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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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Top Star Yoo Baek: Why is this 70 minutes per episode? I love wacky shows (hello Chief Kim and Waikiki) but 70 minutes of Kim Ji-suk’s gorgeous abs is too much, no matter how hilariously in love he is with himself. I hope the pacing gets better in the second episode because I really want this to be good for the whole cast.

Happy to Die: I hate the Garibong branch staff for leaving their new boss behind. Sure Jin-sang was rude, but he wasn’t wrong about how craptastic the whole franchise is. It’s heartbreaking when someone who seemed so strong all along suddenly crumbles, and I like that part of the reason is Jin-sang hid himself so well, Roo-da didn’t realize how much her advice influenced him. To the point that he became another corporate doormat. Now how to un-doormat him? On top of keeping him alive?

 

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My Ajusshi: I cannot believe that I almost missed this gem. It feels like Misaeng (makes sense, given the director), but darker (literally and figuratively) and even more poignant. I marathoned the whole show in three days, and I was overwhelmed with the weight and raw emotions that this show so beautifully conveyed. I always meant to return to this show after watching the first two episodes when the show initially aired, but I had completely forgotten about it until I watched IU on a talk show sharing that she almost had to drop out of filming because she was so sick at the time. Turns out, Ji-an looking like death most of the time was also IU really looking like death. Definitely one of this year’s best.

Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: After all the fascinating exploration of Moo-young’s character, the ending felt abrupt and unfair. I thought that Moo-young deserved a chance at redemption and a chance at happiness with Jin-kang after all that he’d endured, but show was set out to make their lives miserable and tragic. Nothing could have been more tragic than that ending.

Boyfriend: The story is nothing new, but this pairing makes it worth the watch. It’s everything I expected from our leads — Elegant Song Hye-gyo is elegant and adorable Bogummie is adorable — but with that added layer of beautiful camerawork. The highlight was definitely drunk Bogummie, and I might need to rewatch that scene again. And then a few more times.

 

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Boyfriend: Prettyyyyy… I like. A lot. The show’s giving me some major Titanic vibes, with the rich girl living a chaotic, stuffy life and needing the fresh air that Park Bo-gum’s character is. I like the role reversals in having the female lead as the chaebol and the male lead as poor, but what I really appreciate is that they seem like normal people. There’s no extra meanness on her part or extra sugary Candy-ness on his part (though his million-dollar smiles come pretty close). They’re just two very kind and genuine people on different sides of the social spectrum. They find each other endearing, yet their positions at the company make it more awkward than it already is, which I find surprisingly sweet. At first, I thought that the plot was too simple, too overdone, but now I’m thinking that I could love this.

 
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Boyfriend made my week!
It's so nice to have Bogummy back in Dramaland, armed with his dazzling smile and lots and lots of cuteness, oh and drunken antics!
I'll let my profile picture speak for me.

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Park Bogum smile is soooo magical. No matter how sad or upset I am, just watching his smile makes me forget about my sad life

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I didn’t expect to like Boyfriend, I just checked out of curiosity... Seems like I’m charmed just like the rest of all of you. This could turn out to be a pretty solid noona romance if done right.

I still don’t like SHK’s hairstyle but even an unflattering hairstyle can’t make damper her beauty.

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It appears bunch of writers went out and watched movie Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. I think this is the 3rd drama this season showing some glimpse of copy-paste from the original.

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I should have known - Bogum smiling on my screen will make me a goner. I thought the first half of ep 1 was beautiful yet boring, but half way through and ep 2 in, I`m sold. My screen just dazzles and sparkles whenever he is on.

And I`m definitely on board with this noona-dongsaeng relationship.

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- Completed -

Bad Papa: I can't accept what happened to Ji Cheol. There's no other way than to forgive him and treasure him while he kept everything for him all along. Arrgh and he kept telling how he was the only one who could save Young Sun. I mean... wouldn't it have been better for a redemption such as being in jail better than this ?

Go,back Diary: They broke up... Why are recent webdramas uploaded after A-Teen end with breakups ??

Matrimonial Chaos: It's definitely one of my favorite 2018 drama (did I already say it for too many dramas ?). I couldn't imagine a real ending to Seok Moo and Hwi Roo's relationship so them keeping this no ending circle makes sense. They will still be at each other's throught but I hope they will grow old together. I also hope Yoo Young and Jang Hyun's married life and parenthood won't go bad.

Miss Ma, Nemesis: The ending was sweet. Bad guys were punished and Ms Ma got a new "family".

Room No.9: Even if the drama wasn't consistent and could have been bette, the ending was great. Chu Young Bae being alone with his son who hates him is actually the worst that he ever imagined. Oh what a sweet revenge. I was glad to see Hae Yi maintening a honest life after Hwa Sa's death.

Top Management: When is season 2 coming out ? It seems like the manager and SOUL are going to become successful but she lost her memory.

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Children of Nobody: With each episode, I grow more curious to know about Woo Kyung's trauma. It has something to do with her relationship with her mother who blames her for everything. The way she said sorry to her was unsettling, as if she was really scared of her. It was sweet of Ji Hun to say she could be a great shaman thanks to her hallucinations. Well, it doesn't sound that sweet, but he's the only who cares about her at least. The man with the dogs was really creepy. I can't and don't want to imagine what he did all these years to the dead woman.

