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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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My ID Is Gangnam Beauty: Aw, it was a cute watch that ended satisfactorily, and I’m pleased with the show and happy I saw it. I do have quibbles that never built up such momentum as to prevent my enjoyment of the show, but are quibbles enough to have kept it from being as well-rounded and fully executed a vision as it could have been. I appreciate the perspective the show built in Kyung-seok, making him impervious to the power of beauty and not all that interested in what it meant, but I also felt like it was completely unrealistic to have him be so disconnected from the concept itself. I get that his perspective is the ideal we should aim for, to value people for who they are and not what they look like, but it actually bothered me with how blase he seemed regarding how other people felt about beauty and how they valued it — because whether or not we should judge people on how good-looking they are, we live in a world where it happens to us constantly, and it’s either naive or insensitive to make it seem like it’s petty or wrong of people to care about something that so significantly affects how we are treated. That this comes from somebody who is so beautiful as to have strangers literally tripping over themselves to bestow privileges upon him for his beauty feels like rubbing salt in the wound. That said, super-cute show that raised some great points, even if it didn’t answer all of them.

 

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Thirty But Seventeen: What a delightful little show. It never stepped outside expectations but I feel so satisfied by the journey the characters went on, and because the story focused on growth for all of our characters who were emotionally stunted or stalled for one reason or another, the romance could remain uncomplicated, which was a nice bonus. Shin Hye-sun really carried the show. She could’ve been too juvenile or unbelievable as a 17-year-old waking up in a 30-year-old’s body, but I found her so naturally endearing in this role, and her growth into adulthood felt truly earned by the end of the series. And it was just so great to have a hero who supported her decisions, rooted for her to stand on her own two feet, and encouraged her to live life at her own pace, even if that meant taking the long way around. We could all use that reminder once in a while. Because that adulthood shit is hard, yo.

 

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The Guest: I alternate between shouting “hallelujah” and “hold me” during this show because my masochistic side loves having the pants scared off me. It’s the type of horror story that can’t be found in Hollywood. So far, Kim Dong-wook seems to be the glue holding the strands of the ghost, Catholic exorcisms, and police investigations together. I’m looking forward to seeing more Kim Jae-wook though because other than the actual exorcisms, he hasn’t had too many scenes that show off his dynamic range of acting (and killer cheekbones).

My ID is Gangnam Beauty: Aww it was a cute show while it lasted. I liked their cute romance, even though Cha Eun-woo remained a beautiful wooden board throughout. I felt like the impact of Kang Mi-rae’s plastic surgery really didn’t carry through the entire show, although she did reach an important interpersonal victory when she publicly confessed her relationship with Kyung-seok. Surprisingly, I think I was more invested in the development of the antagonist Hong Soo-ah than anyone else’s. She presented such an interesting second lead, who had these insecurities that drove her to almost psychopathic tendencies. I would definitely watch another drama with a main character like Hong Soo-ah. She kinda reminded me of Lee Da-hae’s character in Miss Ripley, who was also manipulative and greedy due to how she grew up, and although that show was all over the place in execution and story, the character was compelling and unique.

 

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100 Days My Prince: When I saw that EXO’S D.O. was set to star in this drama, I knew that I would have to check it out. I confess that I have a soft spot for the boys of EXO and I’m excited to see D.O. as the main male lead. As I took in the beautiful costumes and scenery, I asked myself, “Why don’t I watch more period dramas?” Then swords were drawn, arrows began to fly and the bodies started to pile up. Suddenly, I was reminded why sageuks don’t regularly appear on my screen as my hands flew to my eyes. It’s not the sageuk genre in particular, I just don’t tolerate violence (blood) very well and I also have a lifelong aversion to Westerns and war movies for that very same reason. In spite of my squeamishness, I liked the premise of a childhood romance that promises to come to fruition in adulthood, in spite of numerous obstacles. The pull of D.O. is strong for me, so I may just cover my eyes through the bloody scenes and tough this one out. After watching the first two episodes, I had to watch the music video for “Call Me Baby” (for the umpteenth time) to make up for the clashes that I witnessed. Classic EXO always helps!

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I think everything has aligned to make me drop Devilish Joy: the show’s use of outdated characterisations and cliche tropes, the presence of more interesting shows whether now or upcoming (though I don’t intend to catch any of the four premiers next week), the lack of Beanie discussion on the show since it airs on MBN and the real-life commitments that are forcing me to spend less time watching dramas (will be less active on the fan wall going forward for sure!). Sorry Choi Jin Hyuk, I would have happily stuck to it if just one of those factors weren’t there!

Thirty But Seventeen:
The ending drone shot was quite an interesting way of saying goodbye to the viewers, seamlessly flowing from the happy ending conclusion of the main couple to the waving from everyone in the production team. The show certainly had loads of issues from the draggy writing with different scenarios for the non-leading characters: forgotten (poor Ri-An!), undeveloped (Duk Soo’s age issue? Hae Bum’s rags to riches story? Jin Hyun? Hee Soo?) or worse of all: rushed (Tae Rin and Hyung Tae’s turnarounds were so quick!). It’s a pity that the show was cut, but bad writing is bad writing.

The Ghost Detective:
Pandora’s box has been opened! This show has been moving along at a very nice pace as no time is wasted bringing the cast up to date with what the audience already know about the corporeal form of the red lady as they work hard to avenge their loved ones. I liked how the show reveals the various motivations driving different characters, though not everything is out in the open yet: Kim Gyeol and his knowledge of the red lady, reporter’s connection to the male lead and the lawyer’s hidden dark side. I bet the hospital case she is working on is related to the red lady’s rooftop suicide!

100 Days My Prince:
Many characters had unlikable moments this week: the male lead and his reckless loan (I find it hard to reconcile his foolish acts with his haughty personality) as well as the female lead and stepfather’s manipulations of the male lead’s identity (I believe he already knew he’s being lied to when he exposed her at the cliffhanger but is afraid of facing his dangerous past). So Je-Yoon kept me engaged this week with his own investigation (RIP happy ending for female lead’s oppa): it appears he’s garnered many allies in and out of the palace, which will surely prove useful in the future.

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Lovely Horribly:
It does feel like the show suddenly switched focus from the mother ghost to Ra Yeon ghost, partly because we went through the noble idiocy phase from both of the leads when it came to the twisted fate arc and partly because Ra Yeon’s reappearance is the one driving the tension in this week’s episodes. I don’t believe the show intends to converge both plot lines together, so I think that the show misstepped introducing Ra Yeon’s revenge arc so late into the show. By choosing to focus on Writer Ki in the first half, her death(?) in the cliffhanger feels like an abrupt ending.

Familiar Wife:
What a disappointing finale week! There were so many fillers (did we really need to see jealousy x2 from the main OTP) and 2nd leads were left out to dry: Hye Won did nothing after the divorce (seriously though, her role is similar to Jong Hoo’s wife, how was she ever a 2nd lead in the show?) and Jong Hoo was eventually just a support for the male lead (the show joked about it but I feel like it could have raised the stakes so well if he was given a 2006 coin after the main OTP had accepted each other). I don’t need to mention the bank characters: the show struggled with developing them.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty:
There were major flaws this week such as the use of a rushed stalker arc to provide some semblance of a thriller climax when the show didn’t need it, but what frustrated me the most was understanding that Soo Ah’s backstory was dragged till the very end because the writer didn’t have anything for her character beyond the redemption arc. It was the same for the TA whose character arc throughout the show was just about his crush developing into love (which was terribly done anyway) as shown by his lack of presence in the finale. Well, the main OTP had those kisses at least!

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Ra Yeon seems like a nice girl, and I'm guessing she's going to get her revenge on Yoon Ah, and help Miss Oh...can't remember what her name is.

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Lovely Horribly - i think the dead assistant writer from the earlier episodes is not done with her revenge yet and now enter Ra Yeon, who is using the evil Ms Ki for her revenge.. i hope in the end both innocent ladies will get their justice.

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So that's why I dropped Devilish Joy. I was wondering why.
Too many good comments about Ghost Detective. Have to add it (again).

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I Am currently watching Devilish Joy. I can tell u it is a good drama. My heart is in it and whenever GI Beomi is sad, i am sad. Give it a try please.

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Unfortunately, l've restricted myself to 4 dramas per week in order to keep my sanity and even though next week there'll only be 3 dramas on my watchlist, A Hundred Million Stars Falling From the Sky and Room No.9 will be premiering the week after and I certainly don't intend to skip either of them for Devilish Joy given the poor setup and unimpressive developments. (Thank god Lovely Horribly is ending that week!)

I certainly would have stuck with it if real-life wasn't in the way, but I don't like dropping shows either. In fact, I want to watch as many as I like and I can't: out of the 10 dramas premiering in the next 3 weeks, I'm only catching the two I mentioned above. But that's life for ya...!

