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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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Beauty Inside: I’m fine with how it ended, but the last third of this show certainly felt overly conventional, like I was watching a drama from 10 years ago: noble idiocy, forced separation, lack of logic supporting the late-game angst. It kind of feels like the drama opted for momentary wit at the expense of its wit making sense, ’cause I found myself cocking my head at a bunch of dialogue and wondering what they were going on about. And while I’m far from a religious person, something about the religion-versus-dating dichotomy felt false in an overly simplistic way and made me think the writer was just making stuff up as she went. This show doesn’t ruin my love of the movie, which I still hold dear as something particularly special, but it doesn’t hold a candle to it, either. The main couple was enjoyable to watch, but I’ve seen them both in more compelling romances.

 

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Happy to Die: I started laughing thirty minutes into episode one and never stopped. I have shower-scene-worthy abs now. Though it seems tiring to watch another horrible character after a long day at work/school, it’s different if you know that Jin-sang is supposed to die every time someone wishes it, because you know that revenge is quick and glorious. The fact that the show still manages to make me laugh out loud with its execution (heh) makes me want to see more.

Fox Bride Star: I’m a couple weeks behind in watching this, so when I joked about hormones, I didn’t know the show actually went there. I know the main couple is cute as puppies, but I’m tired of fretting about Soo-yeon’s health! Thankfully, the Security Couple is stepping up to cure my frustrations, because if the comments are any indication, there are more annoyances coming up. Looking at you, In-woo and your gangster buddies.

Matrimonial Chaos: Seok-mu regretting that he can’t live through his personal hell anymore (the two couples going camping with their rowdy kids who will complain and make a racket while they’re stuck in traffic) is the saddest and most relatable scene all week. Is it weird that I just want them to fix this couple-coaster so Seok-mu can go back to comfortably hating people and happiness again?

Bad Papa: They keep taking Ji-cheol’s journey to a darker place. I don’t even know if I need him to be redeemed anymore. I want his journey to be worth it though, because he really is your classic example of taking one step and another and another into bad papa territory. If nothing else, it can serve as a cautionary tale to all desperate papas out there. And tales need to be documented. Now where will we find a writer who knows about Ji-cheol’s whole story…

 

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My Secret Terrius: It’s over! And we ended on the same sweet, humorous, and fun notes that have carried this show from the beginning. There wasn’t much about the plot that was exactly surprising, but what felt fresh were the relationships between our leads and the people around them. The spy stuff was sort of tangential and played mostly for laughs, and that was okay because the most important function it served was to set up Ae-rin and Bon in this particular dynamic. There were things that I wasn’t satisfied with, like the way Ae-rin’s husband existed only to be killed off, and how little space the show gave to Ae-rin mourning him—or the fact that poor Yong-tae’s “death” and rebirth were given less screentime than the PPL in the final episode (and he didn’t even get to see the King’s Bag Team again! So sad). But on the whole I’m left with fluffy feelings about the way Bon and Ae-rin slowly got involved in each other’s lives and worlds, going from friendship into a slow burning affection that was clearly love by the end. I’m so glad that they (and Joon-Joon!) have become an unconventional family unit by the end, anchored by the KIS community, allowing not just Bon but also Ae-rin to live the super-spy life that she clearly thrives at. I am a little bummed that we didn’t get to watch the Breakfast at Tiffany’s mission though. I’d have liked to see Bon and Ae-rin as pretend-married-couple spies!

 
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What I'm watching: nothing T.T
Relying on the DB recaps (albeit late) so thank you DB.

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Legit me too. I tried browsing recaps too and read beanies' posts in hopes they might caught my attention, but nope. I dropped all K-dramas I was watching. These days I noticed the moment I decided to pick my phone up in the middle of a drama and multitask, that's pretty much the sign I should just drop the drama.

Really shame how I was so looking forward to the dramas in airing in October, but they all fell flat and not worth following through. Here's to hoping Alhambra and Boyfriend will not disappoint me, but I`m legit coming in with very low expectations now.

Anyways my lack of interest in K-drama these days opened up a whole lot of doors to see what's outside of it. I have discovered another dimension, the world J-Drama high school dramas (mostly they are manga-based), and I find them really cute and entertaining. They don't have the same umph the K-Drama tends to deliver, and their acting chops and storytelling are not really on par, but they're good enough to make me finish them to the end. I especially fell so hard for Itazura Na Kiss 2013-2014 Japanese version. I kept rewatching it.

And oh!!! I have finally seen the movie On Your Wedding Day that had Park Bo Young and Kim Young Kwang and I liked it more than I thought I would! Bo Young and Young Kwang were so cute in that movie. Wish they'll have a drama project together soon too! Always loved Bo Young's acting - she never disappoints!

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Have not checked all the new dramas (some don't air until this weekend), but so far only found one that is on my Must Watch list - Red Sun, Blue Moon (Children of Nobody). Sky Castle is a maybe, but not subbed yet.

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What are those drama? I tried to google them but nothing really came up. Are they kdrama?

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I'm with you on the kdrama watching. I've dropped almost everything, which got me to try Chinese dramas that I ridiculed last year. Had to eat my words...there are some really good Chinese dramas, and as with all things, some really bad ones. There are a couple of fantasies that I liked and believe me, I've never liked any kind of fantasy so I was really surprised at myself!

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Which ones are you watching?

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First, I have to say what appeals to me might not appeal to the most popular crowd, but here goes: Right now I'm watching Ever Night which is a more serious wuxia, and An Oriental Odyssey, which is lighter and doesn't take itself too seriously. My favorite of those is Oriental Odyssey because it isn't too serious, though Ever Night has beautiful cinematography. But my two favorite Chinese dramas of all the ones I've watched are Nirvana in Fire 2 (most people liked NIF 1 better) and Legend of Fuyao which is almost a parody but not quite. Ethan Ruan in Fuyao was outstanding. I loved the family relationships, slow pacing and thoughtfulness of NIF 2. In fact I've watched it 3 times and am going to watch it again when I'm in a peaceful mood.

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Thanks for the Chinese drama recommendation. I`ll check them out too. My first and only Chinese drama I have seen so far was Meteor Garden 2018. I`m not really into fantasy dramas either, but I can watch them if storytelling is good.

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I would recommend watching:

Eternal Love/10 Miles of Peach Blossoms
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Ashes of Love/Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost if you want to try other Chinese fantasy dramas.

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These are ones I didn't like but were very popular with most fans.

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If you have started jdramas maybe you could watch 'my little monster' a cute little movie on a high school girl and her new friend. It has got masaki suda my favorite Japanese actor and the quirks for which I'm into jdramas mostly. You're also right about kdramas losing their charms these days. I don't know what it's about or whether it has always been this way but the story quality has been very mediocre and stereotypical lately, which makes us drop the dramas soon. I hope all the writers we love come back to dramaland. :/

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Is my little monster the adaptation of the manga of the same name?

