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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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Matrimonial Chaos: I caught up on the episodes I missed, and boy, has this show grown on me. I actually find myself laughing out loud at the mature, deadpan banter between our four adults and at the absurd situations they find themselves in. It’s slice of life, but in a refreshing and humorous way. The Halloween bent to the most recent episode was a nice touch and got me in the mood for the upcoming holiday.

Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: I know I shouldn’t want Jin-kang to get together with a sociopath, but hot damn, that kiss was electric.

 

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My ID Is Gangnam Beauty: This show is perfect and I wish I was a better writer so I can explain why. I just know it feels good to watch a show where they tackle the problems we face every day without exaggerating or downplaying them. Even if watching it doesn’t change anything in the real world, there’s this comforting feeling that someone out there took the time to make this thoughtful show to acknowledge what we’re going through and how hard life can be for us.

My Secret Terrius: Started this on a whim and loved the first hour. The super serious spy interpreting his neighbor’s domestic habits as assassination plots gets me every time. Plus So Ji-sub has the perfect deadpan face for everything that’s happening around him. More suffering for the ajusshi, please.

The Guest: Just kill Hwa-pyung if you’re going to hurt him this much, Writer-nim.

 
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I've noted down the name of the writer of THE GHOST DETECTIVE, Han Ji-wan, so that I can NEVER WATCH ANYTHING WRITTEN BY THEM AGAIN. That is all.

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I stopped watching about four episodes in. Has it gone THAT FAR downhill??

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I’m finishing it just for Choi Daniel and Park Eun Bin. Waste of such great talent

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I would call this drama my guilty pleasure, but there was too little pleasure, so I'll call it just "guilty".
I completely subscribe to the"waste of talent"comment. Waste of talent at all levels. Even such a great cast could not save this. It's a pity, especially that it had also a fantastic premise.

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LOL, I dropped that drama somewhere in the middle. I think I'll have to add the writer to my blacklist too.

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Agreed, the premise was OK but the written execution was awful. The writer gave up on any explanation of the ghost rules which was the key plot point for the series. Instead, the viewers were trapped in a quicksand of inconsistent continuity errors.

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Even knowing it's the same writer behind Wanted, I was still tempted to watch Ghost Detective because of the casts. I'm just glad I've dropped it 2 weeks ago. It seems like the plot has gone even more downhill after I stopped watching.

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I can't help thinking this would have been a way better drama if Daniel Choi had been a detection VE who could see ghosts and they went about solving ghost mysteries. Because you can't screw that premise up the way they've managed to screw this plot up.

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I too dropped the show 2 weeks ago.

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Okay, thanks for this. I have this on hold at episode 5 so I think I will walk away now. Love the actors so this is a bummer.

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haha is it really that bad?

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The show is actually kind of boring, despite all the supernatural stuff going on. Once I start watching it, I'm entertained enough while I Facebook and play phone games but once I stop I don't feel any pull to resume watching it. That should tell you how bad it is.

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This is why I love reading Beanies comments on What We're Watching. There was such a hype for this show that it was on my watchlist. I guess I will avoid it now. Thank you for letting us know!

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I walked away about the second episode because I got bored. It wasn't just me? You people must have a higher threshold for boredom.

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I didn't think it was boring at first, but it went downhill after about episode 5 or 6 when the writer kept throwing new twists and changing the status quo. It's just dull.

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Oh noooo. )':
I was excited to watch. How could you mess that plot up? it practically writes itself.

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So it has not improved. I won't entirely blame the writing because there is a team behind every drama. There are those who decide how to execute the script, who ask for changes to the script, who give direction on how to edit the scenes, ... It's unfortunate for all concerned. 😔

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- Completed -

A-Teen: Even with frustrating characters and problems skipped over, I enjoyed it. I think the last episodes shouldn't have existed or been better handled.

Chihayafuru: Part 3: I'm sad to know that was the last part in movies and satisfied with the ending. The acting and the cinematography really left a good impression on me. I'm going to read the manga when I have time.

Just One Bite: It's written season 1 on youtube so I hope the second season will come out !

Gintama 2: I didn't actually watch the movie but the three episodes "TV show". I laughed at the Dragon Ball parody because of the costumes XD God that was like bad cosplay but since it's a comedy it's not a problem.

Kids on the Slope: I loved that the movie was about jazz and friendship. I would have been happier without the complicated one-sided loves but well, we can't have evrything. The last part was rushed and the main girl was more used as a plot device to get to the finale scene BUT I still liked it. Both male leads performances were great and the OST is so good !

- Currently watching -

100 Days My Prince: My biggest worry is how the plot will wrap up ?

Bad Papa: There was only episode this week. Finally, Sung Joo found out Min Woo was behind her book's publishing and sales. It's a big insult to her work and her reaction was satisfying. Daughter stays awesome !

Dae Jang Geum is Watching: Never in my life have I thought that I would listen to Shin Dong Wook's rap. Rap with food, yes !

Hide and Seek: I was grinning when Psycho Grandma discovered that Yeong Joo IS Soo Ah. I feel kind of bad for Yeong Joo's mom (even if keeping her away from her family is a crime), she still took care of her as if she were one of daughter.

