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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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(With all the premieres kicking off recently, I was determined to catch most of them, at least initially before deciding what to commit to. It’s always exciting to have a lot to pick from, but it certainly also feels overwhelming.)

Mr. Sunshine: I made it this far, may as well finish it off. Interestingly, I found that although I really didn’t like the drama very much by the time the finale rolled around, the last episode employed all of dramaland’s tips and tricks to such effect that I totally still bawled watching it. It was an odd experience to watch something I was so utterly detached from, only to have the power of the tropes kick in and pull my heartstrings anyway, however unwillingly.

The Third Charm: One episode in, I like how light and breezy this feels, although right now it feels more cute than compelling. I’m happy to have Esom playing a romantic lead, while Seo Kang-joon has always been all over the board for me in terms of likability, heavily dependent on what kind of character he plays. Are You Human Too went a long way toward making him personable, and for me this drama builds on that goodwill. I have hopes that my emotions will engage sooner than later, but I suppose even if they don’t, it’ll be a comfortable, pleasant watch.

My Secret Terrius: I’m actually pleasantly surprised by this show being much less cheesy than I’d feared it might be. You never know with mixed-genre shows like this, where execution is key, but this drama is doing a good job of mixing the serious, tense spy mood with the lighter, mundane life stuff — it gives the character interactions this very welcome droll, deadpan quality. I enjoy So Ji-sub playing a humorless character in the larger context of a rom-com than when he’s playing this serious action figure totally straight, and Jung In-sun has a warmth and relatability that makes me pull for her.

Fox Bride Star: After one episode I’m not sold on this story yet, and I’m not really much a fan of this niche subgenre of airport dramas, but I’m still approaching optimistically because it does have that sentimental Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim feel (thanks to the writer) in taking a standard workplace setting and populating it with a mix of characters with distinct personalities. At least, that seems to be the approach; I’m not quite onboard with Chae Soo-bin’s character since I don’t think I *get* her yet, but I’m intrigued about what the deal is with Lee Je-hoon and his (literal) magnetism.

Beauty Inside: My favorite of the bunch so far. I was a bit apprehensive about having expectations for this drama, because I was afraid it would gravely disappoint, and on several levels at that: I absolutely loved the movie, which is one of my favorites of recent years; I loved Oh Hae-young Again, flaws and all, which this PD previously directed; I adore Seo Hyun-jin, both in and out of Oh Hae-young Again, where I related with her particularly strongly; and I was eager to see Lee Min-ki again after thoroughly enjoying last year’s sleeper hit Because This Life Is Our First. Lots of opportunities to crush hopes and bury expectations. But as of this first week I’m finding it engaging and sentimental, with a touch of moodiness that hints at deeper developments in our future. I’m also feeling the chemistry between the leads off the bat, which bodes well.

Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: I think I need to come back to this when I’m in the right frame of mind, because there’s something about this mood — a little pensive, a little stark — that I think I’d be ALL ABOUT when in a slightly different frame of mind. It may be better saved for a day when I’m not juggling a dozen shows, and instead have the mental space to commit to it more fully.

 

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Beauty Inside: There are so many shows to choose from right now, I was secretly hoping that the first one I tried would be a dud that I could drop. To both my dismay and my delight, I’m already hooked on Beauty Inside — it’s a keeper. There is something about the way Seo Hyun-jin takes on characters that I find utterly charming, and despite a fantastic cameo by Kim Sung-ryung, I just want more of Seo on my screen. I’m liking the chemistry between her and Lee Min-ki, and hooray that we have many future episodes of Se-kye and Do-jae fighting their growing mutual attraction to look forward to. I also like the supporting cast, and Ahn Jae-hyun as ditzy friend Eun-ho makes me laugh almost as hard as when Yoon-jae did the E.T. finger touch with Min-joonie hyung in You From Another Star. I wouldn’t complain if he was typecast as the vacuous friend/brother forever.

 

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Witch’s Love: I’ve been a good girl this week, finishing up old shows before I hook myself on the next batch (also preparing for the yearend Bean Count!) Though the final battle with Evil was a bit lackluster, I can’t really complain because this show knows its strengths and piled on lots of couple-y moments. I’m glad it stayed a sweet watch until the end. Too bad I don’t have anything light to sandwich in between The Guest and The Ghost Detective now.

Life on Mars: I envy Tae-joo for having a paradise to escape to, even if I know I shouldn’t. This show is bad for my thoughts because it just reinforces my dangerous ideas about happiness and life and death.

Life: I can’t remember why I dropped this before when it’s been my crack this week, breezing through nine hours in just two days. Maybe Netflix was right about the binge format after all. (If anyone from Netflix is reading this, please ignore the previous sentence and keep releasing episodes simultaneously with South Korea, thanks!) I think I was programmed to assume that Jin-woo/Lee Dong-wook was the lead, ergo, the good guy, which my subconscious was having problems with. Now that I’m nearing the end I see him more as a highly-flawed guy who wants good things to happen but doesn’t want to lead the change, instead relying on other people to step up–which is how the whole world got into the mess it’s in now. For the finale, I hope everyone in this hospital learns that change should come from everyone, and they shouldn’t ignore other groups’ suffering just because they aren’t affected by it. Yet.

The Guest: What else can I say about this show except that it’s perfectly dark and cool and funny, so much that I’m still watching despite regular nightmares? Also that I’m more in love with Hwa-pyung than Father Mateo, which should be good news if they were real guys. Which they’re not. Because this isn’t real, right? Please someone tell me it’s not real. *clutches my bunny*

Produce 48: The only thing I can say about the finale is, joke’s on you, MNET. You can’t break my heart if it’s already been crushed.

Night Goblin: This is the beginning of the end for me. I’ve fallen into the disease girlfriday described and am now watching a variety show solely for an idol even if Oppa has no variety chops at all. Night Goblin’s concept is pretty simple: a bunch of guys stay up all night while queuing for something–a famous restaurant, gadgets, theme park, etc. It’s as boring as you’d expect, which surprised me because I’ve only watched Yoo Jaesuk or Na PD K-variety shows before this, and they always manage to turn shows with a simple premise into something more exciting. With the Night Goblin team, it’s painfully obvious that they’re still trying to figure out how to sell their show. I’m a bit worried watching one of the hosts, Hyung-don, try to liven things up by having joke breakdowns which seem all too real and desperate. It’s an old show but I hope for his sake that they manage to find their concept and become more comfortable after a few episodes.

 

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Fox Bride Star: I can’t remember the last time a first episode made me this mad–which bums me out because I was so excited to see Chae Soo-bin and Lee Je-hoon together! I’m all for equal opportunity in female-lead jerkiness, and I hope that what the writers are going for here is a heroine who is on the first leg of a believable journey toward redemption, but I wanted to at least have one reason to root for Chae Soo-bin beyond she’s the heroine. Here’s what she did in episode one: showed up late to her new job; took on tasks that she lied about being able to do; ignored offers of help from people who knew what they were doing; angrily confronted her boss because she’s too proud to be mentored by someone who’s technically her hoobae, even though he has more experience than her in this particular job; decided she hates said hoobae for being smarter and better at the job for making her look bad. Or what stunned me the most: turning off her walkie-talkie and not answering her phone in a potentially dangerous situation. I appreciate that a couple of the characters call her out for her behavior, but she’s so lacking in self-awareness that she continues to only whine about how things make her look or feel or her own offended pride. I feel like it undercuts the valid points the show does make about abusive behavior from superiors, or how ineffective a hierarchy can be sometimes, because it’s setting her up to be both bad at her job and an awful person, but still wanting us to be in her corner when her co-workers are also awful. The show asks us to be feeling romantic with her when she’s caught up in the Lifesaving Moment of Destiny #2 that she’s just had with the hero, instead of reflecting on her own terrible behavior toward him, when he’s only helped her. (A hero with a bionic arm though–how cool! Why couldn’t we have focused more on that?!) Please tell me episode two is better, Beanies.

