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[2018 Year in Review] Sinkers and lifesavers

I was in a slump for most of 2018, only watching one or two dramas every few months. Yes, I know–it’s sad. And I’m still not sure if I should blame my hectic schedule or dramaland itself. I’m thinkin’ both. There have been some real gems throughout the year (or so I’ve heard), so I’m not entirely sure why this year was so slow for me. Perhaps I’m going into the wrong dramas, or perhaps the choices we’ve been given lately are just that disappointing. Nevertheless, 2018 has made me wary of what I go into, which unfortunately means that I miss a lot of those gems. While I did get to experience some, the rest will have to enter my never-ending to-binge list.

The following dramas were placed into one of two categories: sinker or lifesaver. A sinker is a drama that I was excited about, that got my hopes up–only to kill those hopes after a few episodes. Or perhaps in the last episode. Either way, I sat through these dramas anyway because I was too far in and I wasn’t going to throw in the towel that easy. (*cough* Yeah, I really should’ve thrown in the towel…) And after these dramas ended, I was discouraged from picking up another one. I would be just too damn tired. That’s where the lifesavers come in. Now, these dramas picked me up, slapped me in the face, and yelled, “Get a hold of yourself, soldier! I’m gonna deliver some feels!” Thank you, lifesavers. You made my year.

I’m Not a Robot: LIFESAVER

Though there are other lovely lifesavers on this list, I’m gonna go ahead and say that I’m Not a Robot is my favorite drama of 2018. It’s the only title that truly sticks out when I think back on the year. And because I loved it so much, everything afterwards paled in comparison. That’s not to say that the drama didn’t have flaws, because it definitely did. One of those flaws being the slow pace in the second half. But, you know what? Even with the slower pace, this is my perfect drama.

I love Yoo Seung-ho and Chae Soo-bin as actors, I love quirky characters, I love sci-fi… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Once we get underwater and see all the wonderfulness attached to this drama, it’s utter bliss. I don’t have enough space to list every wonderful thing, but I will highlight its OTP Min-kyu and Jia. From start to finish, watching the two was like watching puppies gradually become best friends. The robot story around them was odd and wacky, but they grounded it in reality with their sweet and innocent romance. I think I cried “Just let the puppies be in love!” about a thousand times.

Before I move onto the next drama (I swear I will; just let me gush), I also have to praise the music. I hardly ever pay attention to OSTs anymore because they’ve all started to sound the same, but this one really stuck with me for some reason. The songs were cute and bubbly, which only heightened the cuteness onscreen. It’s a small thing, and I didn’t really think about it while watching, which I would consider the best compliment. If I’m watching a show and a melodramatic ballad starts playing out of nowhere screaming, “LOOK, I’M HERE,” I cringe. Big time. So kudos to I’m Not a Robot.

Okay, gushing over.

Greasy Melo: SINKER

Oh, what a sinker. Why did I watch this? WHY? Because I love food.

Yeah, that’s it. The only reason why I sat through this was because I thought I’d be getting something similar to Flower Boy Ramyun Shop or Let’s Eat. And, okay, I’ll admit it–this one was my fault. It was all about shot-down expectations. The drama is incredibly flawed, especially when it comes to the writing, but in truth, it’s not that bad. And the actors involved make it worthwhile. My problem was that by the end, I felt nothing. Nothing for the romance, nothing for the story, just… blah. I probably should’ve skipped this and watched Let’s Eat 3 instead.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: SINKER (in disguise)

What’s wrong with the second half of this drama? No. Freaking. Plot. I love me some Park Min-young and God knows I love me some Park Seo-joon, but even they couldn’t hold my attention after the main plot simmered out. I still enjoyed it–the two actors were fantastic together–but then again, I also enjoyed She Was Pretty. And She Was Pretty ended up being one of those dramas that I forgot ever existed. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim was the exact same case, until I had to write about it in this review.

What makes me sad is that this could’ve been saved. The show was doing well up until the last few episodes when we were given nothing but fluff. Fluff is nice, but you give us too much of anything and we start getting tired of it. And I would’ve preferred the show to deviate from the cutesy stuff to focus more on title character Secretary Kim and her development. The girl is more than some flowy hair and pretty outfits. I will say, however, that the overall premise got me interested in reading the webtoon, and I’m now three volumes in. So, bright side? I guess?

Mr. Sunshine: LIFESAVER

This drama was different from writer Kim Eun-sook’s previous works, Descended From the Sun and The Lonely Shining Goblin. Those dramas hooked me by the end of Episode 1, while Mr. Sunshine didn’t hook me until Episode 4 or 5. It could be because it’s a historical drama and those tend to be slower for me. Which is definitely all on me and my preference and is in no way the drama’s fault.

On a technical standpoint, I think the drama is actually one of the best of 2018. Everything is downright gorgeous, from the cinematography to the set design to the very, very pretty people. What made this drama the most enjoyable for me, though, was watching it with my mom. It reminded me of that one awful week when we decided Hey, let’s binge Gaksital! I’m sure it won’t leave us an emotional wreck! Point is, Mr. Sunshine delivered on all the feels and all the epicness. It’s the kind of fiction that makes you appreciate history ten times more.

Thirty But Seventeen: PENDING

I can’t really fit this drama into one category because I liked it but still don’t know if I love it. The story was refreshingly simple and heartwarming, ditching most K-drama clichés to save room for character development. And that truly paid off–I came out of this feeling happy with the characters and their eventual growth.

But again, like What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, not much happened. I think that Thirty But Seventeen is a much better drama, but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed with another rom-com letting me down. Still, I categorize it as “pending” because I think it deserves a second watch. Something tells me this was a good drama that I just happened to watch at the wrong time.

The Third Charm: LIFESAVER (in disguise)

I was so sure that this was going to be a sinker because the recapping process… Let’s just say, it was not an easy one. I went in wanting a breezy opposites-attract romance, and I went out wanting to crawl into a corner and cry my eyes out. Now, here, I blame marketing. This never should’ve sold itself as a romantic drama. That may be silly of me to say since it focuses on one romantic relationship for twelve years, but once we get into the second half, oh boy, do things change.

In retrospect, I’m grateful I recapped this, because if I hadn’t, I probably would’ve dropped it after Episode 8. It’s a bit of a challenge after 8, and an even bigger challenge after 12, but the themes explored stayed with me in a totally unexpected way. So, despite all the tears, the hair pulling, the fist shaking, The Third Charm found a special place in my heart for showing me that sometimes, things don’t work out. And sometimes, that’s okay.

