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Open Thread #564

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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TGIF!

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MR SUNSHINE IS CURRENTLY MY FAV KDRAMA EVER (on a different category than Reply 1988) ... invoked a different Chicago Typewriter kinda feeling and it’s so beautifully captivating. I love LBH and I get irritated when someone mentions bout the age gap because clearly they missed out the fact that both actors are adults.

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Ot Week 78! Hello from sunny Naples, Florida! I’m down here for the weekend for my friend’s 40th birthday! It’s fabulous. We did Korean sheet masks last night and I learned that one of the other women uses kbeauty snail mucin! Wow! Everyone is loving how their skin feels this morning. Sometimes you just need a weekend doing whatever the heck you want to do, and this is mine. No husband, no children, no one to tell me what to do or when to do it, no responsibilities. Except for making sure my friend has fun. Which will be easy, because her fun is my fun! Cocktails and kbeauty was last night. We’re rewatching Baumdog Revenge Club, episode 1 tonight because one of the girls from my free the kimchi group missed it and she’s here as well.

So how am I doing with my live-watching record? Barely keeping up. But this me-time weekend may help!

Mr. Sunshine. I think everyone should just watch this. I don’t care if you don’t like the writer, or any of the actors, or if you think it’s too over-the-top in production. Just watch one episode, episode 9 was my favorite. And watch it on something other than a phone or laptop, you owe it to yourself to watch it on a television screen, the larger the better. It’s just so beautiful. Just watch it for the beauty.

Thirty, but Seventeen. Such a sweet show. Everyone is still nice, so nice. Yang Se-jong just does sadness well, and his character is so cool and collected on the outside, but tumultuous underneath that cool exterior. And Lovable Chan, the nephew, I’ve adopted him as my kdrama son. So adorable.

Prison Playbook. I’m STILL watching this, and have about 45 minutes of the final episode to go. I like the slow pace and I like being able to pick it up knowing exactly where I am. It’s like these lives are just being lived and I’m just peaking in every once in a while. This is really a great show.

Let’s Eat 3. This show I like too, but I haven’t seen this week’s episodes yet. 30b17 has toppled it as a primary drama. I’m sure I’ll see it this weekend though.

Are You Human Too. This is a “Trauamabeans” Rabbit watch drama. I just happened to have had some time at work (while catching up on paperwork) to “hop” into both episodes this week for the finale. I never got into this one, but I was intrigued enough to jump in and watch some random episodes with the Rabbit Beanies. I live-recorded the comments while we were watching. Entertaining in and of itself to see reactions live. It’s also nice to spaz with fellow kdrama fans.

Life. Will wait until this comes out on NETFLIX in the US Sept 12th. *Le sigh*

Conversation:

So, talking about how affable Dae-young is on Let’s Eat 3.

Me: There’s some discussion on DB about how its hard to know how sincere a person is when they’re just friendly with everyone, like Dea-Young. Like it’s hard to know if they really like you, or if they’re just being friendly.

Hubby: So?

Me: So, you know how you...

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...don’t wear your wedding ring, like ever, and I don’t mind because I know you’ve never found it comfortable, but when you go around talking with everyone like you tend to do, people might get the wrong idea about you, that you’re flirting with them.

Hubby: Oh, like your woman colleague I was talking to and now her husband hates me now because he thought I was flirting with her all night?

Me: Exactly! And you did it before he knew you were married to me, because he didn’t see a ring on it!

Hubby: Then wouldn’t I have been “that weird married guy flirting with someone’s wife” if I was wearing a ring?

Me: Better than “that weird married guy pretending he’s not married because he doesn’t wear a wedding ring, flirting with someone’s wife!”

Hubby: LOLOLOL!

Moral of the Story: I married who I married, and he’s dang affable too. Good thing he’s a loyal bastard.

2nd Moral: Find time for yourself. Everyone needs time for themselves at some point. Do it before you go insane.

3rd Moral: Be well, Beanies!

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I just love your conversation with your husband. You guys are relationship goals.❤️

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LOL, that's one conversation I won't get with my husband, he's not quite THAT affable!!! 😇 😆

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I love my all girls outings sans husbands and kids.

We, women should do it more often.

About wedding rings, I frankly don't remember where I chucked mine. Neither of us ever wore them since the ceremony. Do most people wear their wedding rings?

Is it weird that I'm asking this question? I never noticed whether a person wears a ring unless it's a gigantic stone.

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LOL, I wear mine, but husband seems to have misplaced his. I don't specifically look out for wedding rings on other people, but may notice them. Also I find that unmarried people may still wear rings on the wedding ring finger... which confuses me. 😏

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I need to google which finger is the wedding ring finger, that's how clueless or 'bo chup' I am.

Maybe I am a minimalist at heart. I just don't accessorize. Once, I drove my husband's car to work because mine was in the workshop. I drove out for lunch and my colleague commented that it was weird my husband's car had all the plushies whereas mine had none!

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Ring finger ... left hand, finger between the middle and little finger. 😃

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I don't wear mine, but my husband wears his. I just find it physically uncomfortable, and after years of constantly fidgeting with it finally just took it off and let my finger breath. Mr Egads knows I would rather take a nap than cheat, so he's fine with it.

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Haha...sleep is underrated!