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I suspect that one reason is that just 3-4 years ago there were basically just 3 sources for k-dramas, now there are at least 10. So the networks are digging deeper for writing talent, and not always finding it.

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Yes, I agree that could be the reason why as well. We are just swamped with too many dramas to see, too many choices, but they tend to be too mediocre at the end of the day. I could argue that it's because the plots are pretty much the same thing. However, I have found gems in recent years that have the overused troupe, but because of storytelling, the drama turned out to be a gem and something worth talking about. ie. Because this is my first life - same old contract relationship, but the storytelling kept me moving - I wanted to know what happens to them once their contract shenanigans is over. That feeling it gives that I actually care for or emotionally invested in these characters. These days, it just not there anymore. Beauty Inside - I stopped caring whether she switched or not, or how male lead falls in love with her. Third charm - I stopped caring whether the couple would be together or not after getting together again for the 2nd time. Fox Bride Star - I stopped caring why male leads looks and feels so-not-human. I don't bother finding out how they fall in love in an airport setting. </3

So yeah, it all comes down to the quality of the story and how they can move us and make us care about their character.

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Like the story doesn't have to be unique plot, we just need something that can connect with us emotionally, something to pull on our heartstrings. Like what you said - writing talent. :(

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Thanks for the recommendation! And yes I have heard about this drama, was planning to check it out soon. There were so many manga adaptations that I have read before, but missed out on watching the live-action because I was so crazy about K-Dramas for years. Now I take this K-drama slump I have in catching up on some good J-Drama highschool romances.

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Same here but instead I went back to finish older dramas I was close to finishing (Marriage not Dating, Secret) and continued some dramas I enjoyed but dropped due to time constraints (Age of Youth and Father is Strange) and it’s kind of sad how much more interesting they are than most currently airing dramas.

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Beanies, I have a dilemma about whether to watch Memories of Alhambra . Well, after watching several teasers I still have no idea what’s going on but there seems to be a VR game involved? On one hand it’s a collaboration between Forest of Secrets PD with the writer of my two favourite shows (Queen In Hyun’s Man, Unstoppable Hick Kick). Also Hyun Bin. Uhm. Have you seen the man?

On the other hand - Park Shin Hye. I swear if I see one more deer-in-the-headlights kiss from her I’m going to throw something. I don’t think she’s a bad actress, I just hate her kissing scenes that always looks so cringeworthy and awkward. I wouldn’t mind if the PD and writer focused more on the action than romance.

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Well her last two shows had nice kisses so I’m hoping that she’s gotten rid of brick wall kissing which I guess is up to the PD to direct her out of

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My thoughts exactly about Park Shin Hye : for all the years of acting and hype about her, she's a teeeerrible kisser!! 🙄🙄🙄🙄

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Does she need practice? I wonder if there would be volunteers to help her out :)

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Doesn’t she have a boyfriend now? Let’s hope he taught her how to do it properly 😀

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I think it's not fair. She was a child actress and the transition was not easy and she had terrible kiss scenes. But since Pinocchio, she's good. Her kiss scenes look natural.

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dear @kuruma, one would think that with all those years of acting under her belt, she'd be more natural at it, no?

Of course, if she has a clause on her acting contract that she'd rather NOT kiss her male leads, I would completely understand. Kissing a stranger is definitely not compulsory. However, that doesn't seem to be the case, so why so stiff?!

Mind you, we all have different opinions on this, so let's agree to disagree. I just think that with the emergence of bolder seemingly-more-sexually-confident female leads who take the lead and plant proper kisses on the men they like, it's a bit of a shame that some actresses persist with the perpetually-surprised-brick-wall-kiss.

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Indeed she has a lof of experience. But like I said, she was a child actress. She had to handle her image and her own private life. It wasn't easy in a country like Korea. But since Pinocchio her kisses scenes were pretty good. The first one in Doctor was bad but it was most the scenario than the acting. She always judged for her past, when I think she became better.

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Do we know yet how are we watching this drama now that Dramafever is gone? I haven't seen K-Dramas lately, so I`m not sure where people go now for dramas. Or are we just hoping Viki will pick this up? Thanks!

I will probably check out the first two episodes to see. I`m not usually disappointed in Shin Hye's choices in dramas, so hopefully this isn't a miss. And lol yeap, love the girl for her acting chops especially when she cries, but girl can't kiss if her life depends on it. ~_~

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It is a NetFlix exclusive, airs Dec 1.

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OH wow! They’re airing simultaneously?! What I didn’t like about Netflix is the wait time. Loved dramafever for its fast turnaround (8 hours or so) with subs and so we were pretty much caught up within Korean release. Hope That’s the start of Netflix faster turnaround.

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As an actor i would never be able to do any of those scenes. I would mention no physical proximity exclusively in my contract.
Romance != Kiss scenes.

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I have to admit that I refused to watch any PSH show for about two years after that multi-hour cry fest in Heirs. But will give Alhambra a shot as NetFlix subs are usually pretty good.

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Re:HB, have you seen the man kiss? If PSH can't kiss Hyun Bin, there's no hope for her 😝

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Indeed

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That’s true, Hyun Bin is one great kisser.

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Strongly agree

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Caught up to happy if you died which I absolutely love for my dose of crack and watched the finale for 100 million which has left me drowning in feels 😭💔

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I still have to watch last 4 (or 6?) episodes of Falling Stars... only I'm not sure when I will gather the courage... 😨💔

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I feel you - I am on episode 14 and too nervous to keep going right now. I need time and space for this one.

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I’m emotionally exhausted after 100MSFTS. I need to distract myself from thinking about it too much.

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Let's all watch Shopping King Louie! SIG's there but at least this one's full of fluff!

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Have you watched SKL before? It’d be fun if we watch it together if we were able to figure out rabbit 😅

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Tag me if u do

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@geliguolu Are you on rabbit? What’s your username?

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Havent started 😂 Oh yes that would be nice!

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Me too since I also need a good laugh

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I watched SKL last month. I thoroughly enjoyed it! What rabbit are you taking about?

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I watched... the first episode of the Empress... and got soooo disappointed! It was totally different from what I expected. Plus I didn't like the directing style... what was with this focus on violence?... and strange scenes (a couple sleeping in water???)... and then I checked the PD and it suddenly made sense, I didn't like his style in Return either (and I left the show together with the lead actress). Perhaps with a different PD we could get Money Flower (that show was great!) in a palace setting... Though maybe I'm too blaming the PD for the writing I actually don't like??

I might still give it a chance to see what happens after the setup phase... and to see Choi Jin Hyuk's face 😉😁

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It would've been awesome (getting Money Flower in a palace setting).
Back when it was airing, it slipped under the radars --maybe because it was a little bit makjang-est-- but It was truly a gem.