Clean With Passion For Now: I like it a lot more than I thought ! I laughed at a few scenes and it put me on a good mood. I can't ask for more to start the week.

Dae Jang Geum is Watching: Just when the couple is getting closer, the little brother will get his heart crushed... Why does the drama have a love triangle ?

Encounter: I liked the premiere and there's nothing much I can neatpick on its cinematography. However, I'm scared the "plot" will be too thin to fill 16 eps. (Remembering Something in the Rain)

Fluttering Warning: I can't stand the second female lead ! All the scheming to break Milk couple up and get power through marriage... it's so cliché (like the whole drama) but I'm tired.

Happy to Die: This week's episodes weren't as good as the previous one. I can't believe Baek Jin Sang already has feelings for Lee Ru Da. It would've been great to stay on a business relationship...

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and then develop into camaderie. I want to see them throw salt at awful customers (funniest scene of the week) together as collegues.

Manpuku: On hold. I will catch up after my final terms end.

Overprotected Kahoko: ep 7. I finnaly pickep up this Jdrama. I can recognize some parts of my own relationship with my mother, even if it's not to that extent thank god ! Seeing Kahoko trying to be independant, with lots of mistakes and confrontations to real life and her mother, makes me cheer for her. I want to see her father finally stand up for himself. He's also working on it. There's the mother whou should try changing her way of thinking to allow a healthy family dynamic.

Priest: The Guest is still fresh in my memory so I can't help comparing them while watching. I'm waiting for 2 ou 3 more episodes to decide if I'm going to keep watching.

SKY Castle: The new neighbor represents the only voice of reason in this neighboorhood. No matter how perfect people want to appear and how great their studies are, if there's no enjoyment coming from their children, what's the point ? That book club made me uncomfortable and her intervention was more that needed.

The Last Empress: It's so makjang, so over the top that I enjoy it A LOT. I thought they were going the plastic surgery route to explain Wang Shik's new appearance but nah... just training hard makes wonder. The setup with the old man living in woods as the master is so funny too me. I have a lot of fun watching the personal assistant and the mother go against each other. Who can be more vicious in this game ? From rom-com to thriller/suspense to action/revenge, this drama is such an entertaining mess.

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If you like the actress Mitsuki Takahata from Overprotected Kahoko, you may like her new drama called Bokyaku no Sachiko. The drama starts after her groom disappeared from their wedding hall. She is an excellent worker in a book publishing company and tackles stressful job while trying to forget her fiance. When she needs to relieve from stress and loss of her fiance, she eats out. Her description of foods are witty and on point. Her gusty way of eating makes me feel so hungry! it's been a fun to watch the drama.

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I wanted to check out Her other projects. Thanks for the recommandation :D

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Are you proficient in Japanese?
From the 1st chapter itself i fell in love with Sachiko and till now i have found no translator ready to help translate this beautiful manga.

@mango It got special in 2017 and now a drama in 2018 and 1st episode+Special are translated.

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Thanks 😀 I only knew about the special.

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My native language is Japanese. The drama must be a challenge to translate into English because they play with words a lot! I am not sure where I can volunteer myself to translate. I love the concept that she soothes her broken heart with foods.

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I miss Matrimonial Chaos. And like you, I'm not sure Boyfriend/Encounter will have enough plot so I suggest lots more screen time for the ex-husband (with him learning to stand up to his mother and helping his ex-wife escape from her clutches too).

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My guess is that both ex spouses will have to "get back together" but will try to confront the ex-husband's mother.

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I so agree with you on Children of Nobody!!

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@mango—I agree with you regarding the tiresome chaebols and I've kept my mind open the PD's attempts to be a little more nuanced.

The first thing I noticed is that Kang Hye-Joo isn't actually the second lead. Her character doesn't even warrant a picture in the opening credits. So what is she? Is she just an antagonist driving the plot forward? It seemed that way for the first half of the show—she pops up, icily demands marriage and endlessly causes trouble for the OTP.

It wasn't until Ep. 8's conversation between KHJ and Woo-Hyun's mother that I grasped how damaged she was. She's a victim of a depressed, self-loathing mother and a patriarchal society that only values legitimate "roots." No doubt she's been despised ever since she joined her father's household at age seven.

I absolutely agree that her role is cliché and I'm holding out a little bit of hope that she can be more than an unrepentant Class A Drama Bitch.

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I call her second female leader but antagonist is a better titel. Even knowing what makes her do evil things, there's little hope to see a good development here.

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You are absolutely right that Kang Hye-joo is not a second lead. There is no second female lead in Fluttering alert- and not a real second male lead either, just a guy who would like to be but is really another antagonist (and now the only suspect for stalker/attacker). Kang Hye-joo is an important secondary character- and a true antagonist. She is not even the primary antagonist- that distinction belongs tp Chairman Cha and, maybe long ago, the Chairman's wife. At least her desperation is understandable. It is the Chairman's wife who is completely off the charts psycho: Completely unable to see that her own son, and not the people she is at war with, has already rendered her cause hopeless.

I love this show because it is departing from many of the normal tropes for kdrama and is handing us a story that has some Shakespearean elements- like characters who are falling victim to their own character flaws- including Kang Hye-joo- whose flaws we now understand. The good news for her is that she will fail- and, although she will not understand it at that time, this will actually be a happy ending for her and, just possibly, free her from many of her bad ideas.