I am also not comfortable with wearing rings. Sometimes, I'd put one on for an occasion but I wouldn't leave it on.

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Sleep is the best! 😄

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Lol at the sleep comment. My girlfriends and I would rather sleep too!

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Mr Egads knows I would rather take a nap than cheat

My t-shirt quote of the day.

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I may have mentioned wrestling Chan away from you on another thread.

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So this is this year's Oppa Fan Wars except it's dongsaeng. I mean, I missed last year's so no, of course I'm not looking forward to this. *fidgeting feet+shifty eyes 🙈

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What???? You can’t steal him. He’s MY CHILD! Poor boy, come to back to mommy!

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@ally-le I just started Thirty But Seventeen, so you could say I just met Chan and yeah, he's going to be fun to watch!

Continue to enjoy your Florida weekend!

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Enjoy! He’s such a control candy, rainbow-filled ray of sunshine!

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*cotton*

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Hey, there really is such a thing as control< candy. Take a bite of it and all dieting control leaves. 😋 😂

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Weekend with girlfriends and kbeauty. How lovely! (I am so jealous 😄).

Have a blast in Florida.

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Thanks! I’ve been lounging by the pool all day...and drinking vodka. 😂

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@Ally
Yes, just increase our envy, why don't you! 😄

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Watching Joseon Sunshine Gunwoman
Finished C drama Nothing Gold Can Stay
Watching J drama One Million Stars Falling from the Sky. Like it so far.

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How was Nothing Gold Can Stay ?

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I liked it. Sun Li does a wonderful job. Some of it takes place around the same time frame as Sunshine. So the issue of foreign interference as well as those that want reforms vs the hard line old school arises. Lots of wheeling and dealing. Fortunes and loves won and lost.

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I would love to see a c-drama (or drama/film, period) made with the Boxer rebellion as a major plot element. With all the remakes these days, you'd think somebody would have rebooted "55 Days at Peking" by now.

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one of my favorites of KimuTaku's... hope the korean remake is as good.

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So dark. I enjoyed except the ending? (It has been long). Hope they do good on remake. I don't doubt for Seo In-kook, but others?

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Been watching original One Millions Stars on and off. Do you find it good? I’m constantly asking myself why is this being remade.

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I like it. On Ep 9 now.

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Maybe I’m just not used to Jdrama acting style 🤷🏻‍♀️. I don’t feel any love between the leads so the emotional turmoil is moot to me.

I’m on 10 and do not intend to watch the ending until after I watch the Korean version.

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Happy Friday, Beanies!! I hope everyone is doing good.
I'm caught up with work but still managing time to watch some of the currently airing dramas.
I'm enjoying Life, Thirty but seventeen and My ID is Gangnam beauty.
I started watching Your Honor but I'm not able to follow it well.
I'm not liking Familiar wife despite my love for Ji Sung. or does it get better after episode 2?
Waiting to watch Voice 2 I hope it will be better than season 1.

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Till now didn't start Mr. Sunshine procrastinating it till the end.
Though I want to start asap and participate in conversation with all the fellow beanies who are enjoying it.

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The conversation actually encouraged me to keep with Mr. Sunshine in the beginning. The first week didn't captivate me and I still didn't feel it on the second week. But the conversation about Joseon culture, history, law and even guns keeps me going. It's getting better in the third week and now I can't wait for it every weekend. Join us!

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LOL, I'll keep doing my part to keep up your interest. :D

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You are making me stay too Tim. I love it when someone provides real historical context. Kudos for doing all this research.

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@tacourtn I'm trying to avoid your posts as much as possible to stay away from any spoilers.🤣
I'll join you guys soon in discussion.

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You're not only making me stay but also help me to look cool in front of my friend 😄
Yesterday my friends and I talked about fashion and men watch, then I told them "Do you know that wrist watch was actually wore by women first. Men just started wearing wrist watch in World War I"
They were like, "wow you're very well informed" when I actually learn it from beanie Tim 😄😄

Thanks and kudos for doing all the research for us.

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Tim is awesome!!!

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Mr.Sunshine- stunning cinematography and those three guys scenes keep me entertained.
Latest Happy together ep. was popular actor special and had Lee Si-ah (played Eugune's slave mother) and Lee Jung-hyun ( Japanese officer Tsuda). Lee Si-ah said the director saw her in Tunnel (She was Choi Jin-hyuk's wife) and contacted her for the role. Different from her image, she said she was once in a girl group who worked in Japan, and she was in charge of sexy image(what!). Lee Jung-hyun said he went to Japan for a year as exchange student (question on his fluent Japanese) . He said he couldn't watch the show with his scenes when it aired because he was afraid of hateful comments.

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What didn't you like so far about Familiar Wife? It's getting more interesting as he interacts with his real wife (1st wife) and we start to see what his crush (new wife) is like.

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@ndlessjoie I didn't liked how they both were treating each other. Thanks!! I think i'm gonna give it a another shot. ^^

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It's getting better.

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@mimu1234 @Mimu
On Familiar Wife - I skipped Ep 1 and 2 and read the recap, then plunged into Ep 3 and 4 and it was good. Swapping another woman for his wife has consequences and added complications, because (probably as fate would have it, but really because it must take place or else where's the added conflict!) he and his wife are fated to meet no matter what. Looks like it's going to be delicious fun!