Boyfriend: LIFESAVER

Not gonna lie–the only reason I was interested in this drama was because it was Park Bo-gum’s comeback and I love the boy like a son (even though he’s older than me). I’m not the biggest fan of Song Hye-gyo, but here, I really appreciate the quiet strength and elegance to her performance. She truly feels like a powerful queen that is trapped inside her castle. Or hotel, I guess I should say.

Since the OTP returned to Korea and the plot settled down, I was a little bummed that it started feeling cliché. However, I’m so interested in this forbidden office romance that I don’t really care. They’re just so sweet together, and I’m rooting for them to be happy amidst all the media chaos that follows the heroine. I have a feeling that when the romance gets intense, it’s gonna get real intense. Bo-gummy better put those puppy eyes to work because I am here for the angst!

Memories of the Alhambra: LIFESAVER

Oh, now 2018 wants to deliver all the cool dramas. When the year is nearly over! I won’t complain, though, because I’m happy to finally be watching 3+ dramas at one time, Memories of the Alhambra included.

I wasn’t sold on this show at first, but once Hyun Bin started up his game and had that hilarious montage of going back and forth between the statue and the restaurant… well, I was cracking up. Not only is it fun and cool and wonderfully nerdy, but it also delivers on all the chills and thrills that 2016’s W–Two Worlds gave me. But because this is the same writer as W, I’m a little scared that things may go wrong. Yes, two years and W still has me scarred. What are ya gonna do?

But, I’m gonna stay optimistic. I’ve been burned before, but I’m willing to get burned again, because this is the most impressive drama (on a technical level) that I’ve seen in a while. Like Boyfriend, it’s incredibly pretty to look at. And it’s making me want every other drama to start filming overseas. Give us the whole world tour! That said, I’m already dying from anticipation for the next few episodes. And I’ve gotta say that I’ve missed this kind of excitement.

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Honorable Mentions: There were a few shows that I either didn’t have the time or didn’t have the sanity to finish. And since I believe that some are worth returning to (when that might be, I don’t know), they should at least be acknowledged. Possible lifesavers include Just Between Lovers, My Ajusshi, Are You Human Too, and Hundred Million Stars From the Sky. And possible sinkers include Radio Romance, The Great Seducer, and Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food. My apologies (or congratulations) for not making the main list.

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I’d thought that 2018 was a slow year (and looking over my list of dramas, it really was), but I am glad that I watched what I watched. K-dramas seem to be getting better in quality every year, and this year was no exception. It’s good that the times are changing, because my preferences are changing as well. I just never know which drama I’m going to fall in love with. But before signing off, I’d like to give a big hug and a big thank you to the Dramabeans team and all the Beanies out there. No matter how far I sunk into my drama slump, the site was always there as my lifesaver. Love y’all!

 
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I've been pondering once again the wonder that is INAR and its measly 3%. I. just. don't. get. it.

While I don't think it was technically the best drama of 2018 - that's probably reserved for My Ahjussi - it was the best for me because it excited me viscerally, intellectually and emotionally. It's the one I can rewatch and the one I remember the most fondly. It was the one that excited me week-to-week and didn't entirely let me down in the final hour.

This was definitely INAR's year.

PS - I think Secretary Kim was a great film. Shame it went for more than 16 hours.

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PS - Me too on Secretary Kim!!! Plot or no plot, I have no complaints.

Isn't it funny how different people see dramas so differently? Like, some people really got passionate about Come Here and Hug Me, and I never could see why. (I did like the troubled brother's performance, and he was really good as the security guard in you-know-I've-already-forgotten-the-name-of-that-airport-drama with Chae Soo Bin.)

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I enjoyed about 80% of Come Here and Hug Me. It got a bit silly in the final four although it ended extremely well.

Regarding Secretary Kim, I actually really disliked it. It had the plot of a film but stretched to sixteen eps and so acres of it were about nothing. I also really disliked the ending and think their relationship is doomed.

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The thing that got me with Come and Hug me was the main leads - there was never an ounce of hate between them. People - I mean outsiders condemned their attraction to each other, but they didn't give a f. And I loved Nak Won and her unwavering feelings for Na Moo given their tragic circumstances. Plus, no matter what everyone said and whatever tragic thing that happened to her, bright smile never left her face. She's been always resilient. Love girls like Nak Won.

What's wrong with Secretary Kim - Glad I found my way out before it got so late in the game, so this wasn't a sinker for me. Loved Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young as actors, but this drama just wasn't for me either. Maybe they can try another drama together again that can actually holds for 16 hours.

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Yes, the brother was a great character. His younger counterpart had my attention from the moment he silently walked his sister home. (That was an extremely well-directed scene: the sister is getting annoyed, but the viewers understand his intention in walking back with her is to protect her). As an adult, he was deeply conflicted, flawed but still relatable. I was terrified for him in all his scenes, and he was the only reason I laboured through the final twelve or so episodes; I wanted to see his character trajectory through to the end. The OTP lost me the instant they got together, the leads may still be a bit inexperienced for the heavier romantic scenes, but the build up was good.

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Me too. I loved INAR, such great chemistry between the leads. Also #facts about Secretary Kim.

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INAR premiered on MBC after a 4 week strike that meant there was no drama in the time slot preceding it....for a month. Sometimes great dramas are just screwed over on ratings because of horrible timing (see also: Sassy Go Go, a high school drama that played....during Korean high school exam season).

INAR still got lots of overseas love though, and the cast knew it. I'm glad.

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Yay ! Thank you for sharing! I, too, fell hard into a drama slump once My Ahjussi ended and had to watch 3-4 dramas at once to fill the space once filled by one drama (it didnt work).

I definitely do think you should give Still 17 a second try. It was a drama about character developement, accepting whatever life gives you and forming relationships. It was funny when it needed to be. It's by no means perfect but it still has something special. It wasn't about the plot but about our female lead's acceptance of what happened to her and finding refuge in what she loves. I wouldnt classify it in the WWWSK category because it felt like outward fan service.

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Radio Romance and Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food were definitely sinkers.