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@mango I can’t bring myself to start Enocounter because I was traumatised by Something in the Rain. Wasted 16 hours of my life with that show. 😢 😢

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I watched SITR because of Son Ye Jin and even if I'm scared Encounter will turn out as bad as it, Song Hye Kyo is here. What can a fangirl do ?

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As long as we do not demand a totally happy ending we should be able to enjoy Encounter.

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The fairytale illustration at the start made me think we will see a happy ending!

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FOX BRIDE STAR finale : what a waste.

BOYFRIEND ep 1: I liked it, but it's not blowing me outta the water or anything. Song Hye-gyo is gorgeous; Park Bo-gum is aight. I'll check out the next few episodes and see

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Fox Bride was my biggest disappointed of the last season. I finally ended up dropping it about halfway. I was hoping for something like a real plot and perhaps some actual realistic airport stuff, but what I got was over used cliches and tropes set in an airport that seemed like a total farce compared to the real Incheon airport.

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I’ve been so busy that last week I wasn’t even able to watch one show at all! With so little time, I think I’ll be sticking with Happy to Die (I’m still on last week’s episodes but I must say I’m disappointed with the way the second lead is being developed - it’s APAD all over again!), though I hope that I can check out at least Dance Sports Girls next week.

Fox Bride Star:
At the setup phase, I had so much hope for the show: there were lots of teased undercurrents between the airport employees and while the conflict in the romance was predictable with the male lead’s disability, the potential was there for this show to deliver an important message in having confidence in your true self. All of that went to dust of course as the show spent its entire run focusing on useless airport procedurals and the stupid gangster subplot instead of developing the characters’ mini arcs. Poor Lee Je Hoon deserves another drama as good as Signal!

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Signal was amazing - maybe nothing Lee Je-hoon does from now on could live up to it?

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Don't let the dramagods hear you. Or we won't ever get Signal season 2 (but most of drama's 2nd season failed so.. yeah.. 😩)

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Tomorrow With You was subtly good. It went unnoticed but I thought it was a nice follow up to Signal.

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I watched it, but I thought there was a lack of chemistry between him and Shin Min-ah. That was my problem here, too, actually, so maybe I just don't think he's suited for romance dramas?

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I feel the same: i had a massive "crush" for his acting during Signal and watched Bleak Night (which was excellent by the way) for him, but after that it went downhill : Tomorrow with
you was mediocre at best except for its cinematography, and i didn't bother with his last drama because the plot looked weak.

Hopefully he will be back on track with Signal 2, which has been announced for 2019 (i can't wait for it!).

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Have you seen him in Anarchist from Colony? Wow! His performance is amazing and it took me a while to realize that it was the young detective from Signal. I also liked him in I Can Speak.

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His films are hard to find legally where i live, so i've not seen much of his work but heard only good things about those two projects that you mentioned.
The life of a k-drama fan is unfair....

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I think what turned me off about Fox Bride was not the "useless airport procedurals" but the fact that most of them were so blindingly superficial compared to what actually goes on in a huge airport like Incheon. Add a superficial plot to that...

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What kept Fox Bride Star from living up to its potential was the entire Gangsters/smugglers/In Wo back story. It was unnecessary to the real issues of the love story- and ate up far too much screen time.

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I'm trying to limit drama watching (it increases when my workload increases) & had shot up. So I've paused Top Management & decided the drop the so bad it's hilarious The Last Empress.

But I picked up Boyfriend which is amazing, and couldn't bear to drop it so I've replaced Happy to Die.

What else am I watching? Idol survival.

YG Treasure Box. I was NOT expecting YG to put any of Treasure A out of the spotlight even for a bit so the change up in episode 3 is interesting. Also my personal fave trainees based on what they're showing us so far are Ye Dam, Jun Kyu & Haruto. Too bad about the trainee that left. But I can't think it's easy.

Under 19. Each episode is so much fun but they're dragging out round 1 too long. 🤦 I hope they reveal some results today. Though I don't want anyone to go home. Haha T_T

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...so drop 2 and pick up... how many?
*hugs*

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😅😅😅 I'd rather not try and count them.

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Very wise. ^^

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She's an attorney, not a CPA. 😂

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Huh? ^-^

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You're an attorney, not a certified public accountant (poor attempt at joke about not being a numbers person).

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HAHAHAHAH no I get it.Sorry you had to spell out the joke!

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I was trying really hard to hang on to Empress because I know the "real" story hasn't kicked in, but when Choi Jin Hyuk appeared ... the way he entered the story... IS INSANE and completely unbelievable. I laughed so hard I scared my cat and almost fell off the couch. I have lost all respect for the drama I don't believe I'll be watching it further. Jang Nara, you have done me wrong this time.

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But this drama doesn't want your respect, it just wants you to watch it XD I already know how he was gonna enter the story and when it happened, the Rocky music, omg, it was glorious.

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I've give up on it too. But I'll check out Choi Jin Hyuk's entrance with your descriptions. 😅

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"I laughed so hard I scared my cat and almost fell off the couch."

@alessar, I'm not watching LAST EMPRESS, but I'm almost tempted to watch that scene just to see what caused you to terrify your cat. ;-)

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Let's put it this way: when this happened in Birth of a Beauty they at least did some plastic surgery on the face to explain the change in actors.