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Thanks, I will try this strategy. It sounds like so many people found the first 2 episodes really annoying, but I really can't skip watching Ji Sung....

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No, don't skip ep 1 and 2! Episodes 3 and 4 are especially gratifying b/c of the set-up in 1 and 2. The ending of ep 4 was beautiful and bittersweet.

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@growingbeautifully
Thank you. I need to watch episode 3 and 4 now. i better catch up with it before the new episodes comes out. ^

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Familiar Wife is getting really interesting! I rec giving ep 3 and 4 a shot.

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Happy weekend Beanies!

Job hunting week 1:
A good friend recommended her employer, and since we are alike in many ways I thought it would be a good idea to apply too. It is the best decision I ever made during my job hunting throughout the years! Not only are they very tolerant and open-minded, since they value the person more than the skills, they also saw more potential in me during the one hour job interview than I did in all of my life. I have become quite jaded after meeting nothing but disrespectful recruiters/employers, so I really hope they have a project for me soon, no matter how boring insurances might sound right now (no offense to Beanies in that field of course).

K-Drama’s: Finally finished Secretary Kim and immediately started with Thirty but Seventeen.
I picked this one because I really am in need of something light and funny right now, and I am shipping all characters as family members and want as many funny and heartfelt interactions between them as possible. For this reason I am not that bothered by the romance, but I understand why many Beanies are staying on the fence nowadays.

*Stands on her toes and stretches her short arms for a high five with the fence Beanies*
Fence Beanies, please tell me if you need food, drinks, pillows, blankets, umbrellas,…anything to make the fence more comfortable. I will make sure to visit every day. If you would like to join me on the other side of the dreadful slump, just tell me and I’ll fetch Chan to catch you in his rowing arms ;)
Speaking of that gem, my adoption papers are ready, but who is going to adopt who?

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Congratulations re the job & the adoption. 😊

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Woops, I probably did not word it very well, but I do not have a job yet… it depends on whether or not they find a suitable project, if not it is back to square one...but for now I still am allowed to hope! :)
However, thank you for the kind words! Greetings from Chan and the Chick! :D

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You'll get a job soon. Lets hope for the best.❤️

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Haha I see. Well at least, less jaded now. So good luck!

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@turtuallysarcastic
It's likely that although you adopt Chan, he's going to mother you like crazy. He may even create another fence with a cute hut on it like he did for Chick Junior, just for you! 😆

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...You are aware that many Beanies currently live on that fence and might hear you? I better warn the poor boy to start building asap! ;)

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You gotta tell him that he needs to make it a much higher fence for your fence so that Beanies don't sort of just tumble in from their fence, on the off chance they tumble into those rowing arms. 😎

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I am not greedy, so Chan is building a huge Beanie hut for all fence Beanies ;) Tumbling into his arms is allowed, but at your own risk ;)

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Let me know when hut's completed, I'll bring cider and snacks. 😊

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Ally already adopted Chan so I think we should see if she'll loan him out to rotate through our homes (with his permission of course).

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This conversation is getting interesting lol

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I do not think Chan or Ally would object, but if Ally does object we can at least be comforted by the fact that Chan will be in good hands!

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He’s a free person and I’m a cool mom, so he can visit all of you as long as he comes home before midnight. (I am also his fairy godmother.)

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Fairy godmothers always know best. Our Chanderella will be back safe and sound in his pumpkin before you know it! ;)

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*high fives you from the yard!*

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Hello benies...

After marathoned secret forest and now i am trying to watch life for jo seung woo and the writer. Best decision ever..

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If you've not watched God's gift- 14 days then I would love to recommend that to you. Jo Seung Woo stars in that and Lee Bo Young too.

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Watched it and hate the ending

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I wanted to add the ending thing but it would have been like a spoiler. 🤣🤣

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Better to binge than live-watch. It had too many suspects-of-the-day and I kept losing track.

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FOS was amazing! I too will try out Life for the sake of the writer even tho medical dramas rarely interest me.

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Am watching FoS (aka Stranger) now. It recently started airing on TVN in Singapore & I so regret not watching it last year* when I could've joined in the Beanie discussions on the threads at that time (too late now!). I now understand the chorus of "it's so good" which I did not appreciate at that time when I was just following the recaps on DB. It really is so good! *Didn't watch it in 2017 as it wasn't on any of the legal channels I use.
I also have a new found appreciation for Cho Seung Woo. I remember thinking he was good in God's Gift but ever since I started watching FoS, I have been googling & youtubing everything about him. He sings! Not to mention his great speaking voice/tone - could listen to him all day.
My only regret is that I read the recaps beforehand and so have spoiled myself for the second half of the show (just finished episode 8). The recaps on DB, although excellent, just cannot convey truly what a great show FoS is. Undeniably best drama of 2017. Hope Life is just as good!

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Beanies!! Has anyone watched Cinderella Chef? How's it? I love time travelling dramas so was thinking of starting it.
I was watching Sweet dreams but dropped it at episode 27th.
I saw a clip of The evolution of our love and now I want to start that too. Any reviews about it?

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The Evolution of our Love is a remake of TW drama In Time with You and SK drama The Time I've Love You. The FL even still works in the shoe industry but the ML is a doctor. I watched the first episode and it was good, but trying to decide if I want to watch it since I've seen both the TW and SK versions.