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With new premieres I’ve decided to try a bit of the few dramas that aired this week and only decided to keep two of them because of time constraints so this is what I’m watching:

100 million: definitely an intriguing first two episodes. WELCOME BACK SEO IN GUK!!!

Bad papa: I actually really like this especially Jang hyuk as amoney greedy person who just wants to be a good father for his family. Him and David Lee seem to have a fun chemistry and I can’t wait to see their begrudging relationship start.

Terius behind me: A favourite one of mine as it is a light breather of a drama and So Ji Sub’s babysitting shenanigans is why I’m tuning in.

Devilish joy: watching this but didn’t watch this weeks episode because of time and bad concentration.

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This season of new shows is still quite better than 1st two.
This season all real life shows have some magical element attached to the hero.
Robotic Arm(maybe), Magical medicine, Face changing heroine.
Bad Papa is good but i also want to criticize it. Jang Hyuk's acting is always the same. Then, almost all actors have only 1 range of acting and even that is called good acting by fans. So, we can't criticize Jang Hyuk much. Atleast for acting.
Papa's family is the heart of the show and the 1st scene of papa walking behind wife and daugther makes it much more emotionally appealing.

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Jang Hyuk's acting drives me insane. I can't watch him at all.

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Me too! So glad I'm not the only one that finds his acting driving me insane. I even ff thru his scenes in Greasy Melo/Wok.

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I felt so apprehensive before, thinking that I am the only one who cannot see his greatness so I never made any comment about his shows. Thank you for letting me that I am not the only one who feels this way. I dropped many of a show where he was in just because I couldn't connect to his characters (Beautiful Mind, Money Flower, Greasy - which I tried hard to see bits just because of Joon Ho). I didn't even start Papa when I saw the lead.

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I’ve been so busy that I didn’t get to watch the premiere of Hundred Million Stars From the Sky this week! On another note, Fox Bride Star was initially under the radar because I really wasn’t into the character tropes in the synopsis, but then I read the recaps and it seems like the male lead’s superpowers are the mystery driving the tension in the show? I’m certainly intrigued by that arc, though I’m wary if the show has anything else that can keep my interest. Beanies, which show of the two should I watch given my limited time? (I’ll read the recaps for both shows.)

The Ghost Detective:
It was a little disappointing to see Kim Gyeol become the new Deok Joong, partly because the latter had a much more compelling reason for helping her out (he felt guilty over her suicide) and partly because he had been able to escape the Red Lady’s manipulations for quite some time after Yi Rang’s death. I didn’t really like how Da Il’s body came out of nowhere: the development felt unnatural since nothing had indicated previously that he was still alive. The romance is frankly unneeded in a thriller but we will see whether the show will be able to juggle the genres well in the second half.

100 Days My Prince:
As the first half concludes, I suppose we’ll be heading down angsty territory soon as the male lead sets out to find his real identity: there’s no doubt he’ll have some cleaning up to do in the palace save for likely allies in Je Yoon & Soo Ji as well as nice guys such as Prince Seowon and Kwon Hyuk. I have some sympathy for So Hye and Moo Yeon after it was revealed they were victims of circumstances beyond their control, though I don’t think I can ever wish a happy ending for Oppa. It would be epic though to see Cha Eon / Queen / Sa Yeob taken down by their own family members!

Lovely Horribly:
Well, the story kind of imploded on itself in the finale week. The revelation that nothing actually happened at the ritual 24 years ago felt like a total cop-out on the premise and it actually directly contradicts what the mother ghost told the female lead about being ‘free’ now. As for the villains of the show, Yoon Ah’s and Writer Ki’s arcs never really gelled together properly and it was really frustrating to see breakneck resolutions for characters like the CEO and Dong Chul. It is a pity: the show started off so strong with the mystery! I think it started going downhill after Ra Yeon’s comeback.

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Hundred Million Stars over Fox Bride any day. No infuriating lead actress and I hear the story gets really dark and deep in an edge of the seat intriguing way.

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Lovely Horribly's cast acted very flat throughout the weak story line. But at least its premise of the ghosts were consistent throughout the show. The Ghost Detective presents a mystery about what is a ghost, but miserably fails to consistently explain or show the ghost rules.

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@radily With just two episodes down of each so far, I'd say go for 100 Million Stars from the Sky rather than Fox Bride Star if you want a complex high quality drama. If you are in it for forgettable entertainment, go with Fox Bride Star. Right now am trying to decide if I should wait until I can binge watch 100 Million Stars rather than watch a couple episodes and wait a week for a couple months. This is a drama where you need to be paying attention and not just lying back being entertained. I will watch both of these dramas if I have time, but I'm fairly certain that the one I will remember for months or years from now will be 100 Million Stars.

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i watched the japanese version and could not put it down as in it really kept me wanting more more more. course i love kimura anyway but the story was compelling and made you think. i am going to watch the korean version for sure!

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Uff, this week was... intense? 😆

I managed to check up nearly all the shows on my list... and while none of them is the Life on Mars or Ajjushi caliber, they all have something which pulls me in to have me check the next episode... unfortunately they also often have some aspects which make me hesitate...

Beauty is... beautiful? 😁 The leads are beautiful, their chemistry is beautiful... but the swoony moments might sometimes blind me from seeing some jerkish behaviour (on both sides).

Third Charm... is charming 😉😊, the leads are charming, the family members are charming, the friends are charming... I just hope the show will still explain why the break up was so harsh...

Incheon Airport is... more mysterious than I anticipated. Though the biggest mystery might be how no security stopped that angry passenger from damaging airport property and terrorising people around, and how one skipped pill could cause such an aggressive outburst. Also, I love Chae So Bin as an actress, but I don't like her character here... yet (I hope). I personally wouldn't like to have such a person in my team and I was 100% with her manager. But... then there is Lee Je Hoon's mystery arm... and my bias Kim Won Hae... and I'm willing to still watch.

Player was... playful the first half an hour and I actually enjoyed it despite not being my cup of tea show, but then they introduced the violent chaebol and I think I'm out... too violent and scary for me... and even my bias Kim Won Hae will probably not be able to keep me interested.

And then we have the Korean remake of Milion Stars... which I promised myself to never rewatch... and then they cast Seo In Guk, Jung So Min and Park Sung Woong... and I can't resist...

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I still don't know with Prince, it sometimes feels like the PD wanted to "make art" and decided to do it by cutting the script, then reshuffling the pieces and gluing them back together. Unfortunately some pieces might have got too short, too randomly placed or got lost completely. Or maybe the commoner me is just not able to appreciate this impressionistic masterpiece 😁 ... However, as LollyPip says in one of her recap introductions, "this drama may be full of plot holes and inconsistencies, but there’s still something about it that holds my affection..."

Keeping Terius, I love the stay-at-home-parents club and how they have a better network than the NIS 😁

And keeping Choi Jin Hyuk's smiles, of course 🙂 ... and kisses 😍😁

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"Though the biggest mystery might be how no security stopped that angry passenger from damaging airport property and terrorising people around"

Even for a kdrama this sounds very over the top. Does it really happen? So funny, was it a comic scene?

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Sadly, no comedy here... they were deadly serious... I was disappointed because I expected from this writer much more realistic picture of how airports run...

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And I also think this aspect turns me off much more than the flaws of the heroine. She can start learning... and slowly change for the better (like Dong Joo in Romantic Doctor)... and it can make for a really good drama... but the currently over the top scenes make me a bit hesitant to continue...