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I don't know if I have again some sort of drama slump... or I'm just tired... or because the days or short and dark and cold in my part of the world... but I mainly watched dailies this week.

Our Glamorous Time has this interesting premise of a soldier leading a company (and outsmarting the shady tactics of his business competitors). There are parts I don't love (especially the main evil competitor sipping his wine 😂), but I like the hero... and I looove the heroine with her friend (and their conversations). So far (first 10eps) it is enough to keep me in.

It's My Life has Seo Hyo Rim 😍
We are still in the set up phase (lost grandson discovered, spending last days with his rich grandfather), the main male lead is still angelic and innocent 😁 Though it is the interesting second male lead who keeps me in (who can be a control freak, but also sort of shows why... and you can see his pain). Or maybe it is the actor 😁

And then there is the Gangnam Scandal which has just started. So far the main couple "only" managed to switch their luggage, go through a police station and take care of a sick mother (cancer, of course). I'm curious what will happen next 😁

I'm also trying to follow weekender My Healing Love. It's nothing outstanding and some characters often get on my nerves (lawyer and his screechy mother), but whenever I want to drop it, Yeon Jung Hoon softly smiles and I can't leave him 😍🙂

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Well, you make "Gangnam Scandal" sound less that appealing. The switched luggage cliche + the Mother with Cancer cliche already??

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Shall I start a drinking game??? 😁😁

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I decided that the cold dark days needed a sunny bright island drama to balance them out so I'm starting Top Star Yoo Baek.

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@yyishere YY is knocking it out of the ballpark as the island. Seriously fine acting, from her boulder-strewn shores to her breezy forested hilltops. You can't go wrong. Kim Ji-suk ain't too shabby himself. ;-)

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@yyishere I'm enjoying the boulder-strewn shore the most. Thank you for your stunning visuals.

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Oh, and I finally managed to watch the first episodes of Boyfriend... and I'm in! I was originally hesitating... and checked only because I like the second lead actor (I know, I'm probably the only person on this planet who didn't watch it because of PBG 😁). The first episode was beautifully shot... however it was the second episode which grabbed my heart... or was it the drunk Kim Jin Hyuk? 😁

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If by second lead you mean the ex, he's the reason I'm in too! I suggest that writer-nim give him much more screen time. So much screen time that I can rename it My Ex-husband.

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I`m curious about his character. They divorced cuz he was seeing somebody (legit cheated on her), and they've been going out for 4 years since then. But, it does look like he's not really into that relationship either and I smell a break up coming up soon. Is he purely just a playboy or there's more to it that what it shows? From ep 3 preview, seems like he's going to be more involved in Soo Hyun's life again.

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I'm just rooting for him because I really like the actor. So I'm making up a story for him that makes me happy.

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I think it is more family opposition... and chaebol power games... but we will see...

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Yes! Yang Seung Jo 😍
I fell in love with him in Money Flower....

...I like your scenario 😁

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@dorotka,

I agree that Yang Seung-jo turned in a great performance as Jang Boo-cheon in MONEY FLOWER. He went from chaebol heir married off in a political deal to falling in love with his unsuspecting bride -- after two-timing her with his old girlfriend and child. He portrayed a cad, but somehow managed to make the character sympathetic, despite having sent an innocent teenager to jail in his place for manslaughter. He was as much a pawn of Evil Grandpa and Scheming Mom's power plays as Jang Hyuk's and Park Se-young's characters.

I'm surprised to see on AsianWiki that he was in HWAJUNG, SCHOLAR WHO WALKS THE NIGHT, and SIX FLYING DRAGONS.

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I didn't watch Boyfriend for PBG either. I watched the 1st episode because I was curious about the portrayal of Cuba.

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The Last Empress

1. Love the wild wackiness of the show.
2. Love Jang Nara...she's like the character in Fated, innocent and trusting. She's going to be betrayed, and I think that there will be a time leap, and she'll return, mean and hungry for revenge. She'll probably look different, and the Emperor won't be able to recognize her, and will fall for her. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway.
3. The Emperor is just so charming and dashing and funny. He acts like he's in love with her in front of the cameras, and the scenes are so swoonworthy, even though I know he's bad.
4. The mother is so funny. I can't take her seriously anymore after watching episode 4.
5. The bodyguard became Rocky after two months. He doesn't talk much, or do much. Who's the male lead here?
6. The evil girl is the scariest person in the show, but when the dead mother appeared in the back of the car, I fell over laughing.

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I need to watch until the latest episodes soon! Choi Jin Hyuk was so swoony in Devilish Joy but I don't know how he will do in this drama, especially with the great Shin Sung Rok in here. But I know I can count on him in kissing scenes!

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Hi, Sera! I haven't seen you around for a long time. I like her and the emperor more, because it's so romantic, but I know he's bad. I wish it were a proper romance between the emperor and her. This is my first time watching Shin Sung rok. He's amazing. Does he always play second lead?

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I was (and still is) in writing slump. lol. But I did come here reading fanwalls and recaps when I got free time.

I really want to see Sunny and Emperor to actually fall in love before the revenge starts. Shin Sung Rok has always been good, however he is typecast in villain roles. I want to see playing a normal role, as a loving husband for example.

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Me too! The murder makes it unsettling and also a bit funny lol but I want to see real drama once the emperor falls for her before the revenge begins. So ripe for miscommunication everywhere!