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Then i think i'll skip it. Thank you for the reviews. ^^

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Crystal Zhang and Rui Yun pair is good. Lot of filler and the most annoying and frustrating 2nd female lead i ever came across in Asian Media. Everytime i see her want to throw some expletives at her.

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I did the same with Sweet dreams, dropped half way... Too much of the same thing, over and over...

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Hi Everyone! ...... I hope you are all doing well today!

The local heatwave continues and no relief seems to be in sight! To all the fellow Beanies who are going through a similar thing, try to stay cool and hydrated!

This week:

Thirty But Seventeen - Just watched the first two episodes and so far so good. Already, the Jennifer character is cracking me up.

Are You Human Too? - It was certainly a very interesting ride and Seo Kang-joon did great playing our loveable robot and his human counterpart! ..... In an unrelated matter, I'd love to see Lee Joon-hyuk play a bad guy in the future. I'd like to see what he would do with such a role.

Handsome Guy and Jung-eum (The Undateables) - This was a series that certainly ended in a forgettable manner. Actually, things started to go a bit sideways halfway through. It's unfortunate.

Mr. Sunshine - The details in the story, the technical aspects of the production, the layered characters, all adding up to drama filled with a richness that captures your attention. At this point, the story for each and every character can go in so many directions and I'm so looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Your Honor - Watched the first episode because I haven't seen Yoon Si-yoon in a while. It seems like he really threw himself into playing these characters --- perhaps a tad bit too much but that's ok. Will probably be giving this a couple of more episodes before I decide whether to continue with it or not.

That's all for now. ...... Take care everyone and have a great Friday!

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It’s hot here too 104 today!! Almost too hot to watch kdramas, haha.

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Oh no! Not a good thing when weather stands in the way of a Beanie's drama-watching! I hope it doesn't come to that! I hope cooler temps come your way soon. 😊

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I know a drama is excellent when I don't notice the sweat all over the back of my shirt and pants until after the show is over. (Ew, huh?) It's been over 100 degrees here every day for weeks.

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THAts how hot it is! Keep cool k-friends 💦

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I'm watching Your Honor and usually I would already drop it already, but for some reason, I can't stop watching it, and it's not because it's great (even though it's not bad either). I like both female actresses; they're natural and ground the drama, but I can't take Yoon Shi Yoon and Park Byung Eun seriously even though I've seen them act very well in other dramas (Mirror of the Witch and Because This Is My First Life respectively).

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Hi @korfan. I am really starting to enjoy YOUR HONOR after a little bit of a shaky start. I hope you continue with it. Yoon Shi-yoon and Lee Yoo-young are settling into their characters nicely.
There is a DIY Discussion Thread for YOUR HONOR / DEAR JUDGE here:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/07/yoon-shi-yoon-holds-the-scales-of-justice-in-sbss-your-honor/

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Hi @marcusnyc20! Good to know the show gets better. Thanks for letting me know about the discussion thread also! I'll definitely have to visit and take a look!

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Hi Beanies!! Flying to Belfast tomorrow for a holiday with the family. Do you know what happens to Netflix accounts when you go abroad?
Ive been hoping I get UKs content and will be able to watch 2 extra episodes of Mr Sunshine while Im there....
Not that Im not going to enjoy Ireland ;) Its just that when we finally put the little ones to bed at night, Im really looking forward to a glass of wine and spoling myself with this gordeous drama.
Plus its the first kdrama my husband is really enjoying watching :))
By the way, given the discussions about possible OTPs, I ramdomly asked him who he thinks the OTP is and he looked at me as if I was being dumb and said: “Seriously? Obviously Eugene and Aeshin, cristal clear from ep 2
That has been my impresion from the beginning too bit Im reading so much about it I was beginning to doubt my instincts ;)

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Don't listen to me, I'm probably wrong! But I'm going to stick with my prediction, since I spoke up about it.

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To be honest, Im afraid the ending is going to be so sad and epic, it doesnt really matter who the OTP is. My impression is Eugene and Aeshin will be deeply in love but circumstances will tear them apart, meaning she settles for someone else or one of them dies...

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Your end game scenario here has crossed my mind too.

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Your Netflix will only allow you to watch those programs that are licensed in which you are watching. However, a VPN can work around this, but Netflix is a bit savvy on VPNs, so some might not work.

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Have a wonderful time in Belfast! I have a friend who just returned from a recent trip there and she loved it! I hope you'll be able to watch those extra Mr. Sunshine episodes.

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Thanks!! Actually my family on my mum’s side is from Northern Ireland and I can honestly tell you its a wonderful place to go and visit. Breathtaking locations to explore with or without children :)
Game of Thrones has been partly filmed there ;)

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Your Netflix selection changes depending on where you are located unfortunately and Netflix cracked down on VPNs last year (or the year before) so that's not really an option.

I would think that Mr Sunshine being billed as a Netflix's original, you should have access to it worldwide but you can tell us when you get there.

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Thank you! Thats what I thought, and Im pretty sure Netflix UK is 2 episodes ahead of us here in Spain. We just got eps 7 and 8 this week. I will let you know anyway :)

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Belfast! How exotic! I hope you have a good time there!

