water with some dish soap). They chew on way too many things and are pests.

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with the pre-emption of Life on Mars, I was forced to look for another K-drama to replace it. Since there's nothing in the current batch that interest me, I try to look at the back log drama that I have and realized that I have several titles I haven't seen yet

Eulachacha Waikiki: I.LOVE.THIS! Oh my gosh. This one is the funniest and craziest K-drama ever that I've ever encountered. I especially laughed out loud when Jun-ki did the werewolf make up. That was the funniest thing ever! Also the car. Jun-ki's words: "It's okay, It's okay" kept ringing in my ears. He's such a LOL But as much as I love the story, I seriously didn't care about Dong-gu and Yoon-ah relationship. The love triangle is such a boring and cliche plot to make the couple end up together. And I thought the drama went the original way, like how they have to hold a wedding due to Jun-ki's lie. I was so sad that we spent so much time with those two, while Jun-ki and So-jin, and then Doo-shik and Soo-ah in the end, actually serve a better plotline for the romance. But I heard that this is going to have second season, and I'm excited for it. I hope there will be no cliche plots

Nirvana in Fire (11-20): I seriously love this one. The conflict, oh the conflict, it's so tense. It feels like I'm there experiencing the story rather than just watching it from my laptop screen. I'm so going to have a serious withdrawal if this drama ended, so I purposely not watching it quickly, so that I could savour every episode fully

Ten Miles Peach Blossom (1-10): Talking about intense *___* I love that the fusion is done so beautifully and it's also beautifully shot. Love Yang-mi, she's such a badass. I love that she's not the typcial damsel in distress, and instead she did all the things a gril wouldn't do. I love love love her so much

The Big Boss (S1+S2): Maybe this is just me, but I think that China drama actually get the high school story right. Other than Solomon's Perjury (which I love so much), I don't think K-drama had delivered the beautiful friendship during high school. The Big Boss did that and more. There's almost no plot to the story actually and it's pretty crazy, and there's also no romance (just a hint, but nothing else) which I appreciate. I love that they focused on the youth story of the casts rather than boring makjang drama. I love K-drama, but I think I would stick with C-drama for high school madness. Still remember the makjangness of High School 2015 (and how the girl choose the wrong man for the wrong reason)

Like Love (BL movie, part 1 and part 2): I think that in terms of BL drama/movie, this one is exceptionally well made. The story flows really well, and I love that the relationship between the two main characters are not the typical "love at first sight" but it's the relationship that grows over the time. Mai Ding is such a cutie and An Ziyan is so hot *___* I spent hours watching the movie (both parts) then dedicated myself to...

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I think the Answer Mes, and Schools 2013 and 2017 did well with the friendship angle, but the kdrama landscape tend to be a little more dramatic. Like the friends have to be so close, they're like family. I like the Big Boss's lighthearted touch. Just a bunch of quirky students having fun, ridiculous adventures. Maybe they won't be hanging out in 5 years, but right now, they're living in the moment, supporting each other (beach volleyball being the exception...), and enjoying fun, ridiculous adventures.

I also loved Eulachacha Waikiki! I also wish we could have spent more time with the other 4. I hope season 2 turns out with varied pairings. I feel like Jun Ki and Soo-ah could be a fun pairing for some shenanigans.

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Mr. Sunshine: It’s a Kim Eun Sook drama. But it’s got a historical setting I am interested in. I like it for now. I am even looking forward for tonight’s ep.

Life on Mars <3

What’s wrong with SK? Where’s my preview?

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Wok of Love - I'm so happy for Hungry Wok team! Chil Sung is such a fairy godfather.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim - Kuddos to Park Seo Joon's marvelous acting! I cried twice when YJ's parents came to see him and when YJ had a heart-to-heart conversation with his brother.

Your House Helper- I love the interactions between main characters in this drama. And it's satisfying to see the transformation of hell of messy place into very organized and clean place.

About Time - I'm just glad that this drama is over. That's it.

Are You Human Too - I'm a bit behind for this drama and will catch up with it soon. Missing my Shinnamon.

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Did you watch the ending of About Time? That was the dumbest thing I've ever seen.

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Yes, I did. I know the writer is trying to sell the idea of how your life span may change depending on your situation, but the whole thing is just weird. And the truck of doom accident looks so unnatural. Oh well...

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I knew from the start that the life clock would either be cleverly written or gimmicky and as it turned out it was beyond gimmicky. There were so many possibilities of better endings...

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The scenes you mentioned on WWWSK were my favorites this week as well. However, I’m also so disappointed on how the mental health issues are handled here. But reserving judgment until the end and on the recap page when it comes out.

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Life On Mars Life Is Not The Same Without You

Miss Hammurabi Judge Jung and Do Yeon continue their amazing cuteness. I love how she ever so gently guides him to do the right thing and he obeys with the happiest smile on his face. Ba Reun gets saddled with the deer caught in the lights kiss but redeems himself by taking Oh Reum's hand the right way.