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I was glued to the screen all time...

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I started to wonder if Shin Sung Rok signed the contract without reading the script because his character is so terribly written, I can't fathom why would he want to do it.

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My thoughts exactly! In fact, I am really wondering if the whole cast didn't get played by a different script into doing this drama. Lol
Well, maybe it will get better later...

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I thought that he was having a lot of fun with his part, especially when he sauntered into the chicken restaurant wearing those sunglasses. That looked to me like an actor having a blast being OTT.

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That's exactly what I was thinking when I was watching The Last Empress - if only this was done by the writer/PD of Money Flower (unexpectedly loved that show!). I also didn't enjoy the casual violence.

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i agree with you. it is very uneven so far and much more drama ridden than i thought it would be so i might have to wait for choi jin hyuks face too.

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I was looking for the empress, and I have to admit, it was a bit disappointing. The tone feels all over the place, the editing feels weird, the acting weird too(can't say bad, but it doesn't feel right, si might be the directing), tho I'm curios about the plot. So I guess I'll give another week a try, and decide after the second week.

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I know. I haven't watched a show as dark and outright twisted as this since MASK. Jang Nara isn't even that prominent in these first several episodes. But the preview reminded me that Choi Jin Hyuk is the actual lead so even though these first episodes aren't "20 years ago" they're still setup episodes. And from reading the full description on Viki (which I think has spoilers in it) the show IS going to have a lot of dark twisted melo going in it. But I'll watch at least a few more eps before deciding. Jang Nara usually picks good shows to do but if they bait and switched her on the script well...

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I remember I speeded through first 4 episodes of Secret (the same writer as Mask) and nearly dropped it... but then it sucked me in. Thus I'm willing to wait for the setup here as well.

Though... with Secret it was more the writing I wasn't interested in in the beginning, the directing and acting was fine. With Empress, as @thequiet1 said, it all feels over the place and I'm not sure the PD will improve...

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I’m pretty much behind on all the currently airing shows. For some reason, nothing seems to be really itching my attention. I am planning on starting Hundred Million Stars From the Sky now that it’s finished airing. As for premieres, I will definitely be watching Red Moon, Blue Sun. I’ve heard mixed things about An Empress’s Dignity but may try to watch the first episode to see if I’ll like it.

Currently Airing

Feel Good to Die: Quite funny, but I’m ready for the more serious aspects to pop up. For instance, why is Jin Sang the way he is? (ep. 7-8)

Where Stars Land: It had such potential in the beginning… (ep. 27)

Finished Airing

Chicago Typewriter: I like how we’re getting to see what’s behind Se Ju’s drive to be an original writer that no one can copy. It looks like our three main characters will be meeting soon, and I am quite excited. But I’m also hoping that they won’t dance around them being friends in the past. (ep. 5)

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds: It fails to completely draw me in, but the main couple is cute. Almost sickeningly so. (ep. 13)

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Totally agree about Moonlight Drawn by Clouds main couple. That is probably the reason I never was able to enjoy the drama, though I tried. Those two just were brought out the "ick factor" in my opinion of the drama.... him with his ever present smile patting her head like a puppy as she looks up at him with baby doe eyes of devotion. It took me awhile before I was willing to watch either of them (Park Bo Gum or Kim Yoo Jung) in another drama and still haven't watched the girl again.... though I used to like her in her younger roles.

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I agree with you on the romance. It's very much puppy-love and nowhere near to what an actual relationship resembles.

And her characterization itself doesn't make sense. She acts way too innocent and cutesy for someone who had been dressing as a boy in poor areas. I guess this is just a case when you can't think too much about the things that don't make much sense.

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Personally, I didn't love Park Bo Gum's saccharine smiles or teary eyes. The girl was as bold as brass at the beginning of the drama but her personality changed so much when they falled in love with each other. She became meek and mild. Actually, I liked the interactions of Ra On and Kim Byung Yeon (the Crown Prince's bodyguard) more than the OTP's. They were always bickering in their own ways. The girl was noisy while the guy was stoic.

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I think I dropped it after the kiss. I can’t even remember why I lost interest.

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I couldn’t take their relationship seriously either. IMO, the main lead had much more palpable chemistry with his bodyguard. I honestly wished the story was about them preferably with a “fantasy like” happy, non-tragic ending for them.

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Chicago Typewriter is awesome!! Make sure to continue watching it.

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I'm not watching a lot of dramas atm, I love Happy To Die without being too invested in it, and LOVED the deliciously ridiculous The Last Empress. It's so ridiculous I laughed through two episodes. It's mostly trying to be a makjang, but occassionaly, when the King walks into Oh Sunny's world, it becomes a rom com. Plot logic is zero.

But my true obessession right now is idol survival. Under 19 and YG Treasure Box. I'm obsessed. Have been waiting for the weekend and watching and re-watching clips all week!

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Happy To Die is it worth watching? What do you think about the male lead? Is he redeemable for you? I've only watched up to ep 4.

Sorry for the numerous questions but I am conflicted about this show. I like it and I am really interested by the office part. But at some point, I thought that the male lead was too mean and I just would'nt be able to root for fim and the leading lady. It wasn't even that I hated him, I just thought that he was unredeemable and I didn't want to be tempted by the show to think that he was deep down a good person.

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I absolutely recommend Happy To Die. If I may guess, I think the route they are taking to his redemption is this: he's saying these terrible things but with good intentions. He sincerely means the best for the other person and gives his frank and honest opinion, only the way he says it is terribly wrong.

That doesn't excuse anything IMO, but I think that's how they're going to do it. I REALLY DON'T want to see a romance develop between the two of them, and so far I'm only seeing friendship vibes.

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Thank you for your answers!

In fact I was wrong, I had to watch ep 4 and now that I did, I can see how delusional he is about his behaviour.

And I agree so much about the friendship. Not that I am getting SLS but I would prefer her ending with the second lead (or just nobody lol) It would just be awesome if they focused on the office part, the growth of the male lead and the team bond.

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Happy to Die is a fun show. I might be biased because I like the actress.

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Well It's okay! I like her too! 🤣😍

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I haven't started watching it yet, but the mention he was stupid ridiculous

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Which trainee are you rooting for in Treasure Box? I hate how we only get an episode a week. I also waited all week for episode 2.

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This is only my first intro to them - I haven't watched mix nine & don't otherwise follow YG's trainees. From the editing, Bang Ye Dam really stands out. I'm guessing they definitely want to debut him - and he's got my support. ^-^ Not that I'm voting or anything. Also Jin/Jun Kyu? I guess I want to see most of of Treasure A debut - they've prepared longest and are also older. C are too young - I wish Kent wouldn't debut kids so young. >_<

What about you? ^-^

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I'm a huge YG fan, so I've been following the YG trainees through mixnine etc and I'm supporting Kim Jun-kyu, and also the rest of the Treasure A team. My guess is most of (if not all) Treasure A will debut (or else I'll be really mad). You're right that they prepared the longest and are the oldest. That should be enough credit to debut them, and they really deserve debut after all the hard work they put in. But YG likes to make things dramatic by throwing in inexperienced trainees and pre-teen trainees who really shouldn't debut.