Miss Ma, Nemesis: I suspected the ex-husband to behind the daughter's kidnapping. Ms Ma threatened him of telling the police about his embezzlement if she can't have custody.

Manpuku: I feel like Kajitani, Tachibana's partner who went on the run, will come out later in the series. For now, he and Fukuko are finally married !

Matrimonial Chaos: Ma Roo ! I love her scene with her ex-boyfriend ! The divorce party with all women dancing looked like ghosts dancing in the rain. Doesn't sound flattering but who cares they were having so much ! I love Yoo

Player: It's been a while since I saw anything with Wang Ji Hye. I may enjoy the guest appearances more than the storyline with Harry.

Room No.9: Okaaay. Chairman Ma's death doesn't shock me. This guy was a pervert and Hae Yi is really wicked ! Hwa Sa (in HY's body) seems to be always surrounded by death.

Terius Behind Me: Can the main couple have a nose kiss already ? It's my first time wanting to see one that bad. What did you do to me, show !

The Beauty Inside: I like Do Jae's step-sister more and more. Eun Ho moved...

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(continue) Eun Ho moved out but it looked like they broke up, why did they do this to me ? Aaand I love Se Gye and Do Jae having while dating (that sexy jacket throw tho).

The Ghost Detective: I'm watching it for the sake of watching but it doesn't faze me anymore. Also, do Kim Won Ae's emotional scenes includ PPL ? I couldn't help laughing at Mamamoo's Egoistic in his scene.

The Guest: Yuk Gwang hyung will be remembered... damn you Park Il Do. And Park Hong Joo. And Father Yang.

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes: Seung Ah was the one who was pitiful at the end. But she still must have believed that her death was romantic, spending her last moment with her first love.

The Third Charm: I haven't about talked Young Jae's friend yet. She's a quite good listener, caring and desperate for love. Her scences are for comedy purposes but I hope she will find happiness (with Young Jae's brother if possible).

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Do you have a time machine? 😀 How are you even able to watch aaaallll these shows? That’s 15 currently airing shows! 😱😱😨

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When you find time during the day or watch episodes at night, it's actually quite easy :D

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For currently airing jdramas you can try legal v and especially chugaksei Nikki. Loving them so far

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I'm going to watch them during the holidays thanks :D

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I'm not a fan of LEGAL at all.
CHUGAKUSEI NIKKI - 8.5 . Yes It deserves 8.5.
I'm not known for giving 8+ score to very few shows. @mango pick it up.
Also, 1st episode of Prince of Legend is translated and that funny kiss scene whose GIF i posted on my profile had more than 600 views.
Making my post below about movies again.

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Wow if you rated a show that high it must be really good :o

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Your comment about seung ah just so on point. Im not sure if i should pity her or grateful for her naiveness.

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I've been so excited for Kids On The Slope, the anime is one of my favourites, so I'm glad to hear it's good!

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I was searching for the movie ost on youtube and saw there was an anime. It's really good !

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Yeah, it's based on a manga! The anime is really good! XD

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That is a very impressive list!

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Hide and Seek hard to find anyone to really like in this show, but plenty of people to hate - evil grandma, crazy obsessed mother, evil chairman and son, Su Ah, and others.

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You just need to find the least unlikable character x)

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@mango,

Shin Dong-wook's food (w)rap was daebak in DAE JANG-GEUM IS WATCHING.

I was puzzled by only one episode of BAD PAPA this week. Thanks for mentioning it. The story behind the tattoo was sad, but maybe the poor guy's family will at least be able to give him a funeral if someone puts two and two together. Daughter's fall has me thinking muscle weakness from the "supplements" she seems to have swiped from Papa.

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Shin Dong Wook was having a blast XD

You're not the only one, I had to check if there was only episode out for Bad Papa. The story behind the tatoo was touching. Poor man. Daughter's fall made me think the same as you. Let's hope she won't be in a state as bad as the tatooed man.

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@mango,

Did you happen to catch SDW on KING OF MASK SINGER #111? He was the vacuum cleaner. What a beautiful singing voice.

[King of masked singer] 복면가왕 - vacuum cleaner Identity 20170514
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsE57L7fcUo

It didn't occur to me that there was a preemption or something. I couldn't figure out why there wasn't even a raw ep. 8 available this past week. Whew! Hopefully Show will be back in the groove this coming week.

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So many! 😱 I only watch 1 on-going drama this week. And now, seeking to expand my list from here 😅😅
Btw, where did you watch Chihayafuru Part 3? I missed it when they aired it in cinema 😢 may you tell me which part did they end the movie? I watched the anime and read the manga so I don't mind the spoilers. I was a bit bummed about the end of part 2 since I expected a longer arc. 😓

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I'm so sorry for the late reply. I missed the notification !

You can watch it on illegal sites. Sadly, it's hard to find Jmovies and Jdramas on legal streaming sites. The characters are in their third year and new members join the club. The movies ends with Chihaya's answer to Arata's confession. And there's a two second mention of the 66th Queen (Chihaya's face appears).

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It's okay and thank you. Is the subs good? I can't wait to watch it.