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At this point I am watching just to see how much they get wrong about Incheon and airports in general. This makes Incheon look so bad I am surprised they agreed to let them film it.

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I am enjoying FBS notwithstanding the issues with Yeo-reum.
I have to think the Incheon Airport Brass were not pleased with the scene you mentioned about the passenger destroying the kiosk and threatening others with verbal and physical abuse. I would like to think that within a minute of that guy acting out airport security would have been all over him. That scene did not ring true at all to me.

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Yeah the show's ridiculous treatment of the angry passenger incident and of mental illness bothered me too, but I had already written an essay lol.

Not to mention the way that car flew at her as though flung by the Hulk in that flashback sequence. In no way a realistic depiction of the kind of Seoul car accident the show wants us to think it is. Sigh.

I think it offends me most that the show is setting us us for a scenario where all the heroine's growth will come from her perfect male coworker saving her/calling her out/teaching her everything she needs to be a real adult, rather than her realizing that she needs to be better, and doing something about it.

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Ghost Detective: Who knows that I would end up sticking to this drama solely for Hye? She is just so fascinating with her childlike mannerism, and it's quite rare that we get a good female villain like her. Plus, Lee Ji-ah is killing this role, making me believe she is truly an evil and cunning little girl trapped in an adult body.

100 Million Stars: What a mesmerizing drama. Great performance and storytelling. It feels slice-of-lifey with unexpected dark moments peppered throughout, which makes it unsettling in the best way possible.

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Ghost detective- agreed. It’s been a while since we had such a terrifying villain(male or female)!!

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She's really scary and extremely well written for an antagonist.

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I think the slice of life feel of 100million stars is because its based on a japanese drama. Japanese dramas slice of life dramas are aplenty.

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Fox Bride Star would be amazing if they just wrote out the female lead entirely. I completely sympathize with PSH and Suzy for turning down this character because they saved their careers by doing so. This writer is not very good female leads because I remember how in RTDK the female lead if SHJ had no played her was really not a great character on paper. Thankfully SHJ saved that character and made her relatable but CSB is not mature enough to be at that level yet. Episode 2 is even not any better than Episode 1 and I'm on the verge of dropping it but I love LJH so much.

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While I wouldn't want her gone, I have many criticisms of her character. There's a lot of valid defence that she was put in difficult situations on her first day with zero training - but frankly that's life. And even by those mitigating standards, she really messed up. Her proud & stubborn attitude in the face of those mistakes did not endear her to me - that's a co-worker I'd hate to have to work with. MOST importantly, I'm not looking forward to what I think is going to happen - the show will chip away at her pride until she's a candy.

For this one I'll wait for the recaps & final reviews to see if I want to be around for the character development Chae Soon Bin's character is going to get in Fox Star Bride.

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That's exactly why I want her gone because she'll become the focus of character development but there are much better more interesting characters in the drama that I want to see develop. Why should force myself to sympathize with a character just because they are the lead? If this was a real life person I would not want to see their character growth at all. Why can't you go be you in some corner of the world away from me while I surround myself with actual people I can like. That's my complaint with the drama. The character just doesn't feel relevant at all and yet I'm forced to see her grow when I could be investing that time in other characters.

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Erm nope! Hahaha I can't agree with that. I like Lee Je Hoon well enough but not so much that I don't want the female lead at all.

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The point is that there doesn't have to be a female lead at all since that particular character isn't important to the story. The same character can be a supporting character so that we don't have to spend so much screen time on her. The other characters deserve more screen time but since they aren't 'lead' they we won't be able to see their journey as much.

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I agree with @laica that I just wanted one reason to root for her character. For me, it wasn't her stupid mistakes or even her whining that turned me off. It was that every time something happened, LJH's character had to save her. She's too "damsely" for me. If she could've had just one win, it would've helped me have faith in her character. That even though she knows nothing (although she pretends that she does), she could resolve an issue because of who she is as a person to show she's not a lost cause. But who knows, maybe the second episode showed that. I got too frustrated that I stopped halfway through. I'll stick to the recaps for now, because I want to like the show.

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Fox Bride Star would be amazing if they just wrote out the female lead entirely. I completely sympathize with PSH and Suzy for turning down this character because they saved their careers by doing so. This writer is not very good female leads because I remember how in RTDK the female lead if SHJ had no played her was really not a great character on paper. Thankfully SHJ saved that character and made her relatable but CSB is not mature enough to be at that level yet. Episode 2 is even not any better than Episode 1 and I'm on the verge of dropping it but I love LJH so much.

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Sorry for the double post. Something is wrong with my PC.

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something is wrong with your perception of reality more like ;)

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Something is wrong with your ability to take criticism which is much deserved. If you like something and want to defend it that's fine but it won't make it universal. People who disagree and present their disagreement are also in the right and there will be plenty who agree with me. The character is a nuisance like everyone has said so its not wrong to say the drama would be better off without her entirely. Go obsess over your love for the useless character somewhere else.

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Her character is definitely driving people crazy, but she is kinda different. Not a candy, not overly likable in a perfect way so I'm hoping next week they flesh it out a bit more.

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She is a Candy but the kind that's not even sympathetic. I would blame it all on the writing but the writer literally did the same sort of thing in RTDK but I didn't hate SHJ right off the bat like I do here. I feel like the she has been written as the female lead because every drama must have a female lead but this character would be better of being a supporting character who I can see grow in the shadows instead of having so much screen time devoted to her or not be in it at all because there is plenty happening as is. I don't see why we need the character at all if the only thing to show is 'people can grow as individuals'. Nothing is an excuse for being a excessive jerk and then being a slightly less jerk because 'I learnt through my destined love'. If they flesh it out by making excuses for her being so annoying I don't think it justifies the character either.

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By saying the following you just literally described 80% of kdrama plots where the messed up character (usually male and rich but there are variations) meets the plucky/nice/caring character (often female and poor and hardworking but there are variations) and through the power of love turns into a decent human being:

"I don't see why we need the character at all if the only thing to show is 'people can grow as individuals'. Nothing is an excuse for being a excessive jerk and then being a slightly less jerk because 'I learnt through my destined love'. If they flesh it out by making excuses for her being so annoying I don't think it justifies the character either."

Like what is the point of watching perfect characters all the time? Where is the character growth if they are already perfect ?

Examples of shows where jerkface flawed hero turns into swoony hero by meeting a candy (or a variation thereof): heirs, boys over flowers, secret garden, masters sun, my girlfriend is a gumiho, gu family book, drinking solo, 100 day my prince, brilliant legacy, missing 9, jugglers, and theres probably a bunch I am forgetting or havent watched. Heck even INAR.

And some of the above are my all time favourites. And some are... not.

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I guess I'm one that just doesn't have that strong of feelings about her yet. It's been one week worth of drama. I honestly dumped Romantic Doctor (I'm hearing same writer), and there are plenty of other things I have issues with about this drama. I'm giving one or two more weeks (got through 4 hours of Rom Dr) and will decide then.

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Only 2 episodes aired. Too early to judge the existence of her character badly. Just my opinion.

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Thrid charm : the cinematography makes me feel old drama vibes. The story quite interesting so far, but i dont drawn too much into it yet.

Player : kim sung cheol totally ruined his image as innocent and naive guy on to. Jenny in my eyes. He is definitely evil and despicable as a villain in this one. Bravo of him as an actor. This show was a fun ride with all action and robinhood-like story. It reminds me of 38 task force, but for now i like 38 task force much more.

Where stars land : A drama from writer who written romantic dr. Kim and with lee je hoon on it? there is no way i would miss this show. And its not disapointing at all. I love the surprised they gave into the story. a bit fantasy (or scifi?) makes lee soo yeon much more attractive as a character. I dont know where this show would bring me, but im sure its a good place. The female lead character is annoying, but i found she is similiar to kang dong joo on romantic dr kim. At first dong joo was annoying, arrogant and wanted fame, but eventually his character evolving beautifully and made kang dong joo a likeable character. So i will just watch what kind of procces she will receive and go through to become a beautiful person. I have high expectation for this one.