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So far Ye Dam & Jun Kyu are my favorites but we're supporting the same folks! ^-^ I guess YG is using this show as a platform to give some exposure to its other trainees, and of course, the new group to be debuted. I bet their name with related to the the word 'treasure' 😅.

Question: is this all of YG's male trainees? Or are there more and they've simply selected the most promising?

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Treasure A fighting!! I agree that YG is using the show as a platform. It's like how iKON gained recognition from appearing in Who is Next even though they didn't debut that time. To answer your question, I'm honestly not entirely sure if every single trainee is on the show. Obviously, YG is always auditioning and scouting, but it's expensive to keep a trainee, so I'm sure if a trainee is not qualified enough, YG will tell them to go. My guess is that the trainees on the show are the trainees that show the most promise. Also, apparently YG has branches in different countries (like Treasure J is literally from YG Japan), so there's probably a lot of trainees that won't ever be revealed to the public.

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I tried The Last Empress & Children of Nobody. I'm not interested at all to continue the former after first two episodes, while the latter seems promising.

Quiz from God 5: Reboot: It seems different with different writer for this season. Like one case per week.

Sad that New Journey to the West will be ending soon, with only two episodes left (including director's cut).

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Top Star Yoo Baek: Love it so far. Too bad only one episode weekly.

Planning to watch Priest, since I didn't watch The Guest.

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Is Top Star Yoo Baek available with subs somewhere?

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Can u recommend me a site to watch big forest with English sub???

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I watched the first 2 eps of Priest and in my humble opinion....you should start watching The Guest.

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LMAO

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actually liked the premiere of children of nobody. It seems as if the premise hasn't completely been put together but they are getting there and it's intriguing. I don't know if the poem leads to a serial killer or a cult. And Kim Sun-A is really killing it with her role. Will wait until next week for the other characters to catch up to her so that my perception of them can really form but I have hopes for those drama there I say🤔

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The first four episodes indeed remind me of the writer's previous drama The Village: Achiara's Secret which I like. Looking forward next episode!

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Children of Nobody is not an easy show to follow - not one that you can casually go off in the middle to make coffee or an instant ramen. There is so much going on in the first four episodes that it is easy to miss. And the mysteries just keep piling up. If you liked Achiara, you will like this one.

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I'm going to binge watch God's Quiz: Reboot once it's completed. More dramas I'm interested in are airing soon.

- Completed -

Hide and Seek: CEO Min Chae Rin ! This feels so good after everything she went through. Psycho GrandMa should have stayed and died alone. This deus ex machina with Secretary Kim finding and saving Eun Hyuk was too much but let's just go over it.

The Beauty Inside: Besides the angst - why is it necessary when it takes all the fun in a romcom - I had a great time. I won't rewatch scenes but the main couple had great chemistry.

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes: Tragic. That's how I want to describe main characters of this story. It was hard to picture a happy ending for this drama so it was no surprise. I still can't say if I like this drama. It was interesting, I was engaged in the story but the main characters left me confused. I can't give a clear opinion about them because it seems like there were more sides to them than what was shown to us. This drama will stay in my gray zone.

The Third Charm: I'm quite puzzled. The drama ended but Young Jae and Joon Young's story didn't. They didn't really get back together, Young Jae still needs to recover from the loss of her child, Joon Young... err will be her support (?). But I can't picture them living happily together.

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Bad Papa: There were lots of dead people this weeek. The police officer dying was inevitable, then the thug was sad. May they rest in peace. If Ji Cheol could take the redemption path instead of dying, leaving his wife and his daughter (I refuse the thought of her dying too) behind, that could lead to a "happy end".

Children of Nobody: Children in thrillers and horror movies always give me chils. I'm 100% on board with the mystery girl that Kim Sun Ah sees and tries to save. I'm curious to know more about the hard times she and her husband went trhough in the past. Lee Yi Kyung does a great job portraying a detective and his interactions with his ex-girlfriend are great.

Dae Jang Geum is Watching: I wish the younger brother didn't fall for the intern. She and the eldest brother could have so much more cheesy and hilarious scenes. The youngest sister is my favorite. Her convenience store "dishes" and her storyline interest me more.

Fluttering Warning: ep 7. I don't think a fake break-up announcement can affect Milk Couple.

Go,back Diary: At one point I thought the couple broke up in highschool because of the childhood friend. Glad to see it's not the case. That "friend" should have confessed her feelings sooner instead of pretending to be a friend.

Happy to Die: My gosh, Baek Jin Sang was hilarious this week ! The continuous use of timeloops for his "revenge" had me dying (no pun intended). He's finally willing to change and it feels good ! Well, he has to adjust himself to prevent situations like at...

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Bad Papa: I found myself remarking on all the dead bodies too. I was a little surprised with the detective's death. I was hoping against hope that he had managed to escape or was locked up somewhere. I just can't understand why he would have gone to that place without telling anyone.🤔 Well, I hope the glasses were recovered by the police.

I would also prefer for Ji-Cheol to take the redemption route, but he has become more withdrawn and unwilling to share his pain with his family. I guess this might be more of a cautionary tale like @mary had mentioned.

Dan Jang Geum is Watching: I hope the younger brother soon realizes that the two main leads like each other. The leads are adorable to watch. This show does cheesy and hilarious scenes well. The episodes always end leaving me thinking where the time has gone. Such a fun watch!

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I paused/dropped Hide and Seek and am glad to know that Min Chae Rin ends up as CEO. I may go back to the drama and just FF all the evil grandma parts.

regarding Happy to Die: just when I was getting annoyed at him misusing the timeloops (poor Roo-da having to do that awkward meal multiple times!), the drama got me lol-ing like crazy when it finally backfired.

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Saying goodbye to 100 Million Stars with lots of tears, while feeling that the process to its conclusion is absolutely stupid (I swear there must be many other ways to make it both painful and meaningful). I'm also preparing myself for Where Stars Land's finale eps and hoping with all my heart that they'll focus on all the precious relationships instead of those useless gangster.

Feel Good to Die continues to deliver in the most surprising way possible. Who would thought that Jin-sang will tug at my heartstring like this? His inability to recognize that he needs help and ask for that help is achingly familiar. As is his first instinct to rail at the world for misundertanding him and declare that he doesn't need other people instead of admitting that people's words and action actually hurt him. I can hardly wait for his growth after that sincere plea to Roo-da. You can do it, Baek Jin-sang!!