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I think the kiss scene was shoot this way to show Jin Kang's reaction. I can't piture Moo Young as a sincere man even in this moment and the camera might have wanted to keep his mystery aura. He was leading after all.

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As Beanies who visit Fan wall frequently know I can’t stop talking about Hundred Million Stars From The Sky because the drama is blowing my mind away. I’ve been watching k-dramas over a decade and just like My Ahjussi 100MSFTS feels completely different than any k-drama I’ve watched (both dramas are from the same production company).

But unlike My Ahjussi that was a deep humane drama with a happy ending 100MSFTS feels like a true tragedy. The tension present in every scene is unsettling, an uneasy feeling like something bad is about to happen. Everything about this drama is top notch - from the directing, cinematography to acting and writing. Especially the dialogues between MY and JK are quite amazing.

Can we talk about their first kiss and how the PD decided to choose that unusual angle? Did anybody else find it odd that they chose to obstruct MY’s face during a close up scene of their kiss? Could it be that we as audience were supposed to only know how JK felt during that moment?

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We already know how Moo Young feels because he told her that he loves her. But for Ji kang it's more difficult. She has feelings for him but she never said it aloud.

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I thought at this point he said he likes her because it's interesting and fun to be with her? I think he hasn't felt this drawn to someone before, but I don't recall him saying love yet? Did I miss it?

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I don't think he is even capable of feeling that

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I think he is but he doesn't know how.
He went to the burial of the nun, she had to mean something to him and it's a form of love.

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He didn't make a confession but she asked him if he ever liked someone and he answered "yes, you". Now the issue with him, it's to know if he's sincere or not. But he clearly showed that his feelings for her were very different from the curiosity he could have for Seung Ah.

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yes, my understanding also the same. he does like her, but not love.

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That kiss...in any other show we'd be talking about it, but what happened next just obscured that kiss...so many firsts for this drama. It's just brilliant. Yes, I think we get to see Jin kang's reaction, not his. I think it was deliberate, not a bad camera shot.

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@cherryinbloom I am picking up what you are putting down! I had My Ahjussi feels too! They are very different stories but their stark tone and uniqueness set them apart from other dramas. Their stories are extremely compelling, and the episodes stay with you so that you can pick them apart and imagine where the story will go next. I think for both of these I rewatched episodes or scenes before the next week's eps come out, which I almost never do. Love both of these!

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i will accompany you along hundred millions stars from the sky journey. lol. this show, even when i have finished watched jdrama, out of curiosity which is the foolish thing to do ever, i still crave for another episode of this. now i rewind every episode just to relive every scenes. damn you show.

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Looking at the heroes of the shows I am watching:
100 Days My Prince: haughty prince who keeps telling his wife to obey…CUTE
The Beauty Inside: face blindness chaebol with confusing communication style…HOT
Hundred Million Stars: manipulative and vindictive sociopath….SEXY

I hate myself sometimes.

Would Twelve Nights make me love myself again?

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😂😂😂 the love myself reference made me laugh.

Btw all of you are all praises about Twelve Nights. I really feel like I'm missing out. Must start it asap.

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Hehehe I threw that reference in with you in mind, @greenfields! Gotta keep my own state of mind on trend.

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^-^ yesh! *throws pink fluff at you*

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Twelve Nights is a lovely quiet show that appeals to my arts loving self. Even the supporting characters are being given interesting storylines, and I hope hope hope this one continues to stay strong.

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"lovely quiet show" sounds perfect actually. After The Guest, I need something lovely and quiet so I can sleep peacefully.

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(which I just watched and hence it has come up out of nowhere)

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I love Twelve Nights. The supporting characters are so great that it feels more like an ensemble piece than purely a romance between two characters.

Plus, the girl seems to be making some emotionally mature choices - anybody who understands that doing the same thing again will probably lead to the same outcome, gets a whole heap of brownie points from me.

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I love the how natural everything feels in this drama. The father and son relationship is interesting (stop yelling at the poor boy!) and the child actor is superb. I really like the procrastinating writer character too! The BFF’s boyfriend drama...not so much.

The smaller episode count makes me hopeful that the simple story will be tightly written with a wonderfully developed small ensemble of characters.

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Oh yes, the BFF is probably my least favorite character.

I hope that we'll keep seeing all those characters over the years; or whatever time period the 'three different trips' take place in.

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I want to go stay in that guest house. I think it will be a great way to relieve stress!

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A female character making emotionally mature choices? Finally. Okay, I'm sold.

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At this point, any character making emotionally mature choices is welcome.

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@egads hahaha - yes. Dramaland has a funny way of writing leads who make the most ridiculous and inexplicable decisions ever. The romance genre is the worst offender (though its gotten better lately) - why do female characters stay with that type of guy?

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i can not watch anything else but Hundred Million Starts right now. this show has consumed me. lol. my guilty pleasure, dark romance to the max. i feel ashamed of myself too.

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100 Days My Prince:
Too little too late: there was a lot of potentially good arcs that were shown this week that should have started much earlier, such as Je Yoon’s indecision between loyalty and love (could have potentially teased him switching to the dark side!) and Crown Princess’ outburst (it would be great had the Crown Couple teamed up fighting the common enemy that is Evil Minister!). It seems the show forgot about the King after his mini rebellion arc as well as the Queen faction in the palace: the Ming Envoy arc really wasted screen time since Eunuch Yang ended up becoming the critical trigger.