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I'm still pissed about Pretty Noona

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Me too!!! I waited for it and watched the first episodes raw and then with subs, but... what a disappointment 😠

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Awwwww Thank you, @sailorjumun for the write up 😁😁😁😁 I love your little blurb about INAR and I couldn’t agree with you more about it 🥰🥰🥰😘😘😘😘 It’s also the ONE drama that pops up in my mind when I look back at 2018 of dramas, and actually, every time I think back upon this drama my heart could actually BURST from loving it so much 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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I'm Not A Robot was so cute! The OST, especially "Words of Your Heart" by Kim Yeon Ji was really good.

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I need to watch INAR again at some point. I really liked it but not loved it. Because of all the Love for it I feel like maybe I missed something.

My Ahjussi was my favorite this year. I'd almost suggest not trying to binge it. I love a marathon, but I'm glad I had to enjoy this one just one chapter at a time.

I have to finally get to Boyfriend, but am loving Memories of Alhambra.

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I binged My Ahjussi as I had missed it while it was airing, and although I still enjoyed it immensely, I always got the feeling the experience definitely could have been better if I went at it slower and with more anticipation involved.

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I'm Not a Robot is just one of those dramas I still cannot believe I adored, especially considering how nonsensical the plot is. I'm not sure how much of it was due to Yoo Seung-ho's fuzzy sweaters (😅), but there certainly were a lot of squeals shared on the Beanie wall. lol

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How are shows that are 5 episodes in on a year end list. It makes no sense.

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Hwayugi - definitely a sinker for me. I loved its first half...... loved its OSTs to death too. But then at some point, I honestly don't remember where now, it lost its momentum for me, but I still kept going cuz, as you said, I also was way too far in, and I was hoping for at least an ending I deserve for wanting to see it end............ I should have known better. I have no one to blame but myself for wanting to trust in Hong sisters who gave me my first drama obsession, You're Beautiful, who gave me dem old good dramas like My Sassy Girl Chun Hyang, My Girl, The Greatest Love, Master Sun..... But I should have known too that they were also the ones who wrote Big and Warm and Cozy too. Sigh. I honestly don't even remember what the ending was like.

Misty - Sigh. This is tough. I didn't really want to admit it because I loved this drama..... Or at least I wanted to love this drama to the end..... But yes, darn it, I`ll say it - this drama *sniff* was a heavy sinker for me. I loved the dynamic between the "estranged" couple who eventually found their way to "love" each other again. I loved (well I still do) my badass girl Hye Ran. She really didn't need a man IMHO. That was a big mistake of mine for rooting her to be with a man, but boy that husband tho........ I was hoping... praying to the gods that this drama/HE wouldn't betray me. My guts were saying it/he would, I didn't listen. I kept going. I didn't know how to drop it..... and yep, I got burned by it. So bad. It hurt. My girl, Hye Ran, and I will be forever be living in misery after seeing that ending. Dem those boys. Get out of our lives.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty - My lifesaver. The one that brought me out of drama slump for 8 straight weeks. It wasn't a perfect story, but hey, which K-drama was? It had its flaws, but this drama made me so crazy about it the way I used to about K-Dramas. I've been in drama slump since 2017. I wanted to say that was because real life got in the way that I haven't had the time to check out any dramas. But after discovering My ID is Gangnam Beauty, that busy-excuse of mine was basically bull. I eventually found a way to make time for this drama, spazz about it, spent hours and days on Dramabeans to talk about it with beanies, and forced to find my way through dcgall/daum/naver for more news about this drama. So yeah, I realized it doesn't matter how busy I am with real life, I always make time for dramas that catch my interest :)

My Ahjusshi, Come and Hug Me - My 2nd lifesavers <3333. Loved these two series, but I didn't want to put them on the same level as My ID is Gangnam Beauty as my thirst to see them every week wasn't as bad as the latter. But never once had I thought of dropping them. Each episode kept me on the edge, my heart hurt in a good way for the characters. And I loved their endings. For all the stress and heavy emotions they brought me, they gave me HEA. <3 That's all the reason why...

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gaaaah???! What is this? I didn't know there was a character count in the posts too? LOL. Anyways I`ll try to re-write what I wanted to say in the last part right there -

That's all the reason why I watch dramas to begin with - to see my heroes/heroines' HEA and that their HEAs actually make sense....

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Oh, Misty. Yes. I had forgotten Misty. There was a point where it was so cracky and then it went off the rails. That was so common this year.

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Auuuuuuuuuuuuugh. Despite my love for Hye Ran, I really do want my 16 hours back if I can. That ending totally burned me so bad (plus what did they do to Hye Ran in that final scene?????) that I don't want any recollection of this drama. Tragic that I can still remember how it ended. Wish I got an ending-amnesia like Hwayugi's.

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I loved the overall message of that drama:

"A woman can only have success if she destroys men - and she won't be happy anyway when she does it".

That's so profound and uplifting.

Of course, I thought the point of the drama was going to be the complete opposite of that but the final episode was very very clear.

So disappointing.

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Hwayugi. All that talent, and OH MY GOD WHAT A SINKER!!!

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Misty, was so juicy, in a trashy tabloid way, 😛, then, disaster strikes ! 😖
Misty goes away silent, hiding the truth, it was so WEAK! What happened to our fierce, FTW reporter?
Tae-Wook Killing himself = LOSER !! It would have made for a better drama if Hye Ran reported the ugly truth and if Tae Wook owned up to killing Kevin Lee. Don’t get me started on the idiocy of Mung Woo.

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It was only after I got into Boyfriend that I realized I had been in a drama slump this year. Nothing really interested me. Some that did, were only enough to keep me watching just because. Mindlessly. Cause there's nothing better to watch at that moment. But that's not why we truly watch & enjoy dramas now, do we? But Boyfriend finally did manage to get my heart going, for reasons I think I have already pointed out enough, & I am hoping that it just keeps getting better.
I would like to give an honorable mention to The Smile Has left Your Eyes which was the only stand out from the dramas I managed to finish this year. One more mention to Memories of the Alhambra for keeping me interested enough to have me coming back for more, so far. & well, Hyunbin.

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Yay! Thank god that someone else loved Mr. Sunshine other than me. It was definitely a lifesaver for me. I will explain why:

1. The epicness was real. The story, the technicalities, the dialogues, the music and the acting - all of them was on point as an epic should be.

2. I loved the romance. It was real. There was no force involved and respect and very strong background was given to the female protagonist. I was not disappointed with no 'kissing' involved because it would have become unrealistic. Kissing was a foreign concept at that time in Korea and to the world because it was popularized through Hollywood films much later.