And last, Red Moon Blue Sun started off interesting, dark, and tragic. I'll check next week eps to decide whether I'll continue watching it or not.

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I'm so glad I'm not the only one enjoying Feel Good To Die! Hope it gets recapped or weecapped on DB soon!

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In order of preference:
Fox Bride Star - Show insists on making In Woo a good guy, in a twisted way. The real good guy is rather warped in his thinking and getting his priorities wrong. The senior adults know enough but will not stop the imminent destruction, letting the younger people 'decide' or act instead. (What was Jang doing giving Yeo Reum that device to stop Soo Yeon? She has to take all that responsibility by herself? What kind of senior is that! At least go along with her to persuade Soo Yeon!!) 😒

Children of Nobody/Red Moon Blue Sun - Only just starting this right now. Already feeling the troubled, moody vibes which are helped a lot by the music. I'm not sure this is a suitable show to help with recovery from The Smile, but whatever ... for now.

12 Nights - I might prefer to binge watch this when it's over. It's just emotion and more unspoken emotion, regrets and hope.

Cheers To Me - Just completed it. It's got no actual plot or story, but quite a lot of reflection on life and being happy as one is. A pleasant and relaxing watch.

Hundred Million Stars From the Sky - I was wrong. It did not end up hurting so good. The conclusion was just a bad, impact-less travesty of a tragic ending. Until the last 5 minutes, it had been a show to rave about. 😠

Fluttering Alert - I hope the leads are enjoying themselves because I'm only enjoying how badly executed this show is. 😜

Mama Fairy - I'm barely watching this … there's still too little happening. Ok Nam is not given anything of significance to do. I'm wondering if I care who the husband is. Why don't I care? 😣 😖 😐

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For fluterring warning, the way the lead actor smiles at times gives me the feeling they are having fun shooting maybe from the lines they have to say....

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@feenah9895 Safeenah, Yes, that was the impression I got from watching him. I felt at times that the 2 leads were laughing at the less than august lines they had to say. Also from the obvious tropey things they had to do to push the romance forward. 😂

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Hahaha....thought I was the only one that noticed it...

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I wanted to heal from 100 Million, but I just ended up watching Red Moon Blue Sun. Why am I always attracted to the dark ones??

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100 Million Stars....now I'm scared to finish it. I think I might watch ep 14 and leave them there.

Happy to Die...need to pick it back up. I felt like both I and the heroine were starting to lose any emotional investment in the situation. I'm curious if this will lean towards romance? I'm not sure I will be able to see him in that light.

Meteor Garden.....started watching again. It is just ridiculous and fun. I actually like that some of the angst in this version isn't drawn out for too long.

Nodame Cantabile...3 eps. Will probably finish. Though warned the style of acting can sometimes yank me out of the drama.

Closest Love to Heaven.....was a sweet little YA movie.

Crazy Rich Asians....finally watched it. It was fun. I love a good RomCom. I miss that they are not that common anymore.

Veronica Mars....who doesn't love Veronica?

Dangerous Beyond the Blanket....the first ep of Season 2. Loco was definitely a highlight.

Thinking of watching/trying:

To.Jenny
Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me
Bungaku Shojo
Finding and finishing Queen In- Hyun's Man.

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Veronica Mars? I love her and the show. I am so excited for the new episodes.

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I love the original Veronica Mars ❤️

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To.Jenny is short and you should watch it. Maybe right after you finish 100 Million Stars.

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Since my laptop doesn't seem to do as I want I have to do another post for the next part of my watch-list:

Happy to Die: My gosh, Baek Jin Sang was hilarious this week ! The continuous use of timeloops for his "revenge" had me dying (no pun intended). He's finally willing to change and it feels good ! Well, he has to adjust himself to prevent situations like at the ending part with the rude customer. Jus like Lee Ru Da, I wanted to see the rude Baek Jin Sang get back at that man. They're going to work together and that will be a fun ride !

Matrimonial Chaos: I feel conflicted with both ex-couples. I wonder if Seok Moo and Hwi Roo will ever be able to move on. Seok Moo and Yoo Young could have been back together but something felt off (apart from the fact she's pregnant). I see them as really good friends who care for each other. Hwi Roo rejected not one but two pretendants and still maintains a close relationship with Seok Moo. Jang Hyun... I sometimes feel pity because he's lonely (but who isn't ?) and sometimes I get reminded of his cheating acts.

Manpuku: Waiting for subs to come out.

Miss Ma, Nemesis: This drama has enough dead people so I'm crossing my fingers Detective and the child are alive.

Room No.9: Swapping Yoo Jin and Chan Sung's bodies

SKY Castle: ep 1. This drama's ambiance reminds me of Woman of Dignity (same chaebol world). I was glad to see a bigger mystery than how to get their kids into this prestiguous medical university at the ending part. I quite like it.

The Last Empress: Will Shin Sung Rok not play a villain one day (not counting Trot Lovers, he was plain weird in it) ? I liked the premiere more than expected. Well, the real thing didn't start yet but it's great to develop the basic elements that way.

Top Management: I want SOUL to have a big success and show everyone they're talented !

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Finally met someone that watches Ms Ma. I can't wait to watch today's episode...

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Matrimonial Chaos - I like that Hwi Roo is taking her time and thinking about what went wrong and what part of that is her fault. She's still making huge mistakes, but she realizes it and apologizes.

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Mama Fairy and Woodcutter : Honestly it's not as funny as I expected so I considered to drop it, but Kim Geum keeps me back to this drama. Is there any chance for Geum's ship to sail? Ah, love that back hug.

Feel Good to Die : Till last week I had SLS, but now I don't care who Roo-da will end up with. Kang Joon-ho lost many points when he keeps dragging her as he please. Baek Jin-sang is still annoying sometimes.

Beauty Inside : The last 2 episodes feel a bit flat. The scene when Se-gye in many forms approaching Do-jae feel fake because the shown forms aren't the ones that we saw in past episodes. They are just different people in my eyes, not Se-gye. I don't like Do-jae's cured, it's just make him too perfect. Se-gye's changing time interval becomes longer and almost feels like cured whithout any explanation, i don't like that too. Those above ruin this drama, that's what I feel. Positive point, I like Eun-ho and Sa-ra's relationship progression.

Beauty Inside (Movie) : after a bit disappointed by the drama version I decide to re-watch the movie. Han Hyo-joo is really amazing at maintaining her chemistry with all actors/actresses who act as Woo-jin. It's not perfect but I like it much more than the drama, changing every day much more interesting and bigger problem than changing monthly. Ah, there is big hole that bother me, how Woojin can get his passport and pass the immigration post.

Misty : starting to watch this because it has many good review here but after watching it I can't give good review. I watched it with a lot of skip because there are many things i don't like, the most is affair part. I can't empathize with the characters. I just kept watching to know who the killer is and after knowing i just feel annoyed by almost everyone in this drama especially to the incompetent stubborn detective and Kang Tae-wook. The only character I like is Ki-Seok.