Your House Helper Ha Suk Jin is making me watch this show and also Lee Ji Hoon whose performance I have always enjoyed. Sadly. there's nothing likable about the three girls. I guess it's not So Mi's fault but her character is poorly written. She obviously has a massive PTSD and yet no one notices? Da Young is a klutz. Why do you leave aside so carelessly something which you queued overnight for?

Mr Sunshine I think I like Kim Tae Ri and her character most. The first two episodes were interesting and for a KES drama, this is quite a good sign. At this point, my eyeballs had already rolled many times when I was watching her previous dramas.

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I tried Fu Yao and was reminded that fantasy isn't really my thing. I prefer traditional wuxia.

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And as usual I ff thru some of the beginning episodes. Almost dropped it but kept going and it's getting better. I like Ethan Ruan's performance as the cheeky prince.

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I've only watched FuYao and Lost Love. Couldn't get into any other fantasy, as it's never been my thing either. I'm surprised I actually like these two.

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I managed to finish 3310 otherwise known as Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms. Yeah, plenty of ff!

For Fu Yao, can I just skip all and go right to where Ethan Ruan appears? When does he show up?

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@outofthisworld. This is the reason I use my tablet to watch instead of roku or computer. It's so much easier to ff! A lot of his good scenes are on YouTube. I'll go find a good one. The acrobatics between him and what's-her-name are really fun to watch.

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This isn't exactly the one I was looking for (there's a great underwater scene) but it'll do:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJumn2pUDvc

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Oh yes! I saw this on DB, I think you or @ally-le post it. Hilarious!

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Re: FUYAO, or you can just go to YouTube and just watch clips of Ethan and Yang Mi together in this. Ethan shows up the very first episode, and he is the slow-witted fake prince (which is an act) and it took me a good 6-7 episodes for me to actually care about what he was doing. Ep 11-14 were good. And 28-30.

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Gosh...obviously, I didn't even finish the 1st episode, did I? Thanks for the breakdown of the eps.

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I almost dropped it the first episode because of the annoying female who didn't like Fuyao. She was over the top. I don't remember, but I think (hope) she died.

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She should have died way before she actually did.

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For Your House Helper, while both male leads are likeable so far, but for me what intrigued me more are the female characters. Bona's character annoyed me in some ways but in some other ways she is relatable. But so far her character isn't that interesting. About So mi, no one noticed about her yet probably because they are just reunited after some years and I guess what happened to her might be during when her friends were in trouble back to their school days. I still can't memorize everyone's name except Ha Suk Jin's and Bona's, but hoping that the issues will be adressed better next week.

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Mr sunshine: the cinematography is so epic that I feel the need to love this, but i dont feel emotionally attached. Is it because it's a historical drama? Are the characters too generic? Idk but ill give it another try this week. The most compelling parts were definitely the cameos.

About time: check my fan wall for a more detailed rant. To sum up, trope upon trope upon trope. Not even good for a binge. Do yourself a favor and dont watch this. (PS i fast forwarded through all the episodes and i did not miss a thing.)

AYHT: shinnamon is ❤️❤️❤️. Sobongie is ❤️❤️❤️. Now thats a kickass heroine. Looking forward to more #respectcouple. Also, upcoming angst next week. Its like kim min kyu in INAR but we all knew his angst wasnt real (well it was, but she was human). So how will they deal with hers? I just need them to be together yall.

The undateables: i also fastforwarded this show. It's forgettable. Meh. I guess cute stuff. But meh.

CAHM: some action this week. But to sum up Namoo : STARE. (❤️). But he does it well. But come on writers, make him a bit more badass. Cuz all his badass scenes are wicked cool and intense. I dont think i wouldve gona watching this if i had watched it alone, so thank you to all beanies who watched it with me.

House helper: i think this creeped up on me and it's turning out that i like it. I really liked the narration at the end of the latest episode. Im hoping to get more BTIOFL vibes and more straightforward bonding. Its slow, bizarre, but i like it.

WWWSK: the steamy scenes this week! Omo i felt like i was intruding on something! So ive been saying it for a while, but i cant drop this mainly because of my love for PSJ, but theres no story. And with the kidnapping out of the way, how will they fill 4 episodes? Im looking forward to more side couple romances. And for crying out loud someone give PSJs best friend a hug.

LOM: FINALLY COMING BACK THIS WEEK.

To jenny: my next watch

WFKBJ: i rewatched half of this after the bitter taste of about time. I remembered why i love this. Joon hyung is one of the best leading man in kdrama world, HANDS DOWN. Ugh, im so single. And oh, do i love KBJ. And why do i understand her pain so much? I know why this drama is one of my favorites.

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Sunshine: Because it's epic, I think the focus is more on the scenery/cinematography than the emotional depth of the characters.