Fox Bride Star:
I do find it weird that the show is using extras for arcs that could have been given to the cast members instead. Cases in point: the ‘homeless’ man’s (for once I hope we go against the undercover CEO trope but we’ll see) advice to the female lead could have been easily given by the Eun Sub, Dae Ki or even Young Joo, while the sly employee’s rumours could have been spread by Manager Kong: the trigger was even in the episode with male lead failing to get the lounge. It seems like the past will be dragged out (hopefully there will be good twists) while we wait for the romance to bloom.

The Ghost Detective:
There’s still one more episode left but the show will already go down as one of the most disappointing ones I’ve ever seen, mainly because the second half just consisted of ‘take down Sun Woo Hye!’ and nothing else. I really wished that we got a more solid motivation for Sun Woo Hye’s murderous streak, maybe something like her being abused in the hospital managed by the CEO and her taking revenge on all those who ignored her (think kindergarten or maybe even the lawyer). Oh well, if I was to write the script I would definitely have to think of all those stupid intrusive PPLs as well.

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100 Days My Prince: I thought the same about the King's rebellion. So just because Yul is back he's not doing anything ? Really ?

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the ghost detective: a mess. it is basically following in W’s footsteps, in terms of the promising start and the terrible second half. but park eunbin, lee jooyoung, lee jiah, choi daniel and the entire cast is ridiculously hot, I am physically unable to stop watching it.

terius: less of a mess. the humour is on point and the twins are adorable as usual, but the whole spy plot is getting nowhere. the dynamics between everyone and jin youngtae is so unrealistic and the fact that the plot is a loophole itself doesn’t help. can we just have an episode dedicated to the KIS and another entirely focussed on the twins and sjs?

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Terius: I always FF the spy plot to go to KIS and Joon-Joon scenes. Can they release a cut version only with their moments ?

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The talent of the cast, and a base curiosity on how they will wrap everything up is the only thing keeping me watching Ghost Detective. Well, maybe the PPL too. The ghost rules keep changing. I know why they keep changing, because the writer feels trapped by them, but you can't do that and expect me to respect your story anymore.

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it’s kinda stupid that the PPL mini plots are written better than the actual plot. whoever the unknown subwriter is is doing an amazing job

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I assume it's Ji-ho from BTIOFL.

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I'm behind on everything (and yet there's other stuff out right now I'm tempted to pick up) , but here goes nothing.

Beauty Inside: I kind of want this not to be a romance? Don't get me wrong, the romance is fine, but I much prefer watching the Misadventures of a Body Changing Actress.

Fox Bride Star: I'm reluctant to catch up with this one, mainly because I don't want Lee Dong-gun to be a villain. I just want him to be like he was in Wolgyesu - a clumsy marshmallow who knows nothing but love. Is that to much to ask??

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes: Uggggggh, why so awesome?? I don't have enough free time to be watching and rewatching this!

Twelve Nights: Okay, this is everything I wanted Third Charm to be, and more, because the supporting characters here are just as interesting as the main couple and it has a melancholy air to it that's just beautiful!

Shining Inheritance: Rewatching for, oh I don't know, the billionth time?

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*high five* on Misadventures of a Body Changing Actress - now that's where the real fun lies.

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*returns high five* It's always the highlight of the drama for me! XD

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Shining Inheritance sounds so familiar...

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Due to your high praise, just added on my Watchlist (viki). I think I tried it quite awhile ago though...

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Haha, I feel honoured! 😍 It's a special drama to me, but if makjang and Cinderella stories aren't your thing, then you probably won't enjoy it.

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My definition of "enjoy": 1) first priority, who's the lead actor? And I like Lee Seung gi. The story takes second place and I'll put up with just about anything if I like the lead. However, lately, even my favorite leads aren't enough, i.e. Lee Min ki and Beauty Inside, just, no. So I've been watching the bts and fast forward a whole lot.

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Lee Seung-gi is great in this - it's his first lead role, and he does a pretty great job considering. He plays a complete asshole, but his baby face redeems him from day one, and he has one of the greatest redemption arcs I've ever seen! 😍

I actually wrote a blog post about that a few weeks ago, if you don't mind some spoilers: https://crabbyfordrama.blogspot.com/2018/10/shining-inheritances-sun-woo-hwan.html?m=1

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Aw, I didn't realize it was his first lead role. I love redemption arcs too! I don't wanna read the blog just yet, but I'll bookmark it for later. Unless you tell me there are some helpful hints and insights that would add more to the drama. I don't mind spoilers mostly (except for mystery, or Smile Left Your Eyes, Stars).

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OMG, your blog has so much to offer! Love reading this stuff...

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I've just spent almost two hours going through your blog, FrabbyCrabs. It's very engaging and shall visit more.