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Currently watching Secret Healer (also known as Mirror of The Witch), it's really good. It's tight written, well-acted, good special effect and kim saeron also looks great in her white wig. The comedy really makes me laugh, the romance makes me swoon. I'm still at episode 12 but I'm confidence that I will finish it.

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I had a good time watching Mirror, even when it got goofy a few times.

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The pace is just right. I usually get frustrated with Sageuk because it moves too slow, but this one is different. I like this a lot more than other fantasy Sageuk like Arang and The Magistrate or Josen X-files.

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Are you watching Your Honor also with YSY? I love him on 1N2D too, but I have to ignore that they call YSY by his birth name Dong Gu. It ends up being confusing.

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No I haven't watch You Honor, how is it? There are not many beanies watch it so Idont know what am going to get.

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I like it, love YSY, and he plays a double role as twins.

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Hi @manohira. I am enjoying YOUR HONOR as is the South Korean viewing public according to the ratings. I hope you take a look. A warning. I think this is a drama that one has to hang in there through the first 4 episodes. The second 4 episodes were much better and now I think it is starting to roll. At Comment No. 9 above I posted the link to a DIY discussion thread for YH.

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Your Honor is on VIU so I don't need much effort to find it 😄
I'll check it, thanks for the recommendation.

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I enjoyed watching MoTW but made a mistake watching that 1 episode at night (can't remember which ep) where the 2nd ML saw Saeron as a ghost, I nearly got a heart-attack+cold sweat+chills down my spine, I'm not joking. XD

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I usually watch my drama with the lights out, I can't do that with Secret Healer 😂 , so I understand you

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I really enjoyed Mirror of the Witch. I'm a huge Yoon Shi Yoon fan and will pretty much watch anything he's in (although in the Sageuk category I'm still working through Grand Prince).

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Secret Healer is actually my first Yoon Shi Yoon drama. So far I really enjoy his performance.

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You gonna love him in Flower Boys Next Door.

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Ok, I put it on my list. Thanks!

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FBND was really fun!

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I lost interest by the end of that. Never even watched the last episode. Didn't hate it but they drug things out too long.

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I actually think that it is one of the most tight-written drama compare to other fantasy/mystery/Sageuk like Arang and The Magistrate which I dropped after 10 episodes. I also like that Yeon-hee (Kim Saeron) as the lead doesn't shove to us if the character is not needed. But it's not to the point that she's gone completely like Ah-si and Shancai in Meteor Garden 2018 (#dumpcaina) or Xiao Pingjiang in the last episodes of Nirvana in Fire 2 (still my personal favorite though)
I'm still at episode 15, so I need to wait to know if things drug too long in the end.

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Happy OT and Weekend Everyone!
I'm in rebellion at the moment. There are heaps of things to do, but I'm not doing them. I guess I felt that RL was getting a bit overbearing and I'm thumbing my nose at it by going with the feeling instead of with the To Do list.

I've been slowly catching up on some currently airing shows ... still have to get back to Gangnam Beauty before too long. And then the weekend shows are going to kick in, and I'll be left behind!

Briefly, of the current batch of kdrama, Your House Helper is the most appealing to me. I probably want stuff with less conflict at the moment.

Next comes 30 But 17, whose characters are endearing. Show however needs to include some urgency soon in moving itself along, with something called plot.

Recently completed and currently being re-watched, Life on Mars has been a great ride and compelling with cliff hangers to the very end. It's even compelled me to watch the original version. More about that below... a lot more.... heh! I feel that the kdrama version has taken a good thing and made it their own and made it even better.

Outside kdramas, I've gone back in time to watch Firefly (Fox, 2002-2003) and been enjoying the great ensemble. I'm only at the first 6 episodes, but already feel it's a pity it was cancelled, because I think there was a lot more development meant for each character, but we won't get to see that. I guess I'll round off with the movie to find closure.

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Oh my dear, you just earned a "Follow" from Beanie Tim when you mentioned Firefly. It's my all-time favorite SF series. You won't be disappointed. It's a prime example of what excellent writing and character development can do for a SF show. Be sure to watch the episodes in order and then afterwards watch the follow-up movie, Serenity.

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Thank you @tacourtn @Tim
I most certainly have the intention to complete all 14 episodes and then to watch Serenity. I'll pop by to give my 2 cents on how it grabs me. 😆

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You may want to give Babylon 5 a try after you finish Firefly. B5 ran for 5 seasons during the 90s so it is a bigger time investment, but in my opinion its a great journey and the proper way to do space opera.

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Thanks @tacourtn I actually have watched B5 and loved it to pieces. That was one heck of a majestic arc that covered that franchise til the end. I was quite blown away.

I've probably also watched most of Star Trek too ... Voyager and Discovery, not to mention Enterprise.

Are there any other good sci-fi series?

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Also, you should try Farscape if you never watched it. A personal favorite of mine.

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@belladonna thanks, I forgot about Farscape, and I second this recommendation. Wow, has it been 20 years? Back in the days when the Sci-First channel really was SF.

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@Belladonna Thank you!
Farscape ... is being noted + saved for future watch and review. 😄

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Yay, BABYLON 5! Plotted to run for 5 seasons, as I recall, and it stuck to it. Daebak. A memorable cast of aliens, including one race that looked and acted like refugees from the French Revolution, and their sworn enemies who were unabashedly reptilian. Bruce Boxleitner is terrific, as are Andreas Katsulas, Peter Jurasik, and Mira Furlan. Epic.