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@yyishere YY,

Shin Sung-rok has played good guys in THREE FATHERS, ONE MOTHER and the film LOVERS OF SIX YEARS. He also gave a beautiful performance in HYENA as the conflicted object of a very dense medical resident's affection. The cable drama was raunchy at times (with Yun Da-hun hilarious as a pretentious writer of trashy novels under a Joseon-sounding pen name), but his character was always a gentleman. (Bonus: SSR, Oh Man-seok, and Kim Min-jong all sing. But for some odd reason, their pieces are not in the OST. SSR's number is in ep. 9 near the end, @53:00. It is heartbreaking.)

*waves at @seralovestteobokki*

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Choi Jin Hyuk hands down!

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I'm still waiting for the actual story to start (and more of the Bodyguard!!!) to decide whether I keep it or drop it...
Jang Nara going for a revange is an interesting concept! Though... who wouldn't recognize her??? 😁

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This show is so crazy that they can have the bodyguard morph into an entirely different person, so I can imagine Jang Nara looking like Jang Nara, and nobody recognizing her.

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😂 that's already funny

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😂😂😂

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i loled inside a puv they prolly think im crazy!😂

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Maybe she could just go on a diet. 😉

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It has been a long time not commenting here 😊

Sky Castle and Children of Nobody seem to catch my interest the most out of many new drama. The ending of the episode 1 SC shocked me, and I ended up continue to watch epi 2. Later to watch epi 3. I just finished epi 1 Children and definitely will watch next episodes. Lee Yi Kyung is a versatile actor, there's no trace of Junki in his acting here so far.

Praise of Death sadly not really caught my interest despite of being something that I was really look forward to. Both Lee Jong Suk and Shin Hye Sun are good actors but somehow they don't carry the vibe to act in period drama. Been spoiled with many great and amazing actors in this genre made me enjoyed this drama lesser that I thought.

Clean With Passion For Now Fun to watch, nothing more and less than that. Both leads have their charms and good in comical characters, so will continue for now. I expected that the heroine is really messy and has zero interest in fashion but turned out she is basically look like a normal girl.

The Last Empress Only watched until epi 2 so far. Choi Jin Hyuk might end up as the real Emperor and not Shin Sung Rok. Everything impossible is possible with this writer. Just enjoy the ride.

Anyway, I don't know that I have missed school drama a lot, can't wait to watch Just Dance next week ❤

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I forgot about Top Star Yoo Baek,hilarious and just like what I expected. But they should just make it around 30-40 min in each epi for twice a week instead of 70 mins ++ for once a week. Can't wait to see more of Lee Sang yeob in epi 2.

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Heh~ we're at that same point in Yoo Baek. Both episode-wise and opinion-wise. Why, why did they think making a mega-long episode is better than splitting it into two, shorter ones? It just makes the wait for Lee Sang-yeob more painful.

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I guess this will be another binge watch for me.

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I do think episode 2 is better (and a bit shorter?) overall. But this is also because I can't remember ep 1 that much since I only started to get into it after ep 2, haha. The plot of ep 2 is nothing new, but it endeared me to the characters. I just love all the leads already and how the villagers all seem to be stuck in Reply 1988. It's also weirdly the only drama right now that has me really excited for the OTP.

Definitely wish they went with shorter episodes like early tvn days, instead of one bloated episode, especially when we're only getting 10 eps anyway. I'm hoping the short episode count will at least keep things from dragging too much.

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I just watched epi 2, and like @chandler said, it was better abd shorter I think. :)

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I really enjoyed Top Star Yoo Baek but seriously why only one episode per week??? Ep 3 is kicking the story forward and all three leads are endearing in their own way and I have to say KJS is winning the race as there’s so much heart in his character masked under the veneer (sorry LSY). I just wish the island story could go on a little bit longer before the Seoul part.

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I agree that KJS is the winning the race here :) I expected to hate his character but no, I love him even from the beginning.

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Thanks for your quick review of Praise of Death!

I adore SHS and think she can play anything but i got the same vibe from the trailers and pics: "that they don't really look they are acting" and seemed more like pretty people cosplaying in beautiful period clothes.
Something in the acting/directing is obviously missing...

But i intend to watch it anyway, only because of SHS.

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Yes, watch it only for the supporting cast and SHS, LJS is so bland in this drama. Actually the director is the same as that of While you were sleeping and they both don't really work out together. I don't understand why did they agree for a second collab. They were bad enough in that drama as well.

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I haven't see him in anything before but he's not the kind of actor who could convince me to start a project only on his name.
He has an idol vibe/aura and lacks charisma which me make reluctant to try his work unless he was supported by a very good writer and PD.
Even those conditions might not be enough: i was never close to start My Mister only because of IU, while i really liked the work of the PD on Misaeng and Signal...

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More important: You watched My Ahjussi, right?

Now LJS: He really needs a very good director, but he does not have the idol vibe, he is more like a model. (He was a model before and I don't think he can sing, he has such a monotonus voice.)
My biggest issue with him is that he has a flat dialog delivery.
(P.S: Yes, I know he sang songs for fan service)

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SHS probably didn't get to prepare that much since she filmed for this drama shortly after My Golden Life. Instead of Yun Sim deok, she looks more like Ji An travelled back to 1920s.

@oppafangirl Lee Ji Hoon would have been much better as the male lead in my opinion - his look and charisma suit that era more. Lee Jong Suk probably wanted to try something different but he ended up looking bland and underperformed.