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Whoa, I had the completely opposite reaction to Thirty But Seventeen - thought it was well paced and (other than some slight Jennifer-and- uncle acceleration at the end) was really well plotted. I'd never, ever say this was bad writing. Far from it.

Everything you list as underdeveloped... How would it be "developed"? I never thought Duk Soo's "age issue" was anything other than looking older than his actual age like most men in his family; I never expected a medical issue or "he's actually 40!" reveal. And some families just get lucky during redevelopments. There was no development needed for most of what you list, but I guess if you thought the show was slow-paced, you might look to boost that sort of filler? For me, emphasizing the "age issue" would just have been needless noise.

This was one of the few Kdramas where there is no villain. Maybe that makes other viewers feel a lack of tension or urgency, but I enjoyed it very much as is. Again, compared to other kdramas: this might not be a viewer's cup of tea, but this WASN'T an example of bad writing. Not liking a drama and the writing being poor isn't the same thing.

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(Just a note: I strongly believe that the show wasn't written well, but it's okay to keep your opinion after reading mine!)

The issue I had with the side characters is: if they're not meant to be developed, why not then use extras for their role? I mean, I know that these support roles are for aspiring actors / actresses to build their craft, but how will they do that without any significant lines or scenes? (This ain't family drama either, it's a primetime show!)

For Chan's friends in particular, the reason why I got bothered was that the quirks were just thrown out there and left to simmer (the show could have utilised the redevelopment guy as a way of helping the female lead find her family or the age guy as a way of helping the female lead adjust to her new mental age).

As for the pacing, I'm fine with a slow pace even if the show didn't have a plot beyond the romance and the in-built childhood angst (which already isn't ideal since you're supposed to have a story for 16/20 episodes and not rely on one mistaken identity arc for the entire show!) but then to drag the plot through excessive near-miss moments is another matter altogether (I would go as far as to say that was the main 'villain' of the show). It was definitely made worse by the fact that at the end, things were so rushed that the show forgot about stuff like Chan saving the aunt's son and had some logic gaps like how Hyung Tae even knew Seo Ri was in the hospital. I do sympathise with the show because it had a cut, but it still had 16 episodes to work with and when 3/4 into the show nothing is revealed yet then the writing is definitely at fault. To be frank, I'm also glad it was cut because we didn't then need to sit through a possible noble idiocy arc, which would have been very possible given the draggy writing if it were 20 episodes.

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You’re right about a lot of things. I was waiting for something about the Aunt’s little boy. And I was watching another show with a lot of close misses so those really got to me. It it was fun to watch though and has a lot of nice classical music.

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Thirty But Seventeen: What a cute ending to a cute show! Every week with this show had me smiling so I was really sad to see it end, but the finale was everything I ever wanted from this cute fluffy show! It was really gratifying to see the growth of the characters, especially Woo-jin and Seo-ri's, to be the driving point of this drama from start to finish. I will surely miss this show and its cute little family. Don't Think Feel!

My ID is Gangnam Beauty: I really love this show and its leads, but what really got me impressed was how the show decided to end the stories of our side characters! It was a slice-of-life drama, so I wasn't really expecting a closure for our side characters, but the end to their stories were more like a start for something new. There were some changes in this drama that I liked and some that I didn't, but the way they showcased Eun's character in this adaptation and how they ended Soo-ah's story was the best for me.

The Ghost Detective: This week's episodes are more creepy and frightening. One of the things that bothers me is I don't know why the police in this show never really found the cases related with the woman in red weird and creepy and why there seems to be a lack of police in this drama? With all the scary stuff happening in this show, I wish that the Subway PPL comes back to give it a lighter mood.

Familiar Wife: This show worked for me when I skipped some frustrating parts before the last couple of episodes. The finale was really great, with some families restored and new ones created, especially with our leads having their children again and being happy and understanding with each other. But as much as I loved the ending, somewhere deep in my heart, I was looking for the Woo-jin from the first timeline.

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My mom is only watching one drama this week due to her busy schedule. Here's what my mom is watching this week:

Wise Prison Life: My mom felt so sleepy while watching the first episode of this drama so I was skeptical that she'll like this drama and actually finish it at first. What she told me at first was "Why are you making me blind watch a drama set in prison?" but after finishing 2 episodes she was telling me "Wow this drama is good. I am really enjoying this one." Her additional thoughts were:

(1) "Wow! Prisons in South Korea looks nice. I don't mind living in one because it's like a condominium in our country."
(2) "Poor Han-yang. He became the toy of their prison cell. He's definitely the cutest gay character in kdrama." and
(3) The sister of the protagonist doesn't really suit Joon-ho. I think Joon-ho and I are much better as a couple."

I think I found another Jung Kyung-ho fangirl in my mom. Now she's off to rewatch this series again for Jung Kyung-ho the plot.

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Look, I like your mom, but I'm not unwilling to fight her over Joon-ho rights.

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We all have to share Jung Kyung-ho. He's like a world treasure from Korea.

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Jung Kyung Ho had this loose-limbed hotness to him in Wise Prison Life.

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Jung Kyung ho. 'Nuff said.

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🙋🏻‍♀️ guilty of rewatching JKH scenes and dramas. Hahaha. I even watched smile,you because JKH was the lead. Luckily the drama was kinda fun. Had to fast forward some scenes because there were too many episodes 🤣

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Me too about Familiar wife. Where is that poor Woo-hun in the first timeline. Does she still have a husband? Is she happy, so many questions.

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WAIT I NEED TO KNOW! Did @mary finish produce 101 S2? (Aka BROduce 101)

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Not yet. Huhu... the last episode is SO. LONG. and there are no soft subs available so it's hard to stay focused on it for too long. I watch it in 30 minute increments but I still haven't finished. Heh~

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If you're wondering what Lee Woojin, the maknae, did after P101S2, he rejoined his group TheEastLight, grew a foot taller, and his voice dropped at least an octave.
Here's some of their recent MVs 💛

Real Man
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SiQeBQLBu3U

Love Flutters
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T3U2TqqT_GQ

Never Thought
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bPWgIRn5eu0

And I have to share this live performance because it rocked. It's a mashup of Shape of You and Way Back Home and then a remix of Love Flutters. It totally blew my mind.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GgG5xurVBT8

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I... confess I never noticed him much.

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It's hardsubbed by 101_subs if you wanna check that out. But yeah, the last episode is way too long.

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I'm watching Mr. Sunshine, and Lovely Horribly.

Why is Mr. Sunshine not airing this week? I'm so desperate that I am posting on What we're watching, for the first time ever.

Lovely, Horribly is entertaining, in a lovely, horrible way.

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Its not airing because of chuseok

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In looking for something (anything) to watch to quell my Mr. Sunshine cravings (Happy Chuseok, by the way!) I have settled on old Bleach anime episodes. (I have no idea why, but it seems to be working.)

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I liked the first two episodes of 100 Prince so much... and then eps 3 and 4 felt meandering and I got impatient and couple of times reached for the speed up button... also, I was prepared for some funny fish-out-of-water scenes and finding ways how to work as a team and a couple, but instead we got some frustrating loan shark plot and irresponsible behaviour... I mean everybody with a bit of brain knows that money don't fall from the sky and if you make a debt (though better if you DON'T) you have to pay it (and I think Hongshim was way too soft on Yul, I would be flipping tables and Yul would be sleeping outside and NOT in his decorated room 😤 )... And where is the clever Crown Prince from earlier episodes who besides others can read and think and calculate well and thus would never sign such a stupid piece of paper??? Writernim, amnesia doesn't equal to stupidity....

Or maybe I'm entering the famous kdrama slump... when I finally had time to watch something else this week, nothing really tempted me and instead I read some webtoons...

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Forgot to mention I still watched the smiles of Choi Jin Hyuk 😊
(There is honestly no other reason to watch that show... 😁)

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Yes, girl he is seriously adorable, my goodness it is distracting. I guess it's a good thing lol, considering

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He did hit his head on a rock. I feel like the head injury must have not only given him amnesia but also impaired his judgement. That is the only explanation that will allow me to not want to strangle him with his new silk clothing. Yes, he was a royal, but he was never so "royal" as to assume that he could get something for nothing. He had gone outside of the palace before, and did not spend his life in complete isolation.

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So far I’m watching 100 Days My Prince and The Ghost Detective. I’m liking the chemistry between D.O and Nam Ji Hyun. Also, can I just say that I’m still not used to Choi Daniel without his glasses. Also, I ship him and Park Eun Bin’s character with my whole heart. I dropped Thirty but Seventeen halfway through but will probably go back to finish. I’m interested in watching The Guest but I can’t find a decent site that won’t reload every 5 minutes.

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watching on enasian!!!

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Finally my drama list is getting filled again. whew.