100 days my prince : the politics and twists are boring, but the humor and romance paid it all. Prepare your umbrella! We might see some heavy rain next episode (if you know what i mean).

Beauty inside : i watched the movie and i understand what message they want to sent, but somehow i think they failed. So when this one become a drama im quite skeptical. But lee min ki and seo hyun jin in one screen just something i couldnt resist. I gave it a try and i didnt hate what i saw, but not loving it either. I'll try maybe four more episodes to decide.

The smile has left your eyes : moo young character so mysterious. I couldnt decide if he is a good or bad man. Is he calculating everything he does, or he just acts spontan because coincidentally (if it was a coincidence) he met people who he wanted to meet? He definitely had some past with the police officer and his sister. And I dont know if i should feel pity or annoyed to moo young current girlfriend, because i think she is kind, but somehow i feel she is cheap too. This show have some unknown charm that drawn me into the story.

The guest : poor my heart. After that rock fallen from the sky, i just couldnt watch any scenes in that apartment without turning off the sound or pull away my phone screen as far as possible. Im too afraid someone would fall from above or something might hit things or people (remember that crow and windshield? Im still traumatized). I hope our priest eventually will be fine cause from what i saw from the preview, next week we might see some blood and pain from our hero.

Ghost detective : our da il is alive! Tho this week episodes kind of slow, but it maintain some interesting twists that made me keep watching and enjoying it. I hope...

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I hope next week we'll get much more suspense and theories about those ghosts. And new shirt on da il, i love that navy shirt on him, i truly do, but choi daniel is too good to just one shirt.

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I will only accept a new shirt if it's the same shirt but in a different dark color, like maroon or black.

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Actually i prefer short shirt. Some veins and hand muscle will show and give us something else to enjoy while watching 😂. I agree Black and maroon will be good choice.

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SIG is back...a can't wait for the next episode. If i wait till it's over and binge it, i will watch the ending first, so this anticipations better for me

Love...the player, beauty inside me and 100 days prince. I hateeeeee Fox bride. What is wrong with the female character....urgghhhhhhh

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This is my 1st time writing this so here goes;

I started watching The Ghost Detective and I really like it a lot. It moves at a break-neck speed which I wasn't expecting so I'd recommend this to anyone who isn't watching it yet. Maybe its just me but I think this drama is miscast in its channel. It should have been on JTBC and I'm sure it would have done well there so I feel sad for the ratings but its a great drama.

I finally have marathon all 24 episodes of Mr Sunshine thanks to a 16 hour flight with a 2 hour delay. I'm not sure about the overall beanie assessment of it but I really liked it a lot. Perhaps its because I went in with no expectations at all but I loved everything from writing, cinematography and acting. The last episode was so sad and I would have been crying buckets if only I wasn't on a plane with so many other people. I recommend this drama despite its length is better being a marathon because some episodes are very slow with lots of character set up.

I still haven't started Hundred Million Stars from The Sky because I haven't had the time but I fully intend to. This is the drama I've been waiting all year to watch and I'm super looking forward to finally watching it.

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How did you watch 24++ hours in 18 hours? I agree Mr. Sunshine is best marathoned. When marathoned, the slow stuff blends in with the good stuff. But unlike @javabeans, I never not cared about their storylines and was always invested in our main characters even back when I live-watched.

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I'm replying to this super late but I always feel the impulse to reply to a comment. I'm so sorry! I've been away from the drama verse because of personal things. Basically I finished it after reaching my destination but my point was those 18 hours inspired me to finish the whole drama. I prioritized finishing the drama over doing what I actually needed to do. *hides behind hand*

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There are too many dramas ! I never have been so happy to take the train everyday :p

Beauty Inside I liked the 2 first episodes. But when in the movie the fact he changed was serious and made us reflect, in this drama they gave it a comedic side. It's a really different point of view.

Fox Bride Star Not sure about the story, the characters... I will try some other episodes.

Hundred Million Stars From the Sky I loved the ambiance! Seo In Guk is killing it. The story is very intriguing.

My Secret Terrius It's a fun one. But if the kids look cute, I really think there is an issue with their education :p

The Guest I loved it! The trio is the best thing!

The Third Charm For me, the story is going too fast.

The Ghost Detective I like the interactions between Yeol and Da Il :)

100 Days My Prince I'm thinking dropping it. Too many dramas.

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@mary I watch Night Goblin for FT Island's Lee Hongki and it was a nice show. They had very different kind of activities or guest but it was pretty fun. But don't watch it with an empty stomach! They always eat in this kind of show >_<

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I watched it for NUEST's Jonghyun hihi Lee Hongki is the one impressing me. He did in PD48 too and every time he has a guesting elsewhere. He has such great variety chops! I keep thinking it's because he used to be in AN.Jell then I remember it wasn't a real band >___<

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Haha Lee Hongki is funny because, unlike other idols, he has no filter and says everything he's thinking :P
In PD48, the best part was him and Lee Seung Gi teasing each other :D
NUEST's Jonghyun is so clumsy in Night Goblin, he's a body gag by himself :D

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That's one of my fav parts of PD48 too! He's such a pest, teasing Seunggi every time the latter says something host-y or dramatic.

My first Hongki sighting (outside dramas) is a guesting in some talk show with Yonghwa and I was LOLing at the things he was saying. Like "our agency practiced on FT Island" "CNBlue's success is because we were guinea pigs."

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I'm so happy you agree with me about Yeo-wool and Da-il! A lot of people have been saying that their romance is unnecessary (which it kind of is), but it's honestly a really nice break from all the horror. It also keeps the stakes high with the noble idiot tropes they could throw in. I'm watching Ghost Detective mostly just for Daniel Choi, and now to see where their romance can go. The main ghost plot really doesn't interest me much anymore.
Also, the kids in My Secret Terrius need to start studying. I understand they're probably too young, but Asian education is strict and I've been wired to think that kids shouldn't be playing 24/7. But their playing gives more opportunities for fun scenes with Bon, so who's complaining?

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The chemistry between Daniel Choi and Park Eun Bin is great! They share the same story, the both lost someone they loved because of 12 years old girl, they need confort!

For the kids, Ae Rin was surprising that at 9.30 pm her childreen were sleeping... In my country young kids sleep at 7.30-8.00pm... They need sleep to grow up, for their brain, to be able to focus in school etc. I mean her kids made a lot of stupid things :p

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K-Drama 'comedies' have a habit of turning into something else entirely about a third of the way through. If 'Beauty Inside' is a fluffy comedy now I expect it to turn radially different by episode 7(?), because that's what K-dramas do.

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- Completed -

After the Rain: It's a 2 episodes long KBS Drama Special. Kim Kang Woo plays a man whose first love dumped him years ago and went to Seoul the day his father went to the hospital. He still lives in his hometown with his father (played by Shin Goo) and takes care of their naengmyeon restaurant. A woman applied to work there (rookie actress Lee Seol) and these three people will see themselves change as they live and work together. The last few minutes were fast and lacked developpment - like for most drama specials but it doesn't change the fac that it was really good. It was a really warm drama with good humor (Kim Kang Woo as a countryside ahjussi is the best) and nice sad scenes. It was nice to discover Lee Seol and I will keep an eye on her upcoming works.

Unnatural: I enjoyed this drama a lot and want to spend more time with my endearing and lovely forensics pathologists in UDI. It might sound wrong but who cares, I just need a season 2.