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Aw, thank you! I wouldn't argue that it's an interesting enough analysis to add something new to the drama, though, it's more of an appreciation post! 😂

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100 Days My Prince: it’s nearing the end and it’s time for the bad guys to pay up. Hopefully. And let the leads get their happy ever after. 💪🏻💪🏻👸🏻🤴🏻❤️

Because I’m so bored sitting here in Slumpland, watching some oldies:

House of Bluebird episode 40. Lesson of this drama is do not keep secrets from your family, and do not walk up to your enemies and reveal all your evidence to them. Good grief. 🤦🏻‍♀️

My Princess: episode 12. Why am I watching this again? Princess lets herself be manipulated by conniving female second lead. Again. I think I am cursed by episodes 12 - I tend to drop dramas there lately 😰.

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Chicago Typewriter: Watched episode 1 and about halfway through the next episode. Intriguing plot but not caring much for any of the characters.

Matrimonial Chaos: Watched episode 3. It’s fine.

Naughty Boy: Watched episode 1. Seems a bit cliche.

The Player: Watched episodes 5-6. The show I’m most enjoying out of the batch of currently airing.

Twelve Nights: Watched episode 2. I’m not sure if they have chemistry or not or if it’s just Shin Hyun Soo creating it. Either way, his character is kind of dreamy. Not a fan of the female lead’s character. Still.

Where Stars Land: Watched episodes 10-14. Excited to see the background of Soo-yeon and his devoting relationship with Yeo-reum. But that’s it. It’s borderline starting to be a hate watch for me.

You Drive Me Crazy!: Watched episode 1. Cute.

Non-Korean Dramas

Ashes of Love: Watched episode 3. Honestly, the CGI in this is great. Not much has happened in terms of the romance, which is what I’m looking most forward too. And a part of me is hung up on how long it is.

Nothing K-drama related is really grabbing me lately.

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DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, stop watching Chicago Typewriter!!!

You have no idea what is about to come as you go on through the episodes. It is one the my favorite k-dramas and I think one of the best k-dramas. The chemistry, the romance, the feelings..........

I can assure you that, among all the others you mentioned, Chicago Typewriter is hands down the best.

I will not give you any spoilers but it will be wise to keep a bag of tissue ready. Just in case.

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Oh, yay! I have been totally in the mood for something that will mess with my emotions. I'll definitely keep on watching then.

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I second the keep watching. If you aren't totally hooked about half way through I'll be surprised.

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I third the keep watching. You are still in the set-up, but once things really start rolling, and you become better acquainted with past Yoo Ah-in (and the sexiest best wig television has ever seen) you will hopefully know why we urge you to continue.

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Same. Continue with it. It took me awhile to finish the first 8 episodes. But the last 8 was worth it.

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That's what I wanted to say! Chicago Typewriter is definitely one of my all time favorite Kdramas. And the OST is fabulous as well. Keep watching. You will find a place for each of these characters in your heart.

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I need to pick this up again. I stopped at Ep 14! Something happened and I didn't complete. But loved the show. Big fan of Yoo Ah-In

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Episode 15, penultimate episode, is just a masterpiece. Get the tissues ready!

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You stopped right before the most epic climax of all time!

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Hi @nightmoon. Let me get on the CHICAGO TYPEWRITER bandwagon here and concur with all the recommendations.
Interestingly, if you haven't seen it, you might want to jump over to Open Threat #575 and scroll down to comment #16 by @sukstan and responses. Our beanie Suk describes her reactions/emotions after bingeing the final 10 episodes.
As @drawde2000 notes you have to hang in there through the early episodes. For me after episode 5 or so the drama really started to roll. @egads reminded me about how much fun some beanies had (as a guy I stayed out of it) discussing Hwi-young's hair. (That was a wig? I'm shocked!) Anyway it points out that even with a heavy drama there has to be a way to lighten things up (on or off the screen.) Enjoy.

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Keep watching Chicago Typewriter! It gets better, hang in there! Yoo Ah-in is absolutely magical. His wig is the wig to end all wigs. Grab tissues once you get into the last few episodes. OST is on point and I still listen to it.

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Yoo Ah-in needs to style his hair like that wig and never change it. He also needs to get reading glasses with the thin frame and wear 1930s fashion. I just want Seo Hwi-young to be alive in this world. Whoops I'm getting emotional.

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I am STILL not over the ending. I never will be.

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Just last week I marathoned all of Chicago Typewriter in two days. One of my all time favorites. A Must Watch.

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I love Ashes of Love. I told my friend to watch, she's really reluctant since it's 60 eps. But guess what.. she finally started watching a few days ago..however now I think she forgot she has kids to take care..

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Okay, since you watched it, I have a quick question. Why are some of the characters referring to Jin Mi as a boy?

I think this is one that'll take me quite a while to finish. I'm not much for binge watching, but I'm confident I'll finish it someday, haha.

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JM's hairpin has a magic that can cover up JM as a girl. Of course the director's not gonna recast a male actor to be JM just for some scenes. Basically you just use your imagination, when JM has that hairpin on that means she's a he.

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Thanks. Is it something they clarify later in the series? I don’t remember having watched anything about it.

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Yup, somebody will mention it later on. I cant remember who though. Even JM doesnt know about magic on her hairpin. She just wears it just because the flower leader told her to.