100 Days my prince- I liked the 2 first episodes, can't wait to watch the 2 MCs meet.
Devilish Joy- This might be a cliche, but I enjoy it a lot.
The Guest - I'm waiting for a sleepless night to start it.
My ID is Gangnam Beauty- Despite Mi-rae’s weird accent (Maybe it's normal in Korea, who knows), and Cha Eun-woo's 99% rbf, I still enjoyed this show, even if it did not pull me in.
Thankfully I dumped Time at the 5th episode, but it's still a drama that I wish I hadn't started cause it made me feel extra sad.
Thinking of starting The Ghost Detective since I've seen good comments about it.

Can't wait for :
Terius Behind Me- So Ji Sub dopes not choose bad dramas.
The Beauty Inside - Seo Hyun-Jin, Lee Min-Ki & Ahn Jae-Hyeon
New Journey to the West season 5- Feels like I've been waiting forever
YG Future Strategy Office- It gives me insane The Office US version vibes, especially since Seungri's character looks like Michael. So hope the scriptwriter did not f#ck up.

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+ 100 Days My Prince (2018)(4/16) ~ Airing.

I had a hard time focusing on this drama this week. It still seems like a weird mix of comedy. The second week of episodes didn’t seem to grab me like the first week. The pacing and tone are a bit strange … We’ll still hang with it for a little. Let’s see how it goes!

+ The Guest (2018)(4/16) ~ Airing.

While episode 3 was a bit of a departure from the overall tone introduced by the first two episodes, episode 4 returned to that dark intensity that I’ve come to love and expect from this show. I do have to note sometimes this drama is gross and stomach churning … in a good way? Is that possible? Brace yourselves! Can’t wait to continue this one!

+ Mr. Sunshine (2018)(22/24) ~ Airing.

This drama is going to entirely wreck me. This week, this drama made me feel the full gambit of emotions. I really enjoyed the ride. My only gripe is episode 22 tried to squeeze a lot into it and I’m not sure how effective it was as a whole … but all the emotions!! I’m not really ready for this drama to end at the end of the month …

+ Survival Wedding (2018)(7/10) ~ Airing.

Finally starting into this drama again! It’s been a little while! I’ve been waiting for subs for a little bit. After a brief break, this drama seems to be getting more to the point. It’s about time! So far this is a fairly typically and predictable drama. I do enjoy the characters, but I wish the lead characters were more fleshed out.

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Mr. Sunshine: ep 16 I'm far behind on everything... Nothing wrong with this show, but it doesn't grab me like it does so many Beanies. Had to go read the comments under ep 16 recap to confirm that I'm not the only one that was bothered by the unsafe eclipse viewing.
100 Days My Prince: 2/10. I bitched a bit in the recaps for ep 3; under ep 4 I didn't bother so much because other people said almost everything first. Don't plan to continue.

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I understand what you mean about 100 days My Prince- I promised to at least watch episode 3- and have stalled out half way through.

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Sort of glad to 100 Days isn't very good. I don't like either of the leads, so I didn't even try. Too many other good dramas right now.

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I think I was one of those eclipse-worried Beanies. Lol.

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No don't say that! I was planning to watch 100 Days! The promos are amazing and I desperately need something to watch now that Familiar Wife ended!

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watched 17/30 with @cloggie (and @noobita for a little bit!) which was definitely a highlight of my life. everyone involved in creating this drama seemed to have a lot of faith in it and trusted each other. the result was very disarming. there were a lot of "healing" dramas this year and last year, but this one genuinely CARED about the characters. every single one of them. it was a drama about kind people being kind to each other. the last episode made me WEEP. not a hyperbole. I was so moved by everyone's performance!

the overall mood of 17/30 was very I'm not a robot - people talked to each other and really tried to live their best lives. so if Are you human too? is INAR season 2, 17/30 is INAR season 3 - We're all human and that's ok, let's be nice to each other.
anyway, I loved it.

I'm also watching 100 days prince and I'm eating it up so far. it's funny and NHJ is killing it. it's supposedly the same part as in SKL but she made the heroine a lot different - jaded, realistic, a bit world-weary without making her grim. I'll see where it goes.

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oh! Gangnam Beauty had a good last episode that should have happened around e6 or 8. what a waste of every opportunity and overall theme. it really had nothing to say after all.

at least Sooah and her gay lover can be gay together forever now and pay zero attention to the trash men that exist in the universe of the drama. 5/10 for not trying.

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I still haven't finished GB but you've given me a reason.

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I very much liked the pacing of My ID is Gangnam Beauty.

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good for you. it was dreadful.

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It wasn't my thing either. I'm still trying to finish.

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Familiar Wife ended this week and I was very satisfied with the ending which showed that both of them learned from their mistakes and made their marriage work this time around. Ha Ji Min never worked for me in her previous dramas but she charmed me completely as Seo Woo Jin!

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I mostly not share my favourites with anyone else including family.
Rarely i do want to promote my favourites and authorise myself to name them.

It took me 9 years and at 3rd attempt i'm ready to see the answer.

TOUCH

For All of September.

Everything else is a mere time pass.

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@alua @zeezee do you guys have profile on Mydramalist or any other place? As i'm not serious about tv media - i've same profile name on almost all related sites.

@zeezee you provided a spoiler in your comment.

H2 can leave a strong impression on anyone.

MIX is getting anime in 2019

Cross Game is known among relatively new audience of Anime.

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@catocat. I apologize for the spoiler.

The only other website that I have used the same profile name is Asianwiki.

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Age of Legends - Action crim and romance. Hero most likely causes harm to heroine's family. So far alright.

There are times when i don't watch to complete something.
Most likely characters i've developed affection for. So i intentionally leave midway.
The foolish logic i follow is if i don't complete it then its still there at my desk looking at me. Like watching 15 episodes of Misaeng and keeping 5 episodes intact. If i watch 20 episodes then it just stops there. I already get the outcome and then I move onto next stuff.

Easy answer is to keep at your desk. But, that doesn't mean it will always remain in your heart. Slowly Slowly it will loose effect.
Your heart will feel empty and you will crave for these feelings more and more. Ahh, the heartache.

I was craving love for such a long time. I mentioned it so many times in Open thread and tried few dramas to fill my heart bu this time in 2018 my heart is beating fast for the one i love.

This is also the 1st time offline or online

i have shared it with others humans or not.

BLEACH - time wastage. For those who just want to pass time and have no interest in story or characters. SISTERS cute though.

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I did that with Reply 1988-- I loved that community of neighbors so much that I couldn't bear to watch it be disbanded in the final episode, and I still haven't watched it. But as you said, the intensity of those feelings starts to dissipate, and maybe I should finish it now.

I'm glad you finally found something that fills your heart-- I hope it stays filled for a long time!

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Hi @catocat,

The only listing called "Touch" on AsianWiki is the 2005 J-movie also known as "Tatchi"-- is that what you're referring to? Even if it's not, it looks good and I've added it to my list. :)

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YES

Read the Manga and then ANIME.

I want a 35 episode drama before 2020 Olympics

Needs some good Publicity.

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Okay, thanks. I only do dramas and movies-- no manga or anime at the moment. But I look forward to watching the movie.

The vast majority of people who visit DB are silent lurkers, so even if you don't get any feedback about Touch, there probably are people who will enjoy it thanks to your recommendation.

However, if you really want to get the word out about it, it'd be a good idea to recommend it again in the future, but next time, mention your suggestion of reading the manga before watching the anime (because a lot of us don't know what "Touch" refers to).

I appreciate the recommendation!

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100 days my prince : 7/10. Its funny, even tho the first 2 episode were lame. I blame the directing tho for that, those action scenes werent neat at all.

The guest : 8/10. Blood everywhere. I have to mute at some scenes because im to scared to watch it with it sound on. I love the trio lead especially that badass police. She literally have no fear. But i wish she get more meaningful dialogue instead just getting angry every time she open her mouth.

The ghost detective : 9/10. Love this show, my favorite on going drama right now. I love how the writer have theories for everything that happened. usually ghost drama have poor explanation or rule so loopholes are everywhere, but with this one, each condition have its own rule. I wonder if the detective actually can see lee da il to or maybe feel it or know something about his dead. Because he definitely hear yeo wol speaking to lee da il when the rescuing mr han and i think he saw it when yeo wool touched lee da il hand in car. Cant wait for next week.

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Life : this one definitely on my top 3 best drama of the year. I love it till the end. I never knew that i could use word beautiful to describe a politic drama but yes, this show was beautiful. That bromance brought me to tears. And overall i love all the conflicts and characters. I love how the writer showed us two strong women in two different way. Director oh is iron and no eul is water. They have their own way to fight and survive. Kudos tho for all the actors, their perfomance was brilliant.

Your honor : 6,5/10. Rushed ending ruined it all.