While You Were Sleeping : re-watching this for the nth time. It still makes me grinning, laughing, and crying like a fool. The characters are so lovable except the bad ones. Jae-chan is funniest Lee Jong-suk's character and my second favorite hero after Soo-ha.

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I finished A Hundred Million Stars, and loved the ending. I wouldn't have had it end any other way. It stayed poetic and beautiful and moving to the end, with so many twists and turns in the final 10 minutes it left me gasping for breath...well, I was crying my eyes out, too.

I watched The Last Empress, and I don't know what to say about it. The bodyguard's abs haven't appeared yet, so what I saw was abuse and violence - man squeezing woman's neck, woman slaping woman's face, over and over.

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It stayed poetic and beautiful and moving to the end.

I didn’t like it when I saw it the first time raw. After processing the imagery for a few hours and rewatching with translation, I agree it was poetic. The dialogue and narration was absolutely beautiful. The PS made it a happy ending for me. He wandered a lifetime to find her and will never be separated from her ever again.

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Hundred Million Stars : I'm glad I'm not the only 1 not bothered or think the ending is bad. I cried watching the 2 last episodes, everybody is so pitiful.

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I’m really enjoying Fluttering/Love Alert. The OTP is just fab. It’s rom-com bread and butter, but I like the adult way the OTP works together and for each other. Episode seven was so, so good.

I’m also watching Our Glamorous Time (Chinese). Business machinations at its most annoying, but the good guys are brilliant and don’t sit around waiting to be outwitted by the villains. The slow burn romance between our leads also helps nicely.

I also picked up a quirky Japanese drama called Your Home is My Business! (Ie Uru Onna) all about Estate Agents. It’s both hilarious and thought-provoking.

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@dramafan12—since you and I both love our Fluttering Alert Milk OTP, I took you up on your recommendation of Our Glamorous Time. I ended up binging the first eight 45-minute episodes, with generous use of the FF button.

As @kimbapnoona mentions downthread, the first episode's action sequences were ridiculous. Then again, what did I expect when the trailer features an exploding watch tower?

But here's the thing. I'm enjoying the show because it's one of the rare times I get to see anything close to my real profession. Dramaland is filled with doctors, lawyers, and spies. As web designer and budding UX researcher, I eagerly latch on to anyone remotely attached to the world of design. Here's my take from a designer's POV:

Good:
I love, love, love the discussions about the technical requirements for waterproof gear Lin Qian needs to design. How long can the material hold up? How to engineer the seams? How to mix and match different materials to make the most of their budget? Loved that the duo tested the beta suit under extreme conditions. Also good in showing that design is an iterative process. Also, I want her enooooooormous curved desk. Want.

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No one designs alone. She clearly had a stellar education but a competition on this level requires a team effort. No significant user research. Our duo is depending exclusively on Zhi Cheng's military background to identify pain points. At minimum, they should interview 5-8 people and do a survey of 100 users. Depending solely the RFP specs (request for proposal) is improbable.

The corporate shenanigans are less interesting to and I'm FFing hard through those. I'm not sure how much longer I'll stick with the series but I just wanted to let you know I'm watching, thanks to you. I do love it when characters use their brains for good!

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LOOOOOL never would've thought I'd see "user research" discussed quite seriously like this on dramabeans, bravo. I'm totally with you re: refreshing take on a non-doctor non-lawyer profession, and glad to hear that the characters seem to partake in some actual design process. But as a former research psychologist (now UX researcher) who has had to suffer through many on-screen "psychologists", my advice to you is before you get too invested and excited that they will get your profession right on screen, quickly turn off your brain, or you'll develop a twitching reflex every time a designer/UX researcher/"psychologist" comes onscreen like I do...

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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Did you watch the 2014 drama It's Okay, That's Love? I'm curious what real mental health professionals thought of it. The central romance is refreshing, it challenges the stigma of mental illness and the none of the docs are sleeping with their patients.😉

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I'm not a clinical psychologist, I strictly do research - think "Lie To Me" the US show :D or "The Five Year Engagement" the US movie. I haven't watched It's Ok That's Love but yes very glad to hear that no docs are sleeping with their patients lol that is SUCH a tired trope ugh >.<

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@tsutsuloo I'm glad you're enjoying Our Glamorous Time. I really appreciate Lin Qian's dedication to her craft. I don't know of many dramas where I've seen the FL work so tirelessly and with such attention to the smallest of details. And she's quick-witted. I also like her relationships, including how she gained her independence from Big Bro. She's a great character.

The Ankada project was brilliant, but... Zhi Cheng, much as I love him, has some explaining to do. And your FF button will keep being handy.

I have to admit that the competitors' dedication to beating Aida is wearing thin. I'm hoping (based on the latest episodes) that the next segment will move on or at least change things up significantly.

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Where do I start? That was mind-blowing, captivating, depressing yet still so beautiful. What a way to finish things, both Moo-young and Jin-kang die painfully but they die together and they love each other. I liked the honest conversation they had although I thought the reason he broke up with her was because he thought they were siblings, rather than JinGook killing his dad? 😕

I think most of us expected a sad ending, that's been the overall tone and feel of the drama. We were all guessing whether or not they would be siblings but we forgot to ask for a less sad ending lol. I felt that there was a high chance one or both of Jin-kang and Moo-young would die and Se-ran dying isn't all that surprising. As soon as Moo-young killed her I knew there was no way they could have a happy ending for a murderer.

In the end things are quite open-ended and we're left asking what's next. Will JinGook live the rest of his life in sadness and guilt? Will he finally date Tak? Will evil secretary get caught? And what ever happenes to Moo-young's court case lol?

Overall I loved this show and the main couple's chemistry was sizzling, both in their intimate and non-intimate moments. It will be hard to move on from this show 😭

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She never knew the real reason why he broke up with her. He never told her. It's sad, that he couldn't be honest with her on that score, and let her assume that it was because his father had killed her parents.

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He took that secret to the grave with him. 😭😭😭😭

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I assumed that Moo-young didn't tell Jin-kang why he broke up to spare her the distressing (but ultimately erroneous) revelation by Se-ran about his younger sibling. I saw it as a protective impulse.

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but I mean he knew that they weren't siblings after when JinGook told him so it wouldn't have been distressing?

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The damage had already been done. One of the things that drove me off my trolley in this show was the withholding of information. If only people spoke up, disaster could have been averted, or at lease attenuated. Sheesh.

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JK sort of knew the reason. That's why she reached out to that Jang's secretary. And she knew it was something that Jang family said to him, that led to MY actions. She didn't go further to know to truth from MY, cause she knew that would not be the point.