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I am not a regular in the "What we're watching" threads because of long era of repeated drama slumps almost since these threads started!
Even now I am currently watching (and re-watching) just one show but that show is enough to make me feel that excitement I had while watching kdramas again! And no, it's not even a fluffy cute one that I associate with kdramas but a really twisted one!

Beanies who see fan wall posts must be aware of which drama I am talking about- Hundred Million Stars.

It's so unexpected, enigmatic and almost creepy one! The actors are doing a brilliant job, the plot is solid and I don't know what to expect from this any more! I know almost nothing about the male lead and this usually would be a turn off in a drama but here it just keeps making me fall even deeper into this!

Other things I am watching:
Dancing High- It started off so well but kinda lost steam! It would have been better as a longer well- conceptualized show. I guess KBS was just trying out the format right now but so much wasted variety potential!

NJTTW5- Its hilarious, as expected! I die laughing watching it but I am not reaching for the next episode like I used to in earlier seasons. I dunno what is missing (other than Kyuhyun) and I actually love everyone who is a part of this (Mino-Pyo bromance and Lee Soo Geun being my fav) but I don't feel the same draw this time.

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Dancing High yes? :( The first four episodes were so good, but eps 5-6 just deflated. And now it's ending at 8?? But there are 31 contestants at the end of ep 6? Very sad. I haven't even watched ep 7 yet.

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Ep 7 was both fun but at the same time, just a filler.
Finale has been subbed and I just want to watch it for the choreos and Hoony n his kids 😄

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OH a filler? haha cool, I guess I'll just watch both together.

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HMS is riveting, but I'm behind. Trying to catch up this weekend.

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Ooh great! I'll wait to hear what you think abt it then😊😊

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yes, this is my first time watch seo in-guk too. and damn, he's good at this. rather than just simply copy Takuya Kimura character, he makes it his own and succeed. eventhough i feel like watching the same drama, but it also feels different. and jung so min. damn, i love this girl. eps8 ending when she cried out of sadness but also out of guilty, it's so believable. i can not seem to hate this character. i felt different kind of feeling watching Yuko, cause in deep deep deep down in my heart, i feel like she's done wrong to miwa, her bestfriend.

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Currently watching
The third charm: showing the ugly sides of relationships

The guest: watched till ep 10. Will binge watch when the last two eps release next week

Legal V: entertaining like the doctor series. Good enough for a watch after a tiring day.

Chugaksei Nikki: okay this show has surpassed my expectations. I am not big into student X teacher relationships but this show has me hooked. Gave it a chance after the post on mydramlist and then seeing 8.8 rating with the comments praising the show tremondously. A love story between a 15yr old and a 25yr old. The story hints at the beginning that they don't end up together but the complex relationships with the fiance and his Bisexual manager make it very interesting. If you are bored or looking for a new show give this one a chance. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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Oh, God, I was thinking of watching Chugakusei Nikki and it sounds like a mature spin-off of Majo no Jouken, which is not a bad thing!

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100 days my prince - I got my bromance! Even though it's pretty late, I have to applaud JY's cheekiness. He's pulling the CP's Legs!As far as VP and his family is concerned, I want the son to come out of this unharmed. Also JY- please see that Ae wol is still waiting for you!
Ghost Detective - What should've been done 2 episodes ago, finally happened. I'm annoyed I've to wait another week to finish it.
The guest - I hope Park il do possesses his beloved great niece so that we can get rid of 2 evils at the price of one exorcism.
Terius Behind me -Perfect foil to GD and The guest. I hope the show continues to be light and funny.
Player - I'm a bit bored. It seems like the typical revenge drama. The only thing keeping me invested is the group's banter.
12 nights - I'm liking the quiet, subtle tone of this.
Bon Voyage - Jin is missing Yoongi...
Guardian - My first C- drama. It's sometimes confusing, but the 2 guys are amazing (also very Hot). I hope Zhao discovers the identity of his friend soon. It's hard to see shen wei holding back and having such a huge burden all by himself.

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Lol I just made a comment about Guardian below. BY and ZYL are amazing and very pleasing to the eyes. If you think Shen Wei is holding back in the drama, you should check out the book. His restraint is unsurpassed.

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Maybe someday, I'll check it out. I'm still trying to familiarise myself with the drama and it's fantasy world.

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Yes, knowing the backstory really improves the watching experience. @giegie0384 and I were talking about AX’s channel where she has three videos about it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_KMeey98Yw

Unfortunately, censorship removed a lot of interesting things about the mythology and love, and many epic scenes and characterizations are missing from the drama.

I’ve only finished a few C-dramas since they’re so long, but Nirvana in Fire and Suddenly This Summer are my favorites (at the moment). I would rate Guardian higher if the production was better, but the story and acting are amazing, and the fan fever is understandable.

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Characters and scenes are missing from the drama?is it not a legal adaptation of the book?

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It's a legal adaptation; it's just a watered down version and many things are censored due to the Chinese government and laws. So if it was an R rated film, it’s now PG. All the main characters in the book are in the drama, but their personalities are not as vibrant and interesting as in the book, which is why the book is so fun to read. And yes, A LOT of great scenes are missing in the drama. It’s one of those cases where you just think, what could’ve been, but BY and ZYL are both amazing actors and perfect as Zhao Yun Lan and Shen Wei. They basically came right out of the book.