The voice 2 : 8,5/10. I hope she isnt dead. She cant. Its to awful to be true. Overall this one is a good show even tho not to solid. A lot of holes but still forgiveable. Cant wait for seaosn 3

Gangnam beauty : 6/10. I love the webtoon more.

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My ID is Gangnam beauty- I'm not a good judge of acting, so can't say if CEW was good or not, but DKS definitely goes in all time favourite ML's for being a very supportive bf. Also mirae was as realistic a character I've come across. I really like how they resolved SA's arc too. She didn't have a complete personality makeover but is taking small steps, and that's a very good place to start.
voice 2- I kind of regret live watching, because I've to wait till next year to know what happened. The big bad, at the end fell flat for me. I don't understand his obsession with DKW.
30 but 17- A very sweet ending to a very sweet show. GWJ is one of the best ML I've seen(that's the second addition this week). Sans that brief meltdown when he left his nephew, he was the most supportive person ever, not only to SR but also Jennifer, chan and his 2 best friends. And SR's growth throughout the show was amazing. Crescendo couple/ bridge couple will be remembered for a long time.
100 days my prince- I was pretty frustrated with yul to find the situation funny, but I guess his comeuppance will be all the more satisfying. I want more screentime for KSH.
Ghost detective- this week's episode were action packed. Though most of the character's made stupid decisions, I could understand their motivations behind it. I'm just glad they've more people on their team now.
Hand the guest- I'm so pissed that the subtitle gave away the surprise of the 4th episode. Just before the big reveal!So I was robbed of the surprise. Apart from that, the story is gripping. But even I wish there's more of KJW. He was hardly there in 3rd episode.
miss granny- A very funny and heartwarming movie with a badass NMH and her younger counterpart.

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Yesss, to everything you said about the Voice 2. His obsession was bizarre even with the vague reasoning they gave. Let it go weirdo.

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You hit it on the head when you said that Mi Rae was a realistic character in My ID is Gangnam Beauty- so much so as to be frustrating at times.

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I found Voice 2 a tad boring. Especially the 10 minute car chase scenes in every episode. And no matter what, they can't make being in the emergency call room exciting. I was surprised they're already planning a 3rd season and I assume she wasn't killed. At least I hope not, I really like the actress.

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The Guest: I do not know why I watch this drama on Friday night. I am caught up. Episode 3 was one part scary which is the possessive priest look at Shaman. It remind me that one episode of Sleepy Hollow the tv drama where the painting look at Ichobod and his lover. If freak me out. Episode 4 was good but dang what a creepy ending. What was the blur thing that they did not show. It was in the freezer? Human parts?

Familiar Wife: Cute ending.. Subway PPL is very powerful in last two episodes. Are they losing money or what. LOL

Bloody Romance: I am up to episode 26. I love the everything about it. I hope there will be season 2. I so love the art images of it and the characters. I have not decide who I like more King Ning or Chang An because they both love Wang Mei. However, one need to get rid of his power play and other need to tell her the truth.

Cable Girls: Wow... It is getting good.

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I’m team Chang-an! He loves her without expecting anything in return.
I love King Ning too but although his feelings for Wan Mei is sincere he is also using her for his revenge. (And he tried to force himself on her once. :/)

I am hoping for a second season too. ^^

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Mr Sunshine I will miss it this week-end.

30 but 17 It was a nice drama. I really liked the development of the characters but it's not the kind of drama I will rewatch.

The Ghost Detective I didn't think it but I'm used to see Choi Daniel without his glasses and he's really handsome. But poor him, it seems he will wear the same clothes during all the drama :p For the story, I hope that the heros won't use the Dark Side of the Force, espacially Da Il to become strong.

The Guest The actors who play a possessed characters are the best ! They're really scary and ugly. I'm waiting for the trio to work together willingly because for now Yoon Hwa Pyung has to battle to convince the 2 other.

100 Days My Prince I had a lot of expectations for this drama. It's a good one but I'm not wholly invested in this one.

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I hope Da Il never changes out of that outfit. He looks so handsome in it.

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So anybody watching Devilish Joy? I'm enjoying it! The leads are so pretty, Hoya is hilarious, story is OK. Fun fluff for Wed/Thurs (hey, why isn't it in the Currently Airing sidebar? just noticed that).

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I couldn't bear it and I dropped it half way into episode one.

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I'm watching it. Absurd and really not well written, but i enjoy it completely. Plus Choi Jin Hyuk's smiles!!!

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I am, but I occasionally wonder, why did Cho Jin Hyuk choose this drama? Did he have some debt towards the PD or something?

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That's what I can't figure out. Surely he must've been offered better scripts on better networks after doing Tunnel?

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I read somewhere (I think Soompi) where he said he read the first 10 episodes and liked the script. (Hoya said the same thing, he read the 10 eps all in a row because it was so entertaining.) Who knows? Maybe he just wanted to do a rom-com, or try out a pre-produced drama. Or maybe it just reads better than it's coming out. I like it, although admittedly my standards are pretty low. :-)

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Interesting. It's just odd that he chose to go with MBN-Dramax instead of a network that gets higher ratings. As far as I can tell, this is the third drama that MBN and Dramax have produced together-- the other two were Rich Man and Witch's Love. Dramax is a streaming platform, so I guess that complicates ratings comparisons.

Don't tell anyone, but I'm enjoying it too... despite myself. I actually really like the premise, however the execution makes me cringe one moment and smile the next. But sometimes you need a guilty-pleasure drama that can't disappoint you too much and is an easy watch.

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I'm watching it. it's not mind blowing or anything, sometimes sweet, sometimes silly, sometimes made me roll my eyes. But it's good as a show to watch in between 3 heavy horror/thriller I'm watching at the moment.
And CJH smiles...

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I can't be the only one that noticed how bad korean dramas are nowadays, like i was a huge fan from the days of shows like bridal mask, slave hunters, heirs, iris, dots, gentleman's dignity, like for real what happened to making good shows, these shows these days are very boring and their stories are filled with plot holes, Had to move on to movies and a few american shows

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I dont know if they are worst, just different. Also there are glaring plot holes in all the dramas listed. I haven't watch bridal mask, but the rest, the plot holes were really bad especially Iris and Heirs, yikes. Lol

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What is your top 5 korean dramas of all time?

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Of all time, hmmm, idk but the dramas i loved Forest of Secrets, Coffee Prince, My Ahjusshi, I am not a Robot, life, Age of youth, prison playbook, all the reply series, just between lovers, Circle, shopping king louis, hello monster, squad 38...there are more, but those are just off the top of my head.

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well, I wouldn't include heirs, dots and iris on the best drama list. They had plot holes, cliche tropes and even bad or slope writing. There are good and bad dramas then and now. I think its a matter of taste.

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Ha ha... mostly Heirs, how can it be considered even a good drama at all?? 😂😂😂😂😂😂
But yes, at the end it is a matter of taste.
Recently there have been wonderful dramas out there: Prison playbook, My Ajusshi, Mother, Just between lovers... lighter dramas such as Thirty but seventeen, your house helper...
They are all very good, not so many cliches, you don't see the typical chaebol dysfunctional family or the evil or annoying second lead.
But then again, it is a matter of taste.

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The point is do you feel that dramas are getting better or worse, I will give you a challenge if you had to name 5 dramas which you believe were the best you ever saw, would any of those be from 2018?

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I'm Not a Robot and My Ahjussi were both 2018 (although INAR did fall in 2017). They're both in my Top 5 ever list.

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I am not a robot was good but Top5 ever i am not sure, but thats possible maybe for you, have you been watching kdramas for a longtime like 3+ years

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My Mister, mother, misty, life, life on Mars, Live, Just between Lovers, Waikiki and something in the rain were some of the best dramas aired this year. The year is not over yet, so let's hope for more of them.

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2018 is actually quite an awesome drama year. I very much enjoyed Are You Human Too and INAR mentioned by beanies above as well, but wouldn't consider the top for 2018 as robot dramas tend to have many plot holes.

IMHO best for 2018 were Prison Playbook, Live (not Life which I felt could have been better), My Ahjusshi, Mother, Life on Mars, Just Between Lovers. The kind that touches you deep down. Especially My Ajusshi, it touched me on a profound level. The kind that would stick with you for years down the road.

2017 was quite bad overall. My favourites of 2017 were Forest of Secrets, Go Back Couple and Seven Day Queen.

I agree with the other beanies comments of IRIS, DOTS and Heirs. DOTS was overhyped. IRIS fairly good. Heirs was plain horrible. Bridal mask is one I agree with you, its awesome.

And for reference, I have been watching kdramas since 2001.

It really boils down to our differing tastes.

If you give some of the dramas you saw repeatedly mentioned as 2018 faves, you may be pleasantly surprised!