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@sancheezy @rukia @frabbycrabsis HIBIKI's Trailer is out and it is looking pretty good.
Good Doctor - Kento
Sachiiro no one room - hmm. Gonna read manga 1st
Are You Ready? Hey You Girl! - 2 volumes complete. these short episodes are just story setup. Real stuff is movie releasing in October.
To Jenny - Low quality time pass. Too much whiteness like you're watching some spirits.
Kim - Low quality Porn. literally.
Ms. Hammurabi - In soap opera mode

Youth - Chinese Version of Age of Youth. Just see its OP.

My Story for You - 6/10 Slow. spends lot of time on Side characters. Average direction and bad editing. Good side characters. Lot of Illogical things. This show could have been at the top if and only if Writer had used some sense.

Mateor Garden 3/10 - WHITE WASHED FACES - TO JENNY

Marry Me Now? - annoying biological father drama and easy Moon SHik makeover. I can drop this show now.

Noone should talk about makeup if Chinese or Korean shows are involved. They paint their actors faces. Makeup can't have the same sort of effect.

Nirvana in Fire - 6/10 I want to drop this show but at the same time keep on watching. Gary-Stu Mei Changsu is all good but story lacks logical on many sides. This is why sometimes it feels like a Soap Opera where characters dine and whine. 1st 15 episodes watched.

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ORANGE DAYS - 8/10 This is what you call quality.

I'm craving Good-Love for a long time and ORANGE DAYS pleased my heart.

Boss and Me - 1st episode - 15 minutes - dropped.

I don't believe in Romance Genre.
Romance leads to specific actions, reactions and outcome as well as Physical proximity.

That's why i divide shows in Good-Love aka Love-Story and Romantic aka Romance show genre.

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Catocat, have you thought about making an account? Right now, I'm not getting notifications when you mention me, so it would make it much easier to find you?

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The emoji summary of my week:
Are You Human Too?: 😍😍😍😱
Mr. Sunshine:⚔️🌞🤔🤔
To.Jenny: 🎸🍰😊😊

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😂

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Not watching Mr. Sunshine, but theemojis pretty much sums up the other two.

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This was catch up week for me.
lawless lawyer - even though it lagged in the middle, the last 4 episodes made up. I wish the takedown of CMS was more satisfying but it was overall a good drama.

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Hit send before completing
investigation couple- I was on the verge of dropping this but it's a surprisingly bingeable show. I'm just glad I didn't have to deal with the 2nd ML's quest for revenge for too long.
secret mother- it started out well but lost steam midway and the finale was ok but I expected more.and the title made no sense!
Want to catch up on other shows but I'm too busy watching BTS variety shows. Those guys are too funny and adorable!

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I just picked up Secret Mother again and I'm now at ep 8. I read Hancinema's review of the show which was good so that's why I went back to it. How would you rate it?

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Maybe a 7/10? I don't know. At first the mystery seemed really complex but once the story caught upto the present, it became very clear who was the antagonist and they just dragged it. Also the side stories didn't really have any connection to the main plot and I was quite bored by them.

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Thank you for your reply. Hmmm...I guess I am curious enough to continue until I reach that point where it becomes obvious and draggy.

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Secret Mother was weird. I liked it okay at first but then I guessed what happened about midway through and the main plot and the plot with the other mothers really didn't mesh. I have no clue what the title was supposed to mean.

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agree with what you said. I just wrote the same thing above.

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I got bored watching last two episodes of LL, boring and predictable. But yes, a decent drama with good leads.

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Really wished they hadn't felt the need to have it end up in the courtroom. The plus of this legal drama was how little time they actually spent at court. Still I loved every over the top, unrealistic fight scene.

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I have not been around all that long but taken all together LL had the best fight scenes for any of the dramas I have watched. A lot of that goes to Lee Joon-gi and his serious interest in jiu jitsu.

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Like so many others, I was forced to look towards other dramas without Life on Mars this week. But the other drama was Nirvana in Fire. Not sure if I was forced to look toward it or if I ran towards it. 🤔 But anyway, it's been nearly two weeks of NIF before I finished it. Sadly 54 eps is waaay too long for me. Even a good show loses its shine. NIF was great fun though, and I now know of Wang Kai. This is very important.

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Even if you forget everything else, just know - WANG KAI 😍

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The knowing of Wang Kai is the important thing. Your priorities are well placed.

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I'm a concerned with the direction of WWKS now. Where do we go now that the kidnapper storyline is resolved? Also, the show is hinting at noble idiocy and that's got me terrified. 4 episodes leaves way too much room for a sudden left turn.

I remain loyal to Greasy Melo though it has thoroughly broken my heart. I wanted Pasta and got Chef Boyardee instead. It's glop of regurgitated scenes from a classic that deserved better.

Finally, I'm in a "some" relationship with Judge v. Judge. It engages me enough to follow up on it periodically but not enough to fully commit. We're working some things out.

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