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@newso news, @superwhopotterlock,

I agree that GUARDIAN is a great watch. Shoot, it is totally addictive. I blasted through it in 8 days in early September while concurrently reading the 56 chapters of RainbowSe7en's lovely English translation of the novel that were then available. It filled in a lot of the blanks necessitated by censorship, including plot and character insights, and verboten mythology and supernatural elements. Watching the show with the background from the novel in mind made it much easier to read between the lines. It also gave me a case of “what might have been.”

FYI, the English translation is currently up to chapter 67 out of a total 106 chapters & 4 epilogues.

I was very impressed with the main actors. They portrayed their roles with the intensity and gravitas of the characters in the novel. Their flirting and eye acting made for chemistry that was through the roof. Bai Yu (Johnny Bai), who played Zhao Yun Lan, reminded me greatly of whack-o radio PD Lee Gang (Yoon Park) in RADIO ROMANCE. He plays wild and crazy well, along with alpha male. Zhu Yilong is a bit more delicate-looking, and did a great job in his triple role as the commanding Guardian Kun Lun (aka Black Coat Envoy), diffident university Professor Shen Wei, and vengeful power junkie Ye Zun. Both are lookers capable of subtly-nuanced acting. I was totally sold that they were a couple just by their gazes. While other aspects of the show were campy at times, their acting never was. It looked as if Bai Yu were having the time of his life playing semi-bad-boy Yun Lan. I also enjoyed the performances by the actors playing Damn Cat, intern Guo Cheng Chang, and Brother Chu, who was super intense and very protective of the intern.

I loved the music. The opening theme is stirring. The show originally had a big budget, but the main investor corporation had a serious financial setback and had to severely curtail its support, which is why the soundtrack is so epic, but the production values and CGI are not to the same level. I still enjoyed it, and could overlook the more pedestrian aspects.

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@pakalanapikake
LOL! Now that you said it, zhao yunlan does look a lot like PD Lee from RR. Even I like chu and his relation with his intern and protege guo, which initially was a reluctant partnership but I could always see a smile whenever guo did something that reminds him of his brother (?) I guess.
Also is their relationship more than what's shown in the serial and is censored? Because I can definitely see the longing our dearest professor has for his next door neighbor.

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@pakalanapikake
This is one of my crack dramas of the year (besides NIF and STS). I basically watched Guardian to get over STS, and now I’m hooked and there’s no recovering (especially since I’m reading the book). I’m on Chapter 51, so once I catch up, I may have to re-watch some scenes in the drama while I wait for the rest of the chapters. This is a rare case where I can easily overlook the production because the story and acting are so epic. In fact, I expected the special effects to be worse, so I didn’t mind it (knowing the bankruptcy back story).

The scenes between BY and ZYL are so intense! They elevate the experience to the next level.

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@newso NIF is ❤️! It’s my favorite C-drama as well.

@superwhopotterlock @pakalanapikake Zhao YunLan is hotter than PD Lee. :p And I can’t wait for chapter 75. :D

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Yeah, way hotter!

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@giegie0384 @newso
His stubble reminds me of PD lee. But I concur! No arguments there.

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Since NIF is @giegie0384 and my favorite C-drama, I think you should watch it after Guardian :-)

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@newso I've heard really good things about it. If I like guardian till the end, I'll try NIF too.

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You’re watching Guardian! YAY! It’s worth watching for the leads. Enjoy Zhao YunLan & Shen Wei’s story. ^^

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I remember you and some other beanies post about the epic bromance between the main leads and figured it would be a good choice for my first C drama ☺

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Glad our posts convinced you to give Guardian a try. And it’s your first C-drama! ^^ You should read the book after,you’ll love the characters even more, and it’s more awesome than the drama (yup, I’m trying to convince you to read the book this time) :D

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I'll read it , when I've time. Can you tell me where?

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October 27, 2018 at 1:24 PM

Re: where to read novel in English

https://www.wattpad.com/story/153357561-guardian-english-version-bl-novel

Or search on the translator's name, RainbowSe7en.

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Thank you so much. I'll check it out.

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100M Stars: SIG & JSM 😳, Jin-kook & Yoo-ri 🤭

Matrimonial Chaos: Picked back up and binged. I like Bae Doo-Na, Lee El, and Son Seok-Koo‘s performances. Cha Tae-Hyun just isn’t doing it for me, but isn’t a show killer. I like the curling 🥌 granny.

The Guest: Park Il Do ! Isn’t there something they can do to stop a possessed, before they get all stabby ? Like a stake in the heart, wait, that’s vampires, plus you don’t want to fall in to the old you gotta kill em to save them trap.
Yay, Viki is picking up C drama Xanxi Palace
C movie: Painted Skin Resurection
J drama: Asaki Yumemishi, pretty good, only 2 subbed though. After a fire destroys their city , 14 yr old girl is sent to live in a temple as the family works to rebuild their business. Father hopes to eventually marry her off , she however, falls for an orphan boy raised at the temple.