3. I am not very well versed with Korean history but at least this drama made it look as realistic as possible with costumes and set design. It looked near perfect than any Korean movie I ever seen till now.

4. Many people said that ' What's with the age difference', but I did not see anything that felt uncomfortable. Both of the actors are 'ACTORS' and full fledged adults. They were just acting. A film is not real. So why would the question of 'Age-difference' would even arrive?

All of these reasons and the fact that as a non-korean, I truly enjoyed 'Mr. Sunshine' is what makes the drama a 'Lifesaver' for me. I hope I am not the only one.

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I am still scratching my head about this year: there were more options than ever before, and yet I was unable to choose dramas that would keep me out of the slump. Why?

Actually, I know what happened in my case. My go-to genres are sageuks and solid rom-coms. Problem: There were three historical dramas this year, and that's including Mr. Sunshine. Alas, the rom-coms I tried were mostly fluff and had nonsensical plots (SINKERS: Evergreen, Rich Man Poor Woman). I did try Life on Mars and branching out into thrillers, but nope I couldn't handle it. :(

BUT I agree! I think 2018 kept all of the cool dramas for the end, so here's a toast to you @sailorjumun and best wishes for 2019! May you watch several lifesavers and few sinkers. Thank you for your review :)

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*The three historical dramas are: Grand Prince, Mr. Sunshine, and 100 Days My Prince. I'm not including Mama Fairy because that is a weird genre of its own (and a sinker in my books).

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Grand Prince was so flawed, but it rocked my world. ❤️

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The Weirdness in Mama Fairy is what keeps me watching in my books a life saver :-)

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Sure, having so many options means there is something for everyone's taste. It's good you are enjoying Mama Fairy.

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Ah, perfect wording — sinker or lifesaver. Dramas definitely fall into these two categories for me also.

I’m wondering now about my taste in dramas. Everyone seems to be saying 2018 was a slow year, or a slump, but I’ve watched and enjoyed more dramas this year than any other.

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I've watched and enjoyed more dramas this year than any other too. Last year I felt lonely because I was in a huge slump and this year I felt lonely because everyone else seemed to be haha.

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Agreed with you! 2018 was the year where my drama watching really picked up. Everybody has different tastes, and I don't think we should question our judgment. As long as we enjoyed the dramas!

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I Need a Robot really makes your heart so full. It's one of those shows. Plus the main couple communicated! D': They had a misunderstanding and they TALKED IT OUT. Ok. If that isn't ROMANCE? Lolll

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Preach. God that was one of the best things about it.

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Absolutely. The first half of the drama was a mish-mash of several different plot points, all kept juggling in the air, and I wanted something a bit better balanced up until the mid-point of the show. But from the moment they met again on the train, the show had my heart completely. A rare show where the break up, while it felt contrived at first, once it actually happened, the fallout was intense, the damage was real. It felt irrevocable and final and irreparable. There was no going back so the ensuing angst and regret felt real, and it took the complete sincerity and genuine love between the couple to bridge the gap. The OTP actually talked, and sincerely apologised and explained and offered comfort, to heal the breach between them, without downplaying or waving away the very real, justified hurt feelings between them. Now that's true respect. Definitely one of the better making-up scenes of any k-drama, because it was genuine and heartfelt, and not at all like the usual materialistic Grand Gesture, guaranteeing insta-forgiveness, and insta-memory loss, after throwing around a few thousand dollars, with the original source of the heartbreak conveniently ignored, and making one or both of the leads look selfish, cruel, or stupid, negating any and all character development in the final episode. (Looking at you, four out of five drama finales)

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Thiiiiisssss. It was so beautiful. Just two cuties in winter coats talking out their feelings. I loved it so much and wish there was more of that.

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Now, these dramas picked me up, slapped me in the face, and yelled, “Get a hold of yourself, soldier! I’m gonna deliver some feels!” Thank you, lifesavers. You made my year.

This was so funny, my drink spilt on me. @sailorjumun you're commentary was GOLD!

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Why is no one mentioning Life on Mars? For me it was one of the best dramas of the year. The plot, the mystery, the characters, the acting, that final episode that keeps you thinking so long after you have finished it.

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The cast of LOM was excellent. Funny thing, on a different forum, someone asked for recommendations for K dramas that a guy might like. Three of my recommendations were Jung Kyoung-Ho dramas, LOM, Cruel City and Prison Playbook
Jung Kyoung-Ho = ❤️❓❗️

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Well Prison Playbook was my favorite drama this year and JKH's character was just pure, unadulterated LOVE!
And LOM was my second fav??😀😀
JKH=💚💚

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Life on mars was one of my most favorites this year💚💚. So glad you mentioned it!

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I'm intrigued... *adds to binge list*

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Yes, definitely give it try!

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Life on Mars was the biggest lifesaver for me!

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Mine too! the 1988 gang will always stay in my heart💚💚

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LOM was definitely my favorite this year

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What I don’t understand about complains towards WWWSK is the fact, that people always have something to say about couples in dramas not acting or being simple couples, but when drama literally give what everyone always wanted, and between two actors that actually have a chemistry, suddenly it’s not enough, it’s too boring, it’s too much “a fan service”. For WWWSK couple it was always about moving from the past to present. Being happy and enjoying their relationship. It wasn’t about some big sceme and about angst. Whole freakin’ drama was about that. They didn’t try to make it sad and hard for anyone. Talking, trying to change and understand, being in healthy relationship were couples can talk and people around them being supportive and understanding. You can probably say it’s not what you want it your dramas and prefer “conflicts”, but to call it sinker, when there is more dramas, that deserve it? And with “I’m not the robot” listed as livesaver on top of that. C’mon now.
And I’m yet to even understand how on earth authors here still forming their opinions about Boyfriend and Memories of Alhambra giving them positive points, when their opinions about dramas like WWWSK happens to be something like “great start, meh ending”. Simply because “it’s pretty”.

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I love this point, as many have been the times that I've read Beanies comment that they'd like a swoony romance where everything goes right. For this reason and it's pure eye-candy appeal, WWWSK was a real lifesaver 🆘 for me this year. I badly needed something sweet that could pick me up and I couldn't have asked for more than the feels and the laughs (and the kisses!) it delivered. I don't begrudge a minute that I gave it, really.