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Battlestar Galactica? I mean the new version.

If you're into old british tv: Blake's 7 is a must see. The source of inspiration for Firefly and many others recent shows. A band of criminals lead by a charismatic rebel travel on their ship The Liberator and fight the authoritarian human federation, which had become a colonialist empire expanded in all the universe. It's a gritty, well acted and has excellent dialogues but the special effects are disastrous.

I have more recommendations for sci-fi shows but not in space.

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Thanks @coolgirl
I forgot about Battlestar Galactica. I must have watched the old version if there's a new one.

I don't mind Brit TV at all. Thanks for the recommendations.

Any sci-fi recommendations will be fine. I may not be able to watch them all, but I'd like to know what I've missed. 😉

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I really enjoyed and recommend the first few seasons of Eureka--on the Scifi network. I couldn't remember the name though, so I did a search for "show on scifi with the maytag repair man" and THERE IT WAS!

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LOL, in other words, you searched for it and 'Eureka!' you found it!!! Thanks @barbara-fox @Wag-a-muffin
I'll keep this in mind! 😄

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EUREKA was a total romp. If anyone had paid attention to the cranky, petty, vengeful AI running the sheriff's smart abode, the Internet of Things would never have gotten off the ground. LOL.

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@growingbeautifully just one more recommendation. Fringe is another must watch. It's got everything, except space travel.

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Right-ho! Thanks again @belladonna :)

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Ummm. Tim, there are many Firefly fans on Dramabeans. This beanie may have all the Dvd’s from that first, atrociously cancelled, season. And don’t even talk to me about Serenity. I’m trash for Jos Wheadon. He’d be my best friend if he knew me. I’m still bitter. #browncoatsforever

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That's fantastic, stay shiny. ;)

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Happy to meet a fellow fan of british tv!:)
A lot have been produced but i'm not a big consumer (and i'm picky and old fashioned) so i have seen only few of them and will only recommend what i saw.

I meant the version of Battlestar Galactica produced in 2003 by Ronald Moore. It's a classic that hasn't been topped to these days. Space opera at it's finest with visually stunning fights in space and moral dilemma and philosophical discussions on the human nature. But it's a long watch (5 seasons - 73 episodes).

The season 3 of Torchwood. Theorically it's a spin off of Doctor Who but the first two season had a radically different tone (not family friendly) and the writing was poor until Russell T Davies who was the man responsible of the successfull return of Doctor Who decided to take back the show under control. S3 can be considered as an independent miniserie. The summary at the start give the essential infos about the past of the characters and it has Peter Capaldi, who did an outstanding performance as an anti hero. Its' about the threat of an alien invasion and the price we're ready to pay to avoid it.

More recently, and maybe more difficult to find: i enjoyed immensely the Starz show Counterpart. It's more a spy show with a sci-fi twist but so good that i can't avoid to recommend it. It's set in Berlin in our days but in a world where after an experimentation gone badly, the world literally got divided in two distinct realities identical to each other, at least until an incident that happened 20 years ago changed everything. People in both realities were identical before the incident but their life split radically after and they become basically clone to each other. The split and the incident are kept secret by governors of both worlds and it leads to a lot of spying. The hero, who is an ordinary shy old guy happily married get to met his double who is the total opposite of him, and learn that the other him is a spy. It's probably the best 2018 american show: thrilling, with a very smart writing and brilliant acting.

There's also Stranger Things, a Netflix show set in the 80's in rural america, about a group of kids who hide a young girl who was submitted to evil experimentations and has developed super powers. There's also a terrifying monster who start to hunt the all town. I've only watched s1 but it was very fun and well done and filled my nostalgia for my childhood.

This is too long but all are good!

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Wow! Fantastic and thanks heaps 💐@coolgirl !!!💐

I do appreciate that you've given me not just the names of the shows, but why you liked them and a quick overview of what they are about. That certainly helps me to know what I'm getting into. They all sound intriguing.

I'm picky and old fashioned too... I heard about Torchwood and did not really care to watch, but now that you tell me there's a differently toned 3rd season, I'm all ears (and probably all eyes as well). I did prefer the original Dr Who, actually.

I'll most certainly save your comment here in a note to myself and try, when time permits, to get hold of those shows. 😁 Thanks again!

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You're welcome!

I feel recommendations should be about saving time too, by giving people enough to judge quickly if a work could fit their taste or not. If you can say after few lines that it's for you or not for you (independently of the plot), that means the review was good enough.

I never watched Old Who, i was there for Russell T Davies ' writing. This man wrote during his 5 years at the head of the show the best sci-fi stories that i had the pleasure to watch.
Torchwood is no exception: it's really a level above in term of darkness but is also intelligent and gripping.

I have a long list too and i don't know when i'll see the end of it. So many choices, so little time!
Have fun picking your next watch!

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Love Firefly. Definitely follow it up with Serenity.
I'm a leaf on the wind.

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“What does that even mean?”

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Firefly was awesome but the network messed up the schedule so people didn't watch it when it aired. It is a shame as it had so much potential.