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My kdramas current status :

Current (airing) watching:
1. Twelve Nights
2. Happy to Die
3. God's Quiz 5 Reboot
4. The Last Empress/The Empress Dignity (wait til CJH's first appearance 😜 then ill drop it)
5. Children of Nobody

Rewatching:
1. Go Back Couple (as a reminder that Jang Nara was perfectly ok in this drama)

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I suddenly missed Go Back Couple as well when I was watching Empress!
That show was such a gem 😍

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Ikr ☺

The Last Empress is wasting all of the good actors and actresses it managed to bring together

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It was around this time when Go Back Couple was airing. I miss the show but no time for a re-watch!

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We can always go back watching the completed dramas when we're out of the best option!

I'm taking my own sweet time and just finished ep. 2 ☺

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I just finished rewatchung Go Back Couple last night! It's not a perfect drama but I loved the balance of drama and the comedy scenes were spot on! I actually laughed out loud (while ignoring the crazy looks my sister was giving me) as I watched the show. Also loved the life lessons!

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Ikr awwww love it you just wrote what i wanted to say about the series.. and after completed it once, i still enjoy the rewatching like i wtch it for the first time

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Red Moon/Blue Sun, positively intrigued, I like layered plot and the ambience of cinematography and music.

The Last Empress, it was not what I expected, writing seems all over the place in episode 1 and it look like it was filmed on 10+ yrs old equipment same as Hwayugi.

Happy to Die, I thought we goona have one day over and over again, but I like the plot a lot and actors too, except Gong Myung cutesy acting, he usually much better than that.

God Quiz, this week I wanted to throw a shoes at TV, I hate when writers dumb down characters for plot sake, and in this drama they went for new low, like doctor for rare diseases do not order test for rabies despite everything pointed to it, because Korea haven't rabies case in 13 yrs arghhhh, and I don't even want to go into vaccine messy approach. I'll give it one more week chance (I like procedurals) but I'm so ready to drop it.

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Not inspired by the batch of k-drama airing, i turned to films and jdrama.

The Spy Gone North was a very entertaining ride!
I imagined something tense relying on action, and was happily surprised by the comedy tone. A welcome relief to the dramatic events showed once our hero Black Venus started his work in North Korea, scouting sites under the fake promise to search for landscapes which would fits a tourism ad/clip while looking actually for nuclear facilities.
The scenes of villages/town completely decimated by hunger, people looking like the shadow of human beings wandering in the streets abandoned to themselves, were really hard to stomach. It reminded me the scenes in the nazi camps in the film Life is beautiful by Roberto Benigni.
The ensemble cast is uniformly impeccable and seemed to have as much fun playing together than the audience had to watch them on screen. Excellent chemistry too between all the leads.
I regret only the lack of any interesting female characters. A real shame to be honest that i have a hard time to forgive and that's why i don't recommend it as i do normally when i enjoy a lot a story.

J-drama: Border (2014) and the 2 SP aired in 2017 Border: Shokuzai and Shoudou.
I don't remember what i was doing with my life at that the time this drama aired, but i was doing wrong: i missed a fully, truly masterpiece!
On the other hand, i probably wouldn’t have survived the hellish cliffhanger at the end of the ep9. To finish any story on such twist is the most horrible, fictional crime against the audience ever commited.
It was a real trauma for me, from which i healed only because i get to see the SP quickly. Those specials episodes were indeed as good, if not better than the drama itself.

Why is it a must see?
- It has Oguri Shun who filled every second of the screen with his talent and charisma. I can't say he stole the drama, only because he IS the drama. A very fine actor at the top of his game.
- Very likeable supporting characters, played by a solid ensemble cast with strong chemistry. Every actor got fully his character and they made them endearing despite their quirks.
But my favourite is the female lead coroner played by the charismatic Haru. The flawless acting helped a lot to make Mika a very relatable female lead despite her youth.
I loved her policy of no bullshit, and her determination to work on her skills /intelligence and facts. She was the science factor to counterbalance a lead male character that was relying fully on occultism and the dead, which gave a perfect balance to their definitively platonic friendship. They had a Harry/Hermione vibe that I loved. Ron was definitely Yuma, the third detective without special ability but who tries his best and who is very loyal to his coworkers.

The dark side team was also a perfect addition to the plot.

It's a philosophical story under its crime/thriller appearance: this drama asks very deep questions...

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I watched Border while it aired... can you imagine the pain waiting for the next episode... and then the Special???? 😱
It's an amazing show and I loved the questions it posed...

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What a pain indeed! Anyone going through this torture was indeed very brave!
I don't have this sort of courage, so i'm happy that i binge watched it instead:)

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I liked Border too ☺ but I haven't watched their SP. One sentence which I remember from the drama was "otsukaresama deshita"

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You should definitively watch the SP!
Shokuzai takes place directly after the shocking events at the end of ep9. Not only all the excellent recurring characters are back, but the writer also had some new very compelling ones.
It gave a very satisfying answer to what will happen to Ango and like i said left a door open for more.

Shoudou is a prequel: it centers on our leading lady, the coroner of the team Ishikawa Mika at a turning point in her career and explain how she becomes the highly competent professional that she is.
She's investigating a thrilling case about schoolgirls being murdered by a potential serial killer in a small town with once again a shocking twist.
It was obvious during the drama that her character had the most potential to be exploited more and the SP confirmed it: she shined and rised to occupy fully the status of leading lady.

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That sounds good ! The first time I watched it, I thought it had 10 episodes so I kept looking for the last episode 😂 turned out that's how they 'ended' it

I'll try to look for the special episodes ! Thanks for the info 😉

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Sorry for the mistake on the name of the main female character: It's Higa Mika of course.

No reason to give her the last name of the main male character, they're not married, though i read that originally she was supposed to be his girlfriend, but thankfully the actress pushed for a change.

Making her single was the best decision that the writer ever took: the platonic relationship between Mika and Ango was SO good.
It allowed each character to grow independently, and for us to find solace in the genuine and honest care and attention that they learnt slowly to show to each other.
No raging hormones here, just pure emotions like the desire to protect each other.

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Sorry, i didn't see that my comment was too long and was cut!

I wanted to add that It's a philosophical story under its crime/thriller appearance: this drama asks very deep questions about the border between good and evil, justice and revenge, and about redemption. It was stressful to watch but very rewarding.
A haunting story which made me want to see more of it and the doors left open in the two SP, don't help me at all to put it at rest.

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I'm watching too many shows, so obviously I checked out some of the news ones too.