- Currently watching -

100 Days My Prince: Moo Yeon getting shot is a red herring, isnt't it ? But it feels like he will sacrifice himself to save Hong Shim (I think he and the Crown Princess were/are in love). Je Yoon is coming to the village and it's time for Won Deuk/Yul to get an ally because Vice Premier is about to take everything.

A-Teen: ep 18. I never expected Kimha to have so much secrets. I understand, she's insecure but it isn't an excuse to copy someone as she did to Doha.

Bad Papa: It's my favorite out of this week's premieres ! I'm here for Jang Hyuk's character as this dad and husband who struggles to bring money and is too prideful to borrow money. I understand his wife and from the short flashback, they previously went through a hard time - not counting when he was a profighter. Btw I'm also glad to see Daniel Lee in a new drama.

Hide and Seek: The two recent episodes were quiet calm - by this makjang's standard. Father is officially the only sane character.

Terius Behing Me: I totally love the neighbors circle. They can be noisy but are there to protect each other. I mean, that bag mission ? Awesome teamwork. KIS >>> NIS

The Beauty Inside: Seo Hun Jin's character was more pleasant than I thought. It's intesresting to know that she chose to become an actress despite her condition.

The Ghost Detective: Lee Da Il coming back alive was something I wanted at the beginning of the show but now that it happened I'm still happy but not sure how the plot will turn out. However, seeing more of Sunwoo Hye was a delight !

The Guest: This week's case with the little girl reflecting what Hwa Pyung went through as a child was a nice way to let Mateo know that there's even more scares under Hwa Pyung's joyful behaviour.

The Smile That Has Left Your Eyes: Park Sung Woong <3 I love the siblings bond ! SIG's character's father could have been his former senior...

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(continue) SIG's character's father could have been his former senior and rookie PSW shot him unintentionnally ? Also, I like seeing the shift in SIG's expressions from friendly to cold.

The Third Charm: ep 3. I knew something would happen to Young Jae's brother ! I guess he broke up with his girlfriend since we haven't seen her yet.

The Player: Some transitions feel disjointed but I will stay for more episodes. I wonder how the three guys completed their mission before meeting their super driver. They spend so much time freaking out, it's a wunder they weren't caught earlier.

I can't wait to watch Room No.9 !

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When they show the shift in SIG's eyes, its creepy. He just better not look at the cat that way.
I love the big brother.

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I'm most scared for the cat at this point !
Big Bro is everything <3

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Everyone cares too much for the cat😂. The viki timed comments cracked me up

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Who is Daniel Lee in Bad Papa?

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I meant David Lee not Daniel XD He's the young man recruiting Jang Hyuk to fight illegally.

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I have totally invested with Bad Papa by epi 2 - I really want to root for the whole family to find their happiness again. And good thing is, sometimes kdrama tend to write son or daughter in their teen as annoying brat, but not here. She isn't exactly a model daughter, but she isn't a total trouble maker either. I hope David Lee has good screentimes too - I look forward to see their bromance. I'm also surprised to see Yoon Do Joon's manager in Radio Romance as Jang Hyuk's rival lol. I never finished that drama but I do remember his face.

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As long as the little family can find happiness at the end, I will gladly embrace this show. The daughter isn't annoying either and it would be great to see her be proud of her dad.

We can't let the bromance with David Lee side ! And no wonder the rival looked familiar :o Manager leveled up in a short time !

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I really like Bad Papa as well, but I can do without the blue pills storyline. The drama is already compelling as it is: His journey back into the ring as a former undefeated boxing champion, his desire to be a good dad and his estranged relationship with his wife. These everyday struggles are good and I'd rather they focus and give us a deep dive into these issues with a dose of humor (like they did in My Ahjussi, My Wife is Having an Affair This Week, etc). I also don't recall seeing another drama about boxing, so I'm intrigued and hope they'll show the emotional struggles of this sport.

I also like his bromance with David Lee.

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I didn't mind the blue pills storyline, but I have some concerns with it going forward. I imagine the drug trial people will eventually find out JH's character has them and it will be a big thing, and I don't want that to overshadow the other really compelling storylines.

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I didn't follow the promos for this drama so when the blue pills were introduced I was quite surprised. I don't mind it as for now like @missh but it will certainly come back later for the angsty phase. Let's wait and see.

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Both of you are a lot more optimistic about the blue pill storyline than I am ☺ I just don’t think it’s needed, and I worry that he’ll use it against Lee Min-Woo in a match or the politics of it will take away from the heart of the story, which is about a man’s journey to overcome his past and become a good father to his daughter and a dependable husband to his wife.

I was very young when I first saw Rocky (years after its release) and even as a little girl, I was like “I get it” and after he ran up the steps in the iconic Gonna Fly Now scene with his arms up in the air, I was like, “Yes, I got it!”. I remember nothing about the film except this scene, and peeps, this is what dreams are made of!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQTTHF3s8BA

And the meta would’ve been awesome if Jang Hyuk re-enacted this scene.

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I totally get what you’re saying and don’t disagree. I do think he’ll end up fighting Min Woo without the pills though. That seems like it would be a big, emotional, redemptive drama moment.

That’s the only scene I remember from Rocky and it still gives me feels when I see it.

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Yes, I imagine he'll be tempted but his pride will ultimately win.

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@newso news,

"Yo, Adrian!"

From your lips to the Drama Gods' ears! Instead of Philadelphia's City Hall stairs, which stairs would Jang Hyuk charge up? The only ones that come to mind for me are those of the courthouse in YOUR HONOR and MISS HAMMURABI.

If I hadn't had to translate Der Spiegel's review of the film for German class, I would never have watched the movie. But I was so intrigued by what the German reviewer had to say about the American Dream that I think I watched it twice. I'm not into boxing, but ROCKY is epic, with terrific performances by then-unknowns, aside from the great Burgess Meredith (alias The Penguin in BATMAN), who played his manager. I'm from New Jersey, and the flavor of Philly was spot on.

IIRC, the story behind the making of the movie is downright ROCKYesque.

Iconic scenes: Rocky tenderizing sides of beef. Rocky chugging breakfast. The Thanksgiving Turkey Incident.

Historical note: The economic stagflation of the the '70s had many people on the ropes back then, especially in inner cities. The hopelessness of folks like Rocky, Adrian, and her meat-cutter brother was spot on.

Re: more boxing shows

Jang-hyuk's mask in his first MMA match reminded me of the movie THE FOUL KING, which was filmed in the same converted-Quonset hut warehouse that stars in BAD PAPA and ARE YOU HUMAN.

Shin Min-ah played a female boxer in PUNCH (2003) with Joo Jin-mo. I liked it.

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Writernim, please give us this epic scene! It'll be a great loss if we don't see JH perform alternating one-handed push-ups, running up the steps of (insert) to the glorious Gonna Fly Now soundtrack.

What did the German reviewer say about the American Dream? Now I feel like I should watch Rocky again.

There's something so inspiring and moving about an ordinary person achieving extraordinary results with sheer will and determination. I will never tire of the underdog protagonist.

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@newso news,

Re: Spiegel review of ROCKY

You know, I don't recall exactly what the reviewer said (Alas, it was published 42 years ago!), but it may have been along the lines of American self-reliance and pulling oneself up by one's own bootstraps. Possibly something about underdogs, too.

When it comes to playing underdogs, Jang Hyuk is one of my all-time faves.

Here's the next-best thing I could dig up: a contemporary review:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rocky-original-1976-movie-review-843549

Oh, and mea culpa: Those are the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, not City Hall. ;-)

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You named my two favorite dramas EVER.

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Wait-- Kim Kang-woo has a drama special as another nice mountain ajusshi? :O cc @rukia @egads

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What? Why didn't the mountain ajusshi alarm signal send a vest silhouette into the sky? Where was the alert on my phone showing a scruffy ajusshi? Seriously, Kim Kang-woo should have personally let me know this was happening. Thanks for the tag @mary.