I must be one of the few who didn't care for Serenity. Telling you why might spoil the movie so tell us what you think after watching it. 😄

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I will most certainly 'think' and tell. 😅 😂

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@growingbeautifully,

If you liked FIREFLY, then by all means check out BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL. Joss Whedon's earlier dramaverses are top-notch, and are populated with even minor characters who are memorable. Snappy dialogue, engaging character arcs, and deft plotting and execution made most other shows unwatchable in comparison. Spike and Angelus are my favorite drama vampires. Tony Head is marvelous as Giles.

Ditto for HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. You'll never think of the Greek pantheon the same way after seeing Hades as a harried bureaucrat and Aphrodite as the divine equivalent of a Valley Girl. Great comedy interspersed with touching scenarios -- and the certainty that the baddies ultimately get their geese cooked. Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst are perfect in their roles. Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor are the bee's knees.

Also in the sci-fi category, STARGATE SG-1. Epic, with its own mythos and creeptastic alien overlords. Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping as brainiac Air Force officer-scientist Samantha Carter, Christopher Judge as laconic alien Teal'c, and the thoroughly excellent Don S. Davis as General Hammond.

Before he set out in the starship Enterprise, Scott Bakula time-slipped into all manner of historical events in QUANTUM LEAP. Great fun, and you might even learn some history in the process. ;-)

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Thanks @pakalanapikake
Oh the titles of those shows bring back memories!! Yes, I've watched most of them and enjoyed them too. 😆 Those were the days I'd be glued to the TV. However for almost a decade now, I've eschewed TV and only watch kdramas (with a few exceptions) through the Internet. I've lost touch with what's airing on TV. As for shows like Firefly that never made it to air in my part of the world when I was avidly watching, I just did not know that they existed.

Thanks for the list. I may indeed go back to watch these shows. 😌

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You're most welcome, @growingbeautifully.

Speaking of FIREFLY, I just remembered the name of another sci-fi series for your consideration: LEXX. It was pretty strange, as I recall. The spaceship Lexx is actually a giant insect.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexx

And then there's WAREHOUSE 13. It's a cross between an Easter egg hunt and a sci-fi mystery thriller/cop show. The space-time continuum becomes practically irrelevant when physical objects embody all manner of metaphysical and transcendental powers. I think it originally aired around the same time as EUREKA.

Enjoy! ;-)

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What do you do when internet goes down due to bad weather and there is nothing else to do? I play a very special game with my cousin, called "Which-Indian-actor-would-you-pick-to-play". This tkme we chose Mr. Sunshine and Goblin to play with. Here are our choices. Whom would you pick??
Mr. Sunshine:
Eugene - Sharukh khan (no one else came to our mind)
Ae-shin - Deepika padukone (too good in as historical female warrior)
Dong-mae - Hritik roshan (the brooood)
Hee-sung - Shahid kapoor (the facial expressions)
Kudo hina - Radhika apte ( the lips and everything else)

Goblin:
Kim shin - Amir khan (He already played an alien, so...)
Eun tak - Alia bhatt ( plays young and old charachters as a pro)
Grim reaper - Ranbir kapoor (one and only)
Sunny - Anushka sharma ( love her sass & confidence)
Deok ha - Ishan khattar ( freshface, young & energetic)
So, what you guys think?

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I don't know the Indian actors but I applaud the idea and the game! 😆

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What do you do when the internet goes down...

... watch some of the kdramas you downloaded when it was working.

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:) I read db recaps I saved again- I wonder why my English never improves with all that reading tho :(

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I must not be that dedicated.

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Upvoted just for Shaharukh Khan. My forever bias 💕
Although given Shahrukh khan’s intensity and his movie history in his younger days, I can also see him as Dong Mae.

I can also see Salman Khan as Kim Shin and Amir as Reaper.

This is a great game! 👏🏽

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Good morning!

It’s been an ordinary week, uneventful, rather peaceful. In other words, nice and calm, I needed that. Even in kdramaland things were on an even keel~

I finished AYHT? (it was the journey rather than the destination) and caught up with Your Honor (I love snarky fake judge Han Kang Ho who metes out renegade justice after all), Wife I Know (the grass is always greener . . .), Let’s Eat 3 (Dae Young and Ji Woo are adorable together especially when they’re eating, but Seo Yeon and Woo Sun surprised me with their developing relationship and I approve), Thirty but Seventeen (love the acting all around), and Gangnam ID. Thanks to beanies’ recommendation, I started Life on Mars and love it (on ep 10), and am enjoying a double dose of Jung Kyung Ho watching Prison Playbook, too.

Oh, and it was 101 degrees yesterday and will be 104 today, hot, hot, hot. Gonna take a dip~ ♥ another summer weekend coming up!

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Hi @owl22.Owl. I am enjoying YOUR HONOR.. I find myself smiling a lot at Yoon Shi-yoon's performance. How long can Kang-ho pull off being the fake judge? The cases are interesting also.
See comment No. 9 above for the link to a DIY discussion thread for YH.

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Oh yes, I've chimed in a time or two on that thread. I actually love YSY's overacting as a fake judge, it's funny and endearing. And I love his turnaround when he realizes the seriousness of the role that a judge actually has in the lives of people and - that he is that judge! I absolutely fell in love with him in the reality show, Barefoot Friends. Also, Baker King is really good, long, but good, all the ahjummas still only know YSY as that character. Sad we have to wait a week for new episodes.