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Yes, atleast he had better expressions than Lee Jong Suk but what I would be looking for in the lead would be some one with a variation and emotion in their voice. The lead reads and recites a lot of stuff and it should convey emotion of loss and longing and not look like mere reading of some lines. A musical actor would be wonderful. And I think there will be many more choices.

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I agree that it takes time even for solid actors like her to let go of a character that she played during 9 months and 52 episodes.

Maybe 3 episodes was also too short to allow her to immerse herself in her new character.
She didn't seem to have the same problem with her character in 30but17, who lasted longer.

Anyway, i love the idea of a period drama which
isn't a sageuk since i'm more into modern periods, so i really hope she'll get the chance to revisit this era in another project.

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That's why lead actors need some break before taking next project to ensure the quality of performance, and it helps for them to not get over exposed too. Period / sageuk is not for everyone but it will be fair to give her another chance to see how her peformance goes in this genre.

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@Sera the Ms Temper
She overworked herself indeed but only because she was getting the spotlight after years of being rejecting from auditions.
I can understand her impatience and her ambition in this case.
However, the praise she's getting for her acting, while being totally earned, might be pushing her to believe that she must do more.
I just want her to enjoy variety in her projects, whatever she picks.
For me, that's enough romance: tragic or happy, i miss her in darker dramas.

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Sera lives!!!!!!! Hi buddy!

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Hello Melonia Queen!

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Glad to know you're watching sky castle too Sera! Sky castle reminds me of kazokou game, only a bit milder version. But that first episode ending really really was riveting. The actress deserves lots of claps for that one scene. Also shot so beautifully.
And lol the things I get to learn from kdramas. Who knew I would get to know about Nietzsche's ubermensch and will of power, from the book club which they used to attend for pretense. I intend to read the book after hearing their discussion and have to say absolutely love the new ajumma in the gang. She needs more screentime.

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Sky Castle and Children of Nobody, yes and yes! These two are my top 2 so far this season.

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Matrimonial Chaos -The Finale!

Such a gem of a show. Once in a while a drama comes in and brings you delight, joy, wisdom and profound insights – and matrimonial chaos was exactly that.
I laughed, teared up and contemplated.

This is the most beautiful marriage I have seen in dramaland. It was fun, personal, genuine and meaningful.

I am going to miss this show. I am going to miss these 4 (and plus little one!). Definitely see myself doing a rewatch in a few months.

I really wish this show had gotten more love, it truly deserved it. Am glad I picked it up, for I trust in Bae Do Na.

watching fangirling of Gummy
Am loving all the fangirling of Park Bo Gum in the beanie wall. It’s so much more entertaining than the drama itself. Go gummy beanies!

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Let me know when you rewatch. I want to watch it again in a few months too. It was so good.

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My current watch:
Twelve Nights
Clean With Passion For Now
Children of Nobody
An Empress Dignity
Sky Castle
Priest
Top Star Yoo Baek

Dropped:
Feel Good to Die
God's Quiz 5

Planning to watch:
Hymn of Death
Memories of Alhambra
Coffee Do Me A Favor

*nope, im not joining the Boyfriend's bandwagon 😂

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Omg i just realise i dropped 2 dramas but will pick up almost a dozen new ones within the month 😂🤣🤣😭😭😭😭😭

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Yay, another "not joining the Boyfriend bandwagon"!

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Yay!! 👏👏👏 what name shall we call our little wagon then? 😉

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Gummy worms?

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Cool! Now our little club sounds very yummy i want to eat it 😜

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why? you guys dont like pbg like myself? but i gave it a try and i liked it so far..

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Jewel - we LOVE PBG very much but we're just not into PBG and SHK. I tried to watch the 1st episode, i tried to stay watching but couldnt last till half quarter of it so i'd better drop it but shut off my mouth in respect of PBG.

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First, Clean Passionately: I'm having mixed thoughts. On one hand, the first episode made me laugh at loud, which hasn't happened in a while. But otherwise, I'm not really feeling it yet. I'll stick it out another week before I make a decision, I think.

Boyfriend: GUMMY *foams at the mouth*

Top Star Yoo Baek: This is just cute and fluffy - I appreciate any drama set somewhere rural, like Thank You for example, so this really is a treat for the eyes. Not feeling the romance yet, but who cares? We have time.

Miss Hammurabi: My love, my everything! ❤

Nice Guy: So... I'm watching this now. I'm not really sure why, when I find 65% uninteresting, but maybe that's just the Song Joong-ki charm? Side note: Lee Yubi is SUCH a bad actress at this point, it's unbearable! 😂

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Oh, that's right, I watched the first episode of Hymn of Death too. Good stuff! 👌

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I'm enjoying Hymn of death. I like both actors, and I do feel that they adapt well to the time.

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Who is Lee Yubi? Nice Guy was one of the first dramas I watched and was mesmerized. I loved it, especially the tango music at the beginning. Most people hated the ending but I loved the ending. (I never seem to be in the majority camp of anything).

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Lee Yubi plays Choco, and she starred in You Who Forgot Poetry earlier this year where she was sooooo much better! 😂

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Ah, now I remember. She's his younger sister.

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Lol Lee Yoobi in Nice Guy. Maybe that's when I decided I'm not watching anything she's in but omg if she isn't the perfect Woo Boyoung.