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I understand the feeling as I felt that way for a time last year. This year, however, there has been a number of truly good and/or great dramas IMO. But I would agree that it’s a matter of taste as for instance, I personally found dots and heirs to be full of plot holes.

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I dont disagree, I have also enjoyed shows from this year like Are you human too? and a few others but I find that nowadays there is just so many shows and stations feel the need to just put out shows to fill the slot that at the end of the day the quality of shows get lost, i guess my point is that i think that shows from before like 2012-2016 were better because first of all there was only a few shows being aired and even their ratings were way better, i mean 25% used to describe a good show but now even 8% is considered good, but thats just my opinion.

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I think its because there are more dramas hence the audience gets dispersed, less % for each drama since more dramas have to share them.

Also, more dramas means viewers are more picky, we are spoilt for choice. I think it benefits us overall. I feel the dramas this year were better than last year. Tv stations are more willing to be experimental due to tvn's success and hence I'm no longer stuck watching candy and chaebol on the big 3 forever and ever and then some.

For 2013-2016 I can only recall being head over heels in love with Misaeng, Signal, Splash Splash Love, Reply 1997 and 1988, dear my friends, my wife's having an affair.

Top 5 dramas of all time is too hard to name after watching about a 100 dramas. Dear my friends and misaeng will be in the list no doubt. But it will be a tough fight for the other 3 spots.

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I'm in the middle of semi job hunting so I haven't started watching new dramas, this weekend I'll try to watch the first episode of The Guest and then 100 Days My Prince (to relieve the horror 😉)

Also, I'm excited to watch Along with The Gods: The Last 49 Days 😄

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Good luck with the job hunting🌸. The Guest and 100 Days My Prince are quite good, I enjoy both dramas.

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Drama slump?
I'm starting 30 but 17 this weekend. I keep saying that. Somehow I can't seem to watch anything...
*sigh*

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This is the show that brought me out of my mini slump. Hope it works for you.

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Thank you for the encouragement.
I hope so too.

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It was sweet and Chan will cheer almost anyone up.

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Just what I need then. ❤️

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You will fall in love with this show! I adopted Chan at the first episode and you will see why. That kid is all fluff! And Yang Sejong—-this is his most endearing role yet!

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I thought that actor was great in Father Is Strange. Thank you. ❤️😊

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Thanks @ally-le Ally. When you gave 30B17 your OK that is when I jumped on-board. I loved it.

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I never thought anyone would take my word for anything! But it’s such a heart-warming little show!

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The Sense of an Ending.

I had a very strange week of drama watching, in that I only watched final episodes. I finished all the dramas that I was watching. Final episodes are notoriously hard and some dramas definitely did a better job than other.

Some people complained about the last episodes of Life but I actually really liked them. Sure, they were low-key and maybe the big showdown that viewers had wanted didn't happen, but the two Dr Ye brothers being close again and a sign of positive movement within the hospital, seemed much more realistic to me than the Big Bad being brought down.

The last episodes of Thirty but Seventeen were delightful and full of people having sensible discussions with each other, making ultimately the right choices (however difficult that might have been) and standing by the make-shift family that they've created. It's not often that a drama finishes better than it started, but this one definitely did.

Your Honour Well, what can I say. For weeks on end I've been so frustrated that part of this drama is amazing and part of it is terrible and the final two episodes were no different. I don't think I've ever seen a more realistic depicting of workplace sexual harassment, or what rape can do to the victims. That part of the drama was really good and the resolution of it very satisfying - without sugarcoating what can happen. So, on to the bad part - (sorry YSY fans) YSY's performance. After a few weeks of actually being good, in the final episode he was awful. His performance made me cringe in a way that I normally only do whenever there are white actors saying bad lines in a kdrama. Seriously, it was terrible. I have no idea why. And yes, the final five minutes were so stupid that they made me scratch my head as to wtf they were thinking of. Let's not actually solve the main issue between the OTP because... there is no way in the world that this can be solved, so why even try. Oh drama, you frustrated me so much. After watching it for 16 episodes, I'm firmly back on the fence. It could have been so good, it make me want to tear my hair out.

None of the new dramas have really grabbed my attention but hopefully I'll find something new to watch!

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What happened to Yoon Si Yoon? This somehow reminds me of when I first saw him in Baker King. Yeah, both Joo Won and YSY were rookie actors and overacted. However, I was one of the minority who found his Tak Gu incredibly annoying. There were times I wanted to hit his head with the rolling pin.

He improved subsequently but maybe there are roles which bring out the not so great side of his acting.

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One Day Drama Free. I feel good. I can do this.

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Ysy was the reason I dropped YH after I and a half ep. I wanted to watch the workplace harassment issue and the heroine's backstory and all but well. Should I restart it? The reviews I saw were somewhat positive and so I thought only I had an issue with YSY's acting.

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I want to say yes because it became clear the female lead's story was the only one they knew how to write. I think the show was supposed to be 20 eps and then cut down to 16 so there are a lot of loose ends. Unfortunately some of those loose ends are the OTP and the brothers.

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Now that 17turn30 and Familiar Wife ended, I only have 2 shows which I really like right now.

Ghost Detective - It's getting better each epsiode and I anticipate next week eps even more after seeing its preview. I'm loving each character altho Yewool did pull some stupid move toward the end of ep4.

Hand The Guest - Oh yeah baby~ I like it so much. The creep factor is high and I dont mind they solving a case each week while looking for the bad spirit Park Il Do. But I do agree about the lack of Kim Jae Wook/Mateo/Yoon in each episode. But now that HP and Yoon know their childhood unfortunate connection, maybe they can work/move together in finding Priest Choi? That's better than to spend time convincing Yoon every time they have to perform exorcism tbh.

Watchlist:
New Journey To The West - that crazy bunch is back~

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I was in a drama slump after binge watching C drama Story of Yanxi Palace. I tried to find another C drama to watch but it's so difficult. I have an allergy to CGI especially in fantasy dramas so I am out before I even get hooked. That means no go for dramas like Legend of Fu Yao and the very popular Ashes of Love. The Rise of The Phoenixes looks absolutely gorgeous but the Chinese loves these 70 episodes dramas where you often need to get into like 10 eps before the plot thickens. Worse, some meander or becomes nothing that resembles of any plot. I gave up.

With the end of Life the previous week and My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, I have no kdrama on my plate except 100 Days My Prince. I like the show but ep 4 made me check the time several times and that's not a good sign. Hopefully, this coming week's episodes get better.

Restlessly searching and even watched a couple of movies in between, I finally tried 30 But 17 and got hooked straightaway. It's funny now that I think back why I gave this show a miss when it started airing. If I didn't recall wrongly, the initial reviews were mixed at best. There were quite a number of criticisms about how Shin Hye Sun played her role. Mostly, they were about how childish and unbelievable the character was.

I am glad I gave it a chance although I was late to start. IMO, the criticisms were baseless. I could see why Woo Seo Ri acted like she did. Most of all, I am very impressed with how SHS mirrored the child actress Park Si Eun in her mannerisms. I have first seen SHS in Forest of Secrets and there's no trace of Eun Soo here.

I think I might finish the drama within a week! Now, what shall I pick up after this?

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If you watch C drama you may want to try Accidentally In Love. It's recommended by beanies last week. I finished it in one day! It's quite funny. Beanie recommended to skip ep 26-27. I watched those two episodes at 2x speed and skippings when I see portions I'm not interested in.

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Is Accidentally in Love one of those romance stories with very young leads (early 20s)? I like the older actors better. I might at least try it with your rec'd.

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Finished in 1 day? Woah! Now I'll need to check it out.

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Where did you watch AIL?

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I watched chinese subs though. Think eng sub still not fully translated yet :)

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How about Oh my lady. Its an old one with older woman-younger love story. I am at 3-4 ep.

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Oh My Lady is one of my favorites- the best Noona romance ever IMHO (and there have been some very good ones). I have watched it twice- the second time I got the DVDs from the library and watched it with my wife.

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I already dropped The Guest for its suspensed horror which I really cant handle. Im not into general police story or medical genres but surprise surprise I'm into episode 3 of Life right now (actually i was in it for LDW and because i miss Hanyang of Prison Playbook very much)

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Now with Gangnam I.D. and Thirty But Seventeen being over, I'm just waiting for So Ji Sub's drama to start.

Mean while I'm enjoying Father's Strange. I was hesitant about this show because it is 52-one hour episodes, but I could not helped being intrigued by javabeans and other beanies raving about the show, that I checked it out, and sure enough, it is too cute. I decided to take it slow and eventually I'll get to episode 52 someday.

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Taking it slow is right when watching Father is Strange- but very well worth it. This was a weekend family drama- hence 52 episodes. It was actually extended by 2 episodes and should have gone 4 more to give us full closure on the stories of the 2 younger sisters, but Jung So Min was beginning to film Because This Life Is Our First. Which you really will want to see also if you have not already.