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Life On Mars - The BBC original (2006-2007) as compared to the Kdrama adaptation (2018).

Hi @bugs_bunny @Linda Palapala @thequiet1 @news and everyone, as I mentioned on the LOM thread, I wanted to watch and compare, so here it is!

I just wanted to say upfront for those who want to know but don't want to read the spoilers, that the BBC version (BV for short) is worth the watch. I'm not sure yet if I'll like it as much as the K version (KV for short), but as a production, it is great. However one little word, it's definitely not for children … I looked up TV content rating and it's a little mind boggling. Suffice it to say, little passing scenes in some episodes are coarse and so's the language.

After watching the KV without having seen the BV, I really wanted to know how close an adaptation it was, whether I'd like it as much and to check how it ended. I thought it would be interesting to compare backwards ie starting from an adaptation and checking with the original, instead of the other way around.

Now that I'm into the 5th episode of the BV, and am at the same time re-watching the KV, not to mention comparing my thoughts with reviewers of the BV, I hope it's not too early for me to say … that both versions are good. In the first place the writing upon which the original was based was top notch, and because the kdrama version only slightly varied bits of the story but remained overall faithful and true to the main arc and plot, it remained on safe ground throughout.
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To be sure, the more rough and ready aspects of 1973 Britain and cruder dialogue/action of the characters might rub a viewer who is more used to the K style, the wrong way, but although I found some scenes of humiliation hard to watch, by the end of Episode 4, the hard masks had softened, and cold and stark interactions had started to give way to camaraderie.

I was glad to see that the funny bits remained funny (although I fancy K comedy was funnier, or the Brit comedy was more in the dialogue, that was not always easy to understand) and the warm-hearted bits were not forgotten. What I did feel though, was that insufficient time was given to the kind of life and interactions Sam Tyler had before he got stuck in 1973. We have no clue as to his family relationships or relationships with anyone except his girlfriend. So I guess it will be hard to tell how different he will be in 2006, when he 'goes back'.

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John Simm makes a wonderful Sam Tyler, similar in being soft-spoken but intractable in his principles, and is engaging from the start. Captain Gene Hunt is not easy to like at first, since he comes across as a bully and with strokes of mysogyny. But the smoothing out of the 2 main leads' rough edges is just as satisfying to watch as in the KV. Our Jung Kyung Ho and Park Sung Woong had enough similarities with Sam and Gene, even in comparative build, to be so right for the roles.

What I like in the BV was the crime in the textile factory (which was not included in the KV), which was exactly where Sam's flat was going to be in 30 years' time. It brought out more aspects of investigative deduction and (using the words of a reviewer, MaryAnn Johanson), showed a "layering" of the past upon Sam's present remembered reality, and offers layers to explore in his situation.

- At the most simplistic level, with the blood on the floor, Sam could 'see' the blood under his future furniture. He saw ghostly layers of his home upon the factory floor.
- More than that, fighting to retain his principles rather than going with the flow, could be seen as a metaphor for fighting for his life, because the hospital voices tell him to keep fighting or he might die. Also, as the reviewer puts it, it was a fight to "remain himself".

And this question is something viewers might ask themselves … "Do you sit back and go with the flow? Or do you make your presence known and try to bend the world to your will, instead of you getting knocked over by the world?"

-The fact that the death takes place in his future home - brings death 'home' to him literally. He has of course twigged on to the fact that he's also probably on the point of death in 2006, and is desperate to stay alive.
-With the factory going to give way to flats in the future, this might be the building's fight for survival… that it bent to become flats instead of being torn down altogether. A metaphor raising the question of whether Sam should also bend "a little, but not too much?" And survive in some way? Read this review in https://www.flickfilosopher.com/2010/08/life-on-mars-blogging-episode-3.html

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More Stuff that was different.
In the KV, Tae Joo's interaction with someone younger to whom he gives advice is with himself, otherwise he's the one being advised by others. In the BV, Sam gets to share a bit about his relationship with his dad with a teenager, on how he stopped going for football matches when his father left, and gives him advice not to make the same mistake. This part, I liked. Sam is less closed off than TJ in some areas.

I liked the metaphor of Sam going against the flow as he made his way in the opposite direction of the crowds heading to the football match. His uphill fight continues.

Tae Joo is an expert in forensics but Sam does not boast of any special skills.

We get a venerable looking TV Chief Inspector giving TJ advice from the TV, but Sam gets the creepy TV girl holding grotesque clown, who unnervingly moves across the room without moving her legs!! She claims to be his only friend … seriously scary!!

Scenarios that work better in Britain such as football hooliganism are omitted in the KV, and possibly replaced by the kidnapping fiasco based on what really happened in Korea.

Up to Ep 5, Sam does not have any interaction with his young self, or with his father, and very little with his mum. I'm interested to see how much of Sam's story we get and how it gets resolved.

That's it for now. 😃

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This is a wonderful review. Thank you! I don't think I am ready or will even watch the British version. I am glad you are writing this. However, I am a bit stoked now. Should I check it out? Where do you watch this?

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Heheheh! I just go to trusty old YouTube. Quality's not great, but I'm not too fussy. No harm checking it out. It's similar enough and different enough to keep my interest, eventhough I know what's supposed to happen. 😉

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