*scraps plans for the day and searches dark web for subbed mountain ajusshi drama special*

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@mary!! Thank you!
I am truly in a drama slump. This might just be what I need...!
*whispers* @egads, please, please let me know what you find... all secret like...

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@rukia I found it on both that drama site that's cool, and the drama site that's nice. Drama cool finds my adblocker offensive, so I usually have better luck on drama nice.

I dropped my plans, and then something else popped up, so now KKW has to wait. boo.

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Something to look forward to then...
Thanks, @egads!

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@rukia @egads you can watch it on KBS World TV youtube channel. For this drama special Kim Kang Woo became a naengmyon restaurant ahjussi ^^

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Thank you, @mango! I've never tried the KBS World TV YouTube channel!! I hope to find some of the other drama specials there as well...
*silly grin *

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They usualy upload their drama specials so you have a high chance to find what want :)

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KBS World TV is where I found an encore upload of the thoroughly gripping MAWANG / THE DEVIL / THE LUCIFER (2007). It had very good subtitles, which must have been new.

I agree with @mango, KBS uploads their drama specials. I've watched many a good one there.

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Thanks! I always forget about Youtube.

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A mountain ajusshi who cooks?! Is this a dream..?

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So completely with the overlords on The Beauty Inside & Fox Star Bride that I don't need to say anything else on these two. Just wanted to add that I've learnt a little bit about face blindness thanks to the show.

The Guest. @waadmay likes to say it's the best, but it's giving me nightmares. Should I not watch? O_O Additionally the female lead here is my absolute favorite character. Sarangheyo Gil Young-ah!

100 Million Star. I'm not sure what I think of this show. It's so dark, not really my style but so addictive.

Dancing High. Best thing on my screen × 200.

Bon Voyage. Strictly for fans and it's <3. My heart. ❤️❤️❤️

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Father Choi is glowing in Ep 8, but like you, Gil-young is my favorite character. She is badass and I love her! ^^

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Yes! I really like how his face seems a little fuller? In this show. 😅 He's so handsome it's unfair on the men of this world.

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@hades in response to your question re my thoughts on Chae Soo Bin's character, may I direct you to @laica's comment above. That's basically what I wanted to say but didn't manage to say as eloquently.

It's why I think she's actually a candy in waiting, in disguise. Obviously there's much character development waiting to happen, but if she's already the damsel in distress on top of all the other things we saw, then I'm sensing a downhill slope. (Hope I'm wrong!)

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I agree with you both, although, technically, I really would love an education in "candy" because I think the term can be very broad given the examples of it that I've seen. Some classify Eun-chan from Coffee Prince as candy for example.

But yeah, I dislike her. Not just for having a horrible attitude but being a really bad employee who puts others in danger--on more than one occasion.

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Doesn't her characterization also seem inconsistent? I mean, she went to such great lengths to get this job--three years?--and then she blows everybody off and risks getting (justifiably) fired pretty much constantly. Weird.

When she and bionic man meet, she's so apologetic and sweet--and then she turns into a grasping, defensive, offensive, selfish jerk. It just doesn't seem consistent...unless this is her way of standing up for herself?

Is it the writing, the direction, the acting? Whatever. It's not good.

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Well said. *agrees*

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But this is an Lee Je-hoon drama though. It must be good! It must turn around for the best!

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tvN Asia's subtitles will be released tomorrow. VIU will release subtitles for episode 1 & 2 on Monday, the following episodes every Monday.

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Thank you for sharing the news, it's nice to see that starting from ep2 the subs will come out faster ^^

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Beauty Inside: I like that it looks like they are figuring out the situation right away instead of secrets for 8 episodes. The lead guy does seem to have a character a bit too much like his last role.

My Secret Terrius: One of my favorites as the tone is really working. Not what I expected but in a good way.

Fox Star Bride: I'm in it for another week because it hasn't quite gelled yet but am curious enough to continue. I'm one that didn't enjoy Romantic Doctor (dropped around episode 4) so we'll see. Very good use of flashbacks though; enough to provide info without boring me.

The Third Charm: I'm actually ready to get them back to modern day though I know I have to get the set up and what went wrong.

Devlish Joy: I'm in it for the leads. Chaebol politics still boring and should have focused more on the whodunit aspect re: the day they met and what went wrong. I will say I appreciate staying away from a love triangle.

Ghost Detective: I'm watching as episodes are unlocked. Like it but not quite as much as I thought I would but I'm still on episode 4.

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Oh and the 100 Day Prince drama....still solid and looking forward to the romance heating up.

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Romantic Doctor was trash and i regret wasting 20 hours on it.
That car accident flashback was not needed to be repeated 3-4 times. Overall, I am curious like you and gonna continue for another week.

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Ha, if they repeat one, I do skip the scene. I always assume they are doing filler when they do this. Good to know about Rom Dr. I will continue to have no regrets.

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The brain damage subplot in 'Devilish Joy' turned me off it like a switch was flipped. The moment the truck hit him I changed stations. Which makes it odd that the somewhat similar brain damage subplot in 'Beauty Inside' (another pedestrian hit) hasn't turned my off

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What a week of drama speed dating!
I think I got my life all sorted out:
The Third Charm: Total boyfriend material
A Hundred Million Stars: My bad boy
Beauty Inside: My chaebol
100 Days My Prince: My puppy
I do want to keep seeing Fox Bride Star but his annoying friend keeps tagging along.

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After weeks of strict sugar diet, I am so happy that now I seem to be able to stomach more variety. I am mesmerized by A Hundred Million Stars……it is murky, melancholy, and unsettling. I am intrigued by all the three leads, but also a little scared about where the story is headed not having seen the Japanese original.

Loving both Seo Kang-joon and Esom in The Third Charm and I am already completely invested in these 2 characters! The families are weird and wonderful and I am equally delighted by the surprisingly fast progression of the story and nervous how the show would keep up the pacing for the next 13 episodes.

Bringing in the hero’s face blindness is an absolutely inspired move for the drama adaptation of Beauty Inside. I find the set up makes the dynamics between the leads really interesting and it allows the show to explore different sets of issues than the movie. I cannot wait to learn more about Lee Min-ki’s character and as always, hoping that this will finally be the drama in which I can finally fully embrace the character Seo Hyun-Jin plays.

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These three, for now, are on my must watch after the first eps. Along with Terius Behind me, love the shorter eps mixed with all these hour long shows. I do want to try the Player but afraid of adding one more if I like it.

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😆Ultimate drama addict's dilemma @bcampbell1662! As much as I want to embrace the high, I am scared to sink in even deeper.

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100 Million Stars might be the creepiest drama since The Village: Achiara's Secret.

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Why is SIG's creepiness so incredibly charismatic and sexy? With every one of his chosen project I am continually amazed with the seemingly limitless range of his acting.

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Wow! Isn't that the truth! Seo In Guk amazes me. Few, if any, other actors I can think of are able to transform so completely as what SIG does. It's like there is no resemblance to the actor at all. He may look similar to himself, but he doesn't sound like himself or move or stand like himself or use the same body language. He completely transforms into the character he is playing. What an art!

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Should I let a priest (especially sexy ones) exorcise all the fluffy cotton candy survival calories I have stored in my body? But I need them to traverse in the world, @jenmole 😭

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@kimbapnoona,

I, too, am enjoying the face blindness twist in THE BEAUTY INSIDE. But it is totally subverted. Brilliant! I can think of possible mechanisms, and have been discussing them in the recap comments.