Father is Strange will keep you engaged throughout the entire story, with really serious character development. To avoid spoilers I will not say any more.

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First, I'd like to apologize for all the negative comments I've made about Mr. Sunshine. I was pre-prejudiced against KES screenwriting (not having like her other dramas). Now that I'm re-watching
MR SUNSHINE
it's amazingly good. All the characters. The historical story. Not just fan girling one character over another.
I do better with watching only two dramas at a time, and one I've been looking forward to a lot is now on DF:
AGE OF LEGENDS: with William Chan and Sandra Ma, two of my favorite Chinese actors. It's totally action, which I love anyway...
Even though I should only watch two I looked at
ALL OUT OF LOVE,
A Chinese drama that I thought would be a light fluffy romcom. But no, it's quite real, serious. Someone said the novel has a sad ending but it looks like the drama will be a happy ending. Anyway I'm so pleasantly surprised I'll keep watching. Similar plot to several kdramas I've watched, i.e. two "siblings" though not blood related, grow up loving each other but get separated. He disappears and she eventually marries someone else and then of course he reappears. What will happen? Will she go back to her first love? Anyone remember which kdramas have this theme?
That's it, folks.

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Honestly, I wondered if you'd gotten conked on the head with a Russian rifle or something when you suddenly started liking it. Thanks for the explanation!

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Ha, ha! Maybe I did get hit over the head! I really shouldn't comment on any drama since I fast forward so much. There's not one drama I've watched every second. You miss a lot that way. And it's a revelation when you realize you're as prejudiced as what you accuse others of!

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The Ghost Detective : This show has consumed me, body, mind and soul. There are a few plot kinks that need to be ironed out but I think they will be addressed in the coming episodes, hopefully.

But for now, I am bewitched by the sparks that are flying between Lee Da Il and Jung Yeo Wool. It's not enough that he's a ghost but I'm really experiencing a crisis every time they touch and or exchange meaningful glances because there is really no way I can ship a ghost and a human being and watch that ship sail into the sunset for a happily ever after. The connection these two have is very palpable that it translates through the screen. And every time Park Eun Bin's eyes get misty-eyed, my heart pre-emptively clenches because she's conveys so much with so little. I think I have a new favourite actress to add to my list of faves!

Also, Lee Ji Ah is giving me chills. Her voice, her unearthly smiles, her blank stares...*shivers*. She is so beautiful and yet she inspires so much terror.

I'm also enjoying the other dynamics in this show. For instance, the offbeat coroner. I love her insouciance and the way she quickly seizes up sitautions. I also love the determined young detective, who may or not be catching feelings for Yeo Wool. The funny thing about him is when he interacts with everyone else on the show, he's all earnest and serious. But when he interacts with Chae Won, he suddenly becomes a lot younger and out of his depth!

And last but not the least, Kim Won Hae. Gosh, I've never cried so much during a PPL scene!!!

Anyway, yeah. Like I said, this drama has consumed me and I cannot wait to see more!

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Thanks for your review. It's been on my to watch list but have just kinda skipped around a bit. You've made me want to restart and watch from the beginning. I knew I'd seen Park Eun Bin before. She was in Operation Proposal, which I watched many moons ago, but her smile was so dazzling in that drama that I couldn't forget her.

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I hope you are able to enjoy it this time around. The drama very quickly gets into the groove and things are picking up quite fast now.

And I think you will find Park Eun Bin unforgettable here as well. She's quite simply takes my breath away. I'm enjoying her acting a lot.

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They have a great chemistry. I loved the car scene in the episode 10.

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I love the offbeat coroner, Chae Won. I ship her with the young cop since he is so stiff and serious, and she is so casual. Her backstory is very interesting too!

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- Completed -

My ID is Gangnam Beauty: I had a good time watching this show. It could have spent more time on Mi Rae's character development and interactions with other people and thus developping side characters more.

Ping Pong Ball: With the first episode focused on Ji Soo's character and the second one on Yoo Jae Myung's character, it was a nice watch. I wasn't that surprised with YJM's character at the end but it still provoked something in me - can't put words on it tho.

- Currently watching -

100 Days My Prince: ep 4. I wanted to slap common sense in Yul/Won Deuk's face. Who in his right mind (amnesia is no excuse) take a big loan he can't pay back ? And like many Beanies pointed it out, something is off with Hong Shim's mentions of Won Deuk like she really believes he exits.

A-Teen: ep 14. I feel bad for Hamin for the first time. He doesn't get attention from his family and that's why he's putting on this playful, michevious persona in front of others.

Hide and Seek: ep 11-12. So now we know how Soo A/Yeon Joo ended up with her "mother" after the kidnapping. I like the mom even if the kidnapping was a huge issue, she is a good person. Just not doing logical things. Ii'm curious to know how her relationship will turn out once Soo A discovers her real identity. Because this girl is nearly as crazy as Psycho Grandma and he real mom. Crazyness runs in the blood. It feels good to see Dad treating Chae Rin well. At least, she can somewhat feel a filial love.

The Ghost Detective: ep 11-12. A lot of things happen in such a short amount of time. Can't wait to watch next week's episode.

The Guest: ep 4. For this week's case, I knew something was off when Matteo said the younger brother wasn't possessed. It was a good way for Yoon/Matteo to discover that Hwa Pyung is looking for his brother.

Unnatural: ep 3. The show is hinted at something bad the autopsy did in the past. I wonder what it is and if he committed a crime.

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The Guest - A true horror show, not to be taken lightly. However not too dark and with moments of levity and warmth. The driver of this show is really the taxi-driver. There's less of Kim Jae Wook, more of Jung Eun Chae and most of Kim Don Wook. Latter is compelling because he's so full of conviction. Lucky for us and the good guys that the evil spirit Park likes to chat. He gives us lots of answers to our questions and gave time for Kil Young to rescue the two guys. I'm finding it funny that over and again, it's the slight looking woman who is beating up men, jumping off roofs to tackle them and also saving them.

Ghost Detective - Although ghostly, the scare factor is more from hallucinations, than the ghost or the astral projection who's reading people's secrets and manipulating minds. Some things remain unclear. What was that scene of Sang Seok being dragged under the car about? In the end he did not die and he does not seem to remember anything. I trust that this will be addressed sometime in the show. Another thing that does not make sense, the male nurse who knows Woo Hye leaves her body and wreaks havoc, and does nothing to stop this. He may feel guilt that he could not save her as a child, but there's no reason for him to abet her in her crimes. Finally the ghost detective is becoming less of an ineffective spirit. I hope the pace and plot picks up.

Familiar Wife - Well it ends well enough. There really was no other story except the one of 2nd chances in marriage and what would make a marriage work. Still it was a good show. It kept to the theme and gave us varied iterations of solid characters to root for and a satisfactory resolution that showed how the characters had grown. Is the writer a woman? The advice Joo Hyuk gives his friends on how to get on with their wives was actually pretty sound, and made me think a woman wrote that. 😆

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Sang Seok was cut and influenced by the lady in red to almost kill himself.

As for the male nurse I am not sure it is clear he knows she is going around killing people. He only ever sees her as a child ghost, so I don't think he knows she is encouraging people to kill themselves. He moved her because she threw a temper tantrum, but upon further thought he does know Yi Rang died, so maybe you are right, haha.

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I didn't notice that part about Sang Seok. Only saw him dragged under the car and then the scene was cut. Next I saw him he was driving with scratches on his arm, which disappeared, and was calling Yeo Wool. So there was a cut scene in which he managed to get away and to move the car that was blocking his car, before he could drive off. Either there's a problem with the editing, or this scene is being saved for later.

I was thinking that since male nurse knows that she terriorises him in her child form, and that she wanders until 1am, that he's also probably privy to what she thinks is fun when she's away. Maybe she's also brainwashed him into doing her bidding and accepting her torture of people as ok. 😃

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It's funny as I was typing about the nurse I realized you were right and added what I said at the end. lol

As for Sang Seok, I think when she dragged him under and scratched him, that is what led to the hallucinations and him trying to kill himself. I am not sure he got away so much as that she let him go. Why? I am not sure, maybe to move the plot along. We shall see.

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When Sang Seok got dragged under the car and moments later, three scratches appeared, I took it mean that he was being controlled by the Red Lady. He was so blank when he going to meet that dead cop. Only when he entered the old hospital, did the mind fog seem to lift. No doubt, the entire thing was set up by the Red Lady. The dead cop had three scratches on his face as well (i know the child scratched him when he rescued her way back) but I think in this case, he was also being influenced by the Red Lady.