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I totally agree with you. WWWSK was based on a webtoon, and webtoons aren't really supposed to be anything serious in the first place. I went in expecting a sexy Park Seo-joon romance, and that's what I got, along with some good laughs and adorable silliness. Lowering my expectations allowed me to really enjoy it. A lifesaver!

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I think my main complaint with that show was just how much it strayed away from the story it offered in its first two episodes. Yes, I wanted romance and romance I got. But I also wanted the story of a lead who didn't really know herself, because she was too busy knowing someone else, to find what makes her happy. Not just from a relationship but from life. I at least wanted to see her try new things WHILE the romance happened and it just did not. Instead it became centered on the male lead and his confusing childhood trauma and that was not fun to watch and neither did I care.

BUT, this is just ONE person's opinion. The author here is revealing her PERSONAL lifesavers. You are more than welcome to discuss yours, too! And others will agree with you I'm sure.

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Actually, should prolly put their* personal lifesavers. I shouldn't assume all the minions' genders. XD

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This was my biggest issue. Even the 'no plot' thing could have been okay for me if it wasn't for this. They took a story about a woman who was dissatisfied because her life was entirely about somebody else - and concluded that what she needed was to be more devoted to him.

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She wanted to marry and find her childhood “oppa”. She did both things. I think you all somehow misunderstood Kim Mi So, her goals and her dreams and made it drama’s fault.
Like we saw her looking on bus at the happy family, we saw her constantly talking about getting married with her friends, she herself said to Lee Young Joon that her reasons for quitting the job, because she wants to marry.
And God I hope no one will even say a word about that wanting to get married is not good enough dream.
At the end, she discovered that it was never the job, that she wanted to get away from. She actually liked and was proud of it. From first episodes, when her peers called her “career woman” and that they’re jealous of her it made her feel good about herself. Because that work has all her soul and hard-work poured into it. And she enjoyed results.
It’s not drama about people breaking free from jobs, or finding themselves outside it or running towards new dreams. Heck, there is even a scene, where she tried to plan her “vacation/holiday” but wasn’t really interested in anything or even trying something new. There is a reason, why when she is in her “secretary mode” she always had such a statisfied look on her face. The fact is Kim Mi So, the woman that great in her job, from the start was exactly same Kim Mi So she always wanted to be. Lee Young Joon, her colleagues, her family, no one made that choice for her. She made it for herself. And there is nothing wrong in that.
Millions of us work everyday and millions of us see our everyday job, the one that we like, a part of our lives.

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She hated that job in the beginning. And the whole drama was her stuck in it because she was supposed to be a place holder until the next person was ready. There was nothing in the middle to really explain and show why she wanted to stay except for that she was in a relationship. I would have been all for the conclusion of this is all what she really wanted if the show had shown it but it did not. Her finding herself, and no it wasn't just about getting married and finding her oppa, she actually did want to try and find other things that she liked and find herself /outside/ of being Secretary Kim, was a dropped storyline plain and simple. Which was a mistake because it was the most important. I'm glad you enjoyed it but I don't see the point of trying to fight everyone who didn't. People are going to have different opinions than you. You have two commenters with lovely comments who agreed with you and your focused on trying to say people who didn't like this drama is wrong and didn't get it. Just enjoy your things and people will enjoy theirs. There are PLENTY of comments on this site explaining why they loved it and how it was enjoyable for them.

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There are two points that explained her discovery that she adores her job, thrives on it, to me. The first was when she lists her complaints to her boss and he says, but you never told me this was too much. " You can see the realization on her face as it dawns on her that this is true. She actually likes being indispensable and busy as heck being her boss's right hand. Then She explains more than once when she thinks somebody is being dismissive of what she does that she is really proud of how well she has succeeded at her job in spite of her lack of training and education, to the point that she is better at it than anybody else can be, she is an incomparable personal assistant & dang proud of it. It energizes her to prevent, spot and fix problems and she is fabulous at it.

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I’m not addressing my comment to just one opinion. I see opinions about WWWSK being “too much fan service in last two episodes” everytime. So my comment addressed to them. Along with the author. Because reading it after she felt sorry that “I’m not a robot” didn’t give enough “couple moments” seems... strange.
Also, you didn’t like it being about childhood mistery, someone lost interest after it ended, because that what actually made them into it, another people wanted simple office romance, other wanted “I want to break free” drama, some think that there wasn’t enough Kim Mi So, others think that they didn’t give Lee Young Joon proper time to heal himself.
As I already said, If you want to find a fault, you would. There is no prefect drama, just ones where your willing to overlook it’s faults. Maybe WWWSK is not for someone one of them. But what i know for sure, that despite it flaws, it’s far from being a sinker. Even in disguise. Because for every fault, it made a lot of things right. And next time you guys will praise another drama, for what WWWSK already accomplished. I read this community long enough to know, how comments go every year.

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Yo, it's just one show.
I enjoyed Wok of Love and would consider it a lifesaver for myself; it's a sinker here and I'm not kicking up a fuss like this. I could write an essay about what I loved about that drama but the fact is I can just love it and no one else's opinion is impeding my enjoyment of that drama and why it kept me watching. And there were TONS of people who didn't like that one. I don't feel the need to fight them or say they didn't get it or Poong. I know that everyone sees things differently.

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I loved Wok of Love while it was airing too! Over time, my confusion over the drop in quality of the last few eps has tempered my love a bit. But while it was airing, it made me smile every week. I really loved the characters and kind of wish the writer had stuck to their guns and not let (what I assume was*) network interference change their approach.

*This is just my best guess. The change in writing after the hiatus was jarring.

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@leetennant Indeed! Though, I don't like the act of changing up a story because of public opinion there are some shows it works for (like You Who Forgot Poetry apparently) and some where it doesn't so much. Like in Wok of Love. But I'll stand by that writer cuz I thought she still did such a good job even with what were clearly changes to what she originally planned. I think I did hear some talk about her changing things because I guess people thought a talking horse was too strange lol.

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WWWSK was bad for me because the Pilot episode was spectacular and you think it's about a woman who will find herself and branch out, but instead it becomes about the man and how terrible his family is. Meh, 100% a stinker, it fell so far below my expectations that even when I adjusted it still wasn't very good.