Also, there are timing issues in that Se-kye's transformations are unpredictable as to onset and duration. They seem to occur rapidly once she gets the first twinge. Unlike in the movie, the mesomorph doesn't wake up and find that she changed while she was asleep, à la Gregor Samsa in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. She transforms while she's awake, which must be very disorienting indeed. And other people can see it happen right before their eyes.

I wasn't originally planning to watch THE THIRD CHARM, but I did, and I'm glad. I have to admit that I was put off by the hairdresser's not telling the electrocuted poodle why she was dumping him, and even more peeved with the way she let him in on the secret seven years later in a roundabout, and to my mind cowardly, way. In some respects, I feel like I'm watching another take on Esom's brusque, I'm-proud-and-don't-want-your-pity character from BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST. But when I noted how Detective Joon-young responded to the revelation by Soo-jae oppa, I was inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt. Lee Sang-yi and Park Gyu-young have me in stitches as buddy Sang-hyun and kid sis Ri-won, who seems to specialize in dispensing DIY shock treatment to toughen up oppa. Good riddance to the Perm From Hell.

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Love what you said about The Beauty Inside, @pakalanapikake!

I really adore Esom's relationship with Oppa. The kid sister might be my favorite character in 2018! Their sibling relationship feels really true to me....behind all that teasing we can see genuine affection and care for one another.

Would you please elaborate more on:

But when I noted how Detective Joon-young responded to the revelation by Soo-jae oppa, I was inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt.

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@kimbapnoona,

My reply to your query is in moderation, perhaps because I labeled it with a warning -- but formatted it so that the reader is forced to scroll down to see my answer. If it gets zapped here, I'll try to remember to post it in the appropriate THIRD CHARM recap comments, okay?

Please poke me with a pointy stick to remind me, if I don't follow up. It's a good question, and I have a good answer for you. This just might not be the right time or place -- yet. ;-)

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@mary,

Please zap my response to @kimbapnoona that is currently in moderation. I'll put it over in the THIRD CHARM ep. 3 recap where it belongs. Many thanks, and sorry for making more work for you, IT Goddess. ;-)

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@kimbapnoona,

As promised, here's my reply. Although I have to admit I'm having second thoughts, as expressed in my post #16 in the Ep. 3 recap.

Cheers! ;-)

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Fox Bride Star - yeah, i plan to watch 2 more episodes before i decide to continue or drop. I wanted o see more realistic airport issues (not this cinematic stuff like schizo patient, anger management issues customer, smuggling etc)

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Hear hear! I absolutely detest that the show decides to use mental illness to create drama (with very unrealistic portrayal of schizophrenia) especially when there is already so much stigma in Asian societies.

With so many shows on air, I think I will only pick Fox Bride Star back up if Beanies reviews are positive.

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I watched
100 days my prince
My secret terrius
Beauty inside
Devilish joy

This week, 100 days my prince wins the battle, with truck loads of revelation.
SPOILER ALERT
especially with:
1.the crown prince slowly finding out what kind of person he was (i squee like nobody's business when he took that bow and arrow),
2.the fear that hong shim has (for now, she only thought that he is some kind of noble blood. Wait until she finds out that he is actually the crown prince! She would...faint?)
3. with the brother in the picture (well hello there, DAD). Would it be nicer if he just took that evil crown princess and flee somewhere?
4. the detective finally sent to that village. I wonder what will happen next! Btw the detective seem to be the only smart guy in the palace, apart from the evil vice minister.

Terrius
I love it. I only hope the bag company is a bit more polished. I mean, it only has...2 people working there, does that even make sense???

Devilish joy
I havent finished watching devilish joy, so i cant comment on that. But...i do hope that they give kibeum better outfit.

Beauty inside
I dont mind the uber long preview. Haha. But i wish to see more of se gye bluntness. I think in this sense, she is so much like lee min ki's character, which makes them great pair.

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1. Mr Sunshine - one of the best one that I’d watch in a long, long time.

2. Stranger Things - watched both season 1 and 2 in 1 week. This is so good!! Love all the child actors. I literally have to force myself to push the pause button or else I won’t be getting anything else done in my life.

3. The Beauty Inside - God bless Lee Minki and his cheekbones. I’m staying with this.

4. Gibo to musume no blues - done watching. I’m back to my first love, Japanese drama. It’s so beautifully done.

5. The guest - i’m up till ep6 now. Love the fact that now the 3 of them knew of their past and their fate and will now bond together to fight the big evil.

6. The Ghost Detective - I love Lee Da Il and his intelligence. The team outwit the evil ghost every time. Yeayy!

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have you watched the special episode of Gibo to Musume too?
This 1st love is the real love. Nutritious and delicious.

I'm waiting for Erika Toda vs. Yui Aragaki vs. Arimura Kasumi
The shows that gonna start in next few weeks.

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@catocat I haven’t. But now that I know of it, I’m gonna look for it. I wish Mugita and the mother can get together. He’s so earnest and kind, my heart hurts when he was turned down..
Thanks for the info! 😄

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So many dramas, so little time.

Ghost Detective: It has my complete attention. Loving everything about this show. I did find some logic issues in the last 2 episodes, but I trust the writers to clarify it for me.

100 days prince : Background watching. Not fully invested. But its timepass.

Fox star bride/where stars land: Started it for the airport premise, but they made a joke out of it. Am hoping the plot picks up in the next 2 episodes. Not judging it yet.

Terius : Any series that promises action, am IN.

I want to start 100 mil, but am waiting for Room No 9 and Matrimonial Chaos. I need to ration my time.

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I watched 'i'm sorry, i love you' or also known as MiSa. An old so ji sub and jung kyung ho drama. I think i watched a bit a long time ago but did not continue because it did not really appeal to me. This time around i watched more of the episodes mainly because i really like JKH after LoM hahahaha.

Anyways, the drama is not really my cup of tea. I did not find any of the characters likable including JKH's. But i like JKH's acting as per usual, he acts sick very well 🤣.

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100 days and Third Charm are ruining my life, they are SO cute and also strangely compelling. The latter I think is a lot more clumsy but gosh, the acting. Everyone is just so good!

SKJ has completely transformed into another character and I know that for him it's been almost a year since AYHT but it's still so /good/ to see how different Joon-young is from Shinnamon. Both characters have this sort of... air of cute, innocent naiveté about them. But JY is very human in his failures and missteps, he's lost and emotional and expresses it freely. Shinnamon wasn't frugal with his smiles or puppy eyes, but there was always something calculating and deliberate about them. I dunno. It just really drives home how talented and passionate about acting he is. I love him.

Fox Bride sneaked into my heart and it's here to stay despite his pretty boring plot so far. The leads are phenomenal. If anyone could sell Yeo-reum, its Soo-bin. I'm looking forward to her growth. She's very self-righteous but her heart is in the right place. She's refreshingly flawed and there's something honest and humane about her. I know people like her. I am like her. I love her. Also, the chemistry is off the charts.

Terius makes me laugh but that's about it. It's cute. Wish the main lead was just a single mother to begin with. I know she's keeping it together for the sake of her family but she strikes me as cold and heartless even when I know she isn't. The plot just requires levity.

BTIOFL and INAR reruns at the same time is a dream come true! Can't wait to see LMK on my screen again. I wonder what his next project is going to be.

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@mary was it you who edited my comment? thank you so much, I wanted to die!!! unclosed html tags are punishments for my sins.

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They're not that bad. Thanks for waiting for have it fixed :)

(Also what's with the grandma-love...?)

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haha SKJ without braces and glasses looks like his grandma :D thanks again!