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Thanks for this @pipette. A similar thought occurred to me but I thought I was wrong because after this I saw no sign of his being controlled. Still, I think that the attack on Sang Seob was the start of her getting into his mind to know what to do to control him. It took some time for Yi Rang to give in to Red Lady, so she must have started working on her over a period of time. In the same way, Sang Seob might experience more attacks.

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Yes, there is a good chance Sang Seob might experience more attacks. Remember how Da Il told Sang Seob (via Yeo Wool) to only listen to good thoughts from now on? I suspect it's because the Red Lady preys on dark thoughts where you think you are insignificant and unworthy or a burden. She leeches on those feelings and magnifies them, therefore spurring the person to take their own life.

In the same vein, before Yi Rang passed, she told Yeo Wool to not listen as well. She realised that the Red Lady preyed on those dark thoughts. Kim Gyeol also told Yeo Wool to only listen to the good thoughts, not bad ones.

Perhaps the Red Lady wants others to experience the same misery she did, while waiting to be rescued.

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@pipette
If you're interested to read more posts on the show or add your thoughts, please come to this thread: http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/09/premiere-watch-the-ghost-detective/#comment-3310094 😃

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Ping Pong Ball - I was bored and decided to try a two episode show. This is not a show if you want action and plot. It basically has very little of both. I felt that it could have been a single episode of less than 1 hour, but I sat through most of the long episodes (1 hour 15 minutes each?). It was more a mood piece. I'm not sure if it was meant to be arty, but it was definitely slow.

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Ji Soo gets to play (again) a student, at least a college one this time, and befriends a homeless man who is dying. Both of them suffer unrequited love so that draws them together.

A little spark of interest is added by the death of another man who was probably murdered, and the very mild attempts of the police to figure it out. There was also a bit of mystery about whether someone else died or if one of the few characters was the killer. Another spark came from whether the homeless man would get to see his ex-wife one last time. Suffice it to say that by the end of the show, none of these sparks actually panned out. You can imagine the disgust of the viewers (I read a few comments).

The one line left behind by the homeless man, was a question on who was stupider. I tend to think that all the efforts Ji Soo's character made towards making the homeless man have some hope, courage and encouragement, even though they were 'unrewarded', were far from stupid. If anything, the ones who did not try to help, or who spread rumours or who ran away were the ones who earned the title of 'stupider'.

The other stupid thing, the homeless man gave advice but did not take it himself. Ji Soo's character did follow advice to its logical conclusion and just accepted what came along and moved on. I can't actually recommend this show, except to say that if you want to be melancholy or have a show to give you sleep vibes, this is it!!!

I felt that Ji Soo was pretty good in this role. It was not easy doing nothing much and still project mood.

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A-Teen - it's a YouTube drama and a really good show. Playlist the company who made it has good short dramas, but this was really their best.

It's been a busy week for me, with work and my freelance stuff on the side. So even tho I'm side eyeing Ghost Detective, I'm still intending to catch up on the episodes I missed. Also finally at least watch the first episode of The Guest.

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100 days my Prince I'm enjoying the show. The mannerism of Crown prince is still there after amnesia which I love. I love their bickering. There's so many mystery which I want to know about but still patience with the show yet worried about the angst part.
Meteor Garden 2018 Enjoying the ride but I still miss my Boys over Flowers. watched 8/50 episodes.
Devilish Joy watched 3/6 episodes. Lagging behind it.
Hand the Guest I'm loving my handsome boys. Still need to watch last 2 episodes.
Thirty But Seventeen I'll miss the show, the whole family. It was my guilty pleasure.

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I am glad that I can finished 4 dramas this week!

MY ID IS GANGNAM BEAUTY (FINISHED): Oh I love that the ending really sticks to the webtoon, Mi-rae and Kyung-seok finally being happy CC, Soo-Ah got treatment and starts anew, Taee-Hee dropped that jerk ex, Eun became Soo-Ah's bestfriend, and that stalker issues got resolved in right manner. I already have soft spot for the webtoon since waiting for its update makes my college life happier, and now I have to say goodbye to the drama while I had graduation party at college😭

PRETTY NOONA WHO BUYS ME FOOD (FINISHED): I was very hooked to the drama until Mom knows they secretly dating. Finally I can let go of these frustrating couple and sappy melodrama.

THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN (FINISHED): I also got a hard time finishing this drama. The ending feels very light and right which I love a lot. I will keep updated for the future of this writer, Shin Hyesun, Yang Sejong, and Ahn Hyoseop's next drama (plus when Yoon Chanyoung and Park Sieun become the leads of drama)

MISS HAMMURABI (FINISHED): i love that this drama kinda going similar with Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, by having underdogs overthrow the upperhands and also the underdogs become a superhero in someone's artwork! (RDTK have patient who draws comic based on the Doldam doctors, meanwhile MH have stenographer who writes novel about Department 44 judges).

A POEM A DAY (Ep. 9): I love Dr. Ye getting flustered at Boyoung and now having troubles with keeping his stance. I also loves Minho who now able to remove his self-absorbed robe and comforts Boyoung.

THE BEST HIT (Ep. 25-26) : Okay besides the timing, I still can't get the idea of Hyunjae and Wooseung being the dead end because of 1) Can't feel the chemistry between Yoon Siyoon and Lee Seyoung (and tbh Lee Seyoung has much more chemistry with Kim Minjae) 2) They got to be the most forced couple since they got 3 accident kisses in the beginning and 3) I don't feel like they have heartful conversations. Plus Wooseung is just a damsel in distress almost everytime.

THE GOOD WITCH (Ep. 1-4) : I need airport/airlines drama to boost my job performance, thanks to @mary and now I got addicted! Lee Dahae is really good and finally I can see Ahn Wooyeon again after Circle. I need to admit that this is almost the same trope as Are You Human Too, but I got hooked.

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Hi @therevels. Re A POEM A DAY. I am curious. Have you picked a 'line' in APAD? The only shipping war I have ever been part of was with APAD.

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Hello bong-soo , picking a line in APAD is somewhat a difficult decison to make, it is almost similar like after graduating from college are you going to be a careerperson or continue your education by taking master 😂 Both are so imbalance in which if Boyoung with Dr. Ye, it's dr. Ye who will be so much in control of the relationship and if Boyoung with Minho, it's Boyoung who have a lot of work to do with it.

Both of the ships are not wrong, but if I have to choose, it will be Boyoung and Minho since both of them teach each other lessons of heartbreak, empathy, friendships, family, as well as both of their lives will be colorful since Minho often jokes around (but I already prepared if this ship sink)

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That is a nice analysis. As it turns out I also came down on the MinHoYoung line. It made more sense to me.
I don't know if you have read the recaps but those of us who were watching had a ball commenting.
LOL at one point our recapper @saya had to make an intervention in the comments to lower the shipping war tension. It was fun.
For old time's sake I just replayed the Shinsun Hospital flash mob from episode 5. Enjoy the rest of APAD.

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Tsumi to Batsu: A Falsified Romance: Twisted, two more episodes to go.

The Guest: Get Ahn Nae Sang in there to fight the demon ! Why doesn’t Hwa Pyung take a video of these guys when they’re possesed? He could show the skeptics.

Joseon Gunwoman takes the week off. Will there be a zebra sighting ?
Based on the postive comments of fellow Beanies , I have started Father Is Strange. I’m familiar with most of the cast. However, this is the first time I’ve seen Lee Yu-Ri , liking it .

C dramas Ru Yi and Martial Universe.

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Lee Yu-Ri is a one of her kind actress, honing her skills through years as evil side characters rolling her big eyes. But now she’s so comfortable in her own skin to be in any character she portrays.

In FIS, her big sister is a joy to watch. Wish we had more affirmative female characters.

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Watching K movie, Sunset In My Hometown with Kim Go-Eun and Park Jung-Min . I liked it, had some good poems, er , raps.

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Where can I watch The Guest? I don't seem to see it anywhere on the major sites.

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I have been watching it at daebakdrama.c**

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Thank you!

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Ghost Detective: It was a little frustrating how Yeo-wool decided to just go rogue, but it will lead to another interesting twist in the story. Like the characters, I feel a little blind in trying to figure out what is happening and why certain things are happening (like the hearing aid business). But it is immersive, wonderfully eerie, and I love the team chemistry in this drama. I've found myself revisiting scenes. More superficially, I love the styling, especially Kim Won Hae's old school suspenders look. Daniel Choi is so dreamy...

Guest: Fascinating, but also gruesome. I had to stop like 5 minutes before the end of episode 4 when that dude was gnawing off his own hand. An early thanks to the recapper (odilettante?) who will tell me what happened at the end. I'm hoping for more Kim Jae Wook and for the female lead to just accept that this possession stuff is too real.