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“I think it’s bad, because it didn’t turn out to be what I wanted it to be, since I misunderstood permise of the story”.
To sum up everything you said;) Also, strange to think, that drama would ignore another it’s main lead. lmfao. Like it told the story of Mi So and her childhood too. Probably including her family and problems that they faced no less, if not more than Lee Young Joon’s family. Yet somehow it made it the story about him? When it was about her lost memories. About her search, her journey;))) Lee Young Joon already knew everything. He didn’t move, he is static character in that regard.
They say if you want to find fault and hate something, you will. Because I’m sure your “100% lifesavers” far for perfectly delivering everything that you actually wanted it to deliver;)) Even if it’s “darling” dramas in this community.
Have a nice day;))

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I guess we have to agree to disagree, because I adjusted my expectations by episode 3 when I realized what was happening and it was still a rather bland drama about a man and his terrible family. I said "to me" because you said you didn't understand why it was a stinker for the writer. There were flaws in the other dramas, but not nearly as glaring. 😊😊

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Nah, Secretary Kim should've let someone try to kill main couple, then people here would've think, that no matter how stupid everything about killer was, drama has a plot. Just like with every drama, rom-com or not, that has carbon copy version of killer in it. God forbid for drama about couple just simply act, enjoy and deal with what it's to be in a relationship as a plot. But share number of people who enjoyed Secretry Kim vs people here, who has something to say about it, basically shows that majority liked this breezy drama, with quality production, good acting, balanced story and likable characters from mains, to supporting ones.

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Agree with everything you said. WWWSK was my favorite in the romance-comedy genre. It did everything it promised — stayed faithful to the webtoon, made me believe in love between the leads was fate, made me smile, if not crack up out loud, for 16 episodes. For once the ending of a rom-com didn’t involve stupid misunderstandings that was resolved in last 5 minutes.

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Thank you for putting into words what I feel every year - I don't touch bad dramas, but there's nothing worse than having sky high expectations and being someone bitterly mundane. I dropped over twenty dramas this year for that reason - that includes Secretary Kim, Let's Eat 3, Fox Bride Star, Beauty Inside...

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Let’s Eat 3 😢😢😢 Season # 1 is the best, no need to watch the other two seasons.

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Secretary Kim 🙁🙁🙁. I really enjoyed PMY in Queen For Seven Days, then Secretary Kim happened. 😢

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Well, for me Memories of Alhambra just like W have the very real strong smell of a quite strong stinker around it. I hate plots that doesn't make any sense whatsoever, but try to pass as being super smart and innovative. I would much more prefer to watch something cute and breezy like Secretry Kim, where is doesn't pretend to be something bigger or better than what it is, fully embracing both romance and comedy part, turning out to be solid and quality project in both aspects, bringing some happiness and satisfaction to the views in the process, even if plot is not complicated, rather than seeing drama trying hard. So hard. And the process failing miserably and lost in what it's trying to achieve.
And mistakes of Pretty noona already written all over Boyfriend. I guess popular actor and actress makes everyone forgive this one for mistakes that it committing, when Pretty noona was basically buried.
Also, She was pretty and Still 17 underrated dramas here. And felling like "there is nothing to watch" hardly has anything to do with dramas itself.

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Just Between Lovers is totally a lifesaver category. I usually avoid melo sad drama like a plague, but JBL was one of the best drama I've watched this year.

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Thanks @sailorjumun for a great post. We seem to be in sync. I pretty much agree with your take on the 2018 watched dramas we have in common: INAR, WOK OF LOVE (for some reason I prefer that title), 30B17, and TTC. I watched and enjoyed 3 on your Honorable Mentions list: AYHT, HMSFTS and RR, but, the best and most hilarious line in your essay is this about Park Bo-gum in BOYFRIEND:

Not gonna lie–the only reason I was interested in this drama was because it was Park Bo-gum’s comeback and I love the boy like a son (even though he’s older than me).

I loved it. So on that note, how about 2 sons?
The only drama I have seen PBG in is HELLO MONSTER/I REMEMBER YOU (2015) which is one of my favorites and I am sure you have seen him in it. He is in my all time favorite cast party pic which is from that show. Indulge me once again. (I probably post this at least once a year.) Here is Park Bo-gum and Hong Eun-taek (Adult and child Min):
http://66.media.tumblr.com/1e916d4a4852713837fd3977069ab363/tumblr_nsydji0VLZ1to1fhoo3_1280.jpg

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I first noticed PBG in hello monster. The drama not even on my watch list (not a fan of jang nara), but i just randomly checking the 1st episode & i just continue watching it. PBG has better chemistry with SIG than Jang Nara.

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Agree with WWSK & 30 but 17(I really really liked this but...I can't quite decide).
Can't decide on Boyfriend because the I DO NOT LIKE THE MOMS, but OTP is great so yay(?)
Oh btw Sailor, you are younger than PBG & such a nice recapper already... how nice ^^
And I hope to survive MoA because I'm a scaredy cat, but it's interesting too! >.<

apart from this I think my lifesavers were:
1. APAD. It's amazing how a couple of shows this year helped me indirectly & in more ways than just pure enjoyment of a kdrama. This show definitely made me more interactive on DB & remember those long lost poems that I used to love.
2. Waikik. This show actually brought me out of a very LOOOONG slump, hence I'm grateful.

Sinkers:
Pretty noona: Oh why did you do that to me~~~
3rd charm. I wasn't ready for the shift in tone. The End.
TBI. I see that my sinkers are the shows that couldn't appeal to me from the second half. THE END
Plus many more that I dropped & just read the recaps or something.

Now, a third term I'd like to use, THE BUOYS. I can't think of anything else, they almost became lifesavers but now just bob somewhere in the middle for me.
Gangnam Beauty: I really liked the psychological kind of analysis it did on the characters' mind in the show except for the lead guy. He....could've been more(?)
LoM: I enjoyed it SO much.....save for the finale. I'm scratching my head till date.

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Pretty Noona: 😟 Sinker 🤔 Why writer-nim?

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Thank you for recapping The third charm, SailorJumun. I don't think it has a place in my favourite dramas list and I definitely would never watch it again! But in a year where I kept dropping dramas left and right, I finished this one and I would remember it for a long time, also, the beanie discussions were wonderful. And I am not robot is definitely awesome, I am thinking of rewatching it.

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😁 SailorJumun, thank you for these very useful and evocative terms "sinker" and "lifesaver".

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Love you too, girl. Also, Just Between Lovers is absolutely a lifesaver - definitely go back to it!

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❤ Will do!