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100 days my prince - Yul is more than making up for whatever shortcomings this drama has. I can just watch his character being happy and in love the entire time. But also ,it's time for the story to move forward, Which hopefully is going to start from next week.
Ghost Detective - I want to strangle sunwoo hye through my laptop screen but at the same time, I'm terrified of her. I like the supporting cast more than the 2 leads, since they're only advising each other to stay safe while falling in danger themselves all the time. I want det. Park to be happy.
The guest - I have nothing to say. The show is that good.
100 million stars - I didn't understand the point of the japanese drama. So I'm not sure about this one either. On the other hand- SIG!
Player - Let's hope that the start showing their entire process of planning a con properly without just showing the execution. Also love that krystal is the one coming to their rescue all the time.
Bon voyage - I just live for Yoongi and Jin's interactions.
Haven't watched this week's episodes of terius yet.
Will check out room no.9.

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My drama plate is overflowing with hot ahjussis, cheekbones and dimples!

The Guest- The scariest drama on my plate but it’s my favorite atm.
Terius Behind Me- So Ji-sub and the twins!
Fox Bride- Han Yu-reom really annoyed me but there’s room for growth, and people like her do exist in real life.
Hide & Seek- Crazy show! I want to drop it but I also want to see psycho and ungrateful grandma get her comeuppance.

Age of Legends- Cdrama. It’s getting boring but I really like the leads. Will continue watching for them.
The Mystic Nine- I love this adventure drama!
Fights Break Sphere- Few eps behind but I’m still enjoying this one.
Ruyi’s Love- Not sure why I’m still watching this veeeeeery long drama but it’s gorgeous and I still love the Emperor even if he’s still as boring as when the drama started.

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Have you checked out The Rise of the Phoenixes, @giegie0384?
I am curious about it since the production looks so gorgeous but I keep reading conflicting reviews about the drama.

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If you start The Rise of the Phoenixes, let me know. I tried but the initial episodes were slow and confusing. It could be due to my poor command of the language. I know that it's harder to understand period dramas because they use more flowery language for the lack of a better word. However, this one is quite extreme.

It looks absolutely gorgeous though!

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I am a bit of a scaredy cat right now thinking about committing to a 70-episode drama 😱😱😱especially with so many new shows airing. This might be a good show to group watch so we can chat away when the story is slow. I think both @jenmole and @dokutokunaneko have expressed interests in watching this together a while back.😆

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I have not started this for the same reason, too many new shows airing. A group watch might work to just check out the 1st few episodes. Let me know if this happens!

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I did start watching! I started because of Chen Kun but stopped because of him 😂😂 his character is overwritten a d he overacts, sigh. Nini didnt catch my eyes either. I liked Yanxi but no eng sub past ep 2 yet 😭😭

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started rise of pheonixes watched it till ep 30 then started ff. and sort of watched other episodes after but dropped
positives- strong female character! one of my faves. smart, daring. like ruoxi in bi bi (forget the rest of the title). even though he does help her. but she helps him as well.
- beautiful costumes, set etc..
cons - as with all cdramas. so damn long.
- the politicking,revenge did hold my interest in the beginning but now.... perhaps not tightly written. i was expecting it to be like NIF
- so much time is spent on getting rid of other princes by the main lead prince, that the romance story is pushed aside. now in bu bu jing xin, the road to the throne plot was riveting. but here it's meh...so i'm stalled...

lead actor - good looking. love his interaction with his trusted aide. i don't fast foward these scenes. love his interaction with the main actress.. however, sometime it seems he is over acting. almost to parody. anyone else feel this way?

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Quality of writing and pacing are very important. C dramas have so many episodes but they often do not know what to do with them. I am sure many C dramas would benefit from a cut to 16 or 24 episodes.
Not every writer can do a Nirvana in Fire where the plot is tight and viewers get hooked from almost start to finish.
I don't mind if there's less romance as long as the story is good. Here, I think the two leads are wasted. For all Chen Kun's faults, I think he has chemistry with Ni Ni.

I really like Chen Kun in his previous works. He has such a commanding presence. In this show, he's kind of weird. I think he overacted in the earlier episodes because he had to put on an act of a frivolous prince whose only talent is in sewing. He was alright when he was serious.

I didn't continue. So if you say he overacts all the way then that's certainly uncomfortable.

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I did and got disappointed! A shame because I was really looking forward to the drama but I couldn’t even finish ep 1. Imperial court scenes should never be used as opening scenes because they’re boring and drama will be doomed. And Chen Kun?’s fake crying scene is so cringy I hit the stop button in the middle of his crying scene lol. I didn’t even get to the part where Nini’s character is introduced.

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Strangely I don't remember that fake crying. Was his character fake crying or was Chen Kun's crying fake?

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That was a real cry then? I thought he was faking it.

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@giegie0384 I meant I have zero recollection of the scene. Maybe I fell asleep, LOL!

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@outofthisworld I am not sure as well and I don’t trust my memory :D But scene is cringy regardless.

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So the Emperor is boring huh? I'm not watching Ruyi because I've just finished The Story of Yanxi Palace. Qianlong is more interesting in the latter.

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He is! I watched first 5 eps of YanXi palace and the Emperor in Ruyi is nothing in comparison to YanXi’s Emperor. I fell in love with YanXi’s Emperor in ep 1, he is funny & charismatic while Ruyi’s Emperor is spineless, no charisma at all and can be easily manipulated by his concubines and libido. :D

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Manipulated by his libido? Hahaha! Gosh, I can imagine how infuriating that would be! I already wanted to smack the Emperor at times in Yanxi Palace.

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My post above is a bit exagerrated lol because he’s not really spineless but he lets the people around him affect his decisions when it comes to Ruyi. But he’s really boring! And yes, there are times when he thinks with his lower head instead of his upper one haha! Even Wallace Huo’s real life wife wanted to drop the drama because of his infuriating character. LOL

Is SLS strong in YanXi?

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SLS in Yanxi? Not at all, at least for me. I like the show but not the female lead nor the character much. The young actor was good looking but his character boring to say the least. The actor was also quite green.

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I stopped Fights Break Spheres at episode 15. I was getting tired of Poison girl.

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Hi Jen!
I’m currently at ep 28 and Poison Girl is no longer in the picture. She got on my nerves too but I enjoyed her hilarious interactions with her father.

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Sounds convincing! I'll watch with the FF at the ready!

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I'm only watching Fox Bride Star at the moment and I'm really liking it.

My read of the main girl is that she's got a huge inferiority complex and whenever she feels that she's being put down (either by an annoying client or by an annoying colleague who's worked for less time than she has, or the security team who she thinks are looking down on her) she kicks out against them.

Also, because she feels inferior, she does stupid stuff to get noticed in the eyes of her superiors, like opening up plastic bags in the trash. You could see that she was hesitating a number of times before opening that bag but finally did it because of what she thought she was going to get out of it: recognition in spite of her education/upbringing/bad rep and she feels it's a risk worth taking (it's not)

Of course she's going to learn that people look down on her not because of her education and background but because she does stupid stuff and isn't doing her job well, and this is going to have to change.

On the other hand, our male lead, is a super-human and does his best not to get recognised for all the amazing stuff he does, like rescuing a kid or his coworker. He thinks that getting recognition will mean that his special powers will be discovered. I'm guessing that he's going to learn that it's okay to be known for doing a job well.

So I actually enjoy seeing these two flawed characters on the screen, and I think they're going to have a fun road ahead of them. I'm here for the ride.

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Bad Papa: I really liked this. The role fits Jang Hyuk like a (boxing) glove and it has an interesting mix of family, action, humor, mystery, and fantasy.

My Secret Terrius: There was enough charm to keep me watching last week; I thought this week’s episodes were much more cohesive and thus enjoyable.

100 Million: I can’t say I liked it since it’s so unsettling, but it certainly has me intrigued.

Fox Bride Star: I’m meh about a lot of dramas, but it’s relatively rare for me to actively dislike one. I actively disli