Thirty but Seventeen: Loved it! Loved it! It's like the equivalent of a cup of hot chocolate on a winter's day, a warm breeze in the spring, a sweet candy when you're feeling tired, and a teddy bear to hug when you're watching something scary. I think girlfriday's assessment is spot-on. Everyone is just so warm and lovely. I'm so glad that Seori decided to go to school and music therapy is a perfect career for her.

100 Days My Prince: On the fence. This drama is stressing me out, especially with Won-deuk putting Hong-shim into 10 years' worth of debt. Then there is Hong-Shim and her dad lying to Yul about his identity, the king freaking out about his missing son, the minister who is trying to make sure Yul is dead, and the missing brother who is iredeemable. Je-yoon is my calm oasis.

Had to put some of my other dramas on hold this week. Looking forward to finishing Risky Romance, since I've already made it this far.
I want to know how they're going to magic away his fatal hormone problem.

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Devilish Joy: I cannot, but will continue, ha. Choi Jin Hyuk is seriously adorable, the show not so much. He is done superior.

30but17: Such a nice pat and put together ending.

Your Honor: I haven't watched the last two reps because the angst will make me sad. Our adorable judge and judge trainee. I will watch though and be happy when it comes to a nice conclusion but I still dread the angst.

Familiar Wife: it was okay. I'm still not a fan of Ji Sun's character, but he was better in the end. My only sadness is we never got to see the original Woo Jin happy, all I think is she is still miserable in that alternative timeline.😥🤔

The Guest: let me just say I like the female leads characterization despite her skepticism. I enjoy that she is never the one in need of saving and usually does the saving. She kicks ass and takes no nonsense. As always I enjoy our shaman and exorcist. Fun fun. Also kdramas, it's not always the mother's fault, sometimes people suck.

Ghost Detective: I'm loving the pacing on the show. To caveat what was stated above, it's not always the father's fault either. Also Par Run Bin and Daniel Choi have gorgeous chemistry.

100 days my prince: It's funny, but methinks the prince doth protest too much. That being said the Prince's loan is absurd, that was not a good thing he did whether he is Won Deuk or not.

Ping Pong Ball: what a fascinating take on how two people interact. The sad thing is Ji-Soo's character will think he was tricked, because homeless people who die unfortunately don't get news coverage. I'm hopeful that off camera, he hears about the death and sees that it was the ex-wife. Fingers crossed.

Let me introduce Her: Soap Opera fabulousmess. The mother in law, shocking that she knew what anchor-nim was doing. Dammnn

Voice 2: OMG, WTF, I guess we find out what happens in season 2.

Woof, lol

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I too love the female lead in The Guest. She is so badass! <3

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I stopped watching Let Me Introduce Her. I may pick it up towards the end.

I just watched Ping Pong Ball, and wrote about it up thread. I guess it's a comment on how nothing is ever so neat or easily solved or resolved, not even murder or death. The crime was left hanging as was Deok Hwan's life.

To the question on who is stupider, I felt that JI Soo's character was the least stupid of the lot. He had sound reasons for not smoking and did not take it up just because an older guy was promoting it, he decided he wanted to help even if it amounted to nothing and he did his best without regrets.

I felt that Deok Hwan disappeared because he already knew or guessed that his ex-wife would disown him/deny knowing him, and he did not want to see Young Joon's expression when this was explained.

Also he probably knew that his end was nearer than he had let on. Probably he didn't want Young Joon to be with him when he died and had to find an excuse to get Young Joon away for long enough, so that he could leave and die elsewhere.

A thought struck me, the ping pong ball was not just the tumour but Young Joon who kept bouncing back no matter how many times he was rebuffed.

A moody, melancholy piece, but well acted by both Ji Soo and Yoo Jae Myung.

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Well stated. I agree Ji- Soo was the least stupid. I would also add the Ping Pong Ball was an interesting take on how loneliness affects human beings. Ji-Soo was clearly very lonely and the Deok Hwan eased some of that, in fact they eased each other's loneliness. However they for some reason couldn't let the other person in, and ended up as they were at the end.

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Par Run Bin😂

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I hope everybody had happy drama watching weeks!

Ghost Detective I am really really liking this drama. There's too many elements of the plot that are sort of just thrown in and not explained, but what the drama does well it does really well. The story is very fast paced and always gives you something new every episode (which we haven't been seeing a lot these days). The cast is acting wonderfully (shoutout to Daniel Choi, he's slaying as a ghost). And the emotional aspects of the drama are genuine and realistic. I admit I do like horror (especially Korean horror, and I think so far this drama is doing the genre justice), but Ghost Detective really is just a good drama to me.
100 Days My Prince Episodes 1 and 2 were better than 3 and 4 for me. You'd think that sageuk politics from 1 and 2 would be boring, but I found them interesting. 3 and 4 dragged those same politics on, and then they were boring. I think it would have been funnier for Kyung-soo's character to completely change his personality. The fact that he maintained his Crown Prince vibe closes off the possibilities for funny things to happen. I found myself skipping through a lot of the two episodes, which was kind of disappointing. I think I'll give it a shot next week because I really want to watch Kyung-soo.
30 But 17 Can you believe I haven't watched the final episode yet??? I think a large part of my heart is too sentimental to let this beautiful drama go, so I'm saving the last episode for a time when I feel ready to watch it.

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Re ghost detective- loving the chemistry too! I know this probably isn’t that kind o& show but can we please have some feels between DC and PEB?!

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There's so much romantic tension between them, I'm sure there's going to be a romance??

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Currently I am binge watching thirty but seventeen I have 4 episodes left and I dont want it to end, all of the actors have great chemistry and I enjoy their little family scenes. This the first time seeing Yang Se Jong and he is sucb a delight I'll look forward tk jis next projects same goes foe Shin Hye Sun.

I put Life on hold for the time -being I'll burn through the remaining episodes when they're available- just something about realizing the two main leads have not had a conforsation with each other for the last 7 episodes -I stoped at episode 10- makes me avoid the show for now.

I think the guest will be my new drama addiction, the exorcisom scenes remind me the exocrist and I loved the show -I haven't seen the movie-.

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100 Days My Prince I understand why some Beanies are disappointed by the characterization, particularly in regards to Yul’s behavior. So far, I’m not bothered by those things and am really enjoying the show. I see this as more of a fairy tale/folk tale than realistic story. My impression is that in the early eps., like in so many other k-dramas, the characters’ flaws are exaggerated, and their behavior is OTT. I think Yul’s total cluelessness isn’t meant to be realistic— it’s meant to show that he has a loooong way to go and that Hong-shim really has her work cut out for her. I mean, it was also totally unrealistic to have Hong-shim lasciviously approach Yul on their wedding night (given the time period and her lack of feelings for him), but it was written purposely OTT for comedy.

Thirty But Seventeen The show’s catchphrase is also good advice for watching this show: "Don’t think, feel!" Or, to channel Jenniferrr: “Throw your heart over the F.I.N.S.E fence and the rest will follow" by Norman Vincent Peale. As mentioned above, the show has major plot holes, neglected characters, and even a child actor who was years younger than the character was supposed to be. But luckily, I was able to shush my logical-brain’s objections, and I ended up with some of the same beautiful feels/lessons that I got from My Ajusshi: how healing kindness, compassion, and community are; how a little empathy goes a long way; how important it is to remember that we’re all traumatized human beings, struggling with our own issues, and that we need to open up to one another to heal, grow, and be happy. I feel like the writer started with the idea of writing a show that would be healing for all of us who are feeling guilty, shut down, not-good-enough (or even not-perfect-enough), or are overly attached to a particular outcome— and that was the prioritized over a coherent plot. But for most of us, that worked— we loved the journey (and duct tape proved to be no match for the magnet of this show’s 💖).

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Aw yes, I'm glad to see some more thoughts on My ID is Gangnam Beauty which is a show I can't stop thinking about. I do think the show didn't allow for Kyung Seok to realize his pretty privilege in the same way that the webtoon did. I feel like webtoon!KS became much more aware of it, especially in relation to Mi Rae and her feelings about it.

One of the reasons, I think the drama could have gone on longer is because of Hyun Soo Ah. Though the show seems to follow nearly the exact timeline of the webtoon it might have been better to explore Soo Ah's storyline earlier for a 16 episode show. Her story is a lot deeper and more painful than the show has showed and I think being in Soo Ah's head for an episode or three would have been really enlightening. But I was really proud of her by the end as well, even though I'm still not too fond of the writer for sort of relegating Mi Rae's role in Hyun Soo Ah's journey to Eun.

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It is my understanding that Eun had a generally bigger part in the webtoon- perhaps having her stand in to some extent in place of Mi Rae was a way of trying to rebalance the plot?

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Yes! I think that's the case too. In the webtoon, there was no rapper bff Hyun Jung and Eun was basically Mi Rae's closest friend and kind of her little guardian angel. So I do think in changing some of the characters up, we lose some of the more important elements and character moments of the story.

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