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I loved it to pieces.

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This year one of the most frustrating kdrama watching experiences for me was YOUR HONOR. My heart wants to place YH among the Lifesavers but my head tells me no. It certainly does not belong among the sinkers either. I will put it in that kdrama limbo with many other dramas that should/could have been much better.
I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of SBS executives who reduced the YH episode count from 40 to 32. (30B17 faced the same situation but because of the way its plot was structured it was able to handle the hurry up ending much better than YH.)
It is kind of strange but YH is the only drama that I felt like I had a personal interest in its success. At the time I said I was in Producer mode. A little background.
I became a fan of Yoon Shi-yoon while watching GRAND PRINCE which was my first YSY drama. Our friend @pakalanapikake pointed out during GP's run how YSY had suppressed his natural charm in portraying Lee Hwii. So YSY's next project was the totally different YOUR HONOR. I was on board and waiting with anticipation.
Then the first 2 (30 mi.) episodes aired on July 25, 2018 and after watching them I was shocked and I wasn't the only one. My reaction to YSY's portrayals of the twins Judge Han Soo-ho and his convict brother Han Kang-ho was along the lines of OH MY WORD. YSY's portrayals was over the top. I didn't know what to think. I was really concerned that YH would crash on take-off. Well a funny thing happened. It seems I should not have been so concerned. YSY and Director-nim knew what they were doing.
After some shaky early episodes things settled down and YH turned into a fine drama. There was great chemistry between YSY and his costar Lee Yoo-young appearing in only her second drama. LYY was terrific in her first drama TUNNEL.
Once I accepted YSY's interpretation of the twins I really started to enjoy YH. The South Korean viewing public certainly liked what they saw. YH had good ratings for its entire run.
I loved seeing (fake) Judge Han Soo-ho hunched over the bench with tie askew throwing one curve ball after another.
Then came the episode cut and the necessity of a hurry up ending which a lot were disappointed in. Last night I re-watched episode 24 which was one of the best (30 min. available on Kocowa/Viki.) You get to see YSY's portrayal of both brothers. I will wrap this up with a 3.54 min clip of episode 24 on YouTube. A couple things. There is a wonderful exchange between (fake) Judge Han Soo-ho and evil Prosecutor Hong Jung-soo wonderfully portrayed by Heo Sung-tae (who has played some great bad guys.) About 1.55 in YSY gets to utter one of my favorite lines in the drama: PROSECUTION! LISTEN UP!
Apologies for the rather long rant/rave.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXU98-9X0TU

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While I don't agree with you about the performance, I completely agree with you about the episode cut. This show was getting better and better every week and had really interesting things to say. The cut destroyed that and turned the show into... nothing. It could have been one of my favourite dramas of the year.

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Have you seen Flower Boy Next Door @marcusnyc20? It's an essential watch for Yoon Shi Yoon's natural charms. I'd also recommend the first half of The Best Hit for his take on 1990s rock and fashion.

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I have not seen FBND. Thanks for the recommendation. I had book marked at DramaFever BAKER KING KIM TAK GOO (2010) (which had a 50.8% TNmS Nationwide rating for final episode 30).
I am planning during my little sabbatical to sneak in YSY' 3 episoder from 2017: ROMANCE FULL OF LIFE.

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I'm glad INAR gets the love it deserves here on DB. The 3% rating must have traumatized the people involved though, which is a shame given how heartfelt and sincere the drama was. And Secretary Kim was all fluff and no substance, making me kind of want to stay away from the two leads' works from now on. I really should watch My Ajuhssi but the premise just doesn't really excite me lol. People keep talking about it though so I guess I should really give it a chance.

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Hi @kaiyouessensu. INAR was one of my favorites this year. Yes, the ratings were low. Another favorite of mine A POEM A DAY also had low ratings. One of the things that impressed me about both dramas was that productions standards were maintained for their entire run.
Re INAR ratings. The following article appeared after INAR finished airing. and it told me 2 things.
I. YSY was shocked at the low ratings. His previous drama RULER: MASTER OF THE MASK had had very good ratings; and
2. He showed a lot of maturity in dealing with the situation.
YSY is a fine actor and classy guy. Here is the article:
https://www.soompi.com/article/1118415wpp/yoo-seung-ho-shares-honest-thoughts-low-viewership-ratings-not-robot

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Apologies to YSH. In this case YSY=Yoo Seung-ho.
I am mixing up my YSY's and my YSH's.
I am glad this year is almost over.
Time for a reboot.

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Thanks for reminding me of this article. I actually have read this (I read the whole interview when it was translated to be exact), and I agree, YSH is such an endearing human being who seems to still carry with him that down-to-earth, grateful, and genuine demeanor that's not typical of someone growing up with fame. I have so much respect for him and his acting chops.

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The Sinker for me this year has definitely been Fluttering Alert ,I have never seen a drama that just seems so static and I kept falling asleep while watching. Sky castle is my lifesaver in disguise I sure hope things don't change because so far it is brilliant.

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INAR was a life-saver in every sense of the word for me and I'm happy we can experience Bok-soo together!
17/30 was a beautiful continuation of the lessons INAR gave me - the simple act of loving good people and being loved in return makes your life richer and worth experiencing, despite the heartbreak caring inevitably brings.
rabbit club dramas - thank you for melting my cold heart!

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Thank you for the post and the categories from which to frame this discussion! ;)
For me at least 2018 was a good year for K dramas. One of the better ones actually. But I'm one of those people that don't watch everything (haven't got the time frankly) and I am forced to be selective. It's the year of Prison Playbook, Live, Life of Mars, My Mister and A Quiz from God... how bad can it be? ;) APAD turned out to be a surprising and rather lowkey "lifesaver" for me and I've watched parts of it several times over. No doubt though that PP is my top pick for the year. So good... a wonderful handling of a large ensemble cast. Made me laugh and cry all throughout in a way few K dramas can.

The biggest "sinkers" this year for me were definitely Misty and A Korean Odyssey especially because they both started well. Misty was actually very good until the last two episodes when it became a kind of nihilistic hatchet job. Not sure what happened to AKO after the halfway mark. Did they run out of money? It begs the question. Loads of good actors to be sure but the whole prophetic thing re: Samjung went nowhere.
I bailed out of Pretty Noona really early because the writing was on the wall quite early so thankfully I didn't waste too much time on it.