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She was horrendous in Nice Guy, forgettable in Pinocchio, and brilliant in You Who Forgot Poetry! 😂👌

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And she absolutely ruined Gu Family Book for me and was partially responsible for ruining Scholar Who Walks the Night. Thus I did not bother with You Who Forgot Poetry.

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Try to put your bias aside and watch APAD. She was perfect fo the role and I totally forgot all her past dramas. It was hard for me to put my bias aside (considering her track record) but it was worth it!

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@earthna: Do you realize how difficult it is to put your bias aside??

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To be fair, unlike a lot of other people, she wasn't the highlight of the show for me. But, she did such a good job with her character, she didn't stick out badly either. Basically, I think you could still really enjoy You Who Forgot Poetry even if you still hate her! 😂

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i only remember Song Joong Ki's fabulous wardrobe in that drama. great coats, boots, etc.
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If you're talking about Nice Guy, I remember the engagement ring mostly, because the one he gave her at the end was the same one he had previously bought for her but wasn't able to give it to her because of the makjang circumstances. Which made me think: either he really hadn't lost his memory and knew what he was doing (because he was that smart) or wardrobe goofed and used the same ring.
Plus I can now write Kang Ma Ru in hangul.

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Here's a question: pre-timeskip hair, or post-timeskip hair? 😍

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Pre...

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Agreed! He's so fluffy and non-threatening! ❤

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His face bloated a bit post-timeskip probably due to the hectic schedule and lack of rest so the short hair kind of accentuated that tbh. But then gigolo Joong-ki was too hot so who cares!

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Maybe that's why he looked so different...

Pre and post-timeskip looked like two complete different iterations of Song Joong-ki, right down to the expressions and stuff.
Kang Ma-ru is already quite the mystery - maybe I'm just not supposed to figure him out.

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I'm only watching one show now... (work...)
and it is endearing in an idiotic way: Fluttering Warning.
I'm only watching because the leads and the manager are so dang charming.
Wait, did I just write that?!
Take care, Beanies!

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You take care too!

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Agree, it is a guilty pleasure. I don't know why they even pretend they have a plot. Just give us cute

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There is more to Fluttering Alert than you may think. In part because it was based upon a Web novel- "Seolremjoouibo" by Seo Han-Kyeol , which was published from December 5, 2016 to March 24, 2017 via shiftbooks.yes24.com.

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I think "endearing in an idiotic way" sums up this show quite well. I'm watching it mainly because I can't wait for his dad and that horrible fiance-wannabe get their just desserts.

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Matrimonial Chaos: Haven’t finished might read recaps
Boyfriend: Song Hye Gyo is beautiful
Father is Strange: Keeping at it.

J drama Frankenstein’s Love: Go Ayano is a Frankenstein /Fungi- Tree guy who lived in the forest and listens to the radio. Strange 1st Ep.

Yanxi Palace: Wei Yingluo is picked as a concubine, Emperor tries to break her but fails. Her first love returns from war, only to find out she’s now the Emperor’s. This girl is still as audacious as ever. Other harem girls are going from good to bad and they love to hate Wei Yingluo. The emperor is an interesting character. Watch out for his kicks !! He literally kicks ass.

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I only watched 2 episodes of Frankenstein's Love. It was too placid for me, or Frankenstein was. I liked the premise though. Let us kinow what you think of it, please!

I hope that you enjoy Father is Strange. My love for that drama carried me through several other weekenders before I decided to take a break from the really looonnnggg ones.

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Yeah, a strange Frankenstein. I’ll probably watch it all, as it’s different.

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How could I forget, Jeong Do Jeon.

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Well saguek... I've heard such good things about that one.

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Father's Strange! Me too! I'm keeping at it too.😝

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Father is Strange was the best weekend family drama to come along in a long time. I have ordered the DVDs from my local library so I can re-watch it with my wife.

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This is such a good drama season for me.

I'm still loving Uee's My Only One. My Healing Love is another weekender I like, though I keep on thinking I've seen a drama that's exactly the same. ...Or have I? Everything just feels waaay too familiar.

I checked Top Star Yoo Baek, The Last Empress and Clean with Passion, and so far they all have impressed me for various reasons. I just read TLE post and how many seem to dislike it or think it's just... crap. I think it has so many elements older sageuk dramas have, and I love older sageuk. I do like makjang so maybe that, too, explains why I think TLE isn't bad at all.

Kim Yoo Jung's acting in Clean with Passion is amazing! I don't mind other cast members either. Solid acting and good story so far.

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Clean with Passion for Now When was the last time I waited excitedly for the drama leads to fall for each other? Oh yes, it's Oh Jak Doo and Han Seung Joo. And it's been eons ago ! The most recent one were Han Tae Joo and Yoon Na Young but they weren't a romantic couple.. So, I'm glad I can feel this butterfly in the stomach again while I'm waiting for my Monday to come soon 😊 They are my sunshine now 🌞

The Last Empress I wish Shin Sung Rok was the first lead who got the girl a.k.a Oh Sunny and not the crazy girl Yura. But this messy roller coaster is tempting so I'll keep watching

Looking forward to Just Dance ! 😄 I hope I can enjoy it as much as I appreciate their youthful poster

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Me, too. Wish Shin Sung Rok is the lead.