The Last Empress Well this show is completely different from what I expected! Even if the violence and Jang Nara cuteness sat uncomfortably next to each other in the first thirty min episode, I liked it much more in the next ones and I was very intrigued to see that our musical actress is being conned into marrying the emperor, who is wooing her for his own reasons. And yes, when it turned out the mother wasn't dead yet when Ms Secretary left her by the side of the road, I gasped. It's always good to see that there's an even more evil character than the one Shin Sung-Rok plays and for me, Lee Elijah is running away with this in the first 4 episodes.
Twelve Nights : Continue to love it. It's great. Do I need to say more?
Fox Bride Star : I'm really glad it's going to end because it's getting to the point where even my love for the cute puppy and grumpy kitten and their couple socks isn't enough to cure my annoyance with the rest of it.
Fluttering Alert : A large part of my enjoyment comes out of seeing every single trope turn up on the screen and have the OTP deal with the situation like normal people. It's as if this is some social experiment where two people with a brain and normal emotions are dropped into the middle of makjang-central, and are coping with it by largely just getting on with their lives.
Happy to Die : I'm a couple of episodes behind as I picked this one up late, but the BTS footage showed that the cast were having just as much fun filming it, as I have watching it.

I also watched one episode of Top Management . Is a drama allowed to make fun of their star? When the script showed Mother Is Weird, and discussed terrible acting but with a winning smile, I grinned and then when Ahn Hyo-Seop's character wore headphones that weren't plugged in, I burst out laughing. Chaaaaaannnn!!!!

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re: The Last Empress.
"And yes, when it turned out the mother wasn't dead yet when Ms Secretary left her by the side of the road, I gasped."

I was shocked beyond belief. So the true villian of this show is not the King or his crazy mum, but this lady? I love it! It's such a ridiculous show, but also really addictive. I absolutely need to know what happens next.

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The evil second lead female in this drama is on a whole another level.. That scene when she jumped into a burning car and ate lots of drug? That's just crazy

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Ikr.I don't think many drama villains are quite this cunning. She's the most villainous that I've seen.

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And didn't she whack the mum on the head with a brick? Before she got hit by the ToD - actually driven by someone important this time

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LOL!! That is classic, and should be enshrined forever "It's as if this is some social experiment where two people with a brain and normal emotions are dropped into the middle of makjang-central"

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Thank you @cloggie for reminding me that the final episode of FOX BRIDE STAR/WHERE STARS LAND will air Monday night. I am a bit shocked. For some reason I thought this was a 20/40 episode drama not 16/32. Now I recall that an episode was preempted by baseball.
The reason I am a bit shocked is because of the way the plot lines have just been moseying along. Everything wraps up in the next episode! I hope FBS will not be joining YOUR HONOR and a couple of other dramas for another kdrama crash landing.
I will just just say a couple things about Kim Kyung-nam, our Dae-ki. What a kdrama year this guy has had:
1. PRISON PLAYBOOK. He played Jung Kyung-ho's sweet but eccentric younger brother (no kiss);
2. COME AND HUG ME. He played Jang Ki-yong's violent older brother (ditto) and now
3. FOX BRIDE STAR. He plays earnest Security Officer Oh Dae-ki. After 15 episodes (ditto).
It will be very interesting to see how it all plays out.
I have enjoyed this show.

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ohhh I missed that detail about the script being "Mother is weird" omg hahaha thank you!! I didn't watch "Father is strange" so that joke went over my head until you called it out. The best thing about Top management is that it's so meta.

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Empress Dignity - I've watched the first 2 episodes. It's.. strange..  🤔 At times, it feels like a makjang drama and a little bit silly, but I can't stop watching it. When the drama became dark, I want it to be light (like the scene in the restaurant)

Eventhough I knew the synopsis, I had hoped Oh Sun Ni would help Lee Hyuk to become a better person and got rid of the toxic people around him (especially Yu Ra), but I guess it's not how it works. Oh Sun Ni is destined to fall in love with Na Wang Shik (and I have to suspend my disbelief at his transformation). I should have accepted the fact that the real OTP is Sun Ni and Wang Shik, not Sun Ni and Lee Hyuk (Shin Sung Rok looks so good as an Emperor I wanted to fall for him but he's a villain.. What to do.. 😣)

Plan to watch :

Clean with Passion for Now - it's my bias drama comeback so I have to watch it 😆 Kim Yoo Jung, Yoon Kyun Sang and Song Jae Rim already showed a good chemistry based on the teaser alone. I hope it will be a fun ride 😁

Just Dance - I need to go back to the usual happy and fresh drama after the dark OCN drama, so I chose this. The casting is a plus point because I like Jang Dong Yoon and Park Se Wan 😊

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I was really hoping the OTP would be Sunny and the Emperor, but clearly he's a little too evil. Le sigh.
"suspend my disbelief at his transformation" had me rolling in laughter! It IS insane. HAHAHA

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I thought that the emperor was so dashing, and so charming, and funny in his pain at faking his affection towards Sunny. Do you feel that there's something unsettling about the mother's obsession with her son? She watches cctv on his bed scenes!!! And when she was shaving him, she leaned forward and planted a smooch on his lips...what was that? The secretary is a sly one, she bludgeons her adoptive mum with a rock on high heels, and when the mother opened her eyes, I didn't know whether to laugh or to scream. Weird, weird show.

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Ooh.. The mother's obsession is clearly weird, even Lee Hyuk seemed uncomfortable (scared? silence anger?) from the way his hand trembled when he gripped the hem of his clothes.. (Oh my God, why do I even remember it?)

I almost feel sorry to him to have a mother like her 😕

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They are just putting together all the possible outrageous instances to get the ratings. They must be counting on the shock value and viewers will turn in to watch what more could happen. Reminds me of princess Aurora.

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Starting to wonder if the entire purpose of the show is to toss every possible over the top makjang trope out there. Looking at it that way might make it watchable.

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It reminds me of the relationship between the queen and the evil son in Scarlet Heart, the only difference is that that was subtle, and was hinted at, whereas this one is in-your-face, so blatant and crude, it shocks me.

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Hundred Million Stars from the Sky... how do I start describing you? How do I do justice to the masterpiece that you are?

I have been watching Asian dramas since the original Taiwanese Meteor Garden was shown in my country in 2003. I've loved many, hated some, and hold a select few closest to my heart. When friends ask me what my favorite is, I find it quite difficult to answer coz I could name quite a number of dramas which I loved to bits.

However, now that HMSFTS/ TSHLYE has ended, I could confidently say in a heartbeat that it is my absolute favorite of all time- the one to beat in my heart of hearts. It is not without flaws- but the acting, the soundtrack, and most of all the chemistry between the OTP more than makes up for whatever slight missteps there were in the plot. Watching the drama was truly an exhilarating, memorable ride.

I said this in another forum already, and I'll say it again here- it was pure, unadulterated joy to be a witness to how two ordinary people share an extraordinary love under the most extraordinary circumstances.

My heart bleeds knowing that it would be very hard to top this one. Missing our dear MooKang couple already.

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Both SIG and JSM always have great chemistry with their co-stars, but I think this time was on another level for both of them. There have been some great d