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Fox Bride Stars/Where stars land is a total sinker for me. I hate when show pulls me in with good episodes and then went downhill in an infuriating way you hope ToD will appear and end it early. Nope

MoA is on hold for me. Sounds good, looks good but the pessimistic in me wont let me take the first step until it is over. Hopefully it is good until the end so I can binge watch it.

Life is probably more of a sinker to me than a lifesaver...? It just tilts slightly to sinker area, I still enjoy watching it but I just don't understand the purpose of the love line (both of them). Happiness can be achieved thru other way and even when you are solo though.

My personal lifesaver is definitely The Guest. Good characters, good editing, probably more than enough of the scare factors, not perfect but perfect enough to be my crack drama. My excitement from watching this drama spills to other drama which is also good since drama slump is not fun yo~

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Lifesavers:
My ID is Gangnam Beauty - I watched this very warily because my friend wanted to look at Eunwoo's face, and I ended up falling totally in love with its depiction of double standards and self-esteem. Plus Mi Rae and Kyung Seok own me! Now I'm obsessed with Soo Hyang and am working my way through her filmography.
Are You Human Too? - Despite Rora's ending bothering me, I will forever love this drama for giving me a difficult and complex female lead whom I adored with all my heart. And of course Nam Shin III, the sweetest bean there ever was.
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes - Another one I watched with my hands over my eyes, because I knew how the Japanese drama went. But the leads won me over with their performances and chemistry, and I found the tragedy to have a bittersweet poetry to it.
Just Between Lovers - Technically started in 2017, but I didn't watch it until this year so... Just a perfect and painful story about two people learning to cope with loss. Great performances, touching romance and family stories, and a lot of lovely side characters.
Still Seventeen - It was so sweet and soft, and I appreciated the healing process. It was no MIIGB in terms of romantic squees or JBL in terms of deep introspection, but I appreciated it all the same.

Sinkers:
What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? - How are you gonna start a drama with the female lead wanting a new job and her own life only to have her end up at the same job with her life still revolving around the male lead? There was so much cuteness and fluff in this drama that I almost forgave it, but like 5 or 6 episodes with no plot was way too many.
Where Stars Land - I enjoyed the security team so much and I liked the arc of growth for Chae Soo Bin's character, but then it just lost the plot once the leads got together. Who cared about the gangsters and why did we have to see them? And how could they get away with such messed up views on living with disability?
The Ghost Detective - I'm mad because this show started off with so much promise, full of chills and thrills, and then it took a sharp left turn into a world where absolutely nothing made sense and there were no rules left to follow.
100 Days My Prince - Am I the only one who didn't like this drama, lol? First, I thought D.O.'s performance was surprisingly one note. But more importantly, I felt like his character learned nothing from his time in the village aside from the fact that he loved Hong Sim. And they dragged out his amnesia once he got back... Plus my sideship got a terrible ending, so I'm bitter.
The Third Charm - TOTALLY dropped the ball on Young Jae's interiority, and when they did show her it was with an almost sadistic pleasure in her misery. By the time it ended, I didn't even want them together.

I watched many more, but the rest all fall in between!

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Not to offend anyone but for Me definitely What's wrong with Secretary Kim wasn't a Sinker rather was a Lifesaver. I mean what plot? Plot or not it made me feel Happy. It made me feel Good. That's all I want from a drama! To feel good instead of being frustrated due a "Plot's" plot holes and flaws and unrequired twists and turns. Also, Third Charm for me was a Sinker. A Big One! I tried to watch it but couldn't get past 8 episodes even after skipping and jumping in between. 'Are you Human Too?' was also a Sinker(in disguise) for me. Besides I don't get why people hop on a Hype-train? I mean certain shows like Come and Hug Me or for that matter Hwarang? And miss Hidden gems like Prison Playbook? I didn't see a single post featuring that show despite having High TV Ratings and IMDb rating.

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I think we all watch and enjoy dramas differently, so how much we like or dislike a drama doesn't necessarily have to change its value. I wasn't crazy about WWWSK, but it's still a solid show. I even gave it a bean for the Bean Count. ^_~ Glad it was a lifesaver for you!

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Thanks @sailorjumun! I agree about INAR. That was my #1 Lifesaver because it totally engaged me. It made me laugh, cry and I was very satisfied with the ending. I don’t look for perfect dramas, I watch dramas to relax me after a long day. YSH and CSB nailed their roles.

WWWSK and Wok of Love were lifesavers too. Yes there were flaws but I still loved these. PSJ, PMY and Jang Hyuk carried the drama.

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Honey, 30 but 17 is closer to a lifesaver than a sinker.
My Ajusshi is absolutely a LIFESAVER. If you didn't watch it in 2018, there is still 2019.
And Pretty noona is a sinker totally. Sadly. Very sad, because I love Jung Hae in, but that's the way it is.

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I’m Not a Robottttt! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I agree with you completely except about the pace (EVERYTHING ABOUT IT WAS PERFECT, FIGHT ME)

...other than that, I love your summation of the year. Some of these sinkers are real stinkers, but after reading your take on Mr Sunshine, I think I'm going to give it another shot. Also Boyfriend! Why so cute! It is killing me!

PS, you know my secret name for you now is You who stole Yoo Seung-ho from me, right? ❤️❤️❤️

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I won't fight you; that drama was lifeee. 😉❤

PS. Seung-ho oppa says hi.

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*speechless*

curse you wench!

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Mr. Sunshine 😍😍😍

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There were seriously so many duds this year in dramaland. I dropped so many dramas this year. Probably a new record for me. NEVER have I stopped watching so many, or even not watched so many dramas. I think I finished watching.....two dramas this year (both of which I watched on a whim after watching the teasers)? Which two you may ask? The Great Seducer (I know, don't ask) and A Million Stars Falling from the Sky.

This year was just a really weird year where not a lot of dramas interested me. I watched a few half way through and then dropped them...those include Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food (which I'm glad you mentioned as a sinker, because it def was for me...I hated the mom so much and Jin-Ah was starting to annoy me with how she was treating her bf once the complications started) and What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (plot? what plot?). I THINK I tried watching like half an episode of Just Between Lovers and skipped through some episodes of I'm Not a Robot, but couldn't get into them. Granted, I didn't give them that much of chance.

This year was just zzzzzzzzzz, but here's to hoping next year is better.

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Its a pity that nobody is recognizing the genius that is "come and hug me"

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