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Emperor and Min Yura will end up betraying each other, and he will actually fall in love with Sunny. But it's too late since Sunny already up for her revenge.

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Soo.. It'll be Shin Sung Rok and his one-sided love? 😱

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a.k.a. The Emperor's Karma

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That's a much better title!

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Last Empress: Guess you haven't read the synopsis (I only just read it myself). I like that it seems more like an ensemble cast than a first lead, 2nd lead, etc.

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Fox bride star: a what could’ve been drama. I am back to rewatching INAR to soften the sting of the ending.

Tomorrow with you: since I need my Lee Je Hoon fix, started this one. But currently stuck in ep 6. I love Shin Min Ah and obviously Lee je hoon, but I cant seem to get into their romance. Or is it because I still love je hoon chemistry with soo bin the most and hence cannot seem to get the feels of his romance in TwY? Hmm....

Children of Nobody: 4 episodes in, I think I am in love with this show. This show is so intriguing and I am dying to know more about our four main leads. Why does Soo-young went almost batshit crazy when she was hit by the that guy in the alley? Is Woo-kyung abused by her mother? The way she apologized to her mother after she snapped is def not normal. And what’s the deal with the handyman? He seems to know Ji-hyun given the way he tried to avoid him. Please continue to be good, drama!

Lawless lawyer: still stuck in ep 7. Lee jun ki is beautiful, but I am not sure I am feeling this drama.

Signal: Finished it! Are we going to ever get the 2nd season? Or a special? I need to know what will happen with Lee Jae han! All in all, a very solid great watch. I love the trio. The only thing that I am not too keen of is the younger version of Lt. Cha. Somehow it felt awkward for me to see Kim Hye Soo, no matter how much I love her as an actor, playing the young version of Lt. Cha. Other than that minor quibble, this drama is def an A++ for me.

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Tomorrow with you: no, it is not you
The only one who cant seem to get into their romance.

And no, it is not necessarily related to his chemistry with soo bin...

...because I have not watched fox bride star, and I still had that sensation with tomorrow with you.
I also dropped that show and then simply watched some pieces if the last episode, to see how it would end. I didn't like it.

So I am with you.

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Good to know that it’s not only me. I actually started TwY because most of the comments about this drama mentioned that the Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min Ah have cute and lovely chemistry. So I soldiered on until ep 6. Alas, despite them having so much kissing and skinship, I just could not get excited about it (same problem that I have with Seo Hyun Jin and Lee Min Ki in BI). While just him holding hands with Chae Soo Bin in FBS was enough to make my heart go on overdrive.

FBS may have gone bonkers toward the end, but one of the saving grace of the drama is the potent chemistry between Lee Je Hoon and Chae Soo Bin. Their romance still felt grounded even as the drama went into cuckoo land. I need these two in proper romance drama that can capitalize their chemistry to the max, not this half-assed one. Argh...I am still bitter about FBS ending....

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LOL!! Yes, it happens very often. You watched them falling and then the writer ruins the end! (It happened with Because this life is our first. I was very upset with that show the very last episodes. It was very very very bitter)

HEey!!! I didn't watch "beauty inside" for the same reason: I didn't buy their chemistry even from their picture together, and I don't really like her so much.
But yes, then I understand perfectly. I also need to believe in the romance, otherwise I get annoyed.

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Mary, I agree on Top Star Yoo Baek, they should edit a bit more... maybe even to 45mins 😁 I was about to drop it... and then they showed the second lead Jack Sparrow 😂 ...and I realized it is my bias Lee Sang Yeob 😍... so I may still check the third episode...

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Red Moon, Blue Son/Children of Nobodt is the one I enjoy the most right now.

I started Priest but gave up after watching first episode. Considering to give The Guest a chance later since many recommended it.

Going to watch Memories of the Alhambra tonight after it released on Netflix.

Sad to say goodbye to New Journey to the West. Can Na PD do Kang's Carwash, please?

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What a typo. Missed to correct it since typing on phone, maybe.

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@ordinaryguy92 Your post reminded me that I actually did try 1 episode of Priest, but no ... it failed to grab me to such an extent that I forgot I'd watched it at all!!

I too would recommend Hand - The Guest. It's haunting in a very good way. I'd never have thought I'd describe a show in the horror genre as healing, but I felt a great catharsis and hope with each exorcism. 😆

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Have not tried Priest yet, and overall it sounds like yet another formula horror thing with yet more exorcism stuff. Am I wrong?

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@windsun33 Well there was definitely exorcism in the 1st episode. One different thing about it was that the priest 'kidnapped' the possessed person more than once just so that the exorcism could be carried out. And the priests seemed to have an exorcism 'hideout', which to me was very strange. However the one being exorcised was a minor and the spirit was too strong, so ... I guess the fallout of that 1 spirit is going to 'spread' throughout the hospital.

I guess it may get formulaic after this. Oh and the 'style' of exorcism differed somewhat from what The Guest's Priest Yoon did. The prayers were in Latin for one thing. I haven't looked up which style is more accurate.

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Latin: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2016/02/the-devil-hates-latin-says-exorcist.html#.V9rvNvkrK00
I might be in minority but I liked "Priest", 1 episode was weak, more of character introduction, typical for kdrama, second was better as it has more action and supernatural stuff. I like the exorcism A-team and showing a bit how church administration work in that matter, actors are pretty good and priests characters quiet interesting

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