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The curling granny is wonderful. Curling Bae Doo Na is great too!

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Curling grandma? Why am I not watching this show?

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Why aren't you? It's the only one I'm caught up on.

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Love her! love the whole women gang here!

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I was watching MC on KBSW last week when my mom who was sitting behind me said, "show work so hard to make that obviously young lady into a grandma..." Lols. imagine her surprise when I told her that she actually is a pretty grandma.

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Ooh, the romance drama sounds good. I might check that out.

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They had me sold on Ep.1, then I saw how few were subbed .😟

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Always the way with Japanese dramas nowadays. 😔

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@esther Matrimonial Chaos is discussed a little here.

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From all the on going drama right now these three are the only one i ended up anticipating each week :

- Hundred Million Stars From the Sky : This remains my favorite one!! The cast overall is amazing i feel like i'm watching a mystery mind psychological thriller movie instead of a drama. MooYoung continues to be hard to read i need his backstory so i can figure him out, the story is so intense and i am in love with the dynamic between MooYoung and JinKang their moments grasps me every time same goes for the detective oppa with Yuri (the tattoo girl) and his female colleague too. Seriously why is everyone so good in this drama!!

- Fox bride star : Lee soo yeon is so precious what a breath of fresh air to have a male lead being honest with his feelings not forcing any skinship just waiting for the girl he likes to love him back. The leads slow burn romance is very beautiful to watch.

- Terius behind me : I FF the spy stuff and enjoy very much the twins cute moments with Kim Bon. I am curious to see if something is going to happen between him and Go ae rin i would love to see them like a real family before the drama ends.

This week i'm planning to marathon Devilish Joy.

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These three are the only dramas I' hooked up too. Beauty inside started fun but lost interest after few episodes. Fox bride star started mediocre but now I'm totally hooked!

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My thoughts exactly. I dropped beauty inside and the third charm like hot potato. These three are the only shows worth checking every week.

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Beauty Inside The way the main couple helps each other to deal their sickness is great. I love them!
Fox Bride Star A Je Hoon in love is really cute :p
The Ghost Detective Why spoil such a great chemistry? Writer, you don't deserve the actors >_<
The Guest In the Who is PID game, we explored pretty much all the options, didn't we?
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky My favourite of the week!
The Third Charm They're more resilient than I thought.

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I see several posts about the writer for Ghost Detective, none of them positive 😵
I’m convinced that we have folks here that can write better scripts than what we’re seeing on tv.

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Lol

I think it's more frustrating when a drama starts very well and ends up to be so-so than one that is so-so since the beginning. In this case, I really like the actors but the story turns around. Maybe they should have chosen the 20 episodes format and not 32.

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So true! I watched all of Risky Romance and managed not to get too upset because it was bad from the very beginning. Expectations were very low. Ghost Detective was so good in the beginning that it hurts to see it waste that potential. It could have definitely benefited from a shorter run-time.

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Most Kdramas would benefit from a 11-16 episode count that are currently 16-25-30ish .Way too often you are hooked by the first 4-6 episodes then, as the episode count climbs, the plot gets weaker. It’s time to bail ! I did watch the first 3-4 eps of Ghost Detective, then dropped it.

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Terrius: Individual snippets are cute and all but they don’t come together as a whole. I find the tone switches jarring - the silly KIS band with their hijinks do not belong in the same universe as the ruthless assassins and mass-murderers. One is a silly pink cartoon, the other a gritty noir. They just don’t mesh together. Whenever the two intersect the discrepancy takes me completely out of the story - like Ar-rin’s instantaneous recovery after the pointless murder of her husband. Young-tae is still the most amusing bit. But overall not sure why I even bother.

Beauty inside: Just started this and I’m approaching this as completely decoupled from the movie. I find it overall quite enjoyable, mostly because I love Se-kye. The way she insists on doing her own thing, being accountable only to her own ethical compass regardless what other people think is aspirational. I’m not terribly interested in the romance but I like watching her interactions with other people. If we were to discuss the comparison to the movie, the approaches are different but both reveal in their own way the same misogyny and hypocrisy. Whether she is the romantic interest of the shape-shifter or the one changing herself, the female is still the one getting all the the shaming and the name-calling. Men are portrayed either intentional jerks, or clueless (except Eun-ho, still don’t get what his story is; something must have happened to drive that live completely in service to others attitude). And one needs an explicit medical condition to allow a guy to see beyond a woman’s physical appearance. That says something.

Ms Ma: quirky and fun; saw the husband as culprit miles away. Hypothesis: her daughter is not dead at all, husband staged scene using the body of another other girl (the ’niece’ link). Looking forward to comeuppance time.

Player: This feels the most satisfying. When we live in a world where the mighty dollar is enough to buy respect, truth and a free-pass to disregard the rule of law and morality, the baddies feel all too real. At least in player's world they get taken down a peg, which is more than I can say about the real one. Mix of genres done right. Dark and light merge together to hit just the right notes.

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Enjoying both the disconcerting and disturbing 100 Million Stars and the heartwarming and swoony Where Stars Land. What a great combination. *